-I love this EW spread on Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, who discuss their new Matrix movie and their 20-plus years of friendship. “We’ve been through this experience together as partners. The only way I can describe it is like a soul friendship.”
-The Gotham Awards were last night, giving us a better idea of what’s shaping up to have Oscar buzz. Maggie Gyllenhaalwon three awards for her directorial debut, The Lost Daughter, as did Apple’s CODA.
-Love is dead. Hamilton’s Anthony Ramos and Jasmine Cephas Jones have broken up after 6 years together, and it sounds like it might be messy.
-Speaking of messy splits, Aaron Carter and fiancée Melanie Martinhave broken up a week after their son’s birth, with him tweeting “I was deceived and lied to. I can’t believe she betrayed [me] this way.”
-My only requirement for a Keanu Reeves profile is that it doesn’t ruin the idea I have of Keanu in my mind (which is, admittedly, a high bar). Luckily, his new Esquire profile certainly doesn’t. I love how he repeatedly laughs off the notion that movie making is hard work (“I mean, ‘hard’? Come on, man. We’re making a movie!”), and won’t complain when he wakes up feeling crappy and sick during his current routine of travel and constant night shoots (“So? Drink some hot tea with some lemon and honey in it. I don’t know. Slap yourself in the face. Stretch. Concentrate, man”). The part that’s going to get the most play is undoubtedly Sandra Bullock’s story about how he once brought her champagne and truffles because she had offhandedly mentioned never trying them — and when he dropped them off she was painting her nails so he let her paint his, too. All in all, the whole article is worth your time — even though the writer describes the upscale Toronto neighborhood of Yorkville as “bohemian.”
-Bucking the trend are Jaden Smith and Phoebe Dynevor, who may be dating. The age difference seems big but she’s actually only 3 years older.
–Adele hosted another televised special — this time in the UK, and the audience was even more celeb-packed than the US one. Stars in the crowd included Idris Elba, Emma Thompson, Hannah Waddingham, Emma Watson, Bryan Cranston, Mel B, Naomi Campbell, Josh Gad, Samuel L Jackson and Richard E Grant.
-My favourite part was when Emma Thompson was urging everyone around her to get up and dance. I have been that person at concerts…
-Another great moment was when Adele’s former English teacher surprised her.
–Britney Spears praised Lady Gaga for speaking out on her behalf and chided Christina Aguilera for refusing to do the same. Everyone’s blaming Xtina’s publicist, but look at her face before he even jumps in — this was clearly a “no-go” topic.
–Taylor Swift has topped both the Billboard 200 album chart and the Hot 100 singles chart. Say what you will, but she’s managed to dominate the charts with songs that are a decade old.
-Meanwhile, there’s renewed chatter that Jake Gyllenhaal runs the Instagram account of a cat named Ms. FluffleStiltskin, who has started scolding about cyberbullying.
-This is neat: Jane Campion used a Jungian dream coach – who is also Sandra Oh‘s mentor – to put the unconscious on screen in The Power of the Dog.
–Ridley Scott is blaming The Last Duel bombing at the box office on apathetic millennials. “What it boils down to [are] the audiences who were brought up on cell phones. The millennian, [who] do not ever want to be taught anything unless you told it on the cell phone. This is a broad stroke, but I think we’re dealing with it right now with Facebook. This is a misdirection that has happened where it’s given the wrong kind of confidence to this latest generation, I think.” There’s a few reasons I didn’t see it in theatres, and they had nothing do with age: the marketing and trailers were abysmal, Matt Damon was promoted much more than Adam Driver and Jodie Comer, I’m still not back to my full in-person theatre-going schedule, AND I had zero desire to watch the same sexual assault repeatedly play out from different perspectives. But go off, I guess.
-For non-ridiculous director talk, here’s Paul Thomas Anderson eating vegan Mexican food and chatting with the NYT.
–Kristen Stewart, Jessica Chastain, Tessa Thompson, Kirsten Dunst, Jennifer Hudson and Emilia Jones open up about their respective films already gathering Oscar buzz in THR’s first roundtable of the awards season.
