Mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, in an attempt to “try to soften her often rough-edged political image,” according to The New York Times, called up and gave The Grey Lady a big scoop: as a young woman, she struggled with bulimia and alcoholism.
But despite Ms. Quinn’s best efforts to win the news cycle, she couldn’t have known that she was up against Angelina Jolie, who unveiled big news of her own in an Op-Ed, that also ran in today’s Times, discussing her decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy. Ms. Jolie wrote that she possesses a gene, BRCA1, that puts her at a high risk for ovarian and breast cancer.
The Academy has released an incomplete list of this weekend’s Oscar presenters. Based on past experience, what categories shall they present. Here are our best guesses!
Christian Bale will present Best Supporting Actress; Melissa Leo will present Best Supporting Actor; Colin Firth will present Best Actress; Natalie Portman will present Best Actor. This Read More
Tina Brown is securing the the lineup for her annual Women in the World summit, which kicks off early next month. On opening night, March 8, CBS This Morning host Charlie Rose will moderate a conversation between Secretary Madeleine Albright and Angelina Jolie on how women rebuilt communities after wars in Congo, Kosovo and Bosnia.
We’ve already mentioned during the Golden Globes this year that Hollywood seems to be in retrograde. Giving awards to Madonna, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Jessica Lange is just so 2002. But we also noted that the actors themselves seem to be going into a kind of time-warp, none of which was more apparent than at last night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards:
A selection of celebrities who have recently attended Cirque Du Soleil and been summarily featured in press on People or Us Weekly‘s web sites or PerezHilton.com, placed in ascending order of desperation for publicity:
Newsweek‘s current issue features its annual pre-nominations “Oscar roundtable”–and either it’ll look dated when nominations are announced tomorrow, or we need to adjust our predictions! The panelists are likely nominees George Clooney and Viola Davis (the working-it pair both recently appeared together on an Entertainment Weekly cover, too), as Read More
Angelina Jolie covers this week’s Newsweek, keeping with the Tina Brown tendency to feature bold face name women and with a black background design that harkens back to her Talk days. It might even be working at little, as Newsweek subscription renewals rose last month for the first time in 2006, according Read More
America is rapidly moving towards a happier, more just society, where anyone can stream a video clip of Angelina Jolie straight to their smartphone.
Standing in our way is a nefarious array of mobile devices and operating systems. Angelina might play well on the iPhone, but not an Android. She might appear in all her Read More
Ground Zero Mosque, Politics as usual
The great Koran (Quran, Qur’an)-burning controversy launched by Terry Jones, the crazed pastor of a tiny Gainesville, FL church, may have been defused: Sarah Palin (or maybe her ghostwriter) has taken to Facebook to add her 2 cents. And she agrees with everyone else who has publicly commented on Read More
The Internet gets blamed for killing lots of parts of literary culture—from independent bookstores to attention spans. Its latest victim seems unlikely to attract many mourners.
“In the age of the Internet, the unauthorized biography has been increasingly scooped by instant, endless online gossip,” reports the AP. Our love of celebrities remains Read More