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2021’s Odd Couple Renee Zellweger & Ant Anstead are IG-Official. [Just Jared]

God, I hate Bill Maher. [Pajiba]

Jessica Chastain’s blue jumpsuit is shockingly ugly. [Go Fug Yourself]

The real Paula Jones is mad about ACS: Impeachment. [Dlisted]

Review of Benedict Cumberbatch’s other fall movie. [LaineyGossip]

Which normal-guy celebrity will get “Pratted” next? [Gawker]

New emojis are coming! [Towleroad]

Nicola Peltz did some Instagram-modeling. [Egotastic]

Secrets people learned after their loved ones died. [Buzzfeed]

Met Gala menswear round-up. [RCFA]

Elton John postponed his farewell tour yet again. [Seriously OMG]

Renee Zellweger arrives at the European premiere of

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni was shocked by how much he ‘missed seeing people’s faces’

Christopher Meloni has a great profile/interview in W Magazine’s “TV Issue.” W Mag did this thing where they photographed actors playing either old TV characters or “trying on” current TV personas. All of which to say, Meloni got to try on the persona of a Formula 1 driver, and then W Mag set up a conversation between Meloni and Lewis Hamiliton, who starred in Formula 1: Drive to Survive on Netflix. They talked about Formula 1, race car driving, Law & Order and more. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

Meloni on Formula 1: “I really didn’t know about Formula 1. A friend turned me on to the series. I got to tell you, man, it’s one of these few shows that absolutely educated me and introduced me into a world that I had no idea about. I mean, I knew about the rabid fan base you have. But to experience the rock-star status, the grueling aspect of what it is you guys do, the intense focus. I played sports when I was younger. But none of my sports engaged in your machine needs to be as top-notch as your driver and vice versa. There’s a very unique synergy. There’s no other thing like it that I can think of. Maybe horse racing.

Whether Meloni watches himself on screen: “No, I don’t watch myself very often because of what I call “the green meanie,” the part of yourself that just sees all of the mistakes. I’m rather demanding. When I fall short, it’s really difficult for me. It’s constantly [thinking I could have done better]. When you’re on the podium, you’re like, We won! But even if you still win you’re going, that wasn’t up to my standard. And it’s a feeling of, if you don’t address it, it’s going to come back and bite you in the ass. Yours is really life or death, for me it’s just an actor’s death.”

On the pandemic: “We got back into working in the midst of it. It was interesting because I had never realized in my business, connection, connectivity, is an imperative. If you have two actors and the protocol is you have to wear a mask when you rehearse or when you’re near people, you know, this is very difficult. I can’t read your face, I can’t do my job. And I must say, I was shocked that, just as a human being, how I missed seeing people’s faces. That disconnect was very impactful to me, as it was to everyone I know.”

His preparation to play a cop: “You know something? You just talk to people. You talk to cops that do the work that you do. I was Detective Elliot Stabler on a different show, called Law & Order:Special Victims Unit, which is an actual division in the NYPD that’s about rape victims and [child] abuse, and that sort of thing. I talked with them. Now, it’s with the organized crime unit, and I’ve spoken with those guys and had meetings with them. You talk to people, you read people, you assess, and you go, Oh, that’s kind of interesting. I’m always studying people. That’s what it boils down to.

[From W Magazine]

If you go to the piece, Lewis and Chris Meloni have a nice banter and you can tell that they have a lot of respect for each other’s fields. They talk a lot about the engineering and science behind racing and a lot more. I never really thought about how actors had to rehearse with their masks on during the pandemic, and actors aren’t able to “in the moment” and reactive as much as they want to be. I mean, that’s not the worst part of the pandemic and everyone knows that, Chris included. He was just saying that he missed seeing people’s faces.

Law & Order: Organized Crime Filiming On Location

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Backgrid and W Magazine.

Anthony Fauci Nicki Minaj

Dr. Fauci pushed back against Nicki Minaj’s vaccine disinformation

US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions hearing “An Update from Federal Officials on Efforts to Combat COVID-19�

The good news for Nicki Minaj is that she’s one of the stories of the week, and national and international political figures and scientists are saying the name “Nicki Minaj.” The bad news is that Minaj is an international story because of her crazy anti-vaccine idiocy throughout the whole f–king week. Nicki decided to inform her Barbz (and the world) that she wasn’t attending the Met Gala because the gala had a vaccine requirement and she’s unvaccinated. She also revealed that she tested positive for Covid before the VMAs and that’s why she skipped that Sunday night event. But the icing on the cake was when Nicki tweeted this:

My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it & make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision, not bullied

— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) September 13, 2021

So we have Minaj’s cousin’s friend in Trinidad with vaccine-induced swoleballs and now everyone is talking about this very serious condition!! People like… Boris Johnson and Dr. Anthony Fauci. I cannot.

Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, pushed back against a coronavirus vaccine conspiracy theory shared by Nicki Minaj — insisting there is no evidence that it causes infertility after the pop star tweeted about her cousin’s hesitancy to get vaccinated and sparked a social media controversy.

