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Jennifer Lopez Is a Hustler

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Jennifer Lopez is on the cover of Variety, in which she talks about American Idol (“Everybody was like, ‘Don’t do this. Your career will be over, and they won’t offer you any movies.’ I was like, ‘The truth is, I’m not getting offered a whole bunch of movies, so what are they not going to offer me?'”), how Alex Rodriguez supports her (“He loves being at every show that he can be at. I go to all his baseball games”), and what she’s like as a boss (“I’m firm. I’m not a yeller or a screamer. I think nobody likes to disappoint me, because I get very quiet. I’m also relentless. I don’t have hours”).

-Also, this is a great clip of JLo talking about accidentally making Constance Wu bleed on the Hustlers set. (I love that Cardi B interrupts her costars with “Wait a minute, actresses!”)

-This is a good Taylor Swift interview (though I’m bummed that the writer describes her Nashville apartment ans “an Etsy fever dream” and there’s no photos).

-This weekend’s D23 Expo dumped a ton of new Disney news, including footage from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Dark Rey!), our first look at Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil, Black Panther II will come out on May 6, 2022 and Kit Harington has joined the cast of The Eternals.

Tom Holland addressed the Sony-Marvel split at the event, saying “It’s been a crazy week, but I want you to know I am grateful from the bottom of my heart and I love you 3,000.”

-Some of the most exciting announcements came from Disney+, the new streaming service (launching in Canada for $8.99/month). News of their shows — which will drop weekly instead of all at once — included announcements of a Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and Moon Knight live-action series, confirmation that Kat Dennings and Randall Park will reprise their previous MCU roles in WandaVision alongside Kathryn Hahn, news that Hilary Duff reprise her role as Lizzie McGuire, a new High School Musical series is coming, and the reveal that Jeff Goldbum (who I met this weekend and will never stop giggling about) is getting his own show.

-The first round of SNL hosts have been announced. That Phoebe Waller-Bridge / Taylor Swift night should be something else.

Kaitlynn Carter attended Miley CyrusVMAs rehearsal on Monday.

-This is a lovely Kirsten Dunst cover story.

-I cannot believe that E!Online ran their annual TV’s Top Leading Man poll and Can Yaman (the guy from the Turkish soap I’m obsessed with) beat out everyone else. I didn’t know so many other people watched it?! I feel so seen!! (Here it is if you want to also be obsessed.)

-This article about a writer who spent several months of my life and over $1,000 on Goop products is worth your time. It goes beyond the surface to examine how Goop uses health anxiety to attract aspirational customers. And it’s really funny.

-A teaser trailer and poster dropped over the weekend for the upcoming Breaking Bad film, dubbed El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. It will bow on Netflix Oct. 11, air on AMC later on, and focus on Aaron Paul‘s Jesse Pinkman. “It’s a chapter of Breaking Bad that I didn’t realize that I wanted,” Paul told The NY Times.

Natalie Portman plays an astronaut who has a tough time re-adjusting when she returns to Earth in Lucy in the Sky, which costars Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman and Dan Stevens.

Riverdale’s Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart Split

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-Riverdale’s Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart have broken up following two years of dating — for now.

-In happier Hollywood couple news, Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix are engaged after being together for three years.

-So that was how this season of Big Little Lies wrapped, huh? Huh.

Emma Thompson getting day-drunk with Hannah Gatsby and doing the robot for the paps is a mood.

-This was poetic: Avengers: Endgame passed Avatar to become the biggest movie in history at the same moment Marvel was on the Comic-Con stage presenting Phase 4. (Which sounds awesome, btw. So happy for Simu Liu from CBC’s Kim’s Convenience, and tickled that dudes are so upset about Natalie Portman playing Thor.)

-The movie side of Comic-Con felt really subdued, but there was a TON of TV news and trailers.

-I didn’t expect Comic-Con to make me emotional, but the panels for shows that are ending got to me. The Supernatural dudes teared up, Arrow’s Stephen Amell teared up, The Good Place’s Kristen Bell teared up. Dammit, feelings!

-The three Andrew Lincoln-led Walking Dead movies will no longer air on AMC; they’ll be released exclusively in theaters. Do people still like this franchise enough to spend movie money on it?!

-It’s odd that HBO thought it would be a good idea to have a Game of Thrones panel at Comic-Con. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss bailed, but lots of the cast showed up. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau got some boos from the audience when he said he thought it made sense for Jamie to die in the arms of Cersei.

