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No Drinking! “Jersey Shore” Cast Given Rules To Follow By Mayor Of Florence, Italy

How do you say “UGH!” in Italian? Because that’s what the entire country of Italy said when they learned MTV’s “Jersey Shore” would be filming its fourth season in the beautiful and historic city of Florence. The mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, has drawn up a list of rules that Ronnie, Snooki, and pals must obey when they begin filming there next month. Because we know that will keep them in line. Keep reading »

Quickies: Kara DioGuardi Opens Up About Rape & HBO Has Already Renewed “Game Of Thrones”

  • Former “American Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi opens up in her new memoir, A Helluva High Note, about the molestation she suffered as an 11-year-old and her experience as an adult being date raped by a well-known music producer. DioGuardi writes that she kept the rape to herself for years out of fear that angering him would ruin her career. [PopEater]
  • Drama! A “Glee” extra has leaked the identities of the prom king and prom queen on Twitter (but fret not — there’s no spoiler at the link). Heads will roll! [Crushable]
  • 100 songs, $100 in aid relief to Japan — what could be a better deal? A group called Songs of Love for Japan is selling 100 songs from artists like Tori Amos, Sara Bareilles, Ani DiFranco, and Elizabeth and the Catapult, and donating proceeds to ShelterBox, a charity that helps in disaster areas. (If $100 is too steep for your pocket, you can get a sampler of 20 songs for $20!) It runs through Thursday April 21st at 10:00 a.m. EST, so hop to it! [Songs Of Love For Japan]
  • ZOMG, check out these 13 recipes featuring Cadbury creme eggs. Those brownies look amazing! Someone bake these, please. [BuzzFeed]

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Today’s Lady News: 5 Myths About Planned Parenthood

  • Five myths about Planned Parenthood that it’s about time we cleared up! Are you reading, Congressional Republicans? [Washington Post]
  • After Match.com agreed to screen its users against a sex offender database, the woman who sued the company after she was sexually assaulted on a date has revealed her identity. Carole Markin, a Los Angeles TV executive who filed the lawsuit anonymously as “Jane Doe,” applauded Match.com for agreeing to screen users. “I’m happy that they heard my message,” Markin said. “But I’m cautiously optimistic. They’re a big company, so we’re waiting to see what will happen.” [AOL News]
  • Women are more likely to quit engineering jobs due to negative work environments rather than trouble balancing work/family, according to a study by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. [Montreal Gazette]

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Even Politicians Masturbate, Says Ex-Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders

“We’re at least talking about [masturbation] much more. [In 1994] everybody was acting like this was a word they’d never heard. Everybody does it, but nobody admits to it. If everybody in Congress who’d ever masturbated in their life would turn green, then we would have a green Congress.”

— Former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, 77, who was the first African-American to hold the position during the Clinton administration. In 1994, Elders said masturbation was a part of human sexuality and perhaps should be taught in sex ed classes as a way to keep youngsters from having, you know, sex. Everyone’s head exploded and Elders was forced to resign. I recommend you read the full interview with Joycelyn Elders’ feisty commentary about the status of sexual health in America at The Root, because this woman is a spitfire! [The Root] Keep reading »

Beyoncé’s New Single “Girls (Who Run The World)” Leaks Online

Beyoncé‘s back! Her new song, “Girls (Who Run The World),” leaked online yesterday. Catchy like “Single Ladies” it ain’t, but it’s girl power-iffic in a way that reminds me of her Destiny’s Child-era stuff. I think it’s meh, but I guess they all can’t be “Crazy In Love,” can they? [PopEater] Keep reading »

Should There Be A Domestic Abuser Registry?

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If a new bill introduced in New York goes through, people convicted of domestic violence or stalking would be required to register with a Domestic Violence Offender Database. Anyone convicted of a felony domestic violence offense against a family or household member would be required to join the registry, which would identify the school at which he or she is enrolled, the place of employment he or she works, and offender’s home address. The registry would be set up similar to, and accessible to the public like, the sex offender registry already in place.

The bill was prompted by the murder last week of 23-year-old Sarah Coit, who was allegedly stabbed and then beheaded by her boyfriend Raul Barrera on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Raul Barrera had several DV incidents on his record. Keep reading »

“Bring It On: The Musical” … Because Why Not Have Singing Cheerleaders?

I am not the target audience for “Bring It On: The Musical,” which will be traveling around the country in fall 2011, bringing the tale of dueling cheerleading squads hither and yon. But I know girls who love that movie, but what’s more, I know dudes who looove that movie. Singing cheerleaders? I’ll pass. (I never really got the “Bring It On” obsession. Can someone explain?) The only thing that might redeem “Bring It On: The Musical” is the fact that it’s made by the creators of “In The Heights,” “Next To Normal” and “Avenue Q,” which are all extremely well-regarded Broadway shows. But still: singing cheerleaders, people.

What do you think? Would you see “Bring It On: The Musical” if it came to your neck of the woods? [YouTube via Salon.com] Keep reading »

“The Help” Trailer Is Out!


The Help by Kathryn Stockett was one of my favorite books of 2010 — and millions of other readers agree. This summer, “The Help” hits the big screen, starring Emma Stone as Skeeter, a white recent college graduate writing for the local newspaper in her Mississippi town, and Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen, a black maid who works for one of Skeeter’s friends. Skeeter comes home from college to find all the friends she grew up with are married with children and employers to black “help,” who are second-class citizens in 1960′s Jackson, Mississippi. The story follows Skeeter as she interviews Aibileen and other black maids for a secret book project that exposes the ugly day-to-day racism in Jackson’s domestic life to the rest of the world. While I was originally unconvinced that teen sex comedy queen Emma Stone was the right casting for the role of Skeeter, judging by the trailer for “The Help,” she carries it off with just the right amount of sass and spunk. [AOL via ONTD] Keep reading »

Will You Be Watching Lady Gaga’s “Monster Ball” Concert On HBO?

Some of us haven’t been lucky enough to see Lady Gaga in concert (ahem, Amelia). But fret not! Those of us who fork over the moolah each month for HBO can watch a concert video of Lady Gaga’s “Monster Ball” show on Saturday, May 7. Sigh. Minus the sweat of 10,000 screaming fans and buckets of glitter, it should be just the same, right? [YouTube] Keep reading »

Quickies: Kate Middleton Designing Her Wedding Dress? And Vanessa Hudgens’ Eats Mysterious Powder

  • Kate Middleton is reportedly designing her own wedding dress out of ivory satin, lace and pearl buttons. Designer Sophie Cranston from the label Libelula is said to be piecing the dress together. (P.S. The Lifetime original movie “William and Kate” airs TONIGHT at 9 p.m. EST. I’ll totally be watching, bitches!) [Daily Mail UK]
  • After Nicolas Cage’s arrest for domestic abuse this weekend, he was bailed out of the pokey by Dog the Bounty Hunter. Embarrassing! [People]
  • Not to brag or anything, but our very own Amelia and her dog Lucca were featured in The New York Post on Sunday! Aren’t they a good-looking couple? [NY Post]

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