–Lana Condor will star in and executive produce Netflix’s Boo, Bitch — a comedy limited series about a high school senior who, after years of playing it safe, decides to live an epic life … only to wake up the next morning and find out she’s now a ghost. I’m into it.
-Legendary Canadian actor Christopher Plummer has passed away at 91. There are a lot of amazing tributes and clips being shared, but my fave is when he did a roundtable with George Clooney, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Tilda Swinton and Voila Davis, and he talked about why he’d never work with Terrence Malick again.
-Netflix’s Malcolm & Marie tries to build on Euphoria and turn director Sam Levinson into a bankable auteur. Judging by reviews, things aren’t quite working out as planned.
-Levinson addressed the film’s backlash in an interview with Esquire: “There is this tendency amongst the establishment, and I mean white establishment critics, to categorize things and talk about them in a way that can sometimes speak to their own importance.”
-In her THR cover story, Shonda Rhimes talks about leaving ABC (she says her breaking point came when she tried to get an extra all-inclusive pass to Disneyland for a trip she took with her kids and sister and a high-ranking exec asked her “Don’t you have enough?”), talks about setting expectations with Netflix (“The first thing I said was, ‘You’re not going to get another Grey’s Anatomy — not Grey’s Anatomy in a cornfield, Grey’s Anatomy on a baseball field or Grey’s Anatomy at an airport, that’s just not happening’ “), and the culture shock of being at the streaming service (“The reason I came to Netflix is because I wanted to be able to make television without anybody bothering me. And as long as I get to keep making television without anybody bothering me, I’m happy”).
–Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and James Gunn took to social media to defend Chris Pratt. So they suddenly showed up when a meaningless throwaway Twitter poll voted him the worst Chris, but stayed silent when Brie Larson was facing hate and brutal boycott campaign from fanboys for being Captain Marvel and advocating for diversity? Screw them.
-Welp, Quibi is dead. Jeffrey Katzenberg is calling investors to tell them he’s shutting the company down, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. They’ll likely blame it on the pandemic and not the atrocious rollout or the fact that we are at the saturation point with streaming services.
–Dolly Parton sang a few lines of “Bury Me Beneath The Willow” on the Late Show last night and it made Stephen Colbert cry. I loved her reaction: “I better hush before you cry yourself to death and we can’t finish the show.”
-I loved this chat between Jamie Lee Curtis and Neve Campbell about their reigns as scream queens.
-Legally Blonde 3’s new release date has been confirmed. I’m skeptical we’ll be back in theatres by then, but you do you, Hollywood.
-The reviews for The Witches are in, and it sounds very, very bad. Too bad; I was ready to watch Anne Hathaway ham it up.
-Speaking of reviews, critics seem mixed on Borat 2. But the only thing everyone seems to agree on is the Rudy Giuliani segment is unbelievably uncomfortable. Apparently he follows Borat’s “daughter” into a hotel room and it’s … not good. The screengrab that’s floating around Twitter looks bad enough.
–Jared Leto will play the Joker in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, just in case you needed more convincing to skip it.
–Scott Speedman has joined the cast of You for season 3. I’m really happy for him, but my heart won’t be able to take it if he turns into a murder buddy for Joe.
–Jann Arden‘s sitcom is going to stream in the US on Hulu. Between this and her singing the Dawson’s Creek theme song when it hits Netflix, is this the year of Jann in America? Let’s hope! (She did a Cameo for my friend’s birthday this week and it was the best one I’ve ever seen.)
–Ariana Grande and Adele stans are not happy because they don’t understand how Twitter works.
-Normal People star Daisy Edgar Jones has been cast as Kyra, the lead in the film adaptation of Where the Crawdads Sing. I still haven’t finished that book — not because it’s bad but just because it was too heavy for my brain in 2020.
-Netflix will campaign Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis in the lead actor and actress categories for their Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom performances. They’ll also submit Boseman for supporting actor in Da 5 Bloods.
–V Magazine released a series of covers with Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift, Jaden Smith, Chris Evans, Janelle Monae, Jennifer Lawrence, Halsey and more, in which they break down why they’re voting. Carey said “We’ve been socialized to believe that poverty is a personal failure rather than our systems failing us.” Meanwhile, Swift didn’t just tell people to vote; she told them she’s voting for Biden. (She even made cookies.)
-Meanwhile, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson surged past the 200 million follower mark on IG after endorsing Biden, so it’s not exactly career suicide.
-Watch the West Wing cast reunite and recreate the ‘Hartsfield’s Landing’ episode from season 3 in the trailer for an upcoming special benefiting When We All Vote. This gave me chills. That show petered out in the end so you almost forget how very good the first few seasons were.
-Finally, Tory Lanez has been charged with assaulting a woman (presumably Megan Thee Stallion, who claims he fired a gun at her as she exited a car, resulting in injuries to her feet that required surgery).
-If you follow Deux Moi (and who doesn’t during quarantine?) then you’ll have seen all the sightings from the past 24 hours of people claiming to have witnessed Noah Centineo and Stassie Karanikolaou getting engaged/eloping in Vegas.
-Of all the TV shows that I want an oral history about its behind-the-scenes shenanigans, nothing beats The Vampire Diaries (followed closely by The Good Wife). The whispers about what went down on that set are legendary. Now, former costars Paul Wesley and Matt Davis are duking it out on Twitter over politics. (Davis already has a, um, questionable reputation.)
-There’s an urban legend that Princess Beatrice once pretended to knight singer James Blunt with a sword, but instead sliced Ed Sheeran across the face. Turns out Sheeran’s manager says it’s true — and she hasn’t spoken to him since.
-The Academy Awards have introduced new rules allowing movies to be eligible if they’ve screened at drive-ins. Which is very smart because there’s no way theatres are staying open in the major markets this xmas.
-With Tony Stark out of the picture it seems Peter Parker needs a new mentor — and Doctor Strange is stepping up. Benedict Cumberbatch will reprise the role in the next Spider-Man film.
-The “unrenewal” trend continues: Showtime has cancelledKirsten Dunst‘s show On Becoming a God in Central Florida, despite renewing it for Season 2 last September. When Showtime (who never cancels anything) gets in on the trend, you know TV is screwed.
–Selena Quintanilla‘s life story will be streaming on Netflix in December. Check out the trailer.
-The Princess Switch: Switched Again is coming to Netflix Nov 19, with Vanessa Hudgens set to return as 3 look-alikes. I can’t wait to see how long they can keep this franchise going…
-Here’s the trailer for David Fincher’s latest film Mank, a biopic of Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, which is coming to Netflix.