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Veronica Mars Arrives Early, Screws Up Our Weekend

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-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.

Jamie Lee Curtis announced two final Halloween movies at Comic Con.

-The Avengers cast didn’t make it to Comic Con, but a bunch of them sent cute video messages.

Miley Cyrus is trying to jump on the “hot girl summer” trend, with unfortunate results.

-Yet another CW actress is getting the opportunity to direct an episode of her show. Love.

-Speaking of the CW, Brandon Routh will once again suit up as Superman for the Arrowverse crossover, which is super fun.

-I agree with this entire take about why Chris Pratt is the worst Chris.

-I love this Natasha Lyonne photo shoot!

-I’m trying not to get too excited about the adaptation of The Hating Game, but they just cast goddess Gina Torres as Lucy’s boss!

-Brad Pitt grapples with his father’s actions in the new trailer for Ad Astra.

 

 

 

Who’s On Team Taylor?

-The Taylor Swift drama kicked into high gear over the long weekend. Swift has never owned her masters and her old music label just sold them to Justin Bieber‘s manager Scooter Braun, much to Swift’s chagrin. Now you’d think Swift would come off completely sympathetic here, since labels controlling artists’ original recordings is a ridiculous predatory relic of the music industry (remember when Prince wrote “slave” on his face and changed his name to a symbol? Or when Paul McCartney lost the rights to The Beatles’ catalog to Michael Jackson?). But Swift muddied the waters with her rebuttal by 1) saying she didn’t know about the sale (which seems unlikely, since her dad is on the label’s board and the head of the label says he texted her the night before the story broke), 2) bringing up all the Kanye West past drama and 3) using Tumblr, of all platforms, to make a statement. I get that a lot of her fans are still on it but this should have been positioned as a business story, not a fandom rallying cry. And now there’s talk that she’s liking anti-Bieber posts that have nothing to do with music rights. Remember when Swift used to be the best at controlling the message? Nowadays, even when she’s in the right (and she’s CLEARLY in the right on the masters issue) it’s not always easy to root for her. The fact that people are actually defending archaic music industry practices over her is a pretty stark sign of how far she’s fallen.

-Celebs are taking sides, with Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato and Sia defending Braun, and Halsey, Camila Cabello, Iggy Izalea, Cara Delevingne, Haim, and Brandon Urie on Team Swift.

Miley Cyrus just dropped a NSFW music video filled with messages like “feminist AF,” “virginity is a social construct,” and “my body my rules.”

-“Old Town Road” rapper Lil Nas X came out as gay over the weekend with his latest song, tweeting: “Deadass thought i made it obvious.”

Joshua Jackson was spotted looking cozy this weekend with Jodie Turner-Smith (who he also posted a sweet IG story with). But I thought he was spotted kissing another girl in a parking garage a couple of weeks ago?

Lindsay Lohan celebrated turning 33 by getting naked on Instagram. As you do.

-Wow. Kim Kardashian actually agreed to change her shapewear line’s name.

Dan Levy‘s goodbye post to Schitt’s Creek is so soft.

-It looks like James Franco might be getting pulled into the Amber Heard/Johnny Depp saga.

-I never thought I’d push for Harry Styles to play Elvis, but I’ll take him over Ansel Elgort or Miles Teller.

Louis Tomlinson wasn’t thrilled about that fanfiction scene in HBO’s Euphoria, in which a character read her fanfic about him and Harry Styles relieving stage-fright tensions through oral sex (which was accompanied by an animated depiction). He responded to fan’s tweets about it “I can categorically say that I was not contacted nor did I approve it.”

-It also seems like someone at HBO pretended to be a teen to infiltrate the fanfic community, which is gross.

Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston keep teasing a new project, which is presumably the Breaking Bad movie.

-It’s amazing how charming Jake Gyllenhaal can be when he wants to be. (Full video is here.)

-This is a great profile on Linda Cardellini, who just keeps steadily, quietly doing good work.

-Enlisted is now streaming on Crackle. I wish it was Netflix, but it’s a start!

-The reviews for the new season of Stranger Things are very strong (though I’m a little concerned that there seems to be critical rumblings that Hopper has turned into a jerk).

-Here’s the first trailer Mindy Kaling’s adaptation of Four Weddings and a Funeral. It looks charming. I am charmed.

-There are so many articles lately about the summer box office meltdown. But Late Night and Booksmart should never have been summer releases, and Men In Black and Dark Phoenix were obviously re-written messes. This doesn’t seem confusing.

-Sadness: Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss has announced she’s leaving the band.

-A new Aziz Ansari stand-up special directed by Spike Jonze is coming to Netflix this month. Anyone wanna bet that he doesn’t even reference why he went away?

-Cult favorite TV show Wynonna Earp is back on track for a summer 2020 return after the studio’s funding woes nearly derailed the Syfy drama.

-I like this Big Little Lies theory.

-The trailer for Rian Johnson‘s murder mystery Knives Out has dropped, featuring a stacked cast that includes Chris Evans, Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Michael Shannon and LaKeith Stanfield.

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner Prep for Paris Wedding

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Dr. Phil of all people spoiled Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner‘s wedding date. Diplo must feel pretty vindicated right now.

-The wedding is rumoured to be taking place this weekend in Paris, where Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra were already spotted.

-This is terrifying: a man pretended to be the owner of Halle Berry’s house by printing up a fake deed and having the locks changed. He got as far as one lock before the jig was up.

Rihanna‘s Fenty popup store featured curvy mannequins and the internet gobbled it up.

Obama was photographed in a boat with George Clooney while visiting the actor in Italy.

-I like Miley Cyrus but Nicki Minaj calling her “a Perdue chicken” is a very solid diss.

-Everyone’s making a big deal out of Brad Falchuk and Gwyneth Paltrow only living together four nights a week, but that sounds like the perfect arrangement to me!

Samuel L. Jackson was quick to point out that in the Spider-Man: Far From Home poster, his character’s eye patch belongs on the left eye, rather than the right.

Maggie Gyllenhaal is sick of answering #MeToo questions about her Deuce costar James Franco: “Yeah, that annoys me. I have been asked to answer for him and I have nothing to do with it. But I feel like it’s important to continue making the show. I feel like a political wife or something. I don’t like that.”

-Years and Years, a 6-episode series which debuts on HBO tonight and stars Emma Thompson and Russell Tovey, is getting raves.

-Friends alums Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow had a girls’ night out this weekend.

-A group of lawyers representing Soundgarden, the estate of the Tupac Shakur, and the late-Tom Petty’s ex-wife have filed a class-action lawsuit against Universal Music Group, seeking damages for the fire that destroyed more than 500,000 archived master audio recordings.

-The trailer for Meek Mills docuseries Free Meek , featuring Jay Z and others talking about the rapper’s insanely unfair legal battles, has dropped.

-I am now “I barely recognized anyone at the BET Awards” years old.

-So how many times did Beyonce fire you as her assistant this weekend? I made it all the way to the end on my second try — and then haven’t been able to replicate it since.

-Here’s the first trailer for Lena Waithe and Melina Matsoukas‘ upcoming film Queen & Slim, starring Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, and Chloë Sevigny.