Monday, February 19, 2018

Dear Gossips, 

I was obsessed all weekend with checking the box office for Black Panther. As noted last week, the projections kept going up every day. And the numbers kept climbing every few hours this weekend and breaking all kinds of records. By Saturday morning they seemed certain the movie would get to $200 million. Yesterday Disney was saying $218 million (4 day) and this morning, I just checked, Black Panther’s Sunday box office is now the second highest Sunday box office of all time, behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens by only a million dollars, and some think that the 4 day total, given that it’s a long weekend in the US, will also come in as the second highest of all time. Right now they’re still calling it the fifth of all time but, again, as I said, these figures keep rising. 

It’s an extraordinary achievement… and Ryan Coogler is only 31 years old!

Given those (still-changing) totals, I’m assuming many of you saw Black Panther this weekend? And maybe more than once? What were your favourite parts? I’m still daydreaming about when Okoye (Danai Gurira) speared that car and stomped up on the hood, her red dress billowing around her. When that happened, I felt like my soul left my body and floated up to heaven. And then, of course, there’s Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, the breakout star of a movie that’s already stacked with stars (and an Oscar nominee). Shuri, as Sarah wrote in her review of Black Panther last week, may very well be the one person in the MCU Tony Stark can’t (Iron)mansplain to without getting his ass handed back to him.  

So…which Black Panther character are you? Please. You know I love a quiz, but I especially love a character quiz. And I’ve done two so far. The BBC has one and of course Buzzfeed has already put out theirs. I got Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) both times. Nakia is a spy. She knows her gossip. 

Here are Lupita and Letitia at the BAFTAs last night. To learn more about Letitia and Princess Shuri, check out Vanity Fair’s new profile. Ryan Coogler called Shuri the “love and the light” of the film. She really, really is. Because she is the possibility, the future. She also had most of the funniest lines in the movie.  

“Don’t scare me like that, coloniser.”


Yours in gossip,


The Audacity of Black Panther

Kathleen Posted by Kathleen at February 19, 2018 13:13:04 February 19, 2018 13:13:04
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When I was three, my big brother Sam smacked me on the head with a mini model car. He was five and frustrated that I kept stealing his toys. The incident left a small but permanent scar in the middle of my forehead. Throughout my childhood and into my early adulthood, I was ashamed of my scar. I hid my forehead under blunt bangs for years. Full Story

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Dear Gossips,

GUNG HAY FAT CHOY! Happy New Year! We went out last night for Lunar New Year’s Eve. Ma, the Chinese Squawking Chicken, ordered some romaine lettuce, stir fried with chillies which, I know, doesn’t sound all that special.  Read Full Intro

What Else? 

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 16, 2018 19:56:02 February 16, 2018 19:56:02

This cat though. I want a day in this cat’s life to be narrated by the dude who narrated the honey badger video. Maybe my mother could narrate a day in this cat’s life. Actually, no. My ma also has no f-cks to give, like this cat. Full Story

Jen & Justin: who’s driving?

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 16, 2018 19:38:21 February 16, 2018 19:38:21
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We’ve been talking about the Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux separation announcement timeline. Page Six is now claiming partial responsibility:  Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux announced Thursday that they were splitting up — suspiciously just two hours after Page Six asked their reps to confirm our sources’ reports that they had called it quits on their marriage. Full Story

Gabrielle Union’s voice

Kathleen Posted by Kathleen at February 16, 2018 19:15:54 February 16, 2018 19:15:54

Gabrielle Union is more than her PTSD. She is so much more than what happened to her. She knows this. And yet she continues to speak about her trauma openly and often. In every feature on Gabrielle Union, the words “sexual assault” are used. With every interview, she is taking the shame and stigma away from being a survivor. Full Story

Smutty Social Media, February 16, 2018

Maria Posted by Maria at February 16, 2018 18:56:38 February 16, 2018 18:56:38

The sweater dress is not new this season, but I do like this particular look. It’s like Taylor’s reputation style, and before that Rihanna was doing it. Blake’s is less athleisure (has she ever done athleisure?) but the high flat boots certainly are worthy of working an outfit around. Full Story

Jen & Brad, the sequel? 

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 16, 2018 18:22:42 February 16, 2018 18:22:42
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As soon as the Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux separation announcement came out late yesterday, the gossip world immediately went to Brad Pitt and how he and Jen are both single again at the same time. And everyone’s hoping for a sequel. Nostalgia is having a moment right now. Stranger Things, Will & Grace, Roseanne, Magnum PI is on its way back. Full Story

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Robert Pattinson’s yellow pants

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 16, 2018 17:39:11 February 16, 2018 17:39:11
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Let’s interrupt our Jennifer Aniston divorce coverage with some shots of Robert Pattinson in yellow pants at the Berlin Film Festival with Mia Wasikowska. He does this once in a while… actually no, he does this specifically at this time. In Berlin! I just went back to last year and Robert’s appearance at the Berlinale in 2017 to promote The Lost City Of Z. Full Story

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Jennifer Aniston is single 

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 16, 2018 16:50:55 February 16, 2018 16:50:55
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As noted in the previous post, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux’s breakup announcement timeline seems …curious? They release a statement that suggests they don’t want to be the focus of the attention. Full Story

Jennifer & Justin: the breakup timeline

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 16, 2018 15:35:41 February 16, 2018 15:35:41
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Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux were in Cabo for New Year’s with Jason Bateman and Amanda Anka. In their separation statement they say that they made the decision to separate at the end of 2017. There had been rumours around that time that they were heading for a divorce. This is not unusual. Full Story