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Suddenly not the favourite: George & Stacy at the SAG Awards

January 30, 2012 16:17:02 Posted at January 30, 2012 16:17:02
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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As you know, as you’ve seen, George Clooney has been working it HARD the last 6 weeks or so for his Best Actor Oscar. Up to last night, he was winning everywhere. He won so much he’d accept his awards like monologues, prepared speeches about his parents toiling in the grain fields and appreciating his opportunities, not unlike the way a political candidate talks about this and that constituent during a rally in a barn somewhere in the Midwest. Full Story

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The 2012 Mommy Campaign

January 26, 2012 18:41:12 Posted at January 26, 2012 18:41:12
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Natalie Portman did it last year with great success. She was the Oscar winner for Best Actress. This time, we have Michelle Williams who, as soon as she arrived on stage to accept her Golden Globe, opened her speech with appreciation for her daughter, because her daughter keeps her above the dirty fray of Oscar campaigning, even though she’d just spent several days leading up to the kick off the season working Academy members in LA at every opportunity. Full Story

Vanessa says it’s not over

January 26, 2012 17:23:23 Posted at January 26, 2012 17:23:23
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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WENN

But PEOPLE Magazine said it was over!And PEOPLE Magazine wouldn’t say it was over if it wasn’t over, right? Vanessa Paradis appeared on a French talk show the other day and was asked about the reports that she and Johnny Depp are done. Her response: “People say we are buying houses in the middle of nowhere, or that we have fifty two houses in France. Full Story

Brad talks marriage, George just talks

January 26, 2012 16:22:01 Posted at January 26, 2012 16:22:01
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Oscar polls close on February 21. A lot can happen between now and then. And while it’s been the thing this week to bitch and moan and complain about the Oscars and the process and the snubs and the old fartness of the institution, complaining about it with such passion, to the point where sometimes it actually feels personal, only reinforces the Oscars’ importance. Full Story

The Demi Dilemma

January 25, 2012 14:55:15 Posted at January 25, 2012 14:55:15
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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WENN

Quick recap: at around 11pm on Monday night, an ambulance was called to Demi Moore's. She was subsequently hospitalised. TMZ broke the story that it was substance abuse. Her rep has issued a statement reading:"Because of the stresses in her life right now, Demi has chosen to seek professional assistance to treat her exhaustion and improve her overall health. Full Story

Long walks and song lyrics

January 24, 2012 19:03:48 Posted at January 24, 2012 19:03:48
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Splash

Right now, I really need Taylor Swift to give me a f-cking break. Here she is, in London today, taking a walk on her own in Hyde Park at the Diana memorial. You know, just a pretty girl with her umbrella, with her thoughts to keep her company, and the swans for inspiration.Are you kidding me with this? Fast forward six months from now and we’ll have to hear about a song she came up with on this very day, as she reflected on the life of a fallen princess. Full Story

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The Perils Of Being The Best Actress

January 18, 2012 18:08:34 Posted at January 18, 2012 18:08:34
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Many of you have written asking for commentary on the Michelle Williams GQ cover and interview. The story made headlines everywhere yesterday. This is most likely what you saw:Michelle Williams talks about and cries over Heath Ledger.It wasn’t totally misleading, no. That did indeed happen. Most of you who’ve written to me did not have kind words about Williams in this piece, particularly since you would have only read the excerpted sections and not the entire article for its flow. Full Story

Career Motherhood by Jessica Alba

January 18, 2012 16:10:04 Posted at January 18, 2012 16:10:04
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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This article was supposed to be posted directly to LifeStyle because originally I was just writing about her shoes. (Groove Is In The Heart - is that coming back?) Then I read the caption: Jessica Alba visits FOX & Friends in Manhattan.FOX & Friends???Is this what we’re doing now? And how was Jessica Alba introduced on FOX & Friends?Here was her intro:  “Jessica Alba, the trend-setting superstar who’s proudly put motherhood before Hollywood. Full Story

Vanessa is done with Johnny ...or vice versa?

January 18, 2012 15:23:46 Posted at January 18, 2012 15:23:46
Lainey Posted by Lainey

You know PEOPLE Magazine. They don’t go with a story like this, and about such a major celebrity, and on the cover no less, without being actively encouraged, without being guaranteed that there will be no subsequent repercussion. As you know, PEOPLE is not Star. To their credit, incredulously, Star Magazine, and Radar, its online stepsister, had this story first - that Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis were over - only they embellished it with so much bullsh-t, it was harder than usual to take them seriously, especially given their track record: one hit in a hundred, if that. Full Story

Golden Globe Almost: Michelle Williams

January 16, 2012 18:29:51 Posted at January 16, 2012 18:29:51
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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She was just about to be my Best of the night. Just about. Even with the headband that Duana and Sarah considered twee. But I thought it was beautifully accented with that dress. God, that amazing dress.And then...She opened with the kid.Right off the top of the speech, it was Natalie Portman 2012. Babies and motherhood, mothers and daughters. Full Story

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GG Wannabe Blake: Lea Michele

January 16, 2012 17:08:47 Posted at January 16, 2012 17:08:47
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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I’m not writing about her poseharding. You know it. You’ve seen it. You don’t need me to repeat it over and over again every time I post about Lea Michele. Let’s discuss instead the Marchesa. There’s been a LOT of Marchesa happening on the carpet with Lea Michele. And, well, Marchesa isn’t exactly Sarah Burton for McQueen. Full Story