Entertainment Weekly has the first photos of Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan “in character” as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey in Fifty Shades Of Grey, now pushed back 6 months to open in February for Valentine’s Day 2015. As you can see, Johnson’s Anastasia is all reticent and innocent sex. Full Story
Shameless self-promotion here but this was the deadline I’ve been referring to. I was writing a book. I WROTE A BOOK! The book is called "Listen to the Squawking Chicken: When Mother Knows Best, What's a Daughter To Do? A Memoir (Sort Of)”. So now you know who the true star is here: the Chinese Squawking Chicken. Full Story
The big movie release this month is Catching Fire. There was a time however that November belonged to the Harry Potter movies. The first and second films in the franchise came out in November. Out of the series of 8, a total of 4 of them were November opens. Read Full Intro
Hey generic Canadian readers – Ron Burgundy wants you to know he’s written the book of the year. LET ME OFF AT THE TOP: My Classy Life and Other Musings is due out on November 19. Here’s how the press release reads: “Ron Burgundy has taken the time to write a book. Read Full Intro
Carrie Underwood was at the TJ Martell Foundation Gala last night in New York. She’s in town because she’s working on The Sound Of Music, the live television production of The Sound Of Music to air on NBC in December. In which she’s playing Maria von Trapp. Interestingly enough, Maria von Trapp came up in a conversation I had yesterday with Bridget Jones author Helen Fielding at Indigo Full Story
Today is Allegiant day. I’m anxious. For several reasons. First – word is Veronica Roth is unsparing. So there will be losses. And there should be losses. If losses happen in the wizarding world, they sure as sh-t happen in dystopia. But also...and this is my own problem…I’m on a deadline and can’t, shouldn’t, start reading it until the weekend. I should be working when I get home tonight. Discipline is cruel. Discipline you f-cking bitch I hate you.
But at least it’s picking up…
The top story today is not an engagement. Before the engagement, Kanye West was at the Hollywood Film Awards with real celebrities where he honoured 12 Years A Slave’s Steve McQueen. Lupita Nyong’o accepted the New Hollywood Award. Lee Daniels, Michael B Jordan, and Daniel Oyelowo were recognised too. And Forest Whitaker, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Barkhad Abdi from Captain Phillips showed up to present. Sh-t, Hollywood. Are you actually trying to be diverse?
More coverage from the Hollywood Film Awards to follow. JULIA was there. We will talk about this.
Yours in gossip,
J.K. Rowling announced yesterday that she would write the script for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, a movie set in New York, some 70-odd years before Harry Potter, and starring Newt Scamander. You’ve had 24 hours to process the following information: - Yes, there is wizarding activity in North America. Full Story
It’s been 15 years. Since when? Since many of us first met Harry Potter and went to Hogwarts. To celebrate the anniversary, JK Rowling is sharing some of her memories about writing the series and specifically who she misses the most: Dumbledore. Read Full Intro
Have you read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak? I referenced The Book Thief exactly 3 years ago here in a post arguing in favour of YA – that it’s underrated, that it’s ignorant to dismiss it on the basis of its classification, because otherwise you’d be deprived of a work like The Book Thief, as profound, complex, and insightful as any so-called adult literature, and arguably more accessible. Read Full Intro