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June 2023

Tom Holland Faces His Critics


Tom Holland is promoting his new Apple+ show The Crowded Room, and gave his unprompted opinion of the show’s harsh reviews: “It was a kick in the teeth. Rolling over, looking up the reviews, and then all of a sudden I was like, ‘Wow. That’s a bad review.’ Sometimes there’s a redeeming quality in there. There was nothing.” He also talks about the downsides of fame (“It’s tough when every time you leave your front door, you are working. You’re on camera. I can’t walk around New York without clicking everywhere I go”), and why he doesn’t talk much publicly about Zendaya (“Our relationship is something that we are incredibly protective of and we want to keep as sacred as possible. We don’t think that we owe it to anyone, it’s our thing, and it has nothing to do with our careers”).

-He also talked about the secret to his “rizz” (or game): “I have no rizz whatsoever, I have limited rizz..I need you to fall in love with me, really, for it to work. So, long game. Probably making a movie with each other — it definitely helps when the characters are falling in love with one another, you can sort of blur the lines a little bit. That’s kind of where my rizz is at. And, you know, I’m locked up. I’m happy and in love. So I’ve got no need for rizz.”

-Wow, did Brad Pitt‘s publicist write this Vanity Fair piece on his winery war with Angelina Jolie? When speaking of his plane outburst, a source close to Pitt told the magazine, “Brad was drinking, and the confrontation got out of hand. He was absolutely wrong in how he behaved but immediately ​apologized and ​acknowledged that he had crossed a line, which he will always regret, and right away took steps to address this and try to make amends.” Immediately apologized to who?? Made amends how?? Cause he didn’t seem do it publicly or do anything to keep her name from being dragged in the mud.

-The latest Actors on Actors interview is between Natasha Lyonne and Melanie Lynskey. They recalled meeting on the set of Detroit Rock City (“We had some wild times in Toronto”), while Lyonne said of But I’m a Cheerleader: “I don’t know that I would take on playing a lesbian again because of the ways in which society has changed and it feels like, ok so let’s not take opportunity from people.”

-He previously denied it, but Charlie Puth now says he probably did once tell his driver he was hungry by saying “I’m hungies!”  In a new interview with Hilton Dresden, he said: “I’m sure I said it in my subconscious and I just blurted it out. I think I was probably half-asleep. I remember seeing it and thinking, ‘Oh God, that does sound like some stupid crap I would say.’ I don’t remember saying it, but it sounds like something I would say.”

-This sucks: Demi Lovato says she uses “she/her” pronouns again because she was sick of explaining what being nonbinary means. “I constantly had to educate people and explain why I identified with those pronoun. It was absolutely exhausting. And that is one of the reasons that led me to also feel comfortable with the feminine pronoun. I just got tired.”

Mary Louise Parker was asked about ex Billy Crudup‘s recent wedding to Naomi Watts, and was very lovely about it. “I honestly, of course, wish them every happiness because that’s my son’s father. I’m happy they found each other.” Sounds like that time Crudup left her for Claire Danes when Parker was 7 months pregnant is water under the bridge.

Kevin Costner‘s wife filed for divorce—but now he says she refuses to leave their home.

Dylan Sprouse and Barbara Palvin confirmed rumours of their engagement.

-Yikes. Chris Pratt talked about his show The Terminal List and said, “I think every dad secretly fantasizes about what they would do if someone ever fucked with their kids. Your partner sees you staring off into the distance and says, ‘Honey, what are you thinking about?’ And you say, ‘Oh, nothing.’ But what you’re really thinking is, ‘Where’s the duct tape and how deep is the trunk?’ I think that’s most dads. Or maybe that’s just me and I’m revealing something here!”

-Whenever I have been having a rough moment this week, I just watch this video of Penn Badgley recreating the Elaine dance in front of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and all feels right with the world.

-The new season of Black Mirror just dropped on Netflix. Everyone seems to be talking about the episode starring Aaron Paul and Josh Hartnett.

-It’s so weird to me that Netflix seems to hate the idea of re-watchability, which means they don’t understand kids TV. Or fandom.

-Goodreads is not the same since Amazon bought it (I only use it to track what I’ve read/want to read now), but this story about Elizabeth Gilbert not going forward with her upcoming book because it’s set in Russia and Goodreads users were slamming it is odd. It’s not like Eat, Pray, Love was without controversial.

-Oh goodie, the Kevin Spacey redemption tour has commenced. He blames the media for making him a “monster.”

Melissa McCarthy is predictably hilarious on Hot Ones. “I have no threshold for spicy at all, which would make this one of my worst choices in life. And make kind of bad choices so this is saying something.”

Lindsay Lohan Looks Forward to Motherhood

lindsay lohan on the cover of allure

Lindsay Lohan cradles her baby bump on the cover of Allure and talks about impending motherhood (“I can’t wait to see what the feeling is and what it’s like to just be a mom. Happy tears. That’s just who I am. Though now, it’s probably baby emotion. It’s overwhelming in a good way”) and finding stability in her life with her husband in Dubai (“Sometimes I call it The Truman Show, because it’s the same thing every day. But I love it. I really love structure, because I didn’t think I had that when I was young. Everything was coming so fast and I had so many things happening. My only structure was filming and being on set”).

-The news that Treat Williams died in a motorcycle accident is so tragic. His Everwood costars are paying tribute. Gregory Smith, who portrayed his son Ephram, said, “I will always cherish my time with Treat and think fondly of his stories, his laugh and his passion for adventure,” while Emily VanCamp posted on IG, “The many times we worked together- always wonderful and I was always excited for the next time. Sending all my love to your family, Treat. Fly high my friend.”

