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

March 22, 2018
by Jen McDonnell

The X Files May Continue without Gillian Anderson


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-Of course Chris Carter plans to do more X Files without Gillian Anderson. Of course he does. JFC.

-Love is dead. Jenny Slate and Chris Evans have broken up again, according to his new NYT profile.

-Matt Damon joked about Ben Affleck‘s ridiculous (and totally real) back tat: “I support him in all of his artistic expression.”

-Jennifer Garner channeled her inner band geek to wish Reese Witherspoon a happy birthday, and it was pretty impressive.

-I love that Hollywood is casting Tessa Thompson in everything these days. She just signed on to join Chris Hemsworth in the Men in Black sequel, which is pretty much the only thing that would convince me to watch a Men in Black sequel.

-Oh dear lawd. Cate Blanchett said that social media is “not the judge and jury” when it comes to Woody Allen.  We just want to enjoy Ocean’s 8 in peace, Cate.

-Well, at least Cate is urging for help in preparing Rohingya refugees for oncoming monsoon rains.

-The Weinstein Co. has lifted their NDAs, which means we might be hearing a lot more stories soon.

-Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys were totally flirty and adorable on Colbert. I heart them.

-Yikes, this is not a good look for SNL’s Michael Che.

-Taylor Kitsch‘s Instagram caption game is second to none.

-This fan theory that Lea Michelle is illiterate is totally ridiculous, yet I’ve seen it all over Twitter today.

-How awesome is it that Lena Waithe just landed a Vanity Fair cover?!

-Bill Hader’s new HBO show Barry, which debuts Sunday, is getting pretty good reviews.

-I really liked this article from a movie critic who slammed I Kill Giants on Twitter as soon as he saw it, and the first response was from the director himself. A good lesson about well-argued criticism vs a “hit-and-run pan on social media.” (Personally, I adored that film at TIFF and can’t wait until it’s released.)

-This is an interesting look at how the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s cinematographers hide the present when making a period piece.

-Despite rumours of reshoots, Deadpool 2 screenings reportedly got near-perfect ratings, scoring even higher than the original. Here’s the new trailer:


March 21, 2018
by Jen McDonnell

This Is Us's Chrissy Metz Opens Up About Her Painful Past

Chrissy Metz people cover parenthood

-In her new People cover, Chrissy Metz talks about her terrible stepfather, who hit her and mocked her weight.

-Cardi B’s Cosmo cover interview addresses the Me Too movement in hip hop. “A lot of video vixens have spoke about this and nobody gives a f-ck…I bet if one of these women stands up and talks about it, people are going to say, ‘So what? You’re a ho. It don’t matter.’” She also reveals why she keeps talking about her stripper past: “People say, ‘Why do you always got to say that you used to be a stripper? We get it.’ Because y’all don’t respect me because of it, and y’all going to respect these strippers from now on.”

-I always love the power stylist issueof THR. I especially found the roundtablefascinating, in which they talk about the challenge of dressing their clients in black for Time’s Up, and how they usually lose money during awards season.

-Meanwhile, Drew Barrymore is endorsing Crocs and it kinda works?

-I gave up on The Americans last year because it was starting to feel like a slog, but I’ll probably tune into the final season. This absolutely delightful interview with Keri Russell and Matthew Rhyshelps. (I love the part when the interviewer says he doesn’t want to hear spoilers. “Well, we’re going to tell you!” Russell shouts. “Henry dies!” Rhys shouts, a little louder.)

-Oooh boy. A writer on The Vampire Diaries shared her horrifying storyof being harassed by a director on the set. For some reason, a lot of people on my Twitter TL don’t seem to like that show’s creator, but I love the fact that as soon as she heard what happened she said “It is not your job to take abuse or accept unacceptable behavior because you’re young and a woman. That is not your job.” Also, according to this tweet, the guy has gone on to direct Arrow, Gotham, and Lethal Weapon.

