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Oprah Puts Breonna Taylor on the Cover of O

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-For the first time ever in O’s 20-year history, Oprah Winfrey is not on the cover of her magazine. Breonna Taylor is.

Taylor Swift and her team have moved quickly to respond to accusations that she copied the logo for the merchandise that goes with her new album, and has changed the design.

-She has remained silent though as fans continue to harass and dox the Pitchfork reviewer who gave the album 8/10. Sadly, with the toxic nature of some stan culture, this is only going to stop when she tells them to.

Jacob Elordi talks about working out seven days a week, twice a day when shooting the first Kissing Booth movie: “At the time, I was super young and got thrown into a world where everyone wanted to talk about my body…it really f*cking bothered me. I don’t identify with that whatsoever. I was trying to prove myself and be known as an actor. It was so much working out and I hated every second of it.”

-This list of questions raised by The Kissing Booth 2 is very good (though I still thought it was miles away better — and less problematic — than the first).

-According to People’s excerpts of Finding Freedom, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were actually engaged a lot sooner than we initially thought.

-The promos for Drew Barrymore‘s new talk show are kinda wild, y’all.

Julianne Moore is not sure she would star in The Kids Are All Right as a straight woman if it were made today. I love that movie — but she’s not wrong.

Alanis Morissette and Liz Phair were supposed to tour together this summer. The two met for a Zoom conversation with the L.A. Times that had them swapping horror stories about men in the ’90s.

-TIFF has announced its film lineup and it includes Regina King‘s directorial debut — which was just bought by Amazon Studio.

-Portrait of a Lady on Fire, which topped many people’s Best Movie of 2019 lists, is now streaming on Crave.

-This profile on rapper Flo Milli is great — and not just because she lays out a really sneaky way to grow Instagram followers.

-Australia’s Today Show executive Neil Breen opened up about his own experience with the Ellen Degeneres‘ staff when the talk show host was there to be interviewed. “The producer called us aside and said, ‘Now Neil, no one is to talk to Ellen. You don’t talk to her, you don’t approach her, you don’t look at her. She’ll come in, she’ll sit down, she’ll talk to Richard and then Ellen will leave…I have no idea whether she’s a nice person or not, I wouldn’t have a clue. But I can tell you the people who work with her walked on eggshells the whole time.”

-Meanwhile, in a letter to employees obtained by THR, DeGeneres apologized to her staff and vowed to “correct the issues” — though she seems to place the blame on her producers: “As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t.”

-Happy Endings star Damon Wayans Jr. is reuniting with the series’ creator David Caspe and and two of the show’s writers for a half-hour bounty hunter action comedy on Peacock. Not exactly the HE reunion I wanted but I’ll take it.

David Lynch‘s daily videos often feature unexplained props and it’s kind of amazing. “What is the purpose of this jar? Why did I paint it this certain way? Here in LA [proceeds to give a weather report and never mentions the jar again…]”

George RR Martin isn’t the only author testing our patience. Patrick Rothfuss’ failure to deliver the third book in his Kingkiller Chronicle series led his editor to lash out on Facebook.

Beyonce shared a new trailer for Black Is King, her movie that drops at midnight tonight on Disney+.

Oscars 2020: Best and Worst Dresses

The 92nd Annual Academy Awards brought out all the stars — and all the styles. Big trends this year included one-shouldered gowns, statement necklaces and capes galore. Check out our picks for the best and worst looks:

BEST DRESSED AT THE 2020 OSCARS:

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Jen:  Sister Night shone bright! The Watchmen’s Regina King, who has never once disappointed me on a red carpet, glowed at the Oscars in a dusty rose Versace gown. Love the unusual neckline!

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Nicole: I’m not sure anyone would have taken a bet that Cynthia Erivo would wear white to the Oscars but her sculptural Versace gown was absolutely breathtaking. The voluminous skirt framed a gorgeous bodice and I think this was the best of the many, many one-shouldered dresses of the night.

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Jen:  Bow down to our queen, Janelle Monae! This gorgeous A-line Ralph Lauren dress paid homage to Grace Jones with its dramatic hood. The perfect fit, the architectural structure, the Swarovski crystals that sparkled when she moved, the cut out back = elements that all combined to kill me dead.

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Nicole: Wow, I loved Rebel Wilson‘s Jason Wu gown. The shape and neckline were supremely flattering and she glowed on the red carpet. Her hair was styled down in soft waves and the overall look was pulled together with a pop of red lipstick.

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Jen:  Mindy Kalling glowed in Dolce & Gabbana. Yellow is a tough colour in a gown because it easily veers into Belle in Beauty and the Beast territory but I think she made it work thanks to the one-shoulder neckline, the Ocean’s 8-inspired necklace and the impeccable tailoring.

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Nicole: Holy, Geena Davis in Ramona Keveza showed us what true Hollywood glamour looks like. She posed so casually with her hands tucked into pockets as though she wasn’t pulling off a crazy elegant and daring gown. It looks like she even pulled this off without the ubiquitous netting that seems to plague gowns with cut-outs or plunging necklines. She completed the outfit with a soft wavy bob and loads of diamonds. Loved the whole look!

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Jen:  Not all superheroes wear capes…but this one does! There were a lot of capes on the red carpet but no one did it better than Captain Marvel’s Brie Larson in this sleek and sexy Celine dress that screamed Old Hollywood glamour.

