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J.K. Rowling Continues to Destroy Her Legacy

-My god, why won’t J.K. Rowling just stop?!? She posted a 3000+ word essay on her website, defending her anti-trans comments, affirming her support for “single-sex spaces,” and invoking her own experience with sexual assault as if that explains her stance. It’s not only flawed, it’s dangerous and horrible.

-Between Rowling’s anti-trans comments, Johnny Depp being all Johnny Depp-y, and Ezra Miller appearing to choke a woman on video, the future of the Fantastic Beasts movies is precarious.

Lizzo posted a TikTok about working out: “I’ve been working out consistently for the last 5 years. And it may come as a surprise to some of y’all that I’m not working out to have your ideal body type. I’m working out to have MY ideal body type. And you know what type that is? None of your f*cking business…Health is not just determined by what you look like on the outside. Health is also what happens on the inside. And a lot of y’all need to do a f*cking cleanse for your insides.”

Anderson Cooper and his baby’s People cover is … odd. They both look Photoshopped or something.

-Speaking of babies, Iggy Azalea quietly became a mom when no one was watching.

-This is a really, really good article on how TV is sabotaging itself with its move towards fewer episodes and seasons to tell its stories. I don’t know if I long for 22-episode seasons anymore, but I do think that 8-10 episodes don’t always give the writers enough room to experiment and break out of the mold. And the big trend is to announce a “third and final season”, but most of my favourite episodes of television of all time happened in the later years (Buffy’s “The Body,” Breaking Bad’s “Ozymandias,” Mad Men’s “The Suitcase,” The Office’s “Dinner Party,” Lost’s “The Constant”).  I think a lot of this also has to do with movie people becoming TV creators without having any respect for TV. That’s how you get all the “it’s not a show, it’s an 8-hour-movie” bs.

-After 30 years on air, COPS has finally been cancelled. It shaped a lot of misconceptions about American policing, mainly that white cops were saviors and black people were criminals.

-A romantic comedy called The Broken Hearts Gallery (executive produced by Selena Gomez) will be one of the first wide releases of the summer, hitting theaters on July 10. It also looks like Christopher Nolan‘s Tenet is still on track for a July release. The idea of going to a movie theatre right now seems incomprehensible to me, especially for a 3+ hour film!

-My god, Bon Appétit is in total meltdown mode.

-All day today, white famous people are handing over their Instagram accountsto Black stars, writers, businesswomen and activists.  This should be a weekly thing.

-The Batwoman showrunner shot down rumours that they’re killing off Ruby Rose’s character, saying “I’m well aware of the ‘Bury Your Gays’ trope and I have no interest in participating in it.” That’s why you can never trust articles based on audition scripts. Lots of actors (especially on CW shows) tell stories about how they auditioned to play a cop/love interest/mother and ended up playing a villain/nemesis/sister. Also, the fact that they’re not just recasting remains so strange. It’s only been one season, and all of the other character arcs are based on their relationship to that character. Having her go missing and a completely new person take up the costume seems unnecessarily complicated.

Spike Lee’s new Netflix movie Da 5 Bloods is getting raves.

Elizabeth Debicki, Donald Sutherland and Mick Jagger star in The Burnt Orange Heresy trailer.

Daniel Radcliffe Steps Up

-Following J.K. Rowling‘s tweets, Daniel Radcliffe spoke up to defend transgender women. This is very, very well done. He chose the Trevor Project as his platform instead of a media outlet, and he kept the attention on the issue instead of the person who made the comment. “If you found anything in these stories that resonated with you and helped you at any time in your life — then that is between you and the book that you read, and it is sacred” is such a good lesson for anyone who is disappointed by the creator of a work we adore.

-I find it really weird that Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas are now trolling the paparazzi, but ok.

-The Hollywood cleanout continues. MTV’s The Challenge just fired competitor Dee Nguyen (who was expected to return for the next season) over her Black Lives Matter comments. Even more shocking — at least according to my Twitter TL cause I don’t know who they are — Vanderpump Rules fired Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute because they once called the cops on their black castmate.

-Publications are cleaning house too. I very much agree with Mo Ryan’s take on how this isn’t “cancel culture.”

-No, Alia Shawkat! You were doing so well! The Arrested Development actress (and maybe girlfriend of Brad Pitt) is “deeply sorry” after an old interview resurfaced in which she used the N-word when quoting a Drake song. On the plus side, this might be the first apology to include art.

-Also, Woody Harrelson briefly trended because people thought this guy looked like him. Keep the faith; Woody is still awesome.

