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Royal Rumour Rush

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-According to a new report, Kate Middleton has been working from home during the pandemic and source say she’s finding her workload has been hard to manage ever since Harry and Meghan moved to North America. “She feels exhausted and trapped. She’s working as hard as a top CEO, who has to be wheeled out all the time, without the benefits of boundaries and plenty of holidays.” It’s interesting to note that the editor of Tatler is a friend of Kate’s.

-In another royal report, insiders share what Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were apparently thinking when they decided to make their royal exit. “She was convinced there was a conspiracy against her and so she basically put herself in self isolation when they moved to Frogmore. I think she felt like an outsider from the start. This wasn’t the life she was used to and she wanted out.”

-According to the Daily Beast, a new documentary that drops on Netflix this week features new revelations about Prince Andrew’s friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.

Tom Holland had an unexpected guest in the form of a pigeon.

Cardi B‘s giant back tattoo is now complete. Yay?

Justin and Hailey Bieber are threatening legal action after a plastic surgeon suggested she’s had work done.

-A new YA book is raising a lot of eyebrows on Twitter. It sounds like a ripoff of ‘Red, White and Royal Blue’ but with some problematic racial/political elements? I’ve been reading everything I can get my hands on in isolation, but this sounds like one I’m going to avoid.

Brad Pitt is hanging with Flea in Malibu? Sure, why not.

Ashley Benson spent Memorial Day weekend with rumoured new bf G-Eazy.

David Ayer says no one has ever seen his version of Suicide Squad – and he wants to release it on HBO Max. You see what this Synder cut nonsense has unleashed?!

Hannah Gadsby has a new comedy special on Netflix, and critics are loving it.

Jennifer Lopez says she and A-Rod have put their wedding planning on hold until life gets back to normal-ish.

Orlando Bloom and Scott Eastwood fight off a Taliban invasion in The Outpost trailer.

 

Paul Mescal’s Charitable Chain

Paul Mescal Stylist cover

-I really hope the buzz surrounding Normal People (which drops in Canada this week on CBC Gem) is still loud enough when productions resume so that Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones translate their critically acclaimed performances into huge new roles. They’re both so, so good in it and deserve to be big stars. Mescal’s on the new cover of Stylist, where he talks about auctioning off his character’s infamous chain to support a mental health and suicide charity called Pieta House.

Lana Del Rey can’t stop digging a hole. This weekend, she posted yet another defense of her original post, and compared herself to yet another POC. “The difference is, when I get on the pole, people call me a whore, but when [FKA] Twigs gets on the pole, it’s art.” At what point does someone in her life just change her Insta password?

-Speaking of singers who’ve screwed up, after videos surfaced of her laughing at racist comments in a video chatroom, Doja Cat wrote an Instagram post on Sunday addressing the allegations.

Ben Affleck and Ana De Armas have graduated to taking his kids on their pap walks.

-Somehow, last week I missed Jezebel’s chat with the owner of the Ana de Armas fan account that she blocked. It’s great!

-Riverdale stars Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse have broken up again.

Khloe Kardashian has a new face and I don’t usually like to judge this shit but this is actually shocking. She’s a completely different person than how she looked just a few years ago.

John Krasinski is facing backlash for selling “Some Good News.” Well…yeah.

Jon Hamm was spotted playing tennis with rumoured girlfriend Anna Osceola.

-This clip Henry Winkler telling Jimmy Fallon about the jackets that changed his life is very sweet.

-Speaking of Fallon, Jennifer Lopez is (not surprisingly) much better at learning TikTok dances than he is.

Sam Neill recruited Helena Boham Carter for a short in which she plays his cellphone and it’s good clean quarantine fun.

Grimes and Elon Musk have updated their baby’s name after being told it can’t contain a numeric digit.

-There’s only one episode left of this season of Killing Eve but I can’t imagine I’ll ever want to catch up if critics keep calling it confusing and unwatchable.

-Speaking of unwatchable shows with a connection to Phoebe Waller-Bridge, I liked it at the beginning of the season but the Run finale was really, really bad. It’s actually kind of shocking how far this show went off-course.

Christopher Nolan‘s Tenet runtime is reportedly 3 hour 15 min. Meh, at this point what else are we doing?

-I was very charmed by The Lovebirds, starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, now out on Netflix.

Spike Lee‘s new film about Vietnam vets, Da 5 Bloods, drops on Netflix in June. Here’s the trailer:

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s New Bop

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande unleashed their new song “Rain on Me” today and I dig it. This thing builds! It’s the second song from Gaga’s upcoming album Chromatica, which is slated for release on May 29.

-Meanwhile, Scooter Braun says Ariana Grande still suffers from PTSD following the horrific Manchester Arena bombing.

Demi Lovato‘s quarantine relationship with Max Ehrich seems to be going strong.

Lana Del Rey has responded to the backlash of her trying to defend herself by calling out artists like Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj and Doja Cat for “being sexy, wearing no clothes [and] cheating … without being crucified.” She’s since doubled down on her comments, saying “This is sad to make it about a WOC issue when I’m talking about my favorite singers. I could’ve literally said anyone but I picked my favorite fucking people.” She added, “When I said people who look like me—I meant the people who don’t look strong or necessarily smart, or like they’re in control etc. it’s about advocating for a more delicate personality, not for white woman—thanks for the Karen comments tho. V helpful.” Yeah, pointing out that people are calling you a Karen doesn’t negate your Karenism.

Megan Fox posted about Lana’s comments and then quickly deleted it. She wasn’t wrong, though.

Ryan Murphy is talking nonsense again (and it also feels really disrespectful of Cory Monteith‘s memory to fantasy-cast replace him).

Hailey Bieber denied plastic surgery accusations, blaming “crazy” photo editing for an unnatural photo of her face that was shared on Instagram.

-Also, she let Justin do her makeup — and he did pretty well.

Kelly Ripa has been keeping it on the DL that she’s been riding out the quarantine with her family in the Caribbean.

Salman Rushdie getting pissy on Twitter about the NYT review of his book feels peak 2020.

Chris Pratt accidentally deleted 51,000 emails, which seems kind of freeing, TBH.

Cara Delevingne directed a Rainsford music video starring Kaia Gerber and Gregg Sulkin. It looks like they’re playing house, which is probably not the vibe they were all going for.

-Should we all be watching “Amy Schumer Learns to Cook“?

-The 100’s final season began this week but the fandom is melting down instead of celebrating because of all the bts bs. Script leaks, the lead actor seemingly being left out of promotional materials, the showrunner crapping on a popular ship — it’s all a mess.

-Here’s our first look at BBC’s new lockdown comedy, Staged, starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen.

This is a fascinating article on how the original screenwriter of Yesterday, Jack Barth, was allegedly steamrolled by Richard Curtis.

-The Lovebirds, starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, was supposed to debut in theatres but it is now dropping this weekend on Netflix and the reviews are mostly good.

-I don’t really understand anything that’s happening in the trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s Tenet, but I’m here for John David Washington‘s face and Robert Pattinson‘s jaunty scarf. This was supposed to come out this summer, but there’s a conspicuous lack of a release date mentioned in this.