Welcome to this week’s edition of our Entertainment Odds Medley — a completely biased take on the week’s biggest pop-culture stories, told through numbers, odds, and props because this is Vegas after all.
Here I’ll fill you in on (my version of) the best and worst from all of your (my) favorite celebrities, musicians, and even politicians, plus a few stories that are just begging to be shared. This is the stuff the group chat will thank you for. Or, at the very least, not kick you out for.
It has been quite the month in Hollywood, there is no end in sight. The sexual misconduct allegations continue to roll in and Harvey Weinstein is not the only one being named.
It can feel discouraging, to say the least, but the silver lining around all this exhausting news is that the exposure and finger-pointing have the potential to shift an entire industry in a healthier, more transparent direction — something we would all benefit from.
If you’re in need of a break from all the heavier stuff, just keep scrolling, because there is some feel-good news in here, as well.
Within hours of the BuzzFeed article being posted, Kevin Spacey released a statement on Twitter, claiming to have no memory of the incident. “But if I did behave then as he describes,” Spacey continued, “I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.” He then went on to “address other things” about his life, namely the rumors regarding his own sexuality. Yes, Kevin Spacey decided the right moment to publicly come out as gay was in a statement regarding sexual misconduct allegations.
As you can expect, the response has been vitriolic. Not only does Spacey’s statement attempt to move past Rapp’s allegations at a dizzying speed, critics like Zachary Quinto are quick to point out how troubling the timing is. Quinto stated on his own Twitter account that, “it is deeply sad and troubling that this is how [he] has chosen to come out … as a calculated manipulation to deflect attention from the very serious accusation that he attempted to molest one [child].” Others, like comedian Cameron Esposito, reminded us that “being gay has nothing to do w/ going after underage folks.”
In light of the allegations, Spacey will not be honored with a special Emmy Award he was due to receive next month. Netflix has also announced that the next season of House of Cards will be the final season, though they state this decision was made before any allegations came to light.
Odds Kevin Spacey issues a secondary apology statement: 4/1
At the moment, his reps have declined any further comment, and I have a feeling that is how things will stay for the time being. If Spacey does comment further, I imagine it will be in a more personal setting where he has space to explain himself.
Odds that Kevin Spacey is nominated for an Emmy next year: 6/1
He has already been stripped of his special Emmy, but then again, the allegations against Casey Affleck didn’t really do anything to his awards status, did they?
The concert was, as expected, an emotional experience for all involved. As Mike Shinoda greeted the sold-out audience, his words were simple and poignant: “I don’t have the words. I don’t think any of us do.”
Early in the evening, it became clear that, while Bennington’s friends, family and fans feel his absence in a profound way, they also feel his resounding impact. There was a moment, right before the third song of the night, where the Hollywood Bowl was eerily still. A single spotlight illuminated a lone microphone stand, draped in greenery and flowers, no band in sight. Then, as the first few chords of “Numb” began to play, something truly moving took place: 17,500 people began to sing as one.
Profits from the tribute concert will be donated to the One More Light Fund, which supports charities bringing solar electricity to remote health clinics without electricity. It will also support Bennington’s favorite Music for Relief program, as well as raise awareness for mental-health support.
Due to the nature of this story, there will be no posted odds.
Interesting how the news of Gomez and Tesfaye’s split broke right around the same time that it was revealed she had been spending time with her ex, though, isn’t it?
Odds that Justin and Selena announce they are dating by 2018: 2/1
Selena, girl, if he was your boyfriend, he’d never let you go … this time around.
Odds of Selena and The Weeknd getting back together: 10/1
I really liked them together, but unfortunately, my opinion on the matter makes very little difference. The duo were reportedly on the fence about the relationship for several months before finally deciding to call it quits, and now that they’re through, I’ve got a feeling that’s how it will stay.
Odds that Justin and Selena start their own church together: 25/1
Rumors of Justin starting his own church have been floating around for a while now, and although there’s probably nothing to them, they’re pretty fun to think about. It was Gomez who first introduced Bieber to the Hillsong Church he loves so much, so if the Church of Justin Bieber is ever to really get off the ground, she would be a great first lady. Is that what they’re called in the church?
It has been just over three weeks since Harvey Weinstein was let go from The Weinstein Company, which he and his brother founded in 2005, amid rampant allegations of sexual abuse and harassment. In less than a month, over 80 women have come forward, adding their names to an ever-growing list spanning several decades. Now, Weinstein is suing his former company, looking for access to his old emails, personnel files, and other records he claims may exonerate him from some of these allegations. The lawsuit makes clear that he intends to pursue some sort of wrongful-termination case, or other legal action against the Weinstein Company.
The lawsuit was filed just hours after actress Ashley Judd went on camera to describe the sexual advances Weinstein made towards her twenty years ago.
Odds that Weinstein wins his lawsuit against the Weinstein Co.: 6/1
Featured Image: Actor Anthony Rapp (Photo credit: Vagueonthehow (Wikimedia) [CC License])
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