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-The Hollywood Reporter’s actresses roundtable features Angela Bassett, Claire Foy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Elisabeth Moss, Thandie Newton and Sandra Oh, and it’s well worth a read.  They talk about pay parity, sex scenes and deciding when to weigh in on decision making on sets.

-This is exactly what I wanted to hear about Ocean’s 8.

-Jesus, how is The Bachelorette still able to survive? A season 2 producer arranged for a masseuse to come to Meredith Phillips‘ room during production in L.A., and that masseuse drugged and assaulted Meredith, she says.

-Anyone else get the feeling that David Cross is… a lot? During his interview with Colbert, he got so offended that he walked off the set. I mean, I get that it was a bit but I find him exhausting.

Sarah Silverman was interviewed by GQ and was pretty damn forgiving about controversial comedians in her circle. She spoke about Al Franken (“I understand that I may have cognitive distortion, because I love him so much. But all I can say is, and he may not be excited about this, but he has no sexuality. I believe in my heart of heart of hearts he never copped a feel”), Louie CK (“He’s my brother, so it’s hard. I may not have a very clear perspective on it, but I’m trying to…I don’t have some definitive sound bite or nutshell of how I feel about it, even to myself. But I’m also okay with that”), Aziz  Ansari (“I was just like, ‘Gross, I don’t wanna know that about Aziz!’ Hopefully he’s dealing with things, looking inward, and will blossom from it”) and Roseanne (“I had the gall to get high one night and watch episodes one and two of Roseanne. And I thought it was lovely.”)

-Seeing as her own sister accused Louis CK of masturbating in front of her 20 times, I’m surprised she’s this understanding.

-You know what, I really like Ariana Grande. Like, a lot.

-Interesting look at what TV critics are picking as their fave new pilots in the upcoming season.

Damon Lindelof wrote an emotional letter to fans about his vision for The Watchmen.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan‘s marriage falls apart in Paul Dano‘s directorial debut, Wildfire. This is a really, really well done trailer.

Jay Z’s Family Feud Video Stars Beyonce, Michael B Jordan, Jessica Chastain and More

Jay Z dropped his “Family Feud” video today, which was directed by Ava DuVernay, costars Beyonce and Blue Ivy and details his infidelity. The video includes cameos by Jessica Chastain, Mindy Kaling, Michael B Jordan, Thandie Newton, Brie Larson, Rashida Jones, Rosario Dawson, Constance Wu, Niecy Nash and David Oyelowo, but you can only watch the full thing on Tidal (for now).

Zac Efron recalls the time he cried while talking to Michael Jackson, which then in turn made Jackson cry.

-When Survivor winner Todd Herzog appeared on Dr. Phil in 2013 to talk about his addictions, his alcohol level was .263. Now he’s alleging it’s because of the vodka and Xanax supplied to him by the show. A new Boston Globe/STAT story also quotes people who were encouraged by staffers to go to L.A.’s Skid Row in order to buy heroin.

-Wait, people actually think The Last Jedi is a box office failure? In what world?!

-Oh god, Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt are circling a Mad About You revival. Stop trying to reboot things, Hollywood! (Unless it’s Happy Endings or Selfie.)

-Speaking of TV, here’s our picks for the best TV shows of 2017, ICYMI.

-Ugh, Meghan Markle‘s relatives are coming out of the woodwork in full force.

-I kind of love Ridley Scott. He’s 80, he just reshot an entire movie in 9 days, and he gives interviews in which he clearly does not give af. His chat with Vulture is refreshingly candid, and even offers an opinion of Blade Runner 2049: “It was f**king way too long. F**k me! And most of that script’s mine…I shouldn’t talk…I’m being a bitch.”

-According to critics who screened the first 5 of the 10 new episodes of The X Files, it’s still wildly inconsistent but there’s more flirting/banter and “another dazzling Darin Morgan standalone.”

Minnie Driver revealed that Harvey Weinstein wanted Ashley Judd for Good Will Hunting instead of her, telling her “You’re just not f**kable.”

-Meanwhile, according to Buzzfeed Weinstein will not go quietly.

-Also, it’s great to see these women gather to talk about life after speaking out about Weinstein, but where’s Lupita Nyong’o in all this?

John Oliver makes a good point concerning the backlash of him confronting Dustin Hoffman over sexual harassment: “It became about my questions rather than his answers.”

-Uh, so male stars are also planning to wear black to the Golden Globes to protest sexual misconduct in Hollywood? Except don’t they almost always wear black anyway? For the love of god, someone design a ribbon or something! I really hope the winners pull a Fiona Apple and use their acceptance speech to say “this world is bullshit.”

-What kind of person nabs Tatiana Maslany for their new TV show and then ends up recasting her part??! Ryan Murphy, wyd?

