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Adele’s “Easy On Me” Video

-Strap in! Adele‘s new “Easy On Me” video debuts Oct 14 at 7pm ET.

-OMG, Beanie Feldstein‘s just pulled a Mariah Carey “I don’t know her” when asked about Lea Michele‘s name trending when Feldstein was cast in Funny Girl instead of her. “She very sweetly wrote on my Instagram. I don’t know the woman whatsoever.”

-Squid Game is officially Netflix’s biggest show ever. Creator-writer-director Hwang Dong-hyuk talked to THR about how its insane popularity has been altogether dumbfounding, and where he’d like to take season two.

-Speaking of the future of buzzy shows, Bill Lawrence is open to extending Ted Lasso beyond its original three-season plan. It sounds like it’s all up to Jason Sudeikis. However, even if the show continues, they’ll complete their current arc. “When we started, we plotted out everybody’s beginning, middle and end of a three-season arc. This story is going to be over next year, regardless, even if the show finds another story to tell and goes on.”

-iCarly’s Jennette McCurdy says she suffered years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her late mother.

-Oh god. Netflix’s CEO Ted Sarandos has doubled down on his defense of Dave Chappelle‘s special, saying “we have a strong belief that content on screen doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm.” Even though they are streaming the Disclosure documentary that features trans people clearly addressing this. Here’s a good piece on why Sarandos’ stance is hypocritical.

-Meanwhile, I watched the special to see what everyone was talking about, and I can’t believe that his story at the end about his late trans acquaintance Daphne is being held up by his fans as proof that he’s not anti-trans. That was the most disturbing part for me (this thread nails it). He even misgenders her in his kicker for the sake of a punchline! FWIW, her family has voiced their support of the special.

Prince William is calling out the billionaire-funded space race, saying it distracts in the fight against climate change. He’s not wrong.

This article about how “it’s an insult to authors not to finish each and every book you start” is such BS. I used to be a completist and have recently embraced DNF’ing books, and it’s made my life so much better. There are too many books in the world to waste your time on ones that aren’t working for you, and I’m guessing most authors care more that you bought it than read it.

-Amazon’s Jack Ryan has been renewed for season four, with John Krasinski returning and Michael Peña set to join the cast.

-I’m surprised that Ana de Armas has such a small role in the new Bond movie, given her appearance in the trailers. Looks like her breakthrough has been delayed again.

-I really liked this piece about how the current era of TV only tells stories about the really, really rich or the really, really poor.

-HBO Max’s documentary on Brittany Murphy is getting terrible reviews.

Leslie Odom Jr, Cynthia Erivo, Orlando Bloom, and Freida Pinto star in the trailer for John Ridley’s sci-fi romance Needle in a Timestack. Great trailer. Awful, awful title. (And awful take on women, according to critics who’ve seen the movie.)

-The new trailer for Disney’s Hawkeye sees Jeremy Renner‘s character struggling to give his kids a normal Christmas.

-The trailer for the George Clooney-directed  The Tender Bar starring Ben Affleck and Tye Sheridan has arrived. It follows a fatherless boy over the course of his childhood and early adulthood, whose uncle serves as his father figure.

 

Katy Perry, Lorde and More Reflect on the Power of Women

Katy Perry wears a white dress on the cover of Variety

-Variety published their Power of Women issue, featuring 5 honorees: Katy Perry, Amanda Gorman, Lorde, Warner Bros TV’s Channing Dungey and Rita Moreno. (The latter’s interview is by far the most amusing.)

-Big win for Britney Spears today in court: her dad was immediately suspended as conservator. Jamie Spears‘ lawyers wanted him to be terminated  but Britney’s lawyers pushed for a suspension instead, saying a termination would mean he’d still get a settlement and wouldn’t be forced to turn over paperwork about how he ran the estate for 13 years.

Jennifer Garner proves you can just be quietly dating a dude since 2018 and keep it out of the spotlight.

-Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus announced he’s cancer-free after months of chemotherapy. “Still have to get scanned every six month and it’ll take me until the end of the year to get back to normal but today is an amazing day and I feel so blessed.”

Jesse Palmer will replace Chris Harrison as The Bachelor’s host.

Brad Pitt is joining his buddy George Clooney in shilling for a European coffee brand.

-The Grey’s Anatomy stories keep coming out — and this one is from Ellen Pompeo herself. She recalled on a podcast the time she got into it with Denzel Washington when he was directing an episode and she said an improvised line of dialogue in a scene with Patrick Dempsey. “I was like, ‘Look at me when you apologize. Look at me.’ And that wasn’t in the dialogue. And Denzel went ham on my ass. He was like, ‘I’m the director. Don’t you tell him what to do.’ I was like, ‘Listen, motherf–ker, this is my show. This is my set. Who are you telling? Like you barely know where the bathroom is.'”  Grey’s being “her set” seems to be a common theme in all these stories.

Eminem is opening an Italian restaurant — and of course it’s called Mom’s Spaghetti.

The Weeknd is trying his hand at acting/TV writing. He co-created HBO’s upcoming drama The Idol  with Euphoria’s Sam Levinson, and he’ll also star in it alongside Lily Rose-Depp.

Kanye West’s Gap hoodie dropped this morning. I hate that I like it.

-Speaking of celeb fashion lines, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have launched a children’s capsule for The Row and I’m trying to figure out how much of these I could fit into…

-Now that she’s out of jail, Lori Loughlin will reprise her role on When Hope Calls as a guest star.

