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Jen McDonnell

Phoebe Waller-Bridge Talks Taking Over Hollywood

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge is on the cover of THR, talking about her secret new movie (“The day I wrapped ‘Fleabag,’ I went to bed thinking, ‘I’m never going to have another idea again. Oh shit.’ I woke up with the vision of this film”), and being hired to punch up the script for the upcoming Bond film (“A lot has been made of me coming on board because I’m a woman, and that’s wonderful. But also I can’t take credit for the movie that was written. It’s [director] Cary [Joji Fukunaga]’s movie”). Also, I had no idea she’s dating Three Billboards filmmaker Martin McDonagh.

-People mag is quoting a source close to Miley Cyrus who says that there’s a possibility that she might reunite with Liam Hemsworth. “They both agreed it’s better to spend time apart, but this doesn’t mean their relationship is completely over.”

-Here’s photos of Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost kissing during a beachside stroll in the Hamptons, just in case you were worried that they weren’t living their most smug best lives.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk were also spotted on a Hamptons stroll. Is there nothing else to do there?

-Here’s Oprah and Gayle King being quizzed on the meaning of internet slang like “snack” and “thicc.” The fact that Oprah immediately tries to use each word in a sentence as soon as she learns what it mean is precious.

A$AP Rocky has been found guilty in Sweden but will serve no more jail time.

-So I guess those blind items about a starlet who made a deal with Pornhub were about Bella Thorne.

This thread about this season of The Handmaid’s Tale pretty much sums up my feelings on it. I gave up halfway through but tuned back in for the finale and though I thought the last episode was effective, it didn’t make up for the meandering season.

-This is Netflix’s next cheesy romcom with possibly the worst title I’ve ever seen and I’m super here for it.

-There was an OC cast reunion at the airport this week.

-This deep dive into Jeremy Renner’s ridiculous Jeep commercials is just what I needed this week.

-We’re getting more info behind Universal’s decision to scrap The Hunt. Apparently execs and the filmmakers received death threats, and the studio’s internal security got involved. It was still a bad call, IMO.

-Forget those rumours that Anna Wintour is leaving Vogue. Not only is she staying, she’s getting a promotion. Anyone else getting some ‘third act of Devil Wears Prada’ maneuvering vibes?

-This clip of Kate McKinnon, who plays Ruth Bader Ginsburg on SNL, meeting her last night is cute.

-Marc Cherry’s soapy new CBS drama Why Women Kill, starring Lucy Liu and Ginnifer Goodwin, is getting good reviews.

-This is an interesting look on how Netflix will have to change its strategy soon. Between them refusing to give critics screeners for Mindhunter’s new season, and cancelling Tuca and Bertie (which a lot of people didn’t even know existed, even though it starred Tiffany Haddish and was from the Bojack creators), something’s gotta give. I’ve noticed they’ve started a weekly “what’s new this week” show on social media so things don’t get lost in the shuffle, but the fact that I recently watched the last season of Bojack and the algorithm didn’t even prompt me to watch Tuca and Bertie is a problem.

-2 Dope Queens star Phoebe Robinson just landed her own Comedy Central interview show. I recently went to a screening of Magic Mike XXL that she moderated, and she deserves all the good things.

-Here’s the trailer for Bong Joon-ho’s Palme d’Or winning film, Parasite. I really hope this comes to TIFF. All I’ve heard about it is that you should go in knowing as little as possible because the end will blow your mind.

-Here’s the Last Christmas trailer, directed by Paul Feig and starring Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding and Emma Thompson. Look, I’ve been anxiously awaiting this film since they first announced it, but this trailer has me (and pretty much the entire romance-reading population) thinking he’s going to end up being a ghost or an angel, and I’m not here for that.

Anne Hathaway Reflects on Her Career

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Anne Hathaway covers Allure, in which she talks about being told to lose weight since she began working (“At 16 years old, it was ‘Congratulations, you have the part. I’m not saying you need to lose weight. I’m just saying don’t gain weight”) and reflects on how roles for women are slowly changing (“It’s more nuanced, and it’s more interesting. It’s allowed for more interesting characters and stories. Now the big question is, are audiences appreciating it? If it’s not supported, it won’t continue. It will go back to the way it was, and people will say, ‘Okay, that didn’t work.'” Also, her video of trying weird things is very cute.

-I can’t tell if Cate Blanchett is being really modest when talking about wanting to retire, or if she’s subtly shading her new movie, Where’d You Go Bernadette. “It’s time for me to stop. Totally. Absolutely. And I’m sure audiences around the world, when they see this film, will say, ‘Oh, yes. It’s definitely time for her to stop.’ I apologize in advance.” And when the interviewer implores Blanchett to continue acting she added “We’ll see what you say when you see this movie.”

