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Halle Berry Fights Back

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Halle Berry is getting lots of buzz for her directorial debut Bruised, in which she plays a mixed martial arts fighter. In her new Variety cover story, she talks about seeing warning signs while shooting Catwoman (“The story didn’t feel quite right. I remember having that argument: ‘Why can’t Catwoman save the world like Batman and Superman do? Why is she just saving women from a face cream that cracks their face off?'”) and her fights with Bryan Singer on the X-Men set (“Bryan’s not the easiest dude to work with…I would sometimes be very angry with him. I got into a few fights with him, said a few cuss words out of sheer frustration. When I work, I’m serious about that. And when that gets compromised, I get a little nutty”).

-Grammy-nominated sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey are gracing the cover of Cosmo’s sisters issue.

-Good on Niecy Nash for securing a photo deal with People for her wedding pics. In the interview she said of marrying Jessica Betts: “I don’t feel like my marriage is my coming out of anywhere, but rather a going into myself and being honest about who I love. And I’m not limiting myself on what that love is supposed to look like.” She added, “I was not suppressing my sexuality my whole life. I love who I love. At one point in my life, I married twice and I love those people. And today I love this person. I’ve done everything I wanted to do on my own terms and my own way. So my choice now in a partner has nothing to do with who I’ve always been.”

-This is old news for anyone who follows DeuxMoi’s stories on IG, but Katie Holmes’ new man was recently engaged — and he reportedly blindsided his fiancée with a breakup text when photos emerged of him kissing Holmes.

-Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp and another man filed a lawsuit yesterday against Kevin Spacey, accusing him of sexual assaults in the 1980s when they were teens.

-I gave up on The 100 after its first season but man, after seeing why it was trending last night, I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of another showrunner with more contempt for fans (he’s right up there with Veronica Mars’ Rob Thomas). To pull a move like that with a fan favourite, to make another fan favourite be responsible, and to do it when there’s just a few episodes left of the series? That’s not edgy or daring, that’s just burning the show’s legacy.

-Because Drake can do whatever he wants, he hosted Steph Curry for private shootout at his home court in his Bridle Path mansion.

Dame Diana Rigg, who starred in the original The Avengers and is best known to today’s audiences as Lady Olenna on Game of Thrones, died on Thursday at age 82.

-One of the TIFF movies I’m most looking forward to watching (in my living room) is Regina King‘s directorial debut One Night In Miami. The reviews are outstanding.

Mandy Patinkin shared some memories on Twitter about shooting The Princess Bride.

-Watching Jane Fonda explaining to Joy Behar why she shouldn’t complain about the term “defund the police” is glorious.

Tina Fey quizzed Mean Girls superfan Mariah Carey on her knowledge of the film.

Neve Campbell has officially signed on for the Scream reboot.

Vince Vaughn plays a serial killer who body swaps with a high school girl in Blumhouse’s Freaky trailer.

Nicholas Hoult Talks Son and Sex Scenes

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Nicholas Hoult‘s interview with GQ Hype is great, but the photo shoot is so odd. Why do his feet look dirty?! In the article, he breaks his silence about being a dad (“I remember there was a scene in The Kelly Gang where I had to hold a gun to a baby’s head. My son was around the same age and it was really difficult in many ways”), and talks about how his sex scenes in The Great are much different from the ones he did on Skins (“We had a few intimacy co-ordinators who would come along and help out with that, which is a great thing. This is the first job I’ve had that on and it’s a very positive change in the industry. It’s almost like having a stunt co-ordinator. They make sure everyone is comfortable in terms of what’s happening and agreements of what can happen, but also choreograph it in a way that makes sense for the story and what it is you’re trying to tell”).

Mel Gibson was trending today because Winona Ryder gave a new interview and said “Mel Gibson was smoking a cigar, and we’re all talking and he said to my friend, who’s gay, ‘Oh wait, am I gonna get AIDS?’ And then something came up about Jews, and he said, ‘You’re not an oven dodger, are you?'”  I’m not sure why everyone is shocked by this, since Ryder told the same story a decade ago. Of course, his camp released a statement today denying it.  I mean, he’s on record saying “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world” and telling his girlfriend “If you get raped by a pack of n******, it will be your fault” … but sure, deny it.

-In the same interview, Ryder also talked about working with Francis Ford Coppola on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and how he directed her male costars to yell mean things at her when she was required to act in terror and shock. “To put it in context I’m supposed to be crying. Literally, Richard E. Grant, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu [Reeves] … Francis was trying to get all of them to yell things that would make me cry, but Keanu wouldn’t, Anthony wouldn’t. … It just didn’t work.”

-In response to an old interview about her time on Bad Boys II that was trending this week, Megan Fox responded by calling her interactions with Michael Bay “inconsequential” compared to her other “genuinely harrowing experiences in a ruthlessly misogynistic industry.”

-In a new interview with Variety about submitting her Black Mirror episode for Emmy consideration, Miley Cyrus talks about getting sober (“I’ve been sober sober for the past six months. At the beginning, it was just about this vocal surgery…It’s really hard because especially being young, there’s that stigma of “you’re no fun.” It’s like, “honey, you can call me a lot of things, but I know that I’m fun”).

-I love how Britney Spears is confusing/delighting everyone with her Instagram posts.

Elizabeth Hurley took to social media to pay tribute to the late Steve Bing, with whom she shares a son: “I am saddened beyond belief that my ex Steve is no longer with us. It is a terrible end.”

