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Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner Cover Rolling Stone


-I truly don’t understand the GoT fandom (or at least the portion that I follow on Twitter). Rolling Stone’s cover story with Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner dropped, and my TL immediately turned into a whole lot of fighting between Arya and Sansa stans. I don’t get it, especially because the interview is a delight. I love Maisie’s frequent f-bombs (“I thought I wasn’t a feminist if my favorite color was pink. And then I decided that’s fucking stupid”) and the oh-so-casual way Sophie reveals that’s she’s dated girls (“Everyone experiments. It’s part of growing up. I love a soul, not a gender”).

-This Pushing Diasies reunion made my heart swell. God, I loved that show.

-The Jussie Smollett saga may have ended — and we still have no idea what really happened. All 16 felony charges against him have been dropped and his record wiped clean. It’s interesting to note that there was no plea deal; the case against him has just ended. Smollett told the press “I have been truthful and consistent on every level since day one.” Fox TV released a statement saying they are “gratified that all charges against him have been dismissed.” Meanwhile Chicago police and the city’s mayor denounced prosecutors for dropping the charges, saying “We have a lot more evidence than we told the media about and we were fully prepared to go to trial. We’re very angry this happened.”

Keanu Reeves rode 2 hours in a van with fellow stranded airplane passengers and kept everyone’s spirits high, reading out fun facts about the cities they were driving through and playing country music native to the area. The world truly doesn’t deserve him.

-Marvel just released 32 new character posters for Avengers: Endgame and they reveal that Shuri was dusted offscreen.

-Also, there’s a new Endgame featurette.

Meghan Markle once shot a pilot for Comedy Central titled The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down, costarring Adam Pally and Max Greenfield, and now it might get released a decade later.

Justin Bieber called out an Instagram user for slamming his marriage to Hailey Baldwin.

Cardi B addressed her controversial remarks about drugging and robbing men when she worked as a stripper: “I made the choices I did at the time because I had very limited options.”

Fan Bingbing, the world’s biggest movie star, vanished without a trace last year. But it was what happened next that sent a shudder through the Chinese film industry. Vanity Fair’s investigation into it is a fascinating read.

-They’ve only aired 4 of the 12 episodes of the current season so far, but Better Things has already been renewed!

Hugh Dancy is joining his wife for the final season of Homeland. I had no idea this show was still on.

-Now that Hollywood has released that agents who represent writers are getting paid to do nothing, what happens if writers fire their agents en masse?

Noah Centineo is the man of everyone’s dreams in Netflix’s The Perfect Date trailer.

Kim Kardashian Confirms She’s “Definitely Trying” for Another Baby


-I have no interest in reading THR’s Kardashian cover story, but I did like this accompanying bit from a branding expert on how the family redefined the business of celebrity.

Casey Affleck may have just confirmed what we all suspected: that Ben Affleck is not returning as Batman.

-Have you noticed that there are a lot less photos of stars at the airport lately? That’s because LAX installed a VIP terminal that’s paparazzi-free.

-Following her trial victory, Taylor Swift says she plans to donate money to help victims of sexual assault “defend themselves.”

-Game of Thrones stars Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner tackle Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber in next episode of Carpool Karaoke, and the preview is all kinds of adorable.

-Another episode of Game of Thrones Season 7 leaked early. The kicker? This time, the breach came from an HBO affiliate.

-Is Drake opening a new restaurant in Toronto? Has he learned nothing from Fring’s?

Chris Hemsworth says he was “weirdly shaken” when he first met Chris Pratt because “he’s just so charismatic.” Celebs: they’re just like us!

Anna Faris thanked her podcast listeners for their support, saying “Hey, dear listeners. I just want to thank you all so much for all the love I’ve been receiving, and I truly love you.” (I loved the story they told on the Jam Session podcast this week, in which one of the girls talks about interviewing Anna and then being invited back to her house to drink wine for four hours.)

-Why does The Mindy Project insist on doing this terrible storyline over and over?

-I don’t watch Suits, but I support any show that gives Gina Torres her own spinoff.

-Girls Trip’s Tiffany Haddish remains the best talk show guest.

-Last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Daniel Craig finally confirmed he will return for a fifth James Bond movie.  “I think this is it. I just want to go out on a high note.”

-Late night shows were on fire last night. Colbert’s blow-by-blow takedown of the president’s press conference was merciless — and his team wrote it in less than an hour. Jimmy Kimmel made an outraged plea for Trump supporters to finally abandon their president. Seth Meyers tore up Trump’s “clinically insane” presser.

