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June 16, 2020

What Is Kristen Bell Doing?

-For the second day in a row, we’re treated to a great long-read about celebrity/influencer conduct during these trying times. This is such a good take on how Kristen Bell seems to be consciously evolving her brand to try to turn herself into the next Ellen Degeneres — and how this quest for relatability often leads to excruciating overshares about her marriage. “Kristen Bell has to be bubbly and preach bland platitudes of kindness and show how she’s just like the rest of us, even in her mansion.”

Saint West thinks his mom Kim Kardashian is 11-years-old and he likes her because she “buys him things” and leaves him “alone.” Fair enough.

Elon Musk and Grimes have finalized the name of their offspring: X AE A-XII.

Brian Austin Green was spotted grabbing lunch with Courtney Stodden almost a month after revealing he had separated from Megan Fox.

-30 Rock, which aired its final episode in 2013, will return to the airwaves in July for a one-off, hour-long special that will double as NBC’s upfront’s presentation.  Hilariously, this is the kind of corporate synergy the show used to make fun of.

-Instead of Comic-Con, Warner Bros. is doing its own virtual con this August.

-The Emmys are still happening on Sept 20. Jimmy Kimmel tweeted, “I don’t know where or how or even why we are doing this, but we are and I am hosting it!”

-I thought I was truly sick of Zoom calls — and then I found out that Keanu Reeves is auctioning off a private Zoom date for children’s cancer charity.

-A former Bachelor casting producer says the show has been “white-washed for decades” and claims producers routinely passed up contestants who they considered “too Black.”

Beyoncé demanded “swift” justice for Breonna Taylor in letter to the Attorney General: “Don’t let this case fall into the pattern of no action after a terrible tragedy.”

-Netflix removed several British sketch shows over blackface, including Little Britain and The Mighty Boosh. They also pulled an episode of Bob Odenkirk and David Cross’ 2015 comedy show W/Bob and David.

-Hmmm…this article makes it sound like Christopher Nolan is the one pushing for Tenet to be released this summer to “usher in a new era of moviegoing…providing a populist platform for exhibitors to unveil their new COVID-19 safety measures and cleaning procedures,” while the studio is worried not enough people will show up to recoup the $200M budget.

-Also, it will be really interesting to see how critics react to it (assuming they get to see it).  Even if they love it, will they want to urge people to go to the theatre to see it?

-This is a really great video on how HBO’s Insecure has mastered the cinematographic art of properly lighting black people.

-Speaking of Insecure, though I didn’t love the last few minutes of the finale, the season was amazing, mostly because of how it delved into the breakdown of a close female friendship.  The show did such a good job of exploring the emotional damage of falling out with your BFF.

-I haven’t tuned into Michaela Coel’s new HBO show I May Destroy You because the premise sounds grim, but the reviews are glowing.

-Meanwhile, the reviews for HBO’s Perry Mason seem to suggest that the performances are amazing and the ’30s period recreations are beautiful, but the plot is muddled.

-The Palm Springs trailer traps Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti in a Groundhog Day situation, hitting Hulu on July 10.