Rihanna Is a Work of Art in Essence

Rihanna is covering Essence to promote her new skin care line, and the stunning photo shoot is courtesy of artist Lorna Simpson, part of her ongoing project reinterpreting images of Black women who have posed in the pages of Ebony and Jet magazines.

-According to Ice T, Dr. Dre is home and doing well after suffering from a brain aneurysm.

-Oh boy. Armie Hammer’s finsta has leaked. He’s really, really bad at this.  Has he had zero media training? It’s like he didn’t even try to cover his tracks.

Bella Thorne, of all people, has come to Hammer’s defense.

Tom Cruise is now outsourcing his onset covid safety rants to robots.

-On THR’s podcast, Ben Affleck reflected on his relationship with Jennifer Lopez (“People were so fucking mean about her — sexist, racist. Ugly, vicious shit was written about her in ways that if you wrote it now you would literally be fired for saying those things you said”) and how it affected his career (“I was actually in the very worst position you can be in in this business, which is you can sell magazines but not movie tickets”).

Kate Winslet explains why her husband changed his name back from Ned Rocknroll to something less insane.

Kate also told a sweet story about her Sense and Sensibility costar Alan Rickman: “Whenever Al would go out to supper and anyone else would try and pay, he would somehow have phoned ahead or slipped his credit card ahead of the meal so no one even got a look at the check. He’d just say, ‘I’ve got two words for you: Harry Potter.’ And he became known for doing that.”

Betty White turns 99 this weekend. She can never leave us.

Kelly Clarkson thanked Jennifer Love Hewitt for being nice to her at an award show during her American Idol years — because most celebs weren’t. “You ran up to me right when [I was in the] final three of Idol…People were really mean to us, because we’re from a talent show, and it was the first season. Everyone was so rude to us on the carpet, at the show. It was so bad. It was a horrible experience. You came up to me, ran up to me out of nowhere, and said ‘Oh my gosh, I’m really rooting for you.'”

-The cast and creator of FXX’s You’re the Worst are reuniting for a fundraiser to benefit Feeding America. I basically started watching The Boys based solely on Aya Cash‘s participation, so I’m in.

John David Washington, 36, addressed the criticism over the age gap between him and Malcom & Marie co-star Zendaya, 24. “I wasn’t concerned about it because she is a woman, Washington responded. “People are going to see in this film how much of a woman she is.”

Ethan Hawke is making his superhero debut, joining Oscar Isaac in Marvel’s Moon Knight.

Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni reunite in these Law and Order: SVU set pics.

-I really liked this interview with Cristin Milioti and John Magaro.

-Ted Lasso season two has started filming. Maybe that’ll distract Jason Sudeikis from the tabloid wars.

-A new trailer for Sia‘s controversial film Music starring Kate Hudson and Maddie Ziegler has dropped.

Anne Hathaway’s Backyard Red Carpet

Anne Hathaway might be missing out on a Locked Down premiere, but she’s not skipping the red carpet. She ate this photoshoot.

-Also, she says we’ve all been calling her the wrong name. “Call me Annie. Everybody, everybody, call me Annie. Please…The only person who ever calls me Anne is my mother, and she only does it when she’s really mad at me, like really mad. So every time I step out in public and someone calls my name, I think they’re going to yell at me.”

-Here we go. Page Six published an interview with Armie Hammer’s ex-girlfriend Courtney Vucekovich, who attests to him making cannibalism comments, but levels even more disturbing accusations of emotional abuse. “He quickly grooms you in the relationship. He kind of captivates you and while being charming, he’s grooming you for these things that are darker and heavier and consuming. When I say consuming, I mean mentally, physically, emotionally, financially, just everything.”

-I’d love to know the “much-loved actor” who trash talked him to an interviewer.

-It’s wild that there a screengrabs of Mary-Kate Olsen‘s Zoom divorce proceedings floating around. And they were authorized!

-I guess those Deux Moi blinds about an A-list singer trying to be a movie star make sense now. Cardi B just landed her very first leading role in a film, Paramount’s upcoming comedy Assisted Living.

-Wondering why Brie Larson is trending? When asked how she spent recess when she was 10, she responded “10 years old? I’d probably be on the computer at the library researching ‘how do I know if I’m gay?'”

Lori Harvey and Michael B Jordan posting their cute snowball fight on Instagram kinda feels like rubbing it in, no?

Bella Thorne commented on Florence Pugh‘s Instagram video and fans started dragging her, and Pugh was not having it.

