Brendan Fraser Steps Back in the Spotlight

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Brendan Fraser covers the December issue of GQ, the publication that made him go viral a few years ago when he talked about his exile from Hollywood and alleged that he was groped and assaulted by Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Philip Berk at a 2003 luncheon. He reunites with writer Zach Baron and talks about the impact of that article  (“[When I was trending on Twitter] I was like, Oh, my God. Oh, fuck, what have I done now? And it was people saying they like me. And they referenced that piece. I was like, Is this good, is this problematic? I don’t know. What did I do to earn this?”), and what his comeback with The Whale means (“I don’t know if this is gonna give me some big redemption in my own life. I know that I’m proud of the work that I did, and it’s enough. It’ll live on long after me. And that’s good. The other stuff, maybe not so much. That’ll live on too, but…I think I just have to live for what’s happening for me now”).

Taylor Swift released a statement about the Ticketmaster fiasco and basically said “you’re on your own, kid.” Seriously, I was expecting more. And didn’t she (or at least her team) approve the dynamic pricing stuff?

-Meanwhile, the Justice Department has opened an investigation.

-If you find yourself bored this weekend, there are a ton of new movies hitting streaming today: Spirited with Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell is on Apple+, The Enchanted sequel Disenchanted with Amy Adams and Maya Rudolph is on Disney+, Slumberland with Jason Momoa is on Netflix, and The People We Hate at the Wedding with Kristen Bell and Allison Janney is on Prime.

-Speaking of Ryan Reynolds, wife Blake Lively paid tribute to him when he received the prestigious American Cinematheque Award last night in LA, saying in her speech, “I see what Canada loves this man, as it should.”

Emily Ratajkowski hinted that she’s open to dating “multiple” people amid her romance with Pete Davidson. As she should be.

-HBO has renewed The White Lotus for another run. The third season will follow a new group of guests at a different resort.

-This review of Bones and All basically nails all my feelings about it.  I can’t believe this movie is at 89% fresh.

Andy Dick has been sentenced to 90 days in jail after being convicted of sexual battery, and must register as a sex offender.

-The jury in Danny Masterson‘s rape trial told the judge today that it could not reach a verdict.

-Here’s a new look at the The Guardians of the Galaxy holiday special.

Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, and Sally Field star as a group of friends who try to sneak into the Super Bowl in the 80 For Brady trailer.

Ellen Pompeo Steps Back From Grey’s Anatomy

-Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo thanked fans in a new Instagram post and said she’ll be back to “visit,” and everyone freaked out about her involvement in the series’ future. But as previously reported, she’s in only eight episodes this season—though she remains the show’s narrator for all the episodes—and will be in two more episodes.

Keke Palmer covers THR and talks about creating her current persona: “I also exist outside of this caricature.”

-Wakanda Forever’s Tenoch Huerta Mejía is profiled in the NYT, where he talks about being an antiracism activist and the beauty of representation. “They taught us to be ashamed of our brown skin, to despise brown-skinned people, to mistreat Indigenous people, to feel ashamed of our ancestors, and I can no longer tolerate that.”

-TMZ has photos of Pete Davidson celebrating his 29th birthday yesterday with Emily Ratajkowski.

-Speaking of maybe new couples, Brad Pitt was spotted out with Paul Wesley’s ex wife.

-But don’t feel too bad for Paul Wesley (who is a surprisingly good social media follow). He’s now dating model Natalie Kuckenburg.

-Hacks star Hannah Einbinder posted her feelings on on Dave Chappelle‘s SNL monologue.

-Ticketmaster is long overdue for regulatory attention — and Taylor Swift might just be the one to make it happen. Her tour sales have been a cluster of epic proportions this week, with Ticketmaster’s attempt to do a “Verified Fan” presale for 1.5 million fans failing miserably, and tomorrow’s public sale now cancelled. Now they’re basically blaming Taylor herself, which makes no sense. If anyone can finally break their ridiculous monopoly, it’s angry Swifties.

-Did crypto company FTX’s downfall contribute to Tom Brady and Gisele‘s split?

Taylor Lautner says he wore a velvet suit to his wedding because the last one he attended “at the dance party portion I busted out some flips and splits and ended up absolutely shredding my suit pants.” Um, I’m gonna need video of these flips and splits, sir. Also, his bride Taylor Dome took his name so now they’re both Taylor Lautner.

-I don’t get all the headlines about how Owen Wilsonlooks unrecognizable” as Bob Ross. He literally looks like Owen Wilson in a bad wig.

-HBO Max’s The Sex Lives Of College Girls’ sophomore season is getting good reviews.

Elizabeth Hurley said Brendan Fraser is one of her favourite costars. Well, we know it isn’t Matthew Perry.

-Here’s the first trailer for Apple TV’s Emancipation starring Will Smith.

 

 

Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell’s Lovely Bones

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-I can count on one hand (and still have fingers left over) how many times I’ve walked out of a theatre mid-film. I did that last night at a screening for Bones And All cause I was both grossed out and bored and life is too short. But Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell sure look pretty on the cover of Variety alongside director Luca Guadagnino to promote it.

Lily-Rose Depp slams the “nepo-baby” label in her Elle cover story. “I know my childhood didn’t look like everybody’s childhood, and it’s a very particular thing to deal with, but it’s also the only thing that I know…The Internet seems to care a lot about that kind of stuff. People are going to have preconceived ideas about you or how you got there, and I can definitely say that nothing is going to get you the part except for being right for the part.”

-Blackpink’s Jennie also covers Elle.

Steven Spielberg opens up about the story he waited 60 years to tell in his Time cover story.

-Are Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes secretly married? Her tattoo suggests maybe.

-Wow, we’re getting the Princess Diaries 3. Details as to the threequel’s plot and the involvement of either Anne Hathaway or Julie Andrews are currently under wraps, but Hathaway recently talked about wanting to revisit it.

Lizzo continues to be great, sending one of her fans a dress.

-When did Drake become so cringe? Was he always like this and I just never noticed?

Jay Leno is recovering from surgery after a gasoline fire left him with “significant” burns on his face, chest and hand.

Kevin Spacey faces three new sexual assault charges in the United Kingdom.

-After being fired from Scrubs for misconduct, alleged rapist Eric Weinberg kept working for years, according to a new report from THR. “His conduct finally got him fired in 2006, but thanks to his credit on the hit series and a boys’-club network of comedy writers that continued to hire him, Weinberg worked in the business for another 10 years… even after a 2014 arrest for rape.”

-The reviews for Fleishman Is in Trouble, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Claire Danes and Lizzy Caplan, are very strong.

-Not surprisingly, Zoë Kravitz confirmed that Big Little Lies is over: “We talked about doing Season 3 a lot. Jean-Marc Vallée, our incredible director, passed away this last year. It’s heartbreaking. I can’t imagine going on without him… Unfortunately, it’s done.”

-This is a great interview with Zazie Beetz, who reflects on Atlanta’s ending. “In my audition, I remember thinking, Damn, I’m not Atlanta enough. Feeling like I wasn’t representing the city or the vibe enough. I found out years later that that was the reason I was cast.”

-Brittany Snow and Justin star in the Christmas with the Campbells trailer.

Noah Centineo is a CIA agent who fights villains and pounds White Claw in the new trailer for Netflix’s upcoming spy series The Recruit.

-God, I needed the Magic Mike 3 trailer this week. Day saved!