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Kelly Marie Tran on Surviving Star Wars

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-This profile on Kelly Marie Tran is excellent. She talks about thinking she’d won the role of a lifetime with The Last Jedi — before the powers that be eventually bowed to the will of a few noisy trolls and reduced her role in the entire franchise. “Hope, for me, looks like reminding yourself that to get where you are, you’ve survived some shit.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah on Sunday night is becoming a bigger deal by the minute. Demand is high and CBS is cutting deals to air it around the world.

-In a new clip, Meghan makes it clear that she believes the palace took an “active role”  in spreading lies and making their lives difficult as working royals.

-Meanwhile it turns out those bullying complaints against Meghan Markle weren’t even filed by the people they were about. They were filed by a guy who was close friends with somebody the couple fired for misconduct. “When it became known to [the two individuals mentioned in the complaints], they each asked for the matter to be rescinded and for it to not become an official complaint.”

-A woman who says Nicki Minaj’s husband attempted to rape her when she was a teen talked to the Daily Beast about the alleged harassment and threats she’s received from their camp in order to get her to recant.

Angelina Jolie and Ellen Pompeo were spotted at dinner together with their daughters.

Michael Strahan was not impressed with his interview with Chris Harrison: “It felt like I got nothing more than a surface response on any of this. Obviously he’s a man who wants to stay on the show. Only time will tell if there’s any meaning behind his words.”

-I liked this piece on the divide between WandaVision viewers: some people have been watching it as an examination of a woman’s grief and her inability to process tragedy, while others are obsessed with MCU Easter eggs and predictions for what it means for the future of the franchise. I expect the latter group is going to be mightily disappointed this weekend.

-I know I complain a lot about Hollywood doing reboots/revivals instead of coming up with new ideas, but I legit squealed when I read that Party Down is coming back for a limited series. There’s no cast announcements yet but Adam Scott tweeted about it so I’m hopeful. Are we having fun yet?!?

-This is a good piece on how prestige dramas have failed teenage girls, and why now is the time for a reckoning.

-With the Britney Spears doc making everyone revisit her sexist coverage, this is a good chat with some of the journalists responsible for those big magazine stories of the early 2000s.

-This year’s SAG Awards will be a pre-taped, hour-long special. After the Globes debacle, this sounds perfect.

Michael B Jordan plays a Navy SEAL who uncovers an international conspiracy while searching for the killers of his pregnant wife in the No Remorse trailer.

 

Taylor Swift Blasts Netflix

Taylor Swift called out Netflix’s Ginny & Georgia for what she called a “lazy, deeply sexist” and “horse shit” joke they made about her during season finale of the show. Not to defend the show (which is a mess), but the way that joke was positioned, we’re *supposed* to think it was cruel/below the belt, not that the show was endorsing the sentiment. But I’m sure Netflix appreciates the sudden free publicity…

-Last night everyone was supposed to be talking about the Golden Globes, but then CBS dropped two promos of Harry and Meghan‘s chat with Oprah, which stole the spotlight. Leading with O’s “Were you silent or were you SILENCED?” surely helped get it trending. And Meghan didn’t say a word in either trailer, making it harder for the British press to pre-emptively attack her.

-Meanwhile, The Golden Globes were a slog. Considering how smoothly both the Emmys and the Daytime Emmys were, I was surprised how clunky this was.

Taylor Simone Ledward’s acceptance of late husband Chadwick Boseman‘s was the show’s emotional highlight.

Fashion-wise, I loved Anna Taylor-Joy, Regina King and Cynthia Erivo.

Jason Sudeikis wore a hoodie to support his sister’s dance studio, and it’s now sold out.

Gal Gadot announced she’s pregnant by tweeting a photo her her husband holding her belly and the caption “Here we go again.”

Lady Gaga‘s dog walker Ryan Fischer posted on Instagram about being shot during last Wednesday’s violent kidnapping of the singer’s dogs, telling Gaga “Your babies are back and the family is whole… we did it!”

-At least 10 women and one man are accusing T.I. and Tiny of multiple sex, weapons and drugging crimes spanning 15 years.

-On a podcast, Paris Hilton recalled “cruel” treatment from David Letterman and Sarah Silverman.

Angelina Jolie‘s painting by Winston Churchill sold for $11.5M at auction.

-Comic-Con will remain a virtual event this year (hopefully they’ve figured it out by now, cause last year was a mess). Organizers are eyeing a smaller, in-person event in November.

