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Sean Combs landed the cover of Vanity Fair’s September issue, talking about the next phase in his career — launching a record label.

Christine Baranski looks like the queen that she is in V Magazine. She talks about acting since 1980 (“I was in my 60s before I was number one on the call sheet. I just continue working and try to be defined by the work that I do. I’m not interested in selling myself or putting myself in quotation marks.”)

-Speaking of The Good Fight, this season is the first time they did an animated song that I didn’t really agree with. Still catchy though.

-There are rumours that Emma Stone, Emily Blunt, and Gerard Butler might be following Scarlett Johansson’s lead and looking into legal action about their streaming revenue.

Blunt’s Jungle Cruise rode to a better-than-expected opening of $34.2 million at the domestic box office.

Jennifer Lopez was spotted wearing the Harry Winston’s bracelet Ben Affleck gave her back in 2002. It’s as awful as I remembered it.

Matt Damon‘s poor publicist managed to craft a decent statement about how he used the f-word until recently when he got schooled by his daughter, but it doesn’t really wash the stink of the fact that he willingly volunteered that story in the press, expecting to be lauded for his wokeness.

Princess Eugenie‘s husband Jack Brooksbank was photographed on a yacht with a topless woman while wrapping his arm around another. Fergie has defended her son-in-law, saying he was “just doing his job” as a brand ambassador for Casamigos tequila.

Kathy Griffin revealed that she has lung cancer and will undergo surgery.

-Cha-ching! Reese Witherspoon just sold her production company for almost $1 billion.

Dolly Parton, who is estimated to have earned millions of dollars in royalties for writing “I Will Always Love You” in 1973, revealed this week how she spent her money from the songwriting credit for Whitney Houston: She invested in a building located in a historically Black Nashville neighborhood.

-Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings original series — the most expensive TV show ever made — will premiere Sept 2022.

-The first trailer for Venom 2L Let There Be Carnage has dropped and it really lives up to its name.

-Here’s the first trailer for House of Gucci starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver.

Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney

-This is HUGE: Scarlett Johansson filed a lawsuit today against Disney, claiming that the decision to stream Black Widow on Disney+ while also releasing it in theaters breached her contract and could cost her tens of millions of dollars. Her salary was largely based on the theatrical box office receipts and she gets bonuses whenever the tally reaches certain milestones. Estimates suggest she lost out on $50M in bonuses when Disney pushed it to streaming and refused to renegotiate.

-Disney fired back, saying that she has so far received $20M from the project and her lawsuit shows a “callous disregard” to the pandemic. Please. At this point when almost all theatres have reopened, its simultaneous debut on streaming had less to do about safety and more about adding Disney+ subscribers. She’s missing out on bonuses her male counterpoints have reaped because the distribution strategies have shifted while their compensation structures haven’t changed. It’s not just about a millionaire complaining; it’s about the old way of doing things being dead. Netflix already pays out talent up front, and after announcing their simultaneous streaming debuts, Warner Bros went back and amended contracts to pay actors more up front since the potential box office take was reduced.

-The Hawkeye series at Disney+, starring Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld, will debut on November 24. I became way more interested in this show once I realized that’s where Florence Pugh‘s Black Widow character is heading next.

-Broadway is the latest to require all workers to be vaccinated.

-Manifest is in top spot on the streaming chart for the third straight week, even though its future remains in limbo.

-With all the love that James Gunn‘s The Suicide Squad is getting from critics (it’s 97% fresh!), David Ayers made a post about his Suicide Squad: “The studio cut is not my movie… A handful of people have seen it. If someone says they have seen it, they haven’t.”

-The first posters for the House of Gucci trailer by Ridley Scott have arrived. Lady Gaga looks amazing; Jared Leto is ridiculous.

-It leads in nicely to this piece on Hollywood’s enduring love of fat suits.

Camila Cabello posted a video about waiting to fart until Shawn Mendes left the house. Ok then.

-Netflix renewed Sweet Tooth (a show I really liked but haven’t gotten around to ep 3 yet) for season 2.

