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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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December 19, 2014
by Jen McDonnell
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Is Cameron Diaz Engaged?

Cameron Diaz in the January issue of Cosmo

Cameron Diaz in the January issue of Cosmo. (Matthias Vriens-McGrath/Cosmopolitan)

-Well, that was fast. Cameron Diaz is reportedly engaged to Benji Madden. If she wanted to keep this under the radar, this could have leaked next week during the slowest media coverage period of the year. Of course, next week isn’t when Annie comes out…

-Also, is this her engagement ring?

-Mindy Kaling and Chris Messina pulled a Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams at last night’s inaugural People Magazine Awards. (Also, that might be the best dress she’s ever worn.)

-Is Jake Gyllenhaal dating Ruth Wilson?! This might be my favourite new couple rumour ever!

-Abigail Breslin swears she wasn’t trying to beef with Taylor Swift on Twitter.

-George Clooney wrote a petition to support The Interview, but no one signed it. It’s pretty great, though. “We cannot be told we can’t see something by Kim Jong-un, of all f*cking people.”

-Even Obama weighed in on whether Sony made the right decision pulling The Interview: “I think they made a mistake.”  (Also, he only called on women at the press conference, which was awesome.)

-Meanwhile, the latest hacked emails reveal that Sony execs want Idris Elba to be the next Bond. DO IT!

-Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell get into a cringe-worthy screaming match about racism on The View yesterday.

-Nick Offerman teared up a little bit last night on Fallon when talking about the end of Parks and Rec and it slayed me.

-I really wish Ansel Elgort didn’t feel the need to point out how straight he is.

-Gwyneth Paltrow lost out on the chance to be a guest contributor for Yahoo because CEO Marissa Mayer didn’t like that Paltrow doesn’t have a college degree.

-Meghan Trainor is in serious need of some media training. First were her dumb comments on feminism, and now she’s saying crap about eating disorders. Demi Lovato is having none of it.

-I really liked this article about how the Serial podcast was less about telling a story and more about offering a master class in journalism.

-Brad Pitt has reportedly been dismissed from jury duty for, well, being too
Brad Pitt-ish.

-I’m not a big fan of Michael Pitt (based more on stories I’ve heard about him than his actual acting abilities), but he was GREAT on Hannibal last season. There’s got to be some dirt behind why he was suddenly recast.

-The Colbert Report hosted an all-star musical farewell. Here’s everyone who showed up.

-Reese Witherspoon is kicking her Oscar campaign into high gear by opening up about her divorce from Ryan Phillippe.

-Is Sarah Jessica Parker heading back to HBO? She reportedly eyeing a new divorce comedy. I never really expected her to return to TV, but I’m not complaining.

-The new Outlander promo is super swoony.

-Speaking of genre TV, I don’t watch Supernatural but I know a lot of people who will love this oral history.

-Early word about ABC’s new Agent Carter series is that it’s fabulous. And with only 8 episodes, not an overwhelming commitment. Is it weird that January is shaping up to be a better month for new TV than last September was?

-Kevin Hart preps Will Ferrell for prison in the new Get Hard trailer.

December 18, 2014
by Jen McDonnell
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Angelina Jolie on Directing Brad Pitt: “A Therapist Would Have a Field Day”

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-Angelina Jolie is profiled in the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter, but her daughter Shiloh steals the show. Meanwhile, Jolie says she hires a cyber security team to protect her kids from bad things on the Internet. How does that work, exactly?

-Chris Martin joked that Angelina Jolie got him to write a song for Unbroken by having a bunch of ex-Navy SEALs kidnap him and take him to an undisclosed location, where Brad Pitt was doing pushups and Angelina was wearing a crown. Hey, I’ve had this dream!

-Anna Kendrick was a total charmbomb on The Daily Show last night, where she told a funny story about how Chris Pine almost killed her on set. (Speaking of Pine, I liked Into the Woods a lot, but I LOVED him in it. That movie has a deep bench, but he totally steals it.)

-So The Interview thing continues to be a mess. Lots of people have spoken out about how Sony’s reaction is ridiculous and cowardly, including a bunch of celebs (Connie Britton’s tweet was my favourite, while Stephen Amell’s was my least fave — but he recovered nicely).

-The fallout continues. Now Steve Carrell‘s North Korea film has been given the boot.

-Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel has started a campaign to get Fox News to air The Interview in its entirety, and Aaron Sorkin is blaming the media (shocker!).

