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Arrow Bows Out with EW Cover

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-I’ve given up on most of the Arrowverse shows, but good on EW for finally giving them a cover (the first monthly issue since they dropped the weekly format) in honor of Arrow’s final, shortened season.  Amell looks hella tired though.

Tom Holland was spotted looking cozy with a girl who is NOT Zendaya and we’re all a little bit heartbroken.

-Ok, critics who’ve seen Veronica Mars’ new season keep warning about the “gutting” ending and I’m getting really worried. The latest is from Vulture: “It’s worth noting that some of the season’s concluding events will make some viewers, very, very, very mad. Really, incandescently mad.”

-Gossip Girl is coming back! An update just landed a straight-to-series order at Warner’s new streaming platform HBO Max, with Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage returning as EPs. It’ll be interesting to see how it’ll work with today’s social media. Will the new GG be more like a Diet Prada or Shade Room?

-I don’t even watch The Bachelorette but this recap is great.

-In advance of Friday’s trailer, the Cats movie released a featurette starring Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Rebel Wilson and more. I’m still not entirely convinced this whole movie isn’t a prank. Between director Tom Hopper talking about how it’s a “timely story about diversity and inclusion” and James Corden saying “These are people but they’re cats. This is kind of blowing my mind,” it definitely feels like a prank.

-Time has named the 25 most influential people on the internet.

-This thread of Fleabag scenes makes me want to rewatch it even though I JUST DID.

R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to new federal charges and has been denied bail. The singer faces 18 combined charges for alleged crimes against 10 victims.

-Prosecutors have dropped Kevin Spacey‘s criminal sexual assault case due to his accuser’s “unavailability.”

-HBO didn’t submit Gwendoline Christie for an Emmy so she paid the $225 fee, submitted herself and got a nomination, which is the most Brienne thing ever.

-Wait, Mr. Robot is still on TV??!

-Two months after NBC canceled A.P. Bio, the sitcom has been revived — on NBCUniversal’s forthcoming streaming service.

-The first trailer for Hustling, starring Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart, Julia Stiles, Lizzo and Cardi B, has arrived. Inject this directly into my eyeballs please!!! (Also, if you’ve never read The Cut article that this movie is based on, it’s a wild ride.)

 

Emilia Clarke Talks Fame and Famous Fans

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-The Mother of Dragons herself Emilia Clarke covers the new issue of Allure. She talks about her desire to go unrecognized in public (“I move like a shark when I’m in public. Head down. I think I’ve got quite bad posture because of it, because I’m determined to lead a normal life”), and the time Beyonce introduced herself to say she was a fan (“I watched her face go, ‘Oh, no, I shouldn’t be talking to this crazy [woman], who is essentially crying in front of me.’ I think my inner monologue was, ‘Stop fucking it up,’ and I kept fucking it up.”).

-Last night’s Game of Thrones was fun from an action point of view, but garbage from a character arc point of view. Sure, there’s been foreshadowing that Daenerys has grown increasingly bloodthirsty (remember Meereen?), but foreshadowing shouldn’t replace character development. The buildup to her suddenly mowing down women and children was way, way too fast. Also feeling unearned was how Cersei ended up. And if you’re going to build up Jamie’s beautiful character arc for seasons just to throw it away in one episode, can there not be a line or two of dialogue about how he just couldn’t shake old habits/his true nature/whatever? The last two episodes have been character whiplash.

-They also had another coffee cup moment with Jamie’s gold hand suddenly going missing. How does a show with this budget keep messing up like this?!

-Wait, so the #FreeBritney movement wasn’t just a crazy conspiracy theory after all? Britney Spears requested that a judge end her conservatorship, and also accused her dad of placing her in a mental health facility against her will.

Felicity Huffman wept as she pleaded guilty today. Prosecutors are recommending she’s sentenced to four months in prison.

