–Drake and DJ Khaled debuted their new music video for “Popstar” and it features surprise appearances from Justin and Hailey Bieber. Two things: this is the best Bieber has looked in a long time, and why is there a “COVID Compliance Officer” listed in the credits when there’s zero social distancing??
-To celebrate her birthday, Beyonce donated $1 million to black-owned businesses.
-Meanwhile, we might have a new Beyonce project soon. Page Six reports that Bey shut down a television studio for four days to film something mysterious.
-Speaking of the Kardashians, the one thing you can praise that family for is that they seem to have taken social distancing seriously — unlike 75% of the celebs I see on IG.
–Scarlett Johansson says the new Black Widow movie will address #MeToo and #TimesUp directly. If only we could see it without fear of dying.
–Alexander Payne published a guest column in Deadline today, in which he denies Rose McGowan allegation that he groomed her for a sexual assault when she was 15. “Rose is mistaken in saying we met when she was fifteen, in the late 1980s. I was a full-time film student at UCLA from 1984 until 1990, and I know that our paths never crossed.”
–McGowan responded to his comments with “I told Payne to acknowledge and apologize, he has not. I said I didn’t want to destroy, now I do. Why do these men always lie? I will now make it a mission to expose him. I am not the only one.”
-Who knows when we’ll get a new album, but at least Rihanna’s documentary will be released on Amazon next year.
-Despite public disputes with her record label, in which she accused them of not letting her put out new music, we finally have something new from SZA! The singer-songwriter dropped the music video for her new single “Hit Different” featuring Ty Dolla $ign.
-I’ve never watched the CBS sitcom Mom, but it seems odd that Anna Faris is leaving the show. Isn’t she the lead?
-I’m really liking Vulture’s Two Friends series on Instagram Live, mostly because of all the odd celebrity pairings. Who knew You’re the Worst’s Desmin Borges and Tala Ashe from DC’s Legends of Tomorrow were buds?
-This is a really interesting take on what the movie industry in 2020 might have looked like without covid. Would Will Smith and Ana de Armas be Oscar frontrunners? Would the Top Gun and Ghostbusters reboots have flopped?
-The Good Place’s Jameela Jamil wants you to know that she’s not actually quarantining with Meghan and Harry. It does sound like a story Tahani would tell though.
-For the first time ever, all Canadians will be able to watch TIFF films digitally during the festival. Tickets for non-members go onsale Saturday at 10am and there’s still some left. Even if you’re doing it from your couch, it really is the coolest thing to watch movies with big name stars that may never see the light of day, or obscure foreign ones that won’t get distribution here.
–Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Zach Braff try to kill Tommy Lee Jones while making a movie in The Comeback Trail trailer.