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September 3, 2015
by Jen McDonnell

Shondaland Takes Over EW


-EW published 4 different #TGIT covers (the best is Shonda Rhimes with her leading ladies, but $10 says the one with Ellen Pompeo will end up in by mailbox. Why does she have to be so nekkid?! How am I supposed to carry this in public? I still haven’t de-blushed from reading this issue on the subway.).

-Even more interesting than the covers/quotes is this gallery from behind the scenes of the photo shoot. I spent a lot of time creepin’ those pics and studying everyone’s interactions.

-Taylor Swift’s camp wants to make it clear that she was not caught on camera doing coke backstage at the VMAs, she was merely blowing her nose. Not only does the video prove it, but it also proves what an INSANE production it is whenever she needs to use a tissue. Seriously, was the human shield necessary?!

-In her Glamour cover story, Anne Hathaway talks about how she’s already losing roles to younger actresses. She’s 32. I hate the world.

-According to Kate Hudson’s Instagram, she’s trying to convince Jennifer Aniston to join the network. God, can you imagine what her feed would look like? I’m picturing a lot of inspirational quotes about yelling at the ocean.

-I take CDAN blind items with a huge grain of salt (less a grain, more a salt mine), but even if this one turns out to be totally made up, it made me laugh and laugh and laugh…

-Congrats to Tom Hardy and his wife Charlotte, who are expecting their second kidlet.

-Also, Tom brought his dog to the Legend premiere and it’s making me feel things.

-Who goes to Benihana, falls into the goddamn grill, and then BLAMES BENIHANA? Tori Spelling, that’s who.

-Did Sandra Bullock‘s new boyfriend break up with his 23-year-old GF to date her?

-Gillian Anderson tweeted a photo from the last day of The X Files’ shoot in Vancouver. (She’s heading to Toronto this weekend. I’m going to try not to make an ass of myself when I meet her. I will undoubtedly fail.)
-It doesn’t matter how good you thought she looked, Cindy Crawford says that unretouched photo of her that went viral “was stolen and malicious.”

-Weird. Mark Ruffalo says the Hulk will not be in the next Captain America movie.

-Lana Del Rey is walking back that comment about feminism being “not an interesting concept.” Kind of.

-This is a great followup to that article I linked to earlier this week about how Netflix is killing the binge watching pattern they made famous. Netflix, Amazon, HBO et al prioritizing quantity over quality is not exactly promising for the future of TV. Sometimes network executive intervention is needed to keep a show on track. For every TV auteur with a singular vision like Mr Robot’s Sam Esmail, there’s the flip side like True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto. (And, let’s face it, as much as I adore Mr Robot, it still isn’t perfect.) Maybe collaboration and network notes aren’t always a bad thing?

-I adore Diane Kruger’s first outfit here. The boots make it.

-I already filled this year’s quirky/weirdo TIFF film quota with Men & Chicken (because nothing has made me laugh harder in a long time than this trailer), but an equally bizarro looking TIFF offering is The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell as a man who has forty-five days to find love or else he will be turned into an animal. I think I’m going to love this.

September 2, 2015
by Jen McDonnell

Avril Lavigne Annouces Split from Chad Kroeger on Instagram

-Avril Lavigne is the latest celebrity to prove she doesn’t need to release statements through official channels. She just announced the end of her two-year marriage to Chad Kroeger via Instagram.

-Here’s a closer look at Sandra Bullock’s new boyfriend. Four for you, girl!

-Emma Thompson continues to give interviews that should become required reading for all humans. Her bit about women who don’t call themselves feminists is particularly inspired.

-Simmer down, E! News. Just because Robert Pattinson happened to be at the same place as a wedding, doesn’t mean he “crashed” it.

-The 007 author apologized about calling Idris Elba “street” and said it had nothing to do with race (which, if you read his full interview, you’d have guessed). But what about Idris not being “sauve” enough? That’s the apology-needing bit, IMO.

-Meanwhile, Idris Elba and Cary Fukunaga cover Variety and tell harrowing tales of almost dying during Beast of No Nations’s shoot in Ghana.

-Gisele Bundchen threatened Tom Brady with divorce, which may explain their sudden PDA. This is why I always side eye articles that say nothing except how cozy a couple is. Like this one.

Next year’s Oscars will have two hosts, because the Anne Hathaway/James Franco debacle has taught us nothing. Unless it’s Amy Schumer and Chris Pratt, I don’t want to hear about it.

-This is a pretty fascinating story about what a mess the fall TV season is, and nothing has even premiered yet. There’s been a crazy amount of firings, recastings and showrunner swaps already.

