Category: Entertainment News

LINKS Oprah sex trafficking hoax, Amanda Bynes pregnant, Jax and Brittany married…

JEZEBELRest assured that the Oprah sex trafficking hoax is just that. But, if you hadn’t heard about this particular bit of viral nonsense, strap yourself in for a doozy! (And remember that it only took the length of a fitful night’s sleep for this 100% fake story to trend #1 on Twitter)

THE BLEMISHIt turns out that Amanda Bynes, still in recovery and recently un-engaged to her now ex Paul Michael, is pregnant with her first child

REALITY TEAAt least one unending wait is now over: Vanderpump Rules stars Brittany Cartweight and Jax Taylor were finally married on last night’s episode. MVP of the ceremony went to Tom Sandoval; looks like the over / under on the length of the marriage is around two years

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUPIn other Vanderpump Rules news (and in an unfortunate turn toward the COVID-19 portion of today’s links post), “Star Scheana Shay Slammed Online for Making Light of Quarantine Advisories; Later Backpedals on Refusal to Stay Home”

LAINEY GOSSIPHowever, Scheana’s snafu isn’t nearly as bad — or potentially career-ending! — as that of Vanessa Hudgens, who had this to say about the still-expanding coronavirus pandemic: “Like, ya. People are going to die. Which is like terrible…but…inevitable?”

CELEBITCHYMaybe Reese Witherspoon has used this line before (and maybe it’s not her line to begin with), but it’s new to me and I think it’s pretty great. In her new Vanity Fair cover interview, Reese says, “I always say, ‘Funny doesn’t sag.’ I always just wanted to be funny.”

THE BLASTPatton Oswalt brought joy to the masses by doing impromptu stand-up in front of his house. By “masses” I mean his millions of Twitter followers, since COVID kept all but three of Patton’s neighbors indoors. The little girl steals the show

DLISTEDYou can’t go out to the movies for the foreseeable future, but you can stream Cats from the comfort of your home. Yes, that Cats. On the one hand, I don’t know how that’s supposed to make anyone feel better; on the other, why was the studio holding it back for a regular release such that a coronavirus-inspired *early* release was possible at all?

GO FUG YOURSELFMarch Madness is canceled; Fug Madness lives on

VOXFinally, here’s a little light reading for right before you go to bed: “This pandemic will expose who we are as a country: ‘We’re bumping up against the limits of excessive American individualism and market society.'”

LINKS Coachella postponed, Brandi Glanville’s new tea, Drag Race controversy…

THE BLASTUnlike SXSW 2020, Coachella postponed will give ticketholders the chance to attend the make-up dates in a few months. The California desert festival announced it’s pushing its April dates back to October due to coronavirus fears; South By Southwest is still getting roasted from all corners for refusing refunds after canceling this year for the same reason

REALITY TEARHOBH star emeritus Brandi Glanville still has some tea to spill on plenty of her fellow Bravo reality players, including Kenya Moore and Countess Luann

LAINEY GOSSIPRuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 contestant Sherry Pie has been booted from the show following revelations that Sherry catfished at least seven different actors by posing as a casting director on social media and promising big roles in exchange for “compromising and often sexual messages and audition tapes”

CELEBITCHYThe President of the United States is “definitely melting down” over coronavirus

VOXOn that note, should America be grateful that a couple of powerful billionaires are “stepping in on the coronavirus where the government has failed”?

JEZEBEL“The Associated Press reports that Ashley Forbes, 32, and husband, Matthew Forbes, 35, allegedly made six different beer runs at two Targets in East Baton Rouge, ultimately stealing a total of $1000 in beer between February 24 and February 29. They were spotted on security cameras and ultimately arrested on Sunday, when Matthew Forbes was caught trying to stuff a drill in his pants in Walmart.”

DLISTED“Kumail Najiani Says That Getting Buff Gave Him Body Dysmorphia”

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUPLittle Women: LA Star Christy McGinity & Boyfriend Gonzo Carazo Welcome First Child Together; Baby Born Seven Weeks Premature”

GO FUG YOURSELFAnd speaking of little women, here’s Greta Gerwig wearing a dress made out of either the best quilt or the busiest tablecloth of all time

THE BLEMISHJust a week after undergoing surgery for an undisclosed heart problem, convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein fell down and hit his head while imprisoned and awaiting sentencing at Rikers Island. Apparently Harvey’s “head throbs all the time,” a likely consequence of decades of guilt and shame now catching up to him

