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Jen McDonnell

BTS’ Grammy Bid

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BTS hit another mainstream milestone by covering Variety’s Grammy issue. There’s also a cute behind the scenes video from the shoot.

-I’m pretty sure all the Tracee Ellis Ross and Harry Styles dating rumours came about just because they had good chemistry together on a talk show once (mostly because Tracee was trying to pick up the slack from the other guest — Kendall Jenner), but I don’t hate it.

-The MCU has found its Ms. Marvel: Markham, Ont native Iman Vellani. The 18-year-old will star in the new Disney+ series.

Angelina Jolie reportedly insisted Brad Pitt quarantine for two-weeks after returning from their Chateau in France with Nicole Poturalski. Oh, so she asked him to do what he’s actually required to after international travel? What a monster.

-Everyone who got bad vibes from Max Ehrich when he was engaged to Demi Lovato seems justified these days. He posted IG messages implying Lovato was being abused and added “I’ll be posting on here for updates every few hours with pics… In case people try to ‘Jeffrey Epstein’ me.”

Tony Lanez’s team allegedly sent several emails to media outlets pretending to be members of Megan Thee Stallion’s record label, 300 Entertainment, in order to “campaign press” on his behalf. The email contained doctored texts and a link to a report that claimed that Megan did not want to testify against Lanez about her shooting. In a statement, Megan’s lawyer said, “We have been made aware of manipulated text messages and invented email accounts that have been disseminated to the media in a calculated attempt to peddle a false narrative”

Cardi B spent last night’s debate on Instagram fact-checking the president’s comments.

-I don’t believe anything from this website, but I really really don’t believe in an Enola Holmes spinoff starring Henry Cavill. The movie was fine but he was so very miscast. When has Sherlock Holmes ever been a hunky, empathetic hero?

-Production has paused on Riverdale and Supergirl due to a shortage of COVID-19 testing capacity in Vancouver. “This is a situation we are continuing to monitor hour by hour and day by day,” one studios said.

Ethan Hawke is getting raves for his performance in the new miniseries The Good Lord Bird.

-Now John Cleese is defending J.K. Rowling.

-Here’s the first trailer for Lee Isaac Chung’s critically adored Sundance hit, Minari, a sweeping epic starring Steven Yeun about a Korean family putting down roots in the rugged American heartland.

Meghan Markle Calls Out Fake News

Meghan Markle appeared at Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women virtual summit and spoke about the blowback she gets for talking about things like Black Lives Matter or voting. “If you look back at anything that I’ve said, it’s really interesting because what ends up being inflammatory – it seems – is people’s interpretation of it. But if you listen to what I actually say, it’s not controversial.”

-Also, I don’t believe these reports about Meghan Markle having serious ambitions to run for president, but I love how freaked out people are by it.

January Jones is posting on Instagram again and her videos remain wild/the best. She started her latest one by lying on the floor of her closet, and then poured beer in her bath because she read that Cleopatra used to bathe in sperm and said “depending on who you dated it can’t be that much different, right?” God, I love her.

-Speaking of funny IG videos, I always forget that Adele and Nicole Richie are BFFs.

Gabrielle Union and NBC have reached an “amicable resolution” after the former America’s Got Talent judge accused the network of discrimination. I hope NBC backed up a Brinks truck in her driveway.

-Trump reportedly took $300 million from the CDC, which could be used to fight the coronavirus, to make ads where celebrities like Dennis Quaid tell us to be more optimistic about the coronavirus. The results are interviews like this one, in which Quaid says he believes Trump is “doing a good job” handling the pandemic. Gross.

-People are loving the way Mariah Carey shades Jennifer Lopez in her new book. This is nothing compared to that infamous interview JLo did in 1998 where she shaded Cameron Diaz, Winona Ryder and Gwyneth Paltrow. If you’ve never read it, pour yourself a glass of wine and settle in!

-I know that I’m biased against Matt Damon and Ben Affleck‘s The Last Duel already based on the film’s premise (a man challenges his best friend to a dual after his wife claims the friend raped her) but my god, these set pictures are ridiculous.

Naya Rivera‘s sister is asking for “compassion” following a report that claimed she moved in with her sister’s ex-husband to help raise Naya’s son. “In the darkest time of my life, the only thing that is important is my friends & family. Showing up for my nephew, even though I can’t show up for myself,” she wrote on Instagram. “Im not concerned with the way things look because no one can see each agonizing moment we all endure.”

-Is there beef between Sarah Paulson and Kristin Chenoweth? Is it based on Paulson playing a character modelled after Chenoweth on Studio 60 or does it run deeper?

The Borat sequel has been acquired by Amazon Studios; Sacha Baron Cohen‘s film will debut on Prime Video right before election day.

-This is unexpected: Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins is directing a sequel to last year’s live-action Lion King.