Will Smith got very excited over Jamie Oliver’s Christmas negroni.

-Also, Will Smith has only been on Instagram for a month but already it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

-Speaking of Smith, was Bright actually worth the $90 million Netflix spent on it? Nielsen is reporting that 11 million people watched it  over its first three days . (I’m skeptical about that number, though. On the one hand, the real figure is probably higher since Nielsen only measures people watching on actual TVs, not tablets and computers. On the other hand, “views” don’t tell the story of how many people watched ’till the end.)

-In any case, if that number is accurate it adds up to a $99 million debut at the box office — roughly what The Fate of the Furious did in April, and a win that Smith desperately needs.  (Bright’s numbers are still smaller than Stranger Things 2, which pulled in 15.8 million by Nielsen’s measure.)

-Can Lena Dunham learn from the high-profile mistakes she made in 2017?

-I really liked this list of the 50 greatest moments from this year’s movies.  As much as I had mixed feelings about Molly’s Game, the “on tilt” poker scene is a fave.

-Wait, Eartha Kitt had a threesome with Paul Newman and James Dean?!  (Also, check out this clip of Newman and Dean flirting during a screen test for East of Eden.)

-This clip of Celine Dion twirling a baton is just what I needed to bid goodbye to 2017.

-Here’s the trailer for The Open House with the kid from 13 Reasons Why. Netflix is really going all in with him, huh?

-Here’s the first trailer for Selma Blair and Nicolas CageMom and Dad, which people went NUTS for at TIFF’s Midnight Madness. It’s a horror movie in which all the parents in the world are suddenly overcome by the urge to murder their kids.

-Every Day, one of my favorite YA books of all time, is now a movie coming in Feb and I CANNOT WAIT!

BAFTAs’ Best and Worst Dressed

The BAFTAs (which are Britain’s version of the Oscars) took place on Sunday, and the A-listers ignored the snowy weather to bring the drama on the red carpet. Check out my picks for the night’s best and worst looks:

Best Dressed:

Jessica-Chastain-BAFTAsI’m so glad that Jessica Chastain finally (FINALLY!) pulled it together. Previously this red carpet season, she’s had issues with either the colour or the fit, but this time she gets it all right in a royal blue, one-shouldered Roland Mouret dress.
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Marion-Cotillard-BAFTAsI’m not sure I’d like this on anyone else, but Marion Cotillard makes this yellow couture dress from Raf Simons’s most recent Dior collection work. I don’t even mind the sheer panel at the thigh — much.  ——>

 

Sarah-Jessica-Parker-BAFTAsSarah Jessica Parker was a last-minute addition to the BAFTAs, replacing Meryl Streep as the presenter for the Leading Actor award. She opts for an unconventional but stunning Elie Saab jumpsuit.
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Jennifer-Lawrence-BAFTAsI really loved Jennifer Lawrence‘s look when she first stepped onto the red carpet. I wasn’t as in love with the outfit after she ditched the wool coat to show off her sequin-embellished strapless Dior gown, but she still looks great. ——>

 

Gemma_Arterton-BAFTAsIt’s been a rough few days for Gemma Arterton. She’s reportedly split from her husband, and can currently be seen in the critically reviled Hansel and Gretel. But you could never tell by looking at her. I dig this nude and black Celia Kritharioti gown.
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Honourable mentions go to Sarah Silverman (who was surprisingly polished in a Rafael Cennamo dress) and Helen Mirren (who rocked pink hair).

 

Worst Dressed:

Jennifer-Garner-BAFTAsThis might be the worst showing we’ve ever seen from Jennifer Garner — and that’s saying something! Her husband may have scored big at the BAFTAs, but she loses huge in a frumpy Roland Mouret dress.
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Juno-Temple-BAFTAsI really like Juno Temple and keep waiting for her to hit it big. But that’s never going to happen if she keeps wearing ill-fitting, unremarkable outfits.
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Amy-Adams-BAFTAsI usually love Amy Adams, but she’s a total mess in this Elie Saab Couture gown, which looks like it was plucked from a pile of discarded figure skating costumes.
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thandie-newton-BAFTAsThandie Newton also opts for black lace with similarly disappointing results. She’s pairs her Louis Vuitton dress with terrible hair. ——>

 

Anne-Hathaways-BAFTAsI don’t hate this Anne Hathaway dress. I don’t love it. I don’t anything it. It’s just so…meh. The only thing remarkable about her t-shirt cut black Burberry number is that it definitively shoots down those pregnancy rumours.
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Dishonourable mentions: Les Mis’ Samantha Barks should be using this opportunity to break out, not bore us in a basic black dress and horrible hair. Alice Eve follows Amy Adams’ lead and goes the figure skater route. And who else feels like George Clooney and Ben Affleck should have switched coats?