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Emilia Clarke Talks Fame and Famous Fans

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-The Mother of Dragons herself Emilia Clarke covers the new issue of Allure. She talks about her desire to go unrecognized in public (“I move like a shark when I’m in public. Head down. I think I’ve got quite bad posture because of it, because I’m determined to lead a normal life”), and the time Beyonce introduced herself to say she was a fan (“I watched her face go, ‘Oh, no, I shouldn’t be talking to this crazy [woman], who is essentially crying in front of me.’ I think my inner monologue was, ‘Stop fucking it up,’ and I kept fucking it up.”).

-Last night’s Game of Thrones was fun from an action point of view, but garbage from a character arc point of view. Sure, there’s been foreshadowing that Daenerys has grown increasingly bloodthirsty (remember Meereen?), but foreshadowing shouldn’t replace character development. The buildup to her suddenly mowing down women and children was way, way too fast. Also feeling unearned was how Cersei ended up. And if you’re going to build up Jamie’s beautiful character arc for seasons just to throw it away in one episode, can there not be a line or two of dialogue about how he just couldn’t shake old habits/his true nature/whatever? The last two episodes have been character whiplash.

-They also had another coffee cup moment with Jamie’s gold hand suddenly going missing. How does a show with this budget keep messing up like this?!

-Wait, so the #FreeBritney movement wasn’t just a crazy conspiracy theory after all? Britney Spears requested that a judge end her conservatorship, and also accused her dad of placing her in a mental health facility against her will.

Felicity Huffman wept as she pleaded guilty today. Prosecutors are recommending she’s sentenced to four months in prison.

-Ooh boy, Constance Wu really stepped in it this weekend. When her ABC sitcom Fresh Off The Boat was renewed on Friday, she tweeted “So upset right now that I’m literally crying. Ugh. Fuck.” And when someone tweeted at her about the renewal “Great news!” she responded “No it’s not.” She also commented on the show’s IG post about the renewal “dislike.” Then her Crazy Rich Asians costar Gemma Chan liked a since-deleted tweet from a reporter who claims Wu has a reputation of being rude and petty (Chan said it was a mistake). Wu followed up with a tweet that didn’t really clear anything up. It all seemed like TV is now beneath her. And the next day came the pièce de résistance: her long apology post. Look, there’s a whole different conversation to be had about how actresses need to appear grateful for any sort of success in a way that actors don’t, but this apology made the situation worse. She passive aggressively called the Fresh of the Boat experience/cast/crew “easy and pleasant” but not challenging, and then — AND THEN — she had the balls to end it with “It’s meaningful when you make the choice to believe women.” As if everyone was lying about what she said and there aren’t screenshots everywhere?! Co-opting the #MeToo language to deflect from a temper tantrum is gross. And I can’t imagine how the FOTB cast and crew feels right now.

-Speaking of actors who are torpedoing their careers by venting on social media instead of in their friend group text, ABC’s Stumptown, starring Cobie Smulders, recast the romantic lead played by Mark Webber and he has some choice words about it.

-This deleted Endgame footage between Tony and Peter is so soft!

-The Avengers: Endgame screenwriters say that Captain America is the father of Peggy Carter’s children. Wait…that doesn’t make any sense. This is the latest incident of the creators over-explaining the plot in ways that make it seem like they don’t understand the universe that’s been established.

-I don’t know much about makeup influencers on YouTube, but this Tati Westbrook and James Charles feud is bananas. (Here’s a good refresher if you’re an old like me.) Since it all went down a couple of days ago, she has gained 2.6 million subscribers and he has lost 2.4 million.

-This weekend saw networks quietly killing more shows, including Whiskey Cavalier and Proven Innocent.

-Netflix’s steamy new What If trailer pits Renée Zellweger against Jane Levy.

Rihanna Gets Colourful on Harper’s Bazaar Cover

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Rihanna looks amazing in Chanel, Dior and Givenchy Haute Couture in her new Harper’s Bazaar photo shoot. I cannot stop looking at these photos.

-Speaking of amazing photo shoots, Keiynan Lonsdale in Vogue took my breath away.

-Time’s 100 most influential people issue is here, which features Taylor Swift (with a tribute written by Shawn Mendes), Sandra Oh (with a tribute written by Shonda Rhimes), Dwayne Johnson (with a tribute written by Gal Gadot), Regina King (with a tribute written by Voila Davis), Brie Larson (with a tribute written by Tessa Thompson), Lady Gaga (with a tribute written by Celine Dion), Emilia Clarke (with a tribute written by Emma Thompson) and more.

Lori Loughlin‘s camp took her sob story to People. Because of course.

Beyonce shocked everyone by dropping a surprise live album to coincide with her new Netflix documentary, ensuring that no one in the entire world did any work today.

