Scandal Sheet

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

April 20, 2017
by Jen McDonnell

Riz Ahmed, Viola Davis, Donald Glover and Ryan Reynolds Are Time’s Most Influential


-The Night Of’s Riz Ahmed made Time’s 100 Most Influential People List, and was written about by Lin-Manuel Miranda(!). Other notables: Meryl Streep wrote about Viola Davis, Leslie Jones wrote about Simone Biles, Brie Larson wrote about Emma Stone, Tina Fey wrote about Donald Glover, Helen Mirren wrote about Ryan Reynolds, Lena Dunham wrote about Constance Wu, and Kerry Washington wrote about Alicia Keys.

-Ben Affleck is dating someone…just not seriously (according to many, many articles.)

-Also, he and Jennifer Garner reportedly waited so long to file for divorce because they hoped that rehab would help their relationship.

-Saoirse Ronan tricked Ed Sheeran into getting a really terrible tattoo. I adore her.

-Chris O’Donnell remembers that time when Donald Trump forced his way into Scent of a Woman, then got cut from the film anyway.

-Would you attend Gwyenth Paltrow’GOOP conference? I think I would…but I’d really need to build up my eye rolling muscles first.

-Aww, I’m bummed that Girlboss on Netflix isn’t getting great reviews.

-I had some issues with 13 Reasons Why, but it’s unflinching depiction of rape and suicide was impressive and felt essential. The writer penned an emotional essay defending his decision to air the series’ most graphic scene.

-Dave Chappelle and George Lopez where among the stars to attend Charlie Murphy’s funeral.

-Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Rachel Bloom dropped a video for her new song “Lady Boss,” an empowering anthem about work anxiety.

-Are Ryan Gosling and Justin Theroux planning to work together? Not sure if my ovaries can handle that..

-Chasing Amy (a movie I loved at the time but now understand how problematic it was) just turned 20, and the quotes from Kevin Smith in this retrospective knocked me on my ass. The part where he talks about identifying with lesbians more than men because he’s attracted to women? Jesus.

-Here’s a good backgrounder on the writers strike, which is looking more and more likely.

-Reese Witherspoon explains why Big Little Lies means she’ll finally get to change her own story.

-Here’s a new trailer for Sofia Coppola’s Civil War–era drama The Beguiled, starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and a super seductive Colin Farrell.

April 19, 2017
by Jen McDonnell

Julia Roberts Is 2017 World's Most Beautiful Woman? Ok.

Julia Roberts' People Most Beautiful Woman

-Julia Roberts was named People’s Most Beautiful? JULIA ROBERTS? I mean, what a safe, uninspired choice. And why? These things are always connected to a PR push. What is she promoting? It’s too early for a Wonder push. The Smurfs movie? I’m so confused.

-Yes, Nina Dobrev looks lovely with no makeup but try that when you’re over 30 and then you’ll impress me.

-Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian just announced they are expecting a child. That means she was pregnant when she won her 23rd grand slam tournament. Queen!

-This is a fascinating feature on the revamped website The Dirty and gossip coverage’s wild west days.

-Speaking of gossip culture, I really liked this piece on the decline of Us Weekly and People. It goes hand-in-hand with this podcast I just listened to about Us’ heyday.

-Anne Hathaway reveals she didn’t trust her One Day director, and she worries it’s because she was a woman. “I’m so scared that I treated her with internalized misogyny. I’m scared that I didn’t give her everything that she needed or. . . I was resisting her on some level.”

-Chris Pratt admits he was “caught off guard” by the Passengers criticism but he thinks the movie will hold up. Yeah…no.

-Here’s the first trailer  for Netflix’s new true crime series The Keepers, which everyone is calling the next Making A Murderer.

-The teen who broke down how every single Chainsmokerss song is written is my new hero.

-Cara Delevingne‘s Rimmel mascara ad was pulled in the UK for “misleading” consumers because the ad didn’t say she “had also been given individual lash inserts to fill in gaps and that some lashes had been re-drawn in post-production.”

