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Matt Damon and George Clooney Speak Out Against Weinstein

Matt Damon and George Clooney were on GMA today, where they talked about how they knew Harvey Weinstein was “an asshole” but didn’t know the extent of the stories. I found Damon’s comments, in particular, to be a bit problematic. He admits that he heard about what happened to Gwyneth Paltrow from Ben Affleck, but insists he just thought Weinstein was “a womanizer,” saying “This level of criminal sexual predation is not something that I ever thought was going on.” Oh yeah, Matt? And what exact level of “criminal sexual predation” would have made you speak up?

-Clooney also spoke out against Woody Allen’s comments about hoping this doesn’t result in a “witch-hunt atmosphere.” “That’s a stupid thing to say. The reality is it’s not a witch hunt to these women, who were trapped in a hotel room and told they were going to get a part, and then suddenly here comes Harvey Weinstein in his birthday suit. That’s not a witch hunt; that’s an assault.”

-Actress Brit Marling wrapped her Weinstein story in a fascinating essay about the economics of consent. “Consent is a function of power. You have to have a modicum of power to give it.”

Bob Weinstein’s former assistant says she told him about his brother’s sexual harassment over 25 years ago.

-Also, a damning new L.A. Times report outlines how Weinstein “used fashion as a pipeline to models.” More than 10 former or current fashion models — including Cara Delevingne and Angie Everhart — have accused him of a wide range of sexual misconduct.

-Speaking of L.A. Times’ investigations, they published a story this weekend about sexual harassment allegations against director James Toback, in which 38 women accused him. Since the story came out, the reporter says the number has risen to nearly 80.

-Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn says he’s been warning people about Toback for 20 years.

Colin Farrell congratulated himself for not staring at a reporter’s boobs. What a swell guy.

-It’s not all bleak:  at least Kit Harrington is taking back those comments he made last year about experiencing sexism.

Kim Cattrall says she was ‘never friends‘ with Sex and the City costars. Why do people assume all costars are friends anyway? How many of your coworkers do you consider your BFFs? It’s such a weird expectation…

-Well this is super disappointing: Ewan McGregor and his wife Eve Mavrakis have split after 22 years(!) of marriage following new photos that emerged of him kissing his Fargo costar, Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

Justin Timberlake has been announced for the Super Bowl halftime show and Twitter is not happy about it. There’s no way he DOESN’T invite Janet Jackson to perform with him though, right?!

-EW has an intense new clip from season two of Stranger Things, which drops on Netflix this weekend.

-Netflix sent TV critics all 9 episodes of season 2 of Stranger Things (no, I’m not calling it Stranger Things 2 like it’s a goddamn movie sequel, I don’t care what the Duffer Bros say), and the response seems to be ‘good, but not great’ which frankly, is way better than I was expecting. Sepinwall says it “mostly lives up to the original [season]”, NPR says “It’s not perfect, but I bet you watch the whole thing,” THR calls it “quite good and, if your expectations are in check, largely satisfying,” and Variety says “once the story kicks into a higher gear about halfway through the nine-episode season, a lot of the old magic returns.”

-Speaking of Netflix shows, should I be watching Mindhunter? Because every TV critic I follow seems to be in love with it

Justin Bieber‘s new tattoo is ginormous and covers his entire torso — and Beliebers  aren’t handling it well.

-Before next week’s David S. Pumpkins special, check out Vulture’s oral history on the origins of the sketch.

-Riverdale star Lili Reinhart apologized after tweeting photo of “racially insensitive” Halloween photo. Goddamn it, this happens with CW stars every. single. year.

-I kinda love that Drake had his 31st birthday party at Casa Loma.

-Of course John Stamos got engaged at Disneyland.

-If Jenny Slate and Chris Evans are dating again, they’re not trying to hide it.  Remember that next time she gives an interview about the sanctity of her privacy.

Taylor Swift dropped a preview of her new music video. Did she borrow Scarlett Johansson‘s nude suit from Ghost in the Shell??!

-Star Trek: Discovery was renewed for Season 2. There wasn’t really a question about whether it would survive, seeing as it’s anchoring CBS’s All Access subscription service, but I’d love to know its ratings.

-Here’s the first trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread, starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

Chris Evans Reaches Peak Captain America in Esquire

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Chris Evans made the entire internet swoon today with his new Esquire cover story.  He talks about how his Marvel contract is done after the next two Avengers movies, and about being outspoken against Trump (“Look, I’m in a business where you’ve got to sell tickets. But, my God, I would not be able to look at myself in the mirror if I felt strongly about something and didn’t speak up… If I state my case and people don’t want to go see my movies as a result, I’m okay with that”). He also jumps out of a plane with the interviewer.

Ewan McGregor said”I’m f*cking proud to be a woke bae!” (right after someone explained to him what that meant).

Ben Affleck announced last night in a Facebook post that he just got out of rehab. Sources say he checked in immediately after the Oscars and it was his own decision, not prompted by any specific incident.

Kim Kardashian West believes the robbers who attacked her in Paris were monitoring her social media usage. Well, yeah.

Mandy Patinkin reportedly “burst into tears” watching Jake Gyllenhaal on Broadway.

-Nicole sent me this video last night of Prince William dancing at a club with the text “we have the same top moves.” She’s not wrong.

-Cleanse your palate with this video of Isabelle Huppert dancing. (I love how she has no time for that JT song tho.)

