Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Dear Gossips,

LOVE New York! Arrived late last night, back briefly in Vancouver before heading to Edmonton this afternoon – a few quick lingering thoughts re: Costume Gala etc first…

And had the honour of interviewing the most amazing woman yesterday for eTalk. Her name is Brandusa Niro (no stranger to the fashion cognoscenti out there) editor in chief of The Daily which of course is devoured by every style know-it-all during New York Fashion Week twice a year and editor in chief of the Fashion Mini – like an Us Weekly for the fashion industry, fashion gossip for the fashion insider – now published every month but up to this point sold only in select cities in the US…until now. Available in Canada starting July…love, love, love.

It’s Wednesday, live blogging, check back often for new posts.

Yours in gossip,
Lainey

PS. Re: Cate Blanchett…yes, I’ve seen the photo printed by the UK tabloids accusing anorexia, and I’ve read your emails blasting me for saying she looked great at the Gala. Believe whatever you want but that photo was taken from a ridiculously bad angle under the most terrible light inside a white tent with every kind of weird glare bouncing from side to side and up and down. Girl is naturally slender anyway and also naturally pretty pale. Because she’s not Jessica Simpson obsessively on a tanning bed! Anyway, at one point, I was standing 5 feet away from her. She was not shockingly thin, she was not deathly thin, no one gasped – as suggested by the rags. There were no “murmurs” of alarm about her frame and everyone I was around seemed to be in agreement with her gorgessity, including members of our crew that consisted of a non-fashion dude cameraman who doesn’t know a Stam from a Birkin - even he was impressed by her beauty. But that’s boring right? Stick thin sells papers, period…but nevermind that last Fall she signed onto a film called Cancer Vixen based on Marisa Acocella Marchetto"s real life battle with the disease. By the way – did you know that Christian Bale lost 65 pounds for a movie called The Machinist and no one lost their sh-t? Sorry, I digress. All I’m saying is give her some credit. It’s CATE BLANCHETT and not some learning impaired Hollywood starlet battling the Hollywood standard. You think the formidable Cate Blanchett would succumb to vain starvation? Please.

Hate It

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 9, 2007 00:00:00 May 9, 2007 00:00:00

Becks newly shorn – still hot, always hot… but I like the shock blonde way more. This way he looks – gasp! – almost ordinary, non? source  Full Story

Told to be Contrite

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 9, 2007 00:00:00 May 9, 2007 00:00:00

Is it contrition if it"s ordered? You know what the scary thing is? The scary thing is there are some idiots in the world who will actually believe that she means what her lawyer told her to say. The good news however is that finally, finally, finally, Paris Hilton is beginning to understand the cold, hard truth: that she is universally despised, that she is universally regarded as – what Tina Fey called – a piece of sh-t. Full Story

The Bimbo Man-Over

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 9, 2007 00:00:00 May 9, 2007 00:00:00

Not that I don’t think that he’s hot without the shaggy, because he totally is… but wow! Look at the cheekbones and the carefully tousled hair, even a little pout action goin’ on – the new John Mayer with a Hollywood Bimbo Makeover, here at the Costume Institute Gala and last night at the Time Magazine event, MUCH more stylish than that tranny he keeps pissing on, aesthetically definitely a huge improvement but… doesn’t that make the Simpson sting even a little more painful? First she spoiled his talent, spoiled his reputation as a cerebral, sensitive rocker, turning John Mayer into just another musician who thinks with his dick. Full Story

Dying? Starving? Really?

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 9, 2007 00:00:00 May 9, 2007 00:00:00

Cate Blanchett Tuesday night at the Time Magazine event… As you can see, she doesn’t have an eating disorder, nor is she dying, or starving, or emaciated, or frightening. Hate to say it but...told you it was a bad angle photo. Again, in person, at the Gala, she was fine, more than fine – she was lovely. Full Story

Look at Me! I’m Crying!!!

