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Matt Damon is coming back for another Jason Bourne movie

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Are you into the Jason Bourne movies? I don’t even think I’ve watched The Bourne Supremacy (or any of the others) in its entirety, so I think it’s safe to say I’m not all that bothered by the series, but lots of people are, and they love Matt Damon, too. If you fall into that latter bracket, you’ll be glad to know that he’s actually coming back for yet another Bourne movie – it’s official!

From Uproxx:

I’m told that the studio is so bullish on this that the intention is to make the re-team the next Bourne film to go into production to make the July 16, 2016 release slot that Universal had previously assigned to an untitled Bourne film. That would mean it would step in front of the spinoff sequel that is to reprise Jeremy Renner and be directed by Fast & Furious architect Justin Lin. That film, which began with the Tony Gilroy-directed The Bourne Legacy, remains in development.

Universal intends to continue that series and to broaden its franchise base, much the way that Marvel cranks out superhero films.

So if this report is accurate, it means that we’ll actually have two Bourne franchises running at the same time, with Damon coming back in two years and Renner returning for his far-less-exciting adventure after that. Some might think that a good idea would be to inject some energy into the follow-up to the sorely lackluster The Bourne Legacy (I disagree with Fleming’s assessment, as it was an honorable mention for my Worst Movies of 2012), but Universal’s studio execs don’t get to shout, “CHA-CHING!” two times if they team Damon and Renner up for just one movie.

Good news for Bourne fans?

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Kathy Griffin was turned away from late night TV because she’s a woman

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Whether you love Kathy Griffin or hate her, you can’t deny that one of the most refreshing things about her is her absolute candor about the ups and downs of her career. It certainly ain’t always glamourous, and she’s definitely faced her fair share of rejection, but she takes it all in stride with a great amount of humour and just keeps trudging forward. Not only that, but she’s stayed down-to-earth and still regards the whole world of celebrity with as much amazement and bewilderment as we all do.

All of that is exactly why I believe Kathy when she said she was turned away from even being in the running for Craig Ferguson’s late night chat show spot just because she’s a woman. Kathy approached CBS about the show and was told that they’re not actually looking for women, and that was pretty much that.

From The Poughkeepsie Journal:

“I was interested in the Ferguson spot long before it was announced because I had a feeling things might shift,” said a candid Griffin. “My joke phrase is, ‘I can start Monday.’”

The response of one executive to her query: “They’re not considering females at this time,” she recounted.

“You realize that’s illegal to say in a business meeting?” was Griffin’s comeback.

When she told another industry exec that the absence of female hosts was “embarrassing” and that women who represent half the population should hold half of such jobs, he had a ready answer: “Well, you have ‘The Talk.’”

That show, of course, is in daytime and has five co-hosts, not one powerful female comedian owning the nighttime stage.

The effect, even for a resilient professional like Griffin, is dispiriting.

“I walk into the (meeting) room thinking, ‘I’ll give it a shot.’ I leave the room thinking, ‘I never had a chance,’” she said.

For the record, it’s UK actor James Corden who got the post, and for those of you who are saying that Kathy got turned away not because of her gender but because she’s not all that funny, neither is he. And neither was Jay Leno, and his ass was on TV for decades. Letterman isn’t even that funny, but because he’s a man, he’s apparently more worthy of the job? Nah, I don’t think so. It wouldn’t be so bad if they hired a man of colour, but considering that’s likely not on the cards either, I think it’s clear that to the big networks, TV is a straight white man’s game.

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Kanye West on Wheelchair-Gate: “Pick another target”

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Kanye West really doesn’t get why you’re mad that he told someone in a wheelchair to stand up during his concert. Just because he wouldn’t take the fan’s word for it and felt the need to send his security into the audience to make sure the guy was legit handicapped and not just making it up for fun (???) and complained about the time it was taking to verify this so that he could move on with his setlist doesn’t mean he’s a terrible person, right? I mean… right? At the end of the day, it’s Kanye that’s the real victim… says Kanye.

