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Mindy Kaling’s Life Sounds Incredible — And Exhausting

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-In her new Variety cover story, Mindy Kaling talks about her first movie, Late Night, which debuts at Sundance and stars Emma Thompson as a Letterman-esque talk show host who attempts to address diversity concerns by hiring her first female staff writer. Kaling is also the showrunner for the Hulu miniseries adaptation of Four Weddings and a Funeral, is working on a Netflix show that centers on an Indian teenager, is penning a “slim memoir,” and is raising her daughter. I got tired just reading the interview.

-In yesterday’s post, I said that if a Bryan Singer exposé was going to come out, now would be the time since Bohemian Rhapsody did so well in the Oscar noms. Today, The Atlantic published the big Bryan Singer investigation that Esquire was originally doing months ago. The report took 12 months and writers Maximillian Potter and Alex French spoke to more than 50 people, including four men that are newly accusing the Bohemian Rhapsody director of sexual misconduct and underage sex. It’ll be interesting to see what (if any) fallout comes from this, both with Singer’s career (he’s signed on to direct the adaption of Red Sonja), and BR’s Oscar race.

This bit right here illuminates why it took so long for the Singer (and Weinstein and Spacey etc.) allegations to go mainstream: “He was abetted, in a less direct way, by an industry in which a record of producing hits confers immense power: Many of the sources we interviewed insisted, out of fear of damaging their own career, that we withhold their name, even as they expressed dismay at the behavior they’d witnessed.” A lot of people in Hollywood must be dealing with a heavy conscious right now. It’s also why Rami Malek‘s comments yesterday about not knowing about the allegations are so frustrating. Even if — IF — he managed to make it all the way through his Mr Robot days without hearing Hollywood’s worst kept secret, the second Singer became attached to the project, someone in his life (agent, publicists, friend) must have mentioned it.

-Potter and French said their story was intended for publication in Esquire magazine but was “killed” by Hearst executives for unknown reasons. Also, the story is reminding a lot of people about this article on how Hollywood failed Apt Pupil star Brad Renfro.

-Meanwhile, Singer has commented on The Atlantic’s exposé, which he calls a “homophobic smear piece” (but he doesn’t actually deny anything). He’s taking a page out of Kevin Spacey‘s handbook and conflating being gay with performing abuse. (Remember when Spacey used being closeted as a privacy shield and responded to the allegations that he came onto a 14-year-old by coming out?)

-I have yet to see Bohemian Rhapsody (and have even less desire to now) but if this wonky edit made it into the final cut, that’s hilarious.

-It looks like Justin and Hailey Bieber are postponing their wedding celebration.

Jonah Hill trying to transition into a serious photographer is very on brand.

-The Suits cast is going to hang up their suits soon. The show has been renewed for a ninth and final 10-episode season.

-Spice Girls superfan Emma Stone recreated the “Stop” dance with Haim for her Omaze campaign.

Gina Rodriguez cried over accusations that she hasn’t been supportive of black women. I’m…not sure this was the best way to go.

Harvey Weinstein was denied his bid to pause the class action lawsuit against him.

-I love that Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow still hang out.

Meek Mill has teamed with Jay Z to launch a justice reform organization.

-We have an update on the Game of Thrones’ runtime: the six-episode final season will kick off with two hour-long episodes, followed by four 80-minute installments, according to an HBO affliliate.

-This is an interesting thread by Boots Riley about his decision to not campaign for Sorry to Bother You (a movie I’m still not sure I fully understood, but stayed with me wayyyyy longer than, say, Green Book).

-Speaking of good Twitter threads, I adore ones in which people tell stories about meeting celebrities who turn out to be great.

-Wait, is that Shania Twain playing John Travolta‘s wife in the Trading Paint trailer?!?

-Here’s the red-band trailer for Harmony Korine‘s latest film, The Beach Bum, starring Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, Jonah Hill, Martin Lawrence, Isla Fisher and Snoop Dogg.

Gina Rodriguez Talks Anxiety, Engagement

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-In her new Cosmo cover story, Gina Rodriguez talks about her anxiety (“It started coming, like, two years into Jane. I had my first panic attack at a sushi restaurant. All of a sudden, I thought I was going to die, and people are taking pictures. It was horrendous”), and shares how dating fiance Joe LoCicero was a “new experience’ for her

Brie Larson has called off her engagement to Alex Greenwald after several years of dating.

-Does The Weeknd reference Drake’s secret baby in his new track?

