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Anya Taylor-Joy on the May cover of Elle

Anya Taylor-Joy is stunning on the May cover of Elle. She talks about not really understanding the popularity of Queen’s Gambit at first (“[I was] seeing texts like, ‘A lot of people have watched the show’. I’m not great at numbers. The most I can hold in my head is, like, a stadium’s worth”), and being BFFs with her Emma costar Mia Goth (“She was the first actress close to my age that I met, and we had a very cool conversation where I was like, ‘I love you,’ and she said, ‘I love you.’ And I said, ‘I’m always going to have your back.’ And she was like, ‘I’m always going to have your back.’ It was like, ‘Okay, cool. Let’s progress in this very wild industry, knowing that we’re going to take care of each other'”).

-I loved this profile on Keke Palmer.

-For the first time since coming out as trans, Elliot Page spoke to a trans journalist in this new Vanity Fair interview. (There’s also a clip from his upcoming interview with Oprah.)

-I didn’t see this one coming: Rita Ora is reportedly dating director Taika Waititi. He is in Australia shooting the next Thor movie, while she’s there for The Voice.

-Paddington 2 has now surpassed Citizen Kane as the top rated film of all time on Rotten Tomatoes.

-The Gossip Girl reboot is dropping in July.

Rachel Bilson insists she and Rami Malek are “all good” after he asked her to take down of photo of them together.

Martin Scorsese has become a TikTok star thanks to this video by his daughter quizzing him on items in her makeup bag.

-Here’s our first look at Nicole Kidman’s red Lucille Ball wig. This is really happening, huh?

-Netflix is staying in the Noah Centineo business. He’ll star in a limited series about the CIA.

-Here’s the trailer for season two of HBO’s Betty. I found this show to be so chill and comforting during the worst of last year.

-Me: I don’t want any more pop culture references to or reboots of the Great Gatsby. Also me: Florence Welch is writing a musical about it? Sign me up!

Zoe Kravitz and Jonah Hill are working on something together. Maybe?

This thread by the guy from 30 Rock must have taken decades to put together. I admire that kind of commitment.

-I’m glad that Ed Helms‘ new movie Together Together is getting lots of buzz. I found it a very sweet exploration of platonic friendship.

-Here’s the trailer for Little Birds, the Starz limited series featuring Juno Temple, Yumna Marwan and Hugh Skinner.

-The first trailer for Chris Pratt’s sci-fi action movie The Tomorrow War is here. It hits Amazon Prime in July.

Zendaya and John David Washington’s Old-School Glam

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-I can’t help but wonder if Zendaya and John David Washington‘s W issue was supposed to be timed to the Oscar nominations — and Malcolm & Marie ended up with none. The photos sure are pretty though.

-I don’t think anyone guessed it’d be David Fincher’s Mank, a black and white Netflix movie about making Citizen Kane, to lead the Oscar nominations with 10 nods. (Also, despite leading the nominations — and being about screenwriting — Mank failed to score a screenplay nod.)  Weirdly, out of the eight Best Picture noms, the only ones I haven’t seen are the two easily accessible Netflix films.

-I’m shocked that Regina King didn’t make the Best Director cut for One Night in Miami. The movie didn’t score a Best Picture nod either, which is devastating.

-This is rare: Lakeith Stanfield was submitted as a lead actor candidate, but Oscar voters don’t have to follow those category suggestions — and he ended up getting more votes in the supporting actor category.

-Last night’s Grammys ceremony was so well-produced, it made the Golden Globes look even worse in retrospect.

-The show also gave us a new Beyonce meme so there’s that. Also, some more Harry Styles and Lizzo content, which is always welcome.

Tiffany Haddish found out she won a Grammy while filming Kids Say the Darnest Things and shared the clip.

-We’re going to need a tell-all just on what happened with Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez over the last three days.  There’s no way that outlets like People ran that story on Friday quoting multiple sources confirming their breakup without some serious insider knowledge. So how to explain the messy “we’re working through some things” correction/ statement on Saturday morning? Either one of them was angry enough on Friday to go to the media, or the way the subsequent break up stories were being spun didn’t sit well.

