Scandal Sheet

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

June 12, 2017
by Jen McDonnell

Bachelor in Paradise Halted Amid Sexual Misconduct Probe


-Man, the story about the production shutdown of Bachelor in Paradise got real serious, real fast. The cast of left Mexico after ABC and Warner Bros. halted filming and released a statement referring only to “allegations of misconduct.” Then People reported that two contestants had a sexual encounter, and there was a question of whether the female was sober enough to consent. A producer reportedly didn’t show up to work the next day and filed an official complaint about how the cameras kept rolling. The female contestant is now reportedly saying she was black out drunk and production should have stepped in. So don’t expect that show to come back ever.

-Meghan Markle participated in a live reading of the Suits pilot at the ATX fest over the weekend, where she expertly deflected questions about her relationship with Prince Harry.

-There was an Alias panel at ATX on Saturday, which meant my Twitter feed was filled with awesome old GIFs of Jennifer Garner kicking ass. They teased a possible revival but I’m not hopeful.

-Katy Perry says she’s 100% ready to “let go” of her Taylor Swift feud. Strange; her promo tour talking points would suggest otherwise.

-Bill Cosby’s defense team shocked the court today — by resting their case already.

-At the Goop Wellness Summit (yup, that’s a real thing) on Saturday, Cameron Diaz said she made a decision to disappear from Hollywood for a while.

-Luther starring Idris Elba will return with a 4-episode season. PLEASE bring back Alice! Even if last season seemed to make that impossible.

-Congrats to Julia Stiles, who’s expecting her first child.

-Jessica Chastain tied the knot this weekend in Italy in a ceremony that was attended by Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt.

-This is a great little video of the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend creators explaining how they sneak smut onto network TV.

-Bobbi-Kristina Brown ex Nick Gordon was arrested Saturday for domestic abuse and kidnapping.

-The Weeknd’s new video makes Toronto’s Reference Library look really cool.

-Alison Brie says she was asked to take her top off during an Entourage audition (she later clarified that she was wearing a bikini top).

-This article about how Carly Rae Jepson is just for teens is a whole lotta bullshit. “Adult women love Carly Rae Jepsen in part because of the teenageriness of her product.” Shut up. “Cut to the Feeling” is the perfect summer jam and anyone who says differently can fight me.

-Sir Patrick Stewart did the ‘Shoey’ after the Canadian Grand Prix, which proves that it’s still disgusting, no matter who does it.

-This article on how Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian profit off black creativity is so worth your time.

-I was having trouble figuring out why there are like 5 episodes of The Americans stacked up on my DVR and I had no desire to watch them, even though that’s been by favourite show for the past few years. This article on the latest season sums up its problems nicely.

-You can thank Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton for Coach Taylor and Tammi never breaking up on Friday Night Lights.

-On The Graham Norton Show, Rachel Weisz told a terrifying tale of a horse falling on her while filming her latest movie.

-Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama appear to still be friendly a year after their split.

-New Girl’s Jake Johnson told a story about filming with Tom Cruise and being afraid to use his gym at the same time, until Tom told him: “Let me make something crystal clear: I don’t care what anybody on the crew says to you, they don’t know what I’m saying to you. And I’m saying to you that you are always welcome. I don’t care what I’m doing in there. You’re not other. You’re my castmate. Come in.” Say what you will about that guy, but “you’re not other” is a damn good line.

-Meanwhile, The Mummy was a huge flop in North America, but it nabbed $141.8M around the world and opened No. 1 in 46 markets, making it Tom Cruise’s best international opening.

-Also, Wonder Woman fell a mere 45 percent in its second weekend to $57.2M. That’s one of the lowest drops ever for a superhero tentpole, proving this movie is going to have legs.

-Jennifer Lawrence was unharmed after her private plane made a scary emergency landing.

-The This Is Us cast doing dramatic readings of Mandy Moore‘s iconic hit “Candy” is very fun.

-Marvel Studios’ Black Panther trailer debuted during game 4 of the NBA finals and the internet went wild. This first look, starring Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett and Michael B. Jordan, is really, really promising.

June 9, 2017
by Jen McDonnell

Katy Perry Says Taylor Swift Tried to ‘Assassinate My Character’

-In a new interview with NME, Katy Perry was asked about Taylor Swift  and responded “I wish that I could turn the other cheek every single time, but I’m also not a pushover, you know? Especially when someone tries to assassinate my character with little girls. That’s so messed up!”

-Meanwhile, Taylor Swift makes entire back catalog available on Spotify and other streaming services — on the exact same day Katy Perry released her new album. Heh heh heh.

-God bless JK Rowling for this Twitter thread.

