Showing posts with label Academy Awards. Show all posts
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Let's Dish about the 2017 Oscars: What I Loved (and What I Didn't Love)!

O - M - G!!!

What should have been a night of celebration for "La La Land" turned into confusion and disappointment when "La La Land" was announced as Best Picture by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.  Producer Jordan Horowitz was in mid-thank you speech when it was discovered that Beatty and Dunaway had announced the wrong film and the Best Picture winner was really "Moonlight." 

Unfortunately, it was a loss for both because, even though "Moonlight" won, by the time the mistake was rectified, there was little time for Director Barry Jenkins to give his thank you speech.  A sad ending to what is usually a happy event for me and for the winners.  For a minute there, I thought I was at the Miss Universe contest where Steve Harvey announced the wrong winner.  What is going on these days?  Wouldn't you know, too, that the ones blamed for the mistake - Beatty and Dunaway - are old folks being blamed for making an old folks mistake and giving us old folks a bad name!

As for "La La Land," I have come to realize that despite how much I loved the film for its originality, freshness, innovation and depth, it is much like "The English Patient," another film that I dearly loved, a "love it or hate it" movie. 

Anyway, I am starting to get depressed, so let's get on with the fun parts:

The Clothes

Watching the stars walk the Red Carpet before the show is half the fun of The Oscars.  I have fond memories of watching with my young daughter and dishing about the gowns.  Now she is grown and I have to do it on my own but I still enjoy it.

Standouts this year were Taraji P. Henson,

Chrissy Teigan (I love her),

and Viola Davis (thank you, Viola, for a colorful dress)!

I liked Octavia Spencer's dress as well because why shouldn't a big girl wear feathers?

Mahershala Ali rocked his black on black on black look- black tux, black shirt, black bow tie.  He looked fabulous!

I liked Jessica Biel's dress but I couldn't help but think that she looked like a real life Oscar.  Yes, literally, the statue.  But maybe that was what she was going for!

And Nicole Kidman and Emma Stone - though I liked the design and style of both of their dresses, they need to stop wearing blush and nude. It washes them out.  So from one pale human to another, don't.

Janelle Monae looked like she was channeling Marie Antoinette

and Isabelle Huppert looked like she was going to be baptized in a river.

I also have to ask what was with Halle Berry's hair and Alicia Vikander's fake tan.  Both too too much.


And then there was Mel Gibson and his, I mean girlfriend.

And I'm not being bitchy here.  I am just dishing.  That's different.

Jimmy Kimmel

I have to admit I had big reservations about Jimmy Kimmel as host.  I am not a big fan of him or his show and I am not sure why.  But he did a great stand-up, teasing the nominees, much in the tradition of Bob Hope and Johnny Carson.  But I can't help but miss Billy Crystal's opening where he would put himself into each movie.

The so-called feud with Matt Damon was funny but I think it might have gone over the heads of most people who didn't know where that came from.  For those who don't know here is the background.

Other funny moments included the shot he took at Donald Trump via Meryl Streep (whose husband didn't look like he was having a very good time) and asking her if she was wearing an Ivanka Trump dress, tweeting to Trump and at the end blaming Steve Harvey for the Best Picture announcement gaffe.  He handled all of that with class, blaming himself.

"I knew I would screw this show up.  I really did."

You didn't, Jimmy.  You did a good job.

The Speeches

They were fine.  I wish they had been more political but I know that many people don't like that, feeling that they want to watch an awards show, not a bunch of actors spouting their political beliefs.  But here is my take on that:  actors are people just like us, they have their beliefs and if they have a platform where they can put forth those beliefs, then more power to them.  If you don't like it, don't watch. 

Most heartfelt and poignant?  Viola's speech.

The only thing that I DON'T like about these acceptance speeches is when the actor praises those who lost.  Emma Stone did that and I would say to her, Emma, don't do that.  If I had just lost my chance at an Oscar, I would not want you rubbing it in by saying I deserve it too or you are going to share it with me or I really deserved to get it.  If I deserved it, then I would have won it!  Just enjoy your victory.  You don't need to share it with anyone!

The Production - Hits and Misses

I really liked the snippets of the speeches from past winners that preceded the announcement of the actors' categories.

