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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Dear Gossips,

Did you know that it’s Chinese Valentine’s Day on Thursday? The Chinese Squawking Chicken gave me a list love matches and mismatches that I’ll post later this week. Speaking of the Squawking Chicken… I wrote a book called Listen To The Squawking Chicken that was released last year.  Read Full Intro

The Book of Drew

Maria Posted by Maria at February 26, 2015 17:35:44 February 26, 2015 17:35:44
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Drew Barrymore just turned 40 and has announced she’s going to write a collection of autobiographical essays. This is usually that point at which I’d piss and moan about celebrities who slip into any profession on a whim, but, um, I love a personal essay. And I think Drew will have some very interesting stories to tell. Full Story

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Fifty Shades author wants to whip sequel into submission

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 20, 2015 15:53:24 February 20, 2015 15:53:24
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Whatever we may think of it, Fifty Shades of Grey is an unqualified hit, with $300 million at the worldwide box office and counting. In some respects, that’s a good thing: A movie by women, about women, for women is a monster success. Every time we clock a win like this, it gets that much harder to deny that movies by and about women can’t be profitable, or are somehow “risky”. Full Story

Carey Mulligan is Just.So.Good.

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 19, 2015 15:59:36 February 19, 2015 15:59:36

We studied Thomas Hardy for a few weeks in one of my elective Fem-Lit university classes one year. I was not great with attendance at the time. There was a casino that had just opened two hours away. My parents were out of the country. For several months, I made some very bad decisions. Can’t recall why I showed up for that session in particular – probably lost all my money – but I’ll never forget the discussion, even though I hadn’t done any of the reading. Full Story

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Fifty Shades of Want vs Need

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 6, 2015 15:28:32 February 6, 2015 15:28:32
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Duana taught me something I repeat often here on my blog. In her case, as a screenwriter, it’s about how the story and the audience relate, and how it’s the writer’s job to: Give them what they need, not what they want. I’ve been thinking a lot about this as we near the release of Fifty Shades Of Grey, reading reports of tension between the director Sam Taylor-Johnson, who’s admitted that she and author EL James struggled to agree on the creative direction of the film. Full Story

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Is Bey Going Goop On Us?

Maria Posted by Maria at February 2, 2015 21:40:49 February 2, 2015 21:40:49
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Have you read, I’ll Have What She’s Having? The author, Rebecca Harrington, experiments with different celebrity diets, from Marilyn Monroe (eggs whipped in milk) to Madonna’s arduous and seemingly impossible macrobiotic diet. It’s funny, yes, but also an illuminating look at what it takes to maintain the “ideal body” of the day. Full Story

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Dear Gossips,

As mentioned last week, I will be defending Raziel Reid’s When Everything Feels Like The Movies on Canada Reads in March. The book was inspired by the true story of a 15 year old boy called Larry who was bullied at school for wearing makeup and heels.  Read Full Intro

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dear Gossips,

Have you read The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins yet? Are you reading The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins? It’s the hot book of the season. It’s the most disciplined I’ve had to be about a book in a long time.  Read Full Intro

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Dear Gossips,

Canada Reads announced its 2015 book and debate panel list yesterday… Canada Reads is an annual Book Battle. Five books and their respective champions go head to head over the course of a week. A book is eliminated at the end of each day’s debate until one book and one panelist remains.  Read Full Intro

Beige is the New Grey

Maria Posted by Maria at January 21, 2015 15:11:02 January 21, 2015 15:11:02
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Dakota Johnson covers the new issue of VOGUE in anticipation of Fifty Shades Of Grey’s February release. It will be one of many interviews and photos we see of her, but this is certainly a showpiece of her promotional push. I mean, it’s VOGUE, right? Before we get into the interview, let’s talk about Dakota Johnson getting a VOGUE cover to promote a film that no one has seen, based on a terrible book that almost everyone has read. Full Story

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We get it, you’re not showing your dick

Lainey Posted by Lainey at January 21, 2015 14:46:47 January 21, 2015 14:46:47

I feel like it’s one of Jamie Dornan’s key messages: you will not see his dick in Fifty Shades Of Grey. Dornan covers the latest issue of Variety in advance of the film’s February 13 release. Just 3 weeks away now. And, as I’ve been telling you, almost to the point of creepiness now, I can’t wait. Full Story