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Idris Elba Is PEOPLE s Sexiest Man Alive 2018

Idris Elba has been named People’s Sexiest Man Alive. I was bracing for Bradley Cooper so this is a pleasant surprise — and a nice recovery from last year’s Blake Shelton disaster.

-Celebs got into the voting spirit today — most notably Beyonce is repping for Beto and Taylor Swift made a rare Instagram appearance urging people to the polls.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie‘s custody court date has been set for Dec 4, so watch for them to spend the next month subtly shading each other in the press.

Zayn Malik says he left One Direction without any lifelong friendships: “I ain’t spoke to any of them for a long time, to be honest with you. That’s just the way it is. There’s things that happen and things that were said after I left… Snide things. Small things that I would never have expected.”

John Stamos needs to learn that not all stories should be told out loud.

Meghan Markle‘s family drama reportedly helped bring her even closer to Prince Charles, so at least something good came out of that mess.

-I really enjoyed this piece on Dlisted’s Michael K and the diluting of celebrity gossip sites as bloggers bring on other writers. (Speaking of celeb sites, this series on what really happened to the Superficial is a fascinating read.)

Danai Gurira, Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride are currently negotiating “groundbreaking multiple-year ‘franchise/universe’ deals” that mean if their characters get written off or moved to another Walking Dead property, they’ll still get paid. It also looks like Gurira will take over as the lead of the show, which makes way more sense than Reedus (unless everything’s changed since I last watched and his character says more than 4 words in every episode).

Ariana Grande‘s exes seem ok with her mentioning them in her breakup song. Pete Davidson reportedly didn’t get an advanced listen, but as soon as he heard it he asked Lorne Michael’s permission to address their relationship on SNL.

-It took way, way too long, but Rebel Wilson has finally apologized for her comments and for blocking people who called her out on it.

-Here’s a clip from Shoplifters — one of the best movies I’ve seen this year.

Matthew Rhys and Jamie Dornan star in the trailer for the new BBC show Death in Nightingales. Please, somebody air this here!

Michael B. Jordan Is Ready To Take Over The World

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Michael B. Jordan covers the latest issue of Vanity Fair and talks about how much he has going on right now. His production company (which not only has an inclusion rider pledge but convinced Warner Bros. to adopt that promise across the entire studio)  is already developing scores of television series and films. “I want to create projects for Brad Pitt, but at the same time I want to be able to create a movie for Will Smith, or Denzel, or Lupita, or Tessa. It’s gonna be eclectic. It’s gonna be animation. It’s gonna be non-scripted. It’s gonna be digital. It’s gonna be film, television. It’s gonna be video games.”

-In his calculating new GQ cover story (why is he still getting covers?!?), Johnny Depp plays the victim and says it hurts to be considered a violent man. The whole fawning interview is disgusting and this takedown of it is more worth your time than the story itself.

-Congrats to Kate Hudson and Danny Fujikawa, who welcomed a baby girl. They named her Rani (pronounced Ronnie) after his dad.

Mischa Barton is going to be on the MTV revival of The Hills and so help me god I’m actually interested. Also, The Hills was a spin off of Laguna Beach, which was originally created to be the real-life version of The OC. Time is a flat circle.

-A very pro-Brad Pitt sounding source says that contrary to reports, he and Angelina Jolie have “no truce” in their custody battle.

-I know I said last week that my enjoyment of A Star Is Born is going to depend on how much I can avoid Bradley Cooper‘s insufferable behavior on this press tour — but I just can’t stop!

Steven Spielberg has cast Ansel Elgort as Tony in his musical film adaptation of West Side Story. I don’t hate this. You need to be super earnest in that role and that dude is the earnest-est.

Kanye West took a tour of Detroit’s College for Creative Studies yesterday afternoon, and at one point he jumped on a table to rant about Elon Musk, telling people to “leave that man the f–k alone.”

-Meanwhile, Kanye picked a fight with Kim Kardashian because he didn’t like the colour of the band-aid she gave him, and I actually feel really bad for her. (I don’t know what’s more disturbing: that he seems jealous of the attention she’s giving their kids, or Khloé‘s reaction to her story — “But if that’s going to make him feel more loved, don’t you want to just get the band-aid?”)

-Chelsea Peretti announced she won’t be coming back to Brooklyn Nine-Nine full time. ::sad trombone::

-Oh FFS, now Damon Wayans says *he’s* quitting Lethal Weapon. “It’s hard for me to play this loving, supportive father, husband, friend on TV, and be the guy in life that is telling everyone, ‘I can’t I have to work.'” (For what it’s worth, when the Clayne Crawford drama was going down, Wayan didn’t exactly come off smelling like a rose, with reports about him refusing to participate in table reads and wanting sides that only included his lines and excluded the lines of all other actors.) Fox should have just scraped the whole thing and renewed Pitch.

-Fantastic Beasts director David Yates hit back at reports of straightwashing, promising that the sequel will feature Jude Law‘s Dumbledore having “sensual moments” with Grindelwald.

-This is a bad take by Jimmy Kimmel on Louis C.K.‘s return to the comedy stage: “I think people tend to focus on the one or two people who walk out of a situation like that. Ultimately, the audience decides whether someone is welcomed back.” The audience didn’t decide whether CK got that spot on the stage (they didn’t even know he was going to be there). The comedy club owner gave him that spot. To ignore the obvious gatekeeping is a ridiculous statement. (This thread captures everything wrong with what he said.)

