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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.

 

 

Sophie Turner Talks Engagement to Joe Jonas

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-Marie Claire’s 2018 Fresh Faces covers feature Issa Rae, Riley Keough, Sophie Turner, Yara Shahidi and Katherine Langford. (I want all of their lipsticks. ) In her interview, Turner opens up about how her engagement to Joe Jonas has been treated like some sort of accomplishment. “It’s lovely to be engaged. Not like I achieved anything, but I found my person, like I’d find a house that I love and want to stay in forever. There’s a sense of peace that comes with finding your person. But there’s a drive that comes with your career.”

Tristan Thompson has reportedly been cheating on Khloe Kardashian since November, according to Us Magazine.

-Meanwhile, Wendy Williams felt the need to get some stuff off her chest: “The only person I feel bad for is the baby. I don’t feel bad for Khloe. Khloe, you knew when you pulled up on him that he had a girlfriend named Jordy Craig and Jordy was 5 months pregnant.”

George Clooney is reducing his role in Hulu’s Catch 22 to focus more on directing and producing. But it’s not all bad news –Kyle Chandler will take over the starring role in the six-episode miniseries.

Will Ferrell was hospitalized after a car side-swiped the SUV he was riding in and caused it to flip over. He was released from the hospital and didn’t suffer any significant injury.

Britney Spears showed up at the GLAAD Media Awards and “everybody lost their minds.”

-I’m weirdly pumped to watch Christina Aguilera‘s Carpool Karaoke segment.

-I tried to watch On My Block because critics are loving it, but couldn’t get into it. Still, I’m super happy that Netflix renewed it for a second season.

Kanye West is writing a book on society’s obsession with photographs. Kay.

-After their totally terrible response in last week’s episode, The Simpsons showrunner vows to find the “right” answer to the Apu controversy. A little late, no?

Lily James says she cried when she met Meryl Streep: “It was like, ‘Hold it together, Lily!’ It was too much.”

-This chart that determines how a male author would describe you is perfection.

Taylor Swift covered Earth, Wind, & Fire’s soul classic “September” and I love that everyone on my Twitter TL made the “Oh hell no, Karen. Keep your bland ass potato salad to yourself” joke…

-Meanwhile, Cardi B just beat Taylor’s Apple streaming record — by doubling it.

-I’m going to NYC this weekend but hope to catch some of the Youtube Coachella stream.  Since I don’t go anymore, “Couch”ella has been a good time the last couple of years.

-All eyes are on Elastigirl in the new trailer for The Incredibles 2.

Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons are a father-daughter singing duo in the Heart Beats Loud trailer. The Sundance hit also costars Ted Danson and Toni Collette and looks adorable.