The Frisky’s Chic On The Street: London Sep. 18th 2009

Man purses? Well, we wouldn’t normally say this, but in this case, yes, please! Phil was rocking this Ally Capellino bag outside the Waterloo tube station, headed to meet some mates for a night on the town. So, what’s in the bag, Phil? “You never know what the night will bring,” he said. Hopefully, it’s not a change of clothes. Keep reading »

Julia Child: In America, A Feminist Icon; In France, Not So Much

Thanks to motion picture hit “Julie & Julia,” Julia Child’s image has been experiencing a feminist revival, as reflections on the movie have meditated largely on what the “French Chef” did not only for American cuisine, but also for the women who cooked it. True, there’s no denying Child was a woman who made a huge impact on domestic society. Yet, I’ve had to take issue with the quick compulsion by reviewers and blogs to laud her as a “feminist icon,” where the term refers to her as someone active in the women’s movement. To be sure, Child can now be classified as such for the overarching effects of her career, but promoting women wasn’t her original goal. It was to cook, write her book, pay homage to her beloved France, and find success. (If you read her autobiography, My Life in France, you know that after the publication of her cookbook she was actually quite conniving by choosing not to disclose much of her subsequent work to her female colleague, Simone Beck.)*

This week “Julie & Julia” came out in France, and The New York Times highlights an illuminating (and perhaps not greatly considered in this feminist dialogue) point—the French are excited about this film, but the draw has nothing to do with their own country and its cuisine. It’s all about Meryl Streep. Julia Child could not be farther from a feminist icon there. Keep reading »

Director Tim Burton Gets Spooky For Harper’s Bazaar

“Edward Scissorhands” director Tim Burton inspires (and makes a cameo in) the October issue of Harper’s Bazaar in an over-the-top-goth layout shot by fashion photographer Tim Walker. It’s a spooky, ragtag romp through a land populated by Burton-esque giant skeletons, rabbit girls in heels without heels, and flaming-haired sirens wooing the undead. More bizarre images after the jump. Keep reading »

Who’s Tugging On Chace Crawford?

Pretty boy no more! “Gossip Girl”‘s Chace Crawford appears in the new issue of edgy fashion and pop culture mag Wonderland with a decidedly new look. Mussed-up hair, fake knuckle tats, and … is that … guyliner?! In the show above, a roughed and glammed-up Chace is having his shirt pulled by a masculine-looking arm. Are the visible tats supposed to hint that maybe the appendage belongs to co-star and oft rumored lovah, Ed Westwick? We can only hope! After the jump, one more pic, plus a link to where you can see the rest. Keep reading »

10 Celebs Who’ve Had Sex Changes!

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In her upcoming movie “The Danish Girl,” Nicole Kidman will play painter Einar Wegener who was the first person to go through a sex change operation. Wegener went under the knife five times to go from man to woman but died in 1931 after complications. Director Tomas Alfredson said the film will go into production soon and, frankly, I’m pretty excited about it. [News AU]

While Wegener may have been the first person to get a sex change, Kidman is certainly not the first person in Hollywood to cross gender lines for a role. After the jump, check out a few more.

Quickies: “Golden Girl” Rue McClanahan Is So Over “SATC” & A Cult Leader Gets Naked For Authorities

  • Rue McClanahan from the “Golden Girls” says the “Sex and the City” women aren’t on her level. [TMZ] — I love how she looks the paparazzo up and down as he asks her if she’s still a mack.
  • Amy Poehler will return to her comedic anchor seat alongside Seth Meyers for “Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursdays” tonight before the premieres of “Parks and Recreation” and “30 Rock.” [The Frisky] — I just love her and can watch “Baby Mama” over and over.

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Celebs And Their Homes—Get The Inside Scoop

If you would never sign up for one of those LA “Homes of Celebrities” tours or buy the “Stars Homes” map, this isn’t the post for you. But if you love anything to do with eying the insides of celeb spaces, then keep reading.

It’s called The Real Estalker. If you’ve ever wondered what John Krasinski’s “starter home” looked like or wanted to get a look at the floor plan of Heather Mills’ newest home (thanks, Paul and your million-dollar divorce settlement!), look no further. (Also, a question: I am ignoring the little voice in the back of my head screaming, “THIS SITE IS FREAKING ME OUT”—do you find the idea of the website totally creep-town?) [The Real Estalker via Apartment Therapy] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Bikini-Clad Baristas Might Have To Get Dressed

  • Oh no! The city of Everett, Washington, has received about 50 complaints over baristas in bikinis who serve coffee at drive-through coffee stands. The city is considering an update to its lewd behavior ordinance. [Fox News]
  • A judge in England criticized police for taking 11 hours to respond to a teenager who called its version of 911 reporting she’d been raped. The 19-year-old woman made a call around 5p.m. and police did not arrive until around 4 a.m.[UK Daily Mail]
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    Chris Brown Starts Community Labor

    I know what you’re thinking—there’s a typo in the headline and that it should be “Chris Brown Starts Community Service.” But you’re wrong—Brown’s judge specifically sentenced him to hard “labor,” and his supervising police chief has grand plans for him to remove graffiti, pick up trash, wash cars, and maintain grounds. Chris whacking weeds has already drawn lots of media and fans who want to watch (thanks for the boring videos, guys?), so he had to personally pay for extra guards to protect him. Hopefully after six months worth of hard labor, Chris will think twice before laying a hand on a lady. Also, someone make him put a shirt on. [LA Times] Keep reading »

    Quick Pic: John Stamos Is The Life Of The Arty

    Restaurant Tratorria Dopo Teatro in Manhattan has started a Wall Of Fame for celebrity art. And their first honoree to be hung is Uncle Jesse John Stamos, of course! Painted by Jim Warren, the portrait is a collage of The Stamos’ most classic moments. Who do you think they should immortalize next? [via Grub Street]

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