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Betty Draper, Mother Of The Year. No, Seriously!

Betty Draper doesn’t take any crap. Well, until she booted Don out of the house last season, the “Mad Men” matron took a lot of crap from her two-timing husband. Rather, stay-at-home suburban mom Betty doesn’t take any crap from her two oldest children, Sally and Bobby, and that brand of maternalism would make her practically an endangered species in America today. In nearly every episode, Betty sternly barks: “No,” “Go upstairs and play,” or “Don’t touch that”—and the rugrats actually listen. Keep reading »

Jodie Sweetin’s Book Not So, Uh, Sweet

You can tell a lot about a book by the first sentence. And the first sentence of Jodie Sweetin’s memoir is pretty telling: “F**k it” (only without the astericks). You probably remember Jodie as Stephanie Tanner on “Full House,” the middle sister with blonde hair who had perfected the art of wearing a scrunchie. So when she popped out of obscurity in 2006 and appeared on “Good Morning America” to reveal that she was a recovering coke and meth addict, it was pretty shocking. Turns out, it was only half true—she was an addict, but she was hardly recovered. She had a serious relapse, even as she began touring the country and warning college students about the dangers of drugs. Next Tuesday, Jodie’s memoir Unsweetined comes out, and finally she’s ready to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. And it’s pretty gritty. Read an excerpt after the jump. Keep reading »

Remote Control: What You’ll Want To Watch The Week Of October 26th 2009

This week, your television has some exciting things in store for you. Mainly, the kick start of “Friday Night Lights” season four on Wednesday. Also exciting: the return of “Cake Boss,” Natalie Portman on “Top Chef,” Betty White on “30 Rock,” and the series premiere of “Sex Rehab With Dr. Drew.” Yeah, it’s gonna be a good one. Keep reading »

Jaleel White Is On The “Road To The Altar”


We don’t often witness the planning of a wedding from the groom’s perspective. There’s no male equivalent of the bridezilla (though “go-getter grooms” are supposedly on the rise), and the level of involvement of the groom is usually up to him. “Road to the Altar,” a mockumentary-style web series, is different though, taking a funny look into how a guys’ guy navigates the world of wedding planning. It stars Jaleel White as Simon, a 30-something black man who is basically a fish out of water when it comes to planning his wedding to control-freak Rochelle, a Jewish woman in her 30s. Each 5-minute episode centers around whatever major wedding decision — flowers, the band, napkins, etc. — needs to be made and the sheer lunacy Simon feels as he dwells on seemingly minor details (while still trying to get laid). “Road to the Altar” has everything you remember about Jaleel’s character, Steve Urkel, from “Family Matters” — he’s charming, funny, and handsome — except, thankfully, the annoying physical humor and whining. Keep reading »

If Underwear Could Fly


What would your panties (eww, hate that word) do if they had the day off from the constraints of being the most over-worked and under-appreciated undergarments? Perhaps they would take flight as they do in this Japanese cartoon, “Sora no Otoshimono.” Does anyone know what that means in Japanese? All of these pairs of underwear flapping in the breeze inspired a guy to actually create a real-life pair of flying schoolgirl panties. OK, that’s just slightly creepy. Watch them take to the sky after the jump. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

“Serious Moonlight” Looks Like Serious Crap


Poor Meg Ryan. Her last big role was as a jilted wife in “The Women,” a role she’s reprising in the horrifically dumb-looking “Serious Moonlight.” When she learns her hubby (played by Timothy Hutton) is ditching her for a younger woman (played by Kristen Bell), Ryan snaps and … duct tapes him to a chair so she can “seduce” him. Sounds like a lighter version of Stephen King’s “Misery,” which was pretty creepy. Domestic violence-infused plot aside, the “Serious Moonlight” trailer loses us when Hutton’s character blames his wife for straying and says: “You haven’t needed me for years! You make more money than I do, you can fix anything, you can bench-press more than me.” Yeah, because you know those self-sufficient career women—they’re awful!

We know “Serious Moonlight” is supposed to be a WACKY comedy and all, but girlfriend needs to get herself some dignity both on screen and off. Come on, Meg Ryan, you can do better! Keep reading »

Sheree Is The Only “Housewife” To Show Any Growth

Season two of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” started off a little rocky for Sheree Whitfield. First, she launched a screaming match with Kim Zolciak inside a restaurant and tugged Kim’s famous wig on the streets of Atlanta. Then, Sheree had a rather hostile (although entertaining) altercation with a party planner. She seemed determined to have a really angry second season, and she stole the Drama Queen title from NeNe Leakes. Keep reading »

We Can’t Wait To See “Precious”


On paper, the new movie “Precious” doesn’t sound like much fun: It’s the story of a 350-pound, illiterate black teenager impregnated for the second time by her dad and physically and verbally abused by her mom. It’s enough to send a girl galloping into the next showing of lighter fare like “Couples Retreat”! But the film industry buzz for “Precious”—from the illustrious Cannes Film Festival to this week’s cover of The New York Times Magazine — says the film is not to be missed. There’s even buzz about an Oscar for Mo’Nique, who stars as Precious’ monstrous mother, as well as accolades for the rest of the cast, including Mariah Carey, Paula Patton, Gabby Sidibe, and Lenny Kravitz. Keep reading »

New Blog, 50 JDates, Kicks A Romance Novel’s Butt

Here’s the plot of my new favorite blog, 50 JDates: A 26-year old Jewish girl is in love with her boyfriend, who’s a goy (aka, not a Jew). The two lovebirds are considering marriage, but because her family is super religious and it’s important to them that she marries a Jewish man, she asks her boyfriend to convert. He says, “No.” Now she is torn—her mother doesn’t want the marriage to happen, and she’s not sure what to think. So how does she deal? She does something that I can only describe as my worst nightmare—she joins JDate, a Jews-only online dating site and pledges to go on 50 dates, writing about each and every one. At the end of the 50 dates, she’ll decide if she can accept her non-Jewish man, refuse her family’s wishes, and get engaged. Or who knows, maybe her beshert will come along. I can’t say I’d have the chutzpah to take on such a daunting task—but this girl is doing it with an open heart and an open mind. L’chaim, lady!

P.S. Don’t tell my mother about this social experiment. I don’t want her to get any crazy ideas. Keep reading »

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Next Big Movie


So my boyfriend — Joseph Gordon-Levitt, not to be confused with my other boyfriend, Ryan Gosling — has made a new movie, and it looks awesome! “Uncertainty” is about a couple who leave some major decision — what, we don’t know — up to the flip of a coin, and the film looks at the two scenarios that could unfold. It’s kind of like “Sliding Doors” with some shoot-’em-up thriller action thrown in for excitement. Now, what am I going to wear to the premiere? Keep reading »

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