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

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July 3, 2015
by Jen McDonnell

Holly Madison Airs Playboy’s Dirty Laundry


-Holly Madison reveals that the Playboy mansion is a soul-sucking hellhole, shocking no one. (This is a long read, but sooo good.)

-Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have escaped to the Bahamas with their kids amid the divorce drama. Ok, so where can WE go to escape it?

-A fake news report posted online connects Ant-Man to the larger Marvel universe. Oh sorry, I mean “the MCU.” *hangs head in geek shame*

-Here’s the first look at Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (a book I LOVED!). I was worried by the top photo that it would be more Harlequin than Regency, but the other photos are much better.

-Prince giveth, and then Prince taketh away. After surprise-releasing a song yesterday, he then made all his other music extremely hard to find.

-So maybe we shouldn’t be feeling so bad for Paris Hilton after all. She might have been paid millions for that plane crash hoax.

-Amy Schumer went so far as to meet with Jon Stewart to talk about taking over The Daily Show.

-There’s a “female stampede” to the theatres to see Magic Mike. Last night’s audience was comprised of 96% females — that’s the biggest female share ever, better than Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (96%) and Sex and the City 2 (90%). So expect a new wave of gob-smacked “Gosh, it looks like women-driven movies can actually make money” on Monday.

-The Heart of Dixie boys being all cute and familial with each other is giving me a lot of feels.

-Here’s the The Affair Season 2 teaser. Remember how that show had an amazing pilot and then fell completely off a cliff.

-HBO has released a full trailer for 7 Days in Hell starring Andy Samberg and Kit Harington as two tennis sensations in their quest to win Wimbledon. It might be the greatest mockumentary of all time?

-Alexis Bledel and Katherine Heigl are getting married in the new trailer for indie drama Jenny’s Wedding.

-Next time I’m trying to convince someone to catch up on iZombie over the summer (which seems to be a daily convo), I’m just going to point them to this “10 Ways That iZombie Is Basically Veronica Mars” article instead.

-Yeah, Marc Jacobs posted a butt pic. What’s it to you?

July 2, 2015
by Jen McDonnell

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner: The Blame Game

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner in the 2003 flick Daredevil. (Twentieth Century Fox)

-Here comes the Ben Affleck/Jennifer Garner spin machine! His camp seems to be doing most of the heavy lifting for now, insisting that the split has less to do with his drinking & gambling and more to do with her career insecurities and his busy schedule. (Uh huh. Sure. Let’s go with that.) They’re also trying to play it like they’ve been consciously uncoupled for 10 months. (Yeah, no.) People (who are so deep in Affleck’s camp, they’ve set up tents and are hosting nightly campfire singalongs) are running stories about how he “really tried to save the marriage” and slut-shame-y galleries about Garner’s past romances. Whatever, People. Any attempts to make us not like her can be automatically nullified with this photo.

-Meanwhile, everyone’s looking closely at what the 10-year mark is going to mean for their divorce settlement.

-Matt Damon is dealing with his BFF’s divorce by sporting the world’s worst ponytail.

-Meanwhile, are Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves the next mega-couple headed for splitsville?

-In case you need a little something to restore your faith in celebrity love, there’s talk that Jennifer Lawrence has split from Chris Martin and is rekindling things with Nicholas Hoult.

-Oof, this Batman vs Superman cover on EW is…not great. Is she Blue-Steeling? The accompanying photos are also cringe-worthy, from the bad hair to the feel that they’ve all been CGI-ed within an inch of their lives.

-Mariah Carey’s boyfriend didn’t bother to lift a finger when she fell down the stairs on a yacht. Swell.

-Us Weekly just gifted us with the best Canada Day present ever: a report that Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch are, indeed, dating.

-I have never liked Eminem more than while watching him roll with all the stuff Stephen Colbert is throwing at him in this ridiculous public access-style interview to promote South Paw.

-Channing Tatum shows off his vogueing skills in this Vanity Fair video. Never change, Chan.

-Meanwhile, I’m never going to stop linking to articles on Magic Mike XXL’s surprising take on gender.

-Sandra Bullock makes it clear that she wasn’t one of those celebs who campaigned for People’s Most Beautiful title in this new interview, where she talks about the cover and calls out the media’s “open hunting season where women are attacked…because of how we look or our age.”

-It’s from Star magazine so give it the the ol’ side-eye, but there’s a report that Tom Cruise is going to make a run for it and quit Scientology.

