Monday, July 25, 2016

Dear Gossips,

I’m not finished talking about Ghostbusters yet. My friend Lorella and her husband took their two sons, 12 and 8, to the movies this weekend. It was between The Secret Life Of Pets and Ghostbusters. When it was time for Lorella to vote, she told her kids that she was voting for Ghostbusters because some people are against it and she wanted to show support with her money. The older boy asked, “Is this the protest because they’re women?” Lorella confirmed that it was. Then the younger boy asked her to explain the protest. Lorella told them that some men felt that “Ghostbusters was important to my childhood and changing it to women ruins that”. There was a pause. And then the 8 year old observed that:

“Well, if you love Ghostbusters THAT much, why wouldn’t you want MORE Ghostbusters? That’s ridiculous.”

So they went to see Ghostbusters. And I anxiously waited for Lorella to tell me how it went. Her text to me afterwards:

A)My boys love the original Ghostbusters
B)They CHEERED for this one

I love this so much. Because why can’t you be a fan of both? Who says it’s not possible? 

Ghostbusters did not do well in its second weekend. Which means, as discussed, there’s now an excuse not to do a sequel or a reason to take a time out on “risky” female-driven blockbuster projects (although that doesn’t seem to stop anyone from repeatedly taking risks on whatever it is that Adam Sandler is doing). Ghostbusters had to be perfect. And, no, it wasn’t perfect. But, really, how many movies are? How many are accused of “ruining childhoods” by it?

Speaking of childhoods though, the toy sales for Ghostbusters are “exceeding expectations”, and the female action figures are being sold in the “boys” aisle. Lorella’s 8 year old wants the Lego set for his birthday. Maybe the reason for that is because even though Ghostbusters isn’t “perfect”, there is a scene in the movie that does represent “30 seconds” of perfect. Caroline Franke at Vox argues that these 30 seconds – which revolve around Kate McKinnon’s Holtzmann – is where Ghostbusters meets Mad Max’s Furiosa and Rey in Star Wars, “a visceral, joyful swooping sensation that tells me I’m not just loving something, but feeling it, right in my guts”.

Yours in gossip,


July 25, 2016 – Smutty Shout-Outs

July 25, 2016 11:10:39 Posted at July 25, 2016 11:10:39
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Wenn, FameFlynet

"To Mary on her 40th birthday, from her gossipy friends. While we know this humble shout-out will in no way compare to a trip to NYC to see Hamilton (THANKS A LOT, LARRY), we hope that it brings you some joy....because we can't have you turning into a damaged detective, no matter how sexy that would be. Full Story

Friday, July 22, 2016

Dear Gossips,

Over the last few years, Hollywood has been challenged to address its diversity problem. For far too long, the majority of the stories told in film and television have been about white men for white men. And those are the same stories that are critically better received  Read Full Intro

Smutty Tingles

July 22, 2016 20:42:43 Posted at July 22, 2016 20:42:43
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Demi Lovato is a meddler (Dlisted

Lizzy Caplan engaged! (Just Jared

Big G’s official birthday photos (Cele|bitchy)   
Love this outfit on Gwen Stefani  (TooFab)  

Hodor! (TMZ

I’ve been known to groan through a deep tissue massage too (The Superficial

I hate it when I can see the outline of a bra (Hollywood Tuna

Great shoes on Naomie Harris (Go Fug Yourself

Does this mean that all those cameras were for nothing? (Evil Beet

Smutty Social Media, July 22, 2016

July 22, 2016 18:57:06 Posted at July 22, 2016 18:57:06
Maria Posted by Maria

Brie looks so young and fresh and pretty here, but it isn’t hard to empathize with her insecurity at that moment. It’s what so many of them guard against when they show up on the red carpet with frozen faces and designer dresses that they know aren’t great, but are “right for the red carpet. Full Story

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Gwyneth’s old boyfriends

July 22, 2016 18:19:18 Posted at July 22, 2016 18:19:18
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Kevin Mazur/ Getty Images

Gwyneth Paltrow showed up for her friend Mario Batali at a dinner in New York the other night. Vanity Fair was one of the media outlets invited to cover it. Have you listened to this week’s episode of the Sasha Answers podcast Full Story