-I love the subscribers’ edition of Janelle Monae’s InStyle cover. The interview is predictably fun too, in which she drops bon mots such as “I speak android, which is helpful for the future, since we will be merging” and “If my mother had let me have a vibrator at a young age to be in touch with my body more, I could have saved myself from so many poor decisions.”
-When I first heard about Scarlett Johansson‘s latest comments (‘I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal’) I took it with a grain of salt because the quotes came from a longer fashion interview and were then repackaged by the Daily Mail, which tends to present out-of-context soundbites for clickbait. But then I read her clarification and nope, she just doesn’t get it. If she really cares about telling these kinds of stories, instead of playing the lead in a movie about a trans man, why wouldn’t she come on as a producer and take a smaller part, using her name/clout to get the film made? Instead, she faced backlash about playing the lead, the movie now appears to be buried, and she’s out here talking about political correctness getting in the way of art.
-I have watched/analyzed this video of Meghan Markle meeting Beyonce and Jay Z way, way too many times. Jay looking like he’s afraid to fully hug her while his wife is watching slays me every time…
-Well, this is a swerve. Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach will co-write a Barbie pic starring Margot Robbie.
-I don’t know what app Channing Tatum is talking about, but I love that he’s so chill about being in therapy.
-And so it continues: Kim Cattrall says she’ll never do another Sex and the City movie: “It’s a no from me. You learn lessons in life and my lesson is to do work with good people and try and make it fun.”
-I didn’t know that Zach Braff is dating Florence Pugh but yeah, that tracks.
–Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello are still … doing whatever it is they’re doing.
-Indie film The Farewell, which stars Awkwafina and was a hit at Sundance, already surpassed Avengers: Endgame for biggest theater average of the year, and it’s in limited release.
-All 8 episodes for the Veronica Mars revival drop this weekend and the reviews are mostly positive — but there seems to be a big, dark plot twist in the finale that has critics divided. They better not harm a hair on Logan’s head!!
-I’m not sure about the story floating around that Captain Marvel’s Lashana Lynch will play 007. The sourcing for the original article is shaky, and it just says that Lynch plays a new agent who inherits Bond’s codename, not that she’ll be the main character. I’d love her to take over the franchise but I don’t want to get my hopes up until a more credible source confirms it.
-The Russos are teasing some kind of Community thing at this weekend’s Comic-Con for the show’s 10-year anniversary.
-Oof, the reviews for The Lion King are roughhhhhhh.
–Bradley Cooper and Laura Dern had lunch, and we have questions.
-Here’s the first trailer for On Becoming a God in Central Florida, Showtime’s dark comedy series starring Kirsten Dunst.