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Miley Cyrus Talks Marriage, Music in Vanity Fair

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-In her new Vanity Fair cover story, Miley Cyrus talks about her marriage to Liam Hemsworth (“I think the reason we got married isn’t old-fashioned — I actually think it’s kind of New Age. We’re redefining, to be f**king frank, what it looks like for someone that’s a queer person like myself to be in a hetero relationship”), reveals that she felt “anger, relief, sadness” when they lost their mansion to the Malibu wildfires last year, and says her new music will have more of a “hip-hop-leaning” vibe.

-It’s happening! R. Kelly has been charged in Chicago’s Cook County with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four people, at least three of them minors.

Jussie Smollett is being removed from the final episodes of Empire left to shoot after his arrest. Empire’s executive producers released a statement saying they “care about him deeply” but will keep him out of the show while the legal process plays out.  Meanwhile, police said that Smollett was unhappy with his salary, and that was why he did it but according to sources close to the show, Smollett never expressed dissatisfaction with his $100,000 per episode salary.

-The Vanity Fair Oscar party used to be the hottest bash of the year. What happened? According to the NYT: “The party has been stretched and stretched. It used to be a special insider event. Now it’s a weeklong corporate branding-palooza.”

-Today’s anonymous Oscar ballot piece has a tangent about banging Buzz Aldrin so there’s that.

-I very much enjoyed this oral history of Hugh Jackman’s opening number at 2009’s Oscars. I forgot how wonderful it was, and I had no idea that Dan Harmon and Ben Schwartz were behind it.

-Meanwhile, this is a great deep-dive ranking of every modern Oscar ceremony to determine what a watchable Oscars even is.

-Desus & Mero spoofed Green Book on their show’s premiere last night and it was great.

-The first trailer for Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone features Adam Scott, John Cho, Greg Kinnear, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, Alison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay and Steven Yeun.

Jenna Dewan teamed up with Step Up: High Water star Jade Chynoweth to dance to “Taki Taki” and now I just want to go home and watch all the Step Up movies again.

Ariana Grande made nice with Piers Morgan and people are not into it.

-I find it so odd that Netflix plays the “we might cancel this” every year with One Day At A Time. I don’t watch it, but it regularly lands on critics’ best of the year lists and people love it. Why is it the only show they treat like this publicly?

Fleabag’s new season is already airing in the UK and critics are calling the first episode an actual masterpiece. I need it in my eyeballs!

-I really feel like I need to start watching The Magicians after the reaction from last night’s episode, which apparently turned a slash couple into canon? I feel like it’s one of those shows no one reviews (maybe because it’s genre and no one take that very seriously?), but every critic I follow tweets about how much they love it. This pop culture-referencing scene has already sold me on it.

-Speaking of shows I don’t watch but everyone I follow seems to love, the future of Wynonna Earp is in jeopardy as production seeks funding for season 4.

-How To Get Away With Murder’s Charlie Weber and Liza Weil have split after three years of dating.

Scott Foley and Lauren Cohan‘s new ABC show Whiskey Cavalier is only getting medium reviews but I’m still into it.

-Barry considers revealing his hit man activities in the trailer for season 2.

Elisabeth Moss taps into her inner rock-star in the trailer for Her Smell.

Anne Hathaway Talks Anxiety, Critics

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Anne Hathaway is still out here hustling for Serenity, landing on the cover of People in which she talks about hugging Julie Andrews, how she handles haters (“What I appreciate is when the negativity has some intelligence behind it. What I don’t like is lazy negativity. If you’re going to take someone down, have a point of view! Be witty, maybe pun a little!”) and how she’s come to peace with her fame “by not apologizing for taking up space, which is not something I knew how to do 10 years ago.”

Cardi B and Offset are “working things out, baby.”

Jussie Smollett‘s family issued a statement about the “cowardly” assault against the Empire star, calling it “domestic terrorism” and adding “This was a racial and homophobic hate crime.” Also, his manager confirmed that he was on the phone with the actor at the time of the attack. Meanwhile, a solidarity rally is being planned.

-This is nice: Octavia Spencer says LeBron James “intervened” to get her equal pay on her new Netflix series.

-I love that Paul F. Tompkins literally tweeted his way into a recurring role on You’re The Worst.

Mariah Carey, oh no baby what is you doin?

Taylor Swift‘s career is not in decline, thank you very much.

Ariana Grande “fixed” her tat so it now reads “Japanese Barbecue Finger.” Um, yay?

