Megan Thee Stallion Brings the Heat

Megan Thee Stallion is the latest celeb to eat wings on Hot Ones.

-On the fourth cover of Rolling Stone’s Musicians on Musicians issueLorde and David Byrne talked about stage fright, songwriting mysteries, and unplugging from the online world.

Madonna‘s daughter Lourdes Leon talked about why she wanted to make her own living. “I feel like if your parents pay for things, then it gives them leverage over you. My mom is such a control freak, and she has controlled me my whole life. I needed to be completely independent from her as soon as I graduated high school.”

-Netflix should be basking in the glow of Squid Game’s success right now. Instead, they’ve just made one wrong turn after another when it comes to the Dave Chappelle mess. The latest: they just fired the organizer of the trans employee walkout. The reason Netflix gave is that they suspect the employee, who is a pregnant Black transgender worker, had leaked metrics about the special to the press. The ex-employee denied leaking info to the media, telling The Verge, “All these white people are going around talking to the press and speaking publicly on Twitter and the only person who gets fired is the Black person who was quiet the entire time.”

-Meanwhile, in an Instagram post comedian Hannah Gadsby criticized Netflix, Chappelle and the streamer’s co-CEO Ted Sarandos for defending him and using Gadsby’s specials as an example of the streamer’s inclusivity. “Now I have to deal with even more of the hate and anger that Dave Chappelle’s fans like to unleash on me every time Dave gets 20 million dollars to process his emotionally stunted partial world view. You didn’t pay me nearly enough to deal with the real world consequences of the hate speech dog whistling you refuse to acknowledge, Ted. Fuck you and your amoral algorithm cult…I do shits with more back bone than you. That’s a joke! I definitely didn’t cross a line because you just told the world there isn’t one.”

Channing Tatum posted a clip of him dancing on Instagram Stories, saying “Weekend one of exploring and getting back in the saddle. I haven’t danced in years. And dance has moved on so much since then.”

-I keep forgetting/repressing that Phoebe Waller-Bridge is in the new Indiana Jones movie.

Network TV could stop as soon as next week if IATSE is forced to strike. (And honestly, if their demands aren’t met, they SHOULD strike).

-Disney Plus will release the first two episodes of Hawkeye on November 24, with the remaining four episodes coming out weekly after that.

-I really liked this Vulture piece on Adele‘s new song, “Easy on Me.” “Once or twice per decade Adele comes back tapping on all our pressure points like a veteran acupuncturist.”

Jodie Turner-Smith and Joshua Jackson continue to be couple goals.

-This interview with the Timothée Chalamet fan who leaked photos of the actor playing a young Willy Wonka is pure gold.

-Schitt’s Creek’s Noah Reid is set to replace Armie Hammer in Broadway’s The Minutes.

-This is a fascinating read about Crazy Days and Nights. It used to be a fun (if unreliable) gossip read — and then it fell down the QAn*n rabbit hole.

-Tomorrow’s DC Fandome event will debut lots of new trailers, including The Batman. But first, we get a 6-second preview that gives us a glimpse of how Robert Pattinson is handling Batman’s voice.

Halle Berry‘s directorial debut Bruised hits Netflix next month after playing the festival circuit.

Adele’s “Easy On Me” Video

-Strap in! Adele‘s new “Easy On Me” video debuts Oct 14 at 7pm ET.

-OMG, Beanie Feldstein‘s just pulled a Mariah Carey “I don’t know her” when asked about Lea Michele‘s name trending when Feldstein was cast in Funny Girl instead of her. “She very sweetly wrote on my Instagram. I don’t know the woman whatsoever.”

-Squid Game is officially Netflix’s biggest show ever. Creator-writer-director Hwang Dong-hyuk talked to THR about how its insane popularity has been altogether dumbfounding, and where he’d like to take season two.

-Speaking of the future of buzzy shows, Bill Lawrence is open to extending Ted Lasso beyond its original three-season plan. It sounds like it’s all up to Jason Sudeikis. However, even if the show continues, they’ll complete their current arc. “When we started, we plotted out everybody’s beginning, middle and end of a three-season arc. This story is going to be over next year, regardless, even if the show finds another story to tell and goes on.”

-iCarly’s Jennette McCurdy says she suffered years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her late mother.

-Oh god. Netflix’s CEO Ted Sarandos has doubled down on his defense of Dave Chappelle‘s special, saying “we have a strong belief that content on screen doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm.” Even though they are streaming the Disclosure documentary that features trans people clearly addressing this. Here’s a good piece on why Sarandos’ stance is hypocritical.

-Meanwhile, I watched the special to see what everyone was talking about, and I can’t believe that his story at the end about his late trans acquaintance Daphne is being held up by his fans as proof that he’s not anti-trans. That was the most disturbing part for me (this thread nails it). He even misgenders her in his kicker for the sake of a punchline! FWIW, her family has voiced their support of the special.

Prince William is calling out the billionaire-funded space race, saying it distracts in the fight against climate change. He’s not wrong.

This article about how “it’s an insult to authors not to finish each and every book you start” is such BS. I used to be a completist and have recently embraced DNF’ing books, and it’s made my life so much better. There are too many books in the world to waste your time on ones that aren’t working for you, and I’m guessing most authors care more that you bought it than read it.

-Amazon’s Jack Ryan has been renewed for season four, with John Krasinski returning and Michael Peña set to join the cast.

-I’m surprised that Ana de Armas has such a small role in the new Bond movie, given her appearance in the trailers. Looks like her breakthrough has been delayed again.

