–Issa Rae talks about building her comedy empire in her Rolling Stone interview, which features an EXCELLENT cover.
-Actually, it seems like this whole week has been a series of excellent magazine covers, including Christina Aguileraon Health, the creators of Minari on THR, and Lucy Luion Women’s Health.
–Chrissy Teigen just couldn’t stay away from Twitter. I feel that.
-British actress Helen McCrory, best known for her performances in Peaky Blinders, Penny Dreadful, and as Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter franchise, has died at the age of 52 after a battle with cancer.
-Following the success of Barb & Star, Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo are teaming up now with Disney to develop a musical comedy focused on Cinderella’s evil stepsisters. Ok, but I also want more Barb & Star.
-I feel like a shirtless Justin Theroux cradling his dog on the cover Esquire is just what the world needs right now, ya know? The whole interview is great but the part that’s making headlines is when he talks about his divorce from Jennifer Aniston: “I would say we’ve remained friends. We don’t talk every day, but we call each other…Like it or not, we didn’t have that dramatic split, and we love each other. I’m sincere when I say that I cherish our friendship. We can not be together and still bring each other joy and friendship. Also, she makes me laugh very, very hard. She’s a hilarious person. It would be a loss if we weren’t in contact, for me personally. And I’d like to think the same for her…I think that when you get good at relationships—and here I am, single—if you love the person the same way you loved them in the relationship, it would behoove you to love them the same way out of the relationship. Who wants to take a shit while you’re walking out the door?”
-After a month of speculation, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have officially announced their breakup: “We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so.”
–Cassie Randolph is reportedly “still processing” the news that Colton Underwood is gay. If I were here, I’d be still processing the fact that he allegedly stalked her and put a tracking device on her car. (Which he sort of addressed this week by saying “I made mistakes in the end of that relationship.”)
–Regé-Jean Page’s Bridgerton costar explained his departure from the series. Adjoa Andoh (who plays Lady Danbury) said “We’re following the overriding framework of Julia Quinn’s beautiful novels. There are eight Bridgerton children: one down, seven to go. Season two it’s Anthony Bridgerton so there you are. That’s the arc of the show.”
-The Queen has told members of the royal family to not wear military dress when attending the funeral of Prince Philip.
–Demi Lovato is living with her best friendand loving life. “I was engaged to a dude and almost did that. And I was like, ‘That’s not the life for me.’ I want to have fun and I want to live with my friends. Let’s normalize that, you know.”
–Italia Ricci has landed the lead in Netflix’s The Imperfects. I really like her and haven’t seen her in anything lately beyond Hallmark films, so this is good.
–John Corbett says he will be in the Sex and the City revival in “quite a few” episodes, so I guess the future looks bright for Carrie and Aiden.
-Devoutly religious former Bachelor star Colton Underwood sat down for a Good Morning America interview to reveal some big news: “I’m gay. And I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it… I’m the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life.” He’s recently been the subject of public controversy because of a restraining order filed by his ex-girlfriend Cassie Randolph from the series.
–Kyra Sedgwick told Drew Barrymore about going to Tom Cruise’s houseonce and accidentally causing a scene. “There was this like fireplace mantle and I was looking around and there was this little button underneath the mantle. I was like, ‘Oh what is that little button?’ So I pressed the little button because I thought maybe something interesting will happen. Nothing happened and then I got a little nervous. I was like, ‘Oh nothing happened that doesn’t seem right.’ So I tapped Tom on the shoulder, who was in the middle of a story, and I said, ‘I pressed this button down here.’ And he was like, ‘You pressed that button?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, I pressed that button.’ And he goes, ‘That’s the panic button.’ And so the cops came, they had to stop the screening, they had to see Tom. I think there were more than like five cop cars, it was something…I didn’t get invited back.”
–Taylor Swift confirmed to Stephen Colbert that her song “Hey Stephen” isn’t about him. “No, Stephen, I first recorded that song in 2008. I think I was like 18. And you were 44 years old,” she said, adding: “I’m a big fan.”
-Meanwhile, Taylorreleased a videofor her live performance of “Exile” with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon from the Long Pond Sessions. God, I love that song.
–Cardi B is calling out “blue check Republicans” who have stayed silent on Daunte Wright, who was shot and killed by a cop who mistook her gun for a taser, and Caron Nazario, an Army officer who was pepper-sprayed by police.