Trump’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz is arguing that the sexual harassment case, filed by Summer Zervos from the 2007 season of “The Apprentice”, should be dismissed because Trump is too busy. How many times has he gone golfing this year? (Politico)
Gabriel Byrne, who starred in 1995’s Usual Suspects, admitted that production had to be shut down for a couple of days over Kevin Spacey’s inappropriate sexual behavior. It’s also worth noting that the director of Usual Suspects was … Bryan Singer. (Uproxx)
I hate The National Enquirer. It was always sleazy, but when reports came out that they orchestrated stories to demean Hillary and promote Trump, I thought it couldn’t get any worse. Now the top editor there, Dylan Howard, has been accused of sexual misconduct. I hope they get Gawkered. (Jezebel)
8,000 people crowdfunded $591,305 and purchased a 13th century castle in France. Pajibans, we need to talk. (The Cut)
Russia has been banned from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games due to widespread and state-run doping. The story of how this scandal was uncovered is fascinating. (Vulture)
Jay-Z turned 48 today. Forty-eight. Damn. His first album came out in 1996. All of this makes me feel old, but you better believe that Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life is playing on my iPod right now. *bounce wit me, bounce wit me* (Lainey Gossip)
The Royal Society Publishing posted the winning photographs from their competition and they are stunners. (IFLScience)
I like bananas just fine, but a banana wedding cake is too much. Prince Harry disagrees. I think this is the only reason I’m not a princess, honestly. (Celebitchy)
John Mayer’s appendix definitely does not think John’s body is a wonderland. (Dlisted)
I am very much pro-capes and pro-sparkle, so I’m not sure why this dress on Diane Kruger is not quite working for me. (GFY)
Sylvain Neuvel’s debut novel Sleeping Giants starts slowly enough that yesknopemaybe almost quit, but the cast recording of the audio version was engaging enough that she stuck with it. She was glad she did. "What makes this such a fun audioread is that the cast of characters is HUGE and they almost have a full production going on with all the great voice actors they hired." She recommends this for a long car trip. Which audiobooks have you liked for long journeys? (Cannonball Read 9)
While all of you argue in Emily’s post, I’m just going to leave the best Christmas song here. You’re welcome!
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