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Liveblogging “The Bachelorette” For July 6th 2009

Time for me to sound like a broken record. Will Jillian finally realize Wes is a total d-bag on tonight’s episode of “The Bachelorette”? Considering I have been waiting, and waiting, and waiting since, like, episode one, I am going to take a wild guess and say “no.” However, the previews imply that she does. But ABC has fooled me before! Also, someone has a surprise proposal? Anyway, see you at 8 pm bitches. Keep reading »

Quickies!: Joyce DeWitt Arrested

  • Joyce DeWitt, who starred in “Three’s Company,” was arrested under suspicion of DUI in El Segundo, CA, Saturday. [TMZ] — This isn’t the behavior we expect from responsible Janet!
  • Kate Hudson continues to ignore her mother Goldie Hawn’s warning, preferring instead to continue seeing A-Rod. [Dlisted]
  • Anna Paquin, who plays Sookie Stackhouse on “True Blood,” says her steamy nude scenes are easier because she’s acting opposite her real boyfriend Stephen Moyer, who plays vampire Bill Compton. [People] — I’m sure a lot of things are easier with Stephen around.

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The Next Wave Of Michael Jackson Tributes: Eternal Moonwalks And 6-Word Obituaries

It’s been 10 days since Michael Jackson kicked the bucket, and the tributes to him are only getting more amazing. Last week, we told you about how the Iowa State Fair had commissioned a butter sculpture of the King of Pop. Now we’re obsessed with two new tribute ideas. First, just trust me, and head to EternalMoonwalk.com. Folks from all over the globe have submitted vids of them doing (or at least attempting) the classic MJ dance move, and the creators of the site have edited into together into a never-ending moon scroll. Hot!

And we’re also digging on Larry Smith who’s created a contest to see who could write the best MJ obituary in only six words. More than 450 people entered. After the jump, check out the winners. Let’s just say they’re more touching than most of the TV coverage from last week combined. Keep reading »

Less Sleep Puts Women At Risk For Heart Disease

Whether you’ve been out on the town, studying late, or just watching too much telly, now is a good time to start getting the recommended eight hours of sleep. Cause if you don’t, you may be hurting your heart. A new study published in the journal Sleep found that women who reported sleeping less than eight hours had high levels of Interleukin-6, which triggers inflammation and ultimately heart disease. Even those women who sleep seven hours a night are at risk. And as if women didn’t already have it harder than men in a million other ways, add this one to the list because the study didn’t find consistent results with guys. So women, instead of watching another re-run of “Scrubs” or ordering additional drinks at the bar, maybe consider getting some extra shut-eye. [BBC News] Keep reading »

Who Is The Real Bruno?

In four short days, “Bruno” will be unleashed upon innocent moviegoers in the US. Judging from Sacha Baron Cohen’s nakie GQ cover and increasingly hilarious premiere ensembles, this mockumentary is going to blow “Borat” out of zee vater. But is Sacha Baron Cohen’s most outrageous character yet based on a real-life Bruno? In Austria, people’s lederhosen are in a bunch trying to figure out who could be the model. We pit the two lucky Austrian front-runners against each other for the ultimate title of “the real Bruno.” You decide who is zee real deal. Keep reading »

Cheers! The Beer Belly Is A Myth

Good news for you. A new study of more than 20,000 beer drinkers has revealed that…(drumroll)…the beer belly is a big old myth. When participants’ hip to waist ratio was measured, researchers noticed that beer doesn’t just make your belly fat. Yes, the people in this study who drank the most beer gained the most weight. But it didn’t settle in any particular area. The beer gut occurred randomly, leading researchers to believe that it’s a genetic factor. Wait, so doing crunches after a night of drinking isn’t going to help!? Crap. [News AU] Keep reading »

An(other) Excuse To Take Your Clothes Off!

Welcome to day one of National Nude Recreation Week! From skinny dipping to a nice nude bicycle ride, consider this the one week of the year when going full frontal is fully acceptable. But because good old Johnny Law might still consider your exposed breasts and dangling members a bit on the illegal side, you may have to be sneaky about your celebrating.

We’ve got a few ideas about how to let it all hang out without ending up behind bars… Keep reading »

Is “Prospect Park West” The New “Sex And The City”? I Don’t Think So

The book Prospect Park West won’t be released until Sept. 9, 2009, but author Amy Sohn, a former New York magazine columnist, is getting a huge publicity push from a woman who knows a thing or two about making four NYC friends popular worldwide. Sarah Jessica Parker’s Pretty Matches production company, along with HBO, has optioned the novel for a half-hour series. “It’s got sex, parenthood, and celebrity. Brooklyn is about to blow up nationally,” an insider at Simon & Schuster told the New York Post. But after reading a brief description of the characters, I doubt I’ll relate to any of them, and I’m a New Yorker. The four women are yuppies who, like other urban pioneers, are trying to stake their claim on the outer borough of Brooklyn, but only the overpriced neighborhood of Park Slope. They’re “burned out, bitchy, and beyond salvation,” yet they expect to be noticed and loved. Basically they seem like the same women I run into on a daily basis — rude mommies who think everyone’s top priority should be their kid. Reading is an escape for me, but Prospect Park West seems like it’ll be torture. No, thank you! Keep reading »

Finally! Uganda Will Outlaw Female Circumcision

Officials in Uganda are finally passing a law outlawing female circumcision, which is prevalent in the eastern part of the country. Uganda’s prez, Yoweri Museveni explained, “There is no part of a human body that is useless.” Not to mention the fact that this “operation” hurts like hell and is very dangerous. Crude tools are used to make the cut and are often shared between girls. Oh yeah, and there’s no anesthesia. This mutilation increases the risk of HIV transmission and can cause excessive bleeding or even death. So, why do tribes force girls to take part in this atrocious practice? Keep reading »

Tracey Emin Is Our New Favorite Artist

The other day, we told you about Hadley Freedom’s essay, “The New Confessional Journalism Turns Female Writers Into Tedious, Self-Hating Semi-Celebrities” in The Guardian. In it, the writer prattles on about how female-focused media run the same stories over and over where a women grapples with hating her thighs/ex-boyfriend/inability to have a relationship at all. I have to disagree with her, as I think sharing a personal story is one of the most powerful things you can do. Not every tale can have a happy ending—and if it doesn’t, is it not worth sharing? Sure, I sometimes get weary of hearing the same story told in the same way, but when a confessional story is sincere, striking, and well-told…nothing’s better. I am inspired by women who find fresh and unique ways to share their stories on the page or off. And that’s why I am so moved by British multi-media artist Tracey Emin’s exhibit, “Those Who Suffer Love,” now on display at London’s White Cube Gallery. Keep reading »

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