Adult Romance And Sex Don’t Belong In Harry Potter Books

Carrie Wasterlain | July 23, 2009 - 12:00 pm

Alyssa Rosenberg of The Atlantic recently ranted about overly idealized relationships and a lack of intimate adult sex scenes in the Harry Potter series, accusing J.K. Rowling of being “really awful at writing about adult sexual and romantic relationships.” Her first complaint is that everyone in the books ends up with their first love, avoiding… More »

My New Favorite Show: “Make It Or Break It”

Justine Fields | July 22, 2009 - 7:00 pm

Why is no one obsessing about the new gymnastics show “Make It Or Break It“? It’s on ABC Family and is technically for teens, but even though there’s a cheesy family moment at the end of every episode, this show is totally awesome! ABC Family has generally oscillated between amazing shows (see: “Greek”)… More »

Trendsday: Why Is Ayn Rand Suddenly Everywhere?

Ami Angelowicz | July 22, 2009 - 6:50 pm

Love her or hate her, you can’t deny the controversial impact of Ayn Rand. Just mentioning her name can illicit unpredictable and impassioned responses. When I first read and fell in love with The Fountainhead in college, I didn’t realize that becoming a Rand fan meant I was automatically an Objectivist and a heartless, self-serving… More »

“Alice In Wonderland” Looks Like The Best Movie Ever

Amelia McDonell-Parry | July 22, 2009 - 6:10 pm

The trailer for Tim Burton’s “Alice In Wonderland” has finally come down the rabbit hole and it looks a-maaaazing. Johnny Depp, in particular, looks deliciously wicked, definitely channeling the same dark kookiness of his version of Willy Wonka. Only this time, we hope his brilliance is fully appreciated. With Wonka, he could not… More »

“Paper Heart” Shreds Ours — In A Good Way

Deborah Findling | July 22, 2009 - 4:40 pm

Charlyne Yi does not believe in love. She is making a kinda-sorta-documentary asking friends and others about what love is. “Take somebody to Applebee’s and get them hot wings,” one kid suggests as the perfect date. Accidentally, of course, Charlyne falls in love with none other than our favorite nerd-hottie Michael Cera. You… More »

The Worst Library Books Ever

Nikki Dowling | July 22, 2009 - 4:20 pm

Two librarians from Michigan, Mary and Holly, have given us yet another website to make Tuesday mornings at the office completely unproductive. Their blog, Awful Library Books, documents the ridiculous books that you find year after year in the $1 bin at your local library’s annual book sale. I laughed hysterically when I saw a… More »

Tabloid Cheat Sheet: A Kate And Hailey Cat Fight? Mischa’s Drug Binge?

Amelia McDonell-Parry | July 22, 2009 - 2:30 pm

Tabloids are kind of like elaborate ventures into fan-fiction. Basically, they watch celebrities and then pick and choose where the stories would go if they had their way. Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if these characters fell in love and had to fight for each other? Oh, this celeb is sick—let’s make it heroin! This… More »

Susan Boyle Snags Cover of Harper’s Bazaar

Deborah Findling | July 22, 2009 - 12:36 pm

Remember Susan Boyle’s “makeover” well turns out this time she really did get a makeover and a brand spankin new attitude! The hard work has paid off and she will be featured on the cover of Harper Bazaar’s September issue. All this business about secret locations and designer dresses leads us to believe that its… More »

“NYC Prep” Recap: Lofty Aspirations — Have These Kids Never Heard Of Hubris?

Leonora Epstein | July 22, 2009 - 12:00 pm

This week’s installment of “NYC Prep” was the first episode where it felt like we were past the character introductions, and finally into the thick of their lives. What did we find when we got there? The clan lives to achieve higher. Kelli with her singing, Taylor with dance, PC with … well, we’re not… More »

Album Drop: This Week’s Albums, From The Fiery Furnaces to Mark McGrath

Simcha | July 21, 2009 - 8:30 pm

It’s new release Tuesday, so it’s time to take the latest tunes for a spin. Forget Jordin Sparks and Demi Lovato’s new top 40 hits. This week is all about indie awesomeness, thanks to Magnolia Electric Co., The Fiery Furnaces, and Portugal the Man. Oh, yeah, and Sugar Ray, aka Mark McGrath, is trying to… More »

Ted Gibson Replaces Nick Arrojo On “What Not To Wear”

Annika Harris | July 21, 2009 - 4:40 pm

Every personality on “What Not to Wear” seems right for the makeover show, with the exception of hairstylist Nick Arrojo (pictured right). Hosts Clinton Kelly and Stacy London have the good fashion cop/bad fashion cop schtick perfected, and makeup artist Carmindy always makes the participant look a hundred times better by “playing up” their eyes… More »

“The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All”: Where Were Reid And Wes?

