You’ll see a few of us from the fourth floor here.
Lainey isn’t looking to impress anyone. Especially celebrities. The eTalk reporter and scribe of the immensely popular celebrity gossip blog, LaineyGossip.com, does what she does for one reason – to provide a gossip education to the Canadian public.
The Toronto-born, self-proclaimed gossip maven got into the gossip game in a very roundabout way. What started as an email to two friends grew to a website with millions of readers from around the world, making it a leading international celebrity gossip source. As friends told friends about Lainey’s non-sycophantic email updates, she received so many requests to get on her mailing list that her server crashed.
Recognizing Lainey’s talent, eTalk made her part of their team of experts in 2006. Lainey also regularly shares her gossip updates with CTV News Vancouver and CTV News Channel, and is called upon as a celebrity expert by media outlets across North America, including CNN.com and the Los Angeles Times.
Did you always want to be in the media? If not, what other careers were on the horizon?
Never. I came into media by accident after starting my blog. When I was very young, I wanted to be a professional mah-jong player. Like my ma and all her friends. Before I started gossiping, I was a professional fundraiser – for higher education at The University Of British Columbia and in support of at-risk youth at Covenant House Vancouver. My goal was to eventually run a non-profit organization. Now I talk shit about celebrities for a living. I guess I got the job I deserve.
Where would you like to be five years from now?
In a home that I own. (I currently rent.)
Any advice for people getting started in your industry?
Be willing to do the shitty work. Don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know”. Nobody likes an entry level know-it-all.
What are your favourite media outlets, not including your own?
Grantland, Dlisted, Oh No They Didn’t, The Daily Show, Deadline, Color Lines and Gawker.
Best interview you’ve ever had?
Dustin Hoffman – he risked missing his flight and went over 5 minutes just to make sure I called him my “best”. Also, he tried to set me up with his son.
Joaquin Phoenix – his nicotine craving kicked in after the third question. Was practically lighting the cigarette while pushing me out the door.
Best advice you’ve ever been given?
From my mother – don’t let your hair cover your forehead.
What rule(s) do you live your life by?
1. See above re: forehead and hair
2. Don’t cry at work
3. Avoid using the word “slut”
4. Never order seven dishes at a meal (very bad Chinese Feng shui)
5. Don’t live in a house where the staircase faces the front door
6. Don’t expect to be complimented on doing your job
What’s the most important tip you can give PR pros?
Give people second chances and proofread your emails.
Best experience you’ve had with a PR pro? We love to hear about #wins.
It was one of my first red carpet assignments for eTalk. I was nervous about the interviews and totally overwhelmed. I fumbled through my chat with the first celebrity who stopped for me. I can’t remember the celebrity but I can remember the publicist coming back around, seeing me flustered and disappointed, asking me if I wanted another go, and bringing the celebrity over to me again. It was a kindness I’ll never forget.
Chicken. Fan fiction.
The Headmaster’s Wager by Vincent Lam.
Best place on earth?
Favourite app (or whatever you are downloading these days)?
Pool or ocean?
How close is the ocean to the washroom and shower? It has to be accessible within two minutes. I have a small bladder.
Voicemail or email?
Email me and I’ll call you back.
For some, Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is considered “The Most Magical Place on Earth” but we’ve got news for those Muggles – they’re dead wrong. Universal Studios snagged the title when they opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (WWHP) in June 2010.
Housed within Universal Studio’s Islands of Adventure theme park, WWHP is a Rowling-fan’s dream come true. As with the books and films, the park’s attention to detail is impeccable. That noise you’re hearing in the girl’s loo? Oh, that’s just Moaning Myrtle having a wee cry. Looking for the ATM? It’s under the archway labelled “Gringotts.” So cool, right?
From touring inside Hogwarts to indulging your sweet tooth at Honeydukes, there’s a lot to see and do in the park, which also means a lot of time for lollygagging. Our suggestion: get to the park early (we arrived 30 minutes before it was supposed to open and they let us in!) and beeline to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, located inside Hogwarts (!!!). This dark ride takes you through the castle, where you’ll follow Harry (on his broom, natch) and encounter a lot of familiar sights: the Whomping Willow, Dementors and the Quidditch pitch. Surpringingly, one of our favourite parts of the ride was the queue, as it took you through Dumbledore’s office, the Gryffindor Common Room, Professor Sprout’s greenhouse and the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom.
