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Jen McDonnell

Succession Season 3 Enters Beast Mode

-The Succession season 3 trailer has arrived and it’s got everything: fake cyanide pills, Logan in “full fu*king beast” mode, Adrien Brody looking cold, Alexander Skarsgard using his real accent.

Anya Taylor-Joy is on the October cover of Vogue Mexico.

Hailey Bieber is shooting down rumours that Justin Bieber is mistreating her.

-Reviews of The Morning Show season 2 (which just dropped its premiere) indicate it’s bonkers, but you can’t look away.

-This video of Daniel Craig addressing the crew at the wrap of his last Bond movie is very sweet.

Dan Levy has inked a movie and TV deal with Netflix, and one of his first projects will be to direct and star in a romcom. Love this for him!

-This interview with Selma Blair is well worth your time. “I didn’t understand people didn’t hurt every day. I’ve hurt since I can remember.”

-Actor Frank Grillo is not happy with the cut of his performance in Cop Shop.

-Ted Lasso’s Brett Goldstein was very adorable on Kimmel last night.

-Here’s the You season 3 trailer. (The noise I made when Scott Speedman showed up…) Twitter buzz from TV critics suggest this is its strongest season yet.

The Humans trailer shows Beanie Feldstein, Steven Yeun, Richard Jenkins and Amy Schumer trying to survive a family dinner in a horrible NYC apartment. This is my closing TIFF film this weekend so I’m hoping to end on a high.

-Here’s the first teaser for Guillermo Del Toro’s Nightmare Alley, starring Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett.

Jean Smart on the ‘Jeanaissance’

jean smart on the cover of variety

Jean Smart, who is nominated at Sunday night’s Emmy Awards for both Hacks and Mare of Easttown, covers the new issue of Variety. She talks about her character on Designing Women (“I always felt like she was my actual core person, kind of gullible and trusting and believes that everybody’s basically good. And I’d like to play a character like that again”) and losing her husband while she was shooting Hacks (“Him passing away was just not ever even a thought. And it’s changed every moment of my everyday life; every atom of my existence I feel like is altered”).

Andrew Garfield revealed his mother died while he was preparing to film Tick, Tick… Boom! and says “every frame, every moment, every breath” of his performance in the musical is in honour of her. “We lost her just before COVID, just before we started shooting, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. So, for me, I was able to continue her song on the ocean and the wave of Jonathan [Larson]’s songs. It was an attempt to honor him in his unfinished song, and her in her unfinished song, and have them meet.”

-Real Housewives star Mary Cosby has been accused of running a cult. What is up with all the shady activity and criminal investigations overtaking this franchise lately?

Timothée Chalamet dined with Larry David in NYC and everyone is wondering what in the world that convo sounded like.

Zoë Kravitz and Channing Tatum may not have officially commented on their relationship yet, but they did allow Vogue to take a photo of them at the Met Gala featuring him holding her purse.

-An ex Grey’s Anatomy exec producer says that leading up to Derek’s death, Patrick Dempsey was “sort of was terrorizing the set. Some cast members had all sorts of PTSD with him. He had this hold on the set where he knew he could stop production and scare people…I think he was just done with the show. He didn’t like the inconvenience of coming in every day and working. He and Shonda were at each other’s throats.”

Natalie Portman‘s new Dior ad is very, very pretty. (I coulda done without the whale shot, for my own mental sanity.)

-Also pretty is JLo‘s video from Venice for Dolce & Gabbana (though I still can’t believe everyone seems to be giving that  brand a pass).

-Smallville’s Allison Mack has begun her three-year prison sentence related to her involvement in the NXIVM sex cult.

-This is an interesting take on how Nicky Minaj‘s vaccine tweets are distracting us all from the fact that her husband is facing 10 years in prison.

-One of the multiple sexual assault lawsuits against Marilyn Manson has been dismissed due to statute of limitations.

-Following all the pushback against CBS’ proposed reality show The Activist (this was my fave reaction to it), they’re backtracking and re-imagining the show.

Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman talked about the horrible racist cyber-bullying he received when judging Canada’s Drag Race. It’s awful obviously, but fan fave contestant Jimbo had a different take on it: “It was just not the right fit with the [early pandemic] times, that stereotypical harsh judge — the Simon Cowell, tough-love judge. I don’t think him playing up that campy bitchiness was the best way to go about it all.” (And I’m guessing his judging had more to do with the producers than him.)

