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Julianne Moore Learned How To Sing Opera For Her New Movie

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-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

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-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?)

Ariana Grande Lets Her Hair Down for Vogue

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Ariana Grande ditched her signature ponytail for the new issue of British Vogue. I love this look.

-In her THR cover storyJessica Chastain says the premise for spy movie 355 was her idea — as was the notion that its female stars to be paid equally in a deal orchestrated by CAA.  “We independently financed it. And all five of the actresses own equity in the film. I love the idea about creating this movie and seeing that these women aren’t just people for hire”

Sarah Paulson and Cate Blanchett‘s Today Show interview was 8 minutes of batshit chaos and I loved it. This is the most delightful video I’ve ever seen.

-The Ocean’s 8 premiere brought out another amazing pantsuit for Cate, and a killer Prada dress for Sarah. Sandra Bullock and Mindy Kaling didn’t fare as well.

-Meanwhile, the reviews are mostly good and it’s currently at 78% on Rotten TomatoesEW calls it “a light, summerweight gloss,” THR says it’s “more gloss and glitter than actual jewels,” Rolling Stone praises it as “summer escapism” and the NYT says it’s “a lot of fun to watch.” Even if it’s being slightly dismissed as unsubstantial, the one thing all critics seem to agree on is that Anne Hathaway totally steals the movie.

-Also, I’ve never been into the gossip-genie-ing (trademark Lainey) of Rihanna and Leonardo DiCaprio, but good on Ocean’s 8 for going there.

THR’s comedy actress roundtable is here, featuring Drew Barrymore, Tracee Ellis Ross, Molly Shannon, Debra Messing, Alison Brie, Rachel Brosnahan and Frankie Shaw.

-Meanwhile, Brosnahan paid tribute to her late aunt, Kate Spade.

Johnny Depp is “healthy” and “purposely lost weight because he’s on tour and is trying to stay in shape,” a source in his camp says.

-Everything old is new again. The USA Network is in talks to revive Temptation Island, while MTV is eyeing a reboot of The Hills.

-Mr. Robot’s’ Rami Malek and Sam Esmail are teaming up again for an FBI movie.

-According to Page Six, Jennifer Lawrence is dating a New York art gallerist named…wait for it…Cooke Maroney.

Keiynan Lonsdale explained why he’s leaving The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. I have the sads.

Stephen Amell and his wife took a photo outside a mosque in Turkey, and he posted it with a lame dad joke caption. Not great, but not bad — until a Muslim fan pointed out that it might be insensitive. Then he got defensive and called them an idiot (twice!). I swear, this guy shows his ass every few months. Just hire a social media manager already, you fragile man child.

-Despite all the not-so-glowing reviews of the current season, Netflix announced that 13 Reasons Why will come back for a third.

-I always forget that Norman Reedus had a kid with Helena Christensen. Man, he punches above his weight, relationship-wise.

-After breaking both of his arms shortly into the filming of Tag, Jeremy Renner‘s arms were re-created using CGI. This story couldn’t get weirder.

-Like her or not, Kim Kardashian is changing the world. Trump granted clemency to Alice Johnson after the reality star’s involvement.

Variety has apologized for its “egregious oversight” regarding the lack of female writers on their upcoming female TV writers panel and is adding new writers to make the mix 50/50. (I love that Mike Schur and David Shore both volunteered to be replaced with a woman writer.) Meanwhile, a counter-panel featuring female showrunners has been organized and will live-stream next Wednesday.

-The 10 Things I Hate About You composer says Joseph Gordon-Levitt helped score a scene.

-Proving that Hollywood white dudes can be excused for anything, Jared Leto is reportedly getting his own Joker movie.

-I’m not really someone who sees many animated superhero shows/movies, but the trailer for Spider-Man: Into The Spider Verse is kind of amazing. And the voice cast is bonkers: Hailee Steinfeld, Jake Johnson, Lily Tomlin, Liev Schreiber, Brian Tyree Henry and Mahershala Ali.

Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek and Danny Glover star in The Old Man & The Gun trailer.

-I swear I have face blindness when it comes to Lady Gaga when you take away all the crazy costumes. I would have never guessed this was her in the Star Is Born poster or trailer.