Cameron Diaz Instagrammed this photo of herself yesterday. She’s wearing (relatively) little makeup. She’s holding a copy of her book The Body Book. It goes on sale on New Year’s Eve. Here’s the description from the publisher: Cameron Diaz shares her formula for becoming happier, healthier, and stronger in this positive, essential guide that is grounded in science and inspired by personal experience. Full Story
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UK gossips are rumouring that Harry Styles has started up a situation with model Daisy Lowe, daughter of Gavin Rossdale and ex-girlfriend of Matt Smith. They went to a birthday party together, and any hot girl seen in his vicinity is, naturally, totally f-cking him. Since the two were both at the British Fashion Awards last night, that means it has to be true. Full Story
Principal photography on Fifty Shades Of Grey is now underway in Vancouver. Here’s Jamie Dornan in character as Christian Grey, who’s really just EL James’s reimagining of Robert Pattinson eating her out. So…how does Dornan look as Pattinson? Well, he looks really good. Better than the original. Full Story
I made meatloaf last night. For the first time ever. Seriously, it turned out amazing. Meatloaf always seemed so complicated. How does it all stay together, like bread?
The reason I made meatloaf is because a few weeks ago, someone sent me a copy of Jessica Seinfeld’s The Can’t Cook Book. I tried to be insulted but… please. I can’t cook, it’s true. There are several reasons. One: I suck at understanding how food works. Two: I grew up in a Chinese household. We don’t use the same sh-t that Westerners use. I don’t know the vocabulary. I had no idea what a colander was until last year, and I still don’t understand why you can’t just call it a strainer. Why do there have to be pots of so many sizes? Why are baking pans so goddamn complicated? Think of how confusing a Western kitchen might be to someone who grew up seeing that almost everything can just be done with a wok. Read Full Intro
We interviewed Amy Tan yesterday on The Social. I’ve been a fan a long, long time. Tan is currently promoting her new novel The Valley Of Amazement. It is once again a portrait of a mother-daughter relationship set in a courtesan community in Shanghai over a hundred years ago. So it’s a story about family, sex, and gossip. Obviously I’m all over it. Because the book is good (am currently about half way through) but also because Amy Tan is awesome.
She’s saucy. She’s cheeky. She’s hilarious. She’s super, super stylish. Did you see her in head to toe Issey Miyake, whaaaaaaaaaaat? Also, did you know she’s in a cover band called The Rock Bottom Remainders with other writers like Stephen King and Mitch Albom? They only play for charity. She’s the “lead rhythm dominatrix”. This KILLS me.
Have a great weekend!
Yours in gossip,
PS. Jane Roos is the final #everdaybrilliance profile for vitaminwater this year and she is nothing but brilliant. Click here to learn about Jane’s work and passion.
This post contains spoilers. Please click away now if you’ve not yet read the book. I will include some filler text below to make sure that the article cuts off without giving anything away. cjaopa[oboaiboaboab;oubaub’pabjpambl’abaib’a;j’abk’bpiapibapi [ai [bpiabi a[bb [i[ai ba[ib[ai bab[aib b[a b[ab abpoubapoub auob apu bpbuabb abpuapu bpaoub paoub paub pau bapuame;ojeogopaupeouoaw[aoo[weua cpyapbouapbu abpua poubaubpa uba bapobupoaub pau bpapa bpaubpua bpup iuenekjhdpya;eneh cpaybpa[bub[aubpaibe[oeeeeapjbae[eoa OK, are we ready? It took me five days to read Allegiant. Full Story
Duana asked me last night how my ma, the Chinese Squawking Chicken, reacted to the announcement of my upcoming book about her, Listen To The Squawking Chicken. Well, she came over yesterday when I was at work to drop off some ginseng soup. Normally she doesn’t come inside because she blames my dogs for getting their fur all over her clean clothes. But she had to pee and used the upstairs bathroom, my bathroom. I left in a rush in the morning and it was a hair wash day so there was long black hair all over the tub. The only thing she said to Jacek during the entire visit was, “If you’re not going to clean your house every day you should hire a cleaning service”. And then she hobbled her way out the door. I wrote a book, but the Squawking Chicken still thinks I’m a filthy pig. Read Full Intro
Entertainment Weekly has the first photos of Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan “in character” as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey in Fifty Shades Of Grey, now pushed back 6 months to open in February for Valentine’s Day 2015. As you can see, Johnson’s Anastasia is all reticent and innocent sex. Full Story
Shameless self-promotion here but this was the deadline I’ve been referring to. I was writing a book. I WROTE A BOOK! The book is called "Listen to the Squawking Chicken: When Mother Knows Best, What's a Daughter To Do? A Memoir (Sort Of)”. So now you know who the true star is here: the Chinese Squawking Chicken. Full Story
The big movie release this month is Catching Fire. There was a time however that November belonged to the Harry Potter movies. The first and second films in the franchise came out in November. Out of the series of 8, a total of 4 of them were November opens. So I associate November with Harry Potter, and London too, since I was sent there for junketing several years in a row, both for the theatrical releases and the DVD launches.
