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September 19, 2014
by Jen McDonnell

Gwyneth Paltrow: The Cursing Cook

Gwyneth Paltrow GOOP

-Gwyneth Paltrow tried to make us care about her adventures in baking by adding cutesy, swear-filled speech bubbles in the latest GOOP. It didn’t work.

-I couldn’t even get through all of J.Lo and Iggy Azalea’s new video. Between this and “Anaconda,” I need a booty break.

-The New York Times television critic wrote an offensively terrible piece about Shonda Rhimes’ new show and the evolution of black female characters on television. There’s a lot of cringe-inducing sentiments: that Shonda only relates to her “angry, black women” characters, that Nicole Beharie is merely a “sidekick” on Sleepy Hollow, that Shonda created How To Get Away With Murder (she’s the producer; the creator is this white dude), etc. Many, many people much smarter than me have already penned rebuttals — including Shonda herself.

-Awww: Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have pledged to help the last living Titanic survivor pay for her nursing home fees. She really does make him a better person, huh?

-Ryan Gosling is “madly in love” with his new daughter, says a source. (Some day I’d love to read an article where the source says, “I dunno. He actually seems pretty ‘meh’ about the whole thing.”)

-It looks like Ryan Reynolds may get another shot at playing a superhero thanks to that leaked Deadpool footage.

-Clay Aiken is waving the victim-blaming flag, saying celebs whose nude photos were hacked got what they deserved. Sigh.

-Angelina Jolie will continue to work behind the camera. She just signed on to direct a biopic titled Africa.

-Oh jesus. Not only is Matthew McConaughey not going to be in Magic Mike XXL, but now Andie MacDowell has joined the cast. Does no one remember that she almost single-handedly ruined Four Weddings and a Funeral?!

-Jon Hamm, Connie Britton, Kerry Washington and more star in new White House PSA against sexual assault.

-Jimmy Fallon‘s version of Family Feud is so much better than the real thing.

-Meanwhile, Billy Crystal and Jimmy Fallon traded wonderful stories about Robin Williams last night.

-I can’t decide if I love Kate Hudson’s pants or I hate them, but either way I’m totally mesmerized.

-There are a ton of new rom-com-inspired sitcoms debuting this month. You should just skip them all and watch You’re The Worst instead.

-Oh geez. The Maze Runner’star Will Poulter called out a Toronto critic for his scathing movie review.

-Here’s the trailer for Tim Burton’s Big Eyes (aka – Amy Adams’ Oscar submission).

September 18, 2014
by Jen McDonnell

Jennifer Lawrence Is Now a Coldplay Fan

Jennifer Lawrence in the latest 'Be Dior' campaign

Jennifer Lawrence in the latest ‘Be Dior’ campaign. Photo: Patrick Demarchelier/Dior

-Jennifer Lawrence was the guest of honor at last night’s Coldplay gig, where Chris Martin reportedly pointed and sang at her. This is really happening, people!

-Models spent Fashion Week pranking Kendall Jenner, making this the first time I’ve ever rooted for models.

-Miley Cyrus‘ twerking might actually land her in jail.

-Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie‘s wedding pictures didn’t boost People magazine’s sales. It’s a sad day when people care more about Lauren Conrad’s nuptials than Brangelina’s.

-Iggy Azalea slammed her sleazy ex-boyfriend with a lawsuit for leaking her music.

-Ben Affleck admitted to counting cards in casinos. He also says he dedicated himself to being “puffy and hungover” for his role in Gone Girl. Um, yeah. That’s my excuse to.

-Meanwhile, David Fincher says he cast Affleck because of his shit-eating grin.

-Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton lip syncing “Endless Love” on Jimmy Fallon’s show is hilarious. (I’m also glad that her face seems to have calmed down after whatever f*ckery was going on at the VMAs.)

-Jack White trash-talked Foo Fighters and Rolling Stone last night, but he’s already made up with Dave Grohl.

-Well, this sounds adorable: Tina Fey‘s kids had a playdate with the children of Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, and Rachel Dratch.

-Also, Tina talked about coming to TIFF and realizing that Canadian fans are weird.

-Break out your all-black outfit and commence mourning: Matthew McConaughey won’t be back for the Magic Mike sequel.

