Scandal Sheet

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

February 22, 2017
by Jen McDonnell

Angelina Jolie and Kids Teach Us How to Eat Bugs

-Does Angelina Jolie even need a publicist? Her very selective outlet choices this week suggests no – even though there is a definite shift towards family talk and kid exposure. She even cooked and ate bugs with her kids for the BBC.

-George Clooney says he and Amal will limit their travel to dangerous places now that twins are on the way. He also insists they spend more time together than we know (“People think we are never together, but we have not been separated for more than a week.”)

-George also says he’s tired of Trump and Bannon’s hypocrisy, reminding the world that they are part of the “Hollywood elite.” (“Donald Trump has 22 acting credits. He collects $120,000 a year in his Screen Actors Guild pension fund…Steve Bannon is a failed film writer.”)

-David Cross and Amber Tamblyn announced their new daughter and made fun of celebrity baby names at the same time.

-Harrison Ford came dangerously close to colliding with an American Airlines plane in newly released video.

-David Cassidy, who just revealed he’s battling dementia, says he “never had a relationship” with his daughter, Arrow star Katie Cassidy.

-Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Rachel Bloom will be starring in a dark comedy with Adam Pally? Put it in my eyeballs now!

-The secret Oscar voter interviews are starting to trickle out, and they’re horrifying as usual. The first one features an actress who HATED Arrival (“It just sucked”), had a hard time voting for Best Actress (“I liked none of them”), and had strong thoughts on the foreign film category (“Germans are not funny!”). The second voter, a publicist, took a more measured approach, but still had some strong opinions (“Let me tell you, I did not understand The Lobster — it made me nuts”). Do Academy members even like movies?!

-The Honest Trailers crew took on this year’s Oscar nominations. I love the Fences bit.

-So what are the chances Matt Damon is going to “crash” Jimmy Kimmel‘s opening monologue at the Oscars? 97%?

-A huge Hollywood initiative has launched to battle gender inequality. There are big names connected to this.

-Gwen Stefani spent a lot of time during her Seth Meyers interview gushing about Blake Shelton. Sigh.

-This Iron Fist featurette explains a lot more about the show than the trailers did.

-Charlie Hunnam pulls the sword from the stone (which sounds dirty but sadly isn’t) in the new King Arthur trailer.

-Here’s the trailer for First They Killed My Father, a Netflix film directed by Angelina Jolie. Her 15-year-old son Maddox has an executive producer credit on this thing.

-Jason Segel and Rooney Mara investigate the afterlife in The Discovery trailer. Seriously Hollywood, does she have to be cast in EVERY movie??

February 21, 2017
by Jen McDonnell

Angelina Jolie on Brad Pitt: “We Will Always Be a Family. Always.”

-If you only have time to read one celebrity article this week, make it Page Six’s Angelina Jolie takedown.  It’s got everything: a look back at her ever-changing self-branding, a scorching quote from Laura Dern, implications that she has no friends, shade at her directing abilities, etc.

-Meanwhile, Angelina is doing press and sticking to her talking point: it’s all about family.

-Jennifer Lopez talked about dating younger men on today’s Ellen.  “It’s not like you have to be younger. It’s not about that…it’s about the person. It has nothing to do with age.”

-Ooh boy: Lindsay Lohan claims she was “racially profiled” at Heathrow Airport for wearing a headscarf.

-George Clooney has opened up for the first time about expecting twins with Amal: “It’s going to change a lot of things, but, you know, that’s life.” (Also, that’s his in-home bar? I kind of want to live there.)

-Cate Blanchett lip-synced “You Don’t Own Me” at a drag show because she clearly knows what the world needs right now.

-Mariah Carey isn’t going to bother trying to explain to you what went wrong on NYE, because she’s pretty sure you wouldn’t understand: “It’s just something where if I can’t explain it to the entire world, then they’re not going to understand it, because it’s not what they do. Just like I wouldn’t understand somebody who had a desk job and how to do that. I couldn’t. I literally am incapable of being in the real world and surviving.”

