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Remote Control: “Weeds,” “I’m A Celebrity,” “Top Chef Masters,” And “True Blood”

Back in the day, summer television was all repeats and the only reason to watch was to finally see that episode of “Melrose Place” your VCR messed up recording. Luckily, the dark ages are over and summer nights are now filled with good shows. Okay, so it may not classify as “good,” but “I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here” has your back Mondays through Thursdays. Meanwhile, two of our favorite shows, “Weeds” and “True Blood” are both starting up this week. And you’ll want to catch the premiere of “Top Chef Masters,” which is kind of like regular “Top Chef” mixed with “Iron Chef.” After the jump, your television sked for the week. Keep reading »

Writing The Wedding Toast

On Sunday, my sister is getting hitched. Lizz is the exact opposite of a bridezilla, but because she’s a professional event planner, she sent me an amazingly precise document laying out exactly what time everything will be going down on the big day. So I know that at exactly 3:45 p.m., it’s time for me to give a toast.

I’m very excited about giving the toast. Public speaking doesn’t phase me much, and I kind of like the rush that comes with lots of people staring at you, hanging on to your every word. I want my toast to be semi-brilliant. I want people to laugh, I want people to cry. The thing is—I’m not exactly sure what to say. I have lots of ideas swirling about, I just haven’t settled on the right one. And so, I consulted Tom Haibeck, who wrote the book Wedding Toasts Made Easy. Here are his five tips for creating the perfect toast. Keep reading »

Quick Vid: A Woman With A Pet Hippo

With pet owners, there’s a fine line between sweet and just plain looney tunes. I gotta put this British woman in the later category—she has a pet hippo. Who lives in her house. And puts its head in her lap. And can open locked doors. And breaks lots of things, including beds. I also imagine that her home can’t smell very good? All that said, hippo Jessica is kinda cute. Keep reading »

Going To My Sister’s Wedding Solo

On Sunday afternoon, my little sister Lizz is marrying one of my best friends from high school, Pat. They’ve been together for 11 years, and are the kind of couple that looks alike, talks alike, and complements each other in every way, giving me a touch of faith in this whole crazy love thing. I am pumped for the ceremony, which will be held in my favorite park in New York City, right under the Brooklyn Bridge. I am pumped that Pat will finally be my brother-in-law, a term I’ve used to describe him for years anyway. I am pumped for the reception, which will feature barbecue and cupcakes, and a “Celebrate Good Times”-free wedding dance mix created by yours truly. Heck, I’m even pumped to wear my bridesmaid dress. But there is just one little thing I’m dreading about Sunday: I have no date. Keep reading »

Quote Of The Day: Janice Dickinson Hasn’t Eaten In 32 Years

“They think this is a game show. It isn’t. It’s arduous. It’s fighting hunger. Since I haven’t eaten in 32 years, it won’t affect me.”

—Janice Dickinson, via Hollywood Rag, on why she’s a shoo-in to win “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here” Keep reading »

Cute Alert: Couple Celebrates Their 81st Anniversary

Every time I get all skeptical about this whole l-o-v-e thing, something happens to pull me back. Earlier this week, Frank and Anita Milford Devon, Britain’s oldest married couple, celebrated their 81st anniversary. The two met at a YMCA dance in 1926 and got hitched two years later. Today, they are both 101 and have two children (their son is now 74), five grandkids, and seven great-grandkids. And I thought making it to six-months was a big deal? Three cheers for old people! [BBC] Keep reading »

Gallery: Obama In College, Even Cuter Than We Would Have Guessed

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When Barack Obama was a freshman at Occidental College, he went by the name Barry and rolled his own cigarettes. And when his classmate Lisa Jack needed someone to model for a project for her photography class, he kindly agreed. Yesterday, Jack opened an exhibit of these photos at Los Angeles’ M+B Gallery. And um, could he be any cuter? He’s totally the dude I would have asked to help me study.

Check out more of the photos of barely legal Barack.

Hollywood Ladies + Obama Staffers = Romance?

If you’ve ever watched “Rock of Love,” you’re well aware that dating a rock star is passe. Ditto for athletes—who wants a dude whose bicep measurement is bigger than his IQ? No, there’s a new type of guy to lust after—Washington politicos. The Obama administration is ushering in a new throng of young, brilliant, and (dare we say) extremely hot politicians, and Hollywood’s leading ladies are taking notice. Rashida Jones, of “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation,” is currently dating President Obama’s chief speechwriter, Jon Favreau. Sure, he may be the one who drunkenly groped a Hillary Clinton cut-out during last year’s primary, but this dude is (a) adorable and (b) has one of the highest ranking jobs in the country even though he’s only 27. The couple made their first appearance at the White House Correspondents Dinner and have since been spotted cuddling at a hip Georgetown bar. [Celebitchy]

Then there’s “Private Practice” star Kate Walsh, who’s been getting cozy with Sean Smith, deputy assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. (You know he’s important because his title is so long.) The two were apparently “phone friends” for months, but recently went public. Sean reportedly sent her flowers the day after the Correspondents Dinner to thank her for being his date. Awww…sweet.

We hope other Hollywood ladies catch on. Here are a few more civil unions we have in mind. Keep reading »

Hardy Har Har: Barack Obama’s Best Jokes From The White House Correspondents’ Dinner

On Saturday, Barack Obama hosted the White House Correspondents Association Dinner. The annual gathering of politicos, journalists, and celebrities has evolved into a famous person prom. What do Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore have to do with corresponding with the White House? We don’t know. The event has become a presidential comedy show, and last night our Jokester-in-Chief spared no one—from his kids to pirates. [USA Today] — After the jump, his best zingers. Keep reading »

Barack Obama’s First 100 Days: The Five Best And Worst Moments

Get your party poppers ready—it’s Barack Obama‘s 100th day in office. There’ve been bumps in the road, what with the economy tanking and two wars underway. Still, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll, 68 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s performance thus far, rating highs not seen since the days of Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy. Seventy-two percent of Americans are optimistic about the next four years. [CBS News] After the jump, five high points and five cringe-worthy moments of the Obama presidency. Keep reading »

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