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Veronica Mars is Coming Back!

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-Huzzah! An 8-episode Veronica Mars revival is in the works at Hulu!

-This Tessa Thompson profile is great. (Remember when she was on Veronica Mars and she wasn’t so great? Weird times…)

-To be a fly on this wall: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry reportedly hung out with George and Amal Clooney in Lake Como. 

Chris Pine, what are you wearing and how do you possible make that work like you do?!?

-Page Six is firmly in Brad Pitt‘s camp. After today’s hearing, I’m wondering if his visitation will still be supervised only? Why is no one really talking about that?

-I only watched The Fosters for one season, but To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before star Noah Centineo is returning for the spin-off and I’m in because PETER KAVINSKY!

-Speaking of Peter Kavinsky, Netflix changed their Twitter bio to reflect our collective obsession. Meanwhile, I liked this piece on the enduring rom com trope of fake boyfriendship.

Don Cheadle still can’t believe Mark Ruffalo spoiled Avengers: Infinity War in 2017.

Jennifer Garner got a star on the Walk of Fame, and her former costars Steve Carell, Judy Greer, and Bryan Cranston were on hand. (I saw Garner and Cranston’s movie Wakefield a couple of years ago at TIFF but I don’t think it ever was released. From what I can recall, that was for the best.)

-Netflix renewed Glow for a third season (it feels like the second season just ended but this is still good news. Now if they’d only drop the ill-advised relationship bit they’ve been hinting at…)

-NBC has renewed its summer Amy Poehler/Nick Offerman series Making It for Season 2. I’ve only watched one episode so far but it’s like a small screen endorphin release.

Drake cancelled his first of three shows in TO to visit a little girl in the hospital in Chicago. That video tho. Gah, the ovaries just took a direct hit!

-HBO just ordered a new comedy from The Leftovers’ Tom Perrotta starring Kathryn Hahn and Casey Wilson, directed by Nicole Holofcener. Yes, please!

-In a NYT op-ed, Star Wars’ Kelly Marie Tran opened up about the ‘self-hate’ she dealt with after her online harassment.

-The VMAs red carpet made me feel rul rul old. Also, did Pete Davidson’s VMAs bracelet imply he already married Ariana Grande?

-Madonna’s Aretha Franklin tribute at the VMAs is all about Madonna — and people were not happy. She later explained her speech on Instagram: “And just to clarify: I was asked to present video of the year by MTV! And then they asked me to share any anecdotes I had in my career connected to Aretha Franklin! I shared a part of my journey and thanked Aretha for inspiring me along the way. I did not intend to do a tribute to her! That would be impossible in 2 minutes with all the noise and tinsel of an award show. I could never do her justice in this context or environment.”

-MTV has green lighted a new season of The Hills — but none of the originals you liked will appear.

-The first season of American Vandal was about who drew the dicks? The new season’s central mystery will be about uncovering the identity of the Turd Burglar. (I love this exchange in the trailer: “What if the motive is just that poop is funny?” “Poop IS funny.”)

-Danny Boyle — the only reason to get excited about the new James Bond film — has dropped out of directing.

-Critical reception to HBO’s Sharper Objects has been mixed, but last week’s episode really turned me off. Not every female journalist in pop culture needs to sleep with their source. It’s such a lazy, dump trope.

-Harvey Weinstein is now being sued by a woman alleging he raped her at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. The suit claims he “bragged that he had recently received a negative result from an HIV test. Then, over her continued protests, he removed the condom he had been wearing and continued to rape her.”

Asia Argento denied a report that she sexually assaulted a 17-year-old and says the settlement was Anthony Bourdain‘s idea to make the allegations go away. Man, I really wish she’d left Bourdain out of all this.

-In Hold the Dark, (which debuts at TIFF before screening on Netflix) Jeffrey Wright plays a wolf expert who tracks down the wolves who killed a young boy. Riley Keough and Alexander Skarsgard play the boy’s parents.

