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Alicia Keys Shines on Marie Claire

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Alicia Keys appears on the cover of Marie Claire and talks about struggling during the pandemic (“Everybody was like, ‘Are you just so creative because you have all this time in the house?’ I was like, ‘No, actually. I do not feel like that at all.’ I didn’t even know how to work. What was I supposed to work on? Where was I supposed to work? And when? It was so much of making sure everything was organized and the kids were good”), being an art collector (“Every room in this house has a beautiful Black face. When my kids walk in this house, they look on these walls they see their beautiful Blackness and it is normal. That does give you a certain sense of validation or belonging”), and creating a new beauty brand (“It’s about this idea of nurturing your soul and honoring yourself and starting to create rituals and opportunities for you to connect with yourself”).

Aaron Sorkin is defending Being The Ricardos since its backlash over casting, and he’s comin’ in hot! He tells THR: “I want to tell you my opinion on this and I stand by it, which is this: Spanish and Cuban aren’t actable, OK? They’re not actable. By the way, neither are straight and gay. Because I know there’s a small movement underway that only gay actors should play gay characters. Gay and straight aren’t actable. You could act being attracted to someone, but most nouns aren’t actable.”

Adele says she’s grateful that she became friends with her neighbors Nicole Richie and Jennifer Lawrence. “They humanized me because I had avoided talking to anyone that was ever famous in any capacity, because I was like, ‘Well, I’m not famous.’ I’m very British like that.”

Matthew McConaughey is clarifying that he did not say he’s against vaccinating kids, posting on Instagram: “When asked my opinion on the subject of children and vaccination mandates I stated, ‘I couldn’t mandate it for kids just yet.’ What was not clear is that I was referring specifically to the 5-11 year old mandate. What is NOT true, and insinuated with the clickbait headlines since, is that I am against vaccinating children at all. This is false. In fact, our eldest 13-year-old son Levi is fully vaccinated for COVID-19.”

Andrew Garfield says he suggested making Peter Parker bisexual, but Sony was all “nah.”

-While appearing on Colbert’s show, Aubrey Plaza dressed like a witch and offered her thoughts on her past costars. She said Kristen Stewart “smells like cinnamon and gasoline,” Molly Shannon is “one of the most legendary living con artists alive today” and credits herself for Michael Caine‘s retirement announcement “Once you experience the best you got to wrap it up.”

-Oh god. A ninth Astroworld victim, 22-year-old Bharti Shahani, has died.

-Meanwhile, there are reports that Travis Scott attended a Dave & Buster’s party immediately after Astroworld, and Drake went to a strip club the following night. There are also lots of questions being raised about Scott’s partnership with BetterHelp following the tragedy.

Carrie Underwood doesn’t appreciate jokes about Aaron Rodgers‘ vaccination status. Shocker.

-I have no interest in paying for Twitter Blue, but if I did, it would only be because they used Meg Stalter to promote it.

Lizzy Caplan needs to be a bigger star. I’m not sure if this Paramount+ remake of Fatal Attraction is going to do it, but I’m rooting for her.

-While promoting Licorice Pizza, director Paul Thomas Anderson reflected on the theatre industry and cemented my love for him. “I’m not going to lie — there’s been a couple of moments where I thought the sky was falling. The theatrical exhibition industry had a much-needed and long-coming kick in the pants, didn’t it? They built 25-plexes and 30-plexes and all that kind of stuff, and it got bigger and bigger and shittier, and you know what, you’re shocked that they’re empty? Well, what did you think was going to happen? They built these pyramids for their demise.” And when asked if minds if people stream his movies, he replied, “Not at all. I don’t mind if people discover my work that way. I’m counting on it long after I’m gone.”

Meghan Markle responded to new claims that she knew her father would leak her personal letters.

Tom Holland gushed over girlfriend Zendaya being honoured with the CFDA Fashion Icon Award.

-Modern Family’s Julie Bowen plays a grandma in Netflix’s Mixtape.

-I’m gonna watch the crap our of Single All The Way, Netflix’s new gay holiday romcom starring Michael Urie, Philemon Chambers, Kathy Najimy and Jennifer Coolidge.

See Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt

-Here’s our first look at Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt, Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford, and Viola Davis as Michelle Obama in Showtime’s The First Lady.

-The Houston police has declared Travis Scott‘s Astroworld festival a “mass casualty event” after 8 people died and hundreds were injured (including a 9-year-old) after the crowd surged forward during his headlining set and security did not stop the show for 40 minutes. Videos of the audience trying to alert the crew and being ignored are heartbreaking.

Scott has cancelled his upcoming festival appearances as the lawsuits begin to pour in. Drake, who made a guest appearance at the festival, has also been named in one suit.

Emily Ratajkowski talked about her new book with the Sunday Times, saying that the exploitation of young women is still common in modeling (“I was not at all shocked by [the Jeffrey Epstein] story. I witnessed so much of that in different forms”), revealed that her teenage boyfriend ‘forced himself’ on her when she was 14 (“So many young women I know, their first early sexual experiences border on nonconsensual”), and said modeling gave her a complex relationship with her body (“There is this sense of your body is not yours, it’s ours. In this contract you’ve given it up to be used how we see fit… If you’re not willing to do what the client wants you to do with your body, then there’s somebody else who will be”).

Bennifer packed on the pre-flight PDA this weekend.

-According to Page Six, Chris Evans will be this year’s Sexiest Man Alive. I like him a lot but the only interesting thing about this whole thing is that People got scooped.

Lee Pace shared some thirsty pics and that’s just what I needed to save this Monday.

Vin Diesel held an olive branch out to Dwayne Johnson via an Instagram post, inviting him back to the Fast and Furious franchise.