-Here’s our first look at the Hans Solo spinoff. I’m here for Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Donald Glover! (And I didn’t even recognize Emilia Clarke when I first saw it.)

-Josh Gad promised Daisy Ridley he would no longer ambush her with requests for Star Wars spoilers, so he got Penélope Cruz, Chris Pratt, J.J. Abrams and more to do it for him.

-According to Page Six, Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix are “madly in love.”

-I really liked this New Yorker cover story about how the Oscars have tried to solve its diversity problem, including the part about the Academy president learning she’d have to announce a slate of all-white acting nominees for the second year in a row.

-Meanwhile, in news that should shock no one, diversity in Hollywood helps the bottom line.

-An Academy voter reveals how he was thrown out because he shared screeners with a friend — not knowing his pal was a bigtime movie pirate.

-Jack Black was accidentally slapped in the face by an overly excited contestant on the celebrity edition of The Price Is Right.

-Whoa. This Is Us managed to dethrone The Big Bang Theory from its ratings perch. I’m still not convinced that show is much more than misery porn, but good for them.

-Emma Watson‘s new Instagram account is a lesson in sustainable fashion, launched specifically to chronicle her press tour wardrobe for Beauty and the Beast.

-Meanwhile, here’s a clip of Emma singing the movie’s opening number.

-Leah Remini says that Scientologists believe Tom Cruise “single-handedly is clearing the planet.”

-Big Little Lies is getting mixed reviews, but one thing everyone agrees on is that Reese Witherspoon is awesome in it.

-It was a big day for Misfits alums. Antonia Thomas just booked the lead in an ABC pilot, while Iwan Rheon will lead Marvel’s Inhuman’s series on ABC.

-Speaking of intriguing casting news, Busy Philipps will star in NBC’s new Tina Fey-produced comedy.

-James Woods rushed the stage during the Writers Guild Awards and stole Patton Oswalt’s shoe. Sure.

-Chris Brown has been ordered to stay away from ex Karrueche Tran following new accusations of death threats and domestic violence.

-Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler open an elaborate basement casino in the trailer for The House.

February 17, 2017
by Jen McDonnell

Mariah Carey Felt “Victimized” By NYE Performance

-Mariah Carey talked about the NYE incident in an interview with the AP: “It’s like I’m the only one who has to make 5 million comebacks…For me, there’s different rules. I don’t know why it’s not OK that I was just like victimized and vilified by the situation.”

-George Clooney (whose “friends” are all teasing him about being an “old dad”) is reportedly expecting a boy and a girl with Amal.

-Beyonce released some photos of her at Solange‘s Grammys after-party. I remain in awe of her cleavage.

-So the Logan review embargo was lifted at 4:30 pm today — which I know because suddenly my Twitter TL was filled with glowing, gushing reviews.

-I guess Robert Pattinson and FKA twigs are still a thing.

-Lin-Manuel Miranda says he’s getting tips about his British accent from Meryl Streep. I love his life.

-Nelly Furtado wrote a great op-ed about how singing “O Canada” at last year’s NBA All-Star Game led to an unexpected lesson about xenophobia.

-I love that Full Frontal With Samantha Bee‘s ratings are soaring right night.

-The latest Leftovers teaser is intense and I can’t wait!

-The best thing about Big Little Lies, which premieres this weekend, is reportedly Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman’s performances. I saw someone on Twitter call it “a prestige TV take on Revenge” so I’m down.

-Jessica Biel plays an unhinged young mother in the first trailer for her new USA show The Sinner.

-This is a good look at how Matt Damon‘s The Great Wall might mark a move towards the film industry’s shifting global landscape.

-Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender get musical in the first trailer for Terrence Malick’s Song To Song. It’ll be interesting to see if acting opposite Gosling will wring some live out of Mara in this…