-Perfect for a lazy hangover day, HBO Max’s Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts will drop New Year’s Day. Here’s our first look at Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.
-HBO Max didn’t send out the first four episodes of the Sex and the City reboot screeners to critics until very late (and didn’t seem to provide clips to talk shows) which is probably not a good sign. The first couple of episodes have now dropped and the reviews aren’t great, with lots of talk about the show’s “disarming new seriousness.”
–Disney has pulled the Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas-starring erotic psychological thriller Deep Water, which was supposed to be released mid-Jan, from its schedule. There’s no word if it’ll be rescheduled.
-Wow, am I confused by Jessica Chastain‘s repeated attempts to “defend” Jeremy Strong from that NY Mag profile. The writer spent months with him (unheard of in this day and age) and the result was a balanced, nuanced profile. Yes, he is clearly a very intense guy but this is an actor who also once said that he tore up one of his only remaining photos of his mother to get into the right mindset for his role in The Judge, so I don’t think he was mischaracterized.
-Meanwhile, this is the best piece I’ve read about all the reactions to that Jeremy Strong profile.
–Travis Scott spoke about the Astroworld tragedy for the first time in interview with Charlamagne Tha God. “I just control what I can on the stage, and then you have the professionals to control what they can in the crowd. It’s just hard because as an artist you want to have the best shows and you want to have the best experiences so you link with professionals to handle that side of it.”
–Olivia Rodrigo has been named Time Magazine’s Entertainer of the Year.
-At his girlfriend’s urging, Jonah Hill used his time on Jimmy Fallon‘s show to talk about climate change.
-HBO Max’s Station Eleven adaptation is getting good reviews (with comparisons to The Leftovers) but man, I just can’t imagine diving into a story about life after a pandemic wipes out most of humanity.
-The first trailer for Guy Ritchie‘s Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre features Jason Statham and Aubrey Plaza’s team trying to pull a job with an a movie star they’re blackmailing, played by Josh Hartnett.