–Elle Fanning just scored her first Vogue cover. Not too shabby for a 19 year old.
-The details in this THR story about Johnny Depp’s legal battles are CRAZY. His constant tardiness on the set of Pirates 5 led to a production staffer being stationed in an unmarked car outside his house, watching for him to wake up. (“The moment the light went on they’d call the line producer, who would then call the directors: ‘He’s up! He’s getting ready!’ They even had a special code term, like ‘The eagle has landed.’ Johnny had no idea this was going on.”) Once there wasn’t enough liquid money to cover his $2M in monthly bills, probably because he had five(!) homes in the Hollywood Hills, several penthouses in the same building, and was spending $1k per day on wine. This is some Marlon Brando-level stuff.
–Jessica Chastain has no time for Johnny Depp‘s bs.
-Piggy-backing on the Depp news, I love this article on eight actors who don’t deserve their career, and who should replace them.
–Harry Styles tried to stag-dive for the first time last night and it didn’t go so well.
–Meghan Markle is expected to attend Pippa’s wedding and her dress will be more scrutinized than the bride’s.
-There is a fascinating fight happening between Netflix and Cannes regarding theatrical distribution. Going forward, any film that wants to compete in Cannes will have to have theatrical distribution in France, and the Netflix CEO is pissed, saying “they’re closing ranks.”
–Jesus Christ Superstar is NBC’s next live musical? Huh.
–Channing Tatum wrote an open letter in Cosmopolitan about how he wants his daughter to break free of gender roles.
–Patti Lupone is not a fan of Madonna’s acting and isn’t shy about it. Bless her. “Madonna is a movie killer. She’s dead behind the eyes; she cannot act her way out of a paper bag. She should not be in film or on stage.” She’s got nothing but love for Rachel Bloom, though.
-King Arthur is projected to be an epic flop. That’s ok. I’m sure it won’t affect any of those white dudes’ careers in the slightest!
-ABC is expected to announce Scandal’s final season at next week’s upfront presentation. It’s past due.
–Giada De Laurentiis tried to teach Ellen and Nicole Kidman how to cook and failed miserably.
-This is an interesting read: the LA Times reached out to teachers to get their thoughts on how 13 Reasons Why is affecting classrooms.
-Speaking of interesting reads, I really liked this look at how teen dramas like Riverdale keep sidelining their WoC characters.
–Jeremy Renner and Jake Johnson are going to star in a comedy about a group of friends who have been playing a no-holds-barred game of tag for the last 30 years, and I’m oddly intrigued.
-Speaking of intriguing entertainment news, Donald Glover is going to helm a Deadpool animated series on FXX.
-The red band trailer for Baywatch is a whole lotta ball talk.