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Madonna’s Bathtub Diaries

-Of all the weird videos celebs are posting while self-isolating, this clip of Madonna in a milk bath is the weirdest (so far).

This is what I always think about when I see videos like that. The poor assistants!

-Meanwhile,  John Boyega is doing god’s work by posting this video of Oscar Isaac.

Sophie Turner’s subtle drag of Evangeline Lilly was wonderful.

Harvey Weinstein has reportedly been placed into isolation in a New York prison after testing positive for COVID-19.

-Barbados’ PM says Rihanna has offered to purchase ventilators worth a total $700,000 US for Barbados. Her foundation is also donating $5m to help fight the virus.

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are also donating $1M toward relief efforts.

-In other ‘celebs doing good’ news, Britney Spears is asking her followers to DM her so she can help them with anything they need during quarantine, including diapers and groceries.

Rita Wilson nailing ‘Hip Hop Hooray’ while she and husband Tom Hanks are in coronavirus quarantine was not the content that I was expecting…but I don’t hate it.

-This weekend, a comedian tweeted “Right now we all need a little kindness. You know, like Ellen Degeneres always talks about! She’s also notoriously one of the meanest people alive. Respond to this with the most insane stories you’ve heard about Ellen being mean & I’ll match every one w/ $2 to @LAFoodBank”. Not surprisingly for anyone who follows blind items, the thread blew up.

Patrick Stewart is out here reading sonnets to make us all feel better. It’s working.

Lena Dunham says she’s spending her social distancing time writing an interactive romance novel, as if we’re not all suffering enough.

-Because we all need a distraction, here’s a very good profile on Issa Rae in advance of the new season of Insecure on HBO.

David Harbour and Lily Allen (aka the couple you always forget are a couple) are sparking marriage rumors.

-Speaking of secret marriages, according to Us Weekly Michelle Williams and her fiancé/baby daddy Thomas Kail have tied the knot.

-In case you missed all the Taylor Swift/Kanye West drama this weekend — does this mean we all owe her an apology?

Shania Twain says music executives once warned her that women would feel threatened because she was dressing too sexy: “It was just a little bit scary and new, and there was a lot of unknown to it… People thought I was going to get rejected by the public.”

Simon Rex says the British tabloids offered him $70,000 to lie about hooking up with his former costar, Meghan Markle. “Nothing happened. We never even kissed. We hung out once in a very non-dated way. She was just someone I had met on a TV show and we got lunch. That was the extent of it.”

Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas continue to keep the paps employed.

-Everyone’s freaking out about the fact that Jlo’s home looks just like the house in Parasite.

Liam Hemsworth, John Malkovich and Vince Vaughn star in the Arkansas trailer.

Robert Pattinson Almost Lost Batman Before He Even Had It

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Robert Pattinson is in the new issue of Time Out, in which he talks about almost losing Batman because news leaked that he was up for it (“I hadn’t even done the audition. It’s just nerve-wracking because I was really excited about it and you think: really, is this how I’m going to lose this role? It’s the most annoying circumstances to lose something”), and being surprised by blowback when he said Batman wasn’t a superhero because he has no powers (“People got very angry about it. It’s bizarre. I still can’t understand the argument. Okay, he’s a superhero, I’m sorry!”).

-A U.S. prosecutor said Prince Andrew has provided “zero cooperation” to the investigators who want to interview him as part of their sex trafficking probe into Jeffrey Epstein. Buckingham Palace issued a “no comment” response.

-The Daily Mail is claiming that Ellen DeGeneres confirmed that she’ll hold the first sit-down interview with Meghan Markle since she and Prince Harry quit the Royal family, but if you watch the clip, that’s not what she said. It sounded more like “I’d be excited [if that happened].” If there is an eventual interview, my money is on Oprah, who was at their wedding.

-Also, did William and Kate authorize the Daily Mail to use copyright photos of their kids even though Harry and Meghan are currently suing the publication? This is so messy.

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan have settled their custody agreement. He also tangled with some trolls on Insta.

-Celebrities took to social media yesterday to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant.

-This is a great profile of Parasite director Bong Joon Ho. He talks about drawing all his own storyboards for his movies (“When I go on set without a storyboard, I feel like I’m in central station in only my underwear”), and how he can’t see himself being able to step into a big studio production (“For me to feel safe, I have to start the project, build everything up, one by one, and see it to the complete finish. I really admire directors who can easily do superhero movies and big-budget films”).

Lukas Haas reached out to Vulture’s Hunter Harris (who is a must-follow on Twitter) to talk about his new song because he really liked what she wrote about him in Widows last year, and she kept asking him if he was the king of the Pussy Posse. Bless her.

-I thought I had watched all of Glee but I must have missed the last season cause I don’t remember Billie Eilish‘s brother Finneas being on it at all. But here he is!

-The Turning, a new horror movie starring Mackenzie Davis and Finn Wolfhard, has a ending so terrible that it’s getting an unheard of “F” Cinemascore from audiences.

-Can Adam Driver host SNL every week? His episode was the best in a long time, including this reprisal of Kylo Ren on Undercover Boss.

-The Grammys red carpet was especially underwhelming this year, no?

-Meanwhile, the Roc Nation brunch managed to have more star power than the Grammys.

-The first films to be getting buzz at Sundance include a romcom from The Lonely Island crew called Palm Springs starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti, Carey Mulligan‘s revenge pic Promising Young Woman, and Alison Brie‘s trippy Horse Girl, which she says she wrote based on her own history of mental-health issues.

