-The first trailer for Amazon’s upcoming LOTR prequel series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is incredibly expensive-looking.
-I find it interesting how different (and simultaneous) their marketing is from the new Game of Thrones show. House Of The Dragon is trying to sell us on one specific show; The Rings of Power is trying to sell us on an entire universe.
-Congrats to Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, who welcomed their second daughter.
-In a note posted to her Twitter account, Constance Wu says that after the outcry over her tweet about Fresh Off The Boat’s renewal, a fellow Asian actress sent her DMs telling her that she’d “become a blight on the Asian American community.” Wu says that she tried to end her life and “a friend found me and rushed me to the ER.”
-17-year-old actor Noah Schnapp talked to Variety about his hopes for Stranger Things’ final season, his drama with Doja Cat, and his character’s sexuality: “Now it’s 100% clear that he is gay and he does love Mike.”
-Meanwhile, Doja really needs to take a step back from her socials.
–Ryan Reynolds‘ marketing firm hit another home run with Christopher Meloni’s “naked” workout commercial for Peloton.
–Britney Spears had a significant victory in court this week after a judge ruled that her father must sit for a deposition. This means the court believes it has reason to look into into allegations that Jamie Spears hired a security firm to put her under surveillance throughout her conservatorship.
–Eric Weinberg, the co-exec producer of Scrubs and Californication, was arrested for a series of rapes that took place between 2012-2019.
–Nick Cannon says Mariah Carey was the one that got away. “I will never have a love like I had with Mariah. It was literally like a fairytale with Mariah so I would rather it just be that way. I appreciate that fantasy because if I tried to go back and it wasn’t the same, I’d be like, ‘Damn, I messed it up.’ But, if I had the opportunity, if it could be the way it was, I’m there.”
-I’d not traditional, but I dig Sophia Bush’s wedding dress.
–Khloe Kardashian is having another baby with Tristan Thompson via surrogate — even though she dumped him.
-This NYT profile on Janeane Garofalo is excellent.
-I was skeptical when TMZ posted it, but now Variety is reporting that Armie Hammer is selling timeshares in the Caymans. “He is working at a cubicle. The reality is he’s totally broke, and is trying to fill the days and earn money to support his family.” I don’t understand how he’s so broke — not just because he is an heir to a fortune, but because he was steadily working up until 2020.
–Beyoncé has joined TikTok — and her entire catalog is now available to users.
–Chris Evans is getting some flack for his latest red carpet look— it’s lazy but it also works? Zero notes.
-Hurrah! FX has renewed The Bear for a second season.
-June preps for battle with Serena in the new trailer for The Handmaid’s Tale.
–Steve Carell plays a therapist held hostage by his serial killer patient in the tense trailer for FX’s The Patient.
-Showtime’s first trailer for its American Gigolo series finds Jon Bernthal framed for murder. Man, is anyone having a hotter year on TV than him?!
–Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan star as the two journalists who brought down Harvey Weinstein in the first trailer for She Said, a dramatic adaptation of the book by Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor. When Andre Braugher says “Go write. It’s time to write”? Chills.