— Omid Scobie (@scobie) March 2, 2021
-My god, how much does the palace and/or the British press hate Meghan Markle? Or at the very least, are terrified of her? In a very transparent attempt to undercut this weekend’s Oprah interview, there’s a new, flimsily detailed smear story in the Times about her “bullying” the royal staff. And in a highly unusual move, Buckingham Palace just released a statement that they will investigate the claims because they will not “tolerate bullying.” That’s rich.
-Of course, the palace could spend all this energy looking into the allegations surrounding Prince Andrew instead, but they’re all “nah.”
-Meanwhile, Meghan‘s camp released a statement: “It’s no coincidence that distorted several-year-old accusations aimed at undermining the duchess are being briefed to the British media shortly before she and the duke are due to speak openly and honestly about their experience of recent years.”
-Bets are being made about the new baby’s name, with “Diana” leading the way with 10/1 odds.
-The Golden Globes have come and gone, but the LA Times is still going after them. They just reported that HFPA members voted not to hire a diversity consultant last summer.
–Regé-Jean Page is gonna be in a movie with Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans?! Just take my money already.
-In weirder casting news, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play Jiminy Cricket, and Cynthia Erivo a Blue Fairy in a live-action Pinocchio.
-Though apparently he’s doing well and working with George Clooney.
-Comedian Chris D’Elia is being sued by a woman who says he sought pictures and sex from her when she was 17. He’s accused of soliciting more than 100 sexually explicit photos and videos. He denies the claims.
–Alec Baldwin needs to keep Gillian Anderson’s name out of his mouth.
–Camila Cabello launched an initiative to provide grants to ten BIPOC, LGBTQ+and youth-led organizations to cover six months’ worth of mental health support for their workers.
–Emo is having a moment — and it’s all because of TikTok.
-I’ve missed movies and theatres so, so much during this past year, and there’s only been two experiences that have made me feel like I was sitting in an audience again. The first was last fall’s David Byrne’s Utopia, and the second was the In & Of Itself, which just landing on Crave. It’s ostensibly a magic show (and yes, there are some card tricks and illusions) but it’s more an examination of identity and personal narratives. I sobbed — not because it was depressing but just because it was so incredibly profound and moving.
-Moxie, the new Amy Poehler–directed teen-feminist rom-com on Netflix, is getting lukewarm reviews.
–Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer become superheroes in Netflix’s Thunder Force trailer. The “Kiss From a Rose” bit got me. Also, the fact that Bobby Cannavale and McCarthy keep making movies together makes me happy.