“Aaron Taylor Johnson is the frontrunner to be the new James Bond?” links

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is the “frontrunner” to be the next James Bond?? [LaineyGossip]

Rebel Wilson didn’t include plus-sizes in her clothing line. [Dlisted]

Review of Leopard Skin. [Pajiba]

Alyssa Milano gives an update on Who’s the Boss? [Seriously OMG]

Sad clown loser Dr. Oz wants his daytime show back. [Jezebel]

I cannot wait for Severance Season 2! [Go Fug Yourself]

Meghann Fahy is the breakout star of The White Lotus! [Gawker]

Chris Hemsworth looks ripped. [Just Jared]

Kourtney Kardashian is shilling sleep supplements. [Egotastic]

Non-Americans are always shocked by 24-hour stores and chicken & waffles. [Buzzfeed]

Taylor Russell wore vintage Gucci. [RCFA]

Team USA beat Team Iran in the World Cup! [Towleroad]


Charlize Theron sells long standing LA property

Charlize Theron Just sold a home she’s owned for 22 years. According to, Charlize bought the LA property in 2000 for a mere $519,000 and just sold it for a cool $1,995,000!

Described as a “super light and charming casita secured behind gates and tall hedges” on its listing, the compact yet chic residence features two bedrooms and one-and-a-half bathrooms — all dressed up with an aesthetically-pleasing terracotta roof.

Sold: $1,995,000 1,539 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms Pool


“Robert Pattinson played matchmaker for Taika Waititi & Rita Ora” links

Robert Pattinson played matchmaker for Taika Waititi & Rita Ora. [OMG Blog]

Glen Powell is ambitious and he wants a bigger breakout. [LaineyGossip]

George Takei & William Shatner: still beefing. [Dlisted]

T&L talk about Naomi Biden’s wedding & TAR on their pod. [Tom & Lorenzo]

A thinkpiece about The Crown’s Season 5. [Pajiba]

James Cameron explains why the Na’Vi peeps are blue. [JustJared]

Kendall Jenner argues that tights are pants. [GFY]

Gwendoline Christie’s styling in Wednesday was gorgeous!! [Buzzfeed]

Kylie Jenner’s Christmas decorations are surprisingly tasteful. [Starcasm]

Russia’s trans community is in danger. [Towleroad]

Kind of forgot that Bella Hadid is a Victoria’s Secret model. [Egotastic]

I agree, caffeine-free Diet Coke is for psychos (like Elon Musk). But I think Diet Coke from the McDonald’s fountain is the far superior version of Coke. [Gawker]


Fake Heiress Anna Sorkin wears sequins to parole office

Anna ‘Delvey’ Sorokin, who became internationally known last year when she was arrested for pretending she was an heiress and leaving unpaid tabs and bills up and down Manhattan, was seen this week in one hella flashy outfit.

Anna was on her way to see her parole officer in peacock feather heels, a gold sequin dress and a pink satin robe. Oh and lace gloves, of course.

She was coming out of her fifth floor apartment and I couldn’t hope but notice someone spray-painted ANNA on her doorway. Which the other tenants must love. Anna somehow manages to pay $4,250 a month according to the The Cut magazine.

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Howard Stern is ‘not comfortable’ with Oprah ‘showing off her wealth’

Oprah Winfrey is very rich. Howard Stern is also very rich. Oprah was/is the first Black woman billionaire. Stern is close to being a billionaire too, if he’s not already – his contracts with SiriusXM are worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Oprah has homes in Hawaii and Montecito and probably more? Howard Stern has a huge apartment in New York, a huge spread in the Hamptons and a lot more. They both have working class origins and they are both uniquely American success stories. They should not get involved in a pissing contest about whose wealth is more embarrassing or showy. Oprah is just sitting in Montecito, enjoying her mansion and her kitchen garden while Stern seethes. Apparently, he follows her on Instagram and he thinks she’s flaunting her wealth inappropriately.

Howard Stern is taking Oprah Winfrey to task over showing off her wealth on social media. During the Nov. 28 episode of “The Howard Stern Show” on SiriusXM (via Mediaite), the radio host said that “Oprah’s not embarrassed by her wealth at all” and somewhat lacks self-awareness considering she frequently posts about her wealthy lifestyle despite people struggling out there in the real world.

“It’s f–king mind blowing when you follow her on Instagram,” Stern said. “You see her estates, her gardens, the people who service her and, you know…She’s got servants and, like, people cooking and it’s f–king wild. She knows how to be rich…She kind of likes to show it off, which is something I’m not comfortable with. I don’t think that people should show off their wealth.”

Stern’s radio co-host Robin Quivers pushed back against Stern, claiming Oprah is merely offering a window into her life and “not showing off.”

