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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Dear Gossips,

Would love to know how it works when it comes to wedding photo negotiations. Like does George Clooney tell PEOPLE and HELLO! that "I won't take anything less than what Brad got"? Or does he say "If you give me x percent more, I'll give you x percent more - more photos, more quotes, more access"?

And is there a photo checklist from the publication that has to be satisfied? Like do PEOPLE and HELLO! specify that they want:

- The Dress, front and back
- The Cake
- Bride and Groom together, must be touching
- $100k bonus if you give us a kiss
- $100k bonus if you give us a photo of celebrity guests
- at least one group family shot
- at least one sappy quote

Who has the power here? The seller or the buyer? The buyer ended up getting shafted for the Timberlake wedding when all the pictures came back low quality and not all that impressive. No surprise. Like that asshole gives a sh-t.

In this case, if you're the buyer, are you a little pissed that Amal and George were basically on display every single day of their wedding weekend? Like I said yesterday, I kinda feel sated already. They gave us a lot for free. They gave us enough.

I'm not sure when the deal was negotiated for the images but I wonder whether or not the buyers expected the couple to be so...available. Because now when they tell me it's all "exclusive", I'm like, really?  Because I feel like I was on a gondola in Venice from Friday to Monday so whatever you're showing me better be extra special, special like, oh hey, look at the bump under this dress. Which, no, didn't happen.

The dress, by the way, looks so much better in that one shot from her fitting in VOGUE than it does in both PEOPLE and HELLO! Don't you find that images often seem cheapened in celebrity weeklies? Is it the paper? Is it the tacky layout?

More analysis to come.

Yours in gossip,

Lainey

Magic Mike’s new friends

September 30, 2014 15:24:56 Posted at September 30, 2014 15:24:56
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Photos:
FameFlynet

A quick programming note: there was a major delay on the subway this morning and I had that appointment at the eye clinic (I’m a good candidate for laser eye surgery) and so I’m just trying to catch up between preparing for The Social which goes live in a couple of hours.  Going to hit you up with a few quick posts and photos and then focus on heavier analysis – including George Clooney’s wedding details – later on this afternoon. Full Story

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The Amal & George wedding photos

September 29, 2014 16:13:38 Posted at September 29, 2014 16:13:38
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Here’s a quick update: Everyone’s thinking VOGUE because Anna Wintour was there but it’s looking like PEOPLE and HELLO! are publishing the Amal Alamuddin-George Clooney wedding photos, just like it was with Brange. One source told me that VOGUE simply couldn’t pay that much money and that only a PEOPLE/HELLO! joint bid would both satisfy the financial requirement (to be donated) and also the “nice reporting/nice gossip” demands. Full Story

The “unreachable” Brad Pitt…with Shia as his wingman

September 29, 2014 14:42:28 Posted at September 29, 2014 14:42:28
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Brange was not photographed at the Clooney wedding. Some are hoping they were there, just incognito. But you know what? It’s not like they hang out a lot. You see Clooney with Damon, Krasinski, Murray… Since Oceans, you don’t see him with Brad. Their friendship has been overblown… maybe because of wishful thinking. Full Story

Reese does a backflip

September 29, 2014 14:31:27 Posted at September 29, 2014 14:31:27
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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FameFlynet, Dimitrios Kambouris/ Getty

Reese Witherspoon is the latest celebrity to be featured in VOGUE’s 73 questions. And she’s letting you see her house. So. Before you rush off and press play, just a few notes… The best part is the backflip. In a skirt! The worst part is her answer about dinner with female senators. Full Story

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Everything but the dress

September 29, 2014 13:23:25 Posted at September 29, 2014 13:23:25
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Photos:
FameFlynet

At this point, it’s really the only detail we don’t know: what did Amal Alamuddin’s wedding dress look like? Since Anna Wintour was there, VOGUE will likely tell us in the next month or so. Fine. At this point, I actually feel sated. He gave us enough, don’t you think? More than enough. Full Story

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Gossip Genie: Rachel + Riggins

September 25, 2014 21:35:29 Posted at September 25, 2014 21:35:29
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Photos:
WENN

Variety reported today that Rachel McAdams is very close to signing on to True Detective season 2. Her name came up after Elisabeth Moss was rumoured, and then they apparently ended up auditioning several other actors because of a scheduling conflict; she’s also working on a film called Spotlight and they had to negotiate so that she could take on True Detective without giving that up. Full Story

Victoria’s big day

September 25, 2014 20:43:25 Posted at September 25, 2014 20:43:25
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Photos:
Keystone

The Victoria Beckham flagship on Dover Street in London opened today. I’ve attached some photos. They’re saying she wanted it be like an art gallery to showcase not only her clothing but also the architecture. It’s beautiful. And I love that piece of green wall in one of the dressing rooms that she’s posing against. Full Story

Blake Lively > Johnny Depp?

September 25, 2014 15:45:30 Posted at September 25, 2014 15:45:30
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Photos:
WENN

It was announced last month that Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai would be released in February – click here for a refresher. And then the trailer came out and, as Sarah pointed out, it made sense why they’d want to bury it there. Mortdecai looks like sh-t. Full Story

Here comes the bride

September 25, 2014 15:02:10 Posted at September 25, 2014 15:02:10
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Photos:
Keystone

It’s an obvious title. But I feel like we have to get obvious here. Because, well, nothing has been subtle about the Amal Alamuddin-George Clooney wedding roll-out. He told us when and where. We know the hotel, we know the designers, we know the officiant. In two days, George will marry Amal in Venice. Full Story

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Show Me That Smile Again

September 24, 2014 16:05:46 Posted at September 24, 2014 16:05:46
Maria Posted by Maria
Photos:
Andrew Burton/ Getty

It’s been a big week for Leonardo DiCaprio. He was designated a UN Messenger of Peace. He gave the opening remarks at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York. The video is below. He dropped sweet beats at 1Oak. He took a prominent spot at the People’s Climate March in New York City. Full Story

Elle Woods goes to Washington

September 18, 2014 16:04:57 Posted at September 18, 2014 16:04:57
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Photos:
Gene Young/ Splash

She did actually go to Washington in Legally Blonde 2, right? Red, White, and Blonde. Pink, white, and blonde last night at a screening of The Good Lie in DC. Click here to read Joanna’s review of the film from TIFF. Reese Witherspoon is in campaign mode. Full Story

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Oscar jockeying: Patricia Arquette edition

September 18, 2014 15:34:22 Posted at September 18, 2014 15:34:22
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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AKM-GSI /Splash

Have you seen Boyhood yet? One of the best films of the year, if not THE best film of the year. And Patricia Arquette gives an incredible performance. Joanna sent this article to me today - even though Arquette’s role in Boyhood is a lead, IFC Films will be submitting her for Oscar consideration in the Best Supporting Actress category instead. Full Story

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The daily fashion show worked

September 17, 2014 16:43:44 Posted at September 17, 2014 16:43:44
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Photos:
FameFlynet

For months now, Taylor Swift has turned the sidewalk outside her NYC apartment into a runway. She decided she wanted to be a style "icon", as we continue to degrade the true definition of that word. Well, it worked. PEOPLE Magazine just named her Best Dressed Of The Year. Evidently walking out of an Anthropologie and wearing the same sh-t Elie Saab designs over and over and over again gets you to the top of the fashion list. Full Story

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