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Keri Russell is on the cover of Town & Country and it’s times like this when I think I would for real fight someone if she asked me to.

-In an interview with the LA TimesCamila Cabello stresses the legitimacy of her relationship with Shawn Mendes. “That’s my boyfriend. This is real.”

Jennifer Garner posted a collage of her reactions when Katie Couric arranged a surprise phone call from film legend Julie Andrews. It’s incredibly charming.

Vulture has more info on Gabrielle Union‘s firing from America’s Got Talent last Friday. Apparently she was labelled “difficult” from the beginning when she complained about Simon Cowell constantly (and illegally) smoking indoors, and she annoyed producers when she asked drag performers about their preferred pronouns. Things got tense when producers told her they wanted to eliminate a 10-year-old black rapper and pick a group of white high kicking dancers from Texas because they needed to pick an act “America can get behind.” According to Vulture, Union is now exploring her legal options against the network. Meanwhile, both she and her husband tweeted about the firing last night.

Ellen Pompeo has also been tweeting her support for Union.

-This is such a shockingly succinct example of the male gaze it should be taught in film school. Just like this should be taught in writing classes.

-Following her emotional confession yesterday, Melissa Benoist appeared on James Corden’s show to play the cellphone game with Evan Rachel Wood.

-I love when people discover this about George Clooney.

Jennifer Aniston hosted her annual Friendsgiving dinner on Wednesday night and posted a photo of the enchiladas she made just for Jimmy Kimmel — though she didn’t appear to be too happy about it. Kimmel commented “Muchas gracias. This is a tremendous victory for me and for every American who believes turkey belongs on Thursdays. #noturkeyforFriendsgiving”

-Look Vanessa Hudgens, you’ve got a good thing going. Right now, everyone is feeling warm and fuzzy thoughts about your ability to charm them perennially in various holiday-themed cheesy Netflix movies. So why did this seem like a good time to express your desire to work with Woody Allen?!?

Yvette Nicole Brown took Isiah Washington to school today on Twitter. You love to see it.

-Six billionaires fake their own deaths and become vigilantes in the 6 Underground trailer, starring Ryan Reynolds, Ben Hardy and Mélanie Laurent.

Saoirse Ronan Says She “Needed” to Play Jo in Little Women

Saoirse Ronan Little Women

-In her Variety cover story, Saoirse Ronan says “I tapped Greta [Gerwig] on the shoulder and said I heard she was doing Little Women, and that I needed to be Jo.” She says when Gerwig said she had to think about it, she replied “Oh, for f—k’s sake.” Gerwig, however, remembers it a bit differently: “Saoirse told me she was playing Jo.”

Michael B Jordan shot his Esquire cover story at his old high school.

-Speaking of great covers, Queen and Slim’s Jodie Turner-Smith and Daniel Kaluuya are on Vibe’s digital cover.

-This is gutting: Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist posted a raw, unflinching 14-minute video on Instagram detailing the abuse she says she suffered at the hands of an ex. Those she doesn’t name her alleged attacker, she claims he once threw an iPhone at her face so hard it tore her iris, and they made up a story about how she tripped and fell on a potted plant. She retold the potted plant story on The Tonight Show and at the time told Jimmy Fallon it happened the day after she landed Supergirl, which — if true — means it would have been in 2015 when she was married to Glee costar Blake Jenner.

Keke Palmer‘s song association video is wonderful. It’s almost as good as her impassioned defense of the movie Titanic.

-I like how many Canada callouts there are in Dan Levy‘s 73 Questions with Vogue video.

-Former Grey’s Anatomy actor Isaiah Washington is getting a show on Fox News’ streaming service. Sounds about right.

-Variety dug deeper into Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough‘s departures from America’s Got Talent. According to their story, when Jay Leno was a guest on the show and allegedly made a racist joke about Koreans, Gabrielle told producers to report the incident to human resources. She also urged producers to cut a white contestant impersonating Beyonce from the lineup. Sources also say Union and Hough received excessive notes on their physical appearance.

-This interview with Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies is a total delight.

-Why is Drake texting Billie Eilish? She’s 17.

-Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi commented on Martin Scorsese‘s controversial Marvel statements: “Maybe it’s too colorful for him.”

Ira is in Toronto, which means his appearance on The Social was perfectly timed for him to drag Justin Timberlake.

-I finally caught up to Sunday’s episode of Watchmen and gah, that show is doing extraordinary things. I’ve liked pretty much every episode (we’re six into its 9-ep run), but this latest one somehow managed to expertly tackle race, class, white-washing and childhood trauma in eye-poppingly creative ways. Every episode seems to spin off a ton of think pieces (as they should), and I’m especially interested in what black critics/writers are saying about it. Here are a few I’m following (if there are others, let me know!):  Soraya Nadia McDonald at The Undefeated, Angelica Jade Bastién at Vulture, Melanie McFarland at Salon, Micah Peters at The Ringer, Joelle Monique at AV Club.

-This interview with the co-writer of the episode is also worth your time.

Summer Walker responded to backlash after showing up three hours late to her Toronto concert and leaving fans waiting out in the cold Monday night.

Jacob Trembly reveals a correspondence with a famous actor in the trailer for Xavier Dolan‘s latest film, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, starring Natalie Portman, Sarah Gadon and Kit Harington.

Miley Cyrus’s Damage Control Fail

-Ugh. Miley Cyrusnon-apology apology for saying gay women just need to find a good man is terrible.

Rihanna‘s $150 “visual autobiography” has been released. Yay?

-Speaking of celebs with unexpected books, Jenna Dewan talks about the end of her marriage to Channing Tatum in hers: “First and foremost I had to accept the realization this isn’t working and had moved into hurting.”

-The noose keeps tightening around Prince Andrew’s neck but he doesn’t seem to care. How privileged to you have to feel to just be able to shrug this stuff off like your teflon?

Lizzo brought Macaulay Culkin on stage during her L.A. concert last night and it was quite adorable.

Scarlett Johansson says isn’t going to let Michael Che anywhere near Colin Jost’s bachelor party, which seems like good planning.

Keira Knightley revealed that she gave birth to a baby girl six weeks ago that she named Delilah.

Ken Loach is the latest old school filmmaker to crap on Marvel movies. (At least his comments seem to be more about the current movie marketplace and what opportunities filmmakers are getting shut out of as blockbusters become the status quo, which is more understandable than the crotchety “it’s not good” refrain.)

-It’s hilarious that during the CW crossover filming, someone always seems to fall asleep during a scene. Previously it was Melissa Benoist, this year it’s Stephen Amell.

-Speaking of the CW, I’m pleasantly surprised that Batwoman is doing well in the ratings. I don’t think it’s for me, but good on female-fronted superhero shows.

Lori Loughlin and other parents were just hit with additional charges in the college admissions scandal.

-In this clip from her new Netflix special, Jenny Slate explains football and suddenly everything makes sense.

-I get that everyone loves Kawhi, but what a weird and cringey way to promote the new Terminator movie.

-You’re damn right I’m gonna watch this Netflix holiday teen movie. I’m gonna watch it so hard.

-The final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is pretty damn good, guys. (I also enjoyed Mallory Rubin’s reaction to it.)

-Speaking of Adam Driver movies, here’s the first trailer for The Report, which I saw at TIFF and liked a lot.