All's not perfect

Right now it seems like nothing can go wrong for him, at least not professionally. He's in a groove. Personally things seemed to be going great too. He's happy with his partner. They're loving parents, they are supportive of each other, they are both kind and sweet people. But she's been upset about not being able to get pregnant and now she's in denial about a serious problem. It's starting to affect her career. She shows up drunk to events, embarrassingly drunk. To the point where reporters speaking to her don't even feel comfortable using what she's said, even though these are press opportunities for promotion. And they are really concerned about it at work. She drinks at work and it's making the situation difficult for cast and crew because they have to keep reshooting over her mistakes and the retakes are piling up. Her boss has had extensive experience with a big star disrupting the set and is just trying to get through as much as they can, keep production going, because no one wants the staff to be out of pay if everything is suspended. Recently though, it’s come to the point where they had to hold an intervention for her. It happened on set. Right now she's not in rehab but the hope is that they can keep her functioning until there's a long enough break for her when she's ready for treatment.

November 24, 2015 at 10:42


"06 November 2015 Smutty Shout-Outs" clue

Jimmy Fallon’s happy family

“Is it still surprising when Jimmy Fallon trips and hurts himself? Because, um, it happens a lot. I guess he’s just accident-prone, which makes everyone feel better.” That’s what I wrote last week when Jimmy Fallon hurt himself again while receiving an award at Harvard. It’s kind of been an issue for a while. And on Sunday, Page Six published a report about how worried NBC executives are right now about his habits, his drinking. Hm. Just drinking? According to Page Six, Jimmy’s always been a partier, a “happy drunk”. But now, with the added pressure of headlining the highest rated late night talk show, apparently the excess has turned dark.

Jimmy’s takeover from Jay Leno on The Tonight Show has been a major success for the network. He is one of their most valued properties. So their concern about him is understandable but I wonder too whether or not it’s helpful. When you care about someone as a commodity instead of caring about them out of pure compassion, your perspective on their wellness is compromising.

Oh look. How convenient. Check out Jimmy with his wife and daughter in New York yesterday looking all kinds of “everything’s fine”. Coincidence or conspiracy?

November 3, 2015 at 9:10 AM

06 November 2015 Smutty Shout-Outs


06 November 2015 Smutty Shout-Outs

Here’s a quick blind because I know you hate him: who was living in a hotel, away from his wife and kids, for a while with a sketchy lady coming in and out at all hours, delivering his drugs?

November 6, 2015 at 7:47 AM

Update (11/10/15):


"Notes on a love triangle" reveal 4

Have you watched Ryan Adams interviewing Taylor Swift about both their 1989s? Oh reeeeally? I say that with my eyes closed, like I’m blind.

Let me take you back to 2008 when Ryan was dating Mandy Moore. He was 34 at the time, so please, don’t blame this on youth, and he decided he couldn’t be with Mandy anymore because of the paparazzi etc so he released a statement to OK! Magazine, a TABLOID, to explain his decision. Basically he said that while Mandy is sweet and awesome, he had to break up with her because being with her was interfering with his efforts to be “punk as f-ck”. They eventually got back together. Now they’re divorced. And he’s telling Taylor Swift that when he’s having a hard time writing a song, all he has to do is put on the Smiths and then suddenly he’s inspired.

Let your eyes roll to the back of your head and open your mouth. That’s basically the expression he deserves. He’s so punk as f-ck he can’t take his goddamn sunglasses off to have a conversation with someone.

October 20, 2015 at 7:31 AM

Notes on a love triangle


I guess she’s into skeeves?

Last time we blinded about her, she’d had an affair on set with a married actor with a skeevy character vibe. His marriage is still intact. Another marriage, however, has ended. And she was, again, involved. Once again it started as a working situation. Of the two of them, she’s definitely more well-known. But even if you don’t know him by name, he books steady jobs, and his face should be familiar to you. He too is good at playing assholes.