-Janet Jackson‘s creative director says Janet has no interest in her estranged husband’s billions. So there.

-This profile on Javier Bardem is unintentionally funny. “‘Very deep’ appears to be Bardem’s default setting. He prefers characters who are dying, or tormented, or simply scary as shit.”

-Matt Damon was dragged off a United flight courtesy of nemesis Jimmy Kimmel in this new skit.

-Oprah Winfrey, the Obamas, Tom Hanks, and Bruce Springsteen all walk onto a boat…and none of them will tell us what happened next.

-The new dishy book about Prince Charles include tidbits about how Camilla and her first husband were forced into marriage when their parents published an engagement announcement without their knowledge, and how Diana and Charles got married because he misinterpreted a letter from his father.

-Keira Knightley had to do the new Pirates movie? Poor woman.

-This Twitter thread about what it’s like to be a woman in a TV writers room is both sad and not surprising.

-Me: I can’t handle any more superhero shows. Also me: A show about teen superheroes? Yes, please!

-Kimmy is going to college and Tituss is going full Beyonce in this new trailer for Kimmy Schmidt season three.

April 18, 2017
by Jen McDonnell

Harry Styles Defends His Teen Fans


-One Direction’s Harry Styles was interviewed by Cameron Crowe for Rolling Stone’s new cover story and it’s surprisingly great considering how he usually seems to mess with his fandom. He praises teen girls’ pure unironic enjoyment of things (“Who’s to say that young girls who like pop music – short for popular, right? – have worse musical taste than a 30-year-old hipster guy?…If they like you, they’re there. They don’t act ‘too cool.’”) and ridicules the tortured artist stereotype (“There’s nothing worse than an inauthentic tortured person. ‘They took my allowance away, so I did heroin.’ It’s like – that’s not how it works.”)

-Alright, Blake Lively gets a pass for being on the Variety cover because she’s promoting her work with the Child Rescue Coalition (which is promoting technology that flags the IP addresses of people who share and download sexually explicit images of minors).

-Blake also revealed that she loves to do the dance from The OA.

-Speaking of the Variety covers, Jessica Chastain talks about how she’s fighting for Planned Parenthood.

-Meghan Markle will make another step towards being a bona fide royal by attending Pippa Middleton’s wedding with Prince Harry.

-Speaking of the royal fam, Lady Gaga and Prince William teamed up on Facetime to discuss mental health.

-The woman who burglarized Drake’s home was very thirsty. Like, in the literal sense.

-A select few critics got to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2 at yesterday’s Marvel Open House meet and greet with execs and initial reactions are gushing, calling it “MCU at its very best” and “funny, action packed, emotional, and tons of surprises.”

-Also, director James Gunn revealed the film will have five(!) post-credit scenes.

-This was my favourite part of the Pretty Little Liars oral history: “I created a little box that hung on the wall. If you asked a logic question [about the show's plot], you had to put a dollar in it.” Well, at least they’re honest about it.

-Tracy Morgan still calls his 30 Rock costar Jack McBrayer by his character’s name, Kenneth, which might be the most Tracy Morgan-ist thing I’ve ever heard.

-This is an interesting take on how celebs like Justin Bieber, Father John Misty, and Zayn gain control from trolling their fans.

-Don Cheadle rapping Kendrick Lamar in the “DNA” video is even better than it sounds.

-James Corden challenged The Night Of’s Riz Ahmed to a rap battle and lost rul hard. Riz also performed with his band Swet Shop Boys at Coachella and looked mighty fine doing it.

-According to Netflix, its users have watched over 500 million hours of Adam Sandler movies. Humanity is doomed.

-Here’s the first trailer for American Assassin starring Dylan O’Brien and Taylor Kitsch.

-Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, and Kate Micucci are nuns behaving badly in the red-band trailer for The Little Hours.