Friday, October 21, 2016

Dear Gossips,

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about The Hollywood Reporter’s 25 Power Authors list just ahead of the release of The Girl On The Train which went from book to movie in under two years. And then I wondered in that post when it was going to happen for Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians which came out in 2013.

Yesterday Variety reported that Crazy Rich Asians has been acquired by Warner Bros and that the project has been fast-tracked with Jon M Chu directing and produced by Nina Jacobsen and Brad Simpson, the team behind The Hunger Games. They’re hoping to begin shooting in the spring. With an all-Asian cast. And by all-Asian cast I don’t mean Emma Stone and Scarlett Johansson.

This is so f-cking exciting on so many levels. If you’ve been reading this blog a while, you know how much I love Kevin Kwan’s story. And now Kevin’s story is being told by a first generation Asian-American director based on an adaptation by an Asian woman. Malaysian-born Adele Lim is currently the co-executive producer of the Lethal Weapon TV series, she’s written for shows like One Tree Hill, Private Practice, and Reign, and she co-wrote the screenplay for Crazy Rich Asians. Which means that the Crazy Rich Asians movie will feature Asian contribution in front of and behind the camera. It will also be… a rom-com!

The project was “pitched as a combination of Devil Wears Prada and Pride & Prejudice” and the producers believe that a story about an Asian couple surrounded by a cast of outrageous – and obscenely wealthy – Asian characters is a “novel way to revive” the romantic comedy genre. Rachel is a Chinese American academic who’s dating Nick, also a professor in New York. What she doesn’t know is that he comes from a mega high class family in Singapore, like the Rothschilds of Singapore; Nick is the favourite son and the most eligible bachelor. And what makes this remarkable is that, according to several studies conducted over the last few years about race and relationships in North America, Asian men were found to be the least desirable, with the fewest amount of “swipes” and or “accept” rates on dating surveys and websites. Making this movie into a romantic comedy with an Asian man presented as the Mark Darcy of the story is a way to confront and challenge that bias. I can’t f-cking wait to find out who they cast.

Speaking of casting though, I interviewed Kevin Kwan twice last year and moderated his Q&A session at the Toronto Public Library and suggested to him, not subtly at all, that I would be the perfect Kitty Pong. Kitty is a low classy gold digging hustler with bad taste who’s trying to f-ck herself rich. I mean, I’m not an actor but I feel like I could totally do that. Shamelessness is a quality I know well.

And I am so shameless that I’ll just take this opportunity, while we’re highlighting Asians, to spotlight myself. I was interviewed recently about this blog and my life in gossip by Allison P Davis for The Ringer. The piece went up yesterday. Click here to read it.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in gossip,


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Dear Gossips,

You have a code with your friends, right? With my best friend Fiona, we don’t even have to be looking at each other and I’ll know if she’s annoyed and she’ll know if I’m uncomfortable. And then we make our moves, whatever moves necessary to extract each other from whatever it is that’s resulted in the deployment of the code.  Read Full Intro

Smutty Tingles

October 20, 2016 21:39:24 Posted at October 20, 2016 21:39:24
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I don’t play Pokemon Go, but this photo is convincing me that it might be more interesting than I thought? (Dlisted

Baldwin sibling sh-t! (Just Jared

Scarjo’s side project (Cele|bitchy

Alllllllrighhhht. It’s now obscenely unfair how attractive Kaia Gerber is (TooFab

Elizabeth Hurley’s bikini stamina (Hollywood Tuna

Jennifer Aniston shoots a new Smartwater commercial (Pop Sugar

Madonna’s election incentive (The Superficial

Emily Ratajkowski’s side ass (Popoholic

Colin Firth is the banker (Evil Beet

Hot Harry’s protégé

October 20, 2016 21:34:14 Posted at October 20, 2016 21:34:14
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Prince Harry attended the Metropolitan Police Service of Remembrance today in London and, adorably, met up with a young protégé, also ginger. Look at that gorgeous hair! And the richness in the colour! I say this kid’s the protégé but, really, he could teach Hot Harry a few things. Full Story

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Boy Sh-t: Kanye West & Jay-Z

October 20, 2016 19:30:37 Posted at October 20, 2016 19:30:37
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Kanye West and Jay Z are the Matt and Ben of hip-hop. Their friendship produced Watch the Throne, one the greatest albums in history. Full Story

You have to watch Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

October 20, 2016 18:54:24 Posted at October 20, 2016 18:54:24
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We are immersed Peak TV, we all know it. There’s so many shows to watch. Westworld?  Haven’t touched it. Atlanta? Not yet, dying to see it. Walking Dead? I’m 2 seasons behind and refuse to say I don’t watch it. Mr. Robot and Better Call Saul? Piled up on my PVR. I get it. Full Story

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Hugh Jackman’s last ride

October 20, 2016 15:51:26 Posted at October 20, 2016 15:51:26
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Before there was RDJ and Iron Man, there was Hugh Jackman and Wolverine, the perfect marriage of actor and character. Wolverine is the role that defines Jackman, as versatile a performer as you’ll ever find and yet he’s been Wolverine for sixteen years, which is a long f*cking time to play one character. Full Story

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