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Denzel & Ryan in New York, no Blake

February 8, 2012 16:43:20 Posted at February 8, 2012 16:43:20
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Denzel Washington, joined by wife Pauletta, and Ryan Reynolds were in New York last night for the premiere of Safe House which opens on Friday. No sign of Blake Lively. Like, not even a “caught entering through a side door” situation. How’s this? Somehow Blake and Ryan were found kissing in a small town in Utah. Full Story

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The Actors 2012

February 7, 2012 22:07:33 Posted at February 7, 2012 22:07:33
Lainey Posted by Lainey
JOE KLAMAR/Kevin Winter/Getty

As Academy President Tom Sherak joked yesterday at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon:“We know awards season can be exhausting. Today is about taking a moment, taking a breath and realizing what a special family this is… So take the applause. This is probably the last time you’ll be applauding each other. Full Story

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Campaign 2012: Gary Oldman edition

February 7, 2012 19:13:10 Posted at February 7, 2012 19:13:10
Lainey Posted by Lainey
JOE KLAMAR/Kevin Winter/Kevork Djansezian/Getty

A lot of people seem to think the Oscar race is a foregone conclusion. Well, tell that to the people in the race. They’re still campaigning. And you know how it is in Hollywood. Money is everything. If they’re spending money on consultants and strategies and appearances and this and that and the other, something is giving them reason to believe the votes are still out there. Full Story

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Rachel and another carpet

February 3, 2012 16:25:48 Posted at February 3, 2012 16:25:48
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Rachel McAdams looked gorgeous last night on the red carpet for the Hollywood premiere of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. I never used to like her as a blonde. Now I love her as a blonde. Is it just a matter of getting accustomed to it? Rachel is not in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. Rachel is not Annalynne McCord or various and the like. Full Story

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Clooney & Pitt wish this would derail Dujardin

February 3, 2012 16:06:56 Posted at February 3, 2012 16:06:56
Sarah Posted by Sarah

So Jean Dujardin, the stone cold French fox who scored a surprise Best Actor upset at the SAGs for The Artist, has a new movie coming out in France. It’s called Les Infideles and it’s about a bunch of guys cheating. The ad campaign features images of the men, including Dujardin, in suggestive positions with women and racy taglines. Full Story

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Brad Pitt’s favourite words

February 2, 2012 18:46:37 Posted at February 2, 2012 18:46:37
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Jackson Lee / Splash News

Brad Pitt has been hustling in New York all week. Last night it was The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. At some point he also hit up an art gallery which is where these shots were taken. Before we get into his Daily Show appearance though, a few words, literally, on his appearance on Inside The Actors Studio airing February 10th. Full Story

Over & Under the Number 5

February 2, 2012 18:15:35 Posted at February 2, 2012 18:15:35
Lainey Posted by Lainey

When did this become a PR rule for women in Hollywood? Never admit to sleeping with more than 5 men. Three years ago, Mariah Carey famously claimed: "Please! I never had any type of sexual relationship with (Eminem). I can count the number of people I've had sex with on fewer than the fingers on one hand. Full Story

This is Gwyneth’s job now

February 2, 2012 16:28:36 Posted at February 2, 2012 16:28:36
Lainey Posted by Lainey

The other night during the red carpet E! show at the SAGs, Duana wrote about Kyra Sedgwick having to tolerate Giuliana Rancic’s dumbass questions. Like, how often do you work out, and how do you stay in shape, and you and Kevin Bacon have been married so long, what’s the secret to a successful marriage? Click here Full Story

Les Miserables > Les Mis

February 1, 2012 17:35:11 Posted at February 1, 2012 17:35:11
Lainey Posted by Lainey

By far the most popular subject in my inbox today. We don’t have to call it Les Mis anymore. It will be as Hugo intended it: Les Miserables. Click here for a refresher on the difference between Les Miserables and Les Mis. I’m sure you’ve heard, right?Taylor Swift is not Eponine. Full Story

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DVDs & Oscars

February 1, 2012 16:24:08 Posted at February 1, 2012 16:24:08
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Moneyball was released in theatres in September. It is no longer in (most) theatres. In fact, it’s now available on DVD. It was available on DVD 3 weeks ago, on January 10th. Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill are now making the press rounds in New promote the DVD???Every day I get yelled at by Brangelunatics fighting against the reality of the “campaign”. Full Story

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Michelle Williams reaches the limit?

January 30, 2012 18:54:02 Posted at January 30, 2012 18:54:02
Duana Posted by Duana
Frazer Harrison/Jason Merritt/Getty

We talk a lot about campaigning here, that actors have to do this or that to secure the nomination and later, the votes. I will leave the intricacies to Lainey, but you all know what I mean. Suddenly stopping at every point on the carpet, smiles for all, revealing tidbits about your life, one Sunday night at a time. Full Story