Mariah Carey Opens Up to Oprah

-In advance of her memoir’s release, Mariah Carey sat down with Oprah for an interview on Apple+, and talks about feeling like a captive in her marriage to Tommy Mottola, and that Derek Jeter was a “catalyst” in their divorce.

In the book, she writes that Mottola held a butter knife to her face in front of a bunch of their guests at their home, and that he didn’t want her songs to have an R&B influence because he “tried to wash the ‘urban’ (translation: Black) off of me. And it was no different when it came to the music”.

-Time released their 100 most influential people list, and Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade made the cover.

-Also for Time, another influential couple — Prince Harry and Meghan Markleappeared in a video to tell Americans to vote in “the most important election of our lifetime”.

Emma Stone and her partner stepped out wearing matching rings — and she was also sporting what looks like a baby bump.

Kim Cattrall isn’t interested in taking back what she’s said about Sarah Jessica Parker: “Everything is on Google. So, I encourage you to Google it about anything that I’ve said. I feel that that was then, and when I look at what’s going on around me, I just don’t have any regrets.”

Kelly Clarkson and Usher spoke candidly about overcoming the pain of divorce on her show — and now people are shipping them together.

-Meanwhile, Kelly covered Harry Styles and it was perfect.

-This collection of clips from the first week of Drew Barrymore’s show is wild.

-This is a fun article on what it’s like to be in Drew’s virtual audience during taping.

JK Rowling‘s new thriller is in the No 1 spot despite her transphobia comments, reminding us all that what is playing out on Twitter tends to be very different from what’s happening IRL.

Demi Moore is making the jump to the small screen. She’ll star in Amazon’s adaptation of the Dirty Diana podcast.

-In news that should surprise no one, Black Widow and West Side Story’s theatrical releases have been delayed until 2021.

-Here’s the first trailer for Aaron Sorkin‘s The Trial of the Chicago 7, starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Jeremy Strong. It’s about a protest at the 1968 Democratic Convention that turned violent.

Canada Celebrates Schitt’s Creek’s Sweep

-Toronto celebrated Schitt’s Creek’s historic Emmy sweep by lighting the CN Tower gold last night, and the cast was loving it.

Kelly Clarkson opened up about her recent divorce on her talk show’s first day back, saying “Definitely didn’t see anything coming that came, but what I’m dealing with is hard — it involves more than just my heart, it involves a lot of little hearts.”

-When Ellen Degeneres‘ show returned to production this week, she “jokingly” told staff not to look her in the eye. What a funny joke that they must have really appreciated!

Tiffany Haddish says one of the perks of dating Common is she gets to quarantine at his house. “Yeah, his house is bigger than my house, so that’s nice. He lives in the Hills. It’s nice.”

-Gabrielle Union will lead a table read of a classic Friends episode over Zoom on September 22. If they keep doing these things, the HBO Max reunion will soon become moot … as maybe it should?

-The upcoming season of Supergirl will be its last. Melissa Benoist is pregnant and her husband is no longer on the show, so I wonder if she no longer wants to be stuck in Vancouver for 8 months of the year. I assume some of the actors may end up on the new Superman & Lois show.

-Despite the Daily Mail’s legal defense, Meghan Markle’s lawyers continue to deny she co-operated with the authors of the recently released book Finding Freedom.

Kate Middleton enjoyed some socially distanced park hangs to support parent-powered support programs.

Mel Gibson is reportedly making a Passion of the Christ sequel because the bad news just never ends.

-The Billboard Music Awards nominations came out today and Post Malone tops the list with 16 nods.

-Do I have to start watching Jann Arden’s sitcom? Because this clip of her beating up Sarah McLachlan is hilarious.

-This interviewer talking to Judith Butler seemed sympathetic to J.K. Rowling, but Butler was NOT HAVING IT.

Vanessa Bryant is suing the L.A. County Sheriff and his department, claiming authorities released unauthorized photos of the helicopter crash that killed her husband, Kobe Bryant, and their daughter.

-Is Tenet a flop? It’s complicated but the short answer is yes.