Amelia McDonell-Parry | July 21, 2009 - 3:30 pm

On last night’s epiode of “The Bachelorette,” also known as the otherwise useless and boring “Men Tell All” segment that comes before the finale (airing next week), two of the men were mysteriously absent — Wes Hayden and Reid Rosenthal. Of their absence, host Chris Harrison said that Reid “had a prior engagement” and Wes… More »

This Month In The Lady Mags: Prepping For Fall Fashion. Overkill?

Leonora Epstein | July 21, 2009 - 2:30 pm

Not sure if you want to spend $3.99 on this month’s Vogue? Don’t worry, we’ve got Leonora Epstein, The Frisky contributor and former lady mag slave, here to tell you exactly what’s up on the sex, love, and relationship fronts with this month’s crop of lady mags.

Even though editors finished their July issues… More »

Lizzie Grubman Rejects Offer To Be A “Real Housewife”

Justine Fields | July 21, 2009 - 1:40 pm

Lizzie Grubman, the bleach-blonde PR maven who mowed a few people down in the Hamptons a few years ago, is just too busy to have her life taped for Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City.” In an attempt to replace Bethenny Frankel, who will be starring in her own show, and some of… More »

Why Is Stephen Moyer’s Ex On The “True Blood” Beat?

Amelia McDonell-Parry | July 21, 2009 - 11:29 am

Yesterday The New York Post ran a profile on Stephen Moyer, who plays vampire Bill Compton on “True Blood.” According to Defamer, the paper failed to note that the interviewer, Lorien Haynes, is, uh, Moyer’s ex-girlfriend and baby mama. In a recent issue of Star, Haynes was revealed as Moyer’s ex and mother to… More »

Liveblogging “The Bachelorette” For July 20th 2009

Amelia McDonell-Parry | July 20, 2009 - 9:09 pm

Tonight! The! Men! Tell! ALL! Will Cowboy Wes be there? Will he and Pilot Jake brawl? Will the Angry Meathead try and start more crap with Hola Juan? You guys, I am so excited to see those old faces! Tear. … More »

Remote Control: What You Should Watch The Week Of July 20th 2009

Justine Fields | July 20, 2009 - 8:50 pm

The good ol’ electronic hearth is serving up a hefty portion of girl-tastic shows this week. Tonight, after “The Bachelorette,” of course, check out “Dating in the Dark.” We also have high hopes for ABC’s new teen music sitcom “Ruby & The Rockits,” which looks like it owes more than a little to “Hannah Montana.” More »

Female Movie Directors Kick Ass In The Boys’ Club

Daniela Guernica | July 20, 2009 - 7:00 pm

When I found out that the director of “The Hurt Locker”—a testosterone-rific movie about a team of soldiers disarming roadside bombs in Iraq—was directed by a woman, I wanted to kick myself. Not out of surprise, but because I was surprised. Why did I automatically think that only a man could direct an intense war… More »

An Ode To Nancy Drew

Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com | July 20, 2009 - 5:30 pm

A few years ago, when my parents moved out of the house I grew up in, they went on a major throwing-old-stuff-out spree. For a solid week, I’d get constant phone calls asking, “Can we bring your old My Little Ponies to Goodwill?” (Yes.) “Can we throw out your old report cards from elementary school?” More »

“True Blood” Recap: Jason Is Rewarded

Amelia McDonell-Parry | July 20, 2009 - 3:14 pm

On last night’s episode of “True Blood,” Lafayette returned to the grill at Merlotte’s, Sam and Daphne bonded over being shapeshifters (though we still don’t anything about its connection to her big scar), and Mary Ann moved into Tara and Sookie’s house because that big ol’ mansion she was living in? Not hers. More »

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