First call up the memory. The dusty book with the library smell and the girl from the book-modelling place (where do they find those people)? The utter unfamiliarity of New Mexico for most of her readers, who were conditioned to believe that all Judy Blume books would happen a train ride away from Manhattan. Full Story
Back in October, I mentioned that I was engrossed in a book called Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. It was recommended to me at TIFF by the National Post’s Shinan Govani. I remember he very specifically said to me at a party late one night, while we were waiting for Kristen Stewart to show up, I think, that “Lainey, the Elizabeth Taylor fan in you will love this book”. That was enough for me to not buy it online and get the hardcover copy instead.
It was announced yesterday that Beautiful Ruins will be adapted for film, with the author Walter co-writing the screenplay with director, Todd Field. Todd Field of course is of In The Bedroom and Little Children, both mega acclaimed, and both films that confront conventional assumptions, calling out the hypocrisy of our social and cultural standards, without beating you over the head with it, so that the stank beneath our Norman Rockwell daydreams reveals itself gradually, but irrevocably, and one day you can no longer deny that Jesus, I am living in sh-t. Read Full Intro
Gwyneth Paltrow’s second cookbook It’s All Good was released this week. People are praising it and trashing it all over the place. Many of you have linked me to this Washington Post article that both praises and trashes her. Which, to me, as you’d know if you’ve been reading my blog long enough, is how I approach my G. Full Story
Here she is in London yesterday shooting what I presume is the film adaptation of S J Watson’s book? Have you read it? If we’re talking literary thrillers, I preferred Before I Go To Sleep over Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. Sleep is the creepy version of Drew Barrymore’s 50 First Dates. Full Story
It finally happened. After a two year drought, it’s finally happened. I’ve fallen in love... with a book! The last time was Emma Forrest’s Your Voice In My Head and I worried she’d ruined me forever. I tried everything. I went against type. I said yes to every recommendation. I went online. I was book-easy and indiscriminate...but Book Love, it cannot be forced. And besides, when it does arrive, you know, and then you realise it was worth waiting for.
Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life is totally worth waiting for. I’d wait for it all over again. You’ll be happy to have waited for it too, when it’s over. It was over for me last night after one of those weekends -- you know, when you can’t leave each other alone? Life After Life came everywhere with me in LA. Read Full Intro
I apologise in advance. For many of you, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green was one of the best books of 2012. I liked it ok. But I didn’t love it. I didn’t cry. I tried to cry, I did. But it just wasn’t there for me. And I’m sorry. Maybe it’s because I’ve read a lot of YA? Green’s Looking For Alaska and Will Grayson, Will Grayson were better, in my mind. Full Story
Remember when some silly random rumour went around about Alex Pettyfer confirming the coveted part of Four in Divergent? It will not be Alex Pettyfer. It will be Theo James. You may know him as Mr Pamuk from Season 1 of Downton Abbey whose body they had to drag down the hall. Or if you watch Golden Boy on CBS. Full Story
(Lainey: as promised, there will be a lot of G on the site today. Previously we heard from Dean. Here’s Maria’s take on Gwyneth’s new cookbook.) It’s a wonderful time for gossip when Gwyneth is promoting something because raging on her is practically a national pastime. Full Story
(Lainey: get ready. There will be multiple Gwyneth posts for you today, because your cuticles need trimming. Here's Dean's take first.) There’s no denying that LaineyGossip is a pro-Gwyneth organization. It’s a Paltrow Safe Zone. We love her (BECAUSE she’s a dick most of the time). Full Story
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Emma Forrest’s Your Voice In My Head, my favourite book of 2011 -- click here for the review -- ruined books for me in 2012. And still. I’ve not loved a book that much since. Emma Watson was supposed to play Forrest in the film adaptation of Your Voice In My Head, directed by David Yates. Full Story
Who? If you don’t know, congratulations. Because you obviously haven’t made the mistake of reading Fifty Shades of Grey. I envy you. I want to UN-read it. Can you imagine if un-reading was possible? I could UN-read Ethan Hawke’s books. And read Harry Potter again for the very first time? Anyway, Fifty Shades Of Grey is the story of Anastasia Steele who falls in love with Christian Grey who is super f-cked up and afraid of commitment and only wants to dick her in his special sex room and doesn’t want a relationship but of course then he falls in love with her because she’s not really that special, having just graduated from college with no particular distinction and no defined skills and no real personality. Full Story