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January 2023

Ashton Kutcher Gets Into the Dirt For Esquire


-It’s got to be awkward AF to be asked about your longtime friend and former costar’s rape charges, but I think Ashton Kutcher did not bad in his Esquire interview: “[I want Danny Masterson] to be found innocent of the charges brought against him…Ultimately, I can’t know. I’m not the judge. I’m not the jury. I’m not the victim. And I’m not the accused. And so, in that case, I don’t have a space to comment.” He also talks about becoming a stepdad to Demi Moore‘s girls (“I was twenty-six, bearing the responsibility of an eight-year-old, a ten-year-old, and a twelve-year-old. That’s how some teen parents must experience their twenties”), says he wished someone had told him not to do Two and a Half Men (“Very few people want to tell you something is a bad idea when they’re financially incentivized not to”),

Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston are teaming up for a body swap comedy. Yes, please!

James Gunn posting a 5-minute video today outlining his plans for DC, and he and co-chief Peter Safran met with the press. Some of the highlights include Viola Davis starring in a HBO Max series based on her Amanda Waller character, new films revolving around Supergirl and Swamp Thing, someone other than Robert Pattinson playing Batman, and an acknowledgment that they’re leaving the door open for Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Zachary Levi and Ezra Miller to continue playing their DC superheroes roles. Specifically about Miller, Gunn said, “Let’s see what happens. Listen, Ezra is fully committed to their recovery right now, and we talk to them. We’re in constant contact, but when the time is right, we’ll have the conversation with them and decide what’s best for both them personally and also for us.” He also added, “Can I say one more thing? The Flash is fucking amazing. Like it’s one of the best superhero movies I’ve ever seen. [Director] Andy Muschietti did an amazing job.”

Safran also weighed in on DC scrapping the Batgirl film: “I saw the movie, and there are a lot of incredibly talented people in front of and behind the camera on that film. But that film was not releasable, and it happens sometimes. That film was not releasable…I actually think that Zaslav and the team made a very bold and courageous decision to cancel it because it would have hurt DC. It would have hurt those people involved.”

Meghan Trainor appeared on the Today Show to announce her pregnancy and her new book, and I kind of love how incredibly messy her house is in the background. Refreshing!

-Why am I not surprised that Louis C.K. is back to selling out shows? Cancelled my ass.

Bad Boys 4 is in the works.

-I really liked the last episode of Last of Us, but I understand some of the complaints about how it depicted a gay couple. This take is really interesting, as is this one.  “They grow old together in a sort of cottagecore postapocalyptic bear fantasy.”

Alec Baldwin could face up to five years in prison if convicted of the fatal Rust shooting.

-This is a good explanation of why the Academy was looking into if Andrea Riseborough‘s grassroots campaign broke the rules. Actress Mary McCormack, wife of To Leslie director Michael Morris, reportedly sent multiple emails to Hollywood insiders (some of them Oscar voters) inviting them to a reception, which comes very close to breaking the rules about lobbying.

-Meanwhile, the Academy announced they won’t revoke Riseborough’s nomination, which I’m sure was never really in play anyway. They clearly have some work to do to level the playing field though — both in terms of spotlighting smaller films that aren’t backed by studio-led million-dollar FYC campaigns, and POC performers.

-Hulu cancelled Reboot (a show starring Keegan-Michael Key, Paul Reiser, Judy Greer and Rachel Bloom that I only saw a couple of episode of but really liked) and costar Johnny Knoxville is pissed. “It’s with a heavy heart that I say despite getting great reviews and being nominated for a Critics Choice Award Hulu has failed to pick up ‘Reboot’ even for a second season. Pretty unbelievable.”

-Some shows that were pulled off the HBO Max service, including Westworld, The Nevers, The Time Traveler’s Wife and FBoy Island, are going to be streamed for free on Roku and Tubi.

-We’re getting into scary times for Hollywood with the looming strikes. NBC gave La Brea a Season 3 pickup — but with catches reportedly influenced by the possibility of a writers and/or directors and actors strike. Deadline reports that NBC asked the cast to reduce their contractual minimum guarantee to six episodes from 10, in exchange for being free to take other jobs after Season 3.

-Here’s our latest look at Creed III.

Phoebe Dynevor Won’t Be In Bridgerton This Season

Phoebe Dynevor is moving on from Bridgerton, at least for Season 3. “Well, I did my two seasons. I’ve done what I wanted to do with that character and she had a great arc. If they ask me back in the future, who knows?” It makes sense. I don’t remember her being a big part of Penelope/Colin’s story, last season whenever she showed up there was an awkward explanation about why Regé-Jean Page wasn’t with her, and her career is red hot right now.

Marilyn Manson has been sued by an anonymous woman who claims he groomed and sexually assaulted her multiple times in the 1990s when she was underage.

-I was a big fan of Chuck and followed Zachary Levi for a while on socials, so I’m very aware of how often he’s showed his true colours. Remember this? And this? And this? And this? Now he’s at it again, trending on Twitter this weekend for some seemingly anti-vax nonsense.

