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June 15, 2018
by Jen McDonnell
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Chris Hardwick’s Ex-Girlfriend Chloe Dystra Alleges Abuse

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-Damn. Chris Hardwick  just got #MeToo’d and this one is hitting me hard. The Nerdist was the very first podcast I ever listened to and although his earnestness was slightly grating, I always thought he sounded like a good dude. Of course, my feelings don’t matter; Chloe Dystra’s does. Good on her for speaking up. Even though she never explicitly names him, it’s clear who she’s talking about and her story is incredibly disturbing. I’m so over toxic fanboys who were nerdy/bullied in high school and now feel like they’re owed something. They’re really not.

-Meanwhile, here is the Nerdist podcast in which Chloe and Chris talk about the surgery she references in her essay. It’s … not good. Start around the 1 hour, 20 min mark.

-It’ll be interesting to see what happens now. He’s been a trending topic all morning so the story keeps getting wider, but he’s scheduled to be a big part of Comic Con, including moderating the Doctor Who panel. He also has a brand new show debuting on Sunday on AMC.

-According to Gisele Bundchen‘s new Vogue cover storyTom Brady made up quite an elaborate story about her apartment flooding before asking her to marry him.

-Jake Johnson is looking GOOD in GQ.

-I’m busy this weekend and Nicole is travelling for the next two, so we’ve promised not to watch the new romcom Set It Up (which stars Taye Diggs and Lucy Liu, and drops today on Netflix) until we’re together but the reviews are so good and it’s going to be SO HARD.

-Chris Pratt played Box of Lies and of course, he destroyed Jimmy Fallon.

-Meanwhile, Pratt isn’t saying no to a Parks and Recs reunion.

-Amy Poehler was named one of the 40 most powerful people in comedy and she epically derailed her Q&A to talk about real issues.

-Split rumors are nothing new for Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, but she wants to make one thing clear: “At the end of the day, that’s a man that can rely on me for the rest of his life, period.”

-Star Trek: Discovery has fired showrunners Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, and Alex Kurtzman will take over season two. Harberts and Berg reportedly ran into budget woes and became increasingly verbally abusive to the Discovery writing staff, according to the THR story.

-Speaking of network shakeups, CBS has retained outside counsel to investigate NCIS: New Orleans’ writer-producer Brad Kern, who just got a new 2-year deal. He’ll continue to work on the show during the inquiry, which follows two CBS HR investigations of him. Insiders are reportedly angry that he’s remaining involved in the hit drama despite a new inquiry from outside counsel over claims of sexual harassment and racially-charged comments.

-I can’t wait to hear what Judith Light is going to say about Jeffrey Tambor once she’s allowed.

-I thought Tag might be a fun, mindless movie for the summer but the reviews are really not great.

-This is a good point about Brie Larson. Everyone I know who saw Unicorn Store at TIFF last year adored it.

-I would like Zazie Beetz to be in every magazine this summer. Is that possible?

-I like to read lots of light fluffy romcoms during the summer, and I’ve noticed some super weird stuff going on in my Kindle. This article on book stuffing in the romance genre was illuminating.

-This is exactly what I’ve been thinking too whenever I see someone praising Nas’ new album.

-I adore Ken Marino, but I don’t know about this dog movie he’s directing…

June 14, 2018
by Jen McDonnell
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Drake Returns to Degrassi For His New Video

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-Holy crap, am I loving Drake‘s epic Degrassi reunion in his new video. (Nina Dobrev is looking good here. I was worried for a minute there…) At first I assumed it was just really good timing on his part and couldn’t possibly be a reaction to Pusha T‘s diss track (which dropped May 29) because the timeline was too short to pull together a video like this.  But it turns out they shot it last weekend and according to this IG post it went from “concept to shoot in a week, shoot to release in four days.”  So yeah, he managed to call up his old costars and pull together the perfect response in just two weeks. Way to go, Wheelchair Jimmy!

-Stranger Things’ Millie Bobbi Brown has left social media after a fake meme about her being homophobic went viral. People are the worst.

-For the first time in years, HBO is completely skipping Comic-Con. There will be no Westworld or Game Of Thrones panels, and no activations.

-Kim Kardashian and Alice Johnson sat down for a joint interview on the Today Show to talk about Johnson’s release.

-Meghan Markle calls Prince Harry “the best husband ever,” continues to wear terrible pantyhose.

-She’s also reportedly happy all the wedding fuss is behind her. No doubt.

-Brie Larson was on hand to announce a Sundance & TIFF iniative to allocate 20% of press credentials to underrepresented movie critics and journalists. “I do not need a 70-year-old white dude to tell me what didn’t work for him about A Wrinkle In Time.”

-Rose McGowan helped bring about Harvey Weinstein‘s downfall. Now, the activist says he’s trying to take her down with him. (She may be problematic, but the felony drug charge she’s facing over a lost wallet with cocaine does indeed sound shady af).

-Marc Maron, Louie Anderson, Ray Romano, Tracy Morgan, Sean Hayes and Tony Shalhoub talked about the #MeToo movement in THR’s comedy actor roundtable. I’m not overly interested in what any of these guys have to say about it, but Romano made a good point: “I don’t know how to speak to any of this, but there’s an awareness of how hard it is for women now…Yes, there are some harsh things happening and harsh judgments, but the one good thing is that we’re becoming aware of what it means when somebody, even if they don’t think they’re harassing, is crossing the boundaries a bit.”

