Saturday, January 18, 2014

Dear Gossips,

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.




Friday, January 17, 2014

Dear Gossips,

Lupita! So gracious, so charming, so popular – easily the most popular last night at the Critics’ Choice Awards as everyone wanted a moment with her…because Lupita Nyong’o is definitely having a moment right now.  Read Full Intro

Meet my American baby!

January 17, 2014 21:16:01 Posted at January 17, 2014 21:16:01
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Yesterday I posted the Canadian cover of my upcoming book, Listen To The Squawking Chicken. As I mentioned, it's like I'm pregnant... And having twins! So I get to have two cover reveal parties! Because my twins are fraternal! Here's what the book will look like in the United States. Full Story

Smutty Tingles

January 17, 2014 21:02:59 Posted at January 17, 2014 21:02:59
Lainey Posted by Lainey

This is not a headbutt. This is a head...nudge. It actually seems almost sexual  (Dlisted

Beyonce wants you to see how perfect she is from the back (FishWrapper)

Kanye West retreats to Paris  (The Superficial

Great new shots of Jamie Dornan on the set of Fifty Shades Of Grey (Just Jared

No. Not really feeling how they styled her.  (Hollywood Tuna)  

Little G has a new cousin (Pop Sugar

Benedict Cumberbatch only got hot after Sherlock? (Cele|bitchy)

Scully is writing sci-fi now (Evil Beet Gossip)  

The kids helped propose (Towleroad)  

Didn't mind what Amy Adams wore to Critics Choice. But then she had to go say "my cast" (Go Fug Yourself)

Countdown to Cathy Dollenganger

January 17, 2014 20:13:27 Posted at January 17, 2014 20:13:27
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Tomorrow night -- are you ready? And will you ever look at Sally Draper the same way again? Actually, Sally's given us some glimpses, hasn't she? Here's Kiernan Shipka, who plays Sally and Cathy, promoting Flowers In The Attic in New York this morning ahead of the premiere Saturday. Full Story

George is not the best dressed

January 17, 2014 18:56:49 Posted at January 17, 2014 18:56:49
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Kevin Winter/ Getty

Portrait session for The Monuments Men yesterday. George Clooney put a political message on under a leather jacket. But he’s been overshadowed. By Cate Blanchett? No. Not even Cate Blanchett. Bill Murray. Please enjoy his pink pants. It’s award season and George Clooney’s in a film – Gravity – that is in contention for Best Picture. Full Story

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The Matthew McConaughey theme song

January 17, 2014 18:01:50 Posted at January 17, 2014 18:01:50
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Kevin Winter/ Christopher Polk/ Ethan Miller/ Getty

Alright, alright, alright… It’s not really a song. But everyone seems to be singing it. And wanting to hear it. And we heard it last night when he won Best Drama Actor at Critics’ Choice, presented by Jessica Chastain, who threw out an “alright, alright, alright” when she opened the envelope and announced his name. Full Story

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Jay, Jake, Bey, and Blue

January 17, 2014 17:06:26 Posted at January 17, 2014 17:06:26
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Jay-Z and Jake Gyllenhaal met up for lunch yesterday. The paps are calling it a “meeting”. But these two have been friends for a while. It’s not the first time they’ve hung out. Unfortunately Beyonce and the B.I.C. were not with them. They had their own plans in the city. Blue joined her mother at work and was seen being carried out of an office building late in the day. Full Story

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I’m in love

January 17, 2014 16:28:00 Posted at January 17, 2014 16:28:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Kevin Winter/ Christopher Polk/ Ethan Miller/ Getty

If I were a young actor, male or female, between 20 and 30, I’d be looking for a hookup with Adele Exarchopoulos. She won the Best Newcomer – or whatever they call it – Award at Critics’ Choice last night and from the moment she started walking, I was in love. It’s not just the accent. Full Story

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Robb Stark in a turtleneck

January 17, 2014 16:03:36 Posted at January 17, 2014 16:03:36
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Well hello there, Robb Stark. Only he’s not Robb Stark. It’s Richard Madden on Good Morning America today promoting his new show Klondike (on Discovery) with Abbie Cornish. Here he is at the premiere last night too. Why is he giving me a major case of the 80s? Why is he giving me a major case of the Rick Astleys? Not that I don’t love the 80s. Full Story

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Sandy’s speech saves her dress…and Marlon Wayans?

January 17, 2014 15:38:03 Posted at January 17, 2014 15:38:03
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Hated Sandra Bullock’s dress last night at the Critics’ Choice Awards. The colour was fine. The ruffle-tiering, however, is 10 years old. Go into any Midnight Elegance, Apparel For Any Occasion shoppe at your local mall and you’ll find a dress like this. I don’t give a sh-t if it’s Lanvin. Full Story

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