This week: We sit down with Helen Zaltzman, the host of The Allusionist and the Answer Me This! podcasts to talk about the work of being an OG podcaster, building a career from new media, building a career out of her “niche” interests, and her favourite celebrity portmanteaus.
Catch us weekly on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and soon Pandora, hit us up on twitter at @laineygossip and @duanaelise, and as always visit LaineyGossip.com for more pop culture insight and analysis.
On this episode: We grade Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first tour performance and, in the process, Duana may have stumbled upon a royal crime but first, the art of the Hollywood pitch, with and without Julia Roberts, and the impact the US midterm elections could have on where stars choose to work and live.
The Megyn Kelly experiment on TODAY has failed! After her offensive statements on the air last week on what would be her last appearance, we discuss all the reasons why Megyn on NBC didn't work, and look back at our own thoughts when she first arrived. Plus, we're in the Golden Age of Peak TV -- so why are some writers and actors finding it tougher than ever to make a living? Then, we delve into the work behind the sex – what goes into a sex scene and what was missing all along. Plus the inspiration for the as-yet-unproduced Hallmark movie "The Halloween Grinch!"
Celebrities’ coworkers drive them nuts just like yours! This week, how Nicole Kidman asked director Joel Edgerton to shape up, Lena Dunham's split with Jenni Konner kicks off a discussion about professional partnerships and Hollywood 'babysitters', plus our tween hearts explode because JUDY BLUME is finally bringing your favourite book to the big screen!
We're back! Season Three kicks off with a deep dive into Harry & Meghan on their first official tour with Sussex-to-be on board -- what does it take to make them seem so effortlessly awesome? Plus we dive into the work that made you love "A Star Is Born" -- even if you thought you wouldn't. And the takeaways from Lainey’s awkward AF interview at TIFF with Jake Gyllenhaal.
On this bonus episode of Show Your Work: Crazy Rich Asians exceeded expectations, opening in the top spot at the box office. We deep dive on movie, the romantic comedy, the costumes, the craft, the characters, the mahjong…and The Audition.
Catch us weekly on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, hit us up on twitter at @laineygossip and @duanaelise, and as always visit LaineyGossip.com for more pop culture insight and analysis. See you in October!
On our season finale: The announcement of Greta Gerwig's probable cast for Little Women, including Emma Stone, Saoirse Ronan, and Meryl Streep has us doing the unthinkable... yawning. Plus we talk about how Alison Brie is desperately trying to Show Her Work and why Mia Wasikowska's way of doing things might be better work if you can get it. Lastly we talk about why guilty pleasures really aren't, and speaking of which, we get really excited when Pornhub shows its work.
This week: The sexy celebrity money stories often involve how they spend it… or lose it. But we’re turned on by the work of managing it and managing it well. From suddenly-celeb showrunners to authors and accountants, the showbiz jobs that used to be considered unsexy are getting their share of the spotlight – this is the work that makes celebrity possible.
On today's show: Before we all went Apesh-t, Drake’s Degrassi reunion was the one we were all talking about. We talk about the work that went into going back to school. If Hollywood is high school, Tiffany Haddish is now at the popular kids’ table. She’s been candid about how that has changed her experiences and the effect that has had on her work and how she works. From there we move on to the success of Ocean’s 8 and whether or not it’s a win in every respect. And finally, Tracee Ellis Ross teaches us about the value of not asking.
On today's show: Reese Witherspoon’s “Type A” personality makes her well-suited to leadership. But how did she go from Type A to Hello Sunshine? And what is the work that went into how she’s changing the game not only in Hollywood but in the publishing world? Michael B Jordan is getting more specific and selective about his work by asking for no specificity at all. Is this a smart strategy – and is it a strategy available to everyone? And finally, the specificity of Tiffany Haddish’s happiness goals.
This week: How did the work and the work process of Serena Williams change when she became a parent? And how is she, the Greatest of All Time, changing the way we talk about parenting and the workplace? Next, we compare how Samantha Bee and Drake each managed their respective professional crises and now that The Americans has concluded, we celebrate the series’ costumes and wig game.
This week: it's no surprise Drake owns the internet. But this time he might be breaking records for speed *and* most burns in three minutes. How does he do it? Plus we dig into the spectacular fail of Jason Bateman and the Arrested Development cast in the New York Times -- and focused on how trying to make things better can make them so much worse. And Sandra Oh and Thandie Newton school Maggie Gyllenhaal and Elisabeth Moss on how 'basic' parts of the job don't always apply.
This week: A fairy tale doesn’t just happen. Everything from the schedule to the seating plan to the service to the songs, all of it required strategy and consideration and… WORK! On this episode, we break down the elements that made Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding the royal event of the year…and, maybe, one of the best royal weddings of all time.
