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Is Channing Tatum Dating Jessie J?

Channing Tatum is reportedly dating British singer Jessie J. I don’t hate this.

-Her new HBO may be getting savaged by critics, but Jennifer Garner is dating, doing great, and generally living her best life. So there.

-Meanwhile, Ben Affleck is reportedly single again.

Justin Theroux isn’t really a fave of mine, but he becomes 3000% more charming when he’s being interviewed while holding his dog.

-I will never not be fascinated by the tortured paththe new remake of A Star Is Born took to get to the big screen. Before Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga came on board, it was originally meant to be directed by Clint Eastwood and star Beyonce, and the leading men attached at some point included Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio and Will Smith.

Samira Wiley says she ‘cried a lot’ after an OITNB costar accidentally outed herin an interview

-The final season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend debuts on Friday, and the reviews are even more glowing than previous seasons.  “At times suggesting an unholy fusion of an anything-goes musical telenovela like Glee or Cop Rock and an anti-hero drama built around a charismatic screw-up, the series is mesmerizing in part because it continues to exist and try new things despite being out there all by its lonesome.”

-Speaking of CW shows, All American premieres tonight and the reviews seem to indicate it’s the best new showon broadcast TV. I keep hearing it’s like a cross between Friday Night Lights and The OC, so I’m def checking it out.

Amandla Stenberg penned an essay about her sexual assault for Teen Vogue: “What started as a consensual experience had turned forceful.”

-In a surprise standup gig, Aziz Anzari suggested “wokeness” can go too far. This tweet perfectly sums it up: “Building an entire career on being ‘The Woke Guy’ and then pivoting to ‘Our Culture Is Too Woke’ once it comes for you is honestly kind of incredible.”

-The American Music Awards red carpet was kind of meh, but I dug that the night’s big winner Taylor Swift literally looked like a disco ball.

-Oof. From Alec Baldwin‘s new THR cover story: “I don’t know how to say this and I don’t want to get it wrong either, because everything is a minefield of bombs going off, but” — and here it comes — “ever since I played Trump, black people love me. They love me. Everywhere I go, black people go crazy. I think it’s because they’re most afraid of Trump. I’m not going to paint every African-American person with the same brush, but a significant number of them are sitting there going, ‘This is going to be bad for black folks.'”

-There are new episodes of Emma Approved, and they feature characters from The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, which makes me very happy.

-This entire interview with Maggie Gyllenhaal is  wonderful, but I especially like how she handled questions about allegations against  Deuce costar James Franco.

-Wait, instead of bringing Scott Speedman back to play Meredith’s love interest, Grey’s Anatomy went with Josh Radnor? Oh dear.

Jessica Biel is the latest actress to sign onto a TV show from Facebook. I don’t get it. Does anyone even watch Facebook’s shows? I caught the first episode of the Elisabeth Olsen one and even though I liked it, I never bothered coming back.

Sophie Turner says the Game of Thrones cast and crew went to great lengths to avoid spoiler leaks for the last season. All the actors’ names were changed on the scripts and call sheets, they shot fake scenes, they got into costume when they knew the paparazzi were around but didn’t actually film anything, and they employed “drone killers” to deactivate any nearby drones.

-Turner also said she’s going to miss the sleepovers she had with Maisie Williamswhen they were filming. “We just used to sit there and eat and watch stupid videos and smoke weed…I don’t know if my publicist will kill me for saying this. We’d get high and then we’d sit in the bath together and we’d rub makeup brushes on our faces. It’s fun.”

This interviewwith Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally is strange and wonderful.

-I agree so much with this piece on why film directors don’t necessarily make good TV creators. As stylish and cinematic as Maniac is, I watched four episodes and I just. didn’t. care.

This articleabout the trailer for John Travolta‘s speedboat movie is so much more entertaining than the trailer itself.

-I’m into this trailer for Bravo’s new limited series Dirty John, which stars Eric Bana and Connie Britton.

Julianne Moore Learned How To Sing Opera For Her New Movie

JJulianne Moore Town Country Cover 

-I don’t know why Town & Country chose this odd shot of Julianne Moore (who is always stunning) for their cover. In the interview, she talks about getting a vocal coach to play an opera singer in Bel Canto, and trying to mix up her roles. “Oddly, a lot of my roles get clumped together. There was a series of 1950s housewives that were all thrown at me at the same time. Or you do a bunch of funny things all at once. My daughter recently asked me about a project, ‘Do you die again, Mom? I feel like you always die.'”

-If you read anything today, read Designing Women creator Linda Bloodworth Thomason‘s takedown of Les Moonves in the Hollywood Reporter. She says he derailed her career for seven years and refused to make any more of her shows featuring strong women (she claims he had hated Designing Women and their “loud-mouthed speeches.”) “People asked me for years, ‘Where have you been? What happened to you?’ Les Moonves happened to me.” She also says he forcibly kissed a famous actress of an “iconic detective show” after telling her she was too old to be on his network, which has led to a lot of speculation that she’s talking about Angela Lansbury or Sharon Gless.

-Today’s Hollywood Reporter was all about spilling tea. Blackish creator Kenya Barris broke his silence on the shelved anti-Trump episode that led to his ABC exit, his clashes with Disney exec Ben Sherwood, the “monster” Roseanne, and the anxiety of high expectations with his massive Netflix deal.

