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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Dear Gossips,

Do you subscribe to Lena Dunham’s Lenny? If you do, you would have received the third newsletter today which includes an article written by Jennifer Lawrence about being paid less than her male co-stars. We’ll get to that later.

Maria noted in her last post about Lenny that the newsletter, as opposed to other celebrity lifestyle projects, is, actually, about reading. She’s shared short stories, she’s interviewed Hillary Clinton, there’s the aforementioned Jennifer Lawrence essay, and my favourite from the current issue, a piece called How Sports Gave Me Swagger by Gina Prince-Bythewood. You might know Gina from Love & Basketball or The Secret Life Of Bees, or most recently, Beyond The Lights, starring the extraordinary Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Gina wrote and directed them all. And she posits here, in Lenny, that playing sports contributed to her confidence, supporting a theory that was also put forward in a book I promoted last year called The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance – What Women Should Know by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman. The authors of The Confidence Code found that girls who stay in sport longer are more resilient and experienced in risk vs reward, an asset that served them well through adulthood. As Gina points out, 90% of female CEOs played sports. 90%!!!

So, yeah, that’s what I learned today at Lenny. I also learned what it’s like to become Grace Jones via Doreen St Felix. One of the criticisms of Lena Dunham’s Girls is that her show and the world it observes is not inclusive and diverse. Has she heard that feedback? Has she evolved from it? Both Gina Prince-Bythewood and Doreen St Felix are featured prominently in Lenny No 3. Lena is trying.

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Yours in gossip,


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Justin Bieber’s penis takes over the internet

October 8, 2015 15:12:50 Posted at October 8, 2015 15:12:50
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Hockey season started yesterday. And the MLB playoffs are underway. But it was Justin Bieber’s dick that dominated the discussion on Wednesday. At least it did on the internet, where I live. JB was in Bora Bora a few days ago with his maybe girlfriend Jayde Pierce. He decided to walk around naked. Full Story

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Ashley Judd and the studio mogul who sexually harassed her

October 6, 2015 20:04:59 Posted at October 6, 2015 20:04:59
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Variety has released its Power of Women issue. As part of the issue, Ashley Judd revealed to the magazine that she’d been sexually harassed by one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. She describes him as “one of our industry’s most famous, admired-slash-reviled bosses”. OK. Full Story

Carey gives the best answer

October 1, 2015 14:05:29 Posted at October 1, 2015 14:05:29
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Carey Mulligan covers the new ELLE UK ahead of the release Suffragette in which she stars alongside Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter. This is the magazine’s feminism issue. And this week, many of you have been emailing me about Meryl and Marion Cotillard, and their responses to questions about being feminists. Full Story

Charlize Theron for the girls

September 29, 2015 15:25:57 Posted at September 29, 2015 15:25:57
Lainey Posted by Lainey
J. Countess/ Mireya Acierto/ Raymond Hall/ Getty Images

Charlize Theron has been in New York the last few days. She spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative on Sunday and yesterday she was at the Social Good Summit in support of the Let Girls Learn campaign led by Barack and Michelle Obama. Today she’s expected to join Flotus at The Power of an Educated Girl panel at the Apollo Theatre. Full Story

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Jon Stewart’s Farewell Emmys

September 21, 2015 12:55:01 Posted at September 21, 2015 12:55:01
Sarah Posted by Sarah
Michael Kovac/ Kevin Winter/ Steve Granitz/ Lester Cohen/ Getty Images

Here is another case of the Emmys making themselves irrelevant by giving trophies to the same people over and over. I get it—Jon Stewart’s tenure at The Daily Show is over, and his wins for Outstanding Writing in a Variety Series and Outstanding Variety Series are his send-off from the television academy. Full Story

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Beyonce speaks the day after Bey Day

September 8, 2015 12:25:03 Posted at September 8, 2015 12:25:03
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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That almost sounds biblical. It was Beyonce’s birthday on Friday. As you saw, it was pretty much an international holiday – click here for a refresher. What happens on December 13? Does Tay Day start trending on Twitter too? Anyway, here’s how Beyonce acknowledged the worldwide outpouring of adoration in honour of her 34th:   Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all my birthday wishes. 🎂🎈💙🐝 Full Story

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Miley, the Heir to Sex?

September 2, 2015 17:15:55 Posted at September 2, 2015 17:15:55
Maria Posted by Maria

There have been so many pop stars that have quickly been crowned, “The Next Madonna.” Britney, Christina (in her Dirrty phase), Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and now, Miley. Madonna had the white wedding dress at MTV, Miley had the foam finger. Madonna had the gondola in Venice, Miley has the Wrecking Ball. Full Story

Mothers, Daughters, Rebels

August 26, 2015 17:52:23 Posted at August 26, 2015 17:52:23
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Today is Women’s Equality Day in the United States, marking the 95th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the US constitution, confirming women’s right to vote. So it makes sense that a new poster for Suffragette has just been released via EW.com Full Story

Glengarry Glen GREY

August 21, 2015 14:53:43 Posted at August 21, 2015 14:53:43
Sarah Posted by Sarah

When last we heard from the Fifty Shades movie-verse, EL James’s husband, Niall Leonard, had signed on to write the script for the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker. Now we have an update—the search for a director is down to the negotiations stage, with James Foley emerging as the frontrunner. Full Story

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Miley’s titties and Taylor’s guns

August 10, 2015 14:52:53 Posted at August 10, 2015 14:52:53
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Miley Cyrus covers the new issue of Marie Claire ahead of hosting the MTV VMAs at the end of the month but also to talk about her Happy Hippie Foundation. Click here to watch the video at the bottom of the page to hear her talking about raising awareness for homelessness within the LGBT community, as young people struggle to find acceptance and cope with the rejection they experience in their homes, from their families. Full Story

Mindy Kaling, Confidence Evangelist

August 6, 2015 16:43:42 Posted at August 6, 2015 16:43:42
Duana Posted by Duana
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There’s nothing more clichéd to me than “PREACH!”. And yet, reading Mindy Kaling’s excerpt from her upcoming book in Glamour, about how to achieve confidence, there’s no other word for it. Let’s cut to the chase here: “Confidence is just entitlement…entitlement is simply the belief that you deserve something. Full Story

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