Blind Item Revealed — Big Little Lies Cast & HBO

I’m being told this A list television show with a lot of hype is quietly becoming one of the most expensive on television, beating out Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and possibly even The Crown.

‘No lie,’ says the source, ‘Not a single special effect, but a pricey cast swallowing money like there’s no tomorrow.’

So, tell me, Gossipers:

What is our big show?

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Big Little Lies

Blind Posting: 30/01/18

Popular Guesses: Amazon’s The Romanoffs / Netflix’s Maniac / HBO’s Big Little Lies

The Story: HBO Exec Says the Network’s Budget Is Being ‘Raped’ by Game of Thrones and Big Little Lies

I didn’t expect this story to come out so publicly and so controversially and yet here we are, HBO executive and drama chief Francesca Orsi confirmed my blind item at a panel in Jerusalem by saying that “from a budget standpoint going into season two of Big Little Lies without any options in place we’ve been … um … short of raped.”

HBO did not have options for a second season of Big Little Lies as the show was planned to be a one season miniseries with no further episodes until producers and stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman pushed for more amidst critical and award acclaim.

The success of the first second has allowed Kidman and Witherspoon to demand whatever they want, which has led to the two actresses earning over a million per episode of the second season. I hear newbie Meryl Streep is also getting a salary in that ballpark.

Zoe Kravitz, who made $380,000 total for Season 1, will make $3 million in Season 2; Shailene Woodley will also see a big bump from her $1.7 million total salary for Season 1.

 

Blind Item Revealed — Maisie Williams & Sophie Turner

This B-list actress in on one of the biggest shows in the world, but whilst her B-list co-star is being offered tons of high profile and high paying roles, our less traditionally attractive B-list actress is struggling to find high calibre work outside of it. With the show winding down, her team’s nervous about the future. She’s never really liked the way she looked, so she’s considering seeing a doctor for some plastic surgery. She’s only 18 / 19.

Who is our actress?

Who is our co-star?

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Maisie Williams & Sophie Turner

Blind Item Posting: 10/07/2015

Popular Guesses: Maisie Williams / Sophie Turner

The Story: Maisie Williams Thinks Her Looks Keep Her from Roles: ‘It’s a Very Shallow Industry’

Admittedly it’s one of the most obvious blind items that I’ve been guilty of posting, but what can I say? The truth is the truth and when it comes in, I try to deliver it to you.

Maisie Williams recently slammed Hollywood beauty standards, claiming they keep her from gaining roles.

In a recent interview with The Irish Times, the Arya Stark actress, 20, called out the industry for only portraying one traditional type of a “beautiful woman”, which she admits concerns her when it comes to getting future roles in film and television.

“It’s only now I’m starting to realise the characters that are available to me because of the way I look and the characters that aren’t available to me,” Williams said. “It’s a very shallow industry.”

I don’t want to call BS on what she is saying, but this is definitely not a new realisation of hers.

At the time I reported on this, Williams was newly 18 and the source told me was considering plastic surgery, feeling that it would help her chances as succeeding as an actress after her hit show HBO’s Game of Thrones went off the air. Her co-star and on-screen sister Sophie Turner had just landed one of the sought after parts in Hollywood, the role of Jean Grey in the X-Men series, beating out Academy Award-nominee Saoirse Ronan and Chloe Grace Moretz.

Ultimately Williams decided against plastic surgery.

 

 

Blind Item Revealed — Cameron Diaz

This A-list actress has basically retired at this point. She has no incentive or want to work. The scripts and the offers are coming, but she’s turning them all down.

Who is she?

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Cameron Diaz

Blind Item Posting: 06/11/15

The Story: Cameron Diaz, 45, Has Retired

Popular Guesses: Keira Knightley / Sandra Bullock / Cameron Diaz

It took almost three years after I posted this for the story to finally be confirmed, but Cameron Diaz quietly retired from acting in 2014 after the release of the box office flop, Annie.

I was told by a very reliable source that Diaz was receiving scripts and offers on a regular basis in late 2015, but was turning them down, citing no interest. At no point did Diaz officially tell anyone that she was retired and, despite not accepting any offers, has still retained an agent (Nick Styne at CAA) and a manager (Rick Yorn at the Firm) for the past four years.

Diaz’s close friend and The Sweetest Thing co-star Selma Blair confirmed last week that the Something About Mary star has officially quit the industry, however. Speaking at the Oscar’s Vanity Fair pre-party in LA, Blair said: ‘I had lunch with Cameron the other day, we were reminiscing about the film. I would have liked to do a sequel but Cameron’s retired from acting, she’s like “I’m done”.

Diaz married Benji Madden in early 2015.

