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Gillian Anderson, Cynthia Erivo and More Talk Pay Equity

Gillian Anderson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Cynthia Erivo, Elizabeth Olsen, Mj Rodriquez and Sarah Paulson

Gillian Anderson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Cynthia Erivo, Elizabeth Olsen, Mj Rodriquez and Sarah Paulson gathered via Zoom for THR’s TV actress roundtable. They discussed pay, with Anderson talking about being offered a tenth of what David Duchovny was offered for the reboot. “That was the point where I was like, “Fuck this. I’m actually going to talk about this [publicly].” Erivo also discussed salary (“I’m a Black woman. That has a lot to do with how you’re paid, how you’re hired, if you’re hired, the way you’re hired — it affects everything”) and how she still has to ask for Black makeup artists on set. “It isn’t about vanity, it’s about making sure that whoever I’m playing is represented in the right way because they understand how to work with my skin tone and my hair.”

-It’s been a not-great week for Matthew Perry. First there was chatter about his appearance on the reunion, and now comes news that he split from fiancée Molly Hurwitz.

-In her new, self-directed video for “Lost Cause,” Billie Eilish hosts a slumber party for a group of girlfriends.

-Now that Taylor Swift has been cast in a David O. Russell movie, all the terrible stories about him are resurfacing. I can’t believe this guy still gets jobs, let alone any actor wants to work with him. Even George Clooney wanted to hurt him.

-Kim’s Convenience star Simu Liu wrote an explosive Facebook post about how how frustrated he had become with the show’s producers and his fellow cast members. I’m sure all of his complaints are valid, but this is a surprising flex when you’re about to lead a Marvel movie.

-Thor Love and Thunder is done filming, and the photo that they posted makes me want to write Chris Hemsworth a note excusing him from the gym for the next year.

Ellie Kemper was linked to a white supremacist group after a 22-year-old photo of her surfaced on Twitter but the truth was more complicated — she was crowned Queen of Love and Beauty at an event that had connections to the klan in its early years, but has since become a debutante ball. Still problematic, but less so.

-Never Have I Ever star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan will play Lizzie Bennett in a contemporary rom-com for Netflix that’s “in the spirit of Easy A and 10 Things I Hate About You.” Yes, I’ll take all the Pride and Prejudice adaptations.

This interview with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga is hilarious. She asks the interviewer over and over if he believes in “spiritual warfare.”

-I work in social media and I don’t believe for a second that Gwyneth Paltrow‘s Goop team posted that photo of Ben Affleck without her knowledge.

Sophia Bush says she was fetishized on One Tree Hill. “My girlfriends from One Tree Hill and I talk about that all the time. We’re like, girls don’t talk to each other the way we had to talk to each other on that show, and also don’t behave the way we had to behave on that show. Come on! That was, like, some gross older man’s fantasy. And it was icky.”

-Every new trailer for Apple TV’s Physical, starring Rose Byrne, gets me more and more excited.

Gael García Bernal fights against time in the trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s Old.

Dolly Parton Gets a “Dose of Her Own Medicine”

Dolly Parton got a vaccine and all is right with the world.

Britney Spearsfather says he “would love nothing more than to see her not need a conservatorship.” Well, that seems like an easy fix on his end.

-Meanwhile, she showed off a new photo of her sons, who are full-grown teenagers now.

-Gutting: Jahmil French, who played Dave Turner for several seasons on Degrassi: The Next Generation, has died at age 29.

-I mentioned yesterday how weird it was for Taylor Swift to call out an out-of-context joke on Ginny and Georgia. Now, Swifties are harassing the show’s young actress, Antonia Gentry.

-When they weren’t busy harassing her, they also went after John Mayer.

-Ex-Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay has spoken out after disabling her Instagram page because Chris Harrison fans (those exist?) were somehow blaming her for his absence.

Armie Hammer reportedly moved out of his family home over the weekend “under the cover of night” — and the movers may have left a rope-bound mannequin in the trash.

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin debuted their new baby girl yesterday on Instagram, just five months after she gave birth to a baby boy. When a commenter asked if they used a surrogate, he responded “You should shut the f–k up and mind your own business.” Their PR rep added: “We’re still not issuing a statement or confirming anything — what she posted stands.” Everyone’s entitled to privacy when it comes to this stuff, but “the post stands” is my new favourite “no comment.”

-Riverdale’s Cole Sprouse may be dating model Ari Fournier.

