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Tiffany Haddish reveals the best thing about white people: translucent nipples and inheritances.

-In an interview with Vulture on Friday, Ruth Wilson said she had no say about how her character left The Affair, and if she had, it would have turned out differently. “No, I had no say over how the character’s arc was going to end, or how she would die and leave. I always hoped that she would… I always had the image that she would walk into the sunset with her son with no man. That’s what I hoped for her. But no.”

-Has Ben Affleck moved on from Lindsay Shookus?

-I don’t necessarily believe this story about Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwartzenegger staying abstinent until marriage, but it tickles me nonetheless.

Ashanti shared an Aretha Franklin memory of the time she called her and told her not to get SARS in Canada.

-Renée Zellweger is the latest movie star to make the move to the small screen. She just signed on to topline Netflix’s thriller anthology series What/If.

K-os just released his first single in three years.

-An oral history of the “Scotty Doesn’t Know” song from EuroTrip? Sure, why not?

Tara Reid dropped out of the Sharknado press tour appearance following a bizarre TV interview. (Is it weird that I don’t find her appearance that bizarre? My bar is pretty low, though.)

-HBO’s Watchmen series from Damon Lindelof just got a full season order – and it’s coming in 2019.

-The director of Crazy Rich Asians just credited Lainey for basically casting the movie on her blog and I love it. (Her explanation of the movie’s music choices is worth your time.)

-It’s projected box office this weekend is $29M or more. (Fingers crossed for “or more”.) I saw it last night and I LOVED it. (Also, I liked this the explanation of the mahjong scene.)

-Speaking of movies I love (ok, I haven’t actually seen it yet but I’m watching it tonight and I just know it’ll be my new fave), To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before continues to rake in stellar reviews. Buzzfeed calls it “catnip for the rom-com lover’s soul”, TV Guide calls it “Netflix’s first teen movie worth watching,” and NPR says it’s “fizzy and endlessly charming.”

-This love-in between Lena Waithe and Jon Chu made my day.

-I liked this article on how Netflix accounts for huge deals with TV creators like Shonda Rhimes, Kenya Barris and Ryan Murphy.

-Uh oh. The Hills cast is set to reunited at the MTV VMAs next week for “a big announcement.” Reboot fever strikes again?

Tiffany Haddish and Ike Barinholtz host a politically charged Thanksgiving in The Oath trailer.

Constance Wu Steps Into the Spotlight

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Constance Wu’s cover of Time is fabulous (and it makes me even more sad that fashion magazines didn’t snatch her up for their Sept issues). The accompanying article by Karen K Ho is also great. Ho also tweeted some tidbits that didn’t make it into the article, including the fact that Wu specifically asked her publicist for Asian-American women to interview her as much as possible, because she wanted to create more opportunities.

-I really liked this article about Crazy Rich Asians from the perspective of an Asian American. (Speaking of which, Vox’s Today Explained podcast made me tear up this morning.)

-Also, if you’re seeing Crazy Rich Asians this weekend, stay for the end credits.

-This is a great interview with Lana Condor, the lead of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. (I can’t believe this movie is bringing back scrunchies, though.)

-Whoa, what happened with Ruth Wilson and The Affair? I stopped watching a couple of seasons ago (even the lure of Joshua Jackson couldn’t tempt me), but I heard about the big twist from two weeks ago. On CBS This Morning this morning, she says “I did want to leave, but I’m not allowed to talk about why.” Things get REAL awkward, and after some hemming and hawing Gayle King asked her if it was about “a disagreement about money – male and female salaries?” and she responded “I’ve never complained to Showtime about pay parity.” (FF to around 4:30 in this video).

-Showtime has since released a statement (which is basically a non-statement): “We can’t speak for Ruth, but heading into season four everyone agreed the character’s story had run its course.”

Diane Kruger even makes maternity jeans work.

-People is wading in on the Brangelina battle, with a source saying “they’ve always had different parenting styles.”

Madonna turns 60(!) today. (Remember when she was 35 the press was calling her “grandma“?) She’s in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh, and asking her followers to celebrate her bday by donating to Raise Malawi. Back when she was 35 the press was calling her “grandma”.

-In honour of her bday, Madonna also released her full performance from this year’s MET gala.

-Also turning 60 and looking ah-maz-ing is Angela Bassett, who celebrated by posting a bikini pic.

Rihanna is reportedly filming a Lemonade-style longform music video featuring Donald Glover. Yes, please!

-As expected, Blackish’s Kenya Barris has inked what sources say is a three-year, high-eight-figure overall TV deal with Netflix. I don’t blame him because a) ABC did him dirty and b) money!

-These photos of Tiffany Haddish by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue’s latest issue are amazing.

Ivanka Trump really, really didn’t like SNL’s “Complicit” sketch with Scarlett Johansson playing her.

-After taking a meeting with James Gunn, Disney still isn’t bringing him back for Guardians Vol. 3.

Kim Cattrall has the best rejection story: “Got replaced in a TV pilot by a major TV network boss because he said I had no Sex Appeal.”

-Speaking of SATC stars, this thread makes me want to move to NY so I can vote for Cynthia Nixon.

TJ Miller is defending himself against his former Silicon Valley co-star Alice Wetterlund who accused him of being a “bully and petulant brat.” Weeks later, he says he’s not a bully, just a “benevolent benign maniac.” Uh huh.

