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Tiffany Haddish Talks Pay Parity

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-For the 2018 Power of Women issue, Variety profiled five women—Emma Gonzalez, Lena Waithe, Tiffany Haddish, Natalie Portman, and Regina King—about how they’re using their power for good.

-This entire Tiffany Haddish interview is excellent but I really like her take on why women should speak to each other more openly about salaries and perks. “I think the reason why, a lot times, we don’t get paid the same as men do is because we don’t talk about it. I think we do need to talk about it because I sure get in there and I’m like, ‘Hey, Kate Hudson. How much do they pay you for that? What kind of perks do you get for that?’ I didn’t know they could fill your room up with whatever kind of food you want. That’s why I done gained so much weight, because she told me about all the food you can get. I’m like, you can bring me some tacos and I want an In-N-Out burger.”

-This weekend, Taylor Swift broke her usual stance about not mentioning politics and endorsed two Democratic candidates in Tennessee — and it looks like it may have made a huge impact. Following her Instagram post, Vote.org experienced their second biggest traffic spike, and in the first 48 hours since her post, the site had 240,ooo new voter registrants. Tennessee has seen 5,183 registrations this month so far, half of which came after her post. To put that into perspective, Tennessee saw only 2,811 registrations in the entire month of September.

-Congrats to Suits star Patrick Adams and Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisario, who welcomed a baby girl.

Dakota Johnson is fighting a lot of rumours this week. She and Chris Martin hosted a party that happened to have some pink and blue balloons, and everyone assumed (incorrectly) that it was a gender reveal party. She’s also fighting rumours that she’s in a secret affair with Jamie Dornan. (Anyone with eyeballs just has to watch an interview with those two to dispel that one…)

-Stranger Things David Harbour will officiate a wedding in full Hellboy costume for 666k re-tweets. (I kinda like this game where he does ridiculous things for retweets, though I’m getting a little nervous about how far he’s going to take it.)

-A passage that leaked from Busy Philipps’ forthcoming memoir details an alleged assault by James Franco on the set of Freaks and Geeks. The script called for her character to gently nudge him in the chest. Philipps writes that the scripted gesture caused Franco to get so upset, he allegedly “grabbed both my arms and screamed in my face, ‘DON’T EVER TOUCH ME AGAIN!’ And he threw me to the ground. Flat on my back. Wind knocked out of me.” Her costar Linda Cardellini suggested that Philipps report what happened to her manager.

-The fact that Brie Larson is still in Jacob Trembley’s life makes me happy.

-Also making me happy: how much fun Jason Momoa and Mark Ruffalo appear to be having together.

-Ha ha ha. James Gunn may move to DC to write and direct the next Suicide Squad movie.

-Next year’s MET Gala will be co-chaired by Lady Gaga, Serena Williams and Harry Styles.

-I liked this piece questioning whether Lady Gaga‘s character “sells out” in A Star Is Born. I dug the movie, but it was very weird how it leaned so heavily into a 2004-ish debate about how rock auteurs are so much more authentic than pop stars. I’m kind of surprised Gaga didn’t push back on that.

-Reflecting on her 20s, Gwyneth Paltrow recalls being so naïve and arrogant, her own father once warned her, “You’re acting like a dick.”

Rupert Everett might actually be my spirit animal. In a red carpet interview he said: “I’d like to be dead quite soon. I can’t really deal with the modern world, to be quite honest. I’m very anti-virtual. I do [have an email address] unfortunately. I’m always thinking of stopping it.”

-Apparently there’s always been a lot of sexy subtext in the Venom comics, but the fact that critics are calling the film a “rom-com” and the internet is now shipping Tom Hardy‘s character with the parasite who lives within him actually makes me want to see this thing!

Riz Ahmed and Tom Hardy explained UK slang for us.

Helena Bonham Carter talked about working with Harvey Weinstein: “He knew how to get you Oscar nominations. Both my [Oscar] nominations are due to him… [But] I found the way he treated certain people chilling—without any kind of respect. There were many times I disagreed with the way he behaved, and I don’t mean sexually.”

-The 11th season of Doctor Who, which stars Jodie Whittaker as the first woman to play the title role and got rave reviews, grew from last season’s premiere in ratings, while The Walking Dead suffered a new premiere ratings low. It’s like the universe is righting itself…

-Here’s our first look at Ruby Rose’s Batwoman look in the Arrowverse. It’s a great costume, which is atypical for the CW. But it’s a terrible wig, which is very typical for the CW.

-EgyptAir is shifting blame for that terrible Drew Barrymore interview to an ad agency. Sure.

Kanye West is set to meet with Trump and Jared Kushner at the White House on Thursday to discuss prison reform and reducing the violence in Chicago. Oh, problems solved then!

