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Sweet Release: What’s In And Out The Week Of December 16th 2008

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  • Fall Out Boy Foilex A Duex
    Help Pete Wentz pay for diapers. You can even buy the record off the band’s MySpace page for $3.99 and it’s worth it. Tracks like “She’s My Winona” and the single, “I Don’t Care,” are poptastically terrific.
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Girl Auctions Off Hot Older Brothers For Christmas Money

We’ve all come up with little creative ways to cut back on spending and raise money for those holiday gifts, from taking on a second job to selling clothes on eBay. But a 14-year old Austin girl had a much better way to raise some holiday cash. She decided to pimp out her brothers.

Kristin Walters has muscular dystrophy, which prevents her from doing work most kids can do to earn money. So she turned to her older, and handsome, twin brothers for help. Kristen is auctioning off a date with her bros on Craigslist to have spending money to buy gifts for her family. According to the post, the date includes dinner at a fine restaurant, drinks and transportation in the local Austin area.
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Romantic Comedies Aren’t The Only Fiction That Will Ruin Your Life

A recent study found that fans of romantic comedies have unrealistic expectations of their life and relationships and often have trouble communicating with their partners. Rom-com devotees have an unrealistic idea that fate determines love, that the love-of-their-life should know what they want without them having to say it, and that sex with the right person will always be spectacular. We’re not surprised by the findings of this study, but we’d like to add a couple other fiction genres that we think have similar effects on life. Keep reading »

“Twilight” Sequel News: Actors Battle For Jacob Black

Summit Studio can’t seem to save the “Twilight” drama for the screen. Chris Weitz replacing Catharine Hardwicke as director isn’t the only shake up for the “Twilight” sequel, “New Moon.” As we reported last week, the studio still isn’t sure baby-faced Taylor Lautner should continue to play Jacob Black, who is much bigger and beefier in the remaining books. Weitz and author Stephenie Meyer recently released statements explaining the casting drama. But neither statements confirmed Lautner’s return. In fact, a rep from Summit said, “The casting decision in regards to the character Jacob Black has yet to be made.” We now hear that Weitz is considering 26-year-old Michael Copon, the actor from the “Scorpion King 2,” for the new role of Jacob. Can you hear me screaming in agony? As I’m reading, New Moon, I picture Lautner and only Lautner as Jacob. However, Copon seems determined to land this role. And has even began self-advertising by changing his Facebook status to: “Michael Copon in a Twilight Zone!” But don’t count Lautner out yet because his agent has a plan to show Summit how a digitally beefed-up Lautner could work as the new Jacob. As if the Jacob drama wasn’t enough, another actor, Ben Barnes from “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” is jockeying for the role of Aro. And guess what? Barnes has the same manager as Copon and Cam Gigandet, who played James in “Twilight.” Shady![Perez Hilton] Keep reading »

Poll: Would Your Relationship Suffer If He Lost His Job?

When the two people in a relationship make vastly different incomes, things can get tricky — just yesterday Wendy told us how she felt trapped in a past relationship because she didn’t make enough money to live on her own. Things could soon be flipped, though; According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are 1.1 million fewer men working this year than last year, but 12,000 more women are working. How would you feel if your boyfriend lost his job but you were still employed? [Lemondrop] Keep reading »

The Best Cries Of 2008

2008 was a year filled with ups and downs. We laughed, we cried, and we captured it all on camera! While 2009 promises plenty of tears — thanks to Brody Jenner’s upcoming show “Bromance,”, we must honor the whimper that was the past 12 months. So, to commemorate those who weren’t afraid to just let it all out, here are the Best Cries Of 2008:

10. Kenley Was Finally Humbled On “Project Runway”

Project Runway’s most hatable hack, Kenley, wouldn’t even tone it down when Tim Gunn gave her a talking to, but Diane von Furstenberg was finally able to break her! Just the mere sight of the fashion icon turned Kenley into mush. Damn, wrap dresses really do amazing things for women! Keep reading »

The Last 31 Days Of 2008: Use Up Your Sick/Vacation Days

If you’re a working girl, you have a certain number of days you can take off for vacation, illness, etc., and at a lot of companies, these days off don’t carry over into the next year. Make sure to use as many of your days as possible before the year ends — just don’t so much that your boss realizes you’re dispensable.

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Spray-On Condom One Of The Year’s Best Ideas, Says New York Times Magazine

Last weekend’s New York Times Magazine honored this year’s many innovations in its “Year in Ideas 2008″ issue. Alongside accolades for upside-down demolition, a vending machine for crows, and air bags for the elderly, there was praise for the spray-on condom. German entrepreneur Jan Vinzenz Krause came up with the idea for this perfect-fit condom while in a car wash. This year, 30 men have tested Krause’s spray-on latex invention, all to positive reviews. The only downsides are that it takes two minutes for the condom to dry and the spray is a bit cold. However, while the spray-on condom is a good idea, in theory — what guy wouldn’t want a condom that fits him just right and makes him more sensitive? — Krause said he doesn’t think his spray-on condoms will be commercially available any time soon. We’re hoping the good press will help change that. [NY Times] Keep reading »

iPhone App Tricks Thieves into Revealing Their Location

There are iPhone apps for practically everything, from finding restaurants and bars to staying on budget and reading your horoscope. Now there’s one that will help you find the location of your phone if it gets taken by a pervy thief. The stealth iDateMe appears to be a provocative image of a woman in bed, but this app doesn’t have anything to do with sex or dating. The bedheaded lady in the photo is meant to lure whoever stole your phone into clicking on the button, which in turn gives away the location of the stolen iPhone using its GPS system. The only catch is that for the app to work, the dude who takes your phone has to be into chicks. [VentureBeat] Keep reading »

Your Holiday Party Excuse Generator

Sure, it’s the season of twinkling lights, favorite classics on TV, batches of cookies, and pitchers full of eggnog, but it’s also the season of those dreaded soirees with people you’d like to never spend another evening with, wine-soaked or otherwise. Whether it’s an office party you’d love to get out of, an ex who insists on remaining “friends,” or a former neighbor’s yuletide bash, the Holiday Party Excuse Generator can compose the perfect note to send to the host, so you don’t have to endure another evening making small talk with satin-draped people who make your skin crawl. Check out this awesome note the generator composed for me, and give it a whirl yourself! Unless, of course, you’re one of those rare people who’s never met an invite you can’t turn down. [Holiday.enlighten.com] Keep reading »

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