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Jennifer Lawrence Eases Back Into the Spotlight

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Jennifer Lawrence covers Vanity Fair and talks about stepping away three years ago. “I was not pumping out the quality that I should have. I just think everybody had gotten sick of me. I’d gotten sick of me. It had just gotten to a point where I couldn’t do anything right. If I walked a red carpet, it was, ‘Why didn’t she run?’ ” Since she’s been gone, she’s married art gallery director Cooke Maroney and is expecting her first child, and seems hesitant to jump back into the spotlight. “I’m so nervous. I haven’t spoken to the world in forever. And to come back now, when I have all of these new accessories added to my life that I obviously want to protect.”

Andrew Garfield covers GQ to promote tick, tick…BOOM! (Have you watched it yet? It’s on Netflix and it’s great. I’m not even that much of a Broadway head and the “Sunday Brunch” cameos blew me away.)  In the article, he goes deep about the recent loss of his mother. “A lot’s changed since then. Like losing my mum, and my psyche being totally rearranged by that. And life taking on a completely different hue and texture…tasting things differently. Hearing. Smell. It’s all different.”

Garfield also spoke beautifully to Stephen Colbert about his late mother. (Warning: this video WILL make you tear up.) It’s rare to see such articulately expressed vulnerability on a talk show. “I’m indebted to everyone who’s brought me to this place so that I can honour the most beautiful person that I’ve ever experienced in my life through my art, and use it as a way to heal. Use it as a way to sew up the wounds, ’cause that’s what we do, right? That’s what you do every night, you sew up our wounds.”

-This Oscar promo tour is already wild! In his new memoir, Will Smith says he once developed a “psychosomatic reaction” to orgasms after engaging in “rampant sexual intercourse” to deal with being cheated on by his first girlfriend: “I had sex with so many women, and it was so constitutionally disagreeable to the core of my being, that I developed a psychosomatic reaction to having an orgasm. It would literally make me gag and sometimes even vomit.” How fun for his partners!

-We’re now at the stage of humanity where we’re tracking Pete Davidson’s hickeys

-General Hospital has ousted fan fave Steve Burton. He’s the second star on the ABC sudser to not comply with the production’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Burton, who started the show in 1991, said “I did apply for my medical and religious exemptions, and both of those were denied. Which, you know, hurts. But this is also about personal freedom to me.”

Hailee Steinfeld makes Jeremy Renner so much more tolerable just by sitting next to him. They took Buzzfeed’s quiz about Marvel trivia and he did terribly.

Jay-Z scored three Grammy Awards nominations this year, making him the most nominated individual in Grammys history, a title he previously shared with Quincy Jones.

-Congrats to Freida Pinto, who welcomed her first baby.

-Amid all those Spider-Man rumours, Sandra Bullock insisted to Jimmy Kimmel she has “never been approached by Marvel.” She joked, “Who did they say I was going to be, like his grandmother or something?”

Chrissy Teigen had “eyebrow transplant surgery” which is apparently a thing people do.

-An arbitrator has ruled that Kevin Spacey must pay a House of Cards producer nearly $31 million for sexual misconduct behind the scenes of the political series.

-With Jared Leto‘s performance in House of Gucci getting lots of (not great) attention, this is a good piece on what an actor loses when their prosthetics become the star, and Hollywood’s obsession with making celebs “unrecognizable.”

Matthew McConaughey, whose just keep livin Foundation has raised $7.7 million for Texas storm relief, was named Philanthropist of the Year.

Terra Field, a trans engineer at Netflix who was suspended and then reinstated in October amid outcry around Dave Chappelle’s special, has resigned.

-I watched the finale of The Morning Show because I couldn’t quite look away from the trainwreck it had become. Season one wasn’t great but season two was actually awful. I can’t believe that Jennifer Aniston agreed to it because her character became shrill and hateful. Instead of examining what could have been a fascinating storyline about reckoning with feelings of guilt/enabling when a close male friend is outed as a predator, all her character cared about was how it affected her own reputation. And then Steve Carell‘s character became sympathetic because of…cancel culture? Aniston’s unhinged rant in the finale was pathetic and self-victimizing, but the way Chip kept nodding made me think he (and, by extension, the show) agreed with her. What? Someone save Billy Crudup and Greta Lee from season three.

