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Ansel Elgort’s Very Bad Day

Ansel Elgort is trending in response to an Instagram post which appears to accuse the actor of making racial slurs in high school, and a Tweet from a woman who claims he sexually assaulted her when she was 17.

-Remember his really odd GQ interview from a few years back? “Girls love it when you have some weird nerdy thing in your room. It makes you look less threatening, even though I’m, like, very threatening. I’m the most threatening guy ever.”

-In this Nicole Beharie interview in the NYT, she talks about how Sleepy Hollow mistreated her. “My co-star and I both got sick at the same time with the same illness and had different treatments. He was allowed to go on leave for a month and I had to continue working.” She was forced to work through it and ended up developing the autoimmune condition C. difficile. I remember loving the first season and being outraged that she, the co-lead, was clearly being punted to the background in favour of a white woman in the later seasons. She added, “Sometimes I think that some people I was working with didn’t like that I was unwell but loved by the audience. I would think they’d support that. But everyone of color on that show was seen as expendable and eventually let go. I tried to get work afterwards and people were like, “We heard you were difficult.” But no one can say I was late or unprofessional or negative.”

-During an interview on Watch What Happens Live, former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay spoke about her experience as the first Black lead of a show in the Bachelor franchise: “I did have a racist contestant on my season.”

Taylor Swift is speaking out again, this time to say Juneteenth should be a national holiday.

Gabrielle Union claims that her agent was threatened after she spoke out about the working conditions on America’s Got Talent.

-The Friends reunion special is now expected to film in August. I honestly can’t imagine how they’re going ahead with this when we’ve spent the last three months drowning in reunions for charity.

Will Smith joined wife Jada Pinkett Smith for an honest Father’s Day talk on Red Table Talk. “The idea being that just because a man might not be the best husband, does not mean he isn’t a good father.”

-Mr. Malcolm’s List, a diverse regency-era drama which first debuted as a short film from director/producer Emma Holly Jones earlier this year, will be expanded into a feature-length movie starring Constance Wu and Sam Heughan. Gemma Chan, Sope Dirisu, and Freida Pinto starred in the original short, which is a DELIGHT.

-AMC’s CEO said yesterday that the theatre chain won’t be enforcing mask-wearing when they reopen in July because they “did not want to be drawn into a political controversy.” They quickly reversed their decision following the backlash, but if they’re letting people take their masks off to eat, I can’t imagine it’ll be enforced.

Cardi B’s Sam Smith “remix” is hilarious — and a million times better than the original.

Noname responded to J. Cole in a new track.

-This is a very interesting take on how Love, Victor, a 10-episode Hulu spin-off of the 2018 film Love Simon, is caught up in the mythology of white gayness.

Sir Ian Holm, known for roles in Lord of the Rings and Alien, has died at age 88 following a battle with Parkinson’s disease. I’l always rememeber him from The Sweet Hereafter.

Jimmy Kimmel is taking the summer off to “spend even more time” with his family. His longtime frenemy Matt Damon helped him make the announcement.

Daniel Craig Covers GQ

Daniel Craig is on the new issue of GQ, and did we all know he was working with this? He’s 52! My goodness.

Justin Beiber‘s tour ticket sales have been so sluggish, he’s had to downsize a number of venues.

Prince Harry and Megan Markle finished their week of royal duties at a Commonwealth Day service, and Prince William and Kate appeared to keep their distance. In particular, this video seems to show a snub.

-I liked Harry and Megan‘s coordinated green outfits, (though I do agree that the fit of her dress could be better). I prefered the red dress she wore this weekend.

-Asked about Prince Andrew‘s initial offer of cooperation in the Jeffrey Epstein case, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman says the royal has “completely shut the door on any voluntary cooperation” and his office is “considering our options.”

Elizabeth Warren and Kate McKinnon did the best “drop the flip switch” challenge yet.

Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas continue to get spotted together.

-It’s actually kind of shocking that this is the first time Goran Visnjic (ER, Practical Magic) has been cast as Dracula.

DaBaby apologized on Instagram after hitting a woman in the crowd of an afterparty.

-Lost’s Evangeline Lilly opened up about a”rough” time last year in an Instagram post: “I didn’t want to share all of it with you because i didn’t want to be a dark cloud in your world…I struggle deeply with feeling that all I ever am is what I feel everyone else wants and needs me to be. I often feel alone and unseen.”

