Thursday, August 16, 2018

Dear Gossips,

Madonna is 60 years old today. I will probably spend it reading as many retrospectives as I can about her –her influences, her controversies, her provocations, her legacy. Because while Madonna is often maddening, she is undeniably an icon and there would be no pop culture, the way we know and understand it today, without her.  Read Full Intro

Aretha Franklin

Lainey Posted by Lainey at August 16, 2018 18:05:32 August 16, 2018 18:05:32
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As you’ve probably heard, Aretha Franklin died today at her home in Detroit. Kathleen has been in writing lockdown for an event the last few days and I’ve asked her if she’d like to write about Aretha and her significance for tomorrow. We are sorry we aren’t able to get this up immediately but I know Kathleen would want to take her time with a piece like that and give Ms Franklin the care and consideration she deserves and has earned. Full Story

Netflix is coming for Oscar

Sarah Posted by Sarah at August 16, 2018 17:41:28 August 16, 2018 17:41:28

And they’re doing it with an Oscar darling. The teaser for Roma, Alfonso Cuaron’s new film, has been released and it looks gorgeous and emotional (aka it looks like an Alfonso Cuaron film). It’s being released by Netflix but will be getting an Oscar-qualifying theatrical run, and it is set to play Venice and TIFF, ensuring visibility during award season. Full Story

Smutty Social Media, August 16, 2018

Maria Posted by Maria at August 16, 2018 17:19:27 August 16, 2018 17:19:27
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A Nancy Meyers’ rom-com set in Martha’s Vineyard starring Jenny Slate would be dream. Can you imagine the kitchen?! Jenny has written the treatment and factored in her own re-casting. (PS: The island Romeo should be the best man who recently, but not too recently, went through a divorce and Jenny is a very busy business woman handling her business and they both want a one-night stand but end up falling in love. Full Story

Disney confirms James Gunn is done

Sarah Posted by Sarah at August 16, 2018 17:03:21 August 16, 2018 17:03:21
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With them, at least. Despite cast support and widespread public support, Disney will not be rehiring James Gunn. According to Variety, studio chairman Alan Horn met with Gunn as a “courtesy” to “clear the air” which sounds like corporate-speak for reiterating his ass is grass and no amount of pressure from any corner was going to get Disney, now cemented as the most powerful movie studio of the time, to back down. Full Story

Slender Man: The Internet Makes A Bad Movie

Sarah Posted by Sarah at August 16, 2018 16:22:47 August 16, 2018 16:22:47
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Creepypasta, the corner of the internet dedicated to ghost stories, urban legends, and horror stories, birthed a modern urban legend in 2009. On the Something Awful forums user “Victor Surge”, real name Eric Knudsen, posted a photo with a tall, reedy faceless being lurking in the background of the shot. Full Story

Why is Pete Davidson in GQ? 

Lainey Posted by Lainey at August 16, 2018 15:29:49 August 16, 2018 15:29:49

Pete Davidson has an answer for this question. He tells GQ why they wanted to feature him this month. And, well, they couldn’t, and we probably can’t, dispute his rationale:  "It's all bullshit. GQ wouldn't hit me up if I didn't recently get engaged to a super-famous person. Full Story

Rihanna and Donald Glover’s Guava Island 

Kathleen Posted by Kathleen at August 16, 2018 14:41:08 August 16, 2018 14:41:08

Rihanna’s fourth annual Diamond Ball will be hosted by Issa Rae and Donald Glover will make an appearance as Childish Gambino to perform. If you need me on September 13th, I’ll be the one trying to scam my way inside a fancy gala. The Diamond Ball host and performer announcements came on Monday Full Story

Liam moves on

Kathleen Posted by Kathleen at August 16, 2018 14:06:24 August 16, 2018 14:06:24

That was quick. Last month, Liam Payne and Cheryl (good thing she never changed her last name to Payne) broke up after two and a half years and one baby named Bear. Photos have now surfaced of Liam and 20-year-old model Cairo Dwek holding hands in Italy last week.  If you remember Liam Full Story

August 16, 2018 – Smutty Shout-Outs

Lainey Posted by Lainey at August 16, 2018 13:31:05 August 16, 2018 13:31:05
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Meg! Happy Birthday with love from Heather who has requested for you the “new hotness in our lives”, Glen Powell. Um, no problem. is a pro-Glen Powell location. Have the best day!  Full Story