Friday, September 21, 2018

Dear Gossips,

It was announced yesterday that Michael B Jordan is the new ambassador for Coach menswear. Like Selena Gomez on the women’s side of the business, MBJ will be the face of the brand’s clothing and fragrance lines and participate in “special design projects”. 

Selena has done very well for Coach in the time that she’s been involved. They launched a new business strategy with her, along with a tweak on the brand aesthetic and price point. The collections have sold out. Pre-orders are reportedly strong. The goal was, through Selena, to make Coach cool again by leveraging her cultural and social media popularity. In less than two years, they seem pretty happy with the partnership, confident that her supposed $10 million deal was worth it. 

With the appointment of MBJ, Coach is now being represented by two people of colour and both of them are already successful and established, with still all kinds of potential. Selena’s next album is apparently on the way and there are several new acting projects in the pipeline. Michael is coming off the success of Black Panther and part of Black Panther’s Oscar campaign, with an outside shot at a Best Supporting Actor nomination. But also, you know what opens in exactly two months from today? 

Creed 2. Just in time for US Thanksgiving. Many thought that Creed was overlooked by the Oscars a couple of years ago. I wonder, if the sequel holds up, whether or not that might change? We will discuss in the coming weeks as the release date approaches. Hopefully we’ll get a new trailer soon too. Promotion for Creed 2 should start picking up. Which is why I’m about to drop a spoiler on my own site. 

As you know, every year in November, just before PEOPLE Magazine announces its Sexiest Man Alive, I handicap the potential candidates and then make a prediction. I’m ready to make my prediction now (reserving the right to amend if circumstances change): Michael B Jordan. 

The timing works out perfectly, with Black Panther’s Oscar campaign building momentum around the holidays and promotion for Creed 2. Everybody saw Black Panther, everybody knows who he is now. He’s so f-cking hot it’s ridiculous. It would be an excellent comeback after last year’s underwhelming selection (Blake Shelton). And no black man has held the title since 1996 (Denzel Washington). In the history of the SMA, only three men of colour have ever been on the cover: Keanu Reeves, Denzel, and Dwayne The Rock Johnson. 

Michael B Jordan meets all the criteria. I can’t see any valid objection to his selection. The only possible challenge to it would be his own objection. As we know, the Sexiest Man Alive must accept the offer. Would he or would he turn it down? Thoughts? 

Have a great weekend!

Yours in gossip,


Kanye rants

Kathleen Posted by Kathleen at September 21, 2018 14:06:10 September 21, 2018 14:06:10
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The last time we checked in on Kanye West and Drake, Kanye was apologizing, saying sorry for work sh-t like record releases and studio time and whatever part he supposedly played in the Drake/Pusha T beef. Full Story

September 21, 2018 – Smutty Shout-Outs

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 21, 2018 13:33:42 September 21, 2018 13:33:42
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Sarah! Happy Birthday with love from Diana who requested for you Kristen Kish and Beyoncé. Enjoy your nacho weekend!    Full Story

What Else?

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 20, 2018 21:11:12 September 20, 2018 21:11:12

Jane Fonda didn’t care for a discussion on plastic surgery with Megyn Kelly last year because it was an interview not about her and because, well, she wasn’t feeling Megyn Kelly. She just did an interview with PEOPLE though, about herself, and now she is talking about plastic surgery Full Story

Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively in A Simple Favor

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 20, 2018 20:58:19 September 20, 2018 20:58:19
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Do not let the misleading trailers fool you—A Simple Favor is not a cheesy thriller about lady murder. It is, however, a PARODY of those things. Why on earth A Simple Favor wasn’t marketed as the black comedy it is I will never understand (and they are paying for it at the box office Full Story

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Blake Lively and the “double standard”

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 20, 2018 20:15:26 September 20, 2018 20:15:26

We have discussed extensively on this site how clothes, style, and fashion are part of the work of Hollywood. Extensively. The Hollywood Reporter now publishes an annual Power Stylists list, featuring celebrities and their stylists, and how they put together looks to promote their projects, highlighting the hard work of the stylists, the thought that goes into a press tour wardrobe, or a television character’s clothes, and how a celebrity’s style strategy can lead to more work, particularly for women – and in securing the kind of work that results directly from their clothing, it allows them more freedom to wait for and choose the kind of acting or producing or directing work that they feel most strongly about. Full Story

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Smutty Social Media, September 20, 2018

Maria Posted by Maria at September 20, 2018 18:36:19 September 20, 2018 18:36:19

Recently on tour, Beyoncé has reunited with two original Destiny’s Child members, Letoya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson. Beyoncé posted a photo of herself with Letoya on her website and both women were given backstage photos to post. I would love to know the details of how it happened - it’s been 18 years since Beyoncé and LaTavia last saw one another. Full Story

Cary Fukunaga lands Bond 25

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 20, 2018 15:42:25 September 20, 2018 15:42:25

After Danny Boyle was and then wasn’t making the next Bond movie, the “who will direct” merry-go-round started up again. (The “who will play Bond” merry-go-round never stops, even when someone is already playing Bond. Full Story