Scandal Sheet

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

August 24, 2016
by Jen McDonnell

Renee Zellweger Tackles Gender Inequality


-This is a good profile on Renee Zellweger. It’s one thing for a paparazzi-baiting celeb like Jennifer Aniston to complain about the scrutiny surrounding her, but it’s more powerful when it comes from someone who self-exiled themselves from the spotlight for six years. I especially liked this part: “This conversation perpetuates the problem. Why are we talking about how women look? Why do we value beauty over contribution? We don’t seem to value beauty over contribution for men. It’s simply not a conversation.”

-On the flip side, Gabrielle Carteris is petitioning to keep ages off IMDB, saying that she wouldn’t have been Andrea on 90210 if a casting director could find her real age online. I’m not sure lying about aging is going to help with gender inequality.

-Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart have split – about four years after we all expected them to.

-Leslie Jonespersonal website was hacked and nude photos, passport, and passwords were posted online. This is bullshit. What was her crime? Starring in a summer movie while being a black female? Paul Feig has spoken out against it; I really hope her GB costars get vocal soon too.

-This preview of Britney Spears’ Carpool Karaoke edition has me worried. James Corden has said that they tape these things for hours, and this is the best they could edit down to 30 seconds? Her pretending to sing and not getting his jokes? Ooh boy.

-Unlike his Mr Robot character, Rami Malek can’t code or type, but he did manage to post his first Instagram selfie with Stephen Colbert’s help.

-The Affair costars Joshua Jackson and Ruth Wilson went to a restaurant together — for 8 hours! No judgement. If I were her, I’d extend that meal as long as possible too. (“You’re cool if I order a fourth entree, right?”)

-Bella Thorne is one of those people who I can never, ever place (even though I’ve watched The Duff an embarrassing amount of times. Like, a mortifying amount). But now that she’s come out as bi weeks after splitting with her bf and now may be dating her brother’s ex-girlfriend, I guess I should start paying attention.

-Oh, and the next day it’s announced that she is executive producing a Lifetime TV movie. Got it.

-John Krasinski says he might’ve played Captain America if he wasn’t so intimidated by the swole Chris Hemsworth.

-Also, Krasinski says he’d rather Emily Blunt this he was watching porn than have her realize he was watching Devil Wears Prada for the 75th time.

-”I don’t assume that people know who I am.” Beck, reminding us why we love him.

-Look, I like Michael Strahan just fine. He seems like a nice guy and I think my mom has a crush on him. But the way ABC keeps going all in with him confuses me. He just sold a script to them about a former football star who joins the Miami police force. Like, a drama script!

-Courteney Cox ran wild with Bear Grylls and discussed her divorce from David Arquette, her “brutal” temporary split from Johnny McDaid and her plastic surgery regrets.

-Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston had a fight? Heavens!

-Not sure we need to know that Naya Rivera got an abortion during her day off from Glee, but here we are.

-I love that Keira Knightley revealed that she’s been wearing wigs for years. I feel like 90% of female celebrities are wearing other people’s hair, while we spiral in hair envy about them.

-I could listen to Kevin Bacon talk about feminist theory forever.

-Whenever I see a Victoria Beckham dress design that I love, I get so confused/surprised.

-The first trailer for Kenneth Lonergan’s drama Manchester By the Sea is here, starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and Kyle Chandler. I’m basically planning my entire TIFF schedule around this movie.

August 23, 2016
by Jen McDonnell

Scott Eastwood Remembers Girlfriend Who Died In Car Crash


-Scott Eastwood covers the new issue of GQ Australia, in which he talks about losing a girlfriend to a car accident, and how his dad once punched him in the face when he was 16. And now I feel bad for Scott Eastwood. This is new.

-This is an excellent, excellent interview with Donald Glover about addressing black culture in his new show.

-Sarah Paulson is joining Feud,  Ryan Murphy‘s new show based on the conflict between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. This cast is INSANE. Jessica Lange is Crawford, Susan Sarandon is Davis, Paulson is Oscar-winner Geraldine Page, Catherine Zeta-Jones is Olivia de Havilland, and Judy Davis is gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. I mean, jesus.

-Unfortunately, Paulson‘s career winning streak continues to not translate into fashion wins.

-The Anne of Green Gables TV adaptation has been picked up by Netflix. This is awesome! Someone I know is working on the production in Toronto.

-In his new interview with the Guardian, Miles Teller tries to do some serious damage control following that douchey Esquire interview. “If I read this and you call me an asshole, I’m going to be so pissed off.”

-Jennifer Lawrence and Melissa McCarthy are topping Forbes 2016 list of highest-paid actresses again.

-I’m not sure why Halle Berry, Priyanka Chopra and Jodie Foster are doing dramatic readings of Britney Spears lyrics, but I’ll take it.

-John Cho will play a wine connoisseur/con artist in a new series that sounds like it was lifted directly from my dreams.

-Speaking of shows straight out of my dreams, Idris Elba is making a docuseries where he attempts to become a professional kickboxer.

-Joseph Fiennes has been cast as the male lead opposite Elisabeth Moss in Hulu’s take on The Handmaids Tale. Man, this summer is all about Atwood adaptation news, huh? I’m not complaining.

