Scandal Sheet

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

April 25, 2017
by Jen McDonnell
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Emma Watson Calls Jessica Chastain From the Bathtub

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-Jessica Chastain chats with Emma Watson in the new issue of Interview, in which the former Harry Potter star reveals she’s calling from a bath (“I didn’t want you to hear swishing water and be like, ‘Uh, what are you doing?’”), and  talks about protecting her privacy (“When I step into a character, people have to be able to suspend their disbelief; they have to be able to divorce me from that girl. And not having everyone know every single intimate detail of my entire life is part of me trying to protect my ability to do my job well”).

-Madonna doesn’t seem happy with those rumours of a new biopic focused on the early 80s. clapping back by saying “Only I can tell my story.”

-Meanwhile, Taye Diggs is wearing a cone bra and doing “Vogue” on this week’s Lip Sync Battle, which just got another shot on my DVR.

-This might be the bestest story to ever be: Tom Hardy made a citizen’s arrest after pursuing someone who allegedly stole a moped through gardens in London, before grabbing the man and declaring: “I CAUGHT THE C**T!” Guy Ritchie has undoubtedly already bought the movie rights…

-Vin Diesel is still insisting his F8 kiss was good, despite video evidence and Charlize Theron’s claims to the contrary.

-Scott Baio continues to be trash, backtracking on his claims that Erin Moran‘s death was due to drug use after it came out that she had stage 4 cancer (notice he doesn’t actually apologize?) and then denying what he said — even though it’s on tape.

-Abigail Breslin took to social media to explain why she didn’t report her rape.

-Mila Kunis made her mom cry by re-doing her condo. Her parents are adorable!

-NBC has pretty much cancelled Powerless. I’m still stumped over why they reportedly changed it so much from the version everyone saw and loved at Comic Con.

-Now Ava Duvernay and Issa Rae have thrown their hats in the ring for the Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna movie. MAKE THIS HAPPEN, HOLLYWOOD!

-Oh goodie. Now DC is plotting its own streaming service for its TV shows. Remember when we all thought cord-cutting would be cheaper?

-Welp. We’re at about a 50-50 chance of a TV and movie writers walkout after guild members voted for strike authorization with 96% support. A walkout would start May 2 if a new deal is not in place by then. Seems like health care is the big sticking point. The NYT has a good recap of the whats and whys. If it happens, expect late-night shows to stop immediately, scripted shows coming back in fall to be delayed, or have shortened and/or hurriedly written seasons, and streaming sites to get even more popular.

-Colin Firth is back from the dead in the new Kingsman: The Golden Circle trailer. Halle Berry and Channing Tatum tag along this time.

April 24, 2017
by Jen McDonnell
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Grey’s Anatomy’s Jesse Williams & Wife Aryn Drake-Lee Divorcing

-Jesse Williams and his wife of nearly five years Aryn Drake-Lee are splitting. Dammit. They were my gold standard couple for ‘incredibly hot-looking actor with gorgeous (but in a totally normal way) spouse’.

-Salma Hayek thought her husband was having an affair a couple of days ago — so she used it as a funny anecdote on The Tonight Show.

-If you’re famous and you say something dumb, at least apologize and own up to it like Chris Pratt did.

-Rihanna And Lupita Nyong’o say they’ll make a movie that Twitter made up. Don’t tease us!

-Unlike some of her costars, Samira Wiley is not afraid to call The Handmaid’s Tale “a feminist work.”

-Rachael Leigh Cook updated her infamous drug ad for 4/20, which reminded me that I miss her and want her to be a big star again. Some cable drama needs to scoop her up!

-If there’s a TV writer’s strike, these are the only 8 shows that will air their seasons without interruption — and they are all on streaming services or cable.

-It’s very cute that Selena Gomez attended her former Wizard of Waverly Place costar’s wedding.

-Katherine Heigl‘s new movie debuted to a mere $4.8M, marking a career worst. It’s almost unfortunate because I keep reading good things about the film’s ending and how it completely upends the obsessive woman archetype.

-Serena Williams has no time for racist remarks about her unborn child.

-Carrie Coon is having a moment (and yet still masters the art of dodging drunk people in NYC). Are you watching The Leftovers? It’s kind of perfect this season. Last night’s episode had the guy from Perfect Strangers (as himself) and instead of just playing it for laughs it was kind of heartbreaking.

-Some very bad fashion choices were made at Marie Claire’s Fresh Faces event.

-Great news: the new NBC comedy that Tina Fey is producing, Great News, is getting great reviews.

-Glee’s Naya Rivera may be dating David Spade? What??

-The first promo for ABC’s Dirty Dancing remake has dropped. Judging by the tweets from all the critics I follow who got screeners last week, don’t expect much.

-It tickles me that the network that’s running Jason Alexander‘s new show is sending out his headshot with the press release. Clowns have worn less makeup.

-Tom Cruise is doing his extra-intense thing in the international trailer for The Mummy.

April 21, 2017
by Jen McDonnell
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Chris Pratt Thinks He’s Not Represented in Hollywood

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-If you’re ranking famous Chrises, Chris Pratt is probably not going to make the top of your list (holla, Chris Evans!). Sure, we’ll love him forever for Andy Dwyer alone but sometimes he talks and you’re just like “oh sweetie, no.” That pretty much sums up his Men’s Fitness cover story, in which he drops bon mots like “I don’t see personal stories that necessarily resonate with me…The voice of the average, blue-collar American isn’t necessarily represented in Hollywood.” All together now: oh sweetie, no.

-Meanwhile, Anna Faris gave a lovely speech at Chris’ Walk of Fame ceremony today.

-Vanity Fair has published its anxiously awaited story about Melania and Donald’s marriage and yeah, it sounds not fun.

-Sure, it’s douchey to listen to your own music obnoxiously loudly — but do you deserve to be handcuffed for it?

-The X Files is returning for a 10-episode season, shooting this summer. Let’s hope we get better than the last round, where we ended up with 1 spectacular episode (based on an old script originally written for Night Stalker), 1 that was good, 2 that were bad, and 2 that I’m actively trying to pretend didn’t exist. I really agree with this article about how the best thing that could happen to this reboot is if Chris Carter took a step back.

-Damn right, Netflix shows are too long. The “Netflix bloat” is real.

-What the hell is Rob Lowe doing? Surely he doesn’t need the money this much, right?

-Blake Lively went off on a reporter who asked her what she was wearing at Variety’s Power of Women Luncheon. But…she posed for the red carpet. She showed up in a designer jumpsuit from Brandon Maxwell. She’s known for her fashion and brags about not using a stylist.  I don’t understand the rules.

-Wait, they’re trying to sell Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson‘s beef as a PR stunt? That’s adorable!

-I dropped off the Vampire Diaries after season two and only popped back in for the finale, but this take on how the show did Bonnie Bennett dirty sounds about right.

-Lifetime is skipping the pilot process and ordering Greg Berlanti‘s new limited series straight to a 10-episode series. It’s based on Caroline Kepnes‘ best-selling thriller You, which I read last year and still think about.

-James Corden and Anne Hathaway created a musical mock romantic comedy that spanned”from courtship, to heartbreak.”