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Taylor Swift Talks Songwriting with Rock Muse Pattie Boyd

Taylor Swift interviews Pattie Boyd for Harper s Bazaar

Taylor Swift is on the cover of the new issue of Harper’s Bazaar — but she’s not interviewed. Instead, the suddenly press-shy pop star is the one asking the questions, interviewing musical muse Pattie Boyd. This is a pretty brilliant way of staying in the spotlight without having to answer any personal questions.

George Clooney was injured today after his scooter was hit by a car on the Italian island of Sardinia. (He has already been released from the hospital.) Clooney was driving 60 mph when he was thrown from his bike and traveled 20 feet in the air before hitting a car’s windshield; his helmet shattered on impact. PROTECT HIS FACE!

-The fact that Dwayne Johnson has fully embraced the fact that the internet calls him “Daddy” makes me very happy.

Justin Bieber posted a very long, very gushy Instagram post about getting engaged to Hailey Baldwin. “The thing I am most excited for is that my little brother and sister get to see another healthy stable marriage and look for the same!!!..My goodness does feel good to have our future secured!” Sure thing, bud.

-Meanwhile, Baldwin joked that she doesn’t want him to regrow his moustache for the wedding, which makes me like her.

-I missed almost all of these hidden words in the Sharper Objects premiere. Also, I’m really glad I’m not the only one who had to watch it with closed captioning on. Speak up, y’all!

Jonathan Rhys Meyers was briefly detained at LAX following an alleged verbal altercation with his wife on an American Airlines flight. His wife has since posted an apology on Instagram. “Eight months of sobriety and an unfortunate day of airline travel. We were in South America specifically working holistically through anger issues that result in these kinds of episodes. When in it…he is not in a frame of mind where he can really even comprehend the repercussions and necessary response to his own actions.”

-Who the hell wants to drink Handmaid’s Tale wine? Not everything needs a product tie-in, Hollywood.

-Maybe Rihanna and Hassan Jameel are fighting in these photos. Maybe she’s just animatedly telling him about the plot of Killing Eve. It’s hard to say (but the internet is say it anyway.)

Rosario Dawson, who fielded a lot of broadcast pilot offers, has signed on to star in USA Network’s Briarpatch from Mr Robot’s Sam Esmail and podcaster Andy Greenwald. I’ve been listening to Greewald since his Grantland days and even though I don’t know him, I’m weirdly proud of him for this. “Great job, Baranski!”

Chris Evans continues to win Twitter (this time with an assist from Billy Eichner).

-Thanks to the success of comedy specials from the likes of Hannah Gadsby and Ali Wong, Netflix is preparing to debut a ridiculous amount of stand up shows in 2019.

-Speaking of Hannah Gadsby, I just discovered her art history series on YouTube. She’s the best!

Tyler Perry surprised Tiffany Haddish with a new Telsa because she kept talking about getting one, but then wouldn’t do it. He told her “what I’ve learned is that it’s OK to spend a little bit.”

-Everything about Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman‘s new craft show seems adorable, including this promo clip in which they have a craft-themed pun-off.

-Now Nick Cannon has chimed into the Kevin Hart vs Mike Epps feud.

-Pretty much everyone who was part of Step Brothers came together for this oral history on the movie.

Roseanne Barr says she dropped out of a tell-all TV special and will now interview herself on YouTube.  (It’s unclear whether she ever had an interview booked with any TV network in the first place.)

-Apple continues to sink money into their upcoming TV offering, getting Jason Momoa to star in its futuristic drama See.

Billy Dee Williams is returning for Star Wars Episode IX as OG Lando Calrissian.

André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Sissy Spacek, Bill Skarsgård, Jane Levy and Scott Glenn star in Hulu’s new Castle Rock, produced by J.J. Abrams and Steven King. This trailer is incredibly creepy.

(Random note of randomness: I’ll be making some updates to the site design this week to make it more mobile-friendly. Please bear with me!)

-This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman‘s next tear-jerking project is Life Itself, a multi-generational drama that sees Olivia Wilde and Oscar Isaac falling in love. It also stars Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening and Mandy Patinkin.

