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Will Smith’s Genie Fails to Impress

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-EW has our first look at Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin, and the internet is not impressed. Will Smith tried to calm fans’ fears, explaining in a Facebook post that his character will be blue in the final film, and that the images in the EW issue show the Genie in his human disguise.

Eliza Dushku penned an explosive response to her allegations of sexual harassment by Bull star Michael Weatherly, accusing him and showrunner Glenn Gordon Caron of pushing a “deceptive” narrative and retaliating against her for “simply asking to do my job without relentless sexual harassment.” Her description of Weatherly’s carefully planned humiliation of her during a champagne toast is especially gross.

-Why is CBS even hesitating on a salary bump for the stars of Mom? That network cannot afford to lose its only female-focused show these days.

-Also, most of CBS’ management remains in place, despite a year of insane misconduct allegations.

-SMILF creator Frankie Shaw has been cleared in an internal investigation by ABC Studios after allegations she ran a toxic set.

-Meanwhile, this is a good thread on a showrunner’s responsibilities when it comes to sex scenes. I don’t know any other industry where someone is allowed to be in charge of that many people, but given zero management training.

Meaghan Markle reportedly stopped Queen Elizabeth and her staff from intervening when her dad started misbehaving in the press.

Josh Henderson won’t be facing burglary charges after authorities declined to prosecute the case due to “insufficient evidence.” He insisted it was a case of mistake identity and he was not in the grainy surveillance footage from his neighbor’s break in.

-This James Corden bit with Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel-Miranda performing 22(!) musical numbers in 12 minutes is insane.

-Disney is teasing that they may revive Marvel’s Netflix shows. I don’t believe them.

-The Timeless 2-hour movie airs tomorrow night, and critics who got screeners LOVE it.

-The writers behind SNL’s Weezer sketch with Matt Damon explain how it came to be.

-The season 6 Drunk History trailer features Evan Rachel Wood, Seth Rogen, Elijah Wood, Jack McBrayer, Amandla Stenberg and Will Ferrell.

Sandra Bullock‘s solution to the Oscars not having a host is kind of brilliant: random actors should be pulled out of the audience to cover a segment of the show. Organizers “don’t even have to tell them it’s happening, just put up the teleprompter, and go, ‘It’s your turn. You’re an actor, figure it out.'”

Rachel McAdams wears Versace while pumping breast milk in her new photo shoot.

Janelle Monae talks about how speaking candidly about her sexuality in the media has made her “uncomfortable” but explained “I’ve always been a private person. But when you make art that’s so personal, folks wonder how much of this is your real life versus the concept.”

-The Family Stone is one of those movies I didn’t like when it first came out, but find myself getting sucked into it every year. So I very much appreciated Sarah Jessica Parker’s deep-dive into the making of it.

-Here’s the first trailer for Hellboy featuring Stranger Things’ star David Harbour as the titular hero.

 

Sebastian Stan Suits Up for GQ

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-Avengers: Infinity War broke a slew of records at the box office this weekend. I thought it was a disjointed mess with a bunch of false consequences that can’t possibly stick because they make no sense from a business/franchise perspective, but what do I know?

-The one thing that the movie did (or more accurately, the junket) is rekindle my love for Sebastian StanThis GQ profile helps, too.

Tina Fey is the latest celeb to be featured in David Letterman‘s interview series for Netflix, and she gives him some improv tips in this preview.

-Meanwhile, I want Sterling K Brown to have all of the superhero roles. All of ’em.

Seth Rogen explains why he’s kept silent amid BFF James Franco’s sexual misconduct allegations: “The truth is that my perspective on this is the least relevant perspective. I’m friends with these people and I’m a dude. All that combined makes me the last person who should be talking about this.” He’s not wrong.

-Well. About 60 women at NBC, including Rachel Maddow and Mika Brzezinski, are defending Tom Brokaw.

Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid were caught kissing, despite their rumoured split.

