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Monday, December 8, 2014

Dear Gossips,

The Boston Society of Film Critics and the LA Film Critics Association both named Boyhood the best film of 2014 yesterday. So Boyhood and director Richard Linklater are well on their way to Oscar nominations. But, as Ritchie wrote in his email to me last night, it remains to be seen whether Boyhood ends up being The Hurt Locker or The Social Network.  Read Full Intro

Jennifer Aniston’s new demo

December 8, 2014 16:08:19 Posted at December 8, 2014 16:08:19
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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The Golden Globe nominations are just three days away. And Jennifer Aniston is up against some very serious contenders in the Best Dramatic Actress category. As we’ve seen, she’s been hustling hard for award recognition. On Friday, she showed up at another Cake screening, this time at the Chateau Marmont, and Selena Gomez was there. Full Story

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Boyhood, Marion, and Vern

December 1, 2014 21:29:46 Posted at December 1, 2014 21:29:46
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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You ever watch Oz? JK Simmons played Vern Schillinger. It took me a long time not to see him as Vern anymore. And I don’t. Now I don’t. Now I either see him as Juno’s dad or Miles Teller’s mentor adversary in Whiplash. For which he will probably, most likely, win an Oscar. The New York Film Critics Circle just named him Best Supporting Actor today. Full Story

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Angelina presents Unbroken

December 1, 2014 16:06:40 Posted at December 1, 2014 16:06:40
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Angelina Jolie and her cast were in LA yesterday to screen Unbroken at the Writers Guild of America. There were influential Oscar voters in the audience. And press. And now that the embargo has been lifted, we finally have a better idea of whether or not Unbroken can get to the Oscars. They’ve been calling for it to go to the Oscars before she’d even finished shooting the film. Full Story

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British Contenders and their fiancees

December 1, 2014 15:42:58 Posted at December 1, 2014 15:42:58
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Benedict Cumberbatch and fiancée Sophie Hunter (in Erdem) attended the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards together last night. Of course he’d be there. Because even though he’s been hustling his balls off for an Oscar, that voice was meant for the stage, don’t you know? And he’s to be Hamlet soon. Full Story

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Jake, Dave, and salmon

November 27, 2014 18:45:13 Posted at November 27, 2014 18:45:13
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Jake Gyllenhaal’s interview on Letterman aired last night. He’s adorable. The entire time he’s adorable. So I’ve posted the full clip for you at the bottom of this post and, since it’s a slow day, I recommend watching all of it. Jake and Dave have great chemistry. Full Story

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Reese’s Big Little Lies but no Spirit

November 26, 2014 21:04:17 Posted at November 26, 2014 21:04:17
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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In addition to Benedict Cumberbatch, Reese Witherspoon was also one of the surprise names left off the list of Independent Spirit Award nominees. Reese is considered to be in the second position, after Julianne Moore, for Best Actress Oscar nominee for her performance in Wild. And if we’re working on the McConaissance plan (his agent, Jim Toth, is her husband), ideally she’d be at the Spirits the night before Oscar Sunday. Full Story

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Angelina’s Unbroken marriage tour

November 26, 2014 17:46:13 Posted at November 26, 2014 17:46:13
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Angelina Jolie is in Paris today. She was photographed at Vivement Dimanche in black, smiling at the crowd. Obviously she’s out there promoting Unbroken. And talking about her marriage too. You know that’s what all the entertainment reporters want to discuss. Like, if I was assigned to the Unbroken junket, I’d probably have to get off a question about the wedding too. Full Story

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Jake surges but not Cumberbatch

November 26, 2014 14:36:12 Posted at November 26, 2014 14:36:12
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Everyone was expecting The Imitation Game and Benedict Cumberbatch to be called when the Independent Spirit Award nominations were revealed yesterday. Cumberbatch is considered a top 2 contender for Best Actor Oscar and then there’s the Harvey Weinstein factor. Remember what he did with Silver Linings Playbook? But Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game, and, really, Harvey overall were totally shut out of the Spirits. Full Story

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The Battle for Fifth Place

November 25, 2014 17:48:42 Posted at November 25, 2014 17:48:42
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Much like Jake Gyllenhaal (for Nightcrawler), Bradley Cooper is currently off the conventional Oscar circuit (for American Sniper) and is making a starring turn on Broadway in The Elephant Man until February.  I saw The Elephant Man last week – B. Coops was incredible in it. His scene partner Patricia Clarkson outshined him, but that’s hardly a reflection of his talent or complete immersion in the role. Full Story

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