Fauci, in response to a question Tuesday from CNN’s Jake Tapper about Minaj’s claim, said “the answer to that, Jake, is a resounding no.” “There’s no evidence that it happens, nor is there any mechanistic reason to imagine that it would happen. So the answer to your question is no.” Other medical experts have long said that claims about infertility linked to vaccinations are unsubstantiated.

The Minaj saga extended all the way to the United Kingdom, forcing Prime Minister Boris Johnson to say he is “not as familiar with the works of Nicki Minaj as I probably should be” and to urge people to get immunized against the coronavirus, highlighting the ongoing struggles against coronavirus misinformation. British Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty called Minaj’s claim a “myth” and said that those spreading untruths about coronavirus vaccines “should be ashamed.”

Fauci said: “She should be thinking twice about propagating information that really has no basis except a one-off antidote, and that’s not what science is all about.”

[From The Washington Post]

It’s all fun and games until Dr. Fauci tells off Nicki Minaj for spreading Covid disinformation to millions of Barbz. I’m a little bit surprised that Fauci – and other public health experts – didn’t use Minaj’s disinformation to highlight the medical studies which have shown that actually getting Covid does affect men and their bajingos. There’s medical evidence to suggest that Covid – especially long-term Covid – could really lead to impotence (temporarily at least). The problem is not vaccine-induced swoleballs – the problem is what happens to your junk when you get a bad case of Covid and survive. Get vaccinated to save your junk, men.

Nicki Minaj with Husband Kenneth Petty spotted at the Marc Jacobs Fashion Show

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red and Backgrid.


‘Dazed and Confused’ actor Jason London arrested

According to a police report, obtained by TMZ, actor Jason London was arrested late Tuesday around 11:30 PM in Ocean Springs, Mississippi when cops found him behind the wheel of a 2010 Nissan Maxima that was on fire and stuck in a ditch.

Mug shot credit to TMZ

Thats a serious incident. Fire? jeez.

Cops say London’s passenger was standing near the car — which had sustained heavy damage on the passenger side — and London claimed someone had sideswiped them and run them off the road.

Cops say he smelled like liquor and couldn’t keep his balance or speak right.

Cops investigated the scene and believe he swerved off the road, mowed down a sign, got back on the road, and then hit a concrete object before driving into a ditch.

London played who played football star Randall “Pink” Floyd in the 1993 film “Dazed and Confused” and has been living a rather troubled life since.

In 2013 he was arrested for punching a bouncer at a club.  After police put him in the car he allegedly uttered a homophobic slur to the cops and said, “I’m rich and I’m a motherf–king famous actor! F–king look me up, bitch.”

According to the police report, London then leaned to the left and defecated in his pants. He then said, “I told you I’m happy as s–t.”

Hope he finds some peace.

jennifer aniston

Jennifer Aniston won’t write a memoir: ‘I have nothing to memoir about just yet’

Jennifer Aniston is all smiles as she leaves Good Morning America

Jennifer Aniston won’t attend this Sunday’s Emmy Awards. Her reason: the pandemic is still here and she doesn’t want to mingle in close proximity with people. This year’s Emmys are like the Met Gala – people will have to show proof of vaccination and a recent negative Covid test to get in the door. But Aniston still isn’t going to chance it, and I don’t blame her. Aniston is making the interview rounds right now because she’s promoting The Morning Show’s Season 2. She chatted with People Magazine and Glamour about two important issues: whether she would ever date someone non-famous, and whether she will ever write a memoir.

Whether she would date a non-famous person: “Of course. Absolutely. I mean, it’s happened. That’s what I’m sort of hoping for is not necessarily somebody in the industry itself. That’d be nice.”

On the dog she worked with on TMS: “Boy, that dog named Benny—I fell so madly in love with this animal. This dog was like a human and a stuffed animal dog. You can do anything with him. His most favorite thing was to lay in a bed and just be rubbed. He’d be waiting to come on set, and you’d find him in a different person’s lap. He was like a therapy dog for our crew, which we really needed it at that point. It was so lovely to have that angel dog there.

Whether she would write a memoir: “Nope. I say that now, but you know, cut to four or five years from now, and I might be like: I’m going to write a memoir! But I’m still living it. I have nothing to memoir about just yet….There’s a lot when you think about it, but I still feel like I just got here.”

[From People & Glamour]

I’ll admit it, I would probably read Aniston’s memoir if she ever wrote one. Like, if she wrote a real one about what actually happened in her life and career. Not a woo-woo faux-memoir about her yoga and Pilates and goddess circles. Which is probably why she would never write a real tell-all about her life, honestly – there is too much interest and she doesn’t want to get caught up trying to tell “her version” of her first marriage or her second (fake) marriage, or what Vince Vaughn was really like, what John Mayer was really like, etc.

As for Aniston dating a non-famous person… I wish she would. She should have gone for non-famous dudes years ago. I feel like she would have been a lot happier.