-God, I love Mark Ruffalo. He and Olivia Wilde joined the huge protest outside of Trump Tower last night, where Mark shot some video.

Lisa Rinna tweeted “All lives matter” and then claimed she didn’t really know what that meant. Sigh.

-After 16 years, Helen Hunt and Matthew Carnahan have decided to call it quits.

-According to Jason Bateman, Arrested Development season 5 production kicks off next week.

-That Tom Cruise on-set injury we saw in the leaked video earlier this week was serious; it shut down the Mission Impossible production.

Chris Brown tried to explain his side of the story in his Rihanna beatdown. Keep it.

-Bachelor in Paradise debuted last night and was all like “we cool, guys?

-This story about Belle and Sebastian accidentally leaving their drummer in pyjamas in a Walmart made me LOL. “Shit, we left Richard in North Dakota.”

-I really like this NYT piece about why, in a body-positive moment, Hollywood remains out of step. “Movies – studio movies in particular – show little improvement for lead actresses. There is only Melissa McCarthy.”

-I also like this Vogue piece with Oprah about how she’s on a roll (again).

-Here’s the first trailer for The Killing of a Sacred Deer starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman (featuring a creepy good use of anEllie Goulding song). This film was both booed and applauded at Cannes. It’s from Yorgos Lanthimos, who did The Lobster — a movie I didn’t really understand but still have a strange affection for.

Jimmy Kimmel Channels Marcia Clark for THR


Jimmy Kimmel poses as as Marcia Clark, Jon Snow and Mr. Robot for THR’s new Emmy cover story. The interview is really good, with him talking about surviving ABC even though “it became a very female network. And suddenly my antics were out of place,” his weird ‘no eating two days a week’ diet, and his foodie travel planning.

Kristen Bell introduces Pinksourcing, where women are a bargain at the workplace since you only have to pay them 77 cents on the dollar!

-Kim Kardashian took 1,500 selfies a day on her Mexico vacation. I don’t think she knows what the word “vacation” means.

Britney Spears got bored so she decided to see if she could still do mid-air splits. Hasn’t she heard of Netflix binges?

-Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner is a novelist now.

Sofia Vergara is the highest-paid actress on TV. Now think about the work Keri Russell, Tatiana Maslany, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Constance Wu, Sarah Paulson, Aya Cash, Voila Davis, Maura Tierney and Carrie Coon did this year and try not to cry.

-Speaking of actresses doing wonderful work on the small screen, I love this article on how Jane The Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez has the trickiest job on TV.

-Meanwhile in TV news, here’s a good look at how each of the 5 networks are trying to win this year. (I just realized that I’m not watching one single returning show on NBC, Fox, ABC or CBS. Weird.) I’m also so curious to see how Supergirl fares on the CW. I think it’ll be its number one show, but their hopes that it’ll pull in half of its CBS audience seem crazy optimistic to me.

Lance Bass is trying to convince us that Chris Kirkpatrick was the member of ‘N Sync who slept with the most people. Cute.

Renée Zellweger wrestled Jimmy Fallon last night and won.

Kid Cudi went off on Twitter today, saying (among other things) that Kanye and Drake don’t give a f*ck about him.

-Adorable though probably regrettable: GoT costars Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner got matching tattoos.

Rebecca Hall confirmed that her Iron Man 3 role was greatly reduced.

-This is a great read on how Gabrielle Union is doing Nate Parker’s job . “The responsibility for serious discussions about rape has instead fallen on another victim.”

-The new Star Trek series for CBS has been delayed until May, while the Good Wife spinoff has been moved up.

-THR’s oral history of South Park includes an interesting bit about Isaac Hayes quitting. Matt Stone says it was because of the Scientology episode, but Hayes’ son seems to imply it was the Scientologists in his father’s life that made the call after he suffered a stroke. “He was in no position to resign under his own knowledge. At the time, everybody around my father was involved in Scientology — his assistants, the core group of people. So someone quit South Park on Isaac Hayes’ behalf. We don’t know who.”

-Netflix, which pretty much doesn’t cancel anything, say it will end Bloodline.

-The Doctor Strange movie added “an Asian manservant” character to balance Tilda Swinton playing an Asian guru. Not helping, guys.

-A French TV host mocked Jonah Hill’s sex life — after he mocked hers first. I think I love her. (He reportedly canceled all of his French press for the upcoming movie after that interview, because of course he did.)

-Here’s the new trailer for the political thriller Miss Sloane, starring  Jessica Chastain.