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Ben Affleck Gets Emotional for GMA

Ben Affleck‘s press tour for The Way Back continues, and I guess his default setting this week is “emotionally raw.” He sat down with Diane Sawyer and revealed that his dad and aunt were alcoholics (“Seeing my dad, he was drunk everyday and that was just life. And that was painful and I always said ‘that will never be me. I’m never going to do that”) and got choked up when talking about his marriage to Jennifer Garner (“I never thought that I was gonna get divorced. I didn’t want to get divorced. I didn’t want to be a divorced person. I really didn’t want to be a split family with my children. And it upset me because it meant it wasn’t who I thought I was. And that was so painful and so disappointing in myself…I really don’t want my children to pay for my sins or be afraid for me”).

Affleck also credits Bradley Cooper and Robert Downey Jr. for being “very supportive” of his sobriety and says he “feels a great sense of gratitude” toward them.

-Move over, Carpool Karaoke. My fave James Corden recurring bit is when he gets toddlers to teach is guests a dance routine. This one with Justin Bieber is very cute.

SZA does not sound very happy with her new Rolling Stone magazine cover.

Billie Eilish surprised a 16-year-old fan during an emotional interview and good lord did it suddenly get dusty in here?!

Gwyneth Paltrow says she hosted a “makeup-free” dinner party but there is definitely some eyeliner/foundation happening in some of these pics.

-This is an interesting take on how The Witcher and The Mandalorian are in some ways throwbacks to an older era of TV.

-First Wives Club stars Goldie Hawn, Better Midler, and Diane Keaton are reuniting for a movie and I really needed this news today.

-There was a bad, BAD take that tore Twitter apart today about how Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t really become famous until Titanic came out in 1997 and when I read the article I felt like I was being gaslit. Of course he was a star before then! He was on the cover of Tiger Beat for years. He was on Growing Pains for a whole season. He was nominated for an Oscar in 1994 for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. Romeo + Juliet made him really famous in 1996. Yes, he reached a whole other level of mega-stardom with Titanic, but anyone who thinks he wasn’t famous before that just comes off like they don’t believe teen girls can be arbiters of pop culture, which is a shitty take. That’s like saying BTS aren’t famous because music critics don’t get them.

-I loved Adele‘s bridesmaids look.

Jalaiah was on Ellen to show off her Renegade dance moves.

-Everyone is very excited about the new Westworld trailer and yes, it does look very good but have we learned nothing?!?

-Here’s the first trailer for Shailene Woodley’s new romantic drama Endings Beginnings, in which she can’t decide between Sebastian Stan and Jamie Dornan so she sleeps with them both. I saw it at TIFF and I spent the whole movie undecided about who she should choose. I still can’t pick!

Justin Bieber Still Thinks He Could Beat Up Tom Cruise

-Over the summer, Justin Bieber called out Tom Cruise on Twitter and challenged him to a fight. On Carpool Karaoke, James Corden asked him about it. “I don’t know. I was just being stupid, to be honest…but then people were like, ‘Yeah I want to see this happen.’ Then I was like, ‘You know what? That could actually be funny.'” Fair enough — but then Bieber reiterated that he thinks he would beat Cruise. “There’s absolutely no way [I’d lose]. He’s not the guy you see in movies…that’s a character…I’m dangerous, plus my agility is insane. I’m insane. I don’t think you understand the mind control that I have.”

SZA, Megan Thee Stallion and Normani are on the cover of Rolling Stone’s Women Shaping the Future issue.

-It’s been a big week for Jenna Dewan. She celebrated her baby shower and announced her engagement.

-This is how Jennifer Lopez dressed for a business meeting and I’m clearly career-ing all wrong.

Jason Momoa is shooting the second season of his Apple+ show in Toronto, and he’s been spotted all over town, including at a fancy Yorkville sushi place and in a snowstorm while wearing a tshirt.

-Former Hollywood assistants shared their horror stories with Vulture and they’re as bad as you’d expect.

This woman has gone viral after being stopped in a subway and asked to sing “Shallow” and crushing it.

