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Renée Zellweger Is Ready for Her Comeback

Renée Zellweger InStyle

Renée Zellweger covers InStyle and talks about how she got over “humiliating” tabloid coverage surrounding a breakup early in her career (“My brother taught me that this is what it is. This is not a proper representation of you and how you live your life. The choices you make, this is not. It is entertainment, and it’s funny if you look at it in the right way”) and why she took a few years off from acting (“It was nice to have authentic exchanges with people for a while. When you’re not on the radar, people don’t clock who you are; you’re just a person at the coffee shop ordering a coffee”).

John Legend has been named People’s Sexiest Man Alive which is cool, but man that pool cover photo is a weird choice.

-A much sexier magazine spread is Dan Levy in GQ, where he talks about about saying goodbye to Schitts Creek, that “Simply the Best” scene, and taking off David Rose’s shoes one last time.

Demi Lovato has gone Instagram official with Austin Wilson.

-It’s the happiest time of the year: roundtable time! We kick off with the actress roundtable featuring Jennifer Lopez, Lupita Nyong’o, Awkwafina, Renee Zellweger, Laura Dern and (ugh) Scarlett Johansson.

-The latest Actors on Actors interview is the best one yet: Jennifer Lopez and Robert Pattinson. JLo talks about prepping for the Super Bowl (“Me and Shakira together. We’re both excited to have been given the opportunity to do that, as two Latin women, in Miami”) and Pattinson made me love him even more with his comments about acting (“I always say about people doing Method acting, you only ever see people doing Method when they’re playing an asshole. You never see someone just being lovely to everyone going, ‘I’m really deep in character'”).

-Time magazine has published its inaugural Next 100 class list, featuring young ‘uns like Camila Cabello and Awkwafina.

-The Friends reunion is actually happening — kinda. The cast and creators will reunite for an unscripted special on HBO Max.

-This Tom Hanks interview is delightful (as is the writer’s twitter thread about their conversation).

King Princess is going to be opening for Harry Styles on his newly announced tour and holy shit I have to go to a Harry Styles concert now don’t I?

Kristen Bell joined Jimmy Fallon to review the history of Disney songs.

Daisy Ridley Talks Fame, Family and Fiancée

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-In her Marie Claire cover storyDaisy Ridley discusses the emotional toll her Star Wars fame has had on her family (“It’s super invasive. We went to a wedding recently, and it was uncomfortable for me because people were really rude. They don’t act like normal human beings. And then, not only did I not have a good time, but then my mum was upset and then my sisters are upset. So it’s tricky”), and declines to address rumours she’s engaged (“It’s a really nice ring that I wear. Oh my God. It’s the first time I’ve publicly been asked this…The thing is, I’ve never talked about my personal life. So I won’t talk about it now”).

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello had a smoochy good time at the Raptors game last night.

-The reviews are out for Charlie’s Angels, which opens this weekend, and most are positive — especially about Kristen Stewart’s performance.

-I’ve been trying to figure out which dress in this photo I hate the most and I honesty can’t decide? They’re all so bad, but Jennifer Garner‘s pulls ahead just slightly IMO.

-The Cats movie is delayed and may miss some award consideration. If it doesn’t hit the Golden Globes deadline, what was even the point?

-Also, for some inexplicable reason, the Golden Globes has decided to bring back Ricky Gervais to host.

Adam Devine says everyone always confuses him with Adam Levine. I’m sorry, but he wishes.

-The entire cast of Days of Our Lives has been released from their contracts and production has halted indefinitely. It shoots a ridiculous 8 months in advance (compared to other soaps, which are usually 1-2 months) so the show will still have enough episodes to run until summer and fix their weird delay. But the fear is that if the show does end up getting renewed next year, Corday Productions will be able to offer the actors new contacts at a reduced rate. Shady stuff.

-This is an excellent, excellent piece on Edward Norton and how is once-acclaimed performances — which tend to be labored and physically precise — in movies like Primal Fear haven’t aged well.

