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Liam Neeson Just Torpedoed His Press Tour

-Jeez, that Liam Neeson interview that everyone’s talking about is a MESS. I don’t understand why he would chose to tell this story (in which he recounts that after his friend identified her rapist as a black man he “went up and down areas with a cosh [bludgeon], hoping I’d be approached by somebody – I’m ashamed to say that – and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him”), why he chose to tell the story in this way (with an unsuspecting costar junketing along next to him), or why a psychologist is interviewed to help contextualise his racism. Yes, he expresses regret but even feeling the freedom to tell a story like this in such a seemingly offhanded way is an insane display of privilege and I’m not sure what he expected the fallout to be.  (Spoiler alert: it ain’t good.)

-This is an interesting addendum: the journalist tweeted the backstory on the decision to run the interview and all the legal and editorial hand-wringing that went with it.

-Goop is expanding into original content, with Gwyneth Paltrow inking a deal for a docuseries on Netflix. You know, the one place that probably won’t layer in any sort of editorial control or responsibility. Swell.

-This Pamela Adlon article in the New Yorker navigates the tricky Louis CK connection so well. As complicated as her feelings and reactions are, I do like that she points out that his female colleagues are being called to task more than he has been. “Anybody who has any association with him is peppered [questions.] Sarah Silverman is his fucking spokesperson.” I like her and love her show, I get why she doesn’t want to work out her feelings about it in public, and think she’s done pretty well after being dealt a shitty hand. She immediately severed professional ties with him, stopped speaking to him, and fired their shared manager Dave Becky. A lot of Becky’s other clients, including Jameela Jamil, Kevin Hart, Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler, seemingly have not (which very much bummed me out every time the end credits of Russian Doll rolled).

-My god. Soulja Boy is being accused of kidnapping and assaulting a woman, according to TMZ.

-After yesterday’s halftime show, a lot of people have pointed out the double standard between Adam Levine and Janet Jackson’s controversial nipple exposure.

-Speaking of the Super Bowl, it gifted us with a ton of new movie trailers, including Avengers: Endgame, Toy Story 4 and Captain Marvel.

-In terms of commercials, I really liked the Chance the Rapper/Backstreet Boys team up, and the Sarah Michelle Gellar horror spoof.  Here are some more of the best and worst.

-Wait, so Pete Davidson and Kate Beckinsale are actually a thing? They were spotted holding hands? I seriously did not believe the stories of them flirting at the Golden Globes because…how?!

-I love that Lizzo is covering the latest issue of The Cut. I have woken up and immediately listened to “Juice” every day for the last two weeks.

Jussie Smollett performed in public this weekend and spoke out on inaccuracies surrounding his attack.

-Now Rami Malek is saying that Bryan Singer‘s alleged victims “deserve to have their voice heard”. Man, Oscar campaigning is a wild ride, huh?

-If you only have time for one long-read this week, make it this one in the New Yorker about a suspense novelist who duped everyone. You know it’s going to be a good one when the reporter calls an editor for the story and he responds with “My god, I knew I’d get this call. I didn’t know if it would be you or the F.B.I.”

-I guess if you have Anthony Rapp on your cast, you gotta do a Rent parody. Well done, Star Trek: Discovery crew.

Cardi B‘s former history teacher defended her political knowledge. I’m not surprised. Remember that Caity Weaver profile in GQ when Cardi gushed about how her fave president is Franklin D Roosevelt because he started social security with the New Deal, and then had Weaver quiz her about the order of presidents? I’ll take political commentary from her over basically any other celebrity — and a lot of politicians.

-Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge got the Vogue 73 questions treatment.

-FX’s John Landgraf gave his annual state of TV address at the TCAs, and he warned what we already know: Netflix is “not telling you the whole story” when it comes to the way the ratings statements they chose to release. While Netflix self-reported that You would end up being watched by 40 million households in its first month, Landgraf says Nielsen data (which, let’s face it, is also problematic) indicates it was averaging 8 million viewers an ep.

-Landgraf also let it slip that Atlanta’s third season is delayed .

-Also at the TCAs, the TV adaptation of What We Do In Shadows announced its March premiere date and debuted its first trailer. Critics who’ve screened the first two episodes seem to universally love it. It seems to retain the movie’s vibe, so I’m in!

When Buffy Meets Hamilton

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Sarah Michelle Gellar finally met IRL after months of Twitter flirting.

Elisabeth Moss used an Instagram comment to reply to a question on how she reconciles her role in The Handmaid’s Tale with her belief in Scientology.

