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Idris Elba Talks Upbringing, Career in Esquire UK

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Idris Elba is on the cover of December’s British Esquire and this feels like a really nice way for the universe to welcome me back to civilization after my vacation. In the interview, he talks about his early career and getting famous by playing an American. “I don’t like the term ‘black actor’ in the first place. I don’t understand what that is. When we talk about Benedict Cumberbatch, we don’t call him a ‘white actor’. When you speak about van Gogh, or any other painter, they’re painters; they use all the colours in the spectrum. They don’t use colours confined to where they’re from…I’m a British actor, but America made me who I am as a popular actor by playing an American. But it just turns out that my grandad on my mother’s side was born in Kansas City. So, am I allowed? Or not allowed? The debate thickens, do you know what I mean?”

Meaghan Markle and Kate Middleton were twinning today.

Taylor Swift‘s new $200 million record deal isn’t just huge for her — she used it to help out other artists. In the deal, she got the label to agree to distribute a cut of proceeds from any sale of its Spotify shares to artists, non-recoupable — meaning that they’d be paid even if they hadn’t earned back their latest advance.

Drake fans are being blamed for a brawl at Pusha T’s concert in Toronto that saw one man get stabbed.

Ellen Pompeo is getting a lot of buzz for her soundbite about diversity on sets, but the whole conversation with her, Gabrielle Union, and Gina Rodriguez is worth watching. Oh, Emma Roberts  was there too.

Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Tiffany Haddish, Chelsea Perriti and Amy Sedaris star in Google’s Friendsgiving ad that’ll debut during the Macy’s parade and the bts footage is very cute.

-Remember when Gwen Stefani used to be the coolest MF alive? What happened?!

Mandy Moore got married this weekend. I’m not sure I’m sold on the dress.

Joshua Jackson has a new girlfriend and he looks so happy in these photos that it dims my jealousy. Slightly.

Bradley Cooper decided to stay in character while behind the camera in A Star Is Born for maximum authenticity. Of freakin’ course he did.

Brad Pitt is trying to distance himself from those shoddy post-Katrina homes. He asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit against him after claims his foundation Make It Right built inadequate housing.

-In a new interview, Leah Remini claims Tom Cruisepersonally administered punishment on a high-ranking member” of Scientology on the orders of Church leader David Miscavige.

-Here’s a photo of a bearded and buff Zac Efron on a horse, just because I love you.

-Hollywood just can’t stop with the reboots. Michael C. Hall says he’s open to the idea of a Dexter reboot, while CBS is working on bringing back Northern Exposure.

-LFO singer Devin Lima has died at 41 after a battle with adrenal cancer. Another member of the three-man pop group, Rich Cronin, previously died of leukemia.

-The prosecutors in Harvey Weinstein‘s sexual-assault case say his lawyers are turning it into a “public circus,” and insist that their case is still legally viable.

-Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer and her fiancé have split have 11(!) years.

-Speaking of splits, Robert DeNiro is separating from wife after 20 years of marriage.

Chrissy Teigen was on Ellen and got Michael B Jordan to admit that’s he’s hooked up with girls who’ve slid into his DMs. She should co-host every day!

-Also, Teigen revealed on the show that modeling contract states that her feet must be retouched or hidden. “I have Asian jungle feet, like we’re meant to climb trees.”

-I’m really bummed that the critically adored Widows is doing so poorly at the box office. Hopefully the holiday weekend will turn things around.

-It’s been 10 years since Twilight hit theatres so Vulture is celebrating the most intentionally funny scene in movie history: the vampire baseball game.

-Why do we still listen to anything Bill Maher says? Like, ever?

-And why do we still listen to anything Piers Morgan says? Like, ever? (Bless Ariana Grande for her clapbacks.)

Keanu Reeves becomes obsessed with bringing back his family members who died in a traffic accident in the Replicas trailer.

