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Nicole Kidman Looks Ageless on Marie Claire

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-This Nicole Kidman cover photo from Marie Claire looks like it could have been taken 20 years ago (as do the accompanying pics). It’s the same in her new movie Destroyer — for which she’s absolutely getting an Oscar nod — which switches between a time when she’s a fresh-faced cop, to when she’s near the end of her career and looks and moves like she’s 70. We had really, really good seats to the Q&A and she looks pretty damn great in real life these days.

Gwyneth Paltrow posted a photo from the set of Avengers 4  with Robert Downey Jr. (I had no idea that Pepper and Tony’s ship name was Pepperony — but that’s *adorable*).

-Wait, Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin really did get married at a courthouse last week? She denied it, but People is sticking with their story.

Adam Driver will host the SNL premiere, with Kanye West as the musical guest.

Sean Penn says the #MeToo movement “is to divide men and women.” He explains, “We don’t know what’s a fact in many of the cases. Salacious is as soon as you call something a movement that is really a series of many individual accusers, victims, accusations, some of which are unfounded.” I mean, who is asking Sean Penn of all people to comment on this? The man has a long history of anger issues and arrests (and possible abuse). How dare he even pretend his opinion matters here?

-In other “the world is terrible and has learned nothing” news, Bryan Singer is in talks to direct Red Sonja despite all the lawsuits, sexual misconduct allegations, and also the fact that he was fired from his last movie, Bohemian Rhapsody, for not showing up for days. Red Sonja is an iconic female comic heroine — how are they not getting a woman to direct this potential franchise-starter?! But no — according to THR, “Sources say Millennium will pay Singer top dollar for the assignment, which is seen as a step toward rehabilitating the director’s image.”

-Meanwhile, here’s an interesting piece on why TIFF rejected a 2014 documentary about sexual abuse in Hollywood that included the allegations against Singer.

-This piece on what women want from Jian Ghomeshi nails it: “Going away for a while” is not the same as “atonement.”

Tom Arnold and Survivor producer Mark Burnett got into some kind of scuffle at an Emmy pre-party on Sunday night. Burnett’s wife Roma Downey claims she got hurt when Arnold “tried to ambush” them, to which Arnold responded “Bullshit. You lie your crazy husband attacked me you psycho. I’m filing police report & suing you for defamation.” Oh and Patton Oswald and Kevin Bacon witnessed the whole thing.

-I’m so here for Angelina Jolie to star in a revenge thriller.

-I’m not surprised that Green Book won the top prize at TIFF (the audience went crazy at the screening I was at), but I’m predicting a major backlash to this film before the Oscar campaign wraps up.

-The Supergirl blooper reel has a bit where Melissa Benoist falls asleep and starts snoring during a scene, and I’ve never related to an actress more.

-Man, a lot of the prestige TV that’s debuting over the next few weeks has divided critics. Some love Emma Stone and Jonah Hill in Netflix’s Maniac; others not so much. They’re also split on Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen’s Forever, and Hulu’s The First with Sean Penn.

-The first look at Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker movie did not go over well this weekend.

Cate Blanchett played “Fill in the Blanchett” on Ellen, and talked about how she’s “deeply uncool” in her household.

-Here’s the first full trailer for Mary Poppins Returns. Ok, I’m in.

 

Angelina Jolie Accuses Brad Pitt of Skimping on Child Support

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-The Angelina Jolie/Brad Pitt divorce continues to disintegrate. Court docs reveal that she accused him of not paying enough in child support. His lawyer quickly shot back, saying her filing was “unnecessary, omits material information and is a thinly-veiled effort to manipulate media coverage” and says the actor has “paid over $1.3 million in bills for the benefit of [Jolie] and the minor children.”

-Meanwhile, Jolie‘s divorce lawyer hasn’t quit (as was previously reported), but the client/attorney relationship may be tense.

-This story about Leonardo DiCaprio’s chin being edited out of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood promos thrills and delights me.

Kathleen Turner gives zero f**ks in this interview and it’s everything. She talks about not enjoying working with Nicolas Cage and Burt Reynolds, how she didn’t feel welcomed by the Friends cast, and mocks method actors (“In Crimes of Passion I was playing a designer by day, $50 whore on Hollywood Boulevard by night. Do you think I was going to hang out with whores on Hollywood Boulevard and find out what the f**k that was like? I have an imagination, you know. My belief is that all the information I need is in the script. And if it’s not, then it’s not a good enough script”).

-Jeebus F. Murphy, what is The Academy doing? They announced some new changes to the Oscars, including a three hour max telecast (sure), an earlier air date (putting it much closer to the SAGs and Globes, which isn’t great) and most perplexing, a new category to honour “popular” films. This is *such* a dumb idea. Why double down on this idea that “art house” should be separate from blockbusters? Especially since it felt like we were making progress, with genre fare like Get Out, District 9 and The Dark Knight scoring best picture noms. Relegating movies to a pandering “popular” category means the snobbier voters will feel like they are giving mainstream/diverse movies a bone without actually having to give them a real award. It’s the worst kind of gatekeeping — and the fact that they’re making this change in the year when Black Panther is getting Oscar buzz is terrible optics. ABC execs reportedly pushed for the changes in the face of declining ratings, which doesn’t even make sense. By that logic, the People Choice Awards would be the biggest rated awards show.

