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The final trailer for It: Chapter 2 is super scary I got goosebumps! [Just Jared]
Miley Cyrus is so self obsessed she thinks she can twerk. We talk about her on the new podcast, that’s out Monday! [Dlisted]
Meghan McCain also makes everything about HER [Pajiba]
Would Leonardo DiCaprio ever do TV or is that beneath him? [Lainey Gossip]
Diane Kruger looks like she stepped off the set of Mary Tyler Moore! [Go Fug Yourself]
[Jezebel]
Pose’s latest episode has great 80s dance sequences [Towleroad]
Natalia Dyer is looking cute [Tom and Lorenzo]
Is Love & Hip Hop Hollywood entirely scripted? [Starcasm]

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When the Emmy nominations came out this week, people talked about how Richard Madden was “snubbed” for Best Actor for Bodyguard. Bodyguard was nominated for Best Drama, but Madden was snubbed, even though he was widely acclaimed and loved in that role. Madden has been everywhere this year with Bodyguard, and with his role in Rocketman, where he played John Reid, Elton John’s manager and lover.

What’s my point? I don’t know, I think it’s strange that Madden didn’t get an Emmy nomination, and I halfway wonder if the Television Academy is snubbing him personally because he isn’t talking much about his personal life. For months now, Madden has been “pulling a Kristen Stewart,” which is to say… Madden is not discussing his sexuality publicly, but he’s not hiding anything either. He’s been photographed in New York and LA with Brandon Flynn, who is often described as a “roommate” or “friend.” It definitely feels like they’re together though. And it definitely feels like Richard Madden is bisexual, because he’s previously been in romantic relationships with high-profile women too.

Richard and Brandon were photographed together yet again this week out in West Hollywood, maybe the gym? They seemed to be attempting a low-key vibe. One photo agency even called Brandon a “mystery guy,” even though Richard and Brandon have been photographed together so much this year. So… I guess this story is “Brandon and Richard are still together, they were out in West Hollywood after Madden was snubbed for an Emmy nomination.” Let’s go with that.

Richard Madden enjoys night out with Brandon Flynn in West Hollywood after recently dodging question about their rumoured romance https://t.co/E6NEa0icsn

— Daily Mail Celebrity (@DailyMailCeleb) July 19, 2019

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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We haven’t talked about Lori Loughlin in a while, so I’m glad that Us Weekly is providing us with a little reminder that she’s still around and still a delusional piece of trash ensconced in white privilege. For months, we’ve heard Lori and her team testing out various legal/PR strategies for how Lori and Mossimo Giannulli are going to beat the federal charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, all to get their dumb daughters into college. The general vibe on Lori’s defense is that she’s very “faith-based” and she just loves her daughters so much and she would do anything for them and she didn’t even know what she was doing was illegal, okay? Which might work in California courtroom, but this is a federal case and the trial will be in Boston. I just feel like Lori isn’t really getting the best legal counsel. Anyway, here’s the reminder:

The nationwide college admissions scandal may have simmered down in the news, but Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are still working hard behind the scenes to clear their names.

“They believe they’ll be exonerated,” a source says exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly, adding that the couple are “actively engaged in their defense.”

The Full House alum, 54, and the fashion designer, 56, were among the 51 people who were indicted in March for their alleged involvement in the bribery scam. The parents of Bella, 20, and Olivia Jade, 19, were accused of paying $500,000 to have their daughters designated as University of Southern California crew team recruits — despite their inexperience in the sport — so they would be accepted into the school.

The source tells Us that the actress and the Mossimo founder “won’t even talk about taking any type of” plea bargain in the Operation Varsity Blues case, which will likely go to trial in early 2020.

[From Us Weekly]

So there you go. Even after months have passed and additional charges have been added and legal strategies have been aired in People Magazine, Lori Loughlin still believes her wealth and churchy persona have insulated her from any real consequences. What scares me still is that she may be right. By the time the trial goes down next year, I worry that most of the gossip outlets and news outlets will have already moved on completely to other stories. So Lori will get to prance into court holding a Bible and cry her tears and she will end up completely exonerated.

Photos courtesy of Backgrid, WENN, Avalon Red.

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The last time I saw Shirley MacLaine perform, it was on Downton Abbey. She played Martha Levinson, mother of Cora, Countess of Grantham. She was the perfect foil for the Dowager Countess, played by Maggie Smith. I loved watching the two actresses volley back and forth. I just checked Wikipedia; at the moment Shirley is not listed as being in the movie (which doesn’t surprise me), but it would be great if Martha popped up again. No matter, though, as Shirley has told People that she doesn’t intend to stop acting, so she’ll appear in something else soon enough:

Shirley MacLaine might be working less than she used to in her heyday, but the actress, 85, tells PEOPLE in the latest issue that she has no intentions of ever retiring.

