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

July 25, 2017
by Jen McDonnell
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Jessica Chastain Talks Paparazzi and Pitt in Elle Canada

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-Jessica Chastain covers the latest issue of Elle Canada, in which she talks about her comments at the Cannes press conference, kissing Brad Pitt, calling out the paparazzi on social media, and why it’s “important to show powerful women who are good at their jobs because young girls need those examples.”

-TMZ is reporting that Justin Bieber canceled his tour because he’s “rededicated his life to Christ.” That’s…nice?

-Also John Mayer, who seems to have no connection to Justin or this tour, still offered an opinion on it.

-TJ Miller continues to implode before our eyes.  Where are his people!?

-Divorce rumors don’t phase Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello, who are calling out “fake news.”

-Speaking of marital statuses, Robert Pattinson says he and FKA Twigs are “kind of” engaged.

-The fact that Jennifer Lopez is leaning over at a weird angle and still has abs? And she turned 48 yesterday? Kill me.

-Kristen Stewart and her girlfriend crashed a wedding in Winnipeg. I like that she had the restaurant owner ask if it was ok before she did it.

-The Buzzfeed photo booth at ComicCon, which recreated ’80s portraits, is my favourite. The iZombie cast killed it.

-Speaking of ComicCon, at Arrow’s panel a kid fighting cancer asked a question and Stephen Amell responded by hopping off the stage, giving her his arrow necklace, and telling her to bring it back to him next year. Sorry, I must have a tree in my eye…

-Also, Arrow was responsible for my other favourite ComicCon moment, when a journalist told that cast that Lost’s Michael Emerson would be joining the show. Amell’s face when he first hears the name looks like he’s trying to work out a complex math problem…

-Riverdale costars Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse are dating. I know barely anything about either of them, and yet somehow I still want better for her.

-This Usher herpes story is just not going away.

-The first wave of TIFF movies were announced today and there are some huge films coming, though I’m shocked Blade Runner 2049 wasn’t part of that list. Still, we got some goodies (and a look at how Oscar season is shaping up): Battle of the Sexes (Emma Stone, Steve Carrel),  Alexander Payne’s Downsizing (Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig), Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father, I Tonya (Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan), Darren Aronofsky’s Mother (Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem), The Mountain Between Us (Idris Elba, Kate Winslet), Stronger (Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslaney), The Shape of Water (Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer), Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, and Suburbicon, directed by George Clooney, written by the Coen brothers and starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore.

-Ready for another Margaret Atwood adaptation? Here’s the trailer for Netflix’s Alias Grace, starring Sarah Gadon, Zachary Levi, and Anna Paquin. I didn’t love that book, but Sarah Polley is behind this so I have high hopes.

July 24, 2017
by Jen McDonnell
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Brad Pitt Gets the Spotlight at Frank Ocean Concert

-Brad Pitt made a surprise appearance at Frank Ocean’s concert and I have SO MANY QUESTIONS. (Was this a statement? Art? Did he even know he was on screen? Somebody tell me!!)

-I didn’t understand Ayra‘s “that’s not you” line to her direwolf on GoT last night but now that I read the explanation I’m crying.

-Sorry, One Direction fans: Louis Tomlinson has shut down rumors of a romance with Harry Styles.

-Lena Dunham referred to Jack Antonoff’s sibling as her “sister-in-law” on Instagram, and then had to deny speculation that she got married.

-I really, really liked this thread responding to Christopher Nolan‘s Netflix comments.

-I guess this is Kevin Hart’s response to those cheating allegations?

-Girls Trip (which I liked A LOT) had the biggest opening weekend for a live-action comedy this year despite its R rating, and already earned back what it cost to make. Add the fact that Wonder Woman and Beauty and the Beast are the year’s top-grossing films so far, and the box office is looking downright rosy for women-led flicks.

-The “friend from work” line in Thor: Ragnarok (aka – the best line in the entire trailer) was actually pitched by a Make-a-Wish kid who was visiting the set the day they shot that scene.

-In news that came out of ComicCon, Michelle Pfeiffer is joining the Ant Man sequel, Patty Jenkins has weirdly not signed on to Wonder Woman 2 yetHenry Cavill’s mustache is causing problems for Justice League, and Ben Affleck insists WB isn’t replacing him (“‘We want you to be the Batman’ they told me, and I believe them.”) Also, I would *love* to know which TV cast was yelling at each other before their TV Line interview.

-Speaking of TV casts behaving badly at the con, the Supergirl crew really stepped in it while doing a musical recap of their season, in which they mocked fans who ship Kara and Lena.  I still need to catch up on that show, but this seemed incredibly mean-spirited. Who cares if the writers will never have Supergirl hook up with a woman onscreen? Let people watch for whatever reason they like and/or hope for whatever outcome they want.  The fact that they were mocking a marginalized group that has really embraced that show made it even worse. The cast’s apologies were not great (gotta love the “I’m sorry but think about ME” tactic).  Jeremy Jordan‘s first note was especially victim-y, but at least he got it right on the second try.

-Everyone is talking about this adorable video of the little girl crying over the Justice League cast, but I like this video of Jason Momoa meeting the little kid who asked about Superman during the panel.

-So much trailer goodies dropped at ComicCon this weekend. On the TV side, we got trailers for the new seasons of Stranger ThingsThe Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Doctor Who’s xmas special, Legends of Tomorrow, Westworld, Lucifer, Once Upon a Time, Preacher, and The Defenders.

-On the movie side, we got Justice League, Thor: Ragnaraok, Black Panther, and Spielberg‘s Ready Player One. (Also, this video of the Black Panther cast reacting to seeing the trailer for their first time is pretty swell.)

July 21, 2017
by Jen McDonnell
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Is Ben Affleck Being Pushed Out as Batman?

-Ben Affleck‘s future as Batman in doubt, according to The Hollywood Reporter. They say Warner Bros. is looking at plans to quietly phase out Affleck’s Batman and replace him with a younger actor.

-T.J. Miller really, really needs to stop bad-mouthing his Silicon Valley costars.

-More details about Johnny Depp’s crazy spending has come out from the lawsuit, including paying $500k for storage of items like a couch he bought from the Kardashians to give to his daughter.

-The Walking Dead unveiled the trailer for the next season this afternoon at ComicCon, and everyone’s talking about the bit at the end.

-Céline Dion is modeling the most dazzling looks from this season’s couture shows for Vogue.

-I’m bummed that Netflix’s Ozark is getting bad reviews. I really want any show that features Jason Bateman and Laura Linney as married.

-Congrats to Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tasha McCauley, who welcomed a baby boy. It’s their second kid.

-Issa Rae looks ah-maz-ing in the new issue of Complex.

-The Game Of Thrones showrunners responded to outrage surrounding their first big post-Thrones project, Confederate, in a new interview with Vulture and it’s not exactly comforting.  I really hate their ‘wait and see before you judge’ stance. The fact is, if we wait and see, that means waiting until HBO throws millions of dollars into making a first season (because they don’t work on a pilot system), marketing, etc. If this seems problematic right from the start — and it certainly does — than why not voice those concerns from the outset?

-Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk opened really strong in previews last night.  I know I should see it but the idea of going to a war movie in the middle of summer bums me out. It’s so, so weird that they’re releasing it now.

-Jada Pinkett Smith joked that she wishes those rumours about her and Will Smith being swingers were true.

-Will Smith and Joel Edgerton are buddy cops in a supernatural world in the trailer for Bright, Netflix’s most expensive movie to date ($90 million).

-John Boyega stars in the trailer to the sequel to Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim.