"Sidepiece on the sidejob" clue


Game Of Thrones Episode 9 on Sunday. Will the Khaleesi marry that guy? Will Jorah die? Please let him die. I don’t know what the point of that character is anymore. She has Tyrion now. Make Jorah go away. As for Margaery in prison…will old lady Tyrell bust her out of jail? And leave Cersei behind?

Margaery, real name Natalie Dormer, is currently in Serbia evidently shooting a movie with Taylor Kinney, better known as Lady Gaga’s fiancé. Gaga has joined him on location. And the gossip in me is wondering if it’s because Natalie is SO hot. Anyway, they all went out for dinner the other night. I’ve never been attracted to Kinney. Melissa Grelo, my colleague on The Social, thinks he’s super hot. Really?

You know why I can’t get there? Stop reading now if you’re into him and don’t want that to change because I’m about to kill it for you. Sometimes in photos I confuse Taylor Kinney with Gerard Butler. I would rather be on day 2 of my period with serious cramps than play Picture Him On Top Of You with Gerard Butler.

June 5, 2015 at 10:32

Sidepiece on the sidejob


Tom Hardy is an asshole

The Revenant junket happened the other day. Tom Hardy was available for interviews. But, actually, not really. Hitfix’s Drew McWeeny was supposed to interview Tom and was f-cked over. Normally when that happens, we’re too afraid to talk sh-t about the celebrity because we don’t want to be blacklisted by the studios for upcoming opportunities. I’ve written about this many, many times. Hollywood crusades for free speech all the time, so long as the free speech is when you only report positively about their projects, and if you don’t, they have no problem with censorship. So, basically, you just have to accept them pissing in your face. And you return to get pissed on, indefinitely.

More and more though, journalists are calling out the hypocrisy. It’s not so much courage as fatigue. At some point, you just get tired of being kicked in the face. This is what happened to Drew McWeeny. These are his tweets:

I wrote about the Tom Hardy attitude 3 months ago during TIFF. It was raining on the night of the Legend gala. Tom showed up, spent all his time with the fans in the pouring rain, and basically blew off the press. Which, fine, the fans enjoyed. But, as I pointed out at the time, you know who manages to do both? You know who takes the time for the fans and for the media? George Clooney. Tom Hardy using his fans so that he can ditch the media doesn’t mean he’s the greatest. Click here for my post on that incident. This was my final note on Tom’s recalcitrance:

Thing is, when he doesn’t want to be (amenable), 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.

And that’s what Drew McWeeny mentions in his tweets too. He’s seen Tom Hardy make publicists cry – and they’re on his team. I know people on his team, who’ve been assigned to be there for him, to assist him, who are counted on to make sure Tom Hardy performs his publicity duties, who’ve been shouted at by him for because he’s grumpy from waking up too early, or because he’s hungry, or because he needs a coffee, but really because he just doesn’t want to be there. Does that mean he can verbally kick the sh-t out of them?

If you’re a Tom Hardy fangirl, you have an excuse for it, probably. Because the media, we’re lowlife c-nt motherf-ckers and we deserve what’s coming to us, sure. Tom Hardy is well within his rights to make people wait half a workday. He’s a goodlooking millionaire actor who, occasionally, has to sit through a series of dumb questions. That gives him the right to prioritise himself over others.


December 21, 2015 at 10:12

22 September 2015 Smutty Shout-Outs


She’s the more famous one in her relationship but for some reason, I always thought he’d be one who stepped out. When she followed him on location a while back, the assumption was that she went along because his co-star was so attractive. But he’s actually not the one who’s been cheating.

She’s the one who found a new kind of work and picked up a sidepiece. They can’t help themselves on set. Another art imitation of life situation as they creep around and so far it hasn’t gotten back to her bonafide yet but the cast and crew are aware and the guy she’s hooking up with is married. Right now it’s “just” an affair. Like they’re not pretending they’re in love yet. But if (when?) both these couples don’t end up working out, look back to this as a sign.

December 21, 2015 at 7:36 AM

Update (12/21/15):


"Tighten up and regret" clue


Dear Gossips,

It’s been two weeks since we last heard from Beyoncé. And it’s not like we hear all that much from Beyoncé these days. As you know, Beyoncé hasn’t been interviewed in a long, long time. Beyoncé communicates to us now only through videos or social media. But, as of this writing, she hasn’t posted anything for two weeks. 2015 has been pretty quiet.