Jennifer Aniston arrives at Jimmy Kimmel Live

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran: American awards shows are full of ‘resentment & hatred’

2021 MTV Video Music Awards

Here are some photos of Ed Sheeran at the VMAs this past Sunday. Ed performed “Shivers” early in the evening and then I guess he hung out for the rest of the night, watching the performances and waiting to see if he won anything. He was nominated for several awards, including Song of the Summer and Video of the Year, all for “Bad Habits.” Honestly, the more I do this job, the more I understand that music awards really don’t mean anything. The music industry is more f–ked up than the film industry (and that’s saying a lot), and half of the music awards are just random “music industry” groups giving awards to their faves. I always assumed that most musical artists just go to their music awards shows to A) perform, B) watch their peers’ perform, C) get hammered and party and D) maybe win, maybe lose, it doesn’t matter. This is especially true of the VMAs, yes? Who takes the VMAs seriously besides, like, Taylor Swift? Well, according to Ed Sheeran, people are taking it seriously and the energy around American awards shows is always really toxic?

His vibe on the 2021 VMAs: “The room is filled with resentment and hatred toward everyone else and it’s quite an uncomfortable atmosphere,” the 30-year-old said in a Tuesday interview with radio host Julia on her Audacy segment “The Julia Show.”

The groupies & entourages are the toxic ones: “All the artists are sweet people, but they’re, like, surrounded by entourages that want them to win, too, so it’s one artist surrounded by 10 people and another artist surrounded by 10 people and everyone is kind of giving each other the side-eye.”

It’s not just the VMAs: “It’s nothing to do with MTV or the award show, it’s at all the other awards shows,” too, he said, before naming the Grammys, AMAs and Billboards. “It’s just lots of people wanting other people to fail and I don’t like that.”

Britain does awards shows better: “In England, our award shows are just like everyone gets drunk and no one really cares who wins or loses, it’s just sort of a good night out.”

The after-parties suck too. “The after-parties, again … it’s not just musicians. It’s musicians, all their entourages, then you got influencers and blah blah blah… People get the same feeling as me at those award shows. I’ve spoken to people and they’re like, ‘I just felt really depressed afterward.’ The atmosphere is just not nice… It’s a really, really horrible atmosphere to be in there. I always walk away feeling sad and I don’t like it.”

[From The NY Post]

Something I’ve noticed from watching the BAFTAs is that the Brits really put a premium on moving quickly and they’re not going to stretch out a two-hour show into a three-and-a-half hour show with bulls–t just so they can sell more commercials. Which I appreciate, and I wish some enterprising American producers would decide that no matter what, they’re going to do a tight two-hour show, period. As for Ed’s negative vibe at American shows… I mean, if he feels that way, so be it. Maybe the vibes really are terrible, for all I know. It feels like it might be generational too? Like, the older musicians are probably just sitting back and enjoying the show and it’s the younger peeps who are balls of stress. Personally, I doubt that every single artist is surrounded by a huge entourage who lives and dies by whether or not their guy/girl wins a VMA.

Ed Sheeran gets real about award shows on The Julia Show:

“The room is filled with resentment and hatred towards everyone else and it’s quite an uncomfortable atmosphere…It’s just lots of people wanting other people to fail and I don’t like that,”

— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) September 15, 2021

2021 MTV Video Music Awards

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

Thomas Markle

Thomas Markle made some very curious ‘unfounded allegations’ in his interview


As we discussed, Thomas Markle appeared on yet another Australian talk show this week. Whoever is coordinating Toxic Tom’s interviews aimed to have him ripping into his daughter and son-in-law on Prince Harry’s 37th birthday, which was Wednesday. That’s what everything was scheduled around, from Prince William’s appearance at an awards show the night before, to Kate’s first event in two months on Harry’s birthday, to Thomas’s interview. That’s what makes me think that Kensington Palace is the one still pulling Markle’s strings, because they were the ones organizing everything else.

Well, Toxic Tom performed his script – likely written by someone at KP – and then he suddenly went off-script. I thought it was weird that I couldn’t find any YouTube videos of Markle’s interview yesterday when I looked for it, and as it turned out, they had all been taken down. Australia’s Channel 7 had to issue this curious apology:

WATCH: Channel 7 has issued an on-air apology after #ThomasMarkle made “unfounded allegations” during a live interview yesterday.

The interview has now been removed from all platforms. @6NewsAU @ABCmediawatch

— Leonardo Puglisi (@Leo_Puglisi6) September 16, 2021

So what had them running scared? Why did they need to take down all of the videos of Thomas’s interview, for which they presumably paid him handsomely? Note the apology: Thomas said, in the interview, that the original photos of him in Mexico were a “set up” by Dylan Howard (a tabloid editor/journo) and Jeff Raynor (the photographer) and “the whole thing was a plan to actually mess up the wedding… I was just part of it…” So… Toxic Tom went off script, accidentally admitted that he was knowingly used as a pawn to disrupt Meghan and Harry’s 2018 wedding, and that the plot was hatched by tabloid reporters? And now the Australian media is trying to cover up that part of Markle’s interview.

Duchess of Cambridge visit to HMP Send

Screencaps courtesy of The Sun & The Telegraph.