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Harvey Weinstein Breaks His Silence

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Harvey Weinstein just broke his silence (oh goodie) according to quotes in The Spectator, in which he blames his women troubles on being ugly and says “Yes, I did offer them acting jobs in exchange for sex, but so did and still does everyone. But I never, ever forced myself on a single woman.” His lawyer was quick to step in, saying “Mr. Weinstein never said anything about trading movie roles for sexual favors. You have my word that Harvey did not say that.” The writer has since walked back the quote, saying “We were discussing Hollywood and I may have misunderstood certain things about the methods of that place” — though the quotes are still up on the Spectator’s website.

-Over 40 celebs, including Rose McGowan, Paz de la Huerta, Terry Crews, Mira Sorvino, and Anthony Rapp, signed an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times asking people to stop blaming Asia Argento for boyfriend Anthony Bourdain’s death.

Henry Cavill has been shamed into an apology for his stupid #MeToo statements (though he took pains to point out that “This experience has taught me a valuable lesson as to the context and the nuance of editorial liberties” cause, you know, saying a flirt can be confused for a rapist is clearly something that can be misquoted and taken out of context by those meanie journalists!)

-Speaking of taking action after a public shaming, Scarlett Johansson has dropped out of the movie in which she was set to depict a trans man.

-Did Ariana Grande just sweep in late to claim the song of the summer? ‘Cause that video is kinda everything.

-I don’t even go here, but it’s pretty neat that Downton Abbey’s original cast will reunite for a big screen movie adaption.

-The timeline Amanda Seyfried tries to portray in regards to her relationship with Thomas Sadoski doesn’t quite line up, does it?

-I keep forgetting that Neil Gaiman is adapting Good Omens for TV, and then every time I’m reminded it’s like Christmas morning all over again!

-No, YOU cried over this video of Jonathan Van Ness reacting to his double Emmy noms for Queer Eye and Gay of Thrones.

Yvette Nicole Brown is going to step in to host The Walking Dead preview special as AMC “works to complete our assessment related to Chris Hardwick.”

Joss Whedon is returning to TV full-time with HBO’s straight-to-series sci-fi Victorian drama The Nevers. HBO reportedly beat out Netflix to nab the series. I know he’s problematic af, but I just can’t help but be intrigued…

Miley Cyrus just went social media dark. Either she’s about to announce a new project, or she’s just tired of competing with Will Smith’s hilarious video edits.

-I get the biggest smile whenever I read this Vulture reporter’s interviews with Sandra Oh.  They’re just so cute with each other!

Paula Abdul’s Forever Your Girl album is turning 30. I watched the new Whitney doc last night (which is so, so good!) and there was the best Abdul slam in it. My theatre collectively gasped.

-The Bay suddenly pulled all Ivanka Trump products due to “performance.”

Michael Pena fights aliens in Netflix’s Extinction.

Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick strike up an unlikely friendship in Paul Feig’s A Simple Favor.

Frances McDormand Dances Into Our Hearts

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-Vogue shot artsy videos of the stars dancing around an exhibit room during the MET gala. The good ones are RihannaCardi BNicki Minaj, and Katy Perry.  The very best one is Frances McDormand dancing to Basement JaxxShe really did look like she was having the night of her life. 

Katy Perry flew Kim Kardashian’s press on nails to LA for the MET gala. That’s true friendship.

-At last night’s MET Gala, the theme was Catholicism and the outfits were nuts. I adored Lena Waithe in a giant rainbow capeZendaya‘s take on Joan of Arc, and Blake Lively‘s burgundy number. But no one made me happier than Chadwick Boseman with hair sparkles, and  Frances McDormand  in Valentino.

-I’m really bummed that Scarlett Johansson broke the A-lister embargo and wore Marchesa, despite the Weinstein connection. She says their dresses make women feel “confident.”

Jay-Z, Eminem, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston and more are demanding money from the Weinstein Company.

-Congrats to Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst, who had a baby boy.

-I don’t even watch Lethal Weapon, but what’s going on with that show is crazy. Clayne Crawford has been fired as the lead of the Fox drama as producers are scrambling to recast the role, and renewal is supposed to hinge on who they cast. Multiple actors have already passed, according to THR.

-All of the original Avengers got matching tattoos, except for Mark Ruffalo, who opted out. (But Chris Evans has a plan to get him “blackout drunk.“)

-The R. Kelly house continues to crumble before our eyes. Two new accusers appeared on Megyn Kelly Today to detail sexual the harrasment they faced: “You weren’t free to walk throughout the house…We were required to call him Daddy.”

