Scandal Sheet

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

July 21, 2017
by Jen McDonnell
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Is Ben Affleck Being Pushed Out as Batman?

-Ben Affleck‘s future as Batman in doubt, according to The Hollywood Reporter. They say Warner Bros. is looking at plans to quietly phase out Affleck’s Batman and replace him with a younger actor.

-T.J. Miller really, really needs to stop bad-mouthing his Silicon Valley costars.

-More details about Johnny Depp’s crazy spending has come out from the lawsuit, including paying $500k for storage of items like a couch he bought from the Kardashians to give to his daughter.

-The Walking Dead unveiled the trailer for the next season this afternoon at ComicCon, and everyone’s talking about the bit at the end.

-Céline Dion is modeling the most dazzling looks from this season’s couture shows for Vogue.

-I’m bummed that Netflix’s Ozark is getting bad reviews. I really want any show that features Jason Bateman and Laura Linney as married.

-Congrats to Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tasha McCauley, who welcomed a baby boy. It’s their second kid.

-Issa Rae looks ah-maz-ing in the new issue of Complex.

-The Game Of Thrones showrunners responded to outrage surrounding their first big post-Thrones project, Confederate, in a new interview with Vulture and it’s not exactly comforting.  I really hate their ‘wait and see before you judge’ stance. The fact is, if we wait and see, that means waiting until HBO throws millions of dollars into making a first season (because they don’t work on a pilot system), marketing, etc. If this seems problematic right from the start — and it certainly does — than why not voice those concerns from the outset?

-Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk opened really strong in previews last night.  I know I should see it but the idea of going to a war movie in the middle of summer bums me out. It’s so, so weird that they’re releasing it now.

-Jada Pinkett Smith joked that she wishes those rumours about her and Will Smith being swingers were true.

-Will Smith and Joel Edgerton are buddy cops in a supernatural world in the trailer for Bright, Netflix’s most expensive movie to date ($90 million).

-John Boyega stars in the trailer to the sequel to Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim.

July 20, 2017
by Jen McDonnell
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Linkin Park Singer Chester Bennington Dies at 41 in Suspected Suicide

-Another tragedy strikes the rock world: Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, 41, has been found dead in an apparent suicide. It would have been his close friend Chris Cornell’s birthday today. Celebrities quickly took to Twitter with condolences.

-In terrible timing, a new Linkin Park video was released today and now everyone’s looking at it for deeper meaning.

-Lena Dunham will be on American Horror Story’s seventh season, joining the already announced eclectic cast that includes Billy Eichner, Colton Haynes and Billie Lourd.

-I’m fascinated by Charlize Theron‘s Atomic Blonde press tour. She keeps positioning it like it’s the first action film starring a kickass female. It’s not even *her* first.

-Comic-Con kicked off today and saw Channing Tatum and Halle Berry pounding back bourbon during the Kingsmen panel. But in terms of scoop, in the last few years I’ve become way more interested in the stuff that comes out of the TV panels than the movie ones. I will be on Twitter all weekend, swimming in the glorious spoilers.

-HBO’s new Confederate series by Game of Thrones show-runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss is getting a less-than-stellar reaction, with the Daily Beast saying it “sounds stupid as hell” and pretty much everyone wondering why HBO thought it would be a good idea.

-Ryan Reynolds‘ granted a dying boy’s wish to FaceTime.

-According to Jason Bateman, the new Arrested Development season will revolve around a Lucille 2 murder mystery.

-Ooh boy, am I not a fan of Jenny Slate’s latest profile in Vanity Fair. First, I think one of the street style shots is, um, problematic. And to rail against the interest in her dating life and compare it to The Handmaid’s Tale (“I’m also just really not open to being known as the woman dating so-and-so. I think that’s four tiny steps away from being Offred”) seems a bit extreme, especially since she was the one who opened that can of worms by being so disarmingly candid about her breakup with Chris Evans.

-Don’t sleep on how cute Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen are together.

-Is Naomi Watts quietly cultivating this summer’s best celebrity Instagram feed?

