Scandal Sheet

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

May 23, 2017
by Jen McDonnell

The Cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi Cover Vanity Fair


-All of the Vanity Fair Star Wars covers are great, but the one featuring John Boyega and Oscar Isaac is making the internet blow up. Finn is wearing Poe’s entire outfit from the Force Awakens — not just the jacket, but the belt and pants too. It’s like fanfiction come to life!

-I was grossed out that media outlets kept calling Beyoncé’s baby shower a “push party” until I realized that’s how she and Jay Z referred to it themselves. Be better, everyone.

-A Pirates 5 writer says Dead Men Tell No Tales had a female villain… until Johnny Depp made them change it. He just keeps getting dreamier and dreamier, huh?

-I didn’t see this one coming: Scarlett Johansson reportedly got cozy with Weekend Update’s Colin Jost at the SNL season finale after-party.

-During the terribleness that was last night, this story about Mr Rogers stood out as a little sliver of wonderfulness amongst the darkness.

-Meanwhile, Ariana Grande’s team is still assessing whether or not to continue her tour following the Manchester attack.

-Chrissy Teigen expressed a favourable opinion about Ed Sheeran on Twitter and got pulled into the squad wars.

-Katy Perry keeps flip-flopping about whether or not her new song is about Taylor Swift.

-Wait, Veronica Mars’ Jason Dohring is joining iZombie? Just when I thought I couldn’t love this show more…

-Oh shit, Baywatch is only at 15% on Rotten Tomatoes.

-Twin Peaks returned to not-great ratings, but Showtime is saying lots of people signed up to their streaming site.

-Meanwhile, this is a good read on how incredibly low live TV ratings are the norm.

-CBS says Stephen Colbert had the most total viewers in late night for the TV season, beating Fallon’s Tonight Show.

-Kristen Stewart‘s Chanel outfit at Cannes confuses me on multiple levels.

-Here’s our first look at Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace in American Crime Story. Whoa.

-Critics are really hating ABC’s Dirty Dancing remake, which airs tomorrow. I was curious, but not after I found out it runs three(!) hours long.

-Cobie Smulders threatens a pharmacist for fertility drugs in the Friends From College trailer.

May 22, 2017
by Jen McDonnell

Rihanna, Lupita Nyong’o Make the Internet’s Dream Come True

-It started as a tweet, turned into a meme, and now it’s actually happening: Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o will costar in a buddy movie directed by Ava DuVernay. The original tweeter better get a producer credit.

-This is tragic: Zack Synder has stepped away from the Justice League movie to due the recent suicide of his daughterJoss Whedon will reportedly step in to finish the film. (She passed away in March, proving Hollywood knows how to keep its ish under wraps when it wants to.)

-GQ interviewed a bunch of TV comedy showrunners, including Rachel Bloom, Pete Holmes, Rob Delaney, Issa Rae, Sharon Horgan and more.

-Last night’s Billboard Music Awards was ruled by the divas, from Cher’s performance of “If I Could Turn Back Time” (my fave part of that clip is Ansel Elgot‘s enthusiastic singalong) to Celine Dion‘s performance of “My Heart Will Go On.” Other cute moments include Celine leading the backstage press in a Cher singalong,  Drake telling Celine: “You’re very iconic. We love you,” and Vanessa Hudgens giving  us her best Celine.

-Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer and Sasheer Zamata all announced that this weekend’s episode of SNL was their last.

-Speaking of the SNL finale, Katy Perry managed to alienate the black community and the LGBT community.

-Billy Bush broke his silence on the Trump fiasco in a new cover story. Let’s all just pretend he didn’t, k?

-Jessica Simpson was on Ellen and reminded us that she’s kinda kooky.

-I would really, really love to see Salma Hayek’s live-chat be flooded with questions about her shut down of Jessica Williams. Make it happen, interwebs!

