Jennifer Aniston Talks Reunions and Rumours

 

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Jennifer Aniston‘s THR cover story feels like the most substantial interview we’ve gotten from her in years. She talks about how hard the Friends reunion was on her (“It just took me by surprise because it was like, ‘Hi, past, remember me? Remember how that sucked? You thought everything was in front of you and life was going to be just gorgeous and then you went through maybe the hardest time in your life?’ “), how the industry has changed (“It’s not that glamorous anymore. It’s slowly becoming about TikTok and Instagram followers. It’s like, we’re hiring now based on followers, not talent? Oh, dear”), and dealing with tabloid rumours (“I used to take it all very personally — the pregnancy rumors and the whole ‘Oh, she chose career over kids’ assumption. It’s like, ‘You have no clue what’s going with me personally, medically, why I can’t…can I have kids?’ They don’t know anything, and it was really hurtful and just nasty”).

-Meanwhile, Aniston and friends did a great job on last night’s Facts of Life live. The old school ads they ran during the special were amazing.

-I really like the photos that accompany this interview with Kristen Stewart and Pablo Larraín.

Meryl Streep had just come to accept that Jonah Hill kept calling her GOAT, and Jennifer Lawrence had to explain to her that it was a compliment.

-Meanwhile, when Stephen Colbert asked Jennifer Lawrence what she’d been doing just her 3-year hiatus from Hollywood, she said “I just had a ton of sex.” Fair enough.

Prince William says that at a charity fundraiser, Taylor Swift encouraged him to join her and Jon Bon Jovi on stage to sing “Livin’ on a Prayer” — and he didn’t know the words. “Honestly, even now I’m cringing at what happened next, and I don’t understand why I gave in…if Taylor Swift looks you in the eye, touches your arm and says, ’Come with me,′ you basically do what she says. I got up like a puppy and went, ‘Yeah, OK, that seems like a great idea ― I’ll follow you.’ ”

Christina Ricci (who is currently doing fantastic work in Yellowjackets) just welcomed her second child.

-This is a very good list of the best TV performances of the year.

-For those of us who spend a lot of time watching TV and movies while turning the volume up and down, this article explains a lot.

-A court has dismissed Rose McGowan’s RICO lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein and his lawyers.

-Disney+ is working on a reboot of Firefly — minus Joss Whedon.

-Director Daniel Cretton is returning for the Shang-Chi sequel.

-Has Jeremy Strong been teasing his Succession character’s fate for months? (I’m still not convinced that what everyone thinks is happening is really happening.)

-I’m super bummed that The Hating Game is only available in VOD in Canada and not in theatres (so far). Still, this clip of the infamous elevator scene is good enough to have me watching it however I can this weekend. (I also love that they have her make the first move; plays way better than the scene in the book.)

Alicia Silverstone is stranded at sea in The Requin trailer.

Ariana Grande, Megan Thee Stallion, and Jimmy Fallon’s Holiday Surprise

-Well, this is unexpected. Ariana Grande, Megan Thee Stallion, and Jimmy Fallon came together for a festive single.

Zendaya chats with her Euphoria costar Colman Domingo in the latest issue of Interview Magazine. She talks about her interest in photography, how she wants to direct “a simple love story about two Black girls,” and meeting Michelle Obama (“I always say it’s like meeting your auntie, like you know her already”).

-Awful news: Nick Cannon and Alyssa Scott’s 5-month-old son has passed away from a brain tumor.

-This is a good piece on how New York rom-coms don’t actually make sense. Maid in Manhattan, for instance, tricks us into forgetting a rich assemblyman gives a press conference about how a maid lied to him about being rich.

Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Hart are previewing being in the upcoming Facts of Life live, which airs tonight.

Tristan Thompson is having a baby with a personal trainer, which has reportedly blindsided Khloé Kardashian.

Rihanna says new music is coming “soon soon soon”.

Mindy Kaling‘s HBO show The Sex Lives of College Girls has been renewed.

