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Leighton Meester Is Not Interested in a Gossip Girl Reunion

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-I’m here for Leighton Meester gushing about hubby Adam Brody. I’m even more here for her gently shading her Gossip Girl experience: “I’m not haunted by that time, but it’s been interesting and helpful for me to look at it and examine it as an adult and go, ‘I don’t know if it was the healthiest environment.'”

Joe Alwyn has no interest in talking about his relationship with Taylor Swift. He says in a new interview, “I understand people’s curiosity in the world we live in, about people’s private lives. Well, I don’t understand it, but I know it exists. For me, I just don’t feel it’s something I want to offer up to be picked apart by people who don’t know about it, and it’s just not theirs to have.”

Millie Bobby Brown is defending her text relationship with Drake, because it’s totally not weird for a 31-year-old dude to text a preteen.

-Here’s our first look at Joaquin Phoenix in Joker makeup. It’s suitably terrifying.

Robert Pattinson and Suki Waterhouse: still boning.

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson look just fine after a photo surfaced in which she may have been crying (or possibly just sneezing).

-I didn’t think I wanted a Men In Black spinoff. Then Chris Hemsworth posted this selfie from the set with Tessa Thompson, and now I NEED it!

Keira Knightley says she can’t wait to see drag queens dress up like her from The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which is a pretty great goal.

Kevin Hart freaked the eff out on the Tonight Show when as Robert Irwin, 14-year-old son of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, brought out some snakes, a bird and a tarantula. “I got so much sweat drippin’ down my ass right now!”

-I actually believe that Gina Rodriguez can do 1,000 pushups. I’ve seen her Insta stories about doing chin ups in her trailer and she’s a beast!

-The first Venom clip shows Eddie Brock being a terrible journalist.

Zoë Kravitz Goes Makeup-Free for Harper’s Bazaar

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Zoë Kravitz goes completely unretouched (and looks phenomenal) on her new Harper’s Bazaar cover. She talks about previous magazine Photoshop experiences: “I did a cover of a magazine once and noticed that my eyes were this beautiful hazel-green color, which would be great, but they’re not that color! Little things like that. I’ve seen my hands be changed before. It makes you think, “What’s wrong with my hands? Or my eyes?”

-So, despite those reports, Hailey Baldwin is denying that she and Justin Bieber got married this week.

Ariana Grande posted a very sweet IG video of Mac Miller, saying “I’m so sorry I couldn’t fix it or take your pain away.”

Lady Gaga reveals what she thinks is her #1 look ever in Vogue’s 73 questions. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t the meat dress. (Sidenote: is this the most stationary 73Q segment ever? I wanna see her house!)

-In a recent interview, Bradley Cooper addressed the news that A Star Is Born producer Jon Peters has been sued by at least five former employees for sexual harassment.

-This interview with TATBILB’s Noah Centineo (“the best thirst architect the internet’s ever seen”) is great. I LOVE that the author made him recreate the pocket spin with her!

Meaghan Markle is reportedly having trouble figuring out which of her friends she can trust, while her former Suits costars are struggling with being asked about her all the time. (I get it; we saw Patrick Adams hanging out at TIFF and it was hard not to bug him about it.)

Cardi B hits back at Nicki Minaj’s payola claims. (Is payola still a thing? Radio plays don’t seem to matter much these days…)

-Modern Family will kill off a main character in Season 10. Wait, Modern Family is still on?!?

-God, I love that Candice Patton of The Flash is calling out DC/Funko for releasing figurines for only the show’s male characters. Even Wally West got one? Come on.

-First Brandon Routh‘s wife, now Stephen Amell’s wife. If you want a role on the CW, just marry one of its stars.

-For reasons I can’t begin to comprehend, the New York Review of Books let Jian Ghomeshi write a self-pitying, self-pardoning reflection on his ouster from Canadian media. (I love that everyone is circulating a link to this PDF instead of the actual article itself to avoid contributing to its pageviews.) It is so tone-deaf that it has to be seen to be believed (it begins with a woman *apologizing to him* for bringing up what he did, and ends with him congratulating himself for meeting a woman on a train and not trying to hook up with her). Many people much smarter than I am have pointed out the piece’s problems, but I think my issue with his article — and Louis C.K.’s return and all of these comebacks and handwringing about their reputations/future — is that not one of these men are actually acknowledging that they’ve contemplated the hurt they’ve caused their victims and/or learned from it. Dan Harmon‘s apology and subsequent actions is the only guy that comes to mind.

-Meanwhile, my favourite reaction is Roxanne Gay’s tweet: “I wonder which publication will give a victim of sexual harassment or violence 7,000 words to discuss her or his experience.”

Julie Chen signed off Big Brother last night as “Julie Chen Mooves” so…yeah.

-Is Jake Gyllenhall the patron saint of movies? First he helped the latest Halloween movie get off the ground, and now comes word that he also helped If Beale Street Could Talk happen.

John Goodman and Vera Farmiga star in the Captive State trailer.

