Intro for November 26, 2014
This fall I read Sheila Weller’s new book The News Sorority about Christiane Amanpour, Diane Sawyer, and Katie Couric. SO good. Empowering and dishy at the same time – like good gossip? A debate for another day. The News Sorority is Weller’s follow-up to Girls Like Us, a triple bio of Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon. I was OBSESSED with it. Click here for my review.
Girls Like Us was supposed to be turned into a movie. Two years ago, it was reported that Taylor Swift was in talks to play Joni Mitchell. Click here for a refresher and my thoughts at the time which were, basically, please don’t let Taylor Swift play Joni Mitchell.
Turns out Joni Mitchell didn’t want Taylor Swift to play Joni Mitchell. Or anyone to play Joni Mitchell. In a new interview, Mitchell reveals that she shut it down:
"I squelched that! I said to the producer, 'All you've got is a girl with high cheekbones'. It's just a lot of gossip, you don't have the great scenes."
"There's a lot of nonsense about me in books," Mitchell added, "assumptions, assumptions, assum¬p-tions." (Source)
When Joni Mitchell says she doesn’t want to be put out there, she’s not just pretending she doesn’t want to be put out there but, really, wants to be put out there. No. She actually isn’t into it. So it’s not happening. It’s not personal, I don’t think, but it’s not happening.
And that’s fine. Because while 1989 is the soundtrack of my life right now and I just got tickets to the tour and I’m all about her music, Taylor Swift CANNOT act. Just like Madonna cannot act. Like Justin Timberlake cannot act. Their personas are too big for acting. The only character they can play is themselves.
Here’s Taylor doing Lonely Starbucks Lovers on The Voice this week.
Yours in gossip,