The daily gossip: The first 'Barbie' reactions are here, Hugh Jackman finally wears the yellow Wolverine suit in 'Deadpool 3,' and more

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Margot Robbie at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Barbie'
Margot Robbie at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Barbie'
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1. The first social media reactions to "Barbie" are here

Some lucky folks have gotten an early look at Greta Gerwig's life in plastic, and according to them, it's fantastic. The highly anticipated "Barbie" movie held its Los Angeles premiere on Sunday, and the first social media reactions were quite strong. Jamie Jirak from tweeted that it's "currently my favorite film of the year," adding, "Give Ryan Gosling an Oscar nomination, I'm dead serious!" The New York Times' Kyle Buchanan also said "admiringly" that he "can't believe Greta Gerwig got away with it," while Variety's Katcy Stephan said the director "delivers a nuanced commentary on what it means to be a woman in a whimsical, wonderful and laugh-out-loud funny romp." Collider's Perri Nemiroff was more mixed, though, saying it "isn't the home run I was hoping for" because some of the characters needed more screen time to have fully developed arcs. So we'll lower our expectations slightly and merely expect one of the greatest films of all time rather than the greatest.


2. Hugh Jackman finally wears the yellow Wolverine suit in "Deadpool 3"

Yellow suits him. Ryan Reynolds has dropped a new look at "Deadpool 3" that reveals Hugh Jackman finally wearing Wolverine's classic yellow suit. This look from the comics and animated series has become iconic, but Wolverine never put it on in the prior "X-Men" films. The 2000 "X-Men" movie even included a meta joke about it where Wolverine complains about his suit before Cyclops sarcastically asks, "What would you prefer? Yellow spandex?" Well, a lot of fans legitimately would, so for years, there were calls for a more comics accurate appearance. Over two decades later, Jackman is now putting on the yellow spandex for real, though in the photo, he's not wearing the mask that would complete the look. This follows news that Jennifer Garner will be in "Deadpool 3," reprising her role of Elektra from the critically reviled films "Daredevil" and "Elektra." It's a reminder that in Hollywood, wait long enough and even the worst movies ever made will transform into nostalgic, underrated gems.

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3. Rainn Wilson was "mostly unhappy" for years on "The Office"

For Rainn Wilson, working on "The Office" was sometimes like working in an actual office: deeply depressing. "When I was [on] 'The Office,' I spent several years really mostly unhappy because it wasn't enough," the actor revealed on Bill Maher's Club Random podcast. Wilson, who played Dwight on the NBC sitcom, recalled how even though he was "making lots of money" starring on a hit, award-winning show, he "wasn't enjoying it" because he was "thinking about, 'Why am I not a movie star? Why am I not the next Jack Black or the next Will Ferrell, and how come I can't have a movie career?'" He also wanted to be making millions of dollars rather than hundreds of thousands of dollars. But Wilson reflected that this kind of "never enough" impulse is "one of the things ripping us apart" as a society. Wise words from a former assistant regional manager.

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4. Madonna thanks fans for "positive energy" after hospitalization

Madonna is thanking fans for the support as her "road to recovery" continues. The singer on Monday spoke out for the first time since she was hospitalized for several days last month with a "serious bacterial infection," which forced her to postpone the start of her world tour. In a statement shared on social media, she thanked fans for "your positive energy" and for the "prayers and words of healing and encouragement," adding, "I have felt your love." She continued that her first thought after waking up in the hospital was her children, but her second "was that I did not want to disappoint anyone who bought tickets for my tour." But she said the "current plan" is to begin the tour in Europe in October and reschedule the North American leg. "My focus now is my health and getting stronger and I assure you," she said, "I'll be back with you as soon as I can!"


5. Reneé Rapp is surprisingly leaving "The Sex Lives of College Girls"

Reneé Rapp is dropping out of "College." The actress and singer, who plays Leighton on Mindy Kaling's Max comedy series "The Sex Lives of College Girls," is surprisingly exiting the show. According to Deadline, she will appear in a "handful of episodes" of the third season but will depart after that. It was fairly shocking news considering Leighton is one of the main characters and a major fan favorite. While no official reason for her departure was disclosed, an insider told Page Six that Rapp announced she'd be going on tour in September "without having clearance from the show," and she has now reportedly hired a top lawyer to help with her exit. "[Kaling] has to figure out what happens to Renée's character," the insider also told Page Six. "This is not the way anyone would have wanted [Rapp's exit] to happen." We'll have to see if the show gets a bad rap without her.

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Brendan Morrow

Brendan is a staff writer at The Week. A graduate of Hofstra University with a degree in journalism, he also writes about horror films for Bloody Disgusting and has previously contributed to The Cheat Sheet, Heavy, WhatCulture, and more. He lives in New York City surrounded by Star Wars posters.