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Natalie Portman: No Longer a Manic Pixie Dream Girl

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-In her new Vanity Fair cover story, Natalie Portman talks about being involved in the #MeToo movement, looking back on her experience with Harvey Weinstein and the former costars who’ve accused him of misconduct (“Like the set of Beautiful Girls—every woman in that movie has come forward”), and how upset she is to have been part of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl wave.

Rami Malek thinks that viral video of him with a fan is “not that bad” — and I agree. We can’t just see actors in the wild and expect them to perform on cue like dancing monkeys.

-This look at how many chances Bryan Singer got with the Bohemian Rhapsody film is quite eye-opening. Oh, to be a white dude in Hollywood. (In response to the article, Singer released a statement to THR: “Any discussion about fights between myself and Rami Malek are simply an exaggeration of a few creative differences that were quickly resolved. This is normal on a film set. And I think the work speaks for itself.”)

-As interesting as this take is on Nicki Minaj and Cardi B‘s social media war is, I’m still exhausted by the whole thing.

Kanye West now says he’s distancing himself from politics: “My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in. I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative.” Sure.

-Netflix got the original cast of Sabrina the Teenage Witch to watch the new reboot and give their reactions, and it’s very funny. “I wasn’t allowed to take my clothes off!”

Justin Bieber shaved his head and instantly looked 3097% better.

-This takedown of Post Malone’s music is a thing of beauty: “Post Malone’s music is dead-eyed and ignorant, astonishingly dull in its materialism, an abandoned lot of creativity with absolutely no evidence of traffic in his cerebral cortex — and there’s also a negative side.”

Jesse L Martin is taking a leave of absence from The Flash this season due to a back injury he sustained during the summer hiatus. I figured something was up — in every scene so far this season he’s been conspicuously sitting down or leaning on something.

Louis C.K.’s latest standup show was met with a handful of protesters. During the show, the comedian said “They tell you that when you get in trouble you find out who your real friends are. It’s black people, it turns out. They’ll stick by you,” invoking a group of people whose allyship he seems to value, if not reciprocate.

-Hollywood stuntpeople say that the past several years have brought about a troubling change when it comes to safety, likely due to the huge increase in streaming content, which has led some productions and stunt coordinators to cut corners.

-I’m very curious to know how much control Barbra Streisand had over her Carpool Karaoke segment. I’m guessing A LOT.

-The director of Blue Is the Warmest Color has been accused of sexual assault in France. That film’s TIFF premiere was the most awkward screening I’d ever been to because the lead actresses refused to be on the stage at the same time as him (they said at the time they way he filmed sex scenes made them feel “like prostitutes”), so for the film’s intro he came out first, said his bit, and then left the stage so the actresses could come out.

-The Kiss Quotient is being adapted into a film, which I’m very excited about but also very curious how they’re going to do it because that book was *steamy*.

Sara Bareilles performs a soulful version of ‘Theodosia Reprise‘ for the latest Hamildrop and I’m not crying YOU’RE crying!

Rebel Wilson get meta in the rom-com spoof Isn’t It Romantic. I love everything about this trailer.

 

Kiernan Shipka Casts a Spell

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-The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina drops Friday on Netflix, and I appreciate all the looks Kiernan Shipka is serving up on the promo tour.  Her premiere dress was appropriately witchy, and she’s very cute on the cover of ES Magazine.

-I’m not quite sure why Sarah Silverman felt the need to tell everyone that Louis C.K. masturbated in front of her with consent when they were kids. I think she’s trying to explain that because he grew up thinking that kind of behavior was accepted, he didn’t understand why it wasn’t when he became famous.  (“I’m just saying at a certain point, when he became influential, not even famous, but influential in the world of comedy, it changes. He felt like he was the same person, but the dynamic was different and it was not okay.”) But it was never ok. On the plus side, at least she doesn’t seem down with his sweep-it-under-the-rug comeback. “I’m not saying everyone should embrace Louis again. I believe he has remorse. I just want him to talk about it on stage.”

-The plot thickens in the feud between Cardi B and makeup artist Blacswan.

-On the Today Show, Nicole Kidman clarified her comments from last week about how being married to Tom Cruise protected her from sexual harassment. “Because I was married at 23 years old, I wasn’t going to parties or I wasn’t going out a lot. I had my first child at 25 and I was in a family. So my sense of being in the world was — I was working, or I was at home.”

Drake reportedly wanted to have kids with Rihanna. I mean, who doesn’t?

-Good on Liam Payne for calling out a tabloid story on the “mystery woman” he was photographed with: “My team is full of talented, smart professional women. I find it wrong that they are reduced to being linked to me romantically in the press just for simply standing next to me.”

Chris Hemsworth and his brother picked up a hitchhiker and took him where he needed to go — on a helicopter.

-Halloween starring Jamie Lee Curtis broke a whole bunch of records at the box office this weekend,  including biggest horror movie opening with a female lead, and biggest movie opening with a female lead over 55. Horror is definitely not my thing, but all this talk about how badass Judy Greer is in the final scene has me curious.

-Congrats to Amy Schumer, who’s expecting her first child with hubby Chris Fischer.

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson reportedly hadn’t started any wedding planning yet, so that has to make things slightly less terrible for them.