When they met, she had a boyfriend and he was about to celebrate a milestone with his wife. Stage life and real life soon blurred, they were hooking up in and out of character, and she was texting him explicitly. They couldn’t let it go after wrapping up production. Which is why he’s not married anymore. He left his wife for her. According to their inner circle, they were so into each other that she followed him while he was on anniversary holiday in Europe with his wife. He would make up excuses during that trip to slip away and spend time with her. Eventually her boyfriend busted her and they broke up. He ended up filing for divorce in August and they insist they’re just friends, that nothing shady went down, that no one knows the real story. But those who saw all of it go down say they’re totally together now but are trying to put enough distance between the end of the marriage and their coming out so that people won’t suspect how they started, if that is, they last that long.

October 19, 2015 at 7:57 AM

Related: "Skeeve in real life too" and 14 October 2015 Smutty Shout-Outs.


14 October 2015 Smutty Shout-Outs

I’ve been asked to distract you by blinding you with gossip. All I can tell you is that I’ve been working on one but it’s not quite ready yet. Here’s a preview though – remember the girl with the angel hair? She targeted another married skeeve. And that’s why she’s not with her boyfriend anymore.

October 14, 2015 at 7:45 AM

Previous "angel hair" reference in "Skeeve in real life too"


"Notes on a love triangle" reveal 3

Taylor Swift is in Toronto tonight for the first of two shows. Ryan Adams is in town too so that’s a possibility, considering he remade her entire album and, um, well, some other things. If you’re going, look for me. I’ll be the oldest person there who knows all the words.

October 2, 2015 at 7:21 AM

Notes on a love triangle


"Actor vs Director" reveal 3

Tom Hardy ain’t got time for primadonna directors

Tom Hardy gave an interview, via Skype, to Vulture and in it he sh*ts all over the idea of directors and basically says they contribute nothing to film. I laughed for a solid five minutes, because cinema is a culture that worships directors and also because Tom Hardy basically just declared to all future employers that he doesn’t really respect what they do. His full quote is great:

“A writer comes with nothing and he writes something down and there’s a story. Then a bunch of actors come along, and people can watch that. Then a third person comes along and says, ‘I really love what you guys are doing. And if you’d just do it the way I see it, we’d really be onto something.’ And there’s part of me that goes: ‘Why are you here?’ A director who hasn’t written something, and they say, ‘Trust me.’ And I’m like, ‘With what, mate?’”

I kind of see his point, in that it can sometimes seem like a director, at least when you’re on set, isn’t creating anything. The script came from someone else, the stunts are being worked out by other people, costumes and sets are designed by others, the actors have the interpretative job, and yet more people are handling the cameras, with the cinematographer determining lighting and how those cameras are operating as a unit. The editor is setting the rhythm, the composer and sound engineers deciding what the film sounds like. So what is the director doing, besides bossing people around?

A good director is like a general, marshalling troops and maintaining order. Movies are made up of thousands of moving parts, often with multiple filming units shooting simultaneously. Someone has to control that chaos. But more importantly, a director takes words on a page and figures out how to tell that story visually. Writing and cinema are two different mediums, and not all writers—even very good ones—are capable of telling their story in a visual way. That’s why we always talk about the director’s “vision” for a project, because they’re the person you’re entrusting specifically because they have an idea for how to take words on a page and make it a three-dimensional visual story.

It sounds like Hardy loses patience easily with directors who can’t, or won’t, communicate. A director who can’t communicate is a problem, because communication is everything on a movie set, but there are a lot of directors who simply don’t want to discuss things with actors. They just want to tell the actor where to go and what to do in a scene, and then have the actor deliver their lines and shut up about it. Woody Allen is famous for not really giving actors direction, so maybe Hardy should avoid working with Woody Allen, who is not interested in real collaboration with actors.

