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    34 Pop Culture Moments From This Week That Everyone Was Talking About

    I'm starting to feel like Gossip Girl.

    1. Michael B. Jordan and Lori Harvey confirmed they're dating via Instagram.

    2. People continued to be obsessed with Bridgerton — especially star Regé-Jean Page.

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    The show is currently #2 on Netflix, and fans are loving Page. Many have nominated him to play the next James Bond — but Page recently shut down any rumors, suggesting people say the same thing about any up-and-coming British actor. However, Page has already appeared in a major franchise — people discovered this week that Page had briefly appeared in a Harry Potter film. Even actors aren't immune to his appeal — London Hughes recently said that her first onscreen kiss was with Page, and that he was a good kisser who made her feel really comfortable.

    3. The Kardashian/Jenners filmed their final episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, celebrating with cookies of their faces (because of course they did) and behind-the-scenes photos.

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    Of course, lots of people commented on Kourtney's photos of the last day of filming, saying she must be pretty happy, as she publicly stated that she quit the show back in March. In related Kardashian news, Kim seemed to confirm that they were not starting a new reality show on Hulu as people had predicted after news broke of a content deal with Hulu.

    4. The Sex and the City reboot was officially announced: It's going to be called And Just Like That and will feature Miranda, Charlotte, and Carrie navigating their fifties.

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    Kim Cattrall will not be reprising her role as Samantha, liking a tweet that suggests she is putting herself first and doing what's best for her. There were rumors Jennifer Coolidge would be recast in her role, but Jennifer herself denied the rumors. Cattrall not participating is not a surprise considering some pretty public feuds in the group, though Sarah Jessica Parker recently responded to a fan suggesting Sarah didn't like Kim, saying "I don't dislike her...Samantha isn't part of this story. But she will always be part of us."

    5. It was announced that Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem were cast as Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in a film about a week on the set of I Love Lucy.

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    This divided a lot of fans, with many saying Nicole wasn't the right casting for the part of Lucille Ball. Many tweeted that Debra Messing, who played Lucille's roll in an I Love Lucy tribute episode of Will and Grace, would have been better suited — Messing retweeted some of these, and confirmed she was available for the role. People were also upset at Bardem's casting, as he's Spanish, not Latino — Desi Arnaz was Cuban.

    6. Blake Shelton responded to backlash over his song "Minimum Wage," stating, "If that's offensive to you, then we'll just have to agree to disagree."

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    The song, which was about how love can make you feel rich even when you make minimum wage, was called inconsiderate considering the current job market. Shelton called the criticism "absolutely ridiculous," saying he related to the song as he was once a musician struggling to make ends meet.

    7. In COVID-related celeb news: Grimes says she "finally" got the virus and was "weirdly enjoying it," while Martha Stewart defended herself after she was accused of "cutting the line" to get the vaccine.

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    Martha is 79, so she's part of the 65+ age group that is currently eligible for the vaccine in New York. Other celebs who have gotten the vaccine include Sir Ian McKellen, Prue Leith from Great British Bake Off, and Joan Collins.

    8. The Weeknd released the video for "Save Your Tears," unveiling a new face after having his face in bandages for many of his past videos. Many thought the look was a reference to his ex, Bella Hadid.

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    Hadid has denied rumors that she's gotten plastic surgery, but that hasn't stopped fans from speculating. Most pointed out that The Weeknd's prosthetics look was probably just a part of the "theater he created for this album" and simply a natural continuation of past videos.

    9. J.Lo and Lady Gaga were announced as performers at the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris...

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    The two will headline the swearing-in ceremony, with Gaga performing the National Anthem.

    10. ...though Chrissy Teigan wanted J.Lo to perform the national anthem in Spanish.

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    Chrissy tweeted, "How dope if J.Lo sang the national anthem in fuckin Spanish," noting Trump supporters would "lose their minds." When someone replied, "ANYONE should freak if she sings it in Spanish. This is AMERICA, not Spain," Chrissy came back with "But who did you vote for, Kevin?"

    11. Everybody wondered if Barbie was gay after an old photo resurfaced of her and another doll in "Love Wins" T-shirts.

    12. The first two episodes of WandaVision premiered today on Disney+, and the reviews are in: it's good.

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    As we know, the series is going to set up the Doctor Strange sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — though we don't exactly know how yet. It seems Elizabeth Olsen (who plays Wanda) was in our shoes not so long ago, saying she didn't know what she was doing in the Doctor Strange sequel until she was finishing up filming WandaVision.

    13. "Joe the Pigeon" went viral after it appeared the bird had traveled thousands of miles from the US to Australia, meaning it would have to be killed to protect Australia's biodiversity.

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    However, it was eventually concluded that the bird was likely Australian and would be allowed to live!

    14. Selena Gomez released a new song, “De Una Vez," and an accompanying music video.

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    The song is in Spanish — Selena said it "felt empowering to sing in Spanish again," and that she's proud of her Latin background. She also says she thinks she sings better in Spanish — and many fans are now wondering if Selena plans on releasing an album in Spanish.

    15. Armie Hammer responded to alleged explicit DMs in which he apparently called himself a cannibal, calling them "bullshit claims."

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    However, he did drop out of a movie he was supposed to film with J.Lo, stating “I’m not responding to these bullshit claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for 4 months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic."

    16. Brie Larson took a quiz on her YouTube channel in which she seemed to suggest she had wondered about her sexuality as a child, and Twitter wondered if she'd just come out.

    Although it's certainly possible Twitter was reading too much into this. We support you either way, Brie!

