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

April 28, 2017
by Jen McDonnell
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Ja Rule’s Frye Fest Blows Up In His Face

-Rich millennials paid thousands for Ja Rule‘s Fyre Fest (which had been billed as the most luxe festival ever) and are now stranded on an island.  There were warning signs from the get-go when a bunch of the private planes attendees were supposed to use didn’t take off. Those who did make it were met with disaster-relief tents instead of VIP villas, lost their luggage, given two pieces of bread and slices of cheese for dinner, and had no clear way to leave. (People who managed to leave were then locked in the airport.) Oh, and headlining band Blink-182 dropped out, and the most famous guests were reportedly warned in advance not to attend.

-Ja Rule has apologized. So that’s something?

-Johnny Depp boarded a Pirates Of The Caribbean ride dressed as Jack Sparrow and everyone lost their shit. So I guess we’re all just forgetting about those abuse allegations? Great.

-Katy Perry sings about her “5-star Michelin” p*ssy in her new single, Bon Appetit. That’s nice.

-Val Kilmer did a Reddit AMA and his answers were pretty stellar. I especially liked his response about shooting Heat, and what it was like to be deemed a “difficult” actor.

-Goldie Hawn was interviewed by her daughter, Kate Hudson, for the latest issue of Interview.

-A Roseanne revival with the original cast is in development at ABC (or maybe Netflix). Sigh. It was a ground-breaking show at the time, but come on Hollywood. Are there NO new ideas?

-Viola Davis gave a toast at the Time 100 gala and it was so damn good. Give this woman a TED Talk!

-Alright Blake Lively, I’ll give it to you: this Instagram caption is funny.

-Have you listened to S Town yet? It’s the hit podcast from the Serial crew. I just finished and I’m super conflicted. Yes, it’s heartbreaking and moving, but as it progresses it begins to feel voyeuristic and gross to delve into the life of someone who can’t consent to such an investigation. Meanwhile, the residents of the town it depicts are split.

-Beyonce‘s food-ordering meme is still going strong.

-Wonder Woman  finally got some new TV spots! I’m going to need someone to explain this whole marketing campaign (or lack thereof) to me after the dust settles. I’m glad that media sites are starting to point it out.

-Emma Stone candidly speaks about anxiety treatment in a new mental health video series.

-Oh god, Gwyneth Paltrow‘s GOOP is getting a print magazine.

-Buzzfeed covered what exactly is at stake for writers with the potential writers strike next week — and it’s a lot!  The trades are suggesting 50-50 odds of a walkout. Meanwhile, here are 17 things that happened because of the last writers’ strike.

-I have to say, I’m kind of shocked that MTV cancelled Sweet/Vicious. Critics (justifiably) loved that show.

-Speaking of shows critics love, the new season of Catastrophe is here.

-I feel like Busy Phillips broke some kind of golden rule when she revealed that she makes more money from endorsements than acting — and I love it!

-Tilda Swinton knows the secret to great tenderloins in this Ojka trailer.

April 27, 2017
by Jen McDonnell
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Paul Wesley and Phoebe Tonkin Reunited?

-CW stars Paul Wesley and Phoebe Tonkin split last month after four years of dating, but it looks like they might be back on. This is some CW-levels of romantic drama. Way to stay on brand, guys!

-This profile on Elisabeth Moss includes lots of interesting tidbits, including the fact she memorized The Handmaid’s Tale’s frequent voiceovers so she could repeat them in her head when shooting those scenes so that the words would match her expressions, and that she signed on to the show for 5-7 seasons (which is troubling).

-Also, The Muse poses a good question: is it relevant that the star of The Handmaid’s Tale belongs to a secretive, allegedly oppressive religion?

-Chris Pratt posted a deleted scene from Parks & Rec for TBT and now I want one every week.

-Also, Chris pranked a pet store by calling them and asking for advice on how to care for a Baby Groot.

-Madonna is not a fan of Universal’s Blond Ambition biopic and she fired off a string of Instagram posts to let world to know. “Why would Universal Studios want to make a movie about me based on a script that is all lies???” she wrote in a now-deleted post. I’m guessing this means the producers won’t be asking to use her music in it?

-On the Tonight Show, Leslie Jones had a wild story for Dr. Phil and he had to figure out if it was true or false. Props to Dr. Phil for keeping a straight face when she starts talking about her date’s nuts…

-I was wondering why Emma Watson and Tom Hanks have been so quiet with promotion for The Circle, which opens this weekend. (Remember the weeks leading up to Beauty & The Beast? She was EVERYWHERE.) Turns out it’s because the movie is really, really bad.

