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Harvey Weinstein Breaks His Silence

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Harvey Weinstein just broke his silence (oh goodie) according to quotes in The Spectator, in which he blames his women troubles on being ugly and says “Yes, I did offer them acting jobs in exchange for sex, but so did and still does everyone. But I never, ever forced myself on a single woman.” His lawyer was quick to step in, saying “Mr. Weinstein never said anything about trading movie roles for sexual favors. You have my word that Harvey did not say that.” The writer has since walked back the quote, saying “We were discussing Hollywood and I may have misunderstood certain things about the methods of that place” — though the quotes are still up on the Spectator’s website.

-Over 40 celebs, including Rose McGowan, Paz de la Huerta, Terry Crews, Mira Sorvino, and Anthony Rapp, signed an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times asking people to stop blaming Asia Argento for boyfriend Anthony Bourdain’s death.

Henry Cavill has been shamed into an apology for his stupid #MeToo statements (though he took pains to point out that “This experience has taught me a valuable lesson as to the context and the nuance of editorial liberties” cause, you know, saying a flirt can be confused for a rapist is clearly something that can be misquoted and taken out of context by those meanie journalists!)

-Speaking of taking action after a public shaming, Scarlett Johansson has dropped out of the movie in which she was set to depict a trans man.

-Did Ariana Grande just sweep in late to claim the song of the summer? ‘Cause that video is kinda everything.

-I don’t even go here, but it’s pretty neat that Downton Abbey’s original cast will reunite for a big screen movie adaption.

-The timeline Amanda Seyfried tries to portray in regards to her relationship with Thomas Sadoski doesn’t quite line up, does it?

-I keep forgetting that Neil Gaiman is adapting Good Omens for TV, and then every time I’m reminded it’s like Christmas morning all over again!

-No, YOU cried over this video of Jonathan Van Ness reacting to his double Emmy noms for Queer Eye and Gay of Thrones.

Yvette Nicole Brown is going to step in to host The Walking Dead preview special as AMC “works to complete our assessment related to Chris Hardwick.”

Joss Whedon is returning to TV full-time with HBO’s straight-to-series sci-fi Victorian drama The Nevers. HBO reportedly beat out Netflix to nab the series. I know he’s problematic af, but I just can’t help but be intrigued…

Miley Cyrus just went social media dark. Either she’s about to announce a new project, or she’s just tired of competing with Will Smith’s hilarious video edits.

-I get the biggest smile whenever I read this Vulture reporter’s interviews with Sandra Oh.  They’re just so cute with each other!

Paula Abdul’s Forever Your Girl album is turning 30. I watched the new Whitney doc last night (which is so, so good!) and there was the best Abdul slam in it. My theatre collectively gasped.

-The Bay suddenly pulled all Ivanka Trump products due to “performance.”

Michael Pena fights aliens in Netflix’s Extinction.

Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick strike up an unlikely friendship in Paul Feig’s A Simple Favor.

Kanye West Drops Manager, Tweets Trump Support

-It’s not unusual to watch Kanye West tweet batshit stuff, but today seemed a little more out of control than usual. On the heels of multiple stories out of People that he’s had “explosive fights” with Kris Jenner (which she denied) and that he “seems to be on the edge,” Kanye tweeted about dropping manager Scooter Braun —  and then he and Donald Trump engaged in a Twitter lovefest. Kim Kardashian was quick to defend him.

-Meanwhile, Kanye loses 9.2 MILLION followers in less than 10 minutes after posting a photo of him wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.

-Even Kris seems to have lost control of the narrative. What’s happening?!?

-This interview between Denzel Washington and Michael B Jordan is a delight. (“How old are you?” “31.” “Man, I got underwear older than that.”) Also, I find it super refreshing for a young actor like Jordan to talk about strategy and wanting to break into international markets.

-Four decades later there was an arrest in the Golden State Killer case, which was based on renewed interest in the case thanks to the book written by Michelle McNamara, true crime writer and Patton Oswalt‘s late wife.

Danai Gurira stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk Infinity War and shot down talk that an all-female Avengers is in the works. “I think it is a rumor, but the cool thing is that it’s showing there’s this hunger for that type of thing.”

-The Infinity War press tour continues to be a treasure trove of delightfulness. I especially like the interview combo of Letitia Wright, Sebastian Stan and Tom Hiddleston. Letitia taught them how to Milly Rock, and Tom schooled them on the origins of the slang term “stan”.

