July 5th, 2021

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez Celebrate 4th of July



Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez stepped out in the Hamptons this 4th of July weekend in coordinated beige ensembles. They walked with their arms around each other, accompanied by JLo's producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and husband Dan Thomas in completely natural and unplanned paparazzi pictures.

A source told PEOPLE in May that their relationship is different this time around. "Time has passed, and they are each in a different place with children," the insider said.



A day before, Bennifer took three out of five kids to Universal Studios. JLo's twins Max and Emme, 13, as well as Ben's son Samuel, 9, were present. The two held hands as they had fun with their kids.

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Maya Hawke's Stranger Things character gets a spin-off book and podcast


• Last Tuesday a new Stranger Things book based on Maya Hawke's character, Robin, his shelves.

• The book is set in 1983 during season one and follows along as Robin experiences the events of that first season from an outsiders perspective, and how she comes to terms with her sexuality.


• Netflix is also releasing a companion podcast to the novel, set to be released in six parts. The podcasts appear to be conversations that Robin (with Maya Hawke reprising the role) has with her favorite teacher Mr. Hauser (Sean Maher). New episodes premiere every Tuesday

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Jennifer Lopez Drops "Cambia el Paso," Rauw Alejandro Collaboration about Moving On



- J.Lo dropped, "Cambia el Paso (Change the Step)," a mid-tempo reggaeton track with Rauw Alejandro.
- It's basically about dropping a man, turning the tables, moving on, and having a girls' night out by drinking and dancing the night away. It's pretty good, but it's not so much of a banger. Think of it as a mid-tempo DJ Snake song (she might as well collaborate with him).
- Sings about not needing a man (lol, sis)... This is the same singer who recently (after breaking off her engagement with serial cheater, A-Rod, and rebounding with "Dear Ben") performed at a charity event who strategically performed "I Ain't Yo Mama" mixed with Saweetie's "Pretty Bitch Freestyle" and also performed "Sweet Caroline" (unofficial Boston Red Sox song) with an instrumental intro of "I'm Glad."
- The official video will drop on Friday.



- J.Lo did an interview most recently about her new song. She shared that there is another collaboration with Rauw Alejandro, but it'll be his song.
- Shared that she's been recording a lot of songs in both English and Spanish. She was working on a Spanish album around 2017, but it scrapped.
- She's cooking up new songs, and she is probably leaning towards a more urban sound, since she's collaborated with Bad Bunny ("Te Guste"), Gente de Zona ("Ni Tu, Ni Yo"), Wisin ("Amor, Amor, Amor"), and most recently, Maluma ("Pa Ti/Lonely").
- She's been following artists like J. Balvin and Anitta (they should give us "Booty 2.0") on social media, so they could possibly be potential collaborators.
- Already has a soundtrack album made with a bunch of both English and Spanish songs with Maluma for their movie, "Marry Me."

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Britney Spears allegedly called 911 to report abuse



Ronan Farrow and Jia Tolentino detailed the evolution of the pop superstar's conservatorship and new details on the 911 call, which they said they confirmed through a person close to Spears and Ventura County law enforcement. The records of Spears's call have been sealed due to an ongoing investigation, according to the article.

Farrow and Tolentino joined "Good Morning America" exclusively on Monday to expand on their reporting.

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WandaVision and Whitewashing - an analysis on the erasure of Scaret Witch's Roma heritage


Happy July 5th! It's been several months since the end of the critically acclaimed Marvel show WandaVision, which focuses on former background character Wanda Maximoff (played by Elizabeth Olsen)  and a living Bluetooth system played by noted Johnny Debt stan P*ul B*ttany. However, the show AND Marvel's portrayal of Scarlet Witch has not gone without it's criticisms, the biggest of which is the whitewashing of Wanda Maximoff's Romani background. With the MCU trying to make the character similar to the comics, there have been some attempts to... address? the character's canon ethnicity, with Bad Results.

In this video, YouTuber and Wanda enthusiast Erik Ojo analyzes the history of Scarlet Witch's background in the comics, the general treatment of the Romani both on screen AND off and how it circles back to Wanda in the comics, the whitewashing and racist commentary from the cast of WandaVision (mostly from ONTD's fave Lizzie Olsen) and the relatively antiBlack treatment of Monica Rambeau, one of the few Black female characters to have a major role in an MCU project. All with captions!

Consider this a bonus part to the "Romani things you should know" series! It's not my content but Erik touches on all the problems many Romani have with the MCU rendition of Scarlet Witch, and I've been asked in the past if I'd ever do a post about it. So here you go!

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Check out the description of the video as well, there are links to numerous Romani charities to donate to!
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Netflix releases a new trailer for 'Fear Street Part Two: 1978'



• The second installment of the three part series premieres on Netflix this Friday.

