Friday, October 28, 2016

Dear Gossips,

The New York Times posted an article yesterday about Yoko Ono as her old albums are being reissued next month. Years ago, when the albums were initially released, her music was considered super weird – and still is, by some, now. Those sounds, however, have inspired many other artists and the NYT piece ends with an observation, jumping off of Yoko’s declaring “I was too early”, that she was/is “ahead of her time”. It reminded me of an essay written by Lindsay Zoladz for Vulture last year, Yoko Ono and the Myth That Deserves to Die. Lindsay argues that the mythology around Yoko’s motivations, specifically related to her relationship with John Lennon, was born of sexism and mythology, and she too concludes her piece by asserting that Yoko imagined a world that we are only just now beginning to see.

Earlier this week it was reported that both Jennifer Lawrence and Scarlett Johansson are each developing biopics about Zelda Fitzgerald. Like Yoko, Zelda was blamed (by many, including Earnest Hemingway) for muting F Scott Fitzgerald’s creative output. Like Yoko, Zelda was an artist in her own right whose talent was undermined in the shadow of her husband’s fame, and certainly at a time when women weren’t credited for their creative contributions. He borrowed from her repeatedly and when she was writing her own book, based on their life together, he reportedly insisted that she leave out certain parts, certain experiences so that he could write about them. Telling Zelda’s story now to a new audience will likely explore that inequality, focusing on Zelda – her attitude, her sensibilities – as a woman also “ahead of her time”. Zelda may have had serious mental health issues but her declining mental health was no doubt exacerbated by the fact that she sought creative independence well before women were “allowed” to be creatively independent and, some argue, was stifled creatively, itself a form of abuse, by her own spouse. Even Georgia O’Keeffe’s work was largely attributed to the man who “discovered” her, husband Alfred Stieglitz, and he was the one who actually assigned the infamous eroticism to it – thereby defining its reputation – that she would later insist, adamantly, was never her vision.

Back to Yoko – even though many have revised their opinions of her, opinions based primarily on the accounts and biases of men, she remains a provocative and controversial pop culture icon. Her history and present are fascinating. Her future, evidently, is still intriguing. She lived through war, she moved to New York and was part of the artistic community well before she met John, her exhibits have inspired and have been imitated by countless artists after her, her romances are spectacularly dramatic, her second husband took away their daughter and they went decades without seeing each other, AND on top of all that, The Beatles. So…

Why isn’t there a Yoko Ono biopic?!? Maybe she hasn’t authorised a biopic. But if ever there was a woman whose life invited one, it’s Yoko Ono.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in gossip,


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Dear Gossips,

Yesterday was a good day for internet reading. Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the release of Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black. Some albums, over time, they lose their power. Some albums not only resist time, they defy it.  Read Full Intro

Smutty Tingles

October 27, 2016 20:00:44 Posted at October 27, 2016 20:00:44
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Will the baby be a Never Nude? (Dlisted

Jessica Simpson explains her bell bottoms. And she’s wrong (Just Jared

Princess Kate’s VOGUE wasn’t a bestseller (Cele|bitchy

Justin Timberlake brought his ramen noodle hair back. Are we expected to have committed every JT-SNL moment to memory? (TooFab

Salma Hayek’s gorgeous hair covers half her face (Hollywood Tuna

A history of Jason Momoa, yes please (Pop Sugar

I would never be able to look like that even if I could do these moves, my GOD this woman (The Superficial

Dakota Fanning’s pretty starry dress (Popoholic

Jimmy Fallon’s still “clumsy” I guess (Evil Beet

Johnny Deppโ€™s other divorce

October 27, 2016 19:33:22 Posted at October 27, 2016 19:33:22
Sarah Posted by Sarah

It has not been a banner year for Johnny Depp. Alice Through the Looking Glass tanked, Amber Heard had the receipts, and he went through a high-profile divorce—Johnny Depp is yet another on the long list of people anxious for 2016 to take its bad juju and return to the dark dimension from which it sprang. Full Story

Tom Cruiseโ€™s serious and secret girlfriend

October 27, 2016 19:19:23 Posted at October 27, 2016 19:19:23
Lainey Posted by Lainey

US Weekly went with Tom Cruise on the cover of the new issue this week. According to the magazine, Tom has finally spent some time with Suri, flying her out to see him a couple of times in the summer but keeping it on the low because he’s discreet like that. Full Story

Smutty Social Media, October 27, 2016

October 27, 2016 18:34:16 Posted at October 27, 2016 18:34:16
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Kiss her by the pussy

October 27, 2016 18:07:35 Posted at October 27, 2016 18:07:35
Lainey Posted by Lainey

When Ben Affleck’s Nick Dunne went down on Rosamund Pike’s Amazing Amy in Gone Girl a couple of years ago, near the beginning of the movie, right after they meet, I was surprised. And turned on. Ben really went for it. Cunnilingus in mainstream pop culture is as rare as an Asian romantic hero. Full Story

Accolades for Jake

October 27, 2016 16:44:34 Posted at October 27, 2016 16:44:34
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Jake Gyllenhaal has been performing this week in New York in a production of Sunday In The Park With George. The final show was last night. Theatre critics are in love with him.  According to theatre critics, he sings very, very well. Full Story

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Oscar Loving?

October 27, 2016 16:05:09 Posted at October 27, 2016 16:05:09
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Sorry. That’s a cheese f-ck title. But once it was stuck in my head I couldn’t think of anything else. Loving opens next week. The film has already received strong reviews. Oscar experts are predicting that Loving will be nominated for Best Picture and that Ruth Negga Full Story

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A slightly backwards Waco series

October 27, 2016 15:07:19 Posted at October 27, 2016 15:07:19
Sarah Posted by Sarah

In the gold rush of Peak TV, every network is scrambling for original scripted content, and Spike TV is the latest to throw their hat in the ring in the hopes of airing the next Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones. It was announced yesterday that Spike will air a miniseries about the FBI stand-off with the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas, which is being produced by The Weinstein Company. Full Story

Gwyneth honoured in Spain

October 27, 2016 14:22:33 Posted at October 27, 2016 14:22:33
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Gwyneth Paltrow was in Madrid last night at the ELLE Magazine 30th anniversary party where she was presented with the Icon Award. G wore Gucci. And this dress… it’s amazing. It’s a rose growing out of her vulva and blooming all over her breasts. Full Story

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