George Clooney Was Having “The Best Time Of His Life” At Met Gala

George Clooney apparently had some very drunk fun at the Met Gala afterparty. (FF to 1 min, 30 secs)

Letitia Wright was also having the best time.

Taylor Swift opened her Reputation tour by talking about being “bullied” by Kim Kardashian: “A couple of years ago, someone called me a snake on social media and it caught on.” So that’s the way she wants to play it, huh?

Lea Michele‘s engagement posts have been a little over the top, but it’s still very cute that she asked Jonathan Groff to be her maid of honor.

-Holy Christ, how is Johnny Depp still getting roles? He allegedly attacks a crew member? He hires his friends for parts? He takes over the director’s job? This whole story is trash.

-Ooh boy. Pepa of Salt-N-Pepa posted a photo of her and her boyfriend Aundre Dean at the Kentucky Derby over the weekend. She promptly got a response from Dean’s wife, who is pregnant with their second child.

-Streaming numbers of Beyonce and Kanye West‘s albums on Jay Z‘s music platform Tidal have been manipulated, allowing the stars excessive royalty payouts, according to a new report. This follows a lot of blind items about Tidal that have popped up over the last couple of years.

Jada Pinkett Smith sat down with Will Smith’s ex-wife, Sheree Fletcher, for her new Facebook series. Jada recalled a time she was rude to Sheree: “Will Smith let me have it! His take was, ‘That is Trey’s mother, and that’s just not your place.'”

-This look at Hollywood paydays is insane. Sandra Bullock made at least $10 million for her voice role in Minions.  Robert Downey Jr got $10 million for his appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

-This is so effing savvy: Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson added a $1 million “social-media fee” to his multimillion-dollar movie salary. If the studio wants him to tweet about a movie, they gotta pay up.

-Despite strong reviews for Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff’s performances, Broadway’s revival of Children of a Lesser God has struggled to sell tickets and is closing early. Jackson’s IG post about it is predictably gracious and wonderful.

-Wow. Ryan Murphy is donating 100 percent of profits from his new FX show POSE towards trans and LGBTQ charitable organizations.

-Meanwhile, people are really angry that Murphy is eyeing a new series tentatively titled Consent, which would tackle Hollywood predators like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.  Yes, I would prefer to see a woman lead this, but I’m not going to get too worked up over a hypothetical series. Call me when it gets a season pickup.

-Speaking of pickups, NBC just ordered new sitcoms produced by Mike Schur (Parks & Rec, The Good Place) and Amy Poehler. CBS picked up two comedies, and as well as Dick Wolf‘s FBI and the Murphy Brown revival. Interestingly for a network that has been traditionally super white, two of their new shows will have black leads (including one produced by Harry Styles).

Childish Gambino‘s record-breaking “This Is America” video hits 50 million views in mere days.

-Meanwhile, between his new video and his SNL episode, Donald Glover is basically winning May. I’m very interested to see how prickly he’ll be during the Solo press tour. I can’t take another New Yorker profile like this one.

-Also, he totally steals the show in this new Solo clip.

-I dig Nathan Fillion, but I follow him on Insta and this is not what his face looks like anymore.

-Rose McGowan is on the cover of THR, and she talks about how the press treats her. “If I was Reese Witherspoon, would I be treated like I am? The answer is no. But [the press] feels I’m fair game. I think it’s because [Weinstein] paid off the media for 20 years to savage me.”

Cate Blanchett is crushing it at Cannes so far. A reporter asked whether the #MeToo movement would change the industry and festival — and she prompted her male jury members to speak up first.

Terry Gilliam is having a terrible week. He’s still waiting to hear if his long-delayed film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote would finally be screened at Cannes this weekend or if it will be tied up in legal delays. And he just suffered a mini-stroke.

-Grimes is dating Elon Musk? Huh.

Armie Hammer apparently just found out about Iran-Contra Affair? I feel old.  (Also, I would watch this.)

