The daily gossip: Kevin Hart is in a wheelchair after attempting to do 'young man stuff,' Reneé Rapp alleges people on 'Mean Girls' made her eating disorder worse, and more

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The comedian says he injured himself after attempting to run a 40-yard dash.
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1. Kevin Hart is in a wheelchair after attempting to do 'some young man stuff'

He's getting too old for this. In an Instagram video, Kevin Hart declared he is the "stupidest man alive" after injuring himself and ending up in a wheelchair. "Why?" he said. "Well, because I tried to go out there and do some young man stuff, and I was told to sit my a-- down." Specifically, Hart got into a debate with his friend, former NFL running back Stevan Ridley, about which one of them is faster. This led the 44-year-old comedian to attempt to run a 40-yard dash, during which he "blew all my s--t" and tore his lower abdomen and abductors. The recovery will take "six to eight" weeks, he said. Though the tone of his video was comedic, Hart appeared deeply frustrated with himself, wondering, "Why did I even race? Stupidest s--t ever. Now I can't walk!" His next stand-up special may be more of a sit-down special.


2. Reneé Rapp alleges people on 'Mean Girls' made her eating disorder worse

She knows all about mean. In an interview with The Guardian, Reneé Rapp alleged that working on the "Mean Girls" Broadway musical made her eating disorder worse, as people on the production "would say some vile f--king things to me about my body." According to the "Sex Lives of College Girls" star, the situation got so bad that her parents flew to New York to try to pull her out of the show, fearing what it was doing to her health. Leaving "Mean Girls" was ultimately beneficial for her, Rapp said, and she has been "taken out of environments that were really harmful to my sickness, which is awesome and a huge win." Still, she noted, "Eating disorders don't just go away and like, you're healed, like: 'Sorry, I can eat again, ha ha!' It's a lifelong thing."

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3. Olivia Rodrigo hasn't gone to Taylor Swift's Eras Tour

Seeing Taylor Swift tonight is a good idea, right? Well, Olivia Rodrigo may be the only famous person who hasn't gotten around to it. Despite being a well-known fan, the "Vampire" singer told The New York Times she hasn't been to Swift's Eras Tour. Rodrigo "was brief" when asked if she has gone to any of the shows, the Times reported. "I haven't yet," she said, noting she has been busy. "I'm going to Europe this week." Rodrigo used to speak regularly about how influential Swift was on her music, so influential that Swift received multiple writing credits on her album "Sour." But there has been unconfirmed speculation of a rift since then, and some fans have theorized Rodrigo's song "Vampire" is about Swift. Then again, perhaps Rodrigo, like many other Swifties, just couldn't secure the tickets.

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4. 'Friends' writer says actors would deliberately tank jokes

Welcome to the one with the behind-the-scenes "Friends" gossip. Former television writer Patty Lin has written a book, "End Credits," about her experiences working in Hollywood, and in an excerpt published at Time, she revealed that writing for "Friends" was "no dream job." For one, she recalls that the actors "seemed unhappy to be chained to a tired old show when they could be branching out" and said that during table reads, "if they didn't like a joke, they seemed to deliberately tank it, knowing we'd rewrite it." During run-throughs, actors would often argue their character "would never do or say such-and-such," Lin added, and these sessions had a "dire, aggressive quality." If you think that's bad, just wait until you hear what it was like to write for Joey Tribbiani on "Days of Our Lives."


5. 'Barbie' is coming to IMAX with new 'post-credit footage'

Haven't seen Kenough of "Barbie"? We have good news. "Barbie," which just topped "The Super Mario Bros. Movie" to become the highest-grossing film of the year domestically, will be released in IMAX for one week beginning Sept. 22, Warner Bros. has revealed. This will be fans' first opportunity to see the movie in IMAX, as "Oppenheimer" had those screens to itself when the films opened. But the studio is throwing in an extra reason to return to the theater: the IMAX release includes "exclusive post-credit footage" selected by director Greta Gerwig. It's not clear what this entails, but we know the movie has multiple deleted scenes, including a "fart opera." So we're guessing it's either one of those scenes or an "Iron Man"-style teaser where Chatty Cathy recruits Barbie into the Dollvengers.

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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.