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Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson and More Star in the Cats Trailer

-The trailer for Cats just dropped and what. the. fork. Seriously, all that talk about “digital fur technology” and this is what they came up with?! For all those people complaining about the uncanny valley of the new Lion King movie, just wait until the get an eyeful of cat boob. I’m gonna have nightmares about this for weeks…

-Speaking of The Lion King, the new video for “Spirit” shows Beyonce with her dancers interspersed with clips from film — and includes an adorable appearance by Blue Ivy.

-I’m bummed that Bradley Whitford and Jane Kaczmarek are no longer married — but I do approve of his new marriage to Transparent costar Amy Landecker. Their wedding photo is *chef’s kiss*

-According to a new story in People, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s split from Kate and William will “allow them more time to be like family.” So they won’t see each other except at awkward holiday dinners?

Trevor Noah used his latest “Between the Segments” clip to address the Scarlett Johansson casting controversy, and it’s a very articulate, measured take.

-I liked this article on Emmy campaigning by smaller shows like Schitt’s Creek and Killing Eve, who relied on buzz and fan engagement instead of trying to spend money on billboards and trade publication ads.

Will Smith trying to direct Jaden in a commercial is a good time.

-Netflix is losing U.S. subscribers for the first time in 8 years. Their shares nosedived 10% today after their Q2 reporting revealed a massive miss on new subscriber targets.

-Variety’s new cover story on Orange Is the New Black is a little too fawning, but I do like the acknowledgement that this show taught us how to watch TV on streaming.

Bella Thorne and ex-girlfriend Tana Mongeau got into a Twitter fight last night. All the teens in your life care about this a lot. Trust.

-Booksmart’s Kaitlyn Dever plays a rape victim in the trailer for the new Netflix limited series Unbelievable, which costars Toni Collette and Merritt Wever as detectives working on a similar case.

Ted Danson has already lined up his post-The Good Place gig: he’ll star in an NBC sitcom from Tina Fey.

-Hulu released the trailer for Untouchable, the Ursula Macfarlane-directed documentary about the fall of Harvey Weinstein.

-Love this article on how Legends of Tomorrow is living its best life as TV’s superhero underdog.

-At a Comic Con preview last night, DC showed the Batwoman pilot and early word of mouth is positive, with critics noting that it leans into the lead character’s queerness.

-It’s only day one of Comic Con and already we’ve gotten tons of news, such as the fact that Edward Furlong will play John Connor again for the first time in decades in the new Terminator movie.

-We also got a star-studded trailer for the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, which features Chris Hemsworth, Melissa Benoist, Matt Damon, Rosario Dawson, Ben Affleck, Nicolas Cage, Justin Long, Grant Gustin, Craig Robinson and more.

Tom Cruise made a surprise Comic Con appearance today to debut the Top Gun: Maverick trailer, 34 years after the original. “All of the flying you see in this picture, everything is real,” he told the crowd. This looks gorgeous. (And the short glimpse of a shirtless Glen Powell has already set Twitter on fire).

 

Arrow Bows Out with EW Cover

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-I’ve given up on most of the Arrowverse shows, but good on EW for finally giving them a cover (the first monthly issue since they dropped the weekly format) in honor of Arrow’s final, shortened season.  Amell looks hella tired though.

Tom Holland was spotted looking cozy with a girl who is NOT Zendaya and we’re all a little bit heartbroken.

-Ok, critics who’ve seen Veronica Mars’ new season keep warning about the “gutting” ending and I’m getting really worried. The latest is from Vulture: “It’s worth noting that some of the season’s concluding events will make some viewers, very, very, very mad. Really, incandescently mad.”

-Gossip Girl is coming back! An update just landed a straight-to-series order at Warner’s new streaming platform HBO Max, with Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage returning as EPs. It’ll be interesting to see how it’ll work with today’s social media. Will the new GG be more like a Diet Prada or Shade Room?

-I don’t even watch The Bachelorette but this recap is great.

-In advance of Friday’s trailer, the Cats movie released a featurette starring Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Rebel Wilson and more. I’m still not entirely convinced this whole movie isn’t a prank. Between director Tom Hopper talking about how it’s a “timely story about diversity and inclusion” and James Corden saying “These are people but they’re cats. This is kind of blowing my mind,” it definitely feels like a prank.

-Time has named the 25 most influential people on the internet.

-This thread of Fleabag scenes makes me want to rewatch it even though I JUST DID.

R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to new federal charges and has been denied bail. The singer faces 18 combined charges for alleged crimes against 10 victims.

-Prosecutors have dropped Kevin Spacey‘s criminal sexual assault case due to his accuser’s “unavailability.”