Annette Bening in talks to join Captain Marvel which is great because she’s boss, but didn’t they already start filming in back in March? Adding castmembers to movies already in production freaks me out.

Jordan Peele’s next movie is called US, and Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss are in talks to star.  Just take my money already!

-This is a great piece on how superhero movies make publicists of us all.

-Oh no. Scott Hutchison, the lead singer of the band Frightened Rabbit, has been reported missing. I like them.

Gabrielle Union‘s excitement over rosé gummy bears in this interview makes me love her even more.

-This was one of my fave sequences on TV last year. The fact that Pamela Adlon planned the whole thing without her TV daughter knowing about it beforehand makes it even more awesome.

13 Reasons Why’s season 2 trailer is all about justice for Hannah. “I thought this whole thing was going to be over,” says Clay. So did I, kid.

Jeff Goldblum narrates the new Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer.

Taylor Swift’s In-Delicate Dance Moves

Taylor Swift released her music video for “Delicate” (one of the few songs on that album that I genuinely love), and it starts like Britney Spears’ “Lucky” before it segues into a Sia-esque video featuring Maddie Ziegler-ish dance moves. I was confused why she’d want to look so awkward on purpose, but I love Vulture’s take on it: “It’s a daring move by Swift to cripple one of her best new songs with some of the corniest physical motions ever committed to film just to use the corniness as a kind of loyalty oath. Major artists have thinned out the ranks of their fans with clumsy maneuvers before, but for Swift to do so on purpose is remarkably spiteful. In less than two years she’s gone from being sabotaged by others to accidental self-sabotage; now she’s self-sabotaging on purpose.”

-I love that Mindy Kaling commented soup snake on BJ Novak‘s Instagram post about her. It’s a callback to a very funny joke from The Office and it means soul mate. GAH!

-So Emma Watson really is dating Glee star Chord Overstreet? Huh.

-Man, I have mixed feelings about Ready Player One. Personally, I loved the book — while at the same time recognizing that it reinforced some male toxicity/nostalgia porn/gatekeeping tropes that suck. But the reviews out of its SXSW premiere are glowing. I especially like this one, which specifically addresses any post-Gamergate concerns.

-Also, there’s talk that Black Panther breakout Letitia Wright was cut out of the movie, which bums me out. 

Selma Blair is walking back her comments that pal Cameron Diaz has no plans to ever act again.

-Ruh roh. ABC pulled a politically and socially-themed Blackish episode due to “creative differences” with creator Kenya Barris. There’s been talk about the network pivoting recently to target the heartland (hello, Roseanne reboot) so I guess this fits, sadly.

-She alluded to it on Maron’s podcast, and once again Gina Rodriguez is implying that there’s a clear end for Jane the Virgin — possibly as early as next season. While I love that show, I totally support this. CW shows especially seem to not understand when the well has run dry.

Charlize Theron and David Oyelowo teach each other slang words from the Afrikaans and Yoruba languages in this delightful Vanity Fair video.

-There’s lots of hand-wringing about Jennifer Lawrence‘s sudden inability to open a movie. Tessa Thompson’s response to the article is perfection.

-One of my favourite celebrity interviews I’ve ever done was Hugh Grant, even though I could barely find any usable quotes because he basically just spent the whole time taking this piss. This interview reminded me of that.

-Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer have been accused of verbal abuse on their set. In an official statement, they responded: “Due to the high-stress nature of production, tempers occasionally get frayed, and for that, we apologize. However, we think it is important not to mischaracterize our set, where we believe strongly in treating everyone fairly regardless of gender, orientation, race, religion, or anything else.”

-In honour of Buffy premiering 21 years ago, Sarah Michelle Gellar posted some never-before-seen BTS pics on Instagram.

-This is an interesting look at how Fox is promoting I Love Simon thanks because of Greg Berlanti — who says he asked the studio to “sell it as they would any other teen rom-com, the same size and scope” and “not hide or obfuscate in any way what the movie is about.”

-The Sorry To Bother You trailer has dropped and it looks phenomenal. No wonder this movie is getting such huge festival buzz.