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Is Playboy Screwed?

If there’s one thing we’ve learned during the recession, it’s that sex still sells. Sex workers are pulling in the big bucks, the online porn business is booming, and the sex toy industry is thriving. The only person not reaping the rewards? Hugh Hefner. Playboy has hit a major slump, reporting a loss of $13.7 million this quarter as advertising dipped 26 percent. The magazine is considering raising their $5.99 cover price and reducing the frequency and circulation of the magazine. Interestingly, the magazine represents less than a quarter of the company’s total revenue, which has insiders speculating that Hefner will offset its losses and keep it afloat despite its decline. Regardless, major changes are in store. Last week, we told you that photographer Terry Richardson shot a recent cover, giving the magazine some much needed edge, and this week Heidi Montag Pratt confirmed she’ll be posing for the magazine, all in hopes of boosting newsstand sales. Keep reading »

Tweet Beat: It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s … The First Twitter From Space

When Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, it was a big deal. Now that we rocket astronauts through the ether all the time, it takes more than a launch for NASA to make headlines. Enter Mike Massimino—the Armstrong of the digital age. Massimino sent the first tweet from space yesterday at 4:30 p.m. Check it out after the jump.

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Battle Of The Lady Blogs: Double X Jumps On Jezebel

In “The Trouble With Jezebel” on Double X, Linda Hirshman takes Jezebel to task for what she considers to be a cavalier and snarky attitude on serious subjects like rape and STDs. Then, she asks, “What can Jezebel tell us about the state of young women’s lives?”

Can we please stop talking about Jezebel already? Is there’s really some big conclusion to make about “women’s lives”? The last time I checked, lots of women were blogging about their experiences and their opinions — Feministing, Nerve, Your Tango, Divine Caroline, Bust, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Heather Armstrong, Twanna Hines, and yes, this site. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Mommy, I’m Scared

Marilyn Manson goes out for sushi in Hollywood. Sushi and absinthe? Sushi and blood? Sushi and young impressionable starlets? [Los Angeles, 5/12/09] Keep reading »

Woman Hides Her Mom’s Dead Body To Collect Pension Checks. Plus, Other Money-Hungry Peeps.

Yeah, money is tight these days. But some people are going to crazytown lengths to score some moolah. After the jump, the deets on a woman who faked her (and her son’s) kidnapping to get ransom money, a postal worker who stole and sold $20K worth of stamps, and a woman who kept her dead mom’s body in a spare bedroom for six years to collect the pension checks. Ever heard of getting a second job? Keep reading »

Who IS Chris Pine, Anyway?

Oh, Chris Pine. Simcha and I are so sorry for doubting you. We didn’t think you had the brawny hotness to play Captain Kirk. We thought you were too pretty to battle the Romulans and woo the ladies with your rough, raw male charisma. But we were wrong. Oh. So. Wrong. Pine captures the essence of Captain Kirk without resorting to a Shatner impersonation, and he brings a whole new level of sexiness to the notorious ladies man character. For long time fans and new converts alike, here’s everything there is to know about the delicious Chris Pine.
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Quick Pic: Justin Timberlake Is Taking His Nerdy New Look Too Far

Escorting girlfriend Jessica Biel to the after party for her new movie, “Easy Virtue.” [NYC, 5/11/09] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Kate Moss Exposed

The supermodel, as depicted by artist Damien Hirst, for TAR magazine. [NY Times] Keep reading »

Is Slut-Shaming Carrie Prejean Really Necessary?

When Carrie Prejean lost last month’s Miss USA pageant because (some think) she opposed gay marriage, after which she did an ad for the National Organization for Marriage, rather than attending to her Miss California “duties,” she made it pretty clear where her loyalty lies. It makes sense strategically — her anti-gay marriage stance ruined her appeal for many, but it did increase her popularity with a powerful few. Prejean hedged her bets by distancing herself from the Miss California Organization and lining up with those who had her back. She wasn’t going to be a pageant queen forever, after all.

She should have handed over her crown to someone who was interested in fulfilling those Miss California duties — whatever they are — since she had better things to do. But she didn’t and because of that — and Perez Hilton’s relentless campaign against her — Prejean stayed in the spotlight and the inevitable happened. Topless photos! Of a beauty queen! Who believes in God! The hypocrisy! Let the slut-shaming begin! Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Who Is Jen Aniston Shocked To See?

A) The Naked Cowboy
B) Angelina Jolie in NYC shooting her movie “Salt”
C) Some bitch wearing the exact same hat
D) None of the above
[NYC, 5/12/09]
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