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Quick Pic: “But Drew, I Can Bench 300 Now!”

Excuse me, but when did Justin Long get so buff?I thought he was sexy before, but now… [Los Angeles, 7/28/09]
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Japanese Women Turn To Hostess Clubs For Jobs

While the recession has wreaked havoc on relationships here, in Japan it’s given a better name to what used to be a naughty profession: hostessing. Hostess clubs are akin to gentlemen’s clubs, only they’re all about non-sexual attention—beautiful women are paid to tend to men’s drinks, light their cigarettes, and laugh at their lame jokes. Young Japanese women have a crazy hard time getting hired for other jobs, since companies tend to favor men of the same age. Meanwhile, hostessing can be crazy lucrative—top hostesses make between $100K and $300K a year—and thus professional hostesses have gone from being considered tarts to respectable career gals. High school girls ranked hostessing #12 out of the top 40 professions, above nursing or working for the government. And why wouldn’t they want to spend their nights in evening gowns, sipping champagne? It’s a helluva lot better than getting minimum wage to temp, right? [NYTimes] Keep reading »

Gallery: The Tardiest Celebrities In Hollywood

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Apparently, J.Lo‘s 40th birthday party didn’t run too smoothly this week, and she threw a fit when guests arrived late to the intimate sit-down dinner party. Among those in the doghouse are Alicia Keys and her boyfriend Swiss Beatz. Meanwhile, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes blew off the event entirely to hang out with Posh Spice and David Beckham. [NY Daily News]

How rude! Sounds like some of our other conspicuously tardy celeb friends. Hell, I invited James Franco to my house three months ago and he’s still not here! Here are some celebs who need watches.

Nerd Girl Porn: Hot Teddy Bears

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On a recent episode of “Entourage,” Turtle (played by Jerry Ferrara) spent an inordinate amount of time marveling that Katherine Heigl would ever have sex with chubby Seth Rogen in “Knocked Up.” It was a joke that started off a little funny, but when it kept going and going (and going) it got mean. For starters, Turtle shouldn’t talk. He, of all people, should know just how hot a chubby teddy-bear dude can be. In fact, I have such a raging crush on Jerry Ferrara, that I’m still tuning into the HBO show, despite its flailing storyline.

In honor of Seth Rogen and Jerry Ferrara, not to mention the first episode of “More To Love” — which airs tonight on ABC and is, essentially, “The Bachelor” with a few extra pounds — I’ve put together a slideshow of dudes whose sex appeal is only amplified by the fact that they don’t waste precious sexytime hours at the stupid gym.

Jordan Matter’s Topless Photographs Liberate The Female Subjects

Photographer Jordan Matter’s new coffee table book, Uncovered: Women In Word and Image, was just released, and it features more than 80 New York women baring their breasts in public (legal in NYC). The project came about after “Nipplegate” — when Janet Jackson “exposed” her nipple on the Super Bowl halftime show — and, “I got to thinking about our culture of covering up.” In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Matter says, “The book became less political and much more about the empowerment that the women would feel. The photo subjects found the option of not covering up to be incredibly liberating.” Matter chose a wide variety of different women with different body types and breast sizes for the project, which makes the images especially compelling. [Amazon] Keep reading »

Why Do Women Have Frenemies?

This weekend, The New York Post ran a piece by author Lucinda Rosenfeld called “Why Women Are Frenemies.” Rosenfeld has a book coming out that’s related to the topic called I’m So Happy for You: A Novel About Best Friends, and in her essay she implies that the root of most female frenemy relationships is jealousy. I like Rosenfeld’s writing — she’s best known for What She Saw — but I’m a little resistant to the notion that all women engage in these “frenemy”-type relationships, and that if they DO have them, it all comes down to being jealous. She writes:

“For girls in their early 20s, rivalries tend to revolve around beauty and the attention of men. Later, it becomes easy to measure your lot in life (against that of your best friends) by the size of your wedding ring, the square footage of your apartment, the number of zeros in your or your husband or partner’s salary, and whether or not your kids got into a gifted-and-talented program.”

Really? I don’t have any frenemies I can think of, though I do have a few friends who occasionally grate on my nerves. But anyone who would ever fall on a list of enemies — even just for an hour or a day — is not someone I think I would call a friend to begin with. To find out just how true Rosenfeld’s theory is, I asked some fellow women about their experiences with “frenemies.” Keep reading »

Quote Of The Day: The Many Incarnations Of Madonna

The woman was… a living collect-them-all doll collection…. from Jellybean Benitez Madonna to Madonna of the Boy Toy Belt, Unshaved Leaked Photos Madonna, Madonna masturbating on a wedding cake, bouncing beside the waves in “Cherish,” dancing with the little boy in “Open Your Heart,” Who’s That Girl Eyebrows Madonna, Ideal Brunette Madonna (my favorite) saving Black Jesus in that incredible slip, Banned by the Pope! Madonna, “Vogue” Madonna, Fritz Lang Madonna, Wrapped-Plastic Sex-Book Madonna, Shame-Free BDSM Madonna, Sandra Bernhard–BFF Madonna, Bratty Letterman-Taunting Madonna, Self-Mocking Wayne’s World Madonna, the Madonna Who Ate Your Exotic Culture (“Vogue,” “Rain,” “La Isla Bonita”), Abused Sean Penn Madonna of the Helicopters, Contrarian I’m Gonna Keep My Baby Teen-Slut Madonna, Secretly Pregnant While Filming Evita Madonna, Underappreciated Dick Tracy/Sondheim Madonna, Water-Bottle-Fellating Truth or Dare Madonna (with Warren Beatty accessory), Bad Actress Madonna (Wax-Coated/Mamet), Momma Madonna, Kabbalah Esther, British Madge, and on and on….

But soon the bad Madonnas were pouring out in a rush: Lady of the Countryside Madonna, Tone-Deaf Antiwar Madonna, and particularly Hard Body and Plastic Surgery Madonna of the Purple Bodysuit…. There was Never Grow Old Madonna, turning 50. There was Healthy Yoga Madonna, which I couldn’t trust, because she was hard to distinguish from Baby-Cheeks Botox Madonna…

But while other female icons fade, fold, or fossilize into camp, for better or worse, Madonna seems determined to do something unsettling and new: spin to the center of the dance floor, till the end.

– Emily Nussbaum in her fantastic New York article, “Justify My Love,” about her love/hate relationship with Madonna. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Two Low-Brow Icons Come Together

Debbie Rowe in the Three Wolf Moon T-shirt. Does it get any better? [Los Angeles, 7/27/09]
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Liveblogging “The Bachelorette” Finale July 27th 2009

ZOMG, the day has finally arrived! Tonight, Jillian Harris finally chooses between Ed, Kiptyn, and … Reid? This s**t is gonna be good. See you at 8 pm EST! Keep reading »

Tasty Tru Blood Beverage Coming To An Icebox Near You!

Last night, while I was watching “True Blood,” John Devore — who came over for dinner — remarked, “They really need to market the ‘Tru Blood’ synthetic blood beverage in real life.” Hm. That would be cool. After all, when promoting the first season, HBO had a series of ads that focused on the beverage, which is beloved by mainstreaming vamps who have “come out of the coffin” and no longer feed on humans.

So what do ya know? It was revealed at a “True Blood” panel at Comic-Con that HBO will be marketing a tasty “Tru Blood” beverage in the near future. Sadly, red wine is not what they have in mind. Instead, “Tru Blood” will be a “tasty blood orange soda.” Sounds like the perfect mixer to me! [YouTube] Keep reading »

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