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Will Confessions Of A Shopaholic Bomb In This Economy?

Just six months ago, the “Sex and the City” movie and its crazy-expensive clothes hit theaters. And we ate it up — even the $800+ pair of Manolo Blahnik heels. Oh, how times have changed. Another movie about conspicuous consumption, “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” will come to a theater near you on February 14. In the movie’s short trailer, designer brands get name-checked, and Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) goes shopping multiple times. Today, writes about how the movie’s timing sucks. The state of the economy has meant that people actually have to change their shopping habits. Some say Touchstone Pictures will have a hard time marketing the movie, but we say they’ll just have to get creative and reshoot a few scenes. Or, who knows, maybe the market will perk up by February. Anyway, our thoughts on how they could tweak the movie to be a little more in sync with these rough economic times, after the jump.

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Another Sarah Palin Doll Just In Time For The Election

“Adult product” companies aren’t the only ones making dolls in Sarah Palin’s likeness. Those chubby-faced Cabbage Patch Kids are trying to stay relevant, or make us nostalgic, by producing four one-of-a-kind dolls in the likeness of Barack Obama, John McCain, Joe Biden, and Palin. Starting Thursday, the dolls will be auctioned on eBay with the proceeds benefiting the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. The Palin doll scares us — it’s outfitted in a red suit, high heels, frame-less glasses, and an American flag pin. “Kids” should not be allowed to wear stilettos. Keep reading »

Poll: Would You Stay In A Sexless Relationship?

Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s divorce is playing out on the pages of newspapers around the world, so we’ve been privy to information that most married couples keep to themselves, namely how much they have sex. Last week it was rumored that Madonna was always too tired for sex because she works out so hard-core. Supposedly the two hadn’t done much in the bedroom for some 18 months. According to psychologist, life coach, and sex expert Dr. Pam Spurr, sexless marriages are pretty normal. According to a survey of more than 400 people that Spurr did for her book Sizzling Sex: The Sex Doctor’s 250 Hottest Tip, Trips, and Techniques, 90 percent hadn’t tried anything new sexually since their first year of marriage. Nature might be the cause of the sexual stagnation, because research into the biochemistry of attraction has found that our ancestors procreated furiously for the first six to 12 months after meeting. Generally a pregnancy would occur, and then sexual activity would drop off for a period during child-rearing. But perhaps there is hope. Another celebrity couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, keep proving with every baby that sex can still happen, even after a couple years together, as long as you are the most beautiful people in the world. [The Times, U.K.] Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: Giving Birth To Grandchildren & The Beckham’s TV Offer

  • A Wooster, OH, gave birth to triplets who are her grandchildren. [LiveScience]
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    Halloween: A Scary AND Safe Holiday

    If you’re dressing up for a Halloween party or carving a pumpkin this weekend, be safe! A talking jack-o-lantern and his friends Corey, Corey’s dad, Jeremy, and Jessica give you some tips in this awesome educational film from 1985. We don’t want you to be the one who accidentally cuts off part of her finger and has to be rushed to the emergency room, now do we. Keep reading »

    Polaroid Film May Be Dead, But Its Look Lives On

    How sad are you that Polaroid is discontinuing its trademark instant film? As much as I love my digital camera, the pictures I take on it aren’t nearly as artful as they would be if I were using a Polaroid. But now I can make all of my snapshots look amazing with the Poladroid Image Maker program (currently only available for Macs, though a Windows version is in the works). Poladroid converts any photo into a Polaroid-like photo, changing the coloring and adding a white border. The makers tried to replicate the Polaroid experience as best they could, so you even have to wait for your photo to “develop” and are only able to convert 10 photos per session because Polaroid cartridges contain that number of exposures. Hooray for pretty pictures that look like they were taken in the ’70s! [Poladroid via The Modern Materialist] Keep reading »

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