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July 2015

Wet Hot American Summer Is Back, But Are You Ready?


-I’m going to spend a lot of time this weekend reading Twitter reaction to Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer from people who haven’t seen the original film, ’cause it’s gonna be a gong show. I was describing the movie to a friend of mine recently and said, “So all these famous people play camp counselors and Paul Rudd kills a bunch of kids and Christopher Meloni befriends a can of vegetables and humps a fridge and Bradley Cooper has an extended gay sex scene and Amy Poehler does heroin and it’s SO FUNNY!” He thought I was making it all up. Here’s a tip: watch these five clips first to prepare yourself.

Janeane Garofalo doesn’t know when she’ll watch the reboot because it’s on Netflix and she doesn’t “use a computer.” Blech.

-Speaking of anti-comedies, here’s the first trailer for season two of You’re The Worst, my favourite new show from last year.

-Another comedy trailer that looks great is Difficult People. How am I not watching this?!

Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence are hanging out and all is right with the world.

-Things got reallllllll interesting last night when People magazine jumped on the ‘Ben Affleck is sleeping with the nanny’ bandwagon. Think about that for a sec. People was the one who kept running the “nothing to see here!” stories before the split, which earned them the official divorce statement and the first post-split pics from the Bahamas. They even carried Affleck‘s nanny denial yesterday. But now they’ve stopped being his camp’s mouthpiece and have jumped on this story HARD, running “5 things to know about Christine Ouzounian” and her latest pap shots. She doesn’t exactly look devastated at being photographed, huh? This girl is going to be trouble for him.

-In a bid to get Foo Fighters to play their town, a 1,000 locals got together to cover “Learn to Fly” — and it was awesome.

-The actor who plays Stan on True Detective reveals why his character is such a big deal. I’ve watched every episode this season (begrudgingly) and I swear I’ve never seen this dude’s face before. Solid storytelling, guys!

Beyoncé might join NBC’s The Wiz? But I don’t know if I’m emotionally prepared to switch from hate-watching live TV musicals to regular-watching them!

Jennifer Beals left her dog in a hot car in Vancouver and a concerned citizen was having none of it.

-Here’s the first trailer for Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation, starring Idris Elba as a ruthless mercenary fighter. There’s talk that this could land Netflix its first Oscar nom.

John Green wrote an essay defending Cara Delevingne following that morning show interview. I wrote a defense, too. Here it is: eyebrows!

Amy Sedaris lent Jimmy Fallon a helping hand last night while his finger heals.

-Want to know about Chris Hemsworth’s prosthetic dick but don’t actually want to sit through Vacation? Vulture’s got your back.

Brie Larson has been on the verge of breaking out for a while now (have you seen Short Term 12? Please watch Short Term 12!), but this trailer for Room might be her big moment. It looks great but I don’t know if I’m going to watch it; that book haunted me.


Is Ben Affleck Rebounding with his Nanny?


-Us Weekly’s new cover story claims that Ben Affleck is dating his kids’ 28-year-old nanny, a story he is vehemently denying. Let’s hope it’s not true, if for no other reason than it’s just so predictable. Have we all learned nothing from Jude?

-It looks like Channing Tatum‘s deal to play Gambit may be unraveling. That sucks. Not only did I want to see “Channing Tatum, superhero” now I’m never going to get to call him Chambit!

-In happier superhero news, Chris Pine is in talks to star in Wonder Woman — as her supportive mortal boyfriend.

-See? Stories like this make me kind of love Tom Cruise. I know there is lots of…stuff…. in his life, but everyone I know who’s interviewed him has nothing but effusive praise. He knows why he’s there, he knows what you need out of it, and he’s going to do his best to give it to you because that’s his JOB.

-Everyone’s bashing Cara Delevingne for how she handled this morning show interview, but I’ve never liked her more. She was sarcastic, arch and perfectly British in the face of some truly terrible questions.

-Every time Scott Speedman gets cast in a new TV show, and angel earns its wings. And by angel, I mean me. And by wings, I mean an iTunes season pass.

-Oh Jesus. Gwyneth Paltrow is set to release a luxe line of hip-hop inspired clutches with a $1,695 price tag. She’s just trolling us at this point, right?

-Salon’s review of Review perfectly nails why the show is simultaneously hilarious and really hard to watch.

Antonio Banderas is bringing the story of the Chilean miners to the big screen with The 33. Watch the trailer.

Gillian Anderson tweeting photos with Robbie Amell is bending my brain. Worlds colliding!

