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Lupita Nyong’o Covers British Vogue

Lupita Nyong’o Covers British Vogue

Lupita Nyong’o’s first ever British Vogue cover is stunning. She talks about her decision to stay mum on her personal life (“Privacy is a commodity that is hard to come by”), what she looks for in a script (“I don’t get fulfillment from the number of zeros attached to a project. What I’m seduced by is the potential to shift a narrative. That is very seductive to me, having social and cultural impact”) and hanging out with costars (“Filming is so time-consuming. And intense. With Black Panther, a lot of us were single. On Little Monsters, nobody was single. Everyone, when they’re done with their day’s work, wants to go home to their families, which makes a whole lot of sense. When you don’t have that it’s very isolating”).

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and their 7-month-old reportedly flew to Toronto over the holidays to see friends, including Meghan’s BFF Jessica Mulroney. They later met up with Meghan’s mom in Victoria.

Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello also spent time in Toronto over the holidays (though she wasn’t spotted with him on NYE).

-Congrats to Michelle Williams, who is reportedly pregnant and engaged to Hamilton director Thomas Kail. They met on set while working on the FX show Fosse/Verdon, which Kail directed.

-Crazy Ex-Girlfriend creator/star Rachel Bloom, who is 7 months pregnant, got stranded on the side of the road with her husband in Bakersfield and tweeted that they were going to sleep in their car, so a couple invited them into their home.

-Tragic news: prolific television producer Jenji Kohan (creator of Orange Is The New Black and Weeds) is mourning the sudden death of her 20-year-old son, who died following a ski accident in Utah.

Beyoncé posted a black screen on Instagram 10 minutes before midnight on NYE, and the internet lost its poo, thinking it was another surprise album drop. The comments under the post were hilarious (my fave was “Bey MAAM, I’m poor, go to sleep”). But she quickly followed it up with a video retrospective of her highlights of the decade.

Megan Thee Stallion and Zendaya attended Beyoncé‘s NYE party.

-This is weird: eleven of the last 14 seasons of Survivor — including each of the last five — have been won by men.

Sharon Stone was blocked from the Bumble dating app — for impersonating Sharon Stone.

Busy Philips did an IG post about the shitty way she found out her E! show was being cancelled, and it included screenshots of the hilariously profane letter her daughter wrote to the network.

Florence Pugh, 23, does not seem to love it when people remind her that her BF Zach Braff is 44.

Jodie Turner Smith said the nude photo she posted on IG was “not a thirst trap” since her hubby, Joshua Jackson, took the pic. Works for me.

Whitney Houston‘s family continues to be plagued by tragedy. Nick Gordon, who dated Houston’s late daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, died Wednesday in Florida following a reported drug overdose.

-Bombshell is bombing at the box office. I saw it yesterday and I walked out with the same question as this person: “who exactly was that for?!”

-The performances were good though, especially Margot Robbie. Things are already looking up for her in 2020 — she’s confirmed that Jared Leto will not appear as Joker in Birds of Prey.

-In other Joker-related news, no one is doing more to make me feel better about not seeing Joker than its director, Todd Phillips. In a new interview, he claims the success of the Joaquin Phoenix-led film had nothing to do with the character’s connection to Batman.

-Also, the fact that Phillips packed the movie with homages to his hero Martin Scorsese — only to have Scorsese admit he hasn’t seen it — is amazing. (“I saw clips of it. I know it. So it’s like, why do I need to. I get it. It’s fine.”) The other amazing part of that Scorsese interview is when he basically says that he talked all that shit about Marvel movies in the press so that he could get a meeting with Disney’s Bob Iger about film preservation.

Kim Kardashian did NOT give her daughter the shirt John F. Kennedy was shot in as a Christmas present. Just in case you were worried about that.

-This is probably the review of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker that best captures how I felt about it.

