Jessica Simpson Definitely Regrets Turning Down ‘The Notebook’

It wasn't over, it still isn't over.

In the early ‘00s, Jessica Simpson was inescapable. She had just dropped ‘With You’, a pop single to save the music industry, she had Americans questioning if tuna was chicken and she had a sister that was making headlines for all the wrong reasons. 

If you’re a Jessica Simpson fan, we had a chat about her career and her memoir ‘Open Book’ on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

As a result, Hollywood wanted a piece of her. Fast-forward to today and it has been revealed that Jessica Simpson was up for a cinematic role of one of the biggest films of all time. Yep, before starring in the Dukes of Hazzard reboot, Jessica Simpson was up for the role of Allie Calhoun… As in Rachel McAdams’ character in The Notebook.

In her memoir Open Book, the reality star opens up about the role, saying: “I turned it down…  because they wouldn’t budge on taking out the sex scene, and it would have been with Ryan Gosling, of all people.”

We know that Ryan Gossling is the hottest man on the planet now, but we imagine this would have been especially difficult for Jessica, having revealed earlier in the book that she had a crush on the teenage star. The two of them had auditioned for ‘The Mickey Mouse Club’ together back in the ’90s.

This is how I imagine Jessica Simpson reacted.

But the worst part of this whole situation happened when the film was released. In ‘Open Book’, Simpson discusses seeing the movie for the first time whilst on an aeroplane, about to separate from her husband: “The most romantic movie in the world, and I was leaving Nick … The movie was on every screen, and I was swept up into it, wishing I had that great love that would be forever.”

Oh Jessica, hindsight is a wonderful thing, huh? 

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The Jonas Brothers Are Playing Us All With Their Nostalgic Videos

This is an S.O.S.

The Jonas Brothers’ reunion has been more successful than anticipated. After moderately successful solo careers, Nick Jonas & Joe Jonas have reunited with their brother Kevin for a comeback to end all comebacks. 

Last year, the Jonas Brothers dominated the charts with their catchy summery bop ‘Sucker‘. Following this up with the hits ‘Only Human‘, ‘Cool‘ and ‘Lonely‘, the brothers achieved more success this time than their last victory lap in the early ‘10s. 

While their success is much attributed to their incredible new music, it seems that the trio are relying quite heavily on nostalgia from when they were teen heartthrobs. 

First, let’s analyse the online store. A quick squiz of their vinyl offering and clothing merchandise would see that they’re still leveraging their noughties reputation with their stans. The images that are printed on shirts are taken straight from the late ‘00s, showing the boys as teenagers when our obsession was at the peak. 

(Credit: Jonas Brothers Online Store)

And while yes, it’s not a new thing to be releasing throwback merchandise, this brings me to their TikTok content. Here, you can see the JoBro’s poking fun at the Kardashians and participating in various viral trends.

This is a clear callback to the video skits they used to upload on their YouTube channel.

Oh, and they’re recreating Camp Rock scenes on TikTok too.

Finally, they’re engaging in nostalgia through their live performances. At a performance with James Corden, the brothers whipped wigs and outfits that called back to their first breakthrough hit ‘Year 3000‘. Also in their regular concert setlist, the boys are playing Camp Rock songs, despite Nick calling it a “bad movie”. 

There you have it, the boys are engaging in nostalgia to get coin from us? Am I aware of their marketing tactics? Yes. Does it make me mad? Not really. Am I going to stream their latest single? Yes, I sure am. 

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The Good Place Has Ended, Let’s See Where It Ranks In TV Comedy

Good Tier? Mid Tier? Holy Forking Shirt Tier?

The Good Place has been hailed as the sitcom to save all sitcoms. And after four amazing seasons, the series has finally wrapped up. Where does it rank against other TV shows? You’ll have to have to keep reading to find out.

Although, we feel the need to mention, spoiler alert. There will definitely be some things in this article you’ll want to miss if you haven’t seen all these shows. Alright, let’s begin!


The Good Place

The Good Place had an incredible finale. Throughout the episode, Tahani Al-Jamil, Chidi Anagonye, Jason Mendoza and Eleanor Shellstrop enter the Good Place only to leave it when they’re ready, dying forever. After so many stops-and-starts, it was nice to see all four main characters say goodbye to each other, in their own time, significantly growing from their past selves. 

Tahani went from having everything she wanted at the click of her fingers to working for the rest of her life. Chidi spent his life on earth as the most indecisive person only to leave it with more conviction than ever. Jason showed restraint, waiting for a few Jeremy Bearimy’s to see Janet one last time, displaying significant growth since his impatient days. And Eleanor, after helping a demon become human, leaves after feeling content. It’s beautiful, touching and funny; aka. It was a perfect finale. 


The Friends finale is such an incredible episode because it manages to be funny whilst rapping up 10 years worth of stories. Ross and Rachel finally get together, Chandler and Monica start a family, Phoebe embarks on her “normal” life and Joey shows a new level of independence. The goodbyes in this episode are heartbreaking but the gags make it all worth it. 


The season finale for Veep was equally sad as it was satisfying. Selina Meyer finally wins the democratic election but at the cost of everyone else in her life. Amy goes from being Selina’s chief of staff to being Jonah’s, someone she has always had power over, Dan goes from hotshot to fired by a newer character and Gary is thrown under the bus as he ends up getting arrested. It’s heartbreaking to watch, but it’s so satisfying watching Julia Louis-Dreyfus become pure evil.



This series finale is often hailed as the worst season finale of all time, which I would argue is unfair. Sure, the four of them ending up in prison was kind of sad and sure, the tone of the episode didn’t reflect the previous nine seasons, but you can’t argue that it was fun to watch these guest characters pop back in causing us all to reminisce on all the episodes that had come before it. 


Gossip Girl 

Sure, it was still lovely to see Blair and Chuck get married even under unfortunate circumstances. But there was one thing – and one thing only – that made this series finale a bad one, and that was the reveal of Dan as Gossip Girl. You can make it entertaining with cameos from Rachel Bilson and Kristen Bell, but the bottom line is, the Gossip Girl reveal doesn’t make any sense. They sure try to convince you, but it doesn’t make sense at all. Don’t you dare, try and justify it. 

How I Met Your Mother

Imagine going through 9 seasons of growth just to have it all undone in one episode. After showing maturity over the years, Barney goes back on it all reverting to his old playboy self, splitting with Robyn in a very odd sequence of events. Also, the so-called “mother” passing away was just sad for the sake of being sad.

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