It felt right then to see these pictures of JK Rowling with Emma Watson this November at a fundraiser for Lumos on Saturday at the Warner Bros Harry Potter Tour. The event raised over a million pounds in support of orphans around the world. You know who else was there?
Hey generic Canadian readers – Ron Burgundy wants you to know he’s written the book of the year. LET ME OFF AT THE TOP: My Classy Life and Other Musings is due out on November 19. Here’s how the press release reads:
“Ron Burgundy has taken the time to write a book. We owe it to him, as honest citizens, to read it. This may well be the most thrilling book ever written, by a man of great physical, moral and spiritual strength and not surprisingly a great literary talent as well. This book deserves a real shot at a Pulitzer Prize. In fact if it doesn’t win one then we will finally have proof that the Pulitzer is rigged.”
At my house, Ron Burgundy is spoken about with the same reverence as Cate Blanchett. So it’s our honour (or more like Jacek’s honour) to bring you this Canadian exclusive message from Ron Burgundy himself. Read Full Intro
Carrie Underwood was at the TJ Martell Foundation Gala last night in New York. She’s in town because she’s working on The Sound Of Music, the live television production of The Sound Of Music to air on NBC in December. In which she’s playing Maria von Trapp. Interestingly enough, Maria von Trapp came up in a conversation I had yesterday with Bridget Jones author Helen Fielding at Indigo Full Story
Today is Allegiant day. I’m anxious. For several reasons. First – word is Veronica Roth is unsparing. So there will be losses. And there should be losses. If losses happen in the wizarding world, they sure as sh-t happen in dystopia. But also...and this is my own problem…I’m on a deadline and can’t, shouldn’t, start reading it until the weekend. I should be working when I get home tonight. Discipline is cruel. Discipline you f-cking bitch I hate you.
But at least it’s picking up…
The top story today is not an engagement. Before the engagement, Kanye West was at the Hollywood Film Awards with real celebrities where he honoured 12 Years A Slave’s Steve McQueen. Lupita Nyong’o accepted the New Hollywood Award. Lee Daniels, Michael B Jordan, and Daniel Oyelowo were recognised too. And Forest Whitaker, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Barkhad Abdi from Captain Phillips showed up to present. Sh-t, Hollywood. Are you actually trying to be diverse?
More coverage from the Hollywood Film Awards to follow. JULIA was there. We will talk about this.
Yours in gossip,
Have you read Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell? Here’s my only complaint about the book: since I read it on my iPad, I couldn’t properly hug it. Hugging an iPad isn’t the same as hugging a real book. And as corny as it sounds, it deserves to be hugged. Eleanor is a big girl with big red hair. Park is an Asian boy who doesn’t fit in in Nebraska. Not enough people are writing stories about these kinds of people. And when someone does actually write a story about people we know, and can relate to, people we might all have been at one point or another, the Parents Action League decides to ban it. Because the teenagers are dropping too many swears. And they kiss and grope each other.
Sure. Let’s ignore all the beauty that we can share with each other through words – the power of friendship to bring us through the bleakest of experiences, the hope it can give you when you’ve been accustomed to despair, the opportunities it can present when nothing seems possible – and get all huffy because a 16 year old decides to express her frustration by cursing. Read Full Intro