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Jon Bernthal Is Having Aa Moment

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-I’m really having a week with Jon Bernthal. I listened to his Nerdist podcast (which made me swoon), he liked one of my tweets (which made me swoon even more), and now he’s talking about transforming himself into the man he’s always wanted to be in the new issue of Esquire (which basically made me swoon so much I nearly passed out).

Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence are interviewed for W, and the video is pretty damn cute. They both found out that they lost pet turtles (“This is criminally undiscussed: turtles run away. Nobody discusses this, you have to keep your eye on your turtle”), and how annoying they are to others (“We just scream at each other. We’re both hoarse after we hang out. Oh my god, I can’t imagine what it must be like for other people. We should never hang out, only with each other.”).

Gwyneth Paltrow‘s GOOP recommends irrigating your rectum and colon with coffee and doctors are all “yeah, don’t do that.

-All of Ed Westick‘s scenes in BBC’s Agatha Christie drama Ordeal By Innocence are going to be completely reshot, with Christian Cooke replacing Westwick following sexual assault allegations. The series was originally due to air over Christmas.

-Uh oh. A civil lawsuit charging Oscar-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis with raping a publicist has prompted three additional women to come forward with their own sexual misconduct accusations. It’s worth noting that Haggis filed a lawsuit against one accuser three weeks ago, alleging it was extortion. A lot of people are wondering if this is the vindictive work of Scientology (which he famously took on), but on the flip side, there’s also this Thandie Newton story about how he mishandled her big scene in Crash.

-If you’re avoiding the cold this weekend, critics are loving on the dark British teen drama The End of the F***ing World, which is on Netflix.

Donald Glover revealed that he and his girlfriend have welcomed their second child.

-Speaking of Glover, Atlanta will be back for its second season, a.k.a. Robbin’ Season, on March 1st. The Americans will return March 28.

-FX’s president John Landgraf told the TCA that Pamela Adlon will keep running Better Things, without Louis C.K. “It’s Pamela’s show. These are her stories, this is her life. She’s the creative engine of that show & that won’t change.”

– The final season of New Girl (which will only be 7 episodes) will debut April 10, with the series finale airing May 15. It will kick off with a funeral and a three-year time jump.

Kristen Bell says they were incredibly close to getting a Veronica Mars limited series off the ground but “a couple of business things got in the way.”

-I’ve given up on Riverdale, but I’m totally here for Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka starring as Sabrina in Riverdale’s new spinoff. That is excellent, excellent casting!

-Speaking of shows I gave up on, I couldn’t get through more than a few episodes of The Crown because I found it soooo slow. But then they cast Olivia Colman for the new season. And now comes news that Helena Bonham Carter will play Princess Margaret. Dammit!

Justin Timberlake’s Filthy came out today, and I don’t hate it. I think I kind of like it? Ugh.  He also revealed the track list. Who’s AK? Anna Kendrick? Alicia Keys?

Reese Witherspoon‘s first TV show for Apple will star Octavia Spencer and follows a murder case that’s reopened thanks to renewed interest in the mystery after a podcast about it goes viral. Serial’s Sarah Koenig will be a consultant on the show.

-It’s nuts that ABC had one of the best-reviewed broadcast comedies of the fall, and didn’t even give it a chance to find its audience.

-Speaking of network comedies, The Good Place returned last night and once again set up an entirely new narrative direction. I’m in awe of this show.

-On Wednesday, a day after Logan Paul uploaded his apology to YouTube and Twitter, he gains 80,000 subscribers. He reportedly made nearly $100k that day and gained more subscribers yesterday than the previous 2 days combined. And the disgusting videos from his trip to Japan just keep coming.

Helen Mirren is in a horror movie, for some reason.

It’s Louis C.K.’s Turn

-If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, Louis C.K. has probably been cancelled for you for months. But it all came to a head today. The rumblings started early this afternoon when he abruptly cancelled tomorrow night’s premiere of his new movie and pulled out of his appearance on Colbert’s show. THR reported that it was in preparation for a big NYT story that was about to break — and then it did. The story details accusations from five different women who claim that C.K. masturbated in front of them, or asked if he could. Courteney Cox and David Arquette went on the record saying they heard about this behaviour on the set of a TV pilot they were producing.

