The daily gossip: A gunman shot Lady Gaga's dog walker and stole her dogs, Post Malone celebrates the Pokémon anniversary, and more
A gunman shot Lady Gaga's dog walker and stole her dogs, Post Malone celebrates the Pokémon anniversary, and more
Lady Gaga's dog walker reportedly shot, 2 dogs stolen
Lady Gaga is reportedly offering a reward of $500,000, "no questions asked," for the return of her two French bulldogs after they were stolen and her dog walker was shot on Wednesday night. Gaga's dog walker was reportedly taken to a hospital and is expected to make a full recovery; the gunman, meanwhile, made off with two of the dogs, while a third dog was recovered. Gaga is in Rome working on a movie, according to TMZ, but she put up the reward of half a million dollars. It reportedly isn't clear if the suspect targeted Lady Gaga's dogs specifically. "French bulldogs are in demand and expensive," TMZ writes, "so our sources say it's possible the gunman did not know the dogs were owned by Lady Gaga."
Post Malone celebrates the 25th anniversary of Pokémon with a song that has nothing to do with Pokémon
On Thursday, Rolling Stone shared that "Post Malone has released a cover of Hootie and the Blowfish's 1995 hit song 'Only Wanna Be With You' for Pokémon's 25th anniversary." There's a lot going on there, so let's unpack: Post Malone, a rapper known for his love of beer pong and 14 face tattoos, covered a song by Hootie and the Blowfish, a quartet whose album Cracked Rear View once made The Stranger's list of 100 Terrible Albums Made By Men. Why Post Malone picked "Only Wanna Be With You" to cover is confusing, because the song came out in 1995 and Pokémon was released in 1996. The song, notably, includes no references to Pokémon at all — though Post Malone did take the liberty of changing a reference to the Miami Dolphins to the Dallas Cowboys.
A Frasier revival is headed to Paramount+
A revival of the hit sitcom Frasier has been officially announced at Paramount+, and star Kelsey Grammer is set to return. The news was revealed during a ViacomCBS presentation on Wednesday focused on Paramount+, the rebranded version of CBS All Access that's launching in March. "Having spent over 20 years of my creative life on the Paramount lot, both producing shows and performing in several, I'd like to congratulate Paramount+ on its entry into the streaming world," Grammer said. "I gleefully anticipate sharing the next chapter in the continuing journey of Dr. Frasier Crane." Frasier, a spin-off of Cheers, originally ran for 11 seasons from 1993 through 2004, and a potential return has been discussed for years. Variety reports that Frasier stars David Hyde Pierce, Jane Leeves, and Peri Gilpin aren't currently attached to the revival.
Mr. Potato Head rebrands to the gender-neutral 'Potato Head'
Please call them Potato Head — Mr. Potato Head was their father. On Thursday, the toy-maker Hasbro announced that their classic Mr. Potato Head brand will no longer use the male honorific, and instead go by the gender-neutral "Potato Head." The new name is set to appear on boxes as soon as this year. As Fast Company explains, Hasbro's decision is intended to "break away from traditional gender norms" and allow for young kids to have "a blank slate to create same-sex families or single-parent families." Confusingly, Hasbro later noted the classic Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head characters "aren't going anywhere" — rather than eliminating the gendered options, it seems kids will also have gender-neutral hair and accessory choices. A surprisingly newsworthy day, considering they're toy potatoes.
Brad Pitt has a very tiny ponytail
In what apparently counts as celebrity news these days, Harper's Bazaar on Thursday broke the riveting news that "Brad Pitt has just enough hair to pull back into a tiny ponytail." That's it, that's the story: This week, a 57-year-old man who makes a living being really good at pretending to be other people was spotted leaving a Beverly Hills office building while using a hair tie to keep his hair out of his face. Harper's Bazaar goes on to inform us that Pitt's hair was "hardly long enough … to even reach the nape of his neck," which, yes, would seem to suggest that his resulting ponytail would be very tiny. Anyway, if this is something you'd like to see a picture of, Harper's Bazaar has you covered.