Constance Wu Steps Into the Spotlight

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Constance Wu’s cover of Time is fabulous (and it makes me even more sad that fashion magazines didn’t snatch her up for their Sept issues). The accompanying article by Karen K Ho is also great. Ho also tweeted some tidbits that didn’t make it into the article, including the fact that Wu specifically asked her publicist for Asian-American women to interview her as much as possible, because she wanted to create more opportunities.

-I really liked this article about Crazy Rich Asians from the perspective of an Asian American. (Speaking of which, Vox’s Today Explained podcast made me tear up this morning.)

-Also, if you’re seeing Crazy Rich Asians this weekend, stay for the end credits.

-This is a great interview with Lana Condor, the lead of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. (I can’t believe this movie is bringing back scrunchies, though.)

-Whoa, what happened with Ruth Wilson and The Affair? I stopped watching a couple of seasons ago (even the lure of Joshua Jackson couldn’t tempt me), but I heard about the big twist from two weeks ago. On CBS This Morning this morning, she says “I did want to leave, but I’m not allowed to talk about why.” Things get REAL awkward, and after some hemming and hawing Gayle King asked her if it was about “a disagreement about money – male and female salaries?” and she responded “I’ve never complained to Showtime about pay parity.” (FF to around 4:30 in this video).

-Showtime has since released a statement (which is basically a non-statement): “We can’t speak for Ruth, but heading into season four everyone agreed the character’s story had run its course.”

Diane Kruger even makes maternity jeans work.

-People is wading in on the Brangelina battle, with a source saying “they’ve always had different parenting styles.”

Madonna turns 60(!) today. (Remember when she was 35 the press was calling her “grandma“?) She’s in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh, and asking her followers to celebrate her bday by donating to Raise Malawi. Back when she was 35 the press was calling her “grandma”.

-In honour of her bday, Madonna also released her full performance from this year’s MET gala.

-Also turning 60 and looking ah-maz-ing is Angela Bassett, who celebrated by posting a bikini pic.

Rihanna is reportedly filming a Lemonade-style longform music video featuring Donald Glover. Yes, please!

-As expected, Blackish’s Kenya Barris has inked what sources say is a three-year, high-eight-figure overall TV deal with Netflix. I don’t blame him because a) ABC did him dirty and b) money!

-These photos of Tiffany Haddish by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue’s latest issue are amazing.

Ivanka Trump really, really didn’t like SNL’s “Complicit” sketch with Scarlett Johansson playing her.

-After taking a meeting with James Gunn, Disney still isn’t bringing him back for Guardians Vol. 3.

Kim Cattrall has the best rejection story: “Got replaced in a TV pilot by a major TV network boss because he said I had no Sex Appeal.”

-Speaking of SATC stars, this thread makes me want to move to NY so I can vote for Cynthia Nixon.

TJ Miller is defending himself against his former Silicon Valley co-star Alice Wetterlund who accused him of being a “bully and petulant brat.” Weeks later, he says he’s not a bully, just a “benevolent benign maniac.” Uh huh.

-I can’t believe  This Is Us’ Justin Hartley has a kid in high school.

-In case you’re wondering, this is why everyone is freaking out about dick soap. (I’m more freaked out by someone making money off fan fiction who isn’t the author.)

Justin Timberlake leaving his publicist of 20 years, Sonia Muckle.

-In his new GQ interview, Pete Davidson says his relationship with Ariana Grande progressed even faster than we thought: “The day I met her, I was like, ‘Hey, I’ll marry you tomorrow,’ ” he says, grinning. “She was calling my bluff. I sent her a picture [of engagement rings]. I was like, ‘Do you like any of these?’ She was like, ‘Those are my favorite ones,’ and I was like, ‘Sick.’ ”

Ariana Grande did a Little Shop of Horrors duet with James Corden and got a piggyback through Starbucks in the latest Carpool Karaoke, which aired Wednesday night. I love that she knows exactly what people say about her and mocks it: “Did you know I demand to be carried everywhere? That is the kind of pop star I am! If you see me anywhere, it’s cause I didn’t walk there myself; I promise.”