I also liked the moments when Charlize Theron talked about her admiration for Shirley MacLaine and then the two came out to announce a winner together.  Likewise when Javier Bardem did the same for Meryl.  Those are the kinds of moments I enjoy, but there were only two of those. 

Likewise, I loved the bit with people from around the world commenting on their favorite films and the actors reading mean tweets about themselves was hilarious, especially when Tilda Swinton read one where she was likened to this dog.  It was literally a howl.  Yes, literally, I howled.


But the Starline bus bit, bringing in the tourists, I thought was a bit cringe-worthy.
Much as I liked some of those bits, putting all of those different segments together didn't create a whole.  If we were going to have an actor like Charlize talk about her admiration for an older actor like Shirley MacLaine, then why wasn't that a common thread? I would like to have seen more of that interspersed throughout the show, other actors recognizing their inspirational counterparts.  It just seemed like too many different tangents all competing against each other.

Speaking of hits - did you notice that part of the prop in the dance number during the nominated song from "Moana" actually hit Aul'i Cravalho in the head while she was singing?  It literally hit her and went bonk! and I could see it jarring her teeth.  But she kept going.  She is only 16 so good for her!  However, that led Hubby to notice that she had nice teeth.

The Snubs

I can't write about the Oscars without mentioning the snubs and disappointments when the nominations were made.

The fact that Taraji P. Henson was not nominated for Best Actress was a travesty.  She was the heart and soul of "Hidden Figures" and showed her range as an actress.  There was not a hint of Cookie anywhere.  If "Hidden Figures" deserved an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, then Taraji deserved a Best Actress nomination, especially since Octavia Spencer was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for that film.

And why was "Finding Dory" not nominated for Best Animated Feature?  "Piper," which won for Best Animated Short, was the "cartoon" that preceded "Finding Dory" in the theatre.  So no "Finding Dory," but "My Life as a Zucchini" was nominated?  What the hell?

"Weiner" should have been nominated for Best Documentary, Tom Hanks should have been nominated for Best Actor for "Sully" and Kathryn Hahn should have been nominated for Best Supporting Actress for "Bad Moms."  However, not surprised about Hahn, because, sadly, comedies never get their due.

Final Verdict

I have to say that overall, I was disappointed. 

And I am certainly not an Academy Awards hater.  I LOVE the Academy Awards and look forward to them every year.  I dress up, make appetizers, drink champagne and the whole family participates in the competition, with ballots and everything.  At our house it has always been an event.  So I say I was disappointed with a heavy heart.

Not just because "La La Land" didn't win Best Picture, which was disappointing enough, not just because Denzel was robbed, he really deserved Best Actor, and not just that I also only got 16 out of 24 right this year (last year I was 21 out of 24), but because I felt that overall the show was inconsistent in its presentation. It was all over the place with tourists and homage to older actors and tweets and Jimmy's "feud" with Matt Damon, most of which were funny on their own but didn't come together as a whole satisfying experience.

Here is my advice for a more successful Oscars show and one that perhaps won't take over four hours: Pick a theme and go with that. 

Don't try to do so many different bits. Forget the candy dropping from the ceiling (reminded me of Ellen ordering pizza) and the selfies and the tourists and the other cutesy stuff and give us more of the homage to mentors and why movies matter.

"I became an artist...because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life." That's what Viola said in her acceptance speech.

"Movies celebrate life and helps us understand what it means to be human." 
I said that.

And, finally, the ultimate disappointment is to have the wrong movie announced as Best Picture.

So just what the hell happened at the end, that things got so screwed up and the wrong movie was announced as Best Picture?  And don't blame it on old people!

So here is the skinny on that!

And Jimmy, it wasn't your fault!

Well, that's it for the 2017 Oscars. 
See you next year!


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The Week in Reviews

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Oscars Wrap Up: The Best and Worst (and Everything In Between) of the 2014 Academy Awards

Well, my Big Day is over. 

I look forward to the Academy Awards every year much the way football fans look forward to the Super Bowl.

This year I had seen all of the films nominated for Best Picture (one of the rewards of retirement!) and most of the films nominated in other categories, except "Bad Grandpa." ( I will watch just about anything but that's going too far even if the makeup is nomination worthy!)