-The saga of a Toronto-based scammer (maybe?) who got outed on Twitter Spaces is fascinating.

-Netflix is dropping an adaptation of Anxious People on Dec 29. That was maybe the best book I’ve read this year (so far).

Euphoria dropped the first teaser for its second season and a Jan 9 release date.

Shonda Rhimes Doesn’t Think Regé-Jean Page Will Ever Return to Bridgerton

Shonda Rhimes wears a rainbow skirt on the cover of Variety

-Variety named Shonda Rhimes the Show Woman of the Year. The highest paid showrunner in TV talked about moving from ABC to Netflix (“Creatively, I feel very fulfilled in a way that I haven’t felt fulfilled in a long time”), the success of Bridgerton (“What I loved was we were going to create this powerful, exciting, amazing romance. And then for once in television, they were going to get to have their happily ever after versus — well, you know! In network television, you have to come up with 15 years of why a couple has to be apart”), and whether Regé-Jean Page will ever return to the show (“I don’t think so! And here’s why. He’s an enormous star now. As I like to say, the idea that we would write Regé to stand around in the background doesn’t make any sense at all to me. ‘What would he do?’ is what I like to say”).

-So those sources claiming Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson are “just friends” may be rethinking things…the pair were spotted enjoying a private dinner last night. And it must be love, because she traveled to Staten Island for him.

-Wait, is Pete Davidson the Warren Beatty of his generation? I don’t buy it; Beatty had huge hits, not just BDE.

Jamie Spears has requested the end Britney Spears‘ conservatorship immediately.  However, the singer’s lawyer questioned whether Jamie was “motivated by a desire to bolster his reputation or to avoid his deposition or responding to the outstanding discovery served on him in August.”

-Meanwhile, in a since-deleted Instagram post, Spears blamed her mother for the conservatorship. “What people don’t know is that my mom is the one who gave him the idea. I will never get those years back… she secretly ruined my life. You know exactly what you did. My dad is not smart enough to ever think of a conservatorship, but tonight I will smile knowing I have a new life ahead of me.”

Sofia Vergara will lead Netflix’s six-part limited series about real-life Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco from the exec producer of Narcos.

-In his new memoir, Will Smith says he dreamed about killing his father after witnessing him abuse his mother when he was a boy. “As a child I’d always told myself that I would one day avenge my mother. That when I was big enough, when I was strong enough, when I was no longer a coward, I would slay him.” He also talked about how his method acting on the set of Six Degrees of Separation caused him to fall “in love” with his costar Stockard Channing during his first marriage.

-Hmmm…not really sure that Salma Hayek comes off the way she intended in her interview with The Guardian. When asked about being bullied by Harvey Weinstein and if she thinks the reason he never assaulted her was that she was friends with Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino and George Clooney, she replied, “Also I was very strong…I didn’t just say no. I’m a force to be recognized. He never saw me weak. It’s not that I’m not afraid, but you’re not going to see it. I can be almost intimidating in my calm strength, you know?”

Dakota Johnson is dating Gwyneth Paltrow‘s ex-husband Chris Martin, and the ladies seem to genuinely like each other. Paltrow caught a lot of crap for her “conscious uncoupling” announcement — but it seems like it actually worked?

Ryan Reynolds announced that he’s taking a break from movies. “I’m just trying to create a little bit more space for my family and time with them. You know, you don’t really get that time back.” Stay home with the kids so Blake can make A Simple Favor 2!

-Jeez. Dean Winters, a character actor who’s best known from 30 Rock and Oz, has undergone multiple amputations since contracting a bacterial infection in 2009.

Tom Hanks paid tribute to his Bosom Buddies costar Peter Scolari on Jimmy Kimmel‘s show: “We were molecularly connected in a way that we started speaking the same language.”

-Speaking of late night, David Byrne taught Stephen Colbert some aging entertainer dance moves.

-Buzzfeed had Ben Barnes read some thirst tweets about himself, and he was very shy and polite about the whole thing.   “Noooo! You’ve got parents!” “Someone from Buzzfeed has just come in and told me why Bussy means, and that’s why my face is going red.”

