Scandal Sheet

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

July 22, 2016
by Jen McDonnell

Leslie Jones Won’t Let Trolls Keep Her From Twitter

-Leslie Jones gave her first interview since racist Twitter trolls brought her to tears, saying “The insults didn’t hurt me. Unfortunately, I’m used to the insults. But what scared me was the injustice of a gang of people jumping against you for such a sick cause.”

-She also returned to Twitter, saying ‘Who else is going to live tweet #GameofThrones?’

-Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston are back in LA. What are the chances she’s going to accompany him to Comic Con?

-Idris Elba’s arms have arrived at Comic Con!

-I didn’t realize how much I’ve missed Jon Stewart delivering jokes about the news until he returned last night.

-Michael Moore‘s film festival lineup features films that are all directed by women. I freakin’ love it!

-Here’s the first trailer for A Tale of Love and Darkness, Natalie Portman‘s directorial debut.

-New music from Bon Iver is coming!

-Sweet! Lin-Manuel Miranda will tell the story of Alexander Hamilton on Drunk History.

-Kristen Bell says if another Veronica Mars reboot happens, it will probably be a mini-series on TV or Netflix. I’m cool with that.

-Congrats to Lizzy Caplan, who just got engaged to British actor Tom Riley.

-Set your DVRs: The Looking movie is on this weekend and it’s wonderful!

-Amber Heard may be dating Elon Musk. Still less creepy than Depp.

-I question the existence of Blake Lively‘s maternity dress slit.

-Stephen Amell, Grant Gustin, and Melissa Benoist were quite cute on Conan last night. (Look how nervous she was with her bouncing knee. Awww.)

-Roxanne Gay is writing a comic book series for Marvel and suddenly, I’m going to start reading comic books!

-It was an impromptu Lost reunion today at Comic Con!

-I’m weirdly excited to follow this weekend’s Comic Con news, considering all the goodies we’ve already gotten. So far, Marvel on Netflix is winning, from the first teaser for The Defenders to the news that they’ve renewed Daredevil for season three. But most importantly, the Luke Cage trailer that debuted last night is fire!

July 21, 2016
by Jen McDonnell

Michelle Obama Raps with Missy Elliott in Carpool Karaoke

-Here is Michelle Obama‘s full Carpool Karaoke segment, and it’s glorious. She will always be the coolest First Lady in history.

-This Divergent news is HILARIOUS. The last movie flopped so badly that that Lionsgate has jettisoned the finale in favor of a TV movie. And there’s no guarantee that the original stars will sign on. (Why would they?) Let’s hope this is the final nail in the coffin of franchises who think they should stretch the final book across two movies.

-Leonardo DiCaprio is being dragged into the growing Wolf of Wall Street money-laundering scandal. It tickles me that he’s only referred to as  “Hollywood Actor 1″ in the suit.

-I guess I shouldn’t make too much fun of Leo today since he raised $45 million for environmental causes last night. But I’m assuming that was mostly all Mariah’s doing.

-Idris Elba says he’s ‘too old’ to play Bond now. We’ve ruined this for him, haven’t we?

-Kate Hudson is hooking up with Diplo? Oh god. I’m already dreading the twitter tirade when she dumps him.

-Johnny Depp reportedly doesn’t want to give Amber Heard any deets on his financial records until she pinky swears to keep it secret.

-Gillian Anderson posting old glamour shots of David Duchovny will never not be funny.

-Mario Batali has opinions about pal Gwyneth Paltrow’s exes. He liked Brad Pitt, but wasn’t a fan of Ben Affleck.

-Taylor Swift has a long history of being a technophobe, even before Snapchatgate.

-Meanwhile, Vulture takes a deep dive into when exactly the media turned on Taylor.

-Ruh roh. Michael Moore is convinced Donald Trump is going to win.

-For some reason, I’ve had the pleasure of attending not one, but two events this month that featured Daniel Franzese (Damian from Mean Girls), and he’s an absolute teddy bear. Maybe that’s why this video of him proposing to his boyfriend in the Starbucks where they met reduced me to a sobbing puddle.

-Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank-N-Furter is perfection in Fox’s reimagining of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

July 20, 2016
by Jen McDonnell

Elle Responds to FKA Twigs Cover Backlash


-Frankly, when I first saw this cover I was trying to figure out why they put FKA Twigs in that messy outfit instead of looking at the headlines surrounding her, but yeah, that Becky with the Good Hair joke is not great. Elle even published an article on their site from Melissa Harris-Perry about why it alarmed her.

-In an Instagram post, Lady Gaga says she and Taylor Kinney are soulmates who are just taking a break, and asked her fans to “please root us on.”

-Idris Elba dancing and singing in funny voices is making my insides goopy.

-I was interviewed by the Toronto Star and I praised Kim Kardashian. In print. Publicly. I don’t even know who I am anymore…

-Mila Kunis says she and Ashton Kutcher tried to just be f*** buddies but, like their crappy rom-coms suggest, that never works. “If we just paid attention to these movies [No Strings Attached and Friends with Benefits], we should know that s—t like this does not work out in real life.”

-Laura Benanti‘s impression of Melania Trump on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert was pretty damn perfect.

-Kevin Bacon on Comedy Bang Bang made me laugh a lot. (“In Kevintown, the main industry is fun!”)

-I really liked WB-TV’s use of Snapchat to preview some of their stars that will be at this weekend’s Comic Con.

-Speaking of Comic Con, Simon Pegg reveals all the disguises he’s used in the past to walk the floor.

-Did the Beyhive figure out some sort of advanced compression algorithm for superlong GIFs? Is there anything that fandom can’t do?!

-I just spent way too much time in this comment thread, reading about people’s celebrity encounters. The one about Tom Cruise serving kids cupcakes is great, as is the one with Topher Grace asking a girl if they once banged.

-Amandla Stenberg just joined the adaptation of Everything Everything — a book I loved. I really like this casting news!

-Speaking of great casting news, Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs just landed a role on Blackish.

-Miranda Kerr is engaged to Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel. Which she announced using Snapchat’s new bitmoji. Synergy, y’all!

-Twitter finally banned that conservative blogger who led the online abuse of Leslie Jones.

-Screw this article about how what happened to Jones is a symptom of fan entitlement. It was racism and sexism, full stop.

-This is unexpected. D&D is making a comeback (with celebrities at least). Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Drew Barrymore, Stephen Colbert, Mike Myers, Jon Favreau, and Aubrey Plaza all say they play it.

-Unreal’s producers are defending this week’s twist. I’m not buying it. This season is definitely wobbly — possibly because of behind-the-scenes drama.

-This is an interesting article from Vulture on how women’s pictures found a new home on TV, but it feels like they’re turning a blind eye to soaps.

-Kirsten Dunst is going to direct an adaptation of The Bell Jar, starring Dakota Fanning? Yes, please!

-Interesting: The Cut takes us inside Raya, the secret dating app for famous people.

-I need someone to explain Maria Bello’s pants to me. Do it like I’m a four-year-old (which is the age these must be designed for).

-Why would Jennifer Hudson do this?! She was just on Broadway, for crissakes!

-The only thing Democrats and Republicans agree on? The CW is a damn fine network.

-Ben Foster and Chris Pine are bank robbers in the Hell or High Water trailer.