Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Dear Gossips,

What I really want to do here is to write about Serial. But it’s 9 o’clock in the morning and many of you probably haven’t listened to it yet, the final episode. Fine. Can we talk about how and why there are only 12 episodes?

Why not extend it all season like a network television show? Who says Serial has to be cable? Who says Serial has to be HBO? It’s not like we WON’T RUN OUT OF QUESTIONS, GODDAMMIT! If I could figure out how to do that, I would have posted that last sentence in ever increasing font sizes so you could appreciate how I’m gradually getting louder and Louder and LOUDER.

At what point does something become a hate-listen the way a television show becomes a hate-watch? And are we there yet with Serial?

Am tempted, when it slows down next week, to do a live-blog about this so we can all yell our theories at each other and end up blueballed and unsatisfied.  Read Full Intro

Ethan’s award season hair

December 18, 2014 21:12:22 Posted at December 18, 2014 21:12:22
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Oh hey look at that, it’s turned into a Great Expectations day. Ethan Hawke is in London. Here he is at ITV studios earlier and then tonight he was featured at BAFTA A Life In Pictures: Ethan Hawke. This is new hair. Two weeks ago it was longer. So will this be his award season hair? You’ll see a lot of him. Full Story

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Gwyneth didn’t graduate

December 18, 2014 20:37:24 Posted at December 18, 2014 20:37:24
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Monica Schipper /Rachel Murray /Getty Images

Jonathan, a long time reader of this site, and co-founder of our Gwyneth Paltrow Love Club (we are the only two members), sent me a note about Gwyneth today. It’s from the new NYT article on Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. Before you read that though, you should read Vanity Fair’s profile Full Story

Smutty Tingles

December 18, 2014 19:47:31 Posted at December 18, 2014 19:47:31
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Sasha Finds rainboots under $100 in LifeStyle

What Kanye spent on his daughter for Christmas (Dlisted)

Christina Aguilera goes to Disneyland (TooFab)

Madonna’s poor choice of words (The Superficial)

Amal and George Clooney go out for dinner again (Just Jared)

Cute bra (Hollywood Tuna)

Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden arrive in New York (Pop Sugar)

How Charlie Hunnam describes himself is not how I would describe him
(Cele|bitchy)

Mrs Timberlake’s baby bump revealed (OK!)

Nina Dobrev’s new boyfriend (Celeb Dirty Laundry)

LOVE what Gwen Stefani is wearing here (I'm Not Obsessed)

Santa Harry

December 18, 2014 18:43:24 Posted at December 18, 2014 18:43:24
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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James Whatling /Splash News, Max Mumby/Indigo /Getty Images

Prince Hot Harry was seen arriving at Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Christmas lunch yesterday. Prince William and Catherine too. It was a royal convoy. On December 5 however Harry was in Lesotho for his foundation Sentebale. The pictures have just been released. And they’ve been selected by Harry himself…with captions. Full Story

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Sony Hack: Racism edition part 3 starring Denzel Washington

December 18, 2014 16:34:18 Posted at December 18, 2014 16:34:18
Lainey Posted by Lainey

So a new batch of emails from the Sony Hack now involve Denzel Washington. It’s a message from an unnamed producer to Michael Lynton, Chair & CEO. According to Radar, the producer writes that it’s bad business to keep casting Denzel Washington in movies because international audiences don’t want to watch black actors. Full Story

The Last Colbert Report

December 18, 2014 16:09:23 Posted at December 18, 2014 16:09:23
Sarah Posted by Sarah

It’s a day for lasts. The last Serial, and tonight, the last episode of The Colbert Report. Tonight Stephen Colbert signs off as his fake-conservative persona and next year, he’ll re-emerge as simply himself, taking over David Letterman’s Late Show. For nine years The Colbert Report has been a late-night comedy staple, but I’m excited to see what Colbert does next. Full Story

Jennifer Aniston’s like Taylor Swift

December 18, 2014 15:52:25 Posted at December 18, 2014 15:52:25
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You know how for a while there we were calling Taylor Swift the “friend collector”? Look at how Jennifer Aniston is working this Oscar campaign. There are celebrities everywhere jumping up on top of each other to host Cake screenings and events and interviews etc for her, to help her push for a nomination. Full Story

Angelina’s Cleopatra determination

December 18, 2014 15:24:10 Posted at December 18, 2014 15:24:10
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Gawker continues to analyse all the information coming out of the Sony hack, in particular Amy Pascal’s emails with and between Angelina Jolie and Scott Rudin. It’s a lot of back and forth over several months. I’ll post the link below for you to go through it piece by piece but, basically, even after Rudin called her “minimally talented” and “spoiled” in February, he and Pascal continued to engage Angelina about the Cleopatra movie. Full Story

The Interview pulled after Sony Hack turns threatening

December 18, 2014 14:57:16 Posted at December 18, 2014 14:57:16
Sarah Posted by Sarah
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Sharky / Splash News

The Sony Hack took a turn for the dangerous earlier this week when the hackers released a statement threatening violence should people go see the movie when it was to open on Christmas day. Following the threat, Sony said it would allow theater owners to back out of booking deals and not show the movie, if they should so choose. Full Story

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Dear Gossips,

It’s been reported all week that Amy Pascal will be losing her job at Sony imminently. At press time, this hasn’t happened yet. It’s such a mess over there right now, firing Pascal would be yet another major headline, another bad news story for a company that is balls deep in bad news. So, if they do end up letting her go, I’m not sure they’ll make that announcement while the spotlight is on them. Best to do it quietly, when people are distracted by Christmas, non?

Or maybe she won’t leave at all? According to TMZ, many major industry players are on her side. We already know how George Clooney feels about her and supposedly Jack Nicholson, Tyler Perry, and John Singleton are too.  Read Full Intro

Selena came down with the drama

December 17, 2014 21:49:09 Posted at December 17, 2014 21:49:09
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I have a friend, H, and she has an expression. It’s the best. She dropped it on me once when we were at a work meeting years ago, before I started blogging full-time. One of our colleagues, P, was upset about some negative feedback. She sulked for the rest of the session, then at the very end, when everyone was getting up to leave, she let the tears fall down her face and ran to the bathroom. Full Story

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“Wassup!” Shiloh

December 17, 2014 21:05:06 Posted at December 17, 2014 21:05:06
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Angelina Jolie, the “rule breaker” covers the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter, the issue that members of the Academy will have during the holiday break. It’s a very strategic, very fortuitously timed release. Because it’s been kinda sh-t for the Jolie the last week or so. Full Story