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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.

Drake Returns to Degrassi For His New Video

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-Holy crap, am I loving Drake‘s epic Degrassi reunion in his new video. (Nina Dobrev is looking good here. I was worried for a minute there…) At first I assumed it was just really good timing on his part and couldn’t possibly be a reaction to Pusha T‘s diss track (which dropped May 29) because the timeline was too short to pull together a video like this.  But it turns out they shot it last weekend and according to this IG post it went from “concept to shoot in a week, shoot to release in four days.”  So yeah, he managed to call up his old costars and pull together the perfect response in just two weeks. Way to go, Wheelchair Jimmy!

-Stranger Things’ Millie Bobbi Brown has left social media after a fake meme about her being homophobic went viral. People are the worst.

-For the first time in years, HBO is completely skipping Comic-Con. There will be no Westworld or Game Of Thrones panels, and no activations.

Kim Kardashian and Alice Johnson sat down for a joint interview on the Today Show to talk about Johnson’s release.

Meghan Markle calls Prince Harry “the best husband ever,” continues to wear terrible pantyhose.

-She’s also reportedly happy all the wedding fuss is behind her. No doubt.

Brie Larson was on hand to announce a Sundance & TIFF iniative to allocate 20% of press credentials to underrepresented movie critics and journalists. “I do not need a 70-year-old white dude to tell me what didn’t work for him about A Wrinkle In Time.”

Rose McGowan helped bring about Harvey Weinstein‘s downfall. Now, the activist says he’s trying to take her down with him. (She may be problematic, but the felony drug charge she’s facing over a lost wallet with cocaine does indeed sound shady af).

Marc Maron, Louie Anderson, Ray Romano, Tracy Morgan, Sean Hayes and Tony Shalhoub talked about the #MeToo movement in THR’s comedy actor roundtable. I’m not overly interested in what any of these guys have to say about it, but Romano made a good point: “I don’t know how to speak to any of this, but there’s an awareness of how hard it is for women now…Yes, there are some harsh things happening and harsh judgments, but the one good thing is that we’re becoming aware of what it means when somebody, even if they don’t think they’re harassing, is crossing the boundaries a bit.”

Bill Cosby has fired his entire legal team ahead of his sentencing following his guilty verdict.

-In a new interview, R Kelly‘s ex-wife opened up about years of alleged abuse.

-A woman was granted a temporary restraining order against Chris Brown after the singer allegedly hit her. Seriously, how is he still a thing?

Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande want to take you to “Bed” in their new single.

Here’s the video from An Evening With Female Showrunners, the highly successful event Liz Hannah organized in response to Variety’s all-male TV writers panel.

-I was reading in the newspaper this morning about how this the summer of romcoms (YASS!!!) and I don’t know how I missed that Juliet, Naked, which is one of my fave Nick Hornsby books, is being adapted into a film starring Rose Byrne, Chris O’Dowd and Ethan Hawke that’ll be out in August. How did I not know this? How is there no trailer yet?!

Chloe Grace Moretz is plagued by a mysterious illness in the Brain on Fire trailer.

Tiffany Haddish Talks Leonardo DiCaprio, Beyonce and Taylor Swift

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-The biggest soundbite coming out of Tiffany Haddish‘s hilarious THR cover profile is her story about hitting on Leonardo DiCaprio (as it should be — she made fun of his p*ssy posse before telling him “I wanna do it with you as your character in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape….cause I feel like that performance deserves a real reward and that reward is [me]), but the whole damn article is worth your time. She talks about her early unpleasant run-ins with Roseanne, confirms that Sanaa Lathan bit Beyonce, and says she tried to take Taylor Swift to her 20th high school reunion but the singer’s security shut it down.

Jamie Foxx “emphatically denies” sexually assaulting a woman in 2002 at a Vegas party after she allegedly refused to go down on him.

Angelina Jolie‘s rep is blasting reports that she is at risk of losing primary custody of the kids — and seems to blame Brad Pitt’s camp for leaking select court docs. “This misleading leak is not in the best interests of the children…It’s deplorable that someone for their own selfish reasons leaked selective portions of the confidential and sealed court record to create an inaccurate and unfair picture of what is really happening.” Whatever’s happening, legal experts seem to think it’s “extremely rare” for courts to intervene in this way. The judge’s orders that caught my eye was how she must provide Pitt with “each of the minor children’s personal cellphone numbers so that [he] may text them,” and that he can’t be with them unmonitored yet.

Justin Bieber was spotted hanging out with his ex-girlfriend Hailey Baldwin again. The two were “inseparable” in Miami over the weekend when they were both in town for a church conference(!).

Emma Stone and Justin Theroux are still hanging out — but other people were there too so I’m still holding out hope that they’re just friends!

-Gotta say, I love that the first marketing material Wonder Woman 2 released was this spoilery photo. Other franchises would spend the entire press tour teasing whether or not a role like this would be reprised, but right outta the gate they are getting it out of the way so we can all focus on other stuff. There’s also some scoop about Kristen Wiig’s character. The film, titled Wonder Woman: 1984, will be released Nov 1, 2019.

-I love this article about how Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Amy Santiago has exploded many a pop-culture myth about smart, driven female characters needing to be cold, humorless, and lonely.

-Speaking of great TV articles, this is an excellent deep-dive into how Netflix decides what’s a hit, and how it helps connect subscribers to its all-you-can-eat TV buffet.

-And don’t sleep on this article on how Dietland and The Bold Type use fashion to deliver their feminist message.

Neil Patrick Harris apologized to Rachel Bloom for his Tony Awards tweet after she revealed that it left her “kind of devastated.”

-I didn’t even know that Lady Gaga was engaged. Mazel!

-I really dig Bryce Dallas Howard but her outfit at the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom premiere was a *choice.*

Kim Kardashian is out here changing the world. She’s reportedly heading to Tennessee to meet Alice Johnson after convincing Trump to commute her life sentence, and she also might have convinced the head of Twitter to give us an edit button.

-Fans leapt to Selena Gomez‘s defense after Dolce & Gabanna’s Stefano Gabbana  called her “so ugly.” What’s wrong with this guy?!

Ryan Reynolds responded to Kanye West in the most Ryan Reynolds-y way ever.

-The Stan Lee saga continues to sadden. LAPD are investigating reports of elder abuse, and he’s been granted a restraining order against his business manager.

-I really like this take by Lexi Alexander urging showrunners to question every time someone in Hollywood says an actress is “too difficult” to work with.

Sophia Bush admitted she felt pressured to marry her One Tree Hill costar, Chad Michael Murray. “How do you let everybody down…and when you have bosses telling you that you’re the only person who gets a person to work on time, and 200 people either get to see their kids at night or they don’t because our days start on time.” She also talked about why she abruptly left NBC’s Chicago P.D. after four seasons, saying it was because of a costar who is still on the show.

-I do love that most of the One Tree Hill cast remains so tight. Hilarie Burton, Robert Buckley, Danneel Ackles, Tyler Hilton and Antwon Tanner are reuniting for a Lifetime movie.

-Disney dropped the first trailer for Tim Burton‘s live-action Dumbo, starring Colin Farrell, Eva Green and Michael Keaton.