-In news that will shock absolutely no one who watched the series finale, the producers of Gossip Girl revealed that they hadn’t originally planned to have Dan be the secret society stalker — it was supposed to be Eric or Nate.

Alex Trebek got choked up when a contestant used his final Jeopardy answer to pay tribute to the host.

-Variety’s Actors on Actors interviews continue, with the latest being between Brad Pitt and Adam Sandler, and Laura Dern and Sterling K Brown.

-Hulu announced that there are no plans for more Veronica Mars and frankly based on how the last season ended, I’m ok with that.

-If you’ve seen Last Christmas, here’s a funny piece on that bananas (but oh so predictable) ending.

-Millie Bobby Brown no longer looks like Millie Bobby Brown.

-Not surprisingly, Disney+ was a clusterf**k this morning as millions of people tried to download it and log in. I have no idea why they wouldn’t make the app available a few days ago so that everyone could download it and set up their profiles first.

-For those who did get to log in, they seemed to like The Mandalorian, which is getting decent reviews.

-When asked if Werner Herzog felt pressure working with Jon Favreau on The Mandalorian, he replied “I do not know what other films he has made” — which is glorious shade. (To be fair, elsewhere in the interview he praises Favreau’s abilities as a Hollywood power broker.)

-There was also a lot of deleted scenes released on the platform from the Avengers movies, including this scene of Tony with his grown daughter in Endgame.

-I don’t have Disney+ but I would like to watch this holiday movie starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader.

 

Halle Berry Shows Off Killer Abs

Halle Berry is 53 and she’s bragging about having abs for the first time, which I’m going to think about every time I feel like bailing on the gym.

Miley Cyrus is on vocal rest after undergoing surgery, so expect her IG stories to be 76% less problematic than usual.

-Season two of YOU premieres on Netflix on Dec 26, so you can avoid your family this holiday season by being conflicted about your feelings for a serial killer.

Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans did an Actors on Actors interview, in which they talked about Avengers, A Marriage Story, Knives Out and Scorsese’s comments about Marvel.

-Meanwhile, Chadwick Boseman suggested Scorsese’s timing of his comments is suspect. “You’ve got to think about when he’s saying it. He’s saying it when he’s possibly campaigning for an award. He’s saying it at a time when he’s making a Netflix movie, so that’s how eyes get on his film, and it’s not going to be in the cinemas—it’s not going to be seen the best way.”

-NPR’s Linda Holmes has assembled a guide to more than 60 new holiday movies coming to TV this season. She’s doing god’s work.

-A mini-Mad Man reunion: Jon Hamm attended TV daughter Kiernan Shipka’s birthday party.

Andrew Scott (aka Hot Priest) is looking sinful in the new issue of British GQ.

-In other Fleabag-related news, Victoria Beckham, Olivia Colman, Nigella Lawson, Roxane Gay, Maya Rudolph and more got to ask Phoebe Waller-Bridge some questions about her work.

Drake was booed off stage at LA music festival this weekend when he showed up as the surprise guest. Between this and the Don Cherry news, Canada is really have A DAY.

T.I.‘s daughter has unfollowed him and her family. After his comments last week about her hymen, this seems like a solid choice.

Beanie Feldstein‘s comedy How to Build a Girl (which I really liked at TIFF) was bought by IFC.

-10 days after AppleTV Plus launched, the head of scripted programming is leaving. Peak streaming is going fine, guys.

-Meanwhile, Disney+ launches tomorrow, and no one seems to know what to do. (I’m sure millions of people downloading an app and logging in for the first time all at once will go incredibly smoothly.)

-The order of the rankings on these types of lists always bug me, but overall The AV Club’s compilation of the 100 best shows of the 2010s is pretty spot on.

-Have you read Daisy Jones & the Six yet? Get on it before Amazon’s adapted series comes out.

-I love that Blumhouse is doing so well, but man all of their movie trailers give me the scares. Lucy Hale, Maggie Q, Michael Peña, and Portia Doubleday star in Fantasy Island.