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Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan Dead at 46

-Well, this is terrible: Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan has died at 46. As of now, her death is being treated as ‘unexplained.’

-This weekend, Buffy’s Elisha Dushku wrote a Facebook post alleging that the head stuntman on True Lies molested her when she was just 12. Her mother and on-set legal guardian corroborated her claims (which he denies). Jamie Lee Curtis, who played her mother in the film, says the actress told her about it “a few years ago.

-The story about Aziz Anzari’s bad date caused some major debate this weekend. I’m not really sure where it fits into the #TimesUp movement, but whether you think it was assault or not, one thing has been made very clear: we need to teach boys what consent looks like. I feel like ever since the Cat Person story went viral a few weeks ago, consent has been a big topic in every discussion I have with female friends and most women I know seems to have a story about following “the path of least resistance” to get out of this kind of situation. For eloquent threads on this topic, see here, here, here and here. When it comes to Aziz, the thing that rankles most for me is that he MADE A CAREER out of dating advice. He wrote a book about it and sold out Madison Square Gardens on his speaking tour. The other concern I have is that in conversations about who’s next, his name has come up a lot in recent weeks. If something more substantial breaks, I worry that there’s now going to be an immediate reaction of “oh, women are just out to get him/piling on now.”

Aziz has issued a statement, saying after the incident “I took her words to heart.”

Liam Neeson called the Hollywood sexual harassment movement “a bit of a witch hunt.” Byeeeeee!

Leah Remini is pointing to Scientology as a potential instigator for the Paul Haggis allegations.

-It turns out that public shaming still works. Mark Wahlberg finally announced that he’s donating his $1.5 million to Time’s Up; WME is donating an additional $500K.  Michelle Williams released a perfect statement that kept the spotlight off her and on the cause.

Katy Perry overcame her hatred of Medieval Times this weekend. (Who hates Medieval Times? It’s literally one of my favourite places on earth. I’m always having to piggyback on my friends with kids’ outings, cause apparently going by yourself as an adult is “creepy.” Pfffftttt.)

-The hottest comic con photo opp pose to do with stars is currently the distracted boyfriend meme, and I couldn’t be happier. Here’s the casts of Arrow and Avengers taking a crack at it. (Also, did you know that people ship Bucky and Steve? And their ship name is Stucky? I just learned this and it makes me irrationally happy.)

Dakota Johnson and Chris Martin: still a thing. I can’t imagine a more boring couple. Can their ship name just be Beige?

-Hulu is now streaming ER (which weirdly has never been on a streaming site before). Now if someone could add Felicity and Sports Night, I’d be in heaven.

-Seriously guys, the Proud Mary rollout is insane. There is some conspiracy-level stuff going on.

-I don’t need another CW superhero show in my life, but I guess I’m getting one because the reviews for Black Lighting are great.

-Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist addressed the Andrew Kreisberg firing at the TCA, calling his alleged misconduct “a major disappointment.”

-Groupon getting Tiffany Haddish to be in their Super Bowl commercial makes so much sense. She’s basically been giving them free advertising on her talk show circuit.

Jon Hamm negotiates a dangerous trade in the war-torn Middle East in the Beirut trailer.

 

Arrow, Supergirl Stars Weigh in on E.P.’s Sexual Harassment Allegations

-Whoo boy. The CW, home of all my fave current shows, kind of imploded this weekend after Variety’s Mo Ryan talked to 15 women and 4 men about alleged sexual harassment from CW showrunner Andrew Kreisberg of Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl. (Ryan tweeted Monday: “If this story were published today, the number would be higher. I had an interesting weekend.). Among the allegations: he once told a woman “Wow, you look so tired that I don’t even want to have sex with you anymore” in front of her kids, he put his hands on a man’s hips and mimicked having sex, he asked an array of women for their bra sizes, he asked a woman to lie on his office floor while he assumed a push-up stance over her and then he asked her to choke him “for research.” He has been suspended.

Carina Mackenzie, a writer on The Originals who worked on an episode of The Flash last year, tweeted (and then deleted): “When I left The Flash I told my agents I would rather live in a cardboard box under a bridge than work with AK again…I was at that show for a few short weeks & was disturbed by the way he spoke about women, the way he treated assistants and — to be honest — even the way FICTIONAL females were discussed.” (She also defended super producer Greg Berlanti, though a writer who worked on Legends of Tomorrow for two years seems to think Berlanti knew.)

-The ladies of the CW immediately stepped up, with Melissa Benoist, Caity Lotz, Emily Bett Rickards, and Chyler Leigh releasing statements. I was particularly impressed with EBR’s tweet, because it directly addressed the Arrow showrunner’s stupid, tone deaf tweet after the story surfaced about “reverse sexism.” That’s her boss! If she gets fired (or her character suddenly gets reduced screentime/plots), we’re burning that network down…

-It took a while for the CW men to get in on the action, but eventually Arrow’s David Ramsey, and  Supergirl’s David Harewood voiced their support.  Stephen Amell waited a whole day but eventually put out a pretty boss Facebook video, saying  “I thought that it was appropriate before I spoke publicly to speak with our cast and our crew, which I got the chance to do this morning…I told them this morning and I tell you now and I meant it, if anyone ever feels anything less than 100% safe…that they should come to whomever they’re supposed to go to and that I’ll stand right beside them. I’ll speak on their behalf if need be. If you’re not an active part of the solution than you are part of the problem.”

