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Amal Clooney Pays Tribute to Husband George

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George Clooney was honoured at Thursday’s AFI Life Achievement Award gala with tributes from Jimmy KimmelJennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox, Cate Blanchett, Don Cheadle, Julianna Marguiles, and Bill Murray. But it was Amal Clooney‘s heartfelt speech that brought the house down.

-Man, the news of Anthony Bourdain’s suicide has hit me hard. His advice was so ingrained into the planning all of my trips that I feel like I lost a friend. Many of my most memorable meals while travelling can be traced directly back to his recommendations, whether it was eating raw chicken in Barcelona, indulging in the most expensive meal I’ll ever eat in Copenhagen, or having the best Thai food of my life in a Vegas strip mall. His attitude of losing all pretension and enjoying meals to the fullest carried with me on each of those experiences, which is why we asked so many questions at Noma that we ended up getting a private tour of their food lab, it’s why we ate so much at Tickets that a rude old man stopped by our table to snipe “my wife and were just wondering if you actually ordered everything on the menu,” it’s why a British waiter at the Michelin-starred Bar Boulud sniffed “Ladies don’t usually order this much” before we’d even gotten halfway through our order. His shows and books made my life better. I will miss him greatly.

Val Kilmer can keep his thoughts on how Bourdain‘s suicide is “selfish” to himself.

-There are some wild rumours floating around this week about David and Victoria Beckham, but the couple’s spokesperson says the divorce whispers circulating around are “all very bizarre and an embarrassing waste of time…it’s a crock of sh*t.” Bless British publicists for putting out the bluntest denials!

-Congrats to Hilary Duff, who’s expecting baby No. 2.

-I like The Star’s Peter Howell. I think he’s the best movie critic in Canada, I almost always agree with his opinions (and even when I don’t, I understand where he’s coming from), he and his fellow Cdn reviewers took me under their wing the first time I went to Cannes, and he’s always been very lovely whenever I see him out and about. But questions like “and what of the men?” are exactly why I mentioned yesterday that I don’t want to read any Ocean’s 8 reviews by male critics.

Brandon Routh is the best, so I’m tickled he’s featured in the new Sugarland/Taylor Swift music video.

-ABC has apologized for a Quantico episode in which Indian terrorists plotted an attack in Manhattan with the goal of blaming Pakistan for it.. Yikes.

-The Good Place’s Jameela Jamil continues to be awesomely outspoken. She criticized the casting of Emile Hirsch in the new Tarantino film: “So many other actors who haven’t attacked women to choose from.”

-After Variety’s announcement of an all-male TV drama writers panel, screenwriter Liz Hannah reached out to female writers and showrunners on Twitter and within 24 hours she’d organized a counter-panel with 19(!) women, enough for two separate panels.

-Showtime released the trailer of Kidding, its 10-episode, straight-to-series comedy starring Jim Carrey.

-In an interview with Vanity Fair, Pusha T says his feud with Drake is done: “I’m ready to be back to the music for real.”

-My day job is in social media and I always tell my clients facing negative reviews or an sm crisis: say you’re sorry, listen, and learn. Even if in your heart of hearts you don’t feel like you did anything wrong, you don’t get to decide if and why someone else is offended. So after his earlier snafu this week, I expected Stephen Amell to make nice in the days leading up to his next cash cow fan convention. I did NOT expect him to post a video (FF to the 11 min mark) in which he refused to apologize for offending people during Ramadan, told everyone to “just relax” and not “take the world so f*cking seriously,” claimed that the person he responded to had been disrespectful in the past (sure, maybe, but context is key — he didn’t clap back to a harassing post; he clapped back to a polite, respectful post explaining the significance of the mosque he was joking about), insisted he’s very nice to people at conventions (where they’re paying to meet him), and THEN urged everyone “to be better to one another.” What in the halfpenny f*ck is that?! Seriously, no one expects actors to be good at everything, including handling a social media crisis. But they have the money and power to hire someone who is.

-Sadness: Sons of Anarchy star Alan O’Neill has died at the age of 47.

Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her iconic role as Laurie Strode in the new Halloween trailer.

Issa Rae and Michael B Jordan Talk Breaking Down Barriers

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-I always love Variety’s Actors on Actors pairings. This year’s covers feature Claire Foy and Benedict Cumberbatch, Issa Rae and Michael B JordanLaura Dern and Angela Bassett, and more.

-Grey’s Anatomy’s Jesse Williams has asked for his ex-wife’s request for increased child support, already at $50,695 per month, to be denied.

Gabriel Macht and Sarah Rafferty talked about their favorite parts of the royal wedding. “I met four different Harrys, which was really cool.”

Kim Kardashian admits she and Kanye West had words after he made that slavery comment. “Did I cry about it? Did I fight about it? Yeah. That’s not stuff we put on social media.” (It is, however, the stuff he put on his new album.)

-This is some bullshit: Kelly Marie Tran  erased all of her Instagram posts following months of harassment by whiny Star Wars crybabies. How can anyone be mean to her?! She is a literal ball of sunshine! She’s like a rare unicorn I want to pet! Fanboys are the goddamn worst.

