–Idris Elba is on the cover of December’s British Esquire and this feels like a really nice way for the universe to welcome me back to civilization after my vacation. In the interview, he talks about his early career and getting famous by playing an American. “I don’t like the term ‘black actor’ in the first place. I don’t understand what that is. When we talk about Benedict Cumberbatch, we don’t call him a ‘white actor’. When you speak about van Gogh, or any other painter, they’re painters; they use all the colours in the spectrum. They don’t use colours confined to where they’re from…I’m a British actor, but America made me who I am as a popular actor by playing an American. But it just turns out that my grandad on my mother’s side was born in Kansas City. So, am I allowed? Or not allowed? The debate thickens, do you know what I mean?”
–Taylor Swift‘s new $200 million record deal isn’t just huge for her — she used it to help out other artists. In the deal, she got the label to agree to distribute a cut of proceeds from any sale of its Spotify shares to artists, non-recoupable — meaning that they’d be paid even if they hadn’t earned back their latest advance.
–Drake fans are being blamed for a brawl at Pusha T’s concert in Toronto that saw one man get stabbed.
–Ellen Pompeo is getting a lot of buzz for her soundbite about diversity on sets, but the whole conversation with her, Gabrielle Union, and Gina Rodriguez is worth watching. Oh, Emma Roberts was there too.
–Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Tiffany Haddish, Chelsea Perriti and Amy Sedaris star in Google’s Friendsgiving ad that’ll debut during the Macy’s parade and the bts footage is very cute.
-Remember when Gwen Stefani used to be the coolest MF alive? What happened?!
–Mandy Moore got married this weekend. I’m not sure I’m sold on the dress.
–Joshua Jackson has a new girlfriend and he looks so happy in these photosthat it dims my jealousy. Slightly.
–Bradley Cooper decided to stay in character while behind the camera in A Star Is Born for maximum authenticity. Of freakin’ course he did.
–Brad Pitt is trying to distance himself from those shoddy post-Katrina homes. He asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit against him after claims his foundation Make It Right built inadequate housing.
-In a new interview, Leah Remini claims Tom Cruise “personally administered punishment on a high-ranking member” of Scientology on the orders of Church leader David Miscavige.
–Zoë Kravitz goes completely unretouched (and looks phenomenal) on her new Harper’s Bazaar cover. She talks about previous magazine Photoshop experiences: “I did a cover of a magazine once and noticed that my eyes were this beautiful hazel-green color, which would be great, but they’re not that color! Little things like that. I’ve seen my hands be changed before. It makes you think, “What’s wrong with my hands? Or my eyes?”
-So, despite those reports, Hailey Baldwinis denyingthat she and Justin Bieber got married this week.
–Ariana Grande posted a very sweet IG video of Mac Miller, saying “I’m so sorry I couldn’t fix it or take your pain away.”
–Lady Gaga reveals what she thinks is her #1 look ever in Vogue’s 73 questions. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t the meat dress. (Sidenote: is this the most stationary 73Q segment ever? I wanna see her house!)
-In a recent interview, Bradley Cooperaddressed the news that A Star Is Born producer Jon Peters has been sued by at least five former employees for sexual harassment.
–Meaghan Markle is reportedly having trouble figuring out which of her friends she can trust, while her former Suits costars are struggling with being asked about her all the time. (I get it; we saw Patrick Adams hanging out at TIFF and it was hard not to bug him about it.)
-God, I love that Candice Patton of The Flash is calling out DC/Funko for releasing figurines for only the show’s male characters. Even Wally West got one? Come on.
-First Brandon Routh‘s wife, now Stephen Amell’s wife. If you want a role on the CW, just marry one of its stars.
-For reasons I can’t begin to comprehend, the New York Review of Books let Jian Ghomeshi write a self-pitying, self-pardoning reflection on his ouster from Canadian media. (I love that everyone is circulating a link to this PDFinstead of the actual article itself to avoid contributing to its pageviews.) It is so tone-deaf that it has to be seen to be believed (it begins with a woman *apologizing to him* for bringing up what he did, and ends with him congratulating himself for meeting a woman on a train and not trying to hook up with her). Many people much smarter than I am have pointed out the piece’s problems, but I think my issue with his article — and Louis C.K.’s return and all of these comebacks and handwringing about their reputations/future — is that not one of these men are actually acknowledging that they’ve contemplated the hurt they’ve caused their victims and/or learned from it. Dan Harmon‘s apology and subsequent actionsis the only guy that comes to mind.
-Meanwhile, my favourite reaction is Roxanne Gay’s tweet: “I wonder which publication will give a victim of sexual harassment or violence 7,000 words to discuss her or his experience.”