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Reese Witherspoon Wants to Put Women “In The Center Of The Story”

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-In her new Vogue cover story, Reese Witherspoon talks about using her producing power to create strong roles for women and how she learned to own her success: “I used to hide my Oscar but then I was like, ‘Why shouldn’t I put it out here in the living room?'”

Lady Gaga has finally apologized for working with R Kelly after getting lots of pressure to do so. (It’s a little strange that she invokes the “younger self” bit since it was only 5 years ago and by then the rumours about Kelly were widely known, but at least it’s something.)

-French band Phoenix has also apologized for working with him.

Chris Pine and Patty Jenkins talk about their new TNT series in the latest issue of Variety, and Pine remains as charming as ever. I especially liked the part where he talks about playing a supporting role against a female lead, like in Wonder Woman: “Being in the film and supporting a woman doing that job is kind of a dance between ego and soul. I’m not too proud to admit it and say that at times, I’d have 30-minute conversations with Patty; I’d look at her, and she was wonderfully patient. I’d realize it had abso-f—ing-lutely nothing to do with me.”

-This is a good piece on how Bradley Cooper seems to simultaneously inspire awe an irritation by the way he plays the game.

-Not playing the Oscar game well are the men behind Green Book, who are increasingly showing their asses.

-God bless Terry Crews. He called out Kevin Hart for his reaction to the outrage over his anti-gay tweets. “The truth is, Kevin, you’re not being attacked. The truth is you have to just acknowledge what went on and acknowledge the pain of other people.”

Terry‘s show Brooklyn Nine-Nine debuts at its new home on NBC tonight.

-I liked this interview with various movie, TV and music critics on if there’s any value in writing really harsh reviews.

-There’s a lot of thirsty tweets going around about Penn Badgley‘s stalker character on You, and I love that the actor keeps reminding people that his character is a murderous psycho that you should not be lusting over.

-Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker is clapping back at Bandersnatch critics: “F*ck off, do something else.”

-This NYT list of the 20 best dramas since the Sopranos is surprisingly great. Enlisted! Veronica Mars! Jane the Virgin!

-Fox’s new show The Passage is getting decent reviews, which is good cause I’ve been missing Mark Paul Gosselaar on my TV screen since Pitch was cancelled.

-A new trailer for Punisher season 2 has arrived, and while I’m not here for Frank kissing someone who isn’t Karen, I’m definitely here for Frank begrudgingly becoming a father figure to an unruly teenage girl.

-Things get tense when terrorists take over a hotel in the new trailer for Hotel Mumbai starring Armie Hammer and Dev Patel.

-The trailer for Velvet Buzzsaw with Jake Gyllenhaal is beyond bizarre and I kind of love it?

 

Melissa McCarthy Calls Out Billy Bush in New Interview

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-In her InStyle cover storyMelissa McCarthy recalls being subjected to a terrible interview by someone who sounds a lot like Billy Bush. “I do remember another interview I did for Bridesmaids with somebody who later lost his job for a conversation he had on a bus with someone else. I won’t mention names, but just think about it. He kept asking, ‘Are you shocked that you actually work in this business at your tremendous size?’ He was like, ‘Oh, your tremendous size, you can actually work?’ I just remember all the blood drained out of me. I thought, ‘With my tremendous size, I could tackle you so quickly.’ ”

In her new People cover story, Nicole Kidman says she knew she wanted to marry Keith Urban after just six months of dating. “It was my [38th] birthday, and he stood outside with gardenias at 5 a.m. on my stoop in New York. That is when I went, ‘This is the man I hope I get to marry.'”

-Here’s how Kevin Hart worded his second apology: “Once again, Kevin Hart apologizes for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community. I apologize.” He added it’s not his “life dream” to become an LGBTQ ally. That’s swell.

-Meawhile, it seems that the Academy has resigned itself to the fact that the Oscars will air with no host for the first time in 30 years, according to Variety.

-In his new Hollywood Reporter cover storySamuel L Jackson admits he was a functioning crack addict for 15 years. “The whole time I was using, sure, I had a good reputation. I showed up on time, I did my lines. I was great. But there was something that was keeping me from getting to that next place.”

