Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Dear Gossips,

I’m so excited for tonight. Tonight is the series premiere of grown-ish, which is the spin-off of black-ish, a show I love SO MUCH, starring Yara Shahidi as Zoe Johnson who goes off to university. And, of course, many people, including creator Kenya Barris, are comparing it to A Different World. As he told Vanity Fair:  

A Different World, for me, was in a lot of ways responsible for me going to college,” Barris admitted. “I wanted to go to a black college, and I wanted to get out of Los Angeles. It’s just a natural part of all of our journeys, that idea of leaving home.” 

So even though black-ish took Kenya’s career to the next level, it sounds like, right now, grown-ish is the series that he wants to define his work around: 

“For me, personally, this show matters more career-wise than Black-ish,” Barris said. “It’s not my family story. This is, contemporarily, a little bit in its own lane. I’m very, very excited about it, but it is scary.”

This is a big statement, to say that grown-ish “matters more career-wise” than the one that is the hit network TV comedy, nominated for all kinds of awards, consistently a ratings performer and a critics’ favourite. But this is a series about the “generation coming of age in Donald Trump’s America”. And we’ve seen both the influence and the statement that Teen Vogue has made on and about a rising class of young people, in particular young women, with something to say and a desire to learn. Grown-ish hopes to be the television series manifestation of that movement, centred around, as Yara Shahidi describes to Vanity Fair, “an imperfect woman of colour who still thrives”, surrounded by a diverse cast, both in background and in thought, all of them aiming to explore what it means to on the cusp of adulthood right now. 

I can’t f-cking wait. Set your PVR for a series recording!

Yours in gossip,


What Else? 

Lainey Posted by Lainey at January 3, 2018 21:51:03 January 3, 2018 21:51:03

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Smutty Social Media, January 3, 2018

Lainey Posted by Lainey at January 3, 2018 18:06:19 January 3, 2018 18:06:19

Jacek, my husband, is big on pomegranates. He started eating one every other day a few months ago and he says he feels so much better and he keeps telling me his skin looks better. I find them really tart. And it’s true. No matter how fastidious you are, the juice gets EVERYWHERE. How many people have been wrongly charged with murder because they’d just finished eating a pomegranate? — Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) January 2, 2018 Full Story

Bright: The Return

Sarah Posted by Sarah at January 3, 2018 17:46:37 January 3, 2018 17:46:37

Netflix has established itself as a player in the television world, but despite big spending at film festivals, they have yet to prove themselves in the world of film. Or, rather, they only just did, as Bright becomes their biggest film hit, comparable to a blockbuster in the “real” world of theatrical release. Full Story

The pre-Globe colours

Lainey Posted by Lainey at January 3, 2018 17:15:28 January 3, 2018 17:15:28
Wenn, Vivien Killilea/ George Pimentel/ Kevin Mazur/ Rich Fury/ Frazer Harrison/ Jon Kopaloff/ Albert L. Ortega/ Matt Winkelmeyer/ Getty Images

Saoirse Ronan wore clashing red and pink Gucci to the Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala last night to receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award. I like the colour-clashing. I hate the material. It really doesn’t photograph well. It photographs really cheap. OK but, seriously, how cute are these two?   Full Story

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Daenerys Stormborn arrives for the Golden Globe week

Lainey Posted by Lainey at January 3, 2018 16:06:29 January 3, 2018 16:06:29
Wenn, Bauer-Griffin

Game Of Thrones is up against The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger Things, and This Is Us for Best Television Drama at the Golden Globes this week. The category looked almost the same last year with one exception – Westworld was in there instead of The Handmaid’s Tale. And The Crown ended up winning. Full Story

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Mary J Blige’s new year “breakthrough”

Lainey Posted by Lainey at January 3, 2018 15:18:41 January 3, 2018 15:18:41
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The Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala happened last night. This is always an important stop on the award season circuit since so many Oscar voters show up at the event. Which is why so many Oscar hopefuls show up at the event. The voting period for Oscar nominations opens this Friday and closes on January 12. Full Story

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Emily Blunt gives us “bum-pinching”

Sarah Posted by Sarah at January 3, 2018 14:43:18 January 3, 2018 14:43:18

Emily Blunt is on the cover of the new Vanity Fair, which is a little odd, though, because she’s not really promoting anything. She’s voicing a character in Sherlock Gnomes—Lainey, I REFUSE to watch this—but that’s not out until March, and it’s not mentioned in the profile anyway. Full Story

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Dear Gossips,

Welcome back! To a new year in gossip! A year that’s already unavoidably being shaped by the events of 2017 and the endless revelations of the Hollywood Predator Advent Calendar – but we begin with a resolution.  Read Full Intro