This week: TV pilot pickups were rolling in as we recorded, so from Jessica Alba to Kerry Washington, Nina Dobrev to Harry Styles, we discussed who's up and who's out as the fall TV landscape takes place. Then we deep dive into the fascinating Ryan Murphy, whose success with Glee, American Horror Story, "The People vs OJ Simpson" and "The Assassination of Gianni Versace" doesn't keep him from being hurt that Shonda's not his BFF. Plus, we test our Soap Opera knowledge, and one of our low-key faves makes a lateral career move -- or is it a stealth great decision?
This week: Rihanna covers the new issue of Vogue ahead of the Met Gala and the release of Oceans 8 and the launch of her lingerie line. How has she built her empire and what is her leadership style? Then, the working challenges of working mothers as Rachel McAdams is back at work after having a baby. And generating work through social media as Busy Philipps and Leslie Jones explore new opportunities. Finally... are "lady assassins" the new Hollywood trend?
As Shawn Mendes prepares to release his third album, we compare his process to process that his popstar predecessors have followed –and whether or not it benefits him to adhere to it. How is social media benefiting Jennifer Garner and …how can she get better at it? Because lately it’s been hit and miss. And finally, Crazy Rich Asians and the clever way the movie is marketing itself, in a way that you might not realise!
This week: We're not recovered from Beyoncé's game-changing Coachella performance, and break down all the incredible elements of WORK that made #Beychella so incredible, from the music and preparation to those costume malfunctions and camera moves. Plus we explore how Jay Z, Destiny's Child, and Solange helped Beyoncé make this her definitive performance -- and we break down whether on our most recent 'Bey Day' it's finally time to break out the word 'genius'.
This week, it’s a 1998 throwback – did Michelle Williams do Joshua Jackson a favour on that EW cover, or was it the other way around? An when you hear ‘Katie Holmes’, what do you think? Then, Britney Spears’ first ever fashion campaign has us thinking about the hard parts of her past – and how her future could be better than we ever imagined. Plus, the huge Roseanne ratings are potentially problematic – but what do they say about revival ‘architect’ Sara “Darlene Connor” Gilbert?
This week: How does a red carpet look come together? Why it’s not as easy as saying “fire the stylist”. Celebrity style is an entire ecosystem unto itself. Lena Waithe covers Vanity Fair – and what this means not just for her but for the magazine. We also discuss celebrities and politics and then the work that goes into pilot season and who casting directors are now looking for. Finally… the connection between Broadway and the March For Our Lives.
This week: Emma Stone’s first campaign for Louis Vuitton and the work of fashion partnerships in Hollywood. How the Queen was underpaid on The Crown and what Judd Apatow had to say about it. And the tricky task of getting better at diversity in casting, character development, RISE and Love Simon. PS. If you hear some popping throughout the podcast, it’s not just your ears. Apologies and it will be cleared up next week.
On this episode: it’s been a week since Frances McDormand namechecked the Inclusion Rider at the Oscars. How does it work? How will its supporters sustain the momentum for it, especially since it already has its detractors? Next the work of Ava DuVernay. And the work she was doing that’s shaping the work she’s doing now. Also… our work at the Oscars – we discuss the process behind our Oscar coverage, from the writing to the assigning to, yes, even the bathroom breaks.
On this episode: Brendan Fraser started out simple, or so it seems. Turns out he’s a lot more complicated than we thought – and it’s reflected in his work. Then, as we approach the Oscars, we get into the work of Get Out - and how certain members of that film’s cast are also more complicated than we initially perceived them to be. What’s going on between Janelle Monae and Tessa Thompson? And are we allowed to care? We DEFINITELY care about Janelle’s new videos. And finally… Chloe Kim and how the new class of Olympics is changing the business of sport.
This week: Kathleen joins us to talk about Black Panther and the love and care that went into creating the world, from the costumes to the lighting to the production design. But we also discuss who this world is for – and how those of us who are not of the world can still participate by appreciating without appropriating. While Black Panther is smashing the box office and previously held assumptions in Hollywood, there is still so much more to dismantle, including poor management throughout the entertainment industry. We talk about how a lack of proper management has held Hollywood back and the management changes, as proposed by showrunner Glen Mazzara, might improve the business. Finally… working through illness. And... double pink eye!! Remember Bob Costas at the Sochi Olympics?
On this episode: Ahead of Lunar New Year, we attempt to unravel the mysteries of my mother’s annual Chinese Zodiac and feng shui forecasts. And what that might have in common with Ice Cube’s “Good Day”. Also, Will Smith is so great on Instagram…but what happened to that charisma in his movies? Quincy Jones clearly does not have a charisma problem. What, though, does he have in common with Bernadette Peters? And finally, what Gina Rodriguez learned directing her first episode of Jane The Virgin.
On this episode: Katherine Heigl has joined the cast of 'Suits'. Is this a risk? And for whom? We appreciate Manny Jacinto, in many different ways. We also appreciate ….Kim Kardashian and her petty ways. And how she’s using them to her best business advantage. And finally, when it comes to the long-awaited Spice Girls reunion, it is actually all about business.