-Bill Cosby has fired his entire legal team ahead of his sentencing following his guilty verdict.

-In a new interview, R Kelly‘s ex-wife opened up about years of alleged abuse.

-A woman was granted a temporary restraining order against Chris Brown after the singer allegedly hit her. Seriously, how is he still a thing?

-Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande want to take you to “Bed” in their new single.

-Here’s the video from An Evening With Female Showrunners, the highly successful event Liz Hannah organized in response to Variety’s all-male TV writers panel.

-I was reading in the newspaper this morning about how this the summer of romcoms (YASS!!!) and I don’t know how I missed that Juliet, Naked, which is one of my fave Nick Hornsby books, is being adapted into a film starring Rose Byrne, Chris O’Dowd and Ethan Hawke that’ll be out in August. How did I not know this? How is there no trailer yet?!

-Chloe Grace Moretz is plagued by a mysterious illness in the Brain on Fire trailer.

June 13, 2018
by Jen McDonnell
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Tiffany Haddish Talks Leonardo DiCaprio, Beyonce and Taylor Swift

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-The biggest soundbite coming out of Tiffany Haddish‘s hilarious THR cover profile is her story about hitting on Leonardo DiCaprio (as it should be — she made fun of his p*ssy posse before telling him “I wanna do it with you as your character in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape….cause I feel like that performance deserves a real reward and that reward is [me]), but the whole damn article is worth your time. She talks about her early unpleasant run-ins with Roseanne, confirms that Sanaa Lathan bit Beyonce, and says she tried to take Taylor Swift to her 20th high school reunion but the singer’s security shut it down.

-Jamie Foxx “emphatically denies” sexually assaulting a woman in 2002 at a Vegas party after she allegedly refused to go down on him.

-Angelina Jolie‘s rep is blasting reports that she is at risk of losing primary custody of the kids – and seems to blame Brad Pitt’s camp for leaking select court docs. “This misleading leak is not in the best interests of the children…It’s deplorable that someone for their own selfish reasons leaked selective portions of the confidential and sealed court record to create an inaccurate and unfair picture of what is really happening.” Whatever’s happening, legal experts seem to think it’s “extremely rare” for courts to intervene in this way. The judge’s orders that caught my eye was how she must provide Pitt with “each of the minor children’s personal cellphone numbers so that [he] may text them,” and that he can’t be with them unmonitored yet.

-Justin Bieber was spotted hanging out with his ex-girlfriend Hailey Baldwin again. The two were “inseparable” in Miami over the weekend when they were both in town for a church conference(!).

-Emma Stone and Justin Theroux are still hanging out – but other people were there too so I’m still holding out hope that they’re just friends!

-Gotta say, I love that the first marketing material Wonder Woman 2 released was this spoilery photo. Other franchises would spend the entire press tour teasing whether or not a role like this would be reprised, but right outta the gate they are getting it out of the way so we can all focus on other stuff. There’s also some scoop about Kristen Wiig’s character. The film, titled Wonder Woman: 1984, will be released Nov 1, 2019.

-I love this article about how Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Amy Santiago has exploded many a pop-culture myth about smart, driven female characters needing to be cold, humorless, and lonely.

-Speaking of great TV articles, this is an excellent deep-dive into how Netflix decides what’s a hit, and how it helps connect subscribers to its all-you-can-eat TV buffet.

-And don’t sleep on this article on how Dietland and The Bold Type use fashion to deliver their feminist message.

-Neil Patrick Harris apologized to Rachel Bloom for his Tony Awards tweet after she revealed that it left her “kind of devastated.”

-I didn’t even know that Lady Gaga was engaged. Mazel!

-I really dig Bryce Dallas Howard but her outfit at the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom premiere was a *choice.*

-Kim Kardashian is out here changing the world. She’s reportedly heading to Tennessee to meet Alice Johnson after convincing Trump to commute her life sentence, and she also might have convinced the head of Twitter to give us an edit button.

-Fans leapt to Selena Gomez‘s defense after Dolce & Gabanna’s Stefano Gabbana  called her “so ugly.” What’s wrong with this guy?!

-Ryan Reynolds responded to Kanye West in the most Ryan Reynolds-y way ever.

-The Stan Lee saga continues to sadden. LAPD are investigating reports of elder abuse, and he’s been granted a restraining order against his business manager.

-I really like this take by Lexi Alexander urging showrunners to question every time someone in Hollywood says an actress is “too difficult” to work with.

-Sophia Bush admitted she felt pressured to marry her One Tree Hill costar, Chad Michael Murray. “How do you let everybody down…and when you have bosses telling you that you’re the only person who gets a person to work on time, and 200 people either get to see their kids at night or they don’t because our days start on time.” She also talked about why she abruptly left NBC’s Chicago P.D. after four seasons, saying it was because of a costar who is still on the show.

-I do love that most of the One Tree Hill cast remains so tight. Hilarie Burton, Robert Buckley, Danneel Ackles, Tyler Hilton and Antwon Tanner are reuniting for a Lifetime movie.

-Disney dropped the first trailer for Tim Burton‘s live-action Dumbo, starring Colin Farrell, Eva Green and Michael Keaton.