–Katy Perry is on the cover of LVR Magazine and talks about how motherhood has changed her. “She is everything I was ever looking for”
–Prince Andrew has finally been served court papers over his sex accuser’s lawsuit — after his security was initially ordered not to accept them.
-Queen Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme‘s children filed a restraining order against him. His 10-year-old and 5-year-old sons detailed allegations of physical and emotional abuse. But the restraining order was denied by two judges, and Homme’s lawyer blamed his ex, The Distillers’ Brody Dalle, for prompting the “spurious claims.”
-TMZ is reporting that Kate Beckinsale was sent to the hospital when her back went out while shooting a film in Vegas.
–Olivia Munnopened up about being pregnantin an interview with Mario Lopez. (Unfortunately, she keep completely mum about become a mom at her TIFF q&a).
-Dear Evan Hansen reviews coming out of TIFF are wild. People either HATED it or thought it was amazing.
–Nicki Minaj‘s husband, Kenneth Petty,pleaded guilty to failure to register as a sex offender in California during a virtual court appearance today.
–The Weeknd covers the Sept issue of GQ and talks about his dark persona (“I am not dark. My art is dark, and I’ve gone through dark times. I’ve used those dark times as inspiration for my art. But I feel like because I’m not dark, I was able to channel it and put it into my music and into my art”), quitting drugs (“Drugs were a crutch. It was me thinking that I needed it. And not doing the work to figure out how not to need it. And I’ve spent the last few years realizing that and thanking God that I don’t need it”), and bingeing The X-Files during the pandemic (“Everyone copied them, bro. Everyone”).
-In her new GQ profile, Olivia Rodrigo says she’s been following the Britney Spears news closely. “I think, as an industry, people are getting better at not taking advantage of and manipulating and bullying young women. But it’s still so apparent, and I witness that too. Not near at the level that Britney has, obviously. I think that’s an important paradigm that I hope that we’ll be able to break in the coming generations. I’ve definitely seen corporate dollars be prioritized over people’s mental health.”
–Courteney Cox posted an IG video of her playing piano as her 17-year-old daughter Coco sang Adele‘s “Chasing Pavements.”
-This is a fascinating look at how Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson so rarely has an on-screen romance — and why big Hollywood blockbusters have begun to eschew romance plots in general. I always assumed it was a personal preference that some actors have (character actor Neal McDonough won’t kiss anyone who’s not his wife), but it also points to a larger trend towards sexless action heroes. Maybe because Hollywood has gotten criticism for writing women as one-note love interests, it’s just opted to not include them at all instead of writing fully fleshed out love interests. Which sucks.
-Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist may be rescued by Roku! The streamer is eyeing a wrap-up movie.
-The Met Gala is normally held in May but was pushed back this year. Page Six reports that those making the cut for invites include Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Ratajkowski, Camila Cabello and Lupita Nyong’o.
-Is South Park still popular? Let’s hope, since its creators just signed a $900 million deal to release 14 movies.
-Jeopardy is reportedly close to picking its new full-time host — and it looks like it’ll be Mike Richards. I really thought it’d be Levar Burton, Ken Jennings or Aaron Rodgers. Richards is a producer on the show and the fact that he’s in late stage negotiations is leading a lot of people, including a contestant during his run, to think this was always in the works and the guest host appearances weren’t ever about auditioning for the gig.
-I really like this list of the 40 best musical performances on TV. No one but Prince at the Super Bowl could be number 1, but the one that’s stuck in my brain craw remains TV on the Radio’s Letterman appearance at number 5.
–John Corbett and Bo Derek, who’ve been together for 20 years, got married last Christmas.
