On This Day — August 28


August 28th is the 240th day of the year (241st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 125 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Friday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Wednesday or Thursday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Saturday (56).

On this day in history:

1789 – With the first use of his new 1.2 m (3.9 ft) telescope, then the largest in the world, William Herschel discovered a new moon of Saturn, which was later named Enceladus.

1830 – Tom Thumb, the first American-built steam locomotive, engaged in an impromptu race against a horse-drawn car in Maryland.

1914 – In the first naval battle of the First World War, British ships ambushed a German naval patrol in the Heligoland Bight area of the North Sea.

1924 – An unsuccessful insurrection against Soviet rule in the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, known as the August Uprising, began.

1963 – During a large political rally in Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, describing his desire for a future where blacks and whites would coexist harmoniously as equals.

Celebrity Birthdays:

American Pie Actress Jennifer Coolidge turns 56

Movie Director David Fincher turns 55

Singer Shania Twain turns 52

Comedic Actor Jack Black turns 48

Country Singer LeAnn Rimes turns 35

The Lone Ranger Actor Armie Hammer turns 31

TGL Round-Up: Ronda Rousey Getting Married on Sunday, Orlando Bloom Starring in Amazon’s Carnival Row, Bill Nye Suing Disney


Orlando Bloom has agreed to star up in Carnival Row for Amazon.

Carnival Row will feature mythical creatures who have fled their war-torn homeland and gathered in the city as tensions are simmering between citizens and the growing immigrant population. At the centre of the drama is the investigation of a string of unsolved murders, which are eating away at whatever uneasy peace still exists.

In the series, Bloom will play the lead role of Rycroft Philostrate, a police inspector investigating the murder of a faerie showgirl.

Travis Beacham penned the original script, A Killing on Carnival Row.

UFC Star Ronda Rousey won’t be watching the Notorious Conor McGregor face off against Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather on Sunday, Dana White has revealed.

“Ronda Rousey gets married tomorrow. Tomorrow is her wedding,” White revealed on The Rich Eisen Show on Friday. “And she’s in a good place, she’s really happy, and she hasn’t announced her retirement or anything like that. She’s focusing on this wedding.”

Rousey announced her engagement in April to fellow UFC fighter Travis Browne.

Bill Nye the Science Guy alleges that Disney has withheld $28 million in profits from distribution of the show.

According to the suit, Nye became suspicious in 2008, when Disney informed him that he owed the company nearly $500,000 due to an “accounting error.”

NSFW Trash Watch — Kylie Jenner Bares New Implants


It’s Blake Lively’s 30th birthday today, but that catastrophic event is easily overshadowed by Kylie Jenner’s decision to debut her basically bare implants to the world, and free the nipple.

In a softcore porno photo shoot with V Magazine, Jenner, 20, proudly displays the new mounds in several flattering see through shots while still having the audacity to deny the obvious surgery.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star also opened about undressing, saying: “That was actually my first super nude shoot. I always post sexy pictures, but have never really gone nude.”

What insight. She’s such a riveting young lady. I can already hear the Daily Mail’s censor guy working overtime.

On This Day — August 25


August 25th is the 237th day of the year (238th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 128 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday (58 in 400 years each) than on Sunday or Monday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Wednesday or Friday (56).

On this day in history:

1758 – Seven Years’ War: Prussian forces engaged the Russians at the Battle of Zorndorf in present-day Sarbinowo, Poland.

1942 – World War II: Japanese forces attacked the Australian base at Milne Bay on the eastern tip of New Guinea.

1948 – The House Un-American Activities Committee holds first-ever televised congressional hearing: “Confrontation Day” between Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hiss.

1950 – In tennis, Althea Gibson became the first African American woman to compete at the United States National Championships (now known as the US Open).

2012 – Voyager 1 spacecraft enters interstellar space becoming the first man-made object to do so.

Celebrity Birthdays:

Former James Bond Actor Sean Connery turns 87

TV Legend Regis Philbin turns 86

Director Tim Burton turns 59

Super Model Claudia Schiffer turns 47

Tarzan Actor Alexander Skarsgård turns 41

Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively turns 30

TGL Round-Up: James Cameron Calls Wonder Woman A ‘Step Backwards’, Avatar Sequels Finally In Production


James Cameron has some choice words for the Wonder Woman movie.

“I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie but, to me, it’s a step backwards,” Cameron told the Guardian in an interview. “Sarah Connor was not a beauty icon. She was strong, she was troubled, she was a terrible mother, and she earned the respect of the audience through pure grit. And to me, [the benefit of characters like Sarah] is so obvious. I mean, half the audience is female!”