Brad Pitt was at a protest this weekendand it seems like the only reason he was recognized is by his super rare motorcycle.

Keke Palmer penned a column for Variety about the protests and the need for justice.

-Author Emily Giffin is realizing that she should probably keep Meghan Markle’s nameout of her mouth.

-Speaking of authors, Rachel Hollis just announced on Instagram that she’s splitting from her husband.

-I love this piece on how the simplicity of Christine and the Queens‘ “People, I’ve Been Sad” is a huge part of why it’s become the song of quarantine. That performance of it on Colbert gave me CHILLS.

-Another day, another story about Lea Michele being a monster. This one recounts the time she allegedly stormed out of a L’Oréal campaign shoot.

Katy Perry says that Harry Styles was “a complete gentleman” when she told him she was pregnant and offered to give up his airplane seat. He’s a good egg, that one.

-These reports that Batwoman is planning on killing off Ruby Rose’s character seem really sketchy to me. Auditions use fake sides all the time. Plus, no matter how acrimonious the split between the actor and the show was, I hope the CW recognizes the optics of killing off their first ever main lesbian character.

-The trailer for Bill & Ted Face the Music has arrived. It’s from the director of Galaxy Quest! God, we need this right now.

Taylor Swift Talks Politics and Politeness

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Taylor Swift is about to drop her new Netflix documentary (after it premieres this week at Sundance), and she’s promoting it with a Variety cover story. She talks about why she stayed silent so long on her political views (“Every time I didn’t speak up about politics as a young person, I was applauded for it. It was wild. I said, ‘I’m a 22-year-old girl — people don’t want to hear what I have to say about politics.’ And people would just be like, ‘Yeahhhhh!'”), revisited her VMAs moment with Kanye West (“As a teenager who had only been in country music, attending my very first pop awards show, somebody stood up and sent me the message: ‘You are not respected here. You shouldn’t be here on this stage.’ That message was received, and it burrowed into my psyche more than anyone knew”), and revealed sad news about her mom (“While she was going through treatment, they found a brain tumor. And the symptoms of what a person goes through when they have a brain tumor is nothing like what we’ve ever been through with her cancer before. So it’s just been a really hard time for us as a family”).

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have issued a stern warning to photographers in Canada after paparazzi photos of Markle taking a walk with Archie in a public park in Vancouver were published.

-Meanwhile, Harryreturned to Canada (on a Westjet commercial flight!).

-I’ve only listened to the podcast from Smallville’s Michael Rosenbaum a couple of times because whew, that guy is A LOT, but I tuned into this week’s Stephen Amell episode and it was pretty devastating. Amell taped it less than a month after wrapping Arrow and in the midst of his Code 8 promo tour, and about 30 minutes in he had a full-on panic attack. He returned a couple of weeks later to finish out the recording and talk about the toll that shooting 15-hour days for eight seasons straight with projects during hiatuses has taken on him.

-After declaring his love for Brad Pitt on the Ellen Show, Dax Shepard said Brad took him on a date: “In Brad Pitt fashion, it was spectacular. We took a helicopter… you think I’m lying! We took a helicopter to a motorcycle track. We both love riding motorcycles. Just the two of us took a jaunt up to this motorcycle track. I felt like Pretty Woman.”

-According to critics, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Lab isn’t as terrible as the trailer suggested? I’m shocked, frankly.

Pamela Anderson just got married to a movie mogul. Good for her?

-This is a great interview with Aidy Bryant, who’s promoting the new season of Shrill. She talks about always being asked about her weight (“I feel like I’m a lot more things before that, like friend, wife, daughter, whatever. And I’m fat. I’m also a star! A certified star. I’m also rich now, so eat shit”) and how she had to fight for her character to have sex scenes (“How can you have a story about a person’s body and about their relationship to their selves and not involve sex? I just always felt like so many fat characters were so sexless, or the sex was hypercartoony, where it was like she jumps on a man and she’s going to break his dick off and suck him until he’s dead or whatever. But I always was having cool sex and had boyfriends”).

-Former Life with Derek stars Michael Seater and Ashley Leggat know all about Twitter rooting for their step-sibling characters to get together — and they’re cool with it.

Oprah just picked a problematic novelfor her book club and people are not happy.

Alison Brie plays a woman losing her grip on reality in the trailer for Horse Girl, which is premiering a Sundance.

-Here’s the trailer for Netflix’s new comedy Gentefied from executive producer America Ferrera.