— Roc Nation (@RocNation) December 29, 2017
–Jay Z dropped his “Family Feud” video today, which was directed by Ava DuVernay, costars Beyonce and Blue Ivy and details his infidelity. The video includes cameos by Jessica Chastain, Mindy Kaling, Michael B Jordan, Thandie Newton, Brie Larson, Rashida Jones, Rosario Dawson, Constance Wu, Niecy Nash and David Oyelowo, but you can only watch the full thing on Tidal (for now).
–Zac Efron recalls the time he cried while talking to Michael Jackson, which then in turn made Jackson cry.
-When Survivor winner Todd Herzog appeared on Dr. Phil in 2013 to talk about his addictions, his alcohol level was .263. Now he’s alleging it’s because of the vodka and Xanax supplied to him by the show. A new Boston Globe/STAT story also quotes people who were encouraged by staffers to go to L.A.’s Skid Row in order to buy heroin.
-Wait, people actually think The Last Jedi is a box office failure? In what world?!
-Oh god, Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt are circling a Mad About You revival. Stop trying to reboot things, Hollywood! (Unless it’s Happy Endings or Selfie.)
-Speaking of TV, here’s our picks for the best TV shows of 2017, ICYMI.
-Ugh, Meghan Markle‘s relatives are coming out of the woodwork in full force.
-I kind of love Ridley Scott. He’s 80, he just reshot an entire movie in 9 days, and he gives interviews in which he clearly does not give af. His chat with Vulture is refreshingly candid, and even offers an opinion of Blade Runner 2049: “It was f**king way too long. F**k me! And most of that script’s mine…I shouldn’t talk…I’m being a bitch.”
-According to critics who screened the first 5 of the 10 new episodes of The X Files, it’s still wildly inconsistent but there’s more flirting/banter and “another dazzling Darin Morgan standalone.”
–Minnie Driver revealed that Harvey Weinstein wanted Ashley Judd for Good Will Hunting instead of her, telling her “You’re just not f**kable.”
-Meanwhile, according to Buzzfeed Weinstein will not go quietly.
-Also, it’s great to see these women gather to talk about life after speaking out about Weinstein, but where’s Lupita Nyong’o in all this?
–John Oliver makes a good point concerning the backlash of him confronting Dustin Hoffman over sexual harassment: “It became about my questions rather than his answers.”
-Uh, so male stars are also planning to wear black to the Golden Globes to protest sexual misconduct in Hollywood? Except don’t they almost always wear black anyway? For the love of god, someone design a ribbon or something! I really hope the winners pull a Fiona Apple and use their acceptance speech to say “this world is bullshit.”
-What kind of person nabs Tatiana Maslany for their new TV show and then ends up recasting her part??! Ryan Murphy, wyd?
–Will Smith got very excited over Jamie Oliver’s Christmas negroni.
-Also, Will Smith has only been on Instagram for a month but already it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
-Speaking of Smith, was Bright actually worth the $90 million Netflix spent on it? Nielsen is reporting that 11 million people watched it over its first three days . (I’m skeptical about that number, though. On the one hand, the real figure is probably higher since Nielsen only measures people watching on actual TVs, not tablets and computers. On the other hand, “views” don’t tell the story of how many people watched ’till the end.)
-In any case, if that number is accurate it adds up to a $99 million debut at the box office — roughly what The Fate of the Furious did in April, and a win that Smith desperately needs. (Bright’s numbers are still smaller than Stranger Things 2, which pulled in 15.8 million by Nielsen’s measure.)
-Can Lena Dunham learn from the high-profile mistakes she made in 2017?
-I really liked this list of the 50 greatest moments from this year’s movies. As much as I had mixed feelings about Molly’s Game, the “on tilt” poker scene is a fave.
-This clip of Celine Dion twirling a baton is just what I needed to bid goodbye to 2017.
-Here’s the trailer for The Open House with the kid from 13 Reasons Why. Netflix is really going all in with him, huh?
-Here’s the first trailer for Selma Blair and Nicolas Cage‘ Mom and Dad, which people went NUTS for at TIFF’s Midnight Madness. It’s a horror movie in which all the parents in the world are suddenly overcome by the urge to murder their kids.
-Every Day, one of my favorite YA books of all time, is now a movie coming in Feb and I CANNOT WAIT!