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August 2018

Christina Aguilera Talks Britney Spears, Dating

Christina Aguilera Cosmo Cover 

-In her Cosmo cover story, Christina Aguilera talks about being pitted against Britney Spears at the height of their careers, and not wanting to date another famous person (“There’s gotta be something wrong with you if you want to be in this business. I mean, ‘Hi! I definitely have my issues.’ I think that I can only handle one [celebrity] in the relationship and I need to be it.”)

Louis CK took the stage for a surprise set at New York’s Comedy Cellar on Saturday night, just 10 months after admitting to exposing himself to female employees and colleagues. He didn’t mention his past sexual assaults (hey, headline writers – you can drop the word “alleged” if he actually admitted it), and before he even started he got a standing ovation. So his whole thing about taking some time and learning from his experience was just hooey? He could have done any of these things; instead he ignored the issue while testing the waters for a comeback. What about all the women he admitted to assaulting; how are *their* careers?  (I don’t know why this surprises me. I defended a woman who tweeted about Chris Hardwick today, and now my mentions are a tire fire.)

-Not a lot of male comedians have spoken up against Louis CK, so this thread by Paul F Tompkins is refreshing.

-On the other end of the male comedian spectrum is Michael Ian Black (though the many well-articulated replies to his tweet are worth a read).

Aziz Ansari has also quietly returned to standup. (Interestingly, Vulture had a full rundown of his show and then basically pulled the article because they did not want to “spoil the integrity of his act.” Here’s the cached version.)

-Because this day just keeps getting better, Johnny Depp scored a big win in his lawsuit against his ex-lawyer.

-Hey, remember a couple of years ago when Stephen Amell apologized for the tweet he made about Ahmed Mohamed (the Muslim kid who brought a clock to school in Texas). He just did a podcast where he says he wished he hadn’t apologized after all. So there.

-In non-Hollywood Men Are All Garbage news, Matt Smith is going to be in Star Wars Episode IX.

-I adore everything about Janet Jackson’s look here.

-I’m planning to see a bunch of these fall festival films that are getting buzz— but not Beautiful Boy. The Steve Carell film basically sold out instantly at TIFF, which means it’s probably very Oscar-baity.

-The new new Bad Times at the El Royale trailer is very focused on Chris Hemsworth‘s abs, and suddenly I want to see it.

Elizabeth Olsen and Kelly Marie Tran deal with grief in the Sorry For Your Loss trailer, which is coming to Facebook Watch. (Show of hands: who actually knows what that means?)

Fan Rushes the Stage at Beyonce & Jay Z Concert

-A drunk fan jumped on the stage and chased after Beyoncé & JAY-Z in Atlanta and the dancers tried to stop him. He’s been charged with battery.

Kaylor lives! (I don’t actually believe that Karlie Kloss is faking an engagement with a hated man just so she can keep a secret relationship with Taylor Swift under wraps — though I change my mind about that every time I listen to “Dress.”)

Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade getting in on the TATBILB love is amazing.

-Both Liam Gallagher and his girlfriend are denying that there was a physical altercation between them after security footage from a London club seemed to show him grabbing her throat.

-The new HBO sizzle reel gives us the teeny tiniest glimpse of new footage from Game of Thrones. The HBO show was rumoured to be returning in April 2019, but now it looks like the wait will be longer.

-The True Detective season 3 trailer has arrived. Mahershala Ali deserves better.

-After Kevin Smith‘s heart attack, his doctor told him to lose 50lbs. He totally did it.

-Wow. Crazy Rich Asians earned $25 million in its second weekend (almost the same as what it earned opening weekend). Most movies drop about 40-50% the second weekend. This one only dropped 6% — while Saturday’s numbers dropped an unprecedented 0%.

John Cho‘s Searching also did well, nabbing the highest per screen of any movie this weekend.

-There is a lot of talk about the accent Awkwafina attempts in Crazy Rich Asians and whether she’s appropriating black culture. (I was surprised when I was watching her last night on the MMVAs that she doesn’t normally sound like that.)