-I really liked this piece about how the current era of TV only tells stories about the really, really rich or the really, really poor.

-HBO Max’s documentary on Brittany Murphy is getting terrible reviews.

Leslie Odom Jr, Cynthia Erivo, Orlando Bloom, and Freida Pinto star in the trailer for John Ridley’s sci-fi romance Needle in a Timestack. Great trailer. Awful, awful title. (And awful take on women, according to critics who’ve seen the movie.)

-The new trailer for Disney’s Hawkeye sees Jeremy Renner‘s character struggling to give his kids a normal Christmas.

-The trailer for the George Clooney-directed  The Tender Bar starring Ben Affleck and Tye Sheridan has arrived. It follows a fatherless boy over the course of his childhood and early adulthood, whose uncle serves as his father figure.

 

Zendaya Is InStyle’s Best Dressed

Zendaya wears an orange and pink dress on the cover of InStyle

Zendaya graces the cover of InStyle’s Best Dressed issue and talks about her evolving style. “When I was 14 and at my first movie premiere, my outfit was a bunch of stuff that I had from Target. And I thought I was fly. I felt cool. To this day, I think that’s really all that matters. Then you know you’re doing the right thing.” She also joins Timothée Chalamet on the cover of EW.

Olivia Rodrigo and Alanis Morrissette cover Rolling Stone’s Musicians on Musicians issue, and there was a lot of fangirling in both directions.

Olivia Wilde is promoting sustainability — by appearing nude and unretouched. Because that’s … sustainable? I don’t know but she looks great!

Emma Kenney, who played Debbie on Shameless, wasn’t sad to see leading lady Emmy Rossum leave the show in 2019, saying “the set became more of a positive place” after she left. “I remember pre her leaving, I’d go to set some days and I’d be very anxious having a scene with her because if she had a bad day, she made it a bad day for everybody.” I swear, as soon as a long running show ends, someone on the cast should be required to write a tell-all about all the on-set tensions. It would immediately become the best-selling genre in publishing.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s camp is clearing up rumours about Lilibet’s christening, saying “plans have not been finalized.”

Elizabeth Debicki and Dominic West recreate Diana and Charles’ tense trip to Italy in new photos from The Crown shoot. She is so perfectly cast, it emphasizes how he isn’t.

Julianna Margulies isn’t worried about any potential backlash she may receive portraying a lesbian on The Morning Show. “Who’s to say I haven’t had my own gay experiences? We’re making assumptions. I know there was some trepidation of ‘Will lesbian actresses be angry?’ And I can tell you I would never, ever be angry if a lesbian played a straight woman.”

Netflix has reinstated a trans software engineer who spoke out against Dave Chappelle‘s latest comedy special, along with two other employees. The streamer originally said they suspended them for trying to join a Zoom of an executive meeting, but later found that a director had shared the meeting link. “Netflix has reinstated me after finding that there was no ill-intent in my attending the QBR meeting,” she tweeted, adding, “I’m going to take a few days off to decompress and try to figure out where I’m at. At the very least, I feel vindicated.”

-Despite the reinstatement of three employees, a trans employee resource group at Netflix is moving ahead with plans for a walkout on Oct. 20 in response to Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos defense of the special.

Adele has confirmed that her new album will be called 30 and will drop Nov 19, calling it “my ride or die throughout the most turbulent period of my life. When I was writing it, it was my friend who came over with a bottle of wine and a takeaway to cheer me up. My wise friend who always gives the best advice.”

Raven-Symone says that when she was asked to join The View, they promised her the topics were moving away from political discussions. “I got catfished. I feel like I just got catfished. I thought I was going on a show, like Candace [Cameron Bure], where it was pop culture and fun and exciting and I got catfished, and I learned a good lesson.” Bure also said she was “pitched a completely different direction” than the show actually went.

-I haven’t really been following the drama created by ex-Little Mix member Jesy Nelson, but this is clearly offensive.

-Just two days before You drops its third season, Netflix has already renewed the Penn Badgley thriller for season 4.

-Speaking of You, Scott Speedman stars in the new season. Between this and his return to Grey’s Anatomy, my Ben Covington-loving heart is bursting!

-60,000 film and TV trade union workers will begin a national strike on Monday if an agreement can’t be reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

J. Smith-Cameron says her role as Gerri on Succession was originally written for a man, but she sent in an audition tape anyway. Such a Gerri move!

-Meanwhile, I love that the show’s promo team is leaning into all the unlikely ships.

-The Succession cast appeared on Colbert’s show last week, and were all delightful.

Lady Gaga posed on a private jet wrapped in a boa made of fake hundred-dollar bills to mark her triumphant return to her Las Vegas residency. As Lucille Bluth would say, “Good for her.”

David Fincher’s secret Netflix project turned out to be VOIR, a new documentary series of visual essays celebrating cinema that he exec produced.

-The best thing about Ted Lasso’s success is Brett Goldstein‘s growing influence. Roy Kent himself will co-write a new Apple+ comedy series starring  Jason Segel.

-A new trailer dropped for  The Sex Lives of College Girls, a new HBO Max comedy from Mindy Kaling and Justin Noble.

-Here’s the trailer for The Beatles: Get Back, Disney+’s original docuseries, directed by Peter Jackson. The three-part special uses restored footage was gathered from the band’s January 1969 recording session and final live performance in London.

Paul Rudd charms his way into messing up Will Ferrell‘s life in new trailer for Apple+’s The Shrink Next Door.

-Here’s the trailer for The 355, starring Lupita Nyong’o, Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger, Lin Mi Sheng and Penélope Cruz.