This story about The Ringer’s staff being frustrated about the lack of diversity is a real bummer, as I’ve followed a lot of those people from the Grantland days. Bill Simmons‘ response when asked why the podcast hosts weren’t more diverse was “this isn’t Open Mic Night,” which is pretty damn rich considering his 14-year-old daughter is a regular contributor to the Ringer Dish pod.

Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, and over 300 more artists signed an open letter calling on Hollywood to divest from the police and anti-Black content.

JJ Abrams‘ production company Bad Robot released a 20-page guide to dismantling white supremacy at work.

-Streaming services are pulling four episodes of 30 Rock that featured characters in blackface at the request of creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. While they’re at it, they might also want to look at some truly problematic episodes of Kimmy Schmidt.

-Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel apologized for his blackface impersonations of Karl Malone and other celebrities.

Chris D’Elia has been dropped by his agents.

-Netflix had initially planned to end Lucifer after its upcoming fifth season, but it just renewed it for another season — though it vows the sixth installment will be its “FINAL final” one.

-Everyone noticed in yesterday’s Actors on Actors interview with Lisa Kudrow that Jennifer Aniston appears to have a new tattoo on her wrist that reads “11 11.”  It’s likely a reference to her birthday, which is Feb 11.

-Wow. Freaks and Geeks is finally going to be available on streaming. You can watch it for free on CBC Gem starting July 17.

-Here’s the trailer for Netflix’s Unsolved Mystery reboot.

-Speaking of new Netflix series, here’s a look at the new The Baby Sitters Club.

Robert Pattinson’s Quarantine Pasta Disaster

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-The best (only?) thing to read today is Robert Pattinson‘s new GQ cover story (complete with some surprisingly good self-portraits). He talks about not training during isolation (“I think if you’re working out all the time, you’re part of the problem. You set a precedent. No one was doing this in the ’70s. Even James Dean—he wasn’t exactly ripped”), and his move to more mainstream movies like Batman (“The problem which I was finding was, however much I loved the movies I was doing, no one sees them. And so it’s kind of this frightening thing, ’cause I don’t know how viable this is for a career. I don’t know how many people there actually are in the industry who are willing to back you without any commercial viability whatsoever”). But the very best part of the article is when he tries to demonstrate how to cook his weirdo signature pasta dish — and ends up setting his microwave on fire.

Stanley Tucci confirmed Chris Evans‘ tweet about him making martinis at the end of most days while shooting the first Captain America movie. “I like to have a portable cocktail set that I bring to set. And at the end of the day, if it’s an appropriate time, I make martinis for whoever would like to join me. It’s nice. It’s civilized.”

-In the latest episode of his Facebook Watch series, we learn that Justin Bieber thinks it’s funny to surprise wife Hailey with random Nerf gun attacks during isolation. No jury would convict her.

-He also said that she pops his pimples for him.

Bryan Adams posted some racist drivel yesterday about his concert being cancelled, saying “Tonight was supposed to be the beginning of a tenancy of gigs at the @royalalberthall, but thanks to some fucking bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy bastards, the whole world is now on hold.” After being thoroughly dragged for it, he didn’t delete the post but he did offer an apology, posting “Apologies to any and all that took offence to my posting yesterday. No excuse, I just wanted to have a rant about the horrible animal cruelty in these wet-markets being the possible source of the virus, and promote veganism. I have love for all people and my thoughts are with everyone dealing with this pandemic around the world.” Canada will never cancel him, no matter what he does, sadly.

-It’s been such a big week for Center Stage news! A new TV adaptation has been ordered from Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (who created Sweet/Vicious and Someone Great).

-This oral history of Mad Max: Fury Road is excellent. Riley Keough met her husband on the set!

-Disney announced that the live recording of the Broadway production of Hamilton, starring Lin-Manuel Miranda and the original cast, will hit Disney+ on July 3. This was originally set for October 2021 as a theatrical release so this is quite a change. It’ll be interesting to see if the curse words get muted for Disney+.

-It’s kind of weird that the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt interactive special dropped today on Netflix and it doesn’t seem like there was any buzz about it.

-I’m sure she hired a PR firm for this, but Alison Roman’s apology is one of the best I’ve ever seen.  She acknowledges her white privilege, the cultural appropriation in the food world, and how no one should be expected to accept her apology or help her improve.

Chrissy Teigen posted a thread about Roman’s response, saying she wants to put it behind them.

-This is a good piece on how Guy Fieri is the last unproblematic food person. I love this Shane Torres quote: “He goes around the country to small businesses and gives them free advertising on a national platform on a weekly basis, but because his hair looks like he was electrocuted while drinking Mountain Dew, people act like we need to saw his head off and put it on the internet.”

Jeffrey Katzenberg is blaming the pandemic for Quibi’s rough start (even though every other entertainment streaming service is reporting a search in usage/revenue.) In a new NYT interview, he gets “momentarily steamed” when the topic of TikTok’s growing success is raised. “That’s like comparing apples to submarines.”

-Ink Master star Daniel Silva has been arrested for the drunk driving crash that killed YouTuber Corey La Barrie, who was in the passenger seat. Authorities allege that Silva had to be stopped from leaving the crash site by witnesses.

-Solstice Studios moved up the release of the Russell Crowe thriller Unhinged from September to July 1, hoping it’ll be the first new Hollywood release as theaters reopen. I’ll believe it when I see it.

Tina Fey hosted a virtual telethon called Rise Up New York and couldn’t hold back her emotions when she learned about the event’s monumental success – they raised $115M.

Ethan Hawke plays the controversial abolitionist John Brown in the seven-episode Showtime series The Good Lord Bird, based on the bestselling novel by James McBride.