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Tracee Ellis Ross Happy To Be “45, Single and Childless”

Tracee Ellis Ross Says She Is ‘Happily Single’ At 45

-In her InStyle cover story, Tracee Ellis Ross says she cool with her single status. “It’s sort of fascinating to be 45 and single and childless. [I’m] not at home crying about it.” Bless.  Also, she really loves that colour and silhouette, no? She wore something similar to the MET Gala. And the Emmys.

Christina Aguilera talks about that infamous VMAs moment where she and Madonna kissed. “It was weird. And you know why they cut away for it? They cut away to get Justin [Timberlake’s] reaction. It was a ‘Justin’s reaction’ shot.”

Brad Pitt smiled at someone he was sitting near so clearly everyone thinks they’re dating.

-I don’t know why Jon Hamm is doing Canadian commercials, but I very much appreciate the way he says “poutine.”

Nicki Minaj now has merch based on her fight with Cardi B, which is both trashy and genius.

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have finally finalized their divorce. If she waited for him to get healthy, that makes her a solid human being.

Lady Gaga has remained pretty opaque during this press tour (she must have gotten Bradley Cooper‘s memo), but her comments about sexual assault on last night’s Late Show were very articulate and personal.

Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert say they have reached out to Roseanne Barr but didn’t hear back.

Keira Knightley holds nothing back in an essay about giving birth to her daughter. “My vagina split. You came out with your eyes open. Arms up in the air. Screaming.” She continues: “I remember the shit, the vomit, the blood, the stitches.”

-Every time Kate Beckinsale gets cutesy with her 23-year-old boyfriend, I want to fist pump.

R. Kelly‘s ex-wife says he once almost killed her in the backseat of a Hummer.

John Mulaney gives good talk show banter.

Suge Knight was sentenced to 28 years in prison for charges of murder and attempted murder.

-The Aquaman trailer is bananas and I’m kinda into it? “I coulda just peed on it.”

Blackish’s Tracee Ellis Ross Paid “Significantly Less” Than Costar

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-Well, this is crap: a Times Up meeting has revealed that Tracee Ellis Ross is paid “significantly less” than Anthony Anderson for Blackish.

-Just because Kim Kardashian posted an Instagram photo about Louis Vuitton, it doesn’t mean that’s what she named her new baby.

-Is Michelle Williams engaged?

-Here’s the trailer for the new series Heathers, which is based on the movie. I dunno, guys…

Carrie Coon is expecting her first child. I’m happy for her, but if that means she’s taking some time off from starring in every TV show then I’m sad for me.

-Stranger Things star David Harbour will officiate a fan’s wedding after her tweet goes viral.

Michael Douglas took the rare step of preemptively denying sexual misconduct, and now we know why: The Hollywood Reporter published a story in which Susan Braudy alleges he masturbated in front of her while she was working for the him during the late 1980s.

-This deep-dive into the Aziz Ansari controversy is an interesting read. Not only did the story reveal some pretty disheartening opinions about consent, but it also made it clear how much it matters which outlets are covering this issue and how. (Clearly didn’t know how to handle this story.)

-Meanwhile, The Good Place actress Jameela Jamil wrote a great piece on her website called “What We Need to Learn from the Aziz Ansari Clusterfuck,” in which she writes: “Our society, the internet, and even our most mainstream media, constantly perpetuate the idea that men do not need to worry about what our needs and boundaries are. They just need technical consent, however that consent is acquired. CONSENT SHOULDN’T BE THE GOLD STANDARD.”

-In last night’s opening, Samantha Bee  ripped into Aziz and how people are using it to detract from the Me Too movement. (“[Men], if you say you’re a feminist, then f**k like a feminist. And if you don’t wanna do that, take off your f**cking pin, because we are not your accessories.”) She also talked about the Shitty Media Men list, which I don’t think any other late night hosts have touched.

Matt Damon said this week on the Me Too movement: “Boy, I really wish I’d listened a lot more before I weighed in on this.” We wish that too, Matt.

-The Love, Simon trailer is very charming. I liked that book (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) a lot.

Gwyneth Paltrow Talks Family and 40s


-Maybe it’s because I’m getting closer and closer to turning 40, or maybe it’s just because she’s wearing me down, but I really responded to Gwyneth Paltrow‘s new interview in Redbook. (I mean, after I got past her description of GOOP’s new headquarters, which is a repurposed 1920s chicken coop because of course it is…)

Diane Kruger is bad-mouthing Peter O’Toole, even though (or maybe because?) he’s dead. “You know who wasn’t very pleasant, was Peter O’Toole. It kind of sucked. He’s dead, so I can say that.” Can you, though??

-Blackish’s Tracee Ellis Ross has the best Prince story yet.

Julianna Marguiles talked to the NYT about The Good Wife’s ending, saying there’s “no amount of money in the world” that would convince her to commit to another 22-episode series. She also refused to comment on Archie Panjabi, saying “It’s all silly gossip, and I don’t want to go there.”

-ABC proves they’re not complete idiots by signing both Viola Davis and Kerry Washington to overall deals to develop new shows.

-Vulture got Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s writers to walk them through season 2’s most memorable jokes.  Sadly, they didn’t cover my favourite: “When you were little, did you think he was handsome and then, like, your crotch got a headache?”

-Whoa. 20th Century Fox just pulled out of their big Hall H presentation at Comic Con — because they’re afraid of trailer piracy. What?! It’s TRAILERS. The whole point of them is to generate buzz/interest. How can that ever be a bad thing? The leaked Deadpool footage basically got that movie made.

Melissa McCarthy gives good speech.

Tegan and Sara‘s awesome new video features the equally awesome Mae Whitman and Rachel Antonoff.

-I still haven’t watched season 2 of Catastrophe (but it’s only 6 1/2-hour eps, so I might tackle it this weekend), but I love this article pointing out it’s greatest strength: the characters actually make each other laugh. You never really see that in comedies.

Ellen tricked Julia Roberts into selling sex toys. Fair.

Kelly Ripa is making contract negotiation jokes in front of Michael Strahan and he is not amused.
-Guys, there’s a Beyoncé-Jay Z fanfic that’s taking over the internet right now and I wanna blow off my next meeting to read it so bad.

-I really liked this article on the lack of blue collar representation on TV these days.

Geena Davis and Emma Watson talk feminism in the new issue of Interview.

-This Buzzfeed video about how TV needs to stop killing gay women is very good. (“Why not a gay ghost? Let their spirit live inside a cat.”)

Alicia Vikander will star as Lara Croft in the next Tomb Raider. Meh. At least it’s not another costume drama.

-Speaking of, Alicia and Dane DeHaan are secret lovers in the first Tulip Fever trailer.

-The new Captain Fantastic trailer left me with lots of ‘what the hell happened with Viggo Mortensen?’ questions.

-Here’s the first trailer for Snowden, in which Nic Cage says things like “find the terrorist in the internet haystack” and Joseph Gordon-Levitt does really weird stuff with his voice.