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Hollywood Brightens Up for Vanity Fair

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-The 27th Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue is a splash of candy-coloured craziness this drab February desperately needed. (Watch the video cover to get the full effect.) It features Zendaya, Michael B. Jordan, Charlize Theron, Michaela Coel, Sacha Baron Cohen, Maya Rudolph, LaKeith Stanfield, Dan Levy, Awkwafina and more.

Tiger Woods has been seriously injured in a car crash in California. He’s undergoing surgery for leg injuries after having to be removed from the car by the jaws of life.

Tavi Gevinson‘s essay on the Britney Spears documentary is so, so good. The doc positions society/the media of tearing her down because they were uncomfortable with her expressing sexuality, but did Spears as a teenager really have any control over the image she was projecting? Tavi gets to the heart of why there’s way too much focus on a young girl’s “agency” about her appearance/attitude. “Even young women who are not megafamous have typically picked up on what makes them appear valuable by the age of 15. Their capacity to perpetuate these standards doesn’t mean they are not also victims of these standards.”

Gerard Depardieu has been charged with rape and sexual assault in connection with a 2018 case involving an actress in her 20s.

Shailene Woodley confirmed that she’s engaged to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, telling Jimmy Fallon: “I never thought as a little girl, ‘Yeah when I grow up I’m going to marry someone who throws balls, yeah!’ But he’s really just so go good at it. I’m very impressed.” She also added “For us, it’s not new news, so it’s kind of funny everybody right now is freaking out over it. We’re like, ‘Yeah we’ve been engaged for a while,'” leading to more questions about the timeline.

-Part of me is confused by these photos of Lucy Hale kissing Skeet Ulrich during a lunch date in L.A., but another part of me totally gets where she’s coming from.

Drew Barrymore revealed to Howard Stern that her mother placed her in a “full psychiatric ward” for a year and a half when she was 13. “I was going to clubs and not going to school and stealing my mom’s car and, you know, I was out of control…I think after, you know, 30, years of therapy, and a lot of soul-searching and having kids myself, you know, I think she created a monster. And she didn’t know what to do with the monster.”

George Clooney says his wife Amal will not allow him to go near their daughter’s hair with his Flobee. Smart woman.

-What a shock. The publisher of Woody Allen‘s memoir is facing accusations of a history of workplace toxicity and inappropriate behavior.

-Man, this podcast interview with Ethan Hawke is great. He talks about everything from learning from Philip Seymour Hoffman and Denzel Washington, to joining the MCU,  to Saint Francis of Assii’s quest for sainthood.

-Also great: Vulture has compiled the 101 greatest endings in film history.

-Here’s our first look at HBO’s Tina Turner doc.

-Speaking of HBO, the limited series Beartown premiered last night to strong reviews. I haven’t read the book it’s based on, but I just read that author’s latest (Anxious People) and adored it.

-Superman & Lois premieres on the CW tonight, and THR calls it thirtysomething with superpowers, which intrigues me.

-Ginny And Georgia on Netflix is being promoted as the next Gilmore Girls, but critics are saying it’s more than that.

-Here’s the latest trailer for The Mauritanian. I found this movie really bleak, but Tahar Rahim‘s performance is astounding.

Shailene Woodley Reportedly Engaged to Aaron Rodgers

-NFLer’s Aaron Rodgers, who is rumoured to be dating Shailene Woodley, thanked his “fiancée” in an acceptance speech.

-What is happening with Armie Hammer? On Friday both his publicist and his agency dropped him, leading to lots of speculation that this was a pre-emptive move because something more (and much worse) is going to come out about him. A bunch of blinds posted by DeuxMoi also seem to suggest a big story is coming from a major outlet soon…

-Whatever surfaces, I hope it makes Bill Maher eat his words.

-Meanwhile, a reporter says Hammer recently apartment-shamed her over a Zoom interview.

-Rapper Mod Sun is not only dating Avril Lavigne  – he just got her name tattooed on his neck.

-It’s over for Ashley Benson and G-Eazy. They started dating right as the pandemic hit, so it’s actually amazing they made it this far.

-On the flip side, a source tells People that Olivia Wilde and Harry Styles “seem very serious” and “spend all their time together.”

Prince Harry was seen with James Corden shooting on a double decker bus reportedly for an upcoming episode of Carpool Karaoke.

-Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan Markle surprised a virtual poetry class.

Natalie Portman denied a tabloid’s bump watch rumours, telling them “do better.”

-Logistics nerds: this is a pretty good breakdown on how difficult it was to shoot the new season Top Chef during a pandemic.

The Weeknd made history as the first solo Canadian performer to headline the Super Bowl halftime show. It would have been better if we could actually hear him.

-The first Falcon and the Winter Soldier trailer dropped during the Super Bowl. It’s interesting that it’s coming smack in the middle of Marvel’s two more experimental new series (WandaVision and Loki), because this looks like a pretty conventional action show. (Unless they lean really heavily into the couples therapy bit and make it super character focused which I would LOVE but I’m not holding my breath.)

-This is a good interview with the WandaVision showrunner about how, despite all its twists and shiny gimmicks, they want to show Wanda as a whole person, not just an all-powerful plot device. He promises a “true emotional catharsis” is on the way.

-Just in time to fill the void left by To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before on Netflix, Amazon Prime has ordered a television adaptation of another Jenny Han novel series, The Summer I Turned Pretty. I really loved the first book in this series, thought the second was good, and disliked the third a lot.

-I’m doubtful Legends of Tomorrow will continue after its recently-announced seventh season — but if it does, Dominic Purcell won’t be on it.

-More than 14 major studios, networks, streamers and top filmmakers are pursuing screen rights to flight attendant-turned-author T.J. Newman‘s Falling, which is being described as Speed at 35,000 feet.

Lucas Hedges says of his relationship with Michelle Pfeiffer on the set of French Exit: “By the end of filming, I was consistently annoying the hell out of Michelle. I never shut up. I would say I was like a squirrel around Michelle. A squirrel with a lollipop. That’s how I would describe the energy.” (She seems pleasantly puzzled by this description.)

Jennifer Coolidge says she once posed as twins so she could date a guy and his best friend at the same time. My hero!

-The Framing Britney Spears doc (which we don’t get yet in Canada) created a lot of buzz this weekend, with even Sarah Jessica Parker tweeting #FreeBritney.  Apparently Justin Timberlake does NOT come off well. Also, in the doc a paparazzo recalls the infamous moment in 2007 in which Spears took an umbrella to his SUV after he had harassed her during an emotionally fraught night.

-This is a surprisingly affecting interview with Soleil Moon Frye on the Punky Brewster revival.

This thread on how Ted Lasso created a potential pathway forward for masculinity is a must read.

-The trailer for Fast & Furious 9 debuted at last year’s Super Bowl — and it’s still not out. So last night it got yet another Super Bowl trailer.

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.