The two other rides are Dragon’s Challenge, a pair of completely different roller coasters and the Flight of the Hippogriff, a kid-friendly ride by Hagrid’s cottage. If you’re a fan of rides, we highly suggest waiting in line for both the Red and Blue dragon coaster. Another tip: eat lunch after the rides.
Finally, the shopping. Hogsmeade has it all: Ollivander’s Wand Shop, Honeydukes, Zonko’s and the Three Broomsticks. But save up your Galleons because Hogsmeade ain’t cheap. A character’s wand will run you $30, the Marauder’s Map (unframed) is $50 and a Chocolate Frog is about $10. There’s one thing that’s totally worth the pricetag though, and that’s Butterbeer. Make sure you get it frozen and in the commerative cup. You can thank us later.
With last week’s blast of warm weather, we gleefully ran to our closets and started to pull out our spring staples: shorts, skirts, dresses…Since technically it is spring, it got us thinking about what shoes we’ll need this season. Here, we’ve rounded up some of our classic favourites and new kicks we’re coveting for this season.
And hey, you can never really have enough shoes, right?
If you’re looking for some investment pieces, these Gucci Tri-color suede platform sandals with a splash of mint (we adore mint) are great for spring, and can be transitioned into colder weather with some opaque black tights.
It didn’t take us long for us to hustle down the street when we heard a new frozen yogurt shop had set up in our ‘hood! Today we give you the scoop on Yogurty’s, where you can get soft-serve, serve-yourself frozen yogurt, a.k.a. the latest and greatest place for a cool treat in the city.
|The cute shop at 652 Queen Street West.|
The hook at Yogurty’s is that you get to serve yourself, choosing exactly what you want. Start with the yogurt from the soft-serve machines lining the walls. Choose from a variety of delicious flavours, including banana split, peanut butter, red velvet, vanilla and chocolate. There’s also a “twist” handle for a combination of two from one machine!
Next, stroll past the toppings bar and create the ultimate sundae from your childhood fantasies. Fixin’s include fresh fruit, nuts, candies, coconut, chocolate, cookies, cheesecake bits, sprinkles… all the usual suspects, plus many more.
Don’t get too excited by all the toppings: you’re paying by weight! Once you’ve finished, the lovely cashiers will weigh your customized creation and tell you exactly how much you owe.
This delicious sundae (tart and red velvet yogurt, topped with strawberries, kiwi, peanuts & fresh coconut) cost around $5:
The verdict from the fourth floor? Love! Nearly all of us have made the pilgrimage down the street at least once. This treat isn’t too damaging for your waistline either: all the yogurts are non-fat or low-fat, with calorie counts starting around 35/cal per oz. Just watch your toppings (opt for fruit), and you’re good!
Our only complaint? It definitely takes a while. We stopped by on a (beautiful & sunny) Thursday afternoon, and there were about 6 people in line. To move each person through the line, making their selections and serving themselves takes some time. Not sure how that will work out in the middle of a heatwave in the summer, once the word spreads. Despite that, it’s a definite must-go and we think it’s worth the wait. The yogurt is delicious, store and toppings bar are clean, and the staff is friendly and helpful.
It comes up every once in a while, causes a little controversy, and then goes away: Women Aren’t Funny. Up here on the fourth floor, where quips and jokes can fly fast and furious, we beg to differ. Hence, today’s Rave: the funny ladies who make us laugh and reinforce our opinion that women can be hilarious.
|What would you give to be a part of this club?
|Here’s hoping Kristen Wiig has started writing her next comedy and includes this cast.
The original queens of comedy
Funny women are nothing new, they might just be getting a little more credit these days. Some of the indisputable comediennes who led the way still make us laugh: Lucille Ball and her slapstick antics; The Golden Girls who spent seven seasons reigning the ratings as a quartet of funny, older women living together; and Jennifer Saunders, because Absolutely Fabulous taught us it’s perfectly acceptable to have a fridge dedicated solely to champagne.
|Thank YOU for being a friend.
Funny in print
Pick up one of these books, and become the crazy person laughing out loud on the subway. Bonus points if it’s on an e-reader and no one can see what you’re reading. Bossy Pants by Tina Fey, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns) by Mindy Kaling, and Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler are a few of our faves. Laughs guaranteed.
What other funny women make you laugh? Tweet us @rockitpromo.