Chris Evans is reportedly in talks with Marvel Studios to reprise his role as Captain America in the MCU. So nothing is ever allowed to end and no characters are ever allowed to die? Got it.

Miley Cyrus says she once climbed the Roosevelt Hotel sign naked after “a rager.” Who amongst us hasn’t?

-This video of Lana Condor and Noah Centineo reacting to their new To All The Boys trailer is adorable. A++ marketing.

Macaulay Culkin has joined the call to get the Trump cameo removed from Home Alone. Canada already did it.

-Musician Ariel Pink sounds like a swell guy. The week after he attended the insurrection at the Capitol, court documents are revealing that he’s being accused of sexual misconduct and physical abuse.

-Warner Bros spent the holidays trying to placate their top talent after abruptly announcing that all their 2021 movies would be streaming on HBO Max. Denzel Washington is said to be getting his $20 million plus backend fee  for The Little Things, while talent making less than $4 million will be paid an additional 25% upon the release of the film as an advance against box office bonuses.

Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke play longtime friends  in the trailer for Netflix’s  upcoming series Firefly Lane.

-The trailer for I Care A Lot has arrived. I saw this at TIFF and my immediate reaction wasn’t overwhelmingly positive because everyone – EVERYONE – in this movie is terrible and there’s no one to root for. But as soon as I leaned into it, it was pretty great. Also, no one has ever looked cooler vaping as Rosamund Pike does in this. It’s on Netflix in the US, but comes to Prime on Feb 19 in Canada.

Noah Centineo Recalls Scary Fan Encounter

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GQ

Noah Centineo is doing promo, which means the final To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Movie is about it hit! (Update: Netflix just announced it’ll come out on Feb 12 and dropped a trailer.) In a new GQ interview, Centineo remembers a scary incident when a group of fans tracked his flight to meet him at the airport and tried to follow him home. (Also, the wild thing about this whole article is how few quotes are attributed to him. The reporter clearly likes him and they talk about a lot of topics, but most of his direct quotes are just short exclamations. It’s odd.)

-The whispers about Armie Hammer continue to get louder. He’s reportedly “stepping away” from his comedy with Jennifer Lopez. In his first statement about the growing scandal, he said “I’m not responding to these bullshit claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for 4 months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic.” (I’m not sure if using the kids is the direction I would have went on this…)

-Meanwhile, the Daily Mail has some not great video of him doing what looks like drugs.

-Whew, Jason Sudeikis‘ PR team is working overtime this week.

Bruce Willis was asked to leave a pharmacy in LA for refusing to wear a mask. He was wearing a bandana around his neck — how hard was it to just put it over his mouth? Jerk.

-He’s since called it “an error in judgement.” Still a jerk tho.

-Today’s wild news day includes this nugget: Rebel Wilson says she was once kidnapped at gunpoint in rural Mozambique. “I felt like I was very good in the crisis. I was like a team leader. They sat us down, and I said, ‘Everybody link arms,’ because I was petrified in the night that they might want to take one of the girls or something.”

-Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson tweeted a story about losing a friend to Q*non, which is likely a subtweet about Brian Littrell.

Riz Ahmed revealed that he recently got married, but won’t be revealing his wife’s name.

-Insecure is ending with its upcoming fifth season. If this is what Issa Rae wants, I’m glad she’s getting time to wrap up the series but man, it feels like it hit its stride last season.

-The fact that five different people sent me this Bridgerton duet TikTok is making me question my brand. (J/K; keep sending).

-Speaking of Bridgerton, I love this British Vogue spread of Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Jean Page.

Emma Roberts took to Instagram to introduce the world to her son, Rhodes Robert Hedlund.

Tom Hanks will be hosting a TV special to celebrate Joe Biden’s inauguration, featuring performances by Jon Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato and Ant Clemons.

-The Kardashians reportedly gave crew members of Keeping Up With the Kardashians a fancy wrap gift: Rolexes.

Kevin Costner is suing his former business partner for conversion, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment.

Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy have reached a divorce settlement.

-Amazon confirmed their Lord of the Rings show is about the return of Sauron. This thing is supposed to come out this year, and that’s all we really know about it so far.

-Aw nuts. The covid drama Locked Down starring Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor is getting terrible reviews.

Jon Hamm says he auditioned to play Sandy Cohen in The OC. He’s great, but he doesn’t have the eyebrows for it.

-The SAG Awards are moving to April after the Grammys took their original slot.

LaKeith Stanfield infiltrates the Black Panthers in the trailer for Judas And The Black Messiah.