I won the family pool, too, along with my son and daughter-in-law having correctly chosen the winners in 21 out of the 24 categories.

However, I have to say that there were no surprises and the ceremony was tepid at best with Ellen certainly not at the top of her game.

Anyway, here is my wrap up -
the best and worst of the night.
(I watched so you didn't have to!)

The Red Carpet

Is it really necessary to do four hours counting down to the Red Carpet before the Red Carpet? 
The stars of "Fashion Police" - Giuliana Rancic, George Kotsiopoulos and Kelly Osbourne were up and at it first thing in the morning speculating on what the stars might wear, talking about the nominees, etc.  Snore. So we really need four hours of yakking before the stars even arrive?  I think the coverage of the Red Carpet that began at 2:30 was more than enough.

I have to say that it's not as much fun to dish the Red Carpet these days since almost everyone has a stylist so hardly anyone makes huge mistakes anymore. 

But here is what I didn't like:

  • Blush, nude and white dresses.  Not a fan.  Those non-colors make everyone look washed out.
  • Strapless dresses with no necklaces or big earrings.
  • Botox, botox and more botox.  Nary a forehead moved.

Here are my nods to the Best and Worst:

Best Dress:  I really liked Jennifer Lawrence's and Amy Adam's dresses, but their accessories were too minimalist for my taste, despite the necklace down Jennifer's back. June Squibb looked great in Tadashi Shoji and Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive but I can't give it to her because she was wearing that dreaded nude and white.  But at least she was wearing big earrings.

I give Best Dress to Charlize Theron in Dior.

Best Dressed Couple:  Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis

Olivia is noticeably pregnant and highlighted that fact, but tastefully in her gorgeous black Valentino dress.  Jason looked great in his tux.  Tux's make men look so handsome.  I wish they would wear them all of the time.

Could have been Best Dress:  Lupita Nyong'o

Loved the Prada dress, but Lupita was too flat-chested for it. A bony décolletage is not attractive. Likewise, a headband on a head with no hair is just wrong.

Worst Dress:  Sally Hawkins 

She was completely swallowed up by her dress. Couldn't she afford a tailor?  The sleeves were hanging long over her hands and all that lace looked like it was choking her. She also should have put her hair up.  Her hair hanging down over a high neck and all of that lace just added to the mess.

Best Tux:  Kevin Spacey

Kevin rocked this blue tux.  Hubby was even salivating over it.

Worst Tux:  If you can call it that, Pharrell Williams looked stupid in shorts. 

At least he didn't wear that silly hat that he wore at the Grammys. It might be Vivienne Westwood but it looked ridiculous.  But wait, there's that hat again!

Most vapid interviewer on the Red Carpet:  All of them, though I will say that Ryan Seacrest has the gift of gab like no other.  No matter what is happening he can turn it into lemonade.

For more in depth (and probably funnier comments than mine), check out "Fashion Police" on E! and/or my new favorite "Fashion Queens" on BRAVO.

The Ceremony

I love Ellen but was disappointed.

She is funnier every day on her show than she was Oscar night.  Her monologue was very old school.  Nothing outrageous.  I couldn't help but miss Billy Crystal and his usual musical tribute to each of the nominated films and wonder what he would have done with "Captain Phillips" or "Her."

Best Ellen Monologue Moment: 
When talking about Bakhad Abdi, she remarked that he was from Somalia adding humorously that must make him a sommelier.  She then satirized the famous line from "Captain Phillips" by saying - "Who's the wine captain now?"

Worst Ellen Monologue Moment:
Though the fact that "12 Years a Slave" winning Best Picture was a historic moment, Ellen's comment in the opening monologue that "there were two possibilities this year: that Steve McQueen's drama would win the best picture Oscar. And possibility two: you're all racists" was out of place and, frankly, didn't really make much sense.

Best Ellen Moments:  Ordering pizza (she tried to get Harvey Weinstein to pick up the tab) and the "selfie," which is now the most retweeted tweet.

Most Cringe-worthy Ellen Moment:
Calling out Liza Minnelli as the best Liza Minnelli impersonator and saying "Good job, Sir," as if Liza was in drag. Really bad. Liza was not pleased.  However, poor Liza.  She did look very puckered like she had too much work done or drunk too many appletinis - or both.