-Speaking of Carey Mulligan, she thinks Oscar voters should prove they’ve watched all the eligible films. “I wonder if the system works in terms of getting sent 100 screeners. Maybe you shouldn’t be allowed to vote unless you can prove you’ve seen every single one. There should be a test. The films that did get left out are indisputably brilliant. I’m talking about Hustlers, Little Women and The Farewell.” She’s not wrong.

Chris Evans, Rachel Dratch and John Krasinski try out a Boston accent for Hyundai’s Super Bowl commercial.

Steve Carell plays a Democrat strategist who helps a retired veteran (Chris Cooper) run for mayor in a small, conservative town in the trailer for Irresistible.

Rihanna Nabs Her 6th Vogue Cover

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-In her new Vogue cover storyRihanna confirms she turned down Super Bowl halftime show in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick (“I couldn’t dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler. There’s things within [the NFL] that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way”), reveals that she’s already planning her wedding dress (“It would probably be a collaboration between myself and [John] Galliano”), and rails against Trump’s stance on gun control (“It is devastating. People are being murdered by war weapons that they legally purchase. This is just not normal. That should never, ever be normal. And the fact that it’s classified as something different because of the color of their skin? It’s a slap in the face. It’s completely racist. Put an Arab man with that same weapon in that same Walmart and there is no way that Trump would sit there and address it publicly as a mental health problem. The most mentally ill human being in America right now seems to be the president”).

-In her Elle cover story, Mindy Kaling says the TV Academy tried to remove her producing credit on The Office. In response to their denial, she tweeted: “Respectfully, the Academy’s statement doesn’t make any sense. I *was* singled out. There were other Office writer-performer-producers who were NOT cut from the list. Just me. The most junior person, and woman of color. Easiest to dismiss. Just sayin’.”

Angelina Jolie‘s dress at the Maleficent premiere is magnificent!

Miley Cyrus and Cody Simpson are already in the “visiting each other in the hospital” stage of their relationship.

-In Ronan Farrow‘s new book, an NBC producer accuses Matt Lauer of raping her during the Sochi Olympics. The details of her allegations are as horrible as you’d expect. NBC News responded to the story: “That’s why he was fired within 24 hours of us first learning of the complaint,” while Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie addressed the story on air. Guthrie said “I feel like we owe it to our viewers to pause for a moment. This is shocking and appalling, and I honestly don’t know even know what to say about it. I know it wasn’t easy for our colleague Brooke to come forward then. It is not easy now, and we support her and any women who come forward with claims,” while Kotb added “You feel like you’ve known someone for 12 years, you feel like you know them inside and out, and all of a sudden a door opens up and it’s a part of them you didn’t know. We don’t know all the facts in all of this, but they are not allegations of an affair — they are allegations of a crime.”

Matt Lauer‘s statement of denial is slut-shaming and disgusting.

-Also, after rejecting Farrow’s Harvey Weinstein story, the head of NBC News separately thanked Weinstein in an email for his compliments on Megyn Kelly’s debut.

-In lighter news, Twitter was *riveted* today by the tale of two British footballer’s wivesCollen Rooney couldn’t figure out which of her IG followers kept leaking her private IG stories to The Sun — but she had her suspicions. So she said she blocked everyone from viewing her stories except for the person she suspected and then posted false stories for months about her basement flooding, a trip to Mexico, etc. — only to see those stories later show up in The Sun. Today she revealed that the only person viewing those stories was Rebekah Vardy. This is so juicy it doesn’t even matter that I have zero idea who these people are!

Mark Ruffalo‘s take on the Ellen Degeneres/George W thing is perfection. It’s not that two people with different views shouldn’t be civil or “kind” to each other. It’s that Ellen has since referred to the man who fought to keep her own marriage illegal as a “friend.” The Bush era was definitely not marked by “kindness” — and to dismiss his terrible legacy as a difference of opinion between pals seems overly simplistic.

-Also, her preaching “kindness” continues to lead to lots of tweets from people who’ve worked with her who find that ironic.

-Celebs are closing ranks around Ellen, in any case.

Chrissy Teigen, Seth Rogen, Kate McKinnon and more stars go on global eating tour with Dave Chang in a new Netflix food series. I love shows like this. Gywneth Paltrow has never been more endearing as when she was eating her way around Spain on camera.

-I gave up on Riverdale in season one, but I’m intrigued to see how the show honours Luke Perry in tonight’s premiere.

-A big shift is coming for TV, with the arrival of new streaming platforms Apple TV+, Disney+, HBO Max and NBCUniversal’s Peacock joining the already established streamers. This shopping guide makes it clear just how expensive it’s gonna get.

-All of the reminiscing about Angel on its anniversary makes me wanna do a rewatch!

-The guy who played Carlos on Desperate Housewives is NOT happy with Felicity Huffman‘s 14 day sentence: “White Privilege. And I saw eight years worth of it, so I know what I’m talking about. Accountability and responsibility don’t mean [s–t] to these people…Slap on the wrist. Sorry, but this is [s–t].”

Joshua Jackson being proud of his gf is a mood.

Brie Larson says Marvel actresses have “passionately” told Kevin Feige they want an all-female movie. Gimmie!!!

Alicia Vikander and Riley Keough star in the trailer for the Netflix film Earthquake Bird.