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Kanye West Calls Slavery a “Choice”

-Ok, if whatever Kanye West is doing is just performance art and not actually him losing his mind, he needs to stop. This isn’t amusing anymore. He just crashed TMZ Live and said “When you hear about slavery for 400 years, for 400 years? That sounds like a choice. Like, you where there for 400 years and there’s all of y’all? It’s like we’re mentally imprisoned.” When Harvey Levin is looking at you like you crossed a line, that ain’t good.  (Also, bless TMZ’s Van Lathan for standing up to him like that.)

-A French tourist was sitting alone in a New York City restaurant and ordered a cosmo because it’s Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw’s favorite drink. When the bartender told Sarah Jessica Parker, she paid his tab and ordered a cosmo for herself too. Man, sometimes I still really love her.

Blake Shelton is trying to pretend his “karma” tweet wasn’t about Miranda Lambert. Sure, Jan.

Ashley Judd is suing Harvey Weinstein for due to damage done to her career as a result of his alleged sexual harassment. According to the lawsuit, she felt something “unseen” had been holding her career back and didn’t realize until December that it was Weinstein. She says any financial recuperation will go to Time’s Up.

Ava DuVernay, Viola Davis, Shonda Rhimes and more are adding their voices to the #MuteRKelly campaign.

Tiffany Haddish and Charlamagne sounded off about him a year ago.

Gwyneth Paltrow told the Today Show that her kids are “excited” about her engagement. Wait, so she DIDN’T get married a couple of weeks ago in Mexico? I’m so confused.

-I saw Zachary Levi speak at a fan convention last year and I remember thinking, “man, he’s got some bad takes.” So this tweet doesn’t surprise me.

-The cast of Avengers: Infinity War read mean tweets about themselves on Kimmel. Tom Holland‘s was my fave.

-This is a nice surprise: The Crown star Claire Foy will receive $275,000 in back pay.

Busy Philipps is going to host a late night show? Here for it!

-The new Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer introduces Goliath to the MCU.

Miley Cyrus, Laverne Cox, Ava DuVernay, Scarlett Johansson & Helen Mirren Get Powerful for Variety

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Miley Cyrus, Laverne Cox, Ava DuVernay, Scarlett Johansson, and Helen Mirren each got separate covers for Variety‘s Power of Women issue.

-Also, Miley Cyrus criticized Supergirl, saying she believes it’s “weird” for a show to have “a gender attached to it.” Of all the TV shows out there that aren’t meeting a feminist standard, this is NOT the one to go after, kiddo.

-Joe Jonas did a Reddit AMA and he really took the “anything” part literally. He talked about losing his virginity to Ashley Greene, his penis size and a whole bunch of other stuff that I’m sure is going to help sell his new single. That’s how this works, right?

Cathriona White’s mother, Brigid Sweetman, is suing Jim Carrey for wrongful death. Meanwhile, Carrey’s lawyer says she was estranged from her daughter and is just trying to take advantage of a terrible situation.

Drake and Rihanna reportedly couldn’t make their relationship work, work, work, work, work.

Shailene Woodley says she’s fine after being arrested — which she filmed.

-I honestly have no idea what Angelina Jolie‘s PR team is thinking lately.

-Whoa. Donald Glover is a dad now.

-And Jesse Eisenberg is going to be a dad soon.

-In other domestic news, Shia LaBeouf and Mia Goth are not legally married. Does that mean she’s not entitled to 50% of his glorious rattail?

-So St. Vincent really is dating Kristen Stewart? Imma need her to write a dating memoir one of these days…

Billy Bush may sue NBC over the leak of the bus tape? Seriously? (Meanwhile, here’s a good history of his grossness.)

Janet Jackson officially announced her pregnancy at 50 with this photo.

-I really like this article about what we lose when we move away from the 22-episode TV season. Though I think most network shows would work better as 13-18 episodes seasons, I’m not totally sold on the supershort Netflix/HBO model. Some of my favourite episodes of TV only happened because they needed to fill space. Remember The Good Wife’s “Red Team, Blue Team”? Or Breaking Bad’s “Fly”?  Or Buffy’s “Superstar”?

-Man, Gabrielle Union is having a tough month. First she had to carry the load on the Birth of a Nation press tour, and now she’s suing BET over Being Mary Jane over her contract.

