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Johnny Depp Asked To Leave Fantastic Beasts

Johnny Depp has been forced out of the Fantastic Beasts franchise in the wake of his recent libel case loss in the UK. Depp confirmed the news on Instagram: “I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected and agreed to that request.”

Hailey Bieber says that Us Weekly is about to post a story that she’s pregnant, but she insists it’s not true.

-Crazy Rich Asians hottie Henry Golding and his wife are expecting their first child.

-In an unprecedented twist, Bachelorette star Clare Crawley wrapped her journey early by getting engaged to her frontrunner, Dale Moss, and exited the show. (FWIW, there are Deux Moi reports that he’s already back in the dating pool.)

-The “Netflix Direct linear channel” is being tested in France. The streamer says “many viewers like the idea of programming that doesn’t require them to choose what they are going to watch.” So basically Netflix is testing going back to regular TV? Time is a flat circle.

Al Roker announced on the Today Show that he’s been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Brie Larson doesn’t believe there is a beauty standard which is … a choice.

-I don’t watch Supernatural but I’m very happy for all my Tumblr mutuals that Destiel became canon last night. (Or at least one guy admitted he’s in love with the other guy in this scene.) Also, it’s hilarious how many commenters on this article are trying to explain away the gay.

Donald Glover is very confident about the next seasons of Atlanta, tweeting “sopranos only ones who can touch us.”

-Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Meyer announced their split four years ago, and are finally moving ahead with divorce proceedings.

-I had no idea Will & Grace’s Sean Hayes could play the piano like this.

-Disney has removed Ryan Reynolds‘ Free Guy and Gal Gadot‘s Death on the Nile from the 2020 release calendar. Wonder Woman 1984 is the last blockbuster standing (though it will surely be moved soon).

Stephen Colbert getting choked up when talking about Trump’s ridiculous speech got me. “We all knew he would do this. What I didn’t know is that it would hurt so much. I didn’t expect this to break my heart.”

-I love that everyone is discovering Stacy Abrams’ romance novels.

-The cast of Family Ties is the latest to reunite for charity.

Felicity Huffman should maybe stay away from college-themed apparel for a while.

Lori Loughlin could be released from prison early because of course.

Christine and the Queens appeared on James Corden‘s show last night and I’ve already watched this performance five times today.

Nicolas Cage stars in the Jiu Jitsu trailer.

Mary J Blige Is a Survivor

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Mary J Blige looks amazing in Garage magazine. She says in the interview: “What propels me is being able to get through the hard times, and rejoicing when something major happens. It’s not just about making it through, but coming out strong. Fitter, better, and stronger.”

-Poor Chrissy Teigen and John Legend. I’m horrified by all the flak she’s getting about sharing details about her miscarriage online. It happens to 1 in 4 pregnancies and there’s still such a stigma about talking about it. Most celebs only share sanitized, idealized peeks into their fabulous lives. What she’s doing right now is heroic, and all the haters and conspiracy wackos who are bullying her today are a disgrace.

This thread from a writer who once did a cover story on Paul Rudd makes me want to spend the day with Paul Rudd (more so than usual).

Hugh Jackman wears nothing but boots in this cheeky new commercial.

Michaela Coel and Donald Glover interview each other in GQ, and Glover reveals the birth of his third son with partner Michelle White.

-Congrats to Nicki Minaj, who welcomed her first child yesterday.

Chris Rock told Ellen Degeneres that Dave Chappelle’s live “Summer Camp” shows featured a lot of weed and mushrooms. “Tiffany Haddish drank the mushroom tea and cut her hair the next day. I know she likes to act like, ‘Oooh, Common told me he loved me with no hair.’ No no, it was the mushroom tea talking.”

Charlie Carver, who’s been in Teen Wolf and Desperate Housewives, says a gay man who he’d worked with previously slapped him at an Emmy party in 2015 for being too gay around “people in the business.”

Fleetwood Mac is seeing a huge boost in sales after a TikTok of a guy on a skateboard drinking cranberry juice and singing “Dreams” went viral.

-This is an interesting piece on how Amazon’s Utopia, which stars John Cusack and Rainn Wilson, shouldn’t have been released in 2020 due to its pandemic-related conspiracy theories and anti-vax bent. I didn’t even give it a shot after TV critic Alan Sepinwall tweeted that he’d “tapped out after 3 fetishistically violent eps.” Between this, The Boys, Lovecraft Country and the new season of Fargo, TV right now feels ultra violent and gory, and I have no desire to watch any of it.

-Just because 2020 can’t get any weirder, Cameron Diaz‘s 2011 film Bad Teacher is the top movie on Netflix.

