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Andy Samberg Promotes Palm Springs

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Andy Samberg is the latest celeb to do a backyard photoshoot, this time for GQ to promote the buzzy, incredibly well-reviewed time-loop romcom Palm Springs (currently at 99% fresh on RottenTomatoes), which hits Hulu starting tomorrow but still does not have a Canadian distributor. Poop.

-God, the tragic legacy of the Glee cast continues. Naya Rivera is still missing and presumed drowned after she rented a boat yesterday with her four-year-old son on Lake Piru in Southern California. Her son, thankfully, is fine.

-This clip of her singing “If I Die Young” in Glee’s Cory Monteith/Finn tribute episode broke me.

-Day three of his libel trial in London saw Johnny Depp trying out some local slang, accusing Amber Heard of telling “porky pies” about him to a psychiatrist.

Cameron Diaz may be done with acting, but she’s not done with making money. She just launched a new “clean” wine label.

-Her Charlie’s Angels costar Drew Barrymore covers the new issue of InStyle.

Chris Evans and Lily James are at the ‘blissfully eating ice cream at the park‘ stage of their relationship.

Michelle Williams and Oscar Isaac are set to star in a limited series for HBO call Scenes From a Marriage. This sounds like it was fantasy cast from my brain.

-The Crown is extending its run at Netflix and will now end at Season 6. So there’ll be one more season with Olivia Colman as the Queen before she passes the crown to Imelda Staunton.

-Netflix just put the chill on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, cancelling it after this season.

-The CW announced Javicia Leslie will be the new Batwoman. Leslie, who identifies as bi-sexual, will be the first Black actor to play the superhero role in a live-action  production. I still think it’s weird that their creating a whole new character, but I love this casting!

Taffy Brodesser-Akner wrote a pandemic-centric short story sequel to Fleishman Is In Trouble, my fave book from last year.

-Euphoria creator Sam Levinson has secretly shot a movie during the pandemic with Zendaya and John David Washington called Malcolm & Marie. They used a small crew, shut off air conditioning, tested the cast and crew multiple times, and quarantined for two weeks before shooting.

-Trans TV critic Emily VanDerWerff spent the last two days getting harassed, sent death/rape threats, and had people trying to “cancel” her for expressing her opinion on the Harper’s Bazaar letter. If the signatories of a letter were really for “open debate” and against “cancel culture,” wouldn’t they be speaking up right now? It’s been mostly crickets — and a couple of them are even actively going after her. (Or blaming others for going after her worse.)

-Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner is developing a new series for FX. Tell me again about people being cancelled in Hollywood.

-Lady A, formerly known as Lady Antebellum, is suing blues singer Anita “Lady A” White, which makes their whole name change seem rather performative.

Colin Jost is blaming Scarlett Johansson for that conspicuously placed guitar during his Weekend Update at Home segment.

-Now that Quibi’s 3-month free trial has ended, only 8% of their subscribers is estimated to have signed on to be paying customers. Ouch.

-Wow, Simone Biles’ Vogue cover is stunning.

Jim Carrey wrote a novel — and he filled it with celebrity cameos.

-New Girl’s Lamorne Morris gets Woke in the trailer for Hulu’s upcoming 8-episode comedy series.

Saoirse Ronan Says She “Needed” to Play Jo in Little Women

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-In her Variety cover story, Saoirse Ronan says “I tapped Greta [Gerwig] on the shoulder and said I heard she was doing Little Women, and that I needed to be Jo.” She says when Gerwig said she had to think about it, she replied “Oh, for f—k’s sake.” Gerwig, however, remembers it a bit differently: “Saoirse told me she was playing Jo.”

Michael B Jordan shot his Esquire cover story at his old high school.

-Speaking of great covers, Queen and Slim’s Jodie Turner-Smith and Daniel Kaluuya are on Vibe’s digital cover.

-This is gutting: Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist posted a raw, unflinching 14-minute video on Instagram detailing the abuse she says she suffered at the hands of an ex. Those she doesn’t name her alleged attacker, she claims he once threw an iPhone at her face so hard it tore her iris, and they made up a story about how she tripped and fell on a potted plant. She retold the potted plant story on The Tonight Show and at the time told Jimmy Fallon it happened the day after she landed Supergirl, which — if true — means it would have been in 2015 when she was married to Glee costar Blake Jenner.

Keke Palmer‘s song association video is wonderful. It’s almost as good as her impassioned defense of the movie Titanic.

-I like how many Canada callouts there are in Dan Levy‘s 73 Questions with Vogue video.

-Former Grey’s Anatomy actor Isaiah Washington is getting a show on Fox News’ streaming service. Sounds about right.

-Variety dug deeper into Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough‘s departures from America’s Got Talent. According to their story, when Jay Leno was a guest on the show and allegedly made a racist joke about Koreans, Gabrielle told producers to report the incident to human resources. She also urged producers to cut a white contestant impersonating Beyonce from the lineup. Sources also say Union and Hough received excessive notes on their physical appearance.

