It was a very good Christmas for Angelina Jolie and Unbroken. So even though the midpoint of the month was sh-tty, with the rise of Oscar Aniston and chickenpox and emails and hacking, it would appear that the Brange will go into 2015 with some momentum. Unbroken exceeded expectations at the box office and that’s good timing because Oscar voters are coming out of Christmas weekend with nominations to deliver.
Did you know that several departments of the US government, including Veterans Affairs, sent emails out to employees promoting the film? Also, according to Deadline, Unbroken “played very well in middle America” and appealed to “faith-based crowds”. Prominent Christian leaders endorsed the film. My first thought after reading that this weekend was…
Oh yeah, Brange got married this year, didn’t they? Coincidence or conspiracy?
There’s your MiniVan Majority influence. Will it be enough to get Unbroken to the Oscars? Nomination voting begins today on the news that the film opened strong. Voting runs until January 8th so, now that her spots have probably cleared up, we could see the Jolie emerge for a late stage push on the success of her film. She and Aniston will know for sure on January 15 when the Academy announces.
Yours in gossip,
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I was asked to put together a Top 5 Christmas song list. Wham’s Last Christmas will always be on there. Even when I’m 80. It was the Timberlakes’ last Christmas as a child-free couple this year. Justin baked. And, because he’s Justin Timberlake, he needed full credit for it. Full Story
How much promotion did Johnny Depp put in for Into The Woods? Almost none, right? Pretty sure he wasn’t at any of the premieres, screenings, Q&As. He’s big enough to cut that out of his job description when he wants to now. I’m not sure though that he’ll be able to get away with it for Mortdecai though. Full Story
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Mark Wahlberg and Rhea Durham spent Christmas in Barbados with their four kids. If you had the TV turned on at all over the last week or so you could not have missed the ads for his new film The Gambler, particularly if you were watching sporting events. Dudes supposedly love Marky Mark. And mostly dudes went to see his movie, which opened in 6th for the weekend. Full Story
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Jennifer Lawrence won the Oscar for Best Actress in 2013. There could have been a backlash. So many actresses go from Oscar to backlash. Or at least a slump. Instead, in 2014, Lawrence was nominated for yet another Oscar and she took over the box office. Between X-Men: Days Of Future Past and Mockingjay Part 1, her 2014 total amounted to $1. Full Story
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Chris Rock has filed for divorce from wife Malaak. They’ve been married for 19 years. I didn’t even think of it when he showed up for the Top Five premiere without her. I do remember wondering while I was watching Top Five if I found him attractive. Then I got distracted being attracted to Rosario Dawson. Full Story
Katherine! Happy 31st Birthday with love from Ashley. I know you’re in New Zealand so I hope I’ve caught you in time to read this on your birthday proper. Nicholas Hoult and Bret & Jemaine are for you! And for Rebecca from Rachel… Happy Belated Birthday! Sorry I couldn’t post this on Friday. Full Story
The People have voted! Thanks for your votes in the Annual Gingerbread House competition. Click here to review the entries.
Your winner, by a landslide, was Christmas on Sesame Street followed by Christmas – Gothic Style, then When in Rome (for Christmas), and finally Oh Christmas Tree(house). The actual winner, as determined by the one judge (Lorella’s mother) was:
Christmas – Gothic Style
Second place: Sesame Street
Third place: Oh Christmas Tree(house)
Fourth place: When in Rome (for Christmas)
Can you believe that ideas for next year are already under consideration?
Thank you for supporting this tradition! Means a lot to everyone to know that you’re so into it!
A quick schedule update: I’ll be posting for a few hours today but the blog will be dark tomorrow and Friday for Christmas. Read Full Intro
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I told you the other day. It’s not Christmas until Mimi is in Aspen tottering around on big heels and a skimpy snowsuit. This year, we got off to a late start because Mimi had to work SO HARD SO MUCH performing a series of Christmas concerts at the Beacon Theatre. But look! Our butterfly angel has arrived at her Christmas destination! Aspen is Mimi’s North Pole. Full Story
This totally explains Taylor Swift (Dlisted)
How Jonah Hill, 2x Oscar nominee and friend of Marty, Leo, and Brange turned 31 (Just Jared)
Batman vs Iron Man or something. It’s a nerd video (The Superficial)
Kelly Ripa’s advice on marriage (Cele|bitchy)
More bikini Santas (Hollywood Tuna)
A collection of Big B bitchface photos (Pop Sugar)
Celebrity engagements of 2014 (Romance Beat)
I wanted a Gremlin for a really long time, seriously (Too Fab)
Solange wore it first! (Hollywood PQ)
Is Nina Dobrev staying single for The Vampire Diaries? (Celeb Dirty Laundry)
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Prince Harry participated in a charity football game today at Sandringham where the Queen and the royal family gather for Christmas every year. He’s animated and sweaty and flushed and contorts his body in various positions and…well… Happy Christmas! It’s a gift from him to us. Full Story
About 11 months ago I wrote about the impending Entourage movie and at the time, this was my plot prediction: "Vince is happily married to the reporter he met at the end of the final season – they have 4 kids. Eric is now a big player in Hollywood, Johnny Drama is down on his luck after his TV show got cancelled and he lost all his money to a shady financial advisor; he now lives in Vince’s pool house. Full Story
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