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May 2014

Brad Pitt Says He’s “a Farmer Now”

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Brad Pitt covers the new issue of Wine Spectator, where he talks about owning a winery. I must admit, his Miravel rosé is one of my faves.

-Buzzfeed has a pretty great, in depth article on Angelina Jolie’s perfect publicity game. Between this and recent reports of her flawless behaviour at the Maleficent junkets, I wonder if her attitude has begun to rub off on Brad Pitt yet? I still haven’t forgiven him for that 2009 roundtable when he was bellyaching about having to promote his movies, while Robert Downey Jr. and Mickey Rourke sat across from him, looking dumbfounded.

Brad Pitt‘s red-carpet attacker Vitalii Sediuk faces criminal charges — and was fired from his network two weeks ago. Also, Pitt got a restraining order against him.

-Are Sandra Bullock and Chris Evans dating? (When I first saw the headline, I thought it was Chris Klein and was horrified. Chris Evans, though? Totally on board.)

Kimye‘s wedding kiss is the most liked photo on Instagram ever. It dethroned a Jelena pic, so the bar was low.

-Meanwhile, they’ve moved the honeymoon to Prague.

Pharrell said he’s not a feminist — and then proceeds to say a whole bunch of feminist things. Who wants to break it to him?

Gwyneth Paltrow did a duet with Steven Spielberg’s daughter at a fundraiser this week.

-Meanwhile, Gwyneth continues to get slammed for her comment comparing cyberbullying to war, this time by Green Beret Bryan Sikes.

-Speaking of celebrities being criticized for making stupid metaphors about fame, I’m really disappointed in Charlize Theron‘s comment about how being written about is like “feeling raped.” It’s even worse than Jennifer Lawrence‘s recent rape comment which, though admittedly terrible, was an ill-advised joke on the same level of the other r-word. When Charlize used the word rape, she was actually talking about rape. And she didn’t recognize her error or take it back, even when the interviewer commented on her “strong” choice of words. I expected more from her.

-I don’t think the world needs a new Terminator movie, but even I must admit that Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke looks totally badass.

Bryan Cranston is just trolling us now.

-Everytime I hear the guy who plays Felix on Orphan Black’s Canadian accent, I’m always so taken aback.

Lupita Nyong’o optioned the rights to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah, which is the next on my reading list.

-Brace yourself for a big-ass wave of nostalgia as you gaze upon these photos of a Wonder Years cast reunion.

-The guy who caused the Red Wedding on Game of Thrones took the cutest photo with a fan ever. He’s currently taping The Strain in Toronto, and I keep seeing him. He’s so smiley and nice IRL!

-Now that the Habs lost, Jimmy Fallon wants to collect on his bet.

-The MPAA has slammed Eva Green’s Sin City 2 poster for being too risque, mostly because it’s all about the boobies.

-I had no interest in watching the terrible-looking Undateable show anyway, but Chris D’Elia’s shitty comments about #YesAllWomen just guaranteed I won’t.

Obama talked to Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan about Malia’s prom date.

-I liked this article on what Kevin Reilly’s departure means for the future of Fox — and network TV in general.

-How did I not know that Zachary Quinto and Jonathan Groff used to date?

Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy showing off their Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart impressions to the men themselves is priceless.

Norman Reedus and Aaron Paul are in one photo. Did the internet just melt?

Josh Brolin just landed the superhero jackpot.

-The trailer for The Book of Life movie, featuring the voices of Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana, is total eye candy.

-Here’s the trailer for A Walk Among the Tombstones. Hasn’t everyone learned yet not to piss off Liam Neeson?! It never ends well!


The Maleficent Premiere Delivers Extra Drama

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The camera loves Angelina Jolie’s face in Maleficent. And her teeth. There are so many teeth shots, guys! (Photos: Disney Enterprises, Inc.)

-I saw Maleficent last night. It’s wildly uneven (critics seem to agree), but Angelina is pretty damn great in it and was clearly having a blast. And the director certainly recognized how much the camera loves her; I stopped counting how many tight, lingering closeups of her face we’re treated to. Even with the not great reviews, it’s expected to open at No. 1 this weekend.

-Brad Pitt was punched in the face by a stupid prankster at last night’s Maleficent premiere. This is the same idiot who stuck his head up America Ferrera‘s dress at Cannes and attempted to kiss Will Smith.

-Speaking of the Maleficent premiere, the stars stayed true to their characters with their style. Angelina Jolie embraced Maleficent’s darkness in an inky Versace, while Elle Fanning went full princess.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West‘s honeymoon in Ireland sounds weirdly normal and low-key. They have been spotted mountain biking, having a picnic, drinking Guinness at a pub, and going to the movies.

-Also, Kim officially changed her name — on Twitter, anyway.

Madonna got out of jury duty this week with a doctor’s note. Too bad she then blew her cover by posting all her fun adventures on Instagram.

-In a new HBO movie, Robert De Niro talks about the complex relationship he had with his late father, an openly-gay painter.

George Clooney and fiancée Amal Alamuddin‘s enjoyed a romantic date in Venice, just in case you didn’t already hate life.

-As good as Hannibal is, I always struggle to watch it because it’s just so damn bleak and nihilistic. At least the cast looks like they’re having fun in this new gag reel.

Mindy Kaling spoke to the graduates at the Harvard Law School Class Day yesterday, where she referenced Legally Blonde and “noted drunk driver Justin Bieber.”

-Speaking of Justin, he reportedly shoved a girl at a club in Cannes and had to be restrained. Charming.

