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

August 18, 2017
by Jen McDonnell

Tina Fey’s Sheetcaking Skit Stirs Controversy

-Tina Fey appeared on the Weekend Update special last night and urged people to ignore the neo-Nazis, stay safe inside and eat some sheetcake. The reactions to it were swift and judge-y. Personally I didn’t love it either, but then again I tend to sideeye some of her race-based comedy bits to begin with. I usually LOVE Fey (I’ve re-read Bossypants so many times I can quote parts of it), but there has definitely been things she’s done on Kimmy Schmidt or Whisky Tango Foxtrot that aren’t great. So I understand why people are arguing that the suggestion from a white woman to ignore neo-nazis is kind of what got us into this mess in the first place. On the other hand, a lot of people think she was gently winking and mocking her own message (with the sheetcake being a spin on “let them eat cake”). It’s entirely possible, but maybe now is not the week for subtle, easily misinterpreted comedy?

-Taylor Swift just went dark on social media, leading to speculation that she’s about to make a big announcement (a new album, maybe?). She wiped all profile pics from her Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram accounts, and she’s no longer following anyone on Twitter.

-I’ve listened to Justin Bieber’s new song four times today. I’m not proud.

-I also really like Miley Cyrus’ new song. It’s like my music tastes are Benjamin Buttoning.

-Finally, Patty Jenkins is closing a deal to direct Wonder Woman 2. She reportedly held out for more money, and this deal could make her the highest paid female director in Hollywood.

-Speaking of ladies making bank, Emma Stone is 2017′s highest-paid actress, according to Forbes. Next in line  are Jennifer Aniston, who pulled in $25.5 million, and Jennifer Lawrence, who earned $24 million.

-Luke Cage explains Danny Rand’s white privilege to him in this scene in The Defenders and it’s amazing. Here’s the backstory.

-Meanwhile, the reviews of The Defenders are mixed at best. THR likes it, but Vulture calls it “a grim slog” and the NYT says it’s “less than the sum of its superheroes.”

-James Corden started his show with an emotional monologue about the Barcelona attack.

-Your internet boyfriend Idris Elba is on crutches. Who wants to volunteer to play nurse? Ok fine, I’ll do it!

-I gave up on Transparent a while ago but somehow came across this clip today of Judith Light singing “Hand In My Pocket” and ended up bawling at my desk. So, that happened.

-Emilia Clarke shared a cute Instagram video of Kit Harington and it almost made it seem like he has a personality!

-Kal Penn putting Trump on blast is the best use of Twitter this week.

-Blake Lively‘s photoshop skills are on point.

-Cobie Smulders, Justin Long and John Cho star in the Literally, Right Before Aaron trailer.



August 17, 2017
by Jen McDonnell

When Buffy Meets Hamilton

-Lin-Manuel Miranda and Sarah Michelle Gellar finally met IRL after months of Twitter flirting.

-Elisabeth Moss used an Instagram comment to reply to a question on how she reconciles her role in The Handmaid’s Tale with her belief in Scientology.

-Mariska Hargitay superfan Taylor Swift reportedly made a ‘generous’ donation to Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation.

-Madonna threw herself a Gypsy-themed birthday party, which feels kinda offensive?

-Also, I really dig the packaging of her new skincare line.

-So both of the Sprouse brothers are kind of trash, huh?

-I love that Crazy Ex-Girlfiend’s Rachel Bloom doesn’t shy away when asked how much she gets paid per episode. “I make $50,000 or $60,000 for acting in an episode before taxes and paying my reps.”

-The Flash star Candice Patton‘s NKD Magazine cover is fire!

-Veteran stuntpeople are questioning the Deadpool producers’ decision to give the motorcycle scene to the late SJ Harris, a professional racer, rather than a more experienced film stunt pro.

-The HBO hackers flexed their muscles by taking over the network’s social media accounts.

-Ben Affleck: maybe Batman, definitely a mess.

-There’s been lots of talk post-Shonda that ABC is trying to pivot to attract “the heartland.” Now comes word that they’re making a live-action version of The Jetsons, and they signed a mega-deal with Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse.