-The news about Kate Spade is gutting. Celebrities are paying tribute to her on Twitter.

-ABC’s Roseanne spinoff is inching closer to reality. Sources say that the network is knee-deep in talks with exec producers for a new incarnation of the multicamera comedy, and its likely the entire cast – sans star Roseanne Barr – and creative team and crew would return. But since Barr created the character, there’s a good chance she’ll still get paid if they go ahead with a spinoff. They should just scrap the whole concept and bring everyone back with an entirely new premise.

-Variety is hosting a drama TV writers panel that features zero women, and is getting dragged accordingly.

Angelina Jolie celebrated her 43rd birthday by riding roller coasters in England with her six kids.

-I don’t know how I missed this story over the weekend about Benedict Cumberbatch jumping out of an Uber to save a cyclist from muggers, but it’s glorious!

George Clooney, when asked which movie had the biggest impact on his craft, said “It’s really easy to pick: Batman & Robin. That’s not a joke. Up until that moment, I was an actor only concerned with finding work. After the failure of that film creatively, I understood that I needed to take control of the films I made.”

-The first reviews for Jurassic World are in, and they are decidedly mixed.

-This story about Harold Ramis and Amy Heckerling‘s secret daughter is fascinating.

-16 female critics and authors weigh in on Hollywood’s new trend of gender-flipping blockbusters and whether it’s a triumph for diversity or a cynical attempt to squeeze more money out of old franchises.

Reese Witherspoon is in talks for Legally Blonde 3, and Stephen Colbert has already figured out the best movie premise.

-I’m scared of horror movies and nothing could possibly convince me to watch Hotel Artemis … [sees Sterling K Brown in a towel]…ok, where do I buy tickets?

Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty to rape and criminal sex act charges this morning in New York.

Katherine Heigl documented her TV trailer makeover, which may be the most Katherine Heigl-ish thing I’ve ever seen.

Matthew McConaughey tackles the 1980s war on drugs in the White Boy Rick trailer.

Ocean’s 8 Cast Takes Over the Met

-The Ocean’s 8 press tour kicked off today (at the Met, which is perfect) and I am here for all the fabulous pantsuits.  Early estimates for its June 8th opening are strong.

Ariana Grande is reportedly dating Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson. I’m surprised that they’re both 24 (I thought she was way younger, and he was way older). I dig it, though. “It’s very casual” sources tell People.

-At the royal wedding, George Clooney reportedly hopped behind the bar and served tequila. He knows he doesn’t have to shill for Casamigos anymore, right?

-Meanwhile, Prince Charles‘ speech reportedly made everyone cry, while Prince William made fun of Harry‘s imminent bald patch and said “My brother is clearly in love. Being in love is like a little boy wetting himself. You don’t know you are doing it, everyone else knows and you get a warm feeling.”

-Meghan and Harry made their first public appearance as a married couple today, and the stockings really bummed me out. I was really hoping that she would somehow find a way to get around that rule…

-Talk about an upgrade: Avril Lavigne is dating a billionaire.

Vito Schnabel continues to punch above his weight when it comes to relationships. He previously dated Heidi Klum, Demi Moore, Elle Macpherson, and Liv Tyler, and now he’s reportedly with Amber Heard.

-Heard’s most recent ex, Elon Musk, is dating Grimes, who took to Twitter to defend him against rumours that he prevented his Tesla workers from unionizing.

Hugh Grant, 57, is walking down the aisle for the first time, and his fiancee is a surprisingly respectable 39! They have three kids.

-The new Arrested Development season is getting way better reviews than the last one and reportedly “feels like the show you remember.” Thank god.

-This TV season continues to be wild. Lucifer is still cancelled (so far) but Fox announced they will air two “bonus” episodes this month. Meanwhile, it looks like Amazon may swoop in to save the recently canceled The Expanse. But even rumours of a Will Ferrell role, a new showrunner and a switch to multicam couldn’t save Fox’s comedy LA to Vegas.

-Also wild: UnREAL will likely end with season four, which will air FIRST on Hulu rather than Lifetime.

-More wildin’: Barack and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix.

Kelly Clarkson opened the Billboard Music Awards by saying she was sick of moments of silence and demanding a moment of action.

R. Kelly is being accused of sexual battery, false imprisonment, and transmitting a sexual disease in a new lawsuit.

This video is very old but I’ve never seen it before and it made me kind of fall in love with Robert Downey Jr.

-I really liked Spider Man: Homecoming so I’m very here for the news that Jake Gyllenhaal will play the villainous Mysterio in the sequel.

-I saw Deadpool 2 this weekend. It was good but I am already in superhero movie fatigue and it’s only May. Judging by it’s lower than expected box office results, I’m not the only one.

-This newly released old image from Rolling Stone’s Chris Evans photo shoot saved my weekend.

Asia Argento spoke at the Cannes closing ceremony: “In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes. I was 21 years old. This festival was his hunting ground.” She says after her fiery speech, Spike Lee was the “the only person who came up to me, congratulated and spoke kind words to me.”

Johnny Depp plays a cop investigating Biggie Smalls’ murder in the City of Lies trailer. I am negative interested in this.