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Caitríona Balfe Talks Fame, Fandom

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Caitríona Balfe is on the cover of Vanity Fair’s Awards Insider issue for Belfast (a film I found super boring but what do I know?), and she talks about how scary Outlander fans can be. “When you have a kid, you become really protective. I don’t want those [crazy fans]—because that’s what they are—I just don’t want them talking about him. It’s sad, because you meet the loveliest people who are fans of the show and they’re super supportive and they do the nicest things—and then you have that little thing, which just taints it.”

-I tried to watch The Tender Bar this weekend but even my love for George Clooney (who directed it) couldn’t sustain me past the first hour. Still, Ben Affleck was the best thing about it. He talks to the LA Times about turning 50 this year (“The common thread I’ve found from the people I know who’ve turned 50 who are the happiest is that they’ve stopped worrying so much about what other people think”) why he dropped out of directing The Batman (“I looked at it and thought, “I’m not going to be happy doing this. The person who does this should love it”) and how his priorities changed around the time of Justice League (“It was really Justice League that was the nadir for me. That was a bad experience because of a confluence of things: my own life, my divorce, being away too much, the competing agendas and then [director] Zack [Snyder]’s personal tragedy [Snyder’s daughter Autumn died by suicide in 2017] and the reshooting. It just was the worst experience. It was awful. It was everything that I didn’t like about this. That became the moment where I said, “I’m not doing this anymore.” It’s not even about, like, Justice League was so bad. Because it could have been anything”).

-Meanwhile, Kevin Smith explained how he tried (and failed) to make a Superman movie with Ben Affleck.

-Here’s a better look at The Batman’s villains Riddler, Penguin and Catwoman.

Robert Durst, the subject of HBO’s The Jinx, has died in custody at 78. He was recently convicted of murdering Susan Berman in 2000.

Bob Saget‘s Full House costars are expressing their shock and sadness over his sudden passing. (There was no sign of foul play or drug use.)

-Instead of having a Golden Globes broadcast, they just announced the awards via a live tweet and the rollout was a mess (with tweets full of dumb jokes but often missing what role the winner won for) and was quickly overshadowed by the outpouring of grief over Bob Sagat’s death.

-Despite the mess, there were some good wins (especially because the Globes broadcast died because of their lack of diversity). MJ Rodriguez became the first transgender woman to win best actress, while Squid Game’s O Yeong-su became the first Korean actor to win. That being said, judging by its reception today, I’m doubtful the broadcast will ever comes back.

-The Eternals is hitting Disney+ tomorrow.

Zendaya posted a trigger warning for this season of Euphoria, which started last night. (This behind-the-scene clip cleansed some of the trauma from the premiere.)

-In honour of her 40th birthday, the palace released three new portraits of Kate Middleton by photographer Paolo Roversi.

-The CW is now for sale and Supernatural fans seem to want to take credit for its demise, but the network has never been profitable — even when that show was airing. (I saw a tweet where a stan claimed that SPN licensed conventions is what made the CW money, which is adorable. The stars? For sure. The network? No.) It has more do to with streaming — I remember when I was an Arrowverse fan there was a lot of industry talk about how the Netflix deal basically was the biggest way those shows made their studios money, but now all the streaming rights are going to the studio’s own apps. This tiktok explains it well.

Aubrey Plaza will star in season two of Mike White’s HBO comedy The White Lotus, which sounds like perfect casting.

-Grey’s Anatomy has scored a surprise early renewal for its 19th season on ABC after Ellen Pompeo inked a rich new deal to return. She’s also been upped from co-executive producer to executive producer.

-Critics may hate Emily In Paris but the latest season must be doing great for Netflix— they just handed it a big two-season renewal.

-The Morning Show has scored a predictable third season renewal at Apple — and will now be on its third showrunner.

-I liked The Lost Daughter, but I’m starting to like all the think pieces surrounding it even more than I liked the movie. This one is excellent.

