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Liam Neeson Just Torpedoed His Press Tour

-Jeez, that Liam Neeson interview that everyone’s talking about is a MESS. I don’t understand why he would chose to tell this story (in which he recounts that after his friend identified her rapist as a black man he “went up and down areas with a cosh [bludgeon], hoping I’d be approached by somebody – I’m ashamed to say that – and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him”), why he chose to tell the story in this way (with an unsuspecting costar junketing along next to him), or why a psychologist is interviewed to help contextualise his racism. Yes, he expresses regret but even feeling the freedom to tell a story like this in such a seemingly offhanded way is an insane display of privilege and I’m not sure what he expected the fallout to be.  (Spoiler alert: it ain’t good.)

-This is an interesting addendum: the journalist tweeted the backstory on the decision to run the interview and all the legal and editorial hand-wringing that went with it.

-Goop is expanding into original content, with Gwyneth Paltrow inking a deal for a docuseries on Netflix. You know, the one place that probably won’t layer in any sort of editorial control or responsibility. Swell.

-This Pamela Adlon article in the New Yorker navigates the tricky Louis CK connection so well. As complicated as her feelings and reactions are, I do like that she points out that his female colleagues are being called to task more than he has been. “Anybody who has any association with him is peppered [questions.] Sarah Silverman is his fucking spokesperson.” I like her and love her show, I get why she doesn’t want to work out her feelings about it in public, and think she’s done pretty well after being dealt a shitty hand. She immediately severed professional ties with him, stopped speaking to him, and fired their shared manager Dave Becky. A lot of Becky’s other clients, including Jameela Jamil, Kevin Hart, Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler, seemingly have not (which very much bummed me out every time the end credits of Russian Doll rolled).

-My god. Soulja Boy is being accused of kidnapping and assaulting a woman, according to TMZ.

-After yesterday’s halftime show, a lot of people have pointed out the double standard between Adam Levine and Janet Jackson’s controversial nipple exposure.

-Speaking of the Super Bowl, it gifted us with a ton of new movie trailers, including Avengers: Endgame, Toy Story 4 and Captain Marvel.

-In terms of commercials, I really liked the Chance the Rapper/Backstreet Boys team up, and the Sarah Michelle Gellar horror spoof.  Here are some more of the best and worst.

-Wait, so Pete Davidson and Kate Beckinsale are actually a thing? They were spotted holding hands? I seriously did not believe the stories of them flirting at the Golden Globes because…how?!

-I love that Lizzo is covering the latest issue of The Cut. I have woken up and immediately listened to “Juice” every day for the last two weeks.

Jussie Smollett performed in public this weekend and spoke out on inaccuracies surrounding his attack.

-Now Rami Malek is saying that Bryan Singer‘s alleged victims “deserve to have their voice heard”. Man, Oscar campaigning is a wild ride, huh?

-If you only have time for one long-read this week, make it this one in the New Yorker about a suspense novelist who duped everyone. You know it’s going to be a good one when the reporter calls an editor for the story and he responds with “My god, I knew I’d get this call. I didn’t know if it would be you or the F.B.I.”

-I guess if you have Anthony Rapp on your cast, you gotta do a Rent parody. Well done, Star Trek: Discovery crew.

Cardi B‘s former history teacher defended her political knowledge. I’m not surprised. Remember that Caity Weaver profile in GQ when Cardi gushed about how her fave president is Franklin D Roosevelt because he started social security with the New Deal, and then had Weaver quiz her about the order of presidents? I’ll take political commentary from her over basically any other celebrity — and a lot of politicians.

-Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge got the Vogue 73 questions treatment.

-FX’s John Landgraf gave his annual state of TV address at the TCAs, and he warned what we already know: Netflix is “not telling you the whole story” when it comes to the way the ratings statements they chose to release. While Netflix self-reported that You would end up being watched by 40 million households in its first month, Landgraf says Nielsen data (which, let’s face it, is also problematic) indicates it was averaging 8 million viewers an ep.

-Landgraf also let it slip that Atlanta’s third season is delayed .

-Also at the TCAs, the TV adaptation of What We Do In Shadows announced its March premiere date and debuted its first trailer. Critics who’ve screened the first two episodes seem to universally love it. It seems to retain the movie’s vibe, so I’m in!

Helen Mirren Gets Cheeky in Harper’s Bazaar

Helen Mirren The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Zoey Grossman/Harper’s Bazaar

-In Harper’s Bazaar, Helen Mirren talks about playing a baddie in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. “Women get to play much cooler villains these days. But I’ve always had a secret ambition to play a villain in a James Bond movie.”

Justin Bieber ate a burrito sideways and everyone is very confused.

Emma Stone says that when she was doing Cabaret on Broadway, during one performance she sang so hard that both of her contacts popped out. She also revealed a disturbing side effect from wearing a corset for months while filming The Favourite: “After a month, all my organs shifted — it was gross, and if you don’t have to, don’t do it.”

Carey Mulligan talked about attending Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s royal wedding and her husband’s gaffe during the ceremony when he thought the cameras weren’t on them. “When we were allowed to turn our phones back on we had like 15,000 messages saying ‘Marcus, you yawned on TV!'”

-All HBO programs with sex scenes will be staffed by an “intimacy coordinator” to make sure everyone stays safe and respected during filming. That job title would make for really interesting dinner party introductions…

-I gave up on Riverdale ages ago, but I’m definitely going to tune in next week to watch the kids play their parents in the 80’s-set episode, “The Midnight Club.”