-TV actress Annie Wersching, who was in a bunch of shows including The Vampire Diaries, Timeless, Runaways, and Star Trek: Picard, has passed away from cancer at 45.

Shania Twain says she almost died after getting Covid. “It was progressively getting worse. My vital signs were getting worse… and in the end I had to be air evacuated. It was like science fiction, I felt like I was going to another planet or something. It all kind of happened in slow motion.”

-Meanwhile, Colin Farrell says he’s recovered from his second bout of Covid after he tested positive following the Golden Globes. “I’m going to do very little now for the next while. The first time I went out about a week after I tested negative and I started running again and I messed myself up and got the long COVID for about six months.”

Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo just welcomed their third baby.

Andrea Riseborough’s To Leslie costar Marc Maron is not impressed with the Academy’s investigation following her surprise nomination. “It was in earnest, the campaign. But I’m glad the Academy — at the behest of special interest and corporate interest and paranoia about how they look — are doing an investigation.”

Anya Taylor-Joy has confirmed her Twitter account was hacked following a tweet about the second season of Queen’s Gambit.

-Showtime has cancelled Let the Right One In and American Gigolo. I can’t believe there was a show with Jon Bernthal playing a male prostitute and none of us watched it…

Will Ferrell attended a Raptors game and was a very enthusiastic spectator.

-The Real Housewives of New York City: Legacy may not happen because of a dispute over contract negotiations.

Last night’s episode of The Last of Us was pretty incredible. Stars Nick Offerman and Murray Bartlett, creators Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, and director Peter Hoar talked to Variety about how Episode 3 came together, why it diverged so much from the game, and what it does — or doesn’t — portend for the series.

-It seems like the author of Knock at the Cabin is not getting a lot of credit on the marketing materials.

-I don’t say this often, but I’m on Kanye West’s side in both of these clips.

Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston reunite for Netflix’s Murder Mystery 2.

Rita Ora Confirms She and Taika Waititi Are Wed

Rita Ora gets married with the help of Lindsay Lohan, Chelsea Handler, Kristen Stewart and Sharon Stone in the video for her new single, “You Only Love Me.” All she’s missing is the groom.

-Speaking of marriage and Rita Ora, she confirmed that she and Taika Waititi are indeed married, saying on a breakfast show, “You know, here we are. Everything happens for a reason, people. I am officially off the market.”

-I love this: Taylor Swift’s new video stars transgender actor and model Laith Ashley De La Cruz as her love interest.

-This feels like a crazy over-reaction on ABC’s part: T.J. Holmes and Amy Robach are departing Good Morning America in the wake of their workplace romance making headlines and prompting a network investigation.

Channing Tatum says he’ll eventually tell his daughter he worked as a stripper. “When she’s old enough to watch them, we’ll have that conversation. There’s no version of me not having the conversation of ‘Dad didn’t just do them in movies, I was an actual stripper,’ so I’m not gonna lie to her.”

Phoebe Waller-Bridge‘s next project for Amazon is a TV adaptation of Tomb Raider. Here for it.

Jimmy Kimmel celebrated 20 years of bumping Matt Damon.

Billy Porter helped Andie MacDowell set up her Raya dating profile on The Late Late Show.

Harry Styles suffered a wardrobe malfunction in front of his celebrity crush Jennifer Aniston while performing at his concert on Thursday evening.

-The director of the Harry & Meghan doc says she saw firsthand the mind games the palace was playing with the couple. “For instance, Buckingham Palace said that we didn’t reach out for comment [on the docuseries] when we did. They did that to discredit us…and by discrediting us, they can discredit the content of the show…We lived through some of those moments that were a little bit like Alice Through the Looking Glass.”

Julia Fox stepped in it when she didn’t realize that “mascara” is a code word for sexual assault on TikTok.

-There’s a lot of new stuff streaming this weekend: JLo‘s Shotgun Wedding on Amazon Prime, Jonah Hill and Eddie Murphy‘s You People on Netflix, Harrison Ford and Jason Segel‘s new show Shrinking on AppleTV, and Natasha Lyonne and Rian Johnson‘s new show Poker Face on Crave+.

-Speaking of busy pop culture weeks, cancel your plans for the last weekend of March. It’s when we get the return of both Succession and Yellowjackets, as well as the new John Wick movie and Florence Pugh‘s A Good Person.

-This is so bad for the Oscars: the Last of Us finale will be airing the same night.

-Speaking of the Oscars, the Academy is conducting a review of the awards’ rules for online campaigning after Andrea Riseborough scored a surprise nomination following a grassroots social media blitz. I’m so conflicted by this; on one hand it’s amazing that she was able to get recognition in a way that didn’t involve the traditional FYC studio spend, but on the other hand it highlighted how the entire awards ecosystem is failing Black women.

-Let us all enter into this weekend with the same verve as Anne Hathway dancing at Sundance.

David Harbour, Anthony Mackie and Jennifer Coolidge star in the trailer for Netflix’s We Have a Ghost.