Gallery: Elle MacPherson Supposedly Sucks In “Beautiful Life.” Duh. She’s A Model.

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It’s not such a “Beautiful Life” right now for supermodel Elle MacPherson. It seemed like a no-brainer casting Elle as “Claudia,” an aging-model-turned-owner of the fictitious Focus Models Agency. But now the show’s producers are worried. Why? Because while Elle looks the part, she lacks acting chops. So much so that the show’s producers, including Ashton Kutcher, are supposedly scrambling to hire acting coaches to work with her and a few other models who aren’t nailing their parts. And they don’t have long to mess around—the show’s premiere is on September 16. Oddly enough, the one person producers don’t have to worry about, according to the Daily News, is Mischa Barton. Even fresh from her mega meltdown, the show’s execs are thrilled with her performance when compared to the others. [NY Daily News]

We’ll have to wait until next month to see if Elle can learn to act like a model. The results will no doubt be hilarious. Until then, here are some clips of other models who should leave their acting dreams on the runway.

New Physique 57 DVDs Bring Luxury Fitness Home

Physique 57 is an exercise studio in New York City where people walk in with their too-many-donut butts and come out looking like Heidi Klum. No, seriously. Physique 57 has a reputation for giving their clients long, lean muscles through a challenging routine of isometric exercises, interval training, and stretching. The studio has just launched a DVD series, allowing you to take advantage of the luxury workout at home.

Getting yourself to exercise at home isn’t easy, but you won’t suffer from lack of motivation from Physique 57′s video choices because they’re cut down into short, specialized workouts. Choose from the Classic 57 Minute Full Body Workout, the Arm and Ab Booster 30 Minute Workout, or for the ADD-inclined, an “express” full body option that only lasts 30 minutes. [$24.95-49.95, Physique57.com via Stylecaster] Keep reading »

Social Networking Overkill? Lane Bryant Launches “Inside Curve” Website

When it comes to new ways of marketing products, businesses are really trying to cash in on social networking. The latest to stake a claim in the internet forums is retailer Lane Bryant, the plus-size mall chain. The new website, called Inside Curve, will allow users to give feedback and interact with the brand, as well as talk with other users. Says a company rep, “Our woman loves fashion, loves color, and insists on being on trend and knowing what’s coming next. Inside Curve is her opportunity to join thousands of women who feel the same way.”

Because digital marketing is still relatively new, taking an initiative like Lane Bryant’s brings up a lot of questions. Can social networking actually help your brand and business? Does it defeat the purpose of an online community if it’s created solely by sponsored content? And more specifically, for women: Is Lane Bryant attempting to mold out a better space for plus-sized women, as skinny fashion networks outnumber full-figured forums?

So what do you think? Cheap trick? Or a pioneer in bringing new options for women? [BusinessWire.com] Keep reading »

Crave: Hayley & Lucas “You Wash, I’ll Dry” Tea Towel

Here’s a perfect towel to purchase when you move in with someone new, whether it be your hubby or your friend. Everyone forgets to do their share of the chores sometimes, so why not invest in a towel that can double as a friendly reminder? It’s cheap, funny, and gets the dishes done. And when your roomie gets annoyed about having to wash or dry, he or she will have this towel to take it out on — not you! An accessory that helps keep relationships in check? Now that’s worth paying for. [$14.73, Keep Calm Gallery] Keep reading »

Tabloid Cheat Sheet: Kelly Ripa’s Non-Boob Job? “The Bachelorette” Sleaze?

This week, the tabloids had a very diverse spattering of cover stories that dealt with more than just the usual suspects. No “Twilight” drama, no Jon and Kate—just fascinating leads about Kelly Ripa not getting a boob job and Dr. Phil maybe sexually abusing someone over two decades ago. So you don’t have to face the embarrassment of hugging five tattered ‘bloids to your chest at the checkout counter, we found the stories you need to know. Well, maybe “need” is a strong word. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Leo Gets Us Wet Too

Even that creepy weirdo can’t keep his eyes of our sweet Romeo, Leonardo DiCaprio. While we’re sad Leo’s running from danger, this shot proves Leo is so hot, he obvi could have been on “Baywatch.” [Ibiza, 8/4/09] Keep reading »

Coming Soon: The Lovely Bones

The trailer for the upcoming Peter Jackson-directed film “The Lovely Bones” is out exclusively through Apple and it looks amazing. Based on the book by Alice Sebold, “The Lovely Bones” tells the story of a young girl named Susie Salmon (played by “Atonement”‘s lovely and brilliant Saoirse Ronan) who has been murdered and watches over her family from heaven as she comes to terms with her own death and desire to see her killer — played by a mega-creepy-looking Stanley Tucci — punished. Her parents are played by Rachel Weisz (um, who I sat next to in a movie theater once and she was so pretty and nice) and Mark Wahlberg, in a role that Ryan Gosling was originally supposed to play (he even got chubs!). I love Marky Mark, but every time he opens his mouth, I hear Dirk Diggler and/or David McCall, his character in “Fear,” and it throws me off. Not sure he can play a grieving father, but perhaps I will be proved wrong. Check out the trailer here! [The Lovely Bones] Keep reading »

High Fashion Knock-offs Abound At Zara This Fall

Oh, Zara. For years now, the store has worn the crown when it comes to churning out retail collections inspired by what we see on the runway. Rest assured that this season is no different. Look closely at their Fall 2009 offerings and you will spot a flurry of faux designer gear. Is it just us, or do those big shouldered blazers look a lot like Balmain’s iconic jackets? Those slouchy trousers? Mighty similar to pants from Chloe’s latest collection. Oh, and the feather trimmed skirt? Didn’t Louis Vuitton debut the same thing on their Spring/Summer 2009 catwalk? The answer might be yes to all three questions. But will that make Zara stop the look-a-likes? Never — and we love it! See a couple more images, after the jump… [Racked] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Ghostface Killah Is Definite Boyfriend Material

  • Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan appeared on Angela Yee’s satellite radio show and said some pretty appallingly misogynist stuff. He criticized some woman who apparently said she screws a new dude each month. “For a female, that’s not nice.” When Angela pointed out the double standard there, Killah said, “That’s what’s wrong with our people and shit. They put our women equal to men. We’re not equal.” Then he continued to criticize Karrine Steffans, who wrote Confessions Of A Video Vixen. “I would never wife that. She had so many d***s in her mouth…I ain’t never made one of those my partner,” he said. “If I f***ed a bitch and it was like that, then I just f***ed her and that was that.” [Salon Broadsheet] — Charming fellow, that one.

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Gallery: Michael Douglas’ Son And Other Celebs Kids Who Have Been Arrested

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Michael Douglas’ son, Cameron Douglas, was arrested in a swanky New York hotel on July 28 for allegedly possessing large amounts of meth. An underground operation determined that Douglas sold about $18,000 worth of the stuff. It’s good daddy is rich and powerful because this dude is in deep, deep trouble. [NY Post]

But he’s not the only celebrity kid getting bailed out. Here are some other celebrity spawn with records. What? Are they reaching out for attention?

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