Today Lady Gaga released her new album, Chromatica, which I always have to remind myself is not a cheap color-changing lipstick thrown in free with the purchase of $100 worth of Haus Labs cosmetics. As expected, Gaga fans are breaking down each song, lyric by lyric, searching for subtle messages planted by Gaga herself. And the good news for the rest of us is that they might have managed to dig up some gossipy evidence regarding Gaga’s relationship with her former fiancé Christian Carino.
I fully expect Renée Zellweger to get a standing ovation as she rises to accept her Academy Award for playing Judy Garland in Judy this Sunday. But there’s at least one person who won’t be standing, in fact I imagine Liza Minnelli will be sucking her teeth as she’s splayed across a velvet fainting couch surrounded by “her Oscar for ‘Cabaret’” which “sits on a low table alongside a copy of a 1972 Time magazine with Minnelli on the cover. On a table next to the couch are her Tonys, while a collection of additional awards crowd a sideboard near the entryway” as she’s described in a recent Variety interview. Liza’s not here for Renée’s portrayal of her mother. In fact, when the subject was brought up, she deployed shade so penetrating and complete, PG&E’s still reporting outages and is scheduling rolling blackouts for the next 10 years in order to recover.
A little over two weeks ago, 17-year-old Billie Eilish appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Jimmy Kimmel is 52 years old, and he decided to quiz Billie on some pop culture moments from the year he was 17, which was 1984. Jimmy isn’t the first to think, “LOL Gen Z doesn’t know stuff that happened two decades before they were born,” and I’m sure he won’t be the last. Billie didn’t know who Van Halen was, which made the audience laugh. That moment went viral on the internet the next day, with people either continuing to laugh or coming to her defense (like Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolf Van Halen).
Billie could have clapped back like your average 17-year-old by hissing “Ok boomer” at Jimmy under her breath. But Billie isn’t your average teen – she’s a very famous, Grammy-nominated teen. Instead, she subtly addressed the situation on Saturday while accepting an award.
This is terrible news for people who love public acts of pettiness and also hate Donald Trump. The shady shrug felt ’round the world might not have actually been that shady, as it turns out. People magazine says that a British journalist tried to clear the air about Princess Anne’s “These hands are for shrugging, not shaking” gesture at the Buckingham Palace reception for NATO leaders on Tuesday. And according to them, it wasn’t what it looked like.
Leaders from North America, Europe, and the UK are currently in London for the 70th annual NATO summit. And whenever Canada’s invited to the party, you can be sure that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will inevitably become the default belle of said ball. Sometimes the spotlight is stolen by Angela Merkel, depending on if she feels up to busting out one of her signature unimpressed looks. But an unlikely dark horse has galloped from the rear and stole the spotlight at this year’s NATO summit, and it was Queen Elizabeth’s only daughter, Princess Anne.
When you think about the limited number of dudes in Hollywood with unimpeachable reputations as unproblematic nice guys that everyone seems to love, Tom Hanks is usually one of the first names that comes to mind. And another man you’ve probably never heard a bad word against is everybody’s favorite Jewish leather daddy, Henry Winkler. Guys like Henry and Tom are all we have in #thesetryingtimes keeping us from turning our backs on Hollywood altogether (well, them and most of the ladies, Scarlett Johannson excepted). So what are we to do with the information that Henry apparently thinks Tom is trash!?!