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George Clooney Criticizes Oscars’ Lack of Diversity

George Clooney Variety Cover

George Clooney is criticizing the Oscars for being too white which is all well and good, but his production company has never (EVER) hired a non-white/non-male director.  (And you know how much it pains me to speak ill of Georgie. Seriously, I feel cramps coming on just typing this…)

-The Academy president has also issued a statement on the lack of diversity among 2016’s Oscar nominees saying they are making moves to widen the member base, which is a good first step. But as important as expanding the voting body is, it’s even more important to expand the types of people who they’re voting on. Studio executives, financiers, producers, casting directors and more need to widen the net. White dudes continue to dominate the scene behind and in front of the camera.

-One person who is NOT going to support Jada Pinkett-Smith‘s Oscar boycott is the original Aunt Viv.

-Here’s Idris Elba‘s full speech to British parliament on the need for more diversity in TV. Who needs to read erotica when we have this??!

Jamie Foxx pulled a man from a car that flipped over outside his house. That sounds like some Tom Cruise-level heroics. Katie certainly has a type.

Bradley Cooper, Jake Gyllenhaal, Seth Rogen and more audition for the role of Cher Horowitz in Clueless for a new W video. I’d cast Jake in a heartbeat.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk: still a thing. Also, good on her for making a white bikini work. That rarely happens.

Derek Zoolander nailed Vogue’s 73 question challenge in a way no one has ever nailed it before!

Madonna has denied those reports that she was drunk at her Louisville show. (She doesn’t address the rumours that she was 3 hours late, tho.)

-Uh oh. HBO’s Westworld has halted production to finish scripts. This isn’t exactly a kiss of death (The Leftovers did the same thing in season 1), but it’s also not super comforting.

-Here’s another X Files review suggesting that if you can make it through the first two episodes, the third will flood your life with sunshine and happiness. #FingersCrossed

-Nothing makes me happier than Gillian Anderson’s complete and totally inability to remember old X Files episodes. The trivia part at the end of this interview is delightful.

-The NYT did a great profile on Rachel Bloom. Are you watching Crazy Ex Girlfriend? Why not?

-Nothing fascinates me more than finding out how much celebrities get paid to mention products on Instagram.

Zac Efron posted a Martin Luther King Jr. Day message on Instagram that somehow made it all about him. Between this and his lack of appearance on this morning’s High School Musical reunion on GMA, he’s on my shit list today.

-Oh wait, the Neighbors 2 trailer just came out and Zac is hilarious in it. #Forgiven. (Also, is this the first greenband trailer that’s included the word “shit” uncensored?)

Channing Tatum Dresses Up as Winnie the Pooh

Channing Tatum makes a terrifying Winnie the Pooh. Still hot, though.

-I need someone to explain everything about these photos of Chris Martin and his new GF dancing in the street. Are these candid? ‘Cause in one shot it looks like he’s even looking at the camera. Who IS he right now?!

-Does Fox have a leak on its hands? A new X Files promo appeared on YouTube this afternoon. And then another. And another. And another. They still have stock image watermarks and production notes on them, so this clearly wasn’t supposed to happen.

Anthony Mackie says he was just joking when he said he endorsed Trump, so I guess he can go back to being our fake boyfriend again. Whew! That fake breakup was going to be messy AF.

-This is pretty great: Bradley Cooper says he’s going to team up with his female costars for negotiations before the film goes into production.

-The Royal We (my favourite beach read this summer) is being turned into a movie by Parenthood costars Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman. They haven’t even started yet and already this is the best adaptation in the history of cinema!

John Oliver knowingly broke a Canadian law last night by telling us all not to vote for Harper, but he won’t be going to jail for it.

-Tabloids are reporting that Sean Penn and Madonna are hooking up again but I’m considering the source (and crossing my fingers and toes that it isn’t true).

-I usually find the video content that accompanies magazine interviews pretty eyeroll-inducing, but Anna Kendrick’s shower thoughts are great. There are some real gems here, including “They should announce a sequel to Groundhog Day, and then just re-release the original” and “I wonder what my dog named me?”

-We now have photographic evidence that the Absolutely Fabulous movie is finally happening.

