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Robert Pattinson Was “F**king Furious” Over Batman Leak

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Robert Pattinson covers Variety and the interview is great. He discusses the initial rumors that he had been cast in Matt Reeves‘ Batfilm — and he hadn’t even gotten the chance to audition yet, let alone been cast. “When that thing leaked, I was fucking furious. Everyone was so upset. Everyone was panicking from my team. I sort of thought that had blown up the whole thing…I’d had Batman in my mind for a while. It’s such an absurd thing to say. I sort of had an idea to do it, and I’d been prodding Matt. He didn’t accept any prods. I kept asking to meet him.” He also talks about noticing an odd career pattern while shooting his latest film, The Lighthouse: “In the last three or four movies, I’ve got a masturbation scene. I did it in High Life. I did it in Damsel. And The Devil All the Time. I only realized when I did it the fourth time. But when I saw the clay figure of the mermaid, if you’re getting turned on by that, you’re in a very strange place in your life.”

-Speaking of good cover stories, Renee Zellweger talks about her comeback in NY Mag. This is the part that’s raising eyebrows: “It’s interesting that both Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli married gay men, I say, and here she makes the most complicated and hilarious face imaginable, one that seems to say, all at once, Haven’t we all? And Go figure! ‘Cute’s cute,’ she says. ‘Handsome is handsome! Sweet is sweet. If it works…I mean, I mean! Sometimes it just doesn’t really matter. It just dudn’t. If there’s a spark, it just is, and who needs to explain it?’ (At the moment, she’s single, after a long relationship with a musician; her previous high-profile boyfriends include Bradley Cooper, Kenny Chesney, Jim Carrey, and George Clooney.)”

Timothee Chalamet won the Venice red carpet this weekend with the suit that launched a thousand tweets.

-Run to Jodie Smith‘s IG stories RIGHT NOW to see the videos she shot of boyfriend Joshua Jackson in bed with her.

Brad Pitt went to Kanye West’s Sunday Service this weekend, which is…huh.

-Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist and Chris Wood got married on Sunday. When it comes to TV star weddings I’m always intrigued by which costars showed up — and which ones didn’t. Wood’s Vampire Diaries costar Paul Wesley, Supergirl’s Odette Annable, and Kevin Smith (who directed several SG episodes), were in attendance.

-Do you think that Harry Styles realized that too many people fell in love with him because of last week’s unbelievably charming Rolling Stone interview, so he was like “F-k it, I’ll just get a bowl cut so y’all will leave me alone.”

-Congrats to Lizzo, who just earned her very first Billboard No. 1 song with “Truth Hurts.”

-This is a very, very sweet video of the Jonas Brothers showing up at a 16-year-old fan’s hospital room because she had to miss their concert due to a chemo treatment.

This is a great piece on how shows like Fleabag, Younger, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel have ushered in a TV landscape that’s less interested in fairy-tale endings than the challenges of modern love.

-Speaking of TV, here’s my picks for the 10 new shows to watch this fall.

-Apple+ is not moving forward with its Richard Gere drama. It’s not a good sign that Apple reportedly did not like the show’s “tone of vigilante justice” and is looking for more “aspirational programming” (which sounds way too close to the happy/earnest vibe Disney+ is going for). On the plus side, maybe it’s ok that the show is dead because the premise sounds *horrible*: two elderly Vietnam veterans’ “lifelong regrets and secrets collide with their resentment of today’s self-absorbed millennials, and the duo go on a shooting spree.”

Christoph Waltz and Liam Hemsworth are going to star in a new Quibi series. It feels like every other day some major star signs onto Quibi, and I still don’t really get what it is.

-Critics are really, really digging the new Joker movie, which premiered at Venice over the weekend. I’m waiting for more female critics to weigh in before I decide if I’m going to see it in theatres.

-I can’t believe how much I laughed at the Between Two Ferns movie trailer. “You killed Matthew McConaughey!”