-How to Get Away With Murder’s Aja Naomi King might be dating co-star Alfred Enoch? I ship it.

-Oh god. On the anniversary of the Fappening, more alleged intimate photos of actresses are being circulated online, and this time Emma Watson and Amanda Seyfried are among the targets.

Sarah Paulson, stylist Karla Welch and Ruth Negga look amazeballs on the cover of THR.

Leighton Meester knows she would bring her Blair Waldorf-style A game and crush it on The Bachelor. “If you can’t win The Bachelor, what’s wrong with you?”

-Former SNL star Noël Wells has some harsh words for the show’s “comedy dinosaurs.”

-I’m always so fascinated by who runs celebrity Twitter accounts. Is it the stars themselves, or do they outsource it? With Adele, we can be sure it’s the latter because her managers have taken away her access. “I’m not allowed to access my own Twitter because I’m quite mouthy and I say the wrong thing a lot of the time.”

Charlie Hunnam says he is “profoundly germophobic” but he has a good reason for it — blindness caused by dogs.

The Good Fight will return for a second season on  CBS All Access. I like it but not enough to go searching for downloads so I’m am so, so glad it airs like a regular TV show here in Canada.

-Also getting a second season is FX’s Legion. I’m on the fence about that one. It sure is pretty but I don’t know if there’s a lot of there there.

-We’re getting a Rihanna–Adam Driver musical drama? OK THEN!

Kelly Clarkson has a giant mounted bear in her living room like the gd boss that she is.

-The season finale for This Is Us aired last night and it was…not good. Like, really not good. This is what happens when you build your show around a gimmick (and when you already delivered your best emotional wallop two episodes ago). It’s no surprise producers are already promising a “lighter” season two.

-Also, if this is how Jack dies I’m going to scream.

American Gods’ first trailer takes us into Neil Gaiman‘s trippy world.

Oprah fights for justice for her mother in the first trailer for HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I wasn’t sure how they’d be able to adapt that book but this looks GOOD.

 

Mariah Carey Splits from Fiancé James Packer

-Welp! Mariah Carey and her billionaire fiancé James Packer reportedly broke up. TMZ says it happened in Greece last month after he allegedly did “something really bad” involving her assistant. Whatever it was, a source tells People they may still reconcile.

-In much happier news (for me), Mariah is coming to Toronto next week to unveil The Bay’s holiday window. I’m so going.

Anna Kendrick’s reaction to Martha Stewart admitting she’s sexted is the best. Between this and her recent reaction to Robbie Williams’s handjob story on Graham Norton, I just want her to co-couch every interview.

Ewan McGregor, Niall Horan, James Corden and Isla Fisher take turns choosing between answering very personal questions or eating stomach-churning foods. My biggest takeaway from this is that Isla Fisher is Australian!

Hayley Atwell‘s ability to talk with her mouth closed is next level. If her new show was just an hour of this, I’d like it much better.

Justin Timberlake talked about being a total idiot by taking a selfie in a voting booth last night on The Tonight Show, before taking the Best Friends Challenge with Jimmy Fallon.

-Ben Affleck urges his fellow New Englanders to vote in his most Boston accent ever. He looks rough in this, but damn if I’m not still charmed.

-Following that well-received election short, NBC is now eyeing a Will & Grace revival. Hmmm. As much as I enjoyed that show when it was on, it hasn’t aged well. The concept feels so dated now, no? Also, wouldn’t the flash forwards in the finale muck up a revival?

Uma Thurman‘s ex is asking a judge to prohibit her from taking their 4-year-old daughter to Europe while she shoots a movie. He sounds swell!

-Raven-Symone is leaving The View (not surprising) for a That’s So Raven spinoff (ok, I didn’t see that one coming).

Elijah Wood is sick of getting mistaken for Daniel Radcliffe. “I don’t want to fight this guy!”

-Does James Franco winking at you make you want to vote for Hillary Clinton? He certainly hopes so.

Taylor Swift managed to avoid Katy Perry and John Mayer at Drake‘s b-day party by never leaving her table.

Donald Glover‘s mom warned him not to mess up Lando for her. His mom is all of us.

Steven Yeun‘s new Entertainment Weekly cover marks the first time an Asian male has had an EW solo cover. I mean, his character had to die first, but still.

Amy Hill (who is one of those character actors you’ve seen in a million things but can never remember what), just gave a very dishy interview about her past gigs and slammed Mike Myers for being a diva on the Cat in the Hat set. (“There was a guy who held his chocolates in a little Tupperware.  Whenever he needed chocolate, he’d come running over and give him a chocolate.”) She also has not great things to say about Téa Leoni.

Kristen Stewart and St. Vincent made their first public appearance as a couple, and Katy Perry and Emma Stone got to awkwardly come along for the ride.

-Early reviews for Doctor Strange are overwhelmingly positive. So why can’t I muster any enthusiasm about seeing this one?

-Ugh. Fox is reportedly eyeing a “more traditional” episode order for the next season of The X Files. They couldn’t even make six episodes into a cohesive season; how is adding more going to fix that?

-At an event last night, John Oliver slammed Donald Trump for his poor understanding of female anatomy.

-I love and adore James McAvoy, but not enough to watch another M. Night Shyamalan movie. I’ll just watch Starter for 10 for the 30th time instead…