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Dakota Johnson on Chris Hemsworth’s Body: “It’s Insane”

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Dakota Johnson is promoting both Suspiria and Bad Times at El Royale — which landed her this gorg cover on Vogue Australia. She talks about El Royale costar Chris Hemworth and how he spent most of the shoot shirtless: “Oh my god. It’s such a distraction…No-one on set could pay attention to anything else: it was so shocking, not in a sexual way at all, just, like, scientifically, how is it possible to look like that? Crazy! Then he would eat a bowl of Smarties and you’re like: ‘You’re an asshole, f*ck you!’ I don’t eat anything sweet: I eat green things for three months in order to fit into a pair of jeans. And he eats whatever the f*ck he wants and looks like he was literally chiselled out of marble – it’s insane.”

Rihanna has written an op-ed in the Guardian about the global education crisis: “When it comes to helping the world’s poorest children, as well as the communities and societies in which they live, I’m still learning – and I need others to join me on the journey and use their voices alongside mine.”

Elizabeth Olsen‘s new show Sorry For Your Loss debuts tonight on Facebook Watch to good reviews. The only issue? No one really knows how to watch TV episodes on Facebook yet. (I work in social media all day and I had to look it up, too). Here’s how to watch it on your app, or you could go straight to the show’s episode page.

Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt have officially signed on to a Mad About You revival because everything old is new again.

-Holy moly, this sounds like my jam: Paul Feig is directing an Emma Thompson-penned holiday rom-com that’s based on the Wham! song “Last Christmas” and stars Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke and Crazy Rich Asians’ Henry Golding. All of those words are wonderful!

Will Smith and Idris Elba discovered what Nicole and I figured out last year: that sabering champagne bottles with big swords in fancy restaurants is super fun.

-I love that Issa Rae threw a pre-Emmy yacht party for black nominees and her Insecure cast/crew — and at one point she took all the guys’ shirts.

-Speaking of the Emmys, we recapped the best and worst dresses here.

-Marvelous Mrs. Maisel swept the comedy Emmys, which led to all of my coworkers asking me today if it’s any good. I watched the first half of the season and found it very charming — but was not compelled to finish it. It’s cute, but if you have other comedies to catch up on, I would absolutely recommend prioritizing Atlanta or Barry ahead of it.

-Breakout comedian Hannah Gadsby subtweeted her nastiest Nanette critics (including Michael Che) when she presented an award and now I love her even more.

-Someone — but not Donald Glover or Lakeith Stanfield — came to the Emmys dressed as Teddy Perkins, aka the most terrifying character Atlanta has ever seen.

This photo of Handmaids stars Yvonne Strahoski, Ann Dowd and Alexis Bledel when they all lost in the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama was adorable.

Sandra Oh introducing her parents to Milo Ventimiglia on the red carpet was wonderful. (This is exactly the only person my mom would want to meet too.)

-It’s never been more obvious that Jesse Plemons is punching above his weight than the photos of him with Kirsten Dunst last night. Get it, Landry!

-This was the lowest rated Emmys ever (though weirdly, not here in Canada).

-This is a good piece on how Woody Allen and Soon-Yi tried to use that New York magazine piece to shut down allegations against him — and failed completely.

-Here’s our first peek at the 90s-set Captain Marvel — complete with Blockbuster and Brie Larson punching an old lady in the face. The fade from “her” to “hero”? Yeah, that’s good stuff.

Issa Rae and Michael B Jordan Talk Breaking Down Barriers

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-I always love Variety’s Actors on Actors pairings. This year’s covers feature Claire Foy and Benedict Cumberbatch, Issa Rae and Michael B JordanLaura Dern and Angela Bassett, and more.

-Grey’s Anatomy’s Jesse Williams has asked for his ex-wife’s request for increased child support, already at $50,695 per month, to be denied.

Gabriel Macht and Sarah Rafferty talked about their favorite parts of the royal wedding. “I met four different Harrys, which was really cool.”

Kim Kardashian admits she and Kanye West had words after he made that slavery comment. “Did I cry about it? Did I fight about it? Yeah. That’s not stuff we put on social media.” (It is, however, the stuff he put on his new album.)

-This is some bullshit: Kelly Marie Tran  erased all of her Instagram posts following months of harassment by whiny Star Wars crybabies. How can anyone be mean to her?! She is a literal ball of sunshine! She’s like a rare unicorn I want to pet! Fanboys are the goddamn worst.

-The news about Kate Spade is gutting. Celebrities are paying tribute to her on Twitter.

