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Natalie Portman: No Longer a Manic Pixie Dream Girl

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-In her new Vanity Fair cover story, Natalie Portman talks about being involved in the #MeToo movement, looking back on her experience with Harvey Weinstein and the former costars who’ve accused him of misconduct (“Like the set of Beautiful Girls—every woman in that movie has come forward”), and how upset she is to have been part of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl wave.

Rami Malek thinks that viral video of him with a fan is “not that bad” — and I agree. We can’t just see actors in the wild and expect them to perform on cue like dancing monkeys.

-This look at how many chances Bryan Singer got with the Bohemian Rhapsody film is quite eye-opening. Oh, to be a white dude in Hollywood. (In response to the article, Singer released a statement to THR: “Any discussion about fights between myself and Rami Malek are simply an exaggeration of a few creative differences that were quickly resolved. This is normal on a film set. And I think the work speaks for itself.”)

-As interesting as this take is on Nicki Minaj and Cardi B‘s social media war is, I’m still exhausted by the whole thing.

Kanye West now says he’s distancing himself from politics: “My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in. I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative.” Sure.

-Netflix got the original cast of Sabrina the Teenage Witch to watch the new reboot and give their reactions, and it’s very funny. “I wasn’t allowed to take my clothes off!”

Justin Bieber shaved his head and instantly looked 3097% better.

-This takedown of Post Malone’s music is a thing of beauty: “Post Malone’s music is dead-eyed and ignorant, astonishingly dull in its materialism, an abandoned lot of creativity with absolutely no evidence of traffic in his cerebral cortex — and there’s also a negative side.”

Jesse L Martin is taking a leave of absence from The Flash this season due to a back injury he sustained during the summer hiatus. I figured something was up — in every scene so far this season he’s been conspicuously sitting down or leaning on something.

Louis C.K.’s latest standup show was met with a handful of protesters. During the show, the comedian said “They tell you that when you get in trouble you find out who your real friends are. It’s black people, it turns out. They’ll stick by you,” invoking a group of people whose allyship he seems to value, if not reciprocate.

-Hollywood stuntpeople say that the past several years have brought about a troubling change when it comes to safety, likely due to the huge increase in streaming content, which has led some productions and stunt coordinators to cut corners.

-I’m very curious to know how much control Barbra Streisand had over her Carpool Karaoke segment. I’m guessing A LOT.

-The director of Blue Is the Warmest Color has been accused of sexual assault in France. That film’s TIFF premiere was the most awkward screening I’d ever been to because the lead actresses refused to be on the stage at the same time as him (they said at the time they way he filmed sex scenes made them feel “like prostitutes”), so for the film’s intro he came out first, said his bit, and then left the stage so the actresses could come out.

-The Kiss Quotient is being adapted into a film, which I’m very excited about but also very curious how they’re going to do it because that book was *steamy*.

Sara Bareilles performs a soulful version of ‘Theodosia Reprise‘ for the latest Hamildrop and I’m not crying YOU’RE crying!

Rebel Wilson get meta in the rom-com spoof Isn’t It Romantic. I love everything about this trailer.

 

Ansel Elgort: Wallet Saviour

-If you had to pick a celebrity to find your missing wallet, it turns out you could do a lot worse than Ansel Elgort.

Camila Cabello is shutting down pregnancy rumours after she posted a belly-cupping photo.

Jerry Seinfeld‘s comments on on Louis C.K.‘s controversial return to stand-up are predictably terrible: “We, the court of public opinion, decided if he’s going to come back, he’d better show a lot of pain…We love the crawl-back. The grovel. Are you going to grovel? How long are you going to grovel? Are you going to cry? People, I think, figured they had that coming with Louis — he owes us that. We, the court of public opinion, decided if he’s going to come back, he’d better show a lot of pain. Because he denied them that.” Nobody decided that he should show a lot of pain. But it would have been nice if he had actually did what he said he was going to do in his apology, which was to take time away to listen and learn.

-If Meghan Markle’s bird dress didn’t have that figure skating netting at the top, I’d love this look.

