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

January 17, 2018
by Jen McDonnell
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Ellen Pompeo Reveals Why She’s TV’s $20 Million Woman

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-If you read any long form article today, read THR’s cover story on Ellen Pompeo. It’s a refreshingly candid about the negotiations that made her the highest paid actress on television. She spills some McDreamy tea, revealing how Patrick Dempsey was used as leverage against her in salary negotiations “for years”. (“At one point, I asked for $5,000 more than him just on principle, because the show is Grey’s Anatomy and I’m Meredith Grey. They wouldn’t give it to me.”) It’s such a refreshingly blunt, entertaining and empowering read on recognizing your worth and fighting for it.

-Kim Kardashian is a new mom! She brought her newborn daughter home.

-Justin Timberlake said he ‘absolutely’ made peace with Janet Jackson after the Super Bowl incident. Maybe that’s true, but he certainly didn’t do it publicly, did he?

-Selena Gomez’s mother says she tried to convince her not work with Woody Allen, but it “fell on deaf ears.”

-Timothée Chalamet donated his salary from a Woody Allen film to #TimesUp and other charities. I’m actually surprised that he didn’t seem to get as much blow back for working with him as others have.

-Meanwhile, Dylan Farrow talked about her desire to take Woody Allen down. “Why shouldn’t I be angry? Why shouldn’t I be hurt? Why shouldn’t I feel some sort of outrage that after all these years — being ignored and disbelieved and tossed aside?”

-Arnold Schwarzenegger says if he and the cast had known about Eliza Dushku‘s claim while filming True Lies, he says, “you bet your ass all of us would have done something.”

-Meanwhile, two more women have accused Joel Kramer of misconduct.

-Catherine Zeta-Jones spoke out about Michael Douglaspreemptive sexual harassment denial.

-In news that is no way shocking, James Franco’s Twitter stripper movie is now on hold.

-Paul Scheer made fun of a romance novel’s cover and the genre’s fans called him out on it — so he ended up reading it, live-tweeting it and loving it. I adore this story.

-I don’t watch James Spader‘s TV show, but I will watch him tell crazy stories on talk shows.

-A Harry Potter fan-fiction film about Voldemort’s origin has over 4 million views.

-American Crime Story: Versace is getting great reviews – but it is nothing like The People vs OJ Simpson.

-Speaking of TV shows that are getting great reviews, everyone’s loving CW’s Black Lightning.  I was really taken by last night’s pilot (which got good ratings) and I hope they can sustain it.

-Leslie Jones reveals that she wasn’t faking it during that SNL skit with James Franco when it looked like she was trying not to puke.

-Gabrielle Union’s new movie seems like Panic Room meets John Wick and I’m HERE FOR IT!

January 15, 2018
by Jen McDonnell
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Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan Dead at 46

-Well, this is terrible: Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan has died at 46. As of now, her death is being treated as ‘unexplained.’

-This weekend, Buffy’s Elisha Dushku wrote a Facebook post alleging that the head stuntman on True Lies molested her when she was just 12. Her mother and on-set legal guardian corroborated her claims (which he denies). Jamie Lee Curtis, who played her mother in the film, says the actress told her about it “a few years ago.

-The story about Aziz Anzari’s bad date caused some major debate this weekend. I’m not really sure where it fits into the #TimesUp movement, but whether you think it was assault or not, one thing has been made very clear: we need to teach boys what consent looks like. I feel like ever since the Cat Person story went viral a few weeks ago, consent has been a big topic in every discussion I have with female friends and most women I know seems to have a story about following “the path of least resistance” to get out of this kind of situation. For eloquent threads on this topic, see here, here, here and here. When it comes to Aziz, the thing that rankles most for me is that he MADE A CAREER out of dating advice. He wrote a book about it and sold out Madison Square Gardens on his speaking tour. The other concern I have is that in conversations about who’s next, his name has come up a lot in recent weeks. If something more substantial breaks, I worry that there’s now going to be an immediate reaction of “oh, women are just out to get him/piling on now.”

-Aziz has issued a statement, saying after the incident “I took her words to heart.”

-Liam Neeson called the Hollywood sexual harassment movement “a bit of a witch hunt.” Byeeeeee!

-Leah Remini is pointing to Scientology as a potential instigator for the Paul Haggis allegations.