And of course, The Revenant and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu comes up. The Revenant sounds like an absolute nightmare, and Hardy pretty well confirms that, saying, “I think [Alejandro] bit down hard on something that bit him back. And he bit back as well. And it continued to be a beast that was biting him, and he was biting it, and we all bit down.” Okay but how did Inarritu get Hardy to “bite down”? Did the fact that Inarritu adapted the screenplay himself do the trick? Or did they work out their differences another way? DID they work them out? Or is Hardy just adjusting his rhetoric to toe a party line, since The Revenant is an Oscar hopeful? Those two have had a combative relationship so far—will it end up cutting Hardy out of the Oscar run?

Click here to read the full interview.

September 24, 2015 at 12:59

Actor vs Director


“The actor from Ontario”

I interviewed Josh Brolin for Gangster Squad a couple of years ago. Half our interview was about Ryan Gosling’s balls…which wasn’t actually what I was asking. All I did was throw Josh a question about Ryan, what's he like to work with, their chemistry, etc. And then he started talking about Ryan’s balls and how they’re like a “vineyard”. My sense was that he was mocking Ryan’s preciousness. We’ve heard about this before. About how he’ll be in a comedy and he’ll still need to know what his “motivation” is in a scene requiring him to just stand there and look good. And there were rumours that after he and George Clooney worked together on The Ides Of March that George didn’t have a lot of patience for his accent. Speaking of that accent….

Josh is currently doing press for Everest. And in a new interview with Man Of The World, he brings up an accent.

“I see young Hollywood punks on the set, and it’s funny to me. Because it’s absolutely me all over again. I’m the old guy who’s like, Oh cool, you got your leather jacket and it cost you $400 and you bought it all ripped up! I remember a guy I worked with who was from Ontario, but he talked like De Niro. I was like, Holy sh-t, he’s actually doing De Niro. Does he know that I know? I’m not even listening to what he’s saying. It’s fascinating to me.”

No one was named, specifically, but come on. We all know who he’s referring to. Who else could it be? I f-cking love this story. I love it so much. I love that Josh Brolin sits around talking sh-t about why a kid from Canada sounds like Robert De Niro. I love that if Josh is talking about it, other people, his peers, must be too. You think it’s ever come up between Josh and Sean Penn? They’re tight. Or has he mentioned it to Benicio Del Toro ever? During Sicario? Hey, Benicio, you know that Canadian kid, Gosling, right? Have you ever asked him why he talks like De Niro?

September 23, 2015 at 10:35

October 11, 2012 - Smutty Shout-Outs


"He sprays too" reveal

Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston got married last month. Guess what? He’s doing press now for season 2 of The Leftovers, premiering on HBO and HBO Canada on October 4. Convenient!

As expected, he’s being asked about the wedding and the honeymoon and their friends joining them in Bora Bora. Why? Because it was more fun that way. I kind of agree. Like if I had that kind of money, hanging out with all my friends at a resort? Not having to worry about my luggage getting lost on the way home? And having to pay for all the excursions and meals for the next six months?

Anyway, JT, but not John Travolta, ahem, was also asked about whether or not Jen would be changing her last name. She actually changed it for Brad Pitt. I remember she even had letterhead made as Jennifer Pitt. Justin says he doesn’t think it’s a good idea, because people will still just end up calling her Jennifer Aniston anyway. She’s a brand after all. Now they’re a brand together. I’m telling you, this is a great partnership. She’s found a true partner.

September 24, 2015 at 11:54

He sprays too


"22 September 2015 Smutty Shout-Outs" clue

It was pouring on Saturday night for the Legend premiere at TIFF. And the fans, they stood out there in the rain, waiting patiently for Tom Hardy. Meanwhile, I was under the red carpet awning, waiting impatiently for an interview. It didn’t happen.

The film was supposed to start at 9:30pm. Tom arrived around 9:05pm and spent almost half an hour rewarding the crowd for their dedication, taking pictures, shaking hands, so that when he finally stepped onto the carpet, he was soaked.

Water dripped down his face, down his neck, off his fingers…

He wiped himself down with his hands, from his head, across his cheeks, down his chest…

And I got to watch that. For several minutes, I got to watch wet Tom Hardy. It almost made up for not talking to him because at that point he had to get into the theatre. But maybe that was the bonus of spending time with fans – he hates the media, he hates press, he hates promotion. And the fans are a great excuse to not have to participate.