-I liked this defense of Mr Robot season 2. The show definitely zigged when I expected it to zag, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

-I have a very limited amount of gala tickets at TIFF this year and I didn’t want to waste them on films that will premiere at other festivals first, but this new trailer for La La Land means I no longer care about that. Gorgeous!

August 22, 2016
by Jen McDonnell

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield Reunite?

-Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield are playing with our hearts again by being photographed together.

-Speaking of confusing relationship statuses, here’s a photo of Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger hugging.

-Meanwhile, Jackson (and his sexy beard) are back to filming The Affair.

-Vin Diesel praised Dwayne Johnson‘s Fast8 performance; The Rock responded by thanking everyone in the cast but Vin. God, I’m living for this!

-Idris Elba posted a photo of him working out in just a pair of boxers. Happy Monday!

-Eddie Murphy lives quite the life. “I haven’t read a newspaper in 20 years, or read a corporate magazine, I don’t read corporate magazines or stuff, I don’t read stuff about me…I don’t have a computer, I don’t have email, I don’t have any of that shit.”

-He also says he turned down drugs from Robin Williams and John Belushi.

-Justin Bieber’s new girlfriend is named Bronte Blampied. God, that’s almost as good as Belinda Blinked.

-Rosario Dawson has the weirdest contract I’ve ever heard of. Marvel is so scared that she’ll reveal spoilers that all she knows every year is that she’ll be in four episodes of a Netflix show at some point — but she doesn’t know when or which shows.

-Here’s Angela Bassett delivering an impromptu Shakespearean monologue like a GD boss.

-Amy Adams is pretty much the only celebrity who can pull the “aw schucks, I’m so naive” card and get away with it in my books. I blame Enchanted.

-Sweet! Feist is reuniting with Broken Social Scene on the upcoming new album.

-Speaking of good Cdn music news, there’s a new Tegan & Sara song!

-Out of all the Hip tributes I read this weekend, this one and this one got me right in the feels.

-Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Vincent Rodriguez III is posting photos from his Disneyland trip with his husband and it’s all kinds of cute.

-Courteney Cox ate rotting sheep on while filming Running Wild With Bear Grylls; did not enjoy it.

-Is Tom Cruise holding up the new Mission Impossible movie with his money demands?

-One of my favourite people I’ve ever interviewed is Nick Offerman, because you could throw the silliest question at that guy and he’d respond with the most thoughtful, lovely answer. I was reminded of that by this AV Club interview, whether he’s talking about fans over-simplifying Ron Swanson as a breakfast-loving, Scotch-drinking libertarian (“He was much more complex than that. He was a very outspoken feminist. He was a man of few words and people mistook that for a man of few colors”), or his sex life with Megan Mullaly (“Look, I’m 46, Megan’s 57, and we have a happy marriage. We get it on with each other and we feel very celebratory about that.”)

-This Stranger Things theory just broke my brain.

-Meanwhile, the little girl who plays Eleven shaved her head for the show to the tune of Beyonce’s “Pretty Hurts.”

-Speaking of shaving, watch Hugh Jackman shave off his Wolverine beard.

-THR published an article about how TV production is exploding in Vancouver: “If you’re a paparazzo, you should go to Vancouver because it’s where every television star is going to be running around and misbehaving.” Oh, THR. They already are. The CW casts seem to be single-handedly powering blind item sites these days.

- Netflix has a new comedy series called Friends from College and the cast is stellar: Cobie Smulders, Keegan Michael-Key, Nat Faxon and Fred Savage.

-Aaron Paul is getting into the producer gam;. he’s sold a one-hour drama script called Blackmail to NBC.

-Sorry, nerds. Ian McKellan will not officiate your LOTR-themed nuptials.

-Um, why is Jason Momoa hanging with his Game of Thrones fam in Ireland?

-Speaking of GOT, that awesome shot of Jon Snow being crowded in battle last season was actually Kit Harington’s idea.

-Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks are shooting a new movie together? TAKE MY MONEY NOW!

-Hmmm. Days after THR’s scathing article about Leonardo DiCaprio‘s charitable foundation, he abruptly dropped out of hosting a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton at his Hollywood Hills home. It’ll now be held at the nearby residence of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel.

-Kevin Spacey has never been happier than this moment.

-Such a good read: “Mary Jane’s Hair Color: The Code for Racist Rhetoric

-Speaking of great reads, this is a good one on the struggle for small shows to be seen in the times of peak TV.

-In case you ever doubt how powerful Barbra Streisand is, she got Apple to change the way Siri pronounces her name. “She pronounces my name wrong. With a soft S, like sand on the beach. And so what did I do? I called the head of Apple, Tim Cook.”

-The Ben-Hur remake belly-flopped at the box office this weekend. Let’s all see if that gets as much press as the Ghostbusters receipts did, shall we?

-Whoa. Sleigh Bell (love them!) are suing Demi Lovato (love her!) for unlawfully sampling their music.

-Helen Mirren was shutting down sexist interview questions as far back as the ’70s.

-Lindsay Lohan will do a Russian TV interview — but only if she gets to  meet Putin. Bless her heart.

-Congrats to Chris Hardwick, who married Lydia Hearst this weekend. Everyone shits on him now because he’s so ubiquitous, but I still kind of love him.

-This is boss: Katie Couric took a $1 million pay cut to save other people’s jobs.

-Halle Berry proves she’s the wrong mom to mess with in this Kidnap trailer.