-Vulture asked famous people, including the ladies of Broad City, Jim Norton, Rob Thomas, and Miles Teller, their favourite things to do while high. Clearly, some of their answers should have been “answering questions from Vulture.”

-Wait, George Clooney is selling his Lake Como villa? What? But I haven’t had a chance to partake in those legendary skinny dipping nights yet!

-Just in case you’re not already charmed by Hayley Atwell, her Evening Standard interview will leave you stanning.

-Hey, remember when Alec Baldwin was bitching about his lack of privacy? Whatever happened to that?

-Marisa Tomei will play a billionaire lesbian on Empire, subtly named Mimi Whiteman.

-Rihanna tortures woman, strips naked and gets covered in blood in the NSFW “Bitch Better Have My Money” music video. So, just another day at the office for her?

-Wait, so now I have to watch yet *another* show to see characters from The Flash/Arrow? You’re killing me, CW.

-The full trailer  for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp has arrived. It’s all flames, but “Introducing Jon Hamm” might be my favourite part.

-I forgot what a wonderful human being America Ferrera is.

-Amy Schumer offers a solution for people who need to tell someone their most boring stories. “Oh my god, you should have a podcast!” killed me.

-Michael B. Jordan is *cut* in the trailer for the new Rocky sequel, Creed. Where can I buy tickets?


June 30, 2015
by Jen McDonnell

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Announce Split

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner in Daredevil. (Photo: Twentieth Century Fox)

-Well, there goes the only reason I ever kind of liked Ben Affleck: he and Jennifer Garner officially announced their split. The exclusive came from People (of course it did; they worked really hard for it, after all) and it comes ONE DAY after their 10th anniversary.  The timing of this matters: under California divorce law, once you hit the 10-year mark, alimony becomes a much bigger deal. So the question is: did they officially split today (which means he let her reach the magic number 10, which might be the most honourable thing he’s done for her in a while), or did they split earlier and just announced it today to make him look better (which is going to be a PR nightmare if it comes out)?  And why didn’t they wait until the end of the week to announce? A US long weekend is a media dead zone. So. Many. Questions.

-Meanwhile, I’m so here for Jen‘s post-divorce career comeback. I’m thinking a prestige TV series? Maybe HBO or Netflix? I’m flexible.

-Think dating is hard? Try adding time travel like Amy Schumer does in her latest sketch.

-Taylor Kitsch talked about being naked on True Detective. Sigh. Please stop making it so hard to quit that show, Taylor.

-Speaking of FNL alums, Minka Kelly was spotted on a “first date” with Sean Penn at French Laundry. Dammit, French Laundry was on my bucket list and now it’s ruined. RUINED!

-I need to calm down. Luckily, I can stare at these adorable outtakes from Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny’s EW shoot until I’m out of v-fib.

-Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were spotted at a London recording studio with Chris Martin.  Either he’s helping them score their next movie, or my dreams about the ultimate Spice Girls cover band are inching closer to reality.

-Everyone’s assuming Britney Spears is throwing shade at Iggy Azalea with this tweet. We can only hope.

-Stephen Colbert just did 20 “no hands” push ups after John Oliver tagged him in a #GiveThem20 post.

-I don’t watch Castle, but lots of people are thinking this blind item has something to do with whispers of discord between Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic. I really hope that’s not true; I love him and I have zero sympathy for well-paid actors who mess up their shows because they can’t keep it professional. We’ve all had coworkers we don’t like. (I’m looking at you, guy who keeps stealing my Coke Zeroes from the office fridge…)

-Just in case you need a good cry, here’s comedians getting emotional in the trailer for the I Am Chris Farley doc.

-Sigh. Game of Thrones won’t have any female directors next season. On the plus side, Transparent’s will have only one cis male director.

-I was kind of holding my breath while waiting for the Magic Mike XXL reviews to land. I loved it but could easily see critics turning on it, so it’s great to see that the heavy hitters liked it.  I especially like how Vox’s review points out how slyly feminist and sex-positive it is. (There’s an early scene in a gay club and I spent the whole time clenched and waiting for one of the queens to become the butt of a joke, and it thankfully never happened.)

-Meanwhile, you can now listen to Matt Bomer’s D’Angelo cover from the soundtrack.

-Congrats to Evangeline Lilly, who is expecting baby #2.

-Here’s a list of all the ridiculous celebrities who don’t believe in vaccines because they’re ridiculous.

-Here’s the trailer for Secret In Their Eyes starring Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Nicole Kidman. Looks like we’ve got another annoying Julia Oscar appearance in our near future…