Scandal Sheet

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

April 21, 2017
by Jen McDonnell

Chris Pratt Thinks He’s Not Represented in Hollywood


-If you’re ranking famous Chrises, Chris Pratt is probably not going to make the top of your list (holla, Chris Evans!). Sure, we’ll love him forever for Andy Dwyer alone but sometimes he talks and you’re just like “oh sweetie, no.” That pretty much sums up his Men’s Fitness cover story, in which he drops bon mots like “I don’t see personal stories that necessarily resonate with me…The voice of the average, blue-collar American isn’t necessarily represented in Hollywood.” All together now: oh sweetie, no.

-Meanwhile, Anna Faris gave a lovely speech at Chris’ Walk of Fame ceremony today.

-Vanity Fair has published its anxiously awaited story about Melania and Donald’s marriage and yeah, it sounds not fun.

-Sure, it’s douchey to listen to your own music obnoxiously loudly — but do you deserve to be handcuffed for it?

-The X Files is returning for a 10-episode season, shooting this summer. Let’s hope we get better than the last round, where we ended up with 1 spectacular episode (based on an old script originally written for Night Stalker), 1 that was good, 2 that were bad, and 2 that I’m actively trying to pretend didn’t exist. I really agree with this article about how the best thing that could happen to this reboot is if Chris Carter took a step back.

-Damn right, Netflix shows are too long. The “Netflix bloat” is real.

-What the hell is Rob Lowe doing? Surely he doesn’t need the money this much, right?

-Blake Lively went off on a reporter who asked her what she was wearing at Variety’s Power of Women Luncheon. But…she posed for the red carpet. She showed up in a designer jumpsuit from Brandon Maxwell. She’s known for her fashion and brags about not using a stylist.  I don’t understand the rules.

-Wait, they’re trying to sell Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson‘s beef as a PR stunt? That’s adorable!

-I dropped off the Vampire Diaries after season two and only popped back in for the finale, but this take on how the show did Bonnie Bennett dirty sounds about right.

-Lifetime is skipping the pilot process and ordering Greg Berlanti‘s new limited series straight to a 10-episode series. It’s based on Caroline Kepnes‘ best-selling thriller You, which I read last year and still think about.

-James Corden and Anne Hathaway created a musical mock romantic comedy that spanned”from courtship, to heartbreak.”

April 20, 2017
by Jen McDonnell

Riz Ahmed, Viola Davis, Donald Glover and Ryan Reynolds Are Time’s Most Influential


-The Night Of’s Riz Ahmed made Time’s 100 Most Influential People List, and was written about by Lin-Manuel Miranda(!). Other notables: Meryl Streep wrote about Viola Davis, Leslie Jones wrote about Simone Biles, Brie Larson wrote about Emma Stone, Tina Fey wrote about Donald Glover, Helen Mirren wrote about Ryan Reynolds, Lena Dunham wrote about Constance Wu, and Kerry Washington wrote about Alicia Keys.

-Ben Affleck is dating someone…just not seriously (according to many, many articles.)

-Also, he and Jennifer Garner reportedly waited so long to file for divorce because they hoped that rehab would help their relationship.

-Saoirse Ronan tricked Ed Sheeran into getting a really terrible tattoo. I adore her.

-Chris O’Donnell remembers that time when Donald Trump forced his way into Scent of a Woman, then got cut from the film anyway.

-Would you attend Gwyenth Paltrow’GOOP conference? I think I would…but I’d really need to build up my eye rolling muscles first.

-Aww, I’m bummed that Girlboss on Netflix isn’t getting great reviews.

-I had some issues with 13 Reasons Why, but it’s unflinching depiction of rape and suicide was impressive and felt essential. The writer penned an emotional essay defending his decision to air the series’ most graphic scene.

-Dave Chappelle and George Lopez where among the stars to attend Charlie Murphy’s funeral.

-Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Rachel Bloom dropped a video for her new song “Lady Boss,” an empowering anthem about work anxiety.

-Are Ryan Gosling and Justin Theroux planning to work together? Not sure if my ovaries can handle that..

-Chasing Amy (a movie I loved at the time but now understand how problematic it was) just turned 20, and the quotes from Kevin Smith in this retrospective knocked me on my ass. The part where he talks about identifying with lesbians more than men because he’s attracted to women? Jesus.

-Here’s a good backgrounder on the writers strike, which is looking more and more likely.

-Reese Witherspoon explains why Big Little Lies means she’ll finally get to change her own story.

-Here’s a new trailer for Sofia Coppola’s Civil War–era drama The Beguiled, starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and a super seductive Colin Farrell.

April 19, 2017
by Jen McDonnell

Julia Roberts Is 2017 World's Most Beautiful Woman? Ok.

Julia Roberts' People Most Beautiful Woman

-Julia Roberts was named People’s Most Beautiful? JULIA ROBERTS? I mean, what a safe, uninspired choice. And why? These things are always connected to a PR push. What is she promoting? It’s too early for a Wonder push. The Smurfs movie? I’m so confused.

-Yes, Nina Dobrev looks lovely with no makeup but try that when you’re over 30 and then you’ll impress me.

-Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian just announced they are expecting a child. That means she was pregnant when she won her 23rd grand slam tournament. Queen!

-This is a fascinating feature on the revamped website The Dirty and gossip coverage’s wild west days.

-Speaking of gossip culture, I really liked this piece on the decline of Us Weekly and People. It goes hand-in-hand with this podcast I just listened to about Us’ heyday.

-Anne Hathaway reveals she didn’t trust her One Day director, and she worries it’s because she was a woman. “I’m so scared that I treated her with internalized misogyny. I’m scared that I didn’t give her everything that she needed or. . . I was resisting her on some level.”

-Chris Pratt admits he was “caught off guard” by the Passengers criticism but he thinks the movie will hold up. Yeah…no.

-Here’s the first trailer  for Netflix’s new true crime series The Keepers, which everyone is calling the next Making A Murderer.

-The teen who broke down how every single Chainsmokerss song is written is my new hero.

-Cara Delevingne‘s Rimmel mascara ad was pulled in the UK for “misleading” consumers because the ad didn’t say she “had also been given individual lash inserts to fill in gaps and that some lashes had been re-drawn in post-production.”

-Janet Jackson‘s creative director says Janet has no interest in her estranged husband’s billions. So there.

-This profile on Javier Bardem is unintentionally funny. “‘Very deep’ appears to be Bardem’s default setting. He prefers characters who are dying, or tormented, or simply scary as shit.”

-Matt Damon was dragged off a United flight courtesy of nemesis Jimmy Kimmel in this new skit.

-Oprah Winfrey, the Obamas, Tom Hanks, and Bruce Springsteen all walk onto a boat…and none of them will tell us what happened next.

-The new dishy book about Prince Charles include tidbits about how Camilla and her first husband were forced into marriage when their parents published an engagement announcement without their knowledge, and how Diana and Charles got married because he misinterpreted a letter from his father.

-Keira Knightley had to do the new Pirates movie? Poor woman.

-This Twitter thread about what it’s like to be a woman in a TV writers room is both sad and not surprising.

-Me: I can’t handle any more superhero shows. Also me: A show about teen superheroes? Yes, please!

-Kimmy is going to college and Tituss is going full Beyonce in this new trailer for Kimmy Schmidt season three.