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Ellen DeGeneres Faces Backlash For Defending Kevin Hart

Ellen Degeneres doesn’t usually step in it, but hoo boy did she screw up today by having Kevin Hart on her show and pushing for him to be reinstated as the Oscar host. There was sooo much wrong here. It should have been a conversation about what he learned, how he’s sorry, what he’s doing for the black LGBTQ community, etc. But instead, Hart insisted he had already apologized for the tweets years ago (he hadn’t), while Ellen fed into his conspiracy theories and helped him re-frame the legitimate criticisms of his anti-gay tweet as a baseless onslaught by a mob of “haters”, which just made things worse. (Their insistence that the whole thing was a carefully timed “attack” cooked up by trolls combing through his 40k tweets to find hateful ones irked me the most. Haven’t they ever heard of Twitter Advanced Search? It took me 3 seconds to find this one. And this one. And ALL OF THESE.) The Ringer aptly dubbed their conversation “a baffling exercise in celebrity self-preservation.” This guy also summed it up very well.

-Also, good on Vulture for doing a deep dive into Hart‘s supposed “apologies.”

-Meanwhile, the Academy is reportedly open to Hart hosting as soon as he says the word.

John Legend was the only artist who was willing to speak out against R. Kelly in Lifetime’s docu-series. He tweeted: “To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn’t feel risky at all. I believe these women and don’t give a f–k about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision.”

Brie Larson doing 275lbs weighted hip thrusts for a cookie is a mood.

-All of the covers for W’s Best Performances of the Year issue are so, so good!

-Speaking of good covers, I love everything about Emma Stone on British Vogue.

-Is it the end of the era for celebrity apps? First the Kardashians shut down theirs, and now it’s Taylor Swift’s turn.

-Oh god. Drake may be making new music with Chris Brown.

Remi Malek confirmed he’s dating his Bohemian Rhapsody costar Lucy Boynton.

-TV critics Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall wrote a new book called The Sopranos Sessions. (Their last book, TV – The Book, is my fave coffee table read.) They interviewed Sopranos creator David Chase and when he was talking about the infamous final scene, he called it a “death scene.” Huh.

Gywneth Paltrow got in on the Brad Pitt meme action.

These photos made everyone think Madonna got butt implants, but she would prefer everyone shut up about it.

-Is Marvel really retconning Loki‘s supervillain role? Wasn’t mind control (or at least an altered state) often a little implied in those movies?

-This was a really fun Roxane Gay interview.

-Speaking of good interviews, I could read Ethan Hawke waxing poetic about life and art all day.

-The reviews for Lindsay Lohan’s new reality show have me intrigued.

Elle Fanning and Rebecca Hall star in the Teen Spirit trailer.  (Great, great use of a Robyn song.)

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Search for Happiness

Billy Eichner hit the street with Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda, and the whole video is happy-making. Billy’s face when he says “you make Garfield fan art?!” kills me in every way.

Emma Watson shared a photo from the Little Women set and dammit if it didn’t make me a little tingly.

Julie Andrews‘ granddaughter claims she had an affair with Dax Shepard in 2009 — two years after he started dating Kristen Bell. He is disputing how old the photos she released really are, and pointed out that she’s previously sold stories to the tabs about Matthew Perry, Jack Osbourne and Kid Rock.

Taylor Swift is using facial recognition software to detect stalkers at her concert like she’s in CSI or something, and I effing love this.

-The headline of NYT’s new profileEllen Degeneres Is Not As Nice As You Think” made me think they were diving into some of the blind items about her, but it turns out they’re just being cheeky.

-Meanwhile, I really like this article on how blind items have become more influential during the #MeToo movement and can kick off blockbuster investigations.

Cybil Shepherd says that she once declined Les Moovnes advances — and her show was promptly canceled.

Hailee Steinfeld and Niall Horan broke up after nearly a year together. This would probably have more impact if I knew they were dating.

Jason Momoa performed a Haka dance at the Aquaman premiere and it was pretty damn glorious.

