-Squid Game’s Hoyeon Jung is on Vogue’s February cover. She talks of how a lull in her modelling career led her to acting (“Getting farther away from other people’s gaze let me find what I wanted again and gave me time to study it. What’s important in life is not when your career is up, but when your career is down and how you spend that time. That’s something I learned”), the weightloss-inducing stress of becoming absurdly famous in the span of just a few days (“I don’t know why, but I couldn’t eat. I was so confused, and it was so chaotic. I didn’t believe it. I didn’t trust it”) and her future plans (“I have always wanted to go to Hollywood and to act in America, and I still do. But Squid Game changed my mindset. It doesn’t have to be an American movie or a European movie, it’s the story and the message that are more important”).
-In THR’s Actor Roundtable, Nicolas Cage, Peter Dinklage, Andrew Garfield, Jonathan Majors and Simon Rex share their fears about showing vulnerability, their sense of responsibility when wielding guns on sets, and their thoughts on the future of theatres. There’s also a hilarious exchange when Cage talks about filming with a horse called Rain Man that tried to kill him, and Majors says he’s also rode that horse. “I think I may have been older when I got him.” “I just wrapped three weeks ago!”
–Shonda Rhimes is on the latest cover of Time magazine. “I think the girlboss archetype is bullsh-t that men have created to find another way to make women sound bad.”
–Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette talk about returning to the Scream franchise in this new NYT interview. Said Arquette of the new film, “There were moments when I felt Wes’s spirit around a lot. There would be a wind blowing and I’d see Courteney’s hair move back. And then it’s just like” — he made an exaggeratedly mournful weeping noise. “It made it really easy to tap into those feelings.”
-Uncut Gems star Julia Fox and Kanye West actually appear to be a thing.
-A very pregnant Jennifer Lawrence did a round of quick-fire questions with Stephen Colbert.
–Jason Derulo got into a fight with two strangers in Las Vegas allegedly because they mistook him for Usher.
–Steven Soderbergh once again released his annual pop culture diary. I love how there’s prestige TV like Succession and Hacks, but also SO much Below Deck.
–Keanu Reeves continues to live up to our dreams; he reportedly donated 70% of his salary for the original Matrix film to cancer research.
–Jon Stewart has accused author J.K. Rowling of dealing in anti-Semitic tropes in her Harry Potter franchise, specifically the tellers at Gringotts Bank.
–Chris Noth was supposed to appear in a cameo in the finale of And Just Like That — but no more.
–Marisa Tomei did a “simple” makeup routine for Vogue and it is the only one I’ve ever watched that actually is simple.
-Omicron continues to wreak havoc on Hollywood. The Sundance Film Festival is going virtual only, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the film academy’s annual Governors Awards, and the planned broadcast of the Critics Choice Awards have all been scrapped, and the Grammys are being postponed. Meanwhile, Grey’s Anatomy and a handful of other ABC shows have paused production.
-Two years after the fact, Gal Gadot has admitted that the “Imagine” video might not have been a good idea.
-The internet can’t stop making fun of Matt Damon’s crypto ad, and I’m here for it.
-Here’s the trailer for AppleTV’s Fraggle Rock.
-Here’s the latest trailer for Hulu’s Pam & Tommy.