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Recapping “Gossip Girl”: Valley Girls (The Spin-Off That’ll Never Happen)

Last night, “Gossip Girl” was awesome fun! It was weirdly sentimental, and sweet, and No Doubt was there covering Adam and the Ants, and Brittany Snow actually charmed my dang pants off with her turn as Young Lily, and the ‘80s fashion was ADORBZ, and they played Men Without Hats, and there were actual nice parallels between the dual storylines! I feel like someone sat the writers down and gave them a talking-to. Keep reading »

Who Is The Silly Boy Rihanna And Lady Gaga Are Singing About?

Rihanna and Lady Gaga have paired up for a new song: “Silly Boy,” Do you think the lyrics could be about any particular silly boy?

Cause you had a good girl
That’s a keeper
You had a good girl but
Didn’t know how to treat her
So silly boy get out my face
Why do you like the way regrets taste?
So silly boy get out my hair
No, I don’t want you no more

Listen to the full track after the jump … Keep reading »

Elizabeth Edwards Criticized For Dragging John’s Affair Back Into The Spotlight

Elizabeth Edwards is promoting her new book, Resilience, last week on “Oprah” and then on “The Today Show.” By talking openly about her life, she’s opened herself up to criticism. Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown and New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd have attacked Edwards’ decision to write about her husband’s affair with Rielle Hunter when everyone was beginning to forget about it. Is Edwards beating a dead horse? Or is this her chance to speak her mind?

On The Daily Beast, Brown writes:

The hazard of confessional books is how fast the world moves on while they’re written. Hearing about that doggy old “misdemeanor”—as she insists on calling her husband’s infidelity with a campaign videographer while he was running for president and she was fighting terminal cancer—just drags us back into the messy aftermath of the election season at a time when we are now busy trying to get on with a collapsing economy and save our own lives.

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Is Slut-Shaming Carrie Prejean Really Necessary?

When Carrie Prejean lost last month’s Miss USA pageant because (some think) she opposed gay marriage, after which she did an ad for the National Organization for Marriage, rather than attending to her Miss California “duties,” she made it pretty clear where her loyalty lies. It makes sense strategically — her anti-gay marriage stance ruined her appeal for many, but it did increase her popularity with a powerful few. Prejean hedged her bets by distancing herself from the Miss California Organization and lining up with those who had her back. She wasn’t going to be a pageant queen forever, after all.

She should have handed over her crown to someone who was interested in fulfilling those Miss California duties — whatever they are — since she had better things to do. But she didn’t and because of that — and Perez Hilton’s relentless campaign against her — Prejean stayed in the spotlight and the inevitable happened. Topless photos! Of a beauty queen! Who believes in God! The hypocrisy! Let the slut-shaming begin! Keep reading »

When Kenyan Women Boycott Sex For Seven Days, Someone Is Bound To Sue

Last week, a faction of women’s groups in Kenya called for the country’s ladies to boycott sex for seven days to push political leaders to take a stand against the violence that’s broken out there since the last election. And one man, James Kimondo, is so mad at his wife for withholding sex that he’s actually suing her. “My wife has denied me my conjugal rights,” he claimed. “This has caused me anxiety and sleepless nights.” [Yahoo] — Dude, really? Keep reading »

Quickies!: Bruce Jenner Is Going To Get His Mug Fixed

  • Twenty-five years ago, Bruce Jenner had a botched partial facelift and a nose job. Now, he plans to correct the surgery with another facelift for his 60th birthday. [Dlisted] — Stop making him the butt of all those jokes. This could happen to anyone!
  • Ryan Seacrest and British chef Jamie Oliver plan to give healthy makeovers to the most unhealthy places in the U.S., among them city schools and workplaces, on their ABC reality series. [Perez Hilton]
  • You might want Carrie Prejean to disappear down the rabbit hole, but think about it for a minute. Without her, how would we have learned that fake, diamond-encrusted earrings aren’t cute? See what other lessons you can learn from Miss California. [College Candy]
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    By The Numbers: Summer’s Must-See Movies

    Look outside, people. It’s summer. Which means—SUMMER MOVIES! Forget the recession. This summer is bringing us some of the most epic movies ever made. Already, Hollywood is whipping out the big guns with “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and “Star Trek,” but don’t fret. There’s lots more flicks to come. After the jump, a look at this summer’s theater fare by the numbers.

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    Saudi Arabia: Where The Recession Is A Real Slap in The Face

    Have you ever spent so much money you wanted slap yourself? Well, now you don’t have to! Thanks to a Saudi Arabian court, if a wife spends too much of her man’s dough, he can put her in her place for her. What a savings!

    Many of the local men, and now the courts, have been hitting wives hard because of how they choose to use cash. Saudi Arabian women like Princess Adila bint Abdullah, deputy chairperson of the National Family Safety Program, as well as international human rights groups, have complained about the seemingly court-sanctioned spike in domestic violence justice. If you offer Judge Hamad Al-Razine a penny for his thoughts, he’ll tell you that women are the ones doing the shopping, “but nobody puts even a fraction of blame on them.” The judge argues that men are just reacting to the financial sitch and someone has got to knock some sense into these women, right? Keep reading »

    Hardy Har Har: Barack Obama’s Best Jokes From The White House Correspondents’ Dinner

    On Saturday, Barack Obama hosted the White House Correspondents Association Dinner. The annual gathering of politicos, journalists, and celebrities has evolved into a famous person prom. What do Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore have to do with corresponding with the White House? We don’t know. The event has become a presidential comedy show, and last night our Jokester-in-Chief spared no one—from his kids to pirates. [USA Today] — After the jump, his best zingers. Keep reading »

    Men’s Magazines Prefer Black Models With Lighter Skin

    Last week, Tyra Banks said she’s trying to expand the idea of what the fashion industry considers beautiful. According to her, black models with lighter skin are deemed more commercial, whereas darker-skinnned black models are considered more high fashion. We’ve noticed this phenomenon holds true when a woman’s “hotness” is being judged, too. Keep reading »

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