-Aw man, I clearly have to renew my Amazon Prime membership, because the trailer for Good Omens starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant looks great.

Sarah Jessica Parker, Renée Zellweger and Jacqueline Bisset star in the Here and Now trailer.

Tracee Ellis Ross Happy To Be “45, Single and Childless”

Tracee Ellis Ross Says She Is ‘Happily Single’ At 45

-In her InStyle cover story, Tracee Ellis Ross says she cool with her single status. “It’s sort of fascinating to be 45 and single and childless. [I’m] not at home crying about it.” Bless.  Also, she really loves that colour and silhouette, no? She wore something similar to the MET Gala. And the Emmys.

Christina Aguilera talks about that infamous VMAs moment where she and Madonna kissed. “It was weird. And you know why they cut away for it? They cut away to get Justin [Timberlake’s] reaction. It was a ‘Justin’s reaction’ shot.”

Brad Pitt smiled at someone he was sitting near so clearly everyone thinks they’re dating.

-I don’t know why Jon Hamm is doing Canadian commercials, but I very much appreciate the way he says “poutine.”

Nicki Minaj now has merch based on her fight with Cardi B, which is both trashy and genius.

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have finally finalized their divorce. If she waited for him to get healthy, that makes her a solid human being.

Lady Gaga has remained pretty opaque during this press tour (she must have gotten Bradley Cooper‘s memo), but her comments about sexual assault on last night’s Late Show were very articulate and personal.

Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert say they have reached out to Roseanne Barr but didn’t hear back.

Keira Knightley holds nothing back in an essay about giving birth to her daughter. “My vagina split. You came out with your eyes open. Arms up in the air. Screaming.” She continues: “I remember the shit, the vomit, the blood, the stitches.”

-Every time Kate Beckinsale gets cutesy with her 23-year-old boyfriend, I want to fist pump.

R. Kelly‘s ex-wife says he once almost killed her in the backseat of a Hummer.

John Mulaney gives good talk show banter.

Suge Knight was sentenced to 28 years in prison for charges of murder and attempted murder.

-The Aquaman trailer is bananas and I’m kinda into it? “I coulda just peed on it.”

Ben Affleck Speaks Out About His 40-Day Rehab Stint

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Ben Affleck has completed a 40-day rehab stint and released a statement on Instagram, saying “It is a full-time commitment. I am fighting for myself and my family.”

-Did Chris Evans just announce on Twitter that he’s done with the Avengers forever?

Ryan Gosling was very charming on Kimmel, talking about how the women at his mother’s wedding weren’t interested in his celebrity status, they just wanted to tell him about all the secret food stashes at the venue (“There was a lot of, during the service, like these wonderful older Italian women just whispering to me about food. At one point, this one woman said, ‘There’s a tortellini in the freezer!’ Then later on, almost towards the vows, another woman said, ‘There’s a smoked mozzarella in the fridge.’ And then another woman went, ‘It’s from Naples'”) and how his role in First Man has confused his kids (“I think they think I’m an astronaut now. My oldest said the other day, she pointed to the moon. She was like, ‘That’s where you work, right?'”)

-When TMZ’s Harvey Levin is the one trying to talk some sense into Kanye West, you know we’re in trouble.

-This feature on The Good Place is so, so good.

Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski were among the many arrested at today’s Kavanaugh protest.

-The box office buzz this weekend will be taken up by Venom and A Star Is Born, but don’t sleep on The Hate U Give, which is at 95% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Michelle Williams talked about bringing her feminist sensibilities to her role in Venom: “A lot of the work I did was figuring out ways to sneak that in. Nobody’s going to go see this movie because of the social import or relationship details. And I don’t mean to get boring or didactic about that. I just mean it;ll be nice if we can do some of this gender play. Anne gets to play with some masculine qualities and Eddie gets to play with some feminine qualities, just little things like bringing that out in the wardrobe…She’s the one in the tie, and he’s the one taking the tie off.”

-I loved this piece on how reluctant, bro-tastic movie star Bradley Cooper has begun the auteur phase of his career.

-Meanwhile, the more cover stories I read with Lady Gaga, the less I feel I know anything about her.

-The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has launched an investigation into that weird Drew Barrymore interview. How strange would it be if this is the thing that takes the Golden Globes down?

Rita Moreno‘s video tribute to Gina Rodriguez made me a little teary.

-This story about the fight over James Brown’s estate is wild. He married a woman who was already married to another man — and that guy was already married to three other women in another country.

Clint Eastwood is a cocaine runner and Bradley Cooper and Michael Pena are on his tail in the first trailer for The Mule.