That’s the pissy message one school in England is sending to mothers who pick up and drop off their kids in the clothes they’ve slept in. School head Joe McGuinness said he was compelled to write a letter home to parents after allegedly witnessing 50 mothers at drop-off wearing PJ bottoms and slippers. His note complained about the “slovenly and rude” attire, called the PJ-clad parents “disrespectful to the school,” and claimed the too-casual dress set a “bad example” for kids. Keep reading »
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Some things are just never as good as they used to be. “Saturday Day Night” casts. Woody Allen movies. And apparently, Meryl Streep.
Streep has been nominated for her 16th Oscar.
“Streep’s not nearly so golden”, added
“What Streep most crucially lacks is the notion of underplaying. The outsized quality of Julia Child speaks exactly to Streep’s weaknesses among moviegoers not predisposed to like her. She plays every role to the absolute hilt, even when she hasn’t, it seems, decided what role she’s playing.”
Oooh, bitchy! But it gets worse.
a recent “Saturday Night Live” parody of “It’s Complicated,” in which Streep is portrayed as ditzy, giggling and tittering
Meryl Streep is not a sacred cow Keep reading »
We’ve all heard the saying, “No good deed goes unpunished” — and that’s proven to be true for 10 Americans who flew down to Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake. Recently the Haitian government arrested a group of 10 Americans, most of whom are members of a Baptist congregation in Idaho, as they tried to take 33 children on a bus into the Dominican Republic. Members of the group say they were just trying to help. But Haiti has charged each American with kidnapping, which, if convicted, carries a possible sentence of five to 15 years in prison, and criminal association, which carries three to nine years.
Yikes. International diplomacy incident, anyone? Keep reading »
- Nineteen-year-old Emma Watson, star of the “Harry Potter” series, is the highest paid actress in Hollywood with an estimated $30 million in earnings. And while that’s really cool, we couldn’t help but notice Emma shows up #14 on Vanity Fair‘s list after 13 other male actors. (The second-highest paid actress comes in at #19: Cameron Diaz, with an estimated $27 million in earnings in 2009.) Hmm, what’s up with that? [Vanity Fair]
- Today, a bi-partisan group of politicians introduced the International Violence Against Women Act to the House and Senate. IVAWA seeks to disarm cultural attitudes and practices which condone violence against women, to train police personnel to properly handle violence against women, and to increase women’s economic stability in the long term. [Politico]
- Chalk it up to another old wives’ tale? Researchers writing in The British Journal of Psychiatry say that “baby brain” — the rumored memory lapses a woman experiences while she’s pregnant — definitely does not exist. Australian National University followed 1,241 women over four years to track the quality of their memory and half the women in the sample became pregnant. However, researchers found that the expectant mommies were no less likely than other women to have memory difficulties, or to have a worse-off memory than when they weren’t knocked up. [BBC]
- A 23-year-old woman who was jailed in Dubai after reporting a sexual assault has finally spoken out about the incident. The woman, who has withheld her identity, allegedly passed out drunk in a hotel bathroom over New Year’s and was sexually assaulted by an unknown assailant. But when she and her fiancé reported the incident, they were arrested for having sex out of wedlock, which is illegal in Dubai. “It never occurred to us that, as an unmarried couple, we might end up in jail,” the woman told The Sun newspaper. [Telegraph UK]
- When the Super Bowl airs this Sunday, more women are expected to tune in than ever before. That news, of course, has advertisers majorly psyched! [Forbes]
Here’s a scary clip for lip gloss lovers: Oprah‘s pal Dr. Mehmet Oz freaks out some poor lady by showing her a tub filled with seven pounds of petroleum jelly, the amount a woman licks off her lips in a decade. The new quote of the day is: “[Lip gloss] makes you shiny — but it’s dangerous!” Keep reading »
Now don’t get jealous, Stephen King. Mattel has created a one-of-a-kind J.K. Rowling doll to honor the billionaire-ess author of the Harry Potter series. At last, a Barbie who can realistically afford all those clothes, the pink Corvette, and mortgage payments for the Barbie Dream House! The J.K. Rowling Barbie made her debut alongside a tennis-playing Kim Clijsters Barbie and Swedish Crown Princess Victoria Barbie, all of whom a Mattel spokeswoman heralded as “true role models” for girls. Unfortunately, none of the three Barbies will be for sale for the general public. Sorry, Muggles! Instead, the new Barbies will chill at a toy fair in Nuremberg, Germany, with other one-of-a-kind Barbies, like Oprah and German Chancellor Andrea Merkel. Wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall at that doll-y tea party? [Sky News] Keep reading »
Meet Alexis Neiers, the quintessential L.A. party kid: Her mom is a former Playboy Playmate, her dad was the director of photography on “Friends” and she lives on a pretty street in Westlake Village with her mom and a party girl pal, 20-year-old Tess Taylor, a Playboy Cyber Girl. Neiers and Taylor hit up L.A. night life hot spots so much that E! offered the girls a reality show, “Pretty Wild,” airing this March.
If things had gone differently for Neiers, “Pretty Wild” could have set her on a course to become the next Paris Hilton. But this is where the story gets weird: Neiers and friends are actually “the bling ring,” a group of 18- and 19-year-old burglars who Los Angeles police have linked to multiple burglaries of celebrities’ homes, including Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel Bilson, Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox, Audrina Patridge, and Orlando Bloom. Now, Vanity Fair reports, “Pretty Wild” is not so much about the L.A. party scene as it is following Neiers’ seems-to-be-destined path to jail. Keep reading »