• The trailer promises to pick up where the first left off [Spoiler (click to open)] with the sole survivor of the 1978 Camp Nightwing Massacre (played by Gillian Jacobs) telling Deena and her brother Josh about the horror and curses that have always plagued the kids from Shadyside and Sunnyvale and how they can help save Deena's girlfriend, Sam from the spirit that's possessing her

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Celebs Attend Dior Show in Paris




A handful of celebs attended a Dior fashion show in Paris, including Jennifer Lawrence making her first public appearance since 2019, apparently. Have you missed her?
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The reviews for the 'Gossip Girl' revival are in and they are...mixed


• The Gossip Girl revival is set to premiere on Thursday, and that means the review embargo is up.

• Vulture notes that the series comes off as being more overly concerned with looking like they're dismissing any notions about the show celebrating the lives of privileged teens, but doesn't do enough to actually provide any meaningful commentary. The reviewer says that the show would probably be better if they stopped pretending to care and gave into its soap opera roots.

• They also reveal that the show doesn't plan on playing the same guessing game that the original did, with the audience being shown who Gossip Girl is in the first episode. [spoiler warning]Gossip Girl's in-universe revival is the brainchild of Tavi Gevinson's character, Kate Keller. Kate and her fellow teachers are sick of the entitled attitudes that the Upper East Side kids have and decide to take them down a peg and getting shamed into reforming.

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Stephen Dorff calls Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow garbage, says he is embarrassed



True Detective actor Stephen Dorff shared his distaste for Black Widow.

"I still hunt out the good shit because I don’t want to be in Black Widow. It looks like garbage to me. It looks like a bad video game. I’m embarrassed for those people. I’m embarrassed for Scarlett! I’m sure she got paid five, seven million bucks, but I’m embarrassed for her. I don’t want to be in those movies. I really don’t. I’ll find that kid director that’s going to be the next Kubrick and I’ll act for him instead."

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Florence Pugh Says People Troll Relationship with Zach Braff Because 'It's Not Who They Expected'




* Florence Pugh has addressed the criticism of her relationship with Zach Braff;

* the 25-year-old opened up about the backlash she received after sharing a photo of herself and Braff (46) together on Instagram earlier this year:

* "It’s so weird to me to go on to someone’s page and s*** on it,” she said. “That’s so not my nature – to go and bully for the sake of bullying.”;

* Pugh has previously opened up about the backlash to her relationship, stating “people have no right to educate me on my private life”;

* The couple currently live together in Los Angeles, California.

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Richard Ashcroft pulls out of festival because COVID restrictions would be in place



-Richard pulled out of the Tramlines Festival happening later this month because he doesn't want to perform with "restrictions"
-The festival is part of a study being done by the British Events Research Programme to see how they can safely return to holding live music events again
-He also did not like these 3 words being put together: Government, Experiment, and Festival
-He concluded by hashtagging his own song, #theydontownme

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ONTD Original-Ranking the careers of the OG Gossip Girl cast post G.G

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With the new season premiering later this week, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the acting careers of the Gossip Girl cast post show.

Who I include in the ranking is my decision and I am not open to questions (sorry Hilary Duff and Aaron Tveit. You too Katie Cassidy.)

Disqualified-Ed Westwick has had horrible accusations towards him, I don't feel comfortable including him in the list. Taylor Momsen is also disqualified as she retired from acting after gossip girl and is focused on her music career.

13. Matthew Settle-Lonely boy's father hasn't had an acting credit since 2017.

12. Michele Trachtenberg-Little Harriet hasn't had an acting credit since 2018 :"(

11. Amanda Setton (brunette Blair minion)-Amanda had a decent sized role on the Robin Williams show "The Crazy Ones" and I thought hmm maybe she will have some success! But no she has done little since and is on a soap now, but good for her she can make a living off that.

10. Dreama Walker(blonde Blair minion)-Dreama ranks so low to me because of failed potential. She co-starred in the hilarious and underrated "Don't Trust The B in Apartment 23" and got critical acclaim for the movie "Compliance" but has done little since. Don't forget her blink and you'll miss it cameo in the first Sex and The City movie.

9. Connor Paolo-The actor who played Serena's little brother allegedly quit the show to go be in "Revenge" instead. But it was Gossip Girl who got her sweet revenge as he remains a nobody.

8. Jessica Szohr-While looking at her imbd for this post I realized she has had more television work than I realized, but initially she was going to be my last place. I think it's because her TINY TINY role in the movie Tower Heist is burned into my mind, I saw it in theaters and was bemused at how a prominent character on gossip girl had such a throwaway role in a movie that could have been played by an extra.