“I don’t want to quit acting — I really don’t,” she says. “Even at my age, I have four pictures to do next year. I think [some] costars are surprised I’m still walking upright.”

The Oscar winner, whose classic Steel Magnolias, turns 30 this year, says working keeps her “bright.”

“I learn so much about what I don’t really know every time I’m on a movie,” she says.

She continues, “I look back at the wonderful parts I’ve had the honor to play, and I’m thinking about the future, and I want to be a spokesperson for older-women — probably because I’m one.”

Since breaking onto the scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1955 black comedy The Trouble with Harry, MacLaine hasn’t let up. She’s acted in more than 50 films over the course of her legendary career in Hollywood, resulting in an Academy Award win for 1983’s Terms of Endearment, six Oscar nominations, and a Kennedy Center Honor. MacLaine, who’s sister to Warren Beatty, has also written 10 bestselling books, including the 2016 memoir Above the Line, in which she detailed her belief in reincarnation. And she had a daughter, Sachi, 62, from her 28-year marriage to producer Steve Parker.

[From People]

Guarding Tess, in which Shirley plays Tess Carlisle, a former first lady, who gives her Secret Service detail a run for its money, is a movie that I’ve always loved. I’m thankful that Shirley has no plans to retire (though, of course, I think that if she changes her mind tomorrow, she’s more than deserving of a relaxing retirement). I also really appreciate that she talks about continuing to do movies in part because they help her stay “bright,” and that she keeps learning from each experience. Her curiosity is a great message that it’s possible to always learn something from/about your work, even if you’ve been in the same field for several decades.

I also think it’s fantastic that she wants to be a spokesperson for older women, who are still being overlooked, both inside and outside of Hollywood. Her comment reminds me a bit of some of the things that Emma Thompson has said lately about speaking up for women’s rights and attempting to make her film sets more supportive and safe for women. That is, I’m so grateful, especially in the current climate, that powerful actresses are centering women in their comments about the industry and outside of it. I’d love to see Emma and Shirley team up in a movie about two best friends on a road trip. Maybe they could go visit Maggie Smith and Julie Walters (two other actresses whom I also adore). I also want to read all of Shirley’s books: I didn’t realize that she’d written so many!

photos credit: Avalon.red and WENN

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Last fall, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their big announcements – they were moving to Frogmore Cottage, and they were separating their office from the Kensington Palace/Cambridge operations. They would have a stand-alone “office,” the same as Prince Charles, Prince William, the Princess Royal, etc. The catch was that the Sussexes’ new office would be based in Buckingham Palace and would fall under the general purview of the Queen’s communications office, also based out of Buckingham Palace. The whole thing was meant to create a physical and emotional separation between the Sussexes and Cambridges. Well, it turns out that some “royal insiders” are butthurt about the fact that the Sussexes’ Buckingham Palace office actually, you know, takes up space in Buckingham Palace.

Harry and Meghan have been granted a prime suite of offices in Buckingham Palace — sparking grumbles from royal staff. The Sussexes and their new team will be based in up to six large rooms off the lavish master corridor. But a royal insider said: “The Palace traditionalists are grumpy that such a prime space is being given over to Harry and Meghan, who have perfectly adequate offices already at Kensington Palace.”

The rooms are currently unused and can be booked by anyone at the Palace. A Palace source said: “There are a lot of people trying to cause trouble for the Duke and Duchess as a result of this move. But the facts are they were offered these rooms by the master of the household because they are currently unoccupied and used as meeting rooms. They will be reserved for Harry and Meghan when they are at the Palace but the permanent space is shared for the staff. There is not going to be work done on the offices and there is no budget for any new furniture or anything like that. It’s simply a case of taking out the current furniture and installing new desks.”

Harry and Meghan will be moving in by the end of the year after splitting from William and Kate’s Kensington Palace operation.

[From The Sun]

They just have to bitch about something, don’t they? How dare they… use the office space which was going unused? How dare they use the offices they were given by the Queen? How dare they move their office into BP when that was truly the whole point, to separate the brothers? How dare they EXIST?? And on and on. It sounds like the Queen chose the space wisely too, or more likely, her senior staff chose the space wisely. If the office space needed any kind of renovation, the papers would have had a field day with that too, HOW DARE THEY.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red and Backgrid.

