I read a great article this morning over at Vulture about pop culture and canon. Specifically the tenuous relationship between creators and fans and the territorial conflict that can arise when they don’t agree. Or when new creators come on board and start to expand the universe. It’s the cause of a lot of geek angst. It might be the cause of most geek angst. I’ve seen it. Sarah and I saw a lot of it in our inboxes this season during Game Of Thrones. And there was that one time she got yelled at for calling it “Dr” Strange instead of “Doctor” Strange.
It’s unfair though to say that this is only a nerd thing because it’s not like people don’t get pissed off when someone does a cover of a classic song and they don’t like the interpretation and all kinds of shouting breaks out on the internet. One year, at the Grammys, Mary J Blige performed One with U2. And during a random conversation some time later I might have mentioned how much I loved it and that, in a certain mood, I might even have loved it more than the original. I swear to God the person I was talking to looked at me like I’d just murdered puppies.
OK but then I got all self-righteous last week when Lifetime released the cast photo from their unauthorised 90210 movie. Because WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE I DON’T KNOW THEM AT ALL.
Click here to read the Vulture piece. And I’ve embedded the Mary J/U2 collaboration below so we can fight about it.
Yours in gossip,
I can’t stop staring at this and asking… is this REALLY Mickey Rourke? (Dlisted)
Love the black coat Selena Gomez is wearing here (Just Jared)
Beyonce looks amazing here (Cele|bitchy)
Long bridal sleeves on Ashlee Simpson (Pop Sugar)
Some guy you’ve never heard of hates Taylor Swift and now you’ve heard of him (Celeb Dirty Laundry)
Miley Cyrus is still mad at VOGUE (OK!)
I’m really into how Mila Kunis is wearing these pants (Popoholic)
Last holiday season’s movie talk was dominated by The Interview, the Seth Rogen movie that may or may not have prompted the Sony Hack. Sony famously dumped The Interview’s release, fearing further action from the hackers—they were already on their knees, it wasn’t an unreasonable thought—and ultimately it landed online, available through Google and Sony platforms. Full Story
Remember when Victoria Beckham said she doesn’t read books, only magazines? That philosophy went out the window with her French tips, hair extensions and melon boobs. My favourite book shop! X happy Tuesday, love from LA! X 🌞🇺🇸🙏 x vb Full Story
Chris Hemsworth is in Vacation. The Hollywood premiere happened Monday night. His two actor brothers, Liam and Luke, showed up to support. The last time I wrote about the Hemsworths was the first time Duana’s ever been interested in them. It’s the sibling thing. Liam was at Comic-Con. Full Story
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With the Fantastic Four reboot just over a week away, Michael B. Jordan’s casting as Johnny Storm, traditionally white in the comic books and originally played in movies by Chris Evans, remains controversial. I can’t believe the number of people who have expressed some version of “but how can Michael B. Full Story
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TIFF just made its first lineup for this year’s festival. Jean-Marc Vallee’s Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, is the opening night gala. Jake, as you know, could be a contender for his performance in Southpaw. His Southpaw co-star, Rachel McAdams, will be at TIFF too. Full Story
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At the time of this post, the New York Magazine website is down. They’ve tweeted that they’re experiencing technical difficulties and are trying to fix the problem. Maybe the problem is volume. Last night the magazine published its new cover story featuring 35 of Bill Cosby’s alleged victims, photographed face forward, and an empty chair, meant to symbolise women who’ve yet to come forward. It’s a powerful visual. These are victims who refuse now to exist in shadow.
The magazine spent 6 months investigating the claims. All 35 women were interviewed separately, their stories all told. And their stories are remarkably similar. In addition to their accounts, journalist’s Noreen Malone writes about society’s changing attitude – and subsequent understanding – about rape, and how the internet has helped women find their voice:
"In the '60s, when the first alleged assault by Cosby occurred, rape was considered to be something violent committed by a stranger … But among younger women, and particularly online, there is a strong sense now that speaking up is the only thing to do, that a woman claiming her own victimhood is more powerful than any other weapon in the fight against rape."
Keep clicking here to read the NY Mag feature. As I mentioned, the site is currently down. But that shouldn’t stop you from going back as often as possible until you can hear for yourself from the women that Bill Cosby tried to silence.
Yours in gossip,
I cannot wait to know what they name their baby (Dlisted)
When Kanye met Caitlyn (Pop Sugar)
Gwen Stefani’s youngest looks like both his brothers (TooFab)
The family inheritance on display again (The Superficial)
I hate the colour of this skirt (Hollywood Tuna)
Licking your own star (Go Fug Yourself)
I will listen to Kelly Clarkson cover pretty much anything (Pink Is The New Blog)
Shia LaBeouf and girlfriend Mia Goth were in Germany a few days ago. They were caught on camera in a fight as they were exiting a cab. She was pulling on his bag, asking him to stay. He ended up getting into a car without her with some random sketchy locals who filmed him ranting about how she pushed him to that point. Full Story
This must be the most famous voicemail of all time, right? It’s so quotable. “Rude, thoughtless little pig” is instantly recognizable, it’s the “Show me the money” of voicemails. But it is nice to see Ireland finding the humour in it – it’s never the things that we think will f-ck kids up that actually f-ck them up, you know? And maybe, as an adult, she sees that whoever released it was playing a demented game of emotional chicken. Full Story
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Based on the notorious 1971 study in which a group of Stanford students pretending to be prisoners and prison guards descended into psychological abuse and brutality after barely a day, The Stanford Prison Experiment is an impressive but maybe too literal reconstruction of those events. Dr. Philip Zimbardo randomly divided twenty-four students into prisoners and guards, then left the guards in charge, with the guards, working in shifts of three, running herd on nine prisoners. Full Story