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Jake Gyllenhaal and Lady Gaga’s Mutual Appreciation Society

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Lady Gaga interviewed each other for Variety and I ended up watching the whole damn video because I was pretty interested by their chemistry. (She started off a little standoffish, while he went in hot with the charm.) If you just want to see some short clips, here’s her gushing about Donnie Darko, and him gushing about House of Gucci. (Also, is Jake here for The Guilty? I liked that Netflix movie a lot but is it really in the awards convo?)

-Meanwhile, a photo from this shoot has already turned into a meme. This one is my favourite so far.

Courteney Cox nabbed a People cover to promote her new home-care line, and she talks about her boyfriend of eight years, Johnny McDaid. “He’s just so smart, and I find that really sexy. And then he is gorgeous.”

-Less than a year after Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song welcomed their first baby together, the couple got engaged.

-This story is so weird. Someone tweeted this week that Dakota Johnson once locked customers inside of a café in 2016 (there’s even a pic), and it turns out someone else had tweeted about the same incident last year. Vulture did an investigation to determine if it really happened (and it seems like it did!), which includes this amazing line: “How does one live with the knowledge that at a moment’s notice, a star of Suspiria could spontaneously lock you in a coffee shop? Do you live in fear that Mia Goth might padlock you into a La Colombe?”

Prince Andrew is demanding a jury trial in Virginia Giuffre’s sexual assault case. He also denied all allegations of wrongdoing.

-It’s a bad week to be a racist on a reality TV show. Alina Kozhevnikova has been fired from 90 Day Fiancé after offensive social media comments surfaced.

Rihanna may not be making music, but she is making a $15 million donation to climate justice organizations.

Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers reportedly ‘agree to disagree‘ about politics. Like…how?!

-A vocal minority of fans are taking issue with comments from The Batman’s Robert Pattinson, who confirmed his version of the character does not kill — even though that’s been the rule in the comics for decades.

Mandy Moore rewatching A Walk To Remember on its 20th anniversary makes me want to see it again. The first hour of that movie is perfection.

-Also, she and Shane West reminisced about their mutual crushes when shooting the movie.

John Leguizamo talked about about colorism and Hollywood: “I stayed out of the sun so I could work. I definitely would not go in the sun for years. It was a conscious thing…All the Latinos that made it so far, a lot of them were light-skinned.”

Cardi B wants to chat with Megan Markle and I want that too!

-Spotify has confirmed that Neil Young’s music will be removed from their platform at his request after he said he didn’t want to share a platform with Joe Rogan.

This is an amazing look at the making of John Cameron Mitchell’s Shortbus (the 2006 movie that featured real sex and is being re-released in select theatres) and it wonders whether it could be made today? My guess is no — not just because of the challenge of getting it financed, but also because it feels like the pop culture has shifted a bit puritanical lately. The young ‘uns in the fandoms I follow and BookTok are always clutching their pearls about something or other…

-Of course, the outlier is Euphoria, which is all excess all the time. I do find myself exhausted by this season, not because of its over-the-topness, but because it seems more aimless than the first season. This HuffPo review nails it: “Euphoria needs an actual, enthralling plot. Instead, the series is shrouded in sensationalism and shock value, utilizing trauma as the sole vehicle for a shoddy storyline and lackluster character development. Its greatest pitfall is the absence of an objective.” (I’ve also been thinking a lot about TV shows using trauma as a signifier of prestige).

-Season two of Starstruck comes out Feb 7 on the BBC! (I have no idea when Crave will pick it up, but hopefully soon after.)

-This thread about strange celeb encounters is a treat!

-The reviews for Hulu’s Pam and Tommy miniseries are good, with critics especially praising the performances from Lily James, Sebastian Stan, and Seth Rogen.

-Speaking of reviews, Apple’s The After Party is getting lots of buzz. The stacked cast includes Tiffany Haddish, Zoë Chao, Ike Barinholtz, Ben Schwartz, Ilana Glazer and Dave Franco.

-Abbott Elementary just became ABC’s first comedy premiere to quadruple ratings since its original airing.

Claire Danes has joined Jesse Eisenberg and Lizzy Caplan in FX’s upcoming limited series Fleishman Is in Trouble. I loved that book and am increasingly looking forward to this show.

-An outcast’s wish comes true in the Supercool trailer.

