–Nicholas Hoult‘s interview with GQ Hype is great, but the photo shoot is so odd. Why do his feet look dirty?! In the article, he breaks his silence about being a dad (“I remember there was a scene in The Kelly Gang where I had to hold a gun to a baby’s head. My son was around the same age and it was really difficult in many ways”), and talks about how his sex scenes in The Great are much different from the ones he did on Skins (“We had a few intimacy co-ordinators who would come along and help out with that, which is a great thing. This is the first job I’ve had that on and it’s a very positive change in the industry. It’s almost like having a stunt co-ordinator. They make sure everyone is comfortable in terms of what’s happening and agreements of what can happen, but also choreograph it in a way that makes sense for the story and what it is you’re trying to tell”).
–Mel Gibson was trending today because Winona Ryder gave a new interview and said “Mel Gibson was smoking a cigar, and we’re all talking and he said to my friend, who’s gay, ‘Oh wait, am I gonna get AIDS?’ And then something came up about Jews, and he said, ‘You’re not an oven dodger, are you?'” I’m not sure why everyone is shocked by this, since Ryder told the same story a decade ago. Of course, his camp released a statement today denying it. I mean, he’s on record saying “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world” and telling his girlfriend “If you get raped by a pack of n******, it will be your fault” … but sure, deny it.
-In the same interview, Ryder also talked about working with Francis Ford Coppola on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and how he directed her male costars to yell mean things at her when she was required to act in terror and shock. “To put it in context I’m supposed to be crying. Literally, Richard E. Grant, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu [Reeves] … Francis was trying to get all of them to yell things that would make me cry, but Keanu wouldn’t, Anthony wouldn’t. … It just didn’t work.”
-In response to an old interview about her time on Bad Boys II that was trending this week, Megan Fox responded by calling her interactions with Michael Bay “inconsequential” compared to her other “genuinely harrowing experiences in a ruthlessly misogynistic industry.”
-In a new interview with Variety about submitting her Black Mirror episode for Emmy consideration, Miley Cyrus talks about getting sober (“I’ve been sober sober for the past six months. At the beginning, it was just about this vocal surgery…It’s really hard because especially being young, there’s that stigma of “you’re no fun.” It’s like, “honey, you can call me a lot of things, but I know that I’m fun”).
-I love how Britney Spears is confusing/delighting everyone with her Instagram posts.
–Elizabeth Hurley took to social media to pay tribute to the late Steve Bing, with whom she shares a son: “I am saddened beyond belief that my ex Steve is no longer with us. It is a terrible end.”
–This story about The Ringer’s staff being frustrated about the lack of diversity is a real bummer, as I’ve followed a lot of those people from the Grantland days. Bill Simmons‘ response when asked why the podcast hosts weren’t more diverse was “this isn’t Open Mic Night,” which is pretty damn rich considering his 14-year-old daughter is a regular contributor to the Ringer Dish pod.
–Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, and over 300 more artists signed an open letter calling on Hollywood to divest from the police and anti-Black content.
–JJ Abrams‘ production company Bad Robot released a 20-page guide to dismantling white supremacy at work.
-Streaming services are pulling four episodes of 30 Rock that featured characters in blackface at the request of creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. While they’re at it, they might also want to look at some truly problematic episodes of Kimmy Schmidt.
-Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel apologized for his blackface impersonations of Karl Malone and other celebrities.
–Chris D’Elia has been dropped by his agents.
-Netflix had initially planned to end Lucifer after its upcoming fifth season, but it just renewed it for another season — though it vows the sixth installment will be its “FINAL final” one.
-Everyone noticed in yesterday’s Actors on Actors interview with Lisa Kudrow that Jennifer Aniston appears to have a new tattoo on her wrist that reads “11 11.” It’s likely a reference to her birthday, which is Feb 11.
-Wow. Freaks and Geeks is finally going to be available on streaming. You can watch it for free on CBC Gem starting July 17.
-Here’s the trailer for Netflix’s Unsolved Mystery reboot.
-Speaking of new Netflix series, here’s a look at the new The Baby Sitters Club.