-The full Allure cover story on the Dixie Chicks is now available online, and in it the writer says “I am meeting the Dixie Chicks to not discuss their new album, Gaslighter. It is their first in 14 years, but due to ongoing legal disputes, we cannot talk about it.” The legal dispute likely refers to what’s going on between Natalie Maines and Heroes star Adrian Pasdar, whose divorced was finalized in Dec but are still fighting about the confidentiality clause in the the prenuptial agreement.

Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union continue to be wonderful parents.

-Modern Family’s Ed O’Neill was on Ellen, where he told a funny story about always embarrassing his teen daughters by introducing them to celebrities he’s never met, so his daughter refused to meet Leonardo DiCaprio — who he actually knows.

Ellen Pompeo and T.R. Knight reunited the day after Alex shocker on Grey’s. I bet they had some catching up to do.

-I can’t believe I watched the entire season of The Outsiders and had no clue that last night’s finale (which wasn’t very good) would include an important post-credits scene. HBO has got to stop doing that.

-Between Stephen King lamenting Hachette’s choice to “muzzle” Woody Allen, and Bill Maher defending Chris Matthews, it’s probably a good time to remind everyone that rich white dudes aren’t automatically entitled to lucrative publishing and TV contracts.

-These PS I Still Love You bloopers are very cute.

Lil Yachty dressed up like Oprah to interview Drake in their new music video.

-The new trailer for Black Widow (which is still slated to come out May 1…for now) looks great and makes me even angrier about Natasha’s fate in Endgame.

 

Lili Reinhart Goes Glam for Allure

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-I love everything about the styling of Riverdale star Lili Reinhart‘s Allure cover spread.

Macaulay Culkin‘s Esquire cover story is great. He talks about wanting to start a family with girlfriend Brenda Strong (“We’re figuring it out, making the timing work'”), he once again comments on his relationship with Michael Jackson (“He never did anything to me. I never saw him do anything. And especially at this flash point in time, I’d have no reason to hold anything back. The guy has passed on. If anything…right now is a good time to speak up. And if I had something to speak up about, I would totally do it”), and he calls out James Franco for asking him about it when he saw him on a plane (“I give him a little nod as we’re putting our bags overhead. Hey, how you doing? Good, how ya doing? And it was right after the Leaving Neverland documentary came out, and he goes, ‘So, that documentary!’ And that was all he said. I was like, ‘Uh-huh.’ Silence. So then he goes, ‘So what do you think?’ And I turned to him and I go, ‘Do you wanna talk about your dead friend?’ And he sheepishly went, ‘No, I don’t.’ So I said, ‘Cool, man, it was nice to see you'”).

Brad Pitt‘s didn’t just win an Oscar. This award season has rehabilitated his image — and now he even has a gushing People cover story to prove it.

Sophie Turner is pregnant and expecting her first child with Joe Jonas. I don’t know why I thought she was way older than 23.

Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy‘s friendship is goals. They recently shot a movie in Toronto and were spotted hanging out together all over Yorkville during their downtime.

Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union introduced the world to their 12-year-old transgender child Zaya with a sweet message.  Wade‘s oldest child, who just celebrated his 18th birthday, also shared photos from earlier in their childhood with a lovely message of support.

Lana Condor told a story on James Corden‘s show about how she thought she was stealthily following David Beckham around a Whole Foods until he called her out on it.

-Speaking of Lana, in honour of PS: I Still Love You dropping on Netflix today, Netflix has made To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before available for anyone — even if you don’t have a Netflix account.

Jameela Jamil‘s bad month continues. Now she’s refuting claims that she has Munchausen Syndrome after a Tweet went viral with screengrabs of all the interviews she’s given in which she discusses a wide array of ailments.

-Since she wore her Oscar cape, Natalie Portman‘s history with female directors has been called in question, but it seems like she’s championed women directors and attempted to work with them more than a lot of other actors have.

-Meanwhile, let’s take a look at famous actors’ track records. Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Ryan Gosling and Matt Damon have never worked with female directors. Keanu Reeves does better with 13 female directors (out of 69 films) and David Oyelowo is doing best: he worked with 5 female directors in 2018 alone.

Lauren Graham is playing the Gordon Bombay role in The Mighty Ducks reboot for Disney+ and I dig it.

Rick Moranis is returning from a 24-year acting hiatus to star in a Honey, I Shrunk the Kids reboot.

-We have our first trailer for Wes Anderson‘s The French Dispatch, starring Timothée Chalamet, Sairsoe Ronan, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Benicio Del Toro, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, and Jeffrey Wright.