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Eminem Drops a New Song Featuring Beyonce

Eminem stole some of Taylor Swift‘s thunder by dropping a new song featuring Beyonce, and the internet freaked out.

-This is an interesting look at how a celebrity like Taylor Swift is not built for this moment in culture.

-Meanwhile, critics are mostly loving her new album. I’ve listened to “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” and “New Year’s Day” a lot today…

Lupita Nyong’o called out a magazine for photoshopping out her natural hair.

-In a Facebook post, Ellen Page accuses Brett Ratner of outing her and homophobic harassment on the X-Men set. The post is long but definitely worth a read. She also calls working with Woody Allen the “biggest regret” of her career, and acknowledges her privilege.

-Her X-Men costar Anna Paquin backed her up on Twitter, saying “I was there when that comment was made. I stand with you.”

-ER’s Anthony Edwards claims Broadway producer Gary Goddard molested him and his friend when they were kids.

Louis C.K. has admitted to sexual misconduct, saying in a statement: “These stories are true.” (Interesting that he doesn’t mention that just a few weeks ago, he was telling the NYT  “They’re rumors, that’s all that is.”)

-Not surprisingly, his movie is dead. So is his career. Now let’s tear down the boy’s club that protected him.

-FX just announced in a release that it is “ending our association with Louis CK.” Let’s hope they moved quick enough to keep his stink off Better Things.

-I keep thinking about this tweet by Roxanne Gay.

Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah spoke out last night about C.K., while Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden and Conan O’Brien didn’t. This matters.

Ed Westwick‘s BBC series White Gold is being disrupted amid sexual assault claims.

-This article on how the recent wave of sexual harassment allegations are redefining entertainment journalism is fascinating. Also, it mentions a recurring theme that seems to keep popping up this week: “There are rumors that reporters are working on pieces about actors no one would expect…That the next star to be accused won’t be a known creep but a “nice guy” that will shock the world.”

-I really love all the profiles coming out featuring Sam Rockwell in advance of Three Billboards. I love how he talks about his character’s possible redemption. I still can’t figure out how I felt about him by the end of the film.

-This is a great piece on how Stranger Things is nostalgic for a time before nerds were toxic.

Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike star in the new trailer for Hostiles.

Gossip Girl’s Ed Westwick Denies Rape Allegation

-Actress Kristina Cohen wrote a long Facebook post last night, accusing Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick of raping her three years ago. She says her boyfriend at the time, a producer, took her to the actor’s house. After quickly becoming freaked out by the situation, she says she feigned illness and went to lie down in a guest room. “I was woken up abruptly by Ed on top of me, his fingers entering my body. I told him to stop, but he was strong. I fought him off as hard as I could but he grabbed my face in his hands, shaking me, telling me he wanted to f**k me. I was paralyzed, terrified. I couldn’t speak, I could no longer move. He held me down and raped me.”

Westwick responded to the allegation with an unequivocal denial.  It’s surprising he waited nearly a day to comment if he was just going to end up doing it on Twitter instead of arranging for an interview with a prominent outlet.

-Meanwhile, BBC One’s social media manager really, really needs to check trending topics before tweeting...

Sia said someone was trying to sell a nude image of her, so she posted it herself.

-Following Taylor Swift’s battle with the ACLU, journalist have taken to Twitter to talk about times when her legal team tried to kill their stories.

-The world sucks right now. A Tiffany Haddish Oscar nomination would make it suck slightly less.

Jason Momoa talked about his secret wedding to Lisa Bonet: “Some a**hole leaked it!”

-Star Trek Discovery’s star Sonequa Martin-Green squaring off against Piers Morgan in a gender fluidity debate is my new favourite song.

Jessica Chastain says she won’t be silent about those Bryan Singer allegations just because she’s working on his X-Men movie. That’s ballsy and I love it.

-Looking back at old interviews reveals that Dustin Hoffman grabbed Meryl Streep‘s breast the first time he met her. He also once told a story about pinching his The Graduate co-star Katharine Ross‘ butt during their first screen test “as a way to help loosen us up…She said, ‘How dare you?!'”

Ronan Farrow’s latest article that makes it clear why it was so hard to expose Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein hired private security agencies to investigate his accusers and journalists. Over the course of a year, elite Israeli intelligence agents using false identities as women’s rights defenders and fellow victims insinuated themselves into Rose McGowan’s life.  Scary stuff.

-Oh and  a lawyer oversaw Weinstein‘s private spying effort to stop NYTimes’s story – while also representing the NYTimes!

