-The best part of this GQ article on Jeff Goldblum (in which celebrities tell stories of being mesmorized by him) is when Edward Norton remembers his friend sitting next to Jeff on an plane. “Jeff said, ‘I don’t know if this would interest you — and if not, of course no problem — but I’m very good at reading books aloud, and if you’d like I’d be happy to read [your book] to you.’ She said, ‘Sure.’ She had about 90 pages left, and Jeff read her the rest of it out loud. She said his reading was excellent.” -The mighty keep falling! Six women, including Olivia Munn, have accused director Brett Ratner of sexual harassment. -It’s costing jobs, too. Ratner’s Hugh Hefner biopic has now been placed on hold following the allegations. -The floodgates have opened and the Kevin Spacey stories are pouring in. Filmmaker Tony Montana says Spacey groped him in a bar in 2003, while actor Roberto Cavazos says Spacey routinely preyed on young male theatre actors. One has to wonder if Bryan Singer is next. -This Is Us cut a Kevin Spacey name drop from last night’s episode — although we still got it on the Canadian feed. -Oh no. A former PA has accused Dustin Hoffman of sexual harassing her on the set of Death of a Salesman in the 1980s. This one hurts. –Jeremy Piven is denying Ariane Bellamar‘s allegations that he touched her non-consensually on two separate occasions on the Entourage set. -The intense NDA that Leonardo DiCaprio makes his employees sign is raising eyebrows. I’ve seen quite a bit of speculation about just how much longer the pussy posse is going to remain unscathed in this environment. -Meanwhile, I love this article. (“This is some renegade ’70s-era feminist shit going on.”) –Chris Hemsworth is crediting his Ghostbusters cameo for letting him show off his comedic chops in Thor. –Tyrese Gibson, who clearly has no idea how Hollywood hierarchy works, has threatened to quit ‘Fast 9’ if Dwayne Johnson returns. I’m laughing forever. –Justin Hartley‘s wedding was quite the family affair with almost all of his This Is Us co-stars in attendance. –Milo Ventimiglia is going to play Jennifer Lopez’s boyfriend in a new romcom and I’m gonna watch the crap outta that. -Holy moly, look at this Lion King cast. Beyonce! John Oliver! Seth Rogen! Keegan Michael-Key! –Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber went on a bike ride together. No, that’s no a euphemism. –Tessa Thompson, Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson and Zoe Saldana pitched Marvel an all-female superhero movie. DO IT!!! –Kelly Clarkson tried to sing “Since U’ve Been Gone” backwards. She still nailed it. –Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. won Halloween by going as Pretty in Pink characters. -Is Me, Myself and I the first casualty of fall TV? -Ok, so I made it to episode six of Stranger Things. Should I just skip episode seven? Everyone HATES it. -Why yes, I WOULD like Blair Underwood to read me a vampire romance novel. -I, Tonya starring Margot Robbie as disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding just dropped a red-band trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZbTLdDHRvs
— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 23, 2017
–Matt Damon and George Clooney were on GMA today, where they talked about how they knew Harvey Weinstein was “an asshole” but didn’t know the extent of the stories. I found Damon’s comments, in particular, to be a bit problematic. He admits that he heard about what happened to Gwyneth Paltrow from Ben Affleck, but insists he just thought Weinstein was “a womanizer,” saying “This level of criminal sexual predation is not something that I ever thought was going on.” Oh yeah, Matt? And what exact level of “criminal sexual predation” would have made you speak up?
-Clooney also spoke out against Woody Allen’s comments about hoping this doesn’t result in a “witch-hunt atmosphere.” “That’s a stupid thing to say. The reality is it’s not a witch hunt to these women, who were trapped in a hotel room and told they were going to get a part, and then suddenly here comes Harvey Weinstein in his birthday suit. That’s not a witch hunt; that’s an assault.”
-Actress Brit Marling wrapped her Weinstein story in a fascinating essay about the economics of consent. “Consent is a function of power. You have to have a modicum of power to give it.”
–Bob Weinstein’s former assistant says she told him about his brother’s sexual harassment over 25 years ago.
-Also, a damning new L.A. Times report outlines how Weinstein “used fashion as a pipeline to models.” More than 10 former or current fashion models — including Cara Delevingne and Angie Everhart — have accused him of a wide range of sexual misconduct.
-Speaking of L.A. Times’ investigations, they published a story this weekend about sexual harassment allegations against director James Toback, in which 38 women accused him. Since the story came out, the reporter says the number has risen to nearly 80.
-Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn says he’s been warning people about Toback for 20 years.
–Colin Farrell congratulated himself for not staring at a reporter’s boobs. What a swell guy.
-It’s not all bleak: at least Kit Harrington is taking back those comments he made last year about experiencing sexism.
–Kim Cattrall says she was ‘never friends‘ with Sex and the City costars. Why do people assume all costars are friends anyway? How many of your coworkers do you consider your BFFs? It’s such a weird expectation…
-Well this is super disappointing: Ewan McGregor and his wife Eve Mavrakis have split after 22 years(!) of marriage following new photos that emerged of him kissing his Fargo costar, Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
–Justin Timberlake has been announced for the Super Bowl halftime show and Twitter is not happy about it. There’s no way he DOESN’T invite Janet Jackson to perform with him though, right?!
-EW has an intense new clip from season two of Stranger Things, which drops on Netflix this weekend.
-Netflix sent TV critics all 9 episodes of season 2 of Stranger Things (no, I’m not calling it Stranger Things 2 like it’s a goddamn movie sequel, I don’t care what the Duffer Bros say), and the response seems to be ‘good, but not great’ which frankly, is way better than I was expecting. Sepinwall says it “mostly lives up to the original [season]”, NPR says “It’s not perfect, but I bet you watch the whole thing,” THR calls it “quite good and, if your expectations are in check, largely satisfying,” and Variety says “once the story kicks into a higher gear about halfway through the nine-episode season, a lot of the old magic returns.”
-Speaking of Netflix shows, should I be watching Mindhunter? Because every TV critic I follow seems to be in love with it…
-Before next week’s David S. Pumpkins special, check out Vulture’s oral history on the origins of the sketch.
-Riverdale star Lili Reinhart apologized after tweeting photo of “racially insensitive” Halloween photo. Goddamn it, this happens with CW stars every. single. year.
-I kinda love that Drake had his 31st birthday party at Casa Loma.
-Of course John Stamos got engaged at Disneyland.
-If Jenny Slate and Chris Evans are dating again, they’re not trying to hide it. Remember that next time she gives an interview about the sanctity of her privacy.
–Taylor Swift dropped a preview of her new music video. Did she borrow Scarlett Johansson‘s nude suit from Ghost in the Shell??!
-Star Trek: Discovery was renewed for Season 2. There wasn’t really a question about whether it would survive, seeing as it’s anchoring CBS’s All Access subscription service, but I’d love to know its ratings.
-Here’s the first trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread, starring Daniel Day-Lewis.
-I keep forgetting that Stranger Things returns in a few weeks. According to the new EW cover story, the new season will follow several disparate stories that intertwine but all roads eventually lead to the “shadow monster.” The Duffer Brothers are also insisting we call it Stranger Things 2 because they think of it as a movie sequel. They know they work in TV now, right?
-Oh jeez, Khloe Kardashian is reportedly pregnant, too.
-This is nice: Pitbull is providing his own private plane to help cancer patients get treatment after Hurricane Maria.
-Scroll down to the end of this article to see some awesome footage of Jane Fonda shutting Megyn Kelly down.
-This seems really beneath Angelina Jolie. Like really, really beneath her. I’m so confused.
–Conan tried to invent his own ‘Carpool Karoake’-type segment with Tom Cruise as the first guest and it got real uncomfortable, real fast.
-Also, Tom shut down those rumours that he wore a fake butt in Valkyrie.
-I haven’t had a chance to watch the This Is Us premiere yet, but everyone else seemed to. It delivered its biggest ratings ever.
-Holy shit: Michelle Williams is in talks to star in Venom opposite Tom Hardy. That’s… unexpected.
–Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio are just trolling us at this point, right?
-If Justin Timberlake gets invited to perform at the Super Bowl I will angry-scream into a pillow for days.
–James Cameron is standing by his Wonder Woman comments, saying the character isn’t groundbreaking because “she’s absolutely drop-dead gorgeous.” *groan*
–Prince Harry says Meghan Markle is “loving” the Invictus Games.
-It’s amazing what winning an Emmy can do. Hulu is playing with the big boys now, scoring 30 Rock and Parenthood for their library in a massive deal with NBC.
–John Legend fights for new home for the TV show Underground in a new op-ed.
-Looks like Chappaquiddick is getting an awards-qualifying release date, premiering the same weekend as I, Tonya and The Shape of Water.
-The first teaser trailer for Annihilation starring Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson and Oscar Isaac is crazy creepy.