–Christopher Meloni knows about that viral photo of his butt; doesn’t seem to mind.
–David Harbour made went live from the Stranger Things set and Millie Bobby Brown made a cameo — and then told him to get back to work.
–Charlyne Yi called out James Franco‘s “feminist” peers (including Seth Rogen) for not holding him accountable.
–Gal Gadot made a brief statement about her issues with Joss Whedon on Justice League: “I had my issues with and Warner Bros handled it in a timely manner.” God, what happened on that set?
-If the Kardashian PR machine put as much effort into defeating vaccine hesitancy as they did in getting all major platforms to delete a slightly unflattering photo of Khloé, we’d have herd immunity by next week.
-She posted why she wanted the the photo removed. Which is totally her prerogative, but her “bad” pic is what I aspire to.
–Tom Holland will star in an Apple TV mental health anthology called The Crowded Room about the first person ever acquitted of crime because of Dissociative Identity Disorder.
-The best (only?) thing to read today is Robert Pattinson‘s new GQ cover story (complete with some surprisingly good self-portraits). He talks about not training during isolation (“I think if you’re working out all the time, you’re part of the problem. You set a precedent. No one was doing this in the ’70s. Even James Dean—he wasn’t exactly ripped”), and his move to more mainstream movies like Batman (“The problem which I was finding was, however much I loved the movies I was doing, no one sees them. And so it’s kind of this frightening thing, ’cause I don’t know how viable this is for a career. I don’t know how many people there actually are in the industry who are willing to back you without any commercial viability whatsoever”). But the very best part of the article is when he tries to demonstrate how to cook his weirdo signature pasta dish — and ends up setting his microwave on fire.
–Stanley Tucci confirmed Chris Evans‘ tweet about him making martinis at the end of most days while shooting the first Captain America movie. “I like to have a portable cocktail set that I bring to set. And at the end of the day, if it’s an appropriate time, I make martinis for whoever would like to join me. It’s nice. It’s civilized.”
-In the latest episode of his Facebook Watch series, we learn that Justin Bieber thinks it’s funny to surprise wife Hailey with random Nerf gun attacks during isolation. No jury would convict her.
–Bryan Adams posted some racist drivel yesterday about his concert being cancelled, saying“Tonight was supposed to be the beginning of a tenancy of gigs at the @royalalberthall, but thanks to some fucking bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy bastards, the whole world is now on hold.” After being thoroughly dragged for it, he didn’t delete the post but he did offer an apology, posting“Apologies to any and all that took offence to my posting yesterday. No excuse, I just wanted to have a rant about the horrible animal cruelty in these wet-markets being the possible source of the virus, and promote veganism. I have love for all people and my thoughts are with everyone dealing with this pandemic around the world.” Canada will never cancel him, no matter what he does, sadly.
-It’s been such a big week for Center Stage news! A new TV adaptation has been ordered from Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (who created Sweet/Vicious and Someone Great).
-Disney announced that the live recording of the Broadway production of Hamilton, starring Lin-Manuel Miranda and the original cast, will hit Disney+ on July 3. This was originally set for October 2021 as a theatrical release so this is quite a change. It’ll be interesting to see if the curse words get muted for Disney+.
-It’s kind of weird that the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt interactive special dropped today on Netflix and it doesn’t seem like there was any buzz about it.
-I’m sure she hired a PR firm for this, but Alison Roman’s apologyis one of the best I’ve ever seen. She acknowledges her white privilege, the cultural appropriation in the food world, and how no one should be expected to accept her apology or help her improve.
–Chrissy Teigenposted a thread about Roman’s response, saying she wants to put it behind them.
-This is a good piece on how Guy Fieri is the last unproblematic food person. I love this Shane Torres quote: “He goes around the country to small businesses and gives them free advertising on a national platform on a weekly basis, but because his hair looks like he was electrocuted while drinking Mountain Dew, people act like we need to saw his head off and put it on the internet.”
–Jeffrey Katzenberg is blaming the pandemic for Quibi’s rough start (even though every other entertainment streaming service is reporting a search in usage/revenue.) In a new NYT interview, he gets “momentarily steamed” when the topic of TikTok’s growing success is raised. “That’s like comparing apples to submarines.”
-Ink Master star Daniel Silvahas been arrested for the drunk driving crash that killed YouTuber Corey La Barrie, who was in the passenger seat. Authorities allege that Silva had to be stopped from leaving the crash site by witnesses.
-Solstice Studios moved up the release of the Russell Crowe thriller Unhinged from September to July 1, hoping it’ll be the first new Hollywood release as theaters reopen. I’ll believe it when I see it.
–Tina Fey hosted a virtual telethon called Rise Up New York and couldn’t hold back her emotions when she learned about the event’s monumental success – they raised $115M.
–Ethan Hawke plays the controversial abolitionist John Brown in the seven-episode Showtime series The Good Lord Bird, based on the bestselling novel by James McBride.
-Well, here’s a kick in the pants. During the Veronica Mars Comic Con panel, Kristen Bell announced that all the new episodes are now available on Hulu — a week early. (Crave TV dropped it early here in Canada, too.) Instead of being ecstatic, most fans on my Twitter TL are pissed. I get it — people hadn’t finished their rewatches. Plus, I had plans this weekend and now I just wanna curl up and watch it. No to mention that from a publicity point of view it’s just dumb. The fans who would generate the most buzz were at that Comic Con panel and are now angry that they have to decide if they want to hole up in their hotel room bingeing it instead of attending the event they spent hundreds of dollars on. Not to mention that every TV writer who was going to cover their panel is now scrapping those stories and their previews in order to quickly pull together their recaps. Just dumb.
-In less infuriating Kristen Bell news, she and Lin-Manuel Miranda met each other at Comic Con and had a mutual lovefest/freakout.