“Well you gotta be a little self-aware and know that there are people struggling out there, Robin. You got to,” Stern said. “You gotta kind of think about people who don’t have — to eat. You know what I’m saying? I mean, come on. You gotta be a little bit aware of this sh-t… I make a good living, and I’m having trouble watching Oprah. I go, wow. Look what’s going on over there? Her estate is unbelievable. When she goes shopping, she goes shopping in her backyard cause everything is growing back there. There’s a farm back there.”

Later in the episode, Stern was a bit more complimentary toward Oprah when discussing her annual tradition of inviting students from her South African school, The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, to her home for Thankgiving.

“The girls, they are so sweet,” Stern said. “They — I think they believe Oprah’s God because let me tell you, she provides, she gives them an education. She gives them meals, don’t ask. They love her. And it, it’s impressive. I gotta be honest. I mean, you know, it’s real charity work.”

[From Variety]

People are already yelling at Stern for these comments, especially the part about Oprah’s backyard farm. Having a kitchen garden or a small farm isn’t especially elite – for generations, tons of low-income or middle-class people had vegetable gardens or small working farms. In recent decades, the idea of a “backyard kitchen garden” has come to represent a certain kind of socioeconomic elitism though. I think there are worse ways for Oprah to spend her money than “maintaining a small farm in her backyard” and “paying people to cook for her and maintain her farm.” Plus, if you’re following Oprah on social media, you want to see how she lives – she’s not “flaunting” her lifestyle anymore or any less than most Instagram influencers or “people who are good at Instagram.” It’s aspirational, not a documentary on the Great Depression.

And yes, there’s a racial element to this as well. Stern is an intelligent man most of the time, but he has a racial bias here, of “how dare a Black woman be rich and live well.”

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Instagram.

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Will Smith on the Oscars slap: ‘At the end of the day, I just, I lost it, you know’

Will Smith is currently promoting Emancipation, which will stream on AppleTV. It’s his passion project, and Apple put a lot of money into the production. Emancipation was on track, earlier this year, to be another Oscar-bait film and tour-de-force performance from Smith. Then on March 27th, Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars and people in Hollywood have convinced themselves that the slap was simply the worst thing any actor has ever done. Keep in mind, Babylon will still have a huge Oscar campaign, complete with “Oscar buzz” for Brad Pitt, a man credibly accused of violently assaulting and terrorizing his then-wife and six children on a plane. But sure, the slap. In any case, Will’s promotional tour is already an extension of his post-Oscars apology tour. Last night, Will did his first big TV interview – with Trevor Noah on The Daily Show. Wouldn’t have been my choice for his first interview, but here we are.

Will Smith made his return to late-night television on Monday when he appeared on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah for the first time since he slapped Chris Rock on the Dolby Theatre stage at this year’s Oscars. When Noah asked the Academy Award winner about his journey in the months since the slap incident, Smith began by saying that it was “a horrific night.”

“[There are] many nuances and complexities to it, you know, but at the end of the day, I just, I lost it, you know,” Smith told Noah. “I guess what I would say, you just never know what somebody’s going through.”

He continued by explaining that he was going through something that night, not that that “justifies my behavior at all.”

“You’re asking, what did I learn? And it’s that we just got to be nice to each other man,” Smith said. “You know, it’s like, it’s hard. And I guess the thing that was most painful for me is, I took my hard and made it hard for other people. You know, it’s like, I understood the idea when they say hurt people hurt people.”

Noah said he had a friend call him, saying he felt they saw the real Smith onstage that night, but Noah disagreed, saying he thought the actor just stood up for the wrong thing at the wrong time. The Daily Show host continued that things were becoming “relentlessly sh-tty” and Smith reacted for the first time.

“It was a lot of things,” the actor said. “It was the little boy that watched his father beat up his mother, you know, is that you know, all of that just bubbled up in that moment. You know, I just that’s not who I wanna be.”

When Noah told Smith he thinks he made a mistake and doesn’t think that’s who the actor is, The Daily Show audience cheered, and Smith began tearing up. Later in the conversation, he explained that he had a lot of rage that had been bottled up for a long time.

“I had to forgive myself for being human,” Smith said. “Trust me, there’s nobody that hates the fact that I’m human more than me. And just finding that space for myself within myself to be human. It’s like, I want, I’ve always wanted to be Superman. I’ve always wanted to swoop in and save the damsel in distress, you know. And I had to humble down, you know, and realize that I’m a flawed human, and I still have an opportunity to go out in the world and contribute in a way that fills my heart, and hopefully helps other people.”

In an interview with Washington D.C.’s Fox affiliate ahead of his Daily Show appearance, Smith said he “completely” respects if audiences aren’t ready to see him in his upcoming film Emancipation, but that his “deepest hope” is that his actions during the 2022 Academy Awards “don’t penalize my team.”

