2:32pm PDT, Apr 1, 2022
- Billie Eilish shares epic TikTok clapback … from her toilet
- Oscars producer praises Chris Rock's handling of Will Smith slap
- Jim Carrey says he's 'probably' retiring from acting
- Norman Reedus gives 'The Walking Dead' cast and crew an emotional goodbye
- Bruce Willis' wife, daughter share heartfelt thanks for support after aphasia announcement
- Ariana Grande pledges $1.5M to 'protect and defend trans youth'
- Mila Kunis explains how Russia's Ukraine invasion has changed her parenting
Billie Eilish shares epic TikTok clapback … from her toilet
If there were an Academy Award for clapbacks, Billie Eilish’s Best Song statuette would probably have some company right about now. On March 31, the singer noticed TikTok user @koltenkephart proclaimed the black, ruffled Gucci gown Billie wore on the 2022 Oscars red carpet made her one of the night’s “worst dressed” stars. “It had to be done,” he captioned the post. The user’s “worst dressed” roundup kicks off with a photo of Billie. “I hate to do it, but here’s my worst dressed of the Oscars … I’ve had enough of her s,” he says of the singer’s look in the clip, before moving on to diss Kourtney Kardashian, Hailey Bieber, Zoe Kravitz and more. Billie soon replied to the review with her own TikTok, using the platform’s split-screen player, Duet, to play Kolten’s “I’ve had enough …” dig alongside a video of herself on the toilet as she holds up a certain finger. “i HAVENT had enough of my s,” she captioned the post, helpfully adding, “i am s******* right now,” in case it wasn’t clear where she was seated. Billie’s response garnered 5.2 million likes in less than one day. The 20-year-old and her brother, Finneas scored their Best Song Oscar last weekend for their James Bond track, “No Time To Die,” which they also performed at the ceremony.
Oscars producer praises Chris Rock’s handling of Will Smith slap
Will Packer, the producer of the 2022 Oscars, is sharing new details about what happened after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock onstage during the show after the comic made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. On the April 1 edition of “Good Morning America,” Packer said that like any viewers and audience members, he initially assumed the “King Richard” star and Rock were “doing a bit” when Smith stormed onstage. He went on to describe the minor production chaos that ensued once it became clear the slap was no joke. “Chris was keeping his head when everybody was losing theirs,” Packer said. He recalled asking Rock if Smith “really hit” him, to which he said Rock “was immediately in joke mode, but you could tell that he was very much still in shock.” Packer also noted that police quickly “made it clear” to Rock that they were willing “go and arrest [Smith]” for battery. According to Packer, Rock immediately declined to press charges and gave Packer the impression he just wanted to move past the incident. When Packer heard there was talk of having Smith removed from the theater, the producer said, “I immediately went to the Academy leadership that was on site and I said, ‘Chris Rock doesn’t want that.’ I said, ‘Rock has made it clear that he does not want to make a bad situation worse.'” He added that Rock’s “tone was not retaliatory, his tone was not aggressive and angry,” saying that he advocated “for what Rock wanted at that time, which was not to physically remove Will Smith.” Packer also admitted he hoped Smith would apologize to Rock in his speech when he later won for Best Actor, but said the actor, “didn’t nail it in terms of a conciliatory acceptance speech.” Smith did not apologize to Rock publicly until the next day on social media. He’s currently awaiting a decision by the Academy about possible disciplinary action. Rock’s composure during and after the whole thing, Packer added, “certainly saved what was left” of the show.
