–Ben Affleck‘s appearance on Bill Simmons‘ new show was, um, interesting. And by interesting, I mean slurry. I haven’t watched the full episode yet but apparently he appeared lucid until the Tom Brady segment. As The Hollywood Reporter so delicately put it, his rant “detoured to such extremes that one could only speculate on additional conditions encouraging it.” Whatever was the cause, his appearance certainly raised eyebrows (which, according to this clip, his face no longer seems able to do).
–Affleck later posted on his Facebook page that it’s one of his favourite interviews — but he said “f*ck” 18 times “when 12 probably would have been sufficient.”
-That interview in which Tom Hiddleston reportedly called Taylor Swift “an absolute delight” is a total fake, says his rep.
-Meanwhile, Taylor and Tom danced and cuddled at the Selena Gomez concert last night and seemed perfectly comfortable with all the cellphone cameras pointed their way. (As Lainey so eloquently put it, they’re “the first couple of dancing like everyone’s watching.”) They also didn’t shy away from the paparazzi as they were leaving.
-Congrats to Katherine Heigl, who announced she’s pregnant. (She says she’s due in January but seeing as she already knows it’s a boy, I’m guessing she’s actually further along than just two months.)
-Just in case you didn’t already love Viola Davis, she says she wanted to pepper spray Jared Leto for the scary crap he pulled on the Suicide Squad set.
–Lindsay Lohan and her fiance made their red carpet debut this week. I went to a Pride screening last night of Mean Girls and she Skyped in, and I was pleasantly surprised by how coherent and witty she was. She confirmed that she’s recording a new album, but when someone congratulated her on her engagement, she laughed it off. Hmmm…
-Oh, Ghostbusters movie. I want to love you, but this theme song is…damn.
-The “church” of Scientology says it wants to open a massive Hollywood media complex, but it may just be a fundraising scam. Which is *exactly* the plot of Hilary Liftin‘s Movie Star.
–Angelina Jolie reportedly wants to sell Chateau Miraval, but Brad Pitt want to keep it. (Sidenote: the best thing about my trip to France was hearing a snobby wine expert begrudingly admit that their Miraval rosé is quite lovely.)
–Adele‘s 25 is finally coming to Spotify tomorrow, seven months after its release.
-Even Mr Robot is getting its own an aftershow.
-I love this essay by Casey Wilson on how women aren’t permitted to be angry in public like men are.
-Honestly, I’m surprised it took this long for Taylor Lautner to realize he’s more of a TV guy than a movie guy.
-This is a long but interesting read about Seth Meyer’s evolution as a late night host.
-Alert your mom: Tom Hanks is back as Robert Langdon in a new trailer for Inferno.