-There won’t be new rotating guest hosts this time around on Jeopardy. Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings will split hosting duties for the rest of the season.

-Ted Lasso led the winners at the 37th annual Television Critics Association’s 2021 Awards.

-This is review of Hulu’s The D’Amelio Show paints a grim view of the two teen TikTokers’ lives. “Charlie and Dixie D’Amelio seem truly distressed about the expectations they labor under, but to be famous and to continue working at the pace that they do seems to be their only mode of being.”

-Here’s the trailer for Love Life season 2. I really liked the first season with Anna Kendrick, and am very much looking forward to this one with William Jackson Harper (The Good Place’s Chidi).

Christopher Nolan’s demands to secure the rights to his next film, a movie about J. Robert Oppenheimer, included total creative control, at least a 100-day theatrical window, around a $100 million budget, equal marketing spend, 20 percent of first-dollar gross, and a blackout period where the studio would not release another movie for three weeks before and after the feature. Look, I don’t begrudge him for trying to get the most control and money possible. But for someone who talks a big game about how streaming is killing theatres, him demanding the studio can’t release another movie within three weeks of his has nothing to do with the health or future of theatres.

-Following the box office success of Shang-Chi, Disney will debut the rest of the movies on its 2021 schedule in theaters only.

David Chase is not happy that his Sopranos prequel is also streaming on HBO Max. “I don’t think, frankly, that I would’ve taken the job if I knew it was going to be a day-and-date release…People should go see it in a theater. It was designed to be a movie. It’s beautiful as a movie. I never thought that it would be back on HBO. Never.” I don’t know that an audience who fell in love with a show on TV is really interested in watching this any place but on TV. Also, the next time a director bemoans their project going to streaming during a pandemic because they care about which medium is displaying their art (which I’m sure is true), they should also be asked if some of their anger is coming from missing out on box office points and backend profits. Which would be understandable! But maybe it’s just not all about the art?

Maria Schrader’s I’m Your Man has been chosen to represent Germany at the Oscars. I saw it this week and I loved it. Who knew Dan Stevens spoke perfect German?

-Here’s a new TV spot for The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson.

Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s Influence

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on the cover of Time

-Time’s 100 Influential People issue has arrived, and among those honoured are Prince Harry and Megan Markle. In his tribute to them, chef and activist José Andrés writes, “In a world where everyone has an opinion about people they don’t know, the duke and duchess have compassion for the people they don’t know. They don’t just opine. They run toward the struggle.”

Angelina Jolie visited the White House today to meet with officials from the Justice Department to discuss reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.

Drew Barrymore hosted a Never Been Kiss cast reunion on her show, and it was all kinds of cute. Michael Vartan remembered getting a little too into their kissing scene.

Cameron Diaz also appeared on Drew‘s show and offered dating advice.

Octavia Spencer said she reached out to Britney Spears and Sam Asghari to apologize for her “get a prenup” comment.

-It looks like Britney is taking her advice anyway and working on a prenup. Thank heavens.

Britney deleted her Instagram, but it’s all good. She tweeted, “Don’t worry folks … just taking a little break from social media to celebrate my engagement. I’ll be back soon”

Chrissy Teigen says she got the fat sucked out of her cheeks. I thought people paid to put that in?

-I didn’t know that Tom Hiddleston was dating Zawe Ashton but I’ve like her since Misfits.

Jurnee Smollett shared a lovely tribute on Instagram to he Lovecraft Country co-star Michael K. Williams.

Wendy Williams has pushed back the season premiere of her show after testing positive for COVID-19.

Brie Larson’s abs are making me wish I worked out more (and also could afford to spend all day working on my abs, like she clearly does).

-News of a remake of The Bodyguard was not met with much enthusiasm.

-Despite what fans want to believe, it wasn’t social media chatter that saved Manifest.

-I hate it when literary critics praise Sally Rooney books for her romance tropes, while still acting like they’re above romance novels.

-Sony is already teasing Venom 2’s post-credits scene.

-The new trailer for Steven Spielberg’s grandiose adaptation of West Side Story staring Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler is here.