What I really want to do here is to write about Serial. But it’s 9 o’clock in the morning and many of you probably haven’t listened to it yet, the final episode. Fine. Can we talk about how and why there are only 12 episodes?
Why not extend it all season like a network television show? Who says Serial has to be cable? Who says Serial has to be HBO? It’s not like we WON’T RUN OUT OF QUESTIONS, GODDAMMIT! If I could figure out how to do that, I would have posted that last sentence in ever increasing font sizes so you could appreciate how I’m gradually getting louder and Louder and LOUDER.
At what point does something become a hate-listen the way a television show becomes a hate-watch? And are we there yet with Serial?
Am tempted, when it slows down next week, to do a live-blog about this so we can all yell our theories at each other and end up blueballed and unsatisfied. Well sh-t. That’s the holiday spirit.
Yours in gossip,
PS. What is this world? A sh-tty Hollywood movie might provoke an international diplomatic crisis!?!?
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The Sony Hack took a turn for the dangerous earlier this week when the hackers released a statement threatening violence should people go see the movie when it was to open on Christmas day. Following the threat, Sony said it would allow theater owners to back out of booking deals and not show the movie, if they should so choose. Full Story
It’s been reported all week that Amy Pascal will be losing her job at Sony imminently. At press time, this hasn’t happened yet. It’s such a mess over there right now, firing Pascal would be yet another major headline, another bad news story for a company that is balls deep in bad news. So, if they do end up letting her go, I’m not sure they’ll make that announcement while the spotlight is on them. Best to do it quietly, when people are distracted by Christmas, non?
Or maybe she won’t leave at all? According to TMZ, many major industry players are on her side. We already know how George Clooney feels about her and supposedly Jack Nicholson, Tyler Perry, and John Singleton are too. Read Full Intro
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I have a friend, H, and she has an expression. It’s the best. She dropped it on me once when we were at a work meeting years ago, before I started blogging full-time. One of our colleagues, P, was upset about some negative feedback. She sulked for the rest of the session, then at the very end, when everyone was getting up to leave, she let the tears fall down her face and ran to the bathroom. Full Story
Angelina Jolie, the “rule breaker” covers the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter, the issue that members of the Academy will have during the holiday break. It’s a very strategic, very fortuitously timed release. Because it’s been kinda sh-t for the Jolie the last week or so. Full Story
Last night on etalk we counted down the Top 10 gossip stories of the year, as many other programs and outlets are doing right now. How can you have a list without Conscious Uncoupling? Gwyneth’s breakup gave us a new expression, an expression everyone used, as a joke, mostly, but still… when you add a phrase to pop culture vocabulary, it’s a thing. Full Story
Kristen Stewart gets one last finger in before the new year (Dlisted)
Anna Kendrick talks about sex toys with David Letterman (Just Jared)
Would you want to open up a Lindsay Lohan every day? (The Superficial)
No. No Benedict Cumberbatch. I’ve seen how you kiss. I don’t want to see you in a kissing movie (Cele|bitchy)
It left a stain (Hollywood Tuna)
Pregnant Blake Lively in the kitchen (Pop Sugar)
Totally Leonardo DiCaprio in 15 years. Maybe less (Too Fab)
When your tooth falls out on television (Hollywood PQ)
The single girl’s Christmas card (Romance Beat)
Do you really think this a Will and Kate snub? (Celeb Dirty Laundry)
Wasn’t it? The Jennifer Lawrence Chris Martin hookup was the Pippa Middleton of celebrity couples. They could have given us so much …everything. Instead, it was a f-cking bore. But, just like Pippa, we should have known. Because HE is a bore. Because his music (now) is bland. Full Story
Mrs Timberlake was photographed shopping in New York yesterday. She’s pregnant. Because Joey Fatone confirmed it to IN TOUCH Weekly. Which probably means JT won’t speak to him for 5 years. IN TOUCH is so low rent. As far as Mrs T goes though, given that, you know, she’s not exactly subtle about self-promotion, her early pregnancy has actually been kinda low key. Full Story
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It’s that time. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be reviewing some of the best and worst gossip stories from 2014. If you have suggestions, send them! Sometimes the best is the worst. For instance, how would you classify Beyonce, Solange, and JayZ in the elevator? The right answer would be to say that it was terrible. Full Story
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Princess Catherine visited the 23rd Poplar Beaver Scout Colony yesterday in London. She wore jeans and a Scouts hoodie and hung out with the kids. Um. Look at that camp counsellor (we’ll just call him this since I don’t know what his official title is) sitting next to her. With the glasses? Is he cute? From some angles, kind of, right? Does she notice sh-t like that anymore? If she does, who does she tell? She couldn’t possibly say it to her handlers. Full Story
Molly! Happy 21st Birthday from your sisters Becca and Rachel! Thanks for walking Lyle too (GREAT name for a dog, by the way). For you by request, here are Mark McMorris (OMG he is cuuuuute) and Dylan O’Brien. “Happy Birthday Sandra! Our relationship may have began because you started dating my best friend 25 years ago but luckily it has turned into a lifelong friendship. Full Story