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Arrested Development’s Press Tour Turns Into Apology Tour

-Man, that Arrested Development cast interview with the New York Times left me *fuming* last night. Not because hearing Jessica Walter cry while her male costars go to great lengths to comfort Jeffrey Tambor is as bad as what Tambor was accused of doing on the Transparent set. It’s just that this interview — and especially the 1-minute audio clip from it –perfectly distills the entire issue with male “allies.” It’s how Jason Bateman starts the conversation by threatening to quit if Tambor is fired, clearly declaring sides. It’s how Walter (the victim) is the one who is required to do all the emotional labour during the convo and her forgiveness is an expectation (Tambor’s “absolutely” response tells me he’s learned nothing). It’s how Bateman manexplains to Walter, who won a Golden Globe when he was just two years old, how on-set dynamics work. It’s how he speaks over Alia Shawkat. It’s how a sobbing Walter keeps insisting that Tambor’s behaviour is not normal in Hollywood, and Bateman, David Cross and Tony Hale keep dismissing her with talk of an actor’s “process” and how “families” fight and some tired BS about how creatives should be given a free pass to be assholes. Even Bateman’s apology with all the “it sounds like…” annoys me. No. It didn’t sound like. It was.

Tony Hale has also apologized for his comments in the interview.  And I’m guessing David Cross had some apologizing to do when he got home.

-I thought NPR had a very good take on it. (“The disrespect felt so benign in the delivery and so destructive in the effect.”) Also, I loved Thomas Sadoski’s Instagram post sticking up for Walter, who he once costarred with: “I worked in shitty greasy-spoon kitchens growing up: it wasn’t acceptable behavior THERE and most of us were on HEAVY DRUGS. It certainly isn’t acceptable for some man-baby millionaire to do on a cozy ass tv show set. And it is even less acceptable for his male cast-mates to excuse it away IN FRONT OF THE PERSON THAT IT HAPPENED TO….(wait for it)….WHILE SHE IS TRYING TO EXPLAIN HOW TRAUMATIZING THE EXPERIENCE WAS. What in the halfpenny fuck is happening?!”

-Not surprisingly, all Arrested Development cast interviews that were scheduled for the remainder of the week have been canceled.

-In more “never meet your heroes” news, eight women have accused Morgan Freeman of inappropriate touching and behaviour, according to a new investigation from CNN. He’s given one of those “I’m sorry if you were offended” non-apologies.

-Meanwhile, SAG-AFTRA is already reconsidering the lifetime achievement award they bestowed on the actor at the annual SAG Awards this past January.

Harvey Weinstein is reportedly going to turn himself in on sex crime charges in New York tomorrow.

-We all needed something to brighten our day. Luckily, Chris Hemsworth delivered with a Miley Cyrus dance routine!

-You’d think the movie Show Dogs couldn’t get any worse, but it is undergoing edits amid concerns of “disturbing” touching scenes.

-Cops threatened to pull over Adam Levine and James Corden while they were filming Carpool Karaoke.

Michelle Williams  sent her BFF Busy Philipps a lifesize cutout of herself so she wouldn’t get lonely.

-Ha! Gwyneth Paltrow called her relationship with Ben Afflecka lesson.

Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman talked about a possible Parks and Rec reboot. Don’t tease me!

-Whoa: Netflix is now worth more than Disney.

Will Smith wants everyone to “stop the divorce rumors and mind your damn business.”

-The Sisters Brothers trailer, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix, Riz Ahmed and John C. Reilly, has me intrigued.

 

Sterling K. Brown Got To Finish His Emmy Speech

-It was BS (and incredibly bad optics) to let Nicole Kidman speak forever, but to play Sterling K Brown off in the middle of his Emmy speech. But he finished it backstage and it was glorious.

-Feud’s Jackie Hoffman having a fake meltdown after losing to Laura Dern was my favourite part of the Emmy’s.

-Also, did anyone else notice that when Kidman talked about her kids in her speech, she left out the ones she’d adopted with Tom Cruise? Do you think they’ve cut ties with her completely for being an SP?

-Overall, the Emmy’s were great. When Game of Thrones isn’t allowed to play, you end up with a bunch of diverse winners like Riz Ahmed, Donald Glover, and Lena Waithe making history, Hulu breaking through big time, and female-focused fare taking the lead. (That Sean Spicer appearance was total crap, though.)

-This photo of Elisabeth Moss celebrating with Jon Hamm makes me happy.

-I was so annoyed by Shailene Woodley‘s tone-deaf quotes on the red carpet. Maybe don’t slam TV at an event celebrating TV, mm-kay?

-The Walking Dead’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan and One Tree Hill’s Hilarie Burton confirmed they are expecting baby No. 2 with some red carpet belly cupping.  I always forget those two are together, but I dig it.

