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Charlize Theron

Black Is King — and Beyonce Is Queen

-Black Is King, a new film by Beyonce, debuted at midnight Disney+ and critics are loving it.

-Here’s a close reading of all the symbolism.

Charlize Theron recently told her 5-year-old daughter that she is in a relationship with herself at the moment. “Her mind was blown. But, I know that was the day that she realized there’s a different possibility.”

Rihanna talked about her new Fenty Skin campaign and says she cringes at the idea of inclusion as “a narrative” and that she wants us to reach a point where it just…is.

Brad Garrett called out Ellen DeGeneres on Twitter, saying “it comes from the top” and he “knows more than one who were treated horribly by her.⁩”

Brian McKnight confirmed rumours that Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlakehad a new baby.”

-This interview with Marc Maron about late girlfriend Lynn Shelton is beautiful.

Courteney Cox and David Arquette are set to reprise their roles in a new Scream movie.

-Multiple women have come forward with claims of sexual assault and misconduct against actor Bryan Callen, who played Coach Mellor on The Goldbergs.

Adam Sandler‘s anniversary post is very sweet.

This article detailing everything that went down on the 1999 set of Bryan Singer‘s X-Men is insane. Michael Jackson wanted to play Professor Xavier. One of the film’s actors (Alexander Burton, who played Pyro) filed a civil suit four months after production wrapped, claiming that he was raped by three of Singer’s friends and business associates. Rebecca Romijn would undergo hours of body paint to play Mystique, and then on a whim, Singer would decide not to use her in a scene. Despite a lineup of A-list writers, Singer’s assistant secretly wrote much of the script. Producer Tom DeSanto fought with Singer when he discovered the director and some crew members took drugs before shooting a stunt that left Hugh Jackman bleeding. The next day, most of the main cast descended on Singer’s trailer and threatened to quit if DeSanto left (leading to Halle Balle‘s infamous “You can kiss my black ass” quote).

-Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston revealed that he has recovered from a mild case of covid and is now donating plasma.

-Is the best socially distanced photo yet?

Ryan Reynolds has committed to taking on 10 to 20 trainees from BiPOC communities for his upcoming film in an effort to promote diversity and inclusion in Hollywood.

Evan Rachel Wood discovers the limitations of growing up with grifter parents in Miranda July’s Kajillionaire, which costars Richard Jenkins, Debra Winger and Gina Rodriguez.

Taylor Swift Spins a Compelling Tale with Folklore

-What are we all thinking about Taylor Swift‘s new album? I’m only two listens in but I’m digging it. It’s restrained and contemplative (but not introspective — some of the songs are clearly fiction, like “The Last Great American Dynasty,” which is about Rebekah Harkness who once owned Swift’s house, or “Cardigan,” “August” and “Betty” — which is a trilogy revolving around a high school love triangle. Of course, many people think the trilogy is really about Karlie Kloss). My favourite songs from her in the past few years are “Archer” and “Dress,” so I was already in the bag for stripped-down Taylor.

-The reviews are overwhelmingly positive, with the Guardian giving it 5 stars and saying while it’s “Swift’s most coherent record since her staunchly country days, it’s nonetheless her most experimental, developing on Lover’s stranger, more minimalist end,” Buzzfeed saying that “in isolation, alone with a paper and a pen and a guitar, she’s yet again written some fucking great songs,” Rolling Stone praising it for “the most head-spinning, heart-breaking, emotionally ambitious songs of her life,” Billboard noting “there’s nothing quiet about this songwriting tour de force,”  Teen Vogue saying “in her restraint, she leaves space for couplets that slice through the heart,” and Variety observing “at least this one won’t require an album-length Ryan Adams remake to convince anyone that there’s songwriting there.”

Jennifer Lopez turns 51 today, just in case you want to feel bad about yourself.

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani debuted the video for their new duet “Happy Anywhere”, which was shot by her brother, Todd Stefani, who quarantined with the couple at Shelton’s Oklahoma ranch.