-ABC’s Roseanne spinoff is inching closer to reality. Sources say that the network is knee-deep in talks with exec producers for a new incarnation of the multicamera comedy, and its likely the entire cast – sans star Roseanne Barr – and creative team and crew would return. But since Barr created the character, there’s a good chance she’ll still get paid if they go ahead with a spinoff. They should just scrap the whole concept and bring everyone back with an entirely new premise.

-Variety is hosting a drama TV writers panel that features zero women, and is getting dragged accordingly.

Angelina Jolie celebrated her 43rd birthday by riding roller coasters in England with her six kids.

-I don’t know how I missed this story over the weekend about Benedict Cumberbatch jumping out of an Uber to save a cyclist from muggers, but it’s glorious!

George Clooney, when asked which movie had the biggest impact on his craft, said “It’s really easy to pick: Batman & Robin. That’s not a joke. Up until that moment, I was an actor only concerned with finding work. After the failure of that film creatively, I understood that I needed to take control of the films I made.”

-The first reviews for Jurassic World are in, and they are decidedly mixed.

-This story about Harold Ramis and Amy Heckerling‘s secret daughter is fascinating.

-16 female critics and authors weigh in on Hollywood’s new trend of gender-flipping blockbusters and whether it’s a triumph for diversity or a cynical attempt to squeeze more money out of old franchises.

Reese Witherspoon is in talks for Legally Blonde 3, and Stephen Colbert has already figured out the best movie premise.

-I’m scared of horror movies and nothing could possibly convince me to watch Hotel Artemis … [sees Sterling K Brown in a towel]…ok, where do I buy tickets?

Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty to rape and criminal sex act charges this morning in New York.

Katherine Heigl documented her TV trailer makeover, which may be the most Katherine Heigl-ish thing I’ve ever seen.

Matthew McConaughey tackles the 1980s war on drugs in the White Boy Rick trailer.

Michael B Jordan Covers Essence

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-It’s been one of those weeks where I thought it was Friday every day (it was really not), so this Michael B. Jordan cover couldn’t have come at a better time. He dismisses rumours that he doesn’t date black women: “It’s so funny to everybody because it couldn’t be further from the truth. My dad and my mom both said, ‘If they only knew.’ If they only knew. And that’s the thing that keeps me not tripping about it, you know what I mean?”

-Speaking of good covers,  Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, and Sarah Silverman cover the GQ comedy issue — and the photo pokes fun at Vanity Fair’s recent cover fail.

-MTV has suspended production on Catfish because Nev Schulman has been accused of sexual misconduct. In a YouTube video, a woman who appeared in a season 4 episode accused Schulman and an unnamed female producer of harassment and assault. He’s denied it, saying “The behavior described in this video did not happen.”

-Congrats to Chrissy Teigen, who had baby number 2.

Meghan Markle released a statement that her father will not be attending the wedding. I’m still not convinced.

Gillian Anderson will star as a sex therapist in a new Netflix series and I’m totally here for it.

-Six months ago, Mo Ryan broke the story that NCIS NOLA showrunner Brad Kern had been the subject of numerous HR complaints. CBS now says Kern is no longer showrunning, but he’s still a “consultant.”

-I’m sad that they’re all ending, but I’m really glad that the CW is giving iZombie, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane The Virgin a chance to end on their own terms and plan their final runs. Too bad that Jane isn’t coming back until mid-season, though. So long to wait after that huge finale twist!

-Now that the upfronts are over, here are the trailers for all the new broadcast shows debuting this fall. Medical drama New Amersterdam seems to be NBC’s biggest bet because it landed the coveted post-This Is Us timeslot, The Passage on Fox might be decent (I liked the book and anything that puts Mark-Paul Gosselaar back on my TV is tops), critics really seemed to like what they saw of Leighton Meester’s Single Parents, and on the CW the Charmed trailer actually looks…good? It’s from the Jane the Virgin showrunner so suddenly I have high hopes.

-CW’s next superhero show crossover will feature Batwoman and the city of Gotham. Huh.

-I love Buzzfeed’s ode to Winston on New Girl. He was such a perfect weirdo.

-Stop claiming that fictional characters have different sexual orientations than what is actually seen onscreen, writers. That’s not representation, that’s just pretending to have representation. It doesn’t count.

-Why even ask John Travolta about his thoughts on Me Too? Like, why is he even relevant to the discussion?

-Ditto for Lee Daniels.

-I adored Zombieland so I’m very psyched by the news that a sequel with the original cast is slated for next year. Between this and Jordan Peele executive producing a show about vengeance-driven Nazi hunters for Amazon, it’s a good time for zombies.

-The red-band trailer for Sorry to Bother You has arrived. Oh yes.