-This is a pretty cool feature on the future of the movie industry, with interviews from with the Russo Brothers, Kumail Nanjian, Ava DuVernay and more. The Russo talk about having trouble getting their character-driven film Cherry greenlit, even though they’re coming off the massive success of Endgame. They also talk about how young people are trained to watch YouTube or binge hours of Netflix, but won’t commit to two hours of story-driven movies.
-I may have actually squealed out loud when I saw EW’s new cover in honour of Angel’s 20th anniversary. The story and video roundtable are both great — though it’s a little weird that they totally gloss over Glenn Quinn‘s death. And they completely ignore how terrible Joss Whedon treated Charisma Carpenter when she told him she was pregnant, and how she agreed to go back for the 100th episode only if they promised not to kill off her character — only to find out on the day of the shoot that they were killing her off.
–Claire Danes interviewed her My So-Called Life costar Wilson Cruz for Variety’s Pride issue. “We had a time.” *sob*
–Greg Berlanti talks about the old casting practices in Hollywood: “There were certain execs who would say, ‘Does this actor seem a little soft?’ They would use code words, but I knew what they meant because I was a gay person.”
-An Easy A spinoff is in the works. YAY!! (I reserve the right to rescind that yay if Emma Stone and Penn Badgley aren’t in it.)
-Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis set the record straight on their split rumors with a funny IG video.
–According to The Blast, Drake paid $350,000 to Instagram model to settle claim that the rapper forced her to perform ‘fetish’ oral sex that involved spitting into a measuring cup.
-Killing Eve and Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge talks about being hired to add some depth and humor to the script for the new James Bond film. “The important thing is that the film treats women properly. He doesn’t have to.”
-This is a super cute video of Jennifer Garner doing charity work. I listened to her episode on the David Tennant podcast, and her work with Save the Children sounds like a fulltime job when she’s not filming, not the typical celebrity showboating.
-I really related to this article about “cord-clingers” — people who are getting more out of a cable subscription than the various streaming services.
-Cue the jingle jangle jokes: Meghan Markle and Prince Harrycalled their baby Archie. The couple has chosen not to use courtesy titles so it’ll be Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. When Charles is King he’ll automatically become Prince Archie, but he (or his parents) may choose not to use it.
-Earlier today, Meghan and Harry presented the baby in a brief interview, and they both looked glowingly happy. (I love what she wore.)
-Even the guy who plays Gendry thinks that Game of Thrones marriage proposal was silly. “He just got a bit gassed and asked someone to marry him. And she quite rightly told him where to go. What a stupid question! I think he knows deep down in his heart of hearts there is no way Arya will ever be anyone’s lady.”