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Idris Elba Is PEOPLE s Sexiest Man Alive 2018

Idris Elba has been named People’s Sexiest Man Alive. I was bracing for Bradley Cooper so this is a pleasant surprise — and a nice recovery from last year’s Blake Shelton disaster.

-Celebs got into the voting spirit today — most notably Beyonce is repping for Beto and Taylor Swift made a rare Instagram appearance urging people to the polls.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie‘s custody court date has been set for Dec 4, so watch for them to spend the next month subtly shading each other in the press.

Zayn Malik says he left One Direction without any lifelong friendships: “I ain’t spoke to any of them for a long time, to be honest with you. That’s just the way it is. There’s things that happen and things that were said after I left… Snide things. Small things that I would never have expected.”

John Stamos needs to learn that not all stories should be told out loud.

Meghan Markle‘s family drama reportedly helped bring her even closer to Prince Charles, so at least something good came out of that mess.

-I really enjoyed this piece on Dlisted’s Michael K and the diluting of celebrity gossip sites as bloggers bring on other writers. (Speaking of celeb sites, this series on what really happened to the Superficial is a fascinating read.)

Danai Gurira, Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride are currently negotiating “groundbreaking multiple-year ‘franchise/universe’ deals” that mean if their characters get written off or moved to another Walking Dead property, they’ll still get paid. It also looks like Gurira will take over as the lead of the show, which makes way more sense than Reedus (unless everything’s changed since I last watched and his character says more than 4 words in every episode).

Ariana Grande‘s exes seem ok with her mentioning them in her breakup song. Pete Davidson reportedly didn’t get an advanced listen, but as soon as he heard it he asked Lorne Michael’s permission to address their relationship on SNL.

-It took way, way too long, but Rebel Wilson has finally apologized for her comments and for blocking people who called her out on it.

-Here’s a clip from Shoplifters — one of the best movies I’ve seen this year.

Matthew Rhys and Jamie Dornan star in the trailer for the new BBC show Death in Nightingales. Please, somebody air this here!

Female Employees At Talking Dead Walk Following Chris Hardwick’s Return

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-Tell me again how Chris Hardwick is a great guy. A female executive producer and a “handful” of the approximately 25 people who work on The Talking Dead have quit the show after he was reinstated last month when an internal AMC investigation found no reason to fire him amid accusations of sexual and emotional abuse. Would you quit a steady, well-paying gig on a popular show if you believed your boss was innocent?

-Meanwhile, his ex Chloe Dykstra tweeted: “Hey dudes. Just a reminder: I 100% stand by every single word of my essay. I made sure it was unembellished, factual, and that I had evidence to back it up in order to protect myself in case of ACTUAL litigation (not a network investigation, where I’m not protected). That is all.”

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck‘s divorce case could be dismissed if he doesn’t take action soon.

Demi Lovato has temporarily checked out of rehab to seek additional treatment in Chicago, according to People. Here’s hoping she’s getting all the help she needs.

-A tweet that went viral last week about a woman who was having a rough go of it and Ludacris paid for her groceries at Whole Foods made me cry. The New York Times dug deeper into it and found there are more than 100 posts on social media about him footing people’s grocery bills.

Kanye West went silent when pressed by Jimmy Kimmel about Donald Trump’s policy of separating children at the border.

-The creator of Netflix’s Insatiable needs  to stop giving interviews that make everything worse. She says the backlash to the show is bordering on “censorship” which…nah, your show is just bad.

-I’m glad that the rumours that Idris Elba is inching closer to playing James Bond were debunked. He deserves better than that tired franchise.

-This guest column by Glow star Betty Gilpin on acting’s highs and lows is a must-read.

-I really liked how AP reporter Lindsay Bahr handled the Casey Affleck interview, but he’s still cancelled to me.

-Essence revealed its new cover with Naomi Campbell, along with this perfect caption: “Giving Black women covers since May 1970.”

This story about a bidding war among Hollywood’s A-list over the Daily Beast’s article about the McDonald’s Monopoly scam is fascinating. The bit about how movie producers attempt to get longform articles written about their desired films subjects because “they’re better than pitch meetings” is crazy (and crazy smart).

