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Arrested Development’s Press Tour Turns Into Apology Tour

-Man, that Arrested Development cast interview with the New York Times left me *fuming* last night. Not because hearing Jessica Walter cry while her male costars go to great lengths to comfort Jeffrey Tambor is as bad as what Tambor was accused of doing on the Transparent set. It’s just that this interview — and especially the 1-minute audio clip from it –perfectly distills the entire issue with male “allies.” It’s how Jason Bateman starts the conversation by threatening to quit if Tambor is fired, clearly declaring sides. It’s how Walter (the victim) is the one who is required to do all the emotional labour during the convo and her forgiveness is an expectation (Tambor’s “absolutely” response tells me he’s learned nothing). It’s how Bateman manexplains to Walter, who won a Golden Globe when he was just two years old, how on-set dynamics work. It’s how he speaks over Alia Shawkat. It’s how a sobbing Walter keeps insisting that Tambor’s behaviour is not normal in Hollywood, and Bateman, David Cross and Tony Hale keep dismissing her with talk of an actor’s “process” and how “families” fight and some tired BS about how creatives should be given a free pass to be assholes. Even Bateman’s apology with all the “it sounds like…” annoys me. No. It didn’t sound like. It was.

Tony Hale has also apologized for his comments in the interview.  And I’m guessing David Cross had some apologizing to do when he got home.

-I thought NPR had a very good take on it. (“The disrespect felt so benign in the delivery and so destructive in the effect.”) Also, I loved Thomas Sadoski’s Instagram post sticking up for Walter, who he once costarred with: “I worked in shitty greasy-spoon kitchens growing up: it wasn’t acceptable behavior THERE and most of us were on HEAVY DRUGS. It certainly isn’t acceptable for some man-baby millionaire to do on a cozy ass tv show set. And it is even less acceptable for his male cast-mates to excuse it away IN FRONT OF THE PERSON THAT IT HAPPENED TO….(wait for it)….WHILE SHE IS TRYING TO EXPLAIN HOW TRAUMATIZING THE EXPERIENCE WAS. What in the halfpenny fuck is happening?!”

-Not surprisingly, all Arrested Development cast interviews that were scheduled for the remainder of the week have been canceled.

-In more “never meet your heroes” news, eight women have accused Morgan Freeman of inappropriate touching and behaviour, according to a new investigation from CNN. He’s given one of those “I’m sorry if you were offended” non-apologies.

-Meanwhile, SAG-AFTRA is already reconsidering the lifetime achievement award they bestowed on the actor at the annual SAG Awards this past January.

Harvey Weinstein is reportedly going to turn himself in on sex crime charges in New York tomorrow.

-We all needed something to brighten our day. Luckily, Chris Hemsworth delivered with a Miley Cyrus dance routine!

-You’d think the movie Show Dogs couldn’t get any worse, but it is undergoing edits amid concerns of “disturbing” touching scenes.

-Cops threatened to pull over Adam Levine and James Corden while they were filming Carpool Karaoke.

Michelle Williams  sent her BFF Busy Philipps a lifesize cutout of herself so she wouldn’t get lonely.

-Ha! Gwyneth Paltrow called her relationship with Ben Afflecka lesson.

Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman talked about a possible Parks and Rec reboot. Don’t tease me!

-Whoa: Netflix is now worth more than Disney.

Will Smith wants everyone to “stop the divorce rumors and mind your damn business.”

-The Sisters Brothers trailer, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix, Riz Ahmed and John C. Reilly, has me intrigued.


Ocean’s 8 Cast Takes Over the Met

-The Ocean’s 8 press tour kicked off today (at the Met, which is perfect) and I am here for all the fabulous pantsuits.  Early estimates for its June 8th opening are strong.

Ariana Grande is reportedly dating Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson. I’m surprised that they’re both 24 (I thought she was way younger, and he was way older). I dig it, though. “It’s very casual” sources tell People.

-At the royal wedding, George Clooney reportedly hopped behind the bar and served tequila. He knows he doesn’t have to shill for Casamigos anymore, right?

-Meanwhile, Prince Charles‘ speech reportedly made everyone cry, while Prince William made fun of Harry‘s imminent bald patch and said “My brother is clearly in love. Being in love is like a little boy wetting himself. You don’t know you are doing it, everyone else knows and you get a warm feeling.”

-Meghan and Harry made their first public appearance as a married couple today, and the stockings really bummed me out. I was really hoping that she would somehow find a way to get around that rule…

-Talk about an upgrade: Avril Lavigne is dating a billionaire.

Vito Schnabel continues to punch above his weight when it comes to relationships. He previously dated Heidi Klum, Demi Moore, Elle Macpherson, and Liv Tyler, and now he’s reportedly with Amber Heard.

-Heard’s most recent ex, Elon Musk, is dating Grimes, who took to Twitter to defend him against rumours that he prevented his Tesla workers from unionizing.

Hugh Grant, 57, is walking down the aisle for the first time, and his fiancee is a surprisingly respectable 39! They have three kids.

-The new Arrested Development season is getting way better reviews than the last one and reportedly “feels like the show you remember.” Thank god.

-This TV season continues to be wild. Lucifer is still cancelled (so far) but Fox announced they will air two “bonus” episodes this month. Meanwhile, it looks like Amazon may swoop in to save the recently canceled The Expanse. But even rumours of a Will Ferrell role, a new showrunner and a switch to multicam couldn’t save Fox’s comedy LA to Vegas.

-Also wild: UnREAL will likely end with season four, which will air FIRST on Hulu rather than Lifetime.

-More wildin’: Barack and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix.

Kelly Clarkson opened the Billboard Music Awards by saying she was sick of moments of silence and demanding a moment of action.