This is the kind of TV criticism that should be used as a framework for all reboot reviews: “Dexter: New Blood is worse than Seasons 1-4 and better than the last few seasons, which should be enough for many/most/some fans.”

-Starz has renewed Heels for season 2. I have to finish the last few episodes but I was really getting into it.

Leah Remini has guest-hosted the majority of the Wendy Williams Show’s premiere week episodes while Williams is off with health issues — and the ratings have gone up.

-I can’t imagine Alec Baldwin‘s lawyers are happy about his reposting stuff like these these days.

-I’m late to the Dune party, but this is a very good piece on how Denis Villeneuve’s Part One ignores the influence of MENA cultures and Islam.

Jared Leto becomes a vampire in the trailer for Morbius, the next film in Sony’s Marvel Spider-Man universe.

Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney

-This is HUGE: Scarlett Johansson filed a lawsuit today against Disney, claiming that the decision to stream Black Widow on Disney+ while also releasing it in theaters breached her contract and could cost her tens of millions of dollars. Her salary was largely based on the theatrical box office receipts and she gets bonuses whenever the tally reaches certain milestones. Estimates suggest she lost out on $50M in bonuses when Disney pushed it to streaming and refused to renegotiate.

-Disney fired back, saying that she has so far received $20M from the project and her lawsuit shows a “callous disregard” to the pandemic. Please. At this point when almost all theatres have reopened, its simultaneous debut on streaming had less to do about safety and more about adding Disney+ subscribers. She’s missing out on bonuses her male counterpoints have reaped because the distribution strategies have shifted while their compensation structures haven’t changed. It’s not just about a millionaire complaining; it’s about the old way of doing things being dead. Netflix already pays out talent up front, and after announcing their simultaneous streaming debuts, Warner Bros went back and amended contracts to pay actors more up front since the potential box office take was reduced.

-The Hawkeye series at Disney+, starring Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld, will debut on November 24. I became way more interested in this show once I realized that’s where Florence Pugh‘s Black Widow character is heading next.

-Broadway is the latest to require all workers to be vaccinated.

-Manifest is in top spot on the streaming chart for the third straight week, even though its future remains in limbo.

-With all the love that James Gunn‘s The Suicide Squad is getting from critics (it’s 97% fresh!), David Ayers made a post about his Suicide Squad: “The studio cut is not my movie… A handful of people have seen it. If someone says they have seen it, they haven’t.”

-The first posters for the House of Gucci trailer by Ridley Scott have arrived. Lady Gaga looks amazing; Jared Leto is ridiculous.

-It leads in nicely to this piece on Hollywood’s enduring love of fat suits.

Camila Cabello posted a video about waiting to fart until Shawn Mendes left the house. Ok then.

-Netflix renewed Sweet Tooth (a show I really liked but haven’t gotten around to ep 3 yet) for season 2.

Candace Cameron Bure has apologized for dancing sexily with a Bible in a TikTok clip, saying “So many of you thought I was trying to be seductive, which clearly means I’m not a very good actress because I was trying to be strong, not sexy. So I guess that didn’t work, but I deleted it.”

DaBaby just can’t seem to help himself.

Jason Sudeikis talked about how Foo Fighters song “My Hero” influenced Ted Lasso season 2.

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard’s daughter is named Delta, which isn’t working out so well for her at this particular moment of humanity.

Jennifer Garner inked a partnership with Netflix that will see the actress star in and produce movies, including a sequel to Yes Day.

Joshua Jackson revealed that he bought his childhood home, and his daughter now sleeps in his old bedroom. “There was a mural of a dragon on the wall in that room that I couldn’t believe was still there, years later. The owner [who sold him the house] said, ‘I knew it meant a lot to somebody and that they were going to come back for it some day.'”

-Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall are leaving the show in 2022.

Angelina Jolie earned a victory in her lengthy court battle against Brad Pitt over custody of their children, but it could lead to their current custody arrangement being overturned, with the proceedings starting over again.

-I love that Vulture has brought back the report card-style reviews for Gossip Girl. Ah, memories!

Oscar Isaac is haunted by his past in the trailer for The Card Counter, co-starring Tiffany Haddish.

Will Smith plays Richard Williams, the father of legendary tennis siblings, Venus and Serena Williams, in the new trailer for the Oscar-baity King Richard.