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Michael B. Jordan Is Ready To Take Over The World

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Michael B. Jordan covers the latest issue of Vanity Fair and talks about how much he has going on right now. His production company (which not only has an inclusion rider pledge but convinced Warner Bros. to adopt that promise across the entire studio)  is already developing scores of television series and films. “I want to create projects for Brad Pitt, but at the same time I want to be able to create a movie for Will Smith, or Denzel, or Lupita, or Tessa. It’s gonna be eclectic. It’s gonna be animation. It’s gonna be non-scripted. It’s gonna be digital. It’s gonna be film, television. It’s gonna be video games.”

-In his calculating new GQ cover story (why is he still getting covers?!?), Johnny Depp plays the victim and says it hurts to be considered a violent man. The whole fawning interview is disgusting and this takedown of it is more worth your time than the story itself.

-Congrats to Kate Hudson and Danny Fujikawa, who welcomed a baby girl. They named her Rani (pronounced Ronnie) after his dad.

Mischa Barton is going to be on the MTV revival of The Hills and so help me god I’m actually interested. Also, The Hills was a spin off of Laguna Beach, which was originally created to be the real-life version of The OC. Time is a flat circle.

-A very pro-Brad Pitt sounding source says that contrary to reports, he and Angelina Jolie have “no truce” in their custody battle.

-I know I said last week that my enjoyment of A Star Is Born is going to depend on how much I can avoid Bradley Cooper‘s insufferable behavior on this press tour — but I just can’t stop!

Steven Spielberg has cast Ansel Elgort as Tony in his musical film adaptation of West Side Story. I don’t hate this. You need to be super earnest in that role and that dude is the earnest-est.

Kanye West took a tour of Detroit’s College for Creative Studies yesterday afternoon, and at one point he jumped on a table to rant about Elon Musk, telling people to “leave that man the f–k alone.”

-Meanwhile, Kanye picked a fight with Kim Kardashian because he didn’t like the colour of the band-aid she gave him, and I actually feel really bad for her. (I don’t know what’s more disturbing: that he seems jealous of the attention she’s giving their kids, or Khloé‘s reaction to her story — “But if that’s going to make him feel more loved, don’t you want to just get the band-aid?”)

-Chelsea Peretti announced she won’t be coming back to Brooklyn Nine-Nine full time. ::sad trombone::

-Oh FFS, now Damon Wayans says *he’s* quitting Lethal Weapon. “It’s hard for me to play this loving, supportive father, husband, friend on TV, and be the guy in life that is telling everyone, ‘I can’t I have to work.'” (For what it’s worth, when the Clayne Crawford drama was going down, Wayan didn’t exactly come off smelling like a rose, with reports about him refusing to participate in table reads and wanting sides that only included his lines and excluded the lines of all other actors.) Fox should have just scraped the whole thing and renewed Pitch.

-Fantastic Beasts director David Yates hit back at reports of straightwashing, promising that the sequel will feature Jude Law‘s Dumbledore having “sensual moments” with Grindelwald.

-This is a bad take by Jimmy Kimmel on Louis C.K.‘s return to the comedy stage: “I think people tend to focus on the one or two people who walk out of a situation like that. Ultimately, the audience decides whether someone is welcomed back.” The audience didn’t decide whether CK got that spot on the stage (they didn’t even know he was going to be there). The comedy club owner gave him that spot. To ignore the obvious gatekeeping is a ridiculous statement. (This thread captures everything wrong with what he said.)

-Venom seems like it’s one of those movies that the fresh or rotten rating fails. It’s only 33% on Rotten Tomatoes, but every review I’ve read makes it sound like a mess that’s also super fun to watch.

Tom Hardy playing with rescue dogs is the best content on the internet today.

-There’s talk that the Timothee Chalamet and Lily-Rose Depp relationship is a PR-based strategy and I refuse to accept this because LOOK HOW ADORABLE THEY ARE!

-This profile on Catherine Hardwicke is a brutal read. The Monday after Twilight opened and she became the highest grossing female director to ever open a movie, she went into the Summit offices to do an online fan chat. “When I went in I saw that there were massive bouquets and balloons and bottles of wine, and crazy gifts sent to them by all the distributors around the world or whoever, all their friends. I had heard these rumors that when a director does something like this they give them a car, they give them a two-picture deal or something like that. They give them an office and ask them what they want to do after this.” Hardwicke pauses. “And then I got a mini cupcake that day.”

