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“You Betcha,” There’s Yet Another Sarah Palin Documentary!

Oh, look, yet another documentary about Sarah Palin. What a surprising topic. The latest Palin doc is titled “You Betcha” and was funded with $30K in crowd-sourced funding from Kickstarter, as well as private donations. It debuts at the Toronto Film Festival this weeknd and will open in New York City and Los Angeles on Sept. 30. What could this latest Palin tell us about the ex-Alaskan governor that we don’t already know from several years on non-stop media coverage, as well as her conservative-slanted bio-pic “The Undefeated“? That is something we’ll have to wait and see. Come on, people. I love documentaries more than the average person, but this insanity has got to stop. [The Hollywood Reporter] Keep reading »

Evening Quickies: Ali Lohan’s Rep Says She’s Having A “Growth Spurt”

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  • Ali Lohan’s rep says her startling, new, uber-skinny appearance is a “normal teenage growth spurt,” not plastic surgery or an eating disorder. Um, maybe Ali’s growth spurt is working backwards? We are still concerned for her. [Celebuzz]
  • Whoa, check out Elisabetta Canalis in these PETA ads. Bet George Clooney feels like an idiot. [Just Jared]
  • It’s too bad Ami is not in the office today because she would be all over this latest craze: “Batmanning.” I dunno, hanging upside down by your feet sounds kind of dangerous unless you’re a fruitbat. [Crushable]

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Today’s Lady News: Nancy Upton Wins American Apparel’s Plus-Size Model Contest

  • Nancy Upton, the winner of American Apparel’s plus-size model contest, penned an article about why she spoofed the fat-women-as-pigs stereotype in her submission photos. “[With the contest, t]he company was co-opting the mantra of plus-size empowerment and glazing it with its unmistakable brand of female objectification,” Upton wrote. “The puns, the insulting, giggly tones, and the over-used euphemisms for fat that were scattered throughout the campaign’s solicitation began to crystalize an opinion in my mind.” Make sure you read your whole piece, because it’s very thought-provoking. [The Daily Beast]
  • An Atlanta club promoter is offering discounts for his parties to African-American women with natural hair. Hmm, what do we think about this? [Clutch Magazine]
  • Why are TV shows losing women writers? Some veteran producers weigh in. [AOL TV]

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Lily Allen Could Have Ended Up Like Amy Winehouse

“I’ve had nights out with Amy and know exactly what used to go on. It’s so easy to get caught up in that madness. I’ve been strong enough to walk away. When Amy died, I got several texts from friends saying they were really glad I was still here, that I hadn’t died too.”

Lily Allen remembers her friend and fellow British pop star Amy Winehouse. Lily has alluded to her past struggles with drugs and alcohol in other interviews, like when she recalled how she wouldn’t eat but would drink four glasses of wine before four o’clock in the afternoon. One the one hand, I’m grateful Lily is still here because it proves that substance abusers can overcome their demons. But on the other hand, I think it can come off as distasteful when someone dies and a person mentions how her friends are glad it wasn’t her. Maybe this is just a hot-button topic that it’s difficult to sound sensitive about, though. [The Sun UK] Keep reading »

The Good, The Bad, The WTF: A Meatball Fight On “Jersey Shore”

Well. I do not like this Snooki/Jionni relationship one bit. Who dares call Snooki a “bitch” and say she’s embarrassing? Like that’s a bad thing? Of course she’s embarrassing! She’s Snooki. And I kinda love how the roommates all closed ranks to get her to realize that Jionni is a putz that doesn’t deserve her. It was a brief, fleeting moment showing that even if they’re actually good people deep inside. (Sometimes. A little bit.)

Find out more about Snooki’s relationship drama — and the infamous “meatball fight” — after the jump! Keep reading »

New Book Asks, “Is Marriage For White People?”

I almost feel bad for black women. It seems like the majority of the time they’re written about in the mainstream media, it’s about one of two topics: Why aren’t any of them married? as a question or None of them are married! as a statement. How frustrating that their representation in culture is thinned down to their marital status, right? The latest example is a new book by Stanford law professor Ralph Richard Banks called Is Marriage for White People? How the African American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone about the so-called “man shortage” among middle-class blacks. As promotion for his book, Banks also published a piece in The New York Daily News last week entitled, “Why Black Women Are Justifiably Bitter: The Bleak Relationship Picture For African-American Females,” which began with the paragraph:

Stereotypes of black women as angry or bitter are pervasive. They are also more accurate than many people would like to acknowledge: many black women have perfectly good reasons to be angry or bitter.”

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