Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Dear Gossips,

One of the reasons I enjoyed Madonna’s Rebel Heart so much – twice! – is because unlike the shows she’s been putting on the last 15 years or so, this time it’s not just strobe lights and jump squats for two hours. Yes, there’s choreography. Of course she dances, and hard. But there’s also a lot of time to breathe. And talk. It’s the most engaged she’s been with her audience in a long time. Rebel Heart Madonna is really happy. She’s having so much fun. She’s letting herself have fun, instead of focusing on whatever dance move is coming up next. You remember that? When she’d be so fixated on the perfection of the routine, she completely disconnected from the crowd? Rebel Heart isn’t like that. Rebel Heart, as I wrote yesterday, is about as close to Blonde Ambition as she will let herself get, even down to the family feel relationship between M and her dancers.

And just like Blonde Ambition, there’s a theatricality to Rebel Heart that’s been missing from her recent tours. In the staging, in the costumes, and especially in the storytelling, she stopped trying to turn her concerts into night clubs. Instead, this is proper drama. And I really loved how she’d pick recognisable pieces from her own narrative and slide them in unexpectedly. The dance sequence during Deeper and Deeper is actually lifted from Don’t Tell Me. Just when you think it’s Fever she gives you Music. She shows you a body shop and a guy with his hair greased back wearing a t-shirt with the sleeves rolled up but it’s not Papa Don’t Preach, it’s True Blue. And that turns into a real moment of joy. An entire arena singing “true blue, baby I love you”.

I would go again if I could. If you go, or if you’ve already gone, let me know what you think.

Yours in gossip,


Trumbo for Oscar?

October 7, 2015 15:48:12 Posted at October 7, 2015 15:48:12
Joanna Posted by Joanna

(Lainey: a new trailer for Trumbo was released yesterday. Some people think Bryan Cranston could be a contender. He’s so well liked in Hollywood. And he would be the answer if voters don’t want to reward Eddie Redmayne two years in a row, can’t stand Johnny Depp, continue to deny Leo, and if Fassbender won’t play. Full Story

Winona of a certain time

October 7, 2015 15:23:08 Posted at October 7, 2015 15:23:08
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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So happy to start the day with two of my favourites. First Carey Mulligan, now one of my all-timers, Winona Ryder who was at the premiere of Experimenter in New York last night. It was hard to find shots of her without those shock eyes. She seems to be opening them up extra wide in most of these pictures, and they’re already large and arresting to begin with. Full Story

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October 7, 2015 – Smutty Shout-Outs

October 7, 2015 14:17:33 Posted at October 7, 2015 14:17:33
Lainey Posted by Lainey

"Congratulations to my girl Eva on getting called to the bar! Love you lady! Here's to being bad ass lady lawyers! Now you ARE the Eva in the shout out! Hugs, kisses, prosecco, and Hot Harry's beard!" And for AC who is crazy at work and needs some Matthias Schoenaerts and Richard Armitage – hope this helps! Full Story

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Dear Gossips,

Received a few emails yesterday asking what I thought after seeing Taylor Swift on tour in Toronto on Friday night. I was waiting because last night I was at Madonna’s Rebel Heart and I wanted to see if I was ready to betray my generation, the original 80s which saw the rise of Madonna, for the homage to the 80s which is Taylor Swift.  Read Full Intro

Oh the shenanigans

October 6, 2015 20:39:16 Posted at October 6, 2015 20:39:16
Maria Posted by Maria

Sorry for the lame title, but you’ll see why in a minute. Nicholas Sparks is developing a sitcom about a divorced middle aged man. See? Shenanigans! It’s long been part of the pop culture narrative that Nicholas Sparks is some kind of romantic genius but really he struck gold with The Notebook (which, in my opinion, had more to do with casting and chemistry than source material, but OK). Full Story

Ashley Judd and the studio mogul who sexually harassed her

October 6, 2015 20:04:59 Posted at October 6, 2015 20:04:59
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Variety has released its Power of Women issue. As part of the issue, Ashley Judd revealed to the magazine that she’d been sexually harassed by one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. She describes him as “one of our industry’s most famous, admired-slash-reviled bosses”. OK. Full Story

Smutty Tingles

October 6, 2015 19:27:08 Posted at October 6, 2015 19:27:08
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Grace Jones keeps coming…for everyone! (Dlisted

LOVE that Julianne Moore did this (Just Jared

Kate Winslet bitched about her long work days (Cele|bitchy

Victoria Beckham says that she and David are fine. Before this I didn’t know that people were saying they aren’t fine (Pop Sugar

Princess Kate’s mom snuck some hooch into the game…just like us??? (Celeb Dirty Laundry

Janet Jackson and her husband at Paris Fashion Week (OK!

Haaaate this dress on Salma Hayek (Popoholic

God Garrett Hedlund is handsome (College Candy

I’m reading Rainbow Rowell’s new book Carry On first (Jezebel

Rooney Mara feels really bad about this whole Tiger Lily thing

October 6, 2015 19:10:40 Posted at October 6, 2015 19:10:40
Sarah Posted by Sarah
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Casting Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily in Pan is not a move that went over well anywhere, and since she’s doing press to promote the movie, which comes out this weekend, Mara is now answering questions about the casting and whitewashing of what should have been a high-profile role for a Native actress. Full Story

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First Class Jennifer Aniston

October 6, 2015 17:05:36 Posted at October 6, 2015 17:05:36
Lainey Posted by Lainey

As mentioned a few weeks ago, Jennifer Aniston is now repping Emirates Airlines (click here for a refresher). The first commercial has now been released online. Jen’s in a bathrobe on the plane looking for the shower. She asks for help from some crusty airline employees who offer her nuts. Full Story

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Andy G & Michael Shannon in 99 Homes

October 6, 2015 16:12:32 Posted at October 6, 2015 16:12:32
Sarah Posted by Sarah
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Ramin Bahrani’s latest film, 99 Homes, makes for an interesting companion piece to Spotlight and the lesser Sicario, in that all three films deal with disillusionment and the corruption of an idealized system. Spotlight examines the putrid rot at the core of an ancient organization that’s become more interested in silly hats than people, Sicario takes us through the decayed morality of the drug war, and 99 Homes is a nightmarish look at the predatory disenfranchisement of the economic collapse of the late aughts. Full Story

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Claire Danes’s version of “the heart wants what it wants”

October 6, 2015 15:39:13 Posted at October 6, 2015 15:39:13
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Claire Danes is promoting the new season of Homeland. She was interviewed yesterday by Howard Stern. And Howard asked her about the time she had an affair with Billy Crudup and he ended up leaving Mary-Louise Parker when she was 7 months pregnant to be with her. And why aren’t we sh-tting on Billy Crudup for it? Good question. Full Story

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