By Shinan Govani Star Columnist Fri., March 9, 2018 Having known and watched Caroline Mulroney for years in the context of the Toronto social sphere, it’s been pretty fascinating watching her political metamorphosis in recent months. Consistent with her monochromatic tones and equestrian-like silhouettes — and always on-point with a low, steady, never hyperbolic voice, the only daughter of a one-time Prime Minister, not to mention Harvard grad — Mulroney has always had an excellent Yelp rating in society circles. (It’s why other Toronto gala fixtures like Trinity Jackman, Suzanne Cohon and Amoryn Engel immediately circled their wagons on social media, and beyond, for her candidacy.) In fact, in a scene with no shortage of backbiting and loose talk, I don’t think I’ve ever heard a bad thing said about her, which — hey — is an accomplishment in itself. Like that other political Caroline, i.e. Kennedy — … [Read more...] about Caroline Mulroney no stranger to high society
By Shinan Govani Star Columnist Mon., March 5, 2018 LOS ANGELES—Hey, Siri, so tell me: where are the Beautiful People? It was the first Sunday in March and the last hurrah of a season (the awards sort). And really, I hardly needed a voice-activated PA to get to the bottom of things. There’s Caitlyn Jenner, looking like a robin eyeing an earthworm, while holding a clutch that has the name “CAITLYN” scribbled on it. There’s Allison Janney FaceTiming with someone in the dark, as she shows off her just-nabbed Oscar. Naomi Campbell stalks the room. Mindy Kaling spools a story. Margot Robbie gives a good cameo. Monica Lewinsky comes to me, 6 o’clock, passing right by Drake, as it happens. Jon Hamm gropes for just the right mot juste. Read more: Sexual scandals cast shadow over Oscars glory Article Continued Below Who gets invited to the Oscars? ‘It’s only going to get harder’ Oscars 2018: The … [Read more...] about Post-Oscars Vanity Fair party shakes up the celebrity snow globe
By Shinan Govani Star Columnist Sat., March 3, 2018 Call it an annual pagan fest. Call it the “gay Super Bowl.” The Oscars are that and more. A hoity-toity high school reunion that’s also the rare “live” moment (with a ’round-the-campfire ethos, basking in as-it-happens emotion), the yearly ceremony has also long struck me as two other things: a useful prism into its time — a long handrail for history — but also, strangely, a marker for our own years. After all, we age as the celebrities age. More or less. Cue the gallery of Jacks and Brads and Meryls in their various incarnations — memory laid upon memory — hovering like a string of cut-out paper dolls. Looking at a long view of historical clips going back to the first ceremony in 1929, the communal slide show might look something like this: Roberto Benigni climbing over chairs and declaring that he wants to make love to everybody in the world . … [Read more...] about Why this year’s Oscar night feels like a rerun from 1968
By Vinay Menon Entertainment Columnist Fri., March 2, 2018 When he strides onstage Sunday night to host the Academy Awards, Jimmy Kimmel may feel like a dead man walking. In recent weeks, while spitballing material with his writers, there were probably times when the late-night comedian sighed, winced, yanked his beard, kicked a desk, pounded back Pepto-Bismol, sobbed, rubbed his forehead, scanned Expedia for one-way flights to Tahiti and begged the Lord for guidance: “It’s me, Lord. Jimmy. Do I wax solemnly about sexual harassment in the industry or joke about the monster sex scene in The Shape of Water? Gun control or the MG 34s in Dunkirk? How do I pun Donald Trump into Darkest Hour? Do I dress up like Harvey Weinstein and molest a potted plant? A chorus line of dancing Kevin Spaceys in the big opening number? Three Billboards Outside of Moscow, Russia?” Read more: Oscars 2018: The Star’s reviews of Best Picture contenders in … [Read more...] about Jimmy Kimmel and Oscars need to keep it light, not enlightening
By Shinan Govani Star Columnist Fri., Feb. 23, 2018 I once took Omarosa for a haircut. At 11:30 at night. Lost in the crevices of my memory — it’s amazing what gets buried during a lifetime of gallivanting — the vignette only rose up again rather recently, while watching America’s consummate villain morph, amazingly, into a surrogate for her boss from The Apprentice when he ran for prez; eventually move into a staff position at the White House; summarily lose said position in classic operatic fashion and then live to tell the tale (or spill the tea, as the kids say) over the last couple of weeks on Celebrity Big Brother. My time with the schemer — scanning my own archives — started one eve in 2005, at Sassafraz here in Toronto, where I went to interview Omarosa and, whereupon, she talked piously about Eleanor Roosevelt (yes, really), and ended with a night out on the town (because: YOLO). At one point, running into … [Read more...] about Omarosa has gone from reality TV to the White House and back again. What comes next?