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Now this is how you tease a movie with Matt Damon & Jessica Chastain

August 5, 2015 15:30:08 Posted at August 5, 2015 15:30:08
Sarah Posted by Sarah
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SPW/ Splash News

Yesterday I expressed annoyance with Zoolander 2 for wasting everyone’s time (and Paramount’s money) with a teaser trailer that was nothing. If you can’t illuminate some aspect of the film itself, don’t bother—wait until you actually have something to say about your movie before opening your digital mouth and demanding our attention. Full Story

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Jennifer Garner: Diary of the Best Mom

August 5, 2015 14:59:44 Posted at August 5, 2015 14:59:44
Lainey Posted by Lainey

The cover of the new issue of PEOPLE Magazine features Jennifer Garner’s “heartbreak” with an inset of a crusty-looking Ben Affleck and the word “nanny” just below his face. How can the MiniVan Majority resist that? While the magazine makes a point of reiterating that Ben has denied the affair with the nanny, Christine Ouzounian, it’s clearly just a formality because they spend the rest of the time talking about how Jen’s trying to cope with the “ultimate betrayal”, going so far as to hint at the fact that poor Jen was thinking of maybe working it out, until they all went on holiday in the Bahamas at the end of the June, where she found out that he was f-cking the governess. Full Story

Vanity Fair and the Swift Sisterhood

August 4, 2015 19:48:30 Posted at August 4, 2015 19:48:30
Lainey Posted by Lainey

The interview with Vanity Fair happened in London a few weeks ago, well before Nicki Minaj gave her some real talk on Twitter. At the time, if you recall, she was girl squading all over her stage. Serena Williams was there. Cara Delevingne and the model crew were there. At the time, Taylor was untouchable. Full Story

One Direction: Babies and broken engagements

August 4, 2015 18:33:57 Posted at August 4, 2015 18:33:57
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Derek Storm/ Janet Mayer/ Splash News

Zayn Malik has ended his engagement. You’ll recall, the mess first started when Zayn was still with One Direction, on tour in Asia, accused of cheating on Perrie Edwards. That resulted in him tapping out of the tour, rushing back to England to be with Perrie, and then subsequently breaking up with the band. Full Story

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“The Living Manifestation of Destiny”

August 4, 2015 15:44:32 Posted at August 4, 2015 15:44:32
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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WENN

Have you seen Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation yet? I’ve seen it twice now – went again yesterday. And it’s just as fun the second time. That’s not an original statement either. The movie is critically acclaimed and it exceeded box office projections, by all accounts a major success for Tom Cruise, the “living manifestation of destiny”. Full Story

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Jessica Alba’s Mean Mommy Detox

July 31, 2015 17:51:54 Posted at July 31, 2015 17:51:54
Maria Posted by Maria
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FameFlynet

Jessica Alba is promoting The Honest Co.’s new femcare line (which inexplicably boxes tampons to look like “artisanal chocolates”) so is of course pulling out her philosophies on parenting in a new interview. The thing about Jessica Alba is that she frequently talks out of both sides of her mouth, changing the narrative whenever it suits her. Full Story

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Ben Affleck’s nanny problems

July 31, 2015 13:30:15 Posted at July 31, 2015 13:30:15
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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FameFlynet

Today is the last day of July. It’s been a great month in gossip. Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, and Katy Perry gave us Girl Sh-t. Drake and Meek Mill are giving us Boy Sh-t. Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton gave us Country Sh-t. But the smuttiest sh-t belongs to Ben Affleck, often the creator of his own sh-t situation because this guy, this guy can’t help himself. Full Story

Ben’s denials and the tabloid competition

July 29, 2015 15:48:49 Posted at July 29, 2015 15:48:49
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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FameFlynet

US Weekly’s cover story about Ben Affleck dating the nanny is a major get for the magazine, especially over PEOPLE. His publicist has been working hard to get out the denial, telling Gossip Cop that: “People’s lives are at stake, and they chose to try to sell more magazines” with “lies. Full Story

Tom Cruise’s loving feeling

July 28, 2015 15:10:15 Posted at July 28, 2015 15:10:15
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Theo Wargo/ NBC/ James Devaney/ Jim Spellman/ Jamie McCarthy/ Andrew H. Walker/ Dimitrios Kambouris/ Getty Images

Tom Cruise is currently promoting Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. The reviews so far are good, really good – 94% at post time on Rotten Tomatoes. I saw it on Saturday. And, yeah, I agree. First of all, you don’t go into Mission Impossible expecting Birdman. Full Story

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Ben & Jen’s family weekend

July 27, 2015 17:00:34 Posted at July 27, 2015 17:00:34
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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FameFlynet, Splash News

Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton took the heat off Ben Affleck last week. Now that Miranda and Blake are trying to make it all go away by tweeting at each other like everything’s all good, let’s check back in with Ben and Jen. This weekend they were in Atlanta, wearing their wedding rings, and spending time with the kids at the same time. Full Story

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Nicki Taylor talked on the phone

July 24, 2015 16:03:11 Posted at July 24, 2015 16:03:11
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Mike Coppola/ Theo Wargo/ Getty Images

Nicki Minaj was on Good Morning America today. And she talked about what went down with Taylor Swift this week. As you know, Taylor publicly apologised yesterday on Twitter, one of the rare times she's found herself in the wrong and having to eat sh-t. Which she did. She ate it from the internet and she ate it from the media. Full Story

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