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Halle Berry’s a Fighter


halle berry in a cutout white bathing suit on the cover of womens health

Halle Berry covers Women’s Health to promote Bruised and talks about stepping into the ring to fight and stepping behind camera to direct. “When I realized I couldn’t find a director who saw this story like I saw it, I had a moment of reckoning. I finally realized that at this point in my life, I was ready. I had to take control. I said, ‘Okay, I’m going to work harder than I’ve ever worked.’ ”

Gugu Mbatha-Raw covers Variety UK and discusses the “illusion” of diversity on TV: “It’s very diverse in front of the camera, and people accept that…When you look at camera operators, sound engineers and everyone behind the scenes, it’s a very different picture.”

-Five years after it happened, 12 people have been charged for robbing Kim Kardashian at gunpoint in a Paris hotel room.

-The original cast of Saved By the Bell appeared in the reboot for a scene honouring Screech (the late Dustin Diamond). Why are they all so … shiny?

-Speaking of the Saved By the Bell reboot — they’re doing a tribute to Showgirls?!

Zoë Kravitz is talking up The Batman costar Robert Pattinson in her new interview with Variety. “Rob is perfect for this role. He was incredible. His transformation was out of this world.”

-There’s something wonderful about the random collection of celebs who attended Danny DeVito’s bday party.

Prince William is once again criticizing population growth in Africa, blaming it for destroying wildlife on the continent (which is pretty rich coming from someone who’s expecting his third child).

-Meanwhile, BBC’s new documentary, The Princes and the Press, claims he has been reaching out to the tabloid press to build a better relationship and influence their stories.

-Amid rumours about her health, Prince Charles insists the Queen is “alright,” adding “Once you get to 95, it’s not quite as easy as it used to be. It’s bad enough at 73.”

-This Is Us’ main adult cast fought for — and got — $2 million cash bonuses for the final season.

Benedict Cumberbatch talked about The Power of the Dog’s themes of toxic masculinity, saying “We need to fix the behaviour of men. You have to kind of lift the lid on the engine a little bit.”

Louis C.K. and Dave Chappelle were both nominated for Grammys. Being cancelled seems real rough.

-The annual Book Concierge from NPR is always worth browsing through for good recommendations. (Though it breaks my heart to see some of my fave books from this year are blurbed by Petra Mayer, the late great NPR book editor.)

-Disney’s Encanto is getting rave reviews.

-Speaking of raves, I don’t watch The Great British Baking Show, but people are going nuts about the semifinal episode.

-Star Trek Discovery has left Netflix, much to fans’ disappointment.

-Speaking of Star Trek Discovery, star Sonequa Martin-Green paid tribute to Whoopi Goldberg on The View. “I am your accomplishment and I thank you.”

-This is a cute TikTok tie-in to the new Spider-Man movie.

-Meanwhile, here’s the latest Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer.

Euphoria’s Hunter Schafer Stuns on Allure

-My god, the Allure cover and photo spread with Hunter Schafer might be my favourite in a long, long time. In the interview, she talks about not always wanting to talk in the press about her transition, and how Euphoria is a “wildly expensive TV show”, with season one reportedly costing about as much to produce as season one of Westworld.

Angelina Jolie’s legal team is asking for the private judge assigned to their divorce case to be disqualified for failing to disclose his business relationship with one of Brad Pitt’s attorneys. Pitt’s team (via Page Six) is spinning it as “a delay tactic“.

-I was really worried when I woke up to see Patton Oswalt tweeting concern about LaKeith Stanfield’s well-being. Despite some disturbing posts the Knives Out actor made on Instagram last night, he seems to be fine.

-In Marie Claire’s new digital issue, Meghan Markle opens up about why she’s voting in Nov: “I know what it’s like to have a voice, and also what it’s like to feel voiceless.”

-Meanwhile, it turns out the royal book Finding Freedom isn’t as juicy as we’d hoped it would be.  We do learn, however, that Harry fell for her when she “happily” peed in the woods during a camping trip.

