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Brad Pitt and his kids

Lainey Posted by Lainey at October 1, 2014 16:03:20 October 1, 2014 16:03:20

Brange did not attend the Amal-George wedding this weekend. But every day since they’ve been making headlines. She bought him some crazy expensive watch. Click here for more details. Then PEOPLE ran a feature about their first month of marriage. Full Story

Benedict Cumberbatch gets ahead of the game

Sarah Posted by Sarah at October 1, 2014 15:49:24 October 1, 2014 15:49:24

Benedict Cumberbatch has a GREAT new interview with TimeOut London in which he talks about both his Oscar chances and the kingmaker grooming him for center stage. The Batch is always an interesting interview for several reasons: 1) He’s 38 and fame came late-ish for him, striking in his mid-thirties after he’d had a chance to fully form—they’re better when it happens that way, as Lainey recently pointed out Full Story

Ben Affleck’s dick and superhero swirl

Lainey Posted by Lainey at October 1, 2014 14:46:32 October 1, 2014 14:46:32
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Ron Asadorian/ Splash

Ben Affleck has been all over New York promoting Gone Girl, opening this weekend. I was just making plans to see Gone Girl on Friday with my cousin Cat and her husband who’s celebrating a birthday. All depends on how it goes when they cut my lip open and take out my cyst-mole that afternoon. Full Story

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dear Gossips,

Would love to know how it works when it comes to wedding photo negotiations. Like does George Clooney tell PEOPLE and HELLO! that "I won't take anything less than what Brad got"? Or does he say "If you give me x percent more, I'll give you x percent more - more photos, more quotes, more access"? And is there a photo checklist from the publication that has to be satisfied? Like do PEOPLE and HELLO! specify that they want: - The Dress, front and back - The Cake - Bride and Groom together, must be touching - $100k bonus if you give us a kiss - $100k bonus if you give us a photo of celebrity guests - at least one group family shot - at least one sappy quote Who has the power here? The seller or the buyer? The buyer ended up getting shafted for the Timberlake wedding when all the pictures came back low quality and not all that impressive.  Read Full Intro

The Carters & Beckham

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 30, 2014 21:27:45 September 30, 2014 21:27:45
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WENN

Today in Paris at the Paris Saint-Germain F.C. vs Barcelona F.C. football match. Sitting together. Hanging together. Laughing together. Unfortunately no Posh. The last I saw Posh was back in London at her flagship which isn't even a week old. Maybe David's inviting Beyonce and JayZ to come check it out. Full Story

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Chanel’s protest

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 30, 2014 17:31:05 September 30, 2014 17:31:05
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Pascal Le Segretain/ PATRICK KOVARIK/ Getty

Normally I’d post this in LifeStyle but Chanel’s always a spectacle and every other runway has been cockblocked by Amal Alamuddin so Karl had to do something extra, as he does. The clothes were secondary to the messages. A rally. A protest rally. And that becomes fashion. Full Story

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Get off Jeremy Renner’s lawn

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 30, 2014 17:08:45 September 30, 2014 17:08:45
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Splash

Jeremy Renner’s new movie, Kill The Messenger, opens on October 10 (against RDJ’s The Judge—do you think they’re giving each other a hard time about box office competition?), and as such Renner is giving us the hard shill. Kill The Messenger is opening in a crowded October dominated by a lot of flashy titles like Gone Girl and Fury, so he’s got to hustle to draw attention to his movie. Full Story

Magic Mike’s new friends

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 30, 2014 15:24:56 September 30, 2014 15:24:56
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FameFlynet

A quick programming note: there was a major delay on the subway this morning and I had that appointment at the eye clinic (I’m a good candidate for laser eye surgery) and so I’m just trying to catch up between preparing for The Social which goes live in a couple of hours.  Going to hit you up with a few quick posts and photos and then focus on heavier analysis – including George Clooney’s wedding details – later on this afternoon. Full Story

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The Amal & George wedding photos

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 29, 2014 16:13:38 September 29, 2014 16:13:38

Here’s a quick update: Everyone’s thinking VOGUE because Anna Wintour was there but it’s looking like PEOPLE and HELLO! are publishing the Amal Alamuddin-George Clooney wedding photos, just like it was with Brange. One source told me that VOGUE simply couldn’t pay that much money and that only a PEOPLE/HELLO! joint bid would both satisfy the financial requirement (to be donated) and also the “nice reporting/nice gossip” demands. Full Story

The “unreachable” Brad Pitt…with Shia as his wingman

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 29, 2014 14:42:28 September 29, 2014 14:42:28

Brange was not photographed at the Clooney wedding. Some are hoping they were there, just incognito. But you know what? It’s not like they hang out a lot. You see Clooney with Damon, Krasinski, Murray… Since Oceans, you don’t see him with Brad. Their friendship has been overblown… maybe because of wishful thinking. Full Story

Reese does a backflip

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 29, 2014 14:31:27 September 29, 2014 14:31:27
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FameFlynet, Dimitrios Kambouris/ Getty

Reese Witherspoon is the latest celebrity to be featured in VOGUE’s 73 questions. And she’s letting you see her house. So. Before you rush off and press play, just a few notes… The best part is the backflip. In a skirt! The worst part is her answer about dinner with female senators. Full Story

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