-Nothing ever dies on The CW, which just granted early renewals to 10 series: Arrow, Black Lightning, Charmed, The Flash, Legacies, Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale, Supergirl, Supernatural (for it’s 15th season!!) and Dynasty (proving that it doesn’t matter if you’re only pulling in 600k viewers a week if you’re making $$ from international rights). The only currently airing CW shows missing from the list are All American, The 100 and Roswell, New Mexico.

-Over on Showtime, Shameless got renewed for season 10, despite Emmy Rossum‘s departure. Also, The L Word revival is a go, with Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey and Katherine Moennig reprising their roles. SHANE!!!!

-I’m pretty stoked that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are continuing to produce Miraval because that is i a damn fine rosé.

-Excellent, disturbing read from The Guardian: “R Kelly, Michael Jackson and Bryan Singer. Who knew? Everyone.”

-Also, the Singer scandal might actually help Bohemian Rhapsody’s Oscar chances. I hate the world.

-Looks like the Oscars have changed their mind and will feature all five Best Song nominees on the telecast after all. As recently as last week, reps for three of the tunes were being told there was no time for them, but solidarity among the nominees may have forced their hand. I love that.

Bella Thorne says she noticed a general unwillingness to work with her ever since she came out as bisexual. Is she sure it’s that and not her terrible reputation?

-As we all suspected, Ben Affleck is giving up the cowl as Batman, even if Warner Brothers isn’t ready to publicly admit it.

-According to the reaction at the first screen of Captain Marvel, audiences really dug the cat.

-She’s All That is celebrating its 20th(!) anniversary this week and I’m vacuuming up all the content. The oral history on the dance scene alone feeds my soul. GIVE ME ALL OF IT!

-The first trailer for Aidy Bryant’s new Hulu series Shrill looks delightful!

Reese Witherspoon Wants to Put Women “In The Center Of The Story”

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-In her new Vogue cover story, Reese Witherspoon talks about using her producing power to create strong roles for women and how she learned to own her success: “I used to hide my Oscar but then I was like, ‘Why shouldn’t I put it out here in the living room?'”

Lady Gaga has finally apologized for working with R Kelly after getting lots of pressure to do so. (It’s a little strange that she invokes the “younger self” bit since it was only 5 years ago and by then the rumours about Kelly were widely known, but at least it’s something.)

-French band Phoenix has also apologized for working with him.

Chris Pine and Patty Jenkins talk about their new TNT series in the latest issue of Variety, and Pine remains as charming as ever. I especially liked the part where he talks about playing a supporting role against a female lead, like in Wonder Woman: “Being in the film and supporting a woman doing that job is kind of a dance between ego and soul. I’m not too proud to admit it and say that at times, I’d have 30-minute conversations with Patty; I’d look at her, and she was wonderfully patient. I’d realize it had abso-f—ing-lutely nothing to do with me.”

-This is a good piece on how Bradley Cooper seems to simultaneously inspire awe an irritation by the way he plays the game.

-Not playing the Oscar game well are the men behind Green Book, who are increasingly showing their asses.

-God bless Terry Crews. He called out Kevin Hart for his reaction to the outrage over his anti-gay tweets. “The truth is, Kevin, you’re not being attacked. The truth is you have to just acknowledge what went on and acknowledge the pain of other people.”

Terry‘s show Brooklyn Nine-Nine debuts at its new home on NBC tonight.

-I liked this interview with various movie, TV and music critics on if there’s any value in writing really harsh reviews.

-There’s a lot of thirsty tweets going around about Penn Badgley‘s stalker character on You, and I love that the actor keeps reminding people that his character is a murderous psycho that you should not be lusting over.

-Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker is clapping back at Bandersnatch critics: “F*ck off, do something else.”

-This NYT list of the 20 best dramas since the Sopranos is surprisingly great. Enlisted! Veronica Mars! Jane the Virgin!

-Fox’s new show The Passage is getting decent reviews, which is good cause I’ve been missing Mark Paul Gosselaar on my TV screen since Pitch was cancelled.

-A new trailer for Punisher season 2 has arrived, and while I’m not here for Frank kissing someone who isn’t Karen, I’m definitely here for Frank begrudgingly becoming a father figure to an unruly teenage girl.

-Things get tense when terrorists take over a hotel in the new trailer for Hotel Mumbai starring Armie Hammer and Dev Patel.

-The trailer for Velvet Buzzsaw with Jake Gyllenhaal is beyond bizarre and I kind of love it?