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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.

Is Emma Roberts Dating Garrett Hedlund?

Emma Roberts and Evan Peters have reportedly called off their engagement — and she’s been spotted looking cozy with Garrett Hedlund.

Pete Davidson joined Kate Beckinsale and her family on the anniversary of her dad’s death. (Sidenote: I’ve been staring at this photo of them for the last five minutes. I just don’t get it.)

-Who’s criticizing Gemma Chan? Let that precious unicorn alone!

-According to Us Weekly, Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman haven’t quite wrapped their heads around the fact that they might actually end up going to prison.

-Ouch! 90% of Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” royalties are going to the composers of “My Favorite Things.”

-This is a really fascinating deep dive into the writers room on The Good Place.

-When Sophie Turner realized she was on the Jumboton at MSG, she chugged a glass of red wine. Which is both gross and awesome.

-Five years after it first aired Andy Daly revisits the pancakes episode of Review, which might be my favourite half-hour of television ever.

-The Stranger Things season 3 trailer is here. The bit with Steve geeking out with imaginary lightsabers with Dustin in front of the hot girl warmed my heart.

Jordan Peele hid three Corey Feldman Easter eggs in Us.

-Bill & Ted 3 is finally, officially happening. I don’t know how Keanu Reeves is making this haircut work, but he really is.

Mindy Kaling just got a straight-to-series Netflix comedy inspired by her childhood.

Ricky Gervais‘ new Netflix show After Life, about a grieving widower whose suicide attempt is interrupted by a dog, is getting rave reviews.

-Speaking of rave reviews, critics are digging Jann Arden’s six-part series, which debuts tonight.

-Today Disney closed their $71 billion acquisition of Fox entertainment business, one of the biggest media consolidations in Hollywood history. It brings nearly all Marvel heroes and villains under one owner, with the Fox-owned X-Men and Deadpool now in the Disney-controlled MCU. (It’ll be interesting to see if they’ll be able to keep the Deadpool movies profane despite Disney’s squeaky clean rep.) On the TV side, Disney now has a massive TV studio with A-list showrunners like Seth MacFarlane, Lee Daniels and Kurt Sutter.  They also acquired Fox’s 30% stake of Hulu, which now gives Disney a controlling interest of 60%.

-Here’s the first trailer for Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. People are going crazy for it, but I’m not sold yet.

-Also, this video on the Easter eggs you may have missed in the film’s poster made me laugh a lot.

-Here’s the first trailer for Lucy in the Sky, starring Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz and Dan Stevens. It’s produced by Reese Witherspoon and is the directorial debut of Legion/Fargo creator Noah Hawley.  So yeah, I’m in.

Angelina Jolie Talks Politics and Passion Projects in Elle

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-This might be my favourite Angelina Jolie cover in a long time. Interviewed by John Kerry, the topics are heavy (they discuss her political passion projects, her UN Global Citizen of the Year Award, violence against women and climate change), while the black and white portraits are divine. I love that one of her on the phone.

Quincy Jones is on a roll when it comes to bananas interviews. In his chat with GQ, he says he once saw Ray Charles shoot heroin into his balls, he bought drugs from Malcolm X, and he was invited to Sharon Tate’s house the night they were all murdered by the Manson family.

Andrew Garfield says he’s open to the idea of a same-sex relationship and now I can’t stop fantasy casting his new boyfriend in my head. I’m leaning towards John Boyega but would also accept Jake Gyllenhaal as a suitable option.

-This thread on the history of Twitter’s most popular GIFs is the best.

-HBO’s new Alan Ball series Here and Now is getting terrible reviews. Vulture calls it “a mess of a series,” Variety says the show “strands its cast in episodes that are as undercooked as they are interminable,” and Sepinwall calls it “alternately suffocating and baffling, making almost every character as miserable to each other as they are to watch.” I’ve been side-eyeing Ball since I saw him at TIFF for his premiere of Towelhead and his post-film Q&A about sexual abuse was…questionable.

-In better TV news, this review of the first three episodes of Atlanta’s new season has me hyped!

-The Black Panther press tour continues to be a fashion delight.

-Heartbreaking news from Catastrophe star and creator Rob Delany, who revealed that his 2 year old son passed away from a brain tumor.

Omarosa and Keshia Knight Pulliamd compared their respective loyalty to Trump and Cosby on a recent episode of Big Brother.

Quentin Tarantino keeps apologizing and that’s all well and good. Now  it’s time for him to DO something about it to change the industry.

-Thanks to his Twitter bet, Stranger Things David Harbour is embarking on a mission to Antarctica with Greenpeace.

-The new Fifty Shades movie is actually getting decent reviews (for what it is), but I’m not sure I’m down with recasting the entire trilogy as an ode to the idea of consent. I only read the first book, but that is NOT the impression I was left with.

Jeff Goldblum makes out with some alien tentacles in this Thor: Ragnarok deleted scene. “You’re Thor! You can kill your sister!”

Taraji P. Henson is a woman scorned in the Acrimony trailer.