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Janelle Monae Makes The Cut

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Janelle Monae‘s cover story for The Cut was written by Roxane Gay, so you know it’s good. Monae talks her fear of the 2016 election results feuling her Dirty Computer album (“It started with who don’t I mind pissing off. I don’t mind pissing off conservatives. I don’t mind pissing off white men. I don’t give a fuck. This is about celebrating. I wanted to celebrate queer black people living outside of what it meant to be American”), and her method approach to shooting her new film Antebellum (“I want that spirit to always stay on-camera so I don’t break. I don’t talk on the phone a lot … I don’t want that to take me out of my space).

-Meanwhile, Roxane Gay also shared her thoughts on American Dirt and the West Side Story revival.

-Oscars are this weekend! The big acting awards seem locked (Joaquin Phoenix, Renée Zellweger, Brad Pitt, Laura Dern) but can Parasite’s increasing recognition mean it’ll cause an upset in best picture? God, I would love that.

Joaquin used his BAFTA acceptance speech this weekend to call out the ceremony’s lack of diversity, adding “I think that it is the obligation of the people that have created and perpetuate and benefit from a system of oppression to dismantle it so that’s on us.” This is a very, very good speech (especially since in the last few years of award shows, it’s only been actresses making this kind of stand). But it’s also very much like…ok, now what? At this point, Hollywood needs to start taking concrete steps to dismantle the system. Inclusion riders? Refusing to work with only white male directors? What’s it going to be?

-Meanwhile, Prince William, who is BAFTA’s president(!), revealed that the academy has “launched a full and thorough review of the entire awards process” following the #BAFTAsSoWhite controversy.

Joshua Jackson and Jodie Turner-Smith went to the BAFTAs and remain the cutest thing.

-People didn’t love Rebel Wilson’s speech but I dunno — I laughed at her Cats jokes.

Hugh Grant made Bridget Jones’s Diary references when he presented after Renée Zellweger at the BAFTAs, and it was perfect.

-12 days after reportedly getting married, Pamela Anderson is single again.

Megan Thee Stallion is apparently dating G Eazy and people have a lot of opinions about it.

-Speaking of new relationships, Lady Gaga is dating a CEO named Michael Polansky.

-The reviews for Hulu’s High Fidelity, starring Zoe Kravitz, are good. Really good.

-I binged the last six episodes of Bojack Horseman and I still can’t believe that an animated show about a horse makes my ‘best TV in the last decade’ list, but there it is. It’s also weirdly the third series finale I’ve seen this week with a door-to-death concept.

David Schwimmer is walking back his comment about “Maybe there should be an all-black Friends or an all-Asian Friends.” In a lengthy response to a post from actress Erika Alexander, he explained “I didn’t mean to imply Living Single hadn’t existed or indeed hadn’t come before Friends, which I knew it had.”

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira‘s Super Bowl performance was fire! In case you missed it (or just want to relive the glory) it’s on YouTube.

-Coach dropped their perfectly timed campaign with JLo hours after her performance.

-As per usual, the Super Bowl brought with it a bunch of new movie and TV trailers. On the TV front, Marvel gave us a peek at The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, WandaVision and Loki, while on the film side we have our first Bond trailer, a new look at Mulan and the Top Gun sequel, and a new Black Widow trailer.

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-It was bound to happen — a YouTuber just landed a major magazine cover. Just push me out onto an ice floe already…

-In news that should surprise no one, Meghan Markle‘s dad plans on testifying against his own daughter in her lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday.

-A source tells People that by the time Archie was born last May, Meghan and Harry “knew they were going to hit the nuclear button.”

-Meanwhile, while the UK press continues to eat itself Meghan‘s out here in Canada living her life and visiting women’s shelters.

-Following months of engagement rumours, Anna Faris‘s Moms co-star Allison Janney confirmed the news.

Jessica Biel is reportedly still angry with Justin Timberlake. I’m not sure there’s a statute of limitations on these things.

-Cancel your prayer circle: Kaia Gerber is reportedly free of Pete Davidson.

-There’s so much to mock about Joaquin Phoenix. I’m not sure why Wendy Williams would choose his lip scar, of all things.

-This Schitt’s Creek feature on Catherine O’Hara’s character is full of fun tidbits, including O’Hara’s insistence that she not be intentionally mean-spirited, and how no one had actually heard what Moira was going to sound like until the first day of shooting.

