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THR’s Drama Actress Roundtable

Janelle Monae, Jennifer Aniston, Zendaya, Reese Witherspoon, Helena Bonham Carter and Rose Byrne
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-This year’s Hollywood Reporter’s TV drama actress roundtable features Janelle Monae, Jennifer Aniston, Zendaya, Reese Witherspoon, Helena Bonham Carter and Rose Byrne. I love how Witherspoon, Aniston and Carter are all going on about how the pandemic has given them time to pause and think about the world and Monae says “For me and my people, for the Black community, this is not an exciting time. This isn’t a time that we get to really reflect. We’re dealing with a lot of trauma.”

Jenny Slate has exited Big Mouth. “Black characters on an animated show should be played by Black people. Me playing Missy, I was engaging in an act of erasure of Black people.” Your move, Kristen Bell.

Bryan Singer appears to still be preying on boys despite The Atlantic’s explosive expose about him last year. In a new thread, Elijah Daniel details how the disgraced director is still around and allegedly recruiting boys for trips to Hawaii, shifting his focus from aspiring actors to Instagram influencers. Minutes after posting the thread, images of boys with the tag #BryanSinger were scrubbed from Instagram.

Stephen Colbert interviewed John Bolton last night and did not get off his neck. It was glorious. “How did you not know beforehand that [Trump] was just callow? … You’re an international negotiator. How could you be naive? You’ve dealt with the worst people in the world.”

-The Globes’ TV critic John Doyle spilled some tea on Ben Mulroney and his thin skin in today’s paper. He talked about jokingly creating a ‘most annoying Cdn’ poll in 2003. Mulroney, who was hosting Canadian Idol at the time, tied with the guy from the Canadian Tire ads. “All in good fun. Some of the TV personalities on the list thought it was hilarious. One sent me a bouquet of flowers. I didn’t hear from Ben Mulroney directly of course. Oh my, no. I did hear from Senator Marjory LeBreton, the former deputy chief of staff in Brian Mulroney’s government. Her letter to the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher and CEO of this newspaper, also cc’d me, let me know there was umbrage taken at Ben Mulroney being teased in my column…There was certainly a call or two of complaint to the paper’s then Editor-in-Chief from Brian Mulroney.” While Doyle’s bosses were supportive of him, he says his counterpart at The Sun wasn’t so lucky: “Brian Mulroney was then on the board of Quebecor, which owned the Sun, and the Mulroney family complained to the paper’s bosses about the TV critic’s coverage of Ben. The writer was summoned to a meeting and told, ‘Never type the words ‘Ben Mulroney’ again.’ And he didn’t. He couldn’t.”

-Meanwhile, Lainey reiterated and expanded upon the apology she posted on today’s episode of The Social after her old posts were trending online. This is very well done.

Penn Badgley spoke about his You costar Chris D’Elia being accused of sexually harassing and grooming underage girls: “It did affect me deeply. I was very troubled by it. I am very troubled by it. I don’t know Chris. I know that, if there’s anything we need to do in this age, it’s to believe women.”

-Days of Our Lives’ Melissa Reeves has come under fire for her anti-Black Lives Matter stance. As someone who once made a scrapbook for Jack & Jennifer’s wedding in her youth, this is super disappointing.

-Brooklyn Nine-Nine is reportedly scrapping four episodes and starting over to focus more on BLM.

-Really liked this piece on how we think of — and what we want from — famous people is changing.

Roch Voisine was trending in Canada, and I’m so happy that it’s not because he has died… It’s because he’s turned into a stone cold daddy.

Timothee Chalamet and Eiza Gonzalez were spotted vacationing together in Mexico. How is anyone vacationing right now? I have so many questions.

-TIFF has unveiled the first details about this year’s film festival. It’ll be dramatically scaled down (50 features from last year’s 333), will feature some drive-in screenings, and will have a huge online component.

John Boyega responded to that viral marriage proposal.

-Netflix’s new cooking show Crazy Delicious is getting great buzz.

Padma Lakshmi’s Taste the Nation on Hulu is also getting good reviews.

-Eurovision Song Contest, starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams and dropping on Netflix this weekend, is getting mixed reviews. Variety says it’s “a badly shot one-joke movie that sits there and goes thud,” while Vulture calls it “glorious,” the Globe & Mail says “it’s barely a movie at all,” and Vanity Fair calls it “silly and fun.”

-Here’s the trailer for HBO Max’s Expecting Amy, a three-part documentary series following Amy Schumer as she juggles looming parenthood with her stand-up career.

-Here’s the first trailer for J.J. Abrams and Sara BareillesLittle Voice, Apple+’s coming-of-age musical drama.

-I can’t believe The Handmaid’s Tale is still limping along. Here’s the season 4 trailer.

Jessica Chastain is a rogue assassin in trailer for action movie Ava.

Kristen Stewart’s Royal Role

Kristen Stewart will play Princess Diana in a new movie which is…hard to imagine. I actually really like Stewart as an actress but she seems to bring a very specific, twitchy energy to every role, whether it’s Personal Shopper or Charlie’s Angels.

Gwyneth Paltrow plugged her new ‘Smells Like My Orgasm’ candle on Fallon — with help from her 14-year-old son Moses.

-In this week’s People, Tyler Perry penned an essay about racial injustice. He narrates a recorded version for 8 min & 46 seconds — the exact length of time Derek Chauvin used a knee to pin George Floyd by the neck as he died.

-Screenshots are circulating from a private Facebook group in which a black film editor posted about looking to connect with other black editors, and a bunch of well-known white editors immediately called foul.

