The internet usually hates whoever is cast in upcoming superhero movies. It’s a fact of life. Superhero casting follows a pattern: 1) Announcement, 2) Fan backlash, 3) Supportive media backlash to the fan backlash, 4) The movie comes out and everyone forgets they hated that actor. We’ve seen it time and again, most famously with Heath Ledger and the Joker. Full Story
Girls Season 3 Episode 5 recap. Let’s assume I’m not a perfect person. Maybe even not a great person. Subjective, of course, based on a million factors – but let’s say that’s true. Does it mean that I can, or I can’t, identify other people who are imperfect? People who have problems? This is the rather well-done theme of this week’s episode of Girls, and I couldn’t help but notice that the episode was written by one person, directed by another, and neither of those was Lena Dunham, who instead turned in the best performance I’ve seen her do in a single episode. Full Story
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The oldest Jonas’s wife had a child yesterday. He was live-tweeting the labour and then told his followers to follow the Dreft Twitter account for the official sponsored birth announcement…!!!!! Look! The logo is on the photo! Full Story
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With their big comic book movie, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, due in theaters in May, Sony is getting serious with their ad campaign. How serious? Super Bowl serious. Sony dropped $8 million on two thirty-second spots (which you can watch here) to tell us to go online and watch a nearly four minute long sizzle reel from the movie. Full Story
Johnny Depp’s fiancée took his daughter Lily Rose shopping this weekend. They also went out for lunch. This must mean they’re close. And that everyone is happy. And photographers were there to make sure you know this. Does that mean you’ll like her more? And want to see her in more movies? Do you think you could name a Mrs Timberlake movie quicker than you can name a future Mrs Depp movie? Or vice versa? Will that change in two years, do you think? It sure made a difference for Mrs T. Full Story
I got nerd-yelled at on Twitter for referring to the robots in the Super Bowl TV spot for Transformers: Age of Extinction as robot dinosaurs and not by their proper name, the dinobots. But c’mon. Seriously. “Robot dinosaur” sounds so much better than “dinobot”. There’s no way to say “robot dinosaur” without sounding equal parts disbelieving and excited. Full Story
Marvel played the “Super Bowl TV spot telling you to go watch a trailer online” card, for April’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It’s the Phase 2 film that most directly sets up The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and DAMN, did they deliver a great second trailer. It gives a sense of how good Cap 2 actually is, because even if Captain America is nobody’s favorite, this might be the best movie Marvel has put together yet. Full Story
So you know about that Vanity Fair piece on Mia Farrow a few months ago. And Ronan Farrow's subsequent tweets during the Golden Globes about honouring Woody Allen. And then a week ago, an article was posted at The Daily Beast, written by Robert B Weide who shot a PBS documentary about Allen's work. Full Story
Fran – Happy Birthday from Adrienne! Here are Vincent Cassel and Tom Hardy and the puppy by request. Full Story
I feel like it's kinda perfect that the Super Bowl is happening over Chinese New Year weekend. Feasting and celebrating is always good this time of year -- good luck likes a party. When my ma, the Chinese Squawking Chicken, was heading into a really, really sh-t cycle for Tigers (she's a Tiger Mother for real), she insisted on a major birthday party, even more extravagant than usual, so that the happiness and goodwill generated on the occasion might provide some padding against what she was facing. She ended up in hospital a few months later, the beginning of what would be a brutal fight against a rare disease. Which she's still recovering from. But the point is - she's recovering. And she often says that party may have been the difference between recovery and loss. Or she could just be saying that because Jacek and I paid for that party, as we do all her parties, and she's telling us that we have to keep doing it. Guess whose birthday happens in a month?
The blog may be lighter today for Chinese New Year. Back to full schedule on Monday.
May the Horse be kind, gentle, and forgiving. May you be happy and healthy and loved this year.
GUNG HAY FAT CHOY! Happy New Year!
Yours in gossip,