-Meanwhile, a wild Reddit conspiracy theory about why the new Star Wars is so bad has made #ReleaseTheJJCut a trending topic. Look, big studios are always going to have notes and demand changes, for better or worse. That’s how blockbusters are made. That doesn’t mean Disney was trying to purposefully torpedo J.J. Abrams‘ reputation so his future WB/DC projects would tank. That’s ridiculous. (And also, Chris Terrio was hired to co-write Rise of Skywalker on the heels of two terrible Justice League movies and Batman V Superman, so the actual movie this conspiracy theory is about disproves the idea that one bad film could actually tank a white man’s Hollywood career).

-Not to mention the fact that of the five Disney-era Star Wars movies since 2015, only The Last Jedi didn’t have a production crisis.

-Speaking of Star Wars, now that he’s no longer under contract John Boyega has gone a little wild on social media. I don’t particularly love jokes about “laying the pipe” with Rey or when actors make fun of shippers, but it’s kind of fun to see him completely unleash.

-As of yesterday, Friends is no longer be available to stream in the U.S. on Netflix. I wonder if and how that’s going to affect this year’s subscription numbers.

-I binged the entire second season of You this holiday break. I’m happy with that decision.

-Here’s the new trailer for A Quiet Place 2. It’s still quiet, and still creepy.

Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge Covers Vogue

Phoebe Waller-Bridge Vogue
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Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a delight in the new issue of Vogue. In the interview, she talks about cutting abortion law comments from her SNL monologue (“Because if you rant and rave, if you try and make a noise, you’ll be labelled noisy. You have to be careful of that. You have to find ways to protest”), her drink of choice (“The gimlet came into my life about a year and a half ago. I have really always wanted a cocktail that you order with total confidence; you know, that thing that you order and everyone’s like, Holy shit, she knows what she’s doing with her entire life”), and why you stop sharing as much with your friends as you get older (“I think the first half of your life, you’re trying to find out who you are, and you’re kind of knocking yourself against things, and testing things the whole time, to help kind of sculpt yourself. Then later, when you’ve got as close to sculpted as possible, you’re like, Don’t touch anything, in case it changes me”).

-Speaking of good magazine covers, Katie Holmes covers two this month (the December 2019 issues of Elle UK and SHAPE) and she refused to acknowledge the Tom Cruise years — even in style retrospectives.

-This is sad but not surprising: a new Britney Spears documentary features an interview with the salon owner who witnessed her infamous head shaving incident. The owner claims that Spears’s bodyguards were bribed by the paparazzi for her location and to continue to open the blinds of the salon, allowing a photographer hiding in the bushes to snap photos of their charge.

-This interview with TI about how he obsessively monitors the state of his 18-year-old daughter’s hymen is horrific — and really, really medically stupid. (Dr. Jennifer Gunter has a great thread about all the ways TI is wrong.) This doctor should be have his license revoked.

Jenny Slate‘s proposal story is very cute.

Whitney Houston‘s best friend Robyn Crawford wrote a new memoir, in which she talks about how they knew they had to suppress their relationship. “She said we shouldn’t be physical anymore because it would make our journey even more difficult…She said if people find out about us, they would use this against us and back in the ’80s that’s how it felt.”

Jennifer Aniston revealed why she joined social media, saying “People are already in my panty drawers all the time. And I want them out of my panty drawers. But now I can decide which pair to show them.” And here I thought it was because she was contractually obligated to promote her new Apple show.

Drake is reportedly getting close to Kylie Jenner, according to People. (E!News‘ sources say it’s not serious which, yeah, we could have figured that one out on our own.)

Hilarie Burton shared a photo of her wedding day with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, which featured his Supernatural co-star Jensen Ackles, who officiated the ceremony.

-ABC is rebooting Revenge (a show I don’t think gets enough love) with a Latinx lead.

-Have some Stranger Things bloopers.

Chris Evans appears in the new episode of Billy on the Street! This is not a drill!