-There was a panel for The New Mutants at Comic-Con and I think everyone is shocked that it’s still going ahead.

Mel Gibson‘s rep reveals he was hospitalized back in April with covid. Unlike Tom Hanks, I guess he didn’t feel the duty to share his experience and educate his fans on the seriousness of the virus.

-Here’s another good breakdown of the Britney Spears conservatorship.

-I don’t believe for a second any of the “ratings” numbers Netflix releases, but if they’re bragging about the performance of Charlize Theron‘s Old Guard, hopefully that means a sequel is coming.

-Also, Charlize doesn’t strike me as the most social media plugged in celeb, so her responding to fan praise is great.

-This is a really good piece on how baffling it is that this far into the streaming wars, nobody (not even Netflix) seems to know how to build a good user interface, making browsing a headache and searching an embarrassment. I recently did a Happy Endings rewatch on Amazon Prime and every single time I’d have to search for the next episode, even though I’d watched the previous one the day before.

-Speaking of Amazon Prime, How To Build a Girl starring Beanie Feldstein hits the streaming service today. I saw this last year at TIFF and was very charmed by it.

-Stranger Things’ Joe Keery plays a rideshare driver on a murder spree on the trailer for Spree.

Jada Pinkett Smith Confirms Affair with August Alsina

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith sat down to talk about their marriage in the latest episode of Red Table Talk, in which she confirmed she had an “entanglement” with August Alsina. She said it was about 4.5 years ago, when she and Smith were secretly separated.

Armie Hammer and Elizabeth Chambers announced the end of their 10 year marriage via a pair of identical Instagram posts Friday afternoon, writing “Thirteen years as best friends, soulmates, partners and then parents. It has been an incredible journey, but together, we’ve decided to turn the page and move on from our marriage. As we enter into this next chapter, our children and relationship as co-parents and dear friends will remain our priority. We understand this news lends itself to public dialogue, but in the interest of our children and our family, we’re asking for privacy, compassion and love during this time.” The couple, who have two kids, had been spending their quarantine in the Cayman Islands, but he was been spotted in LA this week.

-We’ve now entered the “who shit on the bed?” portion of the Johnny Depp trial.

-In an interview, SNL’s Colin Jost was asked about his costars and said “Kate McKinnon loves books, and before she was on SNL, she was a ghostwriter for a number of YA fantasy series.” I need to know which books!!

-Roswell New Mexico’s showrunner Carina Adly MacKenzie has left the series ahead of its third season. According to THR, she had tension with lead actress Jeanine Mason, spent an unusual amount of time on the set in New Mexico instead of in the writers room in LA, and recently angered WBTV by calling out British broadcaster ITV on Twitter for editing a gay love scene. In her Instagram post, she said she’s leaving “due to fundamental differences” and denied reports of tension with the cast or writers. Interestingly, Roswell actors Lily Cowles, Michael Vlamis, Tyler Blackburn and Heather Hemmens all commented on her post with messages of support, but Mason has not (yet).

-HBO Max has ordered a new show set in the same city as Robert Pattinson‘s The Batman that will focus on the Gotham police. Isn’t this…the show Gotham?

-Terrible: Glee’s Naya Rivera is now presumed dead after the search shifted from a rescue to a recovery mission.

Sarah Paulson was asked about her working relationship with Lea Michele on Watch What Happens Live! and very politely refused to answer the question (it’s around the 5 min mark).

-In his final performance, Carl Reiner appeared in the last scene of Jason Reitman‘s version of The Princess Bride. I cancelled my Quibi subscription before I got to the end but the clip in this article made me teary.

Charlize Theron‘s The Old Guard, which hits Netflix today, is getting mostly great reviews.

-There’s a new trailer for Zac Efron’s Netflix show. and the internet is loving his new Daddy energy.

-Here’s the first clip for 30 Rock’s reunion episode, (which is doubling as NBC’s upfronts presentation), airing Thursday.