-I was actually surprised by the lack of coverage Ana de Armas was getting after her scene-stealing performance in Knives Out, so it’s great to see her land a Vanity Fair cover story. (Written by Sloane Crosley, no less!)
-In her new Variety cover story, Kerry Washington talks steering her own career after Scandal, and tackling the challenge of Little Fires Everywhere.
-If you can ignore the weird flourishes from the author, this is a good NYT interview with Ben Affleck on his struggle to stay sober.
–Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are skipping Prince Andrew’s 60th birthday party on February 19, citing “commitments.” Is it because they’re committed to not celebrating a possible sex offender?
–Justin Bieber got emotional while talking about protecting Billie Eilish. She posted the video on IG, with images of her old bedroom adorned with his posters.
-Meanwhile, Billie says she’s stopped reading comments on her social posts because they were “ruining” her life. Smart cookie.
–Britney Spears‘ Womanizer video from 2008 is suddenly and inexplicably one of YouTube’s most viewed videos — and no one knows why.
-This is a good piece on how The Flash hired its first black showrunner in season six, and it’s finally acknowledging that Iris is black. “I feel more comfortable bringing up concerns that I have, and I feel like those concerns are received and listened to a little differently,” Candice Patton says, adding that she’s addressed longstanding issues like the way in which her skin was lit during scenes or having access to artists equipped to style her hair and do her makeup.
-I tend to not love celeb couple ads, but Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr‘s Cascade commercial is very cute and I want them to have all the success in the world so let’s just allow it.
–Dwayne Wade was on GMA today and talked about daughter Zaya: “I knew that I had to check myself. I have been a person in the locker room who has been part of the conversation that has said the wrong phrases and wrong words…As I got older and watched my daughter grow, I had to go look at myself in the mirror and say: Who are you?”
–Jameela Jamil‘s boyfriend James Blake has jumped to her defense.
–Stephanie Beatriz cried while meeting Dan Levy on Kelly Clarkson’s talk show, and praised his impact on the queer community. Then he praised hers. Then everyone was crying and it was all very adorable.
-I haven’t really loved Vanity Fair’s Lie Detector test segments because most of the questions are such softballs but the Noah Centineo and Lana Condor one is actually great — mostly because they lie.
-First Alison Brie alluded to it on Reddit, and now Yvette Nicole Brown is hinting at a Community movie on Twitter.
-We’re already talking about next year’s possible Oscar contenders? Settle down, Hollywood.
–Jessie J and Channing Tatum having impromptu dance parties to Sam Smith songs is very cute.
-Congrats to Patti Murin and Colin Donnell, who are expecting their first kid. I love them both even though I don’t think I watch anything they’re actually in.
-The Fug Girls have written a follow up to The Royal We and why are they starting the promo tour so early when it doesn’t come out until July? The wait is going to be torture.
-Pete Davidson plays a grown ass man who hangs out with a 16-year-old kid in the trailer for Big Time Adolescence.
-Here’s the trailer for the Apple+ revival of Steven Spielberg‘s anthology series Amazing Stories.
–Domhnall Gleeson and Merritt Weaver escape their lives in the first trailer for HBO’s Run, produced by Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Vicky Jones. Weaver plays a woman living a humdrum existence who one day gets a text from an old flame inviting her to fulfill a youthful pact.
–Mae Martin created and stars in Netflix’s Feel Good, a semi-autobiographical exploration of love, addiction, and sexuality that critics are loving.