Thursday, September 3, 2015

Dear Gossips,

The Academy confirmed this week that they’ve secured two new producers for the Oscars in February. The first order of business is to confirm a host. Or hosts. One of those producers, David Hill, told Entertainment Weekly that:

“There will be multiple hosts for sure – there will be two.”

The other producer, Reginald Hudlin, played it more coy:

“We have absolutely talked about duos. We’ve talked about a lot of different configurations. I love that David is a flamethrower, and I’m always way more secretive and tight-lipped. But we’re still very much in the brainstorming phase.”

So now everyone’s talking about who they might be talking to. The obvious: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Tina and Amy hosted the Golden Globes for their third and final time in January. And while they’ve said that they’ve no interest in doing it at the Oscars because of the perceived creative limitation, they do have a movie coming out in December called Sisters. And it does suit the timing.

As much as I love that idea, I’m not sure if the Oscars should be following the Golden Globes. It’s the Oscars. They sell themselves as the biggest deal. Maybe that’s why Neil Patrick Harris didn’t work out this year. Because the Oscars were borrowing from the Emmys and the Tonys when they should have been establishing their own sh-t.

This is the new game then. Aside from Tina and Amy…which two?

Entertainment Weekly suggested Key & Peele. Great idea. They’re amazing. But I don’t know if they’re at the level of recognition yet. So here’s a good one (at least I think so), even if it’s not that original: Kevin Hart and Ice Cube? Have you seen Ride Along? Ride Along 2 comes out in January. I loved that bit they did with Conan in a Lyft car. Or maybe bring back Chris Rock, who hosted in 2005, with Kevin Hart. Chris predicted at the time that he wouldn’t be invited back. He was right. It wasn’t the right room for him. Actors, so precious, so sensitive. That hasn’t changed but the internet and social media has made the audience much more snarky now.

Speaking of snarky then, what would an Amy Schumer-Kevin Hart pairing look like? Amy broke out this year. Her friend Jennifer Lawrence would be in the audience, available for pre-taped sketches.

If those don’t work for you, how about a Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart combination? Jon hosted a few years ago too…and, like Chris Rock, wasn’t as well received as he would have hoped. But pairing him with Colbert, with their chemistry, it’s kind of irresistible, non?

But maybe the couple that makes the most sense for the Academy though, because these are people who’ve been shown to move slowly, and shocking them just results in them digging their heels in even deeper, are Will Ferrell and Justin Timberlake. I’m not JT’s biggest fan, as you know, because his MEEEEE is always getting in the way of his talent, but this is how you bring that down – if he’d actually agree to share, which I think he would, with Will. 

We could spend all day on this. Let me know your thoughts.

Yours in gossip,


Justin Bieber: twang and drum

September 3, 2015 15:00:25 Posted at September 3, 2015 15:00:25
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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There’s been a lot of talk about Justin Bieber’s management not letting him do any live interviews to promote his new song What Do You Mean because they don’t want him to f-ck up all the gains he’s made the last 6 months during his tour of contrition. Does The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon count as live? It’s live to tape… so… really… they can edit out any issues before they go to air just before midnight. Full Story

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Dear Gossips,

One of the bigger stories dominating headlines yesterday was the Idris Elba being “too street” to play Bond situation after new James Bond author Anthony Horowitz posited that Idris wasn’t “suave” enough for the role because, I don’t know, he’s a gangster, or something.  Read Full Intro

Tennis date?

September 2, 2015 21:48:02 Posted at September 2, 2015 21:48:02
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk arrived in New York together from LA last night. Can we officially say then that they made it through the summer? They started around the time of the MET Gala. The US Open is underway in NYC right now. Vanity Fair Full Story

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No Chrissy O…and Ben smiles

September 2, 2015 20:47:07 Posted at September 2, 2015 20:47:07
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Here are some brand new shots of Ben Affleck today in LA, looking like hell, but actually smiling at the paps. And he’s actually talking to them too. See video below. Is it because Chrissy O is missing? It’s now been almost 2 weeks since we’ve seen her, conveniently just as Ben returned to LA with the kids, followed by Jennifer Garner a few days later. Full Story

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Tom Brady plays ring games too

September 2, 2015 20:14:11 Posted at September 2, 2015 20:14:11
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Tom Brady was at the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation kickoff gala last night. I thought I’d write about this because some of you are all about the ring watch…and he wasn’t wearing his. (Thanks Melissa!) As you know, just this morning, US Weekly reported that Gisele Bundchen “consulted with a divorce lawyer” recently. Full Story

Chavril: it’s over!

September 2, 2015 19:48:48 Posted at September 2, 2015 19:48:48
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Last year, almost exactly around this time, there were reports that Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger were done. Click here for a refresher. They tried to deny it. But it didn’t seem like they were together all that often. And then she got sick. Full Story

Smutty Tingles

September 2, 2015 19:24:13 Posted at September 2, 2015 19:24:13
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Every dance floor needs some drama (Dlisted)

The perfect black slouchy top on Gwen Stefani (Just Jared)

Nicki Minaj had more than one “What’s good?” target (Cele|bitchy

Friend Squad expansion! (Pop Sugar

God this looks uncomfortable (The Superficial

Benji loves Cammie (Too Fab

Will a drone pick up dog sh-t? I would buy one if it could do that. (Hollywood Tuna)

Really cute dress on Amanda Seyfried (Go Fug Yourself

The Beckhams share their family love. Really cute pictures. (Hollywood PQ

Sienna & Charlie

September 2, 2015 19:03:57 Posted at September 2, 2015 19:03:57
Lainey Posted by Lainey

It’s been too long since I posted new photos of Charlie Hunnam and Guy Ritchie’s not doing it for us anymore so I had to go into the bank and spend some extra money for these. Charlie is in Ireland with Sienna Miller shooting The Lost City Of Z… You know where my mind went, immediately. Full Story

Jake opens festivals

September 2, 2015 17:51:02 Posted at September 2, 2015 17:51:02
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Everest will open the Venice Film Festival tonight and begin a possible run to Oscar. Early reviews are solid but no one’s out of their mind either. Jake has a supporting role in Everest even though so much of the hype around the film suggests that he’s a big part of it. Full Story

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Miley, the Heir to Sex?

September 2, 2015 17:15:55 Posted at September 2, 2015 17:15:55
Maria Posted by Maria

There have been so many pop stars that have quickly been crowned, “The Next Madonna.” Britney, Christina (in her Dirrty phase), Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and now, Miley. Madonna had the white wedding dress at MTV, Miley had the foam finger. Madonna had the gondola in Venice, Miley has the Wrecking Ball. Full Story

The new triangle

September 2, 2015 16:07:44 Posted at September 2, 2015 16:07:44
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Team Brange vs Team Aniston is 10 years old now. It’s time for a new Hollywood love triangle. One frog, two pigs, it’s time to take sides. Are you Team Piggy or are you Team Denise? Please! If you’re not ride-or-die for Miss Piggy, we can never be friends. This is Denise. Full Story

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The Interview 8

September 2, 2015 15:07:46 Posted at September 2, 2015 15:07:46
Maria Posted by Maria

It’s the September issues! But we’ve already seen Beyoncé on the cover of Vogue, so now what? This month, Interview has printed 8 different covers, each featuring a celebrity selfie. There’s Miley Cyrus FaceTiming with photographer Mert Alas (they each scored a cover), JLo, Victoria Beckham (with David and Brooklyn in the background), Selena Gomez, Zayn Malik, Madonna and Kanye West’s wife. Full Story