Category: News

LINKS Lea Michele’s apology, Keke Palmer vs National Guard, Lovecraft Country trailer…

CELEBITCHYAfter getting called out for her wishy-washy statement on racism and past Karen-ish behavior on Glee, Lea Michele started getting dropped by major sponsors. So then she tried to apologize for the whole thing — but Lea Michele’s apology, as you probably could have guessed, is not as sincere as one might have hoped

THE BLASTBy contrast, Keke Palmer went viral and is still getting showered with praise for taking a brave stand and trying to get members of the National Guard to stand down and side with protesters in Hollywood this week

VOXThere’s a new trailer for Lovecraft Country, Jordan Peele and Misha Greene’s new HBO series based on the novel of the same name, and it couldn’t be timelier: The trailer “all but strips away the incorporeal monsters in favor of focusing on a much more familiar source of fear: police brutality”

PAJIBAOn the other hand, Space Force, Netflix’s latest original series, evidently manages to waste the considerable talents of its cast on a show that can’t hope to be “dumber and more absurd” than the real-life presidential “brain fart” upon which it’s based

LAINEY GOSSIPIn further TV news, Mad Men is about to leave Netflix; the 2020 streamer of the show will notice some timely comparisons with the current national discourse / argument over systemic racism and sexism and the power structures that keep those systems alive

DLISTEDThe CW isn’t going to try to recast Ruby Rose’s character after the Australian actress abruptly left Batwoman a couple of weeks back; instead, the network is going to pick up where the show left off and simply base it on a brand new characrer, to be played by a brand new LGBTW actress

GO FUG YOURSELFYou try finding a better rhyme for “Bjork”

JEZEBEL“Lady Gaga’s Chromatica Shoots for Another Planet, But Lands Right Back on Earth”

REALITY TEA“Kristen Doute Let Ariana Madix & Brittany Cartwright Read What She Wrote About Tom Sandoval & Jax Taylor In Her New Book Before Publishing”

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUPEvery day, Kathryn Dennis undoes a little bit more of the image overhaul work professional PR people have done for her (& over the unpaid wages for which Dennis is now being sued)

LINKS Derrick Chauvin arrested, Obama responds, Celebrity reactions…

JEZEBELFormer Minneapolis police officer Derrick Chauvin has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter after Chauvin murdered George Floyd by kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes. The three other officers associated with Floyd’s murder have yet to be charged

VOXPresident Barack Obama issued a statement in the wake of Floyd’s murder and the three days of growing nationwide protests, reminding the country that “for millions of Americans, being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly, ‘normal'” and calling on those Americans — police officers among them — to create the “new normal” of equal treatment

LAINEY GOSSIPJulia Roberts is using her social media pull and her facemasks — photographed daily by eager paparazzi when Roberts emerges from her home to take a walk — to call attention to George Floyd’s murder and the Black Lives Matter movement in general

CELEBITCHYIn sharp left turn news, Scott Disick and Sofia Richie, who lasted longer as a couple than probably anyone in the world expected, are officially over. It looks like Sofia “got fed up” with Scott after he went “back to his old ways”; the lingering presence of Kourtney Kardashian is said to have been a factor as well

DLISTEDKhloe Kardashian half-joked, half-clapped back on a fan who asked her what the deal is with her constantly & drastically changing appearance by crediting it to “My weekly face transplant”

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUPCounting On Stars Jinger & Jeremy Vuolo Are Expecting Their Second Child After Suffering Miscarriage”

THE BLASTJulianne Hough and Brooks Laich’s marriage lasted a smidge longer than Scott Disick and Sofia Richie’s entire relationship — the couple announced they’re splitting up just shy of their third wedding anniversary

REALITY TEAAccording to Ramona Singer, who has been a “surprise…voice of reason” during the current season of Real Housewives of New York, her co-star Dorinda Medley could really use some anger management classes

GO FUG YOURSELFBehold — a glamorous throwback photo of Diana Dors at the Venice Film Festival in a mink bikini, along with one of the more entertaining speed biographies of Diana Dors that you’re likely to ever come across

PAJIBA“‘Honest Trailers’ Destroys Friends, With Love”

LINKS Kylie Jenner side piece, New Tenet trailer, Jax Taylor confused…

DLISTED“Drake ‘accidentally’ (emphasis mine) played a track that was a previously unreleased collaboration with Future in which he raps ‘Kylie Jenner that’s a side piece’ and that he’s got ’20 motherf*cking Kylies.’ As charming and fitting a sentiment as that is, in the cold hard light of day, Drake found the need to say oopsie and blamed the DJ”

