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Taylor Swift Is Dropping Clues

Taylor Swift posted a black-and-white picture captioned, “not a lot going on at the moment.” She wore the same message on a t-shirt in her “22” music video and, in April, she used the caption while secretly recording folklore. While some assume it’s an “Exile” music video, the likeliest bet is that she’s re-recording Red, now that she’s officially free to. In her AMA speech, she confirmed that she’s re-recording her old music in the studio she originally did it.

-Euphoria star Lukas Gage posted a Zoom audition in which the director, thinking he was muted, mocked the size of his apartment. I’ve never seen so many blue-checked replies in a comments section, and they come from a weird, wide range of celebs like Dakota Fanning, Paul Mescal, January Joans, Molly Shannon, Emmy Rossum, Robbie Amell, Paul Scheer.

-TMZ reports the director on the call was Tristram Shapeeroand says he’ll be releasing his side of the story — but it won’t include an apology. Not quite sure how that comment could have possibly be taken out of context but sure.

Vanessa Hudgens was spotted looking cozy with MLB player Cole Tucker.

-When Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas were in New Orleans last week, everyone zeroed in on the massive diamond ring she was wearing, but it seems they were simply doing reshoots for Dark Water, in which they play a married couple. The way she’s looking at the ring though, they were def playing it up for the paps.

-This is a great interview with Kristen Stewart, in which she’s asked if only queer actors should play queer characters. “would never want to tell a story that really should be told by somebody who’s lived that experience. Having said that, it’s a slippery slope conversation because that means I could never play another straight character if I’m going to hold everyone to the letter of this particular law. I think it’s such a gray area. There are ways for men to tell women’s stories, or ways for women to tell men’s stories. But we need to have our finger on the pulse and actually have to care. You kind of know where you’re allowed. I mean, if you’re telling a story about a community and they’re not welcoming to you, then fuck off.”

-Jeopardy is not naming a new long-term host after Alex Trebek‘s death right away. For awhile, there will be a series of rotating hosts, starting with Ken Jennings.

-I didn’t understand The Weeknd’s look at last night’s AMAs.

Bad Bunny was originally set to perform at the AMAs but had to cancel after testing positive for the rona.

Christine Baranski says she “practically didn’t have to read the script” before joining Dolly Parton’s new Christmas film: “Oh my God, I get to hang out with Dolly Parton!? She’s going to be my personal Christmas angel? Where do I sign the papers?” It just hit Netflix and I cannot wait to watch it.

-Now here’s a headline to kick off the week: “Sex Pistols star Johnny Rotten bitten by a flea on his penis after rescuing squirrels”

Hasan Minhaj was trending today for a clip from Vanity Fair’s lie detector test where he said he was more attractive than Dax Shepard.

-Speaking of Hasan, women of colour who worked on his Netflix show Patriot Act have called out his treatment of them.

-Netflix today announced that, according to their numbers, a record-setting 62 million households chose to watch The Queen’s Gambit in its first month, making it its biggest scripted limited series to date. I don’t believe Netflix’s ratings press releases at all, but it must mean something that it’s been listed in the Top 10 in Canada for weeks. The fact that it hit No. 1 for at least a day in 63 different countries speaks to it’s wide appeal — everyone from teens to grandmas seems to be watching it.

-Meanwhile, expect it to land on many Best TV of 2019 lists.

Prince William and Kate revealed their ‘dear dog’ Lupo died over the weekend.

-I remember when Ryan Reynolds filmed Just Friends in Saskatchewan and there were so many stories coming out of that town about him being um, not great. But his reputation on set has definitely turned around the last couple of years. And now he’s doing stuff like this: he recorded over 400 personalized videos to thank his quarantining crew.

Kelly Clarkson and Jewel teamed up for a “Foolish Games” duet over Zoom to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Piece of You album and it was pretty damn great.

-What Alan Rickman once said about costar Tim Allen is perfection.

-The CW’s Arrowverse continues to implode now that the anchor show has ended: Black Lightning’s upcoming season will be its last, and it sounds like the cast found out the same time the rest of us did.

Dennis Quaid and Sean Patrick Flanery team up for a MMA drama in Born a Champion.

 

Celebs Urge Fans to Vote

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V Magazine released a series of covers with Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift, Jaden Smith, Chris Evans, Janelle Monae, Jennifer Lawrence, Halsey and more, in which they break down why they’re voting. Carey said “We’ve been socialized to believe that poverty is a personal failure rather than our systems failing us.” Meanwhile, Swift didn’t just tell people to vote; she told them she’s voting for Biden. (She even made cookies.)

-Meanwhile, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson surged past the 200 million follower mark on IG after endorsing Biden, so it’s not exactly career suicide.

-Watch the West Wing cast reunite and recreate the ‘Hartsfield’s Landing’ episode from season 3 in the trailer for an upcoming special benefiting When We All Vote. This gave me chills. That show petered out in the end so you almost forget how very good the first few seasons were.

