Meghan Markle Hits Back at Smear Campaign

-My god, how much does the palace and/or the British press hate Meghan Markle? Or at the very least, are terrified of her? In a very transparent attempt to undercut this weekend’s Oprah interview, there’s a new, flimsily detailed smear story in the Times about her “bullying” the royal staff. And in a highly unusual move, Buckingham Palace just released a statement that they will investigate the claims because they will not “tolerate bullying.” That’s rich.

-The story also makes a big deal of her earring choice, but this thread reveals how she was clearly set up. My god, no wonder Harry wanted to get her away from there.

-Of course, the palace could spend all this energy looking into the allegations surrounding Prince Andrew instead, but they’re all “nah.”

-Meanwhile, Meghan‘s camp released a statement: “It’s no coincidence that distorted several-year-old accusations aimed at undermining the duchess are being briefed to the British media shortly before she and the duke are due to speak openly and honestly about their experience of recent years.”

-Bets are being made about the new baby’s name, with “Diana” leading the way with 10/1 odds.

-The Golden Globes have come and gone, but the LA Times is still going after them. They just reported that HFPA members voted not to hire a diversity consultant last summer.

Regé-Jean Page is gonna be in a movie with Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans?! Just take my money already.

-In weirder casting news, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play Jiminy Cricket, and Cynthia Erivo a Blue Fairy in a live-action Pinocchio.

-The Hollywood Reporter keeps tweeting out clips from their actors roundtable and the clips with Ben Affleck have an energy that worries me.

-Though apparently he’s doing well and working with George Clooney.

-Comedian Chris D’Elia is being sued by a woman who says he sought pictures and sex from her when she was 17. He’s accused of soliciting more than 100 sexually explicit photos and videos. He denies the claims.

Alec Baldwin needs to keep Gillian Anderson’s name out of his mouth.

Camila Cabello launched an initiative to provide grants to ten BIPOC, LGBTQ+and youth-led organizations to cover six months’ worth of mental health support for their workers.

Emo is having a moment — and it’s all because of TikTok.

-I’ve missed movies and theatres so, so much during this past year, and there’s only been two experiences that have made me feel like I was sitting in an audience again. The first was last fall’s David Byrne’s Utopia, and the second was the In & Of Itself, which just landing on Crave. It’s ostensibly a magic show (and yes, there are some card tricks and illusions) but it’s more an examination of identity and personal narratives. I sobbed — not because it was depressing but just because it was so incredibly profound and moving.

-Moxie, the new Amy Poehler–directed teen-feminist rom-com on Netflix, is getting lukewarm reviews.

Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer become superheroes in Netflix’s Thunder Force trailer. The “Kiss From a Rose” bit got me. Also, the fact that Bobby Cannavale and McCarthy keep making movies together makes me happy.

 

Dolly Parton Gets a “Dose of Her Own Medicine”

Dolly Parton got a vaccine and all is right with the world.

Britney Spearsfather says he “would love nothing more than to see her not need a conservatorship.” Well, that seems like an easy fix on his end.

-Meanwhile, she showed off a new photo of her sons, who are full-grown teenagers now.

-Gutting: Jahmil French, who played Dave Turner for several seasons on Degrassi: The Next Generation, has died at age 29.

-I mentioned yesterday how weird it was for Taylor Swift to call out an out-of-context joke on Ginny and Georgia. Now, Swifties are harassing the show’s young actress, Antonia Gentry.

-When they weren’t busy harassing her, they also went after John Mayer.

-Ex-Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay has spoken out after disabling her Instagram page because Chris Harrison fans (those exist?) were somehow blaming her for his absence.

Armie Hammer reportedly moved out of his family home over the weekend “under the cover of night” — and the movers may have left a rope-bound mannequin in the trash.

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin debuted their new baby girl yesterday on Instagram, just five months after she gave birth to a baby boy. When a commenter asked if they used a surrogate, he responded “You should shut the f–k up and mind your own business.” Their PR rep added: “We’re still not issuing a statement or confirming anything — what she posted stands.” Everyone’s entitled to privacy when it comes to this stuff, but “the post stands” is my new favourite “no comment.”

-Riverdale’s Cole Sprouse may be dating model Ari Fournier.

George Clooney did a dramatic reading of BTS’ “Dynamite.”

