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Janelle Monae Makes The Cut

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Janelle Monae‘s cover story for The Cut was written by Roxane Gay, so you know it’s good. Monae talks her fear of the 2016 election results feuling her Dirty Computer album (“It started with who don’t I mind pissing off. I don’t mind pissing off conservatives. I don’t mind pissing off white men. I don’t give a fuck. This is about celebrating. I wanted to celebrate queer black people living outside of what it meant to be American”), and her method approach to shooting her new film Antebellum (“I want that spirit to always stay on-camera so I don’t break. I don’t talk on the phone a lot … I don’t want that to take me out of my space).

-Meanwhile, Roxane Gay also shared her thoughts on American Dirt and the West Side Story revival.

-Oscars are this weekend! The big acting awards seem locked (Joaquin Phoenix, Renée Zellweger, Brad Pitt, Laura Dern) but can Parasite’s increasing recognition mean it’ll cause an upset in best picture? God, I would love that.

Joaquin used his BAFTA acceptance speech this weekend to call out the ceremony’s lack of diversity, adding “I think that it is the obligation of the people that have created and perpetuate and benefit from a system of oppression to dismantle it so that’s on us.” This is a very, very good speech (especially since in the last few years of award shows, it’s only been actresses making this kind of stand). But it’s also very much like…ok, now what? At this point, Hollywood needs to start taking concrete steps to dismantle the system. Inclusion riders? Refusing to work with only white male directors? What’s it going to be?

-Meanwhile, Prince William, who is BAFTA’s president(!), revealed that the academy has “launched a full and thorough review of the entire awards process” following the #BAFTAsSoWhite controversy.

Joshua Jackson and Jodie Turner-Smith went to the BAFTAs and remain the cutest thing.

-People didn’t love Rebel Wilson’s speech but I dunno — I laughed at her Cats jokes.

Hugh Grant made Bridget Jones’s Diary references when he presented after Renée Zellweger at the BAFTAs, and it was perfect.

-12 days after reportedly getting married, Pamela Anderson is single again.

Megan Thee Stallion is apparently dating G Eazy and people have a lot of opinions about it.

-Speaking of new relationships, Lady Gaga is dating a CEO named Michael Polansky.

-The reviews for Hulu’s High Fidelity, starring Zoe Kravitz, are good. Really good.

-I binged the last six episodes of Bojack Horseman and I still can’t believe that an animated show about a horse makes my ‘best TV in the last decade’ list, but there it is. It’s also weirdly the third series finale I’ve seen this week with a door-to-death concept.

David Schwimmer is walking back his comment about “Maybe there should be an all-black Friends or an all-Asian Friends.” In a lengthy response to a post from actress Erika Alexander, he explained “I didn’t mean to imply Living Single hadn’t existed or indeed hadn’t come before Friends, which I knew it had.”

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira‘s Super Bowl performance was fire! In case you missed it (or just want to relive the glory) it’s on YouTube.

-Coach dropped their perfectly timed campaign with JLo hours after her performance.

-As per usual, the Super Bowl brought with it a bunch of new movie and TV trailers. On the TV front, Marvel gave us a peek at The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, WandaVision and Loki, while on the film side we have our first Bond trailer, a new look at Mulan and the Top Gun sequel, and a new Black Widow trailer.

Meghan Markle is In the Driver’s Seat

Meghan Markle was spotted driving to pick up a pal at the airport in Vancouver. Meanwhile, Lainey appeared on the Today Show to discuss Meghan’s connection to Canada.

Rihanna has reportedly split from her boyfriend of nearly three years, Hassan Jameel.

Hank Azaria says he is officially stepping down as the voice of Apu on The Simpsons. He’s only 20 years too late.

Liam Hemsworth and new girlfriend are in the PDA-on-a-beach stage of their relationship.

-This reads like a warning from Barack and Michelle Obama for Drake to stay away from Sasha, and I love it.

-Next week, Seth Meyers will be airing a Day Drinking segment featuring the Jonas Brothers, the Meyers Brothers and Jack McBrayer. Yes, please!

-Eminem just dropped a secret album and a new video, in which he advocates for gun control by revisiting the Las Vegas shooting of 2017. It’s all very powerful stuff, but elsewhere on the album, he appears to mock the Manchester shootings. In ‘Unaccommodating’ he signs “I’m contemplating yelling ‘bombs away’ on the game/Like I’m outside of an Ariana Grande concert waiting.”

-This clip of Renée Zellweger doing a tap dance challenge is very cute. (She’s better than I would be.)

-Not surprisingly Disney is dropping the Fox name, and is rebranding to 20th Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures.

-Welp. Less than two weeks before the Grammy Awards, the CEO of the Recording Academy has been suspended from her role due to allegations of misconduct.

Taika Waititi might be in talks to direct a Star Wars movie and suddenly I care again.

-HBO boss Casey Bloys says Damon Lindelof’s breakout drama Watchmen is not likely to continue without him which is good, frankly.

-Hulu presented at the TCAs today, where they defended the early Veronica Mars drop and called the backlash to the season finale “a testament” to the show’s popularity. “The intensity of that reaction was a testament to how much people like the show.” Oh yeah. Hulu loved the fans’ reaction so much, they decided not to renew it.

-Out of all the networks to present at the TCAs in the past two weeks, it feels like Hulu was the one to premiere the best trailers. There’s Little Fires Everywhere starring Reese Witherspoon, Joshua Jackson and Kerry WashingtonNormal People (based on 28-year-old Sally Rooney‘s incredibly buzzy book from last year), the Hilary Clinton docHigh Fidelity starring Zoe Kravitz, and The Great starring Nicolas Hoult and Elle Fanning as Catherine the Great.

Vanity Fair’s Outdated Oscar Issue

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-Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood issue features Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Lopez, and Renee Zellweger. That’s how shocking the Murphy and Lopez Oscar snubs are — everyone assumed they’d be nominated so much that they ended up on covers like this.

-I also like this point about the Oscar noms: if Greta Gerwig — a film snob married to a film snob and backed by Spielberg — can’t get in with the Academy what chance does a POC have?

-Academy voter Stephen King caused a stir when he tweeted “I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality.” His later (frustratingly unthreaded) tweets provided more context (“You can’t win awards if you’re shut out of the game”) but I still think he’s missing the point. No one is advocating for inclusion trumping good story, but you won’t get good story if it’s always the same people telling the same story over and over again. It’s not just about being shut out of the game. It’s that the game is rigged so there’s no way in.

Ava DuVernay called his tweet “backwards and ignorant.”

-WSJ Magazine’s Young Hollywood issue has landed.

Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler have reportedly called it quits after nearly 9 years(!) of dating.

-Why is Vince Vaughn talking to Trump so shocking? He’s never really hidden his political preferences.

-Netflix has renewed You. I like where it ended last season, but I am also of the very strong belief that the next season should be the last (unless they want to do a Joe-behind-bars season).

-The Mail on Sunday is trying to defend its reasoning behind publishing Meghan Markle‘s private letters. Hard pass.

Vin Diesel plays a reanimated corpse in his latest movie. So, pretty much the same as usual then?