-On Ellen, Benedict Cumberbatch humbly chatted about helping a cyclist who was robbed: “I just stopped the Uber that we were in, got out and tried to intervene.”
-People seem to be loving the new season of Serial. The podcast broke records with 3 million downloads in its first week.
-I really liked this appreciation of The Good Place’s podcast. I’ve only listened to one so far, but it had the 2nd AD on and I learned so much about what assistant directors do. (I also learned that Jason Mantzoukas ad-libbed “Maximum Derek!”, which seems like valuable info.)
–Pete Davidson said of Ariana Grande: “Any time we’re intimate I’m always apologizing and saying thank you. ‘You’re awesome for doing this, thank you so much.’ I get it. I was jerking off to her before I met her!” Just what every girl wants her boyfriend to publicly declare…
-This is Us creator Dan Fogelman tried to walk back his whining about Life Itself’s reviews (though he didn’t really correct his “white male movie critics” statement). It didn’t help; it had the worst wide box office opening of the year.
-Every new Bumblebee trailer that comes out is better than the last, but this is a Transformers movie so it’s clearly a trap.
-Here’s the trailer for Collette starring Keira Knightley and Dominic West, which is getting lots of good buzz on the film fest circuit.
-Grey’s Anatomy’s Jesse Williams has asked for his ex-wife’s request for increased child support, already at $50,695 per month, to be denied.
–Gabriel Macht and Sarah Rafferty talked about their favorite parts of the royal wedding. “I met four different Harrys, which was really cool.”
–Kim Kardashian admits she and Kanye Westhad wordsafter he made that slavery comment. “Did I cry about it? Did I fight about it? Yeah. That’s not stuff we put on social media.” (It is, however, the stuff he put on his new album.)
-This is some bullshit: Kelly Marie Tran erased all of her Instagram postsfollowing months of harassment by whiny Star Wars crybabies. How can anyone be mean to her?! She is a literal ball of sunshine! She’s like a rare unicorn I want to pet! Fanboys are the goddamn worst.
-ABC’s Roseanne spinoff is inching closer to reality. Sources say that the network is knee-deep in talks with exec producers for a new incarnation of the multicamera comedy, and its likely the entire cast – sans star Roseanne Barr – and creative team and crew would return. But since Barr created the character, there’s a good chance she’ll still get paid if they go ahead with a spinoff. They should just scrap the whole concept and bring everyone back with an entirely new premise.
-I don’t know how I missed this story over the weekend about Benedict Cumberbatch jumping out of an Uber to save a cyclist from muggers, but it’s glorious!
–George Clooney, when asked which movie had the biggest impact on his craft, said “It’s really easy to pick: Batman & Robin. That’s not a joke. Up until that moment, I was an actor only concerned with finding work. After the failure of that film creatively, I understood that I needed to take control of the films I made.”
-The first reviews for Jurassic World are in, and they are decidedly mixed.
-This story about Harold Ramis and Amy Heckerling‘s secret daughter is fascinating.
-16 female critics and authors weigh in on Hollywood’s new trend of gender-flipping blockbustersand whether it’s a triumph for diversity or a cynical attempt to squeeze more money out of old franchises.
-Do I have to rethink my whole stance on Benedict Cumberbatch? In a new interview, he says actors should boycott projects that do not pay woman the same amount as their male co-stars. “Look at your quotas. Ask what women are being paid, and say: ‘If she’s not paid the same as the men, I’m not doing it.'”
–This is a great take on Anna Wintour‘s recent editor’s letter in Vogue, in which she insist Georgina Chapman had no knowledge of husband Harvey Weinstein‘s behaviour.
-The actors who are in Hawaii filming the Netflix movie Triple Frontier continue to bless us with wonderful photos. This time, Charlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund are running shirtless on a beach.
-I really like Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons’baby name. Huh.
-Led by Cate Blanchett, 82 women climbed the stepsof the Palais des Festivals at Cannes to call for gender equality in the film industry.
-Most of the TV cancellations and renewals have been announced (though NBC still hasn’t pulled the trigger on Timeless, despite Kelly Clarkson and Leslie Jones caping for it). Agents of Shield was renewed, Gotham is coming back for a final 13 episodes (which will take them to the 100-episode mark needed for syndication), Lethal Weapon will return with Seann William Scott replacing Clayne Crawford, and CBS dropped Kevin Can Wait and Scorpion. Perhaps most surprising were the seemingly slam-dunk pilots that weren’t picked up, including Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba‘s Bad Boys spinoff, Hannah Simone‘s Greatest American Hero reboot, and Katie Holmes‘ FBI drama.
-This is a good explainer on why Fox was particularly brutal with the axe this season (TL;DR: NFL, a desire for multicam sitcoms, lack of show ownership, and the Disney deal.)
-This is a great interview with Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s showrunner about the roller coaster of emotions he experienced in the 13 hours between Fox cancelling it and NBC picking it up.
-I seemed to be the only person on Twitter this weekend who did not watch The Kissing Booth on Netflix, which meant I didn’t get to partake in the freakout when it was revealed the main stars are dating IRL.
-The first trailer for Spike Lee‘s highly-anticipated BlacKkKlansmanhas landed, starring John David Washington (Denzel’s son) and Adam Driver.