Monday, December 5, 2016

Dear Gossips,

The LA Film Critics Association named Moonlight the Best Picture of the year yesterday, followed by La La Land as runner-up. Barry Jenkins, who directed Moonlight, won Best Director. He also won Best Director from the New York Film Critics Circle last week while La La Land was Best Picture. And the LA and New York critics agreed on Mahershala Ali as Best Supporting Actor who is now likely the frontrunner for Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

How important are critics though in determining Oscar? Several times this year I’ve posted about how critics can affect box office performance, particularly for movies that are about and for women and minorities, not unlike how it works within the Academy, the institution that governs the Oscars. The majority of film critics are white men. They see and analyse films through that specific lens. How does that imbalance then affect the way films are supported and celebrated? How does that help or hinder a film’s awards momentum? This was the subject of the most recent episode of Vulture’s podcast, The Awards Show Show during which three critics discussed How Critics Affect the Oscars, and How Bias Affects Critics.

Jen Yamato is one of those critics. She talks about rivalries between different critics’ associations, how even the critics clubs are jockeying for position – who’s more influential, who can get out first with their pronouncements and declarations – and what impact, if any, these behind-the-scenes competitions have on award season and the films that end up contending for Oscar. Jen tweeted something last week that I sent to Sarah. It was after Martin Scorsese’s Silence had screened for critics. And while proper reviews are still embargoed, many critics started tweeting their initial reactions. Many of those (predominantly male) reactions were super-jizzy. Jen’s reaction was…


As viewers then, it might not be enough to know that “critics”, in general, love or hate a certain film. Because “in general”, right now, means generally white male critics loved or hated a certain film. Do we need to make a point of asking the follow-up question, “WHICH critic loved or hated a certain film?” Sarah is a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association. Jen Yamato is a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. For me, their reviews are going to be weighted with more significance. The problem is that there are not enough Sarahs and Jens. To be fair, as Jen says in the Vulture podcast, the LA Film Critics Association is becoming more diverse. It’s led by a woman, Claudia Puig, and is perhaps more culturally and generationally diverse than other critics boards. Still, as she qualifies, film criticism is “becoming more diverse but criticism is not a diverse place to be”. So it’s not just Hollywood that has to work on representation and inclusion. It’s also everything that orbits Hollywood – critics, media, fans. And that includes us. We here at LaineyGossip are trying to work on it too. As always, we appreciate your criticism, feedback, and guidance.

Yours in gossip,


We are all Baby Groot

December 5, 2016 13:53:45 Posted at December 5, 2016 13:53:45
Sarah Posted by Sarah
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The first full trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 dropped over the weekend—thanks to a Comic Con event in Brazil—and jumping off that brag video from a couple months ago, it’s FANTASTIC. They’re still not giving us anything about the plot and we still haven’t seen the new characters played by Kurt Russell Full Story

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December 5, 2016 – Smutty Shout-Outs

December 5, 2016 13:30:39 Posted at December 5, 2016 13:30:39
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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«Chère Meli, La dernière année a été très mouvementée avec la naissance des jumeaux (Loïc et Cléo) qui auront 1 an lundi le 5, la rentrée à la maternelle de Rafael et l'ouverture par Anthony de votre boutique Kids at home !!!. Full Story

Friday, December 2, 2016

Dear Gossips,

I’ve been waiting for this weekend for 6 months. Back in June, right after the Tony Awards, a new block of Hamilton tickets was released. I don’t know how it happened but, somehow, I managed to get tickets for December 3.  Read Full Intro

Smutty Tingles

December 2, 2016 20:26:33 Posted at December 2, 2016 20:26:33
Lainey Posted by Lainey

The anti-Christmas beaver …which is not a euphemism for abstinence (Dlisted

Shakira’s Sunshine and her two boys (Just Jared

Princess Kate wasn’t at an event last night (Cele|bitchy

Blake Shelton on life with Gwen Stefani (TooFab

The grown up Little Lady (TMZ

This turned me on. So I guess it worked? (The Superficial

I love this jumpsuit on Gigi Hadid (Celebrity Dirty Laundry

Halle Berry’s green shoes that I wanted, stupid Jacek (Go Fug Yourself)

Leah Remini and 50 Cent discuss eating ass (Jezebel

Bianca’s back

December 2, 2016 20:19:10 Posted at December 2, 2016 20:19:10
Lainey Posted by Lainey

What are you doing on Sunday? Correct answer: watching Mariah’s World. Look. As Mimi would say, it’s been a bleak f-cking year. Since September, it’s just gotten bleaker and bleaker. Full Story

What Milo learned from Will

December 2, 2016 20:03:04 Posted at December 2, 2016 20:03:04
Kathleen Posted by Kathleen
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Milo Ventimiglia is having a moment. Not only is he nailing his role as Jack, the hot dad of all hot dads, on This is Us, he’s also experiencing a renewed fandom after his Gilmore Girls character Jess Mariano showed up in the revival looking exactly how you don’t want an ex to look when you run into them: more muscular and more hot AF than you remember. Full Story

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G. Spotting with an accent

December 2, 2016 19:35:44 Posted at December 2, 2016 19:35:44
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Gwyneth Paltrow just relaunched her app, now called G. Spotting. It’s all her recommendations – beauty, food, shopping, etc. Also her goop Gift pop-up just opened at the Brentwood Country Mart. Full Story

Smutty Social Media, December 2, 2016

December 2, 2016 19:16:21 Posted at December 2, 2016 19:16:21
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Mile High Jennifer Aniston

December 2, 2016 18:34:54 Posted at December 2, 2016 18:34:54
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Jennifer Aniston is in Office Christmas Party. I think the junket is in New York this weekend. We’ll be seeing a lot more of her next week. This week, however, she was on Ellen helping Ellen give presents away to her audience – I love watching people go insane over free sh-t, it never gets old – and telling Ellen about how Justin Theroux came home to surprise her for Thanksgiving and, oh yeah, a game of I Never during which she sort of (?) admits to joining the Mile High Club. Full Story

Kristen Stewart joyrides for the Stones

December 2, 2016 17:52:51 Posted at December 2, 2016 17:52:51
Sarah Posted by Sarah

The Rolling Stones released a music video for a song—a cover of an old Eddie Taylor song—off their new album, Blue and Lonesome, and it stars Kristen Stewart, joyriding in a ’65 ’Stang and rocking out and generally looking very, very hot. Full Story