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Fifty Shades of Want vs Need

February 6, 2015 15:28:32 Posted at February 6, 2015 15:28:32
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Duana taught me something I repeat often here on my blog. In her case, as a screenwriter, it’s about how the story and the audience relate, and how it’s the writer’s job to: Give them what they need, not what they want. I’ve been thinking a lot about this as we near the release of Fifty Shades Of Grey, reading reports of tension between the director Sam Taylor-Johnson, who’s admitted that she and author EL James struggled to agree on the creative direction of the film. Full Story

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Is Bey Going Goop On Us?

February 2, 2015 21:40:49 Posted at February 2, 2015 21:40:49
Maria Posted by Maria

Have you read, I’ll Have What She’s Having? The author, Rebecca Harrington, experiments with different celebrity diets, from Marilyn Monroe (eggs whipped in milk) to Madonna’s arduous and seemingly impossible macrobiotic diet. It’s funny, yes, but also an illuminating look at what it takes to maintain the “ideal body” of the day. Full Story

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Dear Gossips,

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

Thursday, January 22, 2015
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Dear Gossips,

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

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
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Dear Gossips,

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

Click here  Read Full Intro

Beige is the New Grey

January 21, 2015 15:11:02 Posted at January 21, 2015 15:11:02
Maria Posted by Maria

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

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We get it, you’re not showing your dick

January 21, 2015 14:46:47 Posted at January 21, 2015 14:46:47
Lainey Posted by Lainey

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

Courtside Idris

January 16, 2015 16:36:15 Posted at January 16, 2015 16:36:15
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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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

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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Dear Gossips,

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

George Clooney Gladiator

December 5, 2014 15:39:19 Posted at December 5, 2014 15:39:19
Lainey Posted by Lainey

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

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Dear Gossips,

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.

Girls Like Us was supposed to be turned into a movie. Two years ago, it was reported that Taylor Swift was in talks to play Joni Mitchell. Click here  Read Full Intro

Reese’s Big Little Lies but no Spirit

November 26, 2014 21:04:17 Posted at November 26, 2014 21:04:17
Lainey Posted by Lainey

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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Scarjo & her twin

November 19, 2014 21:11:27 Posted at November 19, 2014 21:11:27
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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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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Angelina Jolie holds the room

November 18, 2014 16:31:36 Posted at November 18, 2014 16:31:36
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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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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