Here's your first look at Viola Davis as Michelle Obama, Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford, and Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt in Showtime's White House drama #TheFirstLady (via @EW). pic.twitter.com/0Sje6VSC5G
— IndieWire (@IndieWire) November 8, 2021
-Here’s our first look at Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt, Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford, and Viola Davis as Michelle Obama in Showtime’s The First Lady.
-The Houston police has declared Travis Scott‘s Astroworld festival a “mass casualty event” after 8 people died and hundreds were injured (including a 9-year-old) after the crowd surged forward during his headlining set and security did not stop the show for 40 minutes. Videos of the audience trying to alert the crew and being ignored are heartbreaking.
–Scott has cancelled his upcoming festival appearances as the lawsuits begin to pour in. Drake, who made a guest appearance at the festival, has also been named in one suit.
–Emily Ratajkowski talked about her new book with the Sunday Times, saying that the exploitation of young women is still common in modeling (“I was not at all shocked by [the Jeffrey Epstein] story. I witnessed so much of that in different forms”), revealed that her teenage boyfriend ‘forced himself’ on her when she was 14 (“So many young women I know, their first early sexual experiences border on nonconsensual”), and said modeling gave her a complex relationship with her body (“There is this sense of your body is not yours, it’s ours. In this contract you’ve given it up to be used how we see fit… If you’re not willing to do what the client wants you to do with your body, then there’s somebody else who will be”).
–Bennifer packed on the pre-flight PDA this weekend.
-According to Page Six, Chris Evans will be this year’s Sexiest Man Alive. I like him a lot but the only interesting thing about this whole thing is that People got scooped.
–Lee Pace shared some thirsty pics and that’s just what I needed to save this Monday.
–Vin Diesel held an olive branch out to Dwayne Johnson via an Instagram post, inviting him back to the Fast and Furious franchise.
–Kanye West (no, I’m not calling him Ye) was spotted at a basketball game with model Vinetria.
–Scott Speedman revealed on Instagram that he’s a new dad.
-After Aaron Rodgers hit nearly every anti-v*xxer talking point in an interview, his fiancée Shailene Woodley is insisting her cryptic posts are not referencing it.
–Emilio Estevez is pushing back on a report that he’s not doing season two of Mighty Ducks because he refuses to follow the show’s vaccine mandate. He blames his departure on “contract disputes” and “creative differences” and says he contracted covid in March 2020 and suffers from long haul symptoms. Interestingly, his statement doesn’t say anything about him being vaccinated.
-Production on Black Panther 2 has halted due to Letitia Wright‘s experiencing an “onset injury.”
-In an open letter, George Clooney asked the media to stop publishing photos of his kids. I can’t recall ever seeing any, but I rarely follow the British press.
-A Kelly Clarkson holiday special is coming to NBC next month.
–Isaiah Washington tweeted about how he’d be happy to return to Grey’s and play the lead, as long as Ellen Pompeo was “finally gone”. This is unhinged.
-This is such a great profile on Simon Rex and the highs and lows of celebrity. He partied his way through the early aughts, lost his career for a decade, and is now being lauded by critics for his role in festival darling Red Rocket.
–Will Smith reportedly gave the best wrap gift ever to his King Richard costars: cold, hard cash.
-I saw Eternals this weekend and while it wasn’t my fave Marvel movie, it certainly wasn’t as bad as Iron Man 2 or some of the Thor or Hulk movies, despite getting worse reviews. This is a good piece on how Chloé Zhao may be being punished for playing the Marvel good soldier.
-After Eternals got banned in Saudi Arabia and more due to its openly gay superhero, Angelina Jolie responded: “I’m proud of Marvel for refusing to cut [gay] scenes out…How anybody is angry about it, threatened by it, doesn’t approve or appreciate it is ignorant.”
-Speaking of Eternals, I really liked Chloé Zhao’s answer about Kumail Nanjiani‘s character’s decision, which I don’t think I’ve ever seen in a superhero film before. (I did not, however, agree with her answer about referencing a real-life tragedy in the film.)
–Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell‘s new Apple show Shrink Next Door is getting good reviews.
–Ben Gibbard talked about the legacy of Death Cab for Cutie’s The Photo Album, which is 20 years old. He says his favorite use of a Death Cab song on TV was The OC, which of course it is.
–Benedict Cumberbatch goes west in the trailer for Netflix’s The Power of the Dog, Jane Campion‘s latest which is getting serious Oscar buzz.