I say excuse because, well, George Clooney does both, you know? He gets there early enough so that the fans get their time and the press gets their time. Going forward, the press will probably be getting less and less of Tom Hardy’s time. Because an awkward incident went down at the Legend presser that set him off. One of the reporters decided to ask about Tom’s sexuality related to his character’s sexuality, citing a quote that Tom gave a few years ago about his sexual experimentation. Click here to see how Tom responded. I like how he handled it. So the good news is… he can actually be good at press. The bad news is… he doesn’t want to be when this kind of sh-t happens. Thing is, when he doesn’t want to be, he makes it hard for the people who are trying on his behalf to do their jobs. That’s not media either. It’s the people he works with at the studio. It’s the publicists who are there to support the film, the work of the entire cast and crew.

As for Tom on the TIFF party circuit – not much gossip there. He went to Soho House but didn’t shut the place down or anything, more like a “I’ll show my face for a minute and get the f-ck out” appearance. He’s still in town though so I’ll keep you posted.

September 14, 2015 at 9:36 AM

22 September 2015 Smutty Shout-Outs


Last night was the Boston premiere of Black Mass. Black Mass opens this weekend. So does Sicario. Click here for Sarah’s review of Black Mass and click here for Joanna’s review of Sicario. Also click here for my thoughts on Sicario and Benicio Del Toro. My recommendation would be to go see Sicario first.

Here’s a question though: how many old man jackets does Johnny Depp own? I call this one his manila envelope blazer. Which he thinks is badass while the rest of us are wondering what the f-ck. Is she wondering what the f-ck?

Picture Him On Top Of You.

Do it. Don’t pretend it’s 10 years ago either. Open your eyes and look at him now and play the game the way it’s supposed to be played. Picture Him On Top Of You. Inside of you.

How did we get here? How did we get to the point where Johnny Depp is a Picture Him On Top Of You?

As for “never make eye contactAmber and the drama that she brings into his life, sometimes he has to get away from it, hide from it. That’s a clue. But a source told me this week that he also gets off on it. Like that’s the kind of sh-t that makes him feel young, makes him feel wanted. Like of course she’s difficult – in his mind, beautiful, 25-ish women should be difficult. Otherwise they’d be boring. Otherwise he’d be boring. He hasn’t figured out yet that middle age clichés are boring?

September 16, 2015 at 8:08 AM

Why he's sleeping on the couch


Matt asked me for a birthday blind so who’s the douchebag who justifies his hate for media but can’t justify what a dick he is to the people who work to support him? For someone who fronts like he’s so tough, all he ever does is whinge about how nobody takes care of him, how nobody knows what he wants for lunch, and when he’s done moaning about that, his mean streak kicks in and he doesn’t stop until he’s made people cry. There’s no defence for being a coddled movie star and berating someone until they run out of the room, sobbing. This is why he’s off the list.

September 22, 2015 at 7:19 AM

Update (9/22/15):


He sprays too

A short and quick blind that gives some added insight into a high profile relationship:

It’s not just John Travolta who uses spray to fill in his hair. But this guy fronts like he’s way cooler. So they have more than just letters in common. And he's pretty worried about the hair loss. Right now then he’s using the spray, so much that it stains the sheets, the pillowcases, hard to get out.

So while his vibe is all chill, supposedly, he's just as concerned about aesthetics as his wife, which, I guess, is pretty obvious when you consider his signature style - another sign that this is finally the perfect partnership.

September 11, 2015 at 8:28 AM

Update (9/24/15):


"Too 'upper class' for talk" reveal

It will hurt me if you say you have no idea who Sirius Black is.

As you know, Ben Affleck spent his birthday last weekend at Harry Potter World with his family. Which, presumably, is where he got his new t-shirt. Good choice. Sirius is one of the most beloved characters created by JK Rowling. And not just because he was played by Gary Oldman, although that certainly added to his steeze. You remember how Oldman worked the wand play in Order Of The Phoenix, at the end there? At the Ministry of Magic? No one looked cooler.