Blind Item Revealed — Kevin Spacey

I’m hearing this A-list actor that just won’t come out has such a bad reputation for fondling and propositioning young men in London that he’s been banned from several choice establishments. He just won’t give them space.

Who is our perverted actor?

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Kevin Spacey

Blind Item Posting: 03/05/15

The Story: Kevin Spacey investigated over second London sex allegation / ‘House of Cards’ employees allege sexual harassment, assault by Kevin Spacey

Popular Guesses: Kevin Spacey

It was by far the biggest show business story of 2017 and he’s by far the biggest victim of what has been called the “Weinstein effect”, but the Gossip Life did tip you off to Spacey’s reputation and the rumours surrounding him as early as 2015.

It’s been an open secret since at least the mid 90’s that Spacey was a closeted homosexual, but his stature as a sexual predator has been kept much quieter with very few publications even alluding to the news.

Spacey has been so far accused of sexual assault by over fifteen men, including the actor Anthony Rapp who accused Spacey of drunkenly adavncing on him when he was just 14.

As I reported in the initial blind item, Spacey was notorious for predatory behaviour in London during his tenure as the Artistic Director of the Old Vic theater in the West End and multiple staffers from that period have since spoken about their negative experiences with the Academy Award-winner.

Spacey is currently in rehab in Arizona over his behaviour and has been fired by Netflix from his political drama House of Cards. The actor has also been cut out and replaced by Christopher Plummer in Ridley Scott’s upcoming movie All the Money in the World.

 

Blind Item Revealed — Priscilla Presley

Rumours are circulating in Hollywood that this actress has LEFT the Church very quietly and without causing waves in the Scientology lake. Don’t expect her to be making a Leah Remini documentary appearance anytime soon.

So, tell me, Gossipers:

Who is our actress?

 

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Priscilla Presley

Blind Item Posting: 09/08/17

The Story: Priscilla Presley quits Scientology after nearly four decades

Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2017/10/22/priscilla-presley-quits-scientology-after-nearly-four-decades-7017760/?ito=cbshare
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Popular Guesses: Elisabeth Moss / Erika Christensen / Kirstie Alley / Laura Prepon

It’s a controversial story with quite a few contradictions and you’d be forgiven for being confused, but the Gossip Life can confirm that Dallas actress and Elvis Presley’s ex-wife, Priscilla, has left the Church of Scientology.

The news broke last month and was swiftly denied by Presley’s camp who claim that she is still in fact a member of the divisive religion, but I hear that Presley has indeed quit and the news story breaking on the Daily Mail disrupted her plan to keep the news quiet and exit as smoothly as possible.

Presley had reportedly told friends that she had secretly quit the religion when somebody leaked the information to the popular media outlet, the Daily Mail, causing the wife of the legendary crooner to quickly issue a denial.

Exiting Scientology is a notoriously difficult process and the church’s backlash at former members has been detailed in multiple documentaries, including Going Clear: Prison of Belief and Leah Remini’s Scientology and the Aftermath on A&E.

Priscilla’s daughter, Lisa Marie, quit the Church of Scientology in 2016.

Blind Item Revealed — Harvey Weinstein & Nicole Kidman

Our Hollywood executive does not have relationships with women unless they are sexual or beneficial to him. He somehow pushed this now B-list actress to an Academy Award and he’s well known to do the same for similar actresses that impress him. It doesn’t matter that he’s a man with a kid and a wife.

There’s one A-list (maybe B) actress that he constantly works with that was never one of his girls. The relationship isn’t beneficial in terms of critics or monetary gains, so why the constant working together?

If you ask his wife, she’ll claim it’s because our executive thinks the actress is simply to die for and has longed for her for decades.

If you ask others, they’ll tell you the actress is one of the greatest businesswomen in Hollywood and knows just how to manipulate the executive (and many others!)

Who is our executive?

Who is our actress?

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Harvey Weinstein & Nicole Kidman

Blind Item Posting: 05/06/15

The Story: Nicole Kidman Applauds Women Speaking Out Against Harvey Weinstein: ‘We Need to Eradicate This Behavior’

Popular Guesses: Harvey Weinstein & Gwyneth Paltrow / Nicole Kidman

Today Nicole Kidman broke her silence on the Harvey Weinstein scandal and released an incredibly weak and vague statement to People, saying:

“As I’ve stated before publicly, I support and applaud all women and these women who speak out against any abuse and misuse of power – be it domestic violence or sexual harassment in the workforce,” Kidman said in a statement issued on Tuesday morning. “We need to eradicate this behavior.”

Unlike the vast majority of actresses and females releasing statements on the Weinstein situation, Kidman did not mention any personal experience of sexual harassment from Weinstein. Our source, from 2 years ago, still maintains there was none and Kidman manipulated and played Weinstein just right over the years.

