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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.

Sandra Oh Stuns in Elle Canada

-I have fallen behind on Killing Eve because I just can’t seem to bring myself to watch much drama these days, but I’m going to revisit it eventually because Sandra Oh is perfection — even in KE seasons that aren’t. She looks stunning in her Elle Canada spread (though I wish they’d used one of the inner photos for the cover instead of the one they picked, mostly because Gugu Mbatha-Raw just wore the same top on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar.)

Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy (the pair responsible for one of the most iconic photos on the internet) have split after 5 years of marriage — and the pandemic is make it extra messy. Olsen filed an emergency order, claiming in court documents she attempted to file for divorce on April 17, but was unable to do so because of the ongoing pandemic. She alleges he terminated the lease on their NYC apartment without her knowledge and the only way to prevent him from getting rid of her belongings is to file for divorce.

-Entertainment Weekly unveiled its illustrated cover honoring Pride Month and people have strong opinions. Mostly of the WTF? variety.

Jennifer Lopez‘s 12-year-old daughter is about to have her first book published. Just in case you already weren’t feeling like an unproductive blob during quarantine.

-This is wild: Tyler Perry is prepping to be the first person to resume TV production amid covid — and he’s doing it because he has his own giant studio which has housing for the cast and crew. He plans to shoot a full, 22-episode season in under 3 weeks. And then do it again.

Demi Moore invited ex Bruce Willis and wife Emma Heming Willis and their two daughters to join her new family portrait session. I wonder if this was to squash the talk that surfaced after Willis recently self-isolated with her instead of his wife and young kids?

Judi Dench is back to being hilarious on her grandson’s TikTok.

Reese Witherspoon just signed on to star in not one, but two Netflix romcoms and I’m here for it.

-Has Ashley Benson moved on from Cara Delevingne … to G-Easy?

Gillian Jacobs is teasing a possible Community movie: ‘We’re all down’.

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber‘s kids convinced them to do a TikTok dance to Doja Cat’s “Say So.”

-Meanwhile, Dr. Luke is back on the charts with “Say So” — but it turns out he never really left. After Kesha sued him for alleged sexual assault and emotional abuse, he’s been using pseudonyms to keep producing hits.

-Love this piece on why this is a great time to rewatch Angel.

-Netflix debuted the trailer for its four-part Jeffrey Epstein docuseries.

Ben Stiller, Sting, Sarah Silverman, Anthony Bourdain, Carrie Fisher and more talk about their wildest acid trips in Netflix’s new documentary Have A Good Trip.

Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson are People’s Most Beautiful

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Goldie Hawn, her daughter Kate  Hudson and granddaughter Rani Rose are the first multigenerational group to appear on People’s annual “Most Beautiful” issue.

-SNL’s Cecily Strong, who lost her cousin, shared a powerful essay on what it’s like to grieve in quarantine.

Tom Holland helped Jimmy Kimmel’s three-year-old celebrate his birthday by surprising him with a message from Spider-Man.

Chris Evans getting in on the Stanley Tucci love is adorable.

-Eek. Ellen Pompeo is usually pretty woke but this video that’s been circulating today is a bad look.

Halle Berry says she nearly died on the set of 2002’s Die Another Day. “I am supposed to be trying to be all sexy with a fig — and then I end up choking on it. And [Pierce Brosnan] had to get up and do the Heimlich. So not sexy, so not sexy. He was there for me, and he will always be one of my favorite people in the whole world.”

-I’m pretty done with Star Wars IP for awhile, but good on Russian Doll’s Leslye Headland for developing a SW series at Disney Plus.

-I haven’t loved Hulu’s Little Fires Everywhere, mostly because the characters in the book were very understated which made their systemic white privilege so insidious whereas in the show Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington are chewing through scenery like every line will be part of their Emmy reel. But the finale (which veers widely from the book’s ending) was quite affecting.

-The end of Empire — which was forced to wrap up two episodes earlier than planned when the pandemic shut down production — did well in the ratings. Meanwhile, Taraji P. Henson told EW: “As an artist, to not be able to finish something that you started, that hurts me. I feel incomplete. I don’t ever start something and don’t complete it. And so, for me, it’s deep; I have to finish, or this will haunt me for the rest of my life and career.”

-I kind of love that Pink is crowd-sourcing all of her baking dilemmas.

-Film Twitter is full of bad takes, and the one that circulated yesterday about There Will Be Blood was a doozy. Don’t let film bros make you hate a movie you like. But also, don’t hate on it just because film bros love it.

Mandy Patinkin‘s son quizzing his parents on texting abbreviations is exactly what I needed to watch today.

-Hollywood is starting to make plans for what TV and movie productions will look like once they re-open.

-A little over five percent of the 135 features originally selected for SXSW 2020 have opted in to stream on Amazon Prime from April 27-May 6.

-The novel Normal People didn’t knock my socks off the way it did with others, but Hulu’s adaptation is getting gushing reviews so maybe I’ll like the TV version better?

-Whew, this trailer for a new Netflix documentary hit me right in the heart guts.