Monday, May 27, 2019

Dear Gossips, is headquartered in Toronto. And we had a big night in Toronto on Saturday – the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time. On Thursday, May 30th, 2019 the NBA championship series will begin north of the border. It’s historic. 

In pop culture, there is one artist associated with Toronto more than any other. That, of course, would be Drake. Exactly a year ago this weekend, Drake went viral because of his beef with Pusha T. He celebrated the anniversary by going viral – and doing the most – as a cheerleader for his hometown.   
From the very beginning, Drake has repped the 6ix – in his song lyrics, on his album covers, with his nickname, Drake and Toronto are inseparable, and Drake and the Raptors are… 

Well that’s the question some people (who aren’t Toronto-based) are asking. 

Forbes is wondering whether or not “Drake’s antics are good or bad for the Toronto Raptors”. Closer to home, Jack Todd, writing for the Montreal Gazette, wrote this weekend that “Drake disrespects Toronto, the Raptors, and basketball itself”. Sportnet’s Arden Zwelling (great name), argues that Drake is a “protagonist for [the] Raptors and modern, fun NBA”. 

I’m from Toronto so I don’t think I have a say here on who’s right about whether or not Drake is bonus or an embarrassment. I am, however, a student of gossip and from that perspective, I don’t ever want Drake to stop being Drake. Drake annoyed Milwaukee fans so much his songs were banned from their radio stations. Now, randomly, he’s found himself in some kind of beef with Smash Mouth. You know, the band from the 90s? “Hey now, you’re an all-star”? Some of you are probably still shaking your heads. Smash Mouth was promptly dragged for it, which is now a story – congratulations Smash Mouth – and Drake hasn’t responded but if he did, he might clap back that he’s so big now that he can resuscitate a brief flicker of relevance for a band that no one was even thinking about. As I have said, time and again, Drake is the artist who has made best use of new media, and whether it’s intentional or accidental, somehow he is, more than anyone else, always the beneficiary of a viral moment

At the Raptors games, Drake is acting on the sidelines like he’s either calling the plays himself or that he’s the one scoring some of the points. For some, it’s annoying. For others (like me), it’s hilariously entertaining. And a reminder that Drake has no chill. He’s never had any chill. Aside from the Degrassi association, that’s why Duana loves him so much – because Drake isn’t too cool for anything. He’s a f-cking nerd. And Drake has always been extra but I don’t think anyone can even imagine how much more extra he’s going to be in the finals. 

We The North. The North is coming to the NBA Finals! 


Yours in gossip,


Friday, May 24, 2019

Dear Gossips,

Not sure about you, but it has been a week. I had originally intended to post about Celine Dion’s Carpool Karaoke a few days ago. Then my ma went into hospital and Celine’s Carpool took on a different meaning for me:  Self-care! I’m not joking.  Read Full Intro

What Else?

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 24, 2019 20:02:04 May 24, 2019 20:02:04
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I interviewed Sandra Oh last month and as soon as it was over, I told anyone who would listen or read my texts that it was the interview of my career. Sandra inspired my best work – not that it’s all about me, but a good interview requires involvement on both sides. My conversation with Sandra has been turned into a half hour special, ETALK PRESENTS: COMING HOME WITH SANDRA OH, airing tonight on CTV at 7pm. Full Story

Celebrity Social Media, May 24, 2019

Maria Posted by Maria at May 24, 2019 18:13:23 May 24, 2019 18:13:23

Adam Levine is leaving The Voice, which is no surprise to people who were at the NBC Upfronts, like BuzzFeed journalist Kate Arthur. Now Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani get to make googly eyes at each other next season (she’s replacing Adam).  #TheVoice Full Story

Terminator is back, for real this time

Sarah Posted by Sarah at May 24, 2019 17:06:54 May 24, 2019 17:06:54
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Terminator is an unkillable franchise. No matter how bad the movies get—and they have gotten VERY bad—every few years a new one is announced. And not reboots! They keep trying to build off the same lore and continue the original story, but much like Star Wars, it turns out Terminator is pretty simple and expansion packs complicate the narrative unnecessarily. Full Story

We Finally Know When Love Island US Will Air

Prem Posted by Prem at May 24, 2019 15:50:59 May 24, 2019 15:50:59

I’ve had an alert about this on my phone for months. Season 5 of Love Island UK will premiere on June 3rd, but now it’s been confirmed that its North American spin-off will premiere on July 9th on CBS in the US and CTV in Canada. This is a big deal for several reasons that we’ll get into, but first an introduction to the cult of Love Island for those who aren’t familiar. Full Story

The Re-Hotting of Brad Pitt

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 24, 2019 15:22:02 May 24, 2019 15:22:02
Daniele Venturelli/ George Pimentel/ Dominique Charriau/ Arnold Jerocki/ Valery Hache/ John Phillips/ VCG/ Tony Barson/ Marc Piasecki/ Kevin Mazur/ Jim Spellman/ Jerritt Clark/ Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

As established yesterday in my post about Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt looked hot in Cannes, the hottest he’s looked in a while, the hottest he’s looked since he and Angelina Jolie broke up. Full Story

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Dear Gossips,

Cannes 2019 isn’t over yet but the festival’s biggest story is and will likely continue to be Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time …in Hollywood. So the Cannes love affair with QT continues. They adore him there and, apparently, since the reviews have been outstanding so far, he’s delivered on the Croisette once again.  Read Full Intro

What Else?

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 23, 2019 20:43:13 May 23, 2019 20:43:13
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It was reported recently that Princess Kate’s nickname for Charlotte is “Lottie”. My first reaction to that was… really? Like the Slick Rick and Doug E Fresh song? You people are probably too young to remember but it’s a f-cking CLASSIC. And for a long, long time I thought it was “Lottie Dottie, we like to party”. Full Story