-Ooh boy, Constance Wu really stepped in it this weekend. When her ABC sitcom Fresh Off The Boat was renewed on Friday, she tweeted “So upset right now that I’m literally crying. Ugh. Fuck.” And when someone tweeted at her about the renewal “Great news!” she responded “No it’s not.” She also commented on the show’s IG post about the renewal “dislike.” Then her Crazy Rich Asians costar Gemma Chan liked a since-deleted tweet from a reporter who claims Wu has a reputation of being rude and petty (Chan said it was a mistake). Wu followed up with a tweet that didn’t really clear anything up. It all seemed like TV is now beneath her. And the next day came the pièce de résistance: her long apology post. Look, there’s a whole different conversation to be had about how actresses need to appear grateful for any sort of success in a way that actors don’t, but this apology made the situation worse. She passive aggressively called the Fresh of the Boat experience/cast/crew “easy and pleasant” but not challenging, and then — AND THEN — she had the balls to end it with “It’s meaningful when you make the choice to believe women.” As if everyone was lying about what she said and there aren’t screenshots everywhere?! Co-opting the #MeToo language to deflect from a temper tantrum is gross. And I can’t imagine how the FOTB cast and crew feels right now.

-Speaking of actors who are torpedoing their careers by venting on social media instead of in their friend group text, ABC’s Stumptown, starring Cobie Smulders, recast the romantic lead played by Mark Webber and he has some choice words about it.

-This deleted Endgame footage between Tony and Peter is so soft!

-The Avengers: Endgame screenwriters say that Captain America is the father of Peggy Carter’s children. Wait…that doesn’t make any sense. This is the latest incident of the creators over-explaining the plot in ways that make it seem like they don’t understand the universe that’s been established.

-I don’t know much about makeup influencers on YouTube, but this Tati Westbrook and James Charles feud is bananas. (Here’s a good refresher if you’re an old like me.) Since it all went down a couple of days ago, she has gained 2.6 million subscribers and he has lost 2.4 million.

-This weekend saw networks quietly killing more shows, including Whiskey Cavalier and Proven Innocent.

-Netflix’s steamy new What If trailer pits Renée Zellweger against Jane Levy.

Kit Harington Comes To Terms With Game of Thrones’ Ending

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-In his Variety cover story, Kit Harington talks about the finale season of Game of Thrones (“Balls out, I think is the term. [HBO] could have easily set the same budget as they did for season 7, but they went bigger”), his infamous Jon Snow haircut, and how emotional he and his castmates got on their final day of shooting (“I saw [Peter Dinklage] just break down”).

Kate Beckinsale and Pete Davidson are still going strong. Somehow.

Nina Dobrev gets her groove back in Shawn Mendes’ new video.

-After a few months of increasingly disturbing reportsWendy Williams revealed that she’s been living in a sober house: “You know I’ve had a struggle with cocaine in my past. And I never went to a place to get the treatment.”

-We have another bad Once Upon A Time In Hollywood poster, this one featuring Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate.

Taron Egerton says he and Richard Madden got “blind drunk” before their Carpool Karaoke segment.

-Just when I thought I couldn’t get more excited about Hustlers, the Constance Wu/Jennifer Lopez movie about former strip club employees who take down their Wall Street clients, Cardi B just joined the cast! It also stars Lili Reinhart, Keke Palmer, Julia Stiles, Mercedes Ruehl and Trace Lysette.

Jason Sudeikis allowed Ellen Degeneres and his wife Olivia Wilde to cut his hair on TV. He shouldn’t have.

-Jesus. After Netflix cancelled One Day at a Time, Sony TV immediately started to shop it around and was approached by CBS All Access — but a clause in Netflix’s contract prevents the show from moving to another streaming service. So not only did they cancel it while at the same time talking about the need for diverse storytelling, they also made it more difficult for the show to live on. Stuff like that, and this article on Netflix’s monoculture machine, have me worried.

-Also, this is fascinating: the under 34 crowd now watch nearly 50% less TV than in 2010.

-In a show of support for the writers guild, The Wire creator David Simon blasted the practice of agency packaging.

-I haven’t watched Catastrophe’s new season yet, but by all accounts the Carrie Fisher episode is going to kill me.

-CW’s Jane the Virgin spinoff, Jane the Novela, will be an anthology series in which each season is based on a different fictional novel “written by” Jane and narrated by the author herself.

-I can’t even look at these pictures of Lupita Nyong’o. Those eyes! Why???

Rachel Bilson is returning to her Fox roots in a new show called Lovestruck.

-David Boreanaz is hinting at an Angel reunion … and I don’t hate it?

-Um, that’s fanfic. This famous author is just writing fanfic.

-Did everyone else cry at the Toy Story 4 trailer, or am I just having a terrible week?