-Holy moly, Kristen Bell is on the new episode of Keep It and I’ve never downloaded a podcast quicker. (On a recent episode, Kara put her on her Top Ten White Women list and I really hope they talk about it.)

-I’m still digesting this NYT article questioning whether art should be a battleground for social justice, but it’s worth a read.

-Vulture did a deep dive into Adam Driver‘s oil baron sketch on SNL.

Rihanna, Yasiel Puig, and Christina Milian were all victimized by the same burglars — three teen boys and the mother of one of the suspects — who were arrested last week. So, does that mean a Bling Ring sequel is in the works?

-Variety reports that ABC Studios and producers have kept Criminal Minds director of photography Greg St. Johns in place despite multiple harassment and abuse claims, an HR probe, and an investigation by a California state agency. Several male crew members accused him of groping them and reported it, but saw no steps taken to curb or address the alleged abuse.

-Another CBS exec has been placed on leave after several current and former employees alleged he regularly used sexual and homophobic language in the workplace.

-This apology/statement by Fan Bingbing does nothing to quell my fears about her well-being.

-So Drew Barrymore‘s publicist has denied she granted that bizarre interview that was circulating yesterday, but Egypt Air is still standing by it.

Jodie Whittaker takes over the main role on Doctor Who this weekend. I don’t watch the show but I like her so much and she’s uber charming in this interview.

-The trailer for Vice is finally here, starring Sam Rockwell as George W Bush and Christian Bale as Dick Cheney. Whoa.

Ariana Grande Lets Her Hair Down

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-In Ariana Grande‘s Elle cover story, she talks about dealing with the Manchester concert and loving Jaws when she was just 4, but stays mum on her quickie engagement.

-Meanwhile, Pete Davidson defended his decision to give fiancée Ariana Grande his late father’s FDNY badge, which she’s wearing on a necklace.

Meghan Markle‘s father says he thinks his daughter looks terrified in her new family, saying he can tell by her smile. My god, how is he still allowed to talk about her?

-The is weird: Hulu just stealth-dropped the entire new season of UnREAL. It may still air on Lifetime, but not until next year, if at all. They’re playing it like it’s a Beyonce-style surprise release, but it feels a lot more like a summer burn-off.

Johnny Depp has settled his legal feud with his former managers.

Demi Moore and Cybill Shepherd got in on the Bruce Willis-roasting action for Comedy Central.

Jessica Biel‘s trouble-plagued restaurant has abruptly closed.

Chris Pine uses a flip phone and drives a Jeep Wagoner. And yet, I still think he’s the best Chris. He’s so great, he’s able to overcome all this hipster nonsense.

Sacha Baron Cohen‘s new series on Showtime is getting rave reviews. I like this take on how he’s able to respond to right wing troll culture in a way mainstream reporters cannot. The gun segment is insane.

Danielle Panabaker will make her directorial debut in The Flash’s new season. Well, they’re not giving her anything to do in front of the camera so she might as well try behind it.

Billy Bush‘s wife has filed for divorce. She deserves a medal for sticking it out for two years after the tapes.

Cardi B, Beyonce and Jay-Z are leading the MTV VMA nominations.

-I gave up on The Crown because it was way too slow for my tastes, but Olivia Colman looks amazing as Queen Elizabeth. It’s hard to believe that that’s the same woman who once said “Move away from me now or I will piss in a cup and throw it at you.”

-I missed that Broadway stars were sniping about Lauren Ambrose taking Sunday matinees off during her My Fair Lady run.

-Stranger Things doesn’t come back until next year, but Netflix is already promoting it with a new teaser that introduces a new job for Steve.

-Expectant couple Norman Reedus and Diane Kruger had some face mask fun on Instagram, but seriously, has no one introduced them to Korean sheet masks yet?! I expect more from her.

-I love that Christine Baranski had no idea what Big Dick Energy was, but as soon as she was told she had it she was like “oh, I get it now.”

