Scandal Sheet

Scandal Sheet is your daily source for pop culture/entertainment news and celebrity gossip written by Jen McDonnell

August 21, 2017
by Jen McDonnell

Joss Whedon Put on Blast By Ex-Wife: ‘He Is Not Who He Pretends to Be’

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-Ooh boy. Joss Whedon must have had a rough weekend after his wife of 16 years wrote an essay for The Wrap accusing him of multiple on-set affairs. In the scathing article, ex-wife Kai Cole called him a “hypocrite preaching feminist ideals.” Personally, though I still love and adore a lot of his work (Buffy, Angel and Dr Horrible will always hold a special place in my heart), the bloom fell off the Whedon rose when Charisma Carpenter talked about being fired from Angel when he found out she got pregnant. And yes, you can be a cheater and still be a feminist. But I think the reason this story is chafing so many of his female fans today is not because he is accused of infidelity as much as that he’s accused of using white male privilege/power to justify it. According to his wife, he said of his actions: “In many ways I was the HEIGHT of normal, in this culture. We’re taught to be providers and companions and at the same time, to conquer and acquire — specifically sexually — and I was pulling off both!” Like being a serial cheater is somehow fulfilling a masculine destiny? Yuck.

-The day the essay dropped, the biggest Whedon fansite shut down after 15 years.

-Sarah Jessica Parker‘s breathless reaction to the eclipse deserves an Emmy.

-So it turns out Steven Soderbergh‘s Logan Lucky didn’t change the film business overnight. His new movie, which sidestepped the traditional studio marketing machine, opened at a disappointing $8.1 million.

-Bless the lead signer of The Architects, who stopped his show when he saw a woman being groped.

-Out of all the shows I expected Netflix to renew, the critically panned Friends from College wasn’t one of them.  I tried watching it because the cast is lit but it’s a pretty grim slog.

-George and Amal Clooney had a date night and I really dig her dress while simultaneously recognizing it would make me look like a moldy potato.

-Jay-Z is trying to make us believe that infamous elevator fight marked his “one disagreement ever” with Solange. That’s cute.

-Man, last night’s Game of Thrones was a bit of a mess. Why aren’t they killing major characters off? What are they doing to the Stark sisters?!

-This is an interesting piece about how celebrities should react in the aftermath of Neo-Nazi protests. I have to say, I’ve lost some respect for some of the celebs I follow who are usually very vocal yet have remained silent on this.

-Matt Damon is bloody and Julianne Moore is crushing pills in the new trailer for George Clooney’s Suburbicon.

August 18, 2017
by Jen McDonnell

Tina Fey’s Sheetcaking Skit Stirs Controversy

-Tina Fey appeared on the Weekend Update special last night and urged people to ignore the neo-Nazis, stay safe inside and eat some sheetcake. The reactions to it were swift and judge-y. Personally I didn’t love it either, but then again I tend to sideeye some of her race-based comedy bits to begin with. I usually LOVE Fey (I’ve re-read Bossypants so many times I can quote parts of it), but there has definitely been things she’s done on Kimmy Schmidt or Whisky Tango Foxtrot that aren’t great. So I understand why people are arguing that the suggestion from a white woman to ignore neo-nazis is kind of what got us into this mess in the first place. On the other hand, a lot of people think she was gently winking and mocking her own message (with the sheetcake being a spin on “let them eat cake”). It’s entirely possible, but maybe now is not the week for subtle, easily misinterpreted comedy?

-Taylor Swift just went dark on social media, leading to speculation that she’s about to make a big announcement (a new album, maybe?). She wiped all profile pics from her Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram accounts, and she’s no longer following anyone on Twitter.

-I’ve listened to Justin Bieber’s new song four times today. I’m not proud.

-I also really like Miley Cyrus’ new song. It’s like my music tastes are Benjamin Buttoning.

-Finally, Patty Jenkins is closing a deal to direct Wonder Woman 2. She reportedly held out for more money, and this deal could make her the highest paid female director in Hollywood.

-Speaking of ladies making bank, Emma Stone is 2017′s highest-paid actress, according to Forbes. Next in line  are Jennifer Aniston, who pulled in $25.5 million, and Jennifer Lawrence, who earned $24 million.

-Luke Cage explains Danny Rand’s white privilege to him in this scene in The Defenders and it’s amazing. Here’s the backstory.

-Meanwhile, the reviews of The Defenders are mixed at best. THR likes it, but Vulture calls it “a grim slog” and the NYT says it’s “less than the sum of its superheroes.”

-James Corden started his show with an emotional monologue about the Barcelona attack.

-Your internet boyfriend Idris Elba is on crutches. Who wants to volunteer to play nurse? Ok fine, I’ll do it!

-I gave up on Transparent a while ago but somehow came across this clip today of Judith Light singing “Hand In My Pocket” and ended up bawling at my desk. So, that happened.

-Emilia Clarke shared a cute Instagram video of Kit Harington and it almost made it seem like he has a personality!

-Kal Penn putting Trump on blast is the best use of Twitter this week.

-Blake Lively‘s photoshop skills are on point.

-Cobie Smulders, Justin Long and John Cho star in the Literally, Right Before Aaron trailer.



August 17, 2017
by Jen McDonnell

When Buffy Meets Hamilton

-Lin-Manuel Miranda and Sarah Michelle Gellar finally met IRL after months of Twitter flirting.

-Elisabeth Moss used an Instagram comment to reply to a question on how she reconciles her role in The Handmaid’s Tale with her belief in Scientology.

-Mariska Hargitay superfan Taylor Swift reportedly made a ‘generous’ donation to Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation.

-Madonna threw herself a Gypsy-themed birthday party, which feels kinda offensive?

-Also, I really dig the packaging of her new skincare line.

-So both of the Sprouse brothers are kind of trash, huh?

-I love that Crazy Ex-Girlfiend’s Rachel Bloom doesn’t shy away when asked how much she gets paid per episode. “I make $50,000 or $60,000 for acting in an episode before taxes and paying my reps.”

-The Flash star Candice Patton‘s NKD Magazine cover is fire!

-Veteran stuntpeople are questioning the Deadpool producers’ decision to give the motorcycle scene to the late SJ Harris, a professional racer, rather than a more experienced film stunt pro.

-The HBO hackers flexed their muscles by taking over the network’s social media accounts.

-Ben Affleck: maybe Batman, definitely a mess.

-There’s been lots of talk post-Shonda that ABC is trying to pivot to attract “the heartland.” Now comes word that they’re making a live-action version of The Jetsons, and they signed a mega-deal with Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse.

-This is an interesting take on whether or not Rotten Tomatoes can crush a movie. (Personally, I think the reasons bad movies tank is because they’re bad.)

-Everyone’s looking very closely at how the well-reviewed Lucky Logan performs this weekend, because Steven Soderbergh completely bypassed the studio system to make it. He limited the marketing costs, and created an internal site where everyone involved in the film — from casting agents to actors — can log on and get a breakdown of how it’s performing.

-Watch Ben Stiller punch Adam Sandler in this trailer for The Meyerowitz Stories.

-See Zoë Kravitz and Lola Kirke flirt with danger in Gemini trailer.