Ellen likes to scare her guests on a regular week, but she really ramps it up the week before Halloween. She got Diddy with Pennywise, and she sent her producer and Chrissy Teigen to a haunted house. (I love how he keeps using her as a human shield.)

-That “significant” character that Modern Family has been teasing about dying for over a month turned out to be not so significant after all… and fans are not impressed.

-I think all interviews with TV stars should include forcing them to watch their onscreen kisses and give a running commentary on them. This is delightful!

-Speaking of delightful interviews, Phoebe Robinson talked about being in Croatia to shoot the Netflix romcom Ibiza, and meeting Julia Roberts because her husband was the director of photography for the movie. When Julia found out she couldn’t swim, she took it upon herself to teach her.

Jason Sudeikis with long hair is kind of working for me…

-There’s a Clueless reboot in the works from the writers of Girls Trip and Glow.

John Mayer estimates he slept with 500 women. Is that a lot for a rock star?

-This is a really great interview with Steven Yeun, formerly of The Walking Dead and currently getting huge buzz for his role in Burning.

Liam Neeson plays a snowplow driver who seeks revenge against the drug dealers who killed his son in the Cold Pursuit trailer.

Natalie Portman plays a pop star in the trailer for Vox Lux.

Johnny Depp Looks Unwell In Fan Photos

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Instagram/Kurta Katrin

Johnny Depp‘s fans (wait, he still has those?) are concerned for his health after a series of photos of him surfaced on social media. A source from his camp says there’s “no reason to be concerned.”

Nick Jonas is dating Quantico’s Priyanka Chopra? That’s…unexpected.

Pete Davidson *just* started dating Ariana Grande and already he got two tattoos dedicated to her: the Dangerous Woman bunny ears, and her initials. Yeah, this’ll turn out swell.

Woody Allen says he should be the #MeToo “poster boy”. “I’ve worked with hundreds of actresses and not a single one…have ever ever suggested any kind of impropriety at all.”  I couldn’t possibly nope this harder.

Janet Jackson  called police on Saturday to check on the welfare of her 17-month-old-old son, Eissa, who was with the singer’s estranged husband, Wissam Al Mana. According to Janet’s brother Randy, the child’s nanny was “terrified by [Al Mana’s] behavior and locked herself in a bathroom, so she could contact Janet.”

Sara Gilbert talked about Rosanne’s cancellation on The Talk. “I am sad for the people who lost their jobs in the process. However, I do stand behind the decision that ABC made.”

-Joshua Jackson has a new girlfriend and it’s not me. I wonder if my boss will let me take a personal day to process this news?

-Paramount has dropped that Heathers reboot from its schedule. Although it’s being shopped around, a show about violence at a high school is probably never going to see the light of day.

-Orange Is the New Black’s Laura Prepon married Ben Foster this weekend.

Tom Cruise shared an insane video detailing an air jump stunt from the new Mission Impossible. He became the first actor to complete a Halo jump.

-This interview with Lee Pace in which he talks about coming out is worth your time.

-My Twitter feed went crazy this weekend after photos surfaced that apparently show Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson together. In other news, I need to follow different people.

-I kind of love that the Big Little Liars cast got together to go bowling and watch Shailene Woodley‘s new film. I wonder if Nicole Kidman has ever bowled before, or if Meryl Streep had to show her how?

-One of my goals this summer is to finish the last season of HBO’s Insecure because I think that show is a goddamn delight and I want to watch it all, but life got in the way. The teaser for season 3 is only re-confirming that for me.

John Mayer talked to Andy Cohen about his dating woes and came to the slow realization that all of Cohen’s famous friends probably have Mayer blacklisted because of his history with women: “You know Jennifer Lawrence and she just doesn’t wanna have anything to do with me.”

-Once again, the THR supporting acting class photo is fascinating. There’s lots of worthy inclusions (The Good Place’s D’arcy Carden, The Handmaid’s Tale’s Yvonne Strahovski, Better Things’ Celia Imrie, Barry’s Anthony Carrigan, Insecure’s Yvonne Orji, Atlanta’s Lakeith Stanfield, The Americans’ Holly Taylor, This Is Us’ Susan Kelechi Watson), but a couple of them are total huhs?

-When you invite Gwen Stefani to your wedding and the DJ starts playing “Hollaback Girl,” you damn well expect her to dance.

-I love this article about all of the Met Gala gowns in Ocean’s 8.

-Speaking of fashion and pop culture, I also love this piece on how Carrie Bradshaw’s tutu and clingy top ensemble perfectly encapsulated the central conflict of Sex and the City: Can you be both fairy princess heroine AND a modern sexpot?

January Jones might have just pulled into the lead for the worst outfit of 2018.

-Ok, so this makes me think that Renee actually was a spy on The Americans.

-This isn’t good: Solo had a massive second weekend drop despite no real competition. Also, Star Wars in general is developing a China problem. It will have trouble getting to $20M, and even bombs like Ghost in the Shell and Passengers did better there.

Chris Hemsworth is already hyping the next Infinity War movie and I just can’t.  This is why I’m looking forward to Ant Man 2, with its nice, self-contained story and Paul Rudd‘s ageless mug.

-I tend to shy away from horror, but the Suspiria trailer (from the Call My By Your Name director and starring Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton) is pretty damn great.

-It would have been the best trailer of the day (week? month?) if the Widows trailer didn’t drop an hour after it. From 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen and Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn, it tells the story of four women who must settle a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Check out this cast: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Carrie Coon, Jon Bernthal and more. And as if that wasn’t enough to convince me, Viola Davis’ line reading of “They don’t think we have the BALLS to pull this off!” sealed the deal.