Profile for Amelia McDonell-Parry

What’s Up With Nudists?

In one Colorado neighborhood, people aren’t loving thy neighbor. This community is hating on the Pierces—a nudist couple who have no qualms about gardening in the buff. After their neighbors started complaining about their nakedness in the yard, Mrs. Pierce began wearing a thong and pasties while tending her plants. But since her house has no fence and is across the street from a school, the landlord says that’s not enough and is threatening to evict them. The Pierces say this is discrimination. [AP via Yahoo News]

This got me thinking, what’s the deal with nudists? Why are they so…nakey? Keep reading »

“Mad Men” Season Three Spoiler Alert!

Hey, want a little scoop on how things might be different on the third season of “Mad Men,” which (hopefully) returns to AMC in the fall? Click past the jump for a couple stills from an episode that was recently shot. You’ve been warned once, but just in case — SPOILER ALERT! Keep reading »

Celebrity Casting Couch: Who Will Play Jeff Buckley? And Who Will Be Lara Croft?

It would be more fun if celebrities had to fight to the death for roles. Or maybe casting directors could make them compete in elaborate ropes courses? This week, some very talented celebrities are up for the same roles. James Franco and Robert Pattinson are neck-and-neck for the honor of playing musician Jeff Buckley in a biopic. Meanwhile, producer Dan Lin has announced his plan for another installment of “Tomb Raider.” But could Angelina be out in favor of Megan Fox? After the jump, how we think it will shake out. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Bella’s Not Lookin’ So Beautiful

That’s because Kristen Stewart has ditched the pretty long locks for an ’80s shag — she’s playing Joan Jett in “The Runaways” biopic. [Los Angeles, CA, 6/11/09] Keep reading »

Does This Meat Dress Make You Hungry?

Jia Jam has a party to go to, so for the occasion, she decided to make a dress out of salami and bacon. Based on the “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” character Meatwad (her party was ATHF-themed), Jia says she went with the pork products because “salami [is] thin, keeps in one piece, and is quite cheap, and bacon because it looks very, um, meaty.” She then vacuum-sealed it and kept it refrigerated until it was party time. In her words, “Good times.” [Jia Jam via Boing Boing] Keep reading »

Etsy: A “Female Ghetto” For The Creative & Crafty?

Over at Double X, Sara Mosle initially sings the praises of popular online indie retailer Etsy.com, but then points out a problem. “There are virtually no male sellers on Etsy. If the site is such a great way for anyone to market handmade goods online, then why is it such a female ghetto?”

So begins her essay, “Etsy.com Peddles a False Feminist Fantasy,” is which she seeks to prove that Etsy specifically attracts women in their mid-thirties, often with children, who want to believe “that you can have a family and create hip arts and crafts from home during flexible, reasonable hours while still having a respectable, fulfilling, and remunerative career.” Mosle says there’s little proof that there’s much money to be made selling goods on Etsy — hence the absence of men, who, obviously, only pursue lucrative or purely recreational “hobbies.”
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Reason #4567 To Hate GOOP

I usually find the “MAKE” editions of GOOP, Gwyneth Paltrow’s newsletter that attempts to “nourish the inner aspect,” the most tolerable. They’re recipes and how offensive and annoying can food really be? This week, Gwyneth introduces us to the cookie and treat recipes from some of her friends, including Evi, a Holocaust survivor, and Katie Lee Joel. Of the latter, Gwyneth writes:

“The summer before last, a mutual friend brought the lovely Katie Lee Joel and her husband William over for dinner. Much to my delight, she brought a fresh batch of these cookies with her.”

Wait. Hold up. “Her husband William?” Don’t you mean Billy? As in, BILLY JOEL? Is this Gwyneth’s attempt at not namedropping? Because that would be effing stupid, considering GOOP is one big celebrity snog fest. Seriously, what a pretentious twat.

Oh also, big old error in the last bit of this week’s newsletter. See above — guess someone forget to include the copy for next week’s preview, and Gwyneth, ever the diligent editor, didn’t notice it was missing either. Oopsies! What will William and his lovely wife Katherine say? [GOOP] Keep reading »

Tabloid Cheat Sheet: Jen And Brad Getting It On? Robert Issues An Ultimatum To Kristen?

It’s Wednesday, which means the week is half over and you’ve made it through hump day. But even more importantly, new ‘bloids just hit newsstands. Lest you have to actually buy them, here’s the juiciest and, uh, most ultra true stories from each. Keep reading »

Gallery: Demi’s Doll Collection Creeps Out Ashton, And Other Celebrity Collectors

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Ashton Kutcher spent the weekend helping wife Demi Moore sort her collection of more than 3,000 dolls, which have been insured for $2.25 million. Needless to say, he wasn’t psyched. “Spent the day going through wifey’s insane doll collection,” he wrote. “3000 thousand contemporary art dolls all staring at U [sic]. I’m gonna have nightmares. I’m trying to convince wifey to open a doll museum. She also has thousands of Barbies and original GI Joes.” I don’t blame you Ashton, those glassy eyes can be pretty disconcerting. [StarPulse]

Here are nine more celebrities with eccentric collections.

The Modern Husband Should Be…

Perhaps you’ve seen this little test for husbands making the rounds on the web? It was written in 1933 as a companion to a test for women about being good wives, with a list of merits and demerits for appropriate and inappropriate husband behavior. It was a bit antiquated to give the fellas in 2009, so we updated it…. Keep reading »

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