-Venom seems like it’s one of those movies that the fresh or rotten rating fails. It’s only 33% on Rotten Tomatoes, but every review I’ve read makes it sound like a mess that’s also super fun to watch.

Tom Hardy playing with rescue dogs is the best content on the internet today.

-There’s talk that the Timothee Chalamet and Lily-Rose Depp relationship is a PR-based strategy and I refuse to accept this because LOOK HOW ADORABLE THEY ARE!

-This profile on Catherine Hardwicke is a brutal read. The Monday after Twilight opened and she became the highest grossing female director to ever open a movie, she went into the Summit offices to do an online fan chat. “When I went in I saw that there were massive bouquets and balloons and bottles of wine, and crazy gifts sent to them by all the distributors around the world or whoever, all their friends. I had heard these rumors that when a director does something like this they give them a car, they give them a two-picture deal or something like that. They give them an office and ask them what they want to do after this.” Hardwicke pauses. “And then I got a mini cupcake that day.”

-Holy moly, Kristen Bell is on the new episode of Keep It and I’ve never downloaded a podcast quicker. (On a recent episode, Kara put her on her Top Ten White Women list and I really hope they talk about it.)

-I’m still digesting this NYT article questioning whether art should be a battleground for social justice, but it’s worth a read.

-Vulture did a deep dive into Adam Driver‘s oil baron sketch on SNL.

Rihanna, Yasiel Puig, and Christina Milian were all victimized by the same burglars — three teen boys and the mother of one of the suspects — who were arrested last week. So, does that mean a Bling Ring sequel is in the works?

-Variety reports that ABC Studios and producers have kept Criminal Minds director of photography Greg St. Johns in place despite multiple harassment and abuse claims, an HR probe, and an investigation by a California state agency. Several male crew members accused him of groping them and reported it, but saw no steps taken to curb or address the alleged abuse.

-Another CBS exec has been placed on leave after several current and former employees alleged he regularly used sexual and homophobic language in the workplace.

-This apology/statement by Fan Bingbing does nothing to quell my fears about her well-being.

-So Drew Barrymore‘s publicist has denied she granted that bizarre interview that was circulating yesterday, but Egypt Air is still standing by it.

Jodie Whittaker takes over the main role on Doctor Who this weekend. I don’t watch the show but I like her so much and she’s uber charming in this interview.

-The trailer for Vice is finally here, starring Sam Rockwell as George W Bush and Christian Bale as Dick Cheney. Whoa.

Demi Lovato’s Mother Breaks Her Silence About Daughter’s Overdose

-While promoting her new book, Demi Lovato‘s mom is talking about her daughter’s recent overdose. “We just didn’t know for two days if she was going to make it or not.”

Maroon 5 is rumoured to be headlining the next Super Bowl halftime show because apparently there isn’t enough depressing news in the world already.

Brad Pitt is seeing his kids more often — but still in the presence of a monitor from the Dept of Children and Family Services.

-Also, according to ET, Pitt and Angelina Jolie recently had a “secret meeting” at her house to call a truce.

Millie Bobby Brown says she’s friends with Drake and he texts her advice about boys. I’m choosing to believe that’s cute and not creepy…

-I swear, the new Fall TV season hasn’t really made much of a dent in my brain (despite writing multiple articles about it!). But there’s a new Amy Poehler-produced sitcom called I Feel Bad premiering on NBC tonight that sounds like it has potential.

-Speaking of new TV, I watched the first episode of Sorry For Your Loss last night and Elizabeth Olsen‘s performance is phenomenal.  (Facebook has uploaded four episodes.)

-The editor of The New York Review of Books is out after the magazine published an essay by Jian Ghomeshi. Good.

-When talking about his Emmy win, John Oliver revealed he has a three-month-old.

-The mystery of who was dressed up like Teddy Perkins at the Emmys continues to deepen.

Avril Lavigne is back with new music after a 5-year hiatus. It’s an intimate piano-driven ballad and it’s lovely, but I was really hoping her first comeback single would be a bop instead of a weeper about Lyme disease.

Kesha also has a new song.

-This is a good take on how the celebrity profile is dying because of A-listers afraid to have real conversations and C-listers who give it all away on social media.

Domhnall Gleeson is defending his Last Jedi costar Kelly Marie Tran, who was chased off social media by trolls. “People having an opinion about the film is absolutely fine. You pay your money, and you’re allowed to have an opinion. The stuff with Kelly was bullshit. That’s a different thing altogether, so those people are just morons. Those people are just assholes. It’s a different level of stuff. You don’t buy that when you buy your tickets.”

-Emma Approved is coming back? It’s a web series based on the Austen novel and it’s *adorable*!

-I missed this Anna Kendrick‘s bts interview with Noah Trevor a few days ago, but it’s super funny. “She’s wing manning for her own boyfriend and I respect that!”

-Now that TIFF is over, the Oscar race is finally starting to take shape.

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are honeymooning (and busking?) in London.

-So Ticketmaster is actually working with scalpers? Swell.

-I have no interest in watching The Predator, but this Ringer list of questions about The Predator is highly entertaining.

Suki Waterhouse reveals she accidentally shot someone while filming Assassination Nation in New Orleans.  How can that be a thing?!

Michelle Yeoh is not impressed by James Corden. Same.