I don’t even know where to start with this, because this is so tough for me to say. I will not be performing my new show Domination. I’ve been looking forward to this show and seeing all of you this year, so doing this breaks my heart. pic.twitter.com/kHgFAVTjNA
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) January 4, 2019
-Aw man, I really thought Britney Spears had been doing better these last few years. Over a week ago she checked into a psychiatric facility after suffering from emotional distress, and is expected to stay for 30 days. She recently cancelled her tour after her father underwent surgery on his colon and TMZ reports she’s been distraught by his illness.
–Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman agreed to surrender their passports in their first court appearances. (Weird sidenote: I keep listening to podcasts where they pronounce her last name Loff-lin, even though she pronounces it Lock-lin — just like the person I know who has that last name. Where is the f coming from?)
-During a speech in Washington, D.C., yesterday, Michelle Williams revealed how she felt “paralyzed in feelings of futility” during the pay gap controversy. Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million to return to the All the Money in the World set for about a week-and-a-half of reshoots, while she received a paltry $80 per diem. “”Guess what, no one cared.”
–Leslie Jones lives out all her Game of Thrones fanatasies in Kat Harington’s SNL promos.
-This is just evil. CBS All Access wants to save the canceled One Day At A Time, but Netflix has the right to kill any such move, and they might stop it from living on.
-The Flash’s Grant Gustin triggered alarm when he vaped on an airplane, which is such a jerk move.
-Captain Marvel has crossed the $1B mark globally at the box office.
-I meant to link to this last week, but The Ringer did a roundup on the best movies that came out in 1999, and it’s insane how many gems that year produced. (Fight Club, Election, Cruel Intentions, Being John Malkovich, She’s All That, Galaxy Quest, Girl Interrupted, Notting Hill, Three Kings, The Sixth Sense, 10 Things I Hate About You, Office Space, The Matrix). Here’s part one, and here’s part two.
-I just found a podcast called F*ck Bois of Literature with an episode devoted to Pride and Prejudice and I’ve never felt more seen.
-The latest Avengers trailer shows the return of Thanos, and include some brief but memorable shots between pairs (Tony & Pepper, Nebula & Rocket, Tony & Steve).
-Fanfiction depository Ao3 being nominated for a Hugo is amazing.
-This is a devastating account of how the Washington Post backed down on their Charlie Rose follow up story that contained additional reporting about misconduct by CBS exec Jeff Fager.
-The Handmaids Tale is still entering this year’s Emmys race, even though the series itself isn’t eligible. Hmmmm….
–Joaquin Phoenix transforms into the Joker in the twisted first trailer for DC’s new standalone film. I’m not sure we need another origin story but I will admit to getting excited when Atlanta alums Zazie Beetz and Brian Tyree Henry popped up.
–Zac Efron is a killer in disguise in the Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile trailer.