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Sophia Loren Finally Explains Why She Gave Jayne Mansfield Such Epic Side-Eye

“She came right for my table. She knew everyone was watching. She sat down. And now, she was barely… Listen. Look at the picture. Where are my eyes? I’m staring at her nipples because I am afraid they are about to come onto my plate. In my face you can see the fear. I’m so frightened that everything in her dress is going to blow—BOOM!—and spill all over the table.”

Surely you’ve seen this infamous photo before, of Sophia Loren giving fellow Hollywood actress and glamazon Jayne Mansfield epic side-eye. While I’m sure many have theorized about all the possible reasons for Sophia to be shading Jayne — did she steal her man? claim the designer gown Sophia wanted to wear? steal her parking space?! — Loren told Entertainment Weekly that the truth is actually pretty ridiculous. She was just keeping her eyes peeled for a massive wardrobe malfunction! Apparently, the photo was taken at a party that Paramount had thrown for Loren and Mansfield, who passed away in 1967, was the last to show up. “For me, that was when it got amazing,” she told EW. Indeed. [Entertainment Weekly]

Justin & Jessica Are Expecting A Timberbaby!

  • The rumors are true! Justin Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel are expecting their first child. Mazel tov! [Us Weekly]
  • Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds aren’t going to find out the sex of their baby before its born. [Us Weekly]
  • Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan welcomed a daughter yesterday! [People]
  • And Kelly Rowland just had a baby boy. Babies, babies everywhere! [People] Keep reading »

Has Miley Cyrus Terminated Her Single Status?

  • Miley Cyrus might be dating Patrick Schwarzenegger, super hot son of Ah-nold. And yes, I realize my headline is epically stupid. [Celebuzz]
  • Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell says that “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”‘s Mama June Shannon spent her trust fund on a car for her child molester boyfriend. [E! Online]
  • Matthew McConaughey says he “cried” watching his new movie “Interstellar,” directed by Christopher Nolan. Not gonna lie, it looks alright, alright, alright. (Sorry, stupid joke.) [People]
  • NFL player Adrian Peterson has plead no contest to child abuse charges. [MSNBC] Keep reading »

Lena Dunham: “I Do Not Condone Any Kind Of Abuse”

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“First and foremost, I want to be very clear that I do not condone any kind of abuse under any circumstances. … If the situations described in my book have been painful or triggering for people to read, I am sorry, as that was never my intention. I am also aware that the comic use of the term “sexual predator” was insensitive, and I’m sorry for that as well.”

This is an excerpt from a short statement Lena Dunham gave to TIME about the recent controversy over portions of her memoir, Not That Kind Of Girl, that describe what some consider to be sexually abusive treatment of her younger sister. You can read the full statement here. The other Frisky staffers and I have been talking about this subject almost non-stop over the last few days and while some of us are still trying to figure out how we feel as it relates to children, sexual exploration, boundaries and abuse in general, we agree that this is a discussion that desperately needs to be had. [TIME]

Ryan Gosling Is Giving Me Paul Bunyon Vibes And I Like It

Now that Ryan Gosling has done the unthinkable and created life with another woman, I wish he would do me a solid and become a little less attractive. Instead, he’s walking around in a fucking plaid flannel and drool-worthy hiking boots like my original celebrity dream boyfriend, Paul Bunyon, expecting me not to thirst. It’s cruel, really. (Also, no idea why his crotch looks so wet in the photo on the left but it gave me an excuse to zoom in real close on his crotch, not that I needed one.) [Photos: Fame/Flynet]

What Are Your Favorite Audiobooks?

The only real downside to my new obsession with weaving is that I haven’t yet figured out how to read a book and weave at the same time, so I haven’t been as voracious a reader as usual. I love books and was really missing reading, though not so much that I was willing to drop the loom, so I finally signed up for an Audiobooks.com account. Good news is the meditative impact from weaving actually puts me in the perfect mindset to absorb what I’m hearing. My Audiobooks account also came in handy this weekend while I was unpacking in my new Brooklyn apartment (!!!) and wanted something a little more stimulating than music to listen to. I’ve already “read” Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl (side note: her vocal delivery of THAT passage is just as blase as it appears on the page) and Amy Poehler’s fantastic new book Yes Please. The latter I found to be especially enjoyable as an audiobook because Poehler had a whole list of friends stop by the studio to help her read, plus there were also audio clips from “Parks & Rec” — hell, the whole experience of listening to this book may actually be better than reading it (though regardless of how you “read” it, just DO). I suspect that this may be true of a lot of comedic memoirs, as most of them have the actual comics reading their work, giving them the opportunity to actually perform it.

I’ve listened to a few others audiobooks in the past, including a couple of the Harry Potter books (so good on tape, y’all), but I’m hoping you might have some other recommendations, as I suspect that some books are way better on tape than others. So, hook a girl up. What are some audiobooks you’ve listened to that you loved, or what are some books you’ve read recently that you think would be great as audiobooks? Let’s share!

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