Kanye West (no, I’m not calling him Ye) was spotted at a basketball game with model Vinetria.

Scott Speedman revealed on Instagram that he’s a new dad.

-After Aaron Rodgers hit nearly every anti-v*xxer talking point in an interview, his fiancée Shailene Woodley is insisting her cryptic posts are not referencing it.

Emilio Estevez is pushing back on a report that he’s not doing season two of Mighty Ducks because he refuses to follow the show’s vaccine mandate. He blames his departure on “contract disputes” and “creative differences” and says he contracted covid in March 2020 and suffers from long haul symptoms. Interestingly, his statement doesn’t say anything about him being vaccinated.

-Production on Black Panther 2 has halted due to Letitia Wright‘s experiencing an “onset injury.”

-In an open letter, George Clooney asked the media to stop publishing photos of his kids. I can’t recall ever seeing any, but I rarely follow the British press.

-A Kelly Clarkson holiday special is coming to NBC next month.

Isaiah Washington tweeted about how he’d be happy to return to Grey’s and play the lead, as long as Ellen Pompeo was “finally gone”. This is unhinged.

-This is such a great profile on Simon Rex and the highs and lows of celebrity. He partied his way through the early aughts, lost his career for a decade, and is now being lauded by critics for his role in festival darling Red Rocket.

Will Smith reportedly gave the best wrap gift ever to his King Richard costars: cold, hard cash.

-I saw Eternals this weekend and while it wasn’t my fave Marvel movie, it certainly wasn’t as bad as Iron Man 2 or some of the Thor or Hulk movies, despite getting worse reviews. This is a good piece on how Chloé Zhao may be being punished for playing the Marvel good soldier.

-After Eternals got banned in Saudi Arabia and more due to its openly gay superhero, Angelina Jolie responded: “I’m proud of Marvel for refusing to cut [gay] scenes out…How anybody is angry about it, threatened by it, doesn’t approve or appreciate it is ignorant.”

-Speaking of Eternals, I really liked Chloé Zhao’s answer about Kumail Nanjiani‘s character’s decision, which I don’t think I’ve ever seen in a superhero film before. (I did not, however, agree with her answer about referencing a real-life tragedy in the film.)

Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell‘s new Apple show Shrink Next Door is getting good reviews.

Ben Gibbard talked about the legacy of Death Cab for Cutie’s The Photo Album, which is 20 years old. He says his favorite use of a Death Cab song on TV was The OC, which of course it is.

Benedict Cumberbatch goes west in the trailer for Netflix’s The Power of the Dog, Jane Campion‘s latest which is getting serious Oscar buzz.

Anya Taylor-Joy’s Flower Power

Anya Taylor-Joy poses with sunflowers on the cover of InStyle

Anya Taylor-Joy covers Instyle’s Beauty Issue. She talks about how her friends keep her grounded (“I also have great friends who tease me mercilessly if I even hint at being overworked or stressed. They’re like, ‘Oh yeah, honey, it’s so sad that you have to go get on a plane and go do whatever'”) and learning boundaries (“I really struggle with wanting to give everybody everything all of the time”).

-Besides Dune, her new movie (Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho) is the hottest ticket at TIFF. A new trailer dropped today and it’s both creepy and intriguing.

-Big news broke last night: Jamie Spears asked a judge to end his daughter’s 13-year conservatorship. There’s chatter that he didn’t want to deal with the “pressure” Britney’s new attorney has kept up on him, accusing him of abusing his power over her and of dissipating her estate. He also resisted Jamie’s attempts to be compensated for stepping down as her conservator, saying there was nothing to negotiate and that Jamie should resign immediately.

-Though this is a good step forward, ending her conservatorship likely won’t be a quick process.

-Last night’s other big news: John Mulaney appeared on Seth Meyers’s show last night and spoke candidly about his intervention and subsequent trip to rehab, and confirmed he and Olivia Munn are expecting. Meanwhile, the discourse around him has grown exhausting. I think two things can be true at the same time: people are very invested in his personal life because he’s made that such a huge part of his standup that they’re now pushing back against (unjustified) feelings of betrayal, but also he traded on his rep as Hollywood’s “good guy/non-toxic celeb/the marriage guy” a little too heavily to make the timeline of events (not to mention his ex wife’s reactions) sit well with some folks. This thread pretty much nails it.

-Speaking of the timeline, he opened the interview with some clarification (or revision?). He said he first went to rehab in September last year, split from his ex-wife in October, then relapsed and went back to rehab for two months, and didn’t start dating Munn until the spring.

Kylie Jenner announced that she and Travis Scott are going to have another baby with this cute Instagram video, and fans are convinced she hinted it’s a boy.

Bob Odenkirk posted a photo of himself look happy and healthy back on the set of Better Call Saul.

-This Vulture review of Drake‘s new album is the best one I’ve read yet. “It is a trip through a world we already know. There are no surprises in its landscapes. Maybe this is the source of its appeal.”

Nicole Kidman made an ad about why everyone should return to AMC, and a lot of people are pointing out that her watching movies in an empty theatre is kind of missing the point.

Eva Longoria has resigned from the Time’s Up board amid the organization’s turmoil.

-Though no official cause of death has been determined yet, authorities are reportedly investigating Michael K. Williams‘ passing as an overdose.

-Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist has been officially revived by as a Christmas TV movie by Roku, marking their foray into original programming.

-Netflix dropped a trailer for Midnight Mass, Mike Flanagan‘s follow up to The Haunting of Bly Manor. Saracen!

Riz Ahmed plays a Marine who goes on a rescue mission to save his two young sons from an alien threat in the Encounter trailer.

-The first teaser for Netflix’s star-packed Don’t Look Up has arrived. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, Timothée Chalamet and Meryl Streep.