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Michael B. Jordan Is Ready To Take Over The World

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Michael B. Jordan covers the latest issue of Vanity Fair and talks about how much he has going on right now. His production company (which not only has an inclusion rider pledge but convinced Warner Bros. to adopt that promise across the entire studio)  is already developing scores of television series and films. “I want to create projects for Brad Pitt, but at the same time I want to be able to create a movie for Will Smith, or Denzel, or Lupita, or Tessa. It’s gonna be eclectic. It’s gonna be animation. It’s gonna be non-scripted. It’s gonna be digital. It’s gonna be film, television. It’s gonna be video games.”

-In his calculating new GQ cover story (why is he still getting covers?!?), Johnny Depp plays the victim and says it hurts to be considered a violent man. The whole fawning interview is disgusting and this takedown of it is more worth your time than the story itself.

-Congrats to Kate Hudson and Danny Fujikawa, who welcomed a baby girl. They named her Rani (pronounced Ronnie) after his dad.

Mischa Barton is going to be on the MTV revival of The Hills and so help me god I’m actually interested. Also, The Hills was a spin off of Laguna Beach, which was originally created to be the real-life version of The OC. Time is a flat circle.

-A very pro-Brad Pitt sounding source says that contrary to reports, he and Angelina Jolie have “no truce” in their custody battle.

-I know I said last week that my enjoyment of A Star Is Born is going to depend on how much I can avoid Bradley Cooper‘s insufferable behavior on this press tour — but I just can’t stop!

Steven Spielberg has cast Ansel Elgort as Tony in his musical film adaptation of West Side Story. I don’t hate this. You need to be super earnest in that role and that dude is the earnest-est.

Kanye West took a tour of Detroit’s College for Creative Studies yesterday afternoon, and at one point he jumped on a table to rant about Elon Musk, telling people to “leave that man the f–k alone.”

-Meanwhile, Kanye picked a fight with Kim Kardashian because he didn’t like the colour of the band-aid she gave him, and I actually feel really bad for her. (I don’t know what’s more disturbing: that he seems jealous of the attention she’s giving their kids, or Khloé‘s reaction to her story — “But if that’s going to make him feel more loved, don’t you want to just get the band-aid?”)

-Chelsea Peretti announced she won’t be coming back to Brooklyn Nine-Nine full time. ::sad trombone::

-Oh FFS, now Damon Wayans says *he’s* quitting Lethal Weapon. “It’s hard for me to play this loving, supportive father, husband, friend on TV, and be the guy in life that is telling everyone, ‘I can’t I have to work.'” (For what it’s worth, when the Clayne Crawford drama was going down, Wayan didn’t exactly come off smelling like a rose, with reports about him refusing to participate in table reads and wanting sides that only included his lines and excluded the lines of all other actors.) Fox should have just scraped the whole thing and renewed Pitch.

-Fantastic Beasts director David Yates hit back at reports of straightwashing, promising that the sequel will feature Jude Law‘s Dumbledore having “sensual moments” with Grindelwald.

-This is a bad take by Jimmy Kimmel on Louis C.K.‘s return to the comedy stage: “I think people tend to focus on the one or two people who walk out of a situation like that. Ultimately, the audience decides whether someone is welcomed back.” The audience didn’t decide whether CK got that spot on the stage (they didn’t even know he was going to be there). The comedy club owner gave him that spot. To ignore the obvious gatekeeping is a ridiculous statement. (This thread captures everything wrong with what he said.)

-Venom seems like it’s one of those movies that the fresh or rotten rating fails. It’s only 33% on Rotten Tomatoes, but every review I’ve read makes it sound like a mess that’s also super fun to watch.

Tom Hardy playing with rescue dogs is the best content on the internet today.

-There’s talk that the Timothee Chalamet and Lily-Rose Depp relationship is a PR-based strategy and I refuse to accept this because LOOK HOW ADORABLE THEY ARE!