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I started dyeing my hair years ago to cover the grey and I’m not going to stop anytime soon. My grey was premature – I had grey streaks and grey around my temples in my 20s, and I really don’t want to think about how grey my hair has gotten at this point. I’ve only ever wanted to be my original hair color, a dark brown-black, so that’s the color I’m aiming for with the dye job. Jennifer Aniston’s original, born-with-it hair color was a medium-to-dark brown. In the ‘90s, she kept going lighter and lighter, and eventually she settled on a caramel blonde (I consider it “bronde”) which has become something of a “signature” for Jen. She’s had that caramel-bronde for literally decades now. And her colorist says that Jen is never going to change it.

Jennifer Aniston‘s hair is her signature, which is why she has no plans to switch it up anytime soon. Or ever.

“Jennifer has been Jennifer for more than 25 years without a lot of change,” her longtime colorist Michael Canalé told Page Six Style. “For some films, we’ve moved her more blond, but other than those momentary steps into different tones, Jennifer stays true to the original and I really don’t see her changing it up too radically. That’s not her — or me.”

The pair first met when the actress was filming the “Friends” pilot more than two decades ago: “Jennifer had medium brown hair, a little past shoulder length. I decided to switch her out from her natural brown to a caramelized blond with feather-thin highlights, a color that looked like she loved being on the beach,” he recalled. “Chris [McMillan] then cut it and made it easy for me to drop in those signature highlights around her face to bring out the cut and accent her eyes and face. This collaboration became known as ‘The Rachel.’ That was in 1994, and all these years later, her cut and color is really quite close to what we did back then. I saw her every five weeks after that, and still do today.”

To achieve her iconic look, “I pull the color from root to end to create a graduation of dark to light, and always keep the hairline freshly done. That really is my signature,” Canalé explained. “While most other celebrities have tried long and short and wildly different colors, Jennifer has become a style icon because she doesn’t go trendy. And she could. She’s so beautiful and has such an amazing bone structure and eyes; she could totally pull off something different. But she’s a classic, and she knows it. She skews toward the completely natural, sun-kissed look, and doesn’t force anything — it’s what I love about her.”

[From Page Six]

I mean… it’s weird that we’re still talking about Aniston’s hair like it’s STILL the most interesting thing about her, but that being said… of course I have some thoughts! I always have thoughts about Jen’s hair. One person’s “classic” is another person’s “dated.” I get that Jennifer loves that California-bronde look and I agree that it’s her signature color/cut and that it would be weird if she went with whatever seasonal trend is happening. That being said, is it weird that save for one dramatic chop 10 years ago, she’s had the same basic look for about 20 years? It’s the same thing as Gwyneth Paltrow’s center part, straw-blonde, pin-straight hair look – we just associate those hairstyles with the ‘90s, and it’s weird that neither woman has thought to switch things up a little bit. What kills me about Jennifer is that she would look really cute with a shaggy lob and darker hair. She really would.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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When Taylor Swift first released the music video for “You Need to Calm Down,” there was of course a lot of conversation about the questionable (and borderline offensive) lyrical message, the conflation of Taylor’s critics to violent homophobes, the idea that Taylor was queerbaiting and trying to bandwagon on a now-popular issue (gay rights) after years of silence. But Taylor was of course happy to deflect all of those conversations and talk about Katy Perry. Katy also appears in the YNTCD video, and the video was the announcement that they had officially ended their beef. Taylor gave an interview at the time about how their beef had ended and how Katy had apologized to her, which in itself bothered me because Katy didn’t start the beef, Taylor did, and Taylor devoted years of her life to developing a Mean Girl clique to hate on Katy. But in addition to Taylor’s “we’re good, SHE apologized” comments, Taylor said this:

“We have been on really good terms for a while. But the first time we saw each other was at this party, and it was just very clear to both of us that everything was different. That we had grown up. That we had grown past allowing ourselves to be pitted against each other. It just was really, really clear that we remembered how much we had in common. Both of us have been in a really good place for a while, but I don’t know if either of us knew if we were gonna talk about it publicly.”

[Via previous Celebitchy story]

“That we had grown up. That we had grown past allowing ourselves to be pitted against each other.” Again, nothing is ever Taylor’s fault. Again, Taylor refuses to take ownership of her large part in STARTING the beef with Katy. The reason Taylor and Katy are friends now is because Katy was the bigger person, because Katy had grown up and Katy was the one who wanted an end to the beef. Which is what Katy said in an interview this week with The Kyle & Jackie Show. Katy told them:

“Well, it kind of was a process… I sent her a literal olive branch and a note apologizing for my part in all of it, when she started her Reputation tour. I just thought she was about to embark on something new and big and needed the support. I realized how much we have in common and maybe there’s only five other people in the world that can have the same type of conversations and understand where we’re coming from and that we should celebrate our commonality and our friendship and to be able to be there for each other,” she explained.