-Universes colliding: Jamie Foxx, who played Electro in an Andrew Garfield-led Spider-Man movie, is back as the classic villain in the latest Spider-Man sequel, starring Tom Holland.

Lenny Kravitz covers a lot of ground in his upcoming memoir — but not the 2015 performance where we accidentally saw his junk.

-Give me all the stories about TikTok houses imploding.

-The Borat sequel just got an official title (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan), synopsis (Borat is looking to marry off his daughter to Mike Pence) and trailer (below).

David Harbour and Lily Allen Get Hitched in Vegas

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-Congrats to David Harbour and Lily Allen, who got married in Las Vegas on Monday. The Stranger Things actor and British songstress were wed by an Elvis impersonator and ate In-n-Out burgers with her daughters for a reception, which sounds like perfection.

Selena Gomez graces the new issue of Allure Magazine wearing a LaQuan Smith dress. In the interview, she talks about early career pressure (“I just did things that weren’t really me. There was pressure to seem more adult on my album, Revival…the need to show skin… I really don’t think I was [that] person”) and why she never googles her name (“I haven’t done that in years. I honestly can’t. I’m strong in a lot of ways, but I think I just have way too much of a sensitive heart”).

-The Glorias star Alicia Vikander covers British Elle and talks about her woke upbringing: “I grew up in a house with a mother who taught me about the word feminism from the age of five.”

-I hate this dress on Cate Blanchett at Venice, but I’m also supremely happy to have an opportunity to hate red carpet dresses again.

-Sex Education season 3 is back in production for Netflix and the cast shot a cute video for it.

-Following a flurry of sightings/photographs of Jacob Elordi and rumoured new girlfriend Kaia Gerber coming out of NYC, the Kissing Booth actor took to Instagram to remind fans “I am a human being.”

-There were lots of headlines today about AMC’s announcement that The Walking Dead is ending. Technically it is, but it will end with a supersized 11th season that will feature 24 episodes stretched out over two years, followed by a spinoff starring Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride (I gave up years ago, but are Carol and Daryl finally a thing?!), and a possible anthology series. Not to mention there’s still the Rick Grimes movies, and Fear the Walking Dead.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are now asking up to $1 million for speaking engagements. If people will pay it, why not?

-FX revealed today that Donald Glover and his team have already finished writing the next two seasons of Atlanta and are planning to shoot them back to back (with one mostly filming in Europe and the other in Atlanta) but the pandemic has pushed back production.

Ryan Reynolds brought Rick Moranis back for a cellphone commercial and I love it. He stepped away from acting to raise his kids after his wife passed away, and he deserves a comeback.

Susan Sarandon is back on her bullshit again. Every damn election.

-Sources say Sacha Baron Cohen has secretly shot Borat 2 and has already screened it for a few industry people.

-Surprising no one, Jessica Mulroney appears to be far from “cancelled.”

-The Oscars just outlined a bunch of new diversity requirements for Best Picture nominees and at first it seems huge, but they actually seem ridiculously easy to achieve, especially for big studios. Kirstie Alley is angry about it, so at least that’s amusing.

-TIFF reversed its face mask policy today after the trades picked it up and ran with it yesterday. I’m avoiding all of their indoor screenings anyway, but they are keeping 3 empty seats to either side of assigned seats and an empty row in between used rows, which is way better than any other theatre’s standards in Toronto right now.

-According to the LA Times, Keeping up with the Kardashians is ending because of a live ratings decline (it peaked with the Season 4 finale in 2010 with 4.8 million total viewers, while the most recent episode had just 810,000 total viewers), the network tightening its belt (they axed the “E! News” program last month after 29 years), and the changing landscape of TV, which sees celebrities getting more reach with younger audiences on social media platforms than traditional television shows.

-Hulu just released the trailer for their new limited series A Teacher, in which Kate Mara plays a high school teacher who has an inappropriate relationship with a student, played by Love Simon’s Eric Walker. I hate the gross, assault-y premise of this.

Jason Momoa shared a message of support for his Justice League co-star Ray Fisher, who spoke out against Joss Whedon.

-The first trailer for Dune dropped today and it’s a Denis Villeneuve joint so it looks predictably gorgeous, but man, they don’t even try to explain the plot at all to those who might not know it.

-In news that should surprise absolutely no one, there’s whispers that Warner Bros is preparing to push back the release dates for Dune and Wonder Woman 1984. Just let us pay to watch them at home.

Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander rise up in the trailer for Julie Taymor‘s Gloria Steinem biopic The Glorias.