Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Dear Gossips,

TIME has released its annual list of 100 Most Influential People. The categories are: Titans, Pioneers, Artists, Leaders, Icons. So who’s a Titan?

Beyonce, of course.

To me, what’s been most interesting on this list isn’t necessarily who’s on it but the people who are chosen or have volunteered to write the piece that accompanies the entry. Beyonce’s, for example, was written by Sheryl Sandberg. Pharrell, who is also a Titan, was honoured by Justin Timberlake – who did it last year for Jimmy Fallon and made it all about himself (click here for a refresher). JT managed to restrain his ego this time.

Under the Icon category, we find…Carrie Underwood. Ohhhh…kayyyy. Underwood is an Icon alongside Donna Tartt who just won the Pulitzer for The Goldfinch. God, The Goldfinch. There were times when I was reading The Goldfinch when I would just look at the page like, ARE YOU KIDDING ME HOW ARE YOU THIS GOOD, HOW, HOW, HOW!?!?

I’ve made my way through a quarter of the list this morning and my favourite so far has to be what Colin Firth wrote in support of Benedict Cumberbatch’s inclusion on the list:

“When I was about 25 years old, I worked with two very good actors. The encounters were brief, but I’ve remembered them both with great admiration. Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton both embodied qualities which one is fogyishly tempted to look at with nostalgia. Along with very considerable talent, they had elegance, glamor, wit, kindness and decency.

I didn’t know at the time that they were married or that they had a son of about 10 who was quietly gestating all the same attributes. And now, 30 years later, the boy has been let loose. He has taken the form of Benedict Cumberbatch.

His parents’ qualities are on rampant display. It’s rare to the point of outlandish to find so many variables in one actor, including features which ought to be incompatible: vulnerability, a sense of danger, a clear intellect, honesty, courage — and a rather alarming energy. I take no pleasure in feeling humbled, but there’s no getting around it.

He must be stopped.”

He’s delightful, non? Firth, I mean. Obviously.

Click here for the full TIME Most Influential list.

Yours in gossip,

Lainey

PS. Chicago! Hope to see you tonight at Anderson’s Bookshop! Come squawk and gossip!

One Day More

April 24, 2014 16:03:45 Posted at April 24, 2014 16:03:45
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Come on. How could I resist? You know how I feel about Les Miserables. And if you want to read something subversive into it, considering the subject matter, fine, but really, I’m just thinking of a song. Anyway, Prince William and his Catherine are almost at the end of their tour of New Zealand and Australia. Full Story

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The Celebrity vs The Billionaire

April 24, 2014 15:16:58 Posted at April 24, 2014 15:16:58
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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WENN

Two weeks ago, George Clooney was in Vegas with Rande Gerber and some of this other Casamigos tequila partners having dinner with Vegas magnate Steve Wynn. There was an argument. Wynn says Clooney was a dick and Clooney says Wynn was a dick and, well, basically, rich people can’t get along. Amazingly they’re both talking to the media about what went down. Full Story

Otis Alexander Sudeikis.

April 24, 2014 14:51:02 Posted at April 24, 2014 14:51:02
Duana Posted by Duana
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(To the tune of “Hello my baby, hello my sweetheart”) Otis Sudeikis, Otis Sudeikis,/he’s got a lotta shine/ When we’re out up on the town, I know his love will be miiiiiine I feel like I should do the Charleston and sing like a 1910s barbershop quartet when I hear “Otis Sudeikis”. Full Story

The new dad

April 24, 2014 14:26:18 Posted at April 24, 2014 14:26:18
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Wenn, FameFlynet

Idris Elba announced on Twitter that his son Winston had arrived last week. Thursday, I think. He attached a photo: Yesterday Elba was in London, seen here making an appearance on The One Show. He probably hasn’t slept much but still, yes, he looks HOT. Full Story

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April 24, 2014 – Smutty Shout-Outs

April 24, 2014 14:05:39 Posted at April 24, 2014 14:05:39
Lainey Posted by Lainey

"To Eva in Ottawa and Gillian in Nova Scotia (or BC wherever you are right now) my fellow law gals who love LaineyGossip! We're done! Congrats on slaying the dragon and beating law school! Love Anne." “To Carolyn: We are all so proud of what you've done with The Dress Down Full Story

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Dear Gossips,

Been growing a small crush on Brian Williams for years – mostly because I love it when he’s on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. But now? After his appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon this week?