-I don’t watch reality TV, but this Twitter headline got me clicking anyway: “The Bachelor(ette) has long been cruel to black women. It may now be our greatest hope”

-There’s going to be a monster movie-verse with Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe and Javier Bardem.

-Yet another streaming service has launched — and this one has Jared Leto as its “Chief Creative Officer.” Well then…

-Nicki Minaj has been quietly sponsoring an Indian village for years because she’s kind of awesome.

-Critics are hating on the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but it’s still projected to make buckets of money.

-Krystal tries to get to the bottom of things and Keira is kidnapped in the final Orphan Black trailer.

-The trailer for The Hitman’s Bodyguard didn’t really do it for me when I first saw it, but if this is the poster, I may have to rethink my stance.

May 19, 2017
by Jen McDonnell

Wonder Woman Earns Early Raves

Wonder Woman on the cover of EW

-Wonder Woman, which got its own EW cover this week, is getting good early reviews! (I already bought 10 tickets for my crew so I was seeing it either way, but this is a relief.)

-Parent of twins Julia Roberts says George and Amal Clooney “don’t need advice from me or anybody else” — and then she proceeded to give some.

-Vicky Cornell, the wife of Chris Cornell, issued a statement today implying his suicide may have been the result of taking too much anxiety medication.

-Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are not even engaged yet, but they already have permission to wed at Westminster Abbey. Being a royal is weird, yo.

-Amy Schumer has split from Ben Hanisch and says she prefers to date “nice guys,” so I’m guessing it wasn’t exactly amicable.

-Steve Harvey‘s ex-wife is suing him for $60 million for child endangerment, torture, conspiracy against rights, intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of contract, and “soul murder,” which is defined in the lawsuit as “a combination of torture, deprivation, and brainwashing.”

-Seth Rogen‘s tweet about Justin Timberlake made me laugh (and yeah, his wife really does look like Jessica Biel).

-This is terrifying: Amber Rose slept while intruder broke into her home and stayed for hours.

-Katy Perry pranked unsuspecting visitors to New York’s Whitney Museum. If this happened to me, she would catch these hands.

-The CW revealed their new lineup, and they’re moving Riverdale to Wednesday, Arrow to Thursday (against This is Us — ouch!), and Jane the Virgin to Friday. Also, Black Lightning won’t be part of the shared universe like their other DC shows (because heaven forbid CW’s first black superhero show gets to be part of the crossovers.)

-Also, the CW debuted trailers for their new shows. Black Lightning looks  great, Life Sentence could be cute, and Dynasty looks terrible.

-I don’t know much about One Direction except that their fandom is super intense and will spend lots of money on them.  So why did Liam Payne think it would be a good idea to diss his former band on his first single?

-Orange Is The New Black fans, here’s a skit where Taystee and Poussey meet in Tucker’s bar from Black Mirror’s “San Junipero” episode.

-This is a great piece on how Master Of None captures the loneliness of being constantly connected. The scene that stuck out to me in the new season was when he and his buddy were having the dinner at the most famous restaurant in Italy and they both stopped mid-meal to text.

-Also, chef Massimo Bottura, who was featured in Netflix’s Chef’s Table, was the one who pitched Aziz Ansari on shooting in Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana, not the other way around.

-Olivia Wilde was at Times Square yesterday when all hell broke loose.

-P*ssy Posse founder Leonardo DiCaprio has broken up with yet another model.

-The trailer for CBS’ Star Trek show is so wonderfully diverse and female-powered that I might actually watch it.

-Speaking of CBS shows, Mom has made the almost-unheard-of-in-Hollywood decision to donate the $250,000 budget earmarked for Emmy campaigning to Planned Parenthood. I don’t watch it, but this makes me want them to win the Emmy.

-I kind of love this Buzzfeed article about a writer who found her voice by writing Justin Timberlake fanfic. Who knew that was even a thing?

-CBC has unveiled the release date and a trailer for Alias Grace. So much Atwood on our TVs! I love it!