Nia Long Disses Beyonce’s Acting

Some people applaud the triple threat, the complete entertainer who dances, sings, and acts (to some extent). But Nia Long makes a great argument to the contrary, and she goes after Beyonce in the process. Nia told Pride magazine that singers should sing and rappers should rap, and casting should reflect talent, not box office-draw. “I didn’t see ‘Obsessed,’ so I can’t comment, but it’s just not about how talented you are anymore. It’s about, ‘How much box-office revenue will this person generate,’” the actress said. “When you see certain people — we won’t name names — they just don’t have the skill, and no one in their team has said, ‘You need acting classes.’” Nia does, however, commend Jamie Foxx for being able to sing and hone his acting craft. [Starpulse] Keep reading »

“Top Chef” Host Padma Lakshmi To Star In Sitcom

Padma Lakshmi, the hot foodie we’ve come to love on “Top Chef,” is making the leap into a sitcom. Peacock and Universal Media Studios are creating a half-hour show, tentatively titled “Single Serving,” specifically for Lakshmi. It’ll follow her in the culinary world, and sounds a little bit like Courtney Cox’s character on Friends, maybe? Although she’s best known for playing host for the chef competition on Bravo, Lakshmi has dabbled in acting before. She’s had a role in “The Ten Commandments,” an ABC miniseries, as well as appearances in the full-length features “The Mistress of Spices,” “Boom” and “Glitter.” Oh, and who can forget her amazing performance in a Carl’s Jr ad? [Variety]

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Female Movie Directors Kick Ass In The Boys’ Club

When I found out that the director of “The Hurt Locker”—a testosterone-rific movie about a team of soldiers disarming roadside bombs in Iraq—was directed by a woman, I wanted to kick myself. Not out of surprise, but because I was surprised. Why did I automatically think that only a man could direct an intense war movie filled with explosions? Nope, the film is being called an “adrenaline-soaked tour de force of suspense” and it’s all thanks to the directing genius of Kathryn Bigelow. It’s not that I think women can’t make amazing war films. Quite the contrary—I think women have a knack for tapping into raw emotions, and Bigelow creatively mixed high-octane action with emotion and personal relationships. My surprise was simply an innocent, unconscious, yet totally sexist brain fart. And I don’t think I’m the only one. Keep reading »

Margaret Cho Is On The Cover Of Unzipped Magazine

Only Margaret Cho could make history as the first woman ever to grace the cover of Unzipped Magazine, the so-called magazine for men who love men. She appears on the cover along with porn star Ricky Sinz, in bondage gear. “Margaret Cho transcends sexual stereotypes,” said Dustin Tyner, Group Publisher for Unzipped Media. “The energy and sex appeal Margaret and Ricky bring to the article is amazing. The photos are electric, and we’re thrilled to have two iconic sexual adventurers on the cover of our ‘Hot Issue.’” Of course, Cho finds a way to make this somehow oddly funny and sexy at the same time. This is why Cho is my hero. [Unzipped] Keep reading »

Beauty Queen Carrie Prejean To Write A Book

More proof that awful people don’t go away, they just get book deals: Carrie Prejean, former Miss California and the runner-up in this year’s Miss USA pageant who publicly tussled with Perez Hilton over gay marriage, just nailed herself a book deal.

Still Standing, out this November, will tell the story of the 22-year-old beauty queen’s scrapes and misadventures as she gets her boob job paid for by the Miss California Organization, defends herself against topless pics, says gays don’t deserve the same rights as straight people, and eventually loses her crown for “contract violations.”

Oh, joy! We’ll try to get our hands on a copy of Still Standing and share the gift that is sure to keep on giving…in the b.s. department. [US News] Keep reading »

I Wanna Dress Like: Nancy Drew

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Nancy Drew is beloved to me and, um, just about every other girl in America. Even before I could drive (or cross busy streets unaccompanied), I dreamt of driving around in a blue roadster solving mysteries and wearing classy, Katharine Hepburn-esque getups like the ones Nancy wore on the series’ illustrated covers. More than a decade later, this is still my dream. If you share this lofty ambition as well, check out our Nancy Drew style guide.

Lindsay Lohan Does Yet Another Marilyn-Inspired Photo Shoot

In a bizarre move that makes me think Lindsay Lohan and the editors of Vogue suffer from amnesia and severe blindness, LiLo is on the August cover of Spanish Vogue in a Marilyn Monroe-inspired photo shoot. In the image, she dons a blond, Marilyn-ish wig, and on her dress is a ginormous black-and-white print of Marilyn’s face.

Sound familiar? Yep, it should. Last year, she did a photo shoot for New York where she recreated shot-for-shot Marilyn’s last images. Two expensive photo shoots later, I still fail to see any similarities between Monroe, the voluptuous ‘50s sex goddess turned American icon, and alarmingly-thin LiLo. Keep reading »

Summer Sale Madness: How To Buy Clothes Online

For those of us who get our kicks shopping online, we look forward to this special time all year long: Right now, retailers are rolling out the fall merch, and that means they’re desperate to clear out all the spring and summer leftovers (and especially so considering extra sluggish sales over the past few months). There are Zucca thigh-high boots and APC blazers for over 70% off at yummy LA boutique Creatures of Comfort, Barney’s has Alexander Wang and Acne dresses for under $200, and don’t even get me started on the Vivienne Westwood Anglomania on the cheap right now at La Garconne. BUT! Before you rush off and kill a few buying the stuff you wanted earlier in the season but can only afford now, heed our advice. Because as a person who has a closet filled with tight, avant-garde pants that neither fit or even look remotely flattering off the computer screen, I’ve learned a few lessons and I feel the need to share so you don’t make any mistakes you regret. Keep reading »

Crave: J. Crew Tiered Crystal Libretto Necklace

J. Crew has accomplished the impossible: statement jewelry that is elegant and affordable. This classically arranged assortment of shining glass rhinestones set on plated brass chains is craveable enough. With the added charm of a ribbon-tie closure, it’s cute enough to kill for. This necklace packs a fashion punch without being too showy or over-the-top. The price is not exactly bargain-friendly, but when you consider how this necklace will not only go with absolutely everything you own, but will also make all your outfits 100 times more stylish, how can you resist? [$98, J.Crew ]

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Grindr: The Booty Call iPhone App

My hot friend/man slut, Eric, who gets more booty than a pirate, has made me swear to keep his big gay secret for months. But over the weekend, I got him to tell me everything he knows about the techie version of cruisin’. Or as he put it, “Fine, you can tell the breeders about Grindr.” Yay! Grindr is an iPhone application for those looking for one-night stands. It will show you photos of potential hookups and map out the exact location of men in your neighborhood just looking to get in your pants. Well, not our pants, perse, since it’s “The go-to place for gay, bi, and curious men to meet.” Sigh. On the upside: “Location-based Grindr is FREE, FAST, and FUN.” Sounds promising, no? If Grindr were to cross over to straight users, would you use it? [Grindr]

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