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February 2019

Miley Cyrus Talks Marriage, Music in Vanity Fair

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-In her new Vanity Fair cover story, Miley Cyrus talks about her marriage to Liam Hemsworth (“I think the reason we got married isn’t old-fashioned — I actually think it’s kind of New Age. We’re redefining, to be f**king frank, what it looks like for someone that’s a queer person like myself to be in a hetero relationship”), reveals that she felt “anger, relief, sadness” when they lost their mansion to the Malibu wildfires last year, and says her new music will have more of a “hip-hop-leaning” vibe.

-It’s happening! R. Kelly has been charged in Chicago’s Cook County with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four people, at least three of them minors.

Jussie Smollett is being removed from the final episodes of Empire left to shoot after his arrest. Empire’s executive producers released a statement saying they “care about him deeply” but will keep him out of the show while the legal process plays out.  Meanwhile, police said that Smollett was unhappy with his salary, and that was why he did it but according to sources close to the show, Smollett never expressed dissatisfaction with his $100,000 per episode salary.

-The Vanity Fair Oscar party used to be the hottest bash of the year. What happened? According to the NYT: “The party has been stretched and stretched. It used to be a special insider event. Now it’s a weeklong corporate branding-palooza.”

-Today’s anonymous Oscar ballot piece has a tangent about banging Buzz Aldrin so there’s that.

-I very much enjoyed this oral history of Hugh Jackman’s opening number at 2009’s Oscars. I forgot how wonderful it was, and I had no idea that Dan Harmon and Ben Schwartz were behind it.

-Meanwhile, this is a great deep-dive ranking of every modern Oscar ceremony to determine what a watchable Oscars even is.

-Desus & Mero spoofed Green Book on their show’s premiere last night and it was great.

-The first trailer for Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone features Adam Scott, John Cho, Greg Kinnear, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, Alison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay and Steven Yeun.

Jenna Dewan teamed up with Step Up: High Water star Jade Chynoweth to dance to “Taki Taki” and now I just want to go home and watch all the Step Up movies again.

Ariana Grande made nice with Piers Morgan and people are not into it.

-I find it so odd that Netflix plays the “we might cancel this” every year with One Day At A Time. I don’t watch it, but it regularly lands on critics’ best of the year lists and people love it. Why is it the only show they treat like this publicly?

Fleabag’s new season is already airing in the UK and critics are calling the first episode an actual masterpiece. I need it in my eyeballs!

-I really feel like I need to start watching The Magicians after the reaction from last night’s episode, which apparently turned a slash couple into canon? I feel like it’s one of those shows no one reviews (maybe because it’s genre and no one take that very seriously?), but every critic I follow tweets about how much they love it. This pop culture-referencing scene has already sold me on it.

-Speaking of shows I don’t watch but everyone I follow seems to love, the future of Wynonna Earp is in jeopardy as production seeks funding for season 4.

-How To Get Away With Murder’s Charlie Weber and Liza Weil have split after three years of dating.

Scott Foley and Lauren Cohan‘s new ABC show Whiskey Cavalier is only getting medium reviews but I’m still into it.

-Barry considers revealing his hit man activities in the trailer for season 2.

Elisabeth Moss taps into her inner rock-star in the trailer for Her Smell.

Killing Eve’s Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer Are Ready To Slay Season 2

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-EW is really making me regret cancelling my subscription these days. First they had the romcom issue, and now they’ve followed it up with a Killing Eve cover.

-Elle interviewed Christine Baranski for their Legends issue and it’s everything I’ve ever wanted.

Gwyneth Paltrow is counter-suing the Utah doctor who sued her last month over a skiing accident that took place in 2016. Paltrow claims she was taking skiing lessons with her family in Park City when he was the one who “plowed into her back” causing a full “body blow.”

Jason Reitman said that his comment about wanting to give Ghostbusters “back to the fans” just “came out wrong.” Sure.  (Also, look on any tweet about this fiasco that was tweeted out by a girl — just pick one at random — and I guarantee some dude has replied with a link to an article about how the all-female reboot was a box office disappointment. What does that even prove?! The quality of a film isn’t based on its receipts.)

-Oh god. Chicago police say Empire star Jussie Smollett faked the racist and homophobic letter that was sent to him prior to his alleged attack because he was “dissatisfied with his salary” (which is estimated to be $100-$125k per episode).  However this particular case ends, it’s important to remember that hate crimes are real and on the rise.

Smollett is back on set after posting bail. God, I can’t even imagine what that’s like for everyone.

-This is a great interview with Pamela Adlon and the girls who play her daughters on Better Things.