From Billboard:

“Pick a new target, ’cause I’m not one of these dumb-ass artists that you’re used to,” West said at his Brisbane concert, the final date on his Yeezus tour of Australia.

He said the media will cover stories such as “Kanye West buying ice cream” and a jet-skiing squirrel, while ignoring issues such as kids being killed in Chicago or unnamed people being shot by police.

He said the media was trying to “demonize” him, and went on to call out Matt Lauer, Michael Strahan, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Roberts, saying efforts to discredit him won’t work, noting he is “a married Christian man with a family” who makes sure “everybody has as good of a time as possible” at his concerts.

If you’d like to torture yourself by listening to/watching his entire rant – and believe me, he goes on and on about all kinds of bullshit, like how he’s a good “married, Christian man” and all this nonsense – here ya go:

Will this guy ever get a clue? Probably not. I just hope his career starts tanking sometime soon so that he can fade into oblivion and eventually file for bankruptcy like the rest of ‘em.

I will say that he makes a good point in that we should all be paying more attention to the awful injustices that happen in the world – people being shot and killed by cops (and each other) is awful and a big deal and is something worth working on. But that doesn’t absolve Kanye for acting like a total asshole. I mean, come on!

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Ben Affleck really relates to Batman

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For better or worse, Ben Affleck is our new Batman. It’s a very bizarre casting choice that I don’t think any of us will ever fully understand, so I think the best we can do is bite our tongues and move on. Besides, maybe we’re giving Ben too hard of a time. After all, he and Batman are a lot alike – they’ve got that whole smoldering anger thing in common!

From The Sunday Times:

“For me, anger is so deeply buried and contained,” Affleck, 42, told the paper, “that when it does kind of come out, it comes out in stronger bursts.”

“I tend to be respectful, polite, get along, put up with, put up with, put up with… Then, when it finally emerges, it’s not something I have a ton of control over.”

Well… that’s… good? And vaguely terrifying, though Ben promises that he doesn’t actually go into “Wolverine berserker mode”, which I guess is somewhat comforting.

“I should sit down and say, ‘Listen, I just want to let you know what happened there wasn’t okay,’ instead of going, let it go, let it go, let it go … ‘Ah, that’s not a big deal,’ until finally you just pop!”

But isn’t everyone like that? Most people don’t have a violent temper unless you push their buttons time and time and time again and then they just have to speak up. But there’s a difference between throwing a temper tantrum and going nutso, so let’s hope he’s on the lower end of the spectrum.

Anyhow, there you go. Ben Affleck and Batman = one in the same.

Robin Thicke was high while recording ‘Blurred Lines’ (and throughout 2013)

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Robin Thicke is one of the biggest losers out there. He treats women like shit, he pathetically stalked his soon-to-be ex-wife when she finally left him, he’s full of himself, he constantly lies about his accomplishments… you get the gist.

We’re here to talk about that last part, today. You see, the estate of Marvin Gaye is suing Robin and Pharrell, who produced the track, for ripping off Marvin’s 1977 hit, ‘Got to Give It Up’. In fact, some reports even say that Robin specifically asked Pharrell to write a track that was reminiscent of Marvin’s, though now Robin says that was a lie, as was pretty much everything else he said throughout 2013 because he was actually pretty high and drunk all year.

From Slate:

After objecting to a mash-up of the two songs (“Mozart would be rolling in his grave right now”), he backtracks on comments he previously made to GQ about asking Pharrell to write a song in the vein of “Got to Give It Up.” He now says he made the whole story up to fortify his wounded ego: “After making six albums that I wrote and produced myself, the biggest hit of my career was written and produced by somebody else and I was jealous and I wanted some of the credit.”