-Now that The Handmaid’s Tale finale has aired here, I get why it was so divisive with critics last week.

-Michelle Obama dancing in the front row of a Beyonce concert is a mood.

-Vulture ranked the 20 best rom-com sidekicks and I love these picks!

-I’m seeing The Miseducation of Cameron Post this week, and the new trailer has me v. excited.

-The promo for an Emma Roberts/Hayden Christensen rom-com might actually be the worst trailer of the year. So naturally, I can’t wait to watch it.

-Speaking of movie trailers, I love this 90s trailer bracket.

Felicity Jones fights for gender equality as young a Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the trailer for On the Basis of Sex, costarring Armie Hammer. This looks, um…not great.

Is Beyonce Pregnant Or Just Messing With Us?

Beyonce‘s belly bump watch just kicked into high gear thanks to this video from her new tour, in which she appears to cup her stomach. I dunno; she just had twins a year ago and she posed with a Corona just last week.

-In news that should surprise no one, Johnny Depp is being sued for allegedly punching a location manager on the City of Lies set. The lawsuit claims the actor screamed obscenities at the crew member and punched him twice in the ribs, then offered him $100,000 to punch back.

Robin Wright broke her silence about costar Kevin Spacey, making it clear she didn’t have a friendship with him beyond the House of Cards set. In her Today Show interview, she says “Kevin and I knew each other between action and cut, and in between setups, where we would giggle. I didn’t really …I didn’t know the man. I knew the incredible craftsman that he is.”

-Also, costar Patricia Clarkson credits her for saving the show after the scandal. “Robin led all of this charge so that people would save their livelihoods, because when the show goes away, some people don’t get paid. I think it’s going to be a stunning, stunning new season and I’m thankful for it.”

-Is 24 the new age for celebrities to get engaged? And cripes, is that another pear-shaped diamond?!

Gal Gadot stopped by a children’s hospital in Virginia dressed like Wonder Woman and the photos are lovely.

-I really like Dwayne Johnson‘s response to those tough Baywatch reviews: “It’s not that critics didn’t like it. They … hated it. But to clarify, it’s not audience first, critics never. Critics love movies, and we’re all in this business together.”

-Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams wants a new trial to lower his $50K monthly child support bill.

-I don’t love the olive green Ralph Lauren dress that Meghan Markle wore to Prince Louis‘ christening today, but Princess Charlotte was always going to steal the show anyway.

Harvey Weinstein appeared in court and  pled not guilty to new sexual assault charges, and won’t face home confinement. Also, he’s apparently working as a paralegal on his own case.

-The new chief of Warner laid out his vision for HBO — and he basically wants to turn it into Netflix. This is so weird and misguided. HBO has an established and respected brand and tone; Netflix’s original content strategy just seems to be throwing things at the wall and seeing what sticks without worrying about bloat or quality.

Drake‘s Scorpion is now the first album to reach 1 billion streams in a week. I’m happy for him; I just wish it was a better album.

-Also, Drake‘s new freestyle “Behind Barz” seems to be about Kanye West.

-I’m both impressed and not at all surprised that Lin-Manuel Miranda deals with mean people by being unfailingly cheerful until they feel so bad they end up apologizing.

Stan Lee has dropped his $1 billion lawsuit against his former company.

-Lawrence is nowhere to be seen and Issa looks like she’s still living with Daniel in the new Insecure promo.

-The ladies of Litchfield try to adjust to life in maximum security in the season 6 trailer for Orange Is The New Black.

-Gross. Jerry O’Connell  is hosting a show called Real Men Watch Bravo this fall, because god forbid we don’t coddle masculine fragility. Straight white dudes exhaust me.

Sacha Baron Cohen released a short preview of his new Showtime show Who Is America, which he says he’s been undercover secretly filming it for a year. In the clip, he gets Dick Cheney to autograph his “waterboarding kit.”

Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy are currently shooting the IT sequel in Toronto, and her IG stories make it seem like they’re having a great time. They dined at Kasa Moto on Saturday (so close to my house!) and then she got him to demonstrate proper hand washing technique.

Emma Stone, Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz star in the first trailer for The Favourite. (I love that they’re using the British spelling.) It’s from the director of The Lobster, a movie I still haven’t quite wrapped my head around.