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Michelle Williams Talks Film & Feminism in Harper’s Bazaar


-This Michelle Williams cover is making me wanna cut off all my hair.

Tiffany Haddish gave a 17-minute acceptance speech and it was awesome. (Here’s the full transcript.)  I hope she wins everything this awards season because I need at least nine more of these pep talks.

-I really like The Fug Girls’ thread on how red carpet questions should be handled this weekend.

-In a new interview with Vulture, Diane Kruger opened up about her split from boyfriend of 10 years, Joshua Jackson. “This was a long time coming.. Also we broke up many months before we said we were broken up.”

-The Good Place returns tonight (thank gawd!) and this interview with Manny Jacinto in which he gets all flustered when asked if he’s Team Janet or Team Tahani is all kinds of sweet.

-The X Files returned last night and the gross ending made me so mad I was shaking. If you are already spoiled, I wrote about the twist and the immediate outrage on Twitter. I thought it was weird timing that Gillian Anderson announced that she’s not returning to the franchise in any form the day before the premiere, but now I get it.

-On the plus side, its ratings are way down.

-Well, I guess  someone’s enjoying the storm. Ansel Elgort channeled his Baby Driver character to pull some stunts during a blizzard.

Matt Lauer is reportedly still watching The Today Show and trying to give the producers notes. Ha ha ha!

-Good for Robbie Amell. He just landed a new Amazon pilot from The Office creator Greg Daniels.

Cate Blanchett is a great choice to lead the next Cannes jury.

-Look at Paul Wesley subtweeting his Vampire Diaries costar Ian Somerhalder. Savage.

-Just in case you weren’t already excited about Black Panther, the soundtrack will be produced and curated by Kendrick Lamar.

-Oh goodie! Steven Seagal wrote a deranged, unintentionally hilarious, racist anti-Obama novel.

-Like the rest of us, Mira Sorvino thinks it’s pretty boss that her dad wants to lay a smackdown on Harvey Weinstein.

-Moonlight director Barry Jenkins watched Notting Hill over the shoulder of the woman next to him on a plane and live-tweeted it. It’s very funny.

-I wish this story about Rumer Willis setting up her mom Demi Moore with Nick Jonas was true.

-Speaking of stories I hope are true, Us Weekly says Meghan Markle wants to break from tradition and have her mom walk her down the aisle.

-The TCAs started today with HBO leading the way, where they announced that the final season won’t premiere until 2019. They also revealed the last season’s all-male writers and directors roster. So by the time it ends, it will have aired 73 episodes and employed one woman director (who helmed 4 eps).

Jon Hamm, Catherine Keener, Amber Tamblyn and Nick Offerman star in the Nostalgia trailer.

Chris Pratt Thinks He’s Not Represented in Hollywood


-If you’re ranking famous Chrises, Chris Pratt is probably not going to make the top of your list (holla, Chris Evans!). Sure, we’ll love him forever for Andy Dwyer alone but sometimes he talks and you’re just like “oh sweetie, no.” That pretty much sums up his Men’s Fitness cover story, in which he drops bon mots like “I don’t see personal stories that necessarily resonate with me…The voice of the average, blue-collar American isn’t necessarily represented in Hollywood.” All together now: oh sweetie, no.

-Meanwhile, Anna Faris gave a lovely speech at Chris’ Walk of Fame ceremony today.

-Vanity Fair has published its anxiously awaited story about Melania and Donald’s marriage and yeah, it sounds not fun.

-Sure, it’s douchey to listen to your own music obnoxiously loudly — but do you deserve to be handcuffed for it?

-The X Files is returning for a 10-episode season, shooting this summer. Let’s hope we get better than the last round, where we ended up with 1 spectacular episode (based on an old script originally written for Night Stalker), 1 that was good, 2 that were bad, and 2 that I’m actively trying to pretend didn’t exist. I really agree with this article about how the best thing that could happen to this reboot is if Chris Carter took a step back.

-Damn right, Netflix shows are too long. The “Netflix bloat” is real.

-What the hell is Rob Lowe doing? Surely he doesn’t need the money this much, right?

Blake Lively went off on a reporter who asked her what she was wearing at Variety’s Power of Women Luncheon. But…she posed for the red carpet. She showed up in a designer jumpsuit from Brandon Maxwell. She’s known for her fashion and brags about not using a stylist.  I don’t understand the rules.

-Wait, they’re trying to sell Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson‘s beef as a PR stunt? That’s adorable!