Zendaya Spins a Web at Spider-Man Premiere

Zendaya’s look at the big Hollywood premiere of Spider-Man: No Way Home was total perfection.

-Despite the tangled web of a plot that sees Peter Parker delve into the confusing multiverse, Spider-Man: No Way Home seems to have won over critics.

-The predictions for the box office seem insane, considering that the new variant will likely keep some people home this weekend. Industry experts are predicting a $150 million debut.

Ben Affleck told Howard Stern that he began to drink more as his marriage to Jennifer Garner unraveled. “That was part of why I started drinking alcohol — I was trapped. I was like, ‘I can’t leave because of my kids, but I am not happy. What do I do?’ What I did was drink a bottle of scotch on the couch, which turned out not to be the solution…I probably still would’ve been drinking [if I stayed].” God, I hope his kids don’t ever read that…

Kim Kardashian wants to speed up her divorce from Kanye West. In new court filings, she said, “I have been attempting to settle our dissolution with [West] since I filed for divorce in February 2021. I have requested several times that [he] agree to bifurcate and terminate our marital status. [He] has not responded to my request.”

-Meanwhile, a source tells People that Kanye West “isn’t giving up without a fight.”

Keanu Reeves talked to Stephen Colbert about the origins of the Sad Keanu meme. “I’m just eating a sandwich! I was thinking… I had some stuff going on. I was hungry.”

-General Hospital’s Ingo Rademacher is suing ABC for firing him over his refusal to get vaccinated. “My body is endowed by my creator with natural processes to protect me.”

Billie Eilish says she got covid a few months ago. “I want it to be clear that it is because of the vaccine I’m fine. I think if I weren’t vaccinated, I would have, like, died, because it was bad. When I say it was bad, I more just mean that it felt horrible…I still have side effects. I was sick for, like, two months almost. This was in August, a couple months ago.”

Dakota Johnson explained her Architectural Digest video that featured a big bowl of limes on her kitchen counter despite her saying she’s allergic to them. “You know, they have somebody who is super talented come in and make your house look amazing. So they put this big bowl of limes, which I [first] saw while we were filming. And it was funny. So I talked about it because who has a bowl of only limes?”

Avril Lavigne is turning “Sk8er Boi” into a film. I’d watch it.

Patti Harrison, Simon Rex, and Taylour Paige just became first-time Spirit Awards nominees. I’ve seen two of those performances (Harrison in Together Together and Rex in Red Rocket), and both are worthy of recognition.

Flavor Flav was nearly killed by a boulder while driving.

-Vulture interviewed a doctor about all the things that went wrong on And Just Like That.

J. Smith-Cameron was asked about Succession costar Jeremy Strong‘s now infamous profile, and her response was perfect. “I didn’t feel the New Yorker piece was an attack on him. I don’t know whether that’s me just being a little insensitive. I felt like it was trying to be very objective about what seemed like very extreme practices. I thought Jessica Chastain and Aaron Sorkin coming to his defense was wonderful, but I didn’t think it was really necessary because I didn’t think he was exactly maligned. It’s not a puff piece, certainly. It’s Jeremy saying in his own words what his values are and what his process is.”

-A judge upheld assault charges against Tory Lanez for allegedly shooting Megan Thee Stallion.

-Someone created a trailer for Tick Tick Boom with the Muppets and it’s so perfect.

-This is an excellent interview with Kathleen Turner. I especially like her take on method acting and how she doesn’t include it in the acting class she’s teaching at NYU. “My course is called ‘Practical Acting: Shut Up and Do It’…All that ‘call me by my character name’ stuff? Fuck it. Isn’t the idea that we’re supposed to find our own unique voice? How can you achieve that by forcibly imitating anyone else? I’ve never understood that. Your job, through school and throughout your life, should be to learn how *you* work best as an actor.”

-The cast for Apple+’s Afterparty is incredible. This trailer intrigues me.

-Speaking of upcoming TV series that look amazing, here’s the new trailer for HBO’s The Gilded Age.

-Holyyyy sheetttttt, this trailer for Everything Everywhere All At Once starring Michelle Yeoh is everything.

