Snoop Dogg Lion performed at Osheaga, The Hoxton and at Drake’s OVO Fest this weekend, and he managed to do all of this without any other major public appearances or sightings. The Lion was spotted hanging out with Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics at OVO Fest, and it’s been reported that Snoop showed up an hour and a half late for his Hoxton show. He also, apparently, managed to openly smoke pot on stage (which, well, duh).
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10 juicy pieces of celebrity gossip (including some blind item reveals) from Lainey Lui’s annual Smut Soirée
It was a veritable gossip summit last night at the Evergreen Brick Works, where 800 people—almost all female—turned up for The Society’s seventh annual Smut Soirée with LaineyGossip blogger and eTalk personality Lainey Lui. Smut lovers came from as far away as Thunder Bay, London and Ottawa to meet the Toronto-born blogger, who’s known for her scandalous—and trustworthy—blind items. There was a lot of sponsored swag and no shortage of VitaminWater, but the highlight of the night was, of course, the gossip. After a brief introduction from Ashleigh Dempster and Amanda Blakley, Lainey took the stage with television host Dan Levy for an hour-and-a-half Q&A. The five juiciest tidbits from last night’s giant girly gabfest—plus five blind riddle reveals—after the jump.
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Some people consider Perez Hilton to be obnoxious, but he made waves recently when he decided to wear a blazer with no shirt in an effort to show off his new body, so he’s become relevant on the Internet again. And now, presumably because of his beach bod, his popular website that people are embarrassed to admit they read and his new children’s book, he’ll be in town for a party he’s calling “One Night in Toronto” at XS Nightclub on June 17. His “One Night In” party tour has included performances from Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, Courtney Love, Katy Perry and more. We’re fairly confident that Toronto will have to settle for local pop acts like Hedley, Keshia Chanté and Kreesha Turner. There’s definitely no way Will.I.Am is showing up.
T. Boone Pickens, the billionaire oil tycoon, isn’t the kind of guy you’d expect to see on Twitter, let alone retweet Drake. But yesterday, the Oklahoma-born oil king, whose Twitter account claims it’s updated “by Boone himself and members of his team,” did just that. Pickens responded to Drake’s tweet “The first million is the hardest,” saying “The first billion is a helluva lot harder.” Why Pickens decided to retweet the Canadian rapper, we’re not sure, but Drake is going to think twice the next time he tries to humblebrag.
Fans are going gaga for Oprah on Twitter because she is hosting her Lifeclass tour today at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, but she isn’t the only filthy rich media titan in Toronto this afternoon: Donald Trump is hosting an intimate luncheon at noon at the Trump International Hotel and Tower. More people are definitely talking about the the Big O’s arrival, but we’re left wondering: who would you rather bump into today—Oprah or Trump?
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Despite efforts from Wayne Gretzky to tame his wild child Paulina Gretzky, the Twitter sensation is making waves again—TMZ reports that Gretzky was seen at a steak house in nothing but lingerie. We’ve seen some fairly risqué looks from her in the past (here are 23 of them), so either she’s a really big fan of 13 Going on 30, or she’s dead set on proving she’s no longer daddy’s little girl.
Although we are certain his poor vision will serve as an obstacle during space training, Bubbles from Trailer Park Boys has taken to the Internet to encourage people to send him out of orbit by way of Metro newspaper’s “Race to Space” competition. No word yet on whether his cohorts Julian and Ricky will be along for the ride, but something tells us that if pigs can do it successfully, so can these boys. All it will take is your votes—although, considering traffic has completely shut down the website, it’s almost a guarantee he’s going to be moon-bound.
Seeing Katy Perry as a soldier in “Part of Me” really makes me think that we need to start a war so she can go die.
- Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham reacting to the way Katy Perry glamorizes war in her current video “Part of Me.” He later followed up, tweeting “Yes I’m aware my last tweet was kinda dumb but so is glamorizing war to sell records to idiots. Katy Perry Still Sucks.”
Torontonians be crazy for Oprah Winfrey (despite her elevator hijinks), so it’s nice to see her reciprocating the love. The queen of the world media magnate is going on tour with her New Age–y preach-fest Oprah’s Lifeclass, and she’ll hit Toronto on April 16 for her first-ever live broadcast from Canada. We won’t get our hopes up for any couch jumping or Favourite Things insanity, though—with scheduled guests like Tony Robbins, Iyanla Vanzant and Deepak Chopra, this show’s about making your life “better, bigger, richer and more fulfilling.” And maybe boosting OWN Canada’s ratings?
