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Gwyneth & Chris at the Grammys

February 9, 2015 17:37:18 Posted at February 9, 2015 17:37:18
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Kevin Winter/ ROBYN BECK/ Maury Phillips/ Kevin Mazur/ Larry Busacca/ Jason Kempin

It seems like these two are never not together. Gwyneth Paltrow presented. Chris Martin performed. And you can see him I think in the background of one of these shots of her. G, obviously, was there for her “beautiful friend” Beyonce. That’s no accident either. While there were complaints about her presence to introduce B’s performance, you have to know that she would have only been invited on the approval and probable recommendation of Beysus herself. Full Story

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We have two races

February 9, 2015 16:44:00 Posted at February 9, 2015 16:44:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Ben Pruchnie/ Tim P. Whitby/ Samir Hussein/ Ian Gavan/ Anthony Harvey/ Getty Images

Boyhood won the BAFTA last night. But on Saturday, the Directors Guild picked Birdman. The DGAs are considered a very, very, VERY good predictor of Oscar Best Picture; only 7 times in history have the DGA and the Academy picked differently. Even still, Boyhood has its share of support. So with a week to go before the voting period closes, it’s a legitimate race. Full Story

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Superman and Captain America stand next to each other

February 9, 2015 16:29:11 Posted at February 9, 2015 16:29:11
Sarah Posted by Sarah
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Yesterday at the BAFTAs Chris Evans and Henry Cavill presented Julianne Moore with the Best Actress award. Two handsome men of the superhero persuasion stood next to each other, and the internet collectively lost its sh*t. It’s understandable—they’re both really, really, really ridiculously good-looking, though Beardy Chris Evans is working the facial hair better than Cavill. Full Story

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Taylor Swift: the Julia Roberts of the Grammys

February 9, 2015 12:57:47 Posted at February 9, 2015 12:57:47
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Kevin Mazur/ Michael Kovac/ Mark Davis/ Lester Cohen/ Larry Busacca/ VALERIE MACON/

Vulture asked a very important question on Twitter last night: Who has more friends, Taylor or Gwyneth? It’s been a year now, right? Since I first started calling Taylor Swift the “Friend Collector”? She’s also, like, the official mascot of music award shows now too. Full Story

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Mila Kunis is Cool Girl

February 6, 2015 20:13:08 Posted at February 6, 2015 20:13:08
Maria Posted by Maria
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Mila Kunis is currently promoting hot mess Jupiter Ascending and is dutifully doing the talk show rounds – I wrote about her appearance on Ellen here. Yesterday she was on Reddit for an AMA and she definitely has a twinkle. Full Story

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Amy Pascal steps down at Sony

February 5, 2015 19:50:13 Posted at February 5, 2015 19:50:13
Sarah Posted by Sarah
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Throughout December as we covered the fallout of the Sony Hack, I often wondered how Amy Pascal, co-chair of the studio and head of its Motion Picture Group, could possibly continue on, given how damaging some of the leaked information was to interpersonal working relationships. How effective can you be when you’re constantly apologizing for sh*t-talking behind people’s backs? Hollywood is a high school cafeteria, and in that environment, being caught out as a behind-hand gossip usually results in excommunication. Full Story

The Justin Bieber Contrition Tour Week 2

February 5, 2015 18:02:57 Posted at February 5, 2015 18:02:57
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Justin Bieber was on Ellen last week to show you that he’s not a dick anymore. Then he posted another “I’m sorry” video on Instagram calling himself “arrogant and conceited”. Because, as I surmised at the time (click here Full Story

Miley on fashion paps and feminism

February 5, 2015 15:18:21 Posted at February 5, 2015 15:18:21
Lainey Posted by Lainey

New Miley Cyrus interview with The Kit. She’s promoting MAC’s 2015 Viva Glam campaign. Turns out she was the one who approached MAC to create her own lipstick and gloss to raise money for AIDS awareness and support those living with the disease. “People stopped talking about it because the fear isn’t as relevant. Full Story

Ryan Reynolds: NEW DAD on Letterman

February 5, 2015 14:54:13 Posted at February 5, 2015 14:54:13
Joanna Posted by Joanna

When was the last time you saw Ryan Reynolds on the talk show circuit? He can be charming, seems to love to gossip and is cagey as hell. Isn’t that what we’re looking for in a late night guest? Well, almost. The NEW DAD popped by Letterman last night to promote his latest film The Voices which happens to be the worst movie I saw at TIFF. Full Story

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Is Bey Going Goop On Us?

February 2, 2015 21:40:49 Posted at February 2, 2015 21:40:49
Maria Posted by Maria

Have you read, I’ll Have What She’s Having? The author, Rebecca Harrington, experiments with different celebrity diets, from Marilyn Monroe (eggs whipped in milk) to Madonna’s arduous and seemingly impossible macrobiotic diet. It’s funny, yes, but also an illuminating look at what it takes to maintain the “ideal body” of the day. Full Story

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Um, I might be a Belieber

January 29, 2015 20:39:30 Posted at January 29, 2015 20:39:30
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Wenn, Splash

Has he changed? Is he really sorry? F-ck. I don’t care. All I’m hearing is his big boy voice. And the way his sweater’s hanging off of him on Ellen. And his hair, growing out, curling around his ears and his neck. This is me on one side of the room saying… Uhhhh… Justin Bieber got hot. Full Story

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