— Jenna Guillaume (@JennaGuillaume) March 4, 2019
-Entertainment Weekly dropped 16 collectible covers for Game of Thrones’ final season. The story details the biggest battle sequence the show has ever done as an “uneasy collection of allies” will fight the Night King and his army at Winterfell, and there’s talk that one on the final six episodes will be “a calm-before-the-storm entry” with “play-like intimacy” that features closed-door scenes between pairs of characters.
–Luke Perry is dead at 52 after suffering a stroke. This one is a heartbreaker. Twitter is now flooded with celebs and journalists telling stories about how he was more lovely and grounded than you could ever expect from someone who got so famous so fast so young. 90210 was super important to me and people my age, and I crushed on Pike from the Buffy movie hard. And he had just gained a whole new generation of fans with Riverdale. Tragic.
-I really liked this tribute to Perry and his ability to play the ultimate fantasy boyfriend.
-As if this day couldn’t get worse for gen-xers, The Prodigy frontman Keith Flint was found dead at his home in Essex today of a suspected suicide.
-I guess I’m having an emotional day or whatever but the Queer Eye season 3 trailer made me tear up.
–Pete Davidson and Kate Beckinsale were all over each other at a hockey game. That’s a lot of tongue.
–Khloe Kardashian swiftly changed her tune about Jordyn Woods.
-It’s lovely that Gwyneth Paltrow attended Chris Martin‘s bday party and all, but um…is she wearing pajamas?
-This is an interesting look at how Esquire lost the Bryan Singer story.
–Sir Ian McKellen just gave a master class in apologizing.
-Good on Jaden Smith for helping bring clean water to Flint.
-This profile of Rob Delaney is both hilarious and moving. He’s incredibly open about the death of his two-year-old son and his worries about having another child soon after (“I knew that I would ‘love’ him. But I didn’t know if I would like him or bond with him, ’cause I didn’t know if I would be too afraid to”).
-Steven Spielberg ramped up his case against streaming sites like Netflix from being eligible to win an Oscar and people went after him HARD. And I get it; Spielberg’s statement came off as incredibly elitist (I especially hate the part where he seems to consider an Emmy Award as insubstantial as a Teen Choice — “Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie. You certainly, if it’s a good show, deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar”), it’s a really weird year to be praising Oscar-quality movies when crap like Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody did so well, his insistence of needing to see movies in theatres is undercut by the knowledge that most Oscar voters watch the nominees with screeners at home, and you can’t really deny that Netflix is opening up more types of movies to more types of people — including those who can’t go to the theatre due to expense, disabilities, etc. On the flip side, Speilberg’s critics are holding up Roma and Mudbound as movies Netflix was responsible for bringing to life but that doesn’t really track (both of those movies were bid on by numerous distributors and Netflix won), Netflix spent $50 million campaigning for Roma’s Oscar chances, and I am very concerned about the kind of monopoly Netflix is building and remain skeptical about how sustainable their business model is. The whole issue is incredibly thorny, and maybe giving Oscar-campaigning movies a limited theatrical run for a few weeks before it hits Netflix is the best of both worlds? I don’t know the answer but I do know that the blind stanning of Netflix during this debate surprised me.
-I cannot wait to watch HBO’s documentary on the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and her scamming blood-testing company Theranos.
-The new trailer for Shazam has dropped. I’ve been in a theatre twice now when a trailer for this has aired and the audience didn’t laugh once. Not a peep.