-Kylie Jenner‘s business is embroiled in yet another copycat controversy. I love that the company that says she stole her ideas from is posting the receipts of everything Kylie ordered from them.

-Netflix has responded to the Sense 8 petitions with a big ole “nah.”

-This story about Russian hackers using Britney Spears’ Instagram comments to send out the URLs of their command and control servers is INSANE.

-Tom Hardy wrote a touching tribute to his dead dog and now everyone’s crying.

-In her first interview in years, Amanda Bynes revealed that she’s three years sober and says she wants to return to TV.

-I really liked this profile on Jillian Bell, who never fails to make me laugh. If you can ever track down her episode of Idiotsitter with Channing Tatum, do it!

-This is nice: Wonder Woman’s delightful scene on the boat between Diana and Steve was entirely improvised. Another cool tidbit: real life athletes played extras in the Amazon nation scenes.

-Actress Glenne Headly has passed away at 63. She’s one of those character actors that you probably don’t know her name but definitely know her face. I remember her most from Mr. Holland’s Opus and ER, and she was recently in The Night Of.

-Gwyneth Paltrow and Serena Williams are getting into the food business together.

-The Mummy’s North American box office predictions keep getting downgraded now that the reviews are in. It’s gone from $40M to $33M.

-Did anyone else giggle over the wording of this THR headline: “Why Tom Cruise couldn’t top Brendan Fraser“? Just me?

-This is a great look at all the ways Orphan Black (which returns Sunday) has revolutionized TV visual effects.

-Michael Keaton pretended to walk out on Jimmy Kimmel after the host said Spider-Man is was his favourite superhero.

-Damn right TV episodes are getting too long.

-I really like this profile on SZA but someone needs to tell me how to pronounce her name. Do you say each letter, or is it like ‘za’ like your talking about pizza?

-I am very much looking forward to this Jenny Slate movie Landline. It feels very Obvious Child-y.



June 8, 2017
by Jen McDonnell

Twitter Tears Ivanka’s Us Weekly Cover Apart

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-The terrible new Us Weekly cover featuring Ivanka Trump is getting slammed all over the internet (deservedly so).

-Gal Gadot, Patty Jenkins, Robin Wright and Chris Pine surprised a theater filled with Wonder Woman viewers.

-Jerry Seinfeld is defending his super awkward Kesha snub: “I don’t hug a total stranger”.

-We might not be getting very many more episodes of Game of Thrones in the last two seasons (and they are going to be way spaced apart), the episodes we do get are going to be supersized, with the season 7 finale clocking it at 81 minutes.

-You know that weird Jay Z commercial that confused everyone? Turns out Tidal’s mysterious 4:44 is a surprise film starring Mahershala Ali, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danny Glover.

-Ohhh…a new interview with the cast of You’re the Worst! I forgot that was coming back soon.

-THR’s comedy roundtable includes Judd Apatow, David Mandel, Kenya Barris, Gloria Calderon Kellett, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Scott Silveri. Waller-Bridge talks about ruining her Downton Abbey audition by being inadvertently funny. “I went in thinking, ‘I’m going to give my best, sincere, heartbreaking performance.’ It was a really beautiful scene in a church; there’s a little clue … when I finished, they were like, ‘We had no idea she was so f—ing hilarious!’”

-Critics hate The Mummy and it could very well bomb here, but when you factor in the global box office it might turn out to be the biggest hit of Tom Cruise’s career.

-Fox cancelled 24: Legacy but the network is already talking with the producers of the franchise for a new take.

-The reviews for the latest season of Orange Is the New Black seem tepid at best.

-Jennifer Hudson‘s rap battle with James Corden ended in an epic Dreamgirls-inspired finale.

-Zoe Saldana and Julianne Moore raise HIV awareness in a powerful new Sia video.

-Fred Armisen, Adam Pally, and Zoe Lister-Jones have a band? Huh.

-What exactly is Brad Pitt doing?!

-The trailers for Rough Night don’t do anything for me (I’m laughed way more at the trailer for Girl Trip), but I still want to support it because it’s the first R-rated studio comedy directed by a woman in 20 years.

-This is a great NYT profile on Aziz Ansari.

-Nicole Kidman was EVERYWHERE this week and she served up some looks.

-Bruce Willis talks the importance of underwear in a clip from action-comedy Once Upon a Time in Venice.

-Watch Sam Claflin’s flirting game get outmatched by Rachel Weisz in a clip from My Cousin Rachel.

-Here’s the first trailer for Pixar’s Coco, set to hit theaters Nov. 22.

-Naomi Watts plays a therapist who crosses all kinds of boundaries in the trailer for Netflix’s sexy new psychological thriller Gypsy.