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Anne Hathaway Expecting Baby #2

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-Congrats to Anne Hathaway, who revealed she’s pregnant! In her IG caption, she hints at trouble conceiving, saying “For everyone going through infertility and conception hell, please know it was not a straight line to either of my pregnancies. Sending you extra love.”

-This blooper reel from Avengers: Endgame is super short but still fun.

-The TCAs kicked off today (I always feel so bad for all the entertainment reporters who have to go straight from Comic-Con to this) and on HBO’s panel, they disputed the reports of drama behind the scenes on Big Little Lies, saying “As anyone who works in TV knows, the director doesn’t have final creative control. That creative control was taken from a director is a false premise.” But even if Andrea Arnold wasn’t promised full creative control, they certainly sold this season as being driven by her vision. So even if the plan was always to have Jean-Marc Vallée come in and un-do her work (which seems wildly inefficient), it’s still a bad look for a show that promotes itself as female-centric.

-Also, I really want bts footage of Meryl Streep pushing back on acting notes.

Louis Tomlinson is refuting an article claiming One Direction split due to Larry Stylinson’ fan fiction, calling it the “biggest load of bulls–t I’ve seen in a while.”

-I’m always fascinated by the culture of TV writers rooms, so this article about the Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ writers byzantine process for choosing lunch is like catnip.

-I gotta stop reading postmortem interviews about Veronica Mars because it’s bumming me out even more. Showrunner Rob Thomas says that if the show continues, it’ll be as a crime-solving show (presumably outside of Neptune and without most of the supporting cast): “Kristen [Bell] and I really want to keep doing more of these [limited, self-contained seasons], like the Sherlock and even Fargo templates. Something where, when we both have windows of availability, we can come back and do it. The thinking is that we need to survive as a noir detective show. And if we kept doing a show that was half teenage soap and half mystery show, the fear is it would start feeling like nostalgia.” This feels like such a miscalculation; who watches VM for the mysteries over the relationships?

-I’m not sure what’s happening with the Canadian band Stars, but they seem to be having a rough day on Twitter.

Faye Dunaway was fired from the Broadway-bound play Tea at Five after she allegedly slapped and threw things at crew members.

Isaiah Washington is a Trump supporter? Why am I not surprised.

-I’m bummed that the reviews for Mindy Kaling‘s Four Weddings and a Funeral adaptation for Hulu aren’t more glowing. (It’s also weird that the show is somehow less queer than the 1994 movie.)

-A lot of the reviews for Orange Is The New Black indicate the series ends its run with a really strong final season.

-Speaking of reviews, the more I read about Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the less I want to see it.

Lucy Liu, Ginnifer Goodwin and Kirby Howell-Baptiste are starring in a show called Why Women Kill from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry — and the trailer hooked me.

Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn‘s friendship being the basis of a Lifetime movie makes so much sense, it’s weird it hasn’t been done before.

Alanis Morissette Talks Pregnancies and Postpartum

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-I’ve been following Nicole Cliffe on Twitter for a while because she’s hilarious, and it turns out she’s also a pretty amazing feature writer. Her first big profile is Self’s digital cover with Alanis Morissette, and the result is a really frank, emotionally honest chat that delves deep into the singer’s pregnancies, labors and postpartum episodes. Morissette also talks about how her husband uses the concept of “provisioning” as a way of detaching money/breadwinning from providing for the family, and how her past traumas have informed her parenting strategy (“I talk about this with my kids a lot, the four boundaries being: You can’t tell me what I’m thinking; you can’t tell me what I’m feeling; you can’t f*cking touch my body/you can’t do anything with my body; and don’t touch my stuff”). Definitely worth your time.

-Speaking of cover stories that are worth your time, Janelle Monáe talks about trans rights in her new Paper interview.

-Another great profile is this one on Sienna Miller, who talks about the obstacles she faced early in her career and how the NYT did her dirty by referring to Jude Law as a “fling” and listing her alleged sexual conquests in a profile — but when they profiled Law they called her a “three-year relationship and engagement.”

-Is this Jeremy Renner tweet a joke? Because if he was really trying to transition into music, he would surely hire a professional to make a better video teaser than this. Right?!?

Leonardo DiCaprio got hit in the face with a volleyball and Twitter came through with the jokes.

