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What Is Kristen Bell Doing?

-For the second day in a row, we’re treated to a great long-read about celebrity/influencer conduct during these trying times. This is such a good take on how Kristen Bell seems to be consciously evolving her brand to try to turn herself into the next Ellen Degeneres — and how this quest for relatability often leads to excruciating overshares about her marriage. “Kristen Bell has to be bubbly and preach bland platitudes of kindness and show how she’s just like the rest of us, even in her mansion.”

Saint West thinks his mom Kim Kardashian is 11-years-old and he likes her because she “buys him things” and leaves him “alone.” Fair enough.

Elon Musk and Grimes have finalized the name of their offspring: X AE A-XII.

Brian Austin Green was spotted grabbing lunch with Courtney Stodden almost a month after revealing he had separated from Megan Fox.

-30 Rock, which aired its final episode in 2013, will return to the airwaves in July for a one-off, hour-long special that will double as NBC’s upfront’s presentation.  Hilariously, this is the kind of corporate synergy the show used to make fun of.

-Instead of Comic-Con, Warner Bros. is doing its own virtual con this August.

-The Emmys are still happening on Sept 20. Jimmy Kimmel tweeted, “I don’t know where or how or even why we are doing this, but we are and I am hosting it!”

-I thought I was truly sick of Zoom calls — and then I found out that Keanu Reeves is auctioning off a private Zoom date for children’s cancer charity.

-A former Bachelor casting producer says the show has been “white-washed for decades” and claims producers routinely passed up contestants who they considered “too Black.”

Beyoncé demanded “swift” justice for Breonna Taylor in letter to the Attorney General: “Don’t let this case fall into the pattern of no action after a terrible tragedy.”

-Netflix removed several British sketch shows over blackface, including Little Britain and The Mighty Boosh. They also pulled an episode of Bob Odenkirk and David Cross’ 2015 comedy show W/Bob and David.

-Hmmm…this article makes it sound like Christopher Nolan is the one pushing for Tenet to be released this summer to “usher in a new era of moviegoing…providing a populist platform for exhibitors to unveil their new COVID-19 safety measures and cleaning procedures,” while the studio is worried not enough people will show up to recoup the $200M budget.

-Also, it will be really interesting to see how critics react to it (assuming they get to see it).  Even if they love it, will they want to urge people to go to the theatre to see it?

-This is a really great video on how HBO’s Insecure has mastered the cinematographic art of properly lighting black people.

-Speaking of Insecure, though I didn’t love the last few minutes of the finale, the season was amazing, mostly because of how it delved into the breakdown of a close female friendship.  The show did such a good job of exploring the emotional damage of falling out with your BFF.

-I haven’t tuned into Michaela Coel’s new HBO show I May Destroy You because the premise sounds grim, but the reviews are glowing.

-Meanwhile, the reviews for HBO’s Perry Mason seem to suggest that the performances are amazing and the ’30s period recreations are beautiful, but the plot is muddled.

-The Palm Springs trailer traps Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti in a Groundhog Day situation, hitting Hulu on July 10.

Angelina Jolie’s Family Photographer

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-For Angelina Jolie‘s interview for Harper’s Bazaar, she was photographed by her youngest son, Knox. She talks about how the pandemic is affecting victims of domestic violence and girls’ education.

-In a recent interview, Lil Twist claims that Justin Bieber‘s team once convinced him to take on drug charges for the singer (likely referring to an incident in July of 2013, when he was pulled over in Bieber’s car and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana). He said: “If they would have put weed charges on Justin in his early career, it would have been bad on him. So I got a call one day saying, ‘Twist, do you really love this kid?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ They said, ‘Cool, if you love him then you can take the heat for him because you can come off a little weed charge.” Lil Twist later released a statement on his comments: “We are at a very critical point in society as we rewrite a new narrative that encompasses the experience of being Black in America. However, rewriting a new narrative requires one to stand in and speak his or her truth with confidence…In the spirit of being authentic, I felt it a disservice to my fans and the general public to not be completely transparent about my experience.”

Kristen Bell is promoting her new children’s book on racism and is getting a lot of blowback for glorifying colourblindness, as it comes perilously close to declaring Purple Lives Matter. There’s no mention of her donating the profits to a BLM charity but my god, let’s hope she’s not making money off this.

-Also, she’s in a new animated show voicing a biracial character who spends her free time drawing herself as a superhero whose afro puffs have powers? What??

Anthony Mackie appeared on Thursday’s episode of The Tonight Show and gave a tearful talk about the importance of voting.

Taylor Swift is once again speaking up, using Twitter to call on the Tennessee Historical Commissions to remove statues of racist historical figures.

Jennifer Lopez and ARod are asking fans to name their new puppy and you know what guys, we are a little busy right now!

Dave Chappelle dropped a new short-form Netflix special titled “8:46,” which the streaming platform surprise debuted for free on its YouTube comedy channel late last night. (The title refers to how long Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin held his knee against George Floyd’s neck.)

Jessica Mulroney deleted all of her supportive comments to Vanderpump Rules star Stassi Schroeder, who was recently fired. Shinan is reporting that Mulroney’s family had been asking her to cut down on her social media but she wouldn’t stop.

-The Bachelor is getting its first Black leading man. Originally, Matt James was cast as a suitor on Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette but when production was halted due to COVID-19, ABC started thinking of a new role for him. (It’s really weird that there’s no mention of the fact that the show was once sued by Black men for discrimination.)

