–Felicity Huffman is out of jail early after serving 11 days of her 2-week sentence. (Apparently it’s normal policy for inmates who are set to be released on weekends to get out on the Friday instead.)
-Oh god. Drake and Kylie Jenner were apparently spotted flirting. There’s not enough vodka in the world for me to process this.
–Charlize Theron is already getting raves for her turn in Bombshell and the promo tour hasn’t even fully kicked off yet. She’s in Glamour’s 2019 Women of the Year issue, in which she talks about her single status (“I haven’t been in a relationship for a very long time. I never wanted to get married. Those are things that are not hard for me because they’re innately my truth. I find people are somewhat perplexed by that, and also more with women, right?”) and struggling to get recognition as a producer (“I think there’s this conclusion that sometimes gets made, like, ‘It can’t possibly be a f**king actress that put this thing together'”).
-Bless Town & Country for putting Laura Dern‘s “I will not NOT be rich” line from Big Little Lies on her cover. Talk about knowing their target audience.
-Of all the ‘established directors criticizing Marvel’ takes, this one actually has merit. Pedro Almodóvar says superhero movies aren’t sexy enough. “And sexuality doesn’t exist for superheroes. They are neutered. There is an unidentified gender, the adventure is what’s important.” I also really like this thread about how the studios’ increased obsession with targeting all four quadrants has turned the most popular movies for adults and films into the same thing.
-It’s weirdly comforting that Paul Rudd and Conan O’Brien remain committed to their long-standing talk show appearance bit.
–Hailey Baldwinmight have shaded her hubby’s ex Selena Gomez. Or maybe not. Be better at pettiness, celebrities!
-I’m intrigued by Netflix’s new show Daybreak, mostly because the premise of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off meets zombies sounds fun, and @ira is a writer on it. The reviewsare good.
-I dig that whenever Kelly Clarkson is a fan of something (like Netflix’s Lucifer), she just manages to insert herself into it. I would do the same with her power.
-Patti LuPone continues to give zero f**ks during every interview and I’m living for it. On Andrew Lloyd Webber: “How could he talk about Evita? The whole thing is sung. He’s a jerk. He’s a sad sack. He is the definition of sad sack.”
–Jared Leto’s frustration that Warner Bros. was moving ahead with Todd Phillips’s Jokerwas so great that he not only complained to his agents at CAA, who also represent Phillips, but asked his music manager to call the leader of Warners’ parent company. Bwahahaha!
–Garrett Hedlund star in the first trailer for Burden, inspired by real members of the Ku Klux Klan.
-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.