Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Dear Gossips, 

For the last two years, The Hollywood Reporter has been following the “largest corruption case in US history” and its connection to Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s my favourite. I wonder if, every time a new story comes out, Leo’s like, keep my f-cking name out of it!

Nope. Can’t. Because THR just excerpted a new book about the case, Billion Dollar Whale, by Wall Street Journal reporters Tom Wright and Bradley Hope, and how the scammers, including now fugitive Jho Low, “managed to suck in Hollywood’s biggest star”. Because the money they embezzled was partly used to finance The Wolf of Wall Street, a project that Leo had been determined to advance for years but couldn’t get financing from studios. The film finally went ahead with funding from Red Granite Pictures which was directly supported by Jho Low’s stolen cash. 

If you were visiting this site back then when the film was released, you would have read how much I hated that movie. People jerked off over it because of the Scorsese-DiCaprio connection but I never understood the critical acclaim. It glorified a lifestyle that was made possible by ruining people’s lives, a tale of excess without a moral centre. Or maybe that was the moral centre – as Gordon Gekko said, “Greed is good”. Is it fair to ask, then, what it says about Leo that he was so committed to telling the story that way? Especially in tandem with this story of excess and corruption that he was tied to in real life? 

It’s a delicious read with details about Hollywood power brokers and players and the dirty underbelly of movie deal-making, details that Leo probably doesn’t want out there, because it gives you some insight into his life, into what it’s like to be in his orbit. How sycophants are dispatched to approach women at his request. How easily flattered he is by gifts. Or NOT easily flattered by gifts, in that the gifts that impress him have to be world-renowned and rare works of art, valued in the millions and millions. 

DiCaprio didn’t really need the favors, the chartered plane ride to South Africa or a box at the soccer World Cup finals. He’d been a household name since the early 1990s, and like many celebrities, he saw those kinds of freebies as an entitlement. How Low differed from other Hollywood hangers-on, though, was the sheer scale of his wealth and his willingness to spend it. There are lots of wannabe producers out there, but none threw money around like Low.

Although he was Hollywood royalty and owned a production company, Appian Way, DiCaprio still had to bow to the will of powerful studio executives, and this power dynamic had been laid bare in his faltering plans to make The Wolf of Wall Street.

In other words, as THR tells us in the title, now we have some idea of “how (you can) buy your way into Leonardo DiCaprio’s inner circle”. And what that would cost. Civilian or celebrity, everybody has a price.

Yours in gossip,


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Dear Gossips,

If you’ve been following this site for a while, you know that most of us are big fans of Game of Thrones here. Joanna and Sasha don’t live for it but the point is, GoT gets a lot of love in this space. We can’t wait for it to come back.  Read Full Intro

What Else?

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 18, 2018 18:09:09 September 18, 2018 18:09:09

I am trying to imagine Kirstie Alley and John Travolta “devouring each other” and… my imagination just won’t go there. Trust me. My imagination can go places. Full Story

Tatiana Maslany w/ Special Guest Star Tiffany Haddish: Emmy Best Dressed (Duana)

Duana Posted by Duana at September 18, 2018 16:37:00 September 18, 2018 16:37:00
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I liked quite a few outfits last night. Kristen Bell might have had a personal best, I loved what was happening on Sandra Oh, I enjoyed Regina King and the aforementioned Samira Wiley – but when I mentioned a fifth name on top of all those, Lainey told me to f-ck off. Full Story

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Tracee Ellis Ross: Emmys Best Dressed (Kathleen) 

Kathleen Posted by Kathleen at September 18, 2018 16:03:12 September 18, 2018 16:03:12
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When Tracee Ellis Ross showed up on the Emmy red carpet, everyone else could have gone home. They should have gone home. I don’t understand how they didn’t. Tracee Ellis Ross showing up on the Emmy red carpet was like when Rihanna shows up to the Met Gala. Collect your things. It’s over. Full Story

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Duana Posted by Duana at September 18, 2018 15:22:45 September 18, 2018 15:22:45
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The Americans won for best writing in a Drama Series, and my Twitter exploded like it was my birthday and my wedding day both. We got excited, because awards so rarely go the way they’re supposed to, and The Americans won for the best finale of the best season of the best show.    And then Matthew Rhys Full Story

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Donald Glover: Emmys Mystery

Kathleen Posted by Kathleen at September 18, 2018 14:36:18 September 18, 2018 14:36:18
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ATLANTA WAS ROBBED. Robbin’ Season! How many all-caps hysterics did you see on your timelines last night declaring the same thing? The big mystery of the night could have been how one of the most unique, innovative, and brilliant shows on television didn’t walk away with a single award (except for Katt Williams for Guest Actor – Comedy Series, not televised) but the real enigma of the evening was WHO WAS TEDDY PERKINS? This mystery also induced all-caps hysteria. Full Story

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Bill Hader, One Emmy

Duana Posted by Duana at September 18, 2018 13:28:07 September 18, 2018 13:28:07
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Like everyone else in the world, I have a lot of shows I need to watch, and a lot of shows I wish other people would watch so we could talk about them. But even though I nag Lainey and Kathleen and anyone else who will listen about every show under the sun, I don’t mind that I have Barry to myself. Full Story

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Chrissy and John: Emmys Best Couple

Kathleen Posted by Kathleen at September 18, 2018 12:50:57 September 18, 2018 12:50:57
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Chrissy Teigen gives great GIF face. Remember this one?  I see that GIF at least once a week. It’s applicable to so many different situations, and it makes every tweet or comment you use it for even funnier. That’s a good GIF. Chrissy’s latest GIF happened right around the same time as the Brian Tyree Henry reaction shots in the opening. Full Story

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