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Nicki Minaj Calls the Cardi B Fight “So Mortifying and Humiliating”

Nicki Minaj has broken her silence on the physical altercation she and Cardi B got into on Friday night at a NYFW party. “The other night I was part of something so mortifying and so humiliating to go through in front of a bunch upper echelon… people who have their life together…I was in a Gaultier gown — off the motherf—ing runway — and I could not believe how humiliated it all felt.”

-There’s also rumours that Mary J. Blige and Faith Evans fought at Diddy‘s party in the Hamptons. What happened this weekend?!

-I don’t care if this story about Mel B and Zac Efron enjoying a “night of passion” after meeting on the dating app Raya is made up; it’s delightful! (Also, Joshua Jackson is on Raya?! Sign me up!)

Jon Legend just EGOT’d! (He won an Emmy, Oscar, Grammy and Tony in competitive categories.)

-Wow, this Olivia Munn situation is a mess and she deserves a LOT of praise for sticking to her guns it while her male costars are abandoning her. She (rightly) fought to cut a scene featuring a convicted sexual offender in The Predator days before its TIFF premiere. Midway through a TIFF press day for movie yesterday, her costars Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes and Augusto Aguilera backed out of the rest of the day’s interviews with her because “the guys became uncomfortable with the way the interviews were going.” (I’m not surprised; the one video interview that Rhodes and Aguilera did with Munn is so incredibly uncomfortable to watch as the pair dance around the issue and refuse to blame director Shane Black, who cast the offender because they’re friends). And in this interview, the way Thomas Jane and Keegan Michael-Key hedge when asked about it made me cringe. Even Sterling K Brown’s response (which was to eventually very supportive of Munn but still threw in a few “should he be forgiven for his crimes?” jabs) disappointed me.

-Meanwhile, Munn is soldiering on with the promo junket (as she tweeted earlier: “I’m contractually obligated. And from what I’m experiencing, I think they’d prefer I not show up.”) But she’s not being quiet about her disappointment with her costars or director. On Sunday at a TIFF event, she told the audience “That [story] came out on Thursday and the interesting thing is not one of my cast members reached out to me to say ‘are you OK?’ or ‘thanks’ or anything. At the premiere that night I look over and the other five cast members are giving the director a standing ovation, but they didn’t even give me a call that day.” She’s since given interviews in which she says she’s feeling “isolated” and “like the bad guy” because she didn’t want to share a scene with a registered sex offender who spent time in prison for inappropriate acts with his 14-year-old niece. The way she’s handling this — and especially the way she’s using the spotlight to keep the focus the safety of film sets where children are present — is incredibly admirable and I hope this helps her career, not hurts it.

-This TIFF moment of Julia Roberts realizing a fan flew from Indonesia to see her and pulling him up on stage is quite lovely.

-I went to Jason Reitman‘s Breakfast Club live read yesterday and Jesse Eisenberg as Bender was a revelation. I can’t believe it either.

-The comments on Ariana Grande‘s Instagram account have been disabled after a storm of abuse from people blaming her for ex-boyfriend Mac Miller’s death because people are the worse. Stop making women responsible for men’s actions!

-Here’s the Daredevil season 3 trailer. I want Netflix to put out a supercut of just Karen’s scenes (and include Frank Castle, if he pops up at all this season). Is that possible?

-I really like the rating system on this rundown of the best boyfriends in teen romcoms. Woodchuck Todd in Easy A should rank higher than 6/10, but Peter Kavinsky in TATBILB is absolutely at 27/10.

-I managed to sneak in a screening of Sierra Burgess Is a Loser and as adorable as Noah Centineo and Shannon Purser were, that movie is problematic!

Nicole Kidman‘s kids are very excited that she’s playing Aquaman’s mother.

-On Sunday, a new Ronan Farrow-penned New Yorker exposé featured six more women who claim CBS chief Les Moonves forced them into unwanted sexual situations and allegedly retaliated when they refused. (Apparently the women came forward because they were angry with how slowly CBS was dealing with the previous allegations.) Three hours after the story ran, Moonves stepped down and he and CBS announced they’ll donate $20 million deducted from any severance benefits to organizations that support the #MeToo movement (which sounds like a lot, until you find out that CBS said it put $120 million in trust to pay severance to Moonves, depending on results of corporate investigation).

-Not surprisingly, his wife Julie Chen is taking time off from The Talk.

-Meanwhile, CBS stars are speaking out, including Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Rachel Bloom, who tweeted “As an employee of CBS, I would just like to say that Les Moonves should be fired without getting a fucking dollar. The actions described in this article are those of sexual assault and shame on anyone else in the corporation who knew about his crimes.”

Sarah Jessica Parker says Sex & the City looks “tone-deaf” 20 years later. I can’t imagine what she thinks of the second movie, then.