Ray Fisher shared new details of “racially discriminatory conversations” on the Justice League set and specifically called out Geoff Johns: “There will likely be attempts to shift blame completely onto Kevin Tsujihara and Joss Whedon. But make no mistake. Geoff Johns worked intimately with Joss to overhaul the entire Justice League script. And while Geoff was not credited as a co-writer of the film, he was certainly an enforcer of the race-based discrimination that occurred during his conversations with Toby and Jon.”

T.I. will not return for Ant-Man 3 amid those sexual assault allegations.

-I can’t believe I’m typing these words, but the Dungeons & Dragons film sounds awesome. First Chris Pine signed on, then came Bridergton’s Regé-Jean Page, and now Hugh Grant has been cast as villain.

-This is a good rundown of all the drama that’s been happening with YouTubers.

-Superman & Lois has been renewed for a second season at The CW — after airing only one episode. The premiere performed well multiplatform.

Oprah‘s special with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has found a British home — it’ll air on ITV in the UK.

-I gasped at nearly every new word in this headline: “Nicole Kidman, Cynthia Erivo, Merritt Wever, and Alison Brie to star in an Apple series about ‘what it means to be a woman’ from the creators of GLOW”.

-The Golden Globes ratings hit historic lows, losing 60% of viewers year over year. This, plus all the controversy about its voting members, makes me wonder if it will continue to be a major event going forward.

-The pandemic-related productions delays have finally caused a break in the era of peak TV.

-TikTok is being flooded with Tom Cruise deep fakes. These things are terrifying,

-The town of Húsavík got together to film a video about wanting an Oscar since the song from Eurovision is eligible for an Academy Award. The JA JA DING DONG guy even makes an appearance.

-This is a great piece on how Nomadland disrupts Hollywood’s fantasy of the drifter.

Tye Sheridan and Lily-Rose Depp star in the Voyagers trailer, which looks like Lord of the Flies in space.

Taylor Swift Blasts Netflix

Taylor Swift called out Netflix’s Ginny & Georgia for what she called a “lazy, deeply sexist” and “horse shit” joke they made about her during season finale of the show. Not to defend the show (which is a mess), but the way that joke was positioned, we’re *supposed* to think it was cruel/below the belt, not that the show was endorsing the sentiment. But I’m sure Netflix appreciates the sudden free publicity…

-Last night everyone was supposed to be talking about the Golden Globes, but then CBS dropped two promos of Harry and Meghan‘s chat with Oprah, which stole the spotlight. Leading with O’s “Were you silent or were you SILENCED?” surely helped get it trending. And Meghan didn’t say a word in either trailer, making it harder for the British press to pre-emptively attack her.

-Meanwhile, The Golden Globes were a slog. Considering how smoothly both the Emmys and the Daytime Emmys were, I was surprised how clunky this was.

Taylor Simone Ledward’s acceptance of late husband Chadwick Boseman‘s was the show’s emotional highlight.

Fashion-wise, I loved Anna Taylor-Joy, Regina King and Cynthia Erivo.

Jason Sudeikis wore a hoodie to support his sister’s dance studio, and it’s now sold out.

Gal Gadot announced she’s pregnant by tweeting a photo her her husband holding her belly and the caption “Here we go again.”

Lady Gaga‘s dog walker Ryan Fischer posted on Instagram about being shot during last Wednesday’s violent kidnapping of the singer’s dogs, telling Gaga “Your babies are back and the family is whole… we did it!”

-At least 10 women and one man are accusing T.I. and Tiny of multiple sex, weapons and drugging crimes spanning 15 years.

-On a podcast, Paris Hilton recalled “cruel” treatment from David Letterman and Sarah Silverman.

Angelina Jolie‘s painting by Winston Churchill sold for $11.5M at auction.

-Comic-Con will remain a virtual event this year (hopefully they’ve figured it out by now, cause last year was a mess). Organizers are eyeing a smaller, in-person event in November.

-A lot criticism surrounding Wandavision is about how the Avengers movies didn’t have enough Wanda in them for the audience to be invested in her for her own show, but the last episode went back in time to make emotional sense of the character.

Ellen Pompeo insists they still don’t know if this season of Grey’s Anatomy will be its last. “We honestly have not decided. We’re really trying to figure it out right now.”

-Here’s the first trailer for Operation Varsity Blues, Netflix’s take on the college admissions scandal.