Today’s Lady News: The New York Times Appoints Jill Abramson As First Female Executive Editor

  • Jill Abramson has been appointed the first female executive editor of The New York Times, replacing current top dog Bill Killer Keller. Abramson has been managing editor since 2003 and was Washington bureau chief and an investigative reporter before that. [New York Times]
  • Abortion is “morally acceptable” to 39 percent of Americans polled in a new Gallup poll on major issues, while 51 percent find abortion “morally wrong.” (Thanks to commenter LR52185 for the link!) [Economist]
  • The British author V.S. Naipul thinks female writers suck, especially Jane Austen. What a bonehead. [Gawker]

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AC/DC Is The Preferred Music Of Sharks

After a long day of swimming and preying on sea life, sharks need to take a load off just like us humans. Instead of watching massive amounts of reality TV (not that I’ve ever done that), researchers have found that sharks enjoy some tunes to help them relax. According to a team studying the effects of music on a group of great white sharks in Australia, AC/DC—more specifically the song “You Shook Me All Night Long”—has been shown to calm the animals. When hearing that particular hard-rock anthem, the sharks became inquisitive and much less aggressive. Some of them even rubbed their faces along the speaker in a gesture of affection. I wonder if something like Enya would have the opposite effect and make them bloodthirsty? Not that I have any desire to find out. Keep reading »

Halle Berry And Gavin Rossdale Coming To A TV Near You

With big stars like Zooey Deschanel signing on for television shows, it seems like the small screen is the place to be. Today, I read about two other unexpected faces who will be appearing on the boob tube soon. First, Oscar winner Halle Berry is attached to a new TV series called “Higher Learning” that is being pitched to both Showtime and HBO and is expected to be picked up by one of them. Not too much is known about the show beyond Halle’s involvement and the fact that she would play a college professor in it. Also fascinating—Gavin Rossdale, aka the frontman of Bush and husband of Gwen Stefani, has signed on for a role on USA’s “Burn Notice.” Keep reading »

Justin Timberlake Says “Friends With Benefits” May Be Your Only Opportunity To See Him Naked

“It was fun, but I can’t say I’m going to be butt-naked in a movie again. I only did it because I’m young now, and everything’s where it’s supposed to be. I figured this is the time, before gravity gets the best of me.”

Justin Timberlake talks to Vanity Fair all about his sex scenes with Mila Kunis in the upcoming movie, “Friends With Benefits.” Pretty vague, no? Luckily, Mila shared much more with the magazine. See what she had to say after the jump. Keep reading »

Rats Emerge As Fashion’s Darlings

I live in New York City, so I find it nearly impossible to imagine rats as anything more than disgusting subway-dwelling creatures of the underworld. But the lovely people of the Fancy Rat Convention seem to disagree. They say rats are smart! And they make great pets! And they’re so cute when they’re all dressed up. [Oddity Central] Keep reading »

Man Makeup: The Good, The Bad & The Scary

Silvio Berlusconi
We definitely do not approve of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi‘s dalliances with underage girls. But we do support one thing this Italian horndog has to offer: according to a profile in The New Yorker, Berlusconi wears orange foundation and white eyeliner to make his skin “pop.” Journalist Ariel Levy said friends of Berlusconi agree the beleaguered pol is looking “dilapidated” these days (criminal investigations will do that to you) and divulged he’s thickened out his thinning hair with implants, which he then dyes it red. All these paint jobs make ol’ Silvio the randy sex god predator he is today. Mr. Bunga Bunga is not the only guy caking on the beauty products. According to a study done in the U.K., man makeup is becoming more popular than ever. Over three million men have admitted to using guyliner, manscara, male polish, concealer, hair dye, powder, and even lipstick (mipstick?). While we’re glad that men are getting more comfortable with their feminine side, some dudes can pull off the product and others need a serious makeunder. After the jump, some famous men rocking makeup. [Styleite] [Daily Mail]
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