George Clooney did a dramatic reading of BTS’ “Dynamite.”

Ray Fisher shared new details of “racially discriminatory conversations” on the Justice League set and specifically called out Geoff Johns: “There will likely be attempts to shift blame completely onto Kevin Tsujihara and Joss Whedon. But make no mistake. Geoff Johns worked intimately with Joss to overhaul the entire Justice League script. And while Geoff was not credited as a co-writer of the film, he was certainly an enforcer of the race-based discrimination that occurred during his conversations with Toby and Jon.”

T.I. will not return for Ant-Man 3 amid those sexual assault allegations.

-I can’t believe I’m typing these words, but the Dungeons & Dragons film sounds awesome. First Chris Pine signed on, then came Bridergton’s Regé-Jean Page, and now Hugh Grant has been cast as villain.

-This is a good rundown of all the drama that’s been happening with YouTubers.

-Superman & Lois has been renewed for a second season at The CW — after airing only one episode. The premiere performed well multiplatform.

Oprah‘s special with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has found a British home — it’ll air on ITV in the UK.

-I gasped at nearly every new word in this headline: “Nicole Kidman, Cynthia Erivo, Merritt Wever, and Alison Brie to star in an Apple series about ‘what it means to be a woman’ from the creators of GLOW”.

-The Golden Globes ratings hit historic lows, losing 60% of viewers year over year. This, plus all the controversy about its voting members, makes me wonder if it will continue to be a major event going forward.

-The pandemic-related productions delays have finally caused a break in the era of peak TV.

-TikTok is being flooded with Tom Cruise deep fakes. These things are terrifying,

-The town of Húsavík got together to film a video about wanting an Oscar since the song from Eurovision is eligible for an Academy Award. The JA JA DING DONG guy even makes an appearance.

-This is a great piece on how Nomadland disrupts Hollywood’s fantasy of the drifter.

Tye Sheridan and Lily-Rose Depp star in the Voyagers trailer, which looks like Lord of the Flies in space.

Taylor Swift Blasts Netflix

Taylor Swift called out Netflix’s Ginny & Georgia for what she called a “lazy, deeply sexist” and “horse shit” joke they made about her during season finale of the show. Not to defend the show (which is a mess), but the way that joke was positioned, we’re *supposed* to think it was cruel/below the belt, not that the show was endorsing the sentiment. But I’m sure Netflix appreciates the sudden free publicity…

-Last night everyone was supposed to be talking about the Golden Globes, but then CBS dropped two promos of Harry and Meghan‘s chat with Oprah, which stole the spotlight. Leading with O’s “Were you silent or were you SILENCED?” surely helped get it trending. And Meghan didn’t say a word in either trailer, making it harder for the British press to pre-emptively attack her.

-Meanwhile, The Golden Globes were a slog. Considering how smoothly both the Emmys and the Daytime Emmys were, I was surprised how clunky this was.

Taylor Simone Ledward’s acceptance of late husband Chadwick Boseman‘s was the show’s emotional highlight.

Fashion-wise, I loved Anna Taylor-Joy, Regina King and Cynthia Erivo.

Jason Sudeikis wore a hoodie to support his sister’s dance studio, and it’s now sold out.

Gal Gadot announced she’s pregnant by tweeting a photo her her husband holding her belly and the caption “Here we go again.”

Lady Gaga‘s dog walker Ryan Fischer posted on Instagram about being shot during last Wednesday’s violent kidnapping of the singer’s dogs, telling Gaga “Your babies are back and the family is whole… we did it!”

-At least 10 women and one man are accusing T.I. and Tiny of multiple sex, weapons and drugging crimes spanning 15 years.

-On a podcast, Paris Hilton recalled “cruel” treatment from David Letterman and Sarah Silverman.

Angelina Jolie‘s painting by Winston Churchill sold for $11.5M at auction.

-Comic-Con will remain a virtual event this year (hopefully they’ve figured it out by now, cause last year was a mess). Organizers are eyeing a smaller, in-person event in November.

-A lot criticism surrounding Wandavision is about how the Avengers movies didn’t have enough Wanda in them for the audience to be invested in her for her own show, but the last episode went back in time to make emotional sense of the character.

Ellen Pompeo insists they still don’t know if this season of Grey’s Anatomy will be its last. “We honestly have not decided. We’re really trying to figure it out right now.”

-Here’s the first trailer for Operation Varsity Blues, Netflix’s take on the college admissions scandal.