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

October 19, 2017
by Jen McDonnell
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Kerry Washington Moves to Facebook

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-Kerry Washington looks stunning on the cover of Allure. Meanwhile, she’s producing a new TV show for Facebook.

-RED ALERT! Prince Harry has taken Meghan Markle to the palace for tea with the Queen!

-Has Anna Faris moved on from Chris Pratt? She’s been spotted enjoying dinner dates with cinematographer Michael Barrett.

-Speaking of being spotted looking cozy, Shailene Woodley seems to be enjoying her time with rugby player Ben Volavola.

-Seeing Sandra Bullock happy makes me happy.

-Ben Affleck‘s image rehab efforts just got dialed up to 11: there are photos of him with a stray puppy.

-Aw nuts. Nicholas Brendon (who played Xander on Buffy) is back in the news again, this time for being arrested for violating a protective order and felony domestic violence after an alleged attack on his girlfriend.

-It what may be the worst non-apology I’ve seen in a long time, David Cross now says he was probably doing his “Southern redneck character” when he met Charlyne Yi.

-Meanwhile, Mayim Bialik shows us how it’s done by issuing a formal apology for her controversial NYT op-ed: “Let me say clearly and explicitly that I am very sorry.”

-After weeks of silence, Quentin Tarantino (the director most closely tied to Harvey Weinstein), has spoken out, admitting he knew what was happening but still did nothing. “I knew enough to do more than I did. There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things. I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard.”

-The New Yorker offers an inside look into what it was like at the Weinstein Co. on the days both exposés were released. Staff members are now asking for every NDA — including theirs — to be dismissed so everyone can speak openly.

-Meanwhile, this is a great article on how Hollywood must go some much further than just stopping one man.

-Natasha Lyonne is the latest actress to come forward with a story of assault.

-David Blaine is being investigated by British authorities after former model Natasha Prince has come forward accusing the magician of sexual assault. (His lawyer denies her claims.)

-I think me and Netflix’s Marvel shows are on a break, but I must admit that the trailer for the new season of The Punisher is very well done.

-Penn Badgley is finally talking about Gossip Girl in a way that makes it sound like he’s not totally ashamed of it, which is new. He still doesn’t understand how his character was Gossip Girl, though. Same, sir.

-Shia LaBeouf has been found guilty on one count of obstruction stemming from his July arrest.

-Jake Gyllenhaal playing with a little kid in the new CK ad is making my ovaries shiver.

-The director of The Snowman, which opens this weekend and stars Michael Fassbender,  has spent the whole press tour talking about how terrible the movie turned out.

-Frances McDormand​ confronts Woody Harrelson in a scathing new clip from Three Billboards, my favourite movie at this year’s TIFF.

-Speaking of movies that people at TIFF loved, the first teaser for I, Tonya has landed, with Margot Robbie playing Tonya Harding.

October 18, 2017
by Jen McDonnell
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CTV Moves Up Hip Doc In Tribute To Gord Downie

-In tribute to Gord Downie, who passed away today, CTV has moved up the premiere of the Tragically Hip doc to this Friday night.

-Ryan Reynolds, Seth Rogen and more reacted to Gord’s death on Twitter.

-Meanwhile, of all the stories and tributes that came out today, this Twitter thread is my absolute favourite.

-I follow a lot of TV critics, and absolute favourite has always been Mo Ryan of Variety (previously of HuffPo). She has just as much respect for “low brow” network fare as “prestige” drama, she is constantly and publicly pushing for more diversity in front of and behind the camera, and she frequently gives voice to fan causes (the most recent being the “kill your gays” trope sparked by The 100). So I was absolutely gutted this morning to read her account of being sexually assaulted by a TV executive three years ago at an industry event.

-Kevin Smith says he’s going to donate future revenue from his Weinstein-backed movies to charity.

-Channing Tatum is walking the walk by announcing that he’s halting development on the movie he was supposed to make with Weinstein’s company.

-Laura Dern opened up about being sexually harassed on Ellen’s show today.

-Kate Winslet is in the super awkward position of having to talk about Harvey Weinstein — while also promote her new Woody Allen movie. In a new interview, she says she refused to thank him in her 2009 Oscar speech.  “I remember being told, ‘Make sure you thank Harvey if you win.’ And I remember turning around and saying, ‘No, I won’t. No, I won’t.’”

