-I can honestly say I didn’t see this one coming: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux announced they are separating after two years of marriage in a statement to The Associated Press. Saying the decision was “mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year” they added “Normally we would do this privately, but given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth directly. Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else’s fictional narrative. Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another.” My only wish is that this doesn’t kick off another round of “sad Jen” press. I’m already seeing Twitter fantasy shipping about a reunion with Brad Pitt.
-Good on The Cut for wondering a few days ago why Theroux was in NYC while Aniston was celebrating her 49th birthday in Malibu.
-Also, once again Aniston’s divorce announcement came after a couple-y vacation in Mexico. She should probably stop going there.
-In happier celeb couples news, Amy Schumer and chef Chris Fischer (who is a James Beard winner!) had a surprise wedding in Malibu that was attended by Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Aniston, Larry David and Judd Apatow. She shared some photos on Instagram.
-Whatever your opinion of Lena Dunham, her essay about making the decision to have a hysterectomy at 31 is stunning.
–Michael B. Jordan showed off his love of ironing and housework has never looked this sexy.
-Remember how Jeffrey Tambor was insisting that he was still part of the Transparent cast? He’s officially been fired.
-There’s been so many thoughtful, important essays about Black Panther this week but I especially like this one.
-Now that Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes have jumped the broadcast TV ship and fled to Netflix, everyone is speculating about who’s next, with both THR and Vulture running stories today about possible showrunners Netflix may be targeting. But here’s a question that I’m glad someone’s asking: “Are Netflix shows any good?” There are certainly some gems (I recently binged and adored American Vandal), but there are also some stinkers. Quality doesn’t really seem to be a leading factor in deciding what they produce. And we’ve all seemed to accept that their originals, whether it’s OITNB or the Marvel shows, will have a lot of bloat in the middle of their seasons. Also, they certainly don’t seem to have any idea what to do with great performers like Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
-Here’s the new Ready Player One trailer. I love this book so hard but I’m still not convinced by these clips.