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Angelina Jolie Swings High

Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Salma Hayek and Lauren Radloff

-Elle released a series of covers for their Women in Hollywood issue, including ones featuring The Eternals’ stars Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Salma Hayek and Lauren Radloff. In the shoot, the best pics are of Jolie — mostly because they shot her swinging in a harness over a swimming pool.

-In a series of scathing Instagram posts, actress Ruby Rose finally opened up about her abrupt departure from the CW’s Batwoman, claiming unsafe work conditions and mistreatment by the network/studio. She also called out costar Dougray Scott, who she says “yelled like a little bitch at women and was a nightmare.” (My Ever After-loving heart is breaking.) Warner Bros TV responded with their own harsh words, saying she was fired based on an internal investigation of “multiple complaints about workplace behavior that were extensively reviewed.”  Between this, Brandon Routh and Dominic Purcell leaving Legends under not-great-sounding circumstances, and Supergirl’s Jon Cryer liking tweets about boycotting the network, the CW needs to get their house in order.

-All the bts drama makes me glad that Arrow ended and the decades-long hold the WB/UPN/CW had on me lifted, though the new teaser for The Flash’s crossover event looks good. It will feature Jefferson from Black Lightning, Mia from Arrow, Ray from Legends, Alex from Supergirl, Ryan from Batwoman, and Roy Choi from the last CW crossover.

-Netflix is vehemently disputing the fired staffer’s denial of leaking Dave Chappelle payout information to the press.

-Meanwhile, Ashlee Marie Preston, Jonathan Van Ness, Angelica Ross, Jameela Jamil, Mason Alexander Park, Kate Bornstein, Our Lady J, Sara Ramirez, Peppermint and Colton Haynes appeared in a video to support the walkout of Netflix employees, and Elliot Page (who stars in Netflix’s Umbrella Academy) tweeted it.

-Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy also voiced his support.

-Also, the list of demand for the walkout is very thoughtful — and does not include taking down Chappelle’s special.

Jonah Hill says he doesn’t care that people think he ruined surfing. First, why do people think that? Second, is he searching IG stickers with his name? Third, would anyone know about this if he hadn’t posted it?

Alicia Silverstone says she’s been banned from a dating app twice (likely Raya).

–The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced that it would move forward with handing out Golden Globe awards for the films and TV shows of 2021 — even if it’s not broadcast.

-This is such a good piece on why Mel Gibson keeps getting so many chances. “I’m convinced that far too many people decided that Weinstein’s punishment was proof enough that they’d fixed the problem. Not only that but it became the new benchmark for abuse.”

Freida Pinto is the latest celeb to reveal a secret wedding during lockdown.

Meryl Streep, Kit Harington and Matthew Rhys will head the ensemble of an eight-episode drama on Apple TV+ about climate change.

Adele described her unique way of eating chips and I’m very intrigued!

-This is a great interview with Shalita Grant on playing the comic relief in You and Search Party.

-The finale for Only Murders in the Building aired this week and I was surprised how continually charmed I was by that show.  Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez made a fascinating team, Amy Ryan is always stellar, and Tina Fey has a quip at the end of the finale that I’m still laughing about.

-Netflix is moving ahead with a To All The Boys spinoff focused on the youngest daughter, Kitty.

-Here’s a clip of Anya Taylor-Joy singing “Downtown” for the soundtrack to Last Night in Soho.

Jamie Dornan and Caitriona Balfe star in the Belfast trailer, written and directed by Kenneth Branagh. Audiences adored this at TIFF, where it won the People’s Choice Award.

Megan Thee Stallion Brings the Heat

Megan Thee Stallion is the latest celeb to eat wings on Hot Ones.

-On the fourth cover of Rolling Stone’s Musicians on Musicians issueLorde and David Byrne talked about stage fright, songwriting mysteries, and unplugging from the online world.

Madonna‘s daughter Lourdes Leon talked about why she wanted to make her own living. “I feel like if your parents pay for things, then it gives them leverage over you. My mom is such a control freak, and she has controlled me my whole life. I needed to be completely independent from her as soon as I graduated high school.”

-Netflix should be basking in the glow of Squid Game’s success right now. Instead, they’ve just made one wrong turn after another when it comes to the Dave Chappelle mess. The latest: they just fired the organizer of the trans employee walkout. The reason Netflix gave is that they suspect the employee, who is a pregnant Black transgender worker, had leaked metrics about the special to the press. The ex-employee denied leaking info to the media, telling The Verge, “All these white people are going around talking to the press and speaking publicly on Twitter and the only person who gets fired is the Black person who was quiet the entire time.”

