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Lizzo Talks Body Positivity and Authenticity

Lizzo Essence Magazine cover

Lizzo looks amazing on the cover of Essence! She talks about talks about embracing authenticity: “I made a decision to be myself because I knew I had no choice. Sometimes the label ‘unapologetic’ bothers me because it can be loaded, because it means we have to apologize for something in the first place. I’m not ignorant to the fact that we had to have a demeanor of lowering ourselves culturally just to exist. But I’m trying to shake up the narrative about how we’re supposed to act.”

Robert Pattinson has landed the lead Matt Reeves‘ The Batman. Twitter blew up in outrage over this last night, this makes sense to me. Maybe people only know him from Twilight, but both he and Kristen Stewart have been doing some really interesting films in the last few years. And I’m not worried about him not being able to put on muscle; that’s what trainers are for.

-Ahead of this Sunday’s series finale, I really liked this roundup of female TV critics talking about how the show has failed its women this year.

-This saddens me: Busy Philipps bid a tearful goodbye to her E! talk show. “The most important lesson that we learned here is that it is a marathon, not a sprint, and the real trick is figuring out what the f*ck the marathon is that you’re actually running. And I have to tell you something: Guys, we haven’t even broken a sweat yet.”

-The Joker script sounds bad. Really bad.

-Here’s how that Sarah Michelle Gellar cameo on Big Bang Theory’s finale came together.

Rihanna has slammed the Alabama governor for their terrible abortion ban: “Shame on you!

Billie Eilish knows she made it when Melissa McCarthy starts impersonating her and Julia Roberts wants to hang.

-I dig this dress on Julianne Moore in Cannes.

-Rocketman’s Taron Egerton seems super bland to me but he might be winning me over with his Bryan Singer jabs.

Michael Fassbender and Peter Dinklage, I expect more than you than a Mel Gibson movie! Jamie Foxx…meh, you do you.

-I love that Halle Berry makes a point to stops for black reporters on a red carpet.

-The casting for BBC/HBO’s His Dark Materials (James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, Lin-Manuel Miranda) is pretty damn perfect.

Jennifer Lopez Celebrates Birthday with Champers and Abs

Jennifer Lopez turned 49 and celebrated like this. Not all superheroes wear capes.

-Once I realized the writer of Gwyneth Paltrow’s NYT profile was Taffy Brodesser-Akner, I knew it was going to be good — but it’s so, so good! Sure, there’s topical quotes on the backlash to her “conscious uncoupling” announcement (“I think that was an instance where it really hit me that an insouciance with language from me is different than from somebody else”) and her relationship with Harvey Weinstein (“The one time that Harvey propositioned me was really almost the least of it in terms of how onerous that relationship was’). But the real meat of it is Brodesser-Akner’s examination of her strategy. Paltrow talks about getting more blog hits every time someone criticizes Goop’s ludicrous advice and products (“I can monetize those eyeballs”) and how she parted ways with Condé Nast when it came to publishing the Goop magazine because they had “old school”  rules like insisting articles be fact-checked.

-Meanwhile, Dr. Jen Gunter, one of Paltrow’s most vocal critics, had some thoughts on the article: “Paltrow monetizes the vagina, which is what I have called her out for. Women are harmed by the perpetuation of vaginal myths. It’s internet traffic for her. It’s women crying to me.”

Demi Moore and Ed Helms might be dating? Really????

Natasha Rothwell (who plays the amazing Kelli on Insecure and stole the entire movie in Love Simon) just signed on to Wonder Woman 1984.

-This deep-dive into Leonardo DiCaprio‘s new obsession with beach volleyball slayed me.

-There’s a new Netflix show that’s being called Gossip Girl meets Big Little Lies and it’s like they’ve crafted it out of my brain’s source code.

-People titled their latest cover story “Inside the Mysteries of Tom Cruise’s Life at 56″ but they really don’t delve into any mysteries, instead opting for a softball profile.

-A Frasier revival with Kelsey Grammer is in the works? For real? Come on, Hollywood. At least pretend to try.

-Comic-Con behind-the-scene videos always offer fascinating glimpses on how castmembers react when they are together offset. The Flash ladies seem a little, um, tense. On the other end of the spectrum, the Arrow cast is super touchy-feely.