-This profile on Catherine Hardwicke is a brutal read. The Monday after Twilight opened and she became the highest grossing female director to ever open a movie, she went into the Summit offices to do an online fan chat. “When I went in I saw that there were massive bouquets and balloons and bottles of wine, and crazy gifts sent to them by all the distributors around the world or whoever, all their friends. I had heard these rumors that when a director does something like this they give them a car, they give them a two-picture deal or something like that. They give them an office and ask them what they want to do after this.” Hardwicke pauses. “And then I got a mini cupcake that day.”

-Holy moly, Kristen Bell is on the new episode of Keep It and I’ve never downloaded a podcast quicker. (On a recent episode, Kara put her on her Top Ten White Women list and I really hope they talk about it.)

-I’m still digesting this NYT article questioning whether art should be a battleground for social justice, but it’s worth a read.

-Vulture did a deep dive into Adam Driver‘s oil baron sketch on SNL.

Rihanna, Yasiel Puig, and Christina Milian were all victimized by the same burglars — three teen boys and the mother of one of the suspects — who were arrested last week. So, does that mean a Bling Ring sequel is in the works?

-Variety reports that ABC Studios and producers have kept Criminal Minds director of photography Greg St. Johns in place despite multiple harassment and abuse claims, an HR probe, and an investigation by a California state agency. Several male crew members accused him of groping them and reported it, but saw no steps taken to curb or address the alleged abuse.

-Another CBS exec has been placed on leave after several current and former employees alleged he regularly used sexual and homophobic language in the workplace.

-This apology/statement by Fan Bingbing does nothing to quell my fears about her well-being.

-So Drew Barrymore‘s publicist has denied she granted that bizarre interview that was circulating yesterday, but Egypt Air is still standing by it.

Jodie Whittaker takes over the main role on Doctor Who this weekend. I don’t watch the show but I like her so much and she’s uber charming in this interview.

-The trailer for Vice is finally here, starring Sam Rockwell as George W Bush and Christian Bale as Dick Cheney. Whoa.

Cardi B Welcomes Daughter Kulture

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-Congrats to Cardi B who just welcomed her first childa baby girl she named Kulture Kiari Cephus.

-Everyone else can stop with the #InMyFeelingsChallenge. Sterling K. Brown and Susan Kelechi Watson just won the whole thing with this video to celebrate their first day back on the set of This Is Us.

Henry Cavill telling GQ that #MeToo has made it more difficult for him to date is a really, really bad look. “It’s very difficult to do that if there are certain rules in place. Because then it’s like, “Well, I don’t want to go up and talk to her, because I’m going to be called a rapist or something.'”

Kristen Bell wears gloves in the pool to avoid prune-y fingers. Rich people are weird.

-Wow, THR’s cover story is a crazy read. It’s an investigation into a con artist who is impersonating top female execs in Hollywood like Kathleen Kennedy and Amy Pascal as part of a global scam.

Kylie Jenner is on the cover of Forbes as the youngest self-made billionaire. But exactly how “self-made” is she?

Sarah Palin feels duped by Sacha Baron Cohen, who she says “heavily disguised himself as a disabled U.S. Veteran” during an interview for his new show. This is the best PR leading up to the premiere the show could have possibly gotten…

Donald Glover just dropped two new summer-themed songs as Childish Gambino.

-We’re now just a few days behind the US when it comes to Handmaid’s Tale airings (it dropped on Hulu last night; we get it on Bravo on Sunday). I’ve been trying to avoid reviews but the general sentiment from critics on Twitter has been hard to avoid.

-Also, the show cancelled that planned line of wine following all the social media backlash.

-What the hell is “dude-friendly wine“, Stephen Amell?!? Gawd, masculinity is so damn fragile.

-I’m choosing to believe that Justin Theroux wore a Wu-Tang Clan hat in tribute to The Leftovers and Nora’s impromptu tattoo.

