–Kim Kardashian covers the first issue of Grazia USA and reveals that Kanye West contracted covid around the time Tom Hanks had it. “Kanye had it way at the beginning, when nobody really knew what was going on. It was so scary and unknown. I had my four babies and no one else in the house to help. I had to go and change his sheets and help him get out of bed when he wasn’t feeling good. It was a challenge because it was so unknown. Changing his sheets with gloves and a face shield was really a scary time.”
–Jennie Garth and Tori Spellingare calling BSon Jessica Alba‘s no eye contact claim on the 90210 set. The best part about her claim is that I haven’t seen this many rumours surface about Alba’s terrible behaviour since when she was shooting Dark Angel. Did she Streisand Effect herself?
-2020 just won’t give up: Eddie Van Halenhas passed away from throat cancer at 65.
-The mother of Katie Holmes‘ new boyfriend is reportedly not thrilled that he dumped his fiancée of 18 months to be with her.
-The Good Place’s William Jackson Harper wrote a disturbing thread about being blocked by the government from screening Malcolm X at military academies.
-I liked The Haunting of Hill House but for some reason never watched the last episode. I should catch up because the follow up, The Haunting of Bly Manor, starts this week and is getting good reviews.
–Marc Maron is pushing for Netflix to wrap up Glow in a 2-hour movie and I would love this, especially since it ended in such a weird place. It feels like a lot of people are getting gun-shy about starting new Netflix series, knowing that they will likely be cancelled mid-flow.
–Chrissy Teigen covers the new issue of Marie Claire and talks about stepping away from social media (“I’m barely online anymore, and that was at the request of my therapist. I didn’t start therapy until quarantine. I used to avoid it and make fun of the idea of it, and then I found the right person and it changed my world”), and voting out Trump (“People are very confident in their ways of being open about their racism because they have the backing views of the president. It’s become such a hurtful, weird presidency for so many Americans, and I’m going to fight to get this person out of office”).
-Whoa. The Kardashians just announced an end to their reality show. Love ’em or hate ’em, they changed reality TV, dominated every new social media app that sprang up over the 20 seasons they were airing, and ushered in influencer culture.
-The Crown star Emma Corrin talks about playing Princess Diana in British Vogue: “I feel I’ve got to know Diana like you would a friend. I know that sounds really weird, but I get a great sense of companionship from her.”
–Prince Harry and Megan Markle have paid back the renovations on Frogmore Cottage so they literally own the British people nothing and can live their life in peace without the UK press whining about them (at least, one can dream).
-Disney’s Mulan is facing a new wave of criticism for being filmed partly in Xinjiang, the region in China where Uighur Muslims are being detained in mass internment camps. This, on top of reviews from some critics who are questioning why an Asian director wasn’t chosen. This one was making the rounds today: “Were there any Asians on the creative team? An editor? A screenwriter? The composer? Anyone? I think maybe the make-up designer, plus a couple of producers looking to cash in. Whatever. Did I mention how tired I am?”
–Zac Efron has been living in Australia for a while, and he has been spotted holding hands with Australian model Vanessa Valladares. I’ve been watching his Netflix show and he kept mentioning how he needed to leave Hollywood so him hanging out down under and starting a new relationshipe? Love that for him.
–Dwayne Johnson thanked New Jersey first responders by outfitting the Ridgefield Fire Department in New Jersey with brand-new pairs of his Under Armour shoes. The donation came days after he announced that he and his immediate family all contracted coronavirus, and while their daughters bounced back quickly, he and his wife Lauren “had a rough go at it.” He said, “I could tell you that this has been one of the most challenging and difficult things we have ever had to endure as a family, and for me, too, personally as well. And I’ve gone through some doozies in the past.”
-A former children’s TV presenter in Britain has denied he is the elusive graffiti artist Banksy after a theory posted online went viral. I don’t know this guy but he looks like a Wiggle, which would make it hilarious if true.
-I adore Sarah Paulson but the trailer for Ratchedon Netflix leaves me cold. Is it supposed to look like yet another season of American Horror Story?