-A writer on Hannibal (the darkest show ever) called BS on the notion that you have to act disgusting in a writers room for “research.”

-The story seems to have opened the WB/CW floodgates, with a writer detailing her horrible experience on One Tree Hill. (All of the actresses from that show are publicly supporting her.)

-Screw everyone who made Mel Gibson‘s new movie a box office success this weekend.

-I watched Lady Bird this weekend instead (it’s lovely) and then I immediately texted my childhood BFF because of the movie’s generous, perfect use of “Crash Into Me.” It also did crazy good at the box office. Expect Oscar buzz on this one.

Gal Gadot will reportedly only sign on for a Wonder Woman sequel if accused sexual harasser Brett Ratner is completely removed from the franchise. Bless her! (It just got an earlier release date, away from Star Wars, so I’m guessing she won.)

-A dozen cast and crewmembers told THR about the time in 2003 when actor Tom Sizemore was removed from a movie set in Utah for allegedly violating an 11-year-old girl.

-Because everything is terrible in Hollywood these days, someone asked Twitter for their stories about nice celebrity encounters and everyone delivered. (If you don’t want to read the whole thread, here are some highlights. This tweet about Chris Pine is my fave.)

-Thor: Ragnarok has started a jam war between Jack Black and Chris Hemsworth (except only one of them knows what that means).

-The early reviews for Justice League aren’t exactly glowing, but they’re not as horrible as I expected. So yay?

-The Weeknd may be dating Justin Bieber’s ex? That’s extra messy.

-Meanwhile, The Weeknd joined Robert Pattinson at Leonardo DiCaprio’s 43rd birthday party.

Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone were all kinds of adorable together this weekend.

-Stranger Things’ David Harbour tweeting about his dad bod made my day…

-I really like this article on Stranger Things and other genre shows/movies keeping female characters apart.

-Wait, is Blake Shelton really getting named People’s Sexiest Man Alive? REALLY?!

-I’m just going to pretend this GQ cover with Colin Kaepernick is actually People.

-If season 8 happens with Suits, it will likely be without Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle.

-White men are the minority in the L.A. Times’ directors roundtable this year.

Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams join the circus in the trailer for The Greatest Showman.

 

 

Buffy Mania Overtakes The Internet — And I Love It!

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-EW dropped a surprise Buffy reunion cover today — complete with an amazing photo shoot and a 44-minute video special — and my heart is so full! The only person missing is Anthony Stewart Head. (Nicholas Brendan is there too, but for some reason he isn’t in the group video chat. And he didn’t tag Alyson Hannigan in his FB post about it.) In any case, I’m really hoping my subscriber cover ends up being this one.

-I also really liked everyone’s take on Angel vs Spike. I love Spike as a character (especially in the spinoff) but attempted rapists are probably not meant to be part of the OTP.

Annette Bening ordered Warren Beatty home after the Best Picture fiasco at the Oscars. Smart woman.

-Costars/new couple Melissa Benoist and Chris Wood look like they’re having fun in Mexico. (I hate her high-cut bikini. And she has multiple versions of it!)

-The Mindy Project is only getting one more season, which is good. I’m looking forward to seeing what she does next.

-Studio head Sherry Lansing‘s new biography includes tidbits about Angelina Jolie‘s mandated drug testing during Tomb Raider’s filming, and Glenn Close’s protests at re-shooting Fatal Attractions’ ending after test audiences demanded her character die.

-Ouch! Charlize Theron is going for her fourth root canal thanks to stunts on Atomic Blonde.

George Clooney says he totally ready for parenthood: “I played a pediatrician on ER. So I know how to work on extra children…If there’s any accidents, I’m there. I’m the guy.”

-Meanwhile, Amal is probably not going to let him name their twins.

Emma Thompson says she almost quit a movie when a producer body-shamed her costar.

-I never watched Bones but I like this take on how it was an unconventional love story that upended the typical will-they/won’t-they schtick.

Kristen Bell and James Corden‘s aerial duet went hilariously wrong.

-Another writers’ strike might happen. I support the WGA but I really hope it doesn’t (the first strike was the kiss of death for a bunch of great new shows that could never recover, most famously Pushing Daisies).

Nicole Kidman says she’s haunted by those therapy scenes in Big Little Lies.  Same, girl.

Judy Greer loves watching montages of her kissing leading men like George Clooney, Ashton Kutcher and more. (Her “can I keep this?” is the cutest.)

-The People article about Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky’s relationship is…odd.

-Netflix is sticking to its Santa Clarita Diet, which just got a second season.

-Like everyone else, Alec Baldwin fell in love with Tina Fey when he first met her and asked if she was single. “When I first met Tina Fey — beautiful and brunette, smart and funny, by turns smug and diffident and completely uninterested in me or anything I had to say — I had the same reaction that I’m sure many men and women have: I fell in love.”

-Oh yeah, I forgot Prison Break returns Tuesday after seven years for a limited nine-episode run. I wonder if there’s a 5-minute series recap on YouTube?

-This is an interesting look at the rise of surreal TV. I’m kind of over shows that are pretty mind-screws that don’t actually amount to much (cough, Legion, cough).

-The trailer for the updated IT looks very, very good and I will never watch this movie.

-Here’s the trailer for Luc Besson‘s sci-fi adaptation Valerian, starring Cara Delevingne, Dane DeHaan and a blink-and-you’ll-miss-her glimpse of Rihanna.