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Nicole: Florence Pugh continued her awards season run with yet another brilliant colour, this time glowing in turquoise Luis Vuitton and matching strappy shoes that showcased the asymmetrical tiered skirt. The draping was perfect and she looked fresh and young, especially with the edgy topknot and beautiful necklace.

Jen:  Natalie Portman’s regal Dior look already put her on my Best Dressed list, but then she made me love it even more when she revealed that she had the names of female directors who weren’t nominated embroidered on her cape.

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Nicole: I might be alone in putting Gal Gadot in Givenchy Couture on my best dressed list but I loved the black lace bodice, collar necklace sitting on top of the high lace neck and the soft pink tulle skirt. She tied the look together with simple pulled-back hair and a bright lip.

WORST DRESSED AT THE 2020 OSCARS:

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Jen: I’m here for the Dernassance, but I am not here for the tassels on Laura Dern’s Armani Prive dress. She’s been killing it all season leading up to this, so I’m so sad that my first thought when seeing her Oscars look was “dripping boobs.”

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Nicole: I think my theme tonight for the worst dressed is: well, *parts* of this dress are great. Sandra Oh in Elie Saab epitomized this as the dress would have been lovely without the giant tulle sleeves. Unfortunately the sleeves overwhelmed her slight frame and small details like the belt were lost in all the volume.

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Jen: Look, I’m probably just too old to get it, but I didn’t love Billie Eilish’s look here. Sure, the Chanel tracksuit fits her usual style, but this is the Oscars! Dial it up with a crazy colour or blinged-out shoes or something!

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Nicole: There was lots of peplum tonight and Saoirse Ronan’s Gucci added tons of unnecessary volume at her waist that then segued into a completely different dress below. With her lacklustre hair and makeup doing nothing to redeem her overall look, it was a confusing and disappointing end to her campaign season.

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Jen: Rooney Mara continued to support her beau Joaquin Phoenix with funereal looks. The witchy wear sad train chugged on in McQueen – this time with 30% more ribcage!

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Nicole: Yawn, Renee Zellweger. Another awards show, another simple and nearly boring dress, this one Armani Prive. She had the one-shouldered trend covered but I wish she’d worn a pop of lipstick to brighten things up instead of staying so neutral. At least we had her epic toned arms to enjoy all season long.

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Jen: There were a lot of big nominees whose dresses bored me (Margot Robbie in Chanel, Renee Zellweger in Armani Prive) but I think Charlize Theron disappointed me most in Dior. It was pretty but even the small hints of interesting details like the falling-off-the-shoulder strap, the big slit and the tiny peplum still couldn’t keep it from seeming very basic.

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Nicole: Dressed in Chanel as expected, Margot Robbie’s off-the-shoulder gown with embellished arms came across as sloppy and the weird chest ornament drew attention to the droopiness of the top of the gown. I too am not a natural blonde and am I crazy for wondering why she didn’t get her roots done? It’s the Oscars!

 

 

Lizzo Is an Entertainer of the Year

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EW’s Entertainers of the Year include LizzoAwkwafina, Renée Zellweger, Regina King, Taika Waititi and the cast of Succession.  I love how everyone is lusting over the Jeremy Strong pic. I don’t see it as Kendall but his real life photo shoots bring a whole other energy. Also, Sarah Snook talks in her adorable real accent in the video and she so wonderfully perky and un-Shiv-like.

-Time also named Lizzo the entertainer of the year. My Spotify Wrapped rankings would agree.

-Well, it now makes more sense why Justin Timberlake broke his silence on the affair rumours long after the story had died down. According to Us Weekly, “Jessica encouraged Justin to put out his statement on Instagram because she felt embarrassed by his actions and wanted him to take accountability.” People is quoting a source who says Jessica will stand by her man: “Obviously Justin drank too much this time, but Jessica believes he didn’t cheat on her. What’s most important to her in life is her family and being the best mom to Silas. She’ll never break up her family over something like this.”

-Meanwhile, Bette Midler wants Justin Timberlake to publicly apologize to Janet Jackson. Don’t we all?

-In the Hollywood Reporter, Reese Witherspoon addresses the backlash over her sizeable paycheque for Apple’s The Morning Show. “I guarantee these companies are real smart, and if they agree to pay us, they’re doing it for a reason. They probably had a lot of lawyers and a lot of business people decide on that number because they knew that they were going to make more than that back. Does it bother people when Kobe Bryant or LeBron James make their contract?”

-The SAG nominations were announced today. It’s insane that Knives Out isn’t nominated for ensemble cast, but good on the cast of Parasite for making the cut (I finally saw that movie and holy s%$# it’s amazing).

Harvey Weinstein and his former studio have a tentative $25 million deal with his accusers. Weinstein, accused of offenses ranging from sexual harassment to rape, won’t have to apologize, admit wrongdoing or pay his own money.

-How did I miss all the GIFs of Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s penis this week? (NSFW, obvs)

-As we recover from the first half of the CW crossover (which just isn’t as fun as they usually are, right?) here’s the first trailer for the CW’s newest superhero show Stargirl, starring Luke Wilson.

-Look, I don’t even go here but why is the Star Wars cast shading Rian Johnson and The Last Jedi? He did what he had to do.

-Holy cow the trailer for Promising Young Woman, starring Carey Mulligan, looks amazing! It costars Connie Britton, Molly Shannon, Alison Brie, Adam Brody and Max Greenfield.