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Priyanka Chopra’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

Priyanka Chopra in a red dress on the cover of Vogue India

Priyanka Chopra covers Vogue India and talked about opening a restaurant and launching a beauty label despite the pandemic. “When the pandemic started, I was sleeping in, vegetating on the couch, binge-watching, not working out, eating whatever I wanted. I was like, ‘This is going to be a vacation.’ But when there was no end in sight, I understood that people were going to figure out how to work in spite of that.”

-It took weeks but it finally happened: Mike Richards has been fired as executive producer of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. Michael Davies, the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire executive producer, will take over production duties in the interim.

Stephen Amell said on a podcast that he’s “deeply ashamed” of being kicked off a flight for drunkenness in June. I can’t believe this didn’t come up during his recent Heels promo tour but it was likely a banned topic. Regardless, it’s a good apology. Of course, he previously screwed up and gave a good apology — only to take it back years later on this very podcast!

-Survivor favourite Parvati Shallow is requesting a temporary restraining order against her estranged husband for domestic violence protection.

-There are a lot of ugly and dangerous conspiracy theories floating around the world right now, but the only one that tickles me is the people who are convinced that Ted Lasso’s Roy Kent is entirely CGI.

Van Jones is laughing off rumours that he’s dating Kim Kardashian.

Drew Barrymore joined TikTok and revisited Grossy Josie.

Will Smith surprised young actor Jabari Banks by telling him he’d be the new Fresh Prince in Peacock’s dramatic reboot of the ’90s sitcom.

-I haven’t been able to bring myself to listen to Kanye West‘s album yet, but this article on the misogyny of it isn’t making me want to rush out an do so.

Lil Nas X’s album cover for Montero is art.

-Here’s our first look at Ariana Grande on The Voice.

-This is a great round up of  music supervisors from The O.C., Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf, Euphoria, and more teen TV shows, talking about what it takes to elevate a scene from good to legendary through song choice.

Sarah Paulson says now she regrets wearing a fat suit for her role in American Crime Story.

-DC has announced dates for their online convention the FanDome, where they will debut new trailers from The Batman, The Flash and more.

Simu Liu’s tweet about Sandra Oh and Michelle Yeoh attending his premiere made me laugh.

-The Power of the Dog trailer did nothing for me, but there’s already talk of Kirsten Dunst being an Oscar contender.

Jeremy Renner and Kyle Chandler break bad in the Mayor of Kingston trailer, a new Paramount+ show.

-The final No Time To Die trailer dropped this morning — and then was quickly taken down. But it’s back up! It leans into the fact that this is (supposedly) Daniel Craig’s final Bond film.

The Weeknd Talks Darkness and Drugs

weeknd gq cover

The Weeknd covers the Sept issue of GQ and talks about his dark persona (“I am not dark. My art is dark, and I’ve gone through dark times. I’ve used those dark times as inspiration for my art. But I feel like because I’m not dark, I was able to channel it and put it into my music and into my art”), quitting drugs (“Drugs were a crutch. It was me thinking that I needed it. And not doing the work to figure out how not to need it. And I’ve spent the last few years realizing that and thanking God that I don’t need it”), and bingeing The X-Files during the pandemic (“Everyone copied them, bro. Everyone”).

-In her new GQ profile, Olivia Rodrigo says she’s been following the Britney Spears news closely. “I think, as an industry, people are getting better at not taking advantage of and manipulating and bullying young women. But it’s still so apparent, and I witness that too. Not near at the level that Britney has, obviously. I think that’s an important paradigm that I hope that we’ll be able to break in the coming generations. I’ve definitely seen corporate dollars be prioritized over people’s mental health.”

-Meanwhile, Britney Spears’ lawyer has filed to expedite the removal of Jamie Spears as conservator.

Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber‘s charity single “Stuck With U” has helped many, many families of first responders.

Courteney Cox posted an IG video of her playing piano as her 17-year-old daughter Coco sang Adele‘s “Chasing Pavements.”

-This is a fascinating look at how Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson so rarely has an on-screen romance — and why big Hollywood blockbusters have begun to eschew romance plots in general. I always assumed it was a personal preference that some actors have (character actor Neal McDonough won’t kiss anyone who’s not his wife), but it also points to a larger trend towards sexless action heroes. Maybe because Hollywood has gotten criticism for writing women as one-note love interests, it’s just opted to not include them at all instead of writing fully fleshed out love interests. Which sucks.

-Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist may be rescued by Roku! The streamer is eyeing a wrap-up movie.

-The Met Gala is normally held in May but was pushed back this year. Page Six reports that those making the cut for invites include Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Ratajkowski, Camila Cabello and Lupita Nyong’o.

-Is South Park still popular? Let’s hope, since its creators just signed a $900 million deal to release 14 movies.

-Jeopardy is reportedly close to picking its new full-time host — and it looks like it’ll be Mike Richards. I really thought it’d be Levar Burton, Ken Jennings or Aaron Rodgers. Richards is a producer on the show and the fact that he’s in late stage negotiations is leading a lot of people, including a contestant during his run, to think this was always in the works and the guest host appearances weren’t ever about auditioning for the gig.