Kit Harrington says the cast was pretty much over it while filming the final GoT season.

-Marvel is making a TV show about Vision and Scarlet Witch for Disney’s new streaming service, with Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olson expected to reprise the roles they originated on the big screen.

Rosario Dawson is reportedly dating Senator Corey Booker.

-Just months after being pushed out of Disney and Pixar, Skydance Media has hired alleged sexual harasser John Lasseter. God, how deflating must that be for the women who work there?

Mariah Carey has settled the lawsuit with former manager Stella Bulochnikov, who sued the singer for sexual harassment after working with her for about three years.

-Woah. Jordan Peele is taking on the Lorena Bobbit story in a new documentary for Amazon Prime. Here’s the first trailer.

-Oof, Nina Dobrev‘s new CBS sitcom is getting panned.

-The Green Book crew continue to make things worse, not better with every interview.

Natasha Lyonne keeps dying then subsequently reliving her birthday in the trailer for Netflix’s Russian Doll, produced by Amy Poehler. Critics who’ve already screened it are loving it.

-Meanwhile, critics are not loving M. Night Shymalan‘s Glass. The embargo was lifted this afternoon and the reviews are mostly negative.

Anthony Mackie and Margaret Qualley are the last survivors on a toxic earth in the trailer for Netflix’s new sci-fi film IO.

-The Little trailer, starring Regina Hall and Issa Rae, looks like an updated version of Big and I’m so here for it.

Ellen DeGeneres Faces Backlash For Defending Kevin Hart

Ellen Degeneres doesn’t usually step in it, but hoo boy did she screw up today by having Kevin Hart on her show and pushing for him to be reinstated as the Oscar host. There was sooo much wrong here. It should have been a conversation about what he learned, how he’s sorry, what he’s doing for the black LGBTQ community, etc. But instead, Hart insisted he had already apologized for the tweets years ago (he hadn’t), while Ellen fed into his conspiracy theories and helped him re-frame the legitimate criticisms of his anti-gay tweet as a baseless onslaught by a mob of “haters”, which just made things worse. (Their insistence that the whole thing was a carefully timed “attack” cooked up by trolls combing through his 40k tweets to find hateful ones irked me the most. Haven’t they ever heard of Twitter Advanced Search? It took me 3 seconds to find this one. And this one. And ALL OF THESE.) The Ringer aptly dubbed their conversation “a baffling exercise in celebrity self-preservation.” This guy also summed it up very well.

-Also, good on Vulture for doing a deep dive into Hart‘s supposed “apologies.”

-Meanwhile, the Academy is reportedly open to Hart hosting as soon as he says the word.

John Legend was the only artist who was willing to speak out against R. Kelly in Lifetime’s docu-series. He tweeted: “To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn’t feel risky at all. I believe these women and don’t give a f–k about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision.”

Brie Larson doing 275lbs weighted hip thrusts for a cookie is a mood.

-All of the covers for W’s Best Performances of the Year issue are so, so good!

-Speaking of good covers, I love everything about Emma Stone on British Vogue.

-Is it the end of the era for celebrity apps? First the Kardashians shut down theirs, and now it’s Taylor Swift’s turn.

-Oh god. Drake may be making new music with Chris Brown.

Remi Malek confirmed he’s dating his Bohemian Rhapsody costar Lucy Boynton.

-TV critics Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall wrote a new book called The Sopranos Sessions. (Their last book, TV – The Book, is my fave coffee table read.) They interviewed Sopranos creator David Chase and when he was talking about the infamous final scene, he called it a “death scene.” Huh.

Gywneth Paltrow got in on the Brad Pitt meme action.

These photos made everyone think Madonna got butt implants, but she would prefer everyone shut up about it.

-Is Marvel really retconning Loki‘s supervillain role? Wasn’t mind control (or at least an altered state) often a little implied in those movies?

-This was a really fun Roxane Gay interview.

-Speaking of good interviews, I could read Ethan Hawke waxing poetic about life and art all day.

-The reviews for Lindsay Lohan’s new reality show have me intrigued.

Elle Fanning and Rebecca Hall star in the Teen Spirit trailer.  (Great, great use of a Robyn song.)