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Taylor Swift Talks Songwriting with Rock Muse Pattie Boyd

Taylor Swift interviews Pattie Boyd for Harper s Bazaar

Taylor Swift is on the cover of the new issue of Harper’s Bazaar — but she’s not interviewed. Instead, the suddenly press-shy pop star is the one asking the questions, interviewing musical muse Pattie Boyd. This is a pretty brilliant way of staying in the spotlight without having to answer any personal questions.

George Clooney was injured today after his scooter was hit by a car on the Italian island of Sardinia. (He has already been released from the hospital.) Clooney was driving 60 mph when he was thrown from his bike and traveled 20 feet in the air before hitting a car’s windshield; his helmet shattered on impact. PROTECT HIS FACE!

-The fact that Dwayne Johnson has fully embraced the fact that the internet calls him “Daddy” makes me very happy.

Justin Bieber posted a very long, very gushy Instagram post about getting engaged to Hailey Baldwin. “The thing I am most excited for is that my little brother and sister get to see another healthy stable marriage and look for the same!!!..My goodness does feel good to have our future secured!” Sure thing, bud.

-Meanwhile, Baldwin joked that she doesn’t want him to regrow his moustache for the wedding, which makes me like her.

-I missed almost all of these hidden words in the Sharper Objects premiere. Also, I’m really glad I’m not the only one who had to watch it with closed captioning on. Speak up, y’all!

Jonathan Rhys Meyers was briefly detained at LAX following an alleged verbal altercation with his wife on an American Airlines flight. His wife has since posted an apology on Instagram. “Eight months of sobriety and an unfortunate day of airline travel. We were in South America specifically working holistically through anger issues that result in these kinds of episodes. When in it…he is not in a frame of mind where he can really even comprehend the repercussions and necessary response to his own actions.”

-Who the hell wants to drink Handmaid’s Tale wine? Not everything needs a product tie-in, Hollywood.

-Maybe Rihanna and Hassan Jameel are fighting in these photos. Maybe she’s just animatedly telling him about the plot of Killing Eve. It’s hard to say (but the internet is say it anyway.)

Rosario Dawson, who fielded a lot of broadcast pilot offers, has signed on to star in USA Network’s Briarpatch from Mr Robot’s Sam Esmail and podcaster Andy Greenwald. I’ve been listening to Greewald since his Grantland days and even though I don’t know him, I’m weirdly proud of him for this. “Great job, Baranski!”

Chris Evans continues to win Twitter (this time with an assist from Billy Eichner).

-Thanks to the success of comedy specials from the likes of Hannah Gadsby and Ali Wong, Netflix is preparing to debut a ridiculous amount of stand up shows in 2019.

-Speaking of Hannah Gadsby, I just discovered her art history series on YouTube. She’s the best!

Tyler Perry surprised Tiffany Haddish with a new Telsa because she kept talking about getting one, but then wouldn’t do it. He told her “what I’ve learned is that it’s OK to spend a little bit.”

-Everything about Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman‘s new craft show seems adorable, including this promo clip in which they have a craft-themed pun-off.

-Now Nick Cannon has chimed into the Kevin Hart vs Mike Epps feud.

-Pretty much everyone who was part of Step Brothers came together for this oral history on the movie.

Roseanne Barr says she dropped out of a tell-all TV special and will now interview herself on YouTube.  (It’s unclear whether she ever had an interview booked with any TV network in the first place.)

-Apple continues to sink money into their upcoming TV offering, getting Jason Momoa to star in its futuristic drama See.

Billy Dee Williams is returning for Star Wars Episode IX as OG Lando Calrissian.

André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Sissy Spacek, Bill Skarsgård, Jane Levy and Scott Glenn star in Hulu’s new Castle Rock, produced by J.J. Abrams and Steven King. This trailer is incredibly creepy.

(Random note of randomness: I’ll be making some updates to the site design this week to make it more mobile-friendly. Please bear with me!)

-This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman‘s next tear-jerking project is Life Itself, a multi-generational drama that sees Olivia Wilde and Oscar Isaac falling in love. It also stars Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening and Mandy Patinkin.

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson Get Matching Tattoos

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson moved into a $16 million NYC apartment.  They also got more matching tats. What is this life?