-Meanwhile, in an Instagram post comedian Hannah Gadsby criticized Netflix, Chappelle and the streamer’s co-CEO Ted Sarandos for defending him and using Gadsby’s specials as an example of the streamer’s inclusivity. “Now I have to deal with even more of the hate and anger that Dave Chappelle’s fans like to unleash on me every time Dave gets 20 million dollars to process his emotionally stunted partial world view. You didn’t pay me nearly enough to deal with the real world consequences of the hate speech dog whistling you refuse to acknowledge, Ted. Fuck you and your amoral algorithm cult…I do shits with more back bone than you. That’s a joke! I definitely didn’t cross a line because you just told the world there isn’t one.”

Channing Tatum posted a clip of him dancing on Instagram Stories, saying “Weekend one of exploring and getting back in the saddle. I haven’t danced in years. And dance has moved on so much since then.”

-I keep forgetting/repressing that Phoebe Waller-Bridge is in the new Indiana Jones movie.

Network TV could stop as soon as next week if IATSE is forced to strike. (And honestly, if their demands aren’t met, they SHOULD strike).

-Disney Plus will release the first two episodes of Hawkeye on November 24, with the remaining four episodes coming out weekly after that.

-I really liked this Vulture piece on Adele‘s new song, “Easy on Me.” “Once or twice per decade Adele comes back tapping on all our pressure points like a veteran acupuncturist.”

Jodie Turner-Smith and Joshua Jackson continue to be couple goals.

-This interview with the Timothée Chalamet fan who leaked photos of the actor playing a young Willy Wonka is pure gold.

-Schitt’s Creek’s Noah Reid is set to replace Armie Hammer in Broadway’s The Minutes.

-This is a fascinating read about Crazy Days and Nights. It used to be a fun (if unreliable) gossip read — and then it fell down the QAn*n rabbit hole.

-Tomorrow’s DC Fandome event will debut lots of new trailers, including The Batman. But first, we get a 6-second preview that gives us a glimpse of how Robert Pattinson is handling Batman’s voice.

Halle Berry‘s directorial debut Bruised hits Netflix next month after playing the festival circuit.

Adele’s “Easy On Me” Video

-Strap in! Adele‘s new “Easy On Me” video debuts Oct 14 at 7pm ET.

-OMG, Beanie Feldstein‘s just pulled a Mariah Carey “I don’t know her” when asked about Lea Michele‘s name trending when Feldstein was cast in Funny Girl instead of her. “She very sweetly wrote on my Instagram. I don’t know the woman whatsoever.”

-Squid Game is officially Netflix’s biggest show ever. Creator-writer-director Hwang Dong-hyuk talked to THR about how its insane popularity has been altogether dumbfounding, and where he’d like to take season two.

-Speaking of the future of buzzy shows, Bill Lawrence is open to extending Ted Lasso beyond its original three-season plan. It sounds like it’s all up to Jason Sudeikis. However, even if the show continues, they’ll complete their current arc. “When we started, we plotted out everybody’s beginning, middle and end of a three-season arc. This story is going to be over next year, regardless, even if the show finds another story to tell and goes on.”

-iCarly’s Jennette McCurdy says she suffered years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her late mother.

-Oh god. Netflix’s CEO Ted Sarandos has doubled down on his defense of Dave Chappelle‘s special, saying “we have a strong belief that content on screen doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm.” Even though they are streaming the Disclosure documentary that features trans people clearly addressing this. Here’s a good piece on why Sarandos’ stance is hypocritical.

-Meanwhile, I watched the special to see what everyone was talking about, and I can’t believe that his story at the end about his late trans acquaintance Daphne is being held up by his fans as proof that he’s not anti-trans. That was the most disturbing part for me (this thread nails it). He even misgenders her in his kicker for the sake of a punchline! FWIW, her family has voiced their support of the special.

Prince William is calling out the billionaire-funded space race, saying it distracts in the fight against climate change. He’s not wrong.

This article about how “it’s an insult to authors not to finish each and every book you start” is such BS. I used to be a completist and have recently embraced DNF’ing books, and it’s made my life so much better. There are too many books in the world to waste your time on ones that aren’t working for you, and I’m guessing most authors care more that you bought it than read it.

-Amazon’s Jack Ryan has been renewed for season four, with John Krasinski returning and Michael Peña set to join the cast.

-I’m surprised that Ana de Armas has such a small role in the new Bond movie, given her appearance in the trailers. Looks like her breakthrough has been delayed again.

-I really liked this piece about how the current era of TV only tells stories about the really, really rich or the really, really poor.

-HBO Max’s documentary on Brittany Murphy is getting terrible reviews.

Leslie Odom Jr, Cynthia Erivo, Orlando Bloom, and Freida Pinto star in the trailer for John Ridley’s sci-fi romance Needle in a Timestack. Great trailer. Awful, awful title. (And awful take on women, according to critics who’ve seen the movie.)

-The new trailer for Disney’s Hawkeye sees Jeremy Renner‘s character struggling to give his kids a normal Christmas.

-The trailer for the George Clooney-directed  The Tender Bar starring Ben Affleck and Tye Sheridan has arrived. It follows a fatherless boy over the course of his childhood and early adulthood, whose uncle serves as his father figure.