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Alison Brie Glows in Marie Claire

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-Are you watching Glow on Netflix? It’s great. I was complaining last week that I needed something fun and light and not Handmaid’s Tale-y, and along came this perfect little show. Community’s Alison Brie is wonderful (and almost unrecognizable) as the lead female wrestler. I really loved this Marie Claire profile on her.  (Articles that start with the writer puking in front of the star are always good.)

-Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke says being a woman in Hollywood is like “dealing with racism.” Oh sweetie, no. (Also, who’s going to break the news to her than some people experience both at the same time?!)

-Netflix just announced a surprise Christmas special for the recently cancelled Sense8. Between this and Timeless’ renewal, we can no longer pretend that Twitter fan petitions don’t matter.

John Mayer doesn’t want to talk about having sex with Katy Perry. What a coincidence! We don’t want to hear about it!

-Is any famous person less qualified to launch a GOOP-style lifestyle site than Lindsay Lohan?

-God bless Gillian Anderson for speaking up on the lack of women behind the scenes on The X Files. In the wake of the news that the new season will be written entirely by men, she tweeted “And 2 out of 207 eps directed by women. I too look forward to the day when the numbers are different. #TheFutureisFemale”

Pharrell Williams, father of triplets, refuses to change diapers. He sounds swell.

-Here’s the first trailer for Marvel’s Inhumans. Those are some intense struggle wigs, guys.

Corinne Olympios says her team’s Bachelor In Paradise investigation is done, but she won’t return to the show. The show has reportedly installed a limit of two drinks per hour, and before any couple can have sex on the show, they must approach a producer and each verbally consent beforehand.

-Spider-Man: Homecoming had its premiere last night and the early reviews are pretty positive.

-Ohhh…a trailer for season two of Insecure!

-The Notorious B.I.G.’s estate threatened Kendall and Kylie Jenner with a lawsuit if they don’t put a stop to selling shirts with the legendary rapper’s image. Kendall took to Twitter to apologize.

-I really like this review of Netflix’s Gypsy and how it talks about the growing problem of “well-made bad TV.” I think it started with House of Cards.

Leighton Meester and Adam Brody say they never mention the fact that Seth Cohen and Blair Waldorf got married. So like, what do they talk about?!

Millie Bobbie Brown, Ashton Sanders, Paris Jackson and other hot young things show up in The XX’s new music video.

-I don’t know how I missed this Amy Poehler speech from a few weeks ago but I’m glad I saw it now.

-Meanwhile, this video with Amy and Will Ferrell made me giggle.

-All the celebrity #Ham4All tweets are killing me. My faves (so far) are Kristen Bell, Colin Donnell, Ben Schwartz, and Jonathan Groff.

-Watch Andrew Garfield and The Crown’s Claire Foy fall in love in the Breathe trailer.

-The new Jumanji trailer, starring The RockKevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan, is way more Breakfast Club than I was expecting.

Chris Pine Pops Up in Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later

-Here’s the Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later trailer. Holy crap on a stick, is that Chris Pine?!?

-Also, this bit about Chris Pine in the Charles Taylor interview is great: “I don’t know why he isn’t getting every leading role there is. He’s gorgeous, he’s charming, he’s got a great level-headed presence, and what he does in Wonder Woman is amazing. He is there to show her off. That is really the mark of someone who knows how to act in front of a camera: I am going to step back a bit and let my co-star shine.”

-Meanwhile, I took this Buzzfeed quiz where you create a BLT and discover your perfect Chris, and I got Chris Evans. I’m very ok with that.

-JFC… Bill Cosby wants to hold seminars on how to avoid sexual assault accusations. Don’t assault people. There, I’ve just written his whole script for him.

Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler reunited for a “Really?!?” segment last night on the Late Show. Really.

-Also, Amy Poehler has a theory about Daniel Day Lewis’ retirement. It involves potato chips and misunderstandings.

-I had very little interest in seeing Rough Night, but the trailers for Girls Night have me psyched. Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and the cast are featured in an upcoming episode of Carpool Karaoke and the preview is great.

Ron Howard has officially taken over for the Hans Solo movie. According to EW, Lord & Miller were leaning into the comedy and allowing the stars to improv (which is what one does when one hires actors like Donald Glover and Phoebe Waller-Bridge), but writer and Star Wars veteran Lawrence Kasdan wanted them to stick to the script. The kicker at the end of this article though…

-Also, who will get the finished film’s directing credit?  How will residuals be apportioned? Will Lord and Miller even be allowed to attend the premiere?  The directors guild is going have an interesting time figuring this one out.

NASA is not impressed with GOOP’s $120 bio-frequency healing sticker packs.

Alison Brie is doing some hard posing and smizing at the Glow premiere, but Dave Franco‘s presence makes it all better.

-It’s been a rough news week. Hey, here’s Justin Trudeau hugging an enthusiastic unicorn puppet for CBC Kids.

