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Brad Pitt Shoots For the Stars in Ad Astra

Brad Pitt GQ Interview

Brad Pitt is on the cover of the latest issue of GQ. I have no idea why they used the obscured hoodie/sunglasses photo when the pics of him playing ping pong are SO MUCH BETTER. In the interview, he says New York is off limits to him (“It’s always been tough for me. Just the paparazzi. I can’t have freedom there. So without that — it takes the fun out of it”) and talks about how his views on religion have changed (“Oh, man, I’ve gone through everything. Like, I cling to religion. I grew up with Christianity. Always questioned it, but it worked at times. And then when I got on my own, I completely left it and I called myself agnostic. Tried a few spiritual things but didn’t feel right. Then I called myself an atheist for a while, just kind of being rebellious. I wasn’t really. But I kinda labeled myself that for a while. It felt punk rock enough. And then I found myself coming back around to just belief in—I hate to use the word spirituality, but just a belief in that we’re all connected”).

-In another interview (this one with EW), Pitt says he’s going to “abstain” from Oscar campaigning. “I find chasing it actually a disservice to the purity of your telling a story, and a shackling thing to focus on.” It sounds like he’s pretty much a lock for a supporting nod for Once Upon a Time, and a strong possibility for a lead nomination for Ad Astra, so it probably won’t matter. Also, aren’t all these magazine covers a form of campaigning?!

-Backstage at the Creative Arts Emmys this weekend, Rachel Bloomannounced she’s three months pregnant.

-There are some odd hair choices being made by Young Hollywood right now. Stranger Things’ Joe Keery proved that 98% of his hotness stemmed from his hair after he debuted this horrendous new ‘do, while Noah Centineo’s blonde beardisn’t winning any fans.

-Hustlers opened even better than expected with $33M at the weekend box office (which is huge for an R-rated non-franchise release). More than two-thirds of the audience was women.

-If you were anywhere on the internet this weekend, you saw Hustlers star Keke Palmer‘s “sorry to this man” meme. She’s since commented on it: “After finding out who he is, I’m glad I didn’t know.”

-A week after announcing her split from her husband, Zooey Deschanel is dating Property Brothers’ Jonathan Scott.

Charlize Theron says she’s having a threesome with Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie. I’m into it.

-This article on the “toolification” of Jeremy Renneris worth your time.

-It took a while, but SNL has fired Shane Gillis for his racist remarks just days after announcing he was joining the show. “We were not aware of his prior remarks that have surfaced over the past few days… We are sorry that we did not see these clips earlier, and that our vetting process was not up to our standard.” Ignore the manbabies whining about this on Twitter. It’s not cancel culture — it’s the consequences of people speaking up against a racist.

-I started Netflix’s Unbelievable this weekend and the first couple of episodes are slow but it starts cooking once Merritt Wever and Toni Collette team up. Here’s a great interview with Wever, who remains a ball of insecurity. She even revisits her hilarious “Thank you. I gotta go. Bye” Emmy speech.

-The Downton Abbey cast discuss their TV series’ stateside success and the possibility of another movie in a new interview with Town & Country.

Taylor Swift will be a mentor on The Voicethis season. Blink twice if you’re being blackmailed into this, Taylor!!

-I’m really liking this series on film festival background players. The latest: a bartender reveals what it’s like to work a star-studded party at TIFF.

-The director of Suicide Squad is sensitive, y’all.

Charlie Hunnam just landed a new Apple+ drama. I saw in IRL last week and I get it now.

-This is super fun: ABC just announced a “Cast From the Past Week,” in which former costars will reunite on various ABC shows during the second week of October. Charmed stars Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs will play sisters on Grey’s Anatomy, Cheers vets Kirstie Alley, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger and George Wendt will reunite on The Goldbergs, The Drew Carey Show’s Drew Carey, Ryan Stiles and Kathy Kinney will appear on American Housewife, and more.

-Huh. I thought for sure it would go to Hulu because of the NBC-ness of it all, but Netflix just nabbed Seinfeld.

-Netflix’s new YA series, Daybreak, has dropped its first trailer. I’m very into a post-apocalyptic high school drama — and intrigued that @ira is on the writing staff.

Paul Rudd fights with a superior version of himself in the new trailer for Netflix’s Living With Yourself.

Felicity Huffman Is Going To Jail

Felicity Huffman just got sentenced to 14 days in jail for her part in the college admissions scandal.

Adele filed for divorce yesterday, ending her 7-year relationship with Simon Konecki.