-People are really hating on Drake’s Beatles-inspired tattoo. If only they’d hate on his Chris Brown collab half as much.

Hannah Gadsby says Louis C.K. is “being self-indulgent and he’s being a crybaby.” I love her with my whole heart.

-I only watched two episodes of The Hills reboot before I gave up, but Brody Jenner‘s clearly unhappy marriage bummed me out. But it seems he’s already moved on. Just a week or so after splitting from Kaitlynn Carter (who was then photographed kissing Miley Cyrus), he’s now dating model Josie Canseco. (Or at least, that’s what his camp wants us to believe.)

-Deep fake videos of celebrities always freak me out because they’re so disturbing and the potential uses are gross, but this one that’s making the rounds of Bill Hader turning into Tom Cruise and Seth Rogan *while impersonating them* is beyond freaky.

-The beauty influencer who challenged Priyanka Chopra at BeautyCon talks about going viral and shedding light on the India-Pakistan conflict.

Jack Black and Jack White teamed up to record a song as Jack Gray. Cute.

-God, I want a One Tree Hill tell-all.

-Yikes, the Disney-Fox merger continues to be rocky. The latest: Disney is reportedly concerned Taika Waititi‘s WWII satire Jojo Rabbit is not on brand. “The scathing take down of Nazism may prove a little too edgy for Disney brass accustomed to producing movies suitable for parents and kids…Halfway through one recent viewing one executive grew audibly uncomfortable, wondering aloud that the material would alienate Disney fans.” Wait, if Disney is afraid of making fun of Nazis, do they think their core fans are…Nazis?

-The first trailer for Greta Gerwig’s Little Women has arrived and holy hell am I all in!

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Split

-The big news of the weekend was that Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are splitting after less than a year of marriage. The announcement came after came after Cyrus was photographed kissing Kaitlynn Carter, Brody Jenner’s ex, while on holiday in Italy.

Hemsworth was approached this morning by The Daily Mail Australia while out in Byron Bay. “You don’t understand what it’s like,” the actor told the outlet. “I don’t want to talk about it, mate.” 😢

-The Morning Show, Apple’s new show starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, released its first teaser. (It’ll be available via Apple TV but the cost still hasn’t been announced, which seems nuts since this streaming service is set to launch in like a month.)

Josh Kloss, the actor who played Katy Perry’s love interest in her 2010 “Teenage Dream” video (aka the best pop song of the last 10 years), shared a lengthy Instagram post detailing the alleged humiliation he suffered at the hands of the pop star. He said she was “cool and kind” in private but “cold as ice” whenever other people were around, and claims she once pants’d him in public.

Priyanka Chopra was at BeautyCon this past weekend and was asked about her previous tweet on the India–Pakistan conflict. Her response was not great, bob.

Kim Cattrall won’t stop talking about another Sex and the City movie — even if we wish she would. “It was a blessing in so many ways but after the second movie I’d had enough. I couldn’t understand why they wouldn’t just replace me with another actress instead of wasting time bullying. No means no.”

Lady Gaga is donating school supplies to the communities of El Paso, Dayton, and Gilroy.

-The Teen Choice Awards always make me feel old, but last night’s was especially a doozy. So many YouTube stars I don’t care about!

Chris Evans tweet-flirting with Yvette Nicole Brown on her birthday is very cute.

Olivia Colman is my queen — and now she’s everyone’s. Netflix released the first look at the actress as Queen Elizabeth II in season three of The Crown, out Nov 17.

Sarah Silverman says she was recently fired from new movie after a photo of her in blackface from her show resurfaced. (She’s talked about it before, calling it her most “regrettable joke” back in 2015). “There’s a still of me on Twitter in blackface and it’s totally out of context and I tweeted it when Twitter was new and the people who followed me watched that show and it was from that show. Now it’s forever there and it looks…it’s totally racist out of context and I regret that.”

-Alanis Morissette‘s third child, Winter Mercy Morissette-Treadway, was born last week.

-Based on a Trump remark and some conservative faux-paranoia around a movie no one has even seen yet, Universal has cancelled The Hunt release. This makes no sense — not only have movies like The Purge franchise existed for years, if anything right-wingers should love a film about poor people rising up to defeat rich elites. What’s it gonna take for us to get Betty Gilpin: action star?!

-In happier news, The Farewell continues to be the lil’ movie that could. It has boosted its domestic haul to $10.2 million.

-Netflix dropped the first trailer for My Name Is Dolemite starring Eddie Murphy as comedy and rap pioneer Rudy Ray Moore.