In the early hours of the morning on April 1, JustJared reported Olivia Wilde’s name was trending online. The culprit, it seems, was Harry Styles’ new single, which fabs are convinced references their ongoing romance. “Go home, get ahead, light-speed internet / I don’t wanna talk about the way that it was / Leave America, two kids follow her / I don’t wanna talk about who’s doin’ it first,” Harry sings on “As It Was,” the first single from his upcoming solo album, “Harry’s House.” Olivia appeared to get another trending boost after Harry appeared on SiriusXM’s “The Morning Mash Up” radio show and gushed about his current state of positivity and joy. “I also feel really happy at the moment and I feel like it’s the first time I feel like I’m kind of making music and putting music out from a real place of kind of personal freedom,” he said, according to Us Weekly. “That is a really liberating place to be kind of creating from and now putting [the single] out. So, the process for me has been, has been easily the most joyous of anything that I’ve kind of experienced so far while making music.” Harry went on to say he’s simultaneously “the proudest I’ve been of something that I’ve made” and the “most comfortable I’ve been with myself.” Harry and Olivia, 38, were first linked as a couple in January 2021 after they worked together on Olivia’s “Don’t Worry Darling.”
Jim Carrey says he’s ‘probably’ retiring from acting
Jim Carrey might be done with Hollywood. The “Ace Ventura” alum, 60, recently said that after decades in the movie industry, he’s now happy with his “quiet life” of “putting paint on canvas” instead. Asked if he was aware of Dolly Parton’s interest in having him play her former touring and recording partner, Porter Wagoner, in an upcoming biopic, Jim told “Access Hollywood” that while he loves Dolly, he’s not really planning to continue in film. “Well, I’m retiring,” he told the interviewer, who looked taken aback. “Yeah probably,” he continued. She asked if he was teasing and he clarified that he was not. “I’m being fairly serious,” he said. “It depends if the angels bring some sort of script that’s written in gold ink that says to me that it’s going to be really important for people to see. I might continue down the road, but I’m taking a break.” Jim added that he loves the “spiritual” life he has now. “I feel like — and this is something you might never hear another celebrity say as long as time exists — I have enough. I’ve done enough. I am enough.” Fans can still catch Jim on the big screen — or, his voice, anyway — as villain Dr. Robotnik in “Sonic the Hedgehog 2,” out April 8. As for taking a potential call from Dolly about her biopic, he said he’d “always speak” to the music legend. In the meantime, he’s launching a new website for his art next month.
Norman Reedus gives ‘The Walking Dead’ cast and crew an emotional goodbye
That’s a wrap! AMC’s “The Walking Dead” completed its last day of production on the long-running show’s final season this week, a milestone Norman Reedus marked with an emotional goodbye speech to his co-stars and crew. Set photos from March 30 published by TMZ show Norman, who played Daryl Dixon in all 11 seasons, using a microphone to talk to the group, saying that “‘The Walking Dead’ juice” is worth “the squeeze.” He went on to thank everyone for the experience as actors in full zombie costume and makeup hugged and held hands, according to the outlet. The star posted about the last day of production on Instagram, too, writing, “11 seasons 12 years. Never been so beat up and it was an absolute blast. Thank you to all of you that took this ride with us and what a ride it was ❤️.” His pal, the franchise’s executive producer Greg Nicotero, posted a video the same day that showed Norman giving him a hug as the two come to terms with the end of the series. “Love you, buddy. Thank you for everything. It’s been a real joy,” Norman tells Greg in the clip. “Remember when we were babies and we started this show? I had short hair!” Greg jokes. “I feel like my entire brain is short-circuiting right now. I can’t really wrap my head around this,” Norman says. “It’s hard,” Greg admits, noting that when they’re done with the shoot “twelve hours from now, the world’s gonna be a different place.” Norman smiles, then quips, “Yeah, I’ll be on a bathroom floor with a martini in tears.” The weepy solo cocktail hour shouldn’t last too long, though — Norman’s set to reprise his role as Daryl in a forthcoming, as yet untitled spinoff.
