To Matt with love from Krista – good luck in Taiwan writing for The Tech Report, she always knew you’d be a jet-setting journalist someday. And for Gypsy Rose Karen from Michelle: “I’d like her to know how thankful I am that she is a such a very good friend to me, as demonstrated by her patience in waiting for me, her unwavering investment in me and The Beast, her earnest belief that the results of my efforts will be important, and, most importantly, for inspiring me with her wisdom and insightful perspectives. Full Story
A quick housekeeping note first: today’s liveblog will go at 6pm ET/ 3pm PT. We hope you can join us. Once TIFF is over the Weekly Liveblog with Sarah from Cinesnark will revert to its usual time on Tuesdays.
To discuss today: while everyone is focusing on Venice and Toronto, Telluride is happening too. So far, 2010 is, as promised, shaping up to be a quality year in film. Black Swan has already been loved everywhere. Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere also played to very, very positive reviews. And now Never Let Me Go, just screened in Telluride, is generating a lot of enthusiasm of its own. Ishiguro himself has given the film, based on his wonderful book, the most lovely words of approval (click to read), and so already it appears that the race will be a tight one. Get ready to go see some movies this fall/winter.
As for Kanye’s epic Twitter apology to the world and Taylor Swift, I’m still spent from reading it, breathless from adoring it, and too exhausted by him to write about it. The point then is that Kanye is, like Mimi and Celine, like Karl and Cavalli, the gift that keeps giving. I choose Kanye every f-cking day over Taupe Garner. Don’t you want them to entertain you???
The open-mouth Tiger continues to wreak havoc. It has been a year of disaster. Have you donated for flood relief in Pakistan yet? Jacek and I just did and like many others we were slow to come around. When the Haiti earthquake hit a few months ago the damage was immediate and dramatic, and the response was tremendous. The Pakistani flood, though equally devastating, was slower to do its damage and many feel this is the reason why relief for this disaster has been so greatly under-funded. Haiti saw ten more times more relief at the same point than has been received for aid to Pakistan thus far. Millions have been displaced from their homes and there are reports of a second flood threatening to hit areas that were initially spared. If you’d like to make a donation, please click here or track down an organization of your choice. For those of you in Canada, the Canadian Government is matching ALL donations until Sunday.
It’s Wednesday, the day before TIFF 2010. They’re on their way.
Yours in gossip,
Photos from J.Tanner UNHCR/Splashnewsonline.com
It’s the night before TIFF and we’re in the thick of Venice and by all accounts, as noted earlier, this is a very, VERY strong year in film – the kind of year that completely justifies the 10 slots for Best Picture. So we’ll get into late breaking TIFF updates: who’s coming, who’s not, and the buzz on films you can’t wait to see, and some fashion week gossip, and whatever else you want to discuss in an hour. Full Story
My obsession Sam Taylor-Wood + Aaron Johnson emerged from childbirth last night to walk their first carpet since daughter Wylda Rae (great name) was born in early July. They attended the GQ Man of the Year awards in London, and the day before that went shopping for baby clothes, and before that they were out of dinner at J Sheekey. Full Story
Only Jessica Simpson can turn a plain white t-shirt into a titty top. How massive must they be if it’s cleavy even under plain cotton? Having said that, see how cute she is, and so much more presentable, when she’s in casuals and not stuffed into some disastrous party dress? Jessica Simpson presented her jeans collection last night in New York surrounded by friends and family and of course attached to her boyfriend Eric Johnson who, as you know, has nowhere else to be anyway. Full Story
Belongs to Blake Lively. So she’s losing out on a movie role to Natalie Portman. Last night though she still owned the most coveted spot in style at Fashion’s Night Out next to her bff Anna Wintour. How many bitches would take a pair of scissors to her blonde hair over this chair? But… there’s no imagination in choosing Blake Lively. Full Story
Did Brad Pitt step out on the Jolie with a trick called Racine? Please. (Dlisted)
How do you massage these without developing calluses? (The Superficial)
How Lady Gaga diffuses a throwdown (Popeater)
Errr… Lilo’s f-cked face. Again. (Hollywood Tuna)
The Town all over the town (Pop Sugar)
Creepy. Nic Cage’s big boner of a tomb (WWTDD)
Rossum in leggings. Bleh. (Popoholic)
Oh look! Jen and Courteney have the same hair! (Just Jared)
Glee Season 2 red carpet (Celebuzz)
But why not in a hot tub? (Cele|bitchy)
Remember when Scarlett Johansson was considered to be the top candidate to replace Angelina Jolie in Gravity (about a woman stranded in space) co-starring Robert Downey Jr? Five minutes later, somehow Blake Lively who, at the time, was working with Scarjo’s husband Ryan Reynolds, was auditioning for the role, and Scarjo’s position was much less secure. Full Story
Jeremy Renner was at the Jaeger LeCoultre party last night in Venice like an odd little man trying to work a new hat. You know that crazy dude who stands outside the bar and heckles people, hilariously, as they come out? That’s Jeremy Renner. He’s not Joaquin Phoenix f-cked up, but there’s still some crazy happening here…and I’m into it. Full Story