-Oh, now The Academy is saying a movie could potentially be nominated for both popular film and best picture. Sure.

-As expected, ABC fired Roseanne for more than just one tweet. At the TCAs, the network’s president said “For us, we have had multiple instances with Roseanne, and certainly this tweet crossed the line that cannot be crossed, but it was for us a sense of enough is enough and something had to be done.”

-How the heck did Ariana Grande injure herself filming Carpool Karaoke?

-This is a great look at the rise of the “art bro” as celebrity arm candy.

-Is Vanity Fair going through an identity crisis?

-I was off for a few days so I missed the Beyonce Vogue cover, but wow. I know I shouldn’t be advocating for a celebrity to have complete editorial control over a publication, but wow.

-Aw man, Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher have split.

-I agree that Melissa Benoist should get a shot at the upcoming Supergirl movie. While I would probably recast most of the CW’s supporting characters if their superhero shows went to the big screen, their TV leads are all good enough to carry a film.

-Speaking of CW stars, Grant Gustin slammed body shamers after a photo of his new suit leaked online.

-The Cut’s guide to celebrities and their pastors is a good read.

-Netflix’s Insatiable looks like it has a really terrible premise, but according to reviewers it’s even worse than advertised.  Variety calls it “jaw-droppingly toxic,” Buzzfeed says it’s a “fat-shaming dumpster fire,” The Daily Beast says its fat-shaming “is the least of its problems,” and FastCompany says the trailer was only “the tip of an extremely irresponsible iceberg.”

-I love love love this profile of Glen Powell on how he carries himself like an old-school movie star.

Kourtney Kardashian and Younes Bendjima have split up, possibly because of this woman.

-This is a great profile on Henry Golding, a travel host with no acting credits to his name who became the leading man in three upcoming films, starting with Crazy Rich Asians.

-Jonah Hill and Emma Stone lose their minds in the trailer for the upcoming Netflix series Maniac.

-Pride and Prejudice costars Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen reteam in the The Nutcracker and the Four Realms trailer. Succession has really re-ignited my Macfadyen love, so I’m kinda into this.

Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan Dead at 46

-Well, this is terrible: Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan has died at 46. As of now, her death is being treated as ‘unexplained.’

-This weekend, Buffy’s Elisha Dushku wrote a Facebook post alleging that the head stuntman on True Lies molested her when she was just 12. Her mother and on-set legal guardian corroborated her claims (which he denies). Jamie Lee Curtis, who played her mother in the film, says the actress told her about it “a few years ago.

-The story about Aziz Anzari’s bad date caused some major debate this weekend. I’m not really sure where it fits into the #TimesUp movement, but whether you think it was assault or not, one thing has been made very clear: we need to teach boys what consent looks like. I feel like ever since the Cat Person story went viral a few weeks ago, consent has been a big topic in every discussion I have with female friends and most women I know seems to have a story about following “the path of least resistance” to get out of this kind of situation. For eloquent threads on this topic, see here, here, here and here. When it comes to Aziz, the thing that rankles most for me is that he MADE A CAREER out of dating advice. He wrote a book about it and sold out Madison Square Gardens on his speaking tour. The other concern I have is that in conversations about who’s next, his name has come up a lot in recent weeks. If something more substantial breaks, I worry that there’s now going to be an immediate reaction of “oh, women are just out to get him/piling on now.”

Aziz has issued a statement, saying after the incident “I took her words to heart.”

Liam Neeson called the Hollywood sexual harassment movement “a bit of a witch hunt.” Byeeeeee!

Leah Remini is pointing to Scientology as a potential instigator for the Paul Haggis allegations.

-It turns out that public shaming still works. Mark Wahlberg finally announced that he’s donating his $1.5 million to Time’s Up; WME is donating an additional $500K.  Michelle Williams released a perfect statement that kept the spotlight off her and on the cause.

Katy Perry overcame her hatred of Medieval Times this weekend. (Who hates Medieval Times? It’s literally one of my favourite places on earth. I’m always having to piggyback on my friends with kids’ outings, cause apparently going by yourself as an adult is “creepy.” Pfffftttt.)

-The hottest comic con photo opp pose to do with stars is currently the distracted boyfriend meme, and I couldn’t be happier. Here’s the casts of Arrow and Avengers taking a crack at it. (Also, did you know that people ship Bucky and Steve? And their ship name is Stucky? I just learned this and it makes me irrationally happy.)

Dakota Johnson and Chris Martin: still a thing. I can’t imagine a more boring couple. Can their ship name just be Beige?

-Hulu is now streaming ER (which weirdly has never been on a streaming site before). Now if someone could add Felicity and Sports Night, I’d be in heaven.

-Seriously guys, the Proud Mary rollout is insane. There is some conspiracy-level stuff going on.

-I don’t need another CW superhero show in my life, but I guess I’m getting one because the reviews for Black Lighting are great.

-Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist addressed the Andrew Kreisberg firing at the TCA, calling his alleged misconduct “a major disappointment.”

-Groupon getting Tiffany Haddish to be in their Super Bowl commercial makes so much sense. She’s basically been giving them free advertising on her talk show circuit.

Jon Hamm negotiates a dangerous trade in the war-torn Middle East in the Beirut trailer.