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
Buzzfeed posted a photo on Twitter yesterday that made me hug myself. The Khaleesi and Neville Longbottom!
Neville Longbottom + Mother of Dragons: pic.twitter.com/y3MFazNQcg— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) May 20, 2015
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,
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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
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
If you’ve been reading this blog a while, you know I like to get down with a good horny book. And I’ve recommended several. Yesterday on The Social we interviewed filmmaker Laurie Kahn whose documentary Love Between The Covers is screening at Hot Docs this week.
Love Between The Covers is about horny books – the women who write them and the women who read them. Romance is the most lucrative genre in publishing. Romance authors are regarded as the most inclusive community of writers, supporting and promoting each other and their audience. Read Full Intro
Yesterday (over afternoon tea at The Langham – because what else do you talk about over finger sandwiches?), Lorella and I exchanged anecdotes about our favourite subject: Elvis. This is one of the bonds of our friendship. Years ago we discovered that we both went through a period of Elvis Obsession when we were about 12 years old. Which is how we became Elvis scholars. It’s almost embarrassing the amount of random sh-t we know about Elvis because we’ve read so many Elvis biographies.
And then it just so happened that Priscilla and Lisa Marie were in Vegas yesterday for the opening of Graceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition, The Show, The Experience. F-ck. Do you know Lorella and I both had early copies of Priscilla’s memoir Elvis & Me, the best book ever? I can’t find mine anymore because my parents kept moving. Read Full Intro
There’s a book coming out this week. It’s called We Oughta Know by Andrea Warner, considered to be one of the “strongest young voices in music journalism”. I previously highlighted Warner’s work last year when she wrote about the 25th anniversary of Milli Vanilli. Click here for a refresher.
We Oughta Know is about four Canadian women who changed music in the 90s: Alanis Morrisette, Sarah McLachlan, Shania Twain, and Celine Dion. And not just in Canada but EVERYWHERE. Also…how their music changed us. I’m a sh-t for not appreciating this sooner. Those were my formative years, formative years for many of you too. And these women weren’t just good, they were dominant. Read Full Intro
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Sometimes the world gives and gives, and when you think ‘oh no world, this is too much’, the world gives you more. Anna Kendrick will release a series of ‘autobiographical humourous essays’ in the fall of 2016. I love this for three reasons. Number one, I think they will be great. Full Story
Zayn is always the one you worry about. He always seemed to be the most fragile. And he wears it on his body.
So this “stress leave”, over a few photos that showed up on social media, and the ensuing anxiety for both him and his fiancée…I believe it. I believe that the only chemical involved here is love, and thousands of years of poetry and prose would argue that it’s the most potent one. He’s just 22, after all. At 22, there is nothing you won’t throw away for love. What I love about this story is that it’s about a boy. Too often, this kind of emotional intensity – perceived as weakness by many – is associated with girls. And Taylor Swift.
That said, again, he’s 22. At 32 you look back and you say, f-ck, that was a LOT of unnecessary drama. Read Full Intro
There was a LOT of Katie Holmes in Gossip yesterday. Like on top of what seemed like confirmation that she and Jamie Foxx are together, she posted a dance video to Instagram (which Maria covered in Smutty Social Media) and TMZ was all over her too…
Did that seem accidental to you? Or were we just watching media competition? Was Katie Day the result of a Katie Plan or was it just that gossip outlets were trying to catch up to each other? Let’s discuss later today.
Today I’m in the finals of Canada Reads. It’s a reality show book battle here in Canada. We started with 5 books championed by 5 different people on Monday and the last two titles are Ru, defended by Cameron Bailey, and When Everything Feels Like The Movies, defended by me. Read Full Intro
The Divergent Series: Insurgent opens this weekend. Shailene Woodley and Theo James have been on promotion for it for the last couple of weeks. As you know, if you’ve been reading this blog for a few years, I was big on the first book (review here), then medium on the second book (review here), and it took me five days to read the final installment when I would have happily pulled an all-nighter to finish if I had to (review here).
Maybe the movies are going in the opposite direction? For me, the first movie was practically unwatchable. Read Full Intro
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Been on a really heavy reading streak the last few months. By heavy I mean volume and content. Part of it is that I let my shelf get too high. And I’ve been preparing for Canada Reads. The debates begin next Monday. Click here to see this year’s list. I’ll be defending Raziel Reid’s When Everything Feels Like The Movies and trying not to get picked off first.
One of the most memorable books for me over the winter reading session was Catherine Gildiner’s memoir Coming Ashore. She writes about an era I’ve always glamourised (60s and 70s) in places I’ve always imagined living, a life that I’ve screenplayed a thousand times in my head. Like every good author though, she lures you with what you want and then ends up giving you what you need. Read Full Intro