-Jesus. Janeane Garofalo talked about Louis C.K. on a podcast and it was a mess. Around the 35-min mark she says: “Leave Louis C.K. alone. Enough with that. He’s been my friend since 1985 and I think he has suffered. When he performs at the Comedy Cellar and people get all irate…if nothing else, care about his daughters. If you can find no compassion for him (which I think you should), think about his how daughters who hear all of this stuff feel. Why don’t you leave him alone for them if you’re so women-empowering?” Then she goes on a rant about how everyone is misunderstanding what he did — even though he ADMITTED IT.

-You technically came out last year on Lifetime, but when Netflix picked it up for season two, it dropped the first season last season and now it’s suddenly found it’s audience, making it the latest beneficiary of the very real Netflix bump.

-Also, I liked this piece on You’s season finale (spoilers, obvs) and how the show is a ripe target for bad fandom and viewers who misread the show for their own ends, blithely ignoring that every character is supposed to be a loathsome monster.

-Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s return did great last night. It got its biggest ratings in two years, and improved on NBC’s timeslot by 50%.

-HBO is hop‌ing y’all will tune into True Detective on Sunday so that you can learn the Game of Thrones premiere date.

Noah Centineo is playing Riverdale star Camila Mendes‘ fake boyfriend in the upcoming Netflix movie The Perfect Date. Fake dating is my favourite trope!

-Meanwhile, Lana Condor admitted she and Noah Centineo have a ‘spark’ so they made a contract about their boundaries just like their onscreen counterparts in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Condor also appeared in Jimmy Fallon‘s high school musical skit alongside Bryan Cranston.

Amy Adams told James Corden about how she once annoyed Whitney Houston while working at The Gap: “She went back into the dressing room and requested anybody else.”

Timothée Chalamet was delightful on Ellen, where he talked about playing pranks on his mother and admitted he once locked his naked mom outside on a cruise ship balcony.

-The reviews for Sex Education, Netflix’s new teen comedy starring Gillian Anderson, make it sound like a total delight. There goes my weekend!

Cara Delevingne says she has lost 50,000 followers on Instagram since slamming R. Kelly. She doesn’t seem to mind though, adding “Goodbye silence and backwards followers, hello confrontation and forward thinkers. It’s going to be a loud year xxx #MuteRKelly”.

-Exactly how many projects does Jordan Peele have on the go? Here’s the trailer for his upcoming sci-fi comedy.

-A few days ago I posted the trailer for Little, starring Regina Hall and Issa Rae, and it looks so funny! But now I want to see it even more because I just found out that Marsai Martin, the little girl from Blackish, is an executive producer on the film (and is one of the leads), because it’s her concept! She also fired an agent who told her to “chill and take a break” when she was 10. I think I love her.

Jamie Dornan and Jemima Kirke‘s one-night stand gets complicated when she tries to DTR in the Untogether trailer.

John Legend Backs Up Rita Ora

-People are still really angry about the Rita Ora lipsyncing thing, so much so that John Legend had to jump to her defense.

-In a new IG post, Justin Bieber says he’s celebrating his first Thanksgiving “as a married man.” Meanwhile, his mom posted videos from Hailey Baldwin’s birthday party.

-Meanwhile, Ariana Grande used her Thanksgiving post to pay tribute to the late Mac Miller.

-Here’s a peek at other stars’ Thanksgiving celebrations.

-Look, I don’t believe most of the stuff on CDAN. But that doesn’t mean I don’t devour his Black Friday reveals every year.

Cam’ron is dissing Kanye West in a scathing new track.

-Wow, people are already hinting that Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger are getting engaged soon? That’s so fast!

Jada Pinkett Smith says she’s “not mature enough” to divorce Will “because when you have to start going in, breaking up assets, that right there…” Who says romance is dead?!

-Oof. Pirates of the Caribbean screenwriter Terry Rossio may have just tweeted himself out of a career with this vaccine post.

Gina Rodriguez is getting flack for saying that black actresses get paid more than Asian and Latina actresses. This isn’t the first time she’s seemed to step in it when it comes to talking about black women.

Nicole Kidman says hubby Keith Urban wasn’t a fan of her Destroyer character. “The character had to seep out of my pores and I didn’t know how to perform that, so I just had to live it. I was a bit of a nightmare!”

-She also talked about joining Instagram and posting about the giant spider she found by her pool in LA.

-I kind of love that Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are still going strong.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might move away from Will and Kate to set up a home in Windsor instead.

-Have you watched the viral short about a guy counting down the days till xmas that’s making everyone cry today?