–Oscars’ best-actor category is shaping up to be this year’s stiffest competition, with Will Smith, Andrew Garfield, Leonardo DiCaprio, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joaquin Phoenix, Bradley Cooper and Mahershala Ali all being bandied about already.
–Eddie Redmayne is courting controversy yet again by playing the Emcee in Cabaret — a character that is often played by LGBT actors. While he admits past mistakes (“I made The Danish Girl with the best intentions, but I think it was a mistake”), he says of his new role “Of all the characters I’ve ever read, this one defies pigeonholing. I would ask people to come and see it before casting judgment.”
-We Are Lady Parts has (finally) been renewed for a second season at Peacock. The first 6-episode season was a blast.
–Lady Gaga plots a takeover — and then a murder — in the full House of Guccitrailer.
–Zayn Malik is “adamantly” denying reports that he “struck” Yolanda Hadid, the mother of his girlfriend Gigi. The original TMZ report seemed to be originate from Yolanda herself, leading Zayn to shoot back by saying, “In an effort to protect that space for her I agreed to not contest claims arising from an argument I had with a family member of my partner’s who entered our home while my partner was away several weeks ago. This was and still should be a private matter but it seems for now there is divisiveness and despite my efforts to restore us to a peaceful family environment that will allow for me to co-parent my daughter in a manner in which she deserves, this has been ‘leaked’ to the press.” That’s gonna make for an awkward holiday dinner…
-In THR’s cover storyon Will Ferrell, the actors says he was worried Elf would ruin his career.
–Brad Pitthad a setback in his never-ending custody dispute with Angelina Jolie.
-Succession’s Brian Coxhas a new book out, and expresses some Logan Roy-esque opinions about his fellow celebs, including David Bowie (“A skinny kid, and not a particularly good actor. He made a better pop star, that much is for certain”), Quentin Tarantino (“I find his work meretricious. It’s all surface. Plot mechanics in place of depth. Style where there should be substance. I walked out of Pulp Fiction…That said, if the phone rang, I’d do it”), and Johnny Depp (“I mean, Edward Scissorhands. Let’s face it, if you come on with hands like that and pale, scarred-face make-up, you don’t have to do anything. And he didn’t. And subsequently, he’s done even less”). People he praises include Keanu Reeves (“A ‘seeker’ who has ‘actually become rather good over the years'”) and the late Alan Rickman (“One of the sweetest, kindest, nicest and most incredibly smart men I’ve ever met. Prior to acting he’d been a graphic designer and he brought the considered, laser-like precision of that profession to his work”).
-There’s been so much talk about film and TV crews being treated badly that it’s lovely to hear that Keanu Reeves gave his stunt team a swanky wrap gift for completing John Wick 4: Rolexes engraved with personalized messages. And not just any Rolex — the fancy diver kind.
-PAPER and Google launched an online mag that transforms the trends of 2021 into a shoppable site called 21of21 — and I’m only here for its Jennifer Coolridge photoshoot.
–Dan Levy told Jimmy Kimmel that Schitt’s Creek left him with a shopping addiction. “The budget of our show was about six pennies in a shell and so when you have no money but you want to dress people in designer clothes you have to find creative ways of doing that, so I would shop the entire year save the clothes and then bring them to set and work with our costume designer to style them. It’s left me with the most horrendous shopping addiction because I was shopping on a company card and now I’m just shopping. And there’s no company card anymore.”
-I’m very glad that the Beautiful Disasters adaptation is getting some bad press. I still can’t believe this was green lighted.
-Friends star Matthew Perry is planning to release an autobiography next year. “There has been so much written about me by others in the past. I thought it was time people heard it directly from the horse’s mouth. In this case, the horse’s mouth being me.”
-Netflix dropped the trailer for Tiger King 2. Are we really doing this again?
-Here’s our first look at HBO’s Landscapers, a limited series starring Olivia Colman and David Thewlis as a seemingly ordinary married couple who come under scrutiny after two dead bodies are discovered in their garden.
-Here’s the first full trailer for Netflix’s upcoming live-action Cowboy Bebop adaptation, starring John Cho.