Scandal Sheet

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

February 21, 2018
by Jen McDonnell

Oprah Joins George Clooney In Donating to March For Our Lives

-Oprah and Steven Spielberg have vowed to match George & Amal Clooney‘s donations to March for Our Lives. Which is wonderful and praise-worthy – but is also leading some to wonder where this support for kids was during the Black Lives Matters movement?

-I feel like Angelina Jolie has worn a version of this dress over and over.  It’s definitely got an Oscars 2014 vibe, with a dash of Critics Choice Awards 2015.

-I don’t understand this Us Weekly story about how Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are putting their baby plans on hold.Why is her camp even putting this stuff out there? To what end?

-If you’ve seen Black Panther – and it seems like everyone in North America has – then you’ve probably debated with your friends just how villainous Killmonger is.  (I think that he’s sympathetic but ultimately is an oppressor just like the system he’s trying to fight against.) Ira at the Daily Beast probably has my favourite take on it so far: “Yes, Killmonger makes some really good points. But as [director Ryan] Coogler shows, we ought to look toward black women for morality in this world.”

In a new interview with the New York Times about the Me Too movement, Minnie Driver took another dig at ex-boyfriend Matt Damon, saying his comments “represented every intelligent, nice white male who feels it is their job to comment on the way that women metabolize stuff.”

-Speaking of MeToo, this cinematographer’s speech about how he wants to change the industry is amazing.

-Megan Fox had some frank words about what it’s like to be an actress in Hollywood: “You’re a commodity. As long as you survive filming and they’ve gotten what they need from you they don’t really care if you drop dead afterwards. It doesn’t matter if you break an arm or you break a leg.”

-David Cross says the cast of Arrested Development “stands behind” Jeffrey Tambor. I’m not sure this is a good look right now…

-This is terrible: Karla Souza, who plays Laurel on How to Get Away With Murder, says she was raped by a director while on a set in Mexico early in her career.

-Eminem‘s “Till I Collapse” came out ages ago and still remains popular on Spotify — mostly because people still listen to it when working out. Mine remains Moby’s “Flower” — only because I keep stupidly attempting the Sally Up challenge.

-Ryan Reynolds has no time for people who criticize his work with the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

-And Jennifer Lawrence has no time for your criticisms of her dress at Red Sparrow’s London photocall: “This is sexist, this is ridiculous, this is not feminism.”

-Meanwhile, Jennifer says she’s coming for Timothée Chalamet when he gets a bit older. “[I'm] buttering him up like a pig for slaughter, and then I’m going to swing right in there as soon as he’s, like, 30.” Uh, there may be a flaw in this plan…

-I follow Colton Haynes on Instagram (because he’s adorable!) and his IG Stories about his mom’s wait for a liver transplant have been heartbreaking.

-Nothing amuses me more than Americans slowly finding out that Tessa Virture and Scott Moir had a Canadian reality show.

-Aaron Paul and his wife Lauren have named their daughter Story Annabelle and I kind of love it.

-If you dig behind-the-scenes peeks at TV shows, this is a very good look at how Crazy Ex-Girlfriend mapped out their most recent season.

-Ellen had billionaire Bill Gates on and quizzed him about the prices of everyday items at the supermarket. He clearly never does laundry or buys pizza rolls, but he’s totally down with floss.



February 20, 2018
by Jen McDonnell

Oscar Isaac Talks New Marriage in GQ

Oscar Isaac Confirms Marriage To Elvira Lind

-Oscar Isaac has kept pretty mum about his marriage to Elvira Lind, but he opens up about it in the new issue of GQ: “At the time, right before it happened, my mom was ill, and so I saw her carrying my child, bathing my sick mom—seeing her do that, I just thought: I want to be with this person forever and ever.”

-George and Amal Clooney continue to be awesome, pledging $500K to the student-led gun-violence protest.

-Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup went public with their rumoured relationship at the BAFTAs over the weekend.

-Yay! Sterling K Brown is going to host SNL on March 10.

-Black Panther shredded box office records with its $218 Million holiday weekend opening, the biggest non-sequel film opening of all time. I adored it — I can’t remember the last superhero movie I saw in which I could immediately think of 5 side characters that I’d want to see a standalone movie about. There have been some incredible writing about it over this weekend, especially this New Yorker piece. I also liked this article about how it’s Marvel’s best movie, or how it’s the first superhero movie in a while that doesn’t fall apart in the third act.

-I also love how crazy supportive the cast is of each other.

-Meanwhile, Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B Jordan continue to flirt on social media and it’s giving me life!!

-The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan signed on for an ABC pilot. There’s still a possibility that the pilot won’t get picked up and she’s return to the show, but it doesn’t sound like she’s trying to play hardball or this is a negotiation tactic. AMC reportedly offered her “a modest salary increase,” she rejected it, and now she’s available for other gigs.