-I don’t know why, but the idea of Drake and Adele spending a Sunday bowling together tickles me.

-Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House just announced a second season, and it will be inspired by Henry James‘ 1898 haunted-mansion tale The Turn of the Screw.

-Sunday’s Oscars continue to be messy. Now we’re learning that Kendrick Lamar and SZA will not perform the Black Panther song.

Dan Levy‘s talked to Stephen Colbert about what it was like for Schitt’s Creek to get the coveted Mariah Carey Twitter endorsement.

-Could a 27-year-old non-disparagement agreement thwart HBO’s Michael Jackson doc? His estate just hit HBO with a $100M lawsuit over Leaving Neverland.

-Ooh, Children of Blood and Bone is getting adapted. I dug that book a whole lot.

-Captain Marvel has passed Aquaman and Wonder Woman in ticket presales.

-I really appreciate this piece on *that* scene between Buffy and Spike.  I remember back in the day how it ruined his character for me in a way that he never really recovered from (even when he went on to do Angel), so I can’t even imagine what it would be like to watch it in the #MeToo era.

-I also like this piece on the issue of consent in body-swapping episodes of Orphan Black, Alias, Fringe and Buffy.

Taron Egerton takes on Elton John in the Rocketman trailer.

Beyonce and Jay Z Show Their Support for Meghan Markle

Beyoncé and Jay-Z accepting their Brit award in front of a Meghan Markle painting is perfection. This is such a powerful but subtle way to show their support in the wake of the British press’ brutal (and often racist) coverage of her.

Serena Williams and Amal Clooney co-hosted Meghan Markle’s baby shower in NYC. This is such a power move and I adore it! She may not have royal allies but Hollywood A-list allies are showing up for her in force.

-Oh ffs. In a new podcast, Jason Reitman said “I’m not making the Juno of Ghostbusters movies…We are, in every way, trying to go back to the original technique and hand the movie back to the fans.”  What misogynist nonsense is this? How did the female reboot somehow take anything away from fans? This is playing right into the narrative of trolls who think women can’t be part of fandoms, and it’s disgusting.

-Those toxic fanboys who were littering Rotten Tomatoes with fake reviews of Captain Marvel can choke on their tears. The first screening was held for critics last night, and the initial reactions are GLOWING.

-Fox insists it has no plans to write Jussie Smollett out of Empire.

-That might change: Smollett has just officially been named a suspect in the criminal investigation into his alleged attack.

Idris Elba is going to host SNL next month and I’m HERE for it. My sister-in-law recently alerted me to his new Squarespace commercial and he plays such a good straightman opposite the hilarious Lolly Adefope. (“I was voted the Sexiest Man on Earth.” “Yeah, you’ve said that a number of times. You said it to the caterers.”)

Nina Dobrev hit back at Instagram commenters who remarked on her thin-looking frame in this photo.

Lily Colins and Noah Centineo are flirting on IG for all to see.

-I very much like this piece on Mandy Moore and how she’s become a symbol of why some women in the music industry aren’t taken seriously — and how that might change.

-I love Lizzo so much and this tweet about Shawn Mendes confirms it.

Channing Tatum and Jessie J are still dating. Huh.

-I don’t know why I read the Academy voter secret ballot interviews because they always make me so angry! Today’s is the worst. On best short doc nominee Period. End of Sentence, he said: “It’s well done, but it’s about women getting their period, and I don’t think any man is voting for this film because it’s just icky for men.” F**kkkkkkk youuuuuuu.

-The Oscars are only four(!) days away, and it sounds like a mess. They’re still figuring out how to keep it under three hours, and they’re shooting down rumours that Whoopi is secretly preparing to host. After Dwayne Johnson rejected the host offer, they even considered a different host for each hour of the telecast but now it seems like they’ve ended up with … no one?

-People can’t even figure out the frontrunners for the Best Picture race . I’m still assuming it’ll go to Roma, but for the first time ever, all the guilds (which are good predictors) chose a different winner.

-Speaking of the guilds, here’s Chelsea Peretti’s hilarious monologue at the Writers Guild Awards. “The writers of The Good Place took an unbelievable premise like Kristen Bell being friends with a black person and they turned it into an amazing show.”

-I definitely agree with this take on how The Good Place needs to set an end date.

-I don’t want this for Chris Hemsworth.

-I’m very glad that someone is asking the hard questions about Lucas Hedges‘ GQ cover interview. What kind of high school assigned students to see him in a middle-school play?!

Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson play police officers who come out of retirement to catch Bonnie & Clyde in The Highwaymen trailer.