-This is a very good interview with Paris Hilton, in which she talks about how being abused as a teenager at “treatment centers” led to her creating her persona (“I had just been so abused that I didn’t even know who I was anymore…my life was this superficial thing that I really wasn’t inside”), how she is controlling the narrative on her new show (“I’m the producer of the show. We have editing approval”), and how she kept her new baby a secret from even her mother, then invited her over and presented her with both a blue Chanel bag and a grandchild (“I was like, if I give her Chanel first, maybe she won’t be so upset that I didn’t tell her about this”).
-This is so gross and disappointing: Tilda Swinton says she’s over covid protocols on film sets: “I’m about to shoot a picture in Ireland, and I was told to wear a mask at all times, and I’m not.” She later goes on to talk about — in the same interview! without irony! — how she misses a time when the film industry had less “focus on you as an individual” and “more respect for and investment in collective action.” Amazing.
-She also seems to have completely forgotten that just last year, she gave an interview about how she was struggling with long covid.
-Wait, did mega stylist to the stars Law Roach just quit? He posted on Instagram that the “politics , the lies and false narratives finally got me!” It was really weird when there’s wasn’t a front row seat for him at the Louis Vuitton show recently.
-The Oscar viewership actually rose 12% this year, likely helped by nominating some movies people actually watched.
-This is such a good piece on the reaction to Angela Bassett’s reaction to her loss and the hoops Black women have to jump through. “It is dehumanization dressed up as civility.”
-I love that Michael B. Jordan and Jonathan Majors gave a shoutout to Angela Bassett when they presented after her loss. “Hey Auntie, we love you.”
-In case you’re wondering who that Goonies costar is that Ke Huy Quan thanked in his speech, it’s Jeff Cohen — who is now his entertainment lawyer.
-Is it weird that I wasn’t super offended by Hugh Grant’s red carpet interview? Yeah, it was clear that he was over it (especially when she mistook his Vanity Fair reference to parties rather than the novel), but he’s always been posh and crusty.
-I love when Oscar parties feature cast reunions. Dawson’s Creek alums Michelle Williams and Joshua Jackson caught up, as did Take This Waltz’s Sarah Polley and Seth Rogen, To All the Boys’ Noah Centineo and Lana Condor, and Normal People’s Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar Jones.
–Kate Bosworth and Justin Long are sparking engagement speculation after she showed off a giant diamond ring on her left hand at the Vanity Fair party.
-I love the annual Black celebs at the Oscar afterparty photo.
-I can relate to White Lotus’ Haley Lu Richardson skipping the parties to go home and have a bath.
-Speaking of Oscar afterparties, is Usher aging backwards?
-This is an interesting blueprint on how to structurally reimagine the Oscars telecast. I kind of love the idea of having the first half for the hardcore movie fans, breaking it up with a halftime show featuring the Best Song nominees, and then leaving the second half for the biggest awards.
-Oscars, schmoscars. The Last of Us pulled in 8.2 million viewers for a season high on Sunday night and passed House of Dragons in overall season viewership, despite being up against the Oscars.
-This is a really fascinating thread about The Last of Us’ finale, and without getting too spoilery, I think I agree with it. People are calling it “the trolley problem” but it’s not as clear cut as that because Ellie is immune and constantly in mortal danger. The show has proven again and again that humans are the worst danger, so how much would it really help? I wish the finale didn’t feel so rushed (why was it shorter than other episodes?!) and that there was more space to grapple with the decision made.
-This is such a great tribute to Pedro Pascal. He really does seem swell.
–So does Brendan Fraser. He also did a zoom with Marcell the Shell that was wonderful.
-Speaking of actors who seem lovely, when they were shooting Aftersun Paul Mescal surprised his onscreen daughter Frankie Corio with a birthday message from Olivia Rodrigo. He even got a “good for you” dad joke in there…
–Jenna Ortega says she was star struck by Mescal at the SAG Awards. “I was so nervous to meet him and I knew he was going to be at my table. And I remember he introduced himself to me when I wasn’t expecting it. He was like, ‘Oh, Hi! Nice to meet you. I’m Paul.’ And I was nervous, I kind of couldn’t look him in the eye so I fear that it was bit like [looking at her shoes] ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah. Aftersun was great.”
–Avril Lavigne was confronted with a topless protester on the Junos stage.
–Naomi Watts‘ engagement to Billy Crudup (I keep forgetting they’re dating!) was revealed by friend Molly Ringwald.
–Rachel Bilson said on a podcast that she didn’t orgasm from sex until she was 38: “Isn’t that crazy?” A) That’s not crazy; that’s statistically average. B) If she was 38, that was 3-4 years ago…when she just happened to be dating Bill Hader. That tracks.
-Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two has cast Ted Lasso’s Hannah Waddingham.
-Speaking of Ted Lasso, the review for season three (which debuts tomorrow) are mixed, with some calling it “bloated and complacent” while others say it feels like it’s good but “they’re simultaneously ending one show and auditioning a half-dozen spinoffs.” I would totally watch a Roy/Keely spinoff.
-This is such a great thread about celebrities who are known for one thing doing something else, like the guy who played the dean on Community writing The Descendants, Leonard Nimoy directing Three Men and a Baby, Marvel’s Clark Gregg writing What Lies Beneath, Steve from Blue’s Clues singing the theme song for Young Sheldon, etc.
–Michael Shannon was baffled by his offer to star in The Flash: “I was a little confused. I said, ‘I think I died in Man of Steel. Are they sure they got the right guy?’ They explained to me the whole multiverse, which I was a little behind the times on that.”
-The Bear’s new season will debut in June. This feels like such a fast turnaround! (I’m not complaining.)
-The teaser for season 3 of Only Murders In the Building give us our first look at Meryl Streep‘s new character.