THE BLAST“The make-up mogul took to Instagram seemingly to respond to the overnight controversy of Drake calling her his ‘side-piece.’ Instead of directly addressing the subject, she decided to just post some of the hottest photos you have even seen”

PAJIBA“The first full-length trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Tenent premiered tonight on…Fortnight. Thankfully, it was quickly made available for the rest of us on YouTube. Now that we have seen all two minutes and 50 seconds of it, we can finally tell you what it’s about. It’s about, uh, Denzel’s kid. And Robert Pattinson. And Elizabeth Debicki, and also the word Tenet, which definitely means something. And also something called inversion, which is reversing time, which will allow Denzek’s kid to stop Kenneth Branaugh — who is a Russian spy — from starting World War III. Got it? Do keep up”

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUP“Some of Vanderpump Rules‘ longtime fans were unimpressed with the show’s most-recent season, which came to an end on Tuesday. Fans weren’t the only ones who took to social media to express their displeasure with the way Season 8 turned out; Jax Taylor joined in on the bashing of the show on Wednesday”

REALITY TEA“Phaedra [Parks[ and her boyfriend, rapper Medina Islam, are part of the next cast of Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition. The pair have been dating since March of 2019. Despite meeting on a dating app, Phaedra says she ‘knew him from around town in Atlanta.’ She said of Medina, ‘You know, he used to be on a show here so we have a lot of mutual friends. One of my best friends is one of his best friends as well.'”

JEZEBEL“Emily Blunt’s husband John Krasinski has sold his self-produced YouTube show Some Good News to ViacomCBS for an undisclosed amount…The show’s aim was to feature feel-good clips, giveaways from corporate sponsors, and lots of time spent with Krasinski near tears—it was a simple and pure idea. But purity, be damned, it’s time to make some money!”

CELEBITCHY“Patton Oswalt’s wife Meredith Salenger left a scary note on his car after a big fight”

VOX“The Senate won’t consider more coronavirus stimulus until early June: Lawmakers break for recess as Republicans question the urgency of more funding”

LAINEY GOSSIP“Here are some new photos of Bradley Cooper outside his NY apartment this week. And apparently he’s not staying there alone. Of course he’s parenting his daughter, but there was a woman seen bringing in groceries at the door – and according to the paps, it’s Kristin O’Connor, a wellness chef. They’ve apparently known each other a while as she worked with Coop on American Sniper. Which means…Maybe they’re working together again?”

GO FUG YOURSELF“Ten Years Ago Today, Elizabeth Banks Wore THIS!”

LINKS Tristan Thompson and Kimberly Alexander, Brian Austin Green split, Very Cavallari over…

DLISTEDIt looks like the spotlight will be on Tristan Thompson and Kimberly Alexander for a little bit longer than either of them maybe wanted — Khloe’s ex is suing his alleged former lover for libel after she claimed he’s the father of her son, and a paternity test done by a lab linked to the Kardashian family came back negative

LAINEY GOSSIPBrian Austin Green and Megan Fox have once again gone their separate ways: after filing for divorce and then reconciling back in 2014, Green revealed that Fox asked for the second split after realizing she “feel[s] more like herself” when she’s not with him

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUPThe end of Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler’s marriage also means the end of Very Cavallari. Kristin explained she’s “decided not to continue” with the show and is instead ready to “start this new chapter” in her life

GO FUG YOURSELFThis is indeed a strange and questionable outfit — but is Emily Ratajkowski’s 2017 Cannes pseudo-dress really a contender for “one of the worst outfits PERIOD in fashion’s long, iffy history”?

VOXSo there’s a new book in the Hunger Games trilogy, and while it’s a prequel that focuses on the original novels’ villain — both facts that generally scream “cash grab” — The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is apparently…appropriate for our current political situation and also pretty good?

REALITY TEA“Cynthia Bailey Said She ‘Wasn’t Happy’ When NeNe Leakes Walked Out Of Real Housewives Of Atlanta Reunion”

THE BLASTIn further Real Housewives news, Kyle Richards is using TikTok to further shade Denise Richards and her recent dinner brawl in particular

CELEBITCHYEvidently Kourtney Kardashian is using her time in quarantine to perfect a new hair care technique: shampooing it once a week, at the beginning of the week, and never after that even when she’s worked out

JEZEBEL“A Chat With @ArmasUpdates, the Ana de Armas Stan Account That Deserves to Be Unblocked”

PAJIBA“…I thought, therefore, that we’d try out a new feature for the summer of the pandemic: Reflect back on some of the best moments in late-night history, basically from Letterman in the ’80s, Conan in the ’90s, Kimmel in the aughts, Colbert in the 10s, and Trevor Noah et al. in the 20s”

Meet Marina Balmasheva, a 35-year-old woman who’s engaged to her 20-year-old stepson

Marina Balmasheva, a Russian 35-year-old influencer, has shocked the world with news that she’s in a relationship with, and plans to marry her stepson after raising him when he was a young boy. She’s shared multiple photos of herself with her stepson, but the boldest was a side-by-side of herself with Vladimir when he was only 7-years-old, next to a photo of them now, as a romantic couple.