Taylor Swift is teasing a Phoebe Bridgers collab. Yes, please!

-I really like this list of the 40 best musical performances on TV. No one but Prince at the Super Bowl could be number 1, but the one that’s stuck in my brain craw remains TV on the Radio’s Letterman appearance at number 5.

John Corbett and Bo Derek, who’ve been together for 20 years, got married last Christmas.

-I’m so confused about why Kristen Bell had a stylist for her recent road trip.

Ryan Reynolds says wife Blake Lively often does uncredited punch ups on the scripts of his movies.

-With Free Guy getting good reviews (currently 84% fresh), THR profiles director Shawn Levy, who seems to keep his head down and do the work. He currently has 15 projects in development for Netflix.

-I mainline teen movies — the cheesier the better — but He’s All That might be a bridge to far for even me. Luckily, the trailer recaps the entire movie so I don’t even need to watch it.

-Here’s the trailer for the much-delayed new series Y: The Last Man, based on the beloved graphic novel.

Angelina Jolie and The Weeknd Rumours Continue

Angelina Jolie and her kids were spotted at the same concert as The Weeknd a week after they had dinner together, leading to renewed speculation they’re dating (even though they’re probably not).

-Speaking of hard-to-believe dating rumours, the one about Tom Cruise and Hayley Atwell has resurfaced.

-This headline makes it seem like it’s about how Kim Kardashian’s style has changed since leaving Kanye West, but it’s actually about how much he seemingly controlled what she wore.

Millie Bobby Brown is reportedly dating Jon Bon Jovi’s son and wow this kid looks so much like his dad!

Ariana Grande is honeymooning with Dalton Gomez in Amsterdam.

Black Widow made a pandemic record $80 million for the U.S. opening and earned another $60 million on Disney+ Premier Access. The standalone superhero movie took in an estimated $218 million globally between ticket sales and Disney+ Premier Access.

-After you’ve seen the movie, here’s a great piece on that controversial scene (which was written by director Nicole Holofcener!)

-Move over, Selena GomezParis Hilton is getting her own cooking show on Netflix.

-The Hating Game is coming to theatres later this year. I know I need to temper my expectations because it likely won’t be as good as the book but I CANNOT WAIT.

-Three weeks after pleading guilty in his child endangerment case, Drake Bell has been sentenced to two years probation.

Jodie Turner-Smith‘s jewels were stolen from her hotel room in Cannes. It’s believed she may have been targeted after wearing Gucci jewelry to her premiere. Though that jewelry was taken back after the premiere, the robbers stole jewelry worth tens of thousands of euros, including her mother’s wedding ring.

-I’m not sure I like what Bella Hadid wore to Cannes, but tree boobs are certainly one way to generate buzz.

-French actor Judith Chemla, the 37 year-old French star of Mes freres et moi, will not attend the world premiere of the film at Cannes today after she filed a complaint against the director Yohan Manca (who is also her boyfriend), alleging he threw a phone at her. Uh, maybe he’s the one who shouldn’t go?

-A spokesperson for Lea Seydoux confirmed she tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated and asymptomatic. She will remain in quarantine until her doctors deem her safe to travel to Cannes and attend festival events. Which should be, like, NOT before the fest is over, no?

Vince Staples and Lil Nas X’s twitter exchange was hilarious. No one is doing socials right now better than this kid.

-Here’s another best TV of the year so far list. I would add We Are Lady Parts to this list, but I love that Girls4eva and Starstruck made it in there.

-The reviews for White Lotus, HBO’s new show that debuted last night, are glowing. It’s about wealthy people ruining the lives of various workers at a Hawaiian resort, and the cast is stacked!

-Speaking of TV reviews, the new season of Ted Lasso is getting praise (though the premiere reportedly gets off to a shaky start with a baffling storytelling decision critics aren’t allowed to spoil).

Shonda Rhimes just signed a new Netflix deal, earning a “significant” raise.

Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt are in full promo mode for Jungle Fever, and this morning on GMA they surprised a custodian who got his degree in his 40s to become a teacher.

Chris Hemsworth recorded the Loki the Frog noise in last weeks’ Loki.

Jessica Biel is stepping on Jessica Alba‘s turf by launching a wellness brand for kids.

-This is a good piece in the NYT about why lots of people have no plans to go back to the movies. Our theatres are opening again next week (after the longest closure in North America) and I can’t wait, but I get it.

Jake Johnson says his new comedy indie movie Ride the Eagle is like “a sweeter companion piece” to New Girl, so I’m in.

Matt Damon says he turned down James Cameron‘s offer of 10 percent of the Avatar profits to star in it, a payday that would have eventually totaled more than $280 million. Oopsie!

-The Good Place alums Kristen Bell and Kirby Howell-Baptiste reunite in the Queenpins trailer.