LINKS William Shatner’s horse semen, Weinstein heart surgery, Kristen Doute burns bridges…

DLISTEDThe man’s marriage may be over, but William Shatner’s horse semen will be his forever. Shatner’s divorce settlement with ex-wife Elizabeth gives Shatner ownership of the now-former couple’s two horses, all breeding equipment, and “all horse semen” currently in storage. Pretty standard thoroughbred agreement, really

CELEBITCHYHarvey Weinstein is finally off to prison after being convicted on rape charges, after first having to be hospitalized with the heart trouble that comes when years of hidden guilt and shame come crashing down inside a person

REALITY TEAVanderpump Rules star Kristen Doute, addressing her ongoing and bitter feud with co-stars Stassi Schroeder and Katie Maloney, says she doesn’t “care if we are never friends again” following Kristen’s affair with Jax Taylor (plus untold further messiness)

VOXThe biggest and most prestigious venture capital firm in America is warning its people to prepare for the worst when it comes to coronavirus. So, good luck to the rest of us, I guess

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUP“MTV Releases Cast List & First Trailer for The Challenge Season 35: Get Ready for “Total Madness!””

JEZEBELHere is a sadly relatable story about a failure to buy two of an item of clothing that you really, really like

GO FUG YOURSELFStella McCartney’s latest fashion show closed with a person in a cow costume. This article doubles as a clever bit of click-through embedding, since you’ll have to scroll through 52 other photos before getting to the chuckle (and don’t be faked out by the huge dotted print in #38)

LAINEY GOSSIP“Demi Lovato wasn’t OK for a while, as we know. And we know because she’s been candid about relapse and recovery, about her mental health issues. For many people, speaking openly about their personal struggles helps to address shame and stigma; Demi continues to take this approach now that she is coming back into the spotlight with several new projects”

THE BLASTHow has Dancing With The Stars not had same-sex couples until now?

THE BLEMISHTyga knows, but he isn’t telling (yet)

LINKS LeeAnne Locken off RHOD, More Sussexit, Coronavirus pandemic…

REALITY TEAIt wasnt entirely shocking to learn about LeeAnne Locken off RHOD, given her questionable comments about castmate Kary Brittingham. We still don’t know if LeeAnne was fired or quit of her own volition. LeeAnne announced the “personal decision” in an interview timed for release during a major network event (the most circus-y Democratic debate yet); make of that what you will

CELEBITCHYApparently Queen Elizabeth has taken the entire Sussexit drama personally and is ready for the whole thing to be done already. What I want to know is whether this seemingly endless saga means we’re going to get that sixth season of The Crown after all

VOXThe CDC is now telling Americans to be prepared for the spread of coronavirus: according to Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunication and Respiratory Diseases, “It’s not a question of if this will happen, but when this will happen, and how many people in this country will have severe illnesses.”

JEZEBELIn other preparedness news, convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein has hired a “prison consultant” to help him get ready for his likely 25+ year sentence. Presumably it’s a crash course; Weinstein’s sentencing is March 11th

THE BLEMISHDisney moved forthcoming show Love, Victor from Disney+ to Hulu because it thinks two dudes kissing is anti-family. To further throw people off, Disney also changed the name of the show *from* Love, Simon to Love, Victor in the same press release, clearly hoping the latter story would dominate the former. Here are about a dozen good reasons why that’s hypocritical and absurd (feel free to come up with more)

LAINEY GOSSIPK-Pop sensation BTS completely took over The Tonight Show earlier this week. I only know BTS because it seems like a couple times a week they’re trending first in the world on Twitter when I wake up, but I know they’re über huge, so I have to wonder why it took so long for them to get this kind of friendly media bounce?

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUPBachelor in Paradise Star Krystal Nielson Gives More Details on Her Split from Husband Chris Randone; ‘BIP’ Star Jared Haibon Says Couple Had ‘Been Struggling For Quite Some Time'”

DLISTEDTickets for ModelLand, Tyra Banks’ disaster-in-waiting, are now on sale? It costs $59 to enter, $549 for a “fantascene photoshoot,” and $1,495 for a “fantascene dream”? And neither Tyra nor anyone else has yet explained what any of this shit actually is?