-This interview with Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies is a total delight.

-Why is Drake texting Billie Eilish? She’s 17.

-Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi commented on Martin Scorsese‘s controversial Marvel statements: “Maybe it’s too colorful for him.”

Ira is in Toronto, which means his appearance on The Social was perfectly timed for him to drag Justin Timberlake.

-I finally caught up to Sunday’s episode of Watchmen and gah, that show is doing extraordinary things. I’ve liked pretty much every episode (we’re six into its 9-ep run), but this latest one somehow managed to expertly tackle race, class, white-washing and childhood trauma in eye-poppingly creative ways. Every episode seems to spin off a ton of think pieces (as they should), and I’m especially interested in what black critics/writers are saying about it. Here are a few I’m following (if there are others, let me know!):  Soraya Nadia McDonald at The Undefeated, Angelica Jade Bastién at Vulture, Melanie McFarland at Salon, Micah Peters at The Ringer, Joelle Monique at AV Club.

-This interview with the co-writer of the episode is also worth your time.

Summer Walker responded to backlash after showing up three hours late to her Toronto concert and leaving fans waiting out in the cold Monday night.

Jacob Trembly reveals a correspondence with a famous actor in the trailer for Xavier Dolan‘s latest film, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, starring Natalie Portman, Sarah Gadon and Kit Harington.

Prince Andrew Crashes and Burns

-I’m assuming whoever arranged for Prince Andrew to do that TV interview this weekend is now fired, because wow that went even worse than anyone could have predicted. As Lainey says, when it comes to the Palace getting their shit together it’s been amateur hour over there.

Kanye West has announced his first-ever opera, Nebuchadnezzar, named after the longest-reigning king of ancient Babylon. Honestly, every headline about him these days just sounds like mad libs on crack.

-The Swifties came through. Taylor Swift and her former label Big Machine Records have reached a compromise — she can officially perform whatever songs she’d like at this weekend’s AMAs, including those bought by Scooter Braun earlier this year.

-Oh wait — it’s not over yet. AMAs producers are disputing Big Machine’s statement about her performance. Dick Clark Productions just released their own statement saying, “At no time did Dick Clark Productions agree to, create, authorize or distribute a statement in partnership with Big Machine Label Group regarding Taylor Swift’s performance at the 2019 American Music Awards.” All the sighs.

-Fresh from jail, Felicity Huffman was spotted taking homemade cupcakes to The Teen Project on Sunday, an organization dedicated to “serving at risk homeless and sex trafficked young women” in LA.

-I don’t watch Doctor Who but man this got me.

-I can’t stop reading Survivor takes and this is a good one on how CBS’s handling of misconduct on the island was “an exercise in ass-covering” disguised as “starting a conversation.” I’m still angry about last week’s episode — and that was the first episode I’ve caught up on in years. I can’t imagine how fans who’ve been sticking with it feel.

-Speaking of the garbage fire that is CBS, two female writers of Carol’s Second Act quit the show after they complained about inappropriate conduct by exec producer David Hunt, who is married to series star Patricia Heaton. One of the writers took to Twitter to expand on the story, saying that she only wanted a low intensity response to a difficult situation. Instead, it appears that she and her only ally were driven out.

-I could watch hours of Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter interviewing each other forever, mostly because HBC sounds like my spirit animal. Colman: “At lunch time today I said “Helly should we have lunch together? And you said ‘you can have 10 minutes of eating and talking and then I will be lying down and you can lie down next to me but silence after that.'”

-Oh god. Now Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck are tweeting their support in the push to release Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League. I thought the consensus was this thing didn’t even exist? This has been the most exhausting trending topic on film Twitter for two years and I can’t believe we’re back at it.

-Oof, Alan Moore’s take on pop culture’s current obsession with superheroes is scorching. (Weirdly, I don’t think that’s what Damon Lindelof is doing with his source material on The Watchmen.)

-I’m here for pretty much whatever content @ira wants to give me, but the premise of his new show sounds fantastic.

-I’m really bummed that Charlie’s Angels underperformed at the box office. Here’s hoping word of mouth helps it in the coming weeks.

-The Mad About You revival is on a network no one really has, but that’s ok because the reviews are not great.

-With the release of Apple+ and Disney+ and the upcoming launch of HBO Max, there’s been a ton of coverage about the streaming wars, but this take might actually be my favourite. So much content is getting churned out that quality/rewatchability is starting to not matter, and there’s no incentive for creators to take risks. Even more ground shifting, everyone is going to be watching different things, so “how we talk about TV to each other is going to radically change when your content has nothing in common with mine.”

-The trailer for the final season of Schitt’s Creek is here. You fancy, huh?