-The weirdest part about the Downton Abbey movie announcement is all the articles in which the cast seems surprised. “Well, tell my agent, because we’re still waiting to know.”

-Transformers: The Last Knight suffered a franchise-low opening day.

Naomi Watts‘ new Netflix series Gypsy is not getting good reviews.  THR says “maybe watch episodes 1, 7 and 10. Skip the rest. You won’t miss much and you might enjoy it.”

Taylor Swift put her music on streaming services and just made almost $400,000 in one week.

-HBO wants you to watch The Leftovers series finale so much, they put it up on YouTube for free. (I adored it, but if you didn’t watch the series you’ll be lost.)

Alexis Bledel, who did the best work of her career in The Handmaids Tale, will return as a series regular in Season 2 (which has been extended to 13 episodes from 10). Which probably means no more new Gilmore Girls for quite some time…

-I’m kinda glad Jennifer Lopez is going back to her romantic comedy roots. That’s where I like her best (outside of Out of Sight, but that felt like a fluke).

-This is a great read about a Facebook group of tens of thousands of Brendan Fraser fans. Surprising, sweet fandom shit like this makes me weirdly happy.

John Cho ponders death and romance in the Columbus trailer. Yes! John Cho in as the romantic lead in everything, please!

-Look at our girl Tatiana Maslany co-leading a movie alongside Jake Gyllenhaal. Look at her!!

The Bachelor in Paradise Mess Gets Messier

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-A Bachelor in Paradise crew member provided a horrific, detailed account of the alleged sexual misconduct, claiming that the female contestant was so out of it that she went limp and kept sliding under the water. This just keeps getting worse and worse. And of course, the slut shamers are out in full force.

-Meanwhile, the male contestant is reportedly demanding to see the footage as he believes it will exonerate him.

-According to Chris Harrison, no decisions have been made about Bachelor in Paradise’s future, but I can’t imagine them ever coming back after this.

-It sounds like Jennifer Lawrence has nabbed the coveted September cover of Vogue.

-Yes, Slate, Katy Perry’s new album is a hot mess. No, Slate, it is not our fault.

-Also, Katy Perry says Josh Groban is “the one who got away.”

-Last night, Stephen Colbert grilled Oliver Stone on his lenient interview with Putin and things got hella awkward, especially when the audience started openly laughing at his answers.

-Not surprisingly, the rumours that Tom Hardy may be cast as Jafar in the live-action Aladdin did not go over well.

-Glow, Alison Brie‘s Netflix’s comedy about female wrestlers, is getting really good reviews. THR says it’s “worth stepping into the ring for,” EW praises its “heartbreaking glitter-blasted humanity,” and TVLine says it “puts ’80s kitsch in a hilarious headlock.”

-Speaking of Netflix comedies, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has been renewed for season 4. I’m not through the new season, but I’m loving what I’ve seen so far. (The line “are you marching in a Give Back the Night rally?” made me laugh so hard on a plane recently, I woke up the woman next to me.)

Sandra Oh is returning to TV to star in BBC’s Killing Eve, created by Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge. God, I love all of those words!

Justin Bieber‘s fans were not happy with him when he said he couldn’t sing “Despacito” because he didn’t know the lyrics.

-At the Rough Night premiere, Scarlett Johansson hung out with the 72-year-old woman who went viral after her grandson posted a photo of her when she was younger and she looked just like the actress.

-Meanwhile, Scarlett was once again spotted with SNL’s Colin Jost.

Demi Moore, Leslie Jones, and Demetrius Shipp Jr. played charades with Fallon last night.

-I haven’t really looked at Salma Hayek the same way since that disastrous luncheon earlier this year, but she’s been telling some very funny stories on her latest talk show tour.

-If there’s a prize for “best walking onto a talk show stage,” Kate McKinnon just won it.

-The average Netflix user has streamed almost three full Adam Sandler movies. Humanity is doomed.

-I’m probably supposed to hate this dress on Nicole Kidman, but there’s something about the way she’s been leaning into the witchy fairy look lately that I can’t help but appreciate.

-The trailer for the Whitney Houston doc, which reportedly sheds light on rumored relationship with Robyn Crawford, has arrived.

-This is a great piece on how reviewers treated Gal Gadot when writing about Wonder Woman. Basically, we need more female and POC critics.

-Have you and your friends fought over the NYT’s list of the 25 best films of the 21st century yet? You will.

-I love Roxanne Gay. I love her. She writes some of the most searing, raw fiction out there. And her interview with Trevor Noah made me love her even more. She was heartbreakingly brave when talking about how being gang-raped at 12 led to her weight issues, and how the world treats obese people.

-Why the hell are they remaking Flatliners? And why the hell are Ellen Page and Diego Luna in it? Nina Dobrev, I get, but Page was nominated for an Oscar!