Alyssa Milano said she was hospitalized for complications due to  COVID-19 in April and that she still has long haul symptoms of the disease months later.

Jessica Mulroney returned to Instagram — obstinately to wish her sons a happy birthday, but that caption is a lot.

-It’s kind of cute that Scandal’s Guillermo Díaz is a Madonna superfan.

-A reboot of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is in the works with Will Smith exec-producing — although the new version will be a drama, not a comedy.

-Because there are no new ideas, Zac Efron will star in the Disney remake of Three Men and a Baby.

-This is an interesting look at how Pharrell Williams is breaking the chains of music’s troubled past by leading Black artists’ fight for equality, equity stakes and the elimination of triggering ‘master and slave’ terminology from music biz contracts.

-In a new interview, Ruby Rose talks about leaving Batwoman after one season, saying “Being the lead of a superhero show is tough. Being the lead in anything is tough.”

-This video of Shia LeBeouf getting tested for Covid getting tested for covid is weirdly endearing. I like how he says his nurse Yesenia’s name repeatedly.

-An episode of black-ish that ABC refused to air two years ago because it was too political is now available on Hulu.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Keira Knightley star in the Misbehaviour trailer.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw Slays on Vogue

Gugu Mbatha-Raw Vogue

-I’m a little bit in love with Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s cover of British Vogue.

-I’m not sure I’m in invested in any TV show like I’m invested in the #ScaringScoty clips on Will Smith’s Instagram.

-Speaking of celebs who speak Instagram well, Jennifer Garner explaining her Oscar meme is perfect.

-Between Adam Rippon saying he “was sleeping on Shawn Mendes” and Katy Perry saying “wig” on American Idol, it’s been a really good wig for stan Twitter terminology.

-I still think it’s weird that an orthodontist was writing Tumblr posts shaming his 17-year-old patient, but good on Michael B Jordan for trying to make her feel better.

Usher and his wife, Grace Miguel, are splitting up after two years of marriage and almost 10 years together.

-Transparent will not return in 2018. It is unclear how much the new episodes will have to be rewritten and if Amazon plans to recast Jeffrey Tambor’s character.

-Awww: Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia have watched every episode except one of This Is Us together.

Michael Shannon watched his movie win Best Picture from a dive bar in Chicago. Seems about right.

-Here’s Sade’s first new song in nearly a decade. I’ve missed her!

-These Tori Spelling stories are becoming increasingly worrisome.

Hilarie Burton and Jeffrey Dean Morgan had a baby! I always forget they’re together.

Tiffany Haddish and Frances McDormand sticking their tongues out at each other is everything.

-So last night’s Bachelor special made everything even worse? I don’t watch it but it’s all anyone in my office can talk about right now.

Noah Wyle is heading to CBS in a racial drama from Ava DuVernay and  Greg Berlanti.

-I keep hearing that the first 5 episodes of Jessica Jones that were made available to critics are not as good as last year, and it bums me out.  I’m still going to binge an unhealthy amount of episodes this weekend.

-Wait, in Red Sparrow Charlotte Rampling‘s character gives blowjob  lessons? What even is this movie?!?

-This interview with someone who was at the Wrinkle in Time screening that was interrupted by Jimmy Kimmel and a bunch of stars during the Oscars is a hoot. “I kind of like get up next to [Lin-Manuel Miranda] and I’m like, can I be here? And he’s like, ‘Yeah, totally you can be here, have some Sour Patch kids?’ and I’m like, your taste in candy is immaculate, my friend.”

-This is an interesting piece on how Jane the Virgin is not a guilty pleasure. I listened to Gina Rodriguez‘s episode of the WTF podcast a few weeks ago (which was delightful!) but I was shocked to hear her describe it like that.

-Holy moly, the Lost in Space trailer is gorg.

-Here’s the first teaser for Christopher Robin.

Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss and Annette Benning star in the Seagull trailer. “I’m in mourning… for my life” is my new line.