Joshua Jackson The Latest Star to Leave The Affair

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-What the hell is happening behind the scenes on The Affair? First Ruth Wilson leaves and says she can’t talk about why, and now Joshua Jackson may not return for the final season (even though he did some of the best work of his career in the season that just ended). He reportedly does not want to return and “left on very distinct terms.”

Shia LaBeouf and FKA Twigs are dating? Really?!? (The fact that she confirmed this via “home intercom” slays me.)

Will Smith celebrated turning 50 by bungee jumping over a cliff. So there.

-There is a theory that Meghan Markle is hiding a pregnancy with her new straight hairstyle. That’s…not how hair works.

Gwyneth Paltrow admits the term “conscious uncoupling” is dorky in a new podcast.

-The Veronica Mars writers room just added Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, which is all kinds of awesome. Cast-wise, Jason Dohring, Francise Capra and Percy Daggs III have signed on to star in the revival.

Nicki Minaj gave former Cosby Show star Geoffrey Owens $25k after it came out that he was working at Trader Joe’s, and now he’s donated it to charity.

-Today a judge called Bill Cosby a “sexually violent predator” and sentenced him to 3-10 years in prison, with no bail.

-In a NYT op-edPadma Lakshmi reveals she was brutally raped at 16 and didn’t report it. “I am speaking now because I want us all to fight so that our daughters never know this fear and shame and our sons know that girls’ bodies do not exist for their pleasure and that abuse has grave consequences.”

Lady Gaga released a minute of music from A Star is Born and shit, this movie is going to own me, isn’t it?

-I keep forgetting that Michelle Williams is married, but I’m so happy that she looks so happy.

-Ahead of tonight’s return, This Is Us’s five main stars reportedly got massive raises — and equal pay.

-Meanwhile, This Is Us’ Mandy Moore did really well in the whisper singing challenge on The Tonight Show.

-I’m pretty surprised that Manifest premiered with higher ratings than Magnum PI.

-I’m kinda bummed that the Murphy Brown revival is getting bad reviews.

-Netflix’s Making a Murderer is making a comeback, with season 2 streaming next month.

Helen Mirren can wear whatever the hell kind of backpack she wants, y’all.

Mumford and Sons, what the hell are you doing?!

-It’s a really good week for celebrity profile writers. First Caity Weaver appeared on the Jam Session podcast, and now there’s this hilarious article from Taffy Brodesser-Akner.

-The Warner Bros. Harley and Joker film will feature Dr. Phil being abducted by the villainous couple and milked for relationship advice. Wait, what?

Elle Fanning and Ben Foster run from their past in the Galveston trailer.

Nicki Minaj Calls the Cardi B Fight “So Mortifying and Humiliating”

Nicki Minaj has broken her silence on the physical altercation she and Cardi B got into on Friday night at a NYFW party. “The other night I was part of something so mortifying and so humiliating to go through in front of a bunch upper echelon… people who have their life together…I was in a Gaultier gown — off the motherf—ing runway — and I could not believe how humiliated it all felt.”

-There’s also rumours that Mary J. Blige and Faith Evans fought at Diddy‘s party in the Hamptons. What happened this weekend?!

-I don’t care if this story about Mel B and Zac Efron enjoying a “night of passion” after meeting on the dating app Raya is made up; it’s delightful! (Also, Joshua Jackson is on Raya?! Sign me up!)

Jon Legend just EGOT’d! (He won an Emmy, Oscar, Grammy and Tony in competitive categories.)

-Wow, this Olivia Munn situation is a mess and she deserves a LOT of praise for sticking to her guns it while her male costars are abandoning her. She (rightly) fought to cut a scene featuring a convicted sexual offender in The Predator days before its TIFF premiere. Midway through a TIFF press day for movie yesterday, her costars Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes and Augusto Aguilera backed out of the rest of the day’s interviews with her because “the guys became uncomfortable with the way the interviews were going.” (I’m not surprised; the one video interview that Rhodes and Aguilera did with Munn is so incredibly uncomfortable to watch as the pair dance around the issue and refuse to blame director Shane Black, who cast the offender because they’re friends). And in this interview, the way Thomas Jane and Keegan Michael-Key hedge when asked about it made me cringe. Even Sterling K Brown’s response (which was to eventually very supportive of Munn but still threw in a few “should he be forgiven for his crimes?” jabs) disappointed me.

