–In British Vogue, Jodie Turner-Smith talks about how her labour lasted four(!) days, and why she decided to give birth at home. “We had already decided on a home birth, because of concerns about negative birth outcomes for Black women in America — according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk of pregnancy-related deaths is more than three times greater for Black women than for white women, pointing, it seems to me, to systemic racism.” She also shared a photo husband Joshua Jackson took of her on day 3.
–Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are on the cover of People with their incredible photogenic family.
–Katy Perrydefended the tweet she sent in support of Ellen. “I started that tweet off not undermining anyone else’s experience. I wanted to only speak from my own experience. I have over 100 million people that follow me on Twitter, so not everyone is going to agree with me. And I’m not here to make everyone agree with me.”
-This is a great NYT article on how a swimmer was training for the US Paralympic team until all of the public pools closed due to covid — and then David Duchovny reached out to him on Instagramto offer the use of his 25-meter pool in his backyard.
-The fact that I had no idea that Joseph Gordon-Levitthas two sons makes me love him even more.
-The entire original editing team of the documentary series Surviving R. Kelly — the majority of whom are Black, with one Latinx editor — quit the project because their notes were being ignored.
–RuPaul is on the cover of Vanity Fair, where he says “true drag really will never be mainstream. Because true drag has to do with seeing that this world is an illusion and that everything that you say you are and everything it says that you are on your driver’s licence, it’s all an illusion. Most people will never in their lives understand what that is. Because they don’t have the operating system to understand that duality.” Fair.
-In a surprising display of self-awareness, Scooter Braun calls himself the “bad guy”in his saga with Taylor Swift.
–Jennifer Garner spent 25 minutes looking for her car in a one-level parking garage. “I stopped to tie my shoe [here]…I should be on CSI: Miami” made me LOL.
–Brenda Song (who is in Dollface which just came to Crave and is soooo good) says she was ‘not Asian enough‘ to audition for Crazy Rich Asians. Director Jon M. Chu disagrees.
–Amy Schumerposted a photo of her hanging out with Jennifer Lawrence and Phoebe Waller-Bridge and I’m incandescently jealous.
–Emma Thompson fielded questions from children, who asked her who was her best onscreen kiss (“Meryl Streep’s a very good snogger. I had to snog her in Angels in America and she was method about it”) and what they should spend their pocket money on (“peppermint creams”).
-Buckingham Palace is bracing for an “imminent” summons from US investigators for Prince Andrew to give testimony about Jeffrey Epstein.
-The Paramount Laws, which prevent movie studios from block-booking features in the theaters they own, may be going away. This is very not good.
-Surprising but good news: Disney actually worked with indigenous Sámi people to make sure that Frozen 2 was culturally sensitive.
-DC has announced its next live-action series, Stargirl. The character will debut during the network’s upcoming superhero crossover event in Dec, and the show will air on The CW the day after episodes debut on DC’s streaming service.
-This is incredibly sad: Spirit of the West frontman John Mannpassed away at 57. He was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease when he was 50.
-The paparazzi aren’t always bad. Courteney Cox‘s two dogs were rescued from traffic by a quick-on-his-feet paparazzo who was driving by.
-Love seeing the raves for Adam Driver‘s new movie The Report. Saw it at TIFF and it’s stuck with me.
-In her new Vogue cover story, Rihanna confirms she turned down Super Bowl halftime show in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick (“I couldn’t dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler. There’s things within [the NFL] that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way”), reveals that she’s already planning her wedding dress (“It would probably be a collaboration between myself and [John] Galliano”), and rails against Trump’s stance on gun control (“It is devastating. People are being murdered by war weapons that they legally purchase. This is just not normal. That should never, ever be normal. And the fact that it’s classified as something different because of the color of their skin? It’s a slap in the face. It’s completely racist. Put an Arab man with that same weapon in that same Walmart and there is no way that Trump would sit there and address it publicly as a mental health problem. The most mentally ill human being in America right now seems to be the president”).
-In her Elle cover story, Mindy Kaling says the TV Academy tried to remove her producing credit on The Office. In response to their denial, she tweeted: “Respectfully, the Academy’s statement doesn’t make any sense. I *was* singled out. There were other Office writer-performer-producers who were NOT cut from the list. Just me. The most junior person, and woman of color. Easiest to dismiss. Just sayin’.”
-In Ronan Farrow‘s new book, an NBC producer accuses Matt Lauer of raping her during the Sochi Olympics. The details of her allegations are as horrible as you’d expect. NBC News responded to the story: “That’s why he was fired within 24 hours of us first learning of the complaint,” while Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie addressed the story on air. Guthrie said “I feel like we owe it to our viewers to pause for a moment. This is shocking and appalling, and I honestly don’t know even know what to say about it. I know it wasn’t easy for our colleague Brooke to come forward then. It is not easy now, and we support her and any women who come forward with claims,” while Kotb added “You feel like you’ve known someone for 12 years, you feel like you know them inside and out, and all of a sudden a door opens up and it’s a part of them you didn’t know. We don’t know all the facts in all of this, but they are not allegations of an affair — they are allegations of a crime.”
-Also, after rejecting Farrow’s Harvey Weinstein story, the head of NBC News separately thanked Weinstein in an email for his compliments on Megyn Kelly’s debut.
-In lighter news, Twitter was *riveted* today by the tale of two British footballer’s wives. Collen Rooney couldn’t figure out which of her IG followers kept leaking her private IG stories to The Sun — but she had her suspicions. So she said she blocked everyone from viewing her stories except for the person she suspected and then posted false stories for months about her basement flooding, a trip to Mexico, etc. — only to see those stories later show up in The Sun. Today she revealed that the only person viewing those stories was Rebekah Vardy. This is so juicy it doesn’t even matter that I have zero idea who these people are!
–Mark Ruffalo‘s take on the Ellen Degeneres/George W thing is perfection. It’s not that two people with different views shouldn’t be civil or “kind” to each other. It’s that Ellen has since referred to the man who fought to keep her own marriage illegal as a “friend.” The Bush era was definitely not marked by “kindness” — and to dismiss his terrible legacy as a difference of opinion between pals seems overly simplistic.
–Chrissy Teigen, Seth Rogen, Kate McKinnon and more stars go on global eating tour with Dave Chang in a new Netflix food series. I love shows like this. Gywneth Paltrow has never been more endearing as when she was eating her way around Spain on camera.
-I gave up on Riverdale in season one, but I’m intrigued to see how the show honours Luke Perry in tonight’s premiere.
-A big shift is coming for TV, with the arrival of new streaming platforms Apple TV+, Disney+, HBO Max and NBCUniversal’s Peacock joining the already established streamers. This shopping guide makes it clear just how expensive it’s gonna get.
-All of the reminiscing about Angel on its anniversary makes me wanna do a rewatch!
-The guy who played Carlos on Desperate Housewives is NOT happy with Felicity Huffman‘s 14 day sentence: “White Privilege. And I saw eight years worth of it, so I know what I’m talking about. Accountability and responsibility don’t mean [s–t] to these people…Slap on the wrist. Sorry, but this is [s–t].”