–Damien Chazelle and Barry Jenkins compare notes on a scandal in Variety’s new cover story, which features an interview with them conducted the morning after the Oscars. There’s a lot of controversy about Jenkins having to share this cover (and yes, that headline is terrible) but the story itself is much more balanced than the shared narrative/white grace slant the headline suggests. Also, the assumption that Chazelle muscled his way in is not entirely accurate. As Jenkins tweeted, “This cover is traditionally reserved for Best Director. It’s tradition. I’m the guest here.”
-Meanwhile, Warren Beatty asked the Academy to cut him a break and “publicly clarify” his Oscars mix-up “as soon as possible.”
-Now that he’s got an Oscar, Casey Affleck has broken his silence on those sexual harassment allegations.
-Us Weekly is claiming that Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are talking again after he tracked down her number and texted her to wish her a happy birthday.
-Brace yourself, ladies: Dev Patel was spotted holding hands with rumored new girlfriend Tilda Cobham-Hervey. I hope she takes advantage of this and strokes his glorious hair at least 7 times a day…
-The Good Fight’s Cush Jumbo and Stephen Colbert recited an entire Shakespearean sonnet in perfect harmony. (Also, she’s British?!)
–Rihanna received the 2017 Harvard Humanitarian Award and opened her speech with “so I made it to Harvard…”
–Blair Waldorf is back on TV? With the guy from Happy Endings? Yes, please!
-I was looking forward to the documentary about the Eagles of Death Metal and the Paris attacks, even before I found out Colin Hanks made it.
-The original cast members of The Big Bang Theory have reportedly taken a pay cut to help their co-stars get raises. I don’t like that show, but that’s still pretty swell.
–Oprah Winfrey is reportedly entertaining the idea of running for president. I…don’t hate that?
-Does THR keep doing these egregious covers on purpose? Because this is really, really bad. (The replies on that tweet delight me, though.)
-I can’t imagine that Beyonce fans are super thrilled with the news that Lady Gaga will replace her at Coachella.
–Chance the Rapper bought a bunch of Get Out tickets so people could see it for free. (Have you seen Get Out? I’m not into horror AT ALL and I loved it. I’m a scaredy cat and I found it no more terrifying than an episode of Black Mirror.)
-I’d normally be stoked that Fringe’s Anna Torv is back on a TV series, but seeing as what Fincher did with House Of Cards I’m not sure how I feel about this.
-Aw nuts. Anna Kendrick‘s Table 19 is getting bad reviews. It’s not a good sign when critics say the most interesting character is the cake.
-We meet Star-Lord‘s dad and get more cute Baby Groot in the new GotGVol2 trailer.
-Netflix dropped a bunch of new trailers this week, including Alison Brie’s wrestling comedy Glow, a German import called Dark, Bong Joon Ho’s monster movie Okja starring Tilda Swinton, and 13 Reasons Why with Kate Walsh.
-Netflix also released our first glimpse at War Machine, featuring Brad Pitt as Gen. McChrystal.