R. Kelly is being accused of sexual battery, false imprisonment, and transmitting a sexual disease in a new lawsuit.

This video is very old but I’ve never seen it before and it made me kind of fall in love with Robert Downey Jr.

-I really liked Spider Man: Homecoming so I’m very here for the news that Jake Gyllenhaal will play the villainous Mysterio in the sequel.

-I saw Deadpool 2 this weekend. It was good but I am already in superhero movie fatigue and it’s only May. Judging by it’s lower than expected box office results, I’m not the only one.

-This newly released old image from Rolling Stone’s Chris Evans photo shoot saved my weekend.

Asia Argento spoke at the Cannes closing ceremony: “In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes. I was 21 years old. This festival was his hunting ground.” She says after her fiery speech, Spike Lee was the “the only person who came up to me, congratulated and spoke kind words to me.”

Johnny Depp plays a cop investigating Biggie Smalls’ murder in the City of Lies trailer. I am negative interested in this.


Miranda Kerr Has a Bad Week; Amanda Bynes Arrested


Miranda Kerr raised some eyebrows after posing for sexy pic with a man who’s not Orlando Bloom, and then raised something else when she was photographed suffering a double(!) nip slip.

-Another day, another Amanda Bynes breakdown. She was kicked off a private plane when she didn’t have any I.D. and demanded the pilot “Google her” to verify her identity. This follows her claims that InTouch doctored photos of her “drug-fueled house party.” The proof? Her toes. [Update: She was arrested last night for throwing a bong out of a 36th floor window.  The potential upside is that her arrest included a psychiatric evaluation.]

Ellen‘s take-down of Abercrombie & Fitch is great.

-Even though everyone’s clamouring for an exclusive interview about her surgeries, Angelina Jolie isn’t talking.

Brad Pitt is talking enough for the both of them, though. He’s revealed that he thinks he suffers from a condition called prosopagnosia that makes it hard to remember people’s faces. Uh…sorry?

-Meanwhile, Brad continues to bust his butt to keep World War Z from being a bust, showing up at an early screening in New Jersey to hand out t-shirts.

-Brad’s BFF George Clooney was spotted enjoying dinner in London this week.

-Speaking of dinners in London, the latest issue of GOOP kills me. I love that Gwyneth Paltrow makes it seem like she kept having to leave the party to prepare dinner. They were at Mark’s Place, which is a renowned private supper club that has a Zagat rating of 21. Take a seat, Gwynnie — the chefs got this!

Julianne Moore talks about all the crap interview questions actresses are asked that actors aren’t.

-Along those lines, Sony studio chief Amy Pascal says in a candid interview that the Hollywood system’s geared for women directors to fail.

Lady Gaga is making her big screen debut in Machete Kills. Watch the (very blurry) trailer.

Janet Jackson can afford a whole lotta escapades now — she just joined the ranks of Hollywood’s billionaires’ club.

-Some dude pretended to be Psy at Cannes and everyone fell for it, proving my theory that if you walk around with bodyguards you can get into anywhere.

-Meanwhile, Nicole Kidman continues to kill it in Cannes. I like this look, too (which is actually the dress Anne Hathaway was planning to wear to the Oscars). She loses me a bit with these pants though.

Andrew Garfield dressed up as Spider-Man to play basketball with some New York City kids.

-I don’t usually watch Nashville but maybe I would if the drama were as exciting onscreen as it is off. There’s lots of talk that the next season will be filmed in L.A. to appease Connie Britton, and that’s not making the locals happy. This comes on the heels of reports there’s tension between the ABC and Lionsgate,  not to mention the dishy editorial a producer’s wife wrote after the show didn’t renew his contract.

-I really hope someone makes a “Morgan Freeman Is Sleepy” meme out of this.

-The best thing about Arrested Development’s imminent arrival (besides the fact that we get new episodes in a few days)? We’re also swimming in cast interviews. Here’s one with Jason Bateman and David Cross, and another with too-close cousins Michael Cera and Alia Shawkat.

-Meanwhile, someone needs to make these Arrested Development-themed emojis downloadable STAT! just posted the world’s most terrifying GIF of Katie Holmes.

-Apparently, Beyonce ordered a nicoise salad, so everyone has backed off the pregnancy speculation because tuna is bad for the baby basket or something.

-Wait, were Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev engaged?

Amanda Seyfried says she misses her boobs, which she lost after she was pressured to lose weight for Hollywood.

Katy Perry might have a vitamin problem.

-I had no idea Ron Livingston and Rosemarie Dewitt were even together, let alone that they were expecting. In any case, mazel!

-If you’re interviewing Will Ferrell, it’s a good idea to turn off your phone. Otherwise, your mom might call and he’ll pick it up.

Jonah Hill was spotted smooching his ex-girlfriend. Does that mean he’s done bro-ing around with Leonardo DiCaprio?

-Speaking of Leo, this photo of him partying in Cannes says it all, doesn’t it?

-I’m glad that Tatiana Maslany got a Critic’s Choice nomination. Orphan Black isn’t perfect, but she’s astounding in it. (Speaking of Orphan Black, the pilot is available for free on iTunes right now.)

Jennifer Aniston shows a lot of skin in the new We’re The Millers trailer. (The film doesn’t look great, but Ken Marino and Nick Offerman are both in it so I’ll give it a chance.) Also, did anyone read her interview in EW a couple of weeks ago where she completely trashed her character’s soccer mom wardrobe? Doesn’t she know that soccer moms are her target demo these days?

-I love this fake horror movie trailer starring Anna Camp. FOMO is scary.

-The trailer for Don Jon, written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, has arrived. Early screenings are earning raves – and it’s easy to see why.