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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!

Pete Davidson’s Triumphant Return

Pete Davidson‘s appearance on SNL this weekend was all kinds of wonderful. I love that he did it with his friend and former SNL writer John Mulaney, who knows a little something about substance abuse and anxiety.

-I can’t stop watching this video of Bryce Dallas Howard crying on command. What kind of witchcraft is this?!

-This is my favourite Keanu Reeves story of the week, but then again it’s only Monday.

-I’m highly skeptical of the Sun’s story about Brad Pitt and Charlize Theron dating, but man that would make for some juicy gossip. Especially since there’s been rumours of friction between Theron and Angelina Jolie.

-Meanwhile, homeowners who bought Make it Right houses in the wake of Katrina are suing Brad Pitt and the foundation for shoddy workmanship, who are in turn suing the architect in charge of the project.

Leslie Jones isn’t wrong to be pissed about the new Ghostbusters announcement. The way that it all went down definitely makes it seem like they’re trying to erase the last one.

-This is nice: Bon Jovi‘s restaurant is giving away free meals to furloughed workers.

Gillian Anderson is going to play Margaret Thatcher on The Crown. Between this and Olivia Colman on board to play Queen Elizabeth II, I might have to break down and watch this thing again.

-It didn’t take me long to stop following Noah Centineo on Instagram because his posts were killing my crush real quick, so I’m not super surprised by his defense of Logan Paul. Still gross, though.

-Here’s the first official image of Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding in Paul Feig‘s romantic comedy Last Christmas and I can’t wait to watch the crap out of this!

This thread about how the world treated Sinead O’Connor in 1992 is so worth your time (and will make you love Kris Kristofferson).

-I watched the Netflix doc on the Fyre festival this weekend, and the fact that Ja Rule is now trying to cast himself as a victim is rich.

-Also, if you watched it and were saddened by how the Bahamians were treated during the festival’s meltdown, consider donating to this GoFundMe for Maryann Rolle, who lost $50k of her personal savings in order to pay her staff when the fest organizers bailed. It’s already raised $140,071 of its $123,000 goal.

Russell Brand is in hot water after giving an interview in which he basically admitted to letting his wife handle most of the child-rearing duties.

-Ugh. While promoting Incredibles 2’s Oscar campaign, Brad Bird defended disgraced Pixar exec John Lasseter. “You’re navigating a world where men have acted a certain way for thousands of years. Way too late, but all of a sudden, they’re expected to change that on a dime and it’s necessary and it’s right. But it’s a little bit a gray area.” (Seems like a good time to revist this article.)

Millie Bobby Brown tries to make a connection in the new Godzilla: King of the Monsters teaser.

Judi Dench is accused of being a spy in the Red Joan trailer.

The Black Panther Cast’s Sexy Love Triangle

-The Black Panther cast made a sexy partner-swapping video last night and I’m dead. It killed me.

Chrissy Metz denied calling Alison Brie “a b*tch” into her microphone on the Golden Globes red carpet. It very well could have been “babe” like the cohost insists — the audio cuts off pretty abruptly after “she’s such a b-.” Brie posted a pic of them together with the caption “Nothing but love for @chrissymetz! Rumors can’t keep us down!”

Pete Davidson and Kate Beckinsale were spotted chatting at a Golden Globe after party, so of course everyone’s is assuming they’re a thing now.

-In case you didn’t hear it during the broadcast, here’s Emma Stone yelling “I’m sorry!” after the joke about Aloha.

-I don’t know what was weirder — that critically reviled films Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody took home the biggest awards (it would have made slightly more sense if Green Book won best drama and Bohemian Rhapsody won best comedy/musical), or that Bohemian Rhapsody’s credited director Bryan Singer wasn’t mentioned even once in the acceptance speeches. I guess they’ve decided their best path to Oscar glory is to pretend the film isn’t associated with an accused rapist?

Rami Malek fanboying over The Americans is a mood. He was also v. cute when he introduced himself to Lady Gaga, who I’m pretty sure had no idea who he was but seemed pretty polite about it.

-I wonder if Giuliana Rancic‘s awkward red carpet interview with Debra Messing was in retaliation for last year’s equally awkward red carpet interview?

-My favourite thing about last night’s Golden Globes was watching people discover the joy that is Olivia Colman. The first thing I ever saw her in was Tyrannosaur, which I still think about 8 years later. Also, her delivery of the line “With respect sir, move away from me now or I will piss in a cup and throw it at you” remains one of the best thing to ever exist.

-ICYMI, here’s our Golden Globes fashion recap.

-I love that critics are loving Sex Education, Netflix’s new British teen comedy starring Gillian Anderson that drops next week.

-Today in court, Kevin Spacey pleaded not guilty to groping a man in a Nantucket restaurant. The judge ordered the actor to stay away from the accuser.

Lena Dunham and her former producing partner Jenni Konner reportedly aren’t on speaking terms, possibly because of Konner’s continued support of Girls writer Murray Miller, who allegedly raped Aurora Perrineau. I rarely say this, but good on Dunham.

Melissa Joan Hart is denying making anti-Semitic comments on a podcast.

-Oh god. R. Kelly created a Facebook page in which he started targeting his accusers one by one. Luckily the page was shut down. Can he just go to jail already?

HBO’s latest sizzle reel features new Game of Thrones footage — including Sansa telling Daenerys through gritted teeth “Winterfell is yours, your grace” as Jon Snow, Jorah and Brienne look on.