-Also from THR, the set of American Gods sounds like a disaster. They changed showrunners and now the new guy is being “sidelined” but they won’t actually say he’s fired because “the show’s studio would rather exile Alexander than endure the negative attention that would come with dismissing a second showrunner in two seasons.” Also, this is WILD: “Actors have been rewriting script pages…After some actors, including star Ian McShane, began taking passes at improving dialogue, the production was forced to enlist co-star Orlando Jones as a writer on the series so a member of the WGA would be credited with writing instead of having actors violating guild rules.”

-After five days of silence, Olivia Munn‘s Predator co-star Boyd Holbrook released a statement in support of her.

-Meanwhile, on Ellen yesterday Munn said she was “chastised” by the studiofor not keeping quiet.

-I really liked this defense of season 6 of Buffy (which a lot of people call “season sucks”). I remember it being a bummer to watch — and I never fully forgave the writers for what they did to Spike — but in hindsight it had some amazing episodes.

-On Tuesday, Norm Macdonald was scheduled to make an appearance on NBC’s Tonight Show but his visit was cancelled in the wake of his garbage fire of an interview. (Jimmy Fallon reportedly told him that senior producers were “crying” over his potential appearance.) Macdonald has since tried to walk back his comments — IN THE WORST POSSIBLE WAY, telling Howard Stern, “you’d have to have Down syndrome to not feel sorry” for victims of sexual harassment.” Cripes, is everything out of this guy’s mouth trash? (I guess we shouldn’t be surprised by this from the guy who once threatened to walk away from SNL’s Weekend Update if they made him do it .)

-This Steve McQueen interview in which he was told not to cast Michelle Rodriguez in Widows because she was “difficult” is illuminating. “But people say that about me. If you’re a white director, they call you a perfectionist. Me, they call difficult.”

-Speaking of the Widows cast, Viola Davis was if she ever passed on a role and regretted it and she answered, “Almost a better question is, have I ever done roles that I’ve regretted? I have, and ‘The Help’ is on that list.” Ava DuVernay backed her up by tweeting, “The Help was the last film I worked on as a publicist. I quit PR. That film pushed me to make my own – for the reasons Viola states.”

-Green Book starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali is shaping up to be the surprise hit of TIFF.

-A campaign to get Ryan Gosling to visit a Toronto café during TIFF finally won him over.

Paul McCartney says he masturbated with John Lennon: “It was good harmless fun”. Ok then.

-The DC cinematic universe appears to be losing its Man of Steel. Henry Cavill, who has played Superman in three films, is parting ways with Warner Bros, according to sources. Michael B. Jordan is among the actors reportedly being considered to take over the role, but first DC is focusing on bringing Supergirl to the big screen.

-I didn’t dislike Sierra Burgess Is a Loser as much as others (I think they made some smart, unexpected choices like having the mean girl’s mom be played by Chrissy Metz, and giving the love interest a deaf brother) but I agree that kissing scene was grossly flippant about consent.

-Netflix acquired Dumplin‘, a dramatic comedy based on a YA book starring Jennifer Aniston with a soundtrack by Dolly Parton.

The Coen brothers’ first Netflix project, Ballad of Buster Scruggs, features James Franco and Tim Blake Nelson in a tale about cowboys and their misfit adventures.

Christina Aguilera Talks Britney Spears, Dating

Christina Aguilera Cosmo Cover 

-In her Cosmo cover story, Christina Aguilera talks about being pitted against Britney Spears at the height of their careers, and not wanting to date another famous person (“There’s gotta be something wrong with you if you want to be in this business. I mean, ‘Hi! I definitely have my issues.’ I think that I can only handle one [celebrity] in the relationship and I need to be it.”)

Louis CK took the stage for a surprise set at New York’s Comedy Cellar on Saturday night, just 10 months after admitting to exposing himself to female employees and colleagues. He didn’t mention his past sexual assaults (hey, headline writers – you can drop the word “alleged” if he actually admitted it), and before he even started he got a standing ovation. So his whole thing about taking some time and learning from his experience was just hooey? He could have done any of these things; instead he ignored the issue while testing the waters for a comeback. What about all the women he admitted to assaulting; how are *their* careers?  (I don’t know why this surprises me. I defended a woman who tweeted about Chris Hardwick today, and now my mentions are a tire fire.)

-Not a lot of male comedians have spoken up against Louis CK, so this thread by Paul F Tompkins is refreshing.

-On the other end of the male comedian spectrum is Michael Ian Black (though the many well-articulated replies to his tweet are worth a read).

Aziz Ansari has also quietly returned to standup. (Interestingly, Vulture had a full rundown of his show and then basically pulled the article because they did not want to “spoil the integrity of his act.” Here’s the cached version.)

-Because this day just keeps getting better, Johnny Depp scored a big win in his lawsuit against his ex-lawyer.

-Hey, remember a couple of years ago when Stephen Amell apologized for the tweet he made about Ahmed Mohamed (the Muslim kid who brought a clock to school in Texas). He just did a podcast where he says he wished he hadn’t apologized after all. So there.

-In non-Hollywood Men Are All Garbage news, Matt Smith is going to be in Star Wars Episode IX.

-I adore everything about Janet Jackson’s look here.

-I’m planning to see a bunch of these fall festival films that are getting buzz— but not Beautiful Boy. The Steve Carell film basically sold out instantly at TIFF, which means it’s probably very Oscar-baity.

-The new new Bad Times at the El Royale trailer is very focused on Chris Hemsworth‘s abs, and suddenly I want to see it.

Elizabeth Olsen and Kelly Marie Tran deal with grief in the Sorry For Your Loss trailer, which is coming to Facebook Watch. (Show of hands: who actually knows what that means?)