Amandla Stenberg Is About to Break Out


Amandla Stenberg (who’s promoting both The Hate U Give and Where Hands Touch) covers the Oct issue of Seventeen. I did not love WHT at TIFF but I was so very impressed by how articulate and thoughtful she was during the Q&A.  (Also, that pop can shirt she wears in the Seventeen photo shoot is fire!)

Kristen Bell announced today that a new season of Veronica Mars is officially a go at Hulu. The eight-episode season will stream in 2019, and all of the past episodes and the movie will also be available on Hulu. This is exactly the news I needed this week! I’m assuming a Cdn network will pick it up like the other Hulu shows.

-Creators Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright are both returning. Following the news, Thomas tweeted: “The movie was nostalgic. The Hulu limited series isn’t going to be. Hardcore So-Cal noir. One big case. Eight episodes to tell the story. This is a detective show.” (I seem to be one of the few who liked the movie. I know everyone complains that it was too much fan service but I’m a fan who likes to be serviced! Err, wait…)

-This is nice: Wilmer Valderrama has reportedly been a “constant presence” at ex-girlfriend Demi Lovato‘s side since her overdose.

Chris Evans just signed on to a limited series on Apple. They keep collecting stars but not actually telling us how/where we’re supposed to watch these shows.

Chloe Dykstra says she contemplated suicide because of Chris Hardwick-supporting harassers. “When I found out he had gotten his jobs back, I was actually relieved because I knew [the online harassment] wasn’t going to stop until he was reinstated.”

-This profile of Chevy Chase, who talks about how he’s sober and wants to work but no one wants him anymore, could double as a PSA on the importance of not treating others terribly during your entire career.

Drake is suing a woman who he claims falsely made pegnancy and assault allegations.

-That Slate piece about how Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian are good at “performing their relationship” is getting a lot of flack — deservedly. I’m not linking to it ’cause it’s gross. Just let the woman live.

-AMC has cancelled Dietland after just one season. It was a show that started with so much promise and then just kind of … fizzled.

-Speaking of shows ending, HBO’s The Deuce will come to a close with a third and final season order. This makes sense to me. The new season just started and despite the huge stars and critical love, the buzz has been crickets.

-The Hollywood Reporter released its 100 most powerful people in entertainment list. Not a lot of big surprises, but I like that Ronan Farrow and Tiffany Haddish made their list debuts.

-A series about Marvel’s female heroes is in the works at ABC, written by the Wonder Woman writer. Please, please, please let it include Agent Carter!

Prince Andrew reportedly wanted the BBC to air Princess Eugenie’s upcoming wedding and they said no because they assumed it would be a ratings flop.

-The butt hurt dudes on Twitter who think Brie Larson should smile more in the Captain Marvel trailer need to re-prioritize their entire lives.

-A bunch of famous women, including Julianne Moore, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Gabrielle Union and Amber Tamblyn, appear in a video to stand in support of Brett Kavanaugh accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

Cary Fukunaga will direct the 25th Bond film, taking over from Danny Boyle, who left the project after reported creative clashes. He’s mostly a TV guy, having directed True Detective season one, and the new Netflix show Maniac.

-The Serial podcast is back with a new season and a very different subject topic.

-This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman hit back at “white male movie critics” who are slamming Life Itself. I saw it at TIFF and I slammed it, and I’m not a white male movie critic. I’m just a person with eyeballs.

LCD Soundsystem‘s new “Oh Baby” video was directed by Rian Johnson and stars Sissy Spacek and David Strathairn.

-What exactly is Blake Lively trying to prove?

Paul Feig did a really great interview with The Independent, in which he talked about wanting to write better female comedic parts (“I got tired of seeing how women were being portrayed in movies. It just got so bad, especially in comedies. They’re props basically”), and his dislike of the term ‘strong female characters’ (“It feels two-dimensional. I like women who are strong and weak and funny and vulnerable and scared”). Yeah, he can stay.

Jodie Whittaker takes charge in the Doctor Who season 11 trailer.

Jen McDonnell is an entertainment freelancer and social media specialist. She put her celeb stalking skills to good use as managing editor of Likes: pop culture, celebrity dirt, guilty pleasure TV, George Clooney, cheese. Dislikes: people who use 'begs the question' incorrectly. Follow Jen on Twitter @jen_mcdonnell. Follow Jen

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