THE BLASTNetflix dropped the ball when they didn’t make the subtitle Inside Voices

GO FUG YOURSELFCate Blanchett is playing mind games with her hair

LINKS Harvey Weinstein convicted, Vanessa Bryant sues, Royal pettiness intensifies…

JEZEBELDespite yesterday’s relatively stunning news of Harvey Weinstein convicted of rape, many outlets are still choosing to call him a “disgraced former mogul” (or words to that effect). But now there’s a legal basis for saying it: Harvey Weinstein is a rapist

DLISTEDVanessa Bryant, widow of Kobe Bryant and mother of Gianna Bryant, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the helicopter company and pilot in charge of the aircraft that crashed on January 26th, taking the lives of her husband, daughter, and seven other people

THE BLASTBeyonce brought everyone in the Staples Center to tears yesterday after opening the memorial to Kobe and Gianna with her songs “XO” and “Halo”

CELEBITCHYIt seems the British royal family, after issuing a petty statement declaring that Harry and Meghan will no longer be able to use the term “Royal” to describe themselves after leaving the palace next month, was not at all pleased when Harry and Meghan issued a counter-statement pointing out that they’ve been treated rather differently than the rest of the royal family of late

VOXAmazon to the US Senate: “No, our workers are not *forced* to pee in empty water bottles stashed in the dark corners of Amazon warehouses like spoons at the malt syrup factory in Slaughterhouse-Five. They simply *choose* to pee in those bottles, which are nearer than the bathroom — and they can use them to pee *any time* they want”

LAINEY GOSSIPIf you haven’t seen the tweet from Gigi Hadid’s that reduced Jake Paul to a YouTube silhouette with a mere handful of followers, do yourself a favor and check it out

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUP“Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Former Mob Wives Star Drita D’Avanzo; Drita’s Husband Lee D’Avanzo is Indicted by Feds”

GO FUG YOURSELFThe Heather and Jessica from GFY have a new book coming out this summer and it sounds like an especially delightful, timely, & trashy beach read (the latter in the best sense)

REALITY TEAJust like the name Below Deck Sailing Yacht, you will never convince me that the names of these people are real and were not simply conceived by algorithm

THE BLEMISHYeah, Michael Bloomberg is creepy AF

LINKS New RHOBH gossip, Gigi Hadid vs. Jake Paul, Coronavirus update…

REALITY TEADespite all the new RHOBH gossip we’ve gotten about Denise Richards and Brandi Glanville maybe hooking up and Kim Richards’ allegedly explosive memoir and Dorit Kemsley’s rumored divorce and all the rest of it, Erika Jayne says that Lisa Rinna is (still) the “biggest pot-stirrer” on the upcoming season

JEZEBELHere’s the deal with the feud between Gigi Hadid and Jake Paul, which started not when Jake called Zayn Malik out on Twitter, but rather when Jake Paul got a YouTube channel

VOXJust gonna quote this one: “‘We are at a turning point: The coronavirus outbreak is looking more like a pandemic — Health experts say it’s time to prepare for worldwide spread on all continents.”

THE BLASTLil Nas X crashed a wedding at Disney World for reasons that aren’t entirely clear. (Maybe he’s a huge Bill Murray fan?) Anyway, he seemed to have a great time, as did the bride and groom, and yes of course there’s video

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUPJill and Derick Dillard are sending their oldest son to public school for kindergarten instead of homeschooling him. Presumably this is so Jill can get a job that pays better than plugging a sex tips book on social media

CELEBITCHYIt seems Edie Falco’s children have turned into real-life versions of AJ and Meadow Soprano

THE BLEMISH“The Lineup for EDC 2020 Is Out and I Analyzed Which Days are the Best”

LAINEY GOSSIPLeave it to Lainey to explain why this interview between Ali Wong and Lana Condor is so special

GO FUG YOURSELFThe winners of the red carpet at the NAACP Awards included Lizzo and Janelle Monae (to absolutely no one’s surprise), Asante Blackk, Kiki Layne, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Jill Scott

DLISTEDIt seems Frankie “Malcom in the Middle” Muniz is generating some bulging eye emojis for his shirtless dancing to “Pony” by Ginuwine

LINKS Joe Gorga’s house flips, Princess Beatrice’s wedding reception, ModelLand mystery…

REALITY TEAIf you’re thinking that Joe Gorga’s house flips maybe seem a bit shady, you’re not alone. It seems at least one person has already called the RHONJ star for including a photo of her house in a montage of homes Joe claimed he’d flipped, saying that not only did Joe have nothing to do with the residence, but it hadn’t actually been flipped at all. Looks like you’ll have to find something better to do with that $297