-Meanwhile, Davidson incorporated the split into an awkward standup set: “I’ve been covering a bunch of tattoos, that’s fun. I’m f–king 0-for-2 in the tattoo department. Yeah, I’m afraid to get my mom tattooed on me because she’d leave.”

Jill Soloway and Hannah Gadsby are reportedly dating and I love this so much!

-Nashville costars Chris Carmack and Erin Slaver got married over the weekend.

-I don’t typically watch Doctor Who but I might catch up on last night’s episode about Rosa Parks because everyone is gushing over it. It was the first episode in the show’s 55-year history written by a person of colour.

Cate Blanchett is getting a lot of flak for defending straight actors playing gay characters. While I think she should have acknowledged the privilege she has to take her pick from a vast number of roles that non-straight, non-white actors would never even be considered for (and the value of those who can bring lived experience to a role) I also think she’s been a bit misquoted. She actually said, “I will fight to the death for the right to suspend disbelief and play roles beyond my experience.” Which is…acting.

Selma Blair revealed her MS diagnosis and got a lot of support from fellow celebs.

Will Smith appeared on Jada Pinkett Smith‘s Facebook talk show, where he get candid about a rough time in their marriage: “Jada’s an actress, she had two babies, she had to be home raising her babies while I got to do everything I wanted to do. She was sacrificing herself to fit my picture. I felt that money and winning made a good relationship. You [Jada] were trapped in a life that you didn’t build and you didn’t want.”

-Wonder Woman 2 has been pushed back to June 5, 2020 (it was originally set to open Nov 1, 2019).

Jerry Seinfeld, Tony Hale, Tina Fey, Kumail Nanjiani, Keegan Michael-Key, Lisa Kudrow, Bryan Cranston and Stephen Colbert were among the celebs who honoured/roasted Julia Louis Dreyfess as she accepted the Mark Twain Prize.

-Every time Dave Grohl invites a kid on stage it makes my heart sing.

-Here’s the latest trailer for Julia Roberts‘ Amazon show Homecoming, which I just realized costars Lip from Shameless AND Ray from Girls.  The reviews are pretty glowing.

Lindsay Lohan Got Punched In The Face

-On Saturday night, Lindsay Lohan livestreamed a fight she had with a homeless family, yelling that they were trafficking children. It ended with her getting punched in the face.

Noah Centineo has been cast in Elizabeth BanksCharlie’s Angels reboot starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska. This feels like a great career move on his part.

Jake Gyllenhaal wrote about buddy Ryan Reynolds in Variety: “After years of waiting and struggling to fit his unfortunate, pear-shaped physique into the skinny jeans of a conventional romantic lead, Ryan made his own luck with Deadpool.”

-Some believe think Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are expecting. Or maybe his dad is just really bad at captions.

Demi Lovato’s sister says the singer is “doing really well,” adding “She’s working really hard on her sobriety and we’re all so incredibly proud of her. It’s been crazy for our family. It’s been a lot.”

-On Seth Meyers’ show, Kenan Thompson talked about on Kanye West’s SNL rant: “He voiced his opinion very loudly for a long time…We’re all entitled to our own opinion — I don’t know if that’s the moment, necessarily to hold people hostage like that — but hey, you know!”

-This is a good look from The Ringer about how Kanye West fell so far so fast.

Aubrey Plaza hugged the statue of Jeff Goldblum while security reprimanded her and I’ve never related to another human more.

-This is very sweet: Taylor Swift gave an 8-year-old fan with autism $10,000 for a service dog and front row tickets to her show.

Louis C.K. performed at the Comedy Cellar again. Blergh.

-There are rumours that Game of Throne’s Pedro Pascal been cast in the live action Star Wars TV series, which makes a lot of sense.

-A new study finds that more than half of The Last Jedi backlash was amplified by Russian trolls, which also makes a lot of sense.

-Novelist and essayist Zadie Smith and filmmaker Claire Denis tried to collaborate on the script for Denis’s new movie, High Life, but it didn’t go over so well. “We were so opposed on every idea,” said Denis. “There was not a word we could share.” (Judging from the reaction that movie got at TIFF, maybe Smith was smart to bail.)

-There’s no way Drew Barrymore agreed to this interview in Egypt Air’s in-flight magazine. No way.

-I feel like a big trend for returning shows this season is putting their lead character in jail. First we got the Arrow preview, and now here’s the Crazy Ex Girlfriend preview.

-I love when casts from long-departed shows still hang out. Shiri Appleby and the Life Unexpected crew went camping.

Brad Kern, the CBS producer who was the subject of three investigations into allegations of abuse and harassment, has been fired from NCIS: New Orleans and let go of his network deal. His contract was terminated yesterday. (I actually didn’t think this was going to happen. Mo Ryan reported way back in December that he had been the subject of two different CBS HR investigations, and CBS still gave him a new two-year deal a few months later.)

Childish Gambino, Justin Timberlake, and Kanye West will reportedly headline Coachella in 2019 — which makes me not want to go to Coachella.

-There’s a LOT of buzz for Amazon’s new show The Romanoffs, an anthology series from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner that features Christina Hendricks, Isabelle Huppert, Noah Wyle, John Slattery, Amanda Peet, Diane Lane –– basically everyone. But the news that each episode is over 80 mins has definitely dampened my excitement.

-Paul Dano’s Wildlife is getting raves on the film fest circuit. I’m intrigued.