Wonder Woman has a sequel planned for Dec. 19, 2019 and stars Gal Gadot.

The long awaited sequels to Avatar are finally underway.

“Oh, we’re in production,” says Cameron, talking to EW ahead of the release of Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D (in theatres Aug. 25). “We’re in full-tilt production. We’re in what we call ‘scouting,’ which basically is shooting for me. I’m on the stage all day long during the scouting process, because there are no sets or locations, other than in the virtual world, so I do all my location-scouting with a troop of actors that go through the virtual sets, and give me a sense of the scale and position, lighting, that sort of thing. Then, I’m in rehearsals with my principal cast and I start with them at the end of September.”

The first of those four sequels is scheduled for release on Dec. 18, 2020, with the subsequent three arriving Dec. 17, 2021, Dec. 20, 2024, and Dec. 19, 2025.

La La Land, A Quick Review

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La La Land
Synopsis: A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.
Running Time: 128 minutes
Director: Damien Chazelle
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend

TGL Rating: ****1/2
Positives: Great Cast, Great Performances, Great Musical Numbers
Negatives: Inconsistent Directing, Bittersweet Ending

If you liked Moulin Rouge, you will like this.

It’s only been a couple of hours since a friend dragged me to see La La Land in the cinema and forced me to purchase a billion overpriced candies, but the movie will stay with me a lot longer than the sugared popcorn will.

A musical romantic comedy about a jazz traditionalist and an aspiring actress set in present-day LA, directed by Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) and starring Emma Stone (aspiring actress) and Ryan Gosling (jazz traditionalist), didn’t immediately appeal to me, like say Star Wars: Rogue One or even Passengers, but that’s the odd charm the movie possesses, an ability to appeal to the uninterested.

La La Land is both experimental film making and cliched storytelling with a unique spin. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling shine in their roles with very real performances. Chazelle’s direction ranges from dazzling to suffocating. The cinematography is a delight. The musical numbers are memorable and pertinent, managing to avoid the common musical downfalls of feeling too shoehorned in. It is very much a marvel of movie and from being befuddled by the buzz, I now completely understand it and root for La La Land to take the 89th Academy Awards by storm.

The surreal style may not be for everyone and the — no spoilers — bittersweet ending will disappoint and sadden the optimists amongst us, but for anyone willing to overlook those minor details, I fully recommend La La Land.

If you haven’t had a chance to see La La Land yet, I’d suggest checking it out in the theatres to experience the full experience. Just try not to spend a billion on overpriced candies.

Flashback Post: This post originally appeared on The Gossip Life 13/01/17.

Daily Blind Item — Big SFX Sequence


Rumour has is that the next episode of this A list television show is set to feature the biggest special effects sequence in the show’s history and involves the end of one of the most famous parts of the show.

The cost is reportedly mind blowing and is partially funded by the budget from the next series.

So, tell me, Gossipers:

What is our show?

On This Day — August 24


August 24th is the 236th day of the year (237th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 129 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday (58 in 400 years each) than on Saturday or Sunday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Tuesday or Thursday (56).

On this day in history:

394 – The Graffito of Esmet-Akhom, the latest known inscription in Egyptian hieroglyphs, was written.

1815 – The modern Constitution of the Netherlands is signed.

1891 – Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera.

1981 – Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for murdering John Lennon.

1995 – Microsoft Windows 95 was released to the public in North America.

Celebrity Birthdays:

WWE Legend Vince McMahon turns 72

Comedian Stephen Fry turns 60

Children of Lesser Gods Actress Marlee Matlin turns 52

Legendary Comedian Dave Chappelle turns 44

Harry Potter Series Actor Rupert Grint turns 29

Midweek Round-Up: Taylor Swift Announces New Album, Anna Faris & Chris Pratt In Counselling


Taylor Swift has announced the title to her new album, Reputation.

Swift has been working on the album for the past few years and it will be her first since 1989, which was released in 2014.

Taylor Swift’s Reputation will be made (available in stores and on digital platforms) on November 10.

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris are attempting to save their marriage, according to reports.

Sources reveal exclusively to Life & Style that Chris and Anna, who share four-year-old son Jack, have started couples’ therapy and are secretly trying to work out their problems. “It’s the first time they’ve ever been in counselling together and it only happened after they split,” an insider reveals. “They have committed to it. They are trying to keep the pressure low by doing it out of the spotlight, but there is still a lot of love between them.”

Pratt and Faris announced their separation last week.