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Charlize Theron’s Backyard Photo Shoot

Charlize Theron photographed herself (with the help of her kids) for EW’s new digital cover to promote Netflix’s The Old Guard, which drops this weekend. I’m mesmerized by every single video in this article.

-This new interview with Kanye West seems to indicate that the man is not well. It is totally unhinged. If you don’t want to give it clicks, The Root did a recap of it.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are trying to be more cordial coparents — though Pitt’s relationship with Maddox is reportedly “non-existent.”

-Clear my schedule — Mariah Carey is releasing a memoir!

-Day two of Johnny Depp‘s libel trial against The Sun saw the actor denying allegations he hit Amber Heard for laughing at his “Wino Forever” tattoo. He also dismissed the texts he sent to Paul Bettany about drowning and burning her by saying he was angry she was acting like “the moral police” and “resentful of the fact Ms. Heard was very aggressive and quite insulting about my use of alcohol.” (Interestingly, in a previous written statement, he claimed Heard encouraged him to continue abusing drugs and alcohol.)

-So this is what it’s come to: according to Page Six, some television networks are now providing “good-behavior bonuses” to their reality TV stars in an attempt to get them to not be racist, sexist, transphobic, or homophobic on social media.

E. Alex Jung got 14 hours to interview Michaela Coel? No wonder is profiles are so good.  That is not the norm.

-The Toronto, New York, Telluride and Venice film festivals have unveiled a joint statement that commits the long-time rivals to cooperate and not compete for film titles and awards-season bragging rights in the fall. I love this. If I’m going to a stripped down TIFF this fall, I want to see world premieres only.

-A day after announcing he quit the band, Kasabian singer Tom Meighan appeared in court for domestic abuse charges. He escaped jail time after admitting to assaulting his fiancee (which he initially denied until police showed him CCTV footage of him dragging her through their backyard by her ankles).

-Hamilton fans are debating Eliza’s gasp at the end. I assumed it was breaking the fourth wall and she was seeing the audience, realizing that her/Hamilton’s story was being told. But heaven also works.

J.K. Rowling is back to demonstrating free speech, punching down, and advocating for someone to be cancelled the day after participating in that open letter about how free speech is being threatened by cancel culture. Sounds about right.

-Meanwhile, I liked this take on the letter.

-A gorilla dreams of reuniting with his sister in a new trailer for Disney+’s The One and Only Ivan, starring Bryan Cranston and the voices of Sam Rockwell, Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren and Danny DeVito.

 

Mandy Moore Isn’t Impressed By Ryan Adams’ Apology

-The best thing about Mandy Moore interviews is that her face is so expressive, you know exactly what she’s really thinking. On the Today Show she was asked about ex-husband Ryan Adams‘ new apology more than a year after he was accused of sexual misconduct by several women — and she very politely makes it clear that she has no time for his performative bs. “I find it curious that someone would make a public apology but not do it privately.”

Kanye West may have announced that he’s running for president, but it’s too late for him to register in some states.

-Also, his Yeezy company received more than $2 million through the Paycheck Protection Program, the Small Business Administration disclosed today.

Kendall and Kylie Jenner are denying reports that their fashion brand had failed to pay factory workers in Bangladesh during the pandemic.

-At this point, whenever a new celeb profile written by E. Alex Jung comes out, it’s an immediate ‘drop everything and read it’ moment, and his latest on Michaela Coel is no exception. It includes lots of  damning insights on how Hollywood operates, including the fact that she rejected Netflix’s $1M offer for I May Destroy You because she had to negotiate to retain just 0.5% of the copyright. It also reveals that Coel was involved with virtually every aspect of her first show, Chewing Gum – from the writing to the music to the costumes to postproduction – but when she asked to be made an executive producer, she was told no.

-Speaking of today’s must-read New Yorker articles, this deep-dive into Quibi is outstanding.  Tidbits include the CEO struggling to come up with a TV show she likes (“I’m not sure I’d classified myself as an entertainment enthusiast”), to a survey with 70% of respondents assuming it’s a food delivery app, to reports of Jeffrey Katzenberg running “his hand along the hoods of employees’ cars upon arriving at the studio, checking to see who had gotten there only shortly before him.” There’s also this stunner: “When Gal Gadot came to the offices and delivered an impassioned speech about wanting to elevate the voices of girls and women, Katzenberg wondered aloud whether she might become the new Jane Fonda and do a workout series for Quibi. (“Apparently, her face fell,” says a person briefed on the meeting.)”

-The 100 star Bob Morley‘s ex posted on Twitter that he was verbally and emotionally abusive, and implied that he cheated on her with his costar/now-wife Eliza Taylor. Some of their 100 costars liked his ex’s tweet.

-In less messy CW news, Riverdale’s KJ Apa took to TikTok to show off his…um…dancing?

-The CW doesn’t cancel anything, so it’s a big deal that they cancelled Katy Keene.

-The latest round of Actors on Actors interviews include Ramy Youssef and Tessa Thompson, and Dan Levy and Kieran Culkin.

Ghislaine Maxwell’s arrest seems to have rattled Prince Andrew’s cage.