7. Kelly Rutherfold-Serena's mom is more known for her legal problems than her career at this point, but she has been acting consistantly since Gossip Girl ended.
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So ontd, do you agree? You know you love me. Xoxo.

Here's a gif of Sam Page (gossip girl alum) because he's so hot.190b8455f967e785934e0aa186a8678f.gif

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Cassie Steele and Miriam McDonald reunite for a Degrassi Q&A!

The two came together on Instagram Live this Sunday to answer some popular fan questions they've received, discussing their most challenging storylines and who the show's endgame couples should've been.

Cassie says her fave bf was Craig, even though she liked Manny/Jay as an endgame couple. Meanwhile, Miriam tactfully says Emma and Spinner should've just remained friends, and that she wanted Em and Sean to be endgame.

They also talk about storylines that should or could have been done, and Cassie says it would have made sense to her if the writers decided to make Manny bi.

You can check out the full vid below, and I've put more fleshed out highlights behind the cut.




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Megan Thee Stallion has joined the MCU. To appear on 'She Hulk'



- Megan Thee Stallion has joined the MCU.
- She will recur on 'Marvel Studios SHE HULK' playing herself.
- 'SHE HULK' also features Tatiana Maslany as She Hulk/Jessica Walters, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Tim Roth as The Abomination and Jameela Jamil as Titania. Krysten Ritter is also rumored to reprise her role as Jessica Jones.

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The View: Me-again Quit, Brian Kelly, Hot Topics

Panel is Whoopi, Joy, Sunny, Sara, and Meghan

This is from Thursday; Friday-Monday shows were repeat due to US holiday weekend



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjflWus3RR8

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Drama Queens episode 2: Kissing is Gross


- Their favourite moments from the episode were the 'Your art matters' scene, and Karen's 'that place has seen too much' line.
- Hilarie felt awkward about her first make out scene with James due to the age gap (she was 21, and he was 17), and the fact that neither of them had kissed on-screen before. She realised how young he was after the director yelled cut, and James said 'Ssorg', which is 'Gross' backwards.
- Sophia was told from day one that Lucas/Peyton were endgame, where as Hilarie was told that Jake/Peyton were endgame in season 2.
- They originally wanted Chad to play Nathan, but he wanted to do something different. Said that James was a 'sensitive soul' in real life, so it was interesting to watch him play the bad guy. Hilarie also praised Chad for not being afraid to be vulnerable on-screen.
- Brooke's growth was largely down to Sophia fighting with the writers all the time, and them agreeing to make Brooke more like Sophia was in real life.
- They all gushed about Bryan Greenberg again. Sophia mentioned that they felt things would've been better behind the scenes if he had stayed on the show.
- Sophia talked about an experience where an actor on the show bit her once because 'he was trying to be sexy'. (People seem to think its either Michael Copon, who played Felix, or Rey Valentin, who played Mr Chavez)
- This weeks high school superlative was 'Most likely to go on The Bachelor'. They said Deb or Rachel.

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Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are married.



US Weekly reveals that Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are married.

The couple met on "The Voice" and started dating in November 2015. They got engaged in October of last year.

source: https://twitter.com/usweekly/status/1412034437588586500

Did you meet your SO at work, ONTD?
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Richard Donner, 'The Goonies' and 'Lethal Weapon' director, dead at 91



Richard Donner, accomplished Hollywood producer and director known for his work on the "Lethal Weapon" franchise and "The Goonies," died on Monday, according to multiple reports, citing his wife and their production company. He was 91. No cause of death was shared.

Donner's career in film and television spanned six decades. Among his notable directing projects were 1978's "Superman," 1985's "Ladyhawke" with Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfieffer, 1988's "Scrooged" starring Bill Murray and the 1985 film "The Goonies," which was produced by Steven Spielberg.

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Sources; the CNN Tweet, CNN, the Warner Brothers Tweet, the Amblin/Steven Spielberg Tweet, the Sean Astin Tweet
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Britney Spears' longtime manager resigns amidst conservatorship controversy


Larry Rudolph, the former entertainment lawyer who began helping Britney Spears navigate her career in 1995 as her manager, has resigned as controversy swirls over her restrictive conservatorship.

In a letter, Rudolph wrote: "It has been over 2½ years since Britney and I last communicated, at which time she informed me she wanted to take an indefinite work hiatus. Earlier today, I became aware that Britney had been voicing her intention to officially retire."

The news comes days after the Bessemer Trust resigned as co-conservator of the superstar's $60 million estate, claiming to have been under the impression that the conservatorship was voluntary until hearing Spears' explosive June 23 court testimony.

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You can read the full letter at the source.