-Vulture has a pretty comprehensive timeline about when the rumours first surfaced, kicking off with Gawker’s blind item way back in 2012, heating up with Tig Notaro‘s August interview with the Daily Beast, to last month’s piece by former Gawker writer who recalled getting shut down when trying to ask male comedians about it at JFL. (It bears mentioning that women comedians have been speaking out on this for months but while guys like Aziz Ansari said “I’m not talking about that.”)

-Not surprisingly, the distributor of C.K.’s controversial new film I Love You Daddy is reconsidering the release. It was already off to a shaky start (many critics at TIFF found the subject matter squicky) even before today.

-The Parks and Rec showrunner has apologized for casting him on the show.

-My biggest concern is how this might affect Better Things (which he produces). It’s probably the best examination of what it’s like to be a woman on TV right now. (A recent episode introduced the concept of a “super single” and I actually cheered.) Pamela Adlon is now in a tough spot of either having to comment and possibly coming off like she’s supporting C.K., or not commenting and seeming shady.

-It’s times like this that I wish that ep of Girls with Matthew Rhys was being re-run nightly on HBO. The way it examined how we brush off or make excuses for the transgressions of powerful men we admire has never been more timely.

-Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick has issued a second denial after another actress came forward with a rape accusation.

-Meanwhile, Charlie Sheenabsolutely denies‘ a claim that he raped Corey Haim on the set of Lucas.

-Another actor who is under scrutiny these days is Steven Seagal. Adding to the growing list of complaints is Portia De Rossi, who says he unzipped his pants during an audition.

-The Kevin Spacey fallout continues. In a totally shocking move, Ridley Scott will reshoot all of Spacey’s scenes in All The Money In The World — which comes out NEXT MONTH. Christopher Plummer (who Ridley originally wanted in the role), will replace him. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott made the decision unilaterally and only notified Sony late Wednesday afternoon. This is NUTS (and I love it).

-Earlier this afternoon, Amber Tamblyn tweeted cryptically to wonder why Matthew Weiner fired his assistant-turned-writer on Mad Men, and then this interview dropped with the writer accusing him of saying she owed it to him to see her naked.

Terry Crews filed a police report yesterday, a month after alleging he was groped.

-Just when you were thinking all Hollywood men were garbage people, John Boyega dropped this workout video and Chris Hemsworth paid tribute to his hammer. Faith restored!

Julia Louis Dreyfus‘ Veep costars psyche her up for chemo in this funny video.

-Grey’s Anatomy is airing its 300th(!) episode tonight. That’s Supernatural numbers! Shonda Rhimes admitted that the show is ‘sort of a diary’ in a touching new essay.

-A former Smallville actress is reportedly ‘second in command‘ of a cult under investigation for extorting, beating and branding its members. Not Chloe!!

Angelina Jolie is such a soccer mom.

-Big Little Lies will probably start shooting season 2 in the spring. Look, I loved that show and it’s definitely ending up high on my year-end “best of” list. But can’t shows have perfect endings and just leave it at that?

-In other Reese Witherspoon TV news, Apple picked up two seasons of her and Jennifer Aniston‘s new show.

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are never more tolerable than when they’re trolling each other on social media.

-Here’s our first look at Jodie Whittaker‘s Doctor Who costume.

Brie Larson is probably hoping that the trailer for this offensive movie she starred in before she got famous hadn’t suddenly surfaced.

Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams suffer through an intense Game Night in this new trailer. (Her line reading of “YESSS! Oh no, he died!” killed me.)

Zendaya Lands Her First Vogue Cover

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Zendaya looks stunning on the cover of Vogue’s July issue, in which she talks about making demands to Disney execs when she was only 16, and learning trapeze for her new movie.

-THR’s TV Comedy Actress roundtable features Emmy Rossum, Issa Rae, America Ferrera, Pamela Adlon, Minnie Driver, and Katherine Hahn. Among the best bits: Rossum says William H. Macy supported her most during her equal pay fight, Adlon remembered having a similar battle on Californication, Driver talked about directors building ditches for her to stand in when kissing shorter costars instead of just making the actor stand on an apple box, and Hahn talked about always getting typecast as the BFF and pitched a Rosencrantz and Guildenstern-type movie where she and Judy Greer are the leads, and every so often you see Kate Hudson running around in the background. (I would watch that.)

Beyonce might be having her twins right now and the internet is melting down.

Jessica Chastain would like everyone to stop looking at her wedding photos, which were taken by paps in a helicopter. Fair enough (though I’ll be interested to see if she shares them herself eventually, or sells them to a pub).

