-This story is INSANE! Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among the over 50 people indicted nationwide in the college entrance schemeinvolving parents who paid bribes and/or arranged cheating on SAT exams to get their kids into elite colleges. They are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Huffman was arrested at her home this morning(hubby William H Macy was not arrested), while Loughlin is flying to LA from Canada and is expected to be arrested when she lands. This is HUGE.
–Hailey Bieber uses moisturizer made from her own blood. Is that a thing? Celebrities are weird.
–Idris Elba is denying reports that he signed on for a film by Max Landis, who was accused of sexual misconduct: “It was a rumor.”
–Clayne Crawford, who was replaced on Lethal Weapon due to reported bad behaviour, is already getting another shot at TV. White men can’t fail.
-EW has our first look at Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin, and the internet is not impressed. Will Smith tried to calm fans’ fears, explaining in a Facebook postthat his character will be blue in the final film, and that the images in the EW issue show the Genie in his human disguise.
–Eliza Dushku penned an explosive response to her allegations of sexual harassment by Bull star Michael Weatherly, accusing him and showrunner Glenn Gordon Caron of pushing a “deceptive” narrative and retaliating against her for “simply asking to do my job without relentless sexual harassment.” Her description of Weatherly’s carefully planned humiliation of her during a champagne toast is especially gross.
-Also, most of CBS’ management remains in place, despite a year of insane misconduct allegations.
-SMILF creator Frankie Shawhas been cleared in an internal investigation by ABC Studios after allegations she ran a toxic set.
-Meanwhile, this is a good thread on a showrunner’s responsibilities when it comes to sex scenes. I don’t know any other industry where someone is allowed to be in charge of that many people, but given zero management training.
-The season 6 Drunk History trailer features Evan Rachel Wood, Seth Rogen, Elijah Wood, Jack McBrayer, Amandla Stenberg and Will Ferrell.
–Sandra Bullock‘s solution to the Oscars not having a hostis kind of brilliant: random actors should be pulled out of the audience to cover a segment of the show. Organizers “don’t even have to tell them it’s happening, just put up the teleprompter, and go, ‘It’s your turn. You’re an actor, figure it out.'”
–Janelle Monae talks about how speaking candidly about her sexualityin the media has made her “uncomfortable” but explained “I’ve always been a private person. But when you make art that’s so personal, folks wonder how much of this is your real life versus the concept.”
-The Family Stone is one of those movies I didn’t like when it first came out, but find myself getting sucked into it every year. So I very much appreciated Sarah Jessica Parker’s deep-dive into the making of it.
-Here’s the first trailer for Hellboy featuring Stranger Things’ star David Harbour as the titular hero.
–Offset crashing Cardi B’s setat this weekend’s Rolling Loud Festival (where she was the first woman to ever headline) to apologize and beg her to take him back really pissed me off. He sabotaged her set and festival organizers should have never allowed it.
–Meghan Markle‘s mother will likely not be spending Christmas with her daughter, despite relocating to the UK. It’s apparently very unusual for non-royal family members to be invited to the festivities.
–Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman, who costarred together on Revenge, got marriedthis weekend. I love when shomances last way longer than the show itself.
-Congrats to Flash star Grant Gustin who married physical therapist LA Thoma this weekend. No word on any Flash costars attending, but guests included Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist, Broadway stars Max Chucker, Adam Kaplan, Leela Rothenberg and Daveed Diggs, and model Renée Mittelstaedt.
-CBS announced its former head Les Moonves misled the network about those misconduct allegations. He will be fired for causeand will NOT receive a $120 million severance. The statement from the board also said “investigators concluded that harassment and retaliation are not pervasive at CBS.” Um, what?!
-Speaking of harassment at CBS, after it came to light that the network paid Eliza Dushku a $9.5M settlement based on her interactions with Bull star Michael Weatherly, some of his female costars have jumped to his defensewhich is just…sigh.
-Orange Is The New Black’s Yael Stone has come forward to accuse Geoffrey Rush, who she costarred with in a play, of sexual harassment — and because of the libel laws in her native Australia, she’s put herself at great risk. She says he danced naked in front of her in their dressing room, sent explicit texts, and held a mirror above her shower curtain to watch her. (While multiple people from the play corroborate her allegations in the report, Rush insists the claims “are incorrect and in some instances have been taken completely out of context.”)
-When asked if the #MeToo movement was difficult, Idris Elba replied “only if you’re a man with something to hide.” Bless him.
–Frankie Shaw, the female creator of SMILF, is currently under investigation after several cast and crew members came forward with misconduct complaints, including inappropriate handling of sex scenes and separating writers by race.
-Some guy turned AvengersEndgame.com into an advertisement for Deadpool — and Ryan Reynoldssent him a gift.
-A Daredevil actress says Marvel reps were ‘stunned’ over Netflix’s cancellation of the show. But clearly this is less on Netflix and more about Marvel/Disney’s greater plans, no?