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Jen McDonnell

Veronica Mars Arrives Early, Screws Up Our Weekend

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-Well, here’s a kick in the pants. During the Veronica Mars Comic Con panel, Kristen Bell announced that all the new episodes are now available on Hulu — a week early. (Crave TV dropped it early here in Canada, too.)  Instead of being ecstatic, most fans on my Twitter TL are pissed. I get it — people hadn’t finished their rewatches. Plus, I had plans this weekend and now I just wanna curl up and watch it. No to mention that from a publicity point of view it’s just dumb. The fans who would generate the most buzz were at that Comic Con panel and are now angry that they have to decide if they want to hole up in their hotel room bingeing it instead of attending the event they spent hundreds of dollars on. Not to mention that every TV writer who was going to cover their panel is now scrapping those stories and their previews in order to quickly pull together their recaps. Just dumb.

-In less infuriating Kristen Bell news, she and Lin-Manuel Miranda met each other at Comic Con and had a mutual lovefest/freakout.

Jamie Lee Curtis announced two final Halloween movies at Comic Con.

-The Avengers cast didn’t make it to Comic Con, but a bunch of them sent cute video messages.

Miley Cyrus is trying to jump on the “hot girl summer” trend, with unfortunate results.

-Yet another CW actress is getting the opportunity to direct an episode of her show. Love.

-Speaking of the CW, Brandon Routh will once again suit up as Superman for the Arrowverse crossover, which is super fun.

-I agree with this entire take about why Chris Pratt is the worst Chris.

-I love this Natasha Lyonne photo shoot!

-I’m trying not to get too excited about the adaptation of The Hating Game, but they just cast goddess Gina Torres as Lucy’s boss!

-Brad Pitt grapples with his father’s actions in the new trailer for Ad Astra.

 

 

 

Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson and More Star in the Cats Trailer

-The trailer for Cats just dropped and what. the. fork. Seriously, all that talk about “digital fur technology” and this is what they came up with?! For all those people complaining about the uncanny valley of the new Lion King movie, just wait until the get an eyeful of cat boob. I’m gonna have nightmares about this for weeks…

-Speaking of The Lion King, the new video for “Spirit” shows Beyonce with her dancers interspersed with clips from film — and includes an adorable appearance by Blue Ivy.

-I’m bummed that Bradley Whitford and Jane Kaczmarek are no longer married — but I do approve of his new marriage to Transparent costar Amy Landecker. Their wedding photo is *chef’s kiss*

-According to a new story in People, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s split from Kate and William will “allow them more time to be like family.” So they won’t see each other except at awkward holiday dinners?

Trevor Noah used his latest “Between the Segments” clip to address the Scarlett Johansson casting controversy, and it’s a very articulate, measured take.

-I liked this article on Emmy campaigning by smaller shows like Schitt’s Creek and Killing Eve, who relied on buzz and fan engagement instead of trying to spend money on billboards and trade publication ads.

Will Smith trying to direct Jaden in a commercial is a good time.

-Netflix is losing U.S. subscribers for the first time in 8 years. Their shares nosedived 10% today after their Q2 reporting revealed a massive miss on new subscriber targets.

-Variety’s new cover story on Orange Is the New Black is a little too fawning, but I do like the acknowledgement that this show taught us how to watch TV on streaming.

Bella Thorne and ex-girlfriend Tana Mongeau got into a Twitter fight last night. All the teens in your life care about this a lot. Trust.

-Booksmart’s Kaitlyn Dever plays a rape victim in the trailer for the new Netflix limited series Unbelievable, which costars Toni Collette and Merritt Wever as detectives working on a similar case.

Ted Danson has already lined up his post-The Good Place gig: he’ll star in an NBC sitcom from Tina Fey.

-Hulu released the trailer for Untouchable, the Ursula Macfarlane-directed documentary about the fall of Harvey Weinstein.

-Love this article on how Legends of Tomorrow is living its best life as TV’s superhero underdog.

-At a Comic Con preview last night, DC showed the Batwoman pilot and early word of mouth is positive, with critics noting that it leans into the lead character’s queerness.

-It’s only day one of Comic Con and already we’ve gotten tons of news, such as the fact that Edward Furlong will play John Connor again for the first time in decades in the new Terminator movie.

-We also got a star-studded trailer for the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, which features Chris Hemsworth, Melissa Benoist, Matt Damon, Rosario Dawson, Ben Affleck, Nicolas Cage, Justin Long, Grant Gustin, Craig Robinson and more.

Tom Cruise made a surprise Comic Con appearance today to debut the Top Gun: Maverick trailer, 34 years after the original. “All of the flying you see in this picture, everything is real,” he told the crowd. This looks gorgeous. (And the short glimpse of a shirtless Glen Powell has already set Twitter on fire).

 

Arrow Bows Out with EW Cover

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-I’ve given up on most of the Arrowverse shows, but good on EW for finally giving them a cover (the first monthly issue since they dropped the weekly format) in honor of Arrow’s final, shortened season.  Amell looks hella tired though.

Tom Holland was spotted looking cozy with a girl who is NOT Zendaya and we’re all a little bit heartbroken.

-Ok, critics who’ve seen Veronica Mars’ new season keep warning about the “gutting” ending and I’m getting really worried. The latest is from Vulture: “It’s worth noting that some of the season’s concluding events will make some viewers, very, very, very mad. Really, incandescently mad.”

-Gossip Girl is coming back! An update just landed a straight-to-series order at Warner’s new streaming platform HBO Max, with Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage returning as EPs. It’ll be interesting to see how it’ll work with today’s social media. Will the new GG be more like a Diet Prada or Shade Room?

-I don’t even watch The Bachelorette but this recap is great.

-In advance of Friday’s trailer, the Cats movie released a featurette starring Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Rebel Wilson and more. I’m still not entirely convinced this whole movie isn’t a prank. Between director Tom Hopper talking about how it’s a “timely story about diversity and inclusion” and James Corden saying “These are people but they’re cats. This is kind of blowing my mind,” it definitely feels like a prank.

-Time has named the 25 most influential people on the internet.

-This thread of Fleabag scenes makes me want to rewatch it even though I JUST DID.

R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to new federal charges and has been denied bail. The singer faces 18 combined charges for alleged crimes against 10 victims.

-Prosecutors have dropped Kevin Spacey‘s criminal sexual assault case due to his accuser’s “unavailability.”

-HBO didn’t submit Gwendoline Christie for an Emmy so she paid the $225 fee, submitted herself and got a nomination, which is the most Brienne thing ever.

-Wait, Mr. Robot is still on TV??!

-Two months after NBC canceled A.P. Bio, the sitcom has been revived — on NBCUniversal’s forthcoming streaming service.

-The first trailer for Hustling, starring Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart, Julia Stiles, Lizzo and Cardi B, has arrived. Inject this directly into my eyeballs please!!! (Also, if you’ve never read The Cut article that this movie is based on, it’s a wild ride.)