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Sweet Release: What’s In And Out The Week Of January 13th 2009

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  • “Skins”
    The saucy British show about teens is like sexy Degrassi meets My So Called Life. We’re fans from across the pond!
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Quotes From The Next Secretary Of State

The hearing to confirm Sen. Hillary Clinton as the next secretary of state began today. And although Clinton isn’t facing much opposition, she fielded many questions regarding issues affecting the United States. Here’s the gist of what Clinton had to say… Keep reading »

We See Chick Flicks: Bride Wars

Starring Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson

Against my better judgment, and the groans of many, many people I respect and whom I want to respect me, I saw “Bride Wars” on Sunday afternoon. [With me! What? I'm not ashamed. -- Editor] Everyone who has seen the trailer and or merely read the title knows exactly what this movie is about. Trust that it goes no deeper than that.

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Try To Get Used To A World Without “Mad Men”

Despite knowing that “Mad Men” is an awesome show, I am a little behind on watching it. In fact, I just finished the first season last weekend. But I might not need to worry about getting through the second season in time to watch the third season on AMC this summer, because there might not be a third season! As we’ve said before, the show’s creator and executive producer, Matthew Weiner, hasn’t reached an agreement with Lionsgate about his contract. After the Golden Globes on Sunday night, Weiner told E! News: “And I don’t even know what to tell you. I don’t know what to say … I’ve done everything I can. That’s all I can tell you.” He also said the show’s fate is “unknowable.” How foreboding. So, even though I cannot wait for the first disc of season two to arrive from Netflix, it’s probably best that I’m so far behind on the show. At least I still have the entire second season to look forward to — all the cool kids who have already seen season two have nothing on the horizon. And with that, please take a moment to pray for the future of “Mad Men.” [NY Mag] Keep reading »

Real Housewife Of Atlanta Headed To Fashion Week

NeNe Leakes may be in talks to get her own TV show (yawn), but she’s not the only one of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” milking the few last seconds of her fifteen minutes of fame. Sheree has completed her fashion line, She by Sheree, and plans to show it at New York Fashion Week next month. You may remember her first “fashion show” from last season, in which none of her fashions were actually shown, and instead Sheree leaned blown up pictures of her designs against the walls and hoped no one would notice they weren’t the real thing. No word yet on whether this collection is made with fabric or paper, but one thing’s for sure, Sheree can certainly afford the tens of thousands of dollars it takes to put on a show at Fashion Week. She’s taking her ex-husband, former New York Giant Bob Whitfield, back to court to get more than the initial $1 million she got in her divorce settlement. Designers like Betsey Johnson and Vera Wang aren’t showing collections in the tents this year, but Sheree is. Could this be the first sign we’re quickly moving into a Depression? [NYMag via Page Six] Keep reading »

Feminist Knickers In Collective Twist Over Ms. Magazine Obama Cover

See this photoshopped image of Barack Obama ripping his clothes off like Superman to reveal a T-shirt that reads: “THIS IS WHAT A FEMINIST LOOKS LIKE”? That’s the cover of a special inaugural issue of Ms. Magazine, and it’s got some feminists upset. Ms. states the concept was born out of a meeting Feminist Majority Foundation chairwoman Peg Yorkin and Ms. had with Obama, in which the President-Elect purportedly told them: “I am a feminist.” According to Ms., Obama “ran on the strongest platform for women’s rights of any major party in American history.” Writing in the Daily Beast, Amy Siskind asserts the image is anti-feminist: “Who is looking out for the women of this country? Well, I will tell you who is not: Ms. magazine.” Feminist Law Professors say the image is a mockery: “[Is Ms.] symbolically looking to a male superhero to ‘rescue’ feminism? Very problematic imagery, in my view.” So, what do you think? Is Superobama the first feminist President, or is the idea of a guy feminist a joke? Keep reading »

Lackluster Economy To Blame For Drop In Plastic Surgery

The recession is to blame for everything going wrong right now — the rise in foreclosures, the increase in unemployment and the sharp decline in the number of people who want size DD breasts. Plastic surgery numbers are steadily slipping here in the U.S. Americans, who once spent $12 billion a year on cosmetic surgery, are now tightening their budget according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. There’s been a 62% decrease in plastic surgery from 2007-2008. Consumers are hesitating now more than ever before to commit to having the pricey elective procedures done. Doctors in Orange County, Calif., the silicone capital of the world, have reported a 30 to 40 percent decline in business. And breast implant manufacturer Mentor Corp.’s sales have decreased 5 percent during the three months ending Sept. 26 compared to the same period last year. But one country isn’t experiencing a decrease in their numbers. Find out which one, after the jump. Keep reading »

A Brief History Of Breast Implants (Plus A Quiz!)

Sure, you may know all about who in Hollywood has fake boobs, but do you know where the whole enhanced-breast trend started? After the jump, a quick history of implants, which date back to the 19th century — way before “Baywatch” was on TV.

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IT Geeks Learn How To Be Suave

A university in Germany is going out of its way to help its IT students get laid. Potsdam University south of Berlin is offering IT engineering students a new “flirting course,” which is meant to prepare students “with the social skills needed to succeed both in their private life and their work life,” according to a spokesman of the university. The course, which is part of a master’s degree program, will teach the 440 enrolled students body language, public-speaking, stress management and presentation skills, as well as how to write flirtatious text messages and emails, navigate a party with finesse and cope with rejection. Philip von Senftleben, the teacher of the course, said his job will be to teach his students how to “get someone else’s heart beating fast while yours stays calm.” Something tells me some of the IT geeks are gonna need more than a course on flirty texting to get someone else’s heart beating fast. [Yahoo News] Keep reading »

Hypothyroidism Credited For Model’s Figure

Last month we asked if you thought Karolina Kurkova, the Victoria’s Secret model under fire for gaining weight, was fat. Kurkova wasn’t even included in pre-show materials for the 2008 Victoria’s Secret fashion show because it was a last minute decision to let her strut the runway. After snacking on pretty much nothing but veggies and “green juice,” she managed to lose enough weight to be included. “She really porked out,” a woman at the show was overheard whispering. “It’s good she dropped a little bit of weight, but really … ” Keep reading »

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