-Actress Kristina Cohen wrote a long Facebook post last night, accusing Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick of raping her three years ago. She says her boyfriend at the time, a producer, took her to the actor’s house. After quickly becoming freaked out by the situation, she says she feigned illness and went to lie down in a guest room. “I was woken up abruptly by Ed on top of me, his fingers entering my body. I told him to stop, but he was strong. I fought him off as hard as I could but he grabbed my face in his hands, shaking me, telling me he wanted to f**k me. I was paralyzed, terrified. I couldn’t speak, I could no longer move. He held me down and raped me.”
–Westwick responded to the allegation with an unequivocal denial. It’s surprising he waited nearly a day to comment if he was just going to end up doing it on Twitter instead of arranging for an interview with a prominent outlet.
-Meanwhile, BBC One’s social media manager really, really needs to check trending topics before tweeting...
–Sia said someone was trying to sell a nude image of her, so she posted it herself.
-The world sucks right now. A Tiffany Haddish Oscar nomination would make it suck slightly less.
–Jason Momoa talked about his secret wedding to Lisa Bonet: “Some a**hole leaked it!”
-Star Trek Discovery’s star Sonequa Martin-Green squaring off against Piers Morgan in a gender fluidity debate is my new favourite song.
–Jessica Chastain says she won’t be silent about those Bryan Singer allegations just because she’s working on his X-Men movie. That’s ballsy and I love it.
-Looking back at old interviews reveals that Dustin Hoffman grabbed Meryl Streep‘s breast the first time he met her. He also once told a story about pinching his The Graduate co-star Katharine Ross‘ butt during their first screen test “as a way to help loosen us up…She said, ‘How dare you?!'”
–Ronan Farrow’s latest article that makes it clear why it was so hard to expose Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein hired private security agencies to investigate his accusers and journalists. Over the course of a year, elite Israeli intelligence agents using false identities as women’s rights defenders and fellow victims insinuated themselves into Rose McGowan’s life. Scary stuff.
-Oh and a lawyer oversaw Weinstein‘s private spying effort to stop NYTimes’s story – while also representing the NYTimes!
-Interesting question: are we over Matt Damon now? I will say, when he showed up in the super secret cameo in a recent blockbuster, I enjoyed it much less than I would have a month ago.
-Wait, on Stranger Things Steve was originally supposed to rape Nancy in season one? Thank god they swerved away from that. He’s my new fave!
–Julianna Margulies is going to return to TV in Marti Noxon‘s AMC revenge drama Dietland. I loved the book that the show is based on so I was already here for it. But this is good casting.
-Just when I think I’m about ready to quit Riverdale, they incorporate a Rent song into an episode. What is this show?!?
-Holy moly, did Disney’s ban of the LA Times blow up in their face. After banning them from covering their movies following this Times’ story on Disney’s financial relationship with the city of Anaheim, a ton of reporters refused to cover Disney in solidarity, including some from the Washington Post, NYT, NPR and The A.V. Club. Then four key film critics’ organizations announced that they would disqualify Disney’s films from year-end awards consideration. Oscar voter David Simon said he wouldn’t vote for their movies. Even Ava DuVernay, who is directing the Disney film A Wrinkle in Time, expressed solidarity with the press. By this afternoon, Disney called mercy and ended the ban.
–Chris Evans‘ tweets about his dog never fail to crack me up.
-I had no idea Mudbound was heading to Netflix next week. This movie got rave reviews at Sundance and TIFF.