-Also, he reportedly hooked up with model Adriana Lima when in Cannes.

-Reading Rainbow meets its $1M Kickstarter goal in less than a day, makes Levar Burton cry.

Cindy McCain is not impressed with GOOPie for comparing her online abuse to war, tweeting “Gweneth Paltrow is a joke.”

-DVR alert: Fox is burning off the remaining four episodes of Enlisted starting this Sunday. Rumours of just how close it came to being renewed are doubly depressing.

-Meanwhile, Fox chairman Kevin Reilly announced he’s leaving the network, which is a shame. This is the guy who tried to abolish the antiquated pilot season, and it was a good plan. Instead of each network making an episode of 20 or so shows every season and then only ordering a handful, he wanted Fox to focus on just a few shows and have time to tweak them, like HBO. That’s probably why the Gotham trailer looks better than anything else coming to TV this fall.

-In other geeky TV news, I really liked this article on how current sitcoms are suffering from a lack of conflict.

Marilyn Manson is joining the Sons of Anarchy cast, which actually makes a lot of sense.

Justin Timberlake sparked controversy with an Instagram pic of himself praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Prince Harry has been busy these past few days, playing soccer with some adorable school kids, wearing top hats, making pizza with children and just being generally awesome.

Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino might be dating, fulfilling his lifelong dream.

-Good on Orange Is the New Black’s Laverne Cox for landing the cover of Time.

-I’m not getting my hopes up about Hulu being in talks to resurrect Community.  It’s still way too early for that.

-A new trailer for the Annie remake has landed.

-Speaking of trailers, here’s a new one for Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan‘s adorable rom-com What If (which was called The F Word when I saw it).

Jeremy Renner stars as journalist Gary Webb in Kill the Messenger, the first movie he’s produced. The cast is stacked!

Amy Poehler’s Book Cover and Synopsis Revealed

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Amy Poehler’s memoir-esque book Yes, Please will be released Oct. 28, 2014.

Amy Poehler is releasing a book in October called Yes, Please (also known as “what I’m getting every single person I know for Christmas.” You’re welcome.).

-Sadness: Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell have split after nearly two years of marriage. I like them both and wish them well!

-A new video clip shows One Direction’s squeaky clean Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik smoking pot on their way to a concert. And so it begins…

Hayden Panettiere is reportedly expecting her first child with fiance Wladimir Klitschko. She’s actually the best thing about Nashville (which pains me to say when Tami Taylor is also on that show, but it’s true.)

-Instagram took down a photo of a sweatshirt Scout Willis designed that features naked women, so she protested the social network site by walking around New York topless.

-The Hollywood Reporter asked Robert Pattinson if he still talks to Kristen Stewart“Oh, yeah,” he said blithely.

Tom Cruise’s new Edge of Tomorrow movie is tracking soft in the US. Should Johnny Depp start making space for him in Hollywood jail?

-Not tracking soft is Angelina Jolie‘s Maleficent, which I’m seeing tonight. Something tells me I’m going to walk out of that thing with a cheekbone complex.

Gwyneth Paltrow says that being a celebrity who faces online criticism is like being in a war. Oh god. She just makes it so easy, doesn’t she?

Katy Perry has scored Cosmopolitan’s first-ever global cover, which means she’ll be gracing the July cover of all 62 editions.

-I really like this article about how Seth Rogen proved Washington Post writer Ann Hornaday’s point about Elliot Rodger. Yes, Hornaday could have chosen a better example of misogynist pop culture than Neighbors (how about Mixology, which I stopped watching after one episode when it became clear the main character’s catchphrase would be “I’m going to smash her out!”), but Rogen’s knee-jerk reaction on Twitter was bad form. Also, as a Washington Post editor tweeted today, “Dear celebrities criticizing WaPo: Your objections would seem more sincere if you accepted our offer to respond in more than 140 characters.”

Levar Burton has started a Kickstarter to bring back Reading Rainbow. Get on that, parent types.

Monica Lewinsky‘s full essay in Vanity Fair is now online, if you were too cheap to buy the print issue.

-An Australian newspaper offered a ridiculous justification for publishing Kate Middleton‘s butt photos. As Jezebel states, “At parts, it reads like Ayn Rand does upskirt photography.”

-Here’s a good article examining the fascinating racial component of Louie. I was both confused and impressed by last episode’s flashback, in which his wife was white.

George RR Martin‘s tweet about Kimye’s wedding made me laugh out loud.

-This Ant Man news just keeps getting worse. More details about Edgar Wright’s exit suggest “Ant-Man’s tone might have been too quirky for the Marvel universe.” Um, have they not seen the Guardians of the Galaxy trailers?!

Benji Madden is reportedly madly in love with Cameron Diaz.  I’m sorry, but I just can’t take anything about a guy called Benji seriously.

Rick Ross got a new face tattoo on his chin that says “Rich Forever.” It’s about as attractive as you’d expect.

Taylor Kitsch seems to be the only person alive who is sad that a John Carter sequel will never happen.

Jonah Hill told a hilarious story about shooting a film with Morgan Freeman, who didn’t talk to him at all between takes — unless it was to banana song his name.

Tom Ford thinks Rihanna‘s Instagram account wields more power than any fashion magazine. Guess who’s about to be flooded with (even more) free stuff?

Amy Schumer‘s skit on a bachelorette disaster is beyond priceless.

-Finally, here’s our first glimpse of footage from FX’s The Strain. I’m already terrified.

Tina Fey and Jason Bateman figure prominently in the first trailer for This is Where I Leave You (though it also stars every other actor you love).