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Nine-Year-Old “Slumdog Millionaire” Star Put Up For Sale By Father

Okay, this is too effed-up for words. Rubina Ali, the totally adorable little Latika whose cheeks you wanted to squeeze in “Slumdog Millionaire,” has been put up for sale by her father. Yep, you read right: for sale, not adoption. [New York Daily News]

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Mandy Moore’s A Heartbreaker (And A Ball-Buster)

Mandy Moore is a whole new woman these days. Not only is she a newlywed (her husband is musician Ryan Adams), but she has an album coming out May 26. The video for her first single, “I Could Break Your Heart Any Day of The Week,” is out, and after watching it, we’ll be very interested in hear her other new songs. While Mandy was über pop-tastic back in her early days, her last album, Wild Hope, was very folksy and more our speed. Has she gone back to a more “Candy”-like style, or has Ryan had an influence on her sound? I guess we’ll find out when Amanda Leigh hits stores next month. Keep reading »

A Casual Encounter Can Lead To A Planned Murder

You can find anything on Craigslist — a housekeeper, a used armoire, a new job. As easy as it is to find goods and services on Craigslist, it’s even easier to set up a fling by perusing the Casual Encounters personal ads, which account for two percent of all postings on the site. Users of Casual Encounters enjoy the ability to be candid and the anonymity, says founder Craig Newmark. For example, one user meets men who answer her ad, takes off her underwear, and gives it to them without saying a word. Even though she has a stalker, she continues to indulge her fetish. But this isn’t the first time complications have arisen through the site. Keep reading »

“Gossip Girl” Spinoff Looks A Lot Like “That ’80s Show”

A poster for the “Gossip Girl”-spinoff “Valley Girls” has been released, and it doesn’t make us at all excited for the show. Instead, it reinforces the poor casting of Brittany Snow as the young Lily van der Woodsen. [Videogum]
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Commercials Sexualize Ovens And Stoves To Sell Products

I scratched my head the first time I saw this Quizno’s commercial for the Toasty Torpedo sandwich. I wasn’t confused by the homoerotica. Hey, sex can sell anything! What was perplexing was that it seemed as though the Quizno’s employee had had sex with the talking oven. As it turns out, I was a little behind the times. People having sex with objects (and I’m not talking sex toys) is nothing new. Keep reading »

Miss California Prefers “Opposite Marriage”

In what is quickly becoming the YouTube moment of last night’s Miss USA Pageant, Miss California answered a question from guest judge Perez Hilton about the legalization of same sex marriage. Asked whether every state should follow suit since Vermont became the fourth state to legalize same sex marriage earlier this month, Miss California replied that she thinks it’s “great” that Americans can choose between same sex marriage or “opposite marriage,” but that in her country, she believes marriage should be between a man and woman. Isn’t California still part of America? On his blog, Perez called Miss California’s response the “worst answer in pageant history.” While I agree it was pretty bad, who can forget Miss South Carolina’s disastrous answer in the Miss Teen USA Pageant a couple years ago? Relive that moment, after the jump. Keep reading »

Woo Hoo! Americans Can Visit Relatives In Cuba. Will The Rest Of Us Be Able To Go Soon?

For 40 years, Americans have been banned from traveling to Cuba. But this week, Barack Obama eased travel restrictions for people with relatives in the communist country. Raul Castro, who took over when little brother Fidel was hospitalized in 2006, said, “We have sent word to the U.S. government…We are willing to discuss everything—human rights, freedom of the press, political prisoners, everything.” [CNN] Keep reading »

Where’s The Party At? The University Of Miami

The University of Miami was voted the top party school in the U.S. by none other than Playboy, which has been rating party schools for 20 years. This year, the schools were ranked according to five criteria — campus life, sports, sex, “brains,” and bikini. That last criteria was a combo of weather, guy-to-girl ratio, and cheerleaders. And “brains” means academics, because “you are in college for a reason, to get an education,” said Playboy Assistant Editor Rocky Rakovic. Playboy used a scientific equation that quantified GPAs, freshman retention, and Princeton academic reviews to figure out the brainpower of American college students. In order to make the list, the fun had to happen on campus, so colleges where the partying took place on the fringe of campus or in nearby cities were excluded. One surprise result was the University of Wisconsin’s sixth place ranking because the “bikini” criteria favored schools in warm climates. They must party hard, snow or shine, in Wisconsin. After the jump, the full list. [Playboy via Reuters] Keep reading »

America’s Malls In Crisis: Our Fave Mall Moments

Oh no! The country’s second-biggest mall operator is totally bankrupt! General Growth Properties, which manages more than 1,500 malls across the country, is $25 billion in debt. With vacancies at a 10-year high, many malls are being converted into offices or going dark. Is this the end of the mall as we know it? [NY Times]

What’s a teen girl to do without a place to buy shoes, cookies, and a bra—all at the same time? After the jump, a list of our favorite mall rights of passage we’re sad tomorrow’s kids will miss out on.
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The Lip Schtick Behind Mary Kay Cosmetics

Historically speaking, when the economy tanks, makeup sales rise. That’s why two million Mary Kay salesgirls are roping their friends into makeovers for extra cash. The cosmetics company is doing so well they bought ads during the Superbowl and the Oscars to recruit more personnel. Sound nuts? You bet your blush! Peep this ABC News investigation and keep reading for four fast facts on the Mary Kay craze. Keep reading »

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