Candace Cameron Bure has apologized for dancing sexily with a Bible in a TikTok clip, saying “So many of you thought I was trying to be seductive, which clearly means I’m not a very good actress because I was trying to be strong, not sexy. So I guess that didn’t work, but I deleted it.”

DaBaby just can’t seem to help himself.

Jason Sudeikis talked about how Foo Fighters song “My Hero” influenced Ted Lasso season 2.

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard’s daughter is named Delta, which isn’t working out so well for her at this particular moment of humanity.

Jennifer Garner inked a partnership with Netflix that will see the actress star in and produce movies, including a sequel to Yes Day.

Joshua Jackson revealed that he bought his childhood home, and his daughter now sleeps in his old bedroom. “There was a mural of a dragon on the wall in that room that I couldn’t believe was still there, years later. The owner [who sold him the house] said, ‘I knew it meant a lot to somebody and that they were going to come back for it some day.'”

-Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall are leaving the show in 2022.

Angelina Jolie earned a victory in her lengthy court battle against Brad Pitt over custody of their children, but it could lead to their current custody arrangement being overturned, with the proceedings starting over again.

-I love that Vulture has brought back the report card-style reviews for Gossip Girl. Ah, memories!

Oscar Isaac is haunted by his past in the trailer for The Card Counter, co-starring Tiffany Haddish.

Will Smith plays Richard Williams, the father of legendary tennis siblings, Venus and Serena Williams, in the new trailer for the Oscar-baity King Richard.

Bob Odenkirk “Out of the Woods” After Sudden Collapse

-This is scary: Bob Odenkirk was rushed to the hospital after collapsing on the set of Better Call Saul yesterday. It was a long day with no updates, but TMZ is finally reporting that he’s awake and his son tweeting “He’s going to be ok”. There’s been an outpouring of support today from actors, including Bryan Cranston, who asked everyone to send thoughts and prayers.

DaBaby has attempted to defend his comments, claiming that his interaction with his concert crowd was not a homophobic rant but “a call to action.” He lost his clothing deal with Boohoo, collaborator Dua Lipa said she’s “surprised and horrified,” and Elton John tweeted “This fuels stigma and discrimination and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic.”

-Meanwhile, he just released a new song that references AIDS. So clearly not so apologetic after all.

-Ouch. Kelly Clarkson has been ordered to pay estranged husband Brandon Blackstock nearly $200,000 per month in support amid their divorce.

-I get itchy just watching this video of people following Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez through the streets of Capri, but they seem to be rolling with it.

Gwen Stefani apparently goes by Gwen Stefani Shelton now.

Kanye West posted a photo of his humble living arrangements while he works on an album: he’s living in a supply closet in a football stadium in Atlanta.

-Netflix just became the first major Hollywood studio to implement a blanket policy mandating vaccinations for the casts of all of their U.S. productions, as well as those who come into contact with them on set.

Emma Roberts acknowledged how her recent video quickly became an internet meme by posting
“Thank you gays and whoever else.” She understood the assignment.

Hopper Penn (Sean Penn’s son) has been cast in a short film from director Destry Spielberg (Steven Spielberg’s daughter) and writer Owen King (Stephen King’s son). When someone wondered why a short film would get coverage in Variety beyond their famous folks, Ben Stiller piped up “Just speaking from experience, and I don’t know any of them, I would bet they all have faced challenges. Different than those with no access to the industry. Show biz as we all know is pretty rough, and ultimately is a meritocracy.” (Luckily, the guy who he replied to quickly schooled him on how Hollywood is in no way a meritocracy.)

-New mom Mandy Moore opened up about the “isolating” first months of motherhood and dealing with postpartum.

LeVar Burton spoke with GQ about the experience hosting Jeopardy.

-The ladies of Mad Men had a reunion.

-Critics seem to be into James Gunn‘s The Suicide Squad.

Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson and Thandiwe Newton star in the trippy Reminiscence trailer.