 

Nicki Minaj Calls the Cardi B Fight “So Mortifying and Humiliating”

Nicki Minaj has broken her silence on the physical altercation she and Cardi B got into on Friday night at a NYFW party. “The other night I was part of something so mortifying and so humiliating to go through in front of a bunch upper echelon… people who have their life together…I was in a Gaultier gown — off the motherf—ing runway — and I could not believe how humiliated it all felt.”

-There’s also rumours that Mary J. Blige and Faith Evans fought at Diddy‘s party in the Hamptons. What happened this weekend?!

-I don’t care if this story about Mel B and Zac Efron enjoying a “night of passion” after meeting on the dating app Raya is made up; it’s delightful! (Also, Joshua Jackson is on Raya?! Sign me up!)

Jon Legend just EGOT’d! (He won an Emmy, Oscar, Grammy and Tony in competitive categories.)

-Wow, this Olivia Munn situation is a mess and she deserves a LOT of praise for sticking to her guns it while her male costars are abandoning her. She (rightly) fought to cut a scene featuring a convicted sexual offender in The Predator days before its TIFF premiere. Midway through a TIFF press day for movie yesterday, her costars Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes and Augusto Aguilera backed out of the rest of the day’s interviews with her because “the guys became uncomfortable with the way the interviews were going.” (I’m not surprised; the one video interview that Rhodes and Aguilera did with Munn is so incredibly uncomfortable to watch as the pair dance around the issue and refuse to blame director Shane Black, who cast the offender because they’re friends). And in this interview, the way Thomas Jane and Keegan Michael-Key hedge when asked about it made me cringe. Even Sterling K Brown’s response (which was to eventually very supportive of Munn but still threw in a few “should he be forgiven for his crimes?” jabs) disappointed me.

-Meanwhile, Munn is soldiering on with the promo junket (as she tweeted earlier: “I’m contractually obligated. And from what I’m experiencing, I think they’d prefer I not show up.”) But she’s not being quiet about her disappointment with her costars or director. On Sunday at a TIFF event, she told the audience “That [story] came out on Thursday and the interesting thing is not one of my cast members reached out to me to say ‘are you OK?’ or ‘thanks’ or anything. At the premiere that night I look over and the other five cast members are giving the director a standing ovation, but they didn’t even give me a call that day.” She’s since given interviews in which she says she’s feeling “isolated” and “like the bad guy” because she didn’t want to share a scene with a registered sex offender who spent time in prison for inappropriate acts with his 14-year-old niece. The way she’s handling this — and especially the way she’s using the spotlight to keep the focus the safety of film sets where children are present — is incredibly admirable and I hope this helps her career, not hurts it.

-This TIFF moment of Julia Roberts realizing a fan flew from Indonesia to see her and pulling him up on stage is quite lovely.

-I went to Jason Reitman‘s Breakfast Club live read yesterday and Jesse Eisenberg as Bender was a revelation. I can’t believe it either.

-The comments on Ariana Grande‘s Instagram account have been disabled after a storm of abuse from people blaming her for ex-boyfriend Mac Miller’s death because people are the worse. Stop making women responsible for men’s actions!

-Here’s the Daredevil season 3 trailer. I want Netflix to put out a supercut of just Karen’s scenes (and include Frank Castle, if he pops up at all this season). Is that possible?

-I really like the rating system on this rundown of the best boyfriends in teen romcoms. Woodchuck Todd in Easy A should rank higher than 6/10, but Peter Kavinsky in TATBILB is absolutely at 27/10.

-I managed to sneak in a screening of Sierra Burgess Is a Loser and as adorable as Noah Centineo and Shannon Purser were, that movie is problematic!

Nicole Kidman‘s kids are very excited that she’s playing Aquaman’s mother.

-On Sunday, a new Ronan Farrow-penned New Yorker exposé featured six more women who claim CBS chief Les Moonves forced them into unwanted sexual situations and allegedly retaliated when they refused. (Apparently the women came forward because they were angry with how slowly CBS was dealing with the previous allegations.) Three hours after the story ran, Moonves stepped down and he and CBS announced they’ll donate $20 million deducted from any severance benefits to organizations that support the #MeToo movement (which sounds like a lot, until you find out that CBS said it put $120 million in trust to pay severance to Moonves, depending on results of corporate investigation).

-Not surprisingly, his wife Julie Chen is taking time off from The Talk.

-Meanwhile, CBS stars are speaking out, including Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Rachel Bloom, who tweeted “As an employee of CBS, I would just like to say that Les Moonves should be fired without getting a fucking dollar. The actions described in this article are those of sexual assault and shame on anyone else in the corporation who knew about his crimes.”

Sarah Jessica Parker says Sex & the City looks “tone-deaf” 20 years later. I can’t imagine what she thinks of the second movie, then.

-I’m very intrigued by all the good reviews Lifetime’s You is getting. (I adored that book, and I’m glad it sounds like they’re not toning down the creepy and uping the romance.)  This is my fave part of the NYT review: “You is never boring, which sounds like faint praise. But in an era of glassy dramas defined by sad-man montages, weary characters standing dead still in moody showers and bewildering mysteries that are often just covers for poor characterization, it’s a relief.”

Susan Sarandon takes matters into her own hands when her war correspondent son gets taken hostage while on assignment in the Viper Club trailer.