Merry Christmas, if you celebrate it, and happy end of the year to us all! We’re heading into our year-end coverage here at GFY, so pop back here over the holidays if you get bored — and get plenty of rest, as the Golden Globes are JANUARY 6TH! We’ll be in awards season before you know it.

To read:

I was a huge fan of Laverne and Shirley as a kid, and I LOVE A League of Their Own and BigI enjoyed Linda Holmes’s take on Penny Marshall, who died this week..

This is really interesting, at The Ringer: Blind Item Revealed: How a Scorned Form of Gossip Changed Hollywood

Also at The Ringer, get ready to argue! The 40 Best Movie Musicals of the Past 40 Years

Speaking of people who’ve had their share of BIs, Lainey goes deep into this Eliza Dushku/CBS settlement. (Michael Weatherly has been the subject of MANY unflattering blind items since he was on Dark Angel and was suspected of being a real dickhead for years by the gossip community.)

If you haven’t read Dushku’s own take on this, it’s well worth your time. (At the Boston Globe.)

I literally cried reading this essay: My Dad’s Friendship With Charles Barkley [WBUR]

Also at Lainey, this was MY question about the Where’d You Go Bernadette adaptation as well: Is this movie a mess? I must note that I loved the book.

This is really good, at Quartz, and more interesting than you’d think it would be from the headline: People fall off cruise ships with alarming regularity. Can anything be done to stop it? (This is why I always say, if you want to murder someone, take them on a cruise.)

THIS IS A HEADLINE, at DCist: After Bloodbath, The National Zoo’s Naked Mole-Rats Finally Choose Their Queen. 2018!

The AV Club has a fabulous interview with Sandy Powell, who did the costumes for both Mary Poppins Returns and The Favourite this year.

Interesting, at The Atlantic: “The Coming Commodification of Life at Home: As internet-connected devices and appliances accumulate, one academic foresees ‘the monetization of every move you make.'”

At Pajiba, this is the kind of intel we need going into prime tv-watching time: The Ten Best Netflix Original Movies of 2018

Likewise, relevant to our interests at Pajiba — and I will accept congratulations from you for spelling “relevant” correctly, as it is my Waterloo of spelling: ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ‘The Favourite,’ ‘A Wrinkle in Time,’ ‘Black Panther,’ and Our Favorite Outfits From 2018 Films

Speaking of binge-able TV shows, at Celebitchy: Richard Madden: It’s actually realistic that bodyguards sleep with their ‘principals’. IS IT, RICHARD MADDEN? Listen, I liked Bodyguard a lot, but it’s not, like, a paragon of realism.

This is great, about Claire McCardell at the Washington Post: A Dress for Everyone. 

It’s David Beckham’s beauty routine! [Into The Gloss]

An excellent essay from Daniel Ortberg at The Goods: The best $6,250 I ever spent: top surgery

An excellent look at Michelle Obama’s book tour wardrobe, at The Root. Those Balenciaga boots!! Well, what else do you wear to chat with the erstwhile Carrie Bradshaw?

Really interesting, at the New York Times: The Itsy-Bitsy, Teenie-Weenie, Very Litigious Bikini

And, finally:

NOW it’s Christmas.