As mentioned last week, I will be defending Raziel Reid’s When Everything Feels Like The Movies on Canada Reads in March. The book was inspired by the true story of a 15 year old boy called Larry who was bullied at school for wearing makeup and heels. In 2008, Larry asked another boy to be his Valentine. Larry’s intended Valentine ended up rejecting him. By shooting him twice in the head the next day. There are kids like Larry who are surviving in silence all the time.
“I don’t want to survive. I want to live.” Solomon Northup, 12 Years A Slave
Jude, our anti-hero in When Everything Feels Like The Movies is trying so hard to go beyond survival and to find a life. His story is provocative but relatable. His thoughts are irreverent but true. Read Full Intro
Have you read The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins yet? Are you reading The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins? It’s the hot book of the season. It’s the most disciplined I’ve had to be about a book in a long time. And it’s so f-cking hard to be disciplined about this book. To only take it 20 pages or so at once because the rest of life won’t leave me alone.
Since I’ve not finished, I can’t tell you what I think of it. But I can tell you that I can understand why everyone’s talking about it. So far, the pacing is brilliant. It’s commercial fiction at its best. And this is saying something because you’re in the head of a person who is a mess, you could say an intolerable mess. Still, Hawkins lures you along.
That’s what it is, isn’t it? A luring?
Great writing is a lure, sometimes a terrible one. Read Full Intro
Canada Reads announced its 2015 book and debate panel list yesterday…
Canada Reads is an annual Book Battle. Five books and their respective champions go head to head over the course of a week. A book is eliminated at the end of each day’s debate until one book and one panelist remains.
This year, for the first time in the history of the competition, a Young Adult novel has been included – and I will be defending it!
The book is called When Everything Feels Like The Movies by Raziel Reid. It is GLORIOUS. But I’m up against some heavyweight contenders:
Cameron Bailey, Director of the Toronto International Film Festival
Kristen Kreuk, actor (Smallville, Beauty And The Beast)
Craig Kielburger, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and all round angel (he’s been on Oprah, he has, like, 8 thousand honourary degrees)
Martha Wainwright, musician
Dakota Johnson covers the new issue of VOGUE in anticipation of Fifty Shades Of Grey’s February release. It will be one of many interviews and photos we see of her, but this is certainly a showpiece of her promotional push. I mean, it’s VOGUE, right? Before we get into the interview, let’s talk about Dakota Johnson getting a VOGUE cover to promote a film that no one has seen, based on a terrible book that almost everyone has read. Full Story
I feel like it’s one of Jamie Dornan’s key messages: you will not see his dick in Fifty Shades Of Grey. Dornan covers the latest issue of Variety in advance of the film’s February 13 release. Just 3 weeks away now. And, as I’ve been telling you, almost to the point of creepiness now, I can’t wait. Full Story
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The NBA was in the UK last night. The Milwaukee Bucks played the New York Knicks. Even though the Royal Foundation has a partnership with the league, Prince Harry already met with Carmelo Anthony the day before – click here to revisit those pictures – so I guess that was enough to satisfy the royal involvement…? Maybe he just likes watching darts Full Story
Thank you for all your emails and tweets about my chicken pox paranoia because I’ve never had it. Here’s what you all are telling me:
-Adult chicken pox is the worst
-Shingles sucks more than chicken pox
-You can get chicken pox again – many of you claim to have had it twice, first as a child and recently, mildly, as an adult
-Angelina Jolie totally has chicken pox
-Angelina Jolie doesn’t have chicken pox
-Go get the shot, it works
-Don’t go get the shot, it doesn’t work
-Definitely do the antibody test to see if your body already has built up an immunity
My appointment is on Thursday. Not going to lie. At one point yesterday I allowed myself to daydream that when they do the test, they’ll find that I do have a naturally occurring resistance to all diseases, making me a real superhero. Read Full Intro
Check out George Clooney in costume on the set of Hail Caesar in LA yesterday. It’s a Coen Brothers movie. It’s about old Hollywood and a guy who did a lot of the dirty work back then to protect the stars when they f-cked up. I wonder if it’s based on a book I read last year called The Fixers: Eddie Mannix, Howard Strickling and the MGM Publicity Machine by E J Fleming because Josh Brolin, who’s apparently the lead in the film, is playing Eddie Mannix. Full Story
This fall I read Sheila Weller’s new book The News Sorority about Christiane Amanpour, Diane Sawyer, and Katie Couric. SO good. Empowering and dishy at the same time – like good gossip? A debate for another day. The News Sorority is Weller’s follow-up to Girls Like Us, a triple bio of Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon. I was OBSESSED with it. Click here for my review.
In addition to Benedict Cumberbatch, Reese Witherspoon was also one of the surprise names left off the list of Independent Spirit Award nominees. Reese is considered to be in the second position, after Julianne Moore, for Best Actress Oscar nominee for her performance in Wild. And if we’re working on the McConaissance plan (his agent, Jim Toth, is her husband), ideally she’d be at the Spirits the night before Oscar Sunday. Full Story
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I always forget that Scarlett Johansson is a twin. Here she is with her twin brother Hunter Johansson last night at a Hurricane Sandy benefit in New York. Do you have twin fascination? Duana is really, really into twins. Twins are one of (two of?) the most intriguing human occurrences, non? That’s pretty much why I was so into Sweet Valley High as a kid. Full Story
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I read a book earlier this year called The Confidence Code: The Science And Art Of Self-Assurance – What Women Should Know by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman. If you haven’t already, you should definitely pick it up. Not because I want you to agree, or disagree, but because it promotes productive discussion on how female confidence is built and broken, and what the possible outcomes could be if we tweaked our perspective on the female experience ranging from school participation to sport activities to the workplace. Full Story
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That’s what she always promises. And breaking that promise is how she ends up dating losers. So, as you’ve seen, Jennifer Lopez has been in New York all week hustling the release of her memoir True Love. Most of the headlines about the book have been about Ben Affleck. He was her first real heartbreak (despite the fact that she was married twice before hooking up with him) and Marc Anthony stepped into her life shortly after. Full Story
Part of it is our fault, why we can’t get over Bennifer – that is, the precious Gossip Artifact that was Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck. Part of it is their fault. They can’t stop talking about it. JLO’s book True Love comes out tomorrow. You can’t call your book True Love without talking about your love life. Full Story