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Give him a rowboat in the rain

November 19, 2014 17:01:01 Posted at November 19, 2014 17:01:01
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Ron Asadorian/ Splash, Ilya S. Savenok/ Dimitrios Kambouris/ Getty

Benedict Cumberbatch was seen at JFK airport in New York today, heading out after several days of intense Oscar campaigning that included his first official red carpet appearance with fiancée Sophie Hunter – click here for a refresher. Full Story

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Bone structure on the cover of Variety

November 19, 2014 13:46:06 Posted at November 19, 2014 13:46:06
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Angelina Jolie, Jack O’Connell, and Miyavi cover the new issue of Variety in support of Unbroken. You know how this worked, right? Variety would for sure have been happy with just Jolie. You can’t go wrong with just Jolie. Did Jolie tell them she wanted to be centred by her two stars? It’s a compelling photo to begin with in that blue-ish light. Full Story

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter’s first engaged carpet

November 18, 2014 19:44:37 Posted at November 18, 2014 19:44:37
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Sophie Hunter accompanied Benedict Cumberbatch last night at the NY premiere of The Imitation Game. Just yesterday on Good Morning America he was not very forthcoming with questions about his engagement. And then, come night, there she is. Their very first official public appearance after the proposal… And right in the heat of a Best Actor Oscar race. Full Story

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Gwyneth the First

November 18, 2014 19:02:18 Posted at November 18, 2014 19:02:18
Maria Posted by Maria

Remember that rumoured Vanity Fair “takedown” of Gwyneth we were all waiting for? It never materialized, obviously, with Graydon and Gwyneth making nice over a phone call and a jab at his weight. But it hasn’t been a stellar 2014 for Gwyneth, considering the conscious uncoupling and the disclosure of Goop’s shaky financials. Full Story

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Jake’s Constellations

November 18, 2014 18:14:17 Posted at November 18, 2014 18:14:17
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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I updated the Rachel McAdams article from earlier with some new information – click here to read it. Not that that has anything to do with Jake Gyllenhaal. But it SHOULD. And it COULD. Because, well, go read the post. Anyway, here’s Jake Gyllenhaal in New York today at a press preview for Constellations. Full Story

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The Batch is not taking engagement questions

November 17, 2014 20:00:44 Posted at November 17, 2014 20:00:44
Sarah Posted by Sarah
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The Imitation Game opens in theaters next weekend, and in advance of that Cumberbatch is in the US doing some promotion. On Friday that meant showing up at the Hollywood Film Awards and pretending like that’s a real thing (click here for more on that) and this morning it was an interview on Good Morning America. Full Story

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Keira’s playing too

November 17, 2014 19:02:23 Posted at November 17, 2014 19:02:23
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Gregg DeGuire/ Jason Merritt/ Getty

Keira Knightley went full angel at the Hollywood Film Awards in an exquisite Giambattista Valli dress. That applique around the neck and down one arm is pure gorgessity and, God, I love the sleeves. Not even those sh-tty shoes could take away from it. So they gave her the Best Supporting Actress Award. Full Story

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Hands-free Alexander Skarsgard

November 17, 2014 17:12:23 Posted at November 17, 2014 17:12:23
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Alexander Skarsgard was photographed hands-free on Saturday at a gas station in Hollywood. This hands-free gas pumping thing is like Bigfoot to me. I’ve been driving for 25 years (f-ck me, I’m old) and I’ve never, ever, ever found a hands-free pump. Is it an American thing? Jacek and I talked about it this morning when he was driving me to work. Full Story

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Every Best Actor gets an award

November 17, 2014 15:43:40 Posted at November 17, 2014 15:43:40
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Jon Kopaloff/ Christopher Polk/ Jeff Kravitz/ Jason Merritt/ Getty

The race for Best Actor will be between Michael Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Eddie Redmayne this year. All three were at the Hollywood Film Awards. All three received awards at the Hollywood Film Awards. Jesus, is this show business or is this grade school? As we’ve seen, Keaton had the early lead in this category since Venice. Full Story

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Brange at the Unbroken world premiere

November 17, 2014 13:39:19 Posted at November 17, 2014 13:39:19
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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As promised, here are shots of the Brange arriving at the world premiere of Unbroken today in Sydney. Brad was previously in South Korea and Japan promoting Fury. Angelina, you’ll note, was in Malta directing By The Sea for most of the Fury promotion. They’ve managed though to arrange their schedules so that the push for Unbroken will happen when both of them can work the promotion together. Full Story

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