-There are some really interesting tidbits in Out Magazine’s oral history of Brokeback Mountain, like how Anne Hathaway lied about being able to ride a horse and how everyone realized that Heath Ledger had fallen in love with Michelle Williams when he insisted on taking her to the hospital after she fell during the toboggan scene.

-Speaking of Michelle, she’s reportedly dating author Jonathan Safran Foer.

-Um, what now? The Pope is forcing the New York Film Festival to postpone The Walk’s premiere.

Jimmy Kimmel got super emotional during a three-minute monologue about the death of Cecil the lion, the African big cat that was killed by U.S. hunter.

-I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but there are certain people I just can’t watch on screen anymore because of their offscreen antics: Terrence Howard, Sean Penn and Chris Brown. Howard’s ex-wife saying he beat her “to within an inch of her life” isn’t changing my mind.

-Colour me intrigued: Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige just joined NBC’s The Wiz Live.

Colin Farrell talks candidly about his film failures, saying “I can’t believe in the lie that’s being presented to me anymore that I’m a movie star and that everything is great.” If anything good comes from this mess of a True Detective season, I hope it’s that casting directors start considering him again.

-This sentence is chocked full of good words: Tig Notaro is teaming up with Diablo Cody on a semi-autobiographical Amazon pilot.

Kim Kardashian‘s latest bizarre ad campaign sees her channeling Audrey Hepburn and Marie Antoinette. How did this pass the Kanye test?

-Glad to see the Kimmy Schmidt cast is having fun at the TCA tour. Here’s Tina Fey, Tituss Burgess and Jane Krakowski dubsmashing to Beyonce.

-Wait, so now I’m supposed to worry about my knees? Screw you, Hollywood.

Dr. Dre will maybe release a new album this weekend — his first in 16 years.

-It’s possible that my CW love is blinding me, but a gritty, dystopian, post-modern adaptation of Little Women sounds like something I’d watch the crap out of. I mean, I’m sure they’re going to do ridiculous things with it, but that story makes a good base.

-NPR’s Code Switch has an incredible article on Wyatt Cenac, Key & Peele and being the only POC in the room.

-Meanwhile, Keegan-Michael Key revealed that this will be the last season of Key and Peele. They proved last night that they’re still killing it.

Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo play Boston Globe reporters investigating the Catholic church in the first trailer for Spotlight, which is coming to TIFF. Looks incredible!

Taylor Swift Takes Us Behind The Scenes of Bad Blood


-It’s great that Taylor Swift keeps unloading all these “Bad Blood” bts goodies (maybe to make up for the fact that it’s her worst single in years?), but can we quit it with all the “squad” talk?

-The fact that the host of The Bachelor just spilled this much hate over UnREAL makes me heart the show even more. What a baby.

-TIFF just announced its first wave of movies. There’s some really good gets here (The Martian, Family Fang, Freeheld, Trumbo), but I’m surprised Angelina Jolie’s By the Sea didn’t make the first round. Also, the world premiere status struggle remains real.

-The TCA tour started today so expect a wave of TV news this week. First up was Netflix’s presentation. They said they hope to release a new Marvel series every six months, which would theoretically put the Jessica Jones premiere around October.

-Also, today’s Netflix presentation cemented their rep as a major player on the TV landscape. They went from having one original program in 2011 to 36 this year. That’s *insane* growth.

-Also from Netflix: they claim the Olsen twins are “teetering” towards the Full House reboot. God, why??

-Wait, so Jesse Eisenberg is basically recycling his Social Network character to play Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman?

-Even the hardest hater has to admit that Tom Cruise killed it during this lip sync battle with Jimmy Fallon.

-This isn’t really Mickey Rourke, right? RIGHT???!

Ellie Kemper adorably remembers having Jon Hamm as her high school drama teacher: “he was not ugly.”

Rachel McAdams just confirmed that she’s in talks to star in Doctor Strange. Get it, gurl.

Tove Lo‘s “Habits” is one of those songs I listened to on repeat for a month, which I’m now going to do with Kelly Clarkson’s cover of it.

Macklemore (remember him?) opened up about a recent drug relapse.

-Now that Jon Stewart is on his way out, all the scoop is floating to the surface. The latest (and weirdest)? President Obama held secret meetings with him at the White House.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen have a wild Christmas Eve in The Night Before‘s hilarious red band trailer.  Damn, that is some spot on Wrecking Ball analysis by Mindy Kaling and Lizzy Caplan.