-HBO didn’t submit Gwendoline Christie for an Emmy so she paid the $225 fee, submitted herself and got a nomination, which is the most Brienne thing ever.

-Wait, Mr. Robot is still on TV??!

-Two months after NBC canceled A.P. Bio, the sitcom has been revived — on NBCUniversal’s forthcoming streaming service.

-The first trailer for Hustling, starring Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart, Julia Stiles, Lizzo and Cardi B, has arrived. Inject this directly into my eyeballs please!!! (Also, if you’ve never read The Cut article that this movie is based on, it’s a wild ride.)

 

Who’s On Team Taylor?

-The Taylor Swift drama kicked into high gear over the long weekend. Swift has never owned her masters and her old music label just sold them to Justin Bieber‘s manager Scooter Braun, much to Swift’s chagrin. Now you’d think Swift would come off completely sympathetic here, since labels controlling artists’ original recordings is a ridiculous predatory relic of the music industry (remember when Prince wrote “slave” on his face and changed his name to a symbol? Or when Paul McCartney lost the rights to The Beatles’ catalog to Michael Jackson?). But Swift muddied the waters with her rebuttal by 1) saying she didn’t know about the sale (which seems unlikely, since her dad is on the label’s board and the head of the label says he texted her the night before the story broke), 2) bringing up all the Kanye West past drama and 3) using Tumblr, of all platforms, to make a statement. I get that a lot of her fans are still on it but this should have been positioned as a business story, not a fandom rallying cry. And now there’s talk that she’s liking anti-Bieber posts that have nothing to do with music rights. Remember when Swift used to be the best at controlling the message? Nowadays, even when she’s in the right (and she’s CLEARLY in the right on the masters issue) it’s not always easy to root for her. The fact that people are actually defending archaic music industry practices over her is a pretty stark sign of how far she’s fallen.

-Celebs are taking sides, with Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato and Sia defending Braun, and Halsey, Camila Cabello, Iggy Izalea, Cara Delevingne, Haim, and Brandon Urie on Team Swift.

Miley Cyrus just dropped a NSFW music video filled with messages like “feminist AF,” “virginity is a social construct,” and “my body my rules.”

-“Old Town Road” rapper Lil Nas X came out as gay over the weekend with his latest song, tweeting: “Deadass thought i made it obvious.”

Joshua Jackson was spotted looking cozy this weekend with Jodie Turner-Smith (who he also posted a sweet IG story with). But I thought he was spotted kissing another girl in a parking garage a couple of weeks ago?

Lindsay Lohan celebrated turning 33 by getting naked on Instagram. As you do.

-Wow. Kim Kardashian actually agreed to change her shapewear line’s name.

Dan Levy‘s goodbye post to Schitt’s Creek is so soft.

-It looks like James Franco might be getting pulled into the Amber Heard/Johnny Depp saga.

-I never thought I’d push for Harry Styles to play Elvis, but I’ll take him over Ansel Elgort or Miles Teller.

Louis Tomlinson wasn’t thrilled about that fanfiction scene in HBO’s Euphoria, in which a character read her fanfic about him and Harry Styles relieving stage-fright tensions through oral sex (which was accompanied by an animated depiction). He responded to fan’s tweets about it “I can categorically say that I was not contacted nor did I approve it.”

-It also seems like someone at HBO pretended to be a teen to infiltrate the fanfic community, which is gross.

Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston keep teasing a new project, which is presumably the Breaking Bad movie.

-It’s amazing how charming Jake Gyllenhaal can be when he wants to be. (Full video is here.)

-This is a great profile on Linda Cardellini, who just keeps steadily, quietly doing good work.

-Enlisted is now streaming on Crackle. I wish it was Netflix, but it’s a start!

-The reviews for the new season of Stranger Things are very strong (though I’m a little concerned that there seems to be critical rumblings that Hopper has turned into a jerk).

-Here’s the first trailer Mindy Kaling’s adaptation of Four Weddings and a Funeral. It looks charming. I am charmed.

-There are so many articles lately about the summer box office meltdown. But Late Night and Booksmart should never have been summer releases, and Men In Black and Dark Phoenix were obviously re-written messes. This doesn’t seem confusing.

-Sadness: Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss has announced she’s leaving the band.

-A new Aziz Ansari stand-up special directed by Spike Jonze is coming to Netflix this month. Anyone wanna bet that he doesn’t even reference why he went away?

-Cult favorite TV show Wynonna Earp is back on track for a summer 2020 return after the studio’s funding woes nearly derailed the Syfy drama.

-I like this Big Little Lies theory.

-The trailer for Rian Johnson‘s murder mystery Knives Out has dropped, featuring a stacked cast that includes Chris Evans, Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Michael Shannon and LaKeith Stanfield.