“I completely understand that, if someone is not ready. I would absolutely respect that and allow them their space to not be ready,” Smith told Fox 5.

[From THR]

I thought Will was right to apologize in the immediate wake of the slap, and he did so multiple times – he apologized to his family, he apologized to Chris Rock, he apologized to the Academy and the Oscars audience. Whether or not individuals accept his apology and move on, that’s up to them. But after seven, eight months? It’s giving Janet Jackson-at-the-2004-Super-Bowl. The powers that be are making an example out of a Black artist. There are too many people exhibiting performative and selective outrage about this sh-t. I wish Will would say that, although I know he won’t. He feels so guilty and his guilt is what the industry is exploiting. At some point, I hope he just says “it is what it is, I f–ked up but it doesn’t have to define my life from here.”

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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Prince William & Kate will not be ‘distracted’ by the Sussexes during their trip

Ah, yes – another piece in the wall-to-wall panicked previews of the Prince and Princess of Wales’s three-day trip to Boston. Kensington Palace continues to emphasize that this is merely a “trip” and not a “tour.” Meanwhile, the royal rota continues to emphasize that they’re disappointed in the lack of glamour and headline-grabbing events during William and Kate’s trip. So here we are, with yet another preview, this time in the Telegraph. The lede here is hilarious: William and Kate will not “be distracted” by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. As in, Harry and Meghan’s mere existence in America is potentially a huge “distraction” for the Waleses but they will stay strong and keen. Interestingly, I wonder if the American media covering their trip will adhere to a “no questions about those Montecito distractions” rule. Some highlights from the Telegraph:

American hearts & minds: For the Prince and Princess, the Boston trip is a big moment, their first overseas visit since taking on their new roles and a critical opportunity to whip up more of an international buzz around the Earthshot Prize. Both royal and government sources privately acknowledge that it also offers the chance to reposition the Royal family in American hearts and minds, casting them in their own light rather than the racist, neglectful version peddled by the Sussexes.

The trip wasn’t planned with the Sussexes in mind: However, a foreign office source insisted that the visit had not been planned with the Montecito-based couple in mind. “The Palace team are highly cognizant of Meghan and Harry, but equally, they’re not scared of their shadows on this,” they said. “William is the future King. Harry has taken his path, she’s doing her podcast, they’ve got their issues, but the palace isn’t going to run scared of that, so kudos to them.”

The first Earthshot Prize was a big, dumb snooze: The inaugural Earthshot Prize was held in London last year and while it was hailed a great success, it did not generate significant attention abroad. “America is your best chance of projecting it internationally,” the source said. “That was the logic behind wanting to do it in Boston.”

The global brand of the Waleses: Hannah Jones, the chief executive of the Earthshot Prize, told The Telegraph: “Our goal is to become a global brand and we are one year into it. It’s very early days and it’s quite incredible the amount of momentum we have already got. We’re just building up. Think of it like a flywheel. You know, Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

The Kennedys: By chance, just days after the Prince and Princess join forces with President Kennedy’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy, and grandson, Jack Schlossberg, in Boston, an opposing branch of the political dynasty will be lauding the Sussexes with a prestigious humanitarian award.

The Sussexes are super-busy in December: In the battle for hearts and minds, it seems the Waleses may only have a small window. On Tuesday evening, Meghan will speak at an event in Indianapolis, for which guests have paid $5,000 for a table for ten. The Power of Women: An Evening with Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, will involve an interview conducted by Rabbi Sandy Sasso, the first female Reconstructionist rabbi. Members of the media are banned and those buying tickets must confirm that none of their guests work in the field. On the following Tuesday, December 6, the Sussexes will receive their humanitarian award from Kerry Kennedy. Two days later, their Netflix documentary, which the Duchess says will tell their “love story”, is released.

William is solely focused on Earthshot: He will not let any noise from the Sussex camp drown it out, as one well-placed source made clear. “Our number focus next week is the Earthshot Prize and we won’t be distracted by other things,” they said.

[From The Telegraph]

Here’s the thing: the Keens weren’t interested in being a global brand until they saw the Sussexes build their global brand. The Keens want the superficiality of a “global brand” without doing the work and without being interesting/hard-working public figures. They literally want to show up in Boston and be hailed as “better than the Sussexes” while doing next to nothing. I’m also incredibly curious about what American media will be allowed at William and Kate’s events – one way in which the Boston trip could fail miserably is for the Keens to treat this like they treat royal tours, with every event being done solely for their domestic audience, i.e. the British tabloid media. There’s probably a huge concern that if they hand out media credentials to American and international outlets, suddenly the Sussexes will be a huge “distraction” because those are the questions they’ll be asked and that’s where the interest is.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.