David Foster (who is 70) and Katherine McPhee (who is not) are expecting their first child together.

-Finally, Tory Lanez has been charged with assaulting a woman (presumably Megan Thee Stallion, who claims he fired a gun at her as she exited a car, resulting in injuries to her feet that required surgery).

-If you follow Deux Moi (and who doesn’t during quarantine?) then you’ll have seen all the sightings from the past 24 hours of people claiming to have witnessed Noah Centineo and Stassie Karanikolaou getting engaged/eloping in Vegas.

-Of all the TV shows that I want an oral history about its behind-the-scenes shenanigans, nothing beats The Vampire Diaries (followed closely by The Good Wife). The whispers about what went down on that set are legendary. Now, former costars Paul Wesley and Matt Davis are duking it out on Twitter over politics. (Davis already has a, um, questionable reputation.)

-I love that celebs who are “remotely attending” fashion shows just seem to be throwing on every piece they own from that designer. Here’s Marion Cotillard at Chanel, and Euphoria’s Storm Reid at Miu Miu.

-There’s an urban legend that Princess Beatrice once pretended to knight singer James Blunt with a sword, but instead sliced Ed Sheeran across the face. Turns out Sheeran’s manager says it’s true — and she hasn’t spoken to him since.

-The Academy Awards have introduced new rules allowing movies to be eligible if they’ve screened at drive-ins. Which is very smart because there’s no way theatres are staying open in the major markets this xmas.

-This is a fascinating look at how Alex Gibney pulled off a secret exposé of America’s COVID-19 failures in five months.

-With Tony Stark out of the picture it seems Peter Parker needs a new mentor — and Doctor Strange is stepping up. Benedict Cumberbatch will reprise the role in the next Spider-Man film.

-The “unrenewal” trend continues: Showtime has cancelled Kirsten Dunst‘s show On Becoming a God in Central Florida, despite renewing it for Season 2 last September. When Showtime (who never cancels anything) gets in on the trend, you know TV is screwed.

Selena Quintanilla‘s life story will be streaming on Netflix in December. Check out the trailer.

-The Princess Switch: Switched Again is coming to Netflix Nov 19, with Vanessa Hudgens set to return as 3 look-alikes. I can’t wait to see how long they can keep this franchise going…

-Here’s the trailer for David Fincher’s latest film Mank, a biopic of Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, which is coming to Netflix.

Reese Witherspoon Gets Goofy

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Reese Witherspoon‘s Vanity Fair cover photo almost seems like an outtake — but I kind of love it. The actress said of the pic on Instagram: “When I first saw this cover, I thought, ‘Oh my goodness… what a goofball!’ But here I am captured, probably snort-laughing, in all my goofy glory!”

-In the interview, Reese talks about the #MeToo movement and what it was like as a child actor working with adults: “Bad things happened to me. I was assaulted, harassed. It wasn’t isolated. I recently had a journalist ask me about it. She said, Well, why didn’t you speak up sooner? And I thought, that’s so interesting to talk to someone who experienced those things and then judge them for the way they decide to speak about them. You tell your story in your own time when you’re ready.”

-Speaking of great covers, Harry Styles covers Beauty Papers in nothing but Gucci fishnets.

-During isolation, Miley Cyrus is hosting a “talk show” every day on Instagram Live and today’s guest was Demi Lovato.

Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams have teamed up on Instagram to recruit celebs to read stories in support of children who are locked out of school.

-From offering safety and hand-washing tips to recommending which shows to binge watch, stars are flooding social media with tips to get through the crisis.

John Legend did a #TogetherAtHome concert on Instagram Live today, and announced the other musicians set to perform via livestream include Miguel, Jhené Aiko, Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello and Charlie Puth.

Vanessa Hudgens is walking back the comments she made on an Instagram Live yesterday, saying they were “taken out of context.” She had said: “Um, yeah, ’til July sounds like a bunch of bulls–t. I’m sorry, but like, it’s a virus, I get it, like, I respect it, but at the same time I’m like, even if everybody gets it, like yeah, people are going to die, which is terrible but like, inevitable?”

Emma Stone has reportedly had to postpone her wedding, which was supposed to take place this weekend in LA.

-Everything about this crisis is terrible — except for this story: Jared Leto says he just came back from 12 days in silent meditation in the desert and had no idea what was happening.  Way to stay on brand, bud.

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively announced they are donating $1 million to Feed America and Food Banks Canada.

Tom Cruise is back to shooting the new Mission Impossible movie, social distancing be damned.

Jodie Turner-Smith and Joshua Jackson are my favourite celebrity couple and this just kicked it to a whole new level.

-Meanwhile, while doing press for Little Fires Everywhere Joshua said he “can’t wait to meet his baby girl.”

-Birds of Prey is the next big movie being released early on video on demand. Keep it coming, Hollywood!

Dylan Sprouse stars in the Banana Split trailer, about two girls who bond when one stars dating the other’s ex.