Hey, it's Gawker Newsletter again. Today we are grateful that we are neither in your Spam box nor caught by your Promotions filter. We assume that if you are reading this, this is true. If it is untrue, there’s always tomorrow! Redemption, a great concept. No one could better illustrate its fruits than Amanda Seyfried, whom we simply adore. We think she has a lot of potential, and that she should get another stab at the movie version of Les Misérables. But I guess sometimes there isn’t always tomorrow. Death comes for us all, including the Queen, who remains in stable condition (dead). The family remains forced to be around each other (I suppose Meghan can record her podcast ad-reads from across the pond) and are handling it in the most British way possible: passive aggressively. Now that I’ve thought about it, I’m beginning to eat my words on redemption seeing that Michelle Branch is giving her husband, Guy from the band The Black Keys, another shot. Now that you're trying to work things out, sorry for talking all that shit about him when you were broken up. Bouncing back from his breakup with the aged 25-year-old model, Leonardo DiCaprio was spotted touching the shoulder of Gigi Hadid. The twist? She’s 27. What a fairy tale romance, congratulations to their publicists and see you in a couple weeks when they stop pretending to date. Don’t worry, darling; Gigi will be fine. As fine as Harry Styles was in My Policeman. This guy’s an actor now, huh?
Give Amanda Seyfried Another Shot at ‘Les Misérables’
By Claire Carusillo
She can nail it this time around
We love Amanda Seyfried around here. Now that she’s been awarded an Emmy as America’s Best Actress (in a limited series) (or TV movie) (frizzy hair and smeared lipstick edition) for her take on Elizabeth Holmes in The Dropout, everyone else is starting to take notice. Seyfriend and her patagonia fleece were phenomenal in the Dropout, outshining even the most formidable of co-stars: William H. Macy’s forehead and eternal fave Alan Ruck’s cabal of guys who work at Walgreens. Nobody could do it better than Seyfried.
Because of her outstanding achievements this year, she deserves more than just a statue. Specifically, she deserves a do-over in the 2012 live action film Les Misérables. Seyfried played Cosette, the ethereal street rat orphaned by Anne Hathaway in her toothless, hairless turn as mama Fantine. In 2021, Seyfried told The Crown actress Vanessa Kirby in a Variety Actors on Actors sit down that she still has nightmares about her performance. Director Tom Hooper insisted all his actors sing on film with no dubbing.
“I wish I could redo ‘Les Miz’ completely, because the whole live singing aspect just — I still have nightmares about it,” she said. Continue reading
Queen Coffin Dinner Reunites Estranged Royal Family
By Claire Carusillo
(Passive aggressively) pass the steak and kidney pie
I can’t keep track of all this pomp and circumstance surrounding the Queen’s dumpy frumpy old coffin: She’s vibing in Scotland, then she’s on the most-tracked airplane ride of all time, then she’s tearing down the streets of London courtesy of some baby-faced beefeaters, and now she’s “lying in state” at Westminster. Lying in state? Sounds like some British pols I know! Just a little cheek to keep the mood up, which, last time I checked, wasn’t illegal in America during the state-mandated Lil mourning period.
But the most arcane of British traditions seems to have happened last night, when the Queen’s immediate family put aside their differences for a good, old-fashioned Queen Coffin Dinner. According to CNN, Princess Markle and her bridegroom Harry dined at Buckingham Palace after the late Queen’s casket arrived, alongside Charles, Camilla, Prince William, and some other miscellaneous randos who bear the family jaw.
At the Mountbatten-Windsor Queen Coffin Dinner, hosted by the new monarch Charles, the fambam supped, likely using the coffin as a sturdy, ceremonial table. I imagine they deployed some icebreakers to break the tension. “If you could invite anyone, living or dead, to a dinner party, who would it be?” Continue reading
Michelle Branch Is Giving Her Alleged Cheater of a Husband a Second Chance
By Kelly Conaboy
(Pretend to be supportive)
You know when your friend breaks up with her terrible boyfriend, and you comfort her by reciting your list of all of the things you didn’t like about him in order, like (number one) how you always thought he was ... uniquely unattractive and (number two) how his band The Black Keys sucks shit, just as an example not based on anyone in particular? And then your friend gets back together with him, and now she’s mad at you? Well. It seems that Michelle Branch and Patrick Carney are putting a pause on their divorce.
Sorry, Michelle … Continue reading
Leonardo DiCaprio Touched Gigi Hadid’s Shoulder and You Know What That Means
By Allie Jones
Yolanda Hadid is throwing a party at her Pennsylvania farm
Sources have been insisting to any tabloid that will listen for the last two weeks that Leonardo DiCaprio, 47, has changed his ways. Despite never previously dating a woman over the age of 25, these sources claim that the Pussy Posse founder is “pursuing” the 27-year-old single mother and model Gigi Hadid. And now these sources have proof… that, uh, DiCaprio and Hadid have previously breathed the same air.
Us Weekly reported yesterday that DiCaprio and Hadid were spotted at the same New York Fashion Week afterparty on Saturday night, and today, the Daily Mail published a couple grainy photos of the would-be couple sitting at a table together during the event, which was reportedly thrown by DiCaprio’s longtime nightlife buddy Richie Akiva. Please prepare yourself before clicking this link, because the images are spicy. DiCaprio is wearing his signature face-obscuring ball cap. Hadid is hunched over like a linebacker. There is absolutely no kissing, but in one photo, DiCaprio reaches out to touch Hadid’s shoulder — hot. Continue reading
Harry Styles Doesn’t Suck in ‘My Policeman’
By Adam Nayman
The rest of the film is a bit uneven
I saw Harry Styles twice this week at the Toronto International Film Festival. The first time was on-screen in Michael Grandage’s My Policeman, a romantic drama named for Styles’s character, Tom, a closeted constable in 1950s Britain based on the real-life male lover of author E.M. Forster. The other was outside the film’s public premiere, where the singer-slash-actor inspired the second-biggest outdoor crowd of the weekend after Taylor Swift — a throng loud enough to be audible from space, or at least the top of the CN Tower.
TIFF’s desire to connect to a younger, poppier audience in their post-Covid comeback year is palpable, and it’s also fair enough, even if the terms of the outreach border on disingenuous; I will always treasure the festival press release breathlessly touting Swift as a “visual thinker” (although, to give credit where it’s due, All Too Well: The Short Film was probably the only title in the entire programme to screen on 35 mm). As for Styles, his sharing of an ensemble TIFF tribute acting prize (the first one ever) for My Policeman was a sneaky way to leverage an expedient celebration of celebrity against an ostensible celebration of craft; one wonders whether, if Don’t Worry Darling had been invited to Toronto instead, the same cover story would have held up.
If the TIFF Tribute Award for Performance represents a figurative form of sucking up, the literal blow job Styles receives in the centerpiece sequence of My Policeman is, if nothing else, a likely conversation piece for the fall movie season. Continue reading
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