-Wait, so the live-action adaptation of Mulan features a white male lead?!

Jeremy Renner likes his coat and sees no reason to take it off during an interview, no matter how much he’s pressured. I mean, it IS a good coat.

Joss Whedon calls Donald Trump “actual evil” in a new video. “I write movies and TV of vampires and superheroes and Norse gods and stuff. I could never have come up with something as ridiculous and outlandish as Donald Trump.”

Amy Schumer is breaking up the boys’ club as the first woman to ever land on Forbes’ highest-paid comedians list. Ever.

George and Amal Clooney‘s new NYC apartment seems really modest and low-key.

Emma Watson seems to really like our First Lady.

-A new movie trailer featuring Idris Elba came out a few days ago, and I missed it?! I’m so ashamed.

 

Blake Shelton Responds After Racist, Homophobic Tweets Resurface

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Blake Shelton went on the defensive after some terrible tweets he posted in 2009 and 2011 resurfaced earlier this week, blaming his inappropriate sense of humour. The Voice is also in damage control mode, reportedly asking outlets to not cover it in exchange for continued access to the show. Yes, blackmail should totally help this situation.

-Now Justin Beiber and Selena Gomez are taking their TMI to Snapchat. Goodie.

-THR has the scoop on what really went down between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel:  On Aug. 8, Johnson was ready to shoot one of his final scenes with Diesel on Fast 8, and Diesel was in his trailer keeping everyone waiting. But an onset source says “this was how Vin has run things for the past several movies” and everyone’s been pretty much resigned to it, so Johnson’s public rant “blindsided” everyone.

-Us Weekly Claims Tom Cruise has had “essentially no contact” with Suri for about three years. If true, that’s incredibly sad. I wonder if the church has deemed her and/or Katie SPs?

-Meanwhile, Katie and Jamie Foxx were spotted backstage at a Barbra Streisand concert.

Amber Heard‘s lawyers retracted that statement claiming she’s “vindicated” in the court of opinion. (They’re not wrong, tho.)

-Meanwhile, Billy Bob Thorton would like to erase himself from the narrative.

Renee Zellweger denied a magazine claim that she talked to penguins — and then the writer denied her denial. Journalism!

Diana Ross took out a full-page ad congratulating her daughter Tracee on her Emmy nom, which is all kinds of sweet.

-Stepbrothers costars Will Ferrell and John C Reilly will reunite for a new Sherlock Holmes comedy.

-THR’s cover story with Oprah and Ava DuVernay on their push for inclusion instead of diversity is so smart and thoughtful. This quote from O is basically the 100 emoji: “I realized that the best way to show that black people are just like everybody else, or that gay people are just like everybody else, is not to do a show about gay people or black fathers raising their children [but] just to include them in a story about raising children. That’s how you normalize it and make it OK for everybody else.”

Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger were photographed hanging out and now my brain/heart hurts. Also, he smokes? You’re killing me, Pacey!

-This is a fascinating article about the questionable donors to Leonardo Dicaprio‘s charity. He has “a notable habit of buddying up with smooth dudes who end up in federal prison.”

Taylor Swift flew Tom Hiddleston to Rhode Island on her private jet for a reunion — but she also gave $1 million to help Louisiana flood victims so she pretty much gets a pass on everything from me this week.

-Now that Hulu has lost the rights to all of CW’s superhero shows, they decided to make their own, tapping the creators of Gossip Girl for an adaptation of Marvels’ Runaways.

-Now it sounds like The Flash and Supergirl will come together for TWO musical crossover episodes this season. This makes me nervous. Both of those shows still have to find their footing before getting all stunt-y.

-There’s more talk about how the studio is going to market Birth of a Nation in the face of the Nate Parker controversy. No one is giving him a pass.

Jonah Hill shot down rumours that he feuded on set with Miles Teller while shooting War Dogs.

Chris Pratt should promote every magazine he’s in exactly like this.

Amy Schumer tweeted that she is “disappointed” in writer Kurt Metzger after his comments on a rape scandal, and he no longer works for her. Wait, she’s JUST NOW disappointed? Because he’s been pulling this crap for years.

Cynthia Nixon plays Emily Dickinson in the trailer for A Quiet Passion, which is coming to TIFF.