Scandal Sheet

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

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.

August 15, 2017
by Jen McDonnell

Mindy Kaling Breaks Silence on Pregnancy


-Mindy Kaling spoke about her pregnancy for the first time in a new interview with Today — keeping it in the NBC fam. (“I have a lot of control over a lot of aspects of my life, and this is one where I’m like, ‘OK, it’s out of my hands,’ which is kind of a fun feeling.”) The full interview will air Sunday.

-On Twitter Chris Evans is counting down to the day he’s reunited with his dog, and it’s giving me feels.

-Well, well, well…Jesse Williams‘ wife is now asking for sole custody, citing his dating habits and alleged temper. According to TMZ, she wants the judge to order him to keep girlfriends away from the kids until he dates them for 6 months.  She also claims that last month he threatened to kill his next-door neighbor after an argument and aggressively pursued him in his car with their two kids inside.

-Reese Witherspoon says the Big Little Lies finale sequence is “better than about 95% of other movies I’ve been in.” She’s not wrong.

-Deadpool 2 has halted production indefinitely due to a stuntwoman’s death.

-Joshua Jackson will make his Broadway debut in ‘Children Of A Lesser God’ and I’m so weirdly proud of that guy…

-Ozark Season 2 is happening. I feel like it’s one of those shows that critics hated so no one talks about it, but everyone is secretly watching.

-Leonardo DiCaprio is dating another model. But she’s not blonde, so that’s growth…right?

-Riz Ahmed performed a stirring spoken word piece on The Tonight Show.

-You know the world has gotten really bad when even Jimmy Fallon is speaking out about politics.

-Kim Kardashian had to go on the defensive after telling us to forgive Jeffree Star‘s racism. Not today, Satan!

-I caught up on the Orphan Black finale and loved it. Here, Tatiana Maslany breaks down the episode, and the show’s creators talk about the ending.

-It took two years, but Amber Heard just emerged victorious from her feud with Australia over her dogs.

-Jessica Chastain organizes high-stakes poker games with Idris Elba as her attorney in the Molly’s Game trailer, which is the most Aaron Sorkin-y thing ever. Especially the voiceover.

August 14, 2017
by Jen McDonnell

Jennifer Aniston Addresses #FreeTheNipple

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-In her new Vogue interview, Jennifer Aniston takes down shamers (“They’re either fat-shaming, or body-shaming, or childless-shaming”), and talks about how Rachel‘s nipples often showed through her shirts on Friends (“I wear a bra, I don’t know what to tell ya!”).

-E! News is riding this “Brangelina may be reconciling” angle HARD.  I wouldn’t expect it from them unless they had some very solid sourcing.

-Look, I believe this story about how Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet aren’t dating despite how much everyone wants them too, but I still enjoyed looking at their cozy beach pictures, ok? Let me live!

-Holy moly, Netflix poached Shonda Rhimes from ABC! It makes sense for her; all of her shows seem to be waning rating-wise on the network, and she’s probably craving the “auteur” label.

-Donald Glover says Atlanta’s second season is “almost ready” and is “better than the first season.”  Thank gawd. The world NEEDS it.

-In celebration of their Helen Mirren cover, Allure has announced it will stop using the phrase “anti-aging.”

-I love that both Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts will not let Jimmy Fallon forget about the time Kidman wanted to date him and he was oblivious.

-Damn, it’s been a terrible summer for stunt accidents. A stuntwoman on Deadpool 2 is dead following a motorcycle accident on the Vancouver set. Ryan Reynolds released a statement about it.

-Speaking of scary stunts, a leaked video from the Mission: Impossible 6 set shows Tom Cruise jumping from one building to another and falling short of his mark, then limping away. I worry for him.

-Wait, so Julianna Margulies‘ terrible, terrible wig on The Good Wife was part of her contract demands? She *wanted* that thing?!

-Gird up: we might have to deal with Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom loving on each other again.

-I don’t even watch Halt & Catch Fire but man, this interview with Mackenzie Davis is great. She doesn’t hesitate to talk about her white-washed role in The Martian, or the “bury your gays” trope in her episode of Black Mirror.

-George Clooney pulled a Terrence Malick and cut all of Josh Brolin’s scenes out of his new movie. But he felt really bad about it!

-Kate Hudson belted out a song while holding a glass of wine at a friend’s house this weekend. I like how normal she looks.

-Taylor Swift cried during the emotional closing arguments of the groping trial, which she has since won. The jury ordered the DJ to pay Swift a symbolic $1 in damages, per her lawsuit request.

-Meanwhile, I really like this take on why Taylor’s unflinching testimony matters.

-Four people in India have been arrested for leaking the fourth episode of this season of Game Of Thrones  – and they have nothing to do with the HBO hack.

-The HBO hackers did, however, leak several episodes of the new Curb Your Enthusiasm.

-I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks that the more Game of Thrones speeds everything up, the more they’re just ignoring basic plotting issues.

-Bill Hader pines for Cecily Strong in Steve Martin’s new music video.

-I’m super excited that Amazon is adapting Good Omens (one of my favourite books!). I’m even more excited that they cast Michael Sheen and David Tennant.

-Deadmau5 got married – and ditched the giant mask for the ceremony.

-After making waves with a debut shot entirely on an iPhone, Tangerine director Sean Baker is with The Florida Project, which stars Willem Dafoe as a motel manager who takes a kid who lives there under his wing.