Arguments for:- he’s Brad Pitt- the package: the looks, the glamour, the Jolie, the children, the jetset lifestyle, the philanthropy… it’s all there- the Chosen One: the world is obsessed with his child- the first solo two time winner, if there is ever going to be a first three time winner, he’d be a likely choice- Jesse James tanked at the box office but won him a Venice Film Festival Best Actor award. Full Story
Arguments for:- he’s George Clooney- an almost flawless reputation- Michael Clayton was critically acclaimed. Word is George wants a Best Actor trophy and he isn’t above asking for one. - he the second solo two time winner, if there is ever going to be a first three time winner, George is the other likely choice- there has never been a back to back winner. Full Story
Arguments For: - all the right moves: marriage, fatherhood, maturity, good looking in that not too intimidating way… he is extremely popular with the MiniVan- the Bourne Series has been an unmitigated success with all three films killing at the ticket booth and among critics…Matt Damon is a true box office performer with acting credentials to boot- philanthropy and social activism: produced Running the Sahara, actively involved in crusading for Darfur, generous donor, and prioritises community involvement- a wonderful sense of humour, does not take himself too seriously, and more importantly, does not famewhore unnecessarily - has managed to stay true to his values: a good Boston boy, still best friends with his best friend, does not roll around in a huge entourage, middle class all the way It is his time. Full Story
A court appointed parent coach has delivered a scathing early assessment: Britney is lacking as a mother, is constantly distracted, and spends more time changing her clothes than she does paying attention to her babies. This just three days before she and KFed are scheduled to go head to head in front of a judge on Friday.
On the plus side however, as reported the other day, her new album is receiving largely positive reviews – the latest coming from Entertainment Weekly, calling Blackout “a collection of well-produced, thoroughly enjoyable dance songs” that “may just put this once-celebrated pop star back on top”… something she probably prioritises over getting her babies back.
And still there are lyrics like these, on a song called Why Should I Be Sad written for her by Pharrell Williams, sexy beast, that offer a glimpse perhaps into what may have sparked the now year-long spiral into the disaster that’s become her personal life, juxtaposed glaringly against the new promise of her professional life…which is exactly what makes Britney rare and therefore such a heartbreak:
""I sent you to Vegas with a pocket full of paper and with no ultimatums on you/I thought, What could separate us…"But it just seemed that Vegas only brought the playa out of you.""
If only she could sustain some semblance of … not Chicken Fried. If only.
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The show is adored by many, including my friend Du – a television screenwriter – who speaks of it with such reverence I expect her to be shouting down the phone at me in five minutes demanding a copy. My So-Called Life has been called groundbreaking, timeless, without equal…and on October 30th a brand new Collector’s Edition 6 DVD Set will be released including cast interviews, many many extra features, and even a 40 page book of tributes by Janeane Garofalo and Joss Whedon. Full Story
Thrilled that many of you are enjoying the book section. Please do keep sending your recommendations. Am honoured to know what you are reading. Thank you, love you, owe you. And when the section is finally live, all past reviews will be posted to the page proper. Until then, this week’s instalment. Full Story
Oh please. Coming from a tv girl who would still be living only off of Seventh Heaven residuals if not for the gratuitous pap photos of her ass and clinging fortuitously off of the Justin Pipsqueak, this is hypocrisy at its best. Check out Shelf Ass, coming from or going to a yoga session suddenly unaccommodating to photographers and using an umbrella to hide from being snapped. Full Story
Tom and Katie made a spectacular arrival tonight in Berlin as part of his heavy promotional roadshow in support of Lions for Lambs. That dress, while totally fairy princess, is stunning. And exactly what she’s after. Because let’s not forget, Katie is now being sold as the new queen of scientology Camelot. Full Story
Just when you thought it couldn"t possibly get more revolting, Emmy outdoes even her own Rossum. Attempting to pimp her sad excuse for a record Emmy puked her Rossum all over People the other day telling the magazine that she found the inspiration for her music in her own life… and while it’s certainly understandable the pain of having to grow up without a father, it’s the nauseating delivery of her revelation that will bring up at least one of your intestines, if not both. Full Story
But first – all this drama about him dropping out of or getting fired from The Lovely Bones. Page Six said it was because he was intolerable to work with, aggravated the hair and makeup people, generally acted like a diva on set. Have not heard anything to confirm or deny the report although there has never been any precedent to suggest that Ryan’s professional comportment is anything like Mike Myers which is, in a word, douchey. Full Story