-A lot criticism surrounding Wandavision is about how the Avengers movies didn’t have enough Wanda in them for the audience to be invested in her for her own show, but the last episode went back in time to make emotional sense of the character.

Ellen Pompeo insists they still don’t know if this season of Grey’s Anatomy will be its last. “We honestly have not decided. We’re really trying to figure it out right now.”

-Here’s the first trailer for Operation Varsity Blues, Netflix’s take on the college admissions scandal.

Rob Lowe Comes Clean

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Variety’s second annual Recovery issue features Rob Lowe, who reflects on how Hollywood’s attitude towards illicit drug use has changed from when he was coming up: “This was just how the business was back then. Cocaine was the thing that successful people did. There was always that wonderful moment when as an active drug abuser you’d go on the set and figure out which department was selling the coke on the set. It was no different than craft services. Where are the Red Vines, and where is the great Peruvian blow? Those days are long, long, loooong gone.”

-Singer Phoebe Bridgers says Marilyn Manson once bragged to her about his “rape room”: “I went to Marilyn Manson’s house when I was a teenager with some friends. I was a big fan. He referred to a room in his house as the ‘r*pe room’, I thought it was just his horrible frat boy sense of humor. I stopped being a fan. I stand with everyone who came forward.”

-This is a good piece on how Evan Rachel Wood has used Instagram this week: not only to come forward with her allegations against Manson, but to instruct other accusers how to go to the police — and to indict past media coverage of him.

-Vanity Fair takes a deep dive into deuxmoi, Instagram’s accidental gossip queen. Hollywood is trying to unmask her (and this article’s writer thinks she has, but keeps the name to herself) while her type of reporting continues to draw eyeballs in this party-less, red carpet-less celebrity vacuum we’re all living in these days.

-As part of the British Vogue cover story, Angelina Jolie did a “what’s in my bag?” video. There’s also a new photo of her and the kids watching the TV on election night.

-In news that will surprise no one, Variety is citing “multiple well-placed sources” that Armie Hammer was asked to leave those two high-profile projects he recently exited.  His camp is circling the wagons in this article, with a source close to the actor telling Variety “He has never eaten human flesh, he has never drank blood, he has never cut off a toe, he has never locked anybody in a cage, or whatever else is in these crazy messages. These messages definitely shouldn’t be taken literally – even if he did text them.”

-Law & Order: Organized Crime, which features the return of Christopher Meloni as Elliot Stabler, will premiere April 1.

-Even a writer on Emily in Paris thinks I May Destroy You should have been nominated.

-The SAG Awards nominations came out today, and are much more reasonable.

-Here’s a good rundown of the movies that generated the most buzz at this year’s Sundance. Passing is the one I keep hearing about. The premise doesn’t seem like something Rebecca Hall would be the best person to tackle, but the reviews are strong.

-It looks like Nick Cannon has been forgiven for his anti-semitic comments. ViacomCBS has reestablished their working relationship.

-Meanwhile, Cannon has tested positive for covid and Niecy Nash will fill in as host of The Masked Singer.​

-Southern Charm’s Madison LeCroy insists she only talked on the phone with A-Rod and never had a physical relationship with him, but the genie is out of the bottle.

-Disney+ will drop Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella starring Brandy and Whitney Houston next week — and I was NOT expecting the excitement about this on my TL. How did I not know how beloved this movie is?

-This is a great interview with Owen Wilson, who says Jeff Goldblum changed his outlook on life. “He’s just this very positive person. Even “positive” isn’t a strong enough word…Sometimes you meet people who aren’t interested in bonding over shared dislikes. They only want to connect over things they’re excited about, not giving into any kind of negative stuff. I remember that about Jeff, even though we didn’t work together that much — I just appreciate how he was.”

-I don’t watch Riverdale, but the preview for next week — when the show jumps seven(!) years into the future — seems awesomely bonkers.

Emily Hampshire will play Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman in a remake of the Norman Lear series. Yes Hollywood, please start casting Schitt’s Creek stars in everything.

-I’m not surprised that Renee Zelleweger is making the jump to TV. I am surprised that it’s network TV. She’ll star in an NBC show based on a true crime podcast.

-Here’s the trailer for Netflix’s Behind Her Eyes. I wonder if they’ll keep the book’s absolutely insane twist ending…