-Just when we thought the news cycle was too depressing comes Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s engagement announcement. They handled themselves absolutely perfectly, from their adorable photocall (in which she wore a Canadian designer — and no pantyhose!) to their super charming first joint interview (“The [Queen’s] corgis took to you straight away. I’ve spent the last 33 years being barked at; this one walks in – absolutely nothing. Just wagging tails.”). Also, I’m surprised by how frankly she talks about having to give up her career for this.
–Harry designed the diamond engagement ring using one stone from Botswana and two diamonds from Diana’s personal collection.
-The guy who plays her love interest on Suits won Twitter.
-I really, really like this Buzzfeed writer, but her article on “10 years of trying to make Armie Hammer happen” was a little harsh. He’s never been a fave of mine and I certainly think he plays into his smug persona (which was cemented for me when he was at TIFF, as well as his response to Buzzfeed), and I totally agree with her point that he’s been afforded opportunities others have not because of race, wealth and gender. I just wish she had broadened it out to not just be about him. I can think of a bunch of other actors that would fit the bill just as well (if not better) when it comes to his career vs. how he’s currently being presented.
-Glee actress Naya Rivera was arrested Saturday and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery following an altercation with her husband. Police say she hit him in the head while they were taking their son for a walk.
-Lady Bird is now Rotten Tomatoes’ best-reviewed film, with a 100% score after 165 reviews. The record was previously held by Toy Story 2. I assumed I was not going to like it because I have never bought into Greta Gerwig‘s schtick (I almost walked out of Frances Ha), but it’s one of my faves of the year. Two weeks later and I’m still thinking about it. Go see it!
–Tiffany Haddish hung out with ‘big sister’ Barbra Streisand — and taught her about Cardi B. God, I wish she’d recorded that…
-Wow, people *hate* the new Frozen short that plays before Coco.
–Black Mirror’s Season 4 trailer is here to freak you out.
-Wisdom of the Crowd has been cancelled at CBS as Jeremy Piven‘s sexual assault scandal heats up. All 13 ordered episodes will air, but the show is effectively dead.
-This is a great article questioning why This Is Us can’t tell good stories about characters other than Randall?
–Leah Remini believes the LAPD is working with the Church of Scientology to bury Danny Masterson‘s rape claims.
-Seeing as the New York Times got roasted this weekend by running a soft-focus profile on a Nazi that seemed to paint him as sympathetic, I can’t wait to see how critics react to the CW’s superhero crossover (which airs tonight and tomorrow), which depicts the Arrow, Supergirl and the Flash as Nazis. What were they thinking?
-Speaking of CW shows, I totally agree with this article on how The Flash is once again failing its female characters this season.
-Also on superhero TV, I thought I was tapped out on them but I really, really liked the first two episodes of Marvel’s The Runaways. Makes sense: it’s from the creators of The OC and novelist Rainbow Rowell is on the writing staff.
-The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (from the creator of Gilmore Girls) drops this week on Amazon — and it feels like no one knows? Why in the world did Amazon not drop this before the long weekend in the US?
–Susan Sarandon is cancelled — again. In a new interview with the Guardian, she says “I thought Hillary was very dangerous. If she’d won, we’d be at war” and calls feminists “strident bitches” and “emotional.”
–Ethan Hawke is an agent on the run in 24 Hours to Live.