–Alicia Keys looks amazing on the new cover of Ebony. I almost want to watch The Voice this season to see how people react to her no-makeup look on a mainstream broadcast show.
-Set your DVRs: MTV will reportedly let Kanye West do whatever the hell he wants for 4 minutes at this weekend’s VMAs.
-This is an excellent and thought-provoking discussion on whether or not it’s still ok to want to see Birth of a Nation. Personally, I no longer have much interest, but on the flip side, I think it’s ridiculous that Oscar voters are refusing to see it. That’s like a critic refusing to review it.
–Amber Heard called Johnny Depp out for donating her $7m settlement directly to charity. What a dick move. Her statement about it is fire, tho.
-Meanwhile, Elon Musk has been trying to date Heard for three(!) years.
–Sarah Paulson is in talks to join the all-female Ocean’s Eleven spinoff, which is amazing! Wait, they’re not really calling it Ocean’s Ocho, are they? ‘Cause that’s less amazing.
-I’m always so intrigued by who big studios turn to when they needs scripts to be punched up. Doctor Strange’s script is reportedly being worked over by Community creator Dan Harmon.
–Rob Lowe is being roasted and the lineup of celebs is incredibly bizarre.
-I can’t believe Nashville is returning. I’m much less surprised that Connie Britton is looking for an exit.
-When Jessica Alba was asked on the Today Show if her products were safe, she responded “They’re amazing!” Um, yeah. That’s not really the answer we were looking for but thanks for playing.
–Aaron Paul tried to impress Tom Cruise with a magic trick, failed miserably.
-As boring as it is to hear celebrities complaining about their fabulous lives, I actually feel for Amy Schumer when she says that attending the Met Gala “felt like a punishment.” That would so not be my scene.
–Justin Bieber’s family is denying any involvement with Bowmanville Zoo.
–Leslie Jones‘ website hack being investigated by Homeland Security, the FBI says. Good.
-Meanwhile, Katy Perry, Anna Kendrick and more tweeted their support for Jones. I’m still surprised by Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy’s silence.
-Are Chris Rock and Megalyn Echikunwoke already engaged?
–Britney Spears isn’t super thrilled that Lifetime is making a movie about her. (I’m really hoping there’s an extended scene devoted to her and JT picking out their matching denim outfits.)
-Meanwhile, this story about how Britney Spears‘ hair, which has been her mood ring for 20 years is all kinds of great.
-Speaking of great reads, here’s a piece on UnREAL, Mr Robot and the perils of taking big swings in your sophomore season.
-There’s a very good chance that Universal will sue Frank Ocean over his album switcheroo. Still, it was a pretty boss move. Not that I praise Jared Leto often, but his doc on his band’s struggles with their record label really helped me understand how the music industry sets out to screw over artists.
-Ohh..the new season of Poldark returns next month.
-I don’t watch Once Upon a Time, but I still find these bloopers a delight. (Well hello there, guyliner guy!)
–Ben Schwartz confirms that Stranger Things’ Steve is Jean-Ralphio’s true daddy.
-The My Blind Brother trailer is a Parks and Rec reunion that only features Ben, Mona Lisa, and the Douche.
-It’s weird to see Nicole Kidman in the “mom” role, but this trailer for Lion (costarring Rooney Mara and Dev Patel) looks great.