-I’m very intrigued by all the good reviews Lifetime’s You is getting. (I adored that book, and I’m glad it sounds like they’re not toning down the creepy and uping the romance.)  This is my fave part of the NYT review: “You is never boring, which sounds like faint praise. But in an era of glassy dramas defined by sad-man montages, weary characters standing dead still in moody showers and bewildering mysteries that are often just covers for poor characterization, it’s a relief.”

Susan Sarandon takes matters into her own hands when her war correspondent son gets taken hostage while on assignment in the Viper Club trailer.

Jay Z’s Family Feud Video Stars Beyonce, Michael B Jordan, Jessica Chastain and More

Jay Z dropped his “Family Feud” video today, which was directed by Ava DuVernay, costars Beyonce and Blue Ivy and details his infidelity. The video includes cameos by Jessica Chastain, Mindy Kaling, Michael B Jordan, Thandie Newton, Brie Larson, Rashida Jones, Rosario Dawson, Constance Wu, Niecy Nash and David Oyelowo, but you can only watch the full thing on Tidal (for now).

Zac Efron recalls the time he cried while talking to Michael Jackson, which then in turn made Jackson cry.

-When Survivor winner Todd Herzog appeared on Dr. Phil in 2013 to talk about his addictions, his alcohol level was .263. Now he’s alleging it’s because of the vodka and Xanax supplied to him by the show. A new Boston Globe/STAT story also quotes people who were encouraged by staffers to go to L.A.’s Skid Row in order to buy heroin.

-Wait, people actually think The Last Jedi is a box office failure? In what world?!

-Oh god, Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt are circling a Mad About You revival. Stop trying to reboot things, Hollywood! (Unless it’s Happy Endings or Selfie.)

-Speaking of TV, here’s our picks for the best TV shows of 2017, ICYMI.

-Ugh, Meghan Markle‘s relatives are coming out of the woodwork in full force.

-I kind of love Ridley Scott. He’s 80, he just reshot an entire movie in 9 days, and he gives interviews in which he clearly does not give af. His chat with Vulture is refreshingly candid, and even offers an opinion of Blade Runner 2049: “It was f**king way too long. F**k me! And most of that script’s mine…I shouldn’t talk…I’m being a bitch.”

-According to critics who screened the first 5 of the 10 new episodes of The X Files, it’s still wildly inconsistent but there’s more flirting/banter and “another dazzling Darin Morgan standalone.”

Minnie Driver revealed that Harvey Weinstein wanted Ashley Judd for Good Will Hunting instead of her, telling her “You’re just not f**kable.”

-Meanwhile, according to Buzzfeed Weinstein will not go quietly.

-Also, it’s great to see these women gather to talk about life after speaking out about Weinstein, but where’s Lupita Nyong’o in all this?

John Oliver makes a good point concerning the backlash of him confronting Dustin Hoffman over sexual harassment: “It became about my questions rather than his answers.”

-Uh, so male stars are also planning to wear black to the Golden Globes to protest sexual misconduct in Hollywood? Except don’t they almost always wear black anyway? For the love of god, someone design a ribbon or something! I really hope the winners pull a Fiona Apple and use their acceptance speech to say “this world is bullshit.”

-What kind of person nabs Tatiana Maslany for their new TV show and then ends up recasting her part??! Ryan Murphy, wyd?

Will Smith got very excited over Jamie Oliver’s Christmas negroni.

-Also, Will Smith has only been on Instagram for a month but already it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

-Speaking of Smith, was Bright actually worth the $90 million Netflix spent on it? Nielsen is reporting that 11 million people watched it  over its first three days . (I’m skeptical about that number, though. On the one hand, the real figure is probably higher since Nielsen only measures people watching on actual TVs, not tablets and computers. On the other hand, “views” don’t tell the story of how many people watched ’till the end.)

-In any case, if that number is accurate it adds up to a $99 million debut at the box office — roughly what The Fate of the Furious did in April, and a win that Smith desperately needs.  (Bright’s numbers are still smaller than Stranger Things 2, which pulled in 15.8 million by Nielsen’s measure.)

-Can Lena Dunham learn from the high-profile mistakes she made in 2017?

-I really liked this list of the 50 greatest moments from this year’s movies.  As much as I had mixed feelings about Molly’s Game, the “on tilt” poker scene is a fave.

-Wait, Eartha Kitt had a threesome with Paul Newman and James Dean?!  (Also, check out this clip of Newman and Dean flirting during a screen test for East of Eden.)

-This clip of Celine Dion twirling a baton is just what I needed to bid goodbye to 2017.

-Here’s the trailer for The Open House with the kid from 13 Reasons Why. Netflix is really going all in with him, huh?

