–Idris Elba is on the cover of December’s British Esquire and this feels like a really nice way for the universe to welcome me back to civilization after my vacation. In the interview, he talks about his early career and getting famous by playing an American. “I don’t like the term ‘black actor’ in the first place. I don’t understand what that is. When we talk about Benedict Cumberbatch, we don’t call him a ‘white actor’. When you speak about van Gogh, or any other painter, they’re painters; they use all the colours in the spectrum. They don’t use colours confined to where they’re from…I’m a British actor, but America made me who I am as a popular actor by playing an American. But it just turns out that my grandad on my mother’s side was born in Kansas City. So, am I allowed? Or not allowed? The debate thickens, do you know what I mean?”
–Meaghan Markle and Kate Middleton were twinning today.
–Taylor Swift‘s new $200 million record deal isn’t just huge for her — she used it to help out other artists. In the deal, she got the label to agree to distribute a cut of proceeds from any sale of its Spotify shares to artists, non-recoupable — meaning that they’d be paid even if they hadn’t earned back their latest advance.
–Drake fans are being blamed for a brawl at Pusha T’s concert in Toronto that saw one man get stabbed.
–Ellen Pompeo is getting a lot of buzz for her soundbite about diversity on sets, but the whole conversation with her, Gabrielle Union, and Gina Rodriguez is worth watching. Oh, Emma Roberts was there too.
–Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Tiffany Haddish, Chelsea Perriti and Amy Sedaris star in Google’s Friendsgiving ad that’ll debut during the Macy’s parade and the bts footage is very cute.
-Remember when Gwen Stefani used to be the coolest MF alive? What happened?!
–Mandy Moore got married this weekend. I’m not sure I’m sold on the dress.
–Joshua Jackson has a new girlfriend and he looks so happy in these photos that it dims my jealousy. Slightly.
–Bradley Cooper decided to stay in character while behind the camera in A Star Is Born for maximum authenticity. Of freakin’ course he did.
–Brad Pitt is trying to distance himself from those shoddy post-Katrina homes. He asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit against him after claims his foundation Make It Right built inadequate housing.
-In a new interview, Leah Remini claims Tom Cruise “personally administered punishment on a high-ranking member” of Scientology on the orders of Church leader David Miscavige.
-Here’s a photo of a bearded and buff Zac Efron on a horse, just because I love you.
-Hollywood just can’t stop with the reboots. Michael C. Hall says he’s open to the idea of a Dexter reboot, while CBS is working on bringing back Northern Exposure.
-LFO singer Devin Lima has died at 41 after a battle with adrenal cancer. Another member of the three-man pop group, Rich Cronin, previously died of leukemia.
-The prosecutors in Harvey Weinstein‘s sexual-assault case say his lawyers are turning it into a “public circus,” and insist that their case is still legally viable.
-Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer and her fiancé have split have 11(!) years.
-Speaking of splits, Robert DeNiro is separating from wife after 20 years of marriage.
–Chrissy Teigen was on Ellen and got Michael B Jordan to admit that’s he’s hooked up with girls who’ve slid into his DMs. She should co-host every day!
-Also, Teigen revealed on the show that modeling contract states that her feet must be retouched or hidden. “I have Asian jungle feet, like we’re meant to climb trees.”
-I’m really bummed that the critically adored Widows is doing so poorly at the box office. Hopefully the holiday weekend will turn things around.
-It’s been 10 years since Twilight hit theatres so Vulture is celebrating the most intentionally funny scene in movie history: the vampire baseball game.
-Why do we still listen to anything Bill Maher says? Like, ever?
-And why do we still listen to anything Piers Morgan says? Like, ever? (Bless Ariana Grande for her clapbacks.)
–Keanu Reeves becomes obsessed with bringing back his family members who died in a traffic accident in the Replicas trailer.