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March 2023

Kieran Culkin Talks Succession’s End

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-Succession’s Kieran Culkin covers Esquire and and talks about his brother Macaulay’s immense fame at 10 (“Poor fucking guy. He was little and having to try to accept that level of fame as reality”), and confirmed that Jesse Armstrong didn’t tell the cast this would be the last season until the table read for the final episode (“[He said] ‘So this is it. Unless it isn’t. There’s still maybe…’ I laughed. Fucking come on, man. Is it the end or not? Stop telling me you don’t want to be with me but that you still sort of love me”).

-Gwynocent! A Park City jury found that Gwyneth Paltrow was not at fault for the collision that occurred between her and a retired optometrist on a ski slope in 2016.

-The ski trial was watched by nearly 30 million people across YouTube and social media platforms.

-If it’s true that Gwyneth leaned over and whispered “I wish you well” to the man who sued her as she left the courtroom with her $1 victory, that’s some boss level shit. The video shows her clearly saying something to him, but it’s hard to tell what.

Jodie Turner-Smith going hard in Schiaparelli for the premiere of Murder Mystery 2 immediately became the most interesting thing about that movie.

-In this profile on boygenuis, Phoebe Bridgers admits that she sometimes finds her fans too aggressive. “I’m coming from a place of literally — I’m feeling it in my body as I’m saying it, but — people with my picture as their Twitter picture, who claim to like my music, fucking bullied me at the airport on the way to my father’s funeral this year…If you’re a kid and the internet somehow taught you that that’s an okay thing to do, then of course I hate capitalism and everything that led you to believe that it’s okay to do that. [But] I, at one of the lowest points of my life, saw people who claim to love me fucking dehumanize me and shame me and fucking bully me on the way to my dad’s wake…It’s not like they didn’t know my dad just died. A lot of the top comments [were] like, ‘Hey, her dad just died, what are you guys doing?'”

-It looks like Jonah Hill is going to be a dad. His girlfriend Olivia Millar was photographed with a belly bump and an engagement ring.

Daniel Radcliffe remains such a solid dude.

Pete Davidson says the interest in his dating life is “confusing.” Really??

-I find it really weird that the next season of House of the Dragon is going to be even shorter than the first, with only 8 episodes instead of 10. If any show needs more room to breathe and let the audience get to know the characters more, it’s that one.

Bill Lawrence talks about stepping away from Ted Lasso’s final season: “It was healthy for me to let go because Jason [Sudeikis] is Ted Lasso and certainly deserves, especially landing the plane, for it to be his vision. If I were to take a slam at myself, I think I’ve reached a point in my career that I’m certainly not the best at having to listen to other people over my own opinion. And he has, without a doubt, earned that with this show. So, it didn’t sting as much as I thought it would, but that’s also partly because I think he crushed it.”

-Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. I wouldn’t have called this from the trailers but I’m pleasantly surprised. Every review I’ve read says you don’t have to know anything about D&D, but I hope the title doesn’t scare people off.

Rachel Weisz plays twins who share everything (drugs, lovers, a lack of medical ethics) in Prime’s Dead Ringers trailer.

Florence Pugh on Hot Ones

-If you need a break from all the Tr*mp drama, Florence Pugh is this week’s guest on Hot Ones and she’s predictably charming. She talked about the scene in Hawkeye where she had to eat a ton of mac and cheese: “That was pretty much my idea to essentially have a dream day at work and eat mac and cheese all day long. They had Sriracha on the table as a prop, and I was like, ‘Is this real?’ The props guy goes, ‘Yeah, it’s real.’ ‘Great!’ So every single take, I’m just shoveling in mouthfuls of Sriracha.”

Jonathan Majors‘ lawyer shared with TMZ alleged texts sent to the actor from the alleged victim and this…doesn’t seem like it will help him? “I told them it was my fault for trying to grab your phone.” 😬 Also, are these two texts what his lawyer referred to when she earlier said the alleged victim had “two written statements” recanting?

-Oh great. Jennifer Aniston is the latest to complain that the new generation is too woke for classic comedy. As if Friends isn’t consistently the most popular series for Gen Z to stream.

-Did the failure of Quibi contribute to the end of Reese Witherspoon‘s marriage?

-Also, the only source for the Reese Witherspoon and Tom Brady rumours is Deux Moi, right?  I’m gonna need more than that.

-A Scott Pilgrim anime series is coming to Netflix – WITH the movie’s entire cast! Michael Cera, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Keiran Culkin, Alison Pill, Brandon Routh, Aubrey Plaza, Brie Larson and more have all signed on.

-Grey’s Anatomy’ has been renewed for a 20th(!) season.