-The rumours about her getting close with new costar Lenny Kravitz are predictable and likely ridiculous but I’m into it.

-CBS put The Talk on a short hiatus while they investigate Sharon Osbourne’s comments. There’s also reports that she got Holly Robinson Peete fired from the show.

John Oliver devoted almost his entire show to demonstrate how Tucker Carlson is “the most prominent vessel in America for white supremacist talking points.”

Rita Ora didn’t show up to be a guest judge on Drag Race UK, so they replaced her with a mannequin. Think anyone noticed?

-I’m not sure I fully agree with it, but this is an interesting take on the WandaVision finale and the concept of “story karma.” Basically, viewers don’t necessarily want beloved characters who do evil to be punished — but we need to know that the show knows they *should* be punished.

Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth denied former costar Vanessa Marcil’s claims about how catty the set of Beverly Hills 90210 was.

-Bridgerton season 2 is officially filming!

Gwyneth Paltrow dismissed criticism for her covid remedies as “click-bait.” Yeah, because England’s National Health Service is really trying to plump their web traffic numbers.

Kyle Chandler is sporting an insane beard and he’s still adorable.

Joe Cornish says he and John Boyega have been bouncing around ideas for Attack the Block 2. I need it!

-Here’s the final trailer for Falcon & the Winter Soldier before it drops this weekend.

-Maybe it’s because I’m so desperate to go to the movies again, but I think the new Cruella trailer looks amazing.

-Speaking of going to the movies again, will the quick rollout of the vaccine in the US set In The Heights up for big box office success this summer?

 

Introducing Elliot Page

-The Canadian star of Juno and Umbrella Academy announced today that he is transgender in a heartfelt Twitter post — and also took a shot at haters like (presumably?) J.K. Rowling: “To the political leaders who work to criminalize trans health care and deny our right to exist and to all those with a massive platform who continue to spew hostility towards the trans community: you have blood on your hands. You unleash a fury of vile and demeaning rage that lands on the shoulders of the trans community, a community in which 40% of trans adults report attempting suicide. Enough is enough. You aren’t being “cancelled,” you are hurting people.”

-Celebs were quick to show their support, which is lovely. (I never read the comments, but I made an exception on his post because they were generally incredibly positive.) It’s also been really interesting to see which outlets managed to cover this without deadnaming him.

-Has Rihanna found love with A$AP Rocky? They were spotted together in NYC amid multiple reports that the pair might be dating.

-This annual Billie Eilish interview with Vanity Fair is always a fun watch, but this year’s is especially good as she reflects on how all of her predictions from last year blew up.

Mariah Carey just called two of my favourite novels of the year (The Vanishing Half, and Such a Fun Age) her “essential 2020 reads” and I’m both confused and elated?

-Congrats to Mean Girls’ star Jonathan Bennett, who is engaged to Jaymes Vaughan.

David Ramsey (who played Diggle) is returning to the Arrowverse. He’s set to direct five episodes and appear on camera in five more across the network’s superhero shows. But when he shows up on Legends, he won’t be playing Diggle. Maybe as the Green Lantern that was teased in the Arrow finale?

-I love that everyone who watched Happiest Season is all “justice for Abby! Screw Harper!” They’re not wrong.

Hugh Grant says he got The Undoing ending he wanted. Well, that makes one of us.

-Meanwhile, this article claims that Nicole Kidman didn’t wear a wig in The Undoing. Which can’t be right. It’s like, physically impossible.

The mayor of LA changed course after anger erupted over a plan to shut down a covid-19 testing site at Los Angeles’ Union Station to film a She’s All That remake.

David Boreanaz is getting in on the debate Stacy Abrams kicked off, saying Buffy belongs with his character Angel. I agreed for the first few seasons, but then I jumped to the Angel/Cordelia ship.

-This rundown of the best movies of 2020 made me realize how few movies I’ve seen this year. And then I got sad.

Rita Ora has been fined $12k for throwing a large birthday party in London during lockdown.

Benedict Cumberbatch, Jodie Foster and Shailene Woodley star in the The Mauritanian trailer about lawyers who defend a detainee at the U.S military’s Guantanamo Bay detention center.