And once Perry came to the conclusion that it was time to become friends again, she approached Swift at a party in hopes that she would be interested in putting their rocky past behind them as well. “I just went up to her and I was like, ‘Hey, you know it’s been a long time and I think we’ve grown up a little bit and I just wanted to say I’m sorry and I’m really here for you and that I love you and I hope that we can be friends in the future.’”

According to Perry, she and Swift have a chance to be examples of kindness and love, and they weren’t able to be good examples of that while they were feuding. “I think that both her and I, we have influence to young people and especially young girls who are in this type of situation day in and day out at school,” she said. “It’s amazing that we’ve had this opportunity to change and I just hope that other people can learn from it too.”

[From MTV]

I hope young girls do look at Katy’s whole vibe right now and see a role model and a good example. Katy’s not perfect at all, and she still says and does problematic sh-t, but Katy has also done a lot of growing up over the years. Katy has done work on herself, in therapy, through reflection, through political work and charity work, and that’s admirable too – that she knows she can change, and she wants to be a better person, and she wants to be an adult who isn’t part of some juvenile pop star beef. But it continues to be clear that Taylor only “forgave” Katy after Katy apologized – for “her part” as Katy said – repeatedly and kissed Taylor’s ass. Taylor has never and will never accept her role in the beef, or demonstrate this kind of growth.

Photos courtesy of WENN, Taylor’s social media.

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In May, many of us realized that Khloe Kardashian had gotten a new nose job. It looks botched AF. Khloe has spent the past two months showing us angles of the nose job, which oddly resembles her mother’s too-small nose job, and so Khloe basically looks more like Kris Jenner now. I still maintain that Khloe has had a ton of face work, so much so that it’s difficult to even point out which procedures she had to make her look so different, but the latest nose job was super-obvious, wasn’t it? But… what about this Vogue video? Khloe did a video with Vogue where she shows off her makeup/beauty routine, and the routine includes lots of “contouring” for her nose and jawline. The video also includes Khloe’s nose from different angles, and in this video, her nose does NOT look as jacked as it has in the past two months?

Khloé Kardashian's New Mom Beauty Routine | Beauty Secrets | Vogue - YouTube

Was this filmed pre-nose job, or shall I say, before her latest nose job? Or have I spent the last two months calling out Khloe’s botched nose job when really it was just “contouring”? I really don’t know. Khloe says to camera:

“So one of my favorite things is nose contour. But this does stress me out a little bit.” The reality star explained that it’s often hard for her to know whether the contour will look as good in a photograph as it does in person. “In person and how cameras reflect and light, everything looks different,” Kardashian said. “So sometimes I will contour my nose and in real life I think I look so good and then in some photos I look crazy!”

Besides her nose, the star also uses her M.A.C Cosmetics Contour Palette to contour her jawline, which she said makes her face look smaller.

“Especially after baby, when you have had a baby [and] you’re working on losing weight, and you’re still not losing that much weight. [In] your face you just feel so big. This I swear is like a magic eraser. I sit here and I’m just like, ‘Please go away! Come again another day. Please! Or just don’t come!’” Kardashian hilariously joked.

[From People]

I… really don’t know what to think. I could have sworn that she had a botched nose job. Maybe this was filmed a while back, pre-nose job. I just don’t know. One thing I do know: watching Khloe try to apply all of her creams, lotions and makeup with those nails is kind of gross/funny.

Photos courtesy of Instagram, Backgrid.

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I know that we’re focused so heavily on Cats, Top Gun and Blue Ivy Carter today, but spare a moment for Sam Smith, because he ALSO dropped a new music video today. Sam released the video for “How Do You Sleep.” I know this isn’t the most popular opinion around here, but I really like Sam Smith. I like his music and I like him as a celebrity/artist. Sam’s music videos are not heavy on Sam’s looks or dance movies or anything like that. Either his videos star actors, or the videos are just Sam in a location, singing to camera, or posing somewhere as he sings. But Sam decided to mix it up for “How Do You Sleep.” He decided to DANCE. He attempted choreography! He hired professional dancers to dance with him. And the result is… great?

Sam Smith - How Do You Sleep? (Official Video) - YouTube

Honestly, I love it. I laughed a few times just because it was so cute to see Sam feeling himself as he swishes his hips and does old-school Madonna-esque hand-and-arm choreography. I love that Sam’s costume is basically a sheer Liz Claiborne blouse and early ‘90s trousers. I love how you can see the influences from Madonna and Lady Gaga, and I imagine that Sam’s childhood was full of dreams of being able to perform like this, dance like this, have fun like this. This is my new Friday obsession: watching Sam feel himself. Also, I love the way he looks these days. He looks healthy and like he’s found a way to have a good relationship with food and fitness. The song is great too!

but why are all sam smith's backup dancers dressed like kylo ren pic.twitter.com/RNQqAeXg4R

— aubrie 🌹 (@eggs_skittles) July 19, 2019

Photos courtesy of WENN, Sam Smith.

