Friday, September 4, 2009

Dear Gossips,

Last night in my sleep the complete dvd set of True Blood Season 3 arrived at my house for my birthday. The entire dream revolved around my efforts to sit down and watch, thwarted at every turn by a series of interruptions – the phone, my mother, my husband, my dog – and when I finally found myself free from distraction, in front of the tv, remote in hand, ready to press play, the goddamn alarm went off.


My dreams are rarely so vivid. Wonder what it meant.

Many of you have written to ask about Jane Bussmann’s book The Worst Date Ever – here’s what I noted about it earlier in the week: don’t worry, it’s not chick lit. It’s a caustic bitch comedy writer former celebrity journalist turned foreign correspondent who actually ended up in war-torn Uganda because she was crushing on an activist John Prendergast and wanted to make him fall in love with her.

Bussmann is merciless – on Hollywood, on Ashton Kutcher, on several douchebag dumb twat stars she’s interviewed, and yes, on the vapid celebrity culture that feeds this blog. She’s brilliant. And hilarious. And bitterly contemptuous. Love her so much. The Worst Date Ever - a perfect end of summer read. Full review in book section when I’m done.

I was sent a review copy from the UK. Unfortunately, it’s not available here. Am continually baffled by the way publishing works between countries. No doubt some smartass will send me an email today lecturing me about the process. Doesn’t change the fact that as of right now, The Worst Date Ever has not been acquired by a North American publisher…but Lauren Conrad can sign a 3 book deal???

This is why you cannot find it in a North American store. You can however buy it here.

It’s Friday and it’s the long weekend! Have a great long weekend!

Yours in gossip,


PS. Will you be my TIFF BFF? Last day to send in your submissions! Many thanks to P&G GET UP CLOSE for supporting the contest. Click here for more details.

True Blood withdrawal

September 4, 2009 11:16:00 Posted at September 4, 2009 11:16:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Many of you are suffering through a bad case of The Swears over a no True Blood weekend. The season finale will not air until next Sunday at which point The Swears will come out again because we’ll have to wait Nine. F-cking. Months until the next installment. Full Story

Re-thinnification of Ashlee Simpson

September 4, 2009 10:46:00 Posted at September 4, 2009 10:46:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

She’s promoting Melrose Place. Is in New York making the talk show rounds. Photos are attached. Ashlee, as you know, had a baby last year with Pete Wentz. Since landing her new acting gig, she’s been dropping weight steadily. You’ll recall, she did so before allegedly under doctor supervision. Full Story

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The Mighty Opes is not amused

September 4, 2009 08:53:00 Posted at September 4, 2009 08:53:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

I am not an Oprah Winfrey fan. But I am definitely a fan of how Oprah responded to Chris Brown. Background: After Chris Brown beat his girlfriend, tried to force her out of his car, punched her repeatedly, and choked her until she almost lost consciousness Oprah dedicated a show to all “the Rihanna’s of the world” focusing on domestic violence, victims of abuse, and treatment for abusers and the abused. Full Story

Sponsored Tingles: Oh So Cosmo Season 3

September 4, 2009 08:43:54 Posted at September 4, 2009 08:43:54
Lainey Posted by Lainey

CosmoTV’s flagship series Oh So Cosmo is back for a third season. Oh So Cosmo is the TV version of Cosmo Magazine, and “explores style, men, sex and relationships with a healthy dose of fun and style”. The show airs nightly on CosmoTV at different times, so click here Full Story

Porny on the runway!

September 4, 2009 08:22:00 Posted at September 4, 2009 08:22:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Jessica Simpson was the special guest model at the Ozlem Suer fashion show in Paris today. Yes, I hate the dress too. And the shoes stink of hooker-wear. Having said that, big ups to the designer for putting a body on the catwalk that isn’t allergic to food. Because aside from the assy styling, Jessica looks great. Full Story

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Ellen & Joe

September 4, 2009 08:02:00 Posted at September 4, 2009 08:02:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Two days in a row of Ellen Page, love it. Love it even more because it’s with Joe. So rare the Joe candids. Ellen and Joseph Gordon Levitt were photographed yesterday in LA on the set of Inception. Joe has enjoyed a great summer. (500) Days of Summer has just surpassed the $25 million mark, now considered a major success, especially since the film’s budget was only $7 million. Full Story

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September 4, 2009 – Smutty Shout-Outs

September 4, 2009 07:46:20 Posted at September 4, 2009 07:46:20
Lainey Posted by Lainey

To Al from your cousins – congratulations to you and Selene and best wishes for a beautiful wedding tomorrow! Happy Birthday Morgen! Have a great weekend in Ottawa and a fruitful shopping trip to Montreal. Here’s a little Sting by request from Courtney. Congratulations to Joanna S – today is the day! And if only Le Karl and ALT could see you. Full Story

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Dear Gossips,

Chris Brown’s lawyer performed very well on Larry King last night, non? After all, he did most of the effective talking for his inarticulate client, and aside from an innocuous little blip during which, oh, he might have giggled about that morning when he first received the phone call alerting him to a new celebrity client who beat down his celebrity girlfriend – these are laughing matters, right? – Mark Geragos was masterful. And Chris Brown needed him to be. Because Larry King, surprisingly, had him on the ropes.

Indeed, Larry actually pressed. He pressed him on the violence, he pressed Brown on the what happened, the why, and the how, and then he ran out of time on his conduct since, although credit him, he did make a pointed comment about how Chris’s joyriding on a jetski did not look good.

Clearly Larry does not like Chris Brown. He could barely hide his disdain.

But the ticker told the tale.

The ticker at the bottom with viewer comments, many of them disgusted, not believing Brown’s apology. But there were also those who have already forgiven, who believed his insincere babble, who are convinced he made a mistake, does not deserve the grief, and wish him well going forward. They are convinced of his contrition.

What contrition?

Last night was not about apologies, not about helping others, not about anything but promoting Chris Brown.

From his outfit (baby blue and styling is not actually understated, serious, or sorry), to his diamonds, to his mamma by his side and his lawyer calling him a “son” at the very end, it was a message heard loud and clear: I look good, I feel good, I’m still on top of the world, and you need to keep me there. Please don’t. Let this motherf-cker taste some sh-t for a change. Then we can talk about forgiveness.

It’s Thursday and Rocco is in the spotlight.

Yours in gossip,


PS. This is for Stan. Remember the night my ass was hanging out going up the stairs and we stopped for “tea” at that Chinese restaurant and stumbled home at dawn? Will miss you. Stay in touch.

He looks…

September 3, 2009 15:42:45 Posted at September 3, 2009 15:42:45
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Not gross. Can hardly believe it. Candid photos of Ed Westwick that don’t make me want to turn out the light. Shamef-ck? Is that really you? Your feet are not disgusting me. I don’t see your chest hair. What’s happening? Ed and Leighton Meester walked to set together continuing to shoot the new season of Gossip Girl. Full Story

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