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-In a new interview with Shape, the usually private Shailene Woodley opens up about starting a romance during the pandemic with NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers (“We jumped in headfirst and got some of the sticky bits out of the way early”) and her eco-activism (“I don’t want to save the ocean because my mind says it’s the right thing to do. I want to save the ocean because I can feel that she’s suffering. I can feel that turtle drowning from the plastic in its belly. I can feel the temperatures rising on the algae that is killing other species”).

-It’s possible that the palace staff found out that Meghan Markle gave birth the same time as the rest of the world this weekend.

Jennifer Lopez was reportedly recently seen “scouting out new schools” in Los Angeles, where Ben Affleck lives.

-Absence makes the heart grow fonder: Minka Kelly and Trevor Noah are back on.

Chrissy Teigen dropped out of her surprise role in Netflix’s Never Have I Ever following those bullying claims.

Ellie Kemper apologized for her participation in a controversial pageant when she was a teen. “I was not aware of the history at the time, but ignorance is no excuse. I was old enough to have educated myself before getting involved.”

-This is an interesting piece on celebrities demanding pre-sex NDAs.

-Yay! Netflix has renewed Shadow & Bone for a second season, and had the cast announce it. Here’s hoping for 90% more Crows storylines.

-Here’s a great interview with Laverne Cox on the current wave of anti-trans legislation, what “allies” need to know, and the unique pressure that comes with being tokenized throughout one’s career.

Mariah Carey shot down The Sun’s report on a feud with Jay Z.

Danny Masterson’s trial on multiple rape charges looks likely to start in November, and he had to give up his passport today.

Michaela Coel won big at the BAFTA TV Awards and dedicated her win to I May Destroy You’s intimacy coordinator, which must be a first.

Simu Liu’s co-star Jean Yoon echoed his complaints about Kim’s Convenience in a Twitter thread, saying “the lack of Asian female, especially Korean writers in the writers room of Kims made my life VERY DIFFICULT & the experience of working on the show painful.”

Tom Hiddleston was so invested in shooting the new Loki series (which drops this week), he gave the cast and crew lectures on the character’s background.

-I guess the Cruella streaming numbers were good. Disney is already in early development on a sequel, with director Craig Gillespie and screenwriter Tony McNamara both expected to return.

Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan are attached to star in She Said, a new movie about the New York Times sexual harassment investigation against Harvey Weinstein that kicked off the #MeToo movement.

Tom Hanks penned an essay for the NYT about the lack of education around the Tulsa massacre.

-I’m really intrigued by Kevin Can F**k Himself, AMC’s new show starring Schitt’s Creek’s Annie Murphy that tells the story of a family sitcom from the wife’s perspective.

Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, and Chloe Coleman kick ass in the Gunpowder Milkshake trailer.

 

Gillian Anderson, Cynthia Erivo and More Talk Pay Equity

Gillian Anderson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Cynthia Erivo, Elizabeth Olsen, Mj Rodriquez and Sarah Paulson

Gillian Anderson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Cynthia Erivo, Elizabeth Olsen, Mj Rodriquez and Sarah Paulson gathered via Zoom for THR’s TV actress roundtable. They discussed pay, with Anderson talking about being offered a tenth of what David Duchovny was offered for the reboot. “That was the point where I was like, “Fuck this. I’m actually going to talk about this [publicly].” Erivo also discussed salary (“I’m a Black woman. That has a lot to do with how you’re paid, how you’re hired, if you’re hired, the way you’re hired — it affects everything”) and how she still has to ask for Black makeup artists on set. “It isn’t about vanity, it’s about making sure that whoever I’m playing is represented in the right way because they understand how to work with my skin tone and my hair.”

-It’s been a not-great week for Matthew Perry. First there was chatter about his appearance on the reunion, and now comes news that he split from fiancée Molly Hurwitz.

-In her new, self-directed video for “Lost Cause,” Billie Eilish hosts a slumber party for a group of girlfriends.

-Now that Taylor Swift has been cast in a David O. Russell movie, all the terrible stories about him are resurfacing. I can’t believe this guy still gets jobs, let alone any actor wants to work with him. Even George Clooney wanted to hurt him.

-Kim’s Convenience star Simu Liu wrote an explosive Facebook post about how how frustrated he had become with the show’s producers and his fellow cast members. I’m sure all of his complaints are valid, but this is a surprising flex when you’re about to lead a Marvel movie.

-Thor Love and Thunder is done filming, and the photo that they posted makes me want to write Chris Hemsworth a note excusing him from the gym for the next year.

Ellie Kemper was linked to a white supremacist group after a 22-year-old photo of her surfaced on Twitter but the truth was more complicated — she was crowned Queen of Love and Beauty at an event that had connections to the klan in its early years, but has since become a debutante ball. Still problematic, but less so.

-Never Have I Ever star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan will play Lizzie Bennett in a contemporary rom-com for Netflix that’s “in the spirit of Easy A and 10 Things I Hate About You.” Yes, I’ll take all the Pride and Prejudice adaptations.

This interview with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga is hilarious. She asks the interviewer over and over if he believes in “spiritual warfare.”

-I work in social media and I don’t believe for a second that Gwyneth Paltrow‘s Goop team posted that photo of Ben Affleck without her knowledge.

Sophia Bush says she was fetishized on One Tree Hill. “My girlfriends from One Tree Hill and I talk about that all the time. We’re like, girls don’t talk to each other the way we had to talk to each other on that show, and also don’t behave the way we had to behave on that show. Come on! That was, like, some gross older man’s fantasy. And it was icky.”

-Every new trailer for Apple TV’s Physical, starring Rose Byrne, gets me more and more excited.

Gael García Bernal fights against time in the trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s Old.

Courteney Cox and Ed Sheeran Dance It Out

-Friends mania continues. Courteney Cox and Ed Sheeran recreated Ross and Monica’s iconic dance routine on her Instagram, but they didn’t quite stick the landing.

-Meanwhile, the Friends creators say they didn’t intend to have an all-white cast. Ok, but how about the reunion? They could bring back the guy who played Mr. Heckles but they couldn’t bring back Gabrielle Union, Aisha Tyler or Phil Lewis?

-Oof. Ellie Kemper was reportedly once the “queen” at an event hosted by the KKK. No word from her camp yet, but it blew up twitter today so I assume as statement is coming.

-The Marvel bosses are reportedly unhappy over those viral Taika Waititi, Tessa Thompson and Rita Ora photos.

Dolly Parton says she sleeps with a full face of makeup “because I never know if there’s going to be an earthquake or a tornado or a storm and I’m going to have to go out in the middle of the night!”

-It looks like Trevor Noah and Minka Kelly have reunited. They were spotted vacationing in St. Barts.

-The way Regé-Jean Page talks about Bridgerton and the romance genre is so impressive. That boy did the required reading.

Emmy Rossum managed to keep her entire pregnancy a secret during the pandemic.

-I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Mare of Easttown finale since I didn’t like last week’s episode, but they totally stuck the landing.

-I liked this interview with the show’s creator on how he structured the finale.

-The fact that gen z has embraced Jennifer’s Body and how that movie continues to be vindicated makes me happy.

-There are signs of life at the theatre again. A Quiet Place Part II debuted at $57M, which is a record during the pandemic.

-The Werewolves Within trailer made me laugh — and it features pretty much every character actor working today.

Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt go on a Jungle Cruise for Disney.