Jennifer Aniston said on a podcast with Will Arnett and Jason Bateman that she nearly quit acting a couple of years ago because a project she worked on was “unprepared” and it “sucked the life” out of her, and now everyone is trying to guess at what that project was. Office Christmas Party? Dumplin? The Yellow Birds?

Max Ehrich said that days after his split from Demi Lovato people were “harassing” his mom with text messages “all throughout the night,” and asked for everyone to stop.

-Here’s our first look at Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher and Emma Corrin as Princess Diana in the new season of The Crown.

-A Dolly Parton Christmas movie costarring Christine Baranski and directed by Debbie Allen has landed at Netflix and dear god I need it now.

-I missed this earlier because for some reason the CW dropped it on Friday night, but here’s our first look at Javicia Leslie suited up as Batwoman.

-I’m not sure that the world needs a remake of The Craft but this actually looks pretty great?

Jodie Turner-Smith, Anjelica Huston and Florence Welch for Gucci’s “Bloom”

Gucci’s new ad campaign features Anjelica Huston, Jodie Turner-Smith and Florence Welch. And it’s soundtracked by a Mazzy Star song! I immediately want to buy whatever perfume they’re selling.

Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix welcomed their first child together — a boy they named River in honor of Phoenix’s brother, the famous actor who died in 1993. I have to go cry forever.

-Another surprise celeb baby arrival: Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski welcomed a son.

-In other baby news, Game of Thrones stars Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie are expecting.

-The Demi Lovato/Max Ehrich split is getting messy messier. She’s reportedly embarrassed after he claimed on social media that he found out about their breakup through the media and that she’s allowing him to be “bullied” by her fans.

Gwyneth Paltrow celebrated her 48th birthday by posting a nude photo on Instagram and frankly, why not?

-In an interview with Empire, Sienna Miller revealed that Chadwick Boseman had taken a cut on his salary for 21 Bridges in order to fix the salary disparity she was facing. He told her: “You’re getting paid what you deserve, and what you’re worth.”

Eddie Redmayne (who once problematically played a trans woman) tries to have it both ways in a new interview: both decrying the hatred trans people get but jumping to J.K. Rowling’s defense.  “Though he disagreed with Rowling’s comments on the issue, he was alarmed by the ‘vitriol’ hurled at her on social media, which he termed ‘absolutely disgusting’, and which prompted him to write her a private note.”  I mean, if she didn’t want any vitriol directed her way, she could always stop baiting the entire internet?

-All heroes let you down eventually. It’s Sex Pistols’ John Lydon’s turn today.

-It’s wild to me that Katherine McPhee has been courting her gay fanbase for years, and yet is a Trump supporter.

-Meanwhile, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson endorsed Biden and the replies to his tweet are so, so disturbing. (Of course, many of them are bots.)

-In Mariah Carey‘s new book, she says she secretly recorded a grunge rock album in the ’90s. She’s since tweeted that she’s on “a quest to unearth the version of this album with my lead vocals and will not stop until we find it.”

-I kind of like the new pop-punky Machine Gun Kelly and Halsey song — which makes me hate myself a little.

-The fact that Beth Grant keeps replying to this tweet about how she’s been in everything and giving tidbits about each acting role is the wholesome Twitter content I need right now.

James Cameron says Avatar 2 is “100% done” filming and Avatar 3 is “95% complete” because they’ve been shooting in New Zealand. “We’re able to operate. We’re able to shoot and have a more or less normal life here. We were very fortunate, so I don’t see any roadblocks to us getting the picture finished, getting both pictures finished.” Sure, but do we believe him?

-The World’s A Little Blurry, the new documentary on Billie Eilish, is set to hit theaters and Apple TV Plus early next year.

-Julie and the Phantoms actor Jeremy Shada and his wife are selling t-shirts based on fan art and it all seems quite shady. There are whole think pieces to be written on fandoms who produce creative works and how their free labour is used.

-13 Reasons Why star Anne Winters really, really wants to play Madonna in the new biopic and doesn’t care who knows. This seems so thirsty to me but I guess you gotta do what you gotta do these days.

-The BTS boys just became millionaires today (and their producer became a billionaire) thanks to an impressive initial public offering of their label Big Hit Entertainment.

-I’m going to incorporate Rihanna’s “but continue” rebuttal into every terrible work email I have to reply to from now on.

-Gilmore Girls costars Keiko Agena (Lane Kim) and Adam Brody (Dave Rygalski) came together on Instagram Live to discuss the ways in which they’re getting involved ahead of the election.

-YouTube beauty star Jeffree Star reportedly took somewhere between $350,000 to $1 million in PPP loans designed to help small business owners during covid.

Richard Jenkins plays a fast food employee who must train a new person before he retires in the trailer for The Last Shift.