The daily gossip: January 22, 2020

Scott Meslow

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Big news, Little Monsters: After an extended break from pop stardom to star in A Star is Born, Lady Gaga might finally have a new album on the horizon. "Stupid Love," a new song purportedly by Gaga, appeared on the internet this week, and if it's not a leaked new Lady Gaga track it's a very convincing pastiche of one. Despite widespread praise for the track from fans, Gaga has yet to comment either way on "Stupid Love" — which is weird, because she usually lives for the applause. [Page Six]

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If Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's daughter "North West" sounds like the kind of joke you'd hear from a hacky comedian, there's a good reason for that: They got her name from a hacky comedian. Kardashian revealed that North's name came as a jokey suggestion from Jay Leno in 2013, who presumably followed up that extremely clever bit by suggesting "South West" or "East West." Though Kardashian initially laughed off Leno's suggestions, she says North became the top contender "within four or five days," because a good idea is a good idea no matter where you hear it. [CNN]

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A few months ago, the internet was saddened and baffled by the news that Henry Winkler and Tom Hanks — perhaps the two nicest-seeming guys in Hollywood — apparently had beef stemming all the way back to 1989, when Winkler was fired as the director of Turner & Hooch amid reports he didn't get along with star Hanks. But we can all breathe a sigh of relief: In a new interview, Winkler says he and Hanks get along great these days. According to Winkler, he and Hanks even recently bonded at a Bruno Mars concert — and if you don't believe him, just watch. [TMZ]

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In another long-simmering celebrity feud everybody but the celebrities involved has forgotten about, Jude Law recently addressed getting roasted by host Chris Rock at the 2005 Oscars. At the time, Rock cracked a joke about Law being "in everything" — and to be fair, he was in six different movies in 2004. Rock also suggested Law was inferior to actors like Tom Cruise. On reflection today, Law says the joke was "upsetting" at the time, but that he's over it now — and come on, how mad can you be when Sean Penn grabs the mic to defend you? [Vulture]

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Heads up: The hottest spot in New York City is apparently a Bed Bath & Beyond. That's where you could find Dune costars and notably cool young people Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet earlier this week, where they were spotted bumming around and buying stuff by a fan who posted snapshots online. No word on exactly what Zendaya and Chalamet purchased, sadly — and since it was a Bed Bath & Beyond, we suppose it could literally have been anything. [E! Online]

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