Best Spoken Acceptance Speeches:  Jared Leto and Cate Blanchett

Jared paid homage to his Mom and acknowledged the political situations happening around the world.  He's a serious guy.  And thank you, Jared, for actually preparing a speech!

Cate acknowledged that women pay to go to the movies, too, so make sure there are films with strong women starring in them. You go, Cate!

Best Vocal Acceptance Speeches: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez accepting their Best Original Song Award for "Let it Go" and Darlene Love, who was one of the focal points in the Best Documentary "20 Feet from Stardom."

They sang their acceptance speeches.  Brilliant.

Biggest waste of time in an already over long show: 
Bette Midler singing "The Wind Beneath My Wings" AFTER the "In Memoriam" segment.  Why didn't she sing it as background for that?  Is Ms. Midler too much of a diva to merely be heard singing?

Biggest Disappointment: 

Not seeing Angelina Jolie receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and Steve Martin and Angela Lansbury their Honorary Oscars.

The Jean Herscholt Award used to be a big deal during the ceremony and has now been relegated to the "And by the way, here are the awards no one cares about" category.  Well, I care.  Angelina is a huge star who uses her time to help others and I wanted to hear what she had to say.  Likewise, I would rather hear Steve Martin's and Angela Lansbury's acceptance speeches for their well-deserved Honorary Oscars than Bette Midler singing "Wind Beneath my Wings" for the trillionth time.

Biggest Flub:

John Travolta introducing Idina Menzel as Adele Dazeem.  What the hell?  He doesn't know the name of one of Broadway's biggest stars?  Geez, John, that botox you had done on your forehead must have affected your eyesight, not to mention your brain!

Best Production Moment:

No one's speech was interrupted by music when they went too long. Thank you.  When someone works really hard to make it and then finally does, it is an insult to be rushed off the stage in the moment of glory. 

Worst Moment: The misuse of a Hollywood Legend

Kim Novak, a Hollywood legend who hasn't been seen by the public in years, was practically an afterthought as she came out with Matthew McConaughey to present the Best Animated Feature award. She should have been showcased in some way rather than having her do some stupid banter with McConaughey, banter which she didn't really seem up toProbably good idea Matthew was there, though, as he seemed to be holding her up. Some clips from her films should have heralded her arrival.  I would rather have seen that than the weak tribute to "The Wizard of Oz" or some of the genre tributes that appeared here and there. (Speaking of which, I didn't even understand some of them.  There was one where clips from "Avatar" were followed by clips from "A Wonderful Life."  What did those have to do with each other?)

Final Pet Peeve:
  • I am not a fan of up to ten films being nominated for Best Picture.  If they are going to do that, then they should also nominate up to ten Best Actors and Best Actresses.  This year the acting fields were very dense, especially in the area of Best Actor.  The fact that Tom Hanks was not nominated for "Captain Phillips," and the film was nominated for Best Picture is outrageous.  He carried that picture.  Likewise, Robert Redford was amazing in "All is Lost" and Joaquin Phoenix did some of his best work in "Her."  I think there is an imbalance and we need to go back to nominating just five films.
Despite my annoyances, I still enjoyed the Big Night.
What did you think?

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Friday, February 28, 2014

How to Throw a Killer Oscar Party: Join Me for the Academy Awards And The Week in Reviews

How to Throw a Killer Oscar Party
(This Week's movie reviews follow)

As you have already figured out, I love movies and the Academy Awards.

December through February is Super Bowl Season for movie lovers as the Academy Award Nominations are announced and the awards season gets under way.

Over the years, my Academy Awards Party was a popular annual event with friends and family, so I thought I would share my tips for throwing a memorable party so you can join in the fun.

Tip #1:

Send out invitations, preferably movie-related. 
I know it's asking a lot to actually shop for some invitations, address envelopes and mail them.  Failing that, email e-vites will work. There are many Oscar-themed invites available online.  If you send invitations via snail mail, include a ballot.  If you send something electronically, include the ballot link.  Make sure your guests know there will be prizes.

Tip #2:

The ballot: 
Find a ballot that not only includes the movie nominees, but also the actual nominees e.g. In addition to the movies nominated for Best Achievement in Costume Design, I also want to know the name of the nominee e.g. when I see Sandy Powell, it helps because she has won before.  For those of us who follow this stuff, over the years names become familiar and this is helpful when filling out the ballot.  

