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THR’s Drama Actress Roundtable

Janelle Monae, Jennifer Aniston, Zendaya, Reese Witherspoon, Helena Bonham Carter and Rose Byrne
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-This year’s Hollywood Reporter’s TV drama actress roundtable features Janelle Monae, Jennifer Aniston, Zendaya, Reese Witherspoon, Helena Bonham Carter and Rose Byrne. I love how Witherspoon, Aniston and Carter are all going on about how the pandemic has given them time to pause and think about the world and Monae says “For me and my people, for the Black community, this is not an exciting time. This isn’t a time that we get to really reflect. We’re dealing with a lot of trauma.”

Jenny Slate has exited Big Mouth. “Black characters on an animated show should be played by Black people. Me playing Missy, I was engaging in an act of erasure of Black people.” Your move, Kristen Bell.

Bryan Singer appears to still be preying on boys despite The Atlantic’s explosive expose about him last year. In a new thread, Elijah Daniel details how the disgraced director is still around and allegedly recruiting boys for trips to Hawaii, shifting his focus from aspiring actors to Instagram influencers. Minutes after posting the thread, images of boys with the tag #BryanSinger were scrubbed from Instagram.

Stephen Colbert interviewed John Bolton last night and did not get off his neck. It was glorious. “How did you not know beforehand that [Trump] was just callow? … You’re an international negotiator. How could you be naive? You’ve dealt with the worst people in the world.”

-The Globes’ TV critic John Doyle spilled some tea on Ben Mulroney and his thin skin in today’s paper. He talked about jokingly creating a ‘most annoying Cdn’ poll in 2003. Mulroney, who was hosting Canadian Idol at the time, tied with the guy from the Canadian Tire ads. “All in good fun. Some of the TV personalities on the list thought it was hilarious. One sent me a bouquet of flowers. I didn’t hear from Ben Mulroney directly of course. Oh my, no. I did hear from Senator Marjory LeBreton, the former deputy chief of staff in Brian Mulroney’s government. Her letter to the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher and CEO of this newspaper, also cc’d me, let me know there was umbrage taken at Ben Mulroney being teased in my column…There was certainly a call or two of complaint to the paper’s then Editor-in-Chief from Brian Mulroney.” While Doyle’s bosses were supportive of him, he says his counterpart at The Sun wasn’t so lucky: “Brian Mulroney was then on the board of Quebecor, which owned the Sun, and the Mulroney family complained to the paper’s bosses about the TV critic’s coverage of Ben. The writer was summoned to a meeting and told, ‘Never type the words ‘Ben Mulroney’ again.’ And he didn’t. He couldn’t.”

-Meanwhile, Lainey reiterated and expanded upon the apology she posted on today’s episode of The Social after her old posts were trending online. This is very well done.

Penn Badgley spoke about his You costar Chris D’Elia being accused of sexually harassing and grooming underage girls: “It did affect me deeply. I was very troubled by it. I am very troubled by it. I don’t know Chris. I know that, if there’s anything we need to do in this age, it’s to believe women.”

-Days of Our Lives’ Melissa Reeves has come under fire for her anti-Black Lives Matter stance. As someone who once made a scrapbook for Jack & Jennifer’s wedding in her youth, this is super disappointing.

-Brooklyn Nine-Nine is reportedly scrapping four episodes and starting over to focus more on BLM.

-Really liked this piece on how we think of — and what we want from — famous people is changing.

Roch Voisine was trending in Canada, and I’m so happy that it’s not because he has died… It’s because he’s turned into a stone cold daddy.

Timothee Chalamet and Eiza Gonzalez were spotted vacationing together in Mexico. How is anyone vacationing right now? I have so many questions.

-TIFF has unveiled the first details about this year’s film festival. It’ll be dramatically scaled down (50 features from last year’s 333), will feature some drive-in screenings, and will have a huge online component.

John Boyega responded to that viral marriage proposal.

-Netflix’s new cooking show Crazy Delicious is getting great buzz.

Padma Lakshmi’s Taste the Nation on Hulu is also getting good reviews.

-Eurovision Song Contest, starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams and dropping on Netflix this weekend, is getting mixed reviews. Variety says it’s “a badly shot one-joke movie that sits there and goes thud,” while Vulture calls it “glorious,” the Globe & Mail says “it’s barely a movie at all,” and Vanity Fair calls it “silly and fun.”

-Here’s the trailer for HBO Max’s Expecting Amy, a three-part documentary series following Amy Schumer as she juggles looming parenthood with her stand-up career.

-Here’s the first trailer for J.J. Abrams and Sara BareillesLittle Voice, Apple+’s coming-of-age musical drama.

-I can’t believe The Handmaid’s Tale is still limping along. Here’s the season 4 trailer.

Jessica Chastain is a rogue assassin in trailer for action movie Ava.

Stars Shine at Oscar After-Parties

-Once again, I liked a lot of celebs’ after-party looks more than their Oscar red carpet choices, including Gal Gadot’sFlorence Pugh’s, Greta Gerwig’s and Billie Eilish’s (who hung out with Timothee Chalamet). Other stellar after party looks included Hunter Schafer, Tessa Thompson, Rihanna, and Tracee Ellis Ross.

Adele also showed up to an after-party and she was barely recognizable. I mean, I hope she’s happy and healthy but this is drastic.

-ICYMI: here are our picks for Oscars’ best and worst dressed.

-I’m still in (happy) shock that Parasite won last night. The ranked ballot (which only applies to the Best Picture category) certainly helped; lots of people would have had to choose it as their top pick, but a lot of people would have had to have it as their 2nd or 3rd choice.

-I’m still not sold on the Parasite TV series, but this is intriguing.

Bong Joon Ho apologized to the Oscar engravers: “I’m so sorry for the hard work, there’s too many.” As Linda Holmes pointed out, this guy spent the awards season giving a master class on how to appear “humble-but-aloof, grateful-but-not-thirsty, honored-but-not-waiting-for-your-approval.”

-This is actually quite sweet. Shia LaBeouf was offered to present an Oscar. He said he would do it if he could share that moment with his Peanut Butter Falcon co-star Zach Gottsagen.

Camila Morrone attended the Oscars with bf Leonardo DiCaprio — and she wore a wedding dress.

-With the revelation that Brad Pitt likes Letterkenny, paired with him recently telling Marc Maron that he’s watched his comedy series multiple times, I’m now picturing him sitting at home and watching quirky, under-the-radar comedies all day.

-The Oscars telecast reached an all-time low rating, dropping sharply from last year. It did much better in Canada (proportionally).

-The night before the Oscars was the Spirit Awards, where Laura Dern was serenaded with her own song.

-Also at the Spirit Awards, Noah Baumbach thanked Adam Sandler for helping to fund his films.

Penn Badgley and wife Domino Kirke are expecting their first child together, and revealed they had suffered two miscarriages in a row.

Janet Jackson just announced a new tour. I don’t usually hit up stadium shows, but I saw her on the Unbreakable tour and she was amazing.

Beyoncé is working on something new and it somehow involves her mother’s art.

Chris Pratt got salty on Twitter. What would Jesus say?

-This is a great deep-dive into the trajectory of Margot Robbie, who’s managed to change her Hollywood destiny by becoming a producer.

Bill Nye dancing to Lizzo on the runway at New York Fashion Week is the purest thing you’ll see all week.

Mulan got a new trailer:

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.