Kidman is one of Weinstein’s most frequent collaborators, appearing in several of his movies, including 2001’s The Others, 2016’s Lion and the upcoming The Upside.

 

Blind Item Revealed — Harvey Weinstein

This A-list producer is panicking.

Once a pivotal part of Hollywood, their influence continues to wane as their company loses steam and esteem.

They’re the joke of the town right now and experts aren’t exactly forecasting a change in fortune, even though they have one possible live-saving, super trump card in their pocket.

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Harvey Weinstein 

Blind Item Posting: 11/07/16

The Story: Decades of Sexual Harassment Accusations Against Harvey Weinstein

Popular Guesses: Harvey Weinstein / Amy Pascal

This is big news.

I told you an A list producer was panicking and now you see why.

A la Roger Ailes in 2016, the powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been outed as a perennial sexual harasser by the New York Times and the Daily Mail with allegations appearing that Weinstein asked Ashley Judd to watch him shower and paid the actress Rose McGowan $100,000 as part of a settlement after an incident in a hotel room.

Weinstein has also reportedly harassed female employers of the Weinstein Company over the years.

The most interesting part about this scandal is the timing. Most of the events date back to the 90’s and 2000’s and yet suddenly it’s relevant and coming out now? I did warn you Harvey Weinstein’s influence was waning.

Funnily enough Weinstein hasn’t played the life-saving Trump card I mentioned last year, but did allude to it in his statement responded to the accusations, saying: “I’m making a movie about our president” followed by a thinly veiled threat.

Weinstein plans to sue the New York Times over the article.

Blind Item Revealed — Nicole Kidman

People are calling this Emmy race “one of the closest ever”, but my Emmy source (that spilled this delicious blind item) has sent me a cheeky little email stating otherwise.

‘It’s not as close as anybody thinks it will be,’ he says. ‘[name omitted] is cert to win. [gender omitted] hasn’t won before, so [they’ll] get it.’

So, tell me, Gossipers:

Who is our winner?

What is our race?

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Nicole Kidman & Best Actress in a Movie or Limited Series

Blind Item Posting: 24/07/17

The Story: Nicole Kidman vs Jessica Lange Closest Emmy Race In Years

Popular Guesses: Nicole Kidman / Jessica Lange

Nicole Kidman vs Jessica Lange was called the closest Emmy race of the year by GoldDerby and The Gossip Life’s very own, Scott, but my Emmy source contacted me almost two months ago to tell me the blind item above.

Kidman ended up lifting the Emmy last night, beating Lange, Susan Sarandon, Carrie Coon and co-star Reese Witherspoon, even though she initially trailed Lange in the predictions for the award.

It’s Kidman’s first ever Emmy Award after 2 previous nominations. Lange is an Emmy favourite and has won 3 in the last 10 years.

 

 

Blind Item Revealed — Game of Thrones

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?

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Game of Thrones 

Blind Item Posting: 24/08/17

The Story: A zombie dragon destroyed the Wall on ‘Game of Thrones’

Popular Guesses: The Walking Dead / Game of Thrones

We posted this rather obvious blind item just before the series finale of Game of Thrones and, as usual, the Gossip Life delivered with a blind item right on the money.

Our source insists the Game of Thrones team spent more on that SFX sequence than in any other in the series’ history. He claimed by featuring the destruction of the Wall, as well as the White Walkers and the Dragon, the scene left for a very high price tag from Zoic Studios.

Game of Thrones will return in approximately 18 months time for its final series.

Blind Item Revealed — Ozark

I had a conversation with a friend and regular source today about an upcoming TV show. It’s got a talented B-list star to top line and has credible staff behind it, but my friends tell me it’s unnerving how much they’re attempting to replicate Breaking Bad, to the point the creative are immersing themselves in episodes to decide the tone and look of the series.

Let’s just hope it’s the Family Guy to The Simpsons, not the Coupling to Friends.

What is the show?

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Ozark

Blind Item Posting: 07/03/16

The Story: Netflix’s Ozark Might Be Too Much Like Breaking Bad for Its Own Good

Popular Guesses: The Deuce / Preacher / Ozark

Recently released worldwide on Netflix, Ozark has earned near universal acclaim and incredible buzz from the viewers, but a comparison verging on a criticism is present within nearly every review, critique and comment…

Esquire summed it up, ‘Ozark Is Too Much Like Breaking Bad.’

The Salt Lake City Tribune said it more simply, ‘TV review: ‘Ozark’ is a weak attempt to mimic ‘Breaking Bad.”

The show’s star Jason Bateman was even forced to respond to the comments, admitting there was a ‘similarity’ in an interview with the Radio Times.

I wonder why there’s so much similarity… Cough. Read the blind item again. Cough.