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Shonda Rhimes Doesn’t Think Regé-Jean Page Will Ever Return to Bridgerton

Shonda Rhimes wears a rainbow skirt on the cover of Variety

-Variety named Shonda Rhimes the Show Woman of the Year. The highest paid showrunner in TV talked about moving from ABC to Netflix (“Creatively, I feel very fulfilled in a way that I haven’t felt fulfilled in a long time”), the success of Bridgerton (“What I loved was we were going to create this powerful, exciting, amazing romance. And then for once in television, they were going to get to have their happily ever after versus — well, you know! In network television, you have to come up with 15 years of why a couple has to be apart”), and whether Regé-Jean Page will ever return to the show (“I don’t think so! And here’s why. He’s an enormous star now. As I like to say, the idea that we would write Regé to stand around in the background doesn’t make any sense at all to me. ‘What would he do?’ is what I like to say”).

-So those sources claiming Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson are “just friends” may be rethinking things…the pair were spotted enjoying a private dinner last night. And it must be love, because she traveled to Staten Island for him.

-Wait, is Pete Davidson the Warren Beatty of his generation? I don’t buy it; Beatty had huge hits, not just BDE.

Jamie Spears has requested the end Britney Spears‘ conservatorship immediately.  However, the singer’s lawyer questioned whether Jamie was “motivated by a desire to bolster his reputation or to avoid his deposition or responding to the outstanding discovery served on him in August.”

-Meanwhile, in a since-deleted Instagram post, Spears blamed her mother for the conservatorship. “What people don’t know is that my mom is the one who gave him the idea. I will never get those years back… she secretly ruined my life. You know exactly what you did. My dad is not smart enough to ever think of a conservatorship, but tonight I will smile knowing I have a new life ahead of me.”

Sofia Vergara will lead Netflix’s six-part limited series about real-life Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco from the exec producer of Narcos.

-In his new memoir, Will Smith says he dreamed about killing his father after witnessing him abuse his mother when he was a boy. “As a child I’d always told myself that I would one day avenge my mother. That when I was big enough, when I was strong enough, when I was no longer a coward, I would slay him.” He also talked about how his method acting on the set of Six Degrees of Separation caused him to fall “in love” with his costar Stockard Channing during his first marriage.

-Hmmm…not really sure that Salma Hayek comes off the way she intended in her interview with The Guardian. When asked about being bullied by Harvey Weinstein and if she thinks the reason he never assaulted her was that she was friends with Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino and George Clooney, she replied, “Also I was very strong…I didn’t just say no. I’m a force to be recognized. He never saw me weak. It’s not that I’m not afraid, but you’re not going to see it. I can be almost intimidating in my calm strength, you know?”

Dakota Johnson is dating Gwyneth Paltrow‘s ex-husband Chris Martin, and the ladies seem to genuinely like each other. Paltrow caught a lot of crap for her “conscious uncoupling” announcement — but it seems like it actually worked?

Ryan Reynolds announced that he’s taking a break from movies. “I’m just trying to create a little bit more space for my family and time with them. You know, you don’t really get that time back.” Stay home with the kids so Blake can make A Simple Favor 2!

-Jeez. Dean Winters, a character actor who’s best known from 30 Rock and Oz, has undergone multiple amputations since contracting a bacterial infection in 2009.

Tom Hanks paid tribute to his Bosom Buddies costar Peter Scolari on Jimmy Kimmel‘s show: “We were molecularly connected in a way that we started speaking the same language.”

-Speaking of late night, David Byrne taught Stephen Colbert some aging entertainer dance moves.

-Buzzfeed had Ben Barnes read some thirst tweets about himself, and he was very shy and polite about the whole thing.   “Noooo! You’ve got parents!” “Someone from Buzzfeed has just come in and told me why Bussy means, and that’s why my face is going red.”

This is the kind of TV criticism that should be used as a framework for all reboot reviews: “Dexter: New Blood is worse than Seasons 1-4 and better than the last few seasons, which should be enough for many/most/some fans.”

-Starz has renewed Heels for season 2. I have to finish the last few episodes but I was really getting into it.

Leah Remini has guest-hosted the majority of the Wendy Williams Show’s premiere week episodes while Williams is off with health issues — and the ratings have gone up.

-I can’t imagine Alec Baldwin‘s lawyers are happy about his reposting stuff like these these days.

-I’m late to the Dune party, but this is a very good piece on how Denis Villeneuve’s Part One ignores the influence of MENA cultures and Islam.

Jared Leto becomes a vampire in the trailer for Morbius, the next film in Sony’s Marvel Spider-Man universe.

Mindy Kaling and Maya Rudolph Are Comedy Queens

 

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-In Variety’s Power of Women in comedy issue, Mindy Kaling says she’s been busier than ever during quarantine, executive producing “The Sex Lives of College Girls” and Never Have I Ever, as well as co-writing scripts for the third Legally Blonde movie and a Priyanka Chopra wedding comedy. Meanwhile, Maya Rudolph talks about burnout, Beyoncé, Bridesmaids, and becoming a bonafide Disney villain for Disenchanted.

Zendaya, Anya Taylor-Joy and Law Roach cover the Most Powerful Stylists issue of the Hollywood Reporter.

-The royal rebranding continues: Prince William and Kate Middleton are launching a YouTube channel.

-Warners and DC are reportedly committed to hiring a Black director to tackle what will be the first cinematic incarnation of a Black Superman. Barry Jenkins, Steven Caple Jr., J.D. Dillard, Regina King and Shaka King are said to be under consideration.