    17. It was announced that Chris Evans was nearing a deal to return as Captain America — but then Chris Evans himself came on Twitter to deny the rumors.

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    "News to me," he tweeted Thursday.

    18. On Saturday, Kamala Harris's Vogue cover sparked backlash, with many questioning the lighting and quality of the shoot, as well as criticizing how Vogue shoots Black women in general. This week, Anna Wintour herself responded, saying Vogue "heard and understood" the criticism.

    Vice president-elect Kamala Harris is on the cover of Vogue’s February issue

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    Wintour said, "it was absolutely not our intention to in any way diminish the importance of the vice president-elect’s incredible victory," but pressed that the less-formal cover had been intended to reflect the "moment we were living in," and symbolized Harris and President-elect Joe Biden's words on empathy and unity with a welcoming image.

    19. Olivia Rodrigo (who you may remember from High School Musical: The Musical: The Series) released her debut single "Driver's License," garnering praise from fans and stars (like Taylor Swift, who called Olivia her "baby" and said she was proud).

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    Many fans speculated that the song is about her costar from the High School Musical series, Joshua Bassett, but this is unconfirmed. James Charles also posted an a cappella rendition of Olivia's hit song to his Instagram story.

    20. TikTok became obsessed with sea shanties (like, the songs sung on old ships by crewpeople) for some reason.

    The trend appears to have started after Scottish singer Nathan Evans posted a version of "The Wellerman" on TikTok, spurring a bunch of duets.

    21. Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke out about the attempted coup last week, posting a video to his Twitter where he condemned the riots and compared them to Kristallnacht in Nazi Germany.

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    Schwarzenegger referenced his own childhood growing up in the aftermath of World War II and experiencing drunken, violent attacks from his father due to trauma over his part in the war and racist violence. He compared the riots to the rise of Nazi Germany and called Trump a failed leader.

    22. The trailer for the third and final installation in the To All the Boys I've Loved Before series, titled To All the Boys: Always and Forever, dropped.

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    The final film will touch on milestones like prom and graduation as Lara Jean and Peter start to move into their adult lives.

    23. Lana Del Rey faced backlash TWICE this week, for comments about the attempted coup and the lack of diversity on her album cover.

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    After facing backlash for stating Tuesday that she didn't think Trump knew he was inciting violence at the Capitol riots, Lana clarified her comments, saying she was really saying that, "Trump is so significantly impaired that he may not know what he was doing due to his significant lack of empathy." She also said, "I really don't appreciate being painted as some kind of white Republican who's always been given everything and supports the incite of a Capitol riot," saying that she struggled and "had nothing" growing up. Del Rey also received backlash this week for the lack of diversity in the album artwork for her upcoming album, saying that there were in fact people of color in the photo and that her "dearest friends have come from all over the place" and that "In 11 years working, I have always been extremely inclusive without even trying to." Many took issue with her comments, accusing Lana of turning a conversation about diversity into one about her own "white fragility."

    24. Anne Hathaway revealed on The Tonight Show that she hates being called Anne and prefers the name "Annie."

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    Anne (sorry, Annie) stated that she'd been forced to choose a name at 14 when she joined SAG, and went with Anne, unaware she'd be stuck with it her whole life.

    25. The Lizzie McGuire cast spoke out about the decision to cancel the show after filming only two episodes.

    26. Fans and costars alike posted birthday messages for what would've been Naya Rivera's 34th birthday after her tragic death in July.

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    Rivera's Glee costars, such as Heather Morris, posted messages and photos, while ex-husband Ryan Dorsey posted a photo of the two with their son, writing to Naya that it's "just as surreal as it is real that you're gone."

    27. Bruce Willis faced backlash for photos in which he wasn't wearing a mask at a pharmacy, with Page Six reporting he was asked to leave.

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    Willis responded to those who called him out for not wearing a mask, referring to his decision as "an error in judgment" and reminding others to "mask up."

    28. NBA player Kyrie Irving was fined $50,000 and sidelined from the Nets after videos showed him attending an indoor party maskless.

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    He can return to the Nets this weekend if he tests negative for COVID-19, but will forfeit salary for missed games. According to ESPN, he will lose $816,898.

    29. Rebel Wilson revealed she had been kidnapped and held at gunpoint while traveling in Mozambique.

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    Rebel recounted the terrifying story on the UK series Straight Talking. She said men with guns pulled up to her truck and instructed her and her friends to get out, taking them to a house in "the middle of nowhere" and keeping them there overnight. However, in the morning, they let them go — Rebel said she believed they were after the truck, not her.

    30. Dionne Warwick continued her hilarious tweets when she discovered Cardi B and Offset through her niece.

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    She asked "Is there also an Onset walking around somewhere?" and called Cardi "authentically herself."

    31. Speaking of Cardi — she spoke this week about how much money her music videos have cost, revealing that the video for "WAP" cost a million dollars to make.

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    She revealed that the video for "Money" cost $400,000, but the video for "Bodak Yellow" only cost $15,000.

    32. Zendaya — who is set to cover next month's GQ — opened up in her interview for the magazine about her shyness and anxiety, saying it's caused many in Hollywood to think she's cold.

    33. Awkwafina also covered a magazine — in this case, Harper's Bazaar — and gave a candid interview about feeling depressed with "no sense of identity" after becoming famous in 2018.

    34. And finally, Post Malone donated 10,000 pairs of his sold-out Crocs to frontline medical workers.

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    Malone, who released his Crocs back in December (quickly selling out), partnered with the nonprofit Musicians On Call to donate the shoes to medical facilities.

    And that's all for this week, folks!

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