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Oprah Puts Breonna Taylor on the Cover of O

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-For the first time ever in O’s 20-year history, Oprah Winfrey is not on the cover of her magazine. Breonna Taylor is.

Taylor Swift and her team have moved quickly to respond to accusations that she copied the logo for the merchandise that goes with her new album, and has changed the design.

-She has remained silent though as fans continue to harass and dox the Pitchfork reviewer who gave the album 8/10. Sadly, with the toxic nature of some stan culture, this is only going to stop when she tells them to.

Jacob Elordi talks about working out seven days a week, twice a day when shooting the first Kissing Booth movie: “At the time, I was super young and got thrown into a world where everyone wanted to talk about my body…it really f*cking bothered me. I don’t identify with that whatsoever. I was trying to prove myself and be known as an actor. It was so much working out and I hated every second of it.”

-This list of questions raised by The Kissing Booth 2 is very good (though I still thought it was miles away better — and less problematic — than the first).

-According to People’s excerpts of Finding Freedom, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were actually engaged a lot sooner than we initially thought.

-The promos for Drew Barrymore‘s new talk show are kinda wild, y’all.

Julianne Moore is not sure she would star in The Kids Are All Right as a straight woman if it were made today. I love that movie — but she’s not wrong.

Alanis Morissette and Liz Phair were supposed to tour together this summer. The two met for a Zoom conversation with the L.A. Times that had them swapping horror stories about men in the ’90s.

-TIFF has announced its film lineup and it includes Regina King‘s directorial debut — which was just bought by Amazon Studio.

-Portrait of a Lady on Fire, which topped many people’s Best Movie of 2019 lists, is now streaming on Crave.

-This profile on rapper Flo Milli is great — and not just because she lays out a really sneaky way to grow Instagram followers.

-Australia’s Today Show executive Neil Breen opened up about his own experience with the Ellen Degeneres‘ staff when the talk show host was there to be interviewed. “The producer called us aside and said, ‘Now Neil, no one is to talk to Ellen. You don’t talk to her, you don’t approach her, you don’t look at her. She’ll come in, she’ll sit down, she’ll talk to Richard and then Ellen will leave…I have no idea whether she’s a nice person or not, I wouldn’t have a clue. But I can tell you the people who work with her walked on eggshells the whole time.”

-Meanwhile, in a letter to employees obtained by THR, DeGeneres apologized to her staff and vowed to “correct the issues” — though she seems to place the blame on her producers: “As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t.”

-Happy Endings star Damon Wayans Jr. is reuniting with the series’ creator David Caspe and and two of the show’s writers for a half-hour bounty hunter action comedy on Peacock. Not exactly the HE reunion I wanted but I’ll take it.

David Lynch‘s daily videos often feature unexplained props and it’s kind of amazing. “What is the purpose of this jar? Why did I paint it this certain way? Here in LA [proceeds to give a weather report and never mentions the jar again…]”

George RR Martin isn’t the only author testing our patience. Patrick Rothfuss’ failure to deliver the third book in his Kingkiller Chronicle series led his editor to lash out on Facebook.

Beyonce shared a new trailer for Black Is King, her movie that drops at midnight tonight on Disney+.

Michaela Coel Covers Keep Coming

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-I May Destroy You creator and star Michaela Coel covers the new issue of Paper. I really want her to get Phoebe Waller-Bridge levels of fame and acclaim. She deserves it.

A$AP Rocky, Lil’ Nas X, Paloma Elsesser, Halima Aden and more star in Rihanna’s new video for Fenty Skin.

Jennifer Garner made a compelling case that Schitt’s Creek’s Moira Rose is the adult version of her Alias character.

-Riverdale’s KJ Apa got a metal shard in his eye and had his hairstylist buddy remove it — all on Instagram. This definitely feels like something a medical professional should have handled.

Kanye West posted a series of tweets late Monday claiming his wife and Kris Jenner were trying to have him locked up on medical grounds, comparing himself to Nelson Mandela and suggesting the movie Get Out resembled his own life. His family is reportedly not happy, while Dave Chappelle flew to see him. This is a good piece on how the media needs to carefully navigate how to talk about his actions and his mental health.

-Are we going to be having similar conversations about Talib Kweli soon?

Hayden Panettiere is speaking out about the domestic violence she allegedly experienced at the hands of her ex: “I am prepared to do my part to make sure this man never hurts anyone again.”

-This is a crazy article on how Prince Andrew and his team had no idea how detrimental that interview he gave to BBC would be until after it aired. Said interviewer Emily Maitlis: “We’d assumed that he’d want to show empathy to the victims or pin the blame on Jeffrey Epstein. We couldn’t understand why he hadn’t done that…We know that the palace was happy with the interview. We had plenty of engagement with them after it went out. I think their shock was not at the interview itself, but the reaction it caused in the days and weeks afterwards.”

-Also, it’s ridiculous that the British press are running stories about how Prince Harry is seen as a ‘liability’ for the monarchy when Andrew is RIGHT THERE.

-This profile on Andy Samberg is a delight, especially his take on Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

-People are really getting won over by Zac Efron‘s new travel series.