-Ellen Pompeo posted an homage to OITNB from the Grey’s set.

-Eddie Redmayne told this exact same story during the Theory of Everything premiere at TIFF, but it’s charming as hell so we’ll allow it.

-Perfect casting: Grumpy human Aubrey Plaza is set to play Grumpy Cat in a Lifetime movie.

-George Clooney flew 100 cases of tequila to Italy before his wedding. I’m guessing every guest is going home with a bottle or two…

-Ariana Grande continues to be a terrible human being.

-I don’t understand how Red Band Society tanked in the ratings, while Mysteries of Laura did really well. Meanwhile, Linda Holmes from NPR wrote a theme song for MoL that’s hilarious. (Copmom/Momcop is such a better name for that show.)

-Have you watched the new Veronica Mars webseries yet? I agree with EW: it’s more for those who love VM stars, not VM.

-Jimmy Kimmel recut the Mockingjay trailer into a comedy.

-SJP followed up the high of yesterday’s amazing cape with the low of a fannypack.

-Kevin Hart and Josh Gad competed in an epic dance-off on Ellen‘s show today.

-Here’s the trailer for Jessica Chastain‘s latest film, A Most Violent Year. I watched it twice now and I still have no idea what it’s about.

-Speaking of trailers, here’s one for Jason Reitman‘s Men, Women & Children. I saw this at TIFF and really, really didn’t like it.

September 17, 2014
by Jen McDonnell

Is This The End For Chavril?

Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger announced their engagement on the cover of Hello magazine.

Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger announced their engagement on the cover of Hello magazine in 2012.

-According to Us Weekly, Avril Lavigne‘s husband Chad Kroeger “has been going around L.A. telling people that they are divorcing.”

-Jennifer Lawrence looks fantastic (even more so than usual) in her new Dior ads.

-Speaking of looking fantastic, I love Ellen Page’s W cover.

-I seriously don’t understand Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard. They led an anti-pap campaign dedicated to respecting celebrities’ privacy, and now they’re starring in a Samsung commercial that purports to give an intimate glimpse into their lives. Also weird: I saw her walking down the street during the first weekend of TIFF and she was giving serious side-eye to anyone who even looked like they might approach her, but she was pushing a stroller so that’s totally understandable. BUT she was also walking past Roy Thomson Hall, where about 900 TIFF ticketholders were lined up on the sidewalk, waiting to get into the St. Vincent screening. If she didn’t want to be recognized, there were a bunch of other streets she could have taken that wouldn’t require her to walk past an entire line of pop culture fans. I don’t get it.

-Apparently, Lauren Conrad is somehow still famous enough to sell her wedding photos to a mag.

-Well, this is gross: Joan Rivers‘ doctor reportedly took a selfie with her while she was unconscious.

-I love watching Julianna Margulies acting goofy on Jimmy Fallon. It’s a side of her we so rarely see.

-Brace yourself: Kim Kardashian says she and Kanye West are “trying” for a second baby.

-God bless last night’s premiere of The Mindy Project for giving us another Danny dancing scene (and god bless the internet for immediately giving us GIFs of it).

-Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber continue to enjoy the most tween-y dates ever.

-John Travolta has publicly addressed rumors that he is gay for the first time — by denying them, of course.

-Taylor Swift has been named best dressed by People magazine. It looks like her pap-assisted fashion tour of New York this summer paid off.

-Just like every other person with a pulse, Diane Keaton is crushing on Amy Poehler.

-Amal Alamuddin‘s family is sticking to tradition by “paying for most of” her wedding to George Clooney.

-Did Beyoncé Photoshop her latest bikini pic? Check out the wonky stairs between her thighs. This all seems so beneath her.

-I love (and agree with) this headline: “Mysteries of Laura Is a Bad Show. It’s a Bad, Bad Show.” I have a stupidly high tolerance for crap TV and even I couldn’t make it through the full pilot for that one.

-On the other side of the fall TV spectrum, here’s the latest trailer for the eagerly anticipated The Affair, starring Joshua Jackson and Ruth Wilson.

-I think book trailers are one of the worst trends around, but dammit if I wasn’t totally charmed by Neil Patrick Harris’.

-Here’s the latest trailer for Before I Go To Sleep with Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. I liked the book, but this doesn’t look promising.