-Insecure returns to HBO this Sunday and the reviews are great.

Paul Rudd just signed on to a new Netflix comedy. He will play dual roles in Living With Yourself about a man struggling with his life who undergoes a novel treatment to become a better person, only to find he’s been replaced by a new and improved version of himself.

-There’s some slow but steady progress on the diversity front in TV. HBO, has traditionally has been one of the worst offenders, but now 57% of its directors for 2017-2018 season are women and POCs. That’s up from 23% just 3 years ago.

-Reminder: Crazy Rich Asians is still sitting at 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Have you bought your tickets? BUY YOUR TICKETS!

Black Earth Rising, a new Hugo Blick thriller on British TV, stars Michaela Coel as the lead. I’m so in! (Also, I can’t believe this is the girl from Chewing Gum.)

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper Talk Friendship, Death and Streisand

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper A Star Is Born

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are covering EW’s fall movie preview, in which they talk about their friendship, the day Barbra Streisand came to set of A Star Is Born, and Gaga losing her friend to cancer the day of her big performance scene: “We were supposed to shoot in, like, 30 minutes, and I left the set because her husband called me and I could hear her in the background and I just got in the car and drove. I missed her by 15 minutes and she died. I literally laid with her, with her husband, and their dog, and his son… When I came back, Bradley was so gentle with me and we got through it. I performed the song. He was like, ‘You don’t have to do it again. It’s okay.’ All I ever wanted to do was sing. I’ll never forget that day. It was really a special scene, and I’ll always remember that moment.”

-Angelina Jolie‘s team is striking back against Brad Pitt‘s claims that he’s paid her millions: “Brad was asked to assist in the expense of a new home for Angelina and the children, but instead he loaned Angelina money, for which he is charging her interest on a payment plan…A loan is not; however, child support and to represent it as such is misleading and inaccurate.”

Madonna does not hold back when talking about the state of music today: “Everything’s so formulaic, and every song has 20 guest artists on it, and everyone sounds the same.”

Ewan McGregor took nine months off to spend time with his kids — which sounds swell until you realize it was probably because his family imploded when he left his wife of 22 years and started dating Fargo costar Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

-Reviews are starting to come in for Crazy Rich Asians and it’s currently at 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. I. CANNOT. WAIT.

Gabrielle Union was asked to host a Crazy Rich Asians screening and she turned it down for the best possible reason, in the best possible way: “We will pay for a screening, we will support it, we will amplify it, but it should be an Asian celebrity or influencer or business person that you’re looking to and the rest of us should be amplifying that message.”

-This is a great cover story on Blackish star Yara Shahidi.

-Speaking of great cover stories, Time’s profile of Spike Lee is a bomb read.

-As the writers prep for the third season of Atlanta, Stephen Glover, Donald Glover’s younger brother and a writer and producer on the show, says that the comedy will get “weirder.” After the Teddy Perkins ep, I’m not sure how that’s possible.

-In a new interview with Hollywood Unlocked, Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star K. Michelle talked about dating Idris Elba. When asked about their sex life, she sat up and exclaimed, “Amazing head. It was good! I remember that head!” Can she do all the interviews from now until forever?

Beyoncé and Jay-Z are such a force to be reckoned with, South Carolina schools are letting kids out early the night of their concert.

-God, I love that Natasha Rothwell is blowing up. She’s the best thing about Insecure, a show that’s already filled with good things.

-Black women are dominating magazine covers this month. It’s about time. We need to do more than just put POC on the covers, but it’s a start.

Ruby Rose got emotional on the Tonight Show when she discussed landing the Batwoman role on the CW. “Growing up watching TV, I never saw somebody on TV that I could identify with, let alone a superhero.”

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is out here schooling dumb men about the real point of 500 Days of Summer.

-This is a good deep dive into the world of sketchy on set tutors in Hollywood.

Maggie Gyllenhaal becomes overly invested in the success of a promising student in the trailer for The Kindergarten Teacher, which was a hit at Sundance and snatched up by Netflix.

Michael Moore looks at post-Trump America in new documentary, Fahrenheit 11/9, which is coming to TIFF.