John McCain went on “The Tonight Show” last night and spoke about the future of the Republican party and who’s leading the GOP. He mentioned several governors, and, apparently, he doesn’t consider former running mate Sarah Palin to be one of the “young, dynamic governors” in their party, because he intentionally didn’t mention her. Diss! [The Daily Beast via AOL News] Keep reading »
Bravo has upped its plan to retain its “Project Runway” audience now that the show is moving to Lifetime. It plans to completely replace “Runway” with “The Fashion Show.” Now, Bravo has greenlighted “Launch My Line,” a celebrity competition show modeled after “Runway.” Each celebrity contestant will be paired with a fashion designer who will help bring their creative vision to fruition, as they vie for a chance to launch their own clothing line. After the jump, our dream cast for “Launch My Line.” [The Hollywood Reporter] Keep reading »
Teenage mothers are at a greater risk of becoming obese than other women their age who don’t get pregnant, according to a new study by health care provider Kaiser Permanente. “Our findings are potentially important because adolescence has been identified as one of the critical periods of development that set the stage for the onset of obesity later in life,” wrote researchers in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Their findings show that pregnancy boosts obesity risks for adult women, and that adolescent pregnancy may have a greater influence on the body weight and fat accumulations of teens. Keep reading »
Have you heard the news? The Obamas got a dog, and they’re naming him Bo! There were some conflicting reports about Bo over the weekend (is he, in fact, from a shelter?), so we thought thought we’d straighten out things regarding the new First Dog.
Bo is a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog (also known as a Portie).
Ever since President Obama made his campaign promise to daughters Malia and Sasha, the media hasn’t stopped talking about Malia’s allergies and how their dog must be hypoallergenic. Bo will not make her sneeze.
Sadly, Bo isn’t a shelter dog. Michelle had been fairly adamant that their puppy would most be a rescue dog, but Bo came from a breeder. He is a bit of a reject, however, because he was purchased by someone else and then returned to the breeder after Bo (then known as Charlie) annoyed his owner’s older Portie.
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Sarah Palin. Remember her? Despite Levi Johnston’s TV talk show circuit tour having ended, the Alaska governor is still under the microscope. Wayne Anthony Ross, Palin’s nominee for Alaska’s state attorney general, is facing accusations of supporting marital rape. Leah Burton, a veteran lobbyist on children’s issues and domestic violence, told the Alaska State Judiciary Committee that Ross said in a 1991 speech — given in front of the “father’s rights” group Dads Against Discrimination — “If a guy can’t rape his wife, who’s he gonna rape?” Hmm, is this the kind of “common sense” Jack was talking about? Burton also claims Ross once said, “If a woman would keep her mouth shut, there wouldn’t be an issue with domestic violence.” Ross denies making these statements — “I don’t talk like that!” he says — but rumor has it Palin may withdraw her nomination in order to save face. [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »
We get a lot of mail from readers, some insanely flattering, some helpful (thanks for doing a little free copy-editing for us, guys!), and plenty of nasty hate mail. With that in mind, we’re going to post some of the best reader mail we get from time to time, because we totally appreciate that you even take the time to write!
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Oh Amazon, how you’ve failed us. The online retailer came under fire this weekend for deranking a long list of books they’ve suddenly deemed “adult” material. Among the books deemed too adult to appear on searches and best seller lists on the site? Hundreds of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender books, including Gay Life And Culture: A World History, Heather Has Two Mommies, and The Lesbian Parenting Book: A Guide To Creating Families And Raising Children.
Over the course of the weekend, however, it became clear that the gay and lesbian community wasn’t the only one being targeted — books focusing on sex and feminism also lost their ranking, including Full Frontal Feminism by Feministing’s Jessica Valenti, and many of the erotica titles edited and written by Frisky contributor Rachel Kramer Bussel.
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Hi, guys. So, this is my favorite movie: “500 Days Of Summer.” I haven’t actually seen it yet, but the trailer is above, and honestly if it doesn’t turn out to be my favorite movie, I will be super surprised. Also, can I please walk into an elevator and meet someone like Joseph Gordon Levitt, please? Thanks. Keep reading »
Magazines try to put celebrities on their covers who will sell copies on newsstands, but some stars just don’t seem to attract readers the way others do. WWD searched newsstand sales numbers from the Audit Bureau of Circulations and found that Angelina Jolie, Victoria Beckham, and Lauren Conrad seem to do consistently well, no matter what magazine cover they’re on or what month the issue comes out. Vanity Fair‘s July Jolie cover was that magazine’s best seller for 2008, as was her November W. Beckham’s Elle and Allure covers were those magazine’s best sellers, and Conrad’s Shape cover sold more than that magazine’s other issues. Some cover stars you would think would do well actually fluctuated based on what mag they were on and month their cover came out. Both Eva Longoria Parker and Scarlett Johansson were best sellers for some magazines and worst sellers for others. Do you buy magazines based on who is pictured on their covers? [WWD] Keep reading »