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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.”

Angelina Jolie Accuses Brad Pitt of Skimping on Child Support

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-The Angelina Jolie/Brad Pitt divorce continues to disintegrate. Court docs reveal that she accused him of not paying enough in child support. His lawyer quickly shot back, saying her filing was “unnecessary, omits material information and is a thinly-veiled effort to manipulate media coverage” and says the actor has “paid over $1.3 million in bills for the benefit of [Jolie] and the minor children.”

-Meanwhile, Jolie‘s divorce lawyer hasn’t quit (as was previously reported), but the client/attorney relationship may be tense.

-This story about Leonardo DiCaprio’s chin being edited out of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood promos thrills and delights me.

Kathleen Turner gives zero f**ks in this interview and it’s everything. She talks about not enjoying working with Nicolas Cage and Burt Reynolds, how she didn’t feel welcomed by the Friends cast, and mocks method actors (“In Crimes of Passion I was playing a designer by day, $50 whore on Hollywood Boulevard by night. Do you think I was going to hang out with whores on Hollywood Boulevard and find out what the f**k that was like? I have an imagination, you know. My belief is that all the information I need is in the script. And if it’s not, then it’s not a good enough script”).

-Jeebus F. Murphy, what is The Academy doing? They announced some new changes to the Oscars, including a three hour max telecast (sure), an earlier air date (putting it much closer to the SAGs and Globes, which isn’t great) and most perplexing, a new category to honour “popular” films. This is *such* a dumb idea. Why double down on this idea that “art house” should be separate from blockbusters? Especially since it felt like we were making progress, with genre fare like Get Out, District 9 and The Dark Knight scoring best picture noms. Relegating movies to a pandering “popular” category means the snobbier voters will feel like they are giving mainstream/diverse movies a bone without actually having to give them a real award. It’s the worst kind of gatekeeping — and the fact that they’re making this change in the year when Black Panther is getting Oscar buzz is terrible optics. ABC execs reportedly pushed for the changes in the face of declining ratings, which doesn’t even make sense. By that logic, the People Choice Awards would be the biggest rated awards show.

-Oh, now The Academy is saying a movie could potentially be nominated for both popular film and best picture. Sure.

-As expected, ABC fired Roseanne for more than just one tweet. At the TCAs, the network’s president said “For us, we have had multiple instances with Roseanne, and certainly this tweet crossed the line that cannot be crossed, but it was for us a sense of enough is enough and something had to be done.”

-How the heck did Ariana Grande injure herself filming Carpool Karaoke?

-This is a great look at the rise of the “art bro” as celebrity arm candy.

-Is Vanity Fair going through an identity crisis?

-I was off for a few days so I missed the Beyonce Vogue cover, but wow. I know I shouldn’t be advocating for a celebrity to have complete editorial control over a publication, but wow.

-Aw man, Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher have split.

-I agree that Melissa Benoist should get a shot at the upcoming Supergirl movie. While I would probably recast most of the CW’s supporting characters if their superhero shows went to the big screen, their TV leads are all good enough to carry a film.

-Speaking of CW stars, Grant Gustin slammed body shamers after a photo of his new suit leaked online.

-The Cut’s guide to celebrities and their pastors is a good read.

-Netflix’s Insatiable looks like it has a really terrible premise, but according to reviewers it’s even worse than advertised.  Variety calls it “jaw-droppingly toxic,” Buzzfeed says it’s a “fat-shaming dumpster fire,” The Daily Beast says its fat-shaming “is the least of its problems,” and FastCompany says the trailer was only “the tip of an extremely irresponsible iceberg.”

-I love love love this profile of Glen Powell on how he carries himself like an old-school movie star.

Kourtney Kardashian and Younes Bendjima have split up, possibly because of this woman.

-This is a great profile on Henry Golding, a travel host with no acting credits to his name who became the leading man in three upcoming films, starting with Crazy Rich Asians.

-Jonah Hill and Emma Stone lose their minds in the trailer for the upcoming Netflix series Maniac.

-Pride and Prejudice costars Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen reteam in the The Nutcracker and the Four Realms trailer. Succession has really re-ignited my Macfadyen love, so I’m kinda into this.

