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Moonlight and La La Land Directors Share Variety Cover


Damien Chazelle and Barry Jenkins compare notes on a scandal in Variety’s new cover story, which features an interview with them conducted the morning after the Oscars. There’s a lot of controversy about Jenkins having to share this cover (and yes, that headline is terrible) but the story itself is much more balanced than the shared narrative/white grace slant the headline suggests. Also, the assumption that Chazelle muscled his way in is not entirely accurate. As Jenkins tweeted, “This cover is traditionally reserved for Best Director. It’s tradition. I’m the guest here.”

-Meanwhile, Warren Beatty asked the Academy to cut him a break and “publicly clarify” his Oscars mix-up “as soon as possible.”

-After attending Oscar parties on Sunday together, Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom have confirmed their split. In *completely* unrelated news, anyone remember this blind item from last week?

-Now that he’s got an Oscar, Casey Affleck has broken his silence on those sexual harassment allegations.

-Us Weekly is claiming that Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are talking again after he tracked down her number and texted her to wish her a happy birthday.

-Brace yourself, ladies: Dev Patel was spotted holding hands with rumored new girlfriend Tilda Cobham-Hervey. I hope she takes advantage of this and strokes his glorious hair at least 7 times a day…

-The Good Fight’s Cush Jumbo and Stephen Colbert recited an entire Shakespearean sonnet in perfect harmony. (Also, she’s British?!)

Rihanna received the 2017 Harvard Humanitarian Award and opened her speech with “so I made it to Harvard…”

Blair Waldorf is back on TV? With the guy from Happy Endings? Yes, please!

Courteney Cox’s ancestors killed the king of England, according to Lisa Kudrow. She also says the entire Friends cast recently reunited for a dinner.

-I was looking forward to the documentary about the Eagles of Death Metal and the Paris attacks,  even before I found out Colin Hanks made it.

-The original cast members of The Big Bang Theory have reportedly taken a pay cut to help their co-stars get raises. I don’t like that show, but that’s still pretty swell.

Oprah Winfrey is reportedly entertaining the idea of running for president. I…don’t hate that?

-Does THR keep doing these egregious covers on purpose? Because this is really, really bad.  (The replies on that tweet delight me, though.)

-I can’t imagine that Beyonce fans are super thrilled with the news that Lady Gaga will replace her at Coachella.

Chance the Rapper bought a bunch of Get Out tickets so people could see it for free. (Have you seen Get Out? I’m not into horror AT ALL and I loved it. I’m a scaredy cat and I found it no more terrifying than an episode of Black Mirror.)

-I’d normally be stoked that Fringe’s Anna Torv is back on a TV series, but seeing as what Fincher did with House Of Cards I’m not sure how I feel about this.

-Aw nuts. Anna Kendrick‘s Table 19 is getting bad reviews. It’s not a good sign when critics say the most interesting character is the cake.

-We meet Star-Lord‘s dad and get more cute Baby Groot in the new GotGVol2 trailer.

-Netflix dropped a bunch of new trailers this week, including Alison Brie’s wrestling comedy Glow, a German import called DarkBong Joon Ho’s monster movie Okja starring Tilda Swinton, and 13 Reasons Why with Kate Walsh.

-Netflix also released our first glimpse at War Machine, featuring Brad Pitt as Gen. McChrystal.

TIFF 2016 Recap

I survived another year of TIFF, which was a week full of random celebrity encounters, chatting up strangers (I have 2 coffee dates with people I met in line!), and watching more movies than anyone should probably attempt in a week. Here’s what I saw (from best to worst):

Colossal: Delightfully inventive Anne Hathaway movie that starts off as an adult dramedy about an alcoholic 30-something trying to get her life in order, morphs into a monster movie when Godzilla and a giant robot show up(!), and then turns into a smart commentary on the “nice guy” syndrome. Weird in the best way.

La La Land: Old school, Singing in the Rain-style musical that made me swoon throughout. Seriously, I think I had the vapors at one point. Ryan Gosling is solid as always, but Emma Stone owns this one.

Personal Shopper: I’m not convinced Kristen Stewart can act. She just plays a version of herself everytime, with the same nervous tics and mannerisms. But once again this director proves he knows how to use a “Kristen Stewart type.”

Edge of Seventeen: A teen movie that reminded me of Easy A, which basically means I’m going to watch it eleven million times.

ARQ: Good little timeloop thriller starring Robbie Amell. Could have been 15 mins shorter, but it still kept me engaged throughout. And it just landed on Netflix so now everyone can watch it.

Lion: Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman star in this adoption story/Google Maps ad. A touch too sentimental for me, but everyone’s loving this one. In any case, the kid from Slumdog Millionaire grew up real nice, guys.

Burn Your Maps: Adorable. Jacob Tremblay is a national treasure and we must protect this kid at all costs.

American Honey: Didn’t think I’d like a three-hour movie starring Shia LaBeouf but here we are. It’s totally plotless so the running time is unforgivable, but I got sucked into this one. It was mostly street cast with non-actors, and they found the mesmerizing leading actress on a beach in Panama.

Nocturnal Animals: I liked parts of this Amy Adams/Jake Gyllenhaal movie more than others, but Michael Shannon and Aaron Taylor-Johnson steal the show.

In Dubious Battle: A James Franco-directed film that I didn’t actually hate. I didn’t love it either, but Franco and Selena Gomez don’t embarrass themselves (much).

Wakefield: Is there such thing as “too much” Bryan Cranston? I would have never thought so until now.

Catfight: Female Fight Club, without everything that made Fight Club good. Sandra Oh and Anne Heche violently beat the crap out of each other. Repeatedly. That’s it.