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Ben Affleck: looking up

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 15, 2015 13:54:55 September 15, 2015 13:54:55
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PEOPLE posted an exclusive on Ben Affleck last night. This was the first line of the article: Things are starting to look up for Ben Affleck. Basically the entire article is about how Ben looks happier because his family makes him happy. Full Story

Rachel’s home Spotlight

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 15, 2015 13:11:13 September 15, 2015 13:11:13
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Sarah’s review for Spotlight will follow this post. Here we are focusing on Toronto’s own Rachel McAdams. But I begin with an article in the Globe & Mail, Canada’s newspaper of record, published yesterday about how Hollywood has affected the festival, specifically how the Hollywood marketing and publicity machine is sidelining Canadian journalists at TIFF in favour of the major American outlets. Full Story

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Jake & Dakota in Toronto

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 14, 2015 14:47:49 September 14, 2015 14:47:49
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Jake Gyllenhaal opened TIFF on Thursday. On Friday he was in New York participating in the Cantor Fitzgerald annual charity day. Last night however he was back in Toronto, hanging out at the Shangri-La lobby with his brother-in-law, Peter Sarsgaard, and Joel Edgerton who are here for Black Mass. Then Dakota Johnson came to join them. Full Story

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Gwyneth and Jennifer Garner

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 14, 2015 12:51:09 September 14, 2015 12:51:09
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My favourite photo from the weekend… Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Garner, bonded by Ben Affleck, and the inevitable disappointment that results from loving Ben Affleck, were both at the Think It Up event on Friday in LA. Does this picture happen if we never met Chrissy O? Does it happen if Jen and Ben are still together? It hasn’t happened since 2004. Full Story

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George loves his tequila

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 14, 2015 11:58:22 September 14, 2015 11:58:22
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George Clooney showed up to support Our Brand Is Crisis (Sarah’s review will follow) on Friday, arriving at the carpet early to hang out with fans and to work as much of the press line as he could. That’s standard Chairman behaviour and we see it every time he comes here. When there’s a job to do, he does it, and he makes sure that other people can do theirs too. Full Story

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But of course she crafts

Maria Posted by Maria at September 11, 2015 16:39:41 September 11, 2015 16:39:41
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Yesterday, I wrote about Sarah Michelle Gellar’s new baking accessories line, Foodstirs. Click here for a refresher. And I mentioned that I wanted to see Jennifer Garner go into this sector – crafting/baking/enhanced homemaking. Well a reader named Kim (thanks Kim!) sent me a link to this – Jen Garner does have a crafting line. Full Story

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Beyonce’s big family holiday

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 11, 2015 15:41:13 September 11, 2015 15:41:13
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Beyonce and Jay Z are on holiday in Capri with Blue Ivy. Kelly Rowland and her son have also joined them. A lot of people have joined them. There’s currently a tabloid report going around that B’s decided to divorce Jay. The magazine must not have been privy to B’s travel plans. Because, obviously, a separation is clearly not what’s happening here. Full Story

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Alba comes out swinging

Maria Posted by Maria at September 10, 2015 18:10:59 September 10, 2015 18:10:59
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Last week, after word got out that The Honest Co. was facing a $5 million class action lawsuit, I wondered if Jessica Alba, co-founder and celebrity face of the company, would come out swinging or retreat, taking her time to come up with strategy and let her lawyers handle the filing. She’s definitely come out swinging – she’s been very high profile this past week and you can read her full response to the lawsuit here Full Story

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Words, not sentences

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 10, 2015 17:23:36 September 10, 2015 17:23:36

As you know, Beyonce, over the last couple of years, has decided that everyone talks too much. And since she's not everyone, she's stopped talking. No interviews. Not even for VOGUE. As I wrote a few weeks ago,  Beyonce’s silence is a great fame strategy. Full Story

Timberlake Wednesday

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 10, 2015 14:10:42 September 10, 2015 14:10:42
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A new television season has started. On the talk show circuit, everyone wants to book the big guests. So Jimmy Fallon called on one of his best friends, Justin Timberlake, to do him a solid last night. Justin Timberlake opened The Tonight Show with History of Rap Part 6, then stayed for an interview and showed off his baby photos, and then judged the lip synch battle between Jimmy and Ellen DeGeneres. Full Story

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Jon Hamm wanted kids

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 9, 2015 19:25:01 September 9, 2015 19:25:01
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US Weekly has an exclusive today about why Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt broke up. According to their sources, he wanted children and she didn’t. He’s 44 and she’s 45. Apparently that was always a “rift” issue for them. Full Story