-Meanwhile, Munn is soldiering on with the promo junket (as she tweeted earlier: “I’m contractually obligated. And from what I’m experiencing, I think they’d prefer I not show up.”) But she’s not being quiet about her disappointment with her costars or director. On Sunday at a TIFF event, she told the audience “That [story] came out on Thursday and the interesting thing is not one of my cast members reached out to me to say ‘are you OK?’ or ‘thanks’ or anything. At the premiere that night I look over and the other five cast members are giving the director a standing ovation, but they didn’t even give me a call that day.” She’s since given interviews in which she says she’s feeling “isolated” and “like the bad guy” because she didn’t want to share a scene with a registered sex offender who spent time in prison for inappropriate acts with his 14-year-old niece. The way she’s handling this — and especially the way she’s using the spotlight to keep the focus the safety of film sets where children are present — is incredibly admirable and I hope this helps her career, not hurts it.

-This TIFF moment of Julia Roberts realizing a fan flew from Indonesia to see her and pulling him up on stage is quite lovely.

-I went to Jason Reitman‘s Breakfast Club live read yesterday and Jesse Eisenberg as Bender was a revelation. I can’t believe it either.

-The comments on Ariana Grande‘s Instagram account have been disabled after a storm of abuse from people blaming her for ex-boyfriend Mac Miller’s death because people are the worse. Stop making women responsible for men’s actions!

-Here’s the Daredevil season 3 trailer. I want Netflix to put out a supercut of just Karen’s scenes (and include Frank Castle, if he pops up at all this season). Is that possible?

-I really like the rating system on this rundown of the best boyfriends in teen romcoms. Woodchuck Todd in Easy A should rank higher than 6/10, but Peter Kavinsky in TATBILB is absolutely at 27/10.

-I managed to sneak in a screening of Sierra Burgess Is a Loser and as adorable as Noah Centineo and Shannon Purser were, that movie is problematic!

Nicole Kidman‘s kids are very excited that she’s playing Aquaman’s mother.

-On Sunday, a new Ronan Farrow-penned New Yorker exposé featured six more women who claim CBS chief Les Moonves forced them into unwanted sexual situations and allegedly retaliated when they refused. (Apparently the women came forward because they were angry with how slowly CBS was dealing with the previous allegations.) Three hours after the story ran, Moonves stepped down and he and CBS announced they’ll donate $20 million deducted from any severance benefits to organizations that support the #MeToo movement (which sounds like a lot, until you find out that CBS said it put $120 million in trust to pay severance to Moonves, depending on results of corporate investigation).

-Not surprisingly, his wife Julie Chen is taking time off from The Talk.

-Meanwhile, CBS stars are speaking out, including Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Rachel Bloom, who tweeted “As an employee of CBS, I would just like to say that Les Moonves should be fired without getting a fucking dollar. The actions described in this article are those of sexual assault and shame on anyone else in the corporation who knew about his crimes.”

Sarah Jessica Parker says Sex & the City looks “tone-deaf” 20 years later. I can’t imagine what she thinks of the second movie, then.

-I’m very intrigued by all the good reviews Lifetime’s You is getting. (I adored that book, and I’m glad it sounds like they’re not toning down the creepy and uping the romance.)  This is my fave part of the NYT review: “You is never boring, which sounds like faint praise. But in an era of glassy dramas defined by sad-man montages, weary characters standing dead still in moody showers and bewildering mysteries that are often just covers for poor characterization, it’s a relief.”

Susan Sarandon takes matters into her own hands when her war correspondent son gets taken hostage while on assignment in the Viper Club trailer.