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Mindy Kaling’s Secret Baby

Mindy Kaling recently welcomed her second child — a baby boy named Spencer. This explains a Deux Moi item from a week or so about an actress who covered up an entire pregnancy and labour by posting pre-made content on Insta. There were some belly bump-ish photos from the paps earlier this summer but she kept posting non-pregnant bathing suit pics so it was kind of forgotten. I love how sneaky and secretive she is. We still don’t even know who the father of her first kid is, let alone this one!

-In a lengthy Insta note, Blake Jenner confirmed that he was emotionally, mentally and physically abusive towards ex-wife Melissa Benoist … but then tried to play it off like it was because she was also abusive to him? Trash. The fact that he waited a year after her allegations until she had just given birth and seems to have moved on with her life makes him even trashier.

-This isn’t a good sign: Britney Spears‘ own lawyer called her capacity into question when explaining the lack of direct testimony in her conservatorship case, and said representing her was similar to representing a “comatose” client.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently went out for dinner with David Foster and Katharine McPhee (before McPhee’s baby news broke).

-After cancelling Morgan Wallen‘s scheduled performance because he broke protocol by partying with maskless strangers, SNL has announced Jack White as the replacement musical guest.

-Are the Oscars going to be cancelled? I get why people are wondering, but I’ve already seen some great, award-worthy movies (One Night In Miami, Nomadland, The Father) and it would suck if they didn’t get their due. I adore this idea of giving the general public screeners this year, though assume distributors would never allow it.

-Oof. Broadway extended its shutdown through May 2021, but at least two major productions are betting that it won’t really return until next fall.

-Amid the wave of “un-renewals“, Star Trek: Discovery producer Alex Kurtzman broke down the difficulties of producing TV shows right now, including the shocking PPE costs (up to half a million per episode!).

-Yikes, this is bad optics for Netflix.

Katie Couric hosted another Mean Girls reunion. If this could be a monthly thing, that would improve my quarantine greatly.

Niecy Nash and her new wife musician Jessica Betts appeared on GMA together and it was v. cute.

BTS revealed that they’ve donated $1M to Black Lives Matter.

Terry Pratchett‘s Discworld comes is being adapted into a new fantasy series for BBC America called The Watch. Here’s the trailer.

-Here’s the trailer for CBS All Access’ miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand, starring Whoopi Goldberg, James Marsden, Alexander Skarsgård, Heather Graham, Greg Kinnear, and Amber Heard.

Prince Louis Turns 2

Prince William and Kate Middleton shared an adorable “Instagram vs. Reality” post of Prince Louis.

-70-year-old Richard Gere is a father again.

Tiffany Haddish, who is a spokesperson for Bumble, recently went on a virtual date with Common and I can’t tell if it’s an ad or real but I’m shipping them so hard.

Judi Dench‘s grandson says this will be his last TikTok with her, but I really hope that’s not true.

Lizzo and SZA went on IG Live to have an Earth Day mediation, which included Lizzo playing the flute and SZA playing singing bowls. It’s weirdly calming.

-The Good Fight is off this week, but here’s a video of the cast singing “You Are My Sunshine.”

Shakira is spending her social distancing time productively; she just graduated from an online ancient philosophy course from the University Of Pennsylvania.

Beyonce‘s BeyGOOD foundation has partnered with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s to donate $6 million in funding to organizations providing mental wellness services for essential workers.

Madonna is teaming up with REFORM Alliance are donating 100,000 surgical masks to jails and prisons in Illinois, Louisiana, California, New York and Massachusetts.

John Cho penned a powerful essay about Asian-American discrimination during the pandemic.

-Critics are saying Netflix’s new high school sitcom Never Have I Ever is more sincere and focused than co-creator Mindy Kaling‘s other shows. The reviews are overwhelmingly positive.

Allison Janney totally forgot she was in 10 Things I Hate About You, commenting on a clip she was tagged in “I don’t understand! What is this????? What am I in that I forget I was in?”

-The cast of the 90210 reboot did a Zoom to answer fan questions, and Shenae Grimes and Dustin Milligan struggled to figure out where his character actually ended up.

Uma Thurman gave her daughter Maya Hawke a haircut — and fans think the look is very Kill Bill.

-Saturday Night Live is planning a second at-home broadcast this weekend.

Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth both have projects dropping tomorrow. Evan’s new Apple show is getting decent reviews, while Hemworth’s Netflix action flick is faring better.

Anna Kendrick stars in the trailer for HBO Max’s upcoming show, Love Life.

Dwayne Johnson on Fame and Fans

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson talking about how one bad experience made him change how he deals with fans who approach him for selfies or autographs is really worth a listen. “It took all of 30 seconds for me to realize that I had an opportunity to make somebody feel good and I made them feel bad and what an a-hole that made me…Now they all get the same treatment and that treatment is gratitude. The alternative to that is I go back to having seven bucks in my pocket and nobody giving a sh-t to get my autograph or get my picture. On top of that, here’s the truth. Taking a picture, a selfie, or signing an autograph is literally one of the easiest parts of my job. I do a lot of things that are a lot harder.”

-The bloom continues to fall off the rose when it comes to Ellen Degeneres‘ public reputation. Variety posted a story last night about her show’s crew members (some of whom have been with her for 17 years) being outraged over their treatment during coronavirus. They received no communication about their hours or pay for over a month. She further angered them by bringing in non-union crew members to help with her current at-home taping of the show — which they learned about via social media. “Be kind” indeed.

-People are making fun of January Joneslatest Instagram video but I find this kind of unhinged entertainment delightful.

-Speaking of delightful celebrity quarantine content, Kathryn Hahn and her family did Glengarry Glen Ross with dolls.

-Last night’s Disney Family Singalong on ABC was surprisingly awesome. Ariana Grande harmonized with herself while singing “I Won’t Say I’m in Love” from Hercules, Beyonce made a surprise appearance to sing “When You Wish Upon a Star,” and the cast of High School Musical cast reunited to sing “We’re All In This Together.”

-For the first time in 50 years, San Diego Comic-Con has been cancelled. It’s the right thing to do. Plus, what will movie studios and TV shows have to promote?

-Meanwhile, Taylor Swift has cancelled all her 2020 appearances and concerts.

-Outlander star Sam Heughan sounds like he’s been dealing with a lot of fan harassment and is sick of it. I don’t watch the show so I don’t know much about that fandom, but I’ve certainly seen some people on Twitter get very, very invested in theories about him and his costar dating — and get very, very angry when she married someone else last year.

Fiona Apple released a new album today and the reviews are glowing. Even Pitchfork gave it a rare 10/10. (The title comes from a line Gillian Anderson says in The Fall, which the actress tweeted today.)

-Lucifer season 6 may be in jeopardy over a potential Tom Ellis contract dispute.

-Critics are really liking Mindy Kaling’s new Netflix show.

Martha Stewart is getting flak for telling Seth Meyers that she’s sheltering with her driver, housekeeper and gardener at her estate in the Bedford, N.Y., area and referring to them as her “detainees.” She added “They’re not sick of it yet but when I see the edges fraying, I’ll give them a day off.” Oof.

-Deep fakes are so, so weird but this re-imagined Parks & Rec intro with every character replaced by Ron is very clever.

Meghan Markle appeared on a video call to raise funds for the delivery of food to poor, elderly and vulnerable Londoners during the coronavirus epidemic.

-Speaking of Zoom calls, Seth Rogen showed Jimmy Kimmel how he likes to prank people in video meetings.

-Here’s the first full trailer for HBO’s Perry Mason.