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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Dear Gossips,

Judy Blume is currently in Toronto promoting her new book In The Unlikely Event. Duana wrote about it a few weeks ago – click here and click here for a refresher. This is exciting. Actually, it’s the MOST exciting. And I know many of you understand. I know many of you feel the same way: that she saved us, didn’t she? I was an awkward Chinese kid living through my parents’ divorce and finding new reasons to hate myself every day, like many of you when you were growing up, and Judy’s books were always there, not necessarily to explain or to fix it, but to tell you that you should keep trying to figure it out, that she trusted that you would figure it out.

As of this post, I just finished the first (for etalk) of two interviews with Judy Blume. She’ll be live on The Social later today. In case there was any doubt, I want you to know: She’s everything you imagine/want/hope her to be. She’s thoughtful. She’s honest. She’s smarter than all the people in the room. But most importantly, she’s so, SO kind. I’ve only spent 20 minutes with her – so far – and already I can feel her kindness, her empathy. And you would have to be next level kind, next level GOOD, to have had this effect on so many of us. As Duana said in her review of In The Unlikely Event, Judy Blume helped us to be adults. Is still helping us in adulthood.

Today, and every day, I love Judy Blume.

Yours in gossip,

Lainey

Grey is Beige

June 30, 2015 16:15:14 Posted at June 30, 2015 16:15:14
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Yesterday, Lainey wrote about the #AskELJames hashtag hijacking (click here for a refresher) and, having read the book, I can understand where (and who) those tweets are coming from. People like me who spent $11.99 on Grey. I’ll start with the bad and get to the worse (things won’t get better): Grey is not the worst book I’ve ever read. Full Story

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#AskELJames

June 29, 2015 19:45:30 Posted at June 29, 2015 19:45:30
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Have you been following this on Twitter? If not, do a search for #AskELJames. E.L. James, the author of Fifty Shades Of Grey, decided to participate in a Twitter chat today, I guess to promote the new book, Grey, and, well… That’s kind of Twitter is for, isn’t it? Here’s a sample: Will you be rewriting the book from Stephenie Meyer's point of view next time? #AskELJames Full Story

Fan Bingbing’s cats and hearts

June 18, 2015 18:46:15 Posted at June 18, 2015 18:46:15
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Fan Bingbing at the Shanghai International Film Festival. Did you hear about the social media fight she got into with Wang Sicong this week? Wang Sicong is the 27 year old son of the richest man in China. He recently posted a photo of his dog wearing two Apple watches, one around each leg. Each watch is valued at $10,000. Full Story

Maybe He IS That Into You (But Lost His Phone)

June 9, 2015 15:29:28 Posted at June 9, 2015 15:29:28
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Does everyone like Aziz Ansari as much as I do? What I like about him is that he’s a modern comic. Of course Louis C.K. and Seinfeld and Chris Rock are considered comedy gods but they are also from a generation that became famous before the internet existed. Sometimes the “you crazy kids get off my lawn” sensibility of the sacred cows gets a little tired. Full Story

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In The Unlikely Event

June 8, 2015 19:10:01 Posted at June 8, 2015 19:10:01
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Spoilers everywhere – come back if you haven’t finished. You know, usually I am not afraid of endings. Usually I am the one who says things like “I’d rather something end well, early, than go on too long”. I am unsentimental, not because I’m heartless, but because usually, there are lots of things to love. Full Story

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Everest: A big bag of NOPE

June 4, 2015 19:19:21 Posted at June 4, 2015 19:19:21
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Jake Gyllenhaal is going for the gold this year, first with Southpaw and then Everest, which is due in September—wouldn’t surprise me to see this one premiere at TIFF. Everest is based on Jon Krakauer’s book Into Thin Air, about the 1996 climbing disaster in which eight people died while descending Everest. Full Story

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Shonda Rhimes Says Yes

June 3, 2015 14:24:28 Posted at June 3, 2015 14:24:28
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Lainey once called me contrary. This idea is preposterous, as I am not contrary. (Lainey: you are.) But I will admit that I don’t like to be predictable. If it’s too obvious that I’m going to go a certain way, I like to check myself. So in this situation, knowing as we do that I’m a pretty avowed Shonda Rhimes stan, I wanted to step back before I was excited. Full Story

In The Unlikely Event

June 2, 2015 15:18:39 Posted at June 2, 2015 15:18:39
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It’s a momentous day. There hasn’t been a day like this in almost 20 years. Today, Judy Blume releases her new book, In The Unlikely Event. I know a lot of you feel the way Lainey and I feel about that. That Judy Blume ushered you through your childhood, was accessible but not overbearing and condescending in your adolescence, and somehow seemed to be a friend who’d always been there in adulthood. Full Story

50 Shades of Repetition

June 1, 2015 17:15:16 Posted at June 1, 2015 17:15:16
Maria Posted by Maria

Well, we suspected it was coming, right? EL James has announced a new book, titled Grey, that will cover the same ground as 50 Shades of Grey, but from Christian’s perspective. Hasn’t it all been from Christian’s perspective? It’s not like Ana had a strong POV or was a fully formed character. Full Story

Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak are complicated and wealthy together

May 22, 2015 14:46:38 Posted at May 22, 2015 14:46:38
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It was announced yesterday that Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak will be paid 7.5 million dollars for a book that explores the details of their complicated, untraditional relationship. Seven Point Five MILLION dollars.  Yes, publishing gives big advances to celebrity authors who are likely to sell well, and Kaling’s first memoir did well and to be honest, was maybe my favourite of the comedy memoirs that came out in the past few years – certainly the best since Bossypants. Full Story

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Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Dear Gossips,

Buzzfeed posted a photo on Twitter yesterday that made me hug myself. The Khaleesi and Neville Longbottom!

 

 

It came from Matthew Lewis’s Instagram. They’re working together on Me Before You which, presumably, is the film adaptation of Jojo Moyes’s novel of the same name. I wrote about Me Before You in January 2013; after two more readings since then I still can’t decide how I feel about it. But as a movie, it has the potential to become what Nicholas Sparks books-to-movies used to be. You remember how you left the theatre ugly-sobbing after The Notebook? This is what will happen when Me Before You comes out.

By the way, Neville is not playing the male lead. He is, however, showing you his abs and his junk on the cover of Attitude Magazine. I don’t like my Neville when he’s trying to be Justin Bieber and/or Scott Eastwood.

Yours in gossip,

Lainey

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Jennifer Lawrence & Nicholas Hoult’s mutant summer

May 19, 2015 16:07:38 Posted at May 19, 2015 16:07:38
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Yesterday while procrastinating on deadline and messing around on the internet (OK fine, creeping Brandon Flowers), I somehow came across this page, about whether or not Jennifer Lawrence could be the new Thor. Please don’t ask me how I went from Brandon Flowers to Jennifer Lawrence as Thor because I don’t even know the answer, the internet is a wild thing. Full Story

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015
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Dear Gossips,

It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday. I have three gift recommendations. The first one is self-serving so I’ll start with it. My book: Listen To The Squawking Chicken. Which is now available on trade paperback and it’s about my ma, the Chinese Squawking Chicken. For the Squawking Chicken in your life, and not necessarily the Chinese kind, because I’ve heard from a lot of you with Jamaican Squawking Chickens and Portuguese Squawking Chickens and Texan Squawking Chickens.

And for the Fangirl in your life, The Fangirl’s Guide To The Galaxy by Sam Maggs. True story: boys don’t get to own geekdom. Do you know the House colours of Slytherin? Do you know who lives at Casterly Rock? Are you Dauntless? Do you know your District?

Fangirls are driving pop culture.  Read Full Intro