Friday, November 19, 2010

The Trivial Pursuit: November 19th Edition

The most important thing you need to know is that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt. 1 was released today.  No, I did not go at midnight.  Yes, I'm a little bit sad about this.  Let's change the subject, shall we?   Quick!  To the items of significantly less importance!

Prince William got engaged to longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton.  Here we go again.  Prepare for the unceasing, incredibly strong bull-piss stream of Royal Family news.  Middleton's Issa London engagement dress has already sold out, proving that people are indeed bananas for this business.  In other news: I think Prince William looks kind of creepy now.  He reminds me of my dentist, who I am slightly afraid of. 

Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria has filed for divorce from NBA player Tony Parker, accusing him of cheating.  I am neither surprised, nor interested.  Amazingly, the pair had been together for 7 years, which has prompted a revelation as to just how long Desperate Housewives has managed to overstay its welcome.  [via Reuters]

Blake Lively (Gossip Girl) is literally everywhere.  Now, Anna Wintour has awarded her the cover of Vogue's Best Dressed special issue.  This is, perhaps, the one accolade I'm fine with her receiving.


In further Blake Lively-related news, An Education's Carey Mulligan successfully slayed the Upper East Side's fictional queen to win the coveted role of Daisy in Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby adaptation.  Hurrah!  A competent actress! [via HuffPo]

Tina Fey was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.  This actually happened the other week, but the telecast of the show was aired on PBS last Sunday.  It was mostly awkward, with a few moments of hilarity.  I was very distracted by Fey's hair, the shape of which was truly odd. You can watch her acceptance speech here.

Kelly Osbourne dropped 50-pounds the healthy way in the wake of her out-of-character appearance on Dancing with the Stars.  At a petite 5'2" she went from 162 to 112 lbs and is now gracing the cover of Shape magazine.  For those of us who were teenagers in the age her punkish fashion sense became an uncredited craze, you can check it out here
Jonathan Franzen's book Freedom stunned all those who have praised it as the second coming of literature (period) and did not win this year's National Book Award.  This was, instead, the year of the ladies.  Notably, bonafide rock star Patti Smith took the non-fiction award home for the really rather superb autobiographical account of her relationship with friend, artist Robert Mapplethorpe, Just Kids.  Jaimy Gordon won the fiction prize for Lord of Misrule.  As a side note: Freedom is a fine book, but guys, come on, take it down a notch? [via NYT]

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