-I thought for sure the Vanity Fair Hollywood issue would be today’s biggest cover drop — and then British Vogue revealed their gorgeous Rihanna family portrait cover. She talks about motherhood (“It’s everything. You really don’t remember life before, that’s the craziest thing ever. You literally try to remember it – and there are photos of my life before – but the feeling, the desires, the things that you enjoy, everything, you just don’t identify with it because you don’t even allow yourself mentally to get that far, because…Because it doesn’t matter”), her relationship with A$AP Rocky (“We’re best friends with a baby. We have to be on the same page, but we’ve always kind of had that in our relationship. Everything changes when you have a baby but I wouldn’t say it’s done anything but made us closer”), and her ninth album (“I want it to be this year. Like, honestly, it’d be ridiculous if it’s not this year”).
-The Vanity Fair Hollywood issue cover is still great, but man I wish Keke Palmer could have squeezed onto the front instead of inside the first fold. I do love that the photoshoot theme seemed to be “horny X-Men.”
–Lana Del Rey is interviewed by Billie Eilish in Interview magazine and it’s quite charming to read Eilish fangirl over her (“I am absolutely stoked out of my fucking mind…You were my lock screen on the first phone I ever got”).
-If you’re not already in love with Jonathan Majors, this profile will do it for ya. He claims to “fall in love every day” and “cry probably a few times a week,” talks about wanting to star in romcoms, and outlines his wooing strategy: “Send a text message with a song. My song of choice would be ‘Come Over,’ by Aaliyah. Then only wear sweatpants. You then have to watch Love Jones–slash–Love & Basketball. After that, the song you should be playing is ‘Whenever Wherever Whatever,’ by Maxwell. The next day, send them another song by Maxwell with ‘I thought you’d like this.’ And it works both ways. If a woman did that to me, I’d lose my mind.” Ladies, take notes!
–Jenna Ortega revealed that needing fencing and cello lessons on top of her 12-14 hour shooting schedule for Netflix’s Wednesday had her crying “hysterically”. That sounds unsustainable.
–Jimmy Kimmel did a Top Gun-themed skit about his upcoming Oscars hosting gig. More of this kind of thing in the show, please!
–Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis are being sued by their former nanny.
-This is the best thing I’ve read yet about the sex scene discourse. “A tedious strain of online scorn and politically tangled discourse has seen way too many people acting as though what pop culture needs in the 21st century is a return to mandated puritanism.”
–Keanu Reeves talked about his apprehension with the increasing use of deepfakes and said he made sure every one of his film contracts prevents digital edits to his acting after one movie “added a tear to my face, and I was just like, ‘Huh?!’ It was like, ‘I don’t even have to be here.'”
-I haven’t finished the first half of this season of You yet, but the new trailer for the second half confirms Victoria Pedretti‘s Love Quinn is coming back.
-Poker Face has been renewed for season 2 at Peacock. I find this show an absolute delight. I would watch an hour of it every week for years.
-Raquel Welch has died at 82.
-I’m so curious about who this terrible Oscar nominee is! The OP has already said it’s not Ana de Armas, Paul Mescal or Austin Butler, and tweeted something nice about Barry Keoghan which seems to rule him out, too.
–Andrea Riseborough talks about her surprise Oscars nomination and called the grassroots campaigning process is “necessary.” “Awards campaigning is as acerbically exclusive as it has always been. I do not yet know which measures will best encourage meritocracy. I’ve been working toward discovering them and will continue to”
-Is it just me, or has Cate Blanchett‘s Oscar campaign been a little shaky? First was her “stop the televised horse race” acceptance speech at the Critics Choice Awards, and now she’s talking about everyone’s obsession with labels and saying, “If [Carol] was made now, me not being gay — would I be given public permission to play that role?” Girl, you are nominated RIGHT NOW for playing a lesbian. Simmer down.
-I keep forgetting that Justin Long and Kate Bosworth are together, but this is very cute.
-I gotta say, I’d never thought the Super Bowl commercial I’d rewatch the most is one with Miles Teller and his wife dancing to hold music with Bud Lights but it’s just so charming!
-We get our first very brief glimpse of Melissa McCarthy‘s Ursula in the new Little Mermaid trailer.
-The first full trailer for Daisy Jones & the Six has me excited for both the show and the music.
-Speaking for trailers for adaptations of books by Taylor Jenkins Reid, here’s the trailer for One True Loves, starring Phillipa Soo, Simu Liu, and Luke Bracey.
-Here’s the trailer for Extrapolations, Apple’s new drama about climate change starring, um, everyone? Meryl Streep, Sienna Miller, Kit Harington, Daveed Diggs, Edward Norton, Diane Lane, Yara Shahidi, Matthew Rhys, Gemma Chan, David Schwimmer, Keri Russell, Marion Cotillard, Forest Whitaker, Eiza González, Murray Bartlett, Tobey Maguire and more.