-I can’t believe  This Is Us’ Justin Hartley has a kid in high school.

-In case you’re wondering, this is why everyone is freaking out about dick soap. (I’m more freaked out by someone making money off fan fiction who isn’t the author.)

Justin Timberlake leaving his publicist of 20 years, Sonia Muckle.

-In his new GQ interview, Pete Davidson says his relationship with Ariana Grande progressed even faster than we thought: “The day I met her, I was like, ‘Hey, I’ll marry you tomorrow,’ ” he says, grinning. “She was calling my bluff. I sent her a picture [of engagement rings]. I was like, ‘Do you like any of these?’ She was like, ‘Those are my favorite ones,’ and I was like, ‘Sick.’ ”

Ariana Grande did a Little Shop of Horrors duet with James Corden and got a piggyback through Starbucks in the latest Carpool Karaoke, which aired Wednesday night. I love that she knows exactly what people say about her and mocks it: “Did you know I demand to be carried everywhere? That is the kind of pop star I am! If you see me anywhere, it’s cause I didn’t walk there myself; I promise.”

Emma Stone is Interviewed By Jennifer Lawrence for Elle

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-In her new Elle cover story, Emma Stone talks to BFF Jennifer Lawrence about social media (“I think it wouldn’t be a positive thing for me. If people can handle that sort of output and input in the social media sphere, power to them”), and panic attacks (“My mom always says that I was born with my nerves outside of my body. But I’m lucky for the anxiety, because it also makes me high-energy”). I’m glad this interview format is starting to get some flack (as Lainey says “is this becoming a trend? A sh-tty trend?”) Think of the best celebrity profiles you’ve read in the last couple of months, whether it was Taffy Brodesser-Akner on Gwyneth Paltrow, David Marchese on Quincy JonesE Alex Jung on Sandra Oh or Stephen Rodrick on Johnny Depp. There’s a level of distance and probing (be it rooted in admiration or skepticism) that you’re just not going to get from a BFF. As the Fug girls says, “having your friend interview you makes for a flabby and anemic profile at best.”

-In better celeb profiles, this GQ one on John Cho is great.  “You’re the only Asian not in ‘Crazy Rich Asians.’ Did you miss the meeting?”

-Crazy Rich Asians is set to pocket $5.3 million in tonight’s screenings alone. Fingers crossed it makes back its $30M budget in the first 5 days!

-Meanwhile, here’s an explainer on the CRA actors you may not know much about (yet).

-Speaking of new rom coms coming this week that I can’t wait for, Netflix’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is getting great reviews! Vulture says its “witty and sweet” and calls it “summer’s best rom com”, Indiewire says it’s infused with “charm and empathy” and Pajiba calls it “fun and winsome…a total treat and a perfect pick for a night of Netflix and Girls Night in.”

Priyanka Chopra‘s engagement ring from Nick Jonas (that will never not be a weird thing to type) is on full display in a new Insta snap.

Taylor Swift spoke at her concert about the anniversary of her sexual assault Trial verdict: “I just wanted to say I’m sorry to anyone who ever wasn’t believed because I don’t know what turn my life would have taken if somebody didn’t believe me when I said something had happened to me.”

-Outside of his court hearing, Liev Schrieber told reporters he did NOT assault a photographer. “I never touched him, I never touched his body with my body. I was pissed, but that was it. I have nothing else to say.”

Dane Cook hosted a  Q and A on Instagram and opened up about his relationship with Kelsi Taylor, a 19-year-old singer who is 26 years younger than him. Have some bleach handy so you can scrub your brain clean after reading about it.

Chris Pratt is still talking about James Gunn being fired: “We all love James …but we also really love playing the Guardians of the Galaxy”. You know what’s nuts? Gunn seemed to instantly realize his mistake and was like “yup, i screwed up and I’m outtie.” It’s the stars of GoG that won’t let it go.

-In a new interview, Glenn Close commented on Scarlett Johansson‘s trans casting controversy: “People who are producing and directing properties like that need to go out of their way to get trans actors jobs. But they also should have the opportunity to cast the best person.”

-Wondering when your fave TV show returns this fall? I got ya.

-I don’t think anyone was really excited for Colin Jost and Michael Che to host the Emmys, but their latest interview really cemented it. Good job, guys!

-In a wide-ranging interview, Jim Carrey revealed he doesn’t have access to his own Twitter account and has at least three people (“just pals”) sign off on every post: “When you’re in my position, it’s a really smart thing to have a buffer.” This system needs to be adopted by every celebrity, STAT!

-This illustrated ode to The Americans’ wigs is fire.

-A week after splitting from Cheryl Cole, Liam Payne was photographed looking cozy with a model.

Bella Thorne‘s first foray into makeup is not going very smoothly. She’s shilling ridiculously expensive, tiny eyeshadow palettes that may or may not rip off a black-owned beauty brand.

-I think I enjoy reading about HBO’s Sharp Objects more than I enjoy actually watching it. This article on its editing is great, as is this weekly updated piece on all the hidden words in the show.

Viola Davis plots a heist in the latest trailer for Steve McQueen’s Widows.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays a stand-up with a complicated past in the All About Nina trailer.