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Beyonce’s family weekend

May 20, 2014 16:30:31 Posted at May 20, 2014 16:30:31
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Beyonce posted a photo of herself with Solange Knowles the other day in New Orleans to convince us that all is right. Then she and Jay Z released a trailer for their tour featuring a lot of their celebrity friends and, um, Emmy Rossum. I wrote about this yesterday. Click here Full Story

The Beygency's biggest blemish

May 16, 2014 14:26:44 Posted at May 16, 2014 14:26:44
Lainey Posted by Lainey

What a public relations mess. And from a superstar who's known for precision and perfection. That's part of it, non? Part of the reason why this story has been so captivating? Beyonce lets you see only what she wants you to see. Even the most "candid" moments in her documentary Life Is But A Dream were transmitted through a filtered screen and some kind of exclusive lighting. Full Story

NPH makes smart choices

May 15, 2014 18:48:55 Posted at May 15, 2014 18:48:55
Duana Posted by Duana

If we’re not careful, we’re going to have to start taking all our life lessons from wise celebrities. And THEN WHAT? Neil Patrick Harris was casually offered the biggest job – two of the biggest, actually – in television. He says he was asked whether he’d be interested in the Late Night desk, as well as Craig Ferguson’s. Full Story

Beyonce’s sending messages

May 14, 2014 15:20:37 Posted at May 14, 2014 15:20:37
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Larry Busacca/ Getty

Beyonce’s been busy on Instagram today. As mentioned earlier, she posted several pictures of her with Solange this morning – click here for a refresher. And 45 minutes ago (it’s 11am ET right now), she posted a shot with Rihanna at the MET Gala. Full Story

Gwyneth’s single Mother’s Day

May 12, 2014 14:09:27 Posted at May 12, 2014 14:09:27
Lainey Posted by Lainey

It was her first as a single mother after consciously uncoupling. Gwyneth Paltrow spent part of the weekend at the Brentwood Country Mart checking in at the GOOP pop-up shoppe. Love this white dress with the pockets and her yellow flats. She was also there to sign copies of her book It’s All Good. Full Story

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Rihanna in pink, off Instagram

May 8, 2014 15:38:17 Posted at May 8, 2014 15:38:17
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Bryan Bedder/ JP Yim/ Getty

There’s been a lot of talk this week about Rihanna’s Instagram account. First they shut her down. Then they turned her back on. Now the account is gone again. And it appears she’s the one who pulled it. The issue is nudity. And censorship. She’s done with them trying to silence what she believes is her right to post pictures of herself in whatever form she wants. Full Story

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Maleficent in Paris

May 7, 2014 14:59:30 Posted at May 7, 2014 14:59:30
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Wenn, FameFlynet

Everybody's all like, Angelina Jolie skipped the MET Gala to promote Maleficent in Paris with Elle Fanning but...when does she ever go to the MET Gala? I’m pretty sure she’s never been to the MET Gala. There are certainly no photos of it from an image search. Will she ever go to the MET Gala? If she ever did show up at the MET Gala, she’d have to be a co-chair. Full Story

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Papping GOOP’s gear

May 1, 2014 16:10:48 Posted at May 1, 2014 16:10:48
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Check out Gwyneth Paltrow at the Brentwood Country Mart with daughter Apple and some friends earlier this week. And this is supposed to be wrong. Of course. No one wants to see children harassed. But my position is that if they can’t agree one where the line is, among them, these celebrities, then how is anyone else supposed to be figure it out? Is the question really privacy here, or is it about control? Consider this: Every day my inbox gets hit with emails from publicists and marketing firms promoting their products, often seen on celebrities. Full Story

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G is for Glum

April 30, 2014 21:06:49 Posted at April 30, 2014 21:06:49
Lainey Posted by Lainey
AKM-GSI/ Splash

Is it raining where you are? It's raining where I am. And cold. Do you hate Gwyneth Paltrow? I don't. Never ever ever. But many of you do. So if your day has been sh-t and you love to sh-t on G, this might lift your spirits. G went out for dinner with friends in Bel Air last night. Full Story

Zac's PR push

April 30, 2014 20:02:28 Posted at April 30, 2014 20:02:28
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Zac Efron covers the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter, a dick-sucky profile that's meant to promote the upcoming Neighbours and also rehabilitate his image after the rehab(s) and the under-the-bridge fighting. Oh, yeah, about that under-the-bridge incident.. Even the writer acknowledges that Efron is "coy" about what happened. Full Story

Amal & George: see her ring

April 30, 2014 14:25:59 Posted at April 30, 2014 14:25:59
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Before we start breaking down this ridiculously staged PEOPLE exclusive, um, I need to gloat. I had an exclusive on the ring on Monday – that post is here. Have you seen the ring? The ring is an emerald cut. Massive but elegant. Thin band. And a warm yellow-ish hue. Full Story