-This Mads Mikkelsen quote about starring in a Beyonce video is perfection. I saw him two years ago at TIFF and though I hated his movie, the Q&A with him afterwards totally made up for it.

-Why is it news that Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have barely spoken since they split? That’s what “split” means.

-Millie Bobby Brown and Gaten Matarazzotweeted their support after a kid threw a Stranger Things-themed birthday party and no one showed up.

-This trailer for a short film starring Stephen Amell looks like a Canadian version The Florida Project (and I mean that in a good way).

-Gillian Anderson being unable to figure out how her watergun works to get back at David Duchovny is the cutest thing ever.

-This is a good reviewof Jack White‘s new album, which is reportedly not good.

-Netflix is adapting the YA novel To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, which I adored.

-Tessa Thompson makes a cameo as a personal trainer in Portlandia’s series finale.

-Also, she’s super into the Twitter feed that compares her to goats.

-Speaking of endings, I don’t watch Once Upon a Time, but it’s sweet that original stars Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas and Emilie DeRavin all agreed to return for the series finale.

-Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon make terrible accidental secret agents in The Spy Who Dumped Metrailer.

March 20, 2018
by Jen McDonnell

Amy Poehler's Directorial Debut Features Everyone You Love

-I can’t even tell what Amy Poehler‘s directorial debut is about from this clip, but I’m so, so, so in! (According to THR, it follows a group of girlfriends who go to Napa to celebrate a 50th birthday.) But look at that cast!

-Bill Hader revealed that John Mulaney whispered “My girlfriend works at Yoshinoya Beef Bowl” during this weekend’s Stefon skit, which is why he broke so hard. I once read an oral history of SNL and Hader said that the reason he always breaks during the Stefon segments is because Mulaney adds last-minute jokes to the cue cards, and Hader is reading them for the first time on air.

-The Crown producers have apologized for dragging Claire Foy and Matt Smith into the salary disparity mess.

-Sean Penn is writing a novel that will reportedly incorporate the Me Too movement. So I guess we’re all just forgetting about the allegations that he tied Madonna to a chair and beat her with a bat, then?

-Demi Lovato opened up to Dr. Phil about how she contemplated suicide when she was only 7 years old.

-John Oliver’s bunny book is handily outselling the Pence bunny book and it makes me SO HAPPY. I bought a copy for my niece and it’s on backorder.

-Ellen DeGeneres interviewed Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue and tried to get them to admit they’re dating. It didn’t work.

-Idris Elba has created a sitcom about growing up in 1980s Britain. I’m so very curious to see how this turned out. I mean, I love the man (so very, very much) but “funny” is not a word I’d typically associate with him.

-Jenna Dewan Tatum and the hot guy from Looking in a new TV show together? Yes, please!

-72-year-old rocker Don McLean is dating a 24-year-old, which is not gross at all.

-Oh goodie. Kevin Federline is back in the news. Well, we had a good decade of peace.

-Are Stars retiring from touring? I don’t want to believe it.

-Bill Murray took a nap in the middle of the SXSW panel for Isle of Dogs.  Murray’s gonna Murray…

-It’s crazy that the CW will probably renew Dynasty, even though it’s pulling in the most dismal ratings (0.1 in the demo)! But it makes lots of money internationally, so that’s what matters now.

-Why are people always surprised with faith-based movies do well? Every. Single. Time.

-Speaking of the movie biz, this is a bullshit article. It’s been clear that tent pole blockbusters aren’t going to save the industry for ages now. Blaming it on Black Panther sucks.

-I really liked this article on how romance novels are some of the most progressive and political works of fiction out there these days. I’m doing a thing this year where I’m trying to read books with non-white or non-cis leads, and that’s always the easiest genre to find stuff.

-The Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm and Ed Helms intro to the new Tag trailer is funnier than the trailer itself. I still can’t believe this movie is actually happening, let alone that it also stars Jake Johnson, Rashida Jones, Isla Fisher, Leslie Bibb, and Hannibal Buress.