–Billie Eilish covers the new issue of Elle and opens up about the scrutiny she receives over her looks. “The other day, I decided to wear a tank top. It wasn’t even a provocative shirt. But I know people are going to say, ‘Holy f**k, she’s dressing sexy and trying to make a statement.’ And I’m like, ‘No, I’m not. It’s 500 degrees and I just want to wear a tank top.'” She also talked about losing fans because she changed her style. “I lost 100,000 followers, just because of the boobs. People are scared of big boobs.”
–Camila Cabello organized a letter-writing campaign that got Cate Blanchett, Shawn Mendes, Lady Gaga, Billie Eilish, Hugh Jackman, and 60 entertainers who are demanding Congress take bold action against climate change.
-I’m glad The Other Two seems to be getting more buzz with its second season. It’s so, so funny.
-Ted Lasso’s Brett Goldstein is reportedly dating British comedian Beth Rylance. Lucky her!
–This interview with Andy Serkis, who directed Venom: Let There Be Carnage, makes me really want to see it. He talks about Eddie and Venom’s relationship in this sequel and says “Absolutely they do love each other and that’s the kind of the center of the movie is that love affair, that central love affair.”
-I’m going to share a lot of Vulture profiles today because there were so many good ones, but none better than Hunter Harris’ cover story, in which she went on location in Italy with the cast of Succession.
–Patty Jenkins says the hybrid release of Wonder Woman 1984 was “detrimental” to the film’s success. I mean, it was also possibly because the film was…not good?
–Emily VanCamp is leaving Fox’s The Resident after 4 seasons. Isn’t she the co-lead? There’s no official word why yet, but she’s back in the MCU — not to mention she and her husband, Revenge costar Josh Bowman, recently welcomed a baby girl.
–John Cho talked to Vulture about getting superhero fit for Cowboy Bebop. “The biggest fear that I had was I was too old. I knew people were gonna have issues with my age. And I had to get over it.” Who has issues with his age?!? Point me at ’em!
-Is this why Tom Cruise was so yell-y on the Mission Impossible 7 set? Paramount sued its insurer today for refusing to cover the vast majority of its losses due to pandemic-related shutdowns on the film.
–An IG account features crew members begging for more rest periods amid complaints that they are working dangerously long hours to meet streaming production schedules. I’ve been following this account for about a month now and the stories are horrific. Lowly PAs who have to pick up the food being expected pay the tip out of their own pocket, crew not being allowed meal or bathroom breaks, and department heads fudging crew’s hours so they don’t have to pay overtime.
-The first male to speak publicly with allegations against R. Kellytook the stand today, describing sexual abuse when he was just 17.
–Nia DaCosta is the first Black woman filmmaker to open a movie at No. 1 at the domestic box office with Candyman. Good for her, but also how depressing that it took this long.
-Joe isn’t happy he has a son in the season 3 teaser for Netflix’s You. Meanwhile, Penn Badgleytalked to Vulture about the new season and says he doesn’t want viewers to root for his character; he wants to push them toward a deeper consideration of You’s themes and the societal myths that allow men like Joe to get away with violence toward women.
-AMC has renewed Kevin Can F*ck Himself for a second season, a show that got much better as it went on.
–Billie Eilish talked to Rolling Stone about planning to move out of her parent’s house, how she only watches TV on her phone (“I can’t go to the bathroom without watching something on my phone. I can’t brush my teeth. I can’t wash my face”) and getting over a fame-related traumatic experience (“I went through some crazy shit, and it really affected me and made me not want to go near anyone ever”). She also brought her dog to the photoshoot.
-Meanwhile, her rumoured boyfriend is apologizingfor old racist and homophobic social posts.
–Anthony Mackie is getting some heat on Twitter for his comments about people shipping his character with Sebastian Stan‘s in Falcon & The Winter Solider. “So many things are twisted and convoluted. There’s so many things that people latch on to with their own devices to make themselves relevant and rational…It used to be guys can be friends, we can hang out, and it was cool…You can’t do that anymore, because something as pure and beautiful as homosexuality has been exploited by people who are trying to rationalize themselves.” I agree with this thread that actors shouldn’t be required to speak on the writers’ queerbaiting — though having an answered prepared wouldn’t hurt. But I really agree with this thread about how queer audiences are desperate for representation because there’s so little of it in Hollywood, and it’s really not hard to just say “hey man, you do you.” Mark Hamill had it right when he was asked questions like this.
-Though full reviews for Black Widow are still embargoed, the first initial reactions are positive, with Florence Pughgetting lots of shout outsfor her performance.