Bruce Willis’ wife, daughter share heartfelt thanks for support after aphasia announcement
Bruce Willis’ wife, Emma Heming Willis, and daughter, Scout Willis, are both overwhelmed with gratitude for the support they’ve received since their family announced Bruce will be “stepping back” from acting due to an aphasia diagnosis. Emma and Scout, along with Scout’s sisters, Tallulah Willis and Rumer Willis, and Bruce’s ex-wife, Demi Moore, shared the news of the “Die Hard” star’s cognitive issues in a joint statement on social media earlier this week. “Your love, support, compassion, prayers really help,” Emma shared on her Instagram Stories after posting the announcement. “I’m grateful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” Scout, meanwhile, told Instagram followers: “… Yesterday was so surreal, sharing something so personal. I didn’t know how it would be received, there is always an unknown when sharing out so vulnerably into the world. I’d hoped for some love and compassion, I truly NEVER could have anticipated the depth and breadth of the love we received as a family yesterday.” She continued: “It kept hitting me yesterday how much love, energy, and prayers were now being sent to my daddio and just humbling me in a way that’s brings tears as I write this. I am so grateful for your love, I’m so grateful to hear about what my papa means to you.” Scout closed her note by writing, “Thank you so much to everyone who reached out to me yesterday, i love and I appreciate you with all my heart, it’s gonna take me a whole to respond to your messages!” Defined by the Mayo Clinic as “a condition that robs you of the ability to communicate,” aphasia is caused by an underlying health issue such as a stroke, head injury or degenerative disease. The Willis family has not disclosed what caused Bruce’s condition.
Ariana Grande pledges $1.5M to ‘protect and defend trans youth’
Amid a wave of legislation poised to erode the rights of trans and gay young people in states across the country, Ariana Grande has launched the “protect and defend trans youth fund,” and she vows to match “all funds raised up to” $1.5 million. The singer, 28, announced the campaign on Instagram on March 31, to coincide with International Transgender Day of Visibility, telling Insta followers the proceeds will “support organizations providing direct services and advocating for the rights of trans youth,” including Equality Florida, the Zebra Coalition and the Black Trans Advocacy Coalition. “Right now there are hundreds of disgraceful bills pending in state legislature that target trans youth and aim to curb their rights,” Ariana wrote in her post. “This will provide critical funds to organizations advocating for the rights of trans youth,” she continued, adding, that “the impact of fighting these anti-trans bills and policies is felt all year by trans people, their families and loved ones.” The Florida native’s fundraiser announcement comes just days after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law the controversial, so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which prohibits classroom instruction on gender identity and sexual orientation for students in kindergarten through Third Grade. It’s one of nearly 200 pieces of legislation filed by Republican lawmakers in states across the country this year aimed at restricting access to everything from education and books about LGBTQ+ issues, to health care for young people who identify as LGBTQ+, to school sports bans against transgender athletes. In its first two days online, Ariana’s fund had already raised nearly $500,000.
Mila Kunis explains how Russia’s Ukraine invasion has changed her parenting
Russia’s ongoing Ukraine invasion has had a major impact on how Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are raising their kids. The couple recently appeared on the new CNN+ interview series, “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?,” where Mila, who was born in Ukraine, explained how the war is changing her perspective on parenting. “I don’t speak Ukrainian,” said Mila, who left the country for the United States with her family at age 8 in 1991. “When I was raised in Ukraine it was still under the USSR umbrella, so I spoke Russian, it is what we all spoke. My kids understand Russian, I speak Russian with my parents. I just kept thinking, ‘It’s good for them to know another language.’ But I never thought culturally speaking it was important to know where they came from. It never crossed my mind until this happened.” After Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, ordered troops into Ukraine last month, Mila she and Ashton made a shift “overnight” in talking to their children, Wyatt, 7, and Dmitri, 5, about what it means to be “half Ukrainian, half American.” While they may not yet understand the full significance — “They were like, ‘Yeah, we get it mom,'” Mila quipped — the actress wants them to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by having a multi-cultural background. “It’s ultimately incredibly important to know where you came from because it’s beautiful. It’s amazing to have multiple cultures,” she said. “It’s a beautiful thing to have out there. We shouldn’t all be alike, we shouldn’t all think alike, that’s the importance of community and growth.” Mila and Ashton have already raised millions of dollars for humanitarian efforts to support Ukraine and its citizens, but she also urged viewers to contact companies still operating in Russia and “ask them to … close their doors” as long as the invasion continues.