-I posted a few days ago about Jake Johnson‘s awesome story about Tom Cruise being the nicest guy ever. Here are 18 more.

-On the flip side, did he have too much say in The Mummy script?

Elizabeth Banks really stepped in it yesterday when she used an acceptance speech to call out legendary director Steven Spielberg for failing to make female-lead films. Shari Belafonte pointed out The Color Purple, but Banks simply “moved on.” This white feminism bullshit is getting worse.

-Update: Elizabeth tweeted an apology. She’s a producer and a director now; lets hope she learns from this and hires all types of women for her next projects.

-Speaking of famous white women being woke-light, the NYT profile on Katy Perry did her no favours. The writer calls her out repeatedly, saying “in our interview, she proclaimed herself devoted to dialogue but spoke in a near uninterrupted monologue.” It’s like when DeRay Mckesson asked her about cultural appropriation during her live-stream and she talked for two minutes straight but never actually apologized.

-This is depressing: the Cosby jury is deadlocked. They deliberated for 30 hours over 4 days before telling the judge they couldn’t reach a verdict. He’s ordered them back for more deliberations.

-Making a Murderer fans: Steven Avery‘s lawyer says she thinks the victim’s ex-boyfriend killed her.

Rebel Wilson won her defamation case against a magazine publisher: “I had to stand up to a bully.”

-Sweet! The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira is joining the cast of Avengers: Infinity War.

-I can’t believe I somehow missed this last week: Tobey Maguire and ex-wife Jennifer Meyer attended their daughter’s school production of Beauty & the Beast, and all their A-list friends came, including Leonardo DiCaprio (with his wolf pack), Courteney Cox and Gwyneth Paltrow. I bet the other kids felt like crap when only their grandparents showed up for them.

-The Wolf Pack has moved on to NYC and picked up Orlando Bloom.

Gwyneth Paltrow says she’s moving away from acting to focus on Goop. So I guess I’m moving towards ridiculing her full time.

DeMario Jackson broke his silence over those Bachelor In Paradise allegations, saying “my character has been assassinated.”

-Also, this article on drunken hook-ups on reality TV is unnerving. “There are implied incentives available to cast members who are down to fool around.”

Karrueche Tran has beeng granted a five-year restraining order against Chris Brown.

Ryan Seacrest is on the cover of THR with the crazy story of the secret, heated negotiations to bring him back to the rebooted American Idol. After blowing the record-breaking $25 million to hire Katy Perry, producers went back to Seacrest with half of their original offer and things got tense.

-I really like both Chrissy Teigen and Colton Haynes, but these interviews are way too TMI.

Josh Brolin is getting seriously buff for Deadpool 2.

-How the hell is Johnny Depp still getting handed first-look deals? How many bombs is he going to have to have before Hollywood moves on?

Elle Macpherson has split from her billionaire husband.

-National treasure Diane Keaton candidly listed the celebs she is and isn’t friends with.

-I watched The Leftovers series finale a week ago and avoided articles/podcasts up until now because I wanted to have time to digest it. (I’ve changed my mind three times since then about whether or not I believe Nora’s story, but I’m holding firm in my first impression that it was a near-perfect finale.) Now that I’m looking up what was written about it, I’m astounded by Vulture’s deep dive. Their writer was basically embedded with the show for months to create this feature. It verges a little into ‘how the sausage is made’ territory, but even if you’ve never seen the show, this is a great read for anyone interested in how TV works.

-Rough Night is only at 55% on Rotten Tomatoes, but it got good reviews from two critics I usually agree with, so that’s promising.

-This is an interesting look at how much Netflix is paying for new TV shows (word is that they’re investing $4 per subscriber on original content.) Basically, they “must spend like a drunken sailor to compete with TV networks.”

-Do NOT put Lindsay Lohan and Jane Austen in the same headline, People! Don’t you effing dare!

Aisha Tyler emotionally announced on today’s show that she’s leaving The Talk: “I just realized I had to let something go”. Can’t say I’m surprised. She’s at Seacrest-levels of work, with Criminal Minds, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Archer, her podcast, her cocktail company and hitting the festival circuit with her directorial debut. I don’t even know if I’ve ever watched an episode of The Talk but when she started sob-heaving in that clip I got teary.

-The new Friends From College trailer stars Cobie Smulders, Fred Savage and Keegan-Michael Key.