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Rebel Wilson slams Fat Pizza and Grimsby co-star ahead of memoir drop, and more entertainment news

So, you’ve been in a chocolate coma all weekend? That’s OK, we understand.

To help you catch up, here’s everything you missed in entertainment over the Easter long weekend.

Rebel Wilson goes nuclear before the release of her new memoir

Australian comedian and actor Rebel Wilson has been teasing the release of her new memoir Rebel Rising by airing some of her showbiz dirty laundry.

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First, she took aim at Sacha Baron Cohen, who starred alongside Wilson in 2016’s Grimsby. Wilson claimed via social media Baron Cohen was a “massive asshole” to her on the set of the spy flop, saying he repeatedly attempted to coerce her into filming a nude scene that she ultimately turned down.

Baron Cohen denied her claims through a spokesperson: “While we appreciate the importance of speaking out, these demonstrably false claims are directly contradicted by extensive detailed evidence, including contemporaneous documents, film footage, and eyewitness accounts from those present before, during and after the production of The Brothers Grimsby.”

In an advanced excerpt of the memoir published over the weekend in Stellar, Wilson also shared her negative feelings about working on Australian shows including Fat Pizza and The Wedge, which launched her into stardom.

“I was in a boys’ show, so I had to take their fatphobic jokes right on my double chin. All people cared about was that I was fat and funny. And I was doing both of those things very well,” Wilson said of her time starring as drug dealer Toula on SBS’s Fat Pizza.

In response, Fat Pizza creator Pauly Fenech defended the show on Instagram claiming that Wilson was an “ungrateful person” who without Fat Pizza “would have not had the success she enjoys”.

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Finally, in an excerpt shared with US Weekly, Wilson claimed that singer Adele “hates her” for how the media compared the two women.

“There was a moment when she was bigger, and some people would confuse us for one another … I am assuming, because to be fair I’ve never asked her,” Wilson wrote in her book.

Rebel Rising is out April 2 in the US. Australian publisher HarperCollins could not confirm a local release date when contacted by ABC Entertainment.

— Velvet Winter

Back to Black is nearly out and you need to hear Marisa Abela singing as Amy Winehouse

Ahead of the highly anticipated biopic‘s April 11 release date, we’ve been cursed with a new clip, set to Marisa Abela’s jarring take on Amy Winehouse’s Stronger than Me.

For reference, here is Amy’s version.

Back to Black’s distributor, StudioCanal, turned comments off on the video. But that hasn’t stopped furious Winehouse fans from sharing their criticisms of Abela’s attempt at imitating the iconic singer’s voice and performance style — and the film’s overall production value.

On Instagram, angry fans have even flocked to the comments sections of Abela’s recent posts.

It comes as Abela shared in a recent appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show she underwent vocal training for “two hours a day for four months” to prepare for the role.

— Yasmin Jeffery

Quiet on Set to release fifth episode to deal with aftermath

Investigation Discovery’s four-part series that delves into the dark side of Nickelodeon in the 90s and early 00s has thrown the industry into disarray.

In Quiet on Set, Drake & Josh star Drake Bell confessed that he was sexually abused by Nickelodeon dialogue coach Brian Peck, which resulted in a 16-month jail sentence for Peck.

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