-Grey, meet Grey. Jennifer Grey is coming to Grey’s Anatomy in a mysterious new role.

Lenny Kravitz says it’s “wonderful” that his daughter ended up working with his ex Nicole Kidman on Big Little Lies. “Zoe hadn’t seen Nicole since she was younger, and so it was beautiful that they got to know each other as adults and make this great show together.”

Jennifer Garner and J.J. Abrams will reunite for a one-hour drama coming to Apple, joining their massive list of projects with huge stars and no public plan about distribution.

-FX released its annual report about scripted TV, and tallied a record 495 original scripted streaming, cable, and broadcast series were released in 2018.

-I adore this story about how 10 Things I Hate About You was written largely through snail mail.

-Whoo boy. This thread does not make me want to see Clint Eastwood‘s new movie The Mule anytime soon.

-I wouldn’t be surprised if Marvel didn’t relinquish the reigns of their big action set pieces — female director or not.

Matthias Schoenaerts stars in the trailer for The Mustang as a violent criminal who is given the chance to participate in a rehabilitation therapy program involving the training of wild mustangs. I’ll watch that guy in anything so why not?

Tina Fey Opens Up to David Letterman for THR

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Tina Fey was interviewed by David Letterman for the latest issue of THR and it’s great. She talks about her fear of artists becoming Leni Riefenstahl, offers her take on Donald Trump getting into a Twitter war with Alec Baldwin (“You think you’re good at being a jerk on Twitter? You will now face the grandmaster of being a jerk on Twitter”), and reveals she’s in a daily group chat with Maya Rudolph, Emily Spivey, Paula Pell, Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer, and Rachel Dratch.

-I still fall in the ‘what is a Bella Hadid?’ camp, but this is a pretty boss cover.

-British Vogue says brands “flatly refused” to provide clothes for Ashley Graham‘s cover shoot.

-Speaking of cover stories, Ruth Negga looks fantastic on January’s Vogue. I’ve loved her since Misfits; so glad she’s blowing up now.

-Forbes identified the 10 most overpaid actors of 2016, and Johnny Depp topped the list for the second year in a row. Also, it *tickles* me that Leonardo DiCaprio landed at #8.

-This is an interesting take on why the Casey Affleck sexual-harassment allegations just won’t stick.

Russell Crowe won’t be charged over that bizarre confrontation with Azealia Banks.

Katie Holmes shut down Dawsons Creek’s reunion chances. Um, because she has so much other stuff going on?!

Rihanna denied dissing Beyonce after not getting a Grammys nomination for Album of the Year, saying “We don’t need to be putting black women against each other.”

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are really good at charades. And life.

-Jesus cripes. A new “right-to-live” lawsuit on behalf of Sofia Vergara‘s fertilized eggs (“Emma” and “Isabella” ) has been filed in Louisiana by ex-husband Nick Loeb. How can this possibly be a thing?!

Reese Witherspoon is confused by Westworld.

Ryan Murphy says he now regrets that he directed the People v. O.J.’s Marcia Clark episode instead of hiring a woman to do it. I have my issues with him, but it’s good of him to admit this.

-I really liked this piece on how memorizing the Hamilton soundtrack before you see it can actually improve your enjoyment (which leads into a discussion about spoilers in general).

-Ellen DeGeneres bet Natalie Portman $1,000 that’s she’s having a girl.

-I knew (KNEW!) there’d be a backlash against the pure joy of La La Land because people are predictable monsters. But I didn’t think I’d first see it on Jezebel.

-Random: Minka Kelly is reportedly dating HIMYM’s Josh Radnor. On the plus side, she’s not dating Sean Penn.

Matthew McConaughey pet a real tiger for his new movie and lived to tell the tale.

-Pretend you’re actually at a Childish Gambino concert with his VR video for “Me and Your Mama”.

-The CW, which doesn’t cancel anything, just cancelled Reign.

-The new trailer for 50 Shades Darker is as ridiculous as you’d expect.