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 9, 2007 00:00:00 May 9, 2007 00:00:00

Hollywood Ebola Hollywood Ebola shedding tears… and rolling down her window to make sure you see her! Here she is, feeling sorry for herself leaving an attorney’s office yesterday. Apparently she’s hired a new lawyer, rehired her old publicist Elliot Mintz, and is offering to blow appealing to Governor Arnold to avoid a prison sentence. Full Story

Child Pimping Pays Off

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 9, 2007 00:00:00 May 9, 2007 00:00:00

How to Make a Career out of Pimping Your Kid – Dina Lohan’s life story. Not content to mother a cokehead (Lindsay) and an aspiring one (Ali), at this rate anyway, not satisfied with not having to work or to worry about money, likely not paying attention to any of the other children, Dina Lohan scored a job with Entertainment Tonight, acting as their exclusive reporter at the Georgia Rule red carpet in New York City last night. Full Story

Genetic Jackpot in Person

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 9, 2007 00:00:00 May 9, 2007 00:00:00

Forgot to post this about Gisele and Tom at Costume Institute Gala... The arrivals area was tented heading into the main doors of the Met. Members of the press were lined up along both sides of the staircase but as limos and SUVs pulled right up to the front, it’s generally understood that celebrities can take a moment without being photographed for a moment to adjust, touch up, get a pep talk from a publicist before heading onto the carpet. Full Story

The Jamie Burke Connection

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 9, 2007 00:00:00 May 9, 2007 00:00:00

Jamie Burke dated Kate Moss…then spent some time with Lindsay Lohan, all three were at the Costume Institute Gala on Monday night and Jamie came withOUT current girlfriend Sienna Miller who, like Lilo, just happens to be a wannabe Moss. Spoke to Jamie on the carpet – he was cleaner than I expected and didn’t smell, accent was sexy as all hell. Full Story

The Franco Rumer

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 9, 2007 00:00:00 May 9, 2007 00:00:00

A tip sent in from Laineygossip readers late late on Monday night after celebrating at Winstons – James Franco was there and according to our observer, though friendly, he seemed immune to every babe in the place and focused his attention entirely on none other than Rumer Willis. Seemed to know each other a while, both chain smoked the whole time, they left together out the back door and was described to be “all over her”. Full Story

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Dear Gossips,

The Oscars are the Oscars – no equal in terms of prestige. But not everyone goes to the Oscars. Not everyone is invited. Not everyone has the opportunity to represent an Oscar-calibre film.

But the Costume Institute Gala… the Costume Institute Gala is another beast entirely.

Thanks to your visits and your support of this site, I have been fortunate to cover the Oscars, the Junos, and the Toronto International Film Festival on behalf of eTalk and I’m telling you, in terms of star power and shameless amusement, none compare to the Costume Institute Gala…simply because it’s just so.well.attended. Like seriously… they ALL show up!

When you get to these events, members of the media receive what’s called a “Tip Sheet” – a list of expected attendees just as a heads up of who to look out for. More often than not, the tip sheet is a Wish List. They’ve been invited, but there’s never any guarantee that they’ll come. And 9 out of 10 times, the tip sheet comes up woefully short.

But the Tip Sheet at the Costume Institute Gala ran 3 pages long FRONT AND BACK. That’s 30 names per side, almost six full sides. So before it all kicked off, our crew was in the holding area picking off the best bets, salivating over the prospect of a certain arrival, almost sure that we’d be sorely disappointed. And then they came. They ALL came. A clusterf-ck of A List strutting, posing, sauntering down the carpet. THEY ALL CAME. One after another, car after car dropping off a bigger name than before. Yes… I lost my sh-t.

And course… Jessica Simpson and Lindsay Lohan came last. All details below, including smutty observations and fashion commentary.

Yours in gossip,
Lainey

PS. Haven’t slept in 2 days. Am wired, please forgive typos? Many, many articles to follow – perhaps too many for one page. So don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom and click “view more articles” to catch up. NB. Blog works in reverse chronological order. First post will appear further down, so if you want to start at the beginning, start at the bottom, and don’t forget to click “view more”! The column today is over 5,000 words!

PPS. I’m sorry if your favourite star isn’t included – as I’ve mentioned, EVERYONE showed up. Too many to count!

PPS. The world never ceases to amaze. Can you believe Paris Hilton actually has a fan? A fan willing to issue death threats in her defence? More on that later.