Hedley’s Jacob Hoggard Facing Sexual Assault Charges

-Whoa. Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard was just arrested and charged with two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm and one count of sexual interference. It’s unclear whether these stem from the same allegations that surfaced in Feb, which he denied at the time.

-Guardians of the Galaxy’ stars Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, and Chris Pratt all jumped to James Gunn‘s defense on Twitter this weekend. I wonder if they all came to it separately or if this is a coordinated push?

-Meanwhile, Selma Blair and Sarah Silverman are supporting a petition to rehire him.

-Also, this is an interesting take on Disney’s bad faith argument. Of course people should face consequences for doing stupid stuff and I’m not convinced he should be rehired, but a lot about this smells funny.

Pete Davidson reportedly proposed to Ariana Grande while smoking weed in bed. This just gets better and better…

-Tiffany Haddish and Common may be a thing, and I’m here for it.

-This pair surprises me: 2 Broke Girls star Beth Behrs married Mad Men’s Michael Gladis.

-I’m not sure that I believe this story about how Meghan Markle wanted to wear a Stella McCartney tuxedo-style suit to an evening event on the Australian tour, and it was vetoed by Prince Harry. That doesn’t sound very Harry-esque.

R Kelly spends 19 minutes confessing that he is a terrible human being who does terrible things on his new song “I Admit It,” and his fans are still all “wow, great melody!” (The Onion’s take is the best take.)

-Meanwhile, could what he says in the song be considered evidence? It’s a grey area, but a lawyer says “If I was his lawyer I would have advised him not to write this song.” I’m guessing lawyers would advise him not to do a lot of the things he does…

-Jesus Christ. Charlamagne and his wife both admitted that the first time they had sex, he raped her.

Lindsay Lohan‘s management style is something else.

-I love this praise for The Good Fight’s title sequence. It’s probably the only one that I never FF through.

-Ohhhh boy. A Buffy the Vampire Slayer series reboot with a black lead is in the works from Joss Whedon and Monica Owusu-Breen. I have a lot of feelings about this. On one hand, as problematic as Whedon is I still adore the original (I truly believe that watching Buffy Summers and Dana Scully kick ass every week when I was young and impressionable shaped who I am). But why retread old ideas? And if you HAVE to do a Buffy series, why not a sequel with new characters instead of a reboot? No series has ever ended with such a perfect sequel setup: Buffy’s actions prompted slayer powers to be awakened in girls all over the world. It’s *right there*!!

Kanye West is “doing ok” after being hospitalized for the flu.

-Black-ish star Anthony Anderson is denying a woman who says he assaulted her after she catered one of his events.

-This is a good take on how Johnny Depp’s latest lawsuit reveals how Hollywood productions enable abusive behavior.

-Meanwhile, I was surprised that Warner Bros doubled down on Depp at the Fantastic Beasts panel during Comic-Con this weekend.

This tweet about Chris Pine’s look at Comic Con pretty much sums it up for me: “Chris Pine styles himself like a middle aged woman who brunches and I’m profoundly into it.”

-The Halloween panel got surprisingly emotional when the Q&A portion started and a man stood up and told his story of survival during a home invasion. “I was scared out of my mind and out of nowhere this thought inside of me went, ‘Well, what would Jamie Lee Curtis do?’…To make a long story short, I’m here today because of the way that you portrayed Lauri Strode. I’m a victor today instead of a victim.”

-A young fan managed to out-sass a sassy Ryan Reynolds at Comic-Con.

-The Good Place didn’t show any new footage at their Comic-Con panel, but this cast interview is great. And they released bloopers!

-A ton of TV shows did release new TV footage though, including Arrow, The Walking Dead, Riverdale, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Better Call Saul, The Gifted, Roswell New Mexico and Star Trek: Discovery. Click here for my roundup.

-On the movie side, we got new trailers for Aquaman, Glass, Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, Fantastic Beasts and more. I can’t believe I’m saying this but the one that won me over the most is Shazam (with Godzilla coming in a close second, which was also a surprise).