Emily Blunt talked to Brian Cox on Actors on Actors and said that Meryl Streep was “slightly terrifying” on the set of The Devil Wears Prada: “She said it was one of the first times she’s tried a bit of Method acting to try to stay in her own zone. It made her so miserable playing Miranda. Since then I’ve done two films with her where she’s a completely different, wild wonderful bird that she is.”

-Ezra Miller made their first public appearance in months at The Flash premiere last night. I’m actually surprised they walked the press line.

-The Flash is targeting a $70 million box office opening, which might be disappointing news for Warner Bros. as it cost more than $200 million to make.

-In happier superhero box office news, Across the Spider Verse has already outgrossed the first film in its first 12 days. I loved it (but Gwen being trans-coded totally went over my head.)

Camila Cabello is dating someone who isn’t Shawn Mendes.

-Author Cormac McCarthy has passed away at 89.

The Weeknd says The Idol’s sex scenes aren’t supposed to be sexy and his character is supposed to off as “such a loser.” Oh, well then. Nailed it!

Pat Sajak is stepping down as host of Wheel of Fortune, and Ryan Seacrest is rumoured to be the frontrunner to replace him.

-Wow. Disney just delayed all of its new Star Wars and Avatar movies. Some Marvel stuff too, including pushing back Avengers: Kang Dynasty an entire year, from May 2, 2025 to May 1, 2026. I’m guessing they’re giving themselves time for rewrites depending how the Jonathan Majors of it all shakes out.

Ncuti Gatwa says Ryan Gosling freaked out on the set of Barbie when Gatwa was announced as Doctor Who. “I remember Ryan Gosling bounding up to my trailer like, ‘Doctor Who is the coolest show in the world man! I’m the biggest fan.'”

Kristen Stewart says that she and fiancée Dylan Meyer are “writing a movie. It’s a stoner girl comedy, and it’s really fucking stupid.” I’m already seated.

-There was lots of talk around Twitter today about Tyler Perry finalizing a deal to buy BET Media Group, but it seems like it hasn’t happened — yet, at least.

John Boyega, Teyonah Parris and Jamie Foxx star in the They Cloned Tyrone trailer.

Pedro Pascal and Steven Yeun Talk Road Rage

Pedro Pascal and Steven Yeun teamed up for Variety’s Actors on Actors, and Pascal gushed about working with Bella Ramsey: “I couldn’t have asked for a more anchoring, generous, thoughtful teenager,” while Yeun said he loved “talking shit” with Ali Wong on the set of Beef.

Meghann Fahy and Elizabeth Olsen also did an Actors on Actors interview and wow, does Olsen not sound like she misses playing Wanda.

Kieran Culkin and Claire Danes also interviewed each other, and Culkin begged her to “stop making me cry so much. I’m going to stop watching you’re work; I hate crying.” He also told her of the Roman/Gerri dynamic: “Something in my belly said ‘yeah, this is working.’ I don’t know what it is or why and I didn’t try to identify it — I feel like Roman wouldn’t be able to identify it so I tried to remain in the dark. I sort of thought ‘when the show’s over, I can figure it out’ and I still haven’t.”

-Also, Culkin crashed Brian Cox and Emily Blunt‘s photoshoot and it was adorable. “How are you, are you grumpy today?”

Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup are married. The actress posted a photo from the nuptials at a Manhattan courthouse.

Garth Brooks says his new bar is safe for trans people and will serve Bud Light: “Our thing is this: if you [are let] into this house, love one another. If you’re an asshole, there are plenty of other places on lower Broadway.”

-I watched some of the Tony Awards last night, which felt kind of fun and free as there were no teleprompters in honour of the WGA strike. The fashions were also great, especially Lupita Nyong’o’s look.

-Also, Samuel L. Jackson did not look thrilled when he lost to Brandon Uranowitz.

-Her milkshake brings all the boys to the yard, but Kelis is currently giving it to Bill Murray. When fans asked about the relationship rumours in the comments of her latest IG post, the singer responded “Lol yeah maybe for now everyone’s dumb and will believe anything. But the best part is we are both blessed, rich, and happy. So who’s really laughing now?” When someone else asked her to address the rumours, she wrote “lol no babe, I wouldn’t bother at all”

Kevin Federline is denying a UK tabloid report that he told two reporters that he and his sons were worried about alleged drug use by Britney Spears. “We did allow [reporters] Daphne & Bill into our home because we trusted them, but that trust was lost and we severed ties back in March for many reasons we choose not to go into here.”

-Following Barbie, Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling will reunite in a Ocean’s Eleven prequel.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are not happy that Tr*mp is using the Air monologue in his campaign ads.

-The Globes Globes will no longer be under the oversight of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, as Dick Clark Productions have acquired its rights. Meanwhile, the HFPA will wind down.

-A new Steven Soderbergh interview is always worth a read. He sounds off on cellphones (“Cellphones are the worst thing that’s ever happened to movies…It’s so hard to manufacture drama when everybody can ahold of everybody all the time. It’s just not as fun as in the old days when the phone would ring and you didn’t know who was calling. I remember that fondly’), and talks about why he’s not afraid of AI (“It’s just another tool. If it helps you finish a first draft of a script, great. But can it finish that thing and make it great on its own? Absolutely not. As of today, it is not keeping me up at night”).

-Wednesday actor Percy Hynes White denounced the “campaign of misinformation” against him after he was accused of sexual assault earlier this year: “The rumors are false.”

-This is a lovely story about Barry crewmembers talking about how wonderful Bill Hader was to work with. I listened to his episode recaps this season on The Ringer podcast, and I was always so pleasantly surprised by how willing he was to share the credit. He was always saying stuff like, “Oh, that wasn’t my idea; our lighting guy came up with that” and “we cast our P.A. in that role and isn’t she fantastic?”

Emma Stone and Mark Ruffalo get their weird on in the Poor Things trailer.