-Look, I’m fully aware that this entire article was likely ghost-written by her PR team, but I’m still here for all the Jennifer Garner comeback pieces.

Madonna‘s new single “Medellin” is here. It took a few listens but now I dig it.

Britney Spears‘ mother is not doing much to reassure us that her daughter is fine. She posted about how “the battle is not over” and then liked posts about Britney being put in a mental care facility against her will.  What’s happening??

-Ugh, when asked about Rey’s parents, J.J. Abrams said Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will show us “there’s more to the story than you’ve seen.” This is why I’m concerned with Abrams regaining control. He adores his mystery boxes, but the reason that The Last Jedi was so powerful is because Rian Johnson introduced the notion that anyone could be a Jedi — even if you’re parents are nobody. It opened up the Force (kind of like the Buffy finale opened up slayerhood). Why destroy that, especially in the final chapter of a trilogy that established it?

-Huzzah! Emma Thompson and Paul Rudd will host SNL this season.

Louis Tomlinson broke his silence following his sister’s sudden death to thank fans for their support.

-I really liked actor John Bradley’s take on Sam Tarly’s scenes in the Game of Thrones premiere. Sam is not only one of the purest characters, he’s often also the audience surrogate. So if Sam doesn’t like Dany, that doesn’t bode well for her.

-Meanwhile, the Gay of Thrones recaps by Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness continue to be the most entertaining thing about the show.

-I love The Cut editors’ review of Adam Driver’s new Broadway play based on his hotness, which includes lines like “it’s a really immense, thigh-forward experience” and “I was so flustered by his quads that at one point I spilled all of the contents of my purse on the floor.”

-Dead to Me, Netflix’s new show starring Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, is getting good reviews.

-Oof. The final trailer for X Men: Dark Phoenix does nothing to convince me that this film won’t be a mess.

Is Lady Gaga Dating Jeremy Renner?

-If you had asked me what famous person Lady Gaga would date next, Jeremy Renner would have been way, way, way down on the bottom of my list of guesses. But here were are! Maybe. People says they’ve been spending lots of time together, while a source tells Us Weekly it might not be romantic yet.  What do you think a date with Renner even looks like? I’m guessing it’s filled with a lot of boring house-flipping talk.

-In a powerful new essay, Emilia Clarke reveals she suffered two life-threatening brain aneurysms during the first season of Game of Thrones. “In my worst moments, I wanted to pull the plug. I asked the medical staff to let me die.”

Noah Centineo is in talks to play He-Man in the Masters of the Universe reboot. Considering how hot he was after To All The Boys, this career move seems…bad?

-Hipster super couple Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach just had a baby.

-Bummer. Dan and Eugene Levy announced today that they’ve decided to end Schitt’s Creek with season 6. It’s always good to see creatives being allowed to bow out on their own terms, but it also feels like our quirky lil’ Canadian show was just starting to pick up steam popularity-wise (especially in the US).

Richard E. Grant continues to be a delightful tea spiller. He says Julianne Moore was fired from Can You Ever Forgive Me? because she wanted to wear a fat suit and fake nose.

-The Cruel Intentions cast spills backstage secrets in this oral history to celebrate the film’s 20 year anniversary. Joshua Jackson remembers how Reese Witherspoon hooked him up with a car rental place that would rent to underage drivers, Ryan Phillippe talks about showing his butt, and Sarah Michelle Gellar praises Selma Blair‘s soft lips.

-On the Us press tour, Winston Duke was asked about Michael Jackson and somehow seamlessly pivoted the conversation back to the theme of the movie he’s promoting without appearing to sidestep the question. This deserves a slow clap.

-While promoting her new album, Jenny Lewis talked about the “f*cked up” allegations against frequent collaborator Ryan Adams. “I was so sad on so many levels when I heard. I hate that he’s on this album, but you can’t rewrite how things went.”

-This is a pretty fascinating profile on Roseanne Barr, who seems to regret nothing.

Jenny McCarthy is shit-talking her experience on The View in a new book.

-The repercussions of Disney buying Fox have already started. Elizabeth Gabler’s Fox 2000, which is responsible for mid-budget movies like The Devil Wears Prada, Hidden Figures and Love, Simon, is being shuttered.

Lizzy Caplan and Eight Grade star Elsie Fisher just joined season two of Castle Rock. Also, I just learned that Fisher has a Dungeons and Dragons podcast, which is all kinds of adorable.

-I never watched Deadwood but I was pretty convinced the movie was never going to happen after years (and years) of delays. But HBO just released the first trailer, so what do I know?

-This is tragic. Budding country singer Justin Carter died of an accidental shooting after a prop gun from a music video went off in his apartment.

-A new trailer for John Wick: Chapter 3 just dropped.