Girls Season 2 Episode 5 recap I have never gambled. I’ve never been to a casino – I didn’t even try to learn at a charity casino thing I was at a couple of weeks ago. I have literally never purchased a lottery ticket, nor even a scratch card. But I would bet literally thousands of dollars that the premise for this episode of Girls came up because someone in the writer’s room couldn’t stop watching a repeat of Pretty Woman or quoting it in the room or was late for an appointment because it was running on TBS Superstation. Full Story
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I don’t care that JLO tried to fight Justin Timberlake’s ego with her leg. I don’t care that she couldn’t resist making the moment about her leg when she was presenting an award. I actually thought “I got the memo” was funny. And besides, oh I’m sorry, I missed the part when we all started expecting JLO to show up somewhere and be humble. Full Story
Sorry to interrupt the Grammy coverage but... this can’t wait. Morley just sent it to me and my life will never be the same. As you know, it was Chinese New Year’s Day yesterday. We are in full New Year festival spirits for the next week or so. To celebrate the Year of the Snake, China threw what must have been a sh-tload of money at Celine Dion to have her sing at their state televised gala on Saturday. Full Story
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Better than the time her husband jumped on her head on their wedding day on the cover of PEOPLE Magazine? Maybe. Because that was in Italy. And there was no live television audience. At the Grammys though, she was front row. Seated beside Beysus. And Jay-Z poured champagne for her. And sometimes her husband put his hand on her thigh all Beckham style and she was grateful. Full Story
My friend Amy D, a big country music fan, emailed me last night during the Grammys. OMG what happened to Faith Hill?!? My response: Face or Body. She’s choosing Body. In the choice not to have a big ass, sometimes, unless you’re Halle Berry, you sacrifice your face. This, I imagine, is why fillers became so popular. Full Story
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The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 9 recap. The Walking Dead is back just in time for February sweeps! When we left off Rick & Co. were wrecking havoc in Woodbury, Michonne put out the Governor’s eye, Glenn was being a f*cking badass, and Daryl and Merle were reunited in the Zombie Thunderdome. Full Story
Far away from NY Fashion Week and award season, we find newlyweds Blake Lively and Reynolds in Sudbury, Ontario, a few hours’ drive north of Toronto where it’s currently -12˚C with the windchill. That’s 10˚F for you Americans. The other day it was -20˚C and -4˚F! Reynolds is there shooting Atom Egoyan’s Queen Of The Night. Full Story
Heidi! Happy Belated Birthday from Kirsten and Ivy! To Dave from Steph -- Happy Birthday! In your honour, I’m supposed to post anything sports-related. Anything? For some reason, all that came to mind was Roy trash-talking Roenick in return. And for Tiffany who’s giving me up for Lent . Full Story
Bookending the intro today with giveaways -- up first, if you’re in Vancouver and you want to go to the Canucks game tomorrow night (Saturday February 9) vs the Calgary Flames, I’ve a pair of tickets (2 seats) available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title CANUCKS by Noon PT to enter random draw. Good luck!
Might be a short column today because... it’s Chinese New Year on Sunday! I have to start cleaning and clearing. This is Chinese custom in preparation for the New Year: throw out your old sh-t, get rid of the clutter, wipe everything down, launder your clothes, sweep away the Year of the Dragon to welcome the Year of the Snake. Remember, Good Luck Avoids A Mess. So you’re washing today and Saturday, but definitely not on Sunday when the Snake arrives. Not even your hair if you can help it. Otherwise, you’re pushing out your New Year luck.
As we do every year here, my ma, the Chinese Squawking Chicken, has a few suggestions for those born under certain signs. Not all signs have been included but she’s highlighting the ones below because, for whatever reason, there are things you need to look out for. Here’s how she sees it: no one needs to be ready for good news, but everyone appreciates a heads up on what to avoid. Instead of being alarmed then, take the opportunity to be vigilant. As I’ve said, per my ma, over and over on this blog, sometimes good luck is harnessed by how you manage your bad luck in the preceding years. Some years your luck will allow you to be aggressive. Other years your luck will need to be conserved. Click here to find your sign.
We are entering the Year of the Snake. Snakes, Goats, and Pigs may encounter some challenges this year. The Chinese Squawking Chicken advises caution. And, in particular, avoid hospitals and funerals if you can help it. Obviously if it’s a relative, you don’t have a choice. But those who are living through low luck years are especially vulnerable in those environments. Again, do not be afraid. You cannot expect to have good luck year after year forever. But you can increase the benefits of good luck when it comes in the way that you deal handle your bad luck. If you safeguard smartly, put your head down and brace through it, when it passes it’ll open up channels for good luck to break through.
Unfortunately no one will have it worse during the Year of the Snake than the Tiger. The Snake is the opposing sign of the Tiger. My ma is a Tiger. She urges other Tigers to make health a priority. There’s a saying in Chinese that goes like this: 3 celebrations can fight a disaster.
Tigers may benefit this year from “happy celebrations”: a wedding in the family, a baby too, a big birthday party, an anniversary party. This is why I got married in 2001, the last time it was the Year of the Snake. It helped my ma block or at least minimise the effects of whatever was coming for her.
Dragons have been in this position the last couple of years. It was a sh-t streak. Good news for you Dragons -- it’ll turn around now.
And finally, for Rabbits, an optimistic outlook for you too...but be careful. Good luck comes in different forms. Good luck can be solid and loyal. But good luck can also be fleeting and easily distracted. Rabbits will be lucky this year but the luck is fragile. You will be susceptible to “luck stealers”. Luck can most easily be “stolen” around sickness -- in hospitals, at funerals. Like the others above, Rabbits too should, if possible, stay away from those environments. Protect Your Luck. Luck has a long memory. If it remembers that you didn’t take care of it before, it may not be so willing to come back.
As she has every year, the Squawking Chicken has prepared a few lucky charm pockets. Since Snakes, Goats, Pigs, and Tigers may have it the roughest this year, we have 10 to give away to those born under those signs. If you would like to enter the random draw, please email email@example.com with the subject title YEAR OF THE SNAKE.
Happy New Year and GOOD LUCK TO ALL!
Yours in gossip,
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