-Also, a  new batch of emails from the Sony Hack now involve a producer saying that it’s bad business to keep casting Denzel Washington in movies because international audiences don’t want to watch black actors. This is the story you can point to the next time someone (*cough* Sorkin *cough*) says the media shouldn’t be reporting on the hack because there’s a lack if newsworthiness.

-Gotham’s Ben McKenzie is great in bed…says Gotham’s Ben McKenzie.

-TV critics and fans spent the afternoon tweeting the #BestTVLines2014, and it gave me a serious case of the feels and/or lolz.

-Allow Tom Hiddleston to wish you a Merry Christmas through song.

-Jennifer Aniston has an “Oscar strategist.” I want that job SO. HARD.

-In her new interview with Allure, Demi Lovato says Kim Kardashian should get a lot of the credit for helping women accept their curves.

-Speaking of complicated feelings about curvy women, Roxane Gay and other very smart people talk about trying to find a “feminist happy place” when discussing Nicki Minaj‘s ass.

-Meanwhile, Nicki looks stunning in her new ad campaign for Roberto Cavalli.

-The final episode of Serial dropped this morning. I haven’t listened to it yet, but lots of people have lots of thoughts that I can’t wait to devour later tonight.

-Speaking of endings, the final episode of The Colbert Report airs tonight. Stephen Colbert literally jumped the shark last night.

-So Selena Gomez is still on the Justin Bieber drama-go-’round, huh?

-The Honourable Woman is now on Netflix. I really liked this interview with Maggie Gyllenhaal about it. “I can be very mercurial, I can get very mad, and I can get very emotional.”

-Stevie Wonder is a new dad? That’s…nice?

-A new Orphan Black teaser has landed.

-I love this story about how Jane Austen inspired the Ross/Rachel arc on Friends.

-Here’s the trailer for A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman. This was not super well received when it premiered a few months ago at TIFF.

-Bradley Cooper prepares to come home in this emotional new American Sniper trailer.

December 17, 2014
by Jen McDonnell
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Anna Kendrick Talks Dildos, Ambien on Letterman

Anna Kendrick’s interview on The Late Show with David Letterman

Anna Kendrick on The Late Show with David Letterman on Dec. 16, 2014. (CBS)

-As expected, Anna Kendrick was a total delight on Letterman last night, talking about fur-covered dildos and Ambien-induced surprises.

-So it looks like the theatre chains’ reluctance to show The Interview is hitting Canada, too. Since the majority of theatre owners are declining to show it, Sony went ahead and canceled the film’s release entirely. Just when you thought things between studios and theatre owners couldn’t get more tense…

-In other “whoa” industry news: HBO is no longer releasing overnight ratings, instead focusing on the L+7 (live plus seven, which includes anyone who watched their shows within a week, including DVR ratings), which will be hard for the press to verify. This is big news for TV geeks.

-Amy Adams and Taran Killam get romantic in their new SNL promos. Her fan-girling over 1D at the end is the best.

-I’m not proud that I just clicked on a headline that said “The Best Shirtless Moments From TV This Year“, but here we are.

-Jamie Dornan already has this media promo thing down. He’s talking about visiting a “sex dungeon” for 50 Shades research.

-Sam Smith, Demi Lovato and a couple of boy banders I don’t know modeled the raddest ugly Christmas sweater ever.

-God bless whoever put the lip synch scene from The Skeleton Twins on Youtube! I’m going to watch this whenever I’m having a bad day. There was no better crowd reaction that I experienced in a theatre this year than when Kristen Wiig finally joined in. (And I’m including the time that guy yelled, “Yeah, girl — you take out that weave!” in the middle of Beyond the Lights).

-Some woman who once dated Idris Elba is now writing sad songs about him. I’m just impressed she can still find the strength to get out of bed.

-More Mel B sadness: she’s reportedly moved out of the house she shares with her husband Stephen Belafonte amid those abuse rumours.

-Blake Lively cooks with Top Chef winner Hung Huynh ’cause she’s better than you in every way.

-Deep breaths, everyone. Serial’s final episode drops tomorrow. The Funny or Die spoof about how the last installment will go is so, so perfect.

-A teeny, tiny teaser for Game of Thrones has landed.

-The Interwebs is now lusting over Jennifer Lawrence’s bodyguard. They may have a point.

-Here’s a great interview with Joss Whedon, talking about the next Avengers movie.

-Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon played BFFs at summer camp on The Tonight Show last night. It wasn’t very funny, but they did break a lot, so there’s that.