“Bring It On: The Musical” … Because Why Not Have Singing Cheerleaders?

I am not the target audience for “Bring It On: The Musical,” which will be traveling around the country in fall 2011, bringing the tale of dueling cheerleading squads hither and yon. But I know girls who love that movie, but what’s more, I know dudes who looove that movie. Singing cheerleaders? I’ll pass. (I never really got the “Bring It On” obsession. Can someone explain?) The only thing that might redeem “Bring It On: The Musical” is the fact that it’s made by the creators of “In The Heights,” “Next To Normal” and “Avenue Q,” which are all extremely well-regarded Broadway shows. But still: singing cheerleaders, people.

What do you think? Would you see “Bring It On: The Musical” if it came to your neck of the woods? [YouTube via Salon.com] Keep reading »

Girl Talk: How I Finally Stopped Comparing Myself To My Ex

For years after my ex and I broke up, I used to like to play this game where I’d compare myself to him. This was not a fun game. He had just written a bestselling novel, was living with his girlfriend, and bought a house. I felt like he had really “made it” in every way that mattered – career, relationship, and home. But after all this time I was still struggling and still single. Failing, it felt like. A failure. Keep reading »

Take A Trip With I’m From Barcelona

Don’t be fooled by I’m From Barcelona’s band name—they are actually from Sweden. And don’t start picturing your standard four-piece. This band has 27 members—from guitarists to kazoo players—all of whom composed one song for their recent album 27 Songs From Barcelona. The band’s fourth album, Forever Today, isn’t nearly as concept-y. But it is a collection of fun, party-ready indie pop tunes that swing from bouncy synth lines to joyful choruses sung by a gaggle of voices.

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Beauty Test Drive: A Pot Of Waterproof Liner

Lately, I’ve been all about eyeliner, and when I play the “if stranded on a desert island with only one beauty product what would it be” game, eyeliner comes up first or second. (It’s a close competition with eyebrow pencils, you guys!) Each Tarte emphasEYES waterproof Amazonian clay eyeliner pot comes complete with its very own double-sided brush, to allow for easy application and smudging, if that’s your thing. The Tarte line is meant to offer a natural liner alternative, which is smart, considering how very delicate your eye tissue is, and how easy it is to muck up even the simplest line. The pot does seem daunting, but the accompanying brushes work wonders when you want a thicker, vampier line. Plus, with a pot, you don’t have to worry about sharp pencil points and breaking tips. In a word, this waterproof liner is winning. [$22, Tarte] Keep reading »

7 Romantic Gestures That Make Women Swoon (Guys, Take Note!)

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Last week, I posted a poll about the romantic gestures that would actually make you swoon. While you voted in the thousands — with a surprise trip getting the most votes — I was struck by how many of you offered your own suggestions for romantic gestures in the comments. I noticed a few themes and compiled them into seven types of romantic gestures that make the biggest impression. Check ‘em out after the jump! (And please, continue to leave more swoon-worthy suggestions in the comments!) Keep reading »

“The Help” Trailer Is Out!


The Help by Kathryn Stockett was one of my favorite books of 2010 — and millions of other readers agree. This summer, “The Help” hits the big screen, starring Emma Stone as Skeeter, a white recent college graduate writing for the local newspaper in her Mississippi town, and Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen, a black maid who works for one of Skeeter’s friends. Skeeter comes home from college to find all the friends she grew up with are married with children and employers to black “help,” who are second-class citizens in 1960′s Jackson, Mississippi. The story follows Skeeter as she interviews Aibileen and other black maids for a secret book project that exposes the ugly day-to-day racism in Jackson’s domestic life to the rest of the world. While I was originally unconvinced that teen sex comedy queen Emma Stone was the right casting for the role of Skeeter, judging by the trailer for “The Help,” she carries it off with just the right amount of sass and spunk. [AOL via ONTD] Keep reading »

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