Rose Leslie is exiting The Good Fight, which makes sense because last season it was like she was on a completely different show.

-Oof, that Veronica Mars season. I loved it right up until until I didn’t. No spoilers but female characters don’t need to be tortured and miserable to be “strong” or worth rooting for. It’s straight out of the Joss Whedon handbook and we should have moved past this shit by now.

-Showrunner Rob Thomas is giving interviews about the big twist, and said “It is a gamble. If we never get to do Veronica Mars again because the fans turned on the show… then I placed a large bet and lost it.” It’s poses an interesting question, though. I don’t think creators owe fans anything (even if their work is fan-funded), but I also don’t think fans own creators their continued loyalty if they do something they know the fans will hate. This move just pissed off what is very likely their most vocal, fervent fans (the ones, I would argue, who were largely responsible for resurrecting the show). What will it look like if a lot of those fans wash their hands of it?

-Also, his defense is that it’s a “noir” show, which falls apart if you look at the tropes of noir.

-Good on Tina Majorino (who played Mac) for clarifying that she didn’t come back for the new Veronica Mars season not because of scheduling conflicts, but because of her character’s “diminished value.”

Cate Blanchett showed up at a drag brunch in Toronto this weekend. Dammit, I’m going to that on Sunday. Just one week off!

-Here’s the first new trailer for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a movie about Mr. Rogers, played by Tom Hanks.

Vanity Fair Offers a Peek Inside Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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Vanity Fair’s new issue has our first in-depth look at Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, including new characters like Keri Russell‘s Zorri Bliss and Richard E. Grant‘s Allegiant General Pryde.

Natalie Portman has hit back at ‘creepy’ Moby for his ‘disturbing’ account of their relationship in his memoir, telling Harper’s Bazaar UK: “I was surprised to hear that he characterized the very short time that I knew him as dating because my recollection is a much older man being creepy with me when I just had graduated high school. He said I was 20; I definitely wasn’t. I was a teenager. I had just turned 18. There was no fact-checking from him or his publisher – it almost feels deliberate.” He then countered by posting “proof” on IG: a super creepy pic of them, in which he’s shirtless and she’s grinning uncomfortably. It’s all quite gross.

-Congrats to Zoe Kravitz, who reportedly had a secret wedding to Karl Glusman.

-At the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood presser in Cannes, Quentin Tarantino snapped at a female reporter from The New York Times who asked why Margot Robbie wasn’t given more to say or do in the film. He groused “I reject your hypothesis” and didn’t expand. Bless Margot Robbie for trying her best to answer thoughtfully though, saying that it was an interesting acting experiment: “To really show those wonderful sides of [Sharon Tate] could be done without speaking…I did feel like I got a lot of time to explore the character without dialogue specifically.” (I love how Brad Pitt looks over at her supportively when she’s done, like “valiant attempt trying to polish this turd”).

James Corden did a Reddit AMA and all the top comments are about his terrible reputation. I love that even the questions that look legit end with “also, is it true you’re an asshole?”

George Clooney went into detail about his “bad” motorcycle crash in Italy: “I was just waiting for the switch to turn off.”

-I love that Gwendoline Christie predicted the Game of Thrones ending in an interview a few seasons ago. (I also love that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was like “wait, that doesn’t make sense.” He is us.)

-Also, even though it looked like the finale was setting up an Arya-focused sequel — it wasn’t.

-I haven’t watched Orange Is The New Black in years, but this promo of the stars singing the theme song kinda got me.  The final season drops on Netflix July 26.

Olivia Wilde‘s directorial debut Booksmart, which opens this weekend, is at 99% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with nearly 100 reviews counted. That’s insanely impressive.

-This is a really good interview with SNL’s Heidi Gardner, who talks about being a hairstylist for nine years before transitioning into comedy.

-I also loved this profile on Timothy Olyphant, who talks about saying yes to every role after Deadwood was cancelled — because he had just bought a new house. “Those experiences were equally valuable…Find yourself bald in Bulgaria doing some pile of shit, that will get you up a little earlier in the morning and make you work a little harder.”

Michelle Williams is getting rave reviews for her turn in Fosse/Verdon (especially this week’s episode), and what’s even more impressive is that she’s not using a vocal coach.

-I really liked this NYT feature on how “Old Town Road” became the biggest song in the world thanks to memes and controversy.

Jesse Eisenberg grapples with masculinity in The Art Of Self Defense’s first trailer.