-I had no idea The Farewell’s Lulu Wang and Barry Jenkins are a writer-director super power couple, but I love it.

-At HBO’s panel today at the TCAs, they unveiled the trailer for the adaptation of I Know This Much To Be True starring Mark Ruffalo, and it sounds like there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  That book killed me; I’m not ready.

-HBO confirmed that Confederate, the controversial drama from Game of Thrones’ David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, is officially dead. Good riddance.

-Should I be watching The Circle on Netflix? I’m not really into reality TV but it seems everyone I know is *obsessed*.

-There’s a lot of terrible things about the story Brad Williams told about raping a woman, but one of the most disappointing parts to me was Doug Benson‘s non-reaction. That’s an automatic unsubscribe from the Doug Loves Movies pod for me.

-Here’s a good look at the systemic hatred of women online — as seen through Star Wars’ Reylo fandom. This is why when John Boyega made the anti-Reylo posts I mentioned that I hate when actors mock shippers — I don’t think he was specifically targeting female fans (just fans who troll him in general), but it emboldened even worse behavior in an already troll-plagued fandom.

-Disney+ dropped a trailer for Stargirl on Wednesday, and it’s chock-a-block with Manic Pixie Dream Girl traits. (It’s so weird that a CW show of the same name is also debuting soon.)

-Netflix released a trailer for the final episodes of Bojack Horseman. Sigh. I’m not ready.

-Bless Daniel Radcliffe for continuing to do the most weird-ass projects post-Potter.

Gwyneth Paltrow Is a Forgetful Robot in Harper’s Bazaar

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Gwyneth Paltrow is having quite a week for visuals, from her tragic Golden Globes dress to her vagina Goop poster, and now her liquid Tom Ford breast plate on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar. In the interview, she talks about befriending ex Chris Martin’s gf Dakota Johnson (“I love her,” Paltrow says. “I can see how it would seem weird because it’s sort of unconventional. But I think, in this case, just having passed through it iteratively, I just adore her”), staying friends with exes (“I’m friendly with Brad Pitt. I don’t have any really bad blood”), and her reaction to stumbling across her old films (“I vom. I gag. I hate it”). Hilariously, she also talks about how Proof is the last non-Marvel movie she’s starred in — forgetting that she did Country Strong five years after Proof.

-This is how Joaquin Phoenix chose to answer a polite, innocuous question backstage at the Golden Globes about his Joker process. Eff this guy.

-Congrats to Chloe Sevigny, who is expecting her first child.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry talked about their “beautiful” Vancouver Island holiday getaway with Archie.

Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial in New York City began this week, and he’s already getting in trouble with the judge for his constant texting. “Is this really the way you want to end up in jail for the rest of your life by texting in violation of an order?”

-BAFTA is getting lots of heat for their all-white acting nominations, so they blamed the industry instead of themselves.

-This Keira Knightley impression is very, very good.

-This doesn’t make me appreciate Tyler Perry’s work ethic; it makes me think he should hire a writing room.

Chris Hemsworth has donated $1 million to fight the Australian bushfires.

James Cameron unveiled some new art images for Avatar 2. Seriously, does ANYBODY still care about this franchise? I know the first movie broke box office records but it left zero cultural footprint. When’s the last time you heard anyone quote Avatar? Can you name any of the characters?

Rob Lowe says Netflix told him that Holiday in the Wild was a bigger hit than The Irishmen, which is hilarious if true.

-This is my least fave scene in A Marriage Story but I get why that one line resonates.

-The CW renewed all 13 of its current series: All American, Batwoman, Black Lightning, Charmed, Legends of Tomorrow, Dynasty, The Flash, In The Dark, Legacies, Nancy Drew, Riverdale, Roswell, New Mexico and Supergirl, plus the yet-to-debut Katy Keene. I’m so glad Legends eked out another season! (My guess is it will be the last one, along with The Flash and Supergirl). The CW’s lucrative Netflix deal expires this year, so rookie shows Batwoman and Nancy Drew will now move to HBO Max and CBS All Access, respectively.

-Oh god, there is a LOT of new TV shows to consume this year and I’m not ready.

-A teenager facing an unintended pregnancy and her cousin embark across state lines to get an abortion in the trailer for Never Rarely Sometimes Always.