LINKS Scheana vs Editor, Kelly Dodd’s Covid comments, Kathryn Dennis controversy…

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUPIt’s Scheana vs Editor in an unexpected Vanderpump Rules dustup, as one of the show’s editors recently revealed that she goes out of her way to make Scheana look bad whenever possible for the final cut. Editor Bri Dellinger said on a since-deleted episode of Twisted Plot Podcast that “If If Scheana knew what was good for her, she’d befriend me because my favorite game is finding all of the embarrassing things that Scheana does and putting them all in”

REALITY TEAI’ve lost track of how many reality stars have said flippant things about the number of people who’ll die as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but Real Housewives of Orange County star Kelly Dodd is the latest. Whether out of genuine disgust or ass-covering, several former RHOC stars quickly took Kelly to task

CELEBITCHYIn adjacent reality-stars-acting-terribly news, Southern Charm‘s Kathryn Dennis issued a faux-pology after making several racist comments about a Charleston radio host who called out a friend of Kathryn’s for being — wait for it — racist

DLISTEDRobert Pattinson’s GQ cover feature is pretty bananas for a number of different reasons, but the main one seems to be that Pattinson is barely capable of taking care of himself and at one point has a hilariously inept time trying to cook pasta in the microwave. (Also, it seems Tenet doesn’t actually involve time travel, which makes me a) want to see it more and b) even sadder that there’s no way it’s showing in a real, live movie theater)

LAINEY GOSSIPCanada’s Drag Race, set to debut later this summer, finally offered a big preview, and if you’re a fan of the original you should be happy: “There’s a lot to get excited about. Stacey McKenzie talks about the diversity of drag and of contestants. I’m hoping that we’ll get to see more cultures and artistry on screen. Bowyer-Chapman even hints at a potential Drag King, maybe even in this season! Brooke Lynn also talks about how being a contestant on the show has made her more empathetic to some of the challenges the girls are going through. That’s a unique perspective that I don’t think any other Drag Race franchise has”

GO FUG YOURSELFQuarantined gardeners, assemble: “What are you growing? What are you trying not to kill at the moment? Do you have a Weird Thing happening to one of your plants?”

JEZEBELShould we bring back pieing politians we disagree with, or is this far too quaint an idea for 2020 and beyond? Side question: If we do bring it back, can we please go beyond just whipped cream in a pie tin? I feel like a good, heavy fruit pie to the face would be far more satisfying to both use for the pie-er and witness for the blogger watching from the comfort of home

THE BLEMISHIn further celebrity racism news, Bryan Adams has some thoughts about coronavirus — so, basically this story is a merger of what Kathryn Dennis and Kelly Dodd needed two different people to do

THE BLASTFuture is giving Tekashi 6ix9ine advice “about dealing with baby mamas,” per Tekashi’s request

VOX“Fauci’s Senate testimony debunked a number of Trump’s favorite coronavirus lies: Fauci didn’t even say Trump’s name. He didn’t have to”

LINKS Jay Cutler is lazy, Ariel Winter’s finger, Meghan and Harry and Tyler Perry…

CELEBITCHYEvidently Kristin Cavallari is divorcing Jay Cutler in large part because Jay Cutler is lazy: instead of taking “this big job at Fox Sports,” he decided he would rather “hang out with their three kids and menagerie of animals” on the couple’s farm. I was going to just say “Bears fans everywhere: ‘No shit, Kristin,'” but honestly, who wouldn’t prefer having a carefree good time with your kids all day to having to be on TV a thousand miles away from them?

THE BLEMISHIt seems that Ariel Winter accidentally cut off the top of her thumb while slicing a tomato to make some unspecified Greek food. Ariel’s boyfriend brought the severed portion of the thumb to the hospital, but, for further unspecified reasons, doctors…weren’t able to reattach it? So Ariel Winter just has one and a half thumbs now?