The latest on Beyoncé is that she’s agreed to star in Bradley Cooper’s remake of A Star Is Born. We’ll get to that in a Bradley post later today. Even if that’s true though, filming supposedly won’t start until the end of 2016, maybe even 2017. That’s an entire year. Of what?

Yesterday was the two year anniversary of the surprise release of Beyoncé, complete with all those music videos and catchphrases: “I woke up like this”, “surfbort”, “bow down bitches”, and more. As you know, Beyoncé is an information hoarder. She’s never going to tell you what she’s doing until she’s done doing it. And yes, the point is that she wants us to wonder. Because there’s no doubt she’s up to something. But what?

December 14, 2015 at 6:56 AM

Tighten up and regret


What are some reasons a celebrity might go quiet for a couple of weeks or so on social media? Maybe they’re gearing up for a major announcement trying to create anticipation. Maybe they’re just bored of themselves? Hardly.

Once in a while they disappear for an old-fashioned reason: plastic surgery. She wanted to tighten up, trim down, even though, supposedly she’s fit as f-ck. And is selling the gear to prove it. Sure. So that’s why there was no activity for a while on social. It was an extensive procedure. And no one was allowed to come to the house during her recovery because she couldn’t go upstairs. The healing time was terrible. And an infection had set in. So it took even longer than expected. Which is why she has some regret now. That’ll pass. It always does when another area needs work.

December 18, 2015 at 11:06

Update (12/18/15):


"Hipsters cheat too," it's not...


PS. Marcus Mumford is NOT a hipster who cheats.

December 9, 2015 at 7:12 AM

Hipsters cheat too


Hipsters cheat too


He’s a hipster musician, in one of those acclaimed bands that shows up on Saturday Night Live once a year, or at least that’s how it feels like to me, who sometimes gets into Twitter fights with actual musical legends. Of course he’s smug, and he talks a lot of trash. Also, he steps out on his wife.

Let’s back up though. Because his first marriage ended ugly too. Two years later he proposed to his second wife, who has many celebrity friends in her own right, and it was a big hipster wedding with designer flourishes and they were happy, teasing each other in magazines. That’s over now too. He’s been cheating on her with a songwriter who was everywhere 15 years ago, although at the time a lot of us couldn’t tell her apart from another girl on a piano. She divorced earlier this year. Now his wife has filed for divorce because she found out about their affair. Can’t wait to see what excuse he comes up for it this time.

December 8, 2015 at 8:31 AM

Update (12/9/15):
denial: Marcus Mumford


Who’s having unsafe sex?


The Detroit Free Press published a fascinating report yesterday. (Thanks Sarah!) I’m quoting:

An anonymously filed lawsuit involving a much-talked-about disease has surfaced in federal court in Detroit, where an unnamed woman is suing an unnamed celebrity from California for allegedly giving her genital herpes while having sex with her multiple times in Royal Oak last summer.

Why the secrecy?

"This complaint is brought anonymously due to the social stigma attached to the damages as well as the celebrity of the defendant," according to the lawsuit, which seeks at least $75,000 in damages. The lawsuit does not say whether the celebrity is an actor, musician, athlete or politician — only that he is a citizen of California, and that he had a residence of some sort in Royal Oak in July.

The plaintiff, who is a Michigan resident but currently is in New York, claims the unnamed celebrity has permanently scarred her physically, emotionally and psychologically by failing to warn her that he was infected with genital herpes, and "by failing to altogether avoid sexual contact" with her. Her lawsuit also alleges that the defendant "knew or should have known" that he was infected with Herpes Simplex Virus 2.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff had repeated sexual encounters with the defendant in July, primarily at his residence in Royal Oak, and "did not and has not had any sexual relations with anyone other than" him since then.

In addition to sports events, there were a few productions happening this past summer in Detroit. There was a MAJOR production doing reshoots in Detroit. You should know it without me naming it. An epic battle? Sound familiar? Most locals are immediately picking up on that one and not really considering the non-film and tv options.

And two obvious names from that project come to mind. And one more obvious than the other. Because he had a summer full of scandal. So it makes sense why some would think he'd have yet another scandal added to his 2015 scandal list.

Thing is though, the herpes rumours? The OTHER name is the one who's been rumoured to have herpes. He has a new young girlfriend. And when they first hooked up, he apparently disclosed it to her. (It’s a blind within a blind!) Then again, he's not a resident of California.

Or you know what?

It's very, very possible though that it's neither of them. That they have nothing to do with it. That it's not an actor celebrity but an athlete celebrity?

December 2, 2015 at 10:49


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