Angelina Jolie Accuses Brad Pitt of Skimping on Child Support

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-The Angelina Jolie/Brad Pitt divorce continues to disintegrate. Court docs reveal that she accused him of not paying enough in child support. His lawyer quickly shot back, saying her filing was “unnecessary, omits material information and is a thinly-veiled effort to manipulate media coverage” and says the actor has “paid over $1.3 million in bills for the benefit of [Jolie] and the minor children.”

-Meanwhile, Jolie‘s divorce lawyer hasn’t quit (as was previously reported), but the client/attorney relationship may be tense.

-This story about Leonardo DiCaprio’s chin being edited out of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood promos thrills and delights me.

Kathleen Turner gives zero f**ks in this interview and it’s everything. She talks about not enjoying working with Nicolas Cage and Burt Reynolds, how she didn’t feel welcomed by the Friends cast, and mocks method actors (“In Crimes of Passion I was playing a designer by day, $50 whore on Hollywood Boulevard by night. Do you think I was going to hang out with whores on Hollywood Boulevard and find out what the f**k that was like? I have an imagination, you know. My belief is that all the information I need is in the script. And if it’s not, then it’s not a good enough script”).

-Jeebus F. Murphy, what is The Academy doing? They announced some new changes to the Oscars, including a three hour max telecast (sure), an earlier air date (putting it much closer to the SAGs and Globes, which isn’t great) and most perplexing, a new category to honour “popular” films. This is *such* a dumb idea. Why double down on this idea that “art house” should be separate from blockbusters? Especially since it felt like we were making progress, with genre fare like Get Out, District 9 and The Dark Knight scoring best picture noms. Relegating movies to a pandering “popular” category means the snobbier voters will feel like they are giving mainstream/diverse movies a bone without actually having to give them a real award. It’s the worst kind of gatekeeping — and the fact that they’re making this change in the year when Black Panther is getting Oscar buzz is terrible optics. ABC execs reportedly pushed for the changes in the face of declining ratings, which doesn’t even make sense. By that logic, the People Choice Awards would be the biggest rated awards show.

-Oh, now The Academy is saying a movie could potentially be nominated for both popular film and best picture. Sure.

-As expected, ABC fired Roseanne for more than just one tweet. At the TCAs, the network’s president said “For us, we have had multiple instances with Roseanne, and certainly this tweet crossed the line that cannot be crossed, but it was for us a sense of enough is enough and something had to be done.”

-How the heck did Ariana Grande injure herself filming Carpool Karaoke?

-This is a great look at the rise of the “art bro” as celebrity arm candy.

-Is Vanity Fair going through an identity crisis?

-I was off for a few days so I missed the Beyonce Vogue cover, but wow. I know I shouldn’t be advocating for a celebrity to have complete editorial control over a publication, but wow.

-Aw man, Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher have split.

-I agree that Melissa Benoist should get a shot at the upcoming Supergirl movie. While I would probably recast most of the CW’s supporting characters if their superhero shows went to the big screen, their TV leads are all good enough to carry a film.

-Speaking of CW stars, Grant Gustin slammed body shamers after a photo of his new suit leaked online.

-The Cut’s guide to celebrities and their pastors is a good read.

-Netflix’s Insatiable looks like it has a really terrible premise, but according to reviewers it’s even worse than advertised.  Variety calls it “jaw-droppingly toxic,” Buzzfeed says it’s a “fat-shaming dumpster fire,” The Daily Beast says its fat-shaming “is the least of its problems,” and FastCompany says the trailer was only “the tip of an extremely irresponsible iceberg.”

-I love love love this profile of Glen Powell on how he carries himself like an old-school movie star.

Kourtney Kardashian and Younes Bendjima have split up, possibly because of this woman.

-This is a great profile on Henry Golding, a travel host with no acting credits to his name who became the leading man in three upcoming films, starting with Crazy Rich Asians.

-Jonah Hill and Emma Stone lose their minds in the trailer for the upcoming Netflix series Maniac.

-Pride and Prejudice costars Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen reteam in the The Nutcracker and the Four Realms trailer. Succession has really re-ignited my Macfadyen love, so I’m kinda into this.