Milo Ventimiglia took his rumoured new girlfriend (a marketing coordinator for Stella McCartney) as his Emmys date.

Ben Affleck plus-one’d it last night.

-Grey’s Anatomy alum Kate Walsh revealed she was diagnosed with a brain tumor two years ago, but she’s fine now and is urging everyone to get checked.

-It was a tumultuous weekend on social media for Kevin Hart. He admitted to cheating on his pregnant wife, posting an emotional video apologizing to his wife and kids following an alleged extortion attempt by the woman he hooked up with.

-Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri got a major boost for its Oscar prospects on Sunday by winning TIFF’s People’s Choice Award. I voted for it. (I will say it’s weird that no one seems to be talking about the fact that the TIFF app — which is where you vote — did not list Call Me By Your Names as an option. It was clearly a bug, but I bet the results would have been different if the app worked.)

-Here’s our first look at David Tennant and Michael Sheen in Good Omens, Amazon’s Neil Gaiman series. I can’t wait!

-Audiences hate Jennifer Lawrence‘s ‘Mother!’, giving it a CinemaScore of F. Do you know how hard it is to get a score that low?!

Leah Remini says Jada Pinkett Smith is secretly a Scientologist and that Tom Cruise likes to host adult games of hide and seek.  Sounds totally normal…

Kelly Clarkson is so not a fan of Dr. Luke that she turned down potential millions in royalties just they wouldn’t share a writing credit. Bless her.

Amber Tamblyn capped off her killer week with an op-ed in the New York Times in response to being called a liar by actor James Woods.  “I have been afraid of speaking out or asking things of men in positions of power for years.”

-Wait wait wait — there’s a tribute album for Tegan & Sara‘s The Con? And CHVRCHES does a cover of “Call It Off”? Just take my money now.

-I don’t watch horror movies but this trailer really builds.

-Speaking of trailers, I’m not sure if I can handle a new Blake Lively one on a Monday. Knock yourself out, though:

 

 

Ryan Reynolds Continues to Win Twitter

Ryan Reynolds helped a teen get over her ex with some perfect Photoshop advice.

-I tend to really like Andrew Garfield, but he kind of stepped in it with this one.  “I am a gay man right now just without the physical act – that’s all.” Um, no.

Blac Chyna‘s is reportedly exploring legal options against Rob Kardashian after he posted nudes of her on social media yesterday. As she should.

-Meanwhile, Rob‘s family is reportedly “deeply disappointed and frustrated” by his actions. “They are ashamed the war has become a public spectacle and hurting the family name.” Guys, just let that sink in for a sec.

-Congrats to Patton Oswalt, who is engaged to Meredith Salenger. It may seem soon, but that dude deserves all the happy.

-This video of celebrities speak-singing The Spice Girls features Nicole Kidman, Riz Ahmed, Keri Russell, Milo Ventimiglia and more. It’s very cute.

-Vanity Fair digs deep into Johnny Depp’s financial crisis.

-Shocking report: Prince Harry is NOT leaving the royal family for love, despite OK!’s latest cover story.

Seth Rogen‘s Twitter interactions with his mother are hilarious.

Kesha released a lovely new song out and penned a deeply personal essay for Lenny. “I know that I was never abandoned by my fans, my animals, or my family, but when you are depressed — really, truly depressed — you feel like you have nothing.”

Rihanna and Hasaan Jameel have reportedly been ‘hooking up for a few months’ but managed to keep it on the DL until last week.

-Look, I love me a little Justin Baldoni from Jane the Virgin, but does the world really need a men’s talk show?  Because the place where men get to talk is basically called the world.

-How To Get Away with Murder’s Charlie Weber talks about falling in love with Liza Weil on the set.

-It looks like Taylor Lautner and Billie Lourd are dunzo.

-CBS’s statement on the Hawaii Five-O shakeup and how they made ‘large and significant’ salary offers is supposed to make to Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park look greedy for not accepting, but it just shows us how CBS has been paying them much less all along. The showrunner’s statement also tries to put the blame squarely on the actors.

Steve Yeun talks about life after The Walking Dead in this new Vulture profile. I heart him.

-I’m looking at this photographic evidence of George Clooney holding a bassinet and I still kinda don’t believe it? My mind is buffering.

Gwyneth Paltrow‘s ‘pale, dreamy’ loft in NYC has finally sold for $10 million.

-I don’t know why the latest edition of GOOP includes a story about the Illuminati, but I’ve never been more interested in it.

-TV networks are purposely misspelling show names to avoid bad Nielsen ratings. Lolz.

-The Hills’  Lauren Conrad​ welcomed her 1st child: Liam James.

Jimmy‘s beard in the new You’re The Worst promo is hilariously tragic.

Toni Collette, Molly Shannon, and Bridget Everett enjoy a Fun Mom Dinner in this new trailer. (Um, why is Toni orange?!?)