-In her Rolling Stone cover story, Cardi B says she plans to take her baby on the road on her upcoming tour with Bruno Mars: “I don’t want to miss one second. I don’t want to miss no smiles, I don’t want to miss no new movement, I don’t want the baby to confuse me and the babysitter.” She also sounds off on Trump: “He has proven himself to be a madman so many times, and proven himself to be disrespectful to women, and that still hasn’t gotten him impeached.”

-On Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen asked Cher for a list of her best lovers over the years and she put Tom Cruise “in the top 5.” Well.

-Jeebus. Whatever you think Chris Hardwick did or did not do to Chloe Dykstra, his subsequent behaviour following her essay has been repugnant. First there was his gaslighting, victimized denial.  And now “somebody” has leaked private texts between the two to TMZ, which show that he broke up with her and she tried to reconcile.  What in the world did he expect this to prove? She was already clear in her essay that she kissed another man when they were together, which caused their split. And anyone who thinks that women who’ve been manipulated and abused don’t have complicated relationships with their manipulator and/or don’t often get sucked back in, needs to talk to more women IRL.

-Meanwhile, it’s very telling that so few people who know or worked for Hardwick have jumped to his defense. I’ve seen lots of verifieds back up Dykstra, but not one tweet from a blue checkmark that says anything along the lines of “wow, this really doesn’t line up with what I know of him.” And last night The Wrap posted an article which quoted a bunch of his colleagues and former employees, and the general consensus seems to be “nobody’s surprised.”

George and Amal Clooney have donated $100K to help reunite migrant children who’ve been separated from their parents.

Judd Apatow is calling for a total boycott of Fox and urging entertainers who work for Fox movies and TV to speak out — and many have, including New Girl showrunner Liz Meriwether, Marti Noxon, You’re The Worst showrunner Stephen Falk, and actor Adam Scott. But some of the celebs who are staying silent are surprising.

-I am very glad that this New York Times interview with Josh Brolin on his blockbuster moment doesn’t shy away from his history of domestic violence with Diane Lane. The fact that the “summer of Brolin” coincides with #MeToo is deeply odd. Not surprisingly, he skirts the issue. “God, I’ve never been so careful with my words. Ever. Maybe in all 50 years. And there’s no reason for me to be other than there’s no explaining it. Do you know what I mean? The only person who can explain that would be Diane, and she’s chosen not to, so I’m O.K. with that.”

-Oh, he also just signed on to do a show on Hulu. Ok.

-I can’t believe this is what Justin Bieber is looking like these days. How? When? How?

-Amy Adams talked about being mistaken for her stand-in on her new HBO show, and being shocked by how differently she was treated when they thought she was someone else.  “At one point somebody grabbed me really hard and pulled me. I went, ‘What’s going on?’ And they’re like ‘(Gasp) You’re not Reb!'”

-Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams has been ordered to pay $100k/month in child and spousal support.

Busy Phillips has a book coming out! Yes, please.

-Plans for future A Star Wars Story films — including the Obi-Wan movie — have been put on hold. This seems like a good idea. Not that I doubt we won’t be getting a ton more standalone SW films soon, but after Solo a pause and regroup makes sense.

-The saga of John Travolta‘s latest box office flop Gotti keeps getting stranger. Its weird anti-critic campaign may include tampering with Rotten Tomatoes’ audience rating.

-This Felicity cast interview is delightfully bonkers. (I now want a Scott Speedman/Scott Foley sitcom based on these interactions.)

James Van Der Beek‘s wife had a home birth for their fifth (fifth!) kid and he documented it on IG.

Linda Hamilton and Mackenzie Davis look appropriately buff while filming Terminator 6.

-Hmmm…the latest episode of The Handmaid’s Tale comes with a warning “This episode has content that may be extra sensitive for some viewers” — but the show has become so brutal that TV critics couldn’t figure out which scene they were referring to. (Well, female critics, anyway.)

-In the trailer for the Robert Zemeckis–directed Welcome to Marwen, Steve Carell plays a man whose life is shattered after being beaten within an inch of his life by a group of Nazis. He copes with his trauma by making art out of an elaborate WWII doll village called Marwen.

Michael B Jordan is a dad (and a daddy!) in the new Creed 2 trailer.

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.