-Katie Holmes  will return to TV, playing an FBI agent on the new show from Ilene Chaiken, who produced The Handmaid’s Tale and The L Word. I’m surprised she ended up at Fox instead of a cable show or a streaming service.

-I can’t tell if these photos of Chris Martin and Dakota Johnson in Vancouver are staged, or if they just like to stare intently at each other while drinking smoothies…

-A vocal coach tried to make sense of Fergie‘s disastrous national anthem.

-Anna Wintour took the only person who makes her look downright chipper by comparison to a fashion show: The Queen.

-I like Aubrey Plaza and I only want the best for her, but I can’t do another season of Legion.

-Joel McHale says that when he was hosting The Soup, his E! bosses told him to go easier on the Kardashians.

-Not surprisingly, Justin Theroux had been spending his last months with Jennifer Aniston in the guest house.

-I had no idea that there was speculation that Janelle Monae and Tessa Thompson  may be dating, but I’m here for it!

-Natalie Portman’s response to the notion that #MeToo is ending men’s careers is great: “Let’s talk about the vast art trove we’ve lost by not giving women, people of color, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ+ community opportunities — let’s talk about that loss for all of us in art. Let’s talk about that huge hole in our culture. I don’t want talk about ‘Isn’t it sad that this person who’s made 500 movies can’t make movies anymore?’”

-Halle Berry and Daniel Craig play neighbors during the 1992 L.A. riots in the Kings trailer.

February 16, 2018
by Jen McDonnell

Drake Is Feeling Generous in New Music Video

-Drake gives away $1 million in his new “God’s Plan” video and I’m not crying, you’re crying!

-Now that Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have made their split official, all the blind items that people suspected were about them are coming out.

-Meanwhile, everyone is buzzing about a possible Aniston/Pitt reunion. Why would she do that? She’s been pretty clear that she doesn’t want kids — I’m not sure we should want her to take on six of someone else’s.

-I’m going to Black Panther tonight and I CANNOT WAIT! I was following the #WakandaCameToSlay hashtag last night of everyone posting pics of being dressed up for opening night, and the world showed out!

-Also, I love that Brie Larson is using Twitter to help people buy Black Panther tickets for others.

-Jimmy Kimmel broke down in tears during his monologue last night.

-Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo welcomed baby No. 2: a daughter named Geo Grace Levine.

-Oof, Jeffrey Tambor’s statement about getting fired from Transparent is not a good look. “I can only surmise that the investigation against me was deeply flawed and biased toward the toxic politicized atmosphere that afflicted our set.”

-Another YA author bites the dust. Maze Runner author James Dashner  has been dropped by Random House in the wake of misconduct allegations.

-Meanwhile, the best statement I’ve seen yet from an author who’s been caught up in this since the School Library Journal first published their article about harassment in children’s lit is Myke Cole’s. It’s like a master class in giving an apology. This is my favourite part: “If you’re a friend who is thinking of stepping in to defend me, please don’t. The culture only changes if people own their behavior, without excuses, exceptions or defenses. I did this. It’s mine to carry.”

-An actress is suing Omar Epps, claiming he broke her arm when he improvised a scene while shooting USA Network’s Shooter in 2016.

-This deep-dive into the National Enquirer’s “catch and kill” method (when they buy the rights to a story so they can bury it) is fascinating.

-This tweet about Andrew Garfield being awesome slipped past my radar last week but it’s so good I’m linking to it.

-Jennifer Lawrence‘s Red Sparrow is getting mixed reviews, with most critics saying its more style over substance.

-Natalie Portman said when she was pregnant with her second child, she felt a trickle down her leg and assumed her water broke. Turns out her husband the only thing that broke was her husband’s water bottle.

-I always love finding out which actors are most in demand during pilot season.  Actresses with multiple offers on the table include Evangeline Lilly, Kat Dennings, Vera Farmiga, Olivia Munn, Leighton Meester, Neve Campbell, Ginnifer Goodwin and Marisa Tomei. On the actor side, it’s Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Taran Killam, Jason Sudeikis, Michael C. Hall, Colin O’Donoghue, Dax Shepard, Josh Charles, Ryan Eggoldand and Corey Stoll. It’s also interesting that The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan is openly looking for a new gig.

-I’m glad that Netflix’s Everything Sucks is getting good reviews. It feels like a natural show to follow The End of the F*cking World.

-Speaking of well-reviewed TV, Atlanta season 2 is reportedly stronger and stranger.

-Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya says someone had to tell him that on American movie sets, you’re supposed to kiss without tongue. “I was just doing it, because I thought we’re keeping it real!” Allison Janney added a story about how kissing Meryl Streep comes with a face lift.

-The Kaiju are bigger than ever in the new trailer for Pacific Rim: Uprising.