Allison Mack attempted to recruit several actresses for NXIVM – including Emma Watson and Rashida Jones.

-I missed these photos earlier of Damian Lewis as Rob Ford. I wish I still missed them.

-Despite the backlash, Joss Whedon still thinks his leaked Wonder Woman script was “great.”

Clayne Crawford tried to explain away his Lethal Weapon reprimands. It’s interesting that his costars/crew don’t seem to be piping up to publicly defend or support him, isn’t it? Deadline is even reporting that he and co-lead Damon Wayans have “stopped speaking to each other.

-Man, the more I read about the Universal FanCon fiasco the angrier I get.

-Life imitates art for Kevin Hart in J Cole’s new music video.

-The Ocean 8 cast’s appearance at CinemaCon has me REALLY excited for the upcoming press tour.

-Speaking of CinemaCon, people lost their poo over the trailer for Bradley Cooper‘s A Star Is Born, starring Lady Gaga.

Hank Azaria opened up about the fate of Apu on Colbert: ‘I’m perfectly willing and happy to step aside.’

Alia Shawkat has spoken out in support of the victims who have accused her Arrested Development costar Jeffrey Tambor of sexual harassment on the set of Transparent. “I’m an actor, I worked with him. It’s not about sharing my personal opinion of him…What those victims said needs to be heard just as much.”

-Bless Jezebel for posting all of the Time 100 gala looks in one place.

-Jessica Chastain plays a painter who becomes embroiled in the Lakota peoples’ struggle over the rights to their land in the Woman Walks Ahead trailer.

 

 

Jessica Chastain On Hollywood’s Game

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Jessica Chastain is stunning on the cover of Town & Country — and she’s her usual ballsy, outspoken self in the interview. I’m still not convinced that her character in Molly’s Game is all that great (I can’t wait until reviews from female critics land), but I love when she says “I think the industry is beginning to examine itself and how it has perceived female roles. I’m seeing a lot of really interesting discussions, and I do think it’s changing.” But my favourite part is the end, when the male interviewer notes: “Just when I ask if she would like to have children, Chastain says our time speeding around Manhattan is up, and she bids me a cheery farewell.” Ha!

-Speaking of women who give no f*cks in interviews, this one with Shonda Rhimes is a delight!

-While most male comedians have been noticeably quiet on the Louis C.K. front, I appreciated with his pal Sarah Silverman had to say.

-This is a great piece on how late night isn’t equipped to tackle Louis C.K. because the call is coming from inside the house.

-The floodgates, they be open. Sylvester Stallone and his former bodyguard have been accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in 1986. He has denied it.

-Now Al Fraken? Dammit.

-The CW had time to announces Black Lightning’s premiere date and their show’s winter return dates, but still no confirmation that they’ve fired Andrew Kreisberg? Hmmmm….

-Whoa: Transparent writers are reportedly exploring a season 5 without Jeffrey Tambor.

Johnny Depp is front and center in the next Fantastic Beasts? Ugh.

-In ‘not all guys are scum’ news, Drake stopped a concert to scold a guy in the crowd: “Yo, stop that shit. If you don’t stop touching girls I’ll come out there and f**k you up…If you don’t stop putting your hands on girls I’m gonna come out there and f**k you up myself.”

Gillian Anderson gives good Twitter.

-So does Mark Ruffalo.

-I think it’s kind of cute that Prince Harry and Prince William will cameo as stormtroopers in The Last Jedi.

-This is a really good profile on Cardi B. She’s refreshingly candid about how this sudden music success is freaking her out.

-Looking at the last 20 Sexiest Man Alive picks, anyone seeing a problem here?

-Are The Weeknd and Bella Hadid back on?

-Why yes, I WOULD like to watch George Clooney in an adaptation of Catch-22, thankyouverymuch.

-Is Joss Whedon throwing shade at his own movie? He “liked” several tweets criticizing Justice League’s villain. (I honestly don’t think celebrities realize that we can see what they’ve liked on Twitter or Instagram with just one click. It’s baffling.)

-Congrats to Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale, who just welcomed baby No. 2.

Jenna Fischer gushing about John Krasinski is a lot. Like, it’s almost too much. I wonder how Emily Blunt felt reading her new book?

-Meanwhile, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt‘s new horror movie A Quiet Place is reportedly a near-silent film.