Make sure your guests bring their filled-out ballots with them to the party.  You can do this on the honor system or once the guests arrive, create a board to list everyone's picks so everyone can see what everyone has chosen.


Though it is not essential, but it's nice if you invite people who give a damn about movies.

Tip #4:

Ask that everyone come dressed in their Academy Awards Finery. 

Provide a red carpet (you don't have to have a red carpet but it would be fun) - it could be as simple as a runner of red felt - but dressing up is essential.
Other Academy Awards decorations are also fun.  Here are some ideas.

Tip #5:

Have TV's in more than one room so people can move around a bit without missing anything.

Tip #6:

Provide incentives which you have already announced in the invitation. 

Ideas would be  - everyone contributes $10 per person and winner takes all or one big prize for the winner and other prizes for 2nd and third place.  Have a funny booby prize for the person with the least correct answers (this would be an incentive for your guests to actually TRY to win.) 

One year the booby prize at my party was Mr. T's (remember him?) album (yes, we are talking vinyl) "Be Somebody or Be Somebody's Fool."

I thought that was hilarious.

Tip # 7:

Provide adult beverages. 
Preferably champagne and a non-alcoholic punch bowl.

Tip #8:

Provide food. 
A finger food buffet works best as it's easy for your guests to help themselves and eat while watching the show, so you don't have to be serving people.  Give the appetizers cool names related to the nominees. Popcorn is de rigeur. Or why not recreate the food from the very first Oscar show?

Tip #9:

Give everyone a "swag bag," just like the nominees.
Perhaps add a mini Oscar or a champagne glass filled with chocolates. 

This year's bag is highlighted by cannabis chocolates (hey, it's legal here)!
In other years, the swag bag has included maple syrup, dog food and vaginal rejuvenation, to name just a few items. Yes, you heard me. 

Tip #10:

Air kiss and call everyone "dahling" when they arrive and leave.

If you can't have a party: Whether or not we held a formal party, this was always a family affair.  When the kids were at home, we dressed up, had fancy hors d'oeuvres (or pizza) and watched together.  Now the kids are grown and one lives in another state, but we still have our Oscar competition and text and call each other during the show.  I provide the ballots and we give the kids a deadline and then Hubby lists everyone's picks.  We all put in $10 each and the winner takes all.  I plan to dress up, eat fancy food and drink champagne -- and to win!

Want to join us? 

Do you have some tips to share from your killer Oscar Party?

Some Movies You Might Have Missed!

A Winter's Tale (2014)

Based on the book of the same name, this screen adaptation stars Colin Farrell as a burglar in the early 1900's who falls in love with a dying girl and then finds himself transported to the present day, plagued by the forces of evil.  It's one of those true love transcending time and space things not to mention all of the heaven and hell stuff

There's Russell Crowe as a demon, Will Smith as Lucifer, a flying white horse that I thought would start talking like Mr. Ed any minute, and Eva Marie Saint and Jennifer Connolly looking like they are wondering what the hell they are doing in this mess.  And William Hurt?  What was that all about?  What the hell happened to your acting chops, Bill? In fact I found myself saying "What the hell?" a couple of times during the film.  And what's with Colin's hair? Suspending disbelief isn't possible here. But it was nice to see Lady Sybil ("Downton Abbey") again.  If you are a fan of the book, you will be disappointed.

Rosy the Reviewer says...Pure schmaltz. Don't waste your money.  
If you must see it, wait for the DVD.  You will thank me.

Rush (2013)

The real life 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

My father and brother were huge racing enthusiasts.  Think back to when there were only three television channels and usually only one TV in the home.  Our house anyway. So when the Indie 500 came on, that was what was on!  I always hated Sundays, because after we came home from church nothing would be on except sports and it seemed mostly car racing.  As a teen I drove "hot" cars around town, because my Dad and brother were always souping up the family car.  I drove a Dodge 440 and Chrysler 300 all with dual 4-barrels, bored and stroked and with glass-pack mufflers.   My Dad told me that if I was stopped by the cops because the car was too loud, to say my Dad was getting it fixed tomorrow!

