A lot happened in pop culture this week. Like, a lot a lot. So, I won't dilly-dally with an intro, but I will give you a convoluted mixed metaphor. Buckle up, strap in, hold onto something, take a deep breath, and dive in! Here's what you missed:
1.After some fans expressed concerns that Sydney Sweeney was being exploited for the sheer number of nude scenes in Euphoria, the actor revealed that there were more scripted scenes featuring her character, Cassie, topless. "I've never felt like [creator] Sam [Levinson] has pushed it on me or was trying to get a nude scene into an HBO show. When I didn't want to do it, he didn't make me," she said.
2.In a new tell-all documentary released Friday, Janet Jackson reflected on the 2004 Super Bowl — where Justin Timberlake infamously exposed her breast — and called on fans to move on. "Justin and I are very good friends, and we will always be very good friends," she said. "He and I have moved on, and it’s time for everyone else to do the same."
5.According to reports, Pamela Anderson is not thrilled with upcoming miniseries Pam & Tommy, which has been touted as a corrective narrative exploring the actor's leaked sex tape with Tommy Lee. Lily James and Sebastian Stan, who portray the two leads, previously said the creative team reached out to her to no avail — but that's not stopping fans from threatening to boycott.
6.Kim Kardashian's ex Ray J has seemingly responded to Ye's claims that he retrieved an unreleased second sex tape of the two. A day after Kim's representative said she was "firm in her belief" that no second tape exists, Ray took to Twitter in a rare post, saying, "This needs to stop. I also have kids."
9.Finally, some good fucking news: "Cooking with Flo" (as in Florence Pugh) is back! The actor, who comforts all with her at-home cooking vignettes on Instagram, is returning to her glorious, chefing-it-up, wine-and-dine self. Perhaps it's not earth-shattering news, but it's definitely a much-needed bright spot.
11.Wedding bells are in the air: Brenda Song and Macaulay Culkin are engaged! The Disney power couple share a 9-month-old son named Dakota. They first began dating four years ago and have been seemingly inseparable since!
13.Demigods, it is once again our time to shine! Disney+ has officially greenlitPercy Jackson and the Olympians, a series based on the renowned Rick Riordian books. And before you freak out about it being a potential flop, just know that the author himself will be heavily involved as executive producer!
14.Disney will change course on a new live-action Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs after being heavily criticized by Peter Dinklage, who called it a "fucking backward story." The company said it will be "taking a different approach" and "consult with members of the dwarfism community in order "to avoid reinforcing stereotypes."
16.In a very bizarre (read: jealous) interaction, rock musician Damon Albarn claimed that Taylor Swift "doesn't write her own songs." When she hit back — calling his words "completely false and SO damaging" — he tried to...literally pretend that his quotes were taken out of context. Doesn't it just suck when receipts exist?
17.In some more bewildering music news, Spotify agreed to pull Neil Young's music off the platform after the musician called out its complicity in spreading vaccine misinformation through Joe Rogan's podcast. "They can have Rogan or Young. Not both," he said in a since-deleted open letter. And now, Joni Mitchell is following suit.
18.Peter Robbins, the original voice of Charlie Brown from 9 to 13, died by suicide at 65. The child star quit acting as a teenager and later worked as a DJ and in real estate.
19.Disgraced R&B artist Chris Brown is being sued for $20 million for allegedly drugging and raping a woman on a yacht. A convicted abuser, he claimed that a mysterious "they" are praying on his downfall "whenever [he's] releasing music or projects."
20.In lukewarm statements, the cast of West Side Story — Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose, and Rita Moreno — addressed the sexual assault allegations facing costar Ansel Elgort. Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Rachel said she hopes "people are given the opportunity to answer for themselves." Meanwhile, Ariana maintained that "only the people involved" know what happened, and Rita said it would be "horrendous" to "take sides."
22.Emily in Paris is shaking, by which I mean that Paris Fashion Week is just around the corner. This week, celebs like JuliYe (Julia Fox + Ye) and Madelaine Petsch flocked to the City of Love for couture shows. While JuliYe attended the Kenzo show (making a splash with a denim-on-denim red carpet debut), Madelaine stunned at a Fendi event.
23.10 Things I Hate About You icon Julia Stiles recently welcomed her second child with husband Preston J. Cook. "Welcome to the world, Baby Arlo! ✨ The newest addition to our family, reminding me how infinite love can be," she wrote on Instagram.
24.Cardi B was awarded over $4 million after winning a libel suit against YouTuber Tasha K, who falsely claimed the rapper was a "prostitute," did cocaine, and had STIs. The lawsuit was filed back in 2019, and according to Variety, Tasha's lawyers will be seeking an appeal.
25.In case you weren't aware, Nicolas Cage is "a goth" now. And in case this doesn't track for you (it absolutely should, but I digress), he's so goth that he now owns a pet crow, who bullies him by calling him an "ass" when he leaves the room. Whatever you say, reincarnated Edgar Allen Poe!
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