–This article reads like someone desperately trying to convince themselves that Kristen Stewart is not dating a girl. I guess the writer just completely avoided looking at the accompanying photos…
-The photo styling in W’s new “Best Performances” issue is so weird. Bradley Cooper gets the worst treatment, but Reese Witherspoon, Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, and Julianne Moore also look like overstretched aliens.
-After Into the Woods and The Last Five Years, I kind of feel a bit musical’d out, but here’s the first clip of Anne Hathaway in Song One.
–Julianne Moore is pretty much a lock for an Oscar nom, but that doesn’t mean she should just give up like this.
-Ooh boy. Gwyneth Paltrow says a lot of female reporters “try to pit me against other women.” There goes my New Year’s resolution about giving Gwyneth the benefit of the doubt…
-Speaking of saying things one shouldn’t in interviews, Russell Crowe spewed some stupid shit about female actresses needing to act their age, citing Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren as inspiration. It reminds me of like that brilliant Tina Fey joke at last year’s Golden Globes: “(She’s) so brilliant in August: Osage County, proving that there are still great roles in Hollywood for Meryl Streeps over 60.”
-The Newsroom’s Alison Pill is engaged. I guess that means I have to give up the dream that she’s going to reconcile with Jay Baruchel, huh?
-Meanwhile, did Lena Dunham get engaged over the holidays?
-On The Graham Norton Show, Eddie Redmayne re-enacted his terrible Hobbit audition, much to Anna Kendrick‘s delight.
–Leighton Meester continues to impress the crap out of me.
–Scarlett Johansson is set to follow up Lucy with Dreamworks’ long-awaited Ghost in the Shell. Marvel must be kicking themselves for not immediately green-lighting a Black Widow movie before she turned into this kick-ass action star.
-This is kind of music geeky, but I really liked this article on how 2014 was the year songwriters burned the chorus and built the bridge.
-Speaking of geeky articles I liked, here’s a great one on the category of appreciated TV shows that fall somewhere between prestige drama and trash. I call those the “workhorse” shows — superior than procedurals but will never get award recognition like cable series. Those kind of shows made up the majority of my Best TV of 2014 picks.
–Keshia Knight Pulliam (Rudy Huxtable) was fired on The Apprentice for not hitting up Bill Cosby. I get that the episode was taped long before his current debacle, but it’s weird they ran that whole segment as is last night.
–Chris Carter has not had an easy road back to TV success after The X Files. Amazon just scrapped plans for his new series.
-Ant Man finally got a human-sized teaser trailer.