–George Clooney gushes about wife Amal in David Letterman‘s next Netflix interview. On their first meeting, he says, “It was the wildest thing. A mutual friend of ours said, ‘I’m stopping by and can I bring my friend?’ And I was like, ‘Of course!’… The funniest thing was my mom and dad were visiting so my parents were there. And we just talked, we stayed up all night talking. And I got her email address, because she was going to send me some pictures of my parents. So we started writing. I didn’t know if she wanted to go out with me — I just thought we were buddies.” Oh George, you sweet summer child.
–Tiffany Haddish says she once wrote a treatment for a show where she takes celebrities on Groupon excursions, and now that’s all I want to watch.
-Here’s the trailer for Mindy Kaling’s new NBC show (which she produced and stars in), in which she drops off her kid to live with his dad in New York City, where the teen wants to go to art school.
-Oh ffs. Director David Yates confirmed that the Fantastic Beasts sequel will revolve around Dumbledore and Grindelwald, but will avoid addressing Dumbledore’s sexuality. Yates said “Not explicitly, but I think all the fans are aware of that,” which is such a copout. Why can’t a character who’s gay in canon be depicted as such onscreen?
–Keanu Reeves‘ Super Bowl commercial for Squarespace is oddly beautiful.
-I stopped watching House of Cards very early in its run, but suddenly the no-Kevin Spacey season sounds awesome. Robin Wright is the lead, and now Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear will play siblings.
-Speaking of shows that are getting major cast overhauls in their final stretch, Katherine Heigl is joining Suits for Season 8. I feel like she’s one of those people that we all have to rethink our treatment of. Sure, there are lots of stories about her and her mom’s behaviour on set, but really the reason everyone turned on her was because she dared to imply that Knocked Up had some problematic portrayals of women…and she wasn’t wrong. And Hollywood crucified her for it and labelled her “difficult.” We’ve given male actors a free pass for behaving much, much worse.
-Along those lines, Kathy Griffin is plotting her comeback in the new THR cover story, eight months after torching her career (and friendship with Anderson Cooper) with a photograph of a decapitated Trump. “I didn’t rape anybody. I didn’t assault anybody. I didn’t get a DUI. I mean, my God, there are celebrities that fucking kill people.”
-In a new interview, Hayley Atwell apologized for working with Woody Allen (and casually mentioned that Ewan McGregor was in the film, too).
–Chrissy Teigen said she freaked out and acted weird when she met Beyonce at the Grammys last weekend. “It was like, ‘milady.'”
-Bless Kelly Clarkson, who chipped away at Grammy president Neil Portnow‘s comments piece by piece and kindly directed him to her “A-game album.”
-I really liked this article on how The Good Place went against the antihero-TV idea that people don’t improve, by showing that being good is damn hard work. Also, these fan theories on what the finale means are great.
-Speaking of articles I liked, this profile on Amber Tamblyn (which the writer started in Oct, before the Me Too movement – in which she’s becoming an outspoken activist) is a fascinating read.
-Another good read: how much Sundance was judged as a “quiet” year had to do with it being a female-driven year.
-The CW just ordered six new dramas, including a Roswell reboot.
-I’ve never watched BoJack Horesman (I know, I know – I’ve heard it’s amazing), but this is a really thoughtful interview with the creator about how he regrets his part in animation’s whitewashing.
-The Revenant co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy made a bet around the 2016 Oscars and Hardy, who lost, kept his end of the bargain.
-As most late night comedians weighed in on the state of the union speech, Jimmy Kimmel focused last night’s show on more human coverage—with surreal results.
-Orange is the New Black star Taryn Manning was unhappy to learn that her SAG Awards dress is only $200 and widely available, but soon backtracked on her comments.
-Here’s the new trailer for the next Jack Ryan film. I guess John Krasinski is still trying to do the movie star thing, huh?