Bill Hader and Rachel Bilson are still going strong.

-Last night’s Brit Awards delivered some underwhelming fashion choices, but I like how both Harry Styles and Kendall Jenner opted for neons. Styles also wore a black ribbon on his lapel intended to pay tribute to his former girlfriend Caroline Flack.

Lizzo and Harry Styles continue to be adorable together.

-Rapper Dave is getting lots of buzz for this performance at the Brit awards, in which he called Boris Johnson a racist and rebuked the media over their treatment of Meghan Markle.

-Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s royal duties will officially end on March 31.

-Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown turned 16 and marked the day with an Instagram video highlighting headlines about her. She added in the caption “there are moments i get frustrated from the inaccuracy, inappropriate comments, sexualization, and unnecessary insults that ultimately have resulted in pain and insecurity for me. but not ever will i be defeated.”

Steven Spielberg‘s daughter is also in the movie business — the adult movie business.

Colin Jost might be leaving SNL after the election. Why wait? Go now!

-To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before star Lana Condor teamed up with her boyfriend for a new duet.

Toni Collette tries to beat the odds in the trailer for Dream Horse.

Kelly Clarkson and Annie Murphy Perform “A Little Bit Alexis”

-This is a straight-up day-maker: Schitt’s Creek star Annie Murphy recreated her character’s iconic song “A Little Bit Alexis”on Kelly Clarkson‘s show, with the host adding a verse as the befuddled stars of 1917 looked on. (Also, I had no clue Murphy is married to the lead singer of Hollerado.)

-This is an interesting look at why this awards season, more events have been closed to press and stars have been scarce with red carpet sound bites.

Jessica Simpson says she once kissed Justin Timberlake, but the timelines are very wonky considering both of relationship statuses at the time.

-A ton of Super Bowl commercials are already out: Bryan Cranston and Tracee Ellis Ross recreate The Shining for Mountain Dew, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen shill for Genesis’s new SUV, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Charlie Day and Schitt’s Creek’s Emily Hampshire go through their dirty laundry for TideEllen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi promote Alexa, and Jimmy Fallon and John Cena work out for Michelob Ultra.

-This is a fascinating read on Brad Pitt and how his looks and charm belie real creative talent. “Pitt has alternately rejected and embraced the dreamboat role, though he seems consistently game when asked to play that part in photo spreads; maybe because he knows it so well, he is also adept at sending it up.”

Charlie Hunnam is walking back those shitty comments he made about not wanting to marry his girlfriend.

-I can’t believe they made a movie about the most amazing viral Twitter thread about strippers. I also can’t wait to watch.

-Oh man. Sebastian Stan posted drama about the ending of Endgame on his Insta stories, and John Boyega tweeted about it. The both have negative f’s left to give.

James Corden said he needed therapy in 2009 after his fame in the UK went to his head: “I started to behave like a brat that I just don’t think I am. It’s so intoxicating, that first flush of fame, and I think it’s even more intoxicating if you’re not bred for it.” If blind items are to believed, he might need a little tune-up.

-The American Dirt controversy continues: the publisher just cancelled its book tour. My favourite line in their statement is “We should never have said that [the author]’s husband was an undocumented immigrant while not specifying that he was from Ireland.” And before anyone complains about cancel culture, the book just hit number 1 and the author has sold another novel.

-I really like this piece on The Good Place, BoJack Horseman, and the audacity of committing to decency.

Kelis says that Pharrell Williams cheated her out of money from her first two albums.

Lakeith Stanfield wants to play the Joker and god yes. This is literally the only way I’d be interesting in watching anything new about that character.

Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan say they want to “be old ladies together making movies about old ladies.” And I want to be an old lady who watches them all.

Kendall Jenner learned a cheerleading routine from the kids from Cheer on Ellen.

-Here’s the trailer for Spike Jonze‘s Beastie Boys doc for Apple+.

Ben Platt, Nina Dobrev and Scott Speedman star in the trailer for Run This Town, the Rob Ford movie.