Hugh Grant says there’s less affairs on movie sets these days because everyone is too distracted by their phones. “You know, in the old days, by the end of the second week, you were all getting drunk in the evening and having dinner and falling in love with each other and all that. And all that stopped ’cause of telephones. Really everyone goes home and looks at Twitter. It’s so sad.”

-The more I work in social media, the more cynical I get about Reddit AMAs. But I don’t even care if there were planted questions or upvote campaigns: this AMA with Nicolas Cage and Nicholas Hoult is a delight!

Jason Ritter talked about confronting his alcoholism when he first started dating Melanie Lynskey. There’s something about Drew Barrymore that gets her guests to open up in a way that no other talk show host can.

Keanu Reeves appeared on the Smartless podcast and talked about how when he moved from Canada to Hollywood, he was pressured to change his name. “They were like, Keanu — it’s too ethnic. But then I had auditions, and they’d be like, ‘K.C.,’ and I wouldn’t even look up.”

Michelle Williams talked again about why she’s thankful for Dawson’s Creek’s Mary Beth Peil, who played Grams. “She immediately took me under her wing. I didn’t have family there, I didn’t have parents that were there and she really filled that role for me.”

Nathan Lane recalled how Robin Williams swooped in to protect him from being outed on Oprah during the promo tour for The Birdcage in 1996. Here’s the clip.

-Did Marvel fire Victoria Alonso because she refused to censor gay Pride iconography in the latest Ant-Man movie for the Kuwait market?

-The Night Agent is turning into a big hit for Netflix.

Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux accidentally topple the presidency in the latest White House Plumbers trailer.

Stylists Take the Spotlight

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-I always like THR’s annual power stylists issue.  Anne Hathaway credits Erin Walsh, Andrew Garfield hypes up Warren Alfie BakerJodie Turner-Smith praises Wayman Bannerman and Micah McDonald, and more

-This is a good piece on how Gwyneth Paltrow‘s ski case is the perfect celebrity trial. It’s both low-stakes and hilarious. “The whole thing is blissfully ridiculous. This trial exists in a privileged bubble, where grown adults can’t hash out their resort squabbles without getting litigious about it.”

-Her kids’ testimony was also perfect. Apple said the actress was “clearly visibly upset” and in pain post-crash: “I remember that’s why she went to the spa to get a massage.” Chef’s kiss.

-My favourite bit from the whole thing is that both legal teams were trying to access a MeetUp group chat that referenced the incident, but were stymied by a login page. A random dude who was watching the trial created a MeetUp login and immediately accessed the whole thread, and sent it to them.

Jeremy Renner‘s first TV interview since the snow plow accident will air next week on ABC. In a clip, he holds back tears while recounting his life-threatening accident in which he broke more than 30 bones and punctured a lung: “I’ve lost a lot of flesh and bone in this experience, but I’ve been refueled and refilled with love and titanium.”

Emily Ratajkowski may be enjoying single life but her estranged hubby Sebastian Bear-McClard, who has produced the three most recent films of the Safdie brothers including Uncut Gems, has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women. One said he reached out to her via Instagram when she was 17 and offered her a small part in Good Time. On the day of filming, she says ended up naked, standing in front of nearly a dozen male cast and crew members the Safdies. She was paired with an actor who had recently been released from prison. In a statement, she said she “was utterly stunned and felt terrified…out of nowhere, [the actor] whispered in my ear if ‘he could stick it in’ while the cameras rolled.”

-After a man went viral by tweeting that Mike Myers had him fired from The Love Guru security team for looking him in the eyes, a rep for the actor says the actor was “not aware of anyone being hired or fired.” It was shot here in Toronto and I remember some crazy stories coming out of that set during filming…

-Disney has laid off Ike Perlmutter, chairman of Marvel Entertainment.

-It’s great that Vulture profiled romance writer Emily Henry, but the way they talk about her is so off. That she “cracked the modern romance novel” or is “redefined the genre” is…not true? She’s someone who is clearly very aware of the tropes and colours within the genre’s lines–she just does it exceptionally well.

-The hive is buzzing: Yellowjackets’ season opener is Showtime’s most-streamed premiere ever.

-Barry tries to find redemption in prison in the trailer for the HBO show’s final season.

-I’m pleasantly surprised by how positive the reviews for Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves are. Some critics are comparing it to Game Night, which I adored.

-Also, how great was it that the hosted a Freaks & Geeks reunion to promote the movie?!?

Scarlett Johansson and Tom Hanks join Wes Anderson’s usual players like Jason Schwartzman, Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton and Adrien Brody in the Asteroid City trailer.