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

February 20, 2018
by Jen McDonnell

Oscar Isaac Talks New Marriage in GQ

Oscar Isaac Confirms Marriage To Elvira Lind

-Oscar Isaac has kept pretty mum about his marriage to Elvira Lind, but he opens up about it in the new issue of GQ: “At the time, right before it happened, my mom was ill, and so I saw her carrying my child, bathing my sick mom—seeing her do that, I just thought: I want to be with this person forever and ever.”

-George and Amal Clooney continue to be awesome, pledging $500K to the student-led gun-violence protest.

-Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup went public with their rumoured relationship at the BAFTAs over the weekend.

-Yay! Sterling K Brown is going to host SNL on March 10.

-Black Panther shredded box office records with its $218 Million holiday weekend opening, the biggest non-sequel film opening of all time. I adored it — I can’t remember the last superhero movie I saw in which I could immediately think of 5 side characters that I’d want to see a standalone movie about. There have been some incredible writing about it over this weekend, especially this New Yorker piece. I also liked this article about how it’s Marvel’s best movie, or how it’s the first superhero movie in a while that doesn’t fall apart in the third act.

-I also love how crazy supportive the cast is of each other.

-Meanwhile, Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B Jordan continue to flirt on social media and it’s giving me life!!

-The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan signed on for an ABC pilot. There’s still a possibility that the pilot won’t get picked up and she’s return to the show, but it doesn’t sound like she’s trying to play hardball or this is a negotiation tactic. AMC reportedly offered her “a modest salary increase,” she rejected it, and now she’s available for other gigs.

-Katie Holmes  will return to TV, playing an FBI agent on the new show from Ilene Chaiken, who produced The Handmaid’s Tale and The L Word. I’m surprised she ended up at Fox instead of a cable show or a streaming service.

-I can’t tell if these photos of Chris Martin and Dakota Johnson in Vancouver are staged, or if they just like to stare intently at each other while drinking smoothies…

-A vocal coach tried to make sense of Fergie‘s disastrous national anthem.

-Anna Wintour took the only person who makes her look downright chipper by comparison to a fashion show: The Queen.

-I like Aubrey Plaza and I only want the best for her, but I can’t do another season of Legion.

-Joel McHale says that when he was hosting The Soup, his E! bosses told him to go easier on the Kardashians.

-Not surprisingly, Justin Theroux had been spending his last months with Jennifer Aniston in the guest house.

-I had no idea that there was speculation that Janelle Monae and Tessa Thompson  may be dating, but I’m here for it!

-Natalie Portman’s response to the notion that #MeToo is ending men’s careers is great: “Let’s talk about the vast art trove we’ve lost by not giving women, people of color, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ+ community opportunities — let’s talk about that loss for all of us in art. Let’s talk about that huge hole in our culture. I don’t want talk about ‘Isn’t it sad that this person who’s made 500 movies can’t make movies anymore?’”

-Halle Berry and Daniel Craig play neighbors during the 1992 L.A. riots in the Kings trailer.

February 16, 2018
by Jen McDonnell

Drake Is Feeling Generous in New Music Video

-Drake gives away $1 million in his new “God’s Plan” video and I’m not crying, you’re crying!

-Now that Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have made their split official, all the blind items that people suspected were about them are coming out.

-Meanwhile, everyone is buzzing about a possible Aniston/Pitt reunion. Why would she do that? She’s been pretty clear that she doesn’t want kids — I’m not sure we should want her to take on six of someone else’s.

-I’m going to Black Panther tonight and I CANNOT WAIT! I was following the #WakandaCameToSlay hashtag last night of everyone posting pics of being dressed up for opening night, and the world showed out!

-Also, I love that Brie Larson is using Twitter to help people buy Black Panther tickets for others.

-Jimmy Kimmel broke down in tears during his monologue last night.

-Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo welcomed baby No. 2: a daughter named Geo Grace Levine.

-Oof, Jeffrey Tambor’s statement about getting fired from Transparent is not a good look. “I can only surmise that the investigation against me was deeply flawed and biased toward the toxic politicized atmosphere that afflicted our set.”

-Another YA author bites the dust. Maze Runner author James Dashner  has been dropped by Random House in the wake of misconduct allegations.

