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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 Is an Unstoppable Force


Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s cover profile in Vanity Fair makes him seem even nicer than you thought — which shouldn’t be possible.

-Royal dramaz! A new report claims that the drama-filled run-up to Meghan Markle‘s wedding, Kate Middleton was left in tears after an argument over Princess Charlotte’s dress.

-I kind of like that Taylor Swift is with someone who refuses to talk about her  in the press. When pressed about her in his GQ profile, Joe Alwyn responded “Someone’s private life is, by definition, private. No one is obliged to share their personal life.” Bad for gossip, but good for her.

-It’s starting to make more and more sense why Kim Cattrall didn’t want to do a third Sex and the City movie — Samantha’s main storyline reportedly revolved around Miranda’s 14-year-old son Brady lusting after her. Also, Mr. Big was supposedly going to die of a heart attack at the beginning of the movie, making it more about Carrie’s grief than the relationship between the four women. All in all, it sounds like she was smart to bow out, even if it turned her into the bad guy in the press.

David Beckham is getting some heat on Instagram for kissing his daughter (because people are the WORST), and Tom Brady has jumped to his defense.

Ariana Grande’s “thank u next” video will pay homage to Mean Girls and I can’t wait!

Adam Levine says he understands women because he has daughters. Oh well, OK THEN!

-I love this piece on Matthew Macfadyen. The fact that the douche on Succession is the same guy who played Mr Darcy still blows my mind.

Jaden Smith says he’s dating Tyler, The Creator. I mean, sometimes I say I’m dating Idris Elba, but that doesn’t make it true.

-Unlike her fellow creators, Ava DuVernay didn’t go the Netflix route. Instead, she’s signed a $100M deal with Warner Bros TV.

-In news that should surprise no one but delight everyone, a To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before sequel is officially in the works.

-Amazon is pulling out the big guns for their Modern Love TV show. The cast includes Anne Hathaway, Dev Patel, Tina Fey, John Slattery, Catherine Keener, Andy Garcia, and Cristin Milioti.

Ethan Hawke gave a rousing speech at the Gotham Awards. “We are living in a time period where the environment, education, racial equality … they are being criminally disregarded. It’s a real problem. It’s unacceptable.”

-Green Book flopped hard at the box office. I wonder what that will do to its Oscar buzz?

-Yeah ok, I laughed at the red band trailer for What Men Want.



Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger Are Officially Over


-In news that shouldn’t surprise you if  you’ve been paying attention for the last eight months or so, Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson have split after 10 years together. Do you think this happened last year and they’re just burying the news under today’s Tay/Kim smokescreen?  In any case, she’s commemorated the announcement with a Jimi Hendrix quote. Um, kay. #TeamPacey

-Speaking of Tay/Kim, have you had time to digest all the madness from last night? What a glorious gift from the gossip gods to be dropped in our laps at the end of a week that was a mess of real-word news! Before we get into it, we need to give props to Kim Kardashian (as much as that may hurt our souls). I’ve never seen Twitter cape for her like they did last night, and deservedly so. She not only dragged Taylor Swift across multiple platforms (Twitter, TV, Snapchat), but she also had time to make fun of Taylor’s Slytherin rep and make and sell a Kimoji to commemorate the occasion! I mean, this was a genius, perfectly executed takedown, folks. It wasn’t a set up (Kanye reportedly has a doc crew with him at all times in the studio) and he sounded courteous and respectful during that call. But Taylor came out looking BAD. Yes, yes, her defense is that she didn’t specifically hear the “bitch” lyric and the Snapchat video supports that — but she’s clearly had time to craft a comeback (as indicated by the “search” at the top of the Note she posted) and this is the best she could do?! Weak sauce. Her reps’ initial statement about the phone call was that she “cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message”. Even if we didn’t hear the whole call, did you get the sense that’s where that convo was going? Uh, no. Not to mention her two most damning quotes from the call:  “I’d never expect you to tell me about a line in your song” and “You gotta tell the story the way that it happened to you and how you experienced it…You didn’t know who I was before that, that’s fine.”  Even if she heard the full song later and changed her opinion (which is her right), that doesn’t justify the self-righteousness of her Grammy speech. And you can’t make a speech like that, write a song about what happened at the VMAs, constantly reference it, and now ask to be “excluded from the narrative.” Gurl, you’ve been dining off that narrative like it’s your own personal buffet for YEARS. Look, whatever you think about the three people involved, they are all calculating, ruthless and ambitious. Except two of them are pretty unapologetically upfront about it, while the other one plays the victim. And people are OVER it.

-This is a good time to link to the article from The Ringer staff last week entitled “When Did You First Realize Taylor Swift Was Lying to You?” For someone who used to be a master at image manipulation, it’s amazing how many times she’s taken an L lately.

-Oh, and don’t even come at me about how Taylor vs Kim is anti-feminist and women should stick up for each other. Feminism = equal rights. Feminism  watching someone mean girl you and simultaneously act victimized, and letting them get away with it.

Idris Elba is set to break the record for being the highest grossing actor in a single year. We’re blessed.

-I really, really liked the new Ghostbusters movie. Kate McKinnon is a national treasure, and who knew Chris Hemsworth had such comedy chops.? This photo should have clued us in. In any case, despite its so-so debut, it’s almost certainly getting a sequel.

-Speaking of Ghostbusters, Leslie Jones has been RT’ing some of the racist tweets she’s been getting since the movie opened. It’s disgusting.

-Speaking of Hemsworth, he’s going to be in the next Star Trek movie. I’ll take him in pretty much anything at this point.

Alden Ehrenreich has been cast to play a young Han Solo. Good. He was the only thing that made Beautiful Creatures somewhat watchable.

Pippa Middleton is engaged. Not to Prince Harry, which ruins many fanfic dreams.

-I am weirdly excited about Freddie Stroma’s return on UnReal tonight. I am much less excited about that thing growing on his face.

Drake shared a note that he wrote to his mom in 2006, apologizing for his eBay addiction. (He had a WireImage subscription? Was it to look up paparazzi images of Wheelchair Jimmy?!)

-Sorry, nerds (including myself in that, of course). The Game of Thrones premiere has been pushed to next summer, and the season has been shortened.

Evan Rachel Wood is the latest celeb to defend Amber Heard.

Emily Blunt tries to figure out the truth while going crazy in the new trailer for The Girl On The Train. Allison Janney is in this? YASS!

Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and more assemble in the Magnificent Seven trailer.