It’s hard.

For the Gin and Juice, sure. And the Rapper’s Delight before that, fine. But mostly it’s the interview. He is so f-cking great in this interview. One minute Williams is invoking Foxy Brown. The next he’s dropping news anchor phrasing, and all the gravitas that comes with it. News Anchors, ah yes. We’re supposed to take them seriously. We’re ONLY supposed to take them seriously. Most of them, almost all of them, wouldn’t get loose like this for fear that we’ll never again take them seriously.

But I know he knows his sh-t.  Read Full Intro

The Other Woman friends

April 23, 2014 20:32:56 Posted at April 23, 2014 20:32:56
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I love these photos. And I believe them. Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton have been everywhere together the last few weeks to promote The Other Woman. Today they were in NY for the morning shows. I'm all about how Cam's leaning into Leslie who's touching her face, smoothing hair off her forehead. Full Story

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Happy Anniversary, Reese

April 23, 2014 19:20:46 Posted at April 23, 2014 19:20:46
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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AKM-GSI/ Splash

You know what yesterday was? It was the one year anniversary of “Do you know my name?” Or, as the brilliant Michael K at Dlisted would say, Laura Jean Poon’s birthday. And she bounced back as quickly as James Franco did when he perved on a teenager on social media. Full Story

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OVER HERE, George Clooney!

April 23, 2014 18:30:41 Posted at April 23, 2014 18:30:41
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Stacy Keibler is pregnant. I’m not sure that George Clooney knows this. She might not know if he knows this. So here she is at the ELLE Annual Women In Music celebration in LA last night trying her best to belly-cup her baby bump. This may be a world record. For what? The earliest in her pregnancy that a woman has ever attempted to belly-cup. Full Story

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Smutty Tingles

April 23, 2014 17:44:25 Posted at April 23, 2014 17:44:25
Lainey Posted by Lainey

You already know that Justin Bieber is a goddamn fool. But also…he can’t write in English. (Dlisted)

Haven’t seen Jim Sturgess in a while (Just Jared)

This is not Tom Cruise’s girlfriend and Xenu doesn’t hate gays, so says Tom Cruise’s not-girlfriend (The Superficial)

Mischa Barton’s fall from fashion heaven (Hollywood Tuna)

Amanda Seyfried and Justin Long on the red carpet (Pop Sugar)

Justin Theroux is all up in Jennifer Aniston’s money? (Cele|bitchy)

Fine, Gisele. FINE. You can do it all, are you happy now?!?! (Too Fab)

Snoop Nordiques! (Hollywood PQ)

I totally forgot Kelly Clarkson is pregnant (Pink is the new Blog)

I can’t believe people still care whether or not Mulder and Scully love each other in real life (Celeb Dirty Laundry)
 

Is James Franco corrupting art?

April 23, 2014 16:51:06 Posted at April 23, 2014 16:51:06
Lainey Posted by Lainey

There’s a new James Franco exhibit at Pace Gallery in New York. It’s a big deal to be at Pace. Which, I suppose, means that your sh-t has to be good. Or at least that’s what it used to mean. Franco’s work is, he claims, an homage to Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills in which she shot herself in the stereotypical roles relegated to women – the more she produced, the louder her message: cinematically, women continue to be treated as second class citizens. Full Story

14 and under

April 23, 2014 16:39:04 Posted at April 23, 2014 16:39:04
Lainey Posted by Lainey

This is what I always say about Avril Lavigne: her fan base never grows with her. So she has to keep going back to mining from the 14 and under demo. That’s the only age range that will appreciate –if that’s the word – her new video for the song Hello Kitty, which actually includes this line: “Like a fat kid on a pack of Smarties. Full Story

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The Cambridges on the 1s and 2s

April 23, 2014 16:15:55 Posted at April 23, 2014 16:15:55
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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The Cambridges, William and Catherine, continued their tour of Australia today in Adelaide where they got down with the young people, visiting a skate park and the youth community centre. Part of the day included a DJ lesson and both Will and Kate practised scratching. Here’s the video: People who aren’t DJs look like idiots when they try to DJ. Full Story

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