-AMC had cleared Chris Hardwick to return to Talking Dead on Aug 12 after their investigation into sexual assault claims by ex-girlfriend.

-At the first day of the TCAs, HBO confirmed that the long-awaited Deadwood movie is finally happening: “It’s been a logistics nightmare getting all the cast members’ schedules together, but we are there. It is greenlit.”

-Meanwhile, the HBO boss defended Westworld after the critical backlash: ‘It’s not for casual viewers.’ (He probably could have dropped the word ‘casual’.)

-Also at the HBO panel, Jenni Konner addressed her split from producing partner Lena Dunham after they ended an eight-year partnership: “There’s no drama.”

-At the Facebook on-demand panel, things got combative when reporters pressed them to defend their decision to include Fox News and Infowars on their platform.

Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning star in the apocalypse drama I Think We’re Alone Now.

-Here’s the trailer for mid90s, which is written and directed by Jonah Hill. It’s got a Florida Project vibe, but more brutal.

Hilary Swank struggles with a parent suffering from Alzheimer’s in the trailer for What They Had, which is coming to TIFF.

 

Anna Kendrick Shares Pitch Perfect 2 Pic

Anna Kendrick Pitch Perfect 2
Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and more rehearse for Pitch Perfect 2. (instagram.com/annakendrick47)

Anna Kendrick shared a behind-the-scenes photo from Pitch Perfect 2 rehearsals. Can that movie just hurry up and be released already?

-Yet another reason to love Emma Stone and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. They asked if they could read meaner tweets on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

-Meanwhile, Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield continue to demonstrate that with great power comes great responsibility.

Aaron Paul covers the new issue of Variety. God, I miss him.

Shailene Woodley poses in her underwear on the cover of Women’s Health (’cause nothing say health like a thigh gap?), where she talks about wanting to play Stevie Nicks in a movie.

-Speaking of thigh gaps, Jennifer Hudson posted a bunch of bikini photos on Instagram.

-I love Game of Thrones, but I think I love the Gay of Thrones recaps even more (“Baby Kristen Stewart talks her way onto that boat and is all ‘Bitch, call me Celine Dion because my heart WILL go on!'”). This week’s was especially awesome thanks to a surprise George R.R. Martin cameo.

OK GO continue their valiant fight to make music videos relevant again. Their latest was done in all one take and took them 50 tries to get it right.

-I didn’t want to believe it, but it appears that Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino are honest-to-goodness dating. So. Weird.

J.Lo and Marc Anthony split three years ago, but the two just got around to finalizing their divorce.

Peter Dinklage is amazing on Game of Thrones, but his voice work in a new video game could use some work.

-Adorabs! Lorde’s parents are engaged, after nearly 30 years together.

Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino was arrested during a brawl in (where else?) a tanning salon.

Melanie Griffith went to an event without her wedding ring, and Antonio Banderas’s name covered up on her arm tattoo. Sad face.

Colin Firth says he’s chosen to “consciously uncouple” from the upcoming Paddington Bear movie. Oh dear.

-Here’s a photo from Missy Peregrym and Zachary Levi’s wedding.

Kevin Hart overcame his fear of roller coasters on Jimmy Fallon’s show. So much man screaming.

-Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have rekindled their relationship.

Olivia Wilde’s first Mother’s Day was not everything she’d hoped it would be: “We were sweating, angry and hungry.”

-Here’s the first image from 50 Shades of Grey, which involves a sad lack of bondage gear. Way to misread your target demo, guys!

T.I. is furious with Azealia Banks after she mocked Tiny: “Your wife has meth face.”

-Three people were arrested for throwing beer bottles and shouting at guards outside Taylor Swift’s beach house.

-Vulture named Hannibal’s season finale the best episode of TV in 2014, while EW compiled the year’s best scenes.  (It’s a good list, though I’d rank Peter Sarsgaard’s walk toward his execution and Don and Peggy’s dance to “My
Way” higher.)

Lindsay Lohan is going to star in a Mamet play? Is this real life?!

The Expendables 3 trailer has landed. Just like its cast, this franchise will not die.