Hey, kids, welcome to the Phile for a Saturday, how are you? We are down to the Phinal Phour entries. Don't cry, you'll be fine. The latest former Trump White House staffer to cash in on their connections after enabling the Trumps for years is Melania's former chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham. Politico got an advanced copy of Grisham's upcoming memoir, I’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw in The Trump White House, and Grisham wrote about Melania's reaction (well, not reaction) to the Capitol insurrection: "At 1:25 p.m. on Jan. 6, soon after rioters had broken through barricades outside of the Capitol, MELANIA TRUMP received a text message from her then-chief of staff, STEPHANIE GRISHAM. 'Do you want to tweet that peaceful protests are the right of every American, but there is no place for lawlessness and violence?' Grisham asked the first lady. A minute later, Melania replied with a one-word answer: 'No.' At that moment, she was at the White House preparing for a photo shoot of a rug she had selected..." Yeah, that tracks. Grisham also writes that Melania, like her husband, insists that the election was stolen, and refused to reach to Jill Biden. Melania responded to Politico with an incredibly salty statement that goes as far as invoking a domestic abuse allegation: "A statement provided by the office of Melania Trump said: 'The intent behind this book is obvious. It is an attempt to redeem herself after a poor performance as press secretary, failed personal relationships, and unprofessional behavior in the White House. Through mistruth and betrayal, she seeks to gain relevance and money at the expense of Mrs. Trump.' Her mention of “failed personal relationships” appears likely to be a reference to Grisham’s past relationship with former Trump aide MAX MILLER. Citing three people familiar with the incident, POLITICO Magazine reported in July that the relationship “ended when he pushed her against a wall and slapped her in the face in his Washington apartment after she accused him of cheating on her.” He denied the allegation. It's an incredibly low blow for Melania to bring up domestic abuse, but that's why the lady is a Trump. Be Best.
Last week, the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and the reviews are not so dear. Releasing on September 24th, the film is being hailed as "a total misfire" and "one of the worst movie-musicals ever made." Dear Evan Hansen is about a clinically anxious high school student who fakes a friendship with a classmate who died by suicide. Sounds fun, eh? Robert Daniels, in his review for RogerEbert.com, calls it "an emotionally manipulative, overlong dirge composed of cloying songs, lackluster vocal performances, and even worse writing." Critics noted that the moral dubiousness of the title character is rendered irredeemable because Ben Platt straight-up looks like a grown man enrolled in high school. Sorry, buddy. I don't think your Tony Award-winning role is going to turn into an Oscar-winning one.
Okay, I have to mention the Giants... When they bring out the air cast, you know it’s bad. Unfortunately, that was the case Thursday night for Nick Gates. The Giants captain was carted off with a gruesome leg injury during the first quarter of the Washington-New York game on a field that appears to be somewhat cursed in the department of compound leg breaks. Gates snapped his tibia and fibula in an injury that will sideline him for at least the remainder of the season, possibly into next year. In the final seconds of the fourth quarter with the Giants up 29-27, Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins lined up to kick a game-winning field goal. Hopkins missed the kick but the referees threw a flag on Giants’ Dexter Lawrence for being offsides. But after looking at a freeze frame clip of the play, it looks like Lawrence didn’t jump offsides, instead read the snap perfectly. Lawrence indirectly echoed this sentiment when speaking with reporters. “That’s on me. I have to be more disciplined in… a critical situation.” Lawrence it seems didn’t think he was offsides a day later. “My opinion really don’t matter,” he said. “We lost the game. The refs called what they called.” Tough to tell if it was an offsides or not, either way, the Giants fall to 0-2 after a 30-29 loss.
I think it's already safe to say that Canadian star Simu Liu is Hollywood's latest breakout star and the unprecedented success of Marvel Studios' Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings pretty much catapulted his career to heights previously unbeknownst to him. However, just as Simu's acting career is finally taking off, the actor is being dragged into several controversies that are bringing up comments he made from several years back. For starters, the actor was reportedly under fire in China after his 2017 interview recently went viral in the country. Appearing on CBC's "What's Your Story?" to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Canada, Simu recalled his early memories of living in communist China, describing it as a third-world country where people are allegedly dying of starvation. If that issue wasn't enough, the actor is once again in hot water after his alleged comments on his archived Reddit account have resurfaced online for the world to see. The said comments which include "racist" and "sexist" remarks from the MCU newcomer were posted under the username /u/nippedinthebud between 2013-2019 and have been deemed problematic by a lot of fans. Simu has yet to release an official statement regarding his latest controversy but intriguingly, the actor took to Twitter to look back on an old tweet of his where he talks about making questionable comments out of hate and anger.