Two deeps dives from yesterday to recommend if you haven’t already:
Barry Avrich is a Canadian filmmaker who was trying a few years ago to put together an unauthorised documentary about Harvey Weinstein. According to Barry, Harvey Weinstein wasn’t exactly supportive. Barry details the experience in his new book Moguls, Monsters, and Madmen: An Uncensored Life in Show Business, excerpted earlier this week in The Hollywood Reporter.
I was terrified reading the piece. So you can imagine how terrifying it must have been for Barry Avrich – then and now. He describes Harvey like a mob boss, a man who intimidates and colludes, who is so powerful he can control not only actors, producers, and studios, but even the New York Times, and ruins careers without compunction. Click here to get Barry’s account.
Less chilling – Anne Helen Petersen’s excellent feature on Kerry Washington’s privacy management as her career has continued to flourish. Note the point that AHP makes about Kerry’s strategic focus on fashion and styling to advance her own profile (a perspective often conveniently ignored by the #askhermore crusaders) and the comparison between Kerry’s approach to preventing her child from media exposure and, say, Kristen Bell’s. Click here to read the article.
And finally, Justin Timberlake’s new song Can’t Stop The Feeling. Well, it’s definitely a crowd-pleaser. Really infectious. You’ll be hearing it at every single wedding you go to this season, a song for everyone from the kids to the grandparents. I’ve embedded the video below.
Programming note: I’m heading to LA today on assignment for etalk on a 10am flight which means I’ll be in the air for most of the blogging day. Several posts have been prepared in advance to go up during that time. (Get ready for some gloat from Sarah!) And I’ll get to any breaking news, Smutty Social Media, and Smutty Tingles when I land. Sorry in advance for any inconvenience.
Have a great weekend!
Yours in gossip
Scandal Season 5 Episode 20 recap They couldn’t have known…but they could have guessed. Let’s say this episode was shot about five weeks ago. Written three weeks before that, and ‘broken’, or conceived of, three-plus weeks before that. So it’s been in the works for about 11 weeks, at least. Full Story
“Regrettably named after Channing Tatum’s character in ‘She’s the Man’, Duke spent eight great years as a best friend and family member to the Van Allen clan. He was known for hiding underneath window curtains, howling when the phone rang and being completely incompetent at catching scraps of food thrown his way. Full Story
The read of the day yesterday was definitely the New York Times article on Britney Spears titled: Is Britney Spears Ready To Stand On Her Own? CLICK! Immediately! Britney has been showing more and more personality on social media over the last few months. Read Full Intro
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Prince Harry played polo in Florida yesterday to raise money for his charity Sentebale. Unfortunately for the participants, it was raining. Luckily for us, it was raining. Because now we have pictures of Hot Harry on his horse, getting muddy, getting wet, the water coming off his face, clothes clinging to his body, his hair slicked, like he’s been worked over good…God he looks stupid sexy when he’s riding, remind me again why we invented cars? And why am I still talking. Full Story
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But you DO care Bella Thorne. So much. As Lainey said today, every little move matters. Happy #cincodemayo !!! Go splash around in a pool like I was doing last night on set!!! #wethairdontcare Full Story
A dysfunctional family drama with a teenaged son named “Conrad” will inevitably invoke the 1980 film Ordinary People—and the novel upon which it’s based—and like that film, Louder Than Bombs is a family portrait snapped at a moment of profound grief, of a family derailed by loss. Full Story
Madonna is trying to turn this into a “message” now. OK. (Dlisted)
Cameron Diaz on marriage and what she’s learned (Just Jared)
Britney writes to her boys (TooFab)
Rumours about Kristen Stewart and Soko adopting a baby (Celeb Dirty Laundry)
Kristen Wiig kisses her new boyfriend on the beach (Pop Sugar)
Channing Tatum wants to revolutionise the male stripper industry (The Superficial)
Kate Beckinsale in a dramatic gown (Popoholic)
Paul McCartney’s tribute to Prince (TMZ)
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Michael B Jordan was in a movie with Zac Efron a couple of years ago. I can’t be bothered to remember the title. Because MBJ played the best friend and not the main event – in a rom-com! Why in f-ck wouldn’t MBJ be the main event in a rom-com! The reason I’m thinking about that movie though is because I’ve just been looking at these shots of him in New York with his crew, walking across the street like it’s a photo shoot/film shoot, a montage in a photo shoot/film shoot – look at these handsome men being carefree and handsome and aspirational. Full Story