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Affleck Returns to Directing, DiCaprio Enters Nightmare Alley, and Colin Jost Stands Next to An Attractive Actress

By Dustin Rowles | Pajiba Love | April 23, 2019 |

By Dustin Rowles | Pajiba Love | April 23, 2019 |


Evening, folks. I was out all day with the wife and kids, witnessing the final part of their conversion to Judaism. It was a pretty amazing experience (and thank you to Tori for manning the ship while I was away). Now Lainey is taking a much-needed break this evening, so I’m handling PL duties.

Speaking of Lainey: My kid, who is 11, joined his middle-school Dungeons and Dragons club and came home yesterday geeking out because someone else in his club had seen the D&D episode of Community. “I’m a total nerd,” he said proudly. It was a nice moment to reflect on the fact that “nerd” is no longer a pejorative term in middle school. ANYWAY, you know who else is a nerd? Lainey’s husband, who has launched a Kickstarter for a one-shot adventure of D&D, and if you’re into that sort of thing, it looks badass and you should definitely get this. (Kickstarter)

So, an Uproxx colleague wrote a post about Colin Jost last week, and Michael Che accused that writer of bestiality. I wrote a post about Michael Che accusing that writer of bestiality yesterday, and then Colin Jost came to Che’s defense and called me out on Instagram yesterday. As I said on Twitter, his post was marginally funny, but not particularly vicious dig that plays both sides, which is to say: It was very on brand for Colin Jost. ANYWAY, while I was away today, the amazing Maria Tallarico over on LaineyGossip summed up the whole episode. (LG)

Speaking of Jost, here he is with the stunning Scarlett Johansson at the Avengers: Endgame premiere last night. Man, I don’t get it, but you know, good for Jost. I don’t begrudge the man his happiness, and he’s attending the premiere of the biggest movie on the planet with Black Widow. The fact that he took a moment to call out a third-rate nobody really speaks to how Jost hasn’t lost touch with real America. (Celebitchy)

Meanwhile, Tara Reid has dropped her $100 million lawsuit against the producers of Sharknado for using her likeness, probably after she realized that her likeness was not worth $100 million. Drop six zeroes, and we’re in business, Tara. (Dlisted)

Whatever else you might think of Leonardo DiCaprio, this project sounds fantastic. I hope they get Elizabeth Debicki as the female lead. (Uproxx)

I swear to God I saw this tweet yesterday and my first thought was, “God, I hope Courtney doesn’t see it.”

Narrator: She saw it.

Please, no one tell Courtney about this line I saw from McClatchy today. (McClatchy)

“Elizabeth Warren spent the first week of her presidential campaign battling back whether she was likable enough,” said Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, a group that supports Democratic women in favor of abortion rights. “Now, I worked in the Senate, and I have seen Senator [Bernie] Sanders. And I’m just going to tell you, he’s not that likable.”

SERIOUSLY. I can actually feel Courtney mashing the ALL CAPS buttons halfway across the country.

As Mike Redmond said, “Welcome to my porn.”

I don’t write PL very often anymore, and really the only thing I miss is not being able to occasionally direct your attention to some of my favorite online writers outside of Pajiba, like Ciara Wardlow, who wrote this review of a John Cho movie I’d honestly never heard of, but that I’m now dying to see. (FSR)

Also, a shout-out to a fantastic former writer, Vivian Kane, who is covering politics for The Mary Sue, including the latest nonsense controversy that Tucker Carlson has drummed up against Obama and Hillary. (The Mary Sue)

Meanwhile, Roxana is geeking out over this Esquire profile of Podrick from Game of Thrones, who has a real name, Daniel Portman, and looks like a scruffy surfer dude. (Esquire)

Roxana also really wants to be friends with this woman, and so do I!

Oh, oh! Speaking of Roxana, she wrote about that transphobic joke in Little last week, and — citing her piece — Indiewire spoke to one of the writers of the movie, who spoke out against the joke. (IndieWire)

Ben Affleck is getting back into the director’s chair, where he belongs, with a movie scripted by Nic Pizzolatto. That’s … interesting. (Vulture)

Like many, Tracy has struggled with weight for most of her life. Emily Cooper’s The Metabolic Storm was an-eye opening read. "This book was a revelation to me, both in terms of the answers it provides and the way it described what things are like for "normal-weight" (Cooper’s description) people." In short, diets don’t work. What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned from a book? (Cannonball Read 11)

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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