Celebrity Mount Rushmore
The Celebrity Mount Rushmore For October 18–22
We are starting a new weekly feature here at the Will Leitch Medium Experiment. It is a look back at the events of the week by focusing on five human beings of particular note. It will hopefully be informative and amusing but will likely be neither. Think of it as the Mount Rushmore of this week, if they carved statues on mountains every week, based on short observations on the news. Last week featured Ben Affleck, Steve Bannon, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Mike Shildt.
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Timothee Chalamet. The weekend of Chalamet has arrived. The kid who was everywhere two years ago is really everywhere this weekend, starring in Wes Anderson’s long-delayed The French Dispatch (in which he has sex with … Frances McDormand!) and headlining the massive Dune remake from Denis Villeneuve. That’s quite a little run up the movie star flagpole! Chalamet has actually been a little quiet since his Call Me By Your Name/Lady Bird one-two punch in 2017. Since then, he has only made a moderately well-received Steve Carell movie (Beautiful Boy), a dumb Netflix action movie (The King), a small-but-fun role in another Greta Gerwig movie (Little Women) and a Woody Allen movie that Chalamet has already apologized for being in and sorta hopes you’ll never bring up again (A Rainy Day in New York). Is the rest of the world as in love with Chalamet as a bunch of dorky film writers were four years ago? We are about to find out! It is also worth reminding you that Chalamet is still only 25 years old. That picture above? It was taken in 2011.
Katie Couric. The longtime “Today” show anchor and television-lady-next-door has a new memoir out, and it sounds like a gas. Here’s a fun paragraph from Rebecca Traister’s fantastic New York magazine profile of Couric: