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Emilia Clarke, Michelle Williams, Patricia Arquette, Christine Baranski, Danai Gurira and Niecy Nash

-God, I love Emmy roundtable season! In THR’s new issue, drama actresses Emilia Clarke, Danai Gurira, Michelle Williams, Patricia Arquette, Christine Baranski and Niecy Nash gather to talk about pay parity, the pressure to look a certain way, and standing up for their characters. (I particularly liked this bit from Gurira: “I remember having an argument with the director [on Walking Dead] because I was like, ‘I know you have [this love scene] written here like this, but this is what you’re getting.’And I wrote it on the script and I handed it to him.”)

Nina Dobrev and screenwriter/director Grant Mello look blissed up in love in Cannes. I’m happy for her — she seemed to be going through it for a bit.

-A judge ordered Hayden Panettiere’s boyfriend Brian Hickerson to stay away from her after he was arrested on a domestic violence charge earlier this month.

-ABC’s live revival of classic Norman Lear sitcoms last night was weird and wonderful. I didn’t catch the whole thing but I did see Jennifer Hudson doing The Jefferson’s theme song, and Jamie Foxx‘s hilarious break in character.

Gabrielle Union says she’s coaching hubby Dwayne Wade on basic life skills now that he’s retired from basketball. “He’s like, ‘What is this place? There’s all kind of like khaki shorts and cargo shorts and there’s all different colors.’ I’m like, ‘That’s Old Navy’…He has no idea how much milk costs. He’s like, ‘What is that, $20?’ and I’m like, ‘What kind of goat’s blood milk [are you drinking]?'”

-Warner’s upcoming streaming service just landed Anna Kendrick to star in a romcom series.  Great, yet another subscription!

Lena Waithe did an amazing job last night guest-hosting for Kimmel, but everyone’s talking about the smooch Halle Berry laid on her which I found…weird. Isn’t it a little queerbaiting? Doesn’t Lena have a fiancée?

-Huh. ABC cancelled Whiskey Cavalier a couple of weeks ago, but fan outcry (and a bump in ratings) has them reconsidering the decision, with sources saying it’s now got a 50/50 shot at coming back.

-The Good Place creator Mike Schur hasn’t given any interviews about the most recent season — until now.

-I have been following this guy’s tweets for a month now and they are a consistent source of delight! His mom recently passed away and when he looked at her Kindle he was surprised to find it filled thousands of verryyyyy risque romance novels — which he is now reading and reviewing on Twitter.

-A bunch of media sites jumped the gun this morning and broke the embargo for the new Star Trek: Picard first teaser trailer, so CBS pulled it. But it’s back online now. Showing Picard (now an admiral after quitting Starfleet dues to events 15 years prior) at his winery.

-The first official trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate has arrived. Linda Hamilton is still fierce.

 

Say a Little Prayer for EW’s My Best Friend’s Wedding Reunion

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-I gave up on my EW subscription last year because I never had time to read it (plus it was weirdly expensive?) but I’ll definitely be picking up the print edition of their romcom issue. Every article they’ve released from it so far has been great, but the My Best Friend’s Wedding cover seals the deal. I recently rewatched it and it’s even more problematic than I remember (Kimmy’s a child! Julianne’s a monster!) but this oral history is very fun. I really hope this marks the start of Cameron Diaz’s un-retirement cause I missed her.

-It’s a big day in covers. Newlyweds Justin Bieber and Hailey Bieber landed on the March issue of Vogue.  I hate that he’s not wearing a shirt, but it’s completely expected at this point. They talk about working on their marriage (“We’re coming from a really genuine place. But we’re two young people who are learning as we go”), reflect on his past (“my mom was depressed a lot of my life and my dad has anger issues. Stuff that they passed on that I’m kind of mad they gave me”), and talk about Hailey’s stabilizing influence.

-Meanwhile, like many others I will never read about Hailey without thinking of that bit in Caity Weaver’s GQ Bieber profile in which she’s just sitting in his hotel room, doing nothing and waiting for him.

Michelle Rodriguez says Liam Neeson can’t be racist because of how he passionately frenched Viola Davis in Widows. Um, what now?

-Hollywood is now developing movies based on Reddit threads.

-It looks like Disney+ is shaping up to be a true Netflix competitor, with non-Disney shows streaming, too.

Chris Pratt seems confident that Disney will use James Gunn’s script for Guardians 3.

Steve Buscemi has responded to that viral video of Jennifer Lawrence with his face: “It makes me sad.”

-Scrubs star Sam Lloyd (who played Ted the lawyer) hit his fundraising goal in two days after revealing lung & brain cancer diagnosis.

Seth Meyers got drunk with the Barefoot Contessa. He’s living my dream!!

Ariana Grande clarified why she dropped out of the Grammys. She called out the show’s producer Ken Ehrlich for “lying about me” when he told the Associated Press that she “felt it was too late for her to pull something together.” Grande tweeted, “I can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken. It was when my creativity & self expression was stifled by you, that I decided not to attend.”

-Ariana is all about clearing up rumours today. She’s denying a feud with Nicki Minaj.

Jennifer Garner talked about being “surrounded by paparazzi” while being married to Ben Affleck.

Naya Rivera has spoken out about those Lea Michele feud rumours on the Glee set: “I don’t think there was any beef.”

Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba have a pillow fight in the LA’s Finest trailer.

Ezra Miller Hates Hippies, Loves Goats

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Ezra Miller talks about living on a “polyamorous farm” which, yeah, totally tracks.

-His GQ interview included a goat in labour. I wonder if his publicist had to pay extra for that? (Full disclosure: I couldn’t read the whole thing. Once I got to “I find the presence of cell phones bad for my mood. I can feel cell phones when they’re around” I was worried my retinas would detach from such strenuous eye-rolling…)

Bryan Tyree Henry is best known for Atlanta but he’s doing the press rounds now for both Widows and If Beale Street Could Talk, which means he’s getting the GQ treatment.

-Congrats to Gabrielle Union who, after going public with her troubles with infertility, welcomed a new baby girl with hubby Dwayne Wade today via surrogate.

-Yay, Max Greenfield will reprise his role as Leo on the Veronica Mars reboot. (I loved his character at the time, but it retrospect it was super creepy that a fully grown cop was dating a teenager.) Patton Oswalt will also join the cast.

Halsey would like us all to know that she is not dating John Mayer. Understandable.

A magazine dared ask Nicole Kidman about her relationship with her adopted children Connor and Isabella, but she didn’t really say much: “They are adults. They are able to make their own decisions. They have made choices to be Scientologists and as a mother, it’s my job to love them.”

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are officially, finally, for real, no take-backsies divorced.

-Wow, Olivia Munn does NOT like being referred to as a “tech girl.”

-Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke says she wanted more actors of colour, but author Stephanie Meyer resisted. One day I would love to see a tell-all about how authors like Meyer and E.L. James totally messed up their film adaptations.

-This might be the best story about working for a Hollywood agent that I have ever read.

-Speaking of great Twitter threads, this one about the dumbest things people have said to celebrities is gold.

-Hollywood has officially run out of reboot ideas, so they’re looking to hit songs for inspiration. Anyone up for watching a Sk8er Boi TV show?

-Maybe love isn’t dead after all. Meg Ryan confirmed her engagement to John Mellencamp.

-In the trailer for the new season of her Scientology show, Leah Remini is all about the receipts.

-It lives! Brooklyn Nine-Nine will make its NBC debut on Jan 10.

-Avengers 4 is rumoured to be 3 hours, and I don’t understand anything Hollywood does anymore.

Shia LeBeouf and FKA twigs are officially a thing and I want so much more for her….

Bryan Cranston says he hasn’t seen a script yet for the Breaking Bad movie and is not even sure if he’s in it.

Julia Roberts’ Amazon show Homecoming has left me a little cold (I’m on episode 6 so I’m withholding judgment), but there’s no doubt it’s a technical marvel. This piece on its visual style and inspirations is fascinating.

James Franco and Liam Neeson star in the Coen Bros‘ upcoming anthology western The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.