-This makes my heart sad: Colton Haynes has filed for divorce from Jeff Leatham after just six months of marriage. Rumours started circulating this weekend after he released a new song about a cheater, and a blind item began circulating. Haynes shut down speculation that Leatham cheated on Twitter, but did not deny the split. Poor guy; he just lost his mother, too.

Kristen Stewart is looking at Cate Blanchett exactly how I would.

-Here are all the references in the new Childish Gambino music video you probably missed. (I know I did.)

-I can’t stop watching this video of Mariah Carey putting makeup on a stranger.

-Why the hell did The Hollywood Reporter gives Jeffrey Tambor and his sexual harassment allegations a sympathetic, soft-focus profile?  “I did raise my voice at times, I was moody at times, there were times when I was tactless…But as for the other stuff, absolutely not.”

-Meanwhile, the cast wants extra compensation for Netflix’s recut episodes.

-Cancel Bear (who is usually spot on about these things) posted his TV renewal predictions for networks. On Fox, he thinks Gotham and Brooklyn Nine-Nine are toast, Kevin will no longer be saving the world on ABC but Quantico should get a pass, on NBC all their new comedies and Timeless are likely done, while almost every show on CBS and CW are safe (minus CW’s Life Sentence and Valour, which were both just cut).

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Kanye West is the one thing you need to read this week if you haven’t already.

-There have been some very, very good takes about what went down at FanCon. Today’s Vulture piece, which failed to interview the BGN writers who quit or the vendors affected, is not one of them.

-Ryan Reynolds using Canada to promote Deadpool 2 in Europe is a good time.

Cher is a scene-stealer in the new Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again trailer.

Zoe Saldana Doesn’t Want To Be Your Muse

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-This Zoe Saldana interview is aces. “I don’t want to hear another man tell me, ‘Oh you were my muse’. I don’t want to be your f**king muse anymore. I don’t want you to just post me on your wall and look at me. I want you to listen to me!” She also has not great memories of her first major role, which was in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, saying the set felt “super elitist” and there were “a lot of people who were not so great.”

Nicole Kidman shared the first photo of Meryl Streep on Big Little Lies Season 2. *grabby hands*

Channing Tatum is denying rumours that his drinking and womanizing led to their split. “The media is fabricating stories and none of these accusations are remotely true,” his rep says.

Ruth Negga and Dominic Cooper have split after seven years of dating (which translates to 54 years in Hollywood time). The set of Preacher just got a whole lot more awkward.

Brad Pitt is rumoured to be spending time with an MIT professor. Can’t say I saw that one coming…

-The First Wives Club TV adaptation has scored a pilot order at Paramount Network. It’ll be written by Tracy Oliver  who did Girls’ Trip, so I have high hopes.

-On his future plans to make Indiana Jones more inclusive, Steven Spielberg says the main character could be a woman. “We’d have to change the name from Jones to Joan. And there would be nothing wrong with that,” he told the Sun, proving that he doesn’t really understand how last names work.

-Real Housewives of New York star Luann de Lesseps apologized for dressing up as Diana Ross — but wants you to know it wasn’t blackface.

-So are Lorde and Jack Antonoff still a thing or nah?

Amy Schumer canceled an interview with a TV station owned by Sinclair, the broadcasting giant that’s been under fire for forcing its anchors to read politicized statements on air bashing the mainstream media.

-Here’s our first look at the Sabrina the Teenage Witch reboot starring Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina. Here for it.

-Miss me with your takes about how badly Casey Affleck has been treated during the Me Too movement.

Blake Lively is trying to get paparazzi pictures of her daughter James at Martha Stewart’s Easter bash removed from websites. I hope she succeeds.

Mae Whitman is doing a cooking show parody? Yes, please!

-This is a good thread on why Roseanne’s joke about Blackish and Fresh off the Boat crossed a line. I still don’t get why ABC would green-light that.

-I have never read the Y: The Last Man comic, but my entire Twitter TL is celebrating the news that FX is developing a show around it. So yay?

-Holy crap, Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV show is getting a five-year commitment and a *billion dollar budget*.

-Avengers: Infinity War is predicted to have a monster $200 million opening. I bet it’ll track even higher before then.

Terry Gilliam‘s long-delayed The Man Who Killed Don Quixote actually exists and there’s a trailer to prove it. Oh hai, Adam Driver!