-Every year, this movie critic compiles clips from his favourite films of the year, and his latest edition doesn’t disappoint.

-Omicron is surging but studios are still expecting film critics to attend in-person screenings.

-Netflix’s The Kanye West Trilogy, decades in the making, just got a teaser ahead of its Sundance premiere.

-Here’s a look at Peacock’s BelAir, which premieres on Super Bowl Sunday with its first three episodes, followed by new episodes weekly. It’s a more dramatic take on the beloved sitcom.

Doja Cat Is Putting Dr. Luke Behind Her

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Doja Cat is on the January cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. I’ve seen pics and videos of this woman a hundred times and I still can’t pick her out of a lineup. Total face blindness when it comes to her. In the interview, she was asked about her working relationship with Dr. Luke, whom Kesha has accused of abuse. “I haven’t worked with him in a very long time. A lot of those songs were…. There’s shit that he’s credited for, where I’m like, ‘‘Hmm, I don’t know, I don’t know if you did anything on that.’ The point is he’s gotten some credit for shit. And, you know, it’s whatever. I don’t think I need to work with him again. I don’t think I need to work with him in the future. I know that…I think it was definitely nice of me to work with him.”

-Well. John Mulaney and Olivia Munn secretly welcomed their baby last month, according to TMZ.

-Actress Zoe Lister-Jones says Chris Noth was often drunk and inappropriate on the set of Law & Order.

-In light of the new allegations, Peleton has pulled their ad with Noth.

-Full reviews are still embargoed until Thursday, but the first reactions to The Matrix Resurrections hit Twitter and they are mostly glowing.

Keanu Reeves showed up for the Toronto premiere last night. He’s the only celeb who can get away with not wearing a mask (at least he asked the crowd about it).

-Covid is messing up productions again. Both The Crown and Ghosts had to halt filming this week due to active cases on set.

-Meanwhile, Variety did a new story on covid affecting Hollywood and this paragraph has me wondering which two actresses they’re talking about: “Also in recent days, rumblings about two unvaccinated actresses has grown louder and more concerned — one up for Oscar contention in a prominent indie, the other the headliner of a December tentpole. The women continue to engage in publicity for their respective projects, some in person, which has alarmed the publicists and actors who are working the circuit alongside them.” The big tentpole moves out this month are really just Matrix, West Side Story and Spider-Man, no? Mayyyyybe Nightmare Alley and Don’t Look Up, but those feel like a stretch.

-When asked if he would ever consider guesting on girlfriend Zendaya‘s show Euphoria, Tom Holland said “Listen, I have been petitioning for this for a long time and it has not happened yet.” Make it work, HBO!

-I can’t stop watching the videos of Spider-Man crowd reactions. If I wasn’t so scared to leave my house again, I’d be there this weekend.

-Meanwhile, Spider-Man: No Way Home is poised to gross $200 million at the domestic box office, which is insane even in non-pandemic times.

George Clooney was on Kimmel last night and Julia Roberts silently crashed his interview.

-She hasn’t posted yet, but Beyonce has joined TikTok.

Reese Witherspoon‘s reaction to hearing that Matthew McConaughey used to have a crush on her is all kinds of cute.

Eric Clapton continues to make headlines for all the wrong reasons. The latest: he successfully sued a woman who tried to sell a bootleg CD on eBay.

Paul Rudd celebrates his fifth time hosting in this week’s SNL promos.

Sarah Snook says Succession’s finale parking lot scene was horrible to shoot. “I’m in high heels, and it’s a 45-degree incline. There’s rocks and stones. It’s a tight dress, and my makeup is melting off. And now it’s windy.” The whole time I was watching it I was marveling at her ability to hold a squat in heels that long.

Adrien Brody tries to find redemption in the Clean trailer.

Zendaya Spins a Web at Spider-Man Premiere

Zendaya’s look at the big Hollywood premiere of Spider-Man: No Way Home was total perfection.