But the most striking revelation comes when Thicke tries to explain his role—or lack thereof—in the song’s creation:

Q: Were you present during the creation of “Blurred Lines”?
Thicke: I was present. Obviously, I sang it. I had to be there.
Q: When the rhythm track was being created, were you there with Pharrell?
Thicke: To be honest, that’s the only part where—I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio. So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted—I —I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. So I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was and I—because I didn’t want him—I wanted some credit for this big hit. But the reality is, is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song.

He later says he continued to exaggerate his participation in the making of the song to “help sell records” and because he was not sober in a single interview that he gave in 2013. That doesn’t make him look very good, of course, but it also helps undercut the comments he’s made that seem to bolster the Gaye estate’s case.

LOL, okay, idiot. I mean, how sad and pathetic is this guy? He needs to go away for a long, long time. Also, he needs to be sued and forced to pay up for deliberately copying someone else’s song. I don’t for one second believe that he “made up” the story about asking for a song like Marvin Gaye’s. What would be the point of that lie? That’s not “taking credit” for anything – that’s admitting that you’re a shithead who has no originality and wants to copy off of something else that was actually good. Pharrell’s a dumbass, as well, and should have to pay up for going along with that nonsense.

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The Daily Links

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So, I’m guessing Jerry Hall isn’t a fan of plastic surgery? [Celebitchy]

Tyson Beckford has been taking a lot of shirtless selfies [Socialite Life]

Eva Longoria looks rather impressive in a bikini [Popoholic]

Who’s that gorgeous blonde heading up LFW? It’s Kimberley Garner! [Moe Jackson]

Rita Ora is a…um… teen cunt… or something? [Celebslam]

We’re still taking the time to look up Ariana Grande‘s skirt [Taxi Driver Movie - NSFW]

HBO doesn’t want us to see hot lesbian sex! [The Blemish]

Scout and Tallulah Willis took topless pics together for some reason [Drunken Stepfather - NSFW]

Emma Stone is really rocking the little black dress this year [Lainey Gossip]

Here are some hot NFL quarterbacks for you to spend time staring at [theBERRY]

Miley Cyrus covered Led Zeppelin and it’s fucking crazy [The Frisky]

Have you heard of BANKS? What are you waiting for – get her new album [PopBytes]

Is Kim Kardashian the fakest celebrity of all? [Romance Beat]

Jennifer Garner is still a working actress with meetings to attend [ICYDK]

OMG, there’s going to be a ‘Clarissa Explains It All’ sequel! [Socialite Life]

This is what Elisabeth Moss looks like in a bikini [Taxi Driver Movie - NSFW]

Selena Gomez has a sexy new hairdo and looks really different [Popoholic]

Millie Mackintosh is the darling of London Fashion Week [Moe Jackson]

This is Olivia Wilde nude in third person [Drunken Stepfather - NSFW]

Here are your sexiest social media pics of the week! [Celebslam]

Police arrested ‘Django Unchained’ actress because they thought she was a hooker [The Blemish]

Victoria Beckham is opening up her own store and you’ll shop there [Lainey Gossip]

Kate Middleton already has plans for full-time help for the second royal baby [Celebitchy]

If your Netflix queue is running dry, here’s some movies to watch this fall [theBERRY]

Nicki Minaj and Beyonce performed together in Paris [The Frisky]

Lady Gaga visits Dubai, offends everyone in the process

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Lady Gaga decided to take her tour of terror (and Tony Bennett) over to Dubai and Tel Aviv lately, and while there, she dressed in traditional garb that’s completely wrong for the country she’s in (and also that she has no business wearing anyway, according to some people). First she wore Korean clothes in Japan, and now she’s wearing what appear to me to be Indian clothes in the UAE. Does it ever end with this woman?

I get that this is Gaga’s whole schtick, to dress up like she’s part of other times/cultures/ethnic groups, and whatever. She’s not the first person to do it and she won’t be the last. However, her ignorance about the practice just seems really over-the-top. If you’re going to be a cultural appropriator, shouldn’t you  know what culture you’re actually appropriating?

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