Shonda Rhimes Doesn’t Think Regé-Jean Page Will Ever Return to Bridgerton

Shonda Rhimes wears a rainbow skirt on the cover of Variety

-Variety named Shonda Rhimes the Show Woman of the Year. The highest paid showrunner in TV talked about moving from ABC to Netflix (“Creatively, I feel very fulfilled in a way that I haven’t felt fulfilled in a long time”), the success of Bridgerton (“What I loved was we were going to create this powerful, exciting, amazing romance. And then for once in television, they were going to get to have their happily ever after versus — well, you know! In network television, you have to come up with 15 years of why a couple has to be apart”), and whether Regé-Jean Page will ever return to the show (“I don’t think so! And here’s why. He’s an enormous star now. As I like to say, the idea that we would write Regé to stand around in the background doesn’t make any sense at all to me. ‘What would he do?’ is what I like to say”).

-So those sources claiming Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson are “just friends” may be rethinking things…the pair were spotted enjoying a private dinner last night. And it must be love, because she traveled to Staten Island for him.

-Wait, is Pete Davidson the Warren Beatty of his generation? I don’t buy it; Beatty had huge hits, not just BDE.

Jamie Spears has requested the end Britney Spears‘ conservatorship immediately.  However, the singer’s lawyer questioned whether Jamie was “motivated by a desire to bolster his reputation or to avoid his deposition or responding to the outstanding discovery served on him in August.”

-Meanwhile, in a since-deleted Instagram post, Spears blamed her mother for the conservatorship. “What people don’t know is that my mom is the one who gave him the idea. I will never get those years back… she secretly ruined my life. You know exactly what you did. My dad is not smart enough to ever think of a conservatorship, but tonight I will smile knowing I have a new life ahead of me.”

Sofia Vergara will lead Netflix’s six-part limited series about real-life Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco from the exec producer of Narcos.

-In his new memoir, Will Smith says he dreamed about killing his father after witnessing him abuse his mother when he was a boy. “As a child I’d always told myself that I would one day avenge my mother. That when I was big enough, when I was strong enough, when I was no longer a coward, I would slay him.” He also talked about how his method acting on the set of Six Degrees of Separation caused him to fall “in love” with his costar Stockard Channing during his first marriage.

-Hmmm…not really sure that Salma Hayek comes off the way she intended in her interview with The Guardian. When asked about being bullied by Harvey Weinstein and if she thinks the reason he never assaulted her was that she was friends with Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino and George Clooney, she replied, “Also I was very strong…I didn’t just say no. I’m a force to be recognized. He never saw me weak. It’s not that I’m not afraid, but you’re not going to see it. I can be almost intimidating in my calm strength, you know?”

Dakota Johnson is dating Gwyneth Paltrow‘s ex-husband Chris Martin, and the ladies seem to genuinely like each other. Paltrow caught a lot of crap for her “conscious uncoupling” announcement — but it seems like it actually worked?

Ryan Reynolds announced that he’s taking a break from movies. “I’m just trying to create a little bit more space for my family and time with them. You know, you don’t really get that time back.” Stay home with the kids so Blake can make A Simple Favor 2!

-Jeez. Dean Winters, a character actor who’s best known from 30 Rock and Oz, has undergone multiple amputations since contracting a bacterial infection in 2009.

Tom Hanks paid tribute to his Bosom Buddies costar Peter Scolari on Jimmy Kimmel‘s show: “We were molecularly connected in a way that we started speaking the same language.”

-Speaking of late night, David Byrne taught Stephen Colbert some aging entertainer dance moves.

-Buzzfeed had Ben Barnes read some thirst tweets about himself, and he was very shy and polite about the whole thing.   “Noooo! You’ve got parents!” “Someone from Buzzfeed has just come in and told me why Bussy means, and that’s why my face is going red.”

This is the kind of TV criticism that should be used as a framework for all reboot reviews: “Dexter: New Blood is worse than Seasons 1-4 and better than the last few seasons, which should be enough for many/most/some fans.”

-Starz has renewed Heels for season 2. I have to finish the last few episodes but I was really getting into it.

Leah Remini has guest-hosted the majority of the Wendy Williams Show’s premiere week episodes while Williams is off with health issues — and the ratings have gone up.

-I can’t imagine Alec Baldwin‘s lawyers are happy about his reposting stuff like these these days.

-I’m late to the Dune party, but this is a very good piece on how Denis Villeneuve’s Part One ignores the influence of MENA cultures and Islam.

Jared Leto becomes a vampire in the trailer for Morbius, the next film in Sony’s Marvel Spider-Man universe.