-Never Have I Ever has been renewed for season 2 at Netflix. It feels like 900 years since I watched this but it was only a few weeks ago and I found it delightful.

JK Rowling just won’t stop until she ruins her entire career and legacy, huh? In her latest terrible Twitter thread, she called transgender hormone therapy a “new kind of conversion therapy for young gay people.”

-Who else is over Ben Affleck and Ana de Armasperformative laughter on their pap walks? I mean, no one is that funny.

Brie Larson has a new Youtube channel and the bros are handing it as well as you’d expect.

Kacey Musgraves snuck in her divorce announcement late Friday afternoon on a long weekend.

-Dirty Dancing’s Jennifer Grey and Avengers’ Clark Gregg are divorcing after 19 years together.

Harry Styles recorded a Sleep Story for the Calm app. I had a two-week stretch where I couldn’t fall asleep unless I was listening to Matthew McConaughey’s story, so I get it.

-Did you watch Hamilton this weekend? It sent me down a rabbit hole of Ham2Ham videos. This one of the three actors who played King George performing as the Schuyler Sisters is my fave.

-I’m surprisingly intrigued by the trailer for Seth Rogen’s American Pickle.

-Was the first Kissing Booth movie terrible? Yes. Am I going to watch the second one the weekend it drops? Damn skippy!

 

Beyonce Knows What OnlyFans Is

Beyoncé appears on a charity remix of Megan Thee Stallion‘s hit “Savage” and Twitter is losing its mind about her OnlyFans name drop. In the remix, Bey raps: “Hips TikTok when I dance / On that demon time she might start an OnlyFans / Big B and that B stands for bands / If you wanna see some real ass baby here’s your chance”

-Celebrity gossip has been slowwwwww in these times of quarantine, so bless Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik for getting knocked up.

-Meanwhile, Gigi’s ex Tyler Cameron wants the internet to stop saying he’s the father of her baby.

Joe Jonas says Sophie Turner only agreed to date him on the condition he watch all the Harry Potter movies. Seems reasonable.

Irrfan Khan has died at 53 following a battle with cancer. You might not know his name, but you’d definitely recognize him. He’s best known for his roles in Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi, Jurassic World, and season 3 of In Treatment.

-On a podcast, Katie Couric talked about being uncomfortable when interviewing Denzel Washington in 2004, saying she left “feeling really kind of shaken that he had kind of gone after me in a way that was completely, weirdly uncalled for.” I mean, reading the exchange, it doesn’t sound so bad? He challenged her and then didn’t let her off the hook when she, a white woman, those people‘d him.

-Despite the entire state of California being under stay-at-home orders, Kendall Jenner and Phoenix Suns basketball player Devin Booker decided to go on a road trip.

-The Federal Aviation Administration is looking into a runway incident involving Harrison Ford that occurred at LA’s Hawthorne Airport on April 24. Again celebrities, California’s stay-at-home orders apply to you too.

-The Half Of It, a YA take on Cyrano de Bergerac that debuts on Netflix Friday, is getting really great reviews.

Alice Wu‘s, the writer-director of The Half Of It, talked to the NYT about the ingenious method she used to overcome writers’ block when completing the screenplay: she wrote a check for $1,000 to the National Rifle Association, a cause she is against. “I gave it to one of my best friends, TJ, who’s a butch firefighter. I gave myself five weeks, and told her, ‘if this first draft is not written, you are sending that check in.’ ”

-Normal People drops on Hulu today. The Ringer says “it’s Twilight for people who are too cynical to get swept away by the bland naiveté of stories like Twilight.”

-Speaking of new TV shows, the embargo lifted today on Ryan Murphy‘s Hollywood and oof, the reviews are baaaaaad. Variety calls it “the first outright dud of his post-Glee career,” The Hollywood Reporter says it’s “frustratingly naive,” and BBC calls it “a disaster.”

-TV super producer Greg Berlanti is donating $1 million to covid Hollywood relief efforts, including $600k to workers on his shows.

Kanye West is desperate to be recognized as a billionaire.

Mike Schur opened up about tomorrow night’s Parks & Rec special that doubles as a fundraiser for Feeding America. “The most important theme of the show is: Leslie Knope believes in friendship. She was loyal and friendly and put all her eggs in the power of friendship. It’s about her connecting with people and holding that group of characters together at a time when they’re unable to leave their homes.”

-At least Keith Urban knows he married up.

-The Academy has released new rules: streaming films are eligible for the Oscars, but only for this year. (Last year’s streaming nominees like Marriage Story and The Irishmen had very limited theatrical releases in order to be eligible). They’ve also merged the best sound editing and best sound mixing categories into one.

-Hollywood’s movie system is imploding before our eyes. The new Trolls movie managed to gross $100 million in three weeks as a 48-hour, $20 on-demand rental, and Universal CEO said its success means as soon as theatres reopen they will release films in both formats. That led to AMC saying they will no longer show Universal movies in their theatres. A pissing match between movie studios and theatre owners is the opposite of what that industry needs right now.

Tom Felton stars as a man who must take a road trip with his estranged sister to fulfill his dead mother’s wishes in the Braking For Whales trailer.