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-Whoo. This story about Taylor Swift denouncing white supremacy in a letter that she demanded wouldn’t be published on copyright grounds sure is…something. Why is she flexing her legal muscle against some random blogger? Why won’t she just publicly say that she’s not down with white supremacists? I’m so confused.
–George Clooney is refreshingly honest when asked why he doesn’t act much anymore: “Acting used to be how I paid the rent, but I sold a tequila company for a billion f**king dollars. I don’t need money.”
–Meghan Markle is moving to London. It’s all happening, people!
–Will and Jada Smith gave Tyrese $5 million to ‘stay off the internet’ – which he promptly revealed on the internet.
-In a new interview with Howard Stern, Kelly Clarkson recalls a time when Avril Lavigne elbowed her at the VMAs when Clarkson was presenting Lavigne with an award. “She did it, but I don’t know if she felt bad about it, or, like, she didn’t mean to do it or what. But it felt purposeful.”
–Tom Hanks helped a man pull off a surprise wedding proposal at the Texas Book Festival.
–Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas engagement party was apparently “star-studded” except I don’t actually know any of these people. Well, except this guy.
–Mariah Carey and her longtime manager have parted ways. Hmmm…there is a story there — and possibly a Brett Ratner connection.
-Is it weird that Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are having date nights at Morton’s? That strikes me as place for rich old white dudes.
–Kevin Spacey‘s agent and publicist has dropped him and Netflix says that if they go forward with House of Cards, it will be without him (though no one seems to be expecting it to finish out its final season).
-Also, people who worked on House Of Cards told Buzzfeed that Spacey‘s alleged behavior was common knowledge.
-Meanwhile, Spacey has entered the sex addiction rehab program at The Meadows clinic in Arizona. But is the counseling for sex addiction the same as counseling for assaulters?
-Check out this clip of Uma Thurman. When she ends up telling her story, she’s going to burn Hollywood down!
–Julianna Margulies told a story about a horrific hotel room meeting she once had with Steven Seagal, saying “He was alone and he made sure that I saw his gun… I don’t know how I got out of that hotel room.”
–Ben Affleck has updated his position on the scandal, saying he’ll donate Miramax residuals to charity and that he’s “looking at my own behavior and addressing that and making sure I’m part of the solution.” Too little, too late?
–Alec Baldwin claims that Rose McGowan ‘delayed justice‘ by settling. Nice allyship, asshole.
-And just like clockwork, the backlash to all the sexual assault stories has begun, starting this this bullshit Hollywood Reporter story about a “witch hunt.” The idea that the LA Times and NYT and their lawyers didn’t fully vet all published allegations first is ridiculous. This is a much better take on how the mood in Hollywood has changed. So is this. And this.
-Queen Elizabeth II grapples with scandal after scandal in the trailer for The Crown’s second season.
–Wentworth Miller is leaving the CW. I’m not surprised. After signing a contract that was supposed to span all of their superhero shows, he’s barely appeared in any of them.
–Jimmy Fallon’s tapings have been canceled this week, following the passing of his mother Gloria.
-If you’re wondering why there may be less reviews of the new Star Wars movie than usual, it’s because journalists are boycotting Disney films, pledging solidarity with LA Times until Disney drops a ban on its access.
-Meanwhile, a report surfaced today that 20th Century Fox is in talks to sell most of the company to Disney. It sounds like the deal won’t go through, but the fact that one of the oldest studios may be giving up on movies is sure to shake Hollywood.
-I love that Crazy Rich Asians landed a EW cover!
-I was shocked when I read that Izzie would be returning to Grey’s Anatomy for the show’s 300th episode — and then I realized it would just be her “spirit.” No way Katherine Heigl is getting back on that set.
-That Stranger Things kid doesn’t owe anyone anything. Leave him alone.
-As expected, Thor: Ragnarok killed it at the box office this weekend, giving Marvel their 17th straight number one opening.
-This profile on SNL’s Aidy Bryant is wonderful.
-The Fifty Shades Freed final trailer shows Ana and Christian‘s honeymoon. Wait, she MARRIES that psycho? Oh girl, no.