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Closing time for THR & Co.
Juice factor: 10/10
Chef Cory Vitiello still might be one of Toronto’s hottest chefs in more ways than one–can we get an amen, ladies?–that’s why we were a little surprised to find out The Harbord Room’s sister resto, THR & Co, may be shuttering its doors before month’s end, just a few years after opening the neighbouring gem to his flagship hotspot. Great restaurants close just as easily as they seem to open here in Toronto, but Chef Cory has always seemed to maintain a healthy and growing foodie fan base–not to mention ex-expanding list of local celeb ex-girlfriends. So why exactly would THR & Co. close its doors? His recent jump to stardom on the Food Network? The amazing RASA across the street? Fret not, we’ll get to the bottom of it…
Blind Item: When life gives you lemons… cash in.
Juice Factor: 9/10
This Toronto-based local celeb is famous for both loving herself just a little too much–but we guess this is almost a rite of passage in the social media era–and also having one of the most famous meltdowns on Canadian TV–and, no, it clearly wasn’t staged. The backlash was huge and, causing her to meltdown (read: party on) off screen too. Even long after the fact, this beautiful basketcase is still haunted by it–even some of her most devout fans bring the embarrassing life lowlight up as what can only presume is an awkward icebreaker. Well, jokes on all of us–she’s working with an agent to turn her bad luck into big bucks.
Christina Aguilera gets little too jolly at Seth MacFarlane’s party…
Juice factor: 8/10
Even her apparent wild days long behind her, Christina Aguilera still likes to paint the town red. Maybe motherhood has made her extra festive this time of year. Still, there’s getting rosy-cheeked tipsy, and then there’s getting your red nose on a body-planting into a Christmas tree, which is allegedly what Christina did at Seth MacFarlane’s birthday bash. The Family Guy creator invited a ton of music-minded friends to perform on a rented stage with the funny who is also a notable croonerXtina. Apparently set to perform with Seth, Meghan Trainor, and Katharine McPhee, Christina refused to take the spotlight when the host begged her to join him on stage. Page Six claims she had to be escorted out by her boyfriend and a female friend, and despite the support she still managed to topple over into a Christmas tree. Everyone does Christmas differently…
Blind Item: The not so comfortable nest egg…
Juice factor: 9/10
This infamous Toronto party girl has definitely started to tame her ways–there’s something about a middle age that makes those of us in the media forgo the traditional midlife crisis for a drastic new life as a domestic goddess. After all, when the first two decades of adulthood were defined by open bar, it’s easy to see why staying in and watching CSI: Miami seems so foreign and refreshing. This scene queen suddenly went from being a fixture on the party circuit to making rare and surprising appearances–like Prince but without the fanfare. Once she decided she was ready to settle down, she went full-hog into home life and left the Veuve behind with her old way of life. Although the selfies haven’t exactly let up, her pimped out domestic bliss isn’t as serene and admirable as she’d like you to believe. Aside from run-of-the-mill second-guessing a split-decision to longterm plans, she’s bemoaning the fact that her instant live-in boyfriend is way more impoverished than she bargained for.
Sorry Kanye, Will Smith wants to be President of United States too…
Juice factor: 6/10
Now this is a story all about how American politics got flipped-turned upside-down… We’d continue rapping, but we’re not delusional enough to think we could actually pull it off, but celebs seem to be taking cue from Donald Trump and actually making sincere suggestions that POTUS isn’t out of the cards once showbiz is done. Besides, isn’t Washington known as Hollywood for ugly people? Will Smith has hinted for years that he sees himself in the White House after his acting days get tired, and he brought up the topic this past weekend on CBS while mentioning his disdain for Trump’s “crazy” comments about forbidding Muslim refugees from entering the county. While we do think Will would make a better POTUS than the Donald, we still don’t think “The Fresh Prince of the District of Columbia” has a very good ring to it.
Blind Item: The not so nice guy…
Juice factor: 9/10
This male media personality has a reputation for being an all-round stand-up dude. It helps to be a straight guy in the publishing industry–there are so few of them that we can’t help but see them as rare objets d’art, and don’t they tend to know. You’ve probably always thought this guy was an even rare unicorn given that–despite the sea of beautiful women around him whether he’s at work or on the party scene–he still seemed so in love with the other half of his well-known power couple. It turns out he hasn’t been so faithful, and while that might not seem like “blind item” cracking news, the “other woman” in this equation has a big mouth and has already shared her supposed “secret”.
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