Cardi B says she turned down a seven-figure offer to release images of her baby girl Kulture.

-The Timeless two-hour wrap-up movie has announced its air date.

-Game of Thrones’ stars Maisie Williams and Richard Madden reunited and got cuddly. Kit Harington also showed up.

-This interview with Tyne Daly on her latest movie is a gem. “The last film I did was ‘Spider-Man Homecoming.’ I was sworn to secrecy because it’s a [air quotes] ‘big deal.’ There’s this lovely kid, Tom Holland, in a full-body condom that he couldn’t pee in all day. A film like this is my antidote.”

-Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom explains dating slang for Vanity Fair.

-Fox just ordered a new animated show produced by Amy Poehler, who will also voice some characters, along with Parks and Rec costar Rashida Jones.

-This bums me out: American Vandal has been canceled by Netflix, who clearly only want to have shows that they own. (Their recent cancellations have all come from other studios – Iron Fist, Luke Cage and All About The Washingtons are owned by ABC Studios, while American Vandal is owned by CBS.) Knowing that they’re about to lose all their Disney/Star Wars content and possibly Friends probably has them freaked out about non-owned shows.

-Meanwhile, this is a really interesting read on how Netflix and the streaming wars are creating massive income inequality for those who work in the entertainment industry.

Hugh Jackman depicts American Senator Gary Hart’s presidential campaign in the new trailer for The Front Runner.

Rachel Bloom Takes Music Covers To A New Level

-Digital magazine editions are the new big thing. Last week, Gwyneth Paltrow was on the digital-only cover of Glamour, and now Rachel Bloom has created a music cover for Allure’s digital edition. (Not surprisingly, her song uses the word “clit” repeatedly because she’s awesome.)

-The first Bohemian Rhapsody reviews are starting to trickle in. The results on the movie as a whole are mixed at best (with some reviewers flat-out hating it) but everyone seems to agree that Rami Malek nails it.

Steve Carell just signed on to be the male lead in the Apple drama about a morning show starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. The yet-untitled drama was already picked up for 2 seasons, even though there’s still no word how — and when — Apple will release its original programming. They really need to stop making casting announcements until they reveal the basics. Do we all need Apple TV?

-As if turning down the SuperBowl wasn’t badass enough, Rihanna is now reportedly working on a music video starring Colin Kaepernick.

-Speaking of Rihanna, she posted another mesmerizing makeup tutorial — this time on Halloween. (Though it’s become slightly harder to enjoy these ever since Diet Prada pointed out that she’s copied some.)

-Just in time for Halloween, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimi reflect on Hocus Pocus 25 years later.

-Ohhhh….this is intriguing: Emma Thompson will star in the adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s How to Build A Girl.

-Vogue is apologizing for their culturally appropriating Kendall Jenner photoshoot.

Paul Feig continues to say all the right things about promoting women in Hollywood. I really like this dude.

Sarah Silverman responded to Louis C.K. accuser Rebecca Corry, who wasn’t impressed with her recent comments: “Rebecca I’m sorry. Ugh this is why I don’t like weighing in. I can’t seem to do press 4 my show w/out being asked about it. But you’re right- you were equals and he fucked with you and it’s not ok. I’m sorry, friend. You are so talented and so kind.”

-Everything Caity Weaver writes is great, including this piece on why all the Real Housewives shows sound the same.

Cardi B‘s new song is a banger.

-I don’t even watch Blindspot, but I will definitely read an article that’s titled “PSA: NBC’s #Blindspot Is The Procedural That F**ks.”

-I do, however, watch Legends of Tomorrow — and last night’s premiere was perfection. I agree with this piece on how it really is the best antidote for dreary, grim “prestige TV.”

-Speaking of anti-prestige shows, critics are loving the foreign teen drama Elite on Netflix.

-This piece on whether or not Jason Mantzoukas is hot feels like it was pulled directly from my brain.

-I really liked the book The Passage but I’m not sure how good an adaptation that airs on Fox will be. Still, this trailer intrigues me.