Scandal Sheet

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

January 20, 2017
by Jen McDonnell

Jennifer Aniston Hints At Return to TV

-Jennifer Aniston is starting to lay the groundwork for her inevitable return to TV. (And she’s not just talking about those terrible airline ads.)  I’m frankly surprised it took her this long.

-Self-professed foodie Aziz Ansari dramatically read bad Yelp reviews on the Tonight Show last night.

-Kristen Stewart never graduated college but she has coauthored a research paper on artificial intelligence because Hollywood!

-Uma Thurman’s custody battle continues to be nasty. Now her ex is denying an alleged prostitute addiction.

-Cuba Gooding Jr. filed for divorce from wife Sara Kapfer after more than 20 years of marriage.

-I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks Will & Grace seems painfully out of date now. It’ll be interesting to see how they handle that in the revival.

-I assumed that this story about Matthew McConaughey saying he was balding in the ’90s until he found a miracle cure was fake news but … I don’t think it is?

-The new trailer for NBC’s Powerless looks pretty great. As someone who’s starting to OD on superhero stuff, a show about the schlubs who have to clean up after the heroes’ battles seems like a fun twist.

-Melanie Lynskey is tired of everyone in the new I Don’t Feel at Home in This World trailer.


January 19, 2017
by Jen McDonnell

Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange’s New Feud


-EW has our first look at Ryan Murphy’s new series starring Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange as Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in Feud. God, I want this in my eyeballs right now…

-Speaking of Ryan Murphy shows, his next topic for American Crime Story might be Monica Lewinsky. Gimmie!!

-An ET reporter dared ask JLo about collaborating with Drake and she wasn’t having it. (Imagine if she’d actually been asked about *collaborating* with Drake…)

-At last night’s People’s Choice Awards, Blake Lively‘s acceptance speech was all about girl power but she won for a movie about a shark so I was a little confused. At least her outfit was pretty great. AND she brought her sister Robyn from Teen Witch!

-Speaking of PCA speeches that I liked the intent of but didn’t really understand, I *think* Sarah Jessica Parker was talking about appreciating her fandom? Maybe?

-In other PCA news, I was really bummed by Kristen Bell’s outfit. As the Fug Girls remarked, it looked like she was trying to bring back Varsity Blue’s whipped cream bikini.

-Celine Dion is contributing an original song to the Beauty & the Beast soundtrack and suddenly the world doesn’t seem so dark.

-Donald Glover is really owning this coat. Is he trying to audition for the all-female Ocean’s Eleven remake or something?

-This video of the This Is Us cast being told the show is getting renewed for two more seasons is all kinds of cute.

-Alanis Morissette‘s ex-manager admitted in court to embezzling $4.8 million from the singer.

-Chrissy Teigan is here to remind us that the paparazzi is gross.

-I still can’t believe that Anne Hathaway‘s Colossal is getting distribution. It’s one of the weirdest movies I saw last year (in a good way!). Here’s the first promo.

-Chris Evans is such an adorable puppy.

-Sad news: character actor Miguel Ferrer (who also happens to be George Clooney‘s cousin) passed away at 61.

-Jesus. A Trump staffer says Kanye West isn’t “traditionally American” enough to perform at the inauguration.

-The new Japandroids album is streaming on CBC and it’s sooooo good!

-There’s also a new Arcade Fire song.

-Kevin Smith is directing more Supergirl later this year. I like this gig for him (he did a really, really great job on The Flash). As long as he keeps his Black Canary-loving butt away from Arrow…

-Speaking of Supergirl, this is a really good article on why it’s the most progressive show on TV right now. I really should try it again.

-In other geeky TV news, Amazon is adapting Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. YASS!!

-I don’t watch Sherlock but from everything I’ve ever read about Steven Moffat, I’m not surprised to hear him dismiss female fans’ (and the actress in question’s) reaction to a recent episode.

-I’ve never understood how come every year there’s always one sound that becomes ubiquitous in movie trailers? I feel like Cameron Diaz’s character in The Holiday could really shed some light here…

-Bryan Cranston is a giant talking head, Kanye West sings, and Elizabeth Banks wears green contact lenses in the first Power Rangers trailer.

-In much more promising trailer news, the latest promo for Logan continues to impress.



January 18, 2017
by Jen McDonnell

Claire Danes On Finding Love and Landing Her Dream Role


-Claire Danes is having a great month of magazine covers. First was her killer Harper’s Bazaar UK issue, and now comes her Marie Claire cover. In the interview, she talks about how she “was in agony” when she hadn’t acted for two years before nabbing Homeland, and describes her movie-style meet-cute with Hugh Darcy: “[We] met in Rhode Island when it was at its most audaciously beautiful, in the fall. And there was one day when we were bicycling by the water and it was sparkly and idyllic, and I just had this dumb epiphany, like, ‘I’m really just happy.’”

-This is just what Angelina and Brad need right now: Zahara Jolie-Pitt‘s biological mother is reportedly hoping to get back in contact with her daughter.

-This doesn’t seem like the type of dress Amal Clooney would wear if she were trying to camouflage a pregnancy, but my Twitter TL feels differently so what do I know?

-Ariana Grande is being mocked (justifiably) for saying she’s the “hardest working 23-year-old” in the world.

-Kesha was interviewed by Viceland’s Zach Goldbaum about her exhausting legal battle with producer Dr. Luke. “To work really hard for something, and have it taken away from you is pretty devastating. I worked my ass off for a lot of years to be able to do it. It is, like, definitely a mind-fuck.”

-Ben Affleck tries to laugh off the Sad Ben meme; still seems pretty sad.

-Jason Statham and Gal Gadot‘s Super Bowl commercial may be the one to beat this year.

-Huh. NBC has ordered a 10-episode revival of Will & Grace.  I’m guessing that they’re just going to pretend the finale’s flashforwards were all a group fever dream?

-Ashley Judd‘s Ted Talk debuted online today on how online abuse has spiraled out of control, and whatever you may think of her rumoured onset behavior, it’s pretty compelling. “Online misogyny is a global gender rights tragedy and it is imperative that it ends.”

-Could we finally be getting a movie with Donald Glover as Spider-Man?

-Drake has reportedly already met Jennifer Lopez’s kids.

-This Is Us has been renewed by NBC for not one, but two more seasons. I hope every episode revolves around Randall because when he’s not in it (like last night) the show is poorer for it.

-John Oliver gets a little help from Larry David and Kumail Nanjiani in his season four promo.

-Star Trek Discovery has been delayed yet again, thanks to The Walking Dead. There’s no word on a premiere date now.

-In happier TV news, Review is coming back! I give this news 4 stars! (Not having a premiere date yet only gets 1/2 star though.)

-OB-GYNs would prefer it if you didn’t listen to Gwyneth Paltrow’s advice about using vaginal jade eggs.

-Ellen Degeneres re-imagined La La Land with her as the female lead.

-Aaron Rodgers’ family reportedly doesn’t “trust” Olivia Munn and I’ve never cared about sports more!

-James Franco and Zachary Quinto play a couple in I Am Michael, a film about a gay activist who renounces homosexuality and becomes a Christian pastor.