-There’s so much new TV coming up in the next couple of weeks, it feels like fall used to. On Monday we get iZombie, UnReal (which is reportedly better than last season, but still messy), and Good Girls (which is getting good reviews). Atlantais back on Thursday, and The Good Fightreturns March 18.
-I honestly didn’t think I could ever be gutted by a Brendan Fraser interview, but here we are. Everyone’s focusing on his allegations that former Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Philip Berk groped him in 2003 (“Am I still frightened? Absolutely. Do I feel like I need to say something? Absolutely. Have I wanted to many, many times? Absolutely. Have I stopped myself? Absolutely. And maybe I am over-reacting in terms of what the instance was. I just know what my truth is”). But the entire article is worth your time. He talks about buying a horse for his autistic son and recalls having no one in his life tell him that if he kept working the way he was his body would fall apart. He also takes a break from talking to go shoot some arrows.
-Did Rachel McAdams sit out of the Game Night promotional duties because she’s trying to hide a baby bump? First she was spottedlooking like she might be expecting, and E! News is now reporting that she’s seven months along. I like her so much and I wish her only the best!
-The guy who played Smith Jerrod on Sex and the City seems to be firmly on Team Sarah Jessica Parker, implying that Kim Cattrall wasn’t very nice to him.
-This is terrible: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had an Anthrax terror scare and police are treating the incident as a racist hate crime.
–Joss Whedon has exited the Batgirl movie, saying “it took me months to realize I really didn’t have a story.” I’m so glad. As much as I loved Buffy, I’ve since found him to be … problematic. Here are 100 female directorsDC can choose from instead.
–Quincy Jones‘ kids, including Rashida Jones, staged a “family intervention” in which they lovingly told him to stop shitting on everyone in interviews.
-This clip of Ellen surprising Tiffany Haddish by introducing her to Oprah made me tear up a bit. Seriously, it’s the most wonderful 2 minutes you’ll ever see. They also did a cooking segmenttogether.
-God, I would have paid cash money to see Leonardo DiCaprio realize that Oprahdidn’t recognize him. “Is it Justin Timberlake?” I’m laughing forever…
–Meryl Streep is not having Harvey Weinstein using her to dismiss a sexual misconduct lawsuit, calling it “pathetic and exploitative” to use her words in his defense.
-The Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon offer tips on how to be heardwhen no one listens to you, and they’re great. “I think, with ladies in rooms, it’s all our jobs to watch out for each other. If anyone is being spoken over, I think it’s our job to go back and be like, ‘You were saying something.'”
-I love Vulture’s piece on how Get Out is the first great movie of the Trump era. This bit from Bradley Whitford is hilarious: “I was at a strip mall in L.A. and I didn’t have any cash, and someone said there was a cash machine in the barbershop. So I went into the barbershop and I opened the door and there were 15 African-American guys getting cut — and they all screamed.”
-Comedian and actor Michael Ian Black wrote a really compelling opinion piece for the NYTon school shootings: “America’s boys are broken. And it’s killing us.”
George and Amal, I couldn’t agree with you more. I am joining forces with you and will match your $500,000 donation to ‘March For Our Lives.’ These inspiring young people remind me of the Freedom Riders of the 60s who also said we’ve had ENOUGH and our voices will be heard.
–Oprah and Steven Spielberg have vowed to matchGeorge & Amal Clooney‘s donations to March for Our Lives. Which is wonderful and praise-worthy — but is also leading some to wonder where this support for kids wasduring the Black Lives Matters movement?
-I don’t understand this Us Weekly story about how Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are putting their baby plans on hold.Why is her camp even putting this stuff out there? To what end?
-If you’ve seen Black Panther — and it seems like everyone in North Americahas — then you’ve probably debated with your friends just how villainous Killmonger is. (I think that he’s sympathetic but ultimately is an oppressor just like the system he’s trying to fight against.) Ira at the Daily Beast probably has my favourite take on itso far: “Yes, Killmonger makes some really good points. But as [director Ryan] Coogler shows, we ought to look toward black women for morality in this world.”
In a new interview with the New York Times about the Me Too movement, Minnie Driver took another dig at ex-boyfriend Matt Damon, saying his comments “represented every intelligent, nice white male who feels it is their job to comment on the way that women metabolize stuff.”
–Megan Fox had some frank words about what it’s like to be an actress in Hollywood: “You’re a commodity. As long as you survive filming and they’ve gotten what they need from you they don’t really care if you drop dead afterwards. It doesn’t matter if you break an arm or you break a leg.”
-This is terrible: Karla Souza, who plays Laurel on How to Get Away With Murder, says she was raped by a directorwhile on a set in Mexico early in her career.
–Eminem‘s “Till I Collapse” came out ages ago and still remains popular on Spotify — mostly because people still listen to it when working out. Mine remains Moby’s “Flower” — only because I keep stupidly attempting the Sally Up challenge.
-And Jennifer Lawrence has no time for your criticisms of her dress at Red Sparrow’s London photocall: “This is sexist, this is ridiculous, this is not feminism.”
-Meanwhile, Jennifer says she’s coming for Timothée Chalamet when he gets a bit older. “[I’m] buttering him up like a pig for slaughter, and then I’m going to swing right in there as soon as he’s, like, 30.” Uh, there may be a flaw in this plan…