THE BLASTMeghan Markle and Prince Harry are chilling for the time being at a $18 million LA-area mansion owned by Tyler Perry. To me, the most impressive fact from this story is that the mansion sits on 22 acres. I would have guessed a plot that big didn’t still exist in Los Angeles, which I assume explains why it has multiple guard gates

JEZEBELFor the quarantine-depressed: “Dear F*ck Up: How Do I Figure Out What I Want in Life When Every Day Feels the Same?”

DLISTEDHilarie Burton’s forthcoming memoir includes a brief section describing what it was like for Hilarie to have her breasts groped by Ben Affleck during a 2003 MTV interview

REALITY TEANew RHOBH star Sutton Stracke says the reason you don’t like what you’ve seen of her on the show so far is she’s nervous and “rel[ying] on a lot of old, debutante skills to kind of get [her] through”

GO FUG YOURSELFRemember back in 2013, when the Met Gala theme was punk? I sure didn’t — and judging by most of the pics in this throwback slide show, the people who actually attended didn’t know it, either

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUP“Chris Harrison Says Clare Crawley’s Season of The Bachelorette May Be Filmed in Another State: Refuses to Do a ‘Weird’ Quarantine Version of the Show”

LAINEY GOSSIP“With Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hitting Disney+, and since it’s May the 4th week, it is time now to revisit The Rise of Skywalker, a movie that is not even five months old and already aging poorly”

VOX“Ask a Book Critic: I want a captivating novel that won’t make me think too much”

LINKS Kristin and Jay divorce update, Kara Keough’s dad, Met Gala bathroom glory…

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUPAfter a few false starts, Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler’s separation has resumed apace. According to the latest Kristin and Jay divorce update, the former Bears quarterback and walking meme of indifference has dropped his objections to Kristin finding a place of her own so she can move away from him, and the two have also worked out a temporary custody agreement regarding their three kids

REALITY TEALast month, former RHOC star Jeana Keough lost a grandson just hours after daughter Kara gave birth; now, Kara has revealed that her father and Jeana’s ex-husband Matt Keough died over the weekend

JEZEBELThe Met Gala is on hiatus for this year at least (it would have taken place tonight), but this thoroughly good piece on the fashion show’s legendary bathroom / nightclub jamboree will help you make it through. A sample: “The Met Bathroom is a vital archive. It is also a space where the absurdist nature of modern celebrity is confronted with the base functions of the human body. Consider this archival footage of Katy Perry changing her outfit while Jennifer Lopez heads towards a private stall, where she was likely about to pee or shit”

VOXJerry Seinfeld used to have a joke about how if in 50,000 years we were all still doing pretty much the same stuff, we should just hand civilization over to someone else — like the insects, or something. I’m leaning toward just handing it over to the murder hornets right now, and only partially because they look and act like how the army of the dead should have on the last season of Game of Thrones

LAINEY GOSSIPWas the Parks and Rec reunion perfect, though?

CELEBITCHYAna de Armas celebrated her birthday on Instagram instead of with another pap stroll, thanks to her sugar daddy Ben Affleck “flipping out” on a photographer last week. Kind of a strange move when you’ve been lockdown-mugging for the cameras as much as these two, and Ben looks appropriately sullen in Ana’s gallery

GO FUG YOURSELFI am loving GFY’s decades-long gallery / retrospectives of assorted fashion magazine covers. The big takeaway from this 51-year look at Harper’s Bazaar? “They start off wonderfully distinct from each other, and then the last chunk of this slideshow is just LOADS of identical-looking people in a row”

THE BLEMISHTrolls World Tour did so well with its direct-to-streaming release that movie theater owners appear to be just a little bit worried about the future of their buildings and industry. Worth noting: Movie theaters take more of the price of a ticket than streaming services, so there’s more money left over for the studios who made the movies in the first place. Hard to imagine indoor theaters going the way of drive-ins, but then it was hard to imagine a global pandemic and continually bungled response until a couple-three months ago

DLISTED“In a spectacle that literally nobody asked for, people like Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne and Michael Buble, shat all over Bill [Withers]’ legacy with their warbling, auto-tuned renditions, albeit all for a good cause. And, like any respectable group of narcissists, insisted on filming the whole thing. Your move, Gal Gadot”

THE BLASTRIP to Amber Heard’s mother, Paige, who passed away apparently unexpectedly this weekend. Amber, whose texts with her mother are a central part of her ongoing legal battle against ex-husband Johnny Depp, wrote a loving tribute to her mom on Instagram, without revealing Paige’s cause of death