Dwayne Johnson is not running for office in 2020 — but he isn’t ruling out a future presidential run.

-His Skyscraper costar Neve Campbell (who looked ah-maz-ing at the premiere) talked to Stephen Colbert about why she stepped away from acting after Scream.

-Wait, so not only are we getting Jared Leto‘s Joker origin movie, we’re also getting Joaquin Phoenix’s? How many of these things do we really need?

-This sucks: Demi Moore is reportedly the victim of a major credit card fraud case. A man allegedly reported her card missing and then intercepted her new card before racking up $169k in bills.

Green Day’s “American Idiot” has re-entered the British charts as people are trying to get it to the No. 1 song before Trump’s visit.

-Comic book fans love Y: The Last Man. Like, they LOVE it. At least the casting of FX’s upcoming adaptation is promising. Dunkirk’s Barry Keoghan has landed the role of Yorick, the last living man on Earth after a mysterious illness wipes out every other single male mammal in the world. Imogen Poots will play his sister, Hero, and Diane Lane will play their mother, Senator Jennifer Brown.

-I gave up on The Walking Dead ages ago, but I dig the fact that the new showrunner is a woman.

-Catfish’s Nev Schulman has been cleared of sexual misconduct allegations in an internal MTV investigation.

-Wait, Netflix’s The Kissing Booth started out as a Wattpad fic written by a 15-year-old? That movie makes so much more sense now…

-The fact that all the US TV critics I follow are suddenly gushing over Letterkenny delights me.

-This is an interesting look back at Across The Universe from star Evan Rachel Wood and director Julie Taymor, who talk about the films bungled marketing, and Taymor’s “difficult” reputation.

Keira Knightley and Dominic West play authors struggling with infidelity in the Colette trailer.

The Internet Is Shipping Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B Jordan

-I had no idea that everyone wants Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B Jordan to date, but I just bought a boarding pass to this ship! In any case, she got him to do spontaneous push ups at a fashion show because he lost a bet and she’s my new hero.

-In other delightful Black Panther cast interactions, Danai Gurira and Chadwick Boseman played with the fear box.

Aubrey Plaza revealed that she spent Galentine’s Day with Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones and Katherine Hahn. My heart!

Jennifer Garner is pushing this America’s Sweetheart thing to the limit by shipping Girl Guide cookies to her Instagram followers.

-Oof, this People cover story with Sarah Jessica Parker is bad timing. (Or maybe good, depending on where you land in the Kim vs Sarah feud.)

-Sorry, FX. Ryan Murphy has been lured to Netflix with deal rumoured to be up to $300 million.

-It’s interesting that as traditional TV staples like Murphy and Shonda Rhimes leave for Netflix, The CW continues to believe in the broadcast model, adding an extra night of programming. Ironically, the reason it can continue to survive declining ratings (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s existence continues to defy logic) is because of their lucrative Netflix deal.

Will Smith‘s Instagram continues to be a delight. Here, he proves he knows the lyrics to ‘La Bamba‘.

-This is quality Valentine’s Day content from Robert Downey Jr.

This podcast in which they try to figure out what Christian Grey actually does for a living in the Fifty Shades series is hilarious.

-Meanwhile, a gyno does not recommend putting ice cream where Christian does in the new movie.

-This never happens, but I actually like everything Blake Lively’s trainer says about the program he put her on to lose her baby weight. Carbs are fine. Life means you can’t always work out for an hour 5 times a week. “Putting a mother under a high intensity interval training is one of the most irresponsible things that anyone can do.” Who is this guy and can I hire him?!?

-Also, who knew that Blake Lively and Emily Blunt are suddenly BFFs?

-This is a really thoughtful interview with veteran TV showrunner Glen Mazzara about how he’s trying to create real change and inclusion in the TV industry.’

-Veronica Mars costars Kristen Bell and Ryan Hansen  tested mom products for Ellen and things got weird.

-I’m really bummed that the trailers for the Overboard remake look so bad.