Vv Magazine’s industry insiders and undercover scenesters fill you in on the best first-hand gossip from Hollywood, the media, and everything in between. A column that will make you lust for more… who are we talking about? We don’t tell – but we see and hear things and like you, we gossip about it. Check in every Wednesday for the latest from Scene & Heard!
Toronto cheaters, beware! You’re about to be exposed…
Juice factor: 9/10
It’s easy to forget that Toronto is home to the world’s biggest hookup site for people looking to have an affair — Ashley Madison. We’re even kinda jealous that Vv editors recently went to the Yonge and Eglinton headquarters to interview founder Noel Biderman, who’s built a digital era empire thanks to the lil’ cheating site that could. That empire might be about to collapse — Ashley Madison got the Sony treatment after hackers took aim at the high security site and now have access to information on its 37 million users worldwide. Toronto has apparently been “a huge market” so brace yourself, Forest Hill and divorce lawyers. We have a feeling things are about to get interesting.
Wait – is that a PR catfight on Marketing Magazine?
Juice Factor: 10/10
While it’s no secret that right now the PR industry is getting ruthless in its own right, two PR mavens took to Marketing Magazine earlier this month to voice their opinions on using Twitter to both promote clients and grow their business. Seems on July 2nd, the first PR lead addressed the many PR professionals using Twitter to their own benefit as a tactic to promote their clients as well as pitch new ones – or did she mean steal – stating, “I fundamentally believe that PR agency leads have absolutely no right to tweet.” On July 16th, the second maven stepped in with a response putting the latter in her place and validating that Twitter has helped her clients and her own company grow. So what’s the verdict? While perhaps a borderline catfight on Marketing Magazine may not be the best place to vent about your Twitter frustrations, we say good for you to both – but let’s keep it classy shall we?
Yes, Mario Testino does baby photos…
Juice factor: 7/10
The economy isn’t so terrible that famed photographer Mario Testino has had to find work in a Sears portrait studio — though we’d LOVE to see him work his magic there for just one day. But if you’re one of the Royal babies, Mario Testino photo shoots are your personal Jostens school photos. After all, the acclaimed photographer took what is arguably the most famous photo of Princess Diana in existence, and now Prince William and his son George are getting the Royal treatment. Kensington Palace just released this new Testino photo of the future heir to the throne on social media, and a spokesperson for Kensington Palace said: “This photograph captures a very happy moment on what was a special day for The Duke and Duchess and their family. They are very pleased to share this picture as they celebrate Prince George’s second birthday.” The caption, adorably, declared: “Look who’s turning two tomorrow! #HappyBirthdayPrinceGeorge.”
Blind Item: Toronto power couple on the outs?
Juice Factor: 10/10
This industry power couple seem like they have the perfect relationship, and since their respective jobs keep them both on the party circuit, they tend to hit the open bar scene together — making their 9 to 5 gigs all the more sweet. That said, when the female half of this dynamic duo was out of town, Mr. Power Couple hooked up with one of her BFFs. How do we know? Open bars tend to make people ‘fess up.
Jon Snow still alive?
Juice factor: 8/10
While we’ve grown to expect the heartless killing off of one of our favourite characters in Game of Thrones every season (um…we mean book), everyone was sad to see actor Kit Harington meet his end at the close of season 5 this year. If winter was coming at the beginning of the series, it looked like there’d be no more Snow, with fans even giving up hope after Harington cut his contractually obliged hairstyle. But hope miraculously returned this week when Harington was allegedly seen getting off a flight from London to Belfast with fellow GoT actor Tom Wlaschiha (who portrays Jaqen H’ghar), not to mention his character’s signature bastard locks. The rest of the GoT cast was already in Belfast doing script readings. We’re guessing it’s flashbacks or dream sequences though…
Blind Item: What Toronto hard partier can’t catch a break?
Juice factor: 9/10
This fashion industry vet used to be a big name, but these days he can’t seem to catch a break no matter what new undertaking (and he’s had a few) he tries to tackle. Could hard partying be the reason he’s no longer making headlines? It’s definitely the reason one of his condo neighbours found him totally passed out in the lobby.
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