-The print edition of Marie Claire is going away, which is incredibly sad. But they’re going out with a cover that features Kacey Musgraves, Awkwafina, Lilly Singh and Megan Rapinoe.

-Once again, SNL has hired a new castmember seemingly without doing a basic Google search. New player Shane Gillis has been forced to apologize after racist and homophobic audio and tweets surfaced. And these weren’t from decades ago — they were from last year. (This audio clip in which he makes fun of Asian people is from TWO WEEKS ago!) He also called Judd Apatow and Chris Gethard the f-word. Oh, and he didn’t *actually* apologize; he just said “I’m happy to apologize to anyone who’s actually offended by anything I’ve said. My intention is never to hurt anyone but I am trying to be the best comedian I can be and sometimes that requires risks.” Ugh. Being a bigot isn’t risky; it’s the laziest thing ever.

-Speaking of Chris Gethard, he once did this very good interview about comedians being intentionally offensive.

-The internet is convinced Rihanna is pregnant.

Brad Pitt told Ellen DeGeneres that she once hit on his then-girlfriend at a party: “I was flattered.”

-I don’t know how Vulture could have done a roundup of TIFF movies that are tearjerkers and not include The Friend, in which Jason Segel plays a man who moves in with his best couple friends when the wife is diagnosed with terminal cancer. My whole theatre SOBBED.

Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s book Fleishman Is in Trouble — which might actually be my fave novel this year — is getting the TV treatment.

-On the 25th anniversary of Party of Five’s premiere, the reboot has announced its premiere date. To celebrate its anniversary, let’s look back on this look back at its best episode. I remember my mother and I watching this together and totally falling apart when Claudia makes her ultimatum.

-This is a pretty shocking Photoshop fail of a Margot Robbie photo.

-Bones actors David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel and producers Kathy Reichs and Barry Josephson alleged that Fox had cheated them out of tens of millions of dollars. How the case was settled.

Rosamund Pike plays two-time Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie in the trailer for Radioactive.

Italia Ricci and Robbie Amell Welcome Baby Boy

-Congrats to Italia Ricci and Robbie Amell, who welcomed their first child — a boy they named Robert Amell V. She’s been hilarious to follow on IG during her pregnancy. Also they got Thai food from Pai delivered to their Toronto hospital room last night, so they clearly have good taste.

James McAvoy says Jennifer Lawrence‘s mother told him the actress was born with teeth.

-I like everything about EW’s cover story on Hustlers.

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello made fun of their kissing skills in a hilarious new video. I don’t know what’s really going on with those two but I must admit they’re winning me over.

Miley Cyrus and Kaitlynn Carter reportedly “couldn’t keep their hands off each other” at a New York Fashion Week party.

Mandy Moore is releasing new music next week and I hope it’s amazing and acts as a giant middle finger to Ryan Adams.

-Don’t expect Rihanna to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime show anytime soon.

Critics are divided on Taika Waititi’s Holocaust dramedy Jojo Rabbit, which premiered this week at TIFF.

-This article on a publicist whose job is to babysit actors during TIFF is a great read. “You would think that the Mark Wahlbergs and J.Los of the world would be the most demanding but, A-list talent like them know their job and know what they are there for. The C-listers are new and so excited to do whatever you need and they don’t question anything. They’re great. The problem, in general, is the B-listers. They are about to launch, but they also know they aren’t nobodies so they push [boundaries] with you. Some will demand, ‘Well, Julia Roberts got that why don’t I get that?’ And you’re like, ‘Because you’re not Julia Roberts?'” I’m very curious about who the indie-actress-turned-franchise star could be. Jennifer Lawrence? Brie Larson?

Demi Moore has released a memoir, in which she reveals she was raped at 15 and abused Vicodin after a miscarriage during her marriage to Ashton Kutcher.

-So Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse are dating again? Or maybe they never actually broke up. Who can keep track?

Judith Light got a star on the Walk of Fame today and I love that her Ugly Betty costar America Ferrera gave a speech.

Kim Kardashian says that she and hubby Kanye West may be moving to Wyoming part-time.

-SNL just added three new feature players — including their first Asian cast member. How is it possible that it’s taken this long?!

Meghan Markle launched her charity capsule collection today and a lot of my Twitter TL were scrambling to buy the tan tote, which sold out almost immediately.

J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot just landed a $250M all-encompassing partnership — including film, TV, video games, digital — with WarnerMedia.

John Greene‘s novel Looking for Alaska gets the TV treatment in this trailer for Hulu’s new adaptation. All the music is from 2005, so it’s basically made for me.