-Casey Affleck has just been cast in Alfonso Cuarón‘s horror drama TV series, proving nothing ever changes.

-Charlyne Yi took to Twitter yesterday to recall the time David Cross introduced himself with a racist comment. He doesn’t remember it that way.

-Johnny Depp is now suing his lawyer, accusing him and his firm of swindling almost $35M.

-Early reactions to Thor: Ragnarok are in — and most critics seem to dig it.

-Blake Lively is redefining extra with all these press tour looks.

-My entire Twitter TL is obsessed with a Norwegian teen drama called Skam — and Facebook just announced they’re doing a US remake of it.

-Ex-Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge hopes to discover aliens with his crowdfunded spaceship. You do you, bud.

-The ratings news for Riverdale just keep getting better and better. Now that the live-plus-3 ratings have come in, the premiere saw its teen audience go up by 400%. This stuff just doesn’t happen on broadcast TV anymore. The power of Netflix binges!

-The Pussycat Dolls are disputing a claim made by a former member that the group is a front for a “prostitution ring.” Whoa.

-I’m not entirely convinced that Ian Somerhalder is famous enough to be mocked on SNL, but this certainly does seem like him…

-The first trailer for Louis C.K.‘s I Love You, Daddy has arrived  — at the worst possible timing. I wonder what kind of appetite there is for a movie about a Woody Allen-type character, created by a guy who refuses to address his sexual harassment allegations.

October 17, 2017
by Jen McDonnell
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Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart Come Forward with Harassment Stories

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-Last night the Elle Magazine Women in Entertainment event was held in Los Angeles, and actresses didn’t hold anything back. Reese Witherspoon revealed she was sexually assaulted by a director at 16. Jennifer Lawrence told a harrowing story about being put in a nude lineup.  And Kristen Stewart (god, I love her) reminded everyone to protect the below-the-line females on sets, saying “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve saved makeup artists — because it trickled down, too — and camera assistants from DPs who are like, ‘woo woo.’… And when I say saved, I mean momentarily been like, “Don’t, fucker!” And they are embarrassed for one second but it just keeps going every single day. So I’d say let’s be aware of this on every level. Those girls are as duct-taped as one could possibly be because they are in fear of getting their next job, as every is actress, too, same deal.”

-In an essay for the New Yorker, Molly Ringwald recalled years of harassment when she was a teen star. “When I was thirteen, a fifty-year-old crew member told me that he would teach me to dance, and then proceeded to push against me with an erection. At fourteen, a married film director stuck his tongue in my mouth on set.” She also seems to call out Dreamworks chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg.

-Game of Thrones star Lena Headey  took to Twitter to talk about her experience with Harvey Weinstein, and also recalled being subjected to “endless bullying by the director Terry Gilliam.”  The floodgates are open, y’all!

-Mayim Bialik clarified her comments about sexual assault after being accused of victim blaming. In the words for @ira: keep it.

-And now Bob Weinstein is also being accused of sexual harassment.

-Sophie Turner‘s engagement ring costs over $25,000? But…it’s pear shaped!

-Blake Lively‘s menswear outfit is ridiculous and I love it.

-The royal countdown has officially begun! Kate Middleton and Prince William announced that their third child is due in April 2018.

-Christian Bale says Heath Ledger wanted him to hit him for real during the Dark Knight’s interrogation scene.

-Bryan Cranston looks great on the cover of Esquire.

-Netflix’s price keeps creeping up along with its subscriber numbers. Is it going to be worth it much longer?

-The reason the price keeps rising? They are planning 80 movies next year. (For context: this quarter they’re only doing 8.)

-I kind of got out of The Flash, but this clip makes it look like it’s going back to its funny roots. Finally!

-Oh, but the CW superhero shows are going to turn their heroes into Nazis. Cause people really responded so well when that happened to Captain America?!

-Meanwhile, Netflix revealed that Gilmore Girls was their fasted-watched original series. Yes, I remember that weekend of disappointment well…

-I really enjoyed this article on the art of the TV series finale.

-The trailer for the next season of UnReal actually looks pretty great. It helps that it doesn’t return until February, which gives us lots of time to forget how bad that last season was.