10/8/21 Entertainment News
— Netflix is making some edits to its immensely popular show “Squid Game” to remove a real phone number displayed on the screen. In the show, people are given a mysterious card inviting them to join a deadly game for a chance to win 45-point-six billion won. That card features a phone number belonging to a woman in South Korea. The phone number belongs to Kim Gil-young, who said she has received hundreds of prank calls. She told local broadcaster SBS that many of the people who called her have asked to join the fictitious game. She told the news station that she can’t change her phone number because she owns a business and has given it out to many of her clients.
— The man who Woody Harrelson allegedly punched is now facing charges. D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department told NBC4 the man has been charged, but they did not disclose what charges he’s facing. This comes after the Oscar winner told police he got in a verbal dispute with a fan who wouldn’t stop taking pictures of Harrelson and his daughter at the Water Gate Hotel. Harrelson claims the man lunged at him, which led him to punch the man in the neck. He claims he was acting in self-defense.
— Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran is apologizing after making a joke at Whoopi Goldberg’s expense. While on “The View,” Goldberg said she wanted to try a pair of size-inclusive jeans after other co-hosts raved about them. Corcoran, who was a guest on the show, then chimed in and told Goldberg to send them to her once she was done trying them so she could make two pairs of pants out of them. In a video posted to Twitter later, the businesswoman said her joke at Goldberg’s expense was not funny. She also apologized to anyone she may have offended unintentionally.
— Some critics say cancel culture is once again coming for Dave Chappelle. The comedian is under fire after comments in his new Netflix special “The Closer” supporting author J.K. Rowling over comments about the trans community. Rowling was labeled a “TERF,” or “trans-exclusionary radical feminist,” after arguing trans women are not actual women. Chappelle said he agrees with Rowling in the special. GLAAD and the National Black Justice Coalition are just a few of the groups calling out the comedian for his comments. GLAAD said in a statement that “Chappelle’s brand has become synonymous with ridiculing trans people and other marginalized communities.”
— A spinoff to the Emmy-nominated Disney+series “WandaVision” is in the works. The potential Marvel series would focus on Kathryn Hahn’s character, Salem witch Agatha Harkness. “WandaVision” head writer Jac Schaeffer would serve as writer and executive producer on the new series. The Harkness spinoff has been described by sources as a dark comedy, though exact plot details remain under wraps. The “WandaVision” limited series racked up 23 Emmy nominations, including one for Hahn as best supporting actress. Schaeffer was nominated for writing the first episode and, as part of the show’s producing team, for best limited or anthology series.
— The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is teaming up with the NAACP to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in the entertainment industry. The moves comes after the organization received criticism for a lack of diversity among Golden Globe winners and nominees. The Reimagine Coalition will be a five year undertaking that aims to increase representation in the industry and create better job opportunities for Hollywood workers. Last week, the HFPA expanded its class of foreign journalists by 20-percent, all from underrepresented groups. NBC had previously declined to air the Globes next year over the organization’s lack of diversity.
— Actress Kiernan Shipka is heading to Riverdale. On Thursday, Warner Bros TV announced Chilling Adventures of Sabrina actress is taking her role to the hit tv show “Riverdale.” Shipka is set to appear in the sixth season of the show.
— Details are emerging about Britney Spears’ 13-year conservatorship. TMZ reports the entertainer’s father, Jamie Spears, as well as her business team, involving Lou Taylor and Robin Greenhill, felt that she could be freed of any mental anguish by use of Christianity. Sources close to the celebrity gossip outlet revealed that the three walked around with the bible in hand, preaching the word of God for the first year of the conservatorship. They also claim the pop star was only allowed the star to read religious material.