Rihanna Goes Retro in Vanity Fair Italia


-I don’t really understand any of the styling choices in Rihanna’s Vanity Fair Italia photo spread. Are these new pics, or did they just grab some old Teen Vogue outtakes?

-Meanwhile, this is great: the new Rihanna single that we all can’t stop listening to was co-produced by WondaGurl, an 18-year-old female producer from Brampton, Ont.

Mariah Carey might be dating Brett Ratner. My brain can’t fully comprehend that sentence.

-So for some reason HBO Canada didn’t air the Scientology doc last night (though it’s easy to find on the interwebs, and it’s weirdly getting a theatrical release here in a couple of weeks). In the meantime, here are the six most disturbing moments from the doc.

-I love when Barack Obama takes time out of presidenting to geek out over The Wire.

-There’s a lot to like about the news that comedian Trevor Noah will succeed Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show. I loved his bit about sports coverage vs business coverage.

Deadline is super sorry about that “plague of ethnic actors” story. Sure they are.

-Whoa, guys. The NYPD reportedly questioned Harvey Weinstein over the alleged groping of a 22- year-old woman at a movie theatre this weekend. Whoa.

Jon Hamm was reportedly upset that Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner wouldn’t let him do Gone Girl. If he needs to hug it out, I’m available.

-Meanwhile, I really liked this take on why Don Draper ain’t an antihero, just a coward wracked with self-loathing.

-Speaking of good reads, this piece on the unbearable whiteness of indie music is worth a look.

Ben Gibbard picked his favourite Death Cab for Cutie songs for Vulture, which led to me listening to “Movie Script Ending” an embarrassing number of times today.

-Congrats to Sam Worthington, who just became a new dad.

Taylor Swift and Madonna performed together this weekend and it was kind of … boring?

-Good lord. Please tell me Jenny McCarthy isn’t really pretending The View wants her back.

The Rock‘s SNL episode was surprisingly solid. Weirdly sexual, but solid.

-I want to mouth-kiss this Bill Cosby heckler: “Tell the one about how to get away with rape!”

Kevin Spacey says Bill Clinton told him House of Cards is “99 percent” accurate, which is all kinds of terrifying.

-I felt good about the fact that all the shows I watch on the regular are on the 50 Youngest-Skewing Shows list, until I realized the median “young” age is 42.

-The New Yorker has a great profile on Allison Jones, casting director for all the cool comedies by Judd Apatow, Paul Feig, etc. Vulture condensed it down to 8 amazing tidbits.

-Los Angeles is screwed in this new teaser for the terribly titled Walking Dead spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead.

-The new Age of Ultron featurette heavies up on Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch and ohmygod is that Aaron Taylor-Johnson‘s real voice?!? That’s…not hot.

-Here’s the first teaser for Spectre, the new Bond film.

Jen McDonnell is an entertainment freelancer and social media specialist. She put her celeb stalking skills to good use as managing editor of www.dose.ca. Likes: pop culture, celebrity dirt, guilty pleasure TV, George Clooney, cheese. Dislikes: people who use 'begs the question' incorrectly. Follow Jen on Twitter @jen_mcdonnell. Follow Jen

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