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Riz Ahmed, Viola Davis, Donald Glover and Ryan Reynolds Are Time’s Most Influential

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-The Night Of’s Riz Ahmed made Time’s 100 Most Influential People List, and was written about by Lin-Manuel Miranda(!). Other notables: Meryl Streep wrote about Viola Davis, Leslie Jones wrote about Simone Biles, Brie Larson wrote about Emma Stone, Tina Fey wrote about Donald Glover, Helen Mirren wrote about Ryan Reynolds, Lena Dunham wrote about Constance Wu, and Kerry Washington wrote about Alicia Keys.

Ben Affleck is dating someone…just not seriously (according to many, many articles.)

-Also, he and Jennifer Garner reportedly waited so long to file for divorce because they hoped that rehab would help their relationship.

Saoirse Ronan tricked Ed Sheeran into getting a really terrible tattoo. I adore her.

Chris O’Donnell remembers that time when Donald Trump forced his way into Scent of a Woman, then got cut from the film anyway.

-Would you attend Gwyenth Paltrow’GOOP conference? I think I would…but I’d really need to build up my eye rolling muscles first.

-Aww, I’m bummed that Girlboss on Netflix isn’t getting great reviews.

-I had some issues with 13 Reasons Why, but it’s unflinching depiction of rape and suicide was impressive and felt essential. The writer penned an emotional essay defending his decision to air the series’ most graphic scene.

Dave Chappelle and George Lopez where among the stars to attend Charlie Murphy’s funeral.

-Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Rachel Bloom dropped a video for her new song “Lady Boss,” an empowering anthem about work anxiety.

-Are Ryan Gosling and Justin Theroux planning to work together? Not sure if my ovaries can handle that..

-Chasing Amy (a movie I loved at the time but now understand how problematic it was) just turned 20, and the quotes from Kevin Smith in this retrospective knocked me on my ass. The part where he talks about identifying with lesbians more than men because he’s attracted to women? Jesus.

-Here’s a good backgrounder on the writers strike, which is looking more and more likely.

Reese Witherspoon explains why Big Little Lies means she’ll finally get to change her own story.

-Here’s a new trailer for Sofia Coppola’s Civil War–era drama The Beguiled, starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and a super seductive Colin Farrell.

Harry Styles Defends His Teen Fans

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-One Direction’s Harry Styles was interviewed by Cameron Crowe for Rolling Stone’s new cover story and it’s surprisingly great considering how he usually seems to mess with his fandom. He praises teen girls’ pure unironic enjoyment of things (“Who’s to say that young girls who like pop music – short for popular, right? – have worse musical taste than a 30-year-old hipster guy?…If they like you, they’re there. They don’t act ‘too cool.'”) and ridicules the tortured artist stereotype (“There’s nothing worse than an inauthentic tortured person. ‘They took my allowance away, so I did heroin.’ It’s like – that’s not how it works.”)

-Alright, Blake Lively gets a pass for being on the Variety cover because she’s promoting her work with the Child Rescue Coalition (which is promoting technology that flags the IP addresses of people who share and download sexually explicit images of minors).

Blake also revealed that she loves to do the dance from The OA.

-Speaking of the Variety covers, Jessica Chastain talks about how she’s fighting for Planned Parenthood.

Meghan Markle will make another step towards being a bona fide royal by attending Pippa Middleton’s wedding with Prince Harry.

-Speaking of the royal fam, Lady Gaga and Prince William teamed up on Facetime to discuss mental health.

-The woman who burglarized Drake’s home was very thirsty. Like, in the literal sense.

-A select few critics got to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2 at yesterday’s Marvel Open House meet and greet with execs and initial reactions are gushing, calling it “MCU at its very best” and “funny, action packed, emotional, and tons of surprises.”

-Also, director James Gunn revealed the film will have five(!) post-credit scenes.

-This was my favourite part of the Pretty Little Liars oral history: “I created a little box that hung on the wall. If you asked a logic question [about the show’s plot], you had to put a dollar in it.” Well, at least they’re honest about it.

Tracy Morgan still calls his 30 Rock costar Jack McBrayer by his character’s name, Kenneth, which might be the most Tracy Morgan-ist thing I’ve ever heard.

-This is an interesting take on how celebs like Justin Bieber, Father John Misty, and Zayn gain control from trolling their fans.

Don Cheadle rapping Kendrick Lamar in the “DNA” video is even better than it sounds.

James Corden challenged The Night Of’s Riz Ahmed to a rap battle and lost rul hard. Riz also performed with his band Swet Shop Boys at Coachella and looked mighty fine doing it.

-According to Netflix, its users have watched over 500 million hours of Adam Sandler movies. Humanity is doomed.

-Here’s the first trailer for American Assassin starring Dylan O’Brien and Taylor Kitsch.

Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, and Kate Micucci are nuns behaving badly in the red-band trailer for The Little Hours.

Emma Watson Responds To Vanity Fair Photo Backlash

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-I don’t understand all this talk about how Emma Watson wearing a supposedly see-through top in Vanity Fair makes her not a feminist??! Her response to the outrage is kind of perfect: “Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom; it’s about liberation…I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it.” Bless her.

-In case you hadn’t heard, Ryan Gosling is reportedly now in the running to play Bond. (Wait, wasn’t British Idris Elba deemed “not British enough”?)

-The Love Actually reunion pics are making me so happy!

-It’s not a good sign that Netflix is reportedly in “preliminary talks” for new Gilmore Girls episodes and even superfans like Michael Ausiello don’t want it.

-Here’s dreamy Riz Ahmed dreamily talking about representation in the entertainment industry.

-Last night John Oliver took on the latest ripple in the controversies surrounding the president — or as he calls it, “Stupid Watergate.

-Meanwhile, Patrick Stewart says he’s becoming a U.S. citizen so he can fight Trump.

-Wayment, Justin Timberlake is now trying to convince us that “Can’t Stop the Feeling” is about inclusion? Sit down, son.

-This 3-minute Deadpool short is airing in theatres before Logan.

-I haven’t actually seen Logan yet, but I’m liking the interviews about it, from the director taking swipes at the Marvel Studios assembly line, to the screenwriter saying it works better than the average superhero flick because “we didn’t have to sell Happy Meals.”

-The Good Place’s creator Mike Schur has emerged from radio silence to explain that big finale twist.

-The people behind Feud talked about their decision to use the c-word in last night’s premiere.

-This is a really, really good interview with David Letterman. He talks about current late-night hosts (“I don’t want to criticize Jimmy Fallon but I can only tell you what I would have done in that situation: I would have gone to work on Trump”), on being tough during his interviews with Paris Hilton (“She cried and I called her and apologized. I think I bought her a car, too”), and Joaquin Phoenix  (“I mean, he came out begging to be beat up. How can you not take a couple of swings?”) and adjusting to being a normal person (“I needed a pair of shoelaces. And I thought, ‘Hell, where do you get shoelaces?'”)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle looked cozy at their friend’s wedding in Jamaica this weekend.

-Nice: Get Out has already grossed $75.9M on a $4.5M budget.

Chrissy Teigen opened up for the first time about her postpartum depression in Glamour.

Adele has confirmed she’s married to Simon Konecki. Wait, we didn’t know that?

Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep are set to star in a movie about the Pentagon Papers directed by Steven Spielberg, so I guess we already know who’s winning next year’s Oscars.

-I watched this entire clip of Fargo season 3 and had no clue it was Ewan McGregor until I saw someone tweet about it later.