Gwen Stefani is shutting down those Blake Shelton romance rumors. (Can she also shut down those rumours about how she’s reluctant to jump into a relationship and have more kids? I don’t know why her being 46 doesn’t seem to be enough to do that…)

-Meanwhile, let’s all listen to Gwen Stefani’s sad new single and infer connections that probably aren’t there.

-Goddamit, Adam Levine is being so cute with this little girl and it’s giving me a lot of conflicting feelings…

-For those people who felt a little icky about that recent Tina Fey clip from Billy on the Street, watch America Ferrera try to name white actors in her new parody of it.

-Lainey dubbing Ben Affleck‘s new look “Karma Face” just slayed me. I’m dead.

-Hmmm…speaking of Lainey, here’s her new blind item.

-Hmmm…Amanda Seyfried‘s Broadway costar just split from his wife.

-It’s weird that I don’t immediately love a CW show (I KNOW!!) but I’m not sold on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend yet. But I am going to give it another episode based solely on this song about getting ready to go out, if only because they snuck the words “ass blood” past the network censors, and because I’ve never seen a stomach like that on broadcast TV. She looks like an actual human woman!

Adele just previewed a snippet of a new song and I need more!

-I hope Project Greenlight turns Effie Brown into a household name.

-Everyone is raving about The Revenant. Like, raving about it. I’ve watched the new trailer a couple of times now. I…don’t get it.

The X Files Revival Is Happening; David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson & Chris Carter All Onboard

Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in TV Guide.

-It’s happening! (Probably.) Rumour has it that the X Files limited revival on Fox is *thisclose* to being greenlit — and could start shooting as early as this summer. That aligns with some hints Gillian Anderson has been dropping. [Update: it’s confirmed! We’re getting 6 new episodes at some point next season. My fangirl heart is about to explode! It was my first TV obsession.]

James Corden is off to a good start on The Late Late Show. He already got Mila Kunis to admit she and Ashton Kutcher are married.

Vin Diesel just named his baby girl Pauline after the late Paul Walker and oh god did it just get really dusty in here?!?

-Meanwhile, Michelle Rodriguez opened up about Walker’s death, saying “I went pretty crazy. A lot of the stuff I did last year I would never do had I been in my right mind.” Sigh. I hab sads.

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper want you to know that they’re not having sex. They are eating a lot, though.

-Also, I know JLaw has this whole adorkable rep to maintain, but I refuse to believe she didn’t know what V.O.D. means. Refuse!

Jessica Simpson sounds a little Slurry McSlurryson in this video. Meh, we’ve all been there (just not with a microphone shoved in our faces. Usually.)

-I don’t like who Vogue has crowned Hollywood’s New Brat Pack. Can we toss these ones back and try again?

-Hulu is the latest to get in on the prestige original drama action, ordering a new series from FNL/Parenthood creator Jason Katims. Pretty soon, my toaster will be creating original streaming content…

-This is your weekly reminder that Stephen Amell is a perfect human being. After seeing this Arrow-themed invite to a 12-year-old’s birthday party, he sent her this bday surprise.

-Speaking of perfect human beings, Jon Hamm got advice on surviving the ending of Mad Men from Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston.

-In other Mad Men news, Jessica Pare just welcomed a son they named Blues Anthony.

Eva Mendes continues the Sweatpants Apology Tour 2015. I hear it’s sold out.

-Wait, now Eva is going after jeans?! Sigh.

Rob Kardashian compared Kim Kardashian to Rosamund Pike‘s Gone Girl character, which is really mean…to Amazing Amy.

Jamie Foxx denied rumors that he’s dating Katie Holmes, saying that they’re “just friends.” Never heard that one before. Totally convincing.

Connie Britton and her perfect hair will play RHOBH alum Faye Resnick in Ryan Murphy’s OJ Simpson series.

Kerry Washington brought the house down with her speech at the GLAAD Awards. Definitely worth a watch.

-I had a seriously hard time picking between some of the men paired in Buzzfeed’s Hot Guy March Madness. Like, how is one possibly expected to choose between Michael B. Jordan and Jesse Williams?! The struggle is real, you guys.

Tom Cruise hangs off the side of a plane in the first Mission: Impossible 5 trailer, but Simon Pegg‘s reaction shots steal the show. (Also, movies shouldn’t be allowed to use that Fugees song in trailers. It’s like emotional shortcutting.)