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Adriana Grande posted a sweet selfie with boyfriend Dalton Gomez ahead of her 27th birthday.

Alia Shawkat‘s new Vulture interview is very, very good. She talks about Brad Pitt, who she was introduced to by Spike Jonze (“We’re not dating. We’re just friends..To [tabloids] it’s like, ‘We don’t get it! This girl is weird! She’s so different! Why are they hanging out?’ You get too close to the prom king, and all of a sudden, everyone’s like, ‘Well, who is this bitch?'”) and she talks about regretting using the n-word when quoting Drake lyrics (“Was I using this because the idea of Black culture seems cool? And I was just like, ‘Well, that’s just part of it!’ It’s not intellectually understanding that the words you use are really powerful. I think that’s a lot of what this reckoning is for all of us who are not Black”).

-Speaking of very good Vulture interviews, Almost Famous director Patrick Fugit talks about his crush on Kate Hudson, Philip Seymour Hoffman giving him shit, Frances McDormand refusing to use her trailer, Brad Pitt almost playing Russell Hammond.

Gabrielle Union was photographed by Zaya Wade for SELF.

-I’m very curious about which white producer/showrunner once said she only writes shows about families so she’s not forced to cast POC actors. I have a guess.

Justin Bieber has filed a defamation lawsuit seeking to collect at least $20 million in damages filed against two Twitter users who alleged in posts on the social network that the singer sexually assaulted them.

Jason Reitman recruited Hugh Jackman, Tiffany Haddish, Jennifer Garner, Chris Pine, Sophie Turner, Joe Jonas, David Oyelowo, Andy Serkis, Jack Black, Diego Luna, Common, Sam Rockwell, Neil Patrick Harris, Leslie Bibb, Josh Gad, Taika Waititi and a bunch more to help him craft a shot-for-shot remake of The Princess Bride that will be available in chunks on Quibi starting Monday. I saw Reitman’s live-read of TPB at TIFF a couple of years ago, and the video clips in that article make me so excited for this. Guess I won’t be cancelling my Quibi trial just yet.

-Video from THR’s drama roundtable was posted on YouTubeJennifer Aniston‘s first comment is even more awkward than it was in print, and Janelle Monáe’s rebuttal about “checking your perspective” is even more powerful.

-THR’s TV directors roundtable features Anna Boden, Deborah Chow, Jon M. Chu, Alex Garland, Janet Mock and Jonathan Nolan.

-I’m so glad Scaachi wrote a takedown on Buzzfeed of the movie 365 Days. It’s been trending on Netflix for weeks and it’s so, so bad. The premise is awful, consent is addressed and then promptly ignored, there’s tons of random music drops, and it should have just been subtitled instead of having the actors with English. Plus, it makes no sense that the kidnapped woman would [SPOILER ALERT] fall for her kidnapper in just two months despite his character never being granted a second of vulnerability or softness. There’s an entire genre of romance novels about alpha bad boys being reformed by love — had they just followed the tried-and-true template, it might have been a fun guilty pleasure instead of a rapey mess.

-Tenet’s premiere has been pushed again – this time to August 12. Now everyone’s expecting Mulan’s July 24 release date to move.

-Due to all the postponements, Cineplex in Canada is scaling back its reopening plans.

-I don’t believe this story about Meghan Markle being done with Jessica Mulroney, but I am surprised it took this long for someone to write it.

Victor Garber tweeted a photo from Happiest Season, a lesbian romcom starring Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis and directed by Clea DuVall. Get in my eyeballs!

Kanye West has signed a 10-year deal with Gap. Yeezy Gap promises to deliver “modern, elevated basics for men, women, and kids at accessible price points.” No sneakers, tho.

-Disney announced this week it’s re-themeing its popular Splash Mountain attraction around The Princess and the Frog and retiring its characters from Disney’s notorious “Song of the South.”

G-Eazy seems to be shading ex Halsey in his new song.

-This is a very good piece on how male victims have been grappling with consequences after speaking out about MeToo, from mockery to job offers drying up.

Adele won’t be releasing her new album in September, as first rumoured. Come on, we need this!!

-Here’s the trailer for The King’s Man, the prequel to the Kingsman movies.

Lucy Hale tries to get over her hangups about sex in the trailer for A Nice Girl Like You.

 

Megan Fox Stars in Machine Gun Kelly’s Video

Megan Fox ramps up rumours that she’s dating Machine Gun Kelly by cozying up to him in his new music video.

Zack Snyder will release his cut of Justice League on HBO Max — but not until next year. The news also confirms that the Snyder cut didn’t actually exist; they’re going to have to spend $20+ million on post-production. Which is HILARIOUS.

-The Ruby Rose/Batwoman saga continues to unfold. A source tells TV Line her quitting the show “wasn’t 100-percent her decision. It was a breakup. She wasn’t happy working on the show, and did that make her fun to work with? No. So everyone decided it would be in the best interests of the show, and for all concerned, if they parted ways. It just wasn’t a good fit.” Rob Salem, who used to be the TV critic for the Toronto Star, has an even more pointed take, tweeting: “Apparently, she was actually fired. Rumor has it she was generally loathed on set. “Sociopathic narcissist” was the phrase being bandied about. They put a happy face on it, but from what I hear, nobody will be sorry to see her go.”

-Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Stephanie Beatriz is already publicly petitioning for the role. Even though she’s played another character in the Arrowverse, I’d love for Bex Taylor-Klaus to have a shot.

