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Justin Timberlake’s Post-Documentary Apology

Justin Timberlake has apologized to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson. “I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right,” he said on Instagram.

-Jezebel has the best headline: “Like Most Women in Their Late 30s, Britney Spears Has Received a Halfhearted Apology From Her Terrible High School Boyfriend:

-It looks like that documentary didn’t just wring an long-overdue mea culpa out of Timberlake; it may be helping turn the tide  for Britney Spears. A judge ruled against her father in the latest estate court hearing, denying his bid to retain control of delegating her investments.

Pitbull also has thoughts on the Britney Spears’ situation: “They are not called mistakes they are called “must-takes” and mistakes don’t make you.” Um, ok?

-Holy crap, Donald Glover and Phoebe Waller-Bridge are creating and starring in a Mr. & Mrs. Smith TV series for Amazon Prime. Is that not the most perfect combination of words?!

-The men of the Buffyverse have finally started to show support for their female costars. So far, David Boreanaz has only liked Charisma Carpenter’s posts, but J August Richards, who played Gunn on Angel, tweeted to her “As I said to you yesterday, I am here for you, however you need me,” while James Marsters, who played Spike, tweeted “The Buffy set was not without challenges. I do not support abuse of any kind, and am heartbroken to learn of the experiences of some of the cast.” On a recent podcast, Marsters talked about how Whedon once confronted him because his character was supposed to be a villain and became a fan favourite instead. “I was terrified of Joss…I remember he backed me up against a wall one day and was like ‘I don’t care how popular you are, kid. You’re dead. You hear me? Dead. Dead!’ And I was like ‘Uh, it’s your football, man. Ok.'” (Marsters doesn’t get a total pass, though. He once admitted to writing a creepy song about Michelle Trachtenberg before she turned 18.)

-Speaking of Trachtenberg, her latest statement is the most damning so far. She edited her Instagram comment, saying there was a rule on the Buffy set that Joss Whedon was not allowed in a room alone with her. She starred on Buffy from the ages 14-17.

-This flew under the radar last year, but Buffy’s stunt coordinator and Sarah Michelle Gellar‘s stunt double (now a married couple) accused Whedon of threatening and surveilling them, and trying to manipulate them into breaking up.

Grant Gustin of The Flash is gonna be a papa.

-I don’t think there’s been a better socially distance press tour than the one for the latest To All The Boys movie. First they had Lana Condor and Noah Centineo do a reaction video to the movie, and now Netflix asked them to write “goodbye” letters to each other.

-Also the new movie, which dropped on Netflix today, is currently 71% fresh.

-Chapelle’s Show’ is returning to Netflix and this time it has Dave Chappelle’s blessing.

-From her ICU bed, Ashley Judd detailed her “harrowing 55 hours” being transported from a Congo rainforest to a South African hospital – which included a 6 hour motorbike ride – after breaking her leg while working to track endangered apes.

-Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins says he was once slapped by Prince Harry. “It pissed me off, actually.”

-I just watched 9 minutes of Brie Larson eating food she made in her air fryer and I have no regrets.

-Insecure might be wrapping up, but Issa Rae is staying in the HBO business. She’s producing a Miami rap group comedy series RAP SH*T, which landed a HBO Max series order.

Jamie Dornan promoted Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mara with this very cute IG video.

Gina Carano announced a new movie project with Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire, which might be the most hilariously fast downgrade ever. She told Deadline, “They can’t cancel us if we don’t let them.” Look, TPTB in Hollywood (not including the on camera talent) are notoriously conservative. She wasn’t fired for being conservative, she was fired because she refused to stop making the Disney/Lucasfilm brand look bad. They’re just responding to market research about what’s going to hurt their bottom line.

Jessica Rothe, Jack Kilmer and Michael K. Williams make money of people going to rehab in Body Brokers.

Jennifer Lopez Shines with Short Hair

jlo allure short hair

-I love Jennifer Lopez’s pixie cut on the cover of Allure, but I’m assuming it’s a wig since her locks were flowing at the Super Bowl last weekend.

-In her cover story with Health magazine, Rosario Dawson opens up about raising her 17-year-old adopted daughter from age 11. “To have a young person move in with you and to have to really consciously work through triggers and that kind of stuff is a really different thing than being pregnant and having your baby grow up in front of you—to be able to see how we’re getting closer and closer. We are a family, and it’s beautiful.”

-This is a great piece on Chadwick Boseman, who covers Vanity Fair’s Awards Extra issue.

-I have never written a story a quickly as I did this one about Charisma Carpenter calling out Joss Whedon for a hostile and abusive work environment because I didn’t need to look up any dates or details. Buffy fans have heard these rumours for years, and know what she’s previously alluded to at conventions. It felt like it was only a matter of time after Ray Fisher‘s allegations, not to mention Whedon abruptly leaving his HBO series before it premiered, for this all to come out. Since Carpenter’s tweets, Buffy alum Tara Benson called the show “a toxic environment,” Michelle Trachtenberg said Whedon’s behaviour towards her teen self was “not appropriate,” while Sarah Michelle Gellar gave a more vague statement about not wanting to be forever associated with his name.

Shia LaBeouf just parted ways with his agency, CAA. He’s been receiving treatment for over five weeks, a source tells Variety, and the actor is currently living at an inpatient facility.

-HBO Max has a straight-to-series order for an adult-focused animated Scooby-Doo origin story about Velma, from exec producer Mindy Kaling, who will also lend her voice in the lead role.

Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, welcomed a baby boy.

-The legal battle over Britney Spears and her conservatorship is set to return to court this week, days after a New York Times documentary outlined the ongoing legal battle. Spears is reportedly hopeful the doc will help turn the tide.

-I really liked this piece on the Britney doc’s structure and why giving it a linear timeline was the correct framing device.

-Speaking of the Britney doc, I loved this piece on how Justin Timberlake should apologize for weaponizing his relationship with women. “Timberlake got to do whatever he wanted for years. Someone let this man do a full minute of mediocre beatboxing in ‘Rock Your Body’ and then we went out and bought the album and thought, Yes, I want to hear this at every wedding I go to for the rest of my life. But he didn’t do any of this alone; he just learned his lesson well: that you can be taller if you stand on the shoulders of a woman with no protection. For many of us, it was easier to just let him win.”

Esmé Bianco says Marilyn Manson whipped and scarred her on a music video set, and once chased her around their apartment with an axe.

-Our first look at Elle Fanning in season two of The Great show our Empress with a bun in the over.

Lena Dunham had to release a statement on the use of real cat corpses in her HBO Max’s show Generation, denying knowledge of the incident. She said “I don’t use animal cadavers in any of my work, ever, and I was not on set or aware that they were used in a recently shot scene depicting a biology classroom assignment.”

Reese Witherspoon was spotted visiting Laura Dern on her birthday.

-#FireGinaCarano is trending worldwide on social media after Gina Carano shared a post that compared being a Republican to being a Jew during the Holocaust. Seriously, how long is Disney going to let her keep doing this stuff? Don’t most talent contracts have a morality clause?

-Here’s the latest trailer for Nomadland.

Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas Split

Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas have split up . It’s a holiday in the US, which makes it a good day to try to slip this news under the radar. Still, the People quotes from sources are pretty supportive of both sides, and yet she’s been officially positioned as the dumper and he’s the dumpee. I wonder how they worked that out.

Armie Hammer has apologized after his finsta leaked and it included a post that showed an unidentified woman in lingerie on her hands and knees on a hotel bed, whom he referred to as ‘Miss Cayman.’ He issued a statement to the Cayman Compass: “I would like to clarify that the person in my video, which was stolen from my private Instagram, is not Miss Cayman.” First of all, if he posted it to Instagram it’s not exactly “stolen.” Secondly, *this* is what he feels the need to apologize about?! I gotta hope he’s just getting warmed up.

-This is a good take on how the cannibalism accusations are the least disturbing in this saga. His last girlfriend said she checked herself into a 30-day partial hospitalization program designed to treat PTSD and trauma following their 2-month relationship last year. I also liked this thread about how damaging it is for him to say he prefers rough sex but stopped wanting it with his wife because that’s the mother of his children and he grew to respect her too much.

-He was also reportedly fantasizing about sex during BLM protests, so it just gets better and better.

Michael B. Jordan and Lori Harvey look like they’re having a blast on vacation. Are paps just hanging out in St. Barts or….?

-I don’t watch Batwoman but according to critics, the show isn’t really feeling the loss of Ruby Rose‘s departure. They’re loving Javicia Leslie, who took over the leading role in last night’s episode.

Gwyneth Paltrow‘s ‘vagina’ candle reportedly exploded in a UK woman’s home, which was a gift for headline writers today.

Dua Lipa, I really like you, but we’re not doing this trend again, mmm-kay?

Kate Winslet said she learned to free dive and breath-hold for her role in Avatar: “We might be down for between three and a half and four minutes on any take. But that’s not my longest breath-hold. My longest was seven minutes and 14 seconds. Absolute truth.”

Kylie Jenner tried to show off her massive walk-in shower and all anyone could focus on was her terrible water pressure.

Justin Timberlake finally confirmed that he and Jessica Biel had another baby. His name is Phinneas.

-Oh god, please tell me Tiffany Haddish is not spreading covid conspiracy theories??

-A source tells People that Kim Kardashian and Kayne West have given up going to marriage counseling.

-The guy who played Christopher on Girlmore Girls denied rumours that he attended the Capitol insurrection — but he seemed to support it.

Matthew McConaughey talked cancel culture with Jordan Peterson. Jordan Freakin’ Peterson?!? That’s a bridge too far for me.

-Have you watched Promising Young Woman yet? My favourite part of it is how it weaponizes its casting by using actors who are known for playing nice guys on TV.

Bow Wow played a packed indoor concert in Houston. Can you imagine risking your life…for Bow Wow?!?

Trevor Noah and Minka Kelly, who have been dating for five months, are moving into a $27.5 million mansion.

Romeo Beckham looks so much like his mom Victoria on the cover of Luomo Vogue.

Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League is going to be a 4-hour movie on HBO Max, not a 4-hour miniseries. Twitter seems to think this is a big deal, but I continue to care a negative amount about this entire project.

Matt Damon has joined the cast of Thor: Love and Thunder. There’s no word if he’s got a bigger role than the cameo he made in Ragnarok.

-I like these predictions about how TV may soon change. Moving late-night shows to prime time seems like a no-brainer.

-Here’s the trailer for the new series The Equalizer, premiering after the Super Bowl. I’m not really into CBS shows, but I *am* into watching Queen Latifah being an ass-kicking vigilante.

Nicolas Cage fights killer animatronics in the first trailer for Willy’s Wonderland.