J. Cole released a new song on Tuesday, which contains verses that many interpret as taking aim at Chicago rapper and activist Noname. It is all very tone policing. “When I see something that’s valid, I listen/But s**t, it’s something about the queen tone that’s botherin’ me” and “Instead of conveying you holier, come help get us up to speed.” He responded to the backlash by tweeting that he stands by his lyrics, but also encouraged fans to follow Noname: “I love and honor her as a leader in these times.”

Chance the Rapper also weighed in, tweeting: “They both my peoples but only one of them put out a whole song talking about how the other needs to reconsider their tone and attitude in order to save the world. It’s not constructive and undermines all the work Noname has done. It’s not BWs job to spoon feed us. We grown”

-The Bold and the Beautiful headed back into production today and the safety measures are wild, including using actors’ real-life partners as stand-ins for intimate scenes.

-With all that’s been going on, it’s been a while since we’ve seen a public #MeToo-ing but that’s what happened last night to Chris D’Elia. The comedian (who, ironically, played a predator in the second season of You) was the subject of a series of Twitter threads from women who say he behaved inappropriately with them. Multiple young women shared screenshots of him apparently sliding into their DMs and trying to arrange meetups when they were still in their teens.

D’Elia responded with a statement to TMZ: “I have said and done things that might have offended people during my career, but I have never knowingly pursued any underage women at any point. All of my relationships have been both legal and consensual and I have never met or exchanged any inappropriate photos with the people who have tweeted about me. That being said, I really am truly sorry. I was a dumb guy who ABSOLUTELY let myself get caught up in my lifestyle. That’s MY fault. I own it. I’ve been reflecting on this for some time now and I promise I will continue to do better.”

-Comic book writer Warren Ellis is also coming under fire on Twitter for his interactions with women.

-The CW released a committment to making their social pages safe and free of harassment for fans and talent. Which is great — but Candice Patton has been receiving online harassment and threats for 6 years and they did nothing.

-This is a very good piece on how some Hollywood TV studios drastically cut the pay of lowest-level assistants & support staff after the pandemic hit. Last week, at least 15 showrunners at WBTV banded together to fight for them, but the recent cuts to assistants’ pay particularly rankled employees who used to work with Andrew Kreisberg, who was fired from The CW in 2017 following allegations of sexual harassment — and was paid nearly $10 million by Warner Bros after he was let go.

Ted Danson gushing about Schitt’s Creek to Annie Murphy during an Emmys roundtable is so heart healing.

-In another Emmys roundtablePatrick Stewart revealed he was not high on Gene Roddenberry’s list to star on Star Trek: “Somewhere in the cellar of Paramount Pictures, there’s a Post-it note which says, ‘I do not want to hear Patrick Stewart’s name mentioned again ever!’ ”

Joe Cornish says he’s met up with John Boyega to talk ideas for an Attack The Block sequel. Don’t tease me!!

-This is a good look back at how New Girl mastered the art of the slow burn with Nick and Jess.  (I think they eventually screwed up that relationship, but the beginning was perfection.)

-The National Book Critics Circle has imploded. More than half of the board has resigned in a series of events one member described as “bizarre and bloody in an end-of-a-Tarantino-movie way.”

A teen romance about a guy who’s so beautiful he has to keep his face under wraps? Sure.

Mariah Carey and the Schitt’s Creek Cast Sing “Hero” to Graduates

-There were so many awesome moments in the Obamas ‘Dear Class of 2020’ celebration. Beyoncé delivered a powerful 10-minute speech, Taylor Swift told a story about missing her own graduation, and Lady Gaga also contributed a video. But my fave part was when the characters of Schitt’s Creek sang a song — with a surprise cameo from Mariah Carey!

J.K. Rowling is once again facing allegations of transphobia after she publicly took issue with a headline that used the inclusive phrase “people who menstruate” and then, when she faced pushback on Twitter, dug her heels in even further. (Seriously, is it that hard to understand the difference between sex and gender? She seemed to get it when she wrote the scene in which Hermione takes the form of Harry.)  Plus, of all the times for her to stir this up again — at the start of Pride and when the world is already on fire.

-Here are 8 fantasy novels by trans and non-binary authors, in case you need some new reading material.

-It is just me, or are The CW superhero shows imploding? On the heels of the Batwoman shakeup, The Flash’s Hartley Sawyer, who plays Ralph Dibny/The Elongated Man, has been fired for old tweets he made featuring racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments. (I stopped watching a couple of seasons ago but I do remember that character used to refer to a female scientist by her measurements instead of her character’s name, so this might not be a great loss for the show.)

-Meanwhile, Batwoman’s showrunner explained why they’re creating an entirely new role rather than recasting the main character.

-In other CW news, Riverdale’s writers have vowed to do better when it comes to their Black characters.

-Do we really believe Trump watches Insecure? Really?

Alexis Ohanian and wife Serena Williams spoke out about his resignation from the board of Reddit.

-Even Bryce Dallas Howard, who starred in The Help, doesn’t want you to watch The Help right now.

John Boyega thanked his fans and colleagues for having his back after his speech at a London protest.

Lea Michele‘s Broadway understudy says she was already monster when she was only 12.

-Federal prosecutors in New York have formally requested access to Prince Andrew as part of their ongoing criminal investigation into the abuses and sex trafficking of Jeffrey Epstein.

-K-pop continues to come through. BTS and their management company donated $1 million to Black Lives Matter. As soon as the band announced it, a team of stans called One in an Army vowed to match it and ended up raising $1,026,531 in just over 24 hours thanks to 35,609 donors.

Jennifer Aniston has also quietly donated nearly $1 million.

-Meanwhile, Terry Crews is facing criticism after posting some nonsense about “Black supremacy.”

Amanda Seyfried and Kevin Bacon try to have a peaceful vacation in the trailer for horror flick You Should Have Left.