Mariska Hargitay superfan Taylor Swift reportedly made a ‘generous’ donation to Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation.

Madonna threw herself a Gypsy-themed birthday party, which feels kinda offensive?

-Also, I really dig the packaging of her new skincare line.

-So both of the Sprouse brothers are kind of trash, huh?

-I love that Crazy Ex-Girlfiend’s Rachel Bloom doesn’t shy away when asked how much she gets paid per episode. “I make $50,000 or $60,000 for acting in an episode before taxes and paying my reps.”

-The Flash star Candice Patton‘s NKD Magazine cover is fire!

-Veteran stuntpeople are questioning the Deadpool producers’ decision to give the motorcycle scene to the late SJ Harris, a professional racer, rather than a more experienced film stunt pro.

-The HBO hackers flexed their muscles by taking over the network’s social media accounts.

Ben Affleck: maybe Batman, definitely a mess.

-There’s been lots of talk post-Shonda that ABC is trying to pivot to attract “the heartland.” Now comes word that they’re making a live-action version of The Jetsons, and they signed a mega-deal with Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse.

-This is an interesting take on whether or not Rotten Tomatoes can crush a movie. (Personally, I think the reasons bad movies tank is because they’re bad.)

-Everyone’s looking very closely at how the well-reviewed Lucky Logan performs this weekend, because Steven Soderbergh completely bypassed the studio system to make it. He limited the marketing costs, and created an internal site where everyone involved in the film — from casting agents to actors — can log on and get a breakdown of how it’s performing.

-Watch Ben Stiller punch Adam Sandler in this trailer for The Meyerowitz Stories.

-See Zoë Kravitz and Lola Kirke flirt with danger in Gemini trailer.

Pepsi Pulls Kendall Jenner Ad

-Pepsi finally relented and pulled that controversial ad — and apologized to Kendall Jenner for some reason (don’t they realize she’s the Becky in this?!).

-Meanwhile, Kendall just went public with her relationship with A$AP Rocky because girl know the value of a good narrative pivot.

-Well, shit. Eliza Dushku says she wasn’t invited to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunion.

-Meanwhile, Sarah Michelle Gellar played Shag, Marry, Kill with her Buffy men.

-Is George Clooney giving up on his legendary pranks now that he’s going to be the busy father of two children? Probs not.

-Despite middling reviews, Prison Break ratings were good. Really good.

-Speaking of last night’s TV, the chances are looking good that New Girl will be renewed but if it’s not, I would be happy with that ep as a series finale. In fact, it probably should be.

-In his new memoir, Alec Baldwin says producers of the indie in which his character slept with Nikki Reed‘s didn’t tell him that she was only 16 at the time of filming. The producer went on a Twitter rant yesterday insisting that was not the case.

-We’re finally going to get to see Squirrel Girl on TV and Mae Whitman is gunning for the part HARD on Twitter. Get it, girl.

-Meanwhile, Mae was Jenny Slate‘s date at last night’s Gifted premiere.

-I wish Jennifer Aniston would wear something other than a little black dress, but at least the one she wore to The Leftovers premiere was v. cute. Carrie Coon‘s dress, however, owned the night.

David Schwimmer and wife of seven years Zoe Buckman say they’ve decided to take “some time apart.” Cue the endless “they’re on a break!!” jokes…

-NBC’s Red Nose Day programming will include a celeb edition of American Ninja Warrior featuring Stephen Amell, Erika Christensen, Mena Suvari and Derek Hough. A few weeks ago Zachary Levi posted (and then quickly deleted) footage of Amell completing the route and it looked brutal.

Christine Baranski was a delight on James Corden, telling stories about skinny-dipping at her lake house and politely acknowledging that Michael Sheen did in fact name his penis after her.

Victoria Beckham and James Corden recreated Mannequin and I’m here for it.

-Uh oh. Our days of free Spotify might be coming to an end.

-I gave up on Fargo last year but the new season is getting rave reviews.

Susan Sarandon says she basically lived Feud IRL when the studio’s PR thought Stepmom would perform better if people believed she and Julia Roberts hated each other while filming.

-I love this piece on how Colossal gives us a female character who’s gloriously frustrating, selfish, and sloppy. God, I want everyone to love this movie as much as I do.

-Also, it’s officially uncool to hate Anne Hathaway now so please stop.

-In the Master of None season 2 trailer, Dev heads to Italy in search of romance. I adored the first season — and now there’s pasta!