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Ruth Negga in green pre-Oscar

February 24, 2017 16:28:03 Posted at February 24, 2017 16:28:03
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Alberto E. Rodriguez/ Getty Images

Here’s Ruth Negga last night being honoured with the Oscar Wilde Award hosted by JJ Abrams and his production company Bad Robot in Santa Monica last night. As you know, she’s also nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in Loving. So, again, I ask the BAFTAs – how is she just a “Rising Star Full Story

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Angelina Jolie PR

February 14, 2017 21:35:55 Posted at February 14, 2017 21:35:55
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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WPA Pool/ Getty Images

Page Six reported last night that Angelina Jolie has quietly been making calls to top Hollywood publicists to add to her team. Since her shock divorce filing in September, Jolie’s circle of advisers has not included a traditional celebrity p. Full Story

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Dear Gossips,

Happy New Year! Hope your holiday was restful. Because we are right back into it. Golden Globes on Sunday. Awards every weekend. And Hollywood divorce court all month too. Ready? Ben Affleck’s Live By Night opened in limited release at Christmas but will go wide a week Friday.  Read Full Intro

Fox is having an X-Man problem

November 9, 2016 17:39:23 Posted at November 9, 2016 17:39:23
Sarah Posted by Sarah

So let’s just get this out of the way: That happened. I don’t know what to say. Except—I’m sorry. For all of us, but mostly for those who now legitimately fear for their rights, and even their lives. We’ll get through this, but it’s going to suck. But the world keeps turning, and today that means news out of Fox that the X-Men franchise might be in a little bit of trouble. Full Story

Johnny Depp’s other divorce

October 27, 2016 19:33:22 Posted at October 27, 2016 19:33:22
Sarah Posted by Sarah
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WENN

It has not been a banner year for Johnny Depp. Alice Through the Looking Glass tanked, Amber Heard had the receipts, and he went through a high-profile divorce—Johnny Depp is yet another on the long list of people anxious for 2016 to take its bad juju and return to the dark dimension from which it sprang. Full Story

The Hollywood wage gap

October 13, 2016 15:06:39 Posted at October 13, 2016 15:06:39
Sarah Posted by Sarah
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Raymond Hall/ Dave J Hogan/ JB Lacroix/ Gareth Cattermole/ John Phillips/ Getty Images

The wage gap is real. It exists in every industry, at every level of industry, but in the film industry the wage gap isn’t just a product of gender/racial bias, it’s also the result of a scaled compensation system that rewards stars more than anyone else. Professional sports, at least in the US, has largely dealt with this by creating systems with salary caps and revenue sharing agreements, but in film and TV compensation remains a cutthroat, every-person-for-themselves free for all. Full Story

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Disney Twitter

September 27, 2016 14:50:18 Posted at September 27, 2016 14:50:18
Sarah Posted by Sarah

Yesterday Bloomberg reported that Disney is exploring the possibility of buying Twitter and adding it to the already huge pile of other corporations that they own. It’s early in the process—they’re just exploring the option—but it does feel like Disney is chasing specific pieces and that when they have the right combination of media, tech, and distribution companies they will succeed in assembling the Triforce. Full Story

The Warner Brothers Open Letter

August 15, 2016 13:31:07 Posted at August 15, 2016 13:31:07
Sarah Posted by Sarah

Late last week Pajiba published an open letter, penned by an alleged former Warner Brothers staffer using the pseudonym “Gracie Law” (a character name from Big Trouble in Little China). Presumably this was done to protect someone still working in the industry, or with hopes of returning to the industry, and as The Warner Brothers Open Letter gained steam across the internet, two responses emerged: Either this is a scathing take-down of corporate Hollywood, or “Gracie Law” is not real or never had the kind of access at Warners that would give her context for the creative decision-making at the studio, which just saw its second DC Films title open big only to plummet in week two Full Story

Suicide Squad and the Hollywood double standard

August 8, 2016 13:32:53 Posted at August 8, 2016 13:32:53
Sarah Posted by Sarah

Suicide Squad shattered the August box office records, raking in $135 million for the biggest August opening weekend, breaking Guardians of the Galaxy’s previous record of $94.1 million. (And oh, is everyone at Warner Brothers ecstatic to take down a Marvel record.) Box office numbers can mean anything you want them to mean, and devoid of any context, $135 million is a GREAT opening weekend—the X-Men would have killed for this number—and everyone likes the “record breaking” headlines. Full Story