-I want Angela Bassett to be my life coach.

-People have been dunking on Ethan Hawke all weekend for his quotes about how he doesn’t think superhero movies deserve praise, but reading the whole interview, I think that’s taking it wildly out of context.

-Nicki Minaj postponed tour. She said she didn’t have time to rehearse, but Page Six says the decision came after “the most disappointing tickets sales of the year for any artist.”

-In news that should surprise no one, John Goodman seemed to confirm that Roseanne Barr’s character will be killed off in the upcoming The Conners spinoff, saying about his upcoming arc “I guess he’ll be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead.”

Oscar Isaac is rumoured to be in talks for a mystery role in Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Can it be Batman?!?

Anna Kendrick talked about her desire to see the teased relationship between her Pitch Perfect character and Chloe (Brittany Snow) materialize. She said should the Bellas reunite for a fourth film, “I will fight tooth and nail for it…but I’m not sure it’s gonna happen.”

-My Dad Wrote a Porno (aka the funniest podcast ever), is heading to TV as an HBO comedy special.

Kate Mara, whose family owns the NY Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers, says she supports players’ right to protest.

-This is an interesting article on how Goop capitalizes on the medical establishment’s insistence on ignoring women’s health, leaving them “disproportionately exposed to the harms of quackery.”

-Wow, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.3 production has been put on hold.

-The FBI and NYPD have opened investigations into the prolific scam artist impersonating top female Hollywood execs after tips began pouring in following THR’s nutso cover story on her.

Sam Mendes directed Emma Stone in this Louis Vuitton short.

-For better or worse, I picked my TIFF movies today. I decided to pass on Maggie Gyllenhaal‘s The Kindergarten Teacher because it’ll come out on Netflix — and also because this trailer is creepy.




Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn

Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn are still keeping it low key and I remain pleasantly surprised. (Although I swear they look more and more alike in every photo.)

Emma Stone has dropped out of Greta Gerwig‘s Little Women — but Emma Watson might take her place. Are white Emmas interchangeable? Maybe.

Anne Hathaway and Mandy Moore’s Instagram exchange is adorable.

Nicki Minaj needs to stop worrying so much about her album sales (publicly at least) and then this sort of stuff wouldn’t happen.

-This might be the best use of Twitter ever.

-The To All the Boys’ team says the sequel (which hasn’t officially been green-lit yet but duh) will focus on Lara Jean and Peter’s romantic struggles. So I’m guessing they’re following the second book which was, um, not my fave.

-Meanwhile, this is a really cute bts story about TATBILB — but also feels kind of privacy violating?

-Also, I’m really glad someone translated this bit of dirty teen talk from the movie.

-Whoa, Sony confessed to releasing fake Michael Jackson music?

-This article on Conan O’Brien never-ending quest to get Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Caro on his show is great. “I know that someday I’m going to turn on Fallon and see Caro playing Pictionary…He’s going to get everyone cheering, and Cardi B’s there, high-fiving him. And I’m just going to be enraged.”

Ava DuVernay‘s Central Park keeps sounding better and better. Joshua Jackson just joined the cast (and we all know that Pacey improves everything).

-I feel like no one can come after Jennifer Garner after this week. She’s a goddamn superstar.

-JJ Abrams continues to cast his TV show alums in Star Wars: Episode 9. His latest: Lost’s Dominic Monaghan.

Chance the Rapper and Zazie Beetz discover that a pizza place is actually the gateway to hell in the horror-comedy Slice.

-The Kissing Booth’s Joey King stars in the trailer for Summer 03, but more importantly: Andrea Savage and Paul Scheer play her parents. (I guess I’ve officially entered the age where I get more excited by parental casting than the leads.)

Julia Roberts‘ long lost son, played by Lucas Hedges, unexpectedly returns home from rehab in Ben Is Back. I’m debating whether to add this to my TIFF list, but the trailer doesn’t give a lot to go on.