In the escalating feud between Drake and rival rapper Common, the latter has thrown out all kinds of foul insults, calling Drizzy “soft,” “amateur” and even “Canada Dry” (horrors!). Now it seems that Common is trying to change his tune, telling Rolling Stone that he respects Drake as an artist, and that Drake “definitely said some real clever things and made some cool songs. I like his music.” The compliment doesn’t seem all that sincere (Common sounds more like a recalcitrant child being forced by his mom publicist to apologize than an honest-to-goodness admirer), but we’re pretty sure Drake won’t shed any tears over it—he has enough devoted fans already.
Remember 9/11? Mark Wahlberg sure does. We’ve heard the actor talking previously about how world history would have been different had he not made the “fortuitous decision to fly to Toronto a week early” (he originally had tickets for Flight 93). Now, in an interview with Men’s Journal, the perpetually shirtless celebrity gets a little more specific: “If I was on that plane with my kids, it wouldn’t have went down like it did… there would have been a lot of blood in that first-class cabin and then me saying, ‘Okay, we’re going to land somewhere safely, don’t worry.’” Things we learned about Mark Wahlberg: he flies first class and wants you to know it, he isn’t put off by the sight of blood and he’s apparently strong enough to stop a terrorist attack. Why can’t he be on all of the planes?
After Fashionista broke the story that the Kardashians were receiving pitches for their potential magazine from Toronto-based digital media company Communiqis, we talked with founder Brian Rushton Phillips, who told us he had actually pitched a Kardashian-themed mag to Kris Jenner and the William Morris Agency on December 15, just three weeks before news broke that the spotlight-loving family was talking to American Media Inc. about producing an all-Kardashian glossy. “I’m not accusing anyone of anything, but it does seem fishy,” he said. We have to admit that the timing is odd, but we can’t imagine that Kim and her media-savvy clan hadn’t already considered the move into mags. Sex-tape ingenue to QuickTrim shill to reality star to magazine editor—isn’t that the career path our guidance counsellor suggested?
Drake news is really heating up now that the champagne of ginger ales, Canada Dry, has been dragged into a weeks-long feud between Drizzy and his rival, the tweed hat aficionado and popular rapper Common. Back in December, Common called Drake “soft” on his song “Sweet,” and Drake eloquently responded with, “Just ’cause I sing, I’m not no bitch” at a concert in L.A. We think that’s a pretty tame reaction, but Common is now firing back with a rhyme in a remix of a Rick Ross track: “I’m taking too long with this amateur guy/You ain’t wet nobody, n—a, you Canada Dry.” This battle has generated some choice tweets, and Drake’s face has been added to Wikipedia’s Canada Dry entry (we’re jealous), but while these rappers continue an ego-filled feud, we’re left thirsty. Canada Dry, 1; petty rappers, 0.
Will crowds boo Kris Humphries when he returns to Toronto tomorrow? Kim Kardashian, we presume, says yes
Kris Humphries has come a long way since his days as a young (read: not very good) basketball player in Toronto. The ex-Raptor and, more importantly, ex-hubby of Kim Kardashian, will play in the city tomorrow night for the first time since he was officially named the most hated player in basketball. Humphries has been booed at every game so far this season, but it’s still unclear whether sports fans—and those with the time to keep up with the Kardashians—are reacting to rumours that his 72-day marriage was a publicity stunt or to his monotone idiocy on Kourtney and Kim Take New York.
It’s not exactly an immaculate casting choice: Pamela Anderson will be playing the Virgin Mary in A Russell Peters Christmas Special, described as an irreverent 1970s-style variety show. She’ll be acting alongside Russell Peters himself, who plays a “guido” Joseph (like Jersey Shore, you see—very timely). Peters told CTV News he picked the actress because “hey, Pam Anderson is Canadian,” and not for the infamy she garnered from Baywatch, Playboy and, um, a leaked home movie that was filmed on a boat. “I didn’t even think of the other side of Pam Anderson, which is so long ago,” Peters said. “It’s like, come on, give the chick a break already.” Give us a break, Russell. Even with plastic surgery, she’s still the sex symbol she used to be—although Peters joked that he was hoping to have a kissing scene (sorry, she’s no Whore of Babylon). Viewers hoping for some Bethlehem burlesque when the show airs tomorrow will have to be satisfied with the troupe of dancing lingerie models surrounding Michael Bublé, and we’re fairly confident that never happened in the Gospels either.