-I’ve been in fandoms. I love fandoms. But sometimes fandoms can be super messy, and it gets even messier when creators/stars try to police them. That said, this is a very good PSA from former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants about the racism within that fandom.

-Celebrate the first day of fall with the Supernova trailer, which features Colin Firth in a variety of sweaters. He plays a man whose partner of 20 years (Stanley Tucci) is diagnosed with dementia.

Jennifer Aniston’s Latest Role: Firefighter

Jennifer Aniston proved she’s handy with a fire extinguisher when a bit got more dangerous than expected. Emmy head writer Molly McNearney, who’s married to Jimmy Kimmel, said the fire was supposed to go out immediately. “That was very scary, by the way. I may have grabbed some arms [backstage] to hold them back. Which is kind of crazy, ‘let my husband burn!’ But I didn’t want people rushing out. I knew that they would figure it out.”

McNearney also explained how Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow were celebrating the Emmys inside Jennifer Aniston’s house: “Those women have been in a pod for a long time. And they’ve been testing every day.” Must be nice. Part of me wanted them to mention that so the audience would know it’s not ok to be having indoor parties, but the other part of me is glad they didn’t because all the people who are struggling to get tested in the US would probably not feel great knowing that the rich and famous are doing it daily preventatively.

-As for the actual show, I kind of loved it? They made the best of the hand they were dealt, and it was fast-moving ceremony with very few objectional wins. (I only wish they’d varied the category order like they usually do so all the Schitt’s Creek wins weren’t back-to-back.)

-Despite there being no in-person Emmy ceremony, many stars made bold style choices – whether that meant red carpet-ready gowns or comfy pajamas.

-It’s hilarious to me that so many Zendaya fans are angry about headlines calling her win an “upset” because they don’t understand that “upset” can mean unpredicted and surprising, not necessarily that people were upset about it.

-Congrats to Penn Badgley and Domino Kirke, who welcomed their first child. Is this the first celebrity baby announcement to involve placenta art?

-BTS broke NPR’s Tiny Desk record for the most YouTube views by a video on its first day … in about 25 minutes.

-I love Legends of Tomorrow and was really hoping it’d be the only CW show without messiness, but leads star Caity Lotz had to go and screw that up by acknowledging RGB’s death by tweeting “I love the people who will vote for Biden, and I love the people who will vote for Trump.” Not only is it no time for bothsides-ism, but it’s especially galling coming from someone who plays an LGBTQ character.

Ellen DeGeneres addressed those multiple reports about a “toxic” work culture when the daytime program returned today, but she mostly distanced herself from any wrongdoing “I learned that things happened here that never should have happened.” She did add: “The truth is, I am that person that you see on TV. I am also a lot of other things. Sometimes I get sad, I get mad, I get anxious, I get frustrated, I get impatient — and I am working on all of that.”

Jessica Mulroney called Meghan Markle her “kindest friend” in a since-deleted social post.

-Meanwhile, their friendship in the news again because the Daily Mail’s latest defense in their lawsuit is to claim Markle asked Mulroney to act as a “PR agent” on her behalf to “influence” press coverage. The Mail is also claiming the Duchess cooperated in the new Finding Freedom book, which refers to her father’s letter that’s at the heart of the lawsuit.

Lori Loughlin was allowed to pick her prison, and it sounds more like a wellness retreat.

This interview with Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth about their 20-year friendship and their new movie, in which they play a couple, is a delight!

-Despite it being a stripped down film festival, TIFF still managed to generate some big deals — mostly from Netflix, which shelled out huge for Halle Berry‘s MMA movie Bruised, the Zendaya-John David Washington quarantine-shot Malcolm & Marie and the Vanessa Kirby film Pieces of a Woman (which features a 23-minute one-shot of a home birth that’s going to haunt me for a long time).

-While Paris Hilton is getting lots of praise for her new documentary, Jezebel reminds us that she still hasn’t addressed her frequent and casual use of the n-word. Some of the quotes in this article are insane.

-I did a Zoom call with Tatiana Maslany on Friday and she said she’s NOT doing She-Hulk. I assume she’s under a gag order until Marvel officially announces it, but it was weird.

-Speaking of Marvel, the new trailer for WandaVision is kind of great?