-Jessica Jones star Krysten Ritter and Adam Granduciel have reportedly split after 7 years together.

-Everything I’ve heard of Titane makes me certain I never, ever want to see it, but good on director Julia Ducournau for breaking through the noise with a truly unique body horror.

-I finished Netflix’s Midnight Mass last night and I found it a mixed bag (the performances were incredibly strong; Mike Flanagan‘s signature overly long monologues were incredibly annoying), but Rahul Kohli was a big highlight. Not only does he give the best monologue of the season, but he remains a delight on Twitter.

-Speaking of new Netflix shows, I don’t know how Squid Game suddenly became the thing every single person on the planet seems to be talking about.

-In the trailer for his new Hulu show The Next Thing You EatDavid Chang looks at how food is changing, from lab-grown fish to recreated dinosaur burgers.

Joanna Hogg, Honor Swinton Byrne and Tilda Swinton reunite in the trailer for The Souvenir Part II.

-Here’s a new trailer for the final season of Insecure.

Salma Hayek on Surviving Covid and Weinstein

Salma Hayek variety

Salma Hayek covers the new issue of Variety and reveals that she had COVID-19 so bad that she was put on oxygen and had to self-isolate for seven weeks. She also talks about the NYT essay she wrote about being harassed by Harvey Weinstein. “When I wrote it, I didn’t even know if I was really going to show it to anyone. I kept saying, ‘Who wants to hear my story? Why am I giving myself self-importance?’ ”

Bennifer is going strong — or are they? The more they’re photographed together, the more I wonder how PR-driven this all is. And then there’s stories like how Ben Affleck is back to wearing the watch Jennifer Lopez gave him 18 years ago or how they were spotted making out between sets at the gym. Who does that?!?

-Meanwhile, Alex Rodriguez is launching makeup for men.

-I’m still trying to wrap my head around the throuple-y looking photos of Rita Ora, Tessa Thompson and Taika Waititi. My first instinct was that they knew the paps were there and were playing it up, but also what an inadvisable flex when in the middle of shooting a huge film for Disney, of all places.

-Oh, I guess Tessa Thompson is just making out with everybody and living her best life.

Elliot Page’s abs have abs.

Julianna Margulies says she and George Clooney had such great chemistry on ER because they never hooked up — and then she dropped this bomb: “As he used to say, ‘You don’t shit where you eat.’ What he meant by that was the famous story about Moonlighting with Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd. They had sex on the pilot. And then the show got picked up — and then they hated each other. Or David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson [on X-Files]. The same thing happened. And then they hate each other and you’re stuck on a show for seven years together. That’s agony. Life’s too short.” As someone who followed all thing X-Files obsessively for years, I’m not sure this tracks (the only time they really seemed to clash — publicly anyway — was when she was demanding equal pay). Still, I’ll take the tea.

Seth Rogen says comedians shouldn’t complain about cancel culture: “If you’ve made a joke that’s aged terribly, accept it. And if you don’t think it’s aged terribly, then say that.” How refreshingly logical.

Lady Gaga spoke candidly about becoming pregnant after surviving sexual assault. The singer explained that it was important to her to share her own painful story – that included turning to self-harm – to let others know there is a path forward.

-Following an investigation, the showrunner of CBS’ Bull is leaving the show, as is actor Freddy Rodriguez.

-I did not have “Finding a profile of Johnny Knoxville to be completely engrossing” on this weeks’ bingo card, but here we are.

Justin Bieber shaved off his problematic dreadlocks and all is right with the world again.

Timothee Chalamet has been cast as a young Willy Wonka. Sigh.

Emily Blunt went viral last week when she seemed to be angry about getting a press junket question about the Fantastic Four, but when you watch the full interview she was actually lovely about it. This stuff is so dumb. There’s a reason actors are asked the same question over and over again at a junket — it’s because their editors have told them to, knowing that topic is going to generate pageviews. There were many times I’d interview someone and cringe-ask a question I didn’t want to, but that’s the game.

Paul Wesley has no f*cks left to give when he’s asked about his former Vampire Diaries costars, and I love it.

-Legends of Tomorrow is making a Beebo animated special for the holidays. Bless them!

Adam Scott says he currently staying at his former Parks & Rec costar Aziz Ansari’s apartment.

-This interview with Renée Elise Goldsberry is excellent. “I would 100% be lying to you that I was 35 years old right now if the f*cking internet did not tell every motherf*cker my age.”

Hugh Grant says Drew Barrymore was ‘so nice‘ in a letter she sent him amid his cheating scandal.

Lil Nas X had to cut his pole routine short on SNL this weekend when his pants split (“I was doing my little sexy dropdown, and boom, I feel air!”), but he got to do the full routine on the Tonight Show.

Lindsay Lohan is dipping her toe back into acting with a Netflix holiday movie, which seems like a smart, low-stakes move.

-The podcast My Dad Wrote a Porno is back! This thing used to make me snort laugh on my commute.

-I love how obsessed everyone is over that photograph in Mare of Easttown. I’m still convinced that John is the father of the baby if not also the killer, but I also adore this theory about Lori.

-Here’s our first look at Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney‘s docuseries about buying a soccer team in Wales.

-Here’s the first trailer for Edgar Wright‘s psychological thriller, Last Night in Soho, starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, and Matt Smith.