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If there’s anything I learned from volunteer work it’s that you have to figure out how and why things are done a certain way before you can make changes. Years ago I went to a social entrepreneurship conference. A guy told a story about a well-meaning firm spending a literal million dollars on a birth center outside a rural town in Nepal. No one from the firm had spent any time in the town, they just knew that they needed better local healthcare. The birth center was too far away, no one went to it, and it failed basically. The man who told the story had gone there for a few weeks and realized that giving the local doctor more resources and upgrading his facility would achieve results much cheaper. So they did that and were able to improve quality of life. Anyone can notice that change is needed, but the hard part is figuring out what already works and improving that using existing systems. Enter Kourtney Kardashian, who is complaining about the processed food at her kids’ school. She wrote this on her new lifestyle site, Poosh (which I still maintain should be called Koosh). It’s the most philanthropic content she’s posted, which truly isn’t saying much.

You don’t have to donate large sums of money, create a foundation, or cause a scene to chip away at little (or big) issues in the world, starting with your community. I’ve found that simply using my voice to stand up for small changes that add up to big impacts is so effective at not only creating change, but setting an example for my children.

I may not be the loudest or the most aggressive, but I’ve never been one to stand by and watch something I disagree with unfold. For example, it’s common knowledge these days that food is fuel. When it comes to my kids’ schools, seeing what kind of meals and snacks are provided can be unsettling … processed foods, less than fresh, inorganic produce, etc. But as moms, it’s in our power to raise some awareness and rally for healthier options.

I wasn’t satisfied with the food being served at my kids’ school, so I made sure that the principal knew my concerns. And I’ve continued to offer my two cents on everything from the type of milk they serve to their use of single-use plastic. It may seem annoying, but in the long run, I’m doing it for my children and their futures. Another idea is to suggest a pledge that the kids take (and teachers, too) to create less waste every year, or starting a petition that gets passed around the parents via email. Dialogue picks up momentum, and momentum stirs change.

I’m constantly sharing with my kids the importance of sustainability. While sometimes it feels like it’s “too late” for my own generation to get on the same page, we can form a new generation that is raised in awareness about the state of the world—a generation with fundamental values that promote sustainability. The other day, Penelope asked me why lotion comes in plastic bottles and, honestly, I didn’t have an answer for her. But I’m happy that she’s hearing my constant concerns for the amount of plastic we use on a daily basis, and she’s already asking the big questions.

While making sure my kids minimize their own footprint, I also like to let them hear me speak to restaurants that we go to about changing some of their wasteful practices. Encourage your local smoothie shop to do away with plastic straws, or your favorite dinner spot to opt for to-go packaging made from corn and other biodegradable materials. If you get pushback, try again, or try somewhere new with an open heart and mind. These small changes can snowball when your community takes the cue and does the same…

It may seem like change is out of your reach, but truly it’s within all of our grasp. I practice using my voice in my community in an effort to make improvements in our environment and health, and I truly feel like bringing my kids into the mission is the legacy I can leave behind. So if you feel small, speak up. Our voices are big.

[From Poosh via Us Weekly]

This is coming from the woman who put her kids on gluten and dairy-free diet after “muscle testing.” It sounds superficially smart, so she surely had help with it, but it’s still dumb. First of all, she’s targeting her children’s school, which now has to deal with all the press and negative attention that comes along with that. Secondly, she’s doing this without doing a lick of research or even volunteering to serve lunch there one time. (I’m making that assumption, but given the self righteous way this is worded and the fact that she didn’t mention working with them, I think it’s the case. The photo accompanying this is of Kourtney in her living room.) Just put in a little legwork and see why the food is the way it is and why they’re using non-renewable products. Also, she’s selling sh-t at the end of this post, which I do too so I understand, but come on. Jamie Oliver spent months working with public schools in West Virginia and California trying to help them serve healthy food, as seen on his 2010 show, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. Even though he’s an experienced chef, did his research and had a team of people, he couldn’t do much in the end. All Kourtney is doing is bragging about complaining to her kids’ school. She wrote about using her voice, which is a start but takes the least amount of effort. That’s Kourtney’s whole brand.

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This is cute though.

photos credit: Avalon.red and via Instagram

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