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Career Prospectus: Emily Blunt

January 8, 2013 19:14:38 Posted at January 8, 2013 19:14:38
Sarah Posted by Sarah
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WENN

(Lainey: we received a detailed question about Emily Blunt’s career a few weeks ago from a reader called Ngoc. Perfect for the Faculty of Celebrity Studies. Ngoc’s (abridged) email is below, followed by Sarah’s analysis. Should you wish a similar Career Prospectus about your favourite star, please submit and we’ll try to make it happen. Full Story

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Naomi Watts: easing in to award season

January 7, 2013 18:16:47 Posted at January 7, 2013 18:16:47
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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WENN

Palm Springs Film Festival on Saturday night -- the first of several major events in the next 10 days: Oscar nominations are coming Thursday morning followed by the Critics’ Choice Awards that night, and then, of course, the Golden Globes on Sunday. As the later events will probably get a lot more play, Naomi made an understated selection to ease into the season. Full Story

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the new movie star

January 3, 2013 15:19:55 Posted at January 3, 2013 15:19:55
Sarah Posted by Sarah
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ROBYN BECK/Getty

Joseph Gordon-Levitt wants superstardom. He’s already in the mix for the next Batman, carrying into DC/WB’s Justice League movie, and now he’s been revealed as the late entry into Marvel’s casting pool for the lead role in Guardians of the Galaxy, as space captain Peter Quill/Star-Lord. Full Story

Jennifer Lawrence is NORMAL

January 2, 2013 18:44:28 Posted at January 2, 2013 18:44:28
Lainey Posted by Lainey

OK, you guys? JENNIFER LAWRENCE IS NORMAL. Anne Hathaway’s Oscar message is that she’s not sexy and she has to try harder than everyone else, always with an apology. Jennifer Lawrence’s overall message, one that she consistently puts out there in every interview, is that, despite having one of the best years in Hollywood, with a proper franchise on her resume (Hunger Games) and, presumably, about to receive her second Oscar nomination, at just 22, she is NORMAL. Full Story

Jen, Justin, and George

December 31, 2012 17:06:37 Posted at December 31, 2012 17:06:37
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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FameFlynet

Every time George Clooney makes a movie these days it’s considered an Oscar contender. Who wouldn’t want in on some of that action? Is that why Justin Theroux signed with CAA? His fiancée can help with that too. So while Brange is off with their nanny militia over in the Caribbean, the child-free celebrity circuit is counting down to 2013 on the other side -- she and Justin apparently had dinner with George and Stacy Keibler in Cabo the other night. Full Story

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Porny’s Pregnant Christmas

December 27, 2012 15:25:09 Posted at December 27, 2012 15:25:09
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Apollo/FAMEFLYNET, Splash News

It’s official, even though you’ve known about for almost a month now -- Jessica Simpson confirmed her pregnancy by posting a photo of her daughter Maxwell in “BIG SIS” pose and announcing it via a new commercial for Weight Watchers (posted below). Then, conveniently, the paps converged in Hawaii where Porny’s on holiday with her family. Full Story

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Jennifer Garner set the Mom bar

December 24, 2012 18:36:13 Posted at December 24, 2012 18:36:13
Maria Posted by Maria
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FameFlynet

Jennifer Garner was recently voted Celebrity Mother of the Year by Today’s Parent Magazine. We can now vote on good parenting, as if it’s a singing competition or best dressed list. Motherhood has become such an intricate part of celebrity culture that it should be commoditized, like a beauty contract or perfume, packaged as an extension of an actress’s career. Full Story

How the Mighty has stumbled

December 24, 2012 16:44:37 Posted at December 24, 2012 16:44:37
Maria Posted by Maria
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Ron Hoskins /Getty Images

Mighty Oprah Winfrey has felt a lot less … mighty these days, hasn’t she? On Friday, Oprah abruptly fired CAA and her agent Kevin Huvane, who is incredibly powerful in his own right. His past and present roster includes Meryl Streep, Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, Nicole Kidman, Clive Own, Sarah Jessica Parker, Uma Thurman, Renee Zellwegger, Julianne Moore and Ethan Hawke, and, as many of you know, his brother is publicist Stephen Huvane (Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Hathaway, and more). Full Story

Jessica Alba shops at Target

December 21, 2012 19:33:48 Posted at December 21, 2012 19:33:48
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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VM/CAD /FAMEFLYNET, WENN

Oh please. Even Jacek looked at these shots last night and rolled his eyes. Jessica Alba is just like you, ok? She’s a mom now. Here’s a recipe for the best lasagne, and meanwhile she buys her baby toys where you do too... At the Target. Which makes her an authority on parenting. Full Story

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Katie on Tom’s weekend

December 21, 2012 16:58:04 Posted at December 21, 2012 16:58:04
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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HRC /WENN

Who’s the genius pushing Katie Holmes out so visibly on the weekend Tom Cruise is trying to sell Jack Reacher? If there’s anyone to challenge Blake Lively’s fame game, Jesus, it might actually be Katie Holmes. A year ago, this would not have been your answer. Katie Holmes! Is a baller! There’s her ex-husband, doing what he can, desperately, to make sure his latest movie isn’t a bomb at the box office, and Katie steps out, with an appearance of her own on Letterman, as if to remind us, for those who’d forgotten, that she left him in the dead of night, escaping the clutches of his cult, rescuing their daughter in the process. Full Story

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Blake’s missing cover

December 19, 2012 21:38:42 Posted at December 19, 2012 21:38:42
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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WENN

You can interpret that a number of ways… If you’ve been reading my blog regularly the last few weeks, you know that Blake Lively’s Martha Stewart Weddings issue is…like Christmas for me. And for some of you too. We can’t wait to see it. We’ve been waiting for so long, and she’s played us so beautifully, the magazine’s release is almost like a proper EVENT. Full Story