So. Um. Is there a comparison here?

Sirius was innocent but everyone thought he was a traitor/murderer. Eventually he was exonerated. You think Ben feels the same way? That he's been wrongly accused of being the stupid ass fool? Look at that smirk on his face. There's a guy who thinks we're wrong about him. Who can't wait to put us in our place. Fine.

But first can we take some time to check out Chrissy O's weekend wardrobe? It's only been 3 days but in that time, Chrissy O gave the paps a lot to work with. Maybe she googled herself last week and wasn't happy with how the Internet reacted to that ugly coin belt with the black jeans.

Word is, Chrissy O has been handling several offers - including porn. Apparently a million dollars to f-ck on film as Batwoman? I doubt she'll take it though, especially since she's angling for a reality show - and why wouldn't TLC give her one? It's not like they have standards when it comes to their reality stars. If he thinks he can't escape her now, just wait until she's fronting her own show, porn or not.

Is that irony? If the MiniVan Majority's favourite mom can't get a talk show but the other woman lands her own show, is that irony? Or something else?

August 24, 2015 at 9:51 AM

Too "upper class" for talk


Too “upper class” for talk

For a year now she’s been pitching a panel-style talk show about love and marriage, similar to The View or The Talk, partnering with popular parent and women’s lifestyle websites. Because of her high profile, she wasn’t expected to show up every day but often enough, like a few times a month, so that the audience would know that it was hers – the Barbara Walters of the group, you could say. The other women included a newlywed, a model-actress-mom in her 40s, a single, divorced woman in her 40s, and a woman in her early 60s.

Would you believe, though, that even with her popularity with the MiniVan Majority, no one was interested. The show was rejected, repeatedly, while other similar shows, featuring other personalities, got picked up, like Tyra Banks’s FABLife. The reason? Too “upper class”.

Interestingly enough, this happened before everything blew up. And now that it’s all blown up, and she has everyone’s sympathy, the show still isn’t getting any play…even though she could be an expert at talking about love and marriage right now. But is she willing to go there? It might change if she’s willing to talk about it. Would she talk about it? On camera? Probably not. Not for the sake of the children. But that doesn’t mean it’s not leverage – not only from a business perspective but when dealing with that idiot too.

August 19, 2015 at 8:57 AM

Update (8/27/15):


"Notes on a love triangle" reveal 2

Smutty Tingle

Hint hint clue clue (College Candy)

August 7, 2015 at 1:48 PM

Notes on a love triangle


"Her Cheating Heart" reveal 2

Blake & Miranda: his and her cheating rumours

IN TOUCH Magazine is reporting that Blake Shelton and Cady Groves hooked up and that’s why he and Miranda Lambert are over. Now Blake is threatening to sue IN TOUCH. According to TMZ, his lawyers have sent the magazine a letter warning that he’ll take them to court if they don’t retract their story. He denies the affair ("Mr. Shelton did not have a sexual relationship or affair of any nature whatsoever with Ms. Groves.") and according to Blake, Cady is the one who’s been “infatuated” with him and he also suggests that it’s Cady who’s providing information to the publication perhaps to boost her own profile. Curiously, when I contacted a Nashville source about the claims, and this person is very well connected with country music, she’d never heard of Cady Groves before. Still, IN TOUCH is standing by their reporting and insists that they have even more sh-t to unload in their new issue.