-Speaking of festival movies that are gaining buzz, here’s the trailer for Nomadland starring Frances McDormand.
-Netflix has dropped the Rebecca trailer, starring Lily James and Armie Hammer. It’s been a while since I read the book but isn’t the second wife supposed to be “plain”? I’m not sure James qualifies. At least Kristen Scott Thomas seems to be having a blast as Mrs. Danvers.
–Lupita Nyong’o’s first ever British Vogue coveris stunning. She talks about her decision to stay mum on her personal life (“Privacy is a commodity that is hard to come by”), what she looks for in a script (“I don’t get fulfillment from the number of zeros attached to a project. What I’m seduced by is the potential to shift a narrative. That is very seductive to me, having social and cultural impact”) and hanging out with costars (“Filming is so time-consuming. And intense. With Black Panther, a lot of us were single. On Little Monsters, nobody was single. Everyone, when they’re done with their day’s work, wants to go home to their families, which makes a whole lot of sense. When you don’t have that it’s very isolating”).
–Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and their 7-month-old reportedly flew to Toronto over the holidays to see friends, including Meghan’s BFF Jessica Mulroney. They later met up with Meghan’s mom in Victoria.
-Congrats to Michelle Williams, who is reportedly pregnant and engaged to Hamilton director Thomas Kail. They met on set while working on the FX show Fosse/Verdon, which Kail directed.
-Crazy Ex-Girlfriend creator/star Rachel Bloom, who is 7 months pregnant, got stranded on the side of the road with her husband in Bakersfield and tweeted that they were going to sleep in their car, so a couple invited them into their home.
-Tragic news: prolific television producer Jenji Kohan (creator of Orange Is The New Black and Weeds) is mourning the sudden death of her 20-year-old son, who died following a ski accident in Utah.
–Beyoncéposted a black screen on Instagram 10 minutes before midnight on NYE, and the internet lost its poo, thinking it was another surprise album drop. The comments under the post were hilarious (my fave was “Bey MAAM, I’m poor, go to sleep”). But she quickly followed it up with a video retrospective of her highlights of the decade.
-The performances were good though, especially Margot Robbie. Things are already looking up for her in 2020 — she’s confirmed that Jared Leto will not appear as Joker in Birds of Prey.
-In other Joker-related news, no one is doing more to make me feel better about not seeing Joker than its director, Todd Phillips. In a new interview, he claims the success of the Joaquin Phoenix-led film had nothing to do with the character’s connection to Batman.
-Also, the fact that Phillips packed the movie with homages to his hero Martin Scorsese — only to have Scorsese admit he hasn’t seen it — is amazing. (“I saw clips of it. I know it. So it’s like, why do I need to. I get it. It’s fine.”) The other amazing part of that Scorsese interview is when he basically says that he talked all that shit about Marvel movies in the press so that he could get a meeting with Disney’s Bob Igerabout film preservation.
-This is probably the review of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker that best captures how I felt about it.
-Meanwhile, a wild Reddit conspiracy theory about why the new Star Wars is so bad has made #ReleaseTheJJCut a trending topic. Look, big studios are always going to have notes and demand changes, for better or worse. That’s how blockbusters are made. That doesn’t mean Disney was trying to purposefully torpedo J.J. Abrams‘ reputation so his future WB/DC projects would tank. That’s ridiculous. (And also, Chris Terrio was hired to co-write Rise of Skywalker on the heels of two terrible Justice League movies and Batman V Superman, so the actual movie this conspiracy theory is about disproves the idea that one bad film could actually tank a white man’s Hollywood career).
-Not to mention the fact that of the five Disney-era Star Wars movies since 2015, only The Last Jedi didn’t have a production crisis.
-Speaking of Star Wars, now that he’s no longer under contract John Boyega has gone a little wild on social media. I don’t particularly love jokes about “laying the pipe” with Rey or when actors make fun of shippers, but it’s kind of fun to see him completely unleash.
-As of yesterday, Friends is no longer be available to stream in the U.S. on Netflix. I wonder if and how that’s going to affect this year’s subscription numbers.