Taika Waititi skewers Hitler in the new Jojo Rabbit trailer. This is the only ticket I’m really wishing I would have scored for TIFF this weekend, but it sold out SO FAST.

Who’s On Team Taylor?

-The Taylor Swift drama kicked into high gear over the long weekend. Swift has never owned her masters and her old music label just sold them to Justin Bieber‘s manager Scooter Braun, much to Swift’s chagrin. Now you’d think Swift would come off completely sympathetic here, since labels controlling artists’ original recordings is a ridiculous predatory relic of the music industry (remember when Prince wrote “slave” on his face and changed his name to a symbol? Or when Paul McCartney lost the rights to The Beatles’ catalog to Michael Jackson?). But Swift muddied the waters with her rebuttal by 1) saying she didn’t know about the sale (which seems unlikely, since her dad is on the label’s board and the head of the label says he texted her the night before the story broke), 2) bringing up all the Kanye West past drama and 3) using Tumblr, of all platforms, to make a statement. I get that a lot of her fans are still on it but this should have been positioned as a business story, not a fandom rallying cry. And now there’s talk that she’s liking anti-Bieber posts that have nothing to do with music rights. Remember when Swift used to be the best at controlling the message? Nowadays, even when she’s in the right (and she’s CLEARLY in the right on the masters issue) it’s not always easy to root for her. The fact that people are actually defending archaic music industry practices over her is a pretty stark sign of how far she’s fallen.

-Celebs are taking sides, with Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato and Sia defending Braun, and Halsey, Camila Cabello, Iggy Izalea, Cara Delevingne, Haim, and Brandon Urie on Team Swift.

Miley Cyrus just dropped a NSFW music video filled with messages like “feminist AF,” “virginity is a social construct,” and “my body my rules.”

-“Old Town Road” rapper Lil Nas X came out as gay over the weekend with his latest song, tweeting: “Deadass thought i made it obvious.”

Joshua Jackson was spotted looking cozy this weekend with Jodie Turner-Smith (who he also posted a sweet IG story with). But I thought he was spotted kissing another girl in a parking garage a couple of weeks ago?

Lindsay Lohan celebrated turning 33 by getting naked on Instagram. As you do.

-Wow. Kim Kardashian actually agreed to change her shapewear line’s name.

Dan Levy‘s goodbye post to Schitt’s Creek is so soft.

-It looks like James Franco might be getting pulled into the Amber Heard/Johnny Depp saga.

-I never thought I’d push for Harry Styles to play Elvis, but I’ll take him over Ansel Elgort or Miles Teller.

Louis Tomlinson wasn’t thrilled about that fanfiction scene in HBO’s Euphoria, in which a character read her fanfic about him and Harry Styles relieving stage-fright tensions through oral sex (which was accompanied by an animated depiction). He responded to fan’s tweets about it “I can categorically say that I was not contacted nor did I approve it.”

-It also seems like someone at HBO pretended to be a teen to infiltrate the fanfic community, which is gross.

Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston keep teasing a new project, which is presumably the Breaking Bad movie.

-It’s amazing how charming Jake Gyllenhaal can be when he wants to be. (Full video is here.)

-This is a great profile on Linda Cardellini, who just keeps steadily, quietly doing good work.

-Enlisted is now streaming on Crackle. I wish it was Netflix, but it’s a start!

-The reviews for the new season of Stranger Things are very strong (though I’m a little concerned that there seems to be critical rumblings that Hopper has turned into a jerk).

-Here’s the first trailer Mindy Kaling’s adaptation of Four Weddings and a Funeral. It looks charming. I am charmed.

-There are so many articles lately about the summer box office meltdown. But Late Night and Booksmart should never have been summer releases, and Men In Black and Dark Phoenix were obviously re-written messes. This doesn’t seem confusing.

-Sadness: Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss has announced she’s leaving the band.

-A new Aziz Ansari stand-up special directed by Spike Jonze is coming to Netflix this month. Anyone wanna bet that he doesn’t even reference why he went away?