-It turns out that public shaming still works. Mark Wahlberg finally announced that he’s donating his $1.5 million to Time’s Up; WME is donating an additional $500K.  Michelle Williams released a perfect statement that kept the spotlight off her and on the cause.

-Katy Perry overcame her hatred of Medieval Times this weekend. (Who hates Medieval Times? It’s literally one of my favourite places on earth. I’m always having to piggyback on my friends with kids’ outings, cause apparently going by yourself as an adult is “creepy.” Pfffftttt.)

-The hottest comic con photo opp pose to do with stars is currently the distracted boyfriend meme, and I couldn’t be happier. Here’s the casts of Arrow and Avengers taking a crack at it. (Also, did you know that people ship Bucky and Steve? And their ship name is Stucky? I just learned this and it makes me irrationally happy.)

-Dakota Johnson and Chris Martin: still a thing. I can’t imagine a more boring couple. Can their ship name just be Beige?

-Hulu is now streaming ER (which weirdly has never been on a streaming site before). Now if someone could add Felicity and Sports Night, I’d be in heaven.

-Seriously guys, the Proud Mary rollout is insane. There is some conspiracy-level stuff going on.

-I don’t need another CW superhero show in my life, but I guess I’m getting one because the reviews for Black Lighting are great.

-Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist addressed the Andrew Kreisberg firing at the TCA, calling his alleged misconduct “a major disappointment.”

-Groupon getting Tiffany Haddish to be in their Super Bowl commercial makes so much sense. She’s basically been giving them free advertising on her talk show circuit.

-Jon Hamm negotiates a dangerous trade in the war-torn Middle East in the Beirut trailer.

 

January 12, 2018
by Jen McDonnell
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Critics’ Choice Awards Red Carpet

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-The Critics’ Choice Awards were last night, but I only caught the last 20 minutes. From what I saw, the red carpet was more exciting than the show itself.  Allison Janney and Saoirse Ronan continue to kill it fashion-wise.

-Also, look how happy the little girl from The Florida Project looks with Angelina Jolie!

-The Mark Wahlberg story continues to unfold in horrifying ways.  A source told USA Today that his contract included costar approval and “what he said was, ‘I will not approve Christopher Plummer unless you pay me.’ And that’s how he (expletive) them.” Also it also seems like the initial justification circulating that Michelle Williams was contractually obligated to do reshoots and Wahlberg wasn’t isn’t even true, so it just gets worse and worse. This isn’t about how’s a better negotiator; this is about who’s a garbage person and who isn’t.

-He’s not the only one benefiting from the Me Too movement. Hollywood publicists are charging up to $30,000 in “project” fees to handle clients accused of harassment.

-Sources say James Franco is “in a bad place” following the allegations. Aw, muffin!

-Oprah Winfrey interviewed a few of Hollywood’s most powerful women—including Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman, America Ferrera, Shonda Rhimes, and Tracee Ellis Ross—to discuss the impact of Time’s Up.

-Daniel Radcliffe broke his silence on the Johnny Depp casting controversy in Fantastic Beasts. He very diplomatically praised his Harry Potter producers, while wondering why his costar Jamie Waylett was dropped from the franchise for a weed offence.

-George Clooney will return to TV. Well, Hulu anyway. Close enough.

-Wait, Taylor Swift‘s new video is for End Game?, that crappy song with Ed Sheeran?  Seriously, did everyone just forget that Gorgeous is also on that album?!

-Issa Rae might have turned down Drake at a Golden Globes party and now that’s all I want to talk about!

-Stranger Things’ David Harbour is a treasure.

-There’s more talk that Proud Mary being buried. A Thursday night screening in Detroit with 80 tickets pre-sold was reportedly cancelled by the studio an hour before showtime. That’s bananas.

-Just when I thought The Good Place couldn’t surprise me more comes last night’s episode. Also, this interview with Jameela Jamil (who plays Tahani) is great. This was her first acting gig!

-It sounds like Matt Smith got a little tipsy at James Corden‘s wedding.

-Here’s the first trailer for Hulu’s The Looming Tower starring Jeff Daniels and Michael Stuhlbarg.

-And here’s the first trailer for Alan Ball‘s Here and Now, starring Tim Robbins, Holly Hunter, Sosie Bacon, Jerrika Hinton. Vulture calls it “HBO’s version of This Is Us.”