My brother and Dad raced the family cars in stock car races, not to mention the impromptu drag racing that occurred at night around town.  In fact, on my way to my first year of college, with the car packed to the gills with my belongings and my mother in the front seat, my Dad drag raced a guy as we left town!

So car racing is in my blood.

And this film captured the excitement and ambience of this period in racing history. Director Ron Howard expertly wove real footage into his film to create the intensity of Formula One racing and produced one hell of a film with Hemsworth and Bruhl looking just like the real guys. 

Rosy the Reviewer says...this one could have been a "contenda!"  
But though it didn't garner an Academy Award nom, this is one of the best films of the year and a really good, exciting film, especially for racing enthusiasts. 

And ladies, if you are not interested in the racing, let me present one of the most gorgeous and exciting specimens of manhood out there, Mr. Chris Hemsworth.  If he doesn't get your heart racing, I don't know what will! Enjoy!

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (2013)

Controversial Russian performance art band protests against Putin and anti-feminist policies and gets two years in Siberia.

This documentary begins with a Bertolt Brecht quote:  "Art is not a mirror to reflect the world, but a hammer with which to shape it." 

And these young women are using the "hammer" of their courage and art to call attention to sexism and authoritarianism in Russia.  They were beaten with sticks recently during their protest during the Olympics which made watching this film all the more real.

It's a beautifully photographed film which is not seen in many documentaries.

Rosy the Reviewer says...Utterly stunning.  You go, girls! (subtitles)

Wadjda (2012)

A young Saudi girl enters a Koran competition to win money for a bicycle.

Women not only can't drive in Saudi Arabia; girls are not supposed to ride bikes.  But young Wadjda is determined so she can race a boy.  I still struggle with the treatment of women in so many Middle Eastern countries - what they can and cannot do, what they must wear.  Speaking of which, watching this film, I was struck by the fact that the men wear white, the women must wear the black abaya.  The color white often symbolizes good; black often symbolizes evil.  Mmmmm.

Rosy the Reviewer says...a sweet film that some critics felt should have been an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign film.  If you like films set in the Middle East and have an interest in other cultures, you will enjoy this. (Subtitles)

The Spactacular Now (2013)

Teen life of the party Sutter lives for the now.  He also has a problem with alcohol.  He meets Aimee, the nice girl, and they help each other turn "now" into their future.

This is a study in reality.  It's almost as if the actors are improvising, it's so real, which is not typical of most teen-oriented films.  But that is also it's flaw.  Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, who shone in "The Descendants," are affecting as the young lovers, but the film is slow moving and predictable.  However, if "Endless Love" had even a fraction of the heart in this film, it would have been a good film. Jennifer Jason Leigh has a small part as Sutter's mother and I didn't even recognize her.

Rosy the Reviewer says...Honorable effort that just misses the mark.  But see it for Woodley.  When her "Divergent" movies come out, she could be the next Jennifer Lawrence.

Kes (1969)

A young boy in working-class Northern England befriends a young kestrel hawk.

This is in the top ten on the British Film Institute's list of the "Top Fifty Films You Should See by the Time You are 14" and it ranks 7th on their list of best films of all time.  It's a touching bit of realism.

As a caveat, it is not only a very British film, but it's set in Northern England, which means it can be difficult to understand the dialogue at time.  That fact actually hurt distribution when it was first made.  But it's worth it.  This is Ken Loach's first film and it won Best Film in Britain in 1970.  He brought British films out of the "angry young man" phase and, using mostly unprofessional actors,  into the realism of working class England. 

Rosy the Reviewer says...Loach is not for everyone, but if you love films, you need to give him a try.  This is social realism at its best. (Needs subtitles)

***Book of the Week***

Scandal: a Manual (2013)

An inside look at the workings of the gossip mongers.

Authors Rush and Molloy, the only married gossip columnists, ran their column in the New York Daily News from 1995 to 2010, eventually quitting because they couldn't keep up with Twitter and bloggers who were getting the dirt on celebs before they were.  It's only fitting that this is the book right before the Oscars!

Rosy the Reviewer says...if you are hip to the gossip world, there probably isn't much in this book you don't already know, but if you are interested in the lengths people will go to get a scoop, you might enjoy this.

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