Saturday, February 21, 2009

Dear Gossips,

So Laura and I went to the third and final Grey Goose pre-Oscar party at Cecconi’s last night. We were picked up in a blacked out suv – all vehicle windows are blacked out here! – to be taken to the venue. As usual, both of us are cranking on our blackberries on the ride over. We look up only when we’re a block away from the restaurant and there’s a massive clusterf-ck of people huddled at the drive up entrance and in that situation, who the hell are we?, we didn’t realise what it was until flashbulbs were going off as photographers, unable to see inside the car, didn’t want to take a chance at missing anyone important, so they were shoving their cameras right up to the window, hoping for Jennifer Aniston.

We got papped!

Took us totally by surprise but I’m not going to lie – it was trippy. In a super fun way. Laura and I we laughed and laughed. And halfway inside we were like – should we run back there and beg them not to delete us from their digital cards? It kind of made our lives. But then we decided vodka was a higher priority, although Laura did look amazing. Black leather jacket, skinny jeans, and her red Chloe boots that she bought on mega sale at Century 21, only pulled out maybe 3 times a year? Maybe.

So why were the paps especially eager last night? Well it turns out Jennifer Aniston was at Grey Goose last night. Gwen Stefani, Beyonce, and Mimi too. The night before the paparazzi missed out on Madonna. Needless to say they didn’t want to make the same mistake twice. More from Cecconi’s later.

Celebrities were everywhere on Friday. Ten thousand carpets going on at the same time. Photos to follow. And the Spirit Awards go down this afternoon too followed by more parties tonight.

Saturday – am blogging in between technical run through and research meetings. One day til Oscar! Have you seen Hugh Jackman’s rehearsal footage?

Yours in Oscar gossip,

Lainey

Hugh Jackman rehearses for Oscars

Spirit stripes and prunes!

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 21, 2009 19:40:01 February 21, 2009 19:40:01

At the Spirit Awards – both Cameron Diaz and Michelle Williams in stripes. Love the colours of Cam’s… but is dress maybe a bit too long? Am all over her current hair shade. Apparently she had problems pronouncing Synecdoche during the event. Not crazy about Michelle’s dress. Full Story

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Supporting Spirits

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 21, 2009 15:58:02 February 21, 2009 15:58:02

Best Supporting Actor and Actress at the Independent Spirit Awards happening right now in Santa Monica: James Franco for Milk and Penelope Cruz for Vicky Christina Barcelona. Yes! Here’s James during arrivals – not sure who he’s with. Does he have a girl? Is she his girl? If so, am sad. Full Story

YOU EMBARRASS US

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 21, 2009 15:45:00 February 21, 2009 15:45:00

This bitch has no sense. It’s Jennifer Love Hewitt. Apparently today is her 30th birthday. She celebrated by calling up the paps, getting dressed up as Audrey Hepburn, and driving over to Tiffany & Co to reenact Breakfast at Tiffany’s. ?????????????????????????????????????????????????? FONTRUM*: Feeling embarrassment for someone that doesn't have enough common sense to feel the embarrassment that they should be feeling for themselves for their actions. Full Story

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Grey Goose diva night

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 21, 2009 14:59:58 February 21, 2009 14:59:58

Laura and I headed straight for cocktails. Please. Where else to go? There was a brunette with two friends to my left. I kinda nudged her to lean forward to order drinks. Not in a rude way. Standard bar styles, right? As she turned to shift over to make room for me I realised it was Sandra Bullock. Wasn't her best night. Full Story

He came with her

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 21, 2009 12:21:21 February 21, 2009 12:21:21

Sarah Jessica Parker and dandy pants Matthew Broderick at the Women in Film pre-Oscar party last night. It was leaked earlier this week that she's presenting but no one knew whether or not her husband would be coming. You know how he doesn't seem to like going out with her too much, right? But the Oscars are a big beast. Full Story

Men loving women

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 21, 2009 11:24:11 February 21, 2009 11:24:11

Oscar Bond! Daniel Craig’s presence in LA suggests he will be a presenter at the Oscars on Sunday. Oh Academy. We know you were trying to keep the secret, but you can’t expect them not to go out! This is Daniel Craig last night leaving the Women in Film 2nd annual party. A rare sighting without Satsuki… Have I ever mentioned there are Daniel Craig super crazies out there too? They hate Satsuki. Full Story

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Ladies of Montblanc

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 21, 2009 11:15:04 February 21, 2009 11:15:04

At the Montblanc Signature for Good Charity Gala – several actresses posed for portraits dressed as iconic literary characters in support of UNICEF. The unveiling was last night. Something like that. So along came the ladies. Here’s Susan Sarandon covering up as has been the case lately, which is unusual because she’s never been shy about her breasts and at the risk of sounding creepy, they are missed. Full Story

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Dear Gossips,

Oscar weekend is finally here. And almost every celebrity too. Many are dashing to NY, some for a mere few hours like Kate Beckinsale, only to rush back to LA, not willing to miss a minute of the action. Obviously Kate Beckinsale. There are parties and events every night. She has a prom dress to wear every night.

As for my dress, it’s between two to be camera tested on Saturday during technical rehearsal. The first is the Greta Constantine attached. This would explain my search for a non-bride up style. The second is Andy The Anh. Don’t have a photo. It’s grey, strapped bustier-ish bodice, fitted tight to cocktail length just below the knee. Am thinking finger rolls in that case. Thoughts?

So we’re live on CTV and A Channel and Star! on Sunday – click here for the schedule in your area. Also, I’ll be live blogging the Oscars from the press room. Click here on Sunday to visit the live blog and yes, I hear you. Giv’er. My head shot is the ultimate balls, rights? I don’t know why I’m orange with white lips.

And finally, they’ve asked a few of us on the broadcast team to Twitter during the entire process, from live show to the press room and the parties, so here’s my Twitter page even though I’ve no idea how to use it. Please note it’ll be shut down by end of day Monday…

Enough shameless self promotion. You’re here for smut…

Friday – am blogging all day between shoots and rehearsals. Also blogging this weekend! Check back Saturday and of course late Sunday night.

Enjoy your Oscar parties! My favourite Oscar party idea is from Michel R whose friend “hands out dozens of those plastic golf practice balls so that people can throw them at the tv when they are annoyed with the person on screen.” In other words, everyone must throw at the same time when Shelf Ass Jessica Biel walks on stage.

Yours in gossip,

Lainey

PS. Karmic Cuckold is not Julia Roberts although she’s rumoured to be one of the surprise presenters on Oscar night.

He’s not Karl…

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 20, 2009 15:19:00 February 20, 2009 15:19:00

But that doesn’t make him less amazing. Giorgio Armani. SO amazing. Mr Armani opened his store in New York this week. He commemorated the occasion by blogging, for the first time ever, with the NY Times. It’s the best, best, BEST way to end your week. I can hear him, I can see him waving his hand, blinking slowly, inhaling with impatience… sigh. Full Story

Happy 43

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 20, 2009 13:29:06 February 20, 2009 13:29:06

Today is Cindy Crawford’s birthday. Might explain why she was carrying a bottle of tequila to a friend’s place yesterday – there is much to celebrate. Superficially, I mean. Because when I’m 43 and I look like this, and I can afford to have a skilled medical professional helping me, I’d be slamming back the tequila too. Full Story