-Meanwhile, the best statement I’ve seen yet from an author who’s been caught up in this since the School Library Journal first published their article about harassment in children’s lit is Myke Cole’s. It’s like a master class in giving an apology. This is my favourite part: “If you’re a friend who is thinking of stepping in to defend me, please don’t. The culture only changes if people own their behavior, without excuses, exceptions or defenses. I did this. It’s mine to carry.”

-An actress is suing Omar Epps, claiming he broke her arm when he improvised a scene while shooting USA Network’s Shooter in 2016.

-This deep-dive into the National Enquirer’s “catch and kill” method (when they buy the rights to a story so they can bury it) is fascinating.

-This tweet about Andrew Garfield being awesome slipped past my radar last week but it’s so good I’m linking to it.

-Jennifer Lawrence‘s Red Sparrow is getting mixed reviews, with most critics saying its more style over substance.

-Natalie Portman said when she was pregnant with her second child, she felt a trickle down her leg and assumed her water broke. Turns out her husband the only thing that broke was her husband’s water bottle.

-I always love finding out which actors are most in demand during pilot season.  Actresses with multiple offers on the table include Evangeline Lilly, Kat Dennings, Vera Farmiga, Olivia Munn, Leighton Meester, Neve Campbell, Ginnifer Goodwin and Marisa Tomei. On the actor side, it’s Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Taran Killam, Jason Sudeikis, Michael C. Hall, Colin O’Donoghue, Dax Shepard, Josh Charles, Ryan Eggoldand and Corey Stoll. It’s also interesting that The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan is openly looking for a new gig.

-I’m glad that Netflix’s Everything Sucks is getting good reviews. It feels like a natural show to follow The End of the F*cking World.

-Speaking of well-reviewed TV, Atlanta season 2 is reportedly stronger and stranger.

-Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya says someone had to tell him that on American movie sets, you’re supposed to kiss without tongue. “I was just doing it, because I thought we’re keeping it real!” Allison Janney added a story about how kissing Meryl Streep comes with a face lift.

-The Kaiju are bigger than ever in the new trailer for Pacific Rim: Uprising. 



February 15, 2018
by Jen McDonnell

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux Split

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-I can honestly say I didn’t see this one coming: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux announced they are separating after two years of marriage in a statement to The Associated Press. Saying the decision was “mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year” they added “Normally we would do this privately, but given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth directly. Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else’s fictional narrative. Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another.” My only wish is that this doesn’t kick off another round of “sad Jen” press. I’m already seeing Twitter fantasy shipping about a reunion with Brad Pitt.

-Good on The Cut for wondering a few days ago why Theroux was in NYC while Aniston was celebrating her 49th birthday in Malibu.

-Also, once again Aniston’s divorce announcement came after a couple-y vacation in Mexico.  She should probably stop going there.

-In happier celeb couples news, Amy Schumer and chef Chris Fischer (who is a James Beard winner!) had a surprise wedding in Malibu that was attended by Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Aniston, Larry David and Judd Apatow. She shared some photos on Instagram.

-Whatever your opinion of Lena Dunham, her essay about making the decision to have a hysterectomy at 31 is stunning.

-Michael B. Jordan showed off his love of ironing and housework has never looked this sexy.

-Remember how Jeffrey Tambor was insisting that he was still part of the Transparent cast? He’s officially been fired.

-There’s been so many thoughtful, important essays about Black Panther this week but I especially like this one.

-Now that Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes have jumped the broadcast TV ship and fled to Netflix, everyone is speculating about who’s next, with both THR and Vulture running stories today about possible showrunners Netflix may be targeting. But here’s a question that I’m glad someone’s asking: “Are Netflix shows any good?” There are certainly some gems (I recently binged and adored American Vandal), but there are also some stinkers. Quality doesn’t really seem to be a leading factor in deciding what they produce. And we’ve all seemed to accept that their originals, whether it’s OITNB or the Marvel shows, will have a lot of bloat in the middle of their seasons. Also, they certainly don’t seem to have any idea what to do with great performers like Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

-Here’s the new Ready Player One trailer. I love this book so hard but I’m still not convinced by these clips.