-Here’s the first trailer for Selma Blair and Nicolas CageMom and Dad, which people went NUTS for at TIFF’s Midnight Madness. It’s a horror movie in which all the parents in the world are suddenly overcome by the urge to murder their kids.

-Every Day, one of my favorite YA books of all time, is now a movie coming in Feb and I CANNOT WAIT!

Arrow, Supergirl Stars Weigh in on E.P.’s Sexual Harassment Allegations

-Whoo boy. The CW, home of all my fave current shows, kind of imploded this weekend after Variety’s Mo Ryan talked to 15 women and 4 men about alleged sexual harassment from CW showrunner Andrew Kreisberg of Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl. (Ryan tweeted Monday: “If this story were published today, the number would be higher. I had an interesting weekend.). Among the allegations: he once told a woman “Wow, you look so tired that I don’t even want to have sex with you anymore” in front of her kids, he put his hands on a man’s hips and mimicked having sex, he asked an array of women for their bra sizes, he asked a woman to lie on his office floor while he assumed a push-up stance over her and then he asked her to choke him “for research.” He has been suspended.

Carina Mackenzie, a writer on The Originals who worked on an episode of The Flash last year, tweeted (and then deleted): “When I left The Flash I told my agents I would rather live in a cardboard box under a bridge than work with AK again…I was at that show for a few short weeks & was disturbed by the way he spoke about women, the way he treated assistants and — to be honest — even the way FICTIONAL females were discussed.” (She also defended super producer Greg Berlanti, though a writer who worked on Legends of Tomorrow for two years seems to think Berlanti knew.)

-The ladies of the CW immediately stepped up, with Melissa Benoist, Caity Lotz, Emily Bett Rickards, and Chyler Leigh releasing statements. I was particularly impressed with EBR’s tweet, because it directly addressed the Arrow showrunner’s stupid, tone deaf tweet after the story surfaced about “reverse sexism.” That’s her boss! If she gets fired (or her character suddenly gets reduced screentime/plots), we’re burning that network down…

-It took a while for the CW men to get in on the action, but eventually Arrow’s David Ramsey, and  Supergirl’s David Harewood voiced their support.  Stephen Amell waited a whole day but eventually put out a pretty boss Facebook video, saying  “I thought that it was appropriate before I spoke publicly to speak with our cast and our crew, which I got the chance to do this morning…I told them this morning and I tell you now and I meant it, if anyone ever feels anything less than 100% safe…that they should come to whomever they’re supposed to go to and that I’ll stand right beside them. I’ll speak on their behalf if need be. If you’re not an active part of the solution than you are part of the problem.”

-A writer on Hannibal (the darkest show ever) called BS on the notion that you have to act disgusting in a writers room for “research.”

-The story seems to have opened the WB/CW floodgates, with a writer detailing her horrible experience on One Tree Hill. (All of the actresses from that show are publicly supporting her.)

-Screw everyone who made Mel Gibson‘s new movie a box office success this weekend.

-I watched Lady Bird this weekend instead (it’s lovely) and then I immediately texted my childhood BFF because of the movie’s generous, perfect use of “Crash Into Me.” It also did crazy good at the box office. Expect Oscar buzz on this one.

Gal Gadot will reportedly only sign on for a Wonder Woman sequel if accused sexual harasser Brett Ratner is completely removed from the franchise. Bless her! (It just got an earlier release date, away from Star Wars, so I’m guessing she won.)

-A dozen cast and crewmembers told THR about the time in 2003 when actor Tom Sizemore was removed from a movie set in Utah for allegedly violating an 11-year-old girl.

-Because everything is terrible in Hollywood these days, someone asked Twitter for their stories about nice celebrity encounters and everyone delivered. (If you don’t want to read the whole thread, here are some highlights. This tweet about Chris Pine is my fave.)

-Thor: Ragnarok has started a jam war between Jack Black and Chris Hemsworth (except only one of them knows what that means).

-The early reviews for Justice League aren’t exactly glowing, but they’re not as horrible as I expected. So yay?

-The Weeknd may be dating Justin Bieber’s ex? That’s extra messy.

-Meanwhile, The Weeknd joined Robert Pattinson at Leonardo DiCaprio’s 43rd birthday party.

Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone were all kinds of adorable together this weekend.

-Stranger Things’ David Harbour tweeting about his dad bod made my day…

-I really like this article on Stranger Things and other genre shows/movies keeping female characters apart.

-Wait, is Blake Shelton really getting named People’s Sexiest Man Alive? REALLY?!

-I’m just going to pretend this GQ cover with Colin Kaepernick is actually People.

-If season 8 happens with Suits, it will likely be without Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle.

-White men are the minority in the L.A. Times’ directors roundtable this year.

Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams join the circus in the trailer for The Greatest Showman.