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May 31, 2023

Ryan Gosling Goes Deep on Ken


-The Barbie press tour continues to be a delight. Ryan Gosling is up to bat with his new GQ cover story, in which he laughs off those who think he’s too old to play Ken (“Suddenly, it’s like, ‘No, we’ve cared about Ken this whole time.’ No, you didn’t. You never did. You never cared. Barbie never fucked with Ken. That’s the point. If you ever really cared about Ken, you would know that nobody cared about Ken. So your hypocrisy is exposed”), why he took a break from acting when he and Eva Mendes had their second child (“I wanted to spend as much time as I could with them”), how he relates to Ken (“There’s something about this Ken that really, I think, relates to that version of myself. Just, like, the guy that was putting on Hammer pants and dancing at the mall and smelling like Drakkar Noir and Aqua Net-ing bangs. I owe that kid a lot. I feel like I was very quick to distance myself from him when I started making more serious films. But the reality is that, like, he’s the reason I have everything I have”).

-That 70s Show star Danny Masterson has just been found guilty in his rape trial. Of the three counts of rape he was charged with, jurors found him guilty on two counts but were “hopelessly deadlocked” on the third.  He could face up to 30 years in prison.

-The LA District Attorney’s office issued a statement saying it will not pursue charges against Armie Hammer.

Kim Cattrall will reprise her iconic role as Samantha Jones in the Season 2 finale of And Just Like That, but don’t expect a cuddly reunion. Reports Variety: “According to sources, Cattrall shot her dialogue on March 22 in New York City, without seeing or speaking with the stars of the series.”

Sydney Sweeney is promoting her critically acclaimed turn in Reality, and talked about how being an actor is different than it was 20 years ago: “I don’t know if that construct of a movie star is possible anymore. There used to be more mystery behind all of it. You have so much access to your favorite stars or celebrities, and the whole concept is different because of it. Hollywood’s different than what it used to be; I don’t think that has to be a good thing or a bad thing, it’s just that the world is changing.”

-When Robert De Niro welcomed a baby earlier this month, Al Pacino was like “hold my beer.” The 83-year-old actor is expecting a baby with his 29-year-old girlfriend, Noor Alfallah.

-The Jonas Brothers went on a Chicken Shop Date, with a (not too surprising) surprise celeb cameo at the end.

-This Is Us cast had a lot of reunions this week.

-When Damon Lindelof was promoting Mrs Davis (a show I’m loving), he talked a lot about how much he didn’t want to be a showrunner because of how badly he’d messed it up on Lost. “There was toxic, misogynistic, even racist language in those rooms because I allowed it to happen. What I said or didn’t say is not really important. That was the culture, and just because it was happening 20 years ago is no excuse.” Which sounded like an admirable thing to admit at the time, but now that the Lost chapter of Mo Ryan‘s book has been released, it feels more like he was trying to get ahead of what he knew was coming. (I will say that in that chapter, he seems to genuinely grapple with her questions — and she doesn’t let him off the hook when he tries to claim ignorance or ineptitude — while Carlton Cuse just gives boiler plate apologies and denials. Their reactions make a fascinating contrast.)

-Meanwhile, Ryan says there’s a chapter devoted to Sleepy Hollow and I can’t wait. Justice for Nicole Beharie!

-Here’s our first look at Brie Larson in the new Apple TV+ series Lessons in Chemistry, which debuts this October. I adored this book about a female scientists in the 50s who becomes the unlikely star of a cooking show.

-The Other Two is doing such good work this season. They’ve even given Josh Segarra a big, emotional (and surprisingly insightful considering his character) scene.

-The second installment of the animated Miles Morales/Spidey saga, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, is getting glowing reviews.

-Here’s the trailer for the final season of Jack Ryan.

-I haven’t caught up on this week’s Ted Lasso yet but critics are saying it felt like a series finale. And the cast sure are tweeting like it’s the end. So why is Apple remaining mum?

-Here’s the latest Black Mirror trailer.