-BET will air select episodes of The Good Fight that deal with racial biases, white privilege, voter fraud and more. This is great because that show is so good (especially its last abbreviated season) that it deserves to be seen by a wider audience than CBS All Access can deliver. There was recently an episode in which an alternate reality plays out where Hilary won, and I think about it A LOT.

-Speaking of great shows, the Happy Endings reunion is, by a wide margin, my favourite bit of pop culture to come out of quarantine. It’s now available on YouTube.

-The Q&A with the cast that immediately followed it was also wonderful. I adore that Elisha Cuthbert (who is quarantining in PEI) always makes sure the East Coast Lifestyle logo is visible whenever she does a Zoom. Way to support a Maritimes business!

-Really weird but true: An armed gunman in Ukraine released 13 hostages after the country’s president consented to his demand to recommend the 2005 film Earthlings starring Joaquin Phoenix.

Keanu Reeves‘ girlfriend, Alexandra Grant, had to get a restraining order against his stalker.

-Look, it’s all fine and good if Dave Franco and Alison Brie wrote a romcom, but that doesn’t mean they have to crap on all the romcoms that have come out in the last 20 years.

-Netflix canceled the production of Turkish original series If Only after the Turkish government demanded an openly gay character be removed from the script. I seriously don’t understand the Turkish rules. I watched all of the romcom Erkenci Kus and the main couple only kissed like 3 times in 50+ episodes because the show got fined but the government each time, but now I’m watching the lead guy’s new show and he plays a womanizer who beds a different girl every night. Their morality laws confuse me.

Megan Fox goes up against a lion in trailer for Rogue.

 

 

 

 

Keke Palmer Covers Cosmo

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Keke Palmer is on the new cover of Cosmo, where she talks about going viral with her protest speech, and fighting for a better future.

-The New York mag’s TV issue features another stunning profile b E. Alex Jungthis one on Thandie Newton. He gets her to open up about her abuse at the hands of a director when she was 16 being classified in the press as “an affair,” the time Sony head Amy Pascal tried to get her to do Charlie’s Angels by reeling off stereotypes to her of how to be a more convincing Black character, and what it’s like to work with Tom Cruise: “I was so scared of Tom. He was a very dominant individual. He tries superhard to be a nice person. But the pressure. He takes on a lot. And I think he has this sense that only he can do everything as best as it can be done.”

Lily James and Chris Evans were seen together in London on Saturday night. I have serious questions about his quarantine protocol. Even if he was allowed to be exempt from the 2 week quarantine, and even if she’s in his bubble, should they be going to a club?

Johnny Depp‘s libel trial kicked off today and he’s already accused Amber Heard of assault. This is going to get so, so ugly.

Halle Berry has dropped out of playing a trans character after being called out following an interview in which she discussed the role.  In a statement, she said “As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role, and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said the wrongs of the Commonwealth’s colonial past needed to be acknowledged as one way to create a more just world. Said Harry: “When you look across the Commonwealth, there is no way that we can move forward unless we acknowledge the past. So many people have done such an incredible job of acknowledging the past and trying to right those wrongs, but I think we all acknowledge there is so much more still to do. It’s not going to be easy and in some cases it’s not going to be comfortable but it needs to be done, because guess what: Everybody benefits.”

-We’re going to run out of TV. As the shutdown drags on, and as sets remain closed, a drought is upon us.

-Oof. Harper’s Bazaar published an open letter signed by Margaret Atwood, Noam Chomsky, Salman Rushdie, JK Rowling, Bari Weiss, Gloria Steinem, David Brooks, and many others on the value of open debate and the dangers of “cancel culture.” This comes off like a bunch of privileged people with very huge platforms being afraid of losing relevance and/or angry about the unwashed masses calling them out on Twitter. They are not being silenced in any way. JK Rowling continues to spout damaging and terrible terf talk on a platform that’s giving her enormous, unrestricted reach.

Zach Braff spoke on his podcast about Broadway star (and his friend) Nick Cordero’s final moments.

Peter Lenkov, a top CBS showrunner for Hawaii Five-0, MacGyver and Magnum PI, has been fired and had his overall deal terminated following an HR investigation that he created a toxic workplace. “He isn’t racist or sexist or classist singularly — it’s all of it,” an insider told THR. “He’s anti-woman, anti-POC, anti-gay, and everything you’d expect. But he’d also torture straight white men if he felt like it.” This was also the guy that was in a room full of reporters at the TCAs who didn’t remember he had a Latinx writer on staff on Magnum.

-Teens are really broken up about this TikTok cheating scandal and I feel so old.

-This weekend, Hulu’s is dropping the romcom Palm Springs starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti and reviews are great.

-I feel like Tom Hanks holding weekly scoldings of those who don’t adhere basic safety protocols during covid might actually make the world a better place.

-Quibi is rolling out new shows, such as Kevin Hart’s Die Hart, a series about Hart attending an action hero school run by John Travolta.

Hilary Swank is going to space (and leaving Josh Charles behind) in the trailer for the new Netflix show Away.

Shia Labeouf is intense in the trailer for The Tax Collector. He reportedly got a full chest tattoo for this role, which seems like a regrettable decision.