While IN TOUCH is taking the anti-Blake approach, another low level magazine is going for Miranda and also naming names. OK! is calling out Miranda for cheating with her tour manager:

OK! is also revealing the tour manager’s name: Ryan Westbrook. Um, is a tour manager a member of the tour team, ahem? OK! says that Ryan Westbrook is married. You know, it’s usually riskier to mention a non-famous person, someone who doesn’t exist in front of the camera, in a scandal because they can make a case that you’re exposing them and compromising their privacy. If that makes a difference…

August 5, 2015 at 10:59

Her Cheating Heart


"Actor vs Director" reveal 2

The Hollywood Reporter has a feature with director Alejandro Inarritu, still working on The Revenant, which is basically just giving the guy a microphone to clear up those pesky rumors that his production is “troubled”, plagued by a hellish location shoot, budget overages, and scheduling woes. At least Inarritu doesn’t actually deny any of that stuff, instead he just keeps saying how it will all be worth it because his vision is so grand and the movie is so epic and all of the problems will fade when the film is finished and we behold its glory. And maybe that’s true. Apocalypse Now had a famously troubled shoot and that movie turned out to be APOCALYPSE NOW. Rough productions don’t necessarily mean bad movies. Sometimes, they’re the making of all-time great cinema.

But man does The Revenant sound like a nightmare. It sounds like a real-life Tropic Thunder where everyone lost their goddamn minds while making a physically taxing movie—they think their struggle to make this movie is actually the exact same thing as the struggle the early frontier people faced. Come award season, that will absolutely be this movie’s narrative. It will be all about how much they suffered to realize Inarritu’s vision because he’s a f*cking genius and yeah, we were pushed to the brink but it was worth it in the end because the movie is so good. And maybe the movie really will be that good. It kind of looks like a standard Western to me, but let’s just say it ends up being a masterpiece. Does that make it okay to treat people the way they’ve been treated on this set?

I’ve heard complaints for months from people affiliated with this production that have actually made me angry, especially in the wake of the tragic death of Sarah Jones, a camera assistant who was struck by a train on the set of Midnight Rider. At the point that your vision is putting people in physical danger, no dude, sorry. That’s what special effects are for. Sometimes sh*t happens, like Harrison Ford trips on a threshold and breaks his ankle, but other times directors insist on dangerous stunts, like one involving a young actor who had to be legit dragged naked across the ground. But he got a plastic sheet! And he said he was okay! Of course he did—he got a role in a film by reigning Best Director Alejandro Inarritu. He’s not going to risk getting bumped from the part, especially given that Inarritu was freely firing people who challenged him. If Inarritu needed to be laid out on his ass—and it sure sounds like he did—some young kid is not the one who’s going to do it. That’s a job for a veteran. (Lainey: maybe one with an accent, ahem.)

You notice how the problem is never Inarritu? The producer didn’t communicate, the crew members are lying, your expectations were off. Clearly sh*t got out of hand on this production—which is not a quality judgment on the film—but Inarritu seems incapable of owning his part in that. You don’t want to compromise, fine, but then you have to accept that people are probably going to be annoyed with/mad at you because you are putting them through hell. It’s not a conspiracy of lies, they’re f*cking pissed that their job has blown monkey chunks for the better part of the year. To quote the great Raylan Givens: You run into an asshole in the morning, you ran into an asshole. You run into assholes all day—you’re the asshole.

Click here to read more about The Revenant shoot at THR .

July 23, 2015 at 12:28

Actor vs Director


"Her Cheating Heart" reveal

Miranda Lambert’s “long time affair”

The Blake Shelton/Miranda Lambert divorce covers the new issues of PEOPLE and US Weekly. Some sources are saying it was because he wanted kids and she didn’t. Some sources are saying that she didn’t love the Hollywood life that he was getting used to on The Voice. After reporting yesterday that she may have been unfaithful to him, TMZ is now hearing from sources on Team Miranda about Blake’s alleged infidelities. And now Access Hollywood has come out to cite a source who claims that Miranda "‘had long time affair’ with someone in the music business and when Blake confronted her about it, she admitted to it. It was then that the Voice coach decided to end the marriage.”

Access Hollywood is affiliated with NBC, right? NBC airs The Voice?

Doesn’t mean it’s not true. But as I said the other day, Blake’s mainstream now. He’s got a lot of power behind him. And, clearly, the Nashville base is behind him too. For some reason, so far, Nashville seems to be on his side. Wonder why?

July 22, 2015 at 2:17 PM

Her Cheating Heart