-Cult favorite TV show Wynonna Earp is back on track for a summer 2020 return after the studio’s funding woes nearly derailed the Syfy drama.

-I like this Big Little Lies theory.

-The trailer for Rian Johnson‘s murder mystery Knives Out has dropped, featuring a stacked cast that includes Chris Evans, Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Michael Shannon and LaKeith Stanfield.

Zendaya Answers Vogue’s 73 Questions

Zendaya covers the June 2019 issue of Vogue, which also means she gets the 73 questions treatment. I like that she restricted the whole thing to her backyard instead of the usual house tour, but is so charming that it doesn’t seem like she’s shutting you out in any way.

Zendaya is also on the cover of Paper, where she says she has no desire to give up her music career for acting.

-I literally couldn’t contemplate winning a lunch with George and Amal Clooney. I think I’d have to study international affairs for six months to feel remotely qualified to open my mouth around them, and the whole thing would stress me out. But the video of George talking about it is super cute.

-This is awful: Miley Cyrus was trying to leave her hotel with Liam Hemsworth after a festival appearance in Barcelona and as she was fighting her way through the crowds to their car a dude grabbed her and tried to kiss her.

Tiffany Haddish says she’s retiring her white Alexander McQueen gown after wearing it to five events. I’m gonna miss it.

Kevin Spacey made a surprise appearance at his groping case hearing today.

-I liked Netflix’s Always Be My Maybe, but the very best parts involved Keanu Reeves. This intro scene is already so iconic that there’s already a Twitter account devoted to putting different songs behind it.

-Meanwhile, Keanu is reportedly in talks to join Angelina Jolie in Marvel’s The Eternals.

-It’s cute that Marc Anthony seems to get along so well with JLo and ARod.

-Don’t look to Joshua Jackson to start beating the Dawson’s Creek reunion drum. He said: “I had a great time. Mostly. I had a good time. 19 to 24, everything’s difficult, you’re all mixed up, you don’t know your place in the world yet. I would not go back there, no.”

-Congrats to Jay Z, who just became hip hop’s first billionaire.

-One of my fave TV writers @tvoti just came out as trans and wrote about it in relation to The Handsmaid’s Tale and it’s extremely powerful stuff.

-I gave up on it because of too much TV + little interest in watching any TV lately, but I dig this justification for why Whiskey Cavalier deserved a second season.

-I did force myself to start Good Omens this weekend because I adored the book — and it turns out the show is equally fantastic. The clincher for me was episode 3’s cold open, which only came together because Neil Gaiman realized he needed to give David Tennant and Michael Sheen more to do. It shows the two mains meeting at various major events in history, including Noah’s Ark, Jesus’ crucifixion, the first showing of Hamlet in the Globe, the French Revolution, WWII and more. Gaiman said: “When I got to Episode 3, I went, ‘Oh, Crowley and Aziraphale aren’t in this 50-page chunk,’ so I thought, ‘Well, I’ll do a mini-movie of Crowley and Aziraphale through time, and it will give Michael and David something to do.'”

-Also as I was watching it I saw someone tweet “Oh, this is a love story!” and it totally changed how I saw the show. Michael Sheen agrees.

-There is a very real possibility that for the first time ever, there will not be a single comedy from ABC, CBS, NBC or FOX among the best comedy series Emmy nominees.

-On the slim chance that you’re not totally done hearing about Game of Thrones, this is a very good video explaining how foreshadowing shouldn’t be misconstrued as character development when it came to Daenerys.

-Apple TV still hasn’t revealed when its streaming service is coming or how much it will cost, but they did drop their first trailer today. It’s for Ron Moore‘s alt-history space race series For All Mankind.

-I went to a movie this weekend and the Lion King trailer played before it, and I was like “how could they not use Beyonce‘s voice in this?!?” But today’s new trailer rectifies that, with her Nala character finally making an appearance.

Christian Bale and Matt Damon burn rubber in the First Ford v. Ferrari trailer.