Adrien Brody is the latest to join Succession season 3. Clearly, they have a height requirement.

-Italy would like the stolen Roman sculpture in Kim Kardashian‘s house back.

-A Joker 2 with Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly still in the works. Oh god, I can’t take another news cycle about it.

-Also, a DeuxMoi blind suggests Joaquin Phoenix was the celeb Alia Shawkat talked about in this video and I can’t stop thinking about it.

-I don’t watch the Food Network but Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond holding a maskless wedding for her daughter at their ranch — where a couple months ago her husband almost killed their nephew while racing fire trucks — seems bad.

-Here’s our first look at House Of The Dragon, the new HBO Game Of Thrones spinoff.

Julianna Margulies posted about how her “in-person’ Oprah interview was done via green screen, apparently unaware that we’re all obsessed with her history of green screens.

Jennifer Garner has reportedly rekindled her relationship with John Miller.

-I was so excited to see the headline that Henry Golding has joined Dakota Johnson in Netflix’s update of Persuasion, assuming he was playing Captain Wentworth (my fave Austen leading man). But it turns out he’s playing the awful Mr. Elliot. Who in the world are they going to cast as Wentworth who will come off as more charming than Henry Golding?!

Jodie Turner-Smith was on Seth Meyers‘ show and talked about how she and Joshua Jackson met. “We had a one-night stand.”

-Loki will drop on Disney+ on Wednesday, leading Tom Hiddleston to say “Wednesdays are the new Fridays.”

Anderson Cooper has scored the lowest ratings among Jeopardy guest hosts so far.

-If you think you’re going to have anxiety on your first plane ride post-pandemic, Joe Jonas wants to help you destress with a… [checks notes] … replica of his hand.

Tallulah Willis announced her engagement to film director Dillon Buss.​

-The reviews for HBO’s Hacks are super positive. The Jean Smart renaissance continues!

-Here’s the latest teaser from Quiet Place II.

Kirsten Dunst Announces 2nd Pregnancy in W

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Sofia Coppola‘s muses Kirsten Dunst, Rashida Jones, and Elle Fanning pay tribute to her in the new issue of W — which also serves as Dunst’s pregnancy reveal.

Sharon Osbourne will reportedly receive a $5-10M payout after leaving The Talk, and the deal allows her to speak freely about her departure because “she still wants to give her side of the story.”

Ariana Grande revealed that she would join The Voice for season 21.

Jennifer Love Hewitt gave an in-depth interview to Vulture about the making of Heartbreakers, and opened up about her uncomfortable experience constantly fielding questions about her body as a young actress. “For some reason, in my brain, I was able to just go, ‘OK, well, I guess they wouldn’t be asking if it was inappropriate.’ It really started with I Know What You Did Last Summer because that was the first time that I had worn a low top. I remember purposely wearing a T-shirt that said ‘Silicone Free’ [to a press junket] because I was so annoyed, and I knew something about boobs was gonna be the first question out of [reporters’] mouths.”

-Real Housewives of SLC star Jen Shah and her assistant have been arrested and indicted by a federal grand jury on fraud charges. According to the indictment, they allegedly used telemarketing to target and defraud “hundreds of victims…many of whom were over age 55.”

-Alabama Shakes drummer Steven William Johnson is accused of child abuse. He was arrested Wednesday on charges of willful torture, willful abuse and cruelly beating or otherwise willfully maltreating a child under the age of 18.

-My Turkish soap heartthrob Can Yaman is on the cover of Vanity Fair Italia and I’m weirdly proud of him.

Addison Rae responded to the backlash over her and Jimmy Fallon not crediting the mostly Black creators of the TikTok dances that they danced to on last Friday’s Tonight Show. “It’s kind of hard to credit during the show. Hopefully we can all reach out and dance together.”

-In her Goop podcast with Gabrielle Union, Gwyneth Paltrow talked about becoming a stepmom. “When I knew I was going to become a stepmother, I was like, ‘S–t, I have no idea how to do this. There’s nothing to read. What do I do? Where do I step in? Where do I not? How do I do this?'”

Harry Styles, Dakota Johnson, Sienna Miller, Diane Keaton, Awkwafina, Serena Williams and James Corden will all be in Gucci’s new handbag campaign.

Rachel Bilson says Mr Robot’s Rami Malek asked her to take down a high school photo she posted of them. “I don’t usually check my DM’s on my Instagram…maybe a week goes by and I actually look and I have a message from Rami. But it wasn’t like, ‘Hey! How are you?!’ It was straight to: ‘I would really appreciate if you take that down. I’m a really private person.’ I was like, ‘Oh, sh-t! OK.’ I get really hot and start sweating. I’m all nervous, like, ‘Oh god! What did I do?’ He was a really good friend, it’s a funny picture…you know? I don’t take myself that seriously.”

-Starz has cancelled American Gods after three seasons.

-I don’t want to watch The Flash again, but Jordan Fisher joining the cast has me tempted.

-People are over Grey’s Anatomy beach scenes. At least Ellen Pompeo is getting a break.

-Elisabeth Moss demands justice in the new trailer for Season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale.

-Here’s the final trailer for the delayed Spiral: From The Book Of Saw starring Chris Rock (who also serves as executive producer and came up with the premise).

-Here’s the latest trailer for Shadow and Bone. I’m on book three and I’m really hoping my library hold for the Six of Crows comes in before this drops on Netflix on April 23.