-This is an interesting take on whether or not Rotten Tomatoes can crush a movie. (Personally, I think the reasons bad movies tank is because they’re bad.)

-Everyone’s looking very closely at how the well-reviewed Lucky Logan performs this weekend, because Steven Soderbergh completely bypassed the studio system to make it. He limited the marketing costs, and created an internal site where everyone involved in the film — from casting agents to actors — can log on and get a breakdown of how it’s performing.

-Watch Ben Stiller punch Adam Sandler in this trailer for The Meyerowitz Stories.

-See Zoë Kravitz and Lola Kirke flirt with danger in Gemini trailer.

August 16, 2017
by Jen McDonnell

Kim Kardashian Confirms She’s “Definitely Trying” for Another Baby


-I have no interest in reading THR’s Kardashian cover story, but I did like this accompanying bit from a branding expert on how the family redefined the business of celebrity.

-Casey Affleck may have just confirmed what we all suspected: that Ben Affleck is not returning as Batman.

-Have you noticed that there are a lot less photos of stars at the airport lately? That’s because LAX installed a VIP terminal that’s paparazzi-free.

-Following her trial victory, Taylor Swift says she plans to donate money to help victims of sexual assault “defend themselves.”

-Game of Thrones stars Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner tackle Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber in next episode of Carpool Karaoke, and the preview is all kinds of adorable.

-Another episode of Game of Thrones Season 7 leaked early. The kicker? This time, the breach came from an HBO affiliate.

-Is Drake opening a new restaurant in Toronto? Has he learned nothing from Fring’s?

-Chris Hemsworth says he was “weirdly shaken” when he first met Chris Pratt because “he’s just so charismatic.” Celebs: they’re just like us!

-Anna Faris thanked her podcast listeners for their support, saying “Hey, dear listeners. I just want to thank you all so much for all the love I’ve been receiving, and I truly love you.” (I loved the story they told on the Jam Session podcast this week, in which one of the girls talks about interviewing Anna and then being invited back to her house to drink wine for four hours.)

-Why does The Mindy Project insist on doing this terrible storyline over and over?

-I don’t watch Suits, but I support any show that gives Gina Torres her own spinoff.

-Girls Trip’s Tiffany Haddish remains the best talk show guest.

-Last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Daniel Craig finally confirmed he will return for a fifth James Bond movie.  “I think this is it. I just want to go out on a high note.”

-Late night shows were on fire last night. Colbert’s blow-by-blow takedown of the president’s press conference was merciless — and his team wrote it in less than an hour. Jimmy Kimmel made an outraged plea for Trump supporters to finally abandon their president. Seth Meyers tore up Trump’s “clinically insane” presser.

-God, I love Mark Ruffalo. He and Olivia Wilde joined the huge protest outside of Trump Tower last night, where Mark shot some video.

-Lisa Rinna tweeted “All lives matter” and then claimed she didn’t really know what that meant. Sigh.

-After 16 years, Helen Hunt and Matthew Carnahan have decided to call it quits.

-According to Jason Bateman, Arrested Development season 5 production kicks off next week.

-That Tom Cruise on-set injury we saw in the leaked video earlier this week was serious; it shut down the Mission Impossible production.

-Chris Brown tried to explain his side of the story in his Rihanna beatdown. Keep it.

-Bachelor in Paradise debuted last night and was all like “we cool, guys?

-This story about Belle and Sebastian accidentally leaving their drummer in pyjamas in a Walmart made me LOL. “Shit, we left Richard in North Dakota.”

-I really like this NYT piece about why, in a body-positive moment, Hollywood remains out of step. “Movies – studio movies in particular – show little improvement for lead actresses. There is only Melissa McCarthy.”

-I also like this Vogue piece with Oprah about how she’s on a roll (again).

-Here’s the first trailer for The Killing of a Sacred Deer starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman (featuring a creepy good use of anEllie Goulding song). This film was both booed and applauded at Cannes. It’s from Yorgos Lanthimos, who did The Lobster — a movie I didn’t really understand but still have a strange affection for.