Queen Latifah Releases A Just-Okay Lifestyle Brand With HSN

Queen Latifah has possessed a powerful image since the 1980s. Who can forget the impact of a female MC donning queen-like garb — leather Africa medallions, Nefertiti-esque hats, and other Afro-centric attire? But, still, we would never argue that she’s a fashion icon. So we’re kind of surprised she, too, has a lifestyle brand with HSN. Literally every celebrity has a fashion or lifestyle collection, causing our heads to spin around and question what it means to be an actual fashion designer. Keep reading »

James Franco Says The Wizard Of Oz Is A “Cad”

“When we first meet Oz, he’s a carnival showman, a magician. He’s kind of a cad. He’s a bit of a lothario, a seducer … In Oz he’s allowed a second chance.”

James Franco talks about his character in “Oz: The Great and Powerful” the “Wizard of Oz” prequel that will explain how the wizard got to Oz in the first place. Director Sam Raimi, along with Franco, hosted a first look at the movie at Disney’s D23 fan gathering, even though it just started shooting and isn’t scheduled for release until 2013. Hmm, judging from his description, seems like James might just be the perfect fit for the role. [EW]
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16 Celebrities With Identity Issues

Frances Bean Cobain
Sometimes it’s confusing to be a celebrity child. The whole world is watching you, photogs are snapping your every move, and bloggers are waiting for you to say something lame. All things considered, Frances Bean Cobain seems to have emerged from Courtney Love‘s house as normal as possible, not to mention gorgeous. But who will she become now that she’s all grown up? Will she be a starlet, a power-hungry leader, a bad girl, or a princess? She explores some possible personas in a new Harper’s Bazaar photo spread. In it, she channels icons Evita Peron, Rizzo from “Grease”, and Belle from “Beauty and the Beast.” Duh, Rizzo seems to suit her the best. [Harper’s Bazaar]

 

After the jump, more celebrities who took on other iconic identities for photo shoots.

 

Evening Quickies: Big Bruise On Christina Aguilera’s Son’s Face Causes Big Controversy

  • A giant bruise photographed on her three-year-old son Max’s face is causing trouble for Christina Aguilera! People who like to stir up trouble are doing their jobs admirably: rumors are swirling that the pop star’s “erratic behavior” and booze problems is to blame for the little boy’s accident. The real story? Young Max was reportedly chasing squirrels at the park with his nanny when he tripped over a rock. It’s called childhood, helicopter parents. It’s a nasty-looking bruise, but Max didn’t break his nose and needed no stitches. While I don’t doubt that Christina Aguilera has a lot of problems, accusing her of child neglect or abuse is pretty low. [TMZ]
  • Intervening in New York City street fights is not the only beef that Ryan Gosling can settle. Here are a few other problems The Gos could solve if only he were given the chance! [NYMag.com]
  • You guys, the animals at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., totally felt the earthquake was coming moments before it happened. That‘s why Iris the orangutan started “belch vocalizing,” not the hot wings pig-out sesh. [National Zoo]

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Today’s Lady News: Rick Perry Signs Anti-Abortion Pledge

  • Republican presidential nominee wannabe Rick Perry signed an anti-abortion pledge with several scary provisions: were he to be elected he would nominate anti-abortion judges, appoint only anti-abortion appointees, push to defund Planned Parenthood, and sign something called the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” which is about a scientifically sound as an episode of “Dr. Who.” [Think Progress]
  • Young conservative women are not pleased they were categorized in an Elle article as “baby Palins.” [Daily Caller]
  • Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) spoke at a women’s health rally on behalf of Planned Parenthood and she has “never felt my right as a woman was more threatened than I do today,” before urging the crowd, “Tell the governor to stop playing politics with women’s health.” [Florida Independent]
  • Who’s on top of Forbes’ annual World’s Most Powerful Women list? [Forbes]

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Courtney Stodden And Doug Hutchison Want A TV Show? 8 Concepts For Them.

Courtney Stodden, 16, and her husband Doug Hutchison, 51, are thoroughly enjoying their 15 minutes of fame. So, naturally they are trying to extend it. Everyone’s favorite couple with a 35-year age difference revealed on “The Morning Show” in Australia that they would like a television show. “We’ve been seduced by a lot of producers wanting to do a reality TV show and we’re in negotiations right now with a very prominent producer and we’re talking about the possibility of bringing it to network,” Doug said.

His wife interjected, “It’s going to be a show like no other.”

Whatever will it be? After the jump, 8 ideas for the couple—some reality, some drama. Keep reading »

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