Mindy Kaling‘s Late Night underperformed at the box office. Between this, The Long Shot and Book Smart, what a disappointing summer for smart, female-focused films.

Cardi B gets as naked as you can appear in a video without getting banned from YouTube in her “Press” clip.

-Everyone is freaking out about The Office leaving Netflix, and how they won’t be able to stream it. Am I so old that if I love a show THAT much, I just buy the DVD boxset and not worry about never having access to it? I bought a season of TV last month that I will probably never take out of the shrink wrap, but I just feel better *knowing* I can. It’s also very strange that The Office and Friends have reached mythical legend status just because of their Netflix popularity with the young ‘uns. I would love for Netflix to someday give that sort of boost to less mainstream sitcoms like Happy Endings or Better Off Ted.

Britney Spears‘ dad is allegedly suing a blogger for perpetuating the #FreeBritney conspiracy theory.

-This is sad: Dog the Bounty Hunter star Beth Chapman has died of cancer at 51.

-The Game of Thrones cast looks horrified when confronted with footage of their younger selves in the first season.

-In his anniversary post to Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban calls her “baby girl.” I read a book last week that I almost didn’t finish for no other reason than the protagonist’s boyfriend kept calling her that and I couldn’t deal with it because it came across as so infantilizing.

This article on the making of Mad Men’s “not great Bob” meme is a treat, with Vincent Kartheiser providing the perfect kicker. (Sidenote: I was once an extra in a movie he was in. He was…something.)

-Orange is the New Black’s final teaser sees Piper adjusting to life outside prison.

Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk Split

-It looks like the rumours (or more likely, the carefully placed heads up articles) were true: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk have split after four years of dating and one child. Oh gawd, the Cooper/Gaga shippers are gonna have a field day…

-I very much like Mindy Kaling‘s Glamour cover interview. She talks about her public persona (“I think there’s been a tendency for people to conflate my characters with my personality. The fact of the matter is, I wrote 24 episodes of The Office. That’s more than any other person on The Office, but no one can really picture me sitting and doing the hard work of writing the episodes. It’s like it doesn’t compute to people because I can wear all pink and re-create Beyoncé videos”) and how she’s chill about approaching 40 (“Because I never had a career based on my physical beauty, I’m approaching aging without much dread. I was never the person who was, like, Mindy ‘The Body’ Kaling”).

Jada Pinkett Smith addressed rumours of of cheating in her relationship with Will Smith: “No, but there’ve been other betrayals of the heart that have been far bigger than I could even think in regards to an infidelity situation.”

-This is the very best part of that new Courtney Love interview: “Right now, I’ve become really ensorcelled by this Venusian fertility cult in the Valley. They’re beautiful women, all related to each other. [Ed note: Love is referring to the Kardashians.] ”

Jon Favreau‘s The Chef Show on Netflix looks delightful. The clip in which Favreau reminds Gwyneth Paltrow that she was in Spider-Man is especially great. “You were in Spider-Man: Homecoming.” “No, I was in Avengers.” “You were in Spider-Man also…With the press conference at the end?” “That was Spider-Man? Oh my god!”

-In the latest Actors on Actors interview, Penn Badgley talks to Gina Rodriguez about why people find his murderous stalker on You so charming: “The cultural norms that we’re still all indoctrinated by that incline us to forgive a certain kind of person. Namely someone who looks like myself, less so someone who looks like you.”

-In Chris Pine‘s conversation with Robin Wright, he weighs in on the Make America Great Again movement: “What period of history are we talking about? Jim Crow? Slavery? Plantation masters?”

Billy Porter talking about straight actors being given gay roles is amazing. It’s especially amazing because he’s doing it in front of Richard Madden and Hugh Grant.

-Meanwhile, Hugh Grant says every career decision he made during his rom-com heyday “was probably wrong“: “I should’ve made interesting decisions and done different stuff. Instead, I repeated myself almost identically about 17 times in a row.”

-Entertainment Weekly just became a monthly magazine and cut some of my fave writers. This is the end of a goddamn era.

-A random asshole asked Zendaya on a date during a Q&A for Euphoria.

Olivia Colman, Kaitlyn Dever and Alice Englert star in the All Have Their Sins trailer which is produced by [double-checks notes] Gerard Butler.