-Meanwhile, The Flash cast did a Stars In the House Zoom reunion for charity last night, which is lovely but they did it at 8pm ET — their old timeslot and at the exact same time Stargirl was debuting on their network. The CW is filled with messiness, y’all.

-The Smash cast will reunite tonight to perform Bombshell in concert. The more that these cast reunions for charity take place every day, the more untenable the upcoming Friends reunion seems. Getting paid $3 million each to do what casts are now doing all the time for free to support good causes is an increasingly bad look.

Ryan Seacrest has blamed exhaustion and returned to work after this clip made people think he was having a stroke during American Idol.

-Amazing human being Sia confirmed she adopted two teenage sons who were aging out of foster care system.

Lorde says she’s been recording new music with Jack Antonoff and “the work is so fucking good, my friend.”

-This thread about the types of songs in Disney animated movies is kind of incredible.

-British Vogue got Kate Moss to demonstrate cooking a roast chicken (clearly shot pre-pandemic). Her comment at the end slays: “What happened to just being able to do a cover and not having to do any of this?”

-The world does not deserve Taika Waititi.

-I love this article on how it would be awesome if Brad Pitt and Alia Shawkat are actually dating: “Yes, Shawkat is young and beautiful, but she isn’t exactly the type of woman we’ve come to expect in the arms of aging actors in the midst of their midlife crises. She’s in her 30s; she’s Iraqi American; she’s not tall or ultra-skinny or blonde; she’s queer; she’s cool.”

-Spotify has fought against paying musicians what they deserve for years, but they ponied up $100 million for an exclusivity deal for Joe Rogan‘s podcast.

Alison Roman is “on temporary leave” as a food columnist for the New York Times after she made judgmental comments about fellow lifestyle influencers Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo. Teigen is not happy with the news, saying “it just sucks in every way.”

Julia Roberts, Hugh Jackman, and more celebs are handing over their social profiles to COVID-19 experts, which I love.

-This is a really extensive, interesting look at the costly efforts to restart film and TV production, including safety precautions, scheduling delays, extra VFX, and much more. Not only are the sky-high costs going to get higher, expect to see fewer location shoots, less guest stars and less crowd scenes with background extras. Zoe Kravitz also raises a good point about how COVID-19 will affect hair, makeup and wardrobe processes on a big film like Batman: “You have people just touching your face, touching your body all day long. I need help getting into the catsuit. I can’t do it on my own. I was probably touched more than any job, just because of the clothes and the combat and all of that.”

Clay is struggling to keep it together in the trailer for the final season of 13 Reasons Why.

Issa Rae Covers Cosmo

 

issa raeIra wrote the cover story on Issa Rae for Cosmo. Love them both!

Kate Beckinsale is on the cover of Women’s Health, in which she talks about people’s perception of her. “It can feel like a little bit of a political act to be a woman over 32 who’s having any fun at all. And by that, I don’t mean doing drugs and drinking and partying, because I never am, but being goofy, and going out, and not going, ‘Oh my god, I’m going to sit home and anticipate menopause while crocheting.’ ”

-Also, she doesn’t love it when Instagram followers comment on her smoking.

-The more people talk about Brad Pitt and Alia Shawkat‘s “incredibly tight bond,” the more it bugs me that there’s no dating rumours about them. I have no idea what’s going on with them, but if any other actress was repeatedly spotted spending time with him during social distancing, the tabloids would have them engaged by now. But because she doesn’t look like what we expect his girlfriend to look like, every article emphasizes how they’re “just friends.”

-Before social distancing started, Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Adam Scott, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow filmed a Red Nose Day segment in which they attempt to get out of Jack Black’s Escape Room.

-Is Dolly Parton going to save the world? The signer is funding some of the most important, most promising COVID-19 treatment research.

-Any Taffy Brodesser-Akner profile goes to the top of my TBR list, but this one on Val Kilmer is especially outstanding. He now tours a show where he dresses up like Mark Twain and does Christian Science-themed standup comedy.

-HBO Max has given a 10-episode series order to a single-camera comedy starring Jean Smart, from three Broad City producers. It’ll be executive produced by The Good Place creator Mike Schur. I like all of those people!

Sources say Trolls 2’s top voice stars, including Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick were not informed ahead of the announcement that the film would be arriving on-demand early. Now their reps are asking for pay.

-The creator of Black Mirror says the world is too bleak for a new season right now. Seeing as we’re all living in a episode of that show right now…yeah.

-If any actor was going to be the first to shoot a movie in space, Tom Cruise makes the most sense.

-I share a birthday with Baby Archie, which I’m not mad about. Everyone was wondering how Meghan Markle and Prince Harry would commemorate it on social media, and they did even better than I expected (considering all their recent PR flubs) by posting a cute reading video for charity.

-It’s also George Clooney’s birthday. To commemorate his 59th, former ER love interest Julianna Margulies shared a bts pic of their last scene.

-Novelist Emily Giffin hates Meghan Markle so much. Girl, I read Something Borrowed. Sit down.

-Vulture’s costar reunions continue with Happy Endings’ Eliza Coupe and Elisha Cuthbert. I love that Cuthbert is wearing an East Coast Lifestyle had like a good Canadian.

-I’m not sure how I feel about Adele’s drastic transformation. I hope she’s healthy and happy, but she looks like everyone else in Hollywood now. (Specifically, Sarah Paulson.)

-Also, with Adele trending it surfaced this amazing video of her meeting some of her impersonators.