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Zendaya Is Stunning In InStyle

zendaya instyle september 2020

Zendaya covers the September issue of InStyle, styled by Law Roach and wearing Pyer Moss, Hanifa, Romeo Hunte and Christopher John Rogers. Roach said he only used clothing, shoes and jewels from black designers for the shoot.

In the story, Zendaya talks to Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors about her activism. “I’m an actress, but I’m also just a person who has a heart and wants to do the right thing.”

-Zendaya’s rumoured boyfriend Jacob Elordi is interviewed in Variety, and talked about not yet seeing Kissing Booth 2, and the attention surrounding Deep Water costars Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas (“I feel so bad for them. Let them walk their bloody dog”).

-E! News is reporting that Jennifer Garner has split from John Miller after almost 2 years together. In (possibly related?) other news, she was spotted hanging out with Alias costar Bradley Cooper and his daughter on a beach in Malibu. (This is a much better rumour than the one about Bradley dating Anna Wintour, which is somehow circulating again.)

-Meanwhile, Bradley was spotted grabbing dinner with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio.

-In a clip for the new season of Selling Sunset, Chrishell Stause reveals This Is Us star Justin Hartley told her via text that he had filed for divorce. “I found out because he texted me that we were filed. Forty-five minutes later, the world knew … I talked to him right after ‘cause I thought that must be a joke, but that was kind of the end of the communication.”

Jason Momoa had wife Lisa Bonet‘s old Mustang restored. I can’t tell if this is just an elaborate ad for Ford or not, but it’s sweet enough that I can’t seem to bring myself to care.

George and Amal Clooney have donated $100k to Lebanese charities helping provide aid in Beirut.

-I’m very bummed that High Fidelity starring Zoe Kravitz has been canceled after just one season.

-Three of Bon Appétit’s Test Kitchen stars of color are departing the video channel after failed contract negotiations. Priya Krishna, Rick Martinez, and Sohla El-Waylly will no longer be in Test Kitchen videos, they announced on Instagram. How do you have a very public reckoning with how your treat your non-white employees, and STILL try to lowball them? Krishna mentioned in her statement: “Some of my colleagues in the test kitchen have been publicly supportive but privately complicit, even helping to interview BIPOC video candidates they know will be underpaid.”

-Amazon has ordered a TV adaptation of A League of Their Own, co-created by and starring Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson. Great, now do Pitch!

Taylor Swift has confirmed that Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively‘s daughter’s name is Betty, which I like a lot.

Keke Palmer is set to host the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards at the end of the month. I wish covid didn’t mess this up by making the show more subdued than it usually is, cause she deserves a big moment.

-Music producer Detail, who has worked with Beyonce, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Jennifer Lopez, was arrested and charged with 15 counts of sexual assault and five additional felony assault-related charges.

-This is huge, great news: Candyman’s Nia DaCosta will direct the Captain Marvel sequel.

-What’s going on with YouTubers this week? First Jake Paul’s house is raided by the FBI, and now Alan and Alex Stokes have been arrested and charged with felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor swatting.

Bella Hadid called out cops who weren’t wearing masks.

-It seems the racists can’t tolerate even mainstream darling Oprah finally calling out white privilege.

-This is a very good point about all of the celebrities who are posting support for Ellen Degeneres: their posts sound like they came from a digital media kit. The fact that so many of them reference exact amounts of what she’s contributed to charity is suspicious.

-The release date for Bill & Ted 3 has been moved again — this time up a week. Makes sense, as the following week is suddenly looking busy with Tenet and Mulan duking it out in what is sure to be a very closely watched battle pitting theatres vs streaming.

-A teaser is out for A24’s Zola, a thriller born from a Twitter thread about a Hooters waitress who meets a girl who asks if she wants to make some extra money stripping, and then they end up on a roadtrip to Florida that involves prostitution, pimps, a bipolar boyfriend, kidnapping, and murder. It is a master class in storytelling.

-Also, A24 correcting People’s headline about the teaser is priceless.

-As if she hasn’t given us enough with Black is King, Beyonce also posted three new photos today on Instagram.

Nicole Kidman, Bobby Cannavale and Melissa McCarthy are set to star in Hulu’s limited series Nine Perfect Strangers, which is based on Liane Moriarty’s latest book.

-HBO has shared the first teaser trailer for David E. Kelley and Susanne Bier’s The Undoing, starring Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman.

-Showtime has debuted the first clip for Bryan Cranston’s limited legal drama Your Honor.

-A trip to meet the parents becomes a horror show in the trailer for Charlie Kaufman‘s i’m thinking of ending things.

Kerry Washington Covers Town & Country

-The September cover reveals are landing! I’m so curious to see how magazines will handle remote photo shoots, but we’re starting strong with Kerry Washington looking fab in Town & Country.

Ta-Nehisi Coates will guest-edit Vanity Fair’s Sept issue.

