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Blake and Ryan across the country

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 29, 2012 18:11:30 February 29, 2012 18:11:30
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Bauer-Griffin

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds spent Oscar weekend in Nashville. They stayed at the GOOP recommended Hermitage Hotel. Am told by readers who saw them there that they were casual and “impossibly gorgeous” together. Also rather low key. No pap photos have emerged of the two (so far). And no paps were around when they were in Savannah, Georgia on another minibreak two weeks ago. Full Story

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Much better, thank you

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 28, 2012 16:20:42 February 28, 2012 16:20:42
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Fame/Flynet

Angelina Jolie followed up the Right Leg situation at the Oscars on Sunday night with a family outing that included Brad Pitt’s mother. The twins were trotted out for the occasion. Oh, and the paps were around. Funny that. Coincidence or conspiracy?As you’d expect, I took a lot of sh-t for sh-t disturbing yesterday in my Jolie Right Leg analysis article. Full Story

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Best Oscar Satisfaction: Octavia Spencer

Duana Posted by Duana at February 27, 2012 16:04:52 February 27, 2012 16:04:52
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Obviously nobody wants to use a cliche any more than they want to be a cliche, right? It's not flattering or bragworthy to say that what you do or have been doing can be summed up in a cliche or its sister, the catchphrase.   But Octavia Spencer did just that. She kept her eye on the prize. Full Story

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No TV Phillipe Part 2

Duana Posted by Duana at February 24, 2012 20:22:41 February 24, 2012 20:22:41
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SPW/Splash

The other part of the pilot season game is the speculation: the leaked scripts, the rumours, the revisions in who's actually right for the part (one of my favourite TV business phrases is "we went another way", closely followed by "that (pointless production or script problem demanded by a higher-up) went away"). Full Story

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The benefits of brand repping

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 24, 2012 19:31:29 February 24, 2012 19:31:29
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Keystone

Imagine being able to just walk into Balenciaga and pick up a dress for tonight? No payment required. That might actually be a better perk than the cash money. Check out Kristen Stewart leaving Balenciaga in West Hollywood yesterday. Stewart is the face of the label’s new fragrance. And there’s no better time than this weekend to be put to work selling all the sh-t you need to be selling: movies, colognes, whatever. Full Story

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A lot can change in a year

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 24, 2012 16:30:23 February 24, 2012 16:30:23

Oscars 2011 - Justin Timberlake took Jessica Biel to the Vanity Fair Oscar party. He even agreed to be photographed with her, and smiling too. Shortly after the two broke up. He’d been cheating. With Olivia Munn and others. Often. And finally it became more than she could ignore.  The split lasted 4 months. Full Story

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No TV for Ryan Phillippe

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 23, 2012 20:42:23 February 23, 2012 20:42:23
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WENN

It was announced two weeks ago that Ryan Phillippe had signed onto a pilot for a CBS cop drama called Golden Boy. Deadline reported yesterday that he’s now backed out. Phillippe had been working on Damages as a guest star. And apparently they’ve been considering him for TV for years. Full Story

Zac Efron is having sex

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 23, 2012 16:40:53 February 23, 2012 16:40:53
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Wenn, Suntzulynn for LE/Splash

A video has been blowing up the blogs today of Zac Efron apparently dropping a condom on the red carpet when trying to hand something to a publicist-type at the photo wall at The Lorax premiere the other day. As you can see, not only does it fall on the ground, he then almost seems to go out of his way to look embarrassed and amused by what happened, so as to draw even more attention to it. Full Story

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George’s “Mominee”

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 23, 2012 16:22:34 February 23, 2012 16:22:34
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Jason Merritt/Getty

Finally.As you know, I’ve been saying for a while now that the girlfriend situation for publicity and awards just isn’t working for George Clooney. Just bring your parents!Well, it turns out that Mother Clooney will actually make an appearance at the Oscars on Sunday. Deadline Full Story

“My girlfriend, I don’t know if any of you guys know her...”

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 22, 2012 16:51:22 February 22, 2012 16:51:22

Have we been played for nine months?Late Spring last year we were told that Jennifer Aniston’s new boyfriend was called Justin Theroux; she’s been fronting like they didn’t hook up during filming of Wanderlust because he had a girlfriend at the time but whatever... the point is, we watched them through the summer, into the fall in New York, all leading up to now, as Wanderlust opens this weekend, OSCAR WEEKEND. Full Story