Monday, October 24, 2016

Dear Gossips,

Today is Drake’s 30th birthday. To commemorate the milestone, he released three new songs on his podcast this weekend and announced a new album, More Life, dropping in December. And he sort of got a shout-out from President Obama.

The President hosted BET’s Love and Happiness: A Musical Experience at the White House on Friday night to “celebrate the music that has shaped America”. It has been an annual event during his two terms – a night to celebrate music and how the music relates to being American – and especially significant that on this last occasion, the music being highlighted was, in the President’s words “rooted in the African-American experience, it’s not just black music. It’s an essential part of the American experience. It’s a mirror to who we are, and a reminder of who we can be. That’s what American music’s all about.” Afterwards there was a dance party. And that’s when Usher showed us video of the President getting down to Drake’s Hotline Bling:

Not too long ago, though, it would have been hard to believe hip-hop would be invited to the White House and the President grooving to it. When I saw this it reminded me of an article I read a couple of weeks ago by Adam Gopnik for The New Yorker about Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize in Literature. As Adam wrote in the piece, not too long ago, it would have been unthinkable for Bob Dylan to be named the Nobel Laureate. But now, here we are:

“The essential contradiction of American life over the past thirty or so years has been that, while the right wing and forces of reaction have had everything their way politically, culturally, the left, or at least the old counterculture, has swept all before it. Dylan’s coronation by the Swedish Academy—which, it may be said, pretty much no one alive in 1965 would have then imagined possible—is just one more sign of the absoluteness of this triumph.” 

Adam Gopnik is a brilliant culture critic so, naturally, his essay wasn’t just about Bob Dylan’s honour but about the juxtaposition of that honour against “the last remnant of the old cultural dispensation” represented, currently, by the Republican candidate for president. The times they are a-changing. One day, then, will a rapper win the Nobel?

Yours in gossip,


The Walking Dead: I Quit

October 24, 2016 13:46:19 Posted at October 24, 2016 13:46:19
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SPOILERS The producers behind The Walking Dead spent all summer promising that the arrival of the villain Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) would be a reset for the show, which is tacitly admitting that something had gone wrong and they needed a big new character to drive the show back on track. Full Story

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Smutty Tingles

October 21, 2016 20:18:10 Posted at October 21, 2016 20:18:10
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Is this good for the skin or something? I don’t get it (Dlisted

When SJP was fired (Just Jared

Princess Catherine doesn’t want to be a celebrity. Come again? (Cele|bitchy

Shania Twain in a black jumpsuit (TooFab

The longer Justin Bieber spends on tour…. (TMZ

John Mayer really does want to get into the lifestyle business (The Superficial

Can you see Vanessa Paradis going back to Johnny Depp? (Celebrity Dirty Laundry

I don’t hate this at all on Cobie Smulders (Go Fug Yourself)

Amy Poehler + Carol Burnett (Jezebel

Zachary & Miles in turtlenecks

October 21, 2016 19:45:50 Posted at October 21, 2016 19:45:50
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There is so much beauty in these photos; when everything else is ugly, look at these photos. No two men have looked better side by side in turtlenecks than Zachary Quinto and Miles McMillan last night in New York. Full Story

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Cate isn't bothered

October 21, 2016 18:51:39 Posted at October 21, 2016 18:51:39
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Cate Blanchett is in Paris today for the Armani show. She is an ambassador for the brand and has long been one of the designer's favourites. Here she is earlier this week in New York. She'll be on Broadway for the first time in The Present - previews begin in December and the play was adapted by Cate's husband, Andrew Upton, from Chekhov's Platanov. Full Story

Iron Man & Doctor Strange

October 21, 2016 16:24:53 Posted at October 21, 2016 16:24:53
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Hollywood premiere of Doctor Strange last night. The movie opens in the UK October 25 and in North America November 4 and some project that it could bring in as much as $75 million its first weekend. Full reviews are embargoed until Sunday but early reactions were mostly positive with critics impressed by the visual effects. Full Story

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