-Haim’s new video was directed by their mom’s former student – who happens to be Paul Thomas Anderson.

-David Fincher is doing pal Brad Pitt a huge favour by agreeing to direct the World War Z sequel.

-Keira Knightley and Andrew Lincoln filmed an adorable new Love Actually charity video inviting fans to visit them in London for “cuddles” and “a cup of tea.”

-It’s hard to judge the new season of Fargo because I’ve only seen one episode but I found it mind-numbingly boring, so I liked this article about how “prestige TV” is often  formulaic fare that’s serving you a Big Mac and convincing you it’s a steak.

-So Jason Segel is writing YA science fiction books now? Cool cool cool.

-Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton are in another white-washing controversy after being cast in Wes Anderson’s upcoming stop-motion film, Isle of Dogs.

-Why yes, I would like to read an oral history of Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion, tyvm.

-Alison Brie plays a bad girl in the latest teaser for Netflix’s GLOW.

-Alicia Vikander, Judi Dench and Cara Delevingne star in the new trailer for the period piece Tulip Fever.

April 26, 2017
by Jen McDonnell
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Brie Larson Says Jennifer Lawrence & Emma Stone “Saved My Life”

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-Brie Larson is on the new cover of Vanity Fair, talking about her years of scraping by, the awards-season madness, and how having celeb friends like Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone (who she was introduced to by Woody Harrelson) keeps her sane.

-Demi Lovato just got a big new lion tattoo that she is probably never, ever going to regret.

-No one talks about Orlando Bloom‘s pap pics of his dick more than Orlando Bloom.

-Anna Faris jumped to Chris Pratt‘s defense on Twitter, saying his comments about not seeing himself onscreen are keeping him “up at night” before adding “Chris is truly the best person I know-and he will be annoyed with me for tweeting this.”

-Samantha Bee was interviewed by Lena Dunham ahead of the “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.” On pushing the boundaries on her talk show, Bee said “We were nervous at first, but we were like, ‘Oh, f— it, we’re too old to worry. If it gets canceled, we’ll say ‘c—’ on television, and we’ll go be farmers.’”

-John Boyega photobombed Star Wars fans for charity. These videos always make me giggle.

-Serena Williams says her pregnancy announcement was a social media slip-up. She was taking photos for herself of her progress and she pressed “the wrong button.”

-This is a good peek into Bill Cosby‘s legal team’s efforts to counter public perception. The damage control train has already left the station, with his daughter penning a letter claiming he’s the victim of a media witch hunt.

-Johnny Depp spoke out about his dispute with his former business managers, who claim the actor’s troubles actually stem from his own overspending. Said Depp: “It’s my money. If I want to buy 15,000 cotton balls a day, it’s my thing.”

-Blake Lively wore an absurd outfit last night. I wonder if anyone was allowed to ask her about it?

-Newly single Jesse Williams might be spending time with Minka Kelly, who is quickly becoming more famous for her dating life than her acting, which is unfortunate.

-Elisabeth Moss backtracked and now says The Handmaids Tale is obviously feminist.

-Alexis Bledel is getting great reviews as Ofglen in The Handmaid’s Tale, which is surprising because as much as I like her, her acting skills have never really bowled me over.

-Speaking of The Handmaid’s Tale, here’s a good refresher for those of us who haven’t read it since high school.

-There was a That Thing You Do reunion and it looked delightful.

-Paris Jackson looks so much like Madonna in this Vanity Fair pic that it’s creeping me out a bit.

-This story about the late Jonathan Demme at the TIFF screening of Moonlight is lovely.

-I’m glad someone wrote about this because I’ve been thinking the same thing for weeks: Where the hell is the Wonder Woman promotion?? I feel like I’ve seen way more for the Justice League, and that comes out in November. WW is out in six weeks and it’s been crickets on the marketing front.

-Macaulay Culkin plays Kurt Cobain and gets crucified in Father John Misty’s trippy new video.

-I don’t watch Big Brother, but this is a really good read about how the 2008 winner and a castmate ended up in jail after using the winnings to start selling drugs.

-George Clooney travels through some of Hollywood’s most iconic films in his new Nespresso campaign. I’m probably not supposed to be cringing this much, right?