-Nothing makes me laugh harder than the people on Twitter who are SO MAD about the all the press Kermit and Miss Piggy’s “split” is getting. Yeah, it’s basically just a promo for their new show, but the back and forth is also a clever commentary on celebrity coverage. I bet those Twitter complainers are the same people who point out that wrestling is fake…

-No matter what’s going on with Kermit, Miss Piggy is keeping busy, whether she’s flirting with Liam Hemsworth or helping the Agent Carter cast in their first installment of the #DubSmashWars (scroll down to see the video).

-I like all the words in this headline: “Helena Bonham Carter to Star in Nick Hornby Adaptation of ‘Love, Nina’ for BBC.”

-Hmmm…I’m conflicted about a lot of the words in this headline: “Cate Blanchett to Play Lucille Ball in Biopic Written by Aaron Sorkin.” I mean, surely they could have gotten somebody, anybody other than Sorkin? My faith in his ability to write female characters was nuked by The Newsroom.

-Jimmy Kimmel‘s war against the gaming community is getting very meta.

-On good thing about Mr Robot’s finale being delayed is that it allowed Remi Malek an extra week to do promotion. He was adorable on Kimmel last night, explaining why he owes his role to Emmy Rossum.

-Greg Berlanti is soon going to be responsible for every show on TV. But his new one sounds like it has a Hocus Pocus vibe, so I’m in!

-Bryan Cranston compared being famous to being a pregnant woman, which is both hilarious and apt.

-I’ve seen a lot of shows on Vulture’s top 100 list. Like, A LOT. I should probably go outside at some point…

-Wait, Rosie O’Donnell is dating Tatum O’Neil?

-I was going to attempt an X Files rewatch before the reboot, but these super fast Vine recaps may be the better solution.

-I somehow managed to get TIFF tickets to Sicario. This new clip makes me think I’ll be watching it from behind my fingers.

-Michael Fassbender rises to power in the new Macbeth trailer.


September 1, 2015
by Jen McDonnell

Johnny Depp Channels Matthew McConaughey in New Dior Ad

-I couldn’t even get through Johnny Depp’s entire Dior ad. My cringe muscle was spasming. Seriously, did he think we needed *more* reasons to mock him?

-The VMAs continue to tear everyone apart, and it’s glorious. Demi Lovato and Kathy Griffin are fighting againMiley Cyrus is pissed about that Nicki Minaj‬ confrontation, and Taylor Swift is angry that Kanye West went off-book. It’s the show that keeps on giving!

-Usually when actors cover Men’s Health they’re looking shirtless and ripped, but Colin Farrell ain’t got no time for that. Change approved!

-The author of the 007 books said Idris Elba is “a bit too rough” and “too street” to play Bond. Twitter immediately got its panties in a bunch (rightfully so), but his actual quote got a little lost in the headlines. (The author immediately followed up the comment in question by saying “I can think of other black actors who would do it better,” citing Hustle’s Adrian Lester, so it was more of a tone-deaf comment about class, not race.) He also suggested Idris isn’t “suave” enough, which is equally incomprehensible. Don’t worry Idris, you can still star in lots of stuff. Let’s start with my dreams and my wedding and go from there, mm-kay?

-Ian McKellan refused to join Taylor Swift’s silly squad after she evicted him from his apartment.

-Hilary Clinton‘s emails revealed that she wanted to know when Parks and Rec is on. Hilary Clinton is all of us.

-Andrew Garfield is totally unrecognizable here.

-I really liked this Grantland piece on how young stars like Zac Efron, Jesse Eisenberg and Miles Teller should handle their summer flops.

-Emmy Rossum is engaged to the guy who created Mr. Robot. I LOVE that guy!

-The internet is hating on Kermit’s new girlfriend.

-I’m leaning into my inner geekgirl and going to my very first fan convention this weekend! (Well, I went once but that was on a press pass so it doesn’t really count.) So is Gillian Anderson going to sing to me? Because YouTube has taught me to expect that. A lot.

-This new promo for Shonda night on ABC is all kinds of cute. I love that they’re really playing up Scandal’s love of wine.

-J.K. Rowling wished James Sirius Potter a happy first day at Hogwarts and it sent me down a long wormhole via (I got sorted into Ravenclaw, which I’m feeling very conflicted about.)

-NBC scraped plans for a Coach reboot. “It feels dated” seems like the weirdest excuse ever. Like, this is seriously just occurring to them now?!

-I made my TIFF movie picks yesterday, and one of the films I chose was Julianne Moore and Ellen Page‘s Freeheld, which I can’t wait to see. Page’s response to being told that she’s “brave” for playing a gay character makes me want to see it even more.

-I also chose Brooklyn starring Saoirse Ronan because it got such raves at Sundance.  Here’s the first clip.

-I seriously considered this Drew Barrymore/Toni Collette movie, but it seemed a little lightweight for a TIFF pick (says the girl who picked a film based on the fact that it’s from Denmark and features fake moustaches…)

-I also passed on Eddie Redmayne’s The Danish Girl, and this trailer is making be regret it.