–Jennifer Aniston covers the new issue of Instyle and talks about Jennifer Lopez’s posing talent on red carpets (“I want to know what gives her the look like she’s about to be seething. It’s amazing”), says the Friends cast promised each other to stay in touch after the reunion (“I had a couple of people over [that] Sunday, just with the kids and stuff. Schwimmer stopped by, so I got to meet his amazing little girl. But we really did make a commitment to each other. We were like, “That’s the last time we wait that long to see each other”), and says she cut people out of her life over their views on vaccines (“It’s a real shame. I’ve just lost a few people in my weekly routine who have refused or did not disclose [whether or not they had been vaccinated], and it was unfortunate. I feel it’s your moral and professional obligation to inform, since we’re not all podded up and being tested every single day. It’s tricky because everyone is entitled to their own opinion — but a lot of opinions don’t feel based in anything except fear or propaganda”).
–Chris Meloni got his first Men’s Health cover at 60. (That one photo of him doing the splits should automatically get him into the Zaddy Hall of Fame.) In the interview, he opens up about why he suddenly left Law & Order: SVU at the end of season 12: “My thought was: Instead of 22 episodes, bring me back for nine episodes, or bring me back for 18 episodes. They literally came to me on a Thursday night and said, ‘This is the deal. We want the answer by tomorrow. It’s our way or no way.’ [I said] ‘I don’t want to f–k around with you guys. This is what I want. If you can’t do it, that’s fine. Let’s figure out my exit.'”
–Rihanna is officially a billionaire, according to Forbes. She is worth $1.7 billion — most from her inclusive Fenty Beauty brand.
–Meghan Markle released a video describing her 40 x 40 initiative to Melissa McCarthy over Zoom. She’s celebrating her 40th birthday by asking activists, athletes and celebrities from around the world to spend 40 minutes mentoring women re-entering the workforce.
–Jay-Z and Will Smith are among a list of investors involved in a startup that helps renters build credit until they can buy a home. This feels so much better than rich dudes going to space.
-With Bob Odenkirk being in the news lately for health reason, this clip of him talking about the ridiculously long hours on Better Call Saul resurfaced.
-One of the women Princess Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank was photographed with apologized for those controversial, “misinterpreted” pictures. “I usually never go topless,” Erica Pelosini told The Daily Mail, “but my bikini got wet and I decided to take it off. I know it does not look right for Jack and his family. I felt very bad for them when I saw the images of him surrounded by three women because his wife was not there.” She added, “Jack is a very dear friend of mine and I have known him for a number of years. He’s also good friends with the other two women. It’s very upsetting for me that people could be thinking the wrong things.” Yeah, who among us hasn’t frolicked topless with our platonic male married friends?
-Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is said to be very unhappywith the way Disney is handling the Scarlett Johansson lawsuit. Pissing him off seems like a very bad idea.
-After Dax Shepard‘s podcast interview with Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher sparked debate over their kids bathing habits, Shepard and Kristen Bell discussed their lax policy for their own kids. “I’m a big fan of waiting for the stink. Once you catch a whiff, that’s biology’s way of letting you know you need to clean it up.” What??
-Heels is getting good reviews. I didn’t think I’d be interested in a wrestling show (or watching anything involving Stephen Amell again) but the Friday Night Lights vibe from the trailer apparently holds strong throughout the first four eps screened for critics. Plus, the showrunner is Kurt’s dad from Glee!
–Soleil Moon Frye says that that three of her four children have contracted Covid.
–Hilarie Burton defended her former OTH co-star, Chad Michael Murray, when a fan tweeted that he was the reason she left the show. “I’m not sure where your info is coming from, but Chad had nothing to do with my leaving. We were both treated badly, and he defended me. I so appreciate your support, but I just wanted to clarify that Chad was my teammate. My bosses were the s–ts.”
-Here’s the first trailer for Netflix’s Kate, in which Mary Elizabeth Winstead becoming a bonafide action hero as a ruthless assassin on a hunt for revenge in Tokyo. Between this, The Old Guard and Gunpowder Milkshake, I’m here for Netflix pumping out female-led action flicks (though the optics of Winstead’s character fighting only Japanese antagonists in this climate is…not great).