-I dropped off the Vampire Diaries after season two and only popped back in for the finale, but this take on how the show did Bonnie Bennett dirty sounds about right.

-Lifetime is skipping the pilot process and ordering Greg Berlanti‘s new limited series straight to a 10-episode series. It’s based on Caroline Kepnes‘ best-selling thriller You, which I read last year and still think about.

James Corden and Anne Hathaway created a musical mock romantic comedy that spanned”from courtship, to heartbreak.”

Worst TV of 2016


From revivals of shows that should have stayed dead to returning favourites that suddenly sucked, it was an often bleak year for TV (especially in the one-hour drama realm). I sat down with my fellow TV junkie Nicole for our annual chat about what we watched and hated. (Check out our Best of TV list here.)


Jen: I already talked about Westworld in our Best of TV chat, but that’s my pick. I’d also add The Path. If you told me last year that I’d quickly abandon a show starring Aaron Paul, I wouldn’t have believed you.

Nicole: I think mine was Divorce. I watched a few episodes but it just wasn’t the least bit enjoyable. I’m too busy (and old!) for TV to be work. I also did not get the hype of The Night Of. It was like a longer Law & Order. I was so bored.

Jen: Yeah, I still think The Night Of had the best first episode of the year (it was so tense I was sweating). But then it eventually dissolved into a standard, boring procedural.


Jen: This felt like the year of decent shows with terrible series finales. I was ok with both The Good Wife and Gilmore Girls, but I hated the last 30 seconds of each.

Nicole: I liked Gilmore Girls but I totally agree with you on The Good Wife ending.

Jen: This might be the year I end up breaking up with my beloved superhero TV shows. That hurts, especially when it comes to Arrow because it was on my Best Of list in 2015. This time last year, they had just aired one of their best episodes ever (which featured a proposal followed by a brutal limo attack). But then the show fell off a cliff and never recovered. When it’s good, Arrow is a fun blend of soap opera and comic book. At the end of last season, they leaned too heavily into the former; then they tried to course-correct this season by leaning too heavily into the latter. So now it’s all about stunts, trick arrows and new costumed heroes to make the comic book fanboys happy, but if you like character development and interactions between your favourites, you’re screwed. And their treatment of the few female characters left has become abysmal: Felicity is now a pod person, Thea is marooned on her own Scandal-lite show, and Laurel just pops up randomly to bait canon worshippers.

Nicole: I have crazy superhero fatigue! Arrow is the only one I’m still watching and frankly, it’s hanging by a thread. I don’t really care about any of the new people on the team and that’s a problem.

Jen: I’m less invested in The Flash so I’m less disappointed in it, but damn can that show figure out another threat besides evil speedsters?  I’m also bummed that Iris’ new relationship with Barry (which I don’t buy for a second) has somehow made her less of a character. She’s now been reduced to a pep talk vending machine. The only highlight of this season is that everyone is FINALLY calling out Barry for being a selfish jerkwad.

Nicole: I find that I’m dropping shows because they’ve gotten just plain boring. I love a good procedural but Elementary is just yawns now. If Person of Interest hadn’t been ending they would have lost me. TV can be so good now that I think I need more of a challenge.

Jen: Speaking of boring, I’m pretending The X Files revival didn’t happen, with the exception of the “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster” episode. Every other one, though? Just didn’t exist!

Nicole: I had such high hopes for UnREAL after last year. Are you kidding me with showing a police shooting from the perspective of the white girl?!?! I think the characters were too unlikeable and not funny enough this season. I’m giving them two more episodes and then I’m out.

Jen: Yeah, I’m with you on UnREAL, which experienced such a brutal sophomore slump. It’s like they forgot that the magic of that show is watching Quinn and Rachel together, and kept them apart nearly all season. Speaking of dropping shows, I’m not sure if I’ve ever quit a series as fast as I quit The 100 after they killed Lexa like such a gross afterthought. The only silver lining: it led to a widespread #buryyourtropes conversation about TV’s treatment of gays and minorities that’s still reverberating.


Jen: The loss of Agent Carter sucked, especially since Hayley Atwell immediately jumped to a far inferior ABC show (Conviction) that was promptly cancelled.

Nicole: I can’t say I’m heartbroken about any cancellations this year, but I do hope Haley Atwell finds a place to land.

Jen: I’m also still mourning the cancellation of The Grinder. That show was so funny and I’m totally stumped about why it couldn’t find a larger audience.


Shows that suffered bummer declines in 2106: The Fall, Mr Robot, Sleepy Hollow, The Affair, Poldark

Check out our Best TV of 2016 picks