-Speaking of rekindled romances, Kerry Perry and Orlando Bloom  are a thing again. Yay?

-I really like this profile on Janelle Monáe, in which she talks about Dirty Computer (which I have stuck on repeat), growing up Baptist and the music industry’s #TimesUp reckoning.

-The latest bump watch target: Gwyneth Paltrow.

-There is so much to unpack in Jessica Simpson’s latest bikini pose. None of it good.

-SNL star Aidy Bryant got married this weekend. I love her dress!

-Why yes, I WOULD like to read this N-Sync oral history of their breakup that throws Justin Timberlake under the bus.

-After months of talk about her 50+ stitches, Carrie Underwood finally revealed her face and it looks…the same?

Diane Keaton hasn’t dated since the Nixon era in new Book Club trailer, which appears to have been designed in a lab to make your mother happy.

Janelle Monáe Says She’s Pansexual

janelle_monae_rolling-stone-pansexualJanelle Monáe‘s quote about her sexuality is getting all the headlines (“Being a queer black woman in America, someone who has been in relationships with both men and women – I consider myself to be a free-ass motherf**ker…but then later I read about pansexuality and was like, ‘Oh, these are things that I identify with too.’ I’m open to learning more about who I am”), but her whole Rolling Stone interview is worth your time.

-Speaking of cover stories, Alden Ehrenreich is on the cover of Esquire, and most of his profile is damage control for the upcoming Solo movie.

-Whoa: the jury in the Bill Cosby felony sexual assault retrial found the 80-year-old comedian guilty on all three counts. He now faces up to ten years for each of the three counts of drugging and raping Toronto’s Andrea Constand in his Philadelphia home in 2004.

Cosby remained quiet during the reading of the verdict, but reportedly lashed out at the prosecutor in expletive-laden tirade during the subsequent discussion about him being a flight risk.

-Meanwhile, celebs celebrated the verdict on Twitter.

-I really, really hope this story about how disgraced CBS anchor Charlie Rose is being slated to star in a show where he’ll interview other high-profile men who have also been toppled by #MeToo scandals is a joke. Or a desperate attempt by his camp at a comeback. As long as it’s nothing that resembles reality.

Kelis alleges abuse at the hands of Nas during their marriage in a new bombshell interview. “I remember so clearly, when the pictures came out with that whole thing that happened with [Rihanna] and Chris Brown, and the only way I can describe it was like Double Dutch. ‘Do I jump in? Do I say it?’ Cause I had bruises all over my body at that time. I remember being in Atlanta, sitting in the kitchen, and I was like, ‘Do I?’ And I wasn’t ready to walk. I just wasn’t. And so I didn’t say it.'”

-The Avengers: Infinity War did one final push on late night last night, singing their own version of “The Brady Bunch” theme song for Fallon, and awkwardly surprising fans and answering Avengers trivia on Kimmel.

-This is cool: Paramount wants a female director for the next Star Trek movie, and S.J. Clarkson (who directed the Jessica Jones pilot) is in talks for it.

-Oh no. SNL’s “Weekend Update” anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che are set to host the Emmys.

-In better hosting news, Kelly Clarkson is going to host the Billboard Awards, so Ellen helped her with some prep.

Priyanka Chopra‘s reaction to David Blaine sewing his mouth shut is hilarious.

John Cena is refreshingly blunt about his split from Nikki Bella:It sucks.

-This is a very smart take on what’s been going on with Kanye West.

Amy Schumer sat down with Oprah Winfrey to share a disturbing story of what she describes as a “grey-area rape” by a former boyfriend. “I didn’t consent. For me, I lost my virginity when I was asleep and that’s not ok.”

-Cardi B is being sued by her former manager for $10M.

-I dig this interview with Brian Tyree Henry, who plays Paper Boi on Atlanta. I had NO idea he was in Book of Mormon on Broadway. That’s range!

Joaquin Phoenix finds his artist side after a life-changing accident in the Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot trailer.