-Despite both an NYT article and a Buzzfeed article questioning if Anna Wintour can survive the social justice movement, in a company-wide town hall today at Conde Nast, Roger Lynch reportedly said there is “no truth” to the rumour that she’s stepping down. Still, the rumours continue to circulate.

-Speaking of upheavals in publications, this report on Refinery29’s workplace culture is damning.

-I love how all the Harry Potter actors are condemning J.K. Rowling‘s ant-trans comments, including Emma Watson, Bonnie Wright and Rupert Grint. The kids are alright.

-This is an interesting piece on how Rowling‘s focus on denying trans rights may seem to have come out of nowhere, but there’s a clear lineage of transphobic thought in British media.

Kelly Clarkson‘s estranged husband is also her manager, which might make this divorce even more awkward. He also manages Blake Shelton, Kelly’s The Voice co-star.

Sharon Stone revealed she was once struck by lighting: “I was filling the iron with water. I had one hand on the faucet, one hand on the iron and the well got hit with lightning and the lighting came up through the water … I got picked up and thrown across the kitchen, and I hit the refrigerator. I was like, ‘Whoa!’ ”

-Scream Factory wants to release the original version of Event Horizon. See what the Snyder Cut has wrought?!?

-The Oscars will now include a locked 10 Best Picture slots — no more variation in a move aimed at diversifying nominees by literally adding more seats at the table for the final ceremony.

Will Arnett is a dad again.

-This week was hard and listening to this weird ass new song by Glass Animals got me through it. I love how the second half of the video shows how he recorded it during quarantine.

-The trailer for Netflix’s Feel the Beat is ticking a lot of my boxes:  it looks adorably cheesy, it was shot in Toronto, it’s about dancing, and it costars the dad from Veronica Mars and the best friend from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Kumail Nanjiani Shows Off His New Look

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-Now that Kumail Nanjiani has a superhero body, he’s putting it to good use in the pages of Men’s Health.  In the new issue’s photo spread, he recreates scenes from Top Gun, Wolverine, Die Hard and American Psycho.

Britney Spears reportedly “doesn’t want to work” out of resentment for her father and the rules of her conservatorship. I don’t blame her; if she creates new music, he’ll profit from it and she’ll still be stuck getting a monthly allowance.

Kate Beckinsale shared a terrible story about how Harvey Weinstein reacted days after she showed up to the Serendipity premiere (which took place shortly after 9/11), in a white suit. “He started screaming ‘you stupid fucking C*NT, you C*NT you ruined my premiere.’ I had no idea what he was talking about and started to shake. He said, ‘If I am throwing a red carpet you get in a tight dress, you shake your ass you shake your tits you do not go down it looking like a fucking lesbian you stupid fucking c*nt.’ I tried to say ‘Harvey, the city is on fire, people are still looking for their relatives none of us even felt the premiere was appropriate much less coming out dressed like it’s a bachelor party.’’ He said, ‘I don’t care – it’s my f–king premiere and if I want p*ssy on the red carpet that’s what I get.'”

-I’m not necessarily saying this was racist, but man Florence Pugh should have worded this differently.

Justin Timberlake and SZA were on Ellen’s show and SZA was asked about her Rolling Stone cover and JT kept talking over her. Because of course he did.

-Now there’s photos of Ben Affleck and Ana de Arma kissing on a beach in Cuba so I guess we have to accept that this is happening. Aren’t we already going through enough, universe?!?

Omid Scobie at Harper’s Bazaar offered a behind-the-scenes look at what went down on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s last day in London, and it’s pretty heartbreaking.

-I haven’t caught up on the new season of Schitt’s Creek yet but I was spoiled on the latest relationship development, and this behind-the-scenes footage of them shooting that scene broke me.

-Meanwhile, CBC announced they’ll air a one-hour special after the series finale on April 7.

Tom Hanks‘ sons Colin and Chet both shared updates on how their parents are doing following their Coronavirus diagnosis. Meanwhile, the staff at his hospital gave Hanks a Wilson volleyball to keep him company.

-Speaking of virus fallout, the Juno Awards, the Canadian Screen Awards and the Tribeca Film Festival have been postponed, production on Riverdale has shut down in Vancouver after a crew member came into contact with a patient, A Quiet Place 2 — which was scheduled to hit theatres next weekend — is delayed until further notice, Disney is postponing Mulan, and the release of Fast & Furious 9 was pushed back an entire year.

-Meanwhile, it feels wildly irresponsible of Kristen Bell to share this post. Maybe she was just trying to stop the panic but it implies older and/or immune-compromised people don’t matter. This thing is bad (maybe worse than we thought) and healthy people need to do their part to protect those who are vulnerable so our hospitals don’t get overloaded like in Italy. (I really liked this article: “Young and Unafraid? Good For You. Now Stop Killing People“)

-Bless Ronan Farrow for breaking through today’s deluge of bad news to share this video of Sandra Oh and Dan Levy introducing themselves to Joni Mitchell at the VF Oscars party.

Niall Horan very excited for his week-long Late Late Show residency — and he wants James Corden to know it.

Coldplay released a moody new video featuring animals doing human things.

-The trailer for Disney’s Soul, starring the voices of Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey and John Ratzenberger, is here.