–Jennifer Lopez is on the cover of GQ’s Men of the Year issue (men’s mags are weird, yo) and talks about forgoing acting fees for Hustlers (“I do things because I love them. I didn’t get paid a whole bunch of money for Hustlers. I did it for free and produced it. I bank on myself. That’s the Jenny From the Block. I do what I want, I do what I love”) and choosing to take on the Super Bowl halftime show (“I understand people not wanting to do it,” Lopez says. “Everybody has to make their own choices. They have to feel good about what they’re doing”).
-One day after Nick Carter filed a restraining order against his younger brother Aaron, court documents reveal that Aaron allegedly told their sister he “thinks about killing babies and has thought about killing [Nick’s pregnant] wife, Lauren.”
-A heavily bearded George Clooney appeared at a news conference in London to call for ending human rights abuses in South Sudan after presenting findings of a new report from his watchdog group, The Sentry.
–Tom Welling will reprise his Smallville role in the upcoming Arrowverse crossover, ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths. At some point in the very near future, it will be easier to list who *won’t* be appearing in this thing.
–Celine Dion is not impressed by rumours that Drake wants to get her face tattooed on his body. “Please Drake, I love you very much. Can I tell you something? Don’t do that. You can write me love letters, you can send me autographs for my kids, you can come and visit. I can have you home for lunch or dinner, we can go for a drink, we can sing together. Whatever you want to do. I can talk to your mother. Whatever you want, but please…”
-Yay for Schitt’s Creek’s Dan Levy, who just landed an overall deal with ABC Studios. I will always remember him as the host of the first after show I’d ever seen — for The Hills, of all things.
-I binged Netflix’s Unbelievable (not a great idea, considering the subject matter) and I couldn’t get over how empathetic it was. All of the performances were great, including Toni Collette and Kaitlyn Dever, but I think Merritt Wever in particular is doing something special here. She so quietly powerful.
–This video of Jennifer Lopez learning her routines for Hustlers is insane.
–Sarah Silverman says “cancel culture” is “a mutated McCarthy era, where any comic better watch anything they say.” Uh, hard pass. Comedians can say whatever they want — but they also shouldn’t be excused from the consequences.
-Here’s the first trailer Alfre Woodard‘s Clemency. Just Mercy was the death row film that got the most amount of buzz at TIFF, but this one has stuck with me since seeing it.
-In the new THR cover story, Aaron Paul explains why he agreed to a Breaking Bad movie despite his fears of messing with the series’ perfect legacy: “I’m like everybody else on the planet — I think Vince [Gilligan] and the rest of the writers really nailed the landing with the ending of Breaking Bad, and why mess with that? But it’s Vince we’re talking about. I would follow Vince into a fire. That’s how much I trust the man. I would do anything that he asked me to.”
–Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney were spotted at New York City’s marriage bureau on Monday — where they were seen with two security guards, a photographer and another friend — sparking rumours that they got married.
–Kevin Spacey‘s accuser has died in the midst of his sexual assault lawsuit. The late accuser’s lawyer released a statement, slamming Spacey for publicly announcing the death before the family was ready.
-In a Today show interview that ran Wednesday, Celine Dion revealed that she is still mourning her mentor-turned-husband René Angélil, who died in 2016. “I’m very lucky and happy to have so many people in my surrounding to make me — they make me laugh, but I miss to be touched. I miss to be hugged. I missed to be told, ‘You’re beautiful.’ I miss what a boyfriend and I miss what a husband would do.”
-I’m glad that Lizzo recognized that putting a delivery person from Postmates on blast on Twitter to her nearly 1M followers was a dumb and dangerous thing to do. I hate hate hate when famous people sic their followers on service people who are just trying to do their jobs (looking at you, dude from Supernatural).
-If someone told me that an actor confessed he and his wife are swingers in a revealing interview with Playboy, I could never have guessed it’d be the mousey guy from Silicon Valley.
–Britney Spears was granted a new conservator earlier this month and Britney’s mom is already asking a judge to remove her.
-I had no idea that Melanie Lynskey and Jason Ritter were together, but her tweet about his dad, the late great John Ritter, is so so sweet.
-I love how out in the open Joe Manganiello is about his nerdom. I remember listening to a podcast once where he talked extensively about his Dungeons and Dragons expeditions.
-Todd Haynes returns with Dark Waters, a corporate thriller starring Mark Ruffalo as a tenacious attorney who connects a growing number of unexplained deaths to one the world’s largest chemical corporations. Anne Hathaway plays his wife.