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The timing of the Conscious Uncoupling

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 11, 2015 15:23:28 February 11, 2015 15:23:28
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According to the Daily Mail (so I don’t blame you if you snort at the authenticity of this post), Gwyneth Paltrow intimated to Marie Claire that she and Chris Martin actually separated a year before the conscious uncoupling announcement and that she was actually subtly asking Johnny Depp about how it worked for him when he and Vanessa Paradis split up. Full Story

Huge Coup: Marvel reclaims Spider-Man

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 10, 2015 16:42:27 February 10, 2015 16:42:27

Late last night Marvel Studios dropped a bomb: They’ve worked out a deal with Sony and will take over production of future Spider-Man movies. This is a huge deal, literally and figuratively, that will have repercussions for a lot of people, and especially Andrew Garfield, who is now out of a job Full Story

Angelina Jolie Pitt, official

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 10, 2015 16:24:53 February 10, 2015 16:24:53

I posted new shots of Angelina Jolie yesterday with Vivs and Knox – click here for a refresher. She was heading to London. And today, this press release came out from the London School of Economics. Full Story

The Jolie, the twins, and Captain Marvel?

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 9, 2015 21:08:33 February 9, 2015 21:08:33
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Let’s start with Captain Marvel. There’s a rumour floating around that Marvel is considering asking Angelina Jolie to direct Captain Marvel. Supposedly they’re impressed with her work on Unbroken and they want a female director bossing the female superhero movie. Which is exciting…but… The source. Full Story

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The Carters & the Grammys

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 9, 2015 18:29:54 February 9, 2015 18:29:54
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Beyonce posted some new shots of her and JayZ from after the Grammys on her website and Insta today. I’m also attaching shots of the Carters on Saturday at the Roc Nation/Three Six Zero pre-Grammy brunch in Beverly Hills. Rihanna was there. Kanye West too. Kylie Minogue. Joe Jonas. The Smith kids. Full Story

Gwyneth & Chris at the Grammys

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 9, 2015 17:37:18 February 9, 2015 17:37:18
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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

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 9, 2015 16:44:00 February 9, 2015 16:44:00
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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

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 9, 2015 16:29:11 February 9, 2015 16:29:11
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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

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 9, 2015 12:57:47 February 9, 2015 12:57:47
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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

Maria Posted by Maria at February 6, 2015 20:13:08 February 6, 2015 20:13:08
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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

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 5, 2015 19:50:13 February 5, 2015 19:50:13
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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