Posts by Leslie Gornstein
- Yahoo Celebrity4 days ago
Is there a way to put a price on fame?
If this sounds like an esoteric question, you’re wrong. There’s one thing that Hollywood does well — other than providing photobombing moments for Jennifer Lawrence and Benedict Cumberbatch — and that's squeezing dollar value out of fame; of every sellable aspect of fame, in fact. But how much does that ultimately add up to? What is the final bottom line value of being a star?
- Yahoo Celebrity8 days ago
Why do so many actresses like to change their gowns and jewels between the Oscars and the afterparties? Where and how do they change? Seems like kind of a pain.
Sure, it may seem like a hassle. After all, for every wardrobe switch, I am told, the talent generally has to return to her hotel room, peel off her slinky gown, and squeeze into yet another couture creation that could require a winch and a backhoe to escape. Then again, if you're a person whose career essentially revolves around how much positive press you can get — the kind of press that can determine whether you work or not — then those changes certainly operate in your interest. After all, why create just one red-carpet photo op when you can create two in a single night?
[Related: Oscars Red Carpet Report Card]
- Yahoo Celebrity15 days ago
With so many people packing the Oscars red carpet every year, why do we never see two actresses wearing the same dress or necklace or earrings that night?
Clout, child, clout. Clout wielded by throat-chewing personal wardrobe stylists. Clout thrown around by publicists who spend their free time filing their teeth into sharp points. And of course, the kind of clout that comes only with being a Jennifer Lawrence or Sandra Bullock — an A-list actress at the top of her game.
Most stars do not, of course, shop for an Oscar gown solo. They employ help — a small army of publicists, managers, stylists, any combination of whom might double as dress hunters come awards season. For the sake of argument, let's say it's the stylist, working in tandem with a star’s publicist. That team’s main responsibility — aside, of course, from making their client look like a princess fairy goddess on the moon — is to ensure that, whatever their client wears, it will not appear on anyone else come Oscar night.
- Yahoo Celebrity18 days ago
How are dresses and jewelry chosen by Oscar nominees for their big night?
Right about now is when the average reporter would launch into some palaver about the lifelong bonds between designers and muses, and the deep, deep honor that rising couturiers feel when an A-lister even casts her jewel-like eyes upon one of their creations. Sometimes that’s even true.
But I'm not that reporter; increasingly, the real answer is money. As in payouts. As in, stars charging six, even seven, figures worth of hard cash in exchange for wearing a diamond necklace or one-of-a-kind gown.
"In the last five years, a lot more designers are paying actors to wear their pieces," says fashion publicist Cole Trider of Autumn Communications. "Before, it was only the Armanis of the world. Now I'm seeing tons of people doing it. Stylists are now brokering deals for actors, just like a manager or agent would."
- Yahoo Celebrity26 days ago
Q: It seems like every famous person or brand is pulling stunts these days: Shia LaBeouf's art installation; AMC's zombie-themed prank in New York to promote "The Walking Dead"; Steve-O's fake seizure; and the whole Dumb Starbucks project. Do they work, or are they backfiring?
A: First we need to sort these japes into categories, because cheap stunts actually come in flavors these days. The "Walking Dead" promotion clearly falls under what marketers calls "experiential" or "stunt" publicity. That differs slightly from Dumb Starbucks — a fake store launched by Comedy Central talent Nathan Fielder. He has implied that he acted on his own, without the knowledge of the network, but the effect was essentially the same: Garnering buzz for his show.
- Yahoo Celebrity29 days ago
Q: Kristen Stewart has published her first poem in Marie Claire. But is it any good?
A: Put it this way: Of the experts we interviewed, few offered solidly rave reviews. Stewart's poem, "My Heart Is a Wiffle Ball/Freedom Pole," brims with sometimes intriguing but often tortured language. Lines like "Something Whilst the crackling stare down sun snuck" is kind of a mouthful. And while "I'll suck the bones pretty" is, well, kind of pretty, "Kismetly … ubiquitously crest fallen" didn't really impress anybody. Then again, we're talking Kristen Stewart here. She's an actor, not a professional poet. At least, not yet. And most critics don't like to tear apart the work of amateur, even a famous one.
"It's a lot of ammunition, to bring professional critiques to bear on Kristen Stewart's poetry," David Orr, poetry columnist for the New York Times Book Review, points out. "The kind of thing that people write in journals across America every day.
Burning Question: Is It Normal for Police to Go All Out After an Overdose — Or Only When It Happens to a Celebrity?Yahoo Celebrity1 mth ago
Q: The NYPD launched a huge investigation into who dealt heroin to Philip Seymour Hoffman, resulting in four speedy arrests. Is it normal for police go all out after every overdose? Or are they just doing it because Hoffman was a star?
Put it this way: Celebrity tends to bring out the extreme in our nightstick-wielding friends.
- Yahoo Celebrity1 mth ago
Q: Kim Kardashian's denying that she doctored her butt selfie, but why would she do such a thing in the first place? It's just an Instagram photo.
Unless it isn't. Here's a little secret: There are civilian selfies — duck-faced tweens hoping to get a follow from Harry Styles — and there are celebrity selfies. Civilian selfies aren't worth anything. Celebrity selfies, even ones featuring little more than a butt and a mirror, could be worth thousands of dollars. With money on the line, it shouldn't come as any surprise that stars may be prettifying themselves, just in case a big brand comes along offering a fat stack of cash. (Either that, or they're simply vain and just want to look good!)