Introducing Elliot Page

-The Canadian star of Juno and Umbrella Academy announced today that he is transgender in a heartfelt Twitter post — and also took a shot at haters like (presumably?) J.K. Rowling: “To the political leaders who work to criminalize trans health care and deny our right to exist and to all those with a massive platform who continue to spew hostility towards the trans community: you have blood on your hands. You unleash a fury of vile and demeaning rage that lands on the shoulders of the trans community, a community in which 40% of trans adults report attempting suicide. Enough is enough. You aren’t being “cancelled,” you are hurting people.”

-Celebs were quick to show their support, which is lovely. (I never read the comments, but I made an exception on his post because they were generally incredibly positive.) It’s also been really interesting to see which outlets managed to cover this without deadnaming him.

-Has Rihanna found love with A$AP Rocky? They were spotted together in NYC amid multiple reports that the pair might be dating.

-This annual Billie Eilish interview with Vanity Fair is always a fun watch, but this year’s is especially good as she reflects on how all of her predictions from last year blew up.

Mariah Carey just called two of my favourite novels of the year (The Vanishing Half, and Such a Fun Age) her “essential 2020 reads” and I’m both confused and elated?

-Congrats to Mean Girls’ star Jonathan Bennett, who is engaged to Jaymes Vaughan.

David Ramsey (who played Diggle) is returning to the Arrowverse. He’s set to direct five episodes and appear on camera in five more across the network’s superhero shows. But when he shows up on Legends, he won’t be playing Diggle. Maybe as the Green Lantern that was teased in the Arrow finale?

-I love that everyone who watched Happiest Season is all “justice for Abby! Screw Harper!” They’re not wrong.

Hugh Grant says he got The Undoing ending he wanted. Well, that makes one of us.

-Meanwhile, this article claims that Nicole Kidman didn’t wear a wig in The Undoing. Which can’t be right. It’s like, physically impossible.

The mayor of LA changed course after anger erupted over a plan to shut down a covid-19 testing site at Los Angeles’ Union Station to film a She’s All That remake.

David Boreanaz is getting in on the debate Stacy Abrams kicked off, saying Buffy belongs with his character Angel. I agreed for the first few seasons, but then I jumped to the Angel/Cordelia ship.

-This rundown of the best movies of 2020 made me realize how few movies I’ve seen this year. And then I got sad.

Rita Ora has been fined $12k for throwing a large birthday party in London during lockdown.

Benedict Cumberbatch, Jodie Foster and Shailene Woodley star in the The Mauritanian trailer about lawyers who defend a detainee at the U.S military’s Guantanamo Bay detention center.

 

George Clooney’s Beauty Secret: The Flowbee

George Clooney‘s CBS This Morning interview is generating lots of headlines for the part where he talks about cutting his hair with a Flowbee (“My haircuts take, literally, two minutes”), but the full 8-minute interview is full of gems.  He remembers discovering he was having twins (“I was up for one! I’m like, ‘I’m old.’ All of a sudden it’s two and I literally … it’s hard to get me to not talk and I just stood there for like 10 minutes, just staring at this piece of paper going, ‘What, two?!’ “) and talked about being in lockdown at home (“It’s been a while since I did 15 loads of laundry in a day and mopped floors and all these doors over here I stained. I always say I felt like my mother in 1964, because she had two kids and no help. I don’t know how she did it now. I have more sympathy for her now than ever”).

Cardi B is apologizing after tweeting that she had 37 people over for Thanksgiving while most people couldn’t even see their family. She says she felt safe because she gets tested 4 times a week because of work. At what point are celebs going to realize preventive testing doesn’t work? You can have it for days before it shows up on the test (and tests aren’t foolproof anyway). I don’t love shaming individuals when I think it’s mostly the fault of the government/public health for not making things clearer, but for the love of god, stop broadcasting your protocol-breaking shenanigans all over social media.

-Chef David Chang became the first celebrity to win $1 million on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Felicity Huffman has landed her first TV role since completing her prison sentence.

-Welp. The finale for The Undoing was not good, prioritizing red herrings over characters who act in any way that makes sense. A more interesting script would have had the person who gave the case-turning testimony have to reckon with the fact that they were so blind to what was happening under their nose, but instead we got a really underwhelming car chase. I really liked this take: “No one likes to feel that they have been duped or that they wasted their time, even if eliciting that feeling serves a broader storytelling point, and that’s basically what this series did.”

-Speaking of 6-episode limited mystery series, The Flight Attendant is FUN. The first three episodes dropping on Crave last week; the next three are this week.  I didn’t know Kaley Cuoco had this in her but she’s so, so good.

-Her Flight Attendant costar Rosie Perez says she had covid way back in Dec while shooting the series in Bangkok.

-The Flash had to shut down production again in Vancouver after someone tested positive.

Laverne Cox says is “definitely in shock” and “triggered” but OK after a transphobic attack while walking with a friend in a park on Saturday.

Rosario Dawson was trending this weekend because of her Mandalorian appearance, so that means the rumours of her being anti-trans surfaced again. She told Vanity Fair: “I was raised in a very inclusive and loving way, and that’s how I’ve lived my entire life.”

Alison Brie says the first time she met Ellen Degeneres, she accidentally showed her a dick pic. That must have gone over well.

Kelly Clarkson has been granted primary custody of her and Brandon Blackstock’s two kids in Los Angeles amid their divorce. He’s reportedly seeking $436k/month in support.

-The UK’s Culture Secretary is demanding Netflix make it clear The Crown is ‘fiction‘. He knows how scripts and cameras and actors work, right?

-Disney is honouring the late Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther’s new opening montage when it streams on Disney Plus.

-The trailer for Doctor Who’s holiday special features the return of John Barrowman. It also marks the final episode for two companions.

-Zendaya‘s Rue picks up right where she left on in the new trailer for the Euphoria Christmas episode.

Chrissy Teigen Talks Healing

-After tweeting about her “grief depression hole” earlier this week, Chrissy Teigen reflected on the “brutal, exhausting, sad, physically challenging, mentally painful bitches of a couple months” since the loss of her baby in a new Instagram post, saying she’s starting to feel better: “I already see the leaves as orange instead of grey, realized the sky is indeed blue and not black and horn honks on my forced morning walks only bring me to my knees half the time.”

Nick Kroll has lots to be thankful for this Thanksgiving: he just married his pregnant girlfriend, Lily Kwong.

-Sexiest Man Alive Michael B. Jordan was spotted travelling to Atlanta for Thanksgiving with model Lori Harvey, stepdaughter of Steve Harvey.

-On a podcast, Matthew McConaughey told a crazy story (complete with accents) about wrestling the strongest man in a small village on his trip to Mali.

-One Day at a Time has been cancelled — again.

-I love this piece on how we have to appreciate Debbie Allen more. She’s the reason Grey’s Anatomy has so many women directors.

-Sweet jebus, did Eric Clapton and Van Morrison really team up on an anti-COVID lockdown song? Irresponsible and awful.

-I keep forgetting that Diane Kruger and Norman Reedus have a kid together.

-There’s rumours that David Lynch is set to write and direct a new Netflix project. It will undoubtedly be strange and confusing and critics will love it and I won’t get it.

Johnny Depp might have been dropped by the Fantastic Beasts franchise, but he’ll still be the face of Dior.

-Look how big Jennifer Aniston’s puppy has gotten!

-The trailer for Mariah Carey‘s xmas special on Apple+ features loads of familiar faces, including Ariana Grande, Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Jennifer Hudson and Snoop Dogg.