Bobby Brown Blames Nick Gordon for Whitney and Bobbi Kristina’s Deaths

Bobby Brown just confirmed one of the biggest gossip rumours of the ’90s: Whitney Houston and Robyn Crawford were a couple, but Houston’s family didn’t approve. Said Brown: “I really feel that if Robyn was accepted into Whitney’s life, Whitney would still be alive today. She didn’t have close friends with her anymore.” Awful. Also awful: Brown blames Nick Gordon for both Whitney and Bobbi Kristina‘s deaths.

-In the juicy new THR cover storyBill Simmons opened up about his messy ESPN ouster and his new HBO show. He later posted an apology for saying of ESPN: “Ask yourself this: ‘Who would work there that you respect right now?'”

-A source from Jennifer Garner‘s camp is telling People that despite her European jaunt with Ben Affleck, the actress is “adamant about going through” with the divorce. Dare we dream?

-Are we really all pretending these Lindsay Lohan photos are candids? We are? Ok, then.

Johnny Depp‘s pal Benicio Del Toro says Amber Heardsounds a little manipulative…but I don’t know the specifics.” Cool story, bro.

-I recently saw a movie called The Meddler where J.K. Simmons plays Susan Sarandon‘s love interest and my friend and I had a post-film convo about how good he’s looking these days. And that was *before* this insane gym selfie landed.

-Wayment: Robert Buckley (who I adore) is dating Lea Michele?! I’m gonna need a second to process this…

Dakota Johnson and the guy you didn’t know she’d been dating for two years have called it quits.

Rachel Roy reportedly fled from the CFDA Awards after finding out Beyoncé was on her way . Smart move, Becks.

-Meanwhile, Beyoncé sneezed on the Formation tour and people lost their poo over it.

-Nashville just won’t die. The ABC soap might have found a new home on CMT. My mother is going to be thrilled.

-I’m glad to see the reviews for the new season of Orange Is the New Black, which hits Netflix next weekend, are still positive. Meanwhile, this is a good refresher for how S3 ended if you’re like me and forget everything you watch five minutes after turning it off.

-Meanwhile, a new Netflix study says we binge horrors and thrillers, but take our time with comedies.

Prince Harry and Ellie Goulding might be a thing, which I don’t hate.

-Variety made a list of all the showrunners for new shows for the 2016-17 broadcast season. Not surprisingly, they are almost all white dudes.

Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult flirt over a bumblebee in this Equals clip.

-Another day, another hang-wringing article about fandom. Again, I think there’s an important distinction between fans who feel entitled to demand certain plots, and fans who want to hold creators accountable for bad writing and/or perpetuating harmful tropes.

-I went to a screener of this Alison Brie and Colin Hanks movie last year and assumed it would never see the light of day. It probably shouldn’t.

-To the four other people out there who watch The Americans, tonight’s season finale will run 14 minutes long so set your DVR accordingly.

-The best thing about the TMNT 2 press tour is it reminded me of how awesomely weird Megan Fox is. (Stephen Amell told a story about how she stared at him silently for five minutes when they first met, then declared “you’re a Taurus.” Which he is.) Now she’s telling Chelsea Handler that she can sense her aborted fetus is watching over Handler through her dog. I love it all.

Jude Law told Stephen Colbert that he turned down the role of Superman after he tried on the suit.

-This 360-degree video of Hamilton’s “Wait For It” in a capella allows you to gaze adoringly upon whichever cast member you choose. (Though if you choose someone other than Leslie Odom Jr., you’re doing it wrong.)

Lena Dunham and her Girls costars have dedicated a sexual assault PSA to ‘the brave survivor in the Stanford case.’

-THR’s drama actor roundtable includes Cuba Gooding Jr., Forest Whitaker, Paul Giamatti, Bobby Cannavale, Wagner Moura and Rami Malek, which is great but I wish it would have included one or two broadcast stars. Seriously, do you know anyone who actually made it through the whole season of Vinyl? Or Billions?

Matthew McConaughey empowers the people in this new Free State of Jones clip.