Issa Rae On Being TV’s Queen of Comedy

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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 Aguilera on Health, the creators of Minari on THR, and Lucy Lui on 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.

-There’s rumours surrounding Drake and Kim Kardashian, and I just can’t.

-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.

Prince Philip was apparently super fascinated by aliens and UFOs, which weirdly makes me like him more.

Carey Mulligan has joined the cast of Adam Sandler’s next movie, which I’m assuming is more Uncut Gems than Just Go With It.

Milo Gibson and Laurence Fishburne star in the trailer for Under The Stadium Lights, the true story of a small-town high school football team who beat all the odds to win their state championship.

Justin Theroux Blesses Us with Esquire Thirst Trap

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-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.”

-According to Us Weekly, they really did try to salvage their relationship for their children’s sake.

Ben Affleck is looking really healthy and happy on the set of George Clooney’s new movie. Just in case JLo is wondering…

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.”)

Morgan Wallen says “I’ve really worked on myself.” Good for him?

-Casting Pete Davidson to play Joey Ramone is quite the choice!

-Meanwhile, Pete Davidson and Phoebe Dynevor are now wearing matching necklaces.

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.

-Meanwhile, she’s reportedly trying to use strategic seating arrangements to keep Harry and William from fighting.

Demi Lovato is living with her best friend and 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.

Mads Mikkelsen is joining Harrison Ford and Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Indiana Jones 5.

-Yikes. Vulture has a piece on how Amazon’s Them is “one of the most anti-Black pieces of pop-culture in recent years.”

-The reviews for Kate Winslet‘s new HBO show Mare of Easttown, which debuts this weekend, is getting rave reviews. I’m glad; it feels like we’re in a TV drought.

-Speaking of good-looking TV, here’s the trailer for Amazon Prime’s The Underground Railroad, from Barry Jenkins and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Colson Whitehead.

Colton Underwood Comes Out

-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.

-And surprise, surprise — his major announcement/image rehabilitation is already working. There are reports that he’s landed his own Netflix reality show, with Olympian Gus Kenworthy acting “gay guide.”

Tom Cruise reportedly wants to do a full, global press tour for Top Gun: Maverick. Pandemic? What pandemic?

Kyra Sedgwick told Drew Barrymore about going to Tom Cruise’s house once 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.”

-White Boy Summer is getting off to a rocky start: Chet Hanks‘s ex filed an assault lawsuit against him.

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, Taylor released a video for her live performance of “Exile” with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon from the Long Pond Sessions. God, I love that song.

-Meanwhile, Justin Vernon previewed a new song on his Instagram Live which features Taylor. I love that she’s just part of the Big Red Machine family now.

-There’s talk that Prince Andrew is “demanding” to wear his military uniform at Prince Philip’s funeral.

-This Is Us will only have 16 episodes this season instead of the planned 18 due to coronavirus delays. That means there’s only 3 episodes left this season.

Julianne Moore, Chloé Sevigny, Indya Moore, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Leo Reilly star in a new short film for Saint Laurent.

Regina King is having the best award season fashion-wise and I’m bummed we don’t get to see these looks on a red carpet.

-Never Have I Ever is coming back to Netflix, and Common has joined the cast.

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.

-I’m surprised by how much the new trailer for The Hills makes me want to watch it.

-The F9: The Fast Saga trailer introduces John Cena‘s Jakob as Dom’s long-long brother.