-Speaking of great Instagram feeds, Celine Dion‘s just keeps delivering.

-Also, Celine may be dating a dancer and I’m already so happy for her.

-I can’t wait to see Girl’s Trip tomorrow. All of the reviews seem to single out Tiffany Haddish as the breakout. Her story on Kimmel about taking Will and Jada Smith on a swamp tour she found on Groupon was killer.

-The survivor of the plane crash that killed two men during the production of Tom Cruise‘s American Made broke his silence amid the lawsuit.

-Insecure is returns on HBO this week, and the reviews for the new season are glowing. I need to catch up on the end of the first season, especially know that I know that Sterling K. Brown will be in the new episodes. Apparently, star Issa Rae met the This Is Us star during this past awards season, and he casually mentioned that he wanted to be on the show.

-Taraji P. Henson is playing a kickass assassin in the Proud Mary trailer.

July 19, 2017
by Jen McDonnell
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Elisabeth Moss’ Accidental Activism

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-Elisabeth Moss covers the new issue of THR, in which she talks about becoming an accidental women’s rights activist thanks to The Handsmaid’s Tale: “Now is not really a time to stand in the middle. You’ve got to pick a side”

-Speaking of Moss, the Mad Men pilot aired for the first time ten years ago today. Here’s a bunch of the cast talking about it.

-If anyone was going deliver juicy pregnancy drama, it was going to be Mindy Kaling. So far, she’s not disappointing us. According to People, she’s keeping her baby daddy’s identity a secret, even from her closest friends.

-Jennifer Lawrence’s attendance at a Broadway showing of 1984 didn’t go very well. She ended up puking in the lobby.

-Ben Affleck has dropped out of Netflix’s Triple Frontier “to take some time to focus on his wellness and his family.” He was spotted on a low-key outing in NYC with Lindsay Shookus today.

-Meanwhile, everyone needs to slow their roll when it comes to jumping on Ben about that “on-screen gay kiss” quote. First of all, it’s not even a direct quote; it’s a story that Kevin Smith told. Secondly, the story was from 20 years ago. Unclench, people.

-Julia Roberts‘ TV series Homecoming is coming to Amazon, so expect that to sweep the Emmys next year.

-Ansel Elgort‘s comments on his girlfriend’s Instagram posts are kind of … intense. “I want to lick you everywhere”? He knows those aren’t DMs, right??

-Leonardo DiCaprio just one-upped normcore hipsters by tying a purple plastic bag around his cargo shorts and using it like a fanny pack. When do we get to take away his celebrity card?

-Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are already talking marriage (according to Us Weekly, anyway).

-This video that’s gone viral of Mariah Carey’s dance moves speaks to my productivity level today.

-HBO just announced a new series about an alternate reality where slavery was never outlawed — created by Game of Thrones’ white showrunners Benioff/Weiss. Yes, they brought on Nichelle Tramble Spellman (Justified) and Malcolm Spellman (Empire) as EPs but … yikes. HBO NO, amirite?

-Meanwhile, Star Wars’ John Boyega hit out at the lack of diversity in Game of Thrones.

-Canadian actor Adam Beach is calling for Native actors to boycott the upcoming Yellowstone mini-series because of terrible casting.

-Charlize Theron‘s Atomic Blonde press wardrobe has everyone thinking that Dior hates her.

-Andrew Garfield says his comments about being gay were taken out of context. Mmm-hmmm.

-I love that Jane Austen is on England’s tenner, but the quote they used makes it seem like they don’t understand Pride & Prejudice.

-Madonna filed an emergency court order to stop her letter from Tupac from being auctioned off.

-I stopped watching Outlander in season one, but this is a pretty perfect trailer.

-The battle between Jim Henson’s kids and ex-Kermit actor Steve Whitmire keeps getting uglier.

-Enough Katy Perry. Just stop talking about Taylor Swift. Enough, now.

-Here’s The Snowman trailer starring Michael Fassbender. I … don’t get it.