CELEBITCHYSo, while Princess Beatrice will indeed get to have her wedding reception *at* Buckingham Palace, it turns out the reception won’t actually be inside the building. Per a new report, Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi’s May wedding will be capped off by a lovely party inside a “posh tent” in the Palace gardens

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUPTyra Banks, who has been talking about starting a model-inspired theme park called ModelLand for over a year now, says she’s definitely going to open this thing this year. A few details remain, though, like what exactly ModelLand is supposed to be — and, also, why

JEZEBEL“If my grandmother were around to see some of the looks at this year’s BRIT Awards, she would be wondering why Ellie Goulding stole her table cloth, threw it over her body and called it a dress”

THE BLASTIn a new interview with the New York Times, Ben Affleck called his divorce from Jennifer Garner his “biggest regret,” which is not surprising; what is is that Ben didn’t immediately follow that with “Although Batman v Superman is a close second”

VOXThe good news is we still shouldn’t call coronavirus a pandemic. The bad news is the two questions scientists need to be able to answer about coronavirus in order to better understand and define it are really really scary

DLISTEDRIP Ja’net DuBois: the Good Times actress (and singer of “Movin’ On Up”) died in her sleep yesterday night at the age of 74

LAINEY GOSSIPIt’s always refreshing and a bit inspiring to see someone coming off an Oscar win go with even more hustle than they did before

GO FUG YOURSELFAnya Taylor-Joy does indeed look fantastic in this dress-and-coat combo, and she totally seems like “she’s in some kind of Sex and the City reboot,” but her features are so sharp and striking that I have the hardest time seeing her as anything but Thomasin from The Witch

THE BLEMISHIn more shady news: an organizer is trying to Fyre Festival an alleged concert in Brazil, but super duper alleged headliner Steve Aoki would like you to know that despite appearing on promotional materials he was never booked and won’t be there

LINKS House Hunters throuple, Jameela Jamil’s illnesses, Kim Richards’ tell-all…

JEZEBELIn case you were skeptical about the House Hunters throuple featured on an episode last week — no, the relationship wasn’t staged for TV, it’s real and it’s (apparently) spectacular. And HGTV has to be absolutely loving the DVR ratings for the episode right now (ICYMI: it’s called “Three’s Not a Crowd in Colorado Springs”)

CELEBITCHYJameela Jamil is still getting called out / investigated / maybe canceled (?) for appearing to embellish or at least fabricate some of her claims of ill health over the past few years. One person who isn’t hearing any of it is Jamil’s boyfriend, James Blake, who says she’s had “a difficult life” dealing with numerous ailments and has had to turn down multiple “huge, life-changing jobs” because of them. No matter how this story turns out, I am now extra excited to re-watch The Good Place with the knowledge that Jameela is more like Tahani than we all knew

THE BLASTSharon Osbourne does indeed look great with white hair
REALITY TEAKim Richards forgot to drop Kyle a note informing her of the existence of Kim’s forthcoming tell-all, which apparently depicts Kim as “a whipping post of a sister”

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUPTo anyone who took the under at “the length of a full-term pregnancy” for Krystal Nielson and Chris Randone’s Bachelor In Paradise-inspired marriage, collect your winnings

VOXIt’s nice enough that Jeff Bezos is donating $10 billion of his $130 billion fortune to fight climate change, but Amazon has done and will continue to do far more than $10 billion worth of damage to the world’s climate. So, upside-down-face emoji, I guess

DLISTEDAmber Rose’s boyfriend and baby daddy Alexander Edwards went ahead and got a face tattoo as well — it includes tributes to their son Slash, as well as to Bash, Amber’s son with Wiz Khalifa. And he left plenty of room for when he and Amber conceive Crash at some point in the future

GO FUG YOURSELF“Kerry Washington Looks Phenomenal on InStyle: ‘Color Us Happy’ is the perfect cover line for this, because the entire photo is vibrant. It pops. And it does so without ever overshadowing the most vibrant and poppy thing about it: Kerry Washington herself, who looks sultry and perfect. I love it so much and I would absolutely pick this up off a newsstand”

THE BLEMISHYes, Constance Wu really did work in a strip club for one night to prepare for her role in Hustlers. No word on whether she also preferred it to Fresh Off The Boat

LAINEY GOSSIPJodie Turner-Smith and Joshua Jackson are talking about moving to Canada to raise their soon-to-be-born child because the political situation in both his native America and her native England has “gone off the rails.” Also, I just found out that Canada has a holiday called Family Day, which seems really nice?