Cameron Diaz joined Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop livestream and talked about turning her back on the movie business, which she says gave her “a peace in my soul because I finally was taking care of myself…It’s so intense to work at that level and be that public and put yourself out there. There’s a lot of energy coming at you at all times when you’re really visible as an actor.”

-This is petty af: Megan Fox posted a photo of Machine Gun Kelly with the caption: “Achingly Beautiful Boy… My heart is yours.” A couple hours later, Brian Austin Green used the same caption and dedicated it to their sons.

Meghan Markle finally got a win: she’s prevented Associated Newspapers (the owner of the Daily Mail) from publishing the names of five of her friends who spoke about her to People.

-It’s wild to me how many celebrities are sticking up for Ellen Degeneres, including Katy Perry, Kevin Hart, Diane Keaton, Ashton Kutcher, and Jay Leno. Is it really so hard to understand that how someone treats a famous guest may be completely different from how they treat their employees?

-Meanwhile, former Ellen Show DJ Tony Okungbowa tweeted: “I did experience and feel the toxicity of the environment and I stand with my former colleagues in their quest to create a healthier and more inclusive workplace.”

-I think it’s hilarious that there’s chatter about replacing Ellen with James Corden — as if the gossip surrounding him isn’t just as bad. Remember when his Reddit AMA got derailed by all the people asking if the stories of him being a jerk IRL are true?

Matt Damon and wife Luciana were seen hanging on the beach with Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas in Malibu the other day.

-This is a great profile on Jurnee Smollett, who should have broken out bigger after Birds of Prey. She talks about the controversy surrounding her casting: “It brought a rage out inside of me, which was great for Canary.”

-The FBI raided Jake Paul’s California home and seized multiple firearms found on the property.

-Ha! Quibi is testing a free, ad-supported model.

-All of the Harry Potter movies will stream on NBCU’s Peacock, even though the franchise is produced by Warner Bros., which is owned by WarnerMedia — which has its own streaming service in HBO Max.

Seth Rogen‘s American Pickle, which debuts tomorrow on HBO Max/Crave, is getting good reviews.

-HBO Max just dropped the first trailer for Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi series Raised by Wolves.

-The Mulan news is huge. I didn’t see a big budget movie like this (reportedly $200-300 million) end up going straight to VOD, but it’ll be available on September 4 via Disney+ for $29.99 (on top of the streaming service’s $6.99 monthly subscription fee).

Marty Jannetty, a former WWE/F wrestler, appears to have confessed to murder via a Facebook post.

-This almost never happens in Hollywood, but Dave and Odette Annable are back together after a 10-month split.

-The trailer for Selena Gomez’s quarantine-shot cooking show looks delightful!

Black Is King — and Beyonce Is Queen

-Black Is King, a new film by Beyonce, debuted at midnight Disney+ and critics are loving it.

-Here’s a close reading of all the symbolism.

Charlize Theron recently told her 5-year-old daughter that she is in a relationship with herself at the moment. “Her mind was blown. But, I know that was the day that she realized there’s a different possibility.”

Rihanna talked about her new Fenty Skin campaign and says she cringes at the idea of inclusion as “a narrative” and that she wants us to reach a point where it just…is.

Brad Garrett called out Ellen DeGeneres on Twitter, saying “it comes from the top” and he “knows more than one who were treated horribly by her.⁩”

Brian McKnight confirmed rumours that Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlakehad a new baby.”

-This interview with Marc Maron about late girlfriend Lynn Shelton is beautiful.

Courteney Cox and David Arquette are set to reprise their roles in a new Scream movie.

-Multiple women have come forward with claims of sexual assault and misconduct against actor Bryan Callen, who played Coach Mellor on The Goldbergs.

Adam Sandler‘s anniversary post is very sweet.

This article detailing everything that went down on the 1999 set of Bryan Singer‘s X-Men is insane. Michael Jackson wanted to play Professor Xavier. One of the film’s actors (Alexander Burton, who played Pyro) filed a civil suit four months after production wrapped, claiming that he was raped by three of Singer’s friends and business associates. Rebecca Romijn would undergo hours of body paint to play Mystique, and then on a whim, Singer would decide not to use her in a scene. Despite a lineup of A-list writers, Singer’s assistant secretly wrote much of the script. Producer Tom DeSanto fought with Singer when he discovered the director and some crew members took drugs before shooting a stunt that left Hugh Jackman bleeding. The next day, most of the main cast descended on Singer’s trailer and threatened to quit if DeSanto left (leading to Halle Balle‘s infamous “You can kiss my black ass” quote).

-Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston revealed that he has recovered from a mild case of covid and is now donating plasma.

-Is the best socially distanced photo yet?

Ryan Reynolds has committed to taking on 10 to 20 trainees from BiPOC communities for his upcoming film in an effort to promote diversity and inclusion in Hollywood.

Evan Rachel Wood discovers the limitations of growing up with grifter parents in Miranda July’s Kajillionaire, which costars Richard Jenkins, Debra Winger and Gina Rodriguez.