-Despite the tangled web of a plot that sees Peter Parker delve into the confusing multiverse, Spider-Man: No Way Home seems to have won over critics.

-The predictions for the box office seem insane, considering that the new variant will likely keep some people home this weekend. Industry experts are predicting a $150 million debut.

Ben Affleck told Howard Stern that he began to drink more as his marriage to Jennifer Garner unraveled. “That was part of why I started drinking alcohol — I was trapped. I was like, ‘I can’t leave because of my kids, but I am not happy. What do I do?’ What I did was drink a bottle of scotch on the couch, which turned out not to be the solution…I probably still would’ve been drinking [if I stayed].” God, I hope his kids don’t ever read that…

Kim Kardashian wants to speed up her divorce from Kanye West. In new court filings, she said, “I have been attempting to settle our dissolution with [West] since I filed for divorce in February 2021. I have requested several times that [he] agree to bifurcate and terminate our marital status. [He] has not responded to my request.”

-Meanwhile, a source tells People that Kanye West “isn’t giving up without a fight.”

Keanu Reeves talked to Stephen Colbert about the origins of the Sad Keanu meme. “I’m just eating a sandwich! I was thinking… I had some stuff going on. I was hungry.”

-General Hospital’s Ingo Rademacher is suing ABC for firing him over his refusal to get vaccinated. “My body is endowed by my creator with natural processes to protect me.”

Billie Eilish says she got covid a few months ago. “I want it to be clear that it is because of the vaccine I’m fine. I think if I weren’t vaccinated, I would have, like, died, because it was bad. When I say it was bad, I more just mean that it felt horrible…I still have side effects. I was sick for, like, two months almost. This was in August, a couple months ago.”

Dakota Johnson explained her Architectural Digest video that featured a big bowl of limes on her kitchen counter despite her saying she’s allergic to them. “You know, they have somebody who is super talented come in and make your house look amazing. So they put this big bowl of limes, which I [first] saw while we were filming. And it was funny. So I talked about it because who has a bowl of only limes?”

Avril Lavigne is turning “Sk8er Boi” into a film. I’d watch it.

Patti Harrison, Simon Rex, and Taylour Paige just became first-time Spirit Awards nominees. I’ve seen two of those performances (Harrison in Together Together and Rex in Red Rocket), and both are worthy of recognition.

Flavor Flav was nearly killed by a boulder while driving.

-Vulture interviewed a doctor about all the things that went wrong on And Just Like That.

J. Smith-Cameron was asked about Succession costar Jeremy Strong‘s now infamous profile, and her response was perfect. “I didn’t feel the New Yorker piece was an attack on him. I don’t know whether that’s me just being a little insensitive. I felt like it was trying to be very objective about what seemed like very extreme practices. I thought Jessica Chastain and Aaron Sorkin coming to his defense was wonderful, but I didn’t think it was really necessary because I didn’t think he was exactly maligned. It’s not a puff piece, certainly. It’s Jeremy saying in his own words what his values are and what his process is.”

-A judge upheld assault charges against Tory Lanez for allegedly shooting Megan Thee Stallion.

-Someone created a trailer for Tick Tick Boom with the Muppets and it’s so perfect.

-This is an excellent interview with Kathleen Turner. I especially like her take on method acting and how she doesn’t include it in the acting class she’s teaching at NYU. “My course is called ‘Practical Acting: Shut Up and Do It’…All that ‘call me by my character name’ stuff? Fuck it. Isn’t the idea that we’re supposed to find our own unique voice? How can you achieve that by forcibly imitating anyone else? I’ve never understood that. Your job, through school and throughout your life, should be to learn how *you* work best as an actor.”

-The cast for Apple+’s Afterparty is incredible. This trailer intrigues me.

-Speaking of upcoming TV series that look amazing, here’s the new trailer for HBO’s The Gilded Age.

-Holyyyy sheetttttt, this trailer for Everything Everywhere All At Once starring Michelle Yeoh is everything.