-Why isn’t Laura Dern on more magazine covers?? She talks about being a single parent to her two teenagers from her marriage to Ben Harper. “Raising kids gave me enough street cred to feel like I deserved the right to make money. This moment in my life is so sexy and freeing because I’ve had many relationships, I’ve had a marriage, I have my amazing children, so I’m not hiding who I am to get somebody who is willing to have kids or be married.”
-How many times have you listened to Taylor Swift’s Lover album today? I’m on three so far. Critics seem to be mostly loving it. (IMO, the standout tracks are Cruel Summer, Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince, and Soon You’ll Get Better.)
-Meanwhile, Taylor‘s new song “Death By a Thousand Cuts” was inspired by the Netflix movie Someone Great starring Gina Rodriguez. “I cried watching the movie and so for about week, I started waking up from dreams that I’m living out that scenario. I woke up and was like oh my god I’m writing a breakup song.”
-The album also features a surprise Idris Elba cameo in the form of a soundbite from his 2017 interview with James Corden.
-Speaking of new music, Missy Elliott‘s new video “Throw It Back” is fire.
–Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Holland took a hike together and my head cannon is that it was RDJ’s attempt to help Tom navigate the career whiplash of being groomed as Tony Stark’s heir in the MCU, only to have corporate greed rip it all away.
-Lots of Disney+ news coming out of DX23 Expo today, including confirmation that The Mandalorian (the first live-action Star Wars series) will start streaming Nov 12, a Ms. Marvel series in the works, and this Bill Hader/Anna Kendrick holiday film!
-Aw geez. Brandon Routh and his wife Courtney Ford are out of Legends of Tomorrow. From his social media responses, it sounds like it wasn’t their decision to leave the show.
–Victoria Beckham getting angry with David for being so much better at yoga than her is a mood.
–Madonna has Miley Cyrus’s back.
–Miley will reportedly fight to keep the animals she shared with Liam Hemsworth—seven dogs, two horses, two mini horses, three cats, and a pig.
–Kirsten Dunst‘s new dark comedy, which debuts Sunday night, is getting good reviews.
-The scrutiny on Prince Andrew continues to heighten.
-This is a wild story about how Vanity Fair, ABC News and The NYTimes were intimidated or sidetracked from the Jeffrey Epstein story long before his recent arrest. It even includes a cat’s severed head in the front yard of the editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair and bullets placed on front doors as a warning.
–Adam Driver, Jon Hamm and Corey Stoll star in The Report trailer, about CIA agents who begin using extreme interrogation tactics after 9/11.