-Interesting question: are we over Matt Damon now? I will say, when he showed up in the super secret cameo in a recent blockbuster, I enjoyed it much less than I would have a month ago.

-Wait, on Stranger Things Steve was originally supposed to rape Nancy in season one? Thank god they swerved away from that. He’s my new fave!

Julianna Margulies is going to return to TV in Marti Noxon‘s AMC revenge drama Dietland. I loved the book that the show is based on so I was already here for it. But this is good casting.

-Just when I think I’m about ready to quit Riverdale, they incorporate a Rent song into an episode. What is this show?!?

-Holy moly, did Disney’s ban of the LA Times blow up in their face. After banning them from covering their movies following this Times’ story on Disney’s financial relationship with the city of Anaheim, a ton of reporters refused to cover Disney in solidarity, including some from the Washington Post, NYT, NPR and The A.V. Club. Then four key film critics’ organizations announced that they would disqualify Disney’s films from year-end awards consideration. Oscar voter David Simon said he wouldn’t vote for their movies. Even Ava DuVernay, who is directing the Disney film A Wrinkle in Time, expressed solidarity with the press. By this afternoon, Disney called mercy and ended the ban.

Chris Evanstweets about his dog never fail to crack me up.

-I had no idea Mudbound was heading to Netflix next week. This movie got rave reviews at Sundance and TIFF.

THR Calls Wonder Woman a “Gamble,” Twitter Claps Back


-This take is TRASH: the Hollywood Reporter’s cover story says Warner Bros is “gambling $150M” on Wonder Woman’s female director because her only prior big screen credit is the $8M Oscar-nominated, critically acclaimed Monster. Seriously? As Twitter was quick to point out, Hollywood handed the keys to the Jurassic franchise over to Colin Trevorow, who had only done the $750K Safety Not Guaranteed, which wasn’t nominated for shit and no one saw it. Or what about Josh Trank, who jumped from teeny tiny indie Chronicle to Fantastic Four? Same with Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Gareth Edwards, Jon Watts, Alan Taylor, David Yates, James Gunn, etc. Hollywood throws money at white men who barely have a YouTube channel all the time. But this is a gamble that requires hand-wringing? Nah, son.

-Meanwhile, This Wonder Woman featurette is 13 minutes of pure joy.

-Felicity reunion alert! Keri Russell and Scott Speedman appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live together and it made my heart grow three sizes. The part where he talks about how they dated and he was “such a disaster of a boyfriend”? Kill me.

-Oh god, did Robin Wright take Sean Penn back? Why????

– Jennifer Garner is on the cover of People and it confused everyone because it’s kind of a nothing article. It turns out she had no involvement in the story at all. She took to Facebook to say “This isn’t a tragedy by any measure, but it does affect me and my family and so, before my mom’s garden club lights up her phone, I wanted to set the record straight: I did not pose for this cover. I did not participate in or authorize this article. While we are here, for what it’s worth: I have three wonderful kids and my family is complete.” A celebrity calling out People like this? Yikes.

Arcade Fire is going full glam-era Bowie with their new track, which is impossible to link to because it keeps getting pulled from YouTube.

-NBC changed its mind and won’t move This Is Us to Thursday nights after all. Why mess with the only genuine hit of the year?

Kathy Griffin apologized for her Trump decapitation photo, saying “I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong.” CNN has fired her anyway.

Drake scored a huge victory in his sampling lawsuit with a fair use argument about “real music.”

-Less of a victory: JLo just dismissed him as a booty call.

-67 million of Katy Perry‘s followers may be fake.

-Vulture is asking the right questions in this piece wondering how the hell Johnny Depp keeps getting cast in movies.

Ed Westwick has no interest in a Gossip Girl revival. “It’s played out, man. It’s done.”

-This past weekend was the worst Memorial Day weekend at the box office since 1999.

-Wow, this seems like a big career misstep for Hailee Steinfeld.

-The CW was the only network this season to boast a majority of female showrunners at 67%, followed by ABC (33%), Fox & NBC (20%), CBS (11%).

-Watch Pretty Little Liars’ Troian Bellisario and Harry Potter’s Tom Felton play twins in the first trailer for Feed (which was written by Bellisario).

-You get two James Francos for the price of one in this trailer for David Simon‘s new show The Deuce.

Idris Elba and Kate Winslet are strangers trying to survive after a plane crash leaves them stranded in The Mountain Between Us trailer.