Scandal Sheet

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

August 26, 2016
by Jen McDonnell

Britney Spears Does Carpool Karaoke

-The Britney Spears edition of Carpool Karaoke was a whole lot of not good at the beginning, but she eventually warmed up (and actually even singed a bit at the end). Even if James Corden was doing all the heavy lifting (and bless him for trying so hard), it’s still nice to see her looking happy. So much so that I didn’t even care that she said “supposably.”

-Jennifer Aniston has revealed that she suffers from dry eye syndrome. Plan your prayer circles accordingly.

-Taylor Swift is skipping out on this weekend’s VMAs. Considering Kanye West is being given 4 minutes of unfiltered air time, it’s not necessarily a bad decision on her part.

-I don’t watch CBS’ Zoo (because, um, it’s CBS’s Zoo), but Uproxx’s explainer about all the batshit crazy stuff that’s happening on that show is a thing of beauty.

-The new Empire promo only shows about 2 seconds of Mariah Carey, and yet it’s enough to make me wonder if I should start watching…

-Reese Witherspoon did her first Facebook live yesterday and when asked which movie of hers she’d like to follow up, she said: “If Disney wants to make a sequel, call me. I would happily make ‘Sweet Home Alabama 2.’” God, please make this happen. My friends and I quote “You have a baby. In a bar.” to each other at least once a week.

-Justin Theroux figured out Emily Blunt was pregnant on the Girl On The Train set when he tried to pressure her into doing stunts.

-My entire Twitter TL became obsessed today about whether or not Rihanna can wink, and I was living for it.

-I really like that Stephen Colbert is releasing behind-the-scene clips from his show when he takes questions from the studio audience. This story about the craziest thing that ever happened to him is precious.

-Kerry Washington and Jimmy Kimmel tapped into horror of group texts. We’ve all been there.

-Gotta give props to Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender, who managed to deflect questions in this interview about their personal lives in a pretty charming way.

-This is some pretty cool-ass trivia about Melrose Place.

-Jennifer Garner helped Ben Affleck celebrate his 44th birthday – but they slept in separate rooms. So there.

-The Gotham showrunner just said “superhero shows don’t work on TV.” Sure…except all the ones besides his show that actually do.

-David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike find love in a hopeless place in the A United Kingdom trailer. It’s on my ‘maybe’ TIFF list.

August 25, 2016
by Jen McDonnell

Alicia Keys Opens Up in Ebony


-Alicia Keys looks amazing on the new cover of Ebony. I almost want to watch The Voice this season to see how people react to her no-makeup look on a mainstream broadcast show.

-Set your DVRs: MTV will reportedly let Kanye West do whatever the hell he wants for 4 minutes at this weekend’s VMAs.

-This is an excellent and thought-provoking discussion on whether or not it’s still ok to want to see Birth of a Nation. Personally, I no longer have much interest, but on the flip side, I think it’s ridiculous that Oscar voters are refusing to see it. That’s like a critic refusing to review it.

-Amber Heard called Johnny Depp out for donating her $7m settlement directly to charity. What a dick move. Her statement about it is fire, tho.

-Meanwhile, Elon Musk has been trying to date Heard for three(!) years.

-Sarah Paulson is in talks to join the all-female Ocean’s Eleven spinoff, which is amazing! Wait, they’re not really calling it Ocean’s Ocho, are they? ‘Cause that’s less amazing.

-I’m always so intrigued by who big studios turn to when they needs scripts to be punched up. Doctor Strange’s script is reportedly being worked over by Community creator Dan Harmon.

-Rob Lowe is being roasted and the lineup of celebs is incredibly bizarre.

-The Rock has just been named the highest paid actor — and has promised to take us all to Waffle House!

-I can’t believe Nashville is returning. I’m much less surprised that Connie Britton is looking for an exit.

-When Jessica Alba was asked on the Today Show if her products were safe, she responded “They’re amazing!” Um, yeah. That’s not really the answer we were looking for but thanks for playing.

-Aaron Paul tried to impress Tom Cruise with a magic trick, failed miserably.

-As boring as it is to hear celebrities complaining about their fabulous lives, I actually feel for Amy Schumer when she says that attending the Met Gala “felt like a punishment.” That would so not be my scene.

-Justin Bieber’s family is denying any involvement with Bowmanville Zoo.

-Leslie Jones‘ website hack being investigated by Homeland Security, the FBI says. Good.

-Meanwhile, Katy Perry, Anna Kendrick and more tweeted their support for Jones. I’m still surprised by Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy’s silence.

-Are Chris Rock and Megalyn Echikunwoke already engaged?

-Britney Spears isn’t super thrilled that Lifetime is making a movie about her. (I’m really hoping there’s an extended scene devoted to her and JT picking out their matching denim outfits.)

-Meanwhile, this story about how Britney Spears‘ hair, which has been her mood ring for 20 years is all kinds of great.

-Speaking of great reads, here’s a piece on UnREAL, Mr Robot and the perils of taking big swings in your sophomore season.

-There’s a very good chance that Universal will sue Frank Ocean over his album switcheroo. Still, it was a pretty boss move. Not that I praise Jared Leto often, but his doc on his band’s struggles with their record label really helped me understand how the music industry sets out to screw over artists.

-Ohh..the new season of Poldark returns next month.

-I don’t watch Once Upon a Time, but I still find these bloopers a delight. (Well hello there, guyliner guy!)

-Dammit! Just when I think I’m out, the new trailers for The Flash and Arrow pull me back in.

-Ben Schwartz confirms that Stranger Things’ Steve is Jean-Ralphio’s true daddy.

-The My Blind Brother trailer is a Parks and Rec reunion that only features Ben, Mona Lisa, and the Douche.

-It’s weird to see Nicole Kidman in the “mom” role, but this trailer for Lion (costarring Rooney Mara and Dev Patel) looks great.

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.