This spring, the pandemic halted production on "The Batman," leaving its star Robert Pattinson quarantined in London, presumably with his rumored girlfriend, Suki Waterhouse. With his superhero plans on hold and his work on Christopher Nolan's "Tenet" in the can, the 34-year-old took the opportunity of a GQ cover story interview to demo an allegedly edible "business idea." It's called "Piccolini Cuscino," or "Little Pillow," he explained in the magazine's June/July issue. The idea — which he even pitched (unsuccessfully) to Uovoa restauranteur Lele Massimini — was to "capitalize" on the popular attributes of handheld fast-food items like burgers. The version he whipped one up for GQ involved cornflakes (the corner store was out of breadcrumbs), "nine packs of presliced cheese," microwaved pasta, sugar and red sauce. And danger … lots of danger. According to GQ's rehash, Rob first nuked a bowl of water-covered penne in the microwave for eight minutes. Then he dumped sugar on tin foil, to which he added layers of the presliced cheese. "I found after a lot of experimentation that you really need to congeal everything in an enormous amount of sugar and cheese," he explained. Next, came more sugar for the "crust." Then an outside layer of cornflake crumbs. Then red sauce, microwaved pasta and more sugar. More congealing, too. Finally, Rob took the top of a hamburger bun and burned the letters "L.P." on it with a lighter (thereby briefly setting his gloved hand on fire). He then nestled the pasta/sugar/sauce/cornflake blob into the bun top, wrapped it all in more tin foil and stuck it in what he believed was an oven, despite the interviewer's warning that it sure looked like another microwave. Though the Little Pillow should have been ready to eat 10 minutes later, the microwave exploded instead. "I think I have to leave that alone," Rob observed while cowering on the kitchen floor. "But that is a Piccolini Cuscino." All of which leaves us with one question: He's not doing his own "Batman" stunts, right?
Keep reading to see how much Kurt Cobain's 'Unplugged' guitar is expected to rake in at auction …
Meghan McCain has gone 'full quarantine witch' as she shows off her gray roots
Like Kelly Ripa before her, Meghan McCain is coming to terms with her hair's true colors, one of which is gray. On Instagram on Monday, the 35-year-old "View" cohost shared a photo of her roots, in all their not-so-platinum glory. "No lies about 'lighting', d'ry shampoo' or at home treatments here," Meghan wrote, joking, "… reached my full quarantine Witch grey hair completion." She went on to say this is the longest she's ever gone without touching up her color. "Shoutout to all my fellow women who also hereditarily went prematurely grey in your twenties. I'm owning it. Just gotta go find my cauldron," she continued. "Wanna join my coven? 🧙🏻♀️🔮😈👻🧙🏻♀️ (also please don't ask me to do my color at home, I can barely blow dry my own hair let alone highlight it)." The post was met with plenty of appreciation from some of the scores of folks accustomed to regular salon visits who are now being forced to embrace their gray.
Kurt Cobain's 'Unplugged' guitar expected to sell for $1M+ at auction
The guitar Kurt Cobain played in his 1993 "MTV Unplugged" performance is headed to auction and expected to sell for at least $1 million, ending a long and ugly phase of the rare, 1959 Martin D-18E instrument's existence. The guitar became a major player in the recent divorce battle between the Nirvana frontman's daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, and her now ex-husband, Isaiah Silva, who claimed Frances gave it to him as a wedding gift and fought successfully in court to hang onto it. Frances' mother Courtney Love got involved, as well, before the court handed it over to Silva. Page Six notes that since no seller is listed by auction host Julien's Auctions, indicating Silva will likely reap the rewards of the sale. In addition to the guitar, which Kurt customized, according to CNN, the lot features Kurt's guitar case, which still has a Poison Idea album flyer and three baggage claim stubs attached to it. The singer and guitarist died just months after the "Unplugged" performance.
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Harry Styles' fans are depressed, enraged as a candle that smells like him sells out
For some, the apocalypse has not arrived in the form of a contagious virus, but rather in the news a Harry Styles-scented candle is no longer available online. The candle in question is Target's Threshold Cashmere Vanilla, which the TikTok masses apparently deemed smells just like the singer's spirit, because it's reminiscent of the fragrance he wears, Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille. The actual cologne runs upwards of $200, while the Target candle version runs a mere $6.99 (when it's in stock), according to Page Six. The comments on TikTok and beyond have so far run from tongue-in-cheek to seriously distraught, a la, "All i wanted was to buy that fricken candle from target that smells like harry styles and it's sold out everywhere….. i hate you all." TMZ reports more of the unintentionally Harry-esque candles are in the works.
Bill Murray to face off against Guy Fieri in nacho-making contest to benefit restaurant workers
And you thought Bill Murray had already shown us all of his little known skills … Turns out the "Groundhog Day" star has some ninja nacho-making tricks up his sleeve that he's ready to show off this Friday when he goes up against Guy Fieiri in the "Nacho Average Showdown," a live streaming contest slash coronavirus relief fundraiser slated to air on the Food Network Facebook page. The event benefits Guy's Restaurant Employee Relief Fund (RERF), which provides grants to restaurant workers, about 8 million of whom are unemployed today as a result of the COVID pandemic, according to EW. In a statement, Guy called restaurant staff "the hardest working, most real deal workers you've ever met" and "the heartbeats of their communities," and urged fans to step up and help now, "when they need it most." While Bill's restaurant experience is less wide-reaching than that of his celeb chef opponent, the comic does make occasional guest bartender appearances at his son Homer's New York City bar and restaurant, 21 Greenpoint.
How Emily Blunt, John Krasinski's daughters are supporting Guy Fieri's Restaurant Employee Relief Fund
John Krasinski and Emily Blunt's daughters are pitching in to help Guy Fieri raise money for restaurant workers affected by the pandemic, too. ET reports Hazel, 6, and Violet, 3, contributed artwork that will appear on limited-edition tote bags and T-shirts as part of a fundraising drive for the celebrity chef's Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. John announced the girls' contribution on his "Some Good News" show this week after surprising Guy with the "good news" that Pepsi is donating $3 million to Guy's restaurant-focused COVID-19 relief fund. "I answer the age-old question on SGN which is: 'What do you get for $3 million?'" John asked on the show. Holding up the girls' artwork he answered, "You get a whole lotta love from my house."
Dakota Johnson finds a silver lining in depression and anxiety
Sometimes the path of least of resistance gets the best results — even when it comes to mental health. That seems to be the case for Dakota Johnson, who reveals in the new issue of Marie Claire that depression and anxiety have been part of her life since childhood, much of which was spent shuttling between the separate homes and film sets of her divorced parents, Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. Now 30, the actress and director has come to realize her mental health challenges don't have to be entirely negative. She does have to put time and energy into keeping them at bay, though. "My brain moves at a million miles per minute," she says. "I have to do a lot of work to purge thoughts and emotions, and I am in a lot of therapy." Still, that brain wave action seems to make her more attentive to detail at work, which these days is focused largely on producing and directing. As for her depression, she says she's "struggled" with it since she was maybe 14. "That was when, with the help of professionals, I was like, 'Oh, this is a thing I can fall into,'" Dakota recalls. "But I've learned to find it beautiful because I feel the world. I guess I have a lot of complexities, but they don't pour out of me. I don't make it anyone else's problem."
David Bowie and Iman's daughter, Lexi, hasn't seen her mom in six months
Alexandria "Lexi" Jones, the 19-year-old daughter of late rock icon David Bowie and supermodel Iman, is missing her mom more than ever — and she's asking anyone who will listen to continue abiding by social distancing rules so that she and Iman can be reunited soon. In one of two Mother's Day posts about Iman (via People), Lexi revealed it's been six months since she last saw her mother, who lives on the other side of the country from her. Sharing a throwback photo of the two and a "happy Mother's Day," Lexi wrote: "Everyone pls stay inside I haven't seen my mom for 6 months because we live on opposite coasts and it is very difficult to leave ny right now …" She went on to semi-joke that because she's "a child," she misses her mother "dearly," before wrapping up with, "…so pls be party poopers this one time so it doesn't take 2 f—— years to see her again thank you!"
David Bowie and Iman's daughter, Lexi, hasn't seen her mom in six months
Lexi Jones isn't the only one who was missing family this Mother's Day. Diplo revealed on Monday that he has yet to meet his new son, Pace, since the DJ/producer and Jevon King welcomed him to the world on March 20. Sharing a video of the adorable newborn, Diplo told Instagram followers he'd "had an entire a– baby in quarantine." He went on to admit he'd been "hesitant" to share photos of the little guy, "because not only does he already had a better haircut than me.. But also because I havent met him yet since we are separated by a million miles and closed borders." The proud dad of three added, "His name is Pace, he and his mommy are super healthy and happy and I'm going to meet them as soon as we turn a corner on this world shutdown." Diplo also shares sons Locket, 10, and Lazer, 6, with his ex, Kathryn Lockhart.
Helena Bonham Carter reveals Harvey Weinstein once made a pass at her
Add Helena Bonham Carter to the very long list of women who witnessed Harvey Weinstein's inappropriate behavior, firsthand, when she worked with him. Speaking to Louis Theroux on his "Grounded" podcast, the 53-year-old "The Crown" star said the producer once tried to make a pass at her but she got away from him before it went further. "He literally laid a hand on me, that's all, he was trying to give me a massage of my neck and I knew this wasn't going well so I ran and said no, or got to the other side of the room," she recalled, according to the Daily Mail. The actress said that at the time — many years before he was sentenced to 23 years in prison on sexual assault and rape charges — she "wasn't aware of him pursuing people against their will." Helena added, "I was aware that he would make passes at people and he did make a pass at me and I just said no and that was the end of it." Looking back, she sees his behavior as that of a "bully" whose impulses were "partly … sociopathic." She explained: "I saw him treat some people so badly and there was no compassion there, that was what disturbed me."