Billie Eilish released her self-directed video for “Male Fantasy.”

-The reviews are in for Being the Ricardos, and while they’re mixed, it seems like Nicole Kidman as won most critics over.

-Every time a major publication like the NYT writes about what’s happening in the book world, it just comes off as so out of touch compared to what’s happening on BookTok. Yes, of course social media followings do not translate into book sales. Yes, Billie Eilish and Justin Timberlake’s fans of their music don’t automatically want to buy their books. No one can predict what’s going to blow up and what’s not. That’s why that book about a woman milking a centaur came out of nowhere to become the most buzzed book on socials this year.

-Neo and Trinity reunite in the latest trailer for Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix Resurrections.

 

Tom Holland and Zendaya’s Height Difference

Tom Holland and Zendaya continue to be adorable together on the Spider-Man promo tour. They appeared together on the Graham Norton Show and talked about the difficulty of joint stunts due to their height difference.

-Meanwhile, Tom Holland says he’ll play Fred Astaire in a film, which sounds like perfect casting.

-After receiving two nominations for the 2022 Grammy Awards, Drake has withdrawn his nominations, and now are not visible on his artist page on the Grammys’ website. No one is really sure why, but he spoke out about The Weeknd’s snub last year.

-NY magazine’s profile on Succession star Jeremy Strong is an interesting read — mostly because everyone who’s quoted sounds like they don’t like him very much, which is unusual in a big profile like this. Usually you get some non-critical words from costars, even if it’s just about their talent or dedication if they don’t want to get into their personality. But it sounds like everyone thinks he’s a miserable presence on and off set. Is that why he’s so good in this role — because he’s just playing a version of himself?

-Meanwhile, I can’t quite believe that the ending of last night’s Succession is to believed, but if that turns out to be true, it’s gonna be a WILD finale this weekend.

-In his new GQ profile, Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus talks about accidentally revealing his cancer diagnosis on social media, renewing his faith, healing his old friendships, and being reminded of what makes life worth living.

George Clooney says he once turned down $35 million for one day’s work on an airline ad over because of its country’s “questionable” practices.

Charlie Cox, who played Daredevil on Marvel’s Netflix show, might transition over to the film universe, according to Kevin Feige.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Three 6 Mafia got into a brawl onstage at Verzuz.

Jennifer Lawrence looked amazing during a rare red carpet appearance.

-Um, is Ariana Grande’s new look cultural appropriation?

-In a new Vulture essay, Colton Haynes says that before he came to Hollywood, he was confidently queer, but years of mixed messages in the industry changed that.

Grimes wrote a breakup song about Elon Musk.

-For Vanity Fair, Mo Ryan talked at length with Jeff Garlin about his HR investigations on The Goldbergs, and power imbalances. It’s rare to have a celeb be confronted with these types of questions and not walk away (though there were times he clearly wanted to), but I don’t love how often he dismissed the allegations as “my silliness” or “my process.”

-This is a very good piece questioning why Hollywood is still hiring raging anti-Semite Mel Gibson?

Chris Noth weighed in on Kim Cattrall’s rumoured feud with Sarah Jessica Parker — and it sounds like he’s on Team Parker. “I do know that I’m very close with SJ and [Cattrall’s] descriptions of her don’t even come close. I liked her, I thought she was marvelous in the show and some people move on for their own reasons. I don’t know what hers were. I just wish that whole thing had never happened because it was sad and uncomfortable…I just don’t like to see anyone talking down about SJ because she’s a target and people can be nasty. I feel very protective of her and I was not happy about that.”

-Its xmas pop song time: Ed Sheeran and Elton John released a new festive track and video, while John Legend unveiled his new holiday single.

JLo released a new video for “On My Way.”

-Here’s the trailer for Peacock’s MacGruber series. Will Forte, Kristen Wiig and Ryan Phillippe star in the 8-episode revival.

-Here’s our first look at the sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, called (confusingly) Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One).