While everyone else was on the award circuit and at Sundance this weekend, Mrs Carter went to Washington. She just woke up like that… in the White House. As you know, Beyonce and the Obamas are tight. So she was invited to Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday party this weekend where she also sang some songs – Irreplaceable and Single Ladies – and hung out with Bo. Full Story
The Screen Actors Guild made some stupid choices at the SAG Awards the other night. Like, I love Helen Mirren but even she knew that shouldn’t have been hers. And HOW is Maggie Smith the best over Kerry Washington and Anna Gunn? F-cking Downton Abbey. So it’s not just the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that votes out of their asses. Full Story
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Bradley Cooper did not bring his mother to the SAG Awards on Saturday… WHY??? She better be coming to the Oscars. I need to see her at the Oscars. Instead of his awesome mom, Coop had his girlfriend Suki Waterhouse with him – which is the first time she’s joined him so publicly at a major event. Full Story
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Jeremy Renner was at the SAG Awards, nominated for best ensemble along with the rest of the cast for American Hustle. Let’s take a moment to celebrate a victory over his Shiny Suit Problem—he looked great in a non-shiny pewter tux (so great that Rita Moreno hit on him during her lifetime achievement speech). Full Story
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Let’s rewind back to Friday afternoon when it was reported that Amber Heard is indeed engaged to Johnny Depp and it wasn’t important enough for me to come back to the blog because I’d already wrapped up the day. Why? Because there is NO GAME to this. Depp and Heard spent last week together on the celebrity circuit at Sean Penn’s Haiti fundraiser and then at the Globes. Full Story
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Benedict Cumberbatch was enjoying himself at the SAG Awards. I mean that sincerely, no side-eye. Every time I caught a glimpse of him in the audience, he was smiling and laughing, sitting at the 12 Years a Slave table but making time for his August: Osage County co-stars, too. It had to feel nice, being a double nominee as part of the 12 Years and Osage County ensembles—it’s a positive footnote to the year that didn’t go quite as originally planned Full Story
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It isn’t that Rob Lowe is aging gracefully—Matt Damon is aging gracefully. Rob Lowe doesn’t appear to be aging AT ALL. There has to be an explanation for how he looks so impossibly young and fresh on the cusp of his fiftieth birthday. I’ve narrowed it down to five things. 1) Rob Lowe is drinking unicorn blood. Full Story
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Finally. Brad Pitt showed up in LA on Friday. He attended the SAG Awards to support his film 12 Years A Slave on Saturday. It was the surging American Hustle that took home the Best Ensemble Award that night. Last night, however, at the Producers Guild Awards, an unprecedented tie: 12 Years A Slave and Gravity both won Best Picture. Full Story
“For Ginny -- congratulations on turning 20 and becoming a bona fide member of the gossip club. And the job - your first job - what a great thing! 2014 will be just fine. From your mom – ‘Nothing I hate more than a flogging rooster’ I have lost count of how many times we have watched Jude and Nicole K. Full Story
Flowers In The Attic reminds me of my mother.
I know, isn’t that the most horrible thing anyone could say? But she gave me the books (not knowing what was in them, obviously) and then, when someone told her they were lurid garbage, defended my right to read them.
You’d think parental permissiveness would have turned me off. But how can you possibly resist the 60s “seductive femininity” narrative? The long, smoldering glances? The “tight and resisting flesh?” Spoiler, sorry.
I am no longer 11 years old and so it seems weird to be so excited about this pervy, creepy story. But if it sticks so firmly with all of us 20 years later, doesn’t that mean something? -- Duana
Flowers In The Attic reminds me of …well… it reminds me of me, before what was right and wrong complicated what I thought. Do you remember your first, pure reaction to reading it? Would you ever admit to what you really felt in certain scenes? Certainly not as an adult who’s supposed to know from right and wrong.
That’s just one of the reasons this television event is an event. It’s not just a smutty story. It’s THE smutty story we read THEN. So we’re liveblogging starting at 8pm with our friend Courtney who just hosted a Flowers In The Attic book club earlier this week for an upcoming article in The Globe & Mail. You can, um, imagine the discussion, some of which might be touched on tonight. – Lainey
Thanks for joining us!
Yours in gossip,
Duana & Lainey
PS. I’m reattaching the US cover of my book baby because, like all pregnant women, I will mention my pregnancy at times when pregnancy has nothing to do with anything.