Get Your Ph.D. In Textology

What’s the craziest, weirdest text message you’ve ever received? I know I have a bunch of zingers. There’s the buddy who sends me a random text message every six months that just says, “Hippopotamus.” Or there was the time a friend I hadn’t seen in a while replied to my friendly, “How r u?” text with a shocking, “I’m gay, deal wit it!” And of course there are the more fun, unmentionable texts I like to refer to as “sexts.” Use your imagination for those. Well, British graduate student, Caroline Tagg, was so fascinated with texting that she has become the first person to receive a Ph.D. looking at the language of text messaging. OMFG, how dope! Keep reading »

Where Have All the Models Gone?

In the furor over the surprisingly glam Susan Boyle Harper’s Bazaar pics that came out recently, some of you may have forgotten early rumors that she’d be on the mag’s cover rather than an inside feature story.

Well, I wrote about the rumors for another site a few weeks ago and the readers there haven’t forgotten. Instead, I’m still getting diatribe-esque comments, many of which have been taken down because they were a hot mess that violates site commenting policy. Honestly, I didn’t think I was saying anything everyone wasn’t already thinking when I wrote that the idea of Susan Boyle on the cover of high-fashion mag Harper’s Bazaar was insane.

I may not be popular for saying this, but I, for one, would rather see models on the covers of magazines. Let me explain. Keep reading »

“Asian Trophy Wives”: A Label We Could Do Without

See that older white man over there with the younger Asian woman on his arm? That might not be love—that might be an Asian lady fetish. Author Ying Chu suspects as much, a subject she explores via an uncomfortable trend piece in Marie Claire about rich men like Rupert Murdoch and Woody Allen and the ladies she suspects are their “Asian trophy wives.”

“…[A]fter two or three failed attempts at domestic bliss with women of like background and age, these heavy hitters sought out something different. Something they had likely fetishized.”

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Coming Soon: New York, I Love You

Poor Catherine. For the last year she’s been obsessively waiting for the release of “New York, I Love You,” originally slated for last Valentine’s Day, but now being released sometime this fall. And what do you know? The day the official trailer and the first movie poster pop up on the web (or at least our radar), she’s out of the office! Well, guess she’ll have something to look forward to watching when she gets back.

The film is a series of vignettes by different directors, all telling a uniquely New York story, taking place in a different neighborhood or borough. The cast is stupendous: Natalie Portman, Rachel Bilson, Shia LaBeouf, Hayden Christensen, Orlando Bloom, Blake Lively, John Hurt, Ethan Hawke, Robin Wright Penn, Cloris Leachman, Drea de Matteo, seriously, the list goes on and on. Check out the trailer, after the jump… Keep reading »

What Happened Before Diane Schuler’s Wrong-Way Car Crash?

We are still reeling from the July 26 accident in New York, where a woman with a minivan full of kids drove the wrong way down the Taconic State Parkway for almost two miles before crashing into another car, killing herself and seven others, including her daughter and three nieces. Earlier this week, it was revealed that Diane Schuler was drunk, at about twice the legal blood-alcohol limit, and high on marijuana at the time of the accident. This incited outrage for obvious reasons—the cover of the New York Post for the day read, “How Could She?” But what has us so grimly fascinated with this case is that, aside from being horrific, it makes no sense. Diane Schuler’s husband, Daniel, claims his wife was not an alcoholic and only smoked weed occasionally. She was an executive at Cablevision and the ultimate responsible chick. So what happened? Keep reading »

Forever Young: John Hughes Film Fashion

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Looks Like John Robshaw—Priced Like Real Girl Decor

Raise your hand if you love textile designer, John Robshaw’s colorful, Indian-inspired throw pillows, linens, bedding and printed dhurries. Yeah, me, too. But what my bank account can’t get over are his prices—one-of-a-kind, hand-printed stuff doesn’t come cheap. Or does it? Behold the non-profit, Friends of Tilonia—it’s an organization that benefits the craft section of the Barefoot College, a 35-year-old institution in Tilonia, India, that addresses the basic needs of the local, rural poor by promoting their artisanal skills. Truth. They offer all sorts of soft home furnishings (think bedding, throw pillows…sounds familiar, coughJohnRobshawcough, right?) and their block-printed fabrics are other-worldly. No, I’m serious—click here, here and here. And I’m not going to even get into the insanity that are the decorative pillows! Take it from someone who just bought Robshaw pillows on eBay for at least $90 each, this site is a welcome addition to the decorating arsenal. [Nick's Dream House] Keep reading »

Paula-Gate: The Ripple Effect From Her Leaving “American Idol”

  • Over many seasons of “American Idol,” contestants and viewers alike became familiar with the sometimes incoherent ramblings of Paula Abdul. Now that she’s decided to leave the show, producers have come up with a creative solution on how to replace her. Contestants auditioning for the next season of “American Idol” will not only have to get over stage fright, but they’ll need to stop themselves from being starstruck. For the auditions, Paula will be replaced by a rotating cadre of actual celebrities, a new star in each of the seven cities. Yesterday, we found out Victoria Beckham would be one of the guest judges. Now Katy Perry is in. Producers are scrambling to find five more. [E! Online]
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“The Real Housewives Of New Jersey” Ditch Danielle

The Real Housewives of New Jersey” are leaving their home state and taking a road trip to Long Island. On October 16, they’ll be speaking for an evening at a theater in Westbury. It’ll cost $30 to $50 for folks to buy a ticket—but don’t worry, a pitcher of sangria comes with the admission price to make the evening slightly more tolerable. But, uh, Live Nation did leave one very important detail out of their ad … Danielle Staub won’t be at the event! I find this to be utter blasphemy. Spending money to see the “Real Housewives” without Danielle is like buying a dog after it was a puppy––it’s just not as much fun. [LiveNation] Keep reading »

Trailer Park: “Paper Heart,” “Julie And Julia,” “G.I. Joe: Rise Of The Cobra”

The Movie: “Paper Heart”
The Trailer: Charlyne Yi doesn’t believe in love and so she travels around America interviewing real people, trying to find out what the big deal is. Then in walks Michael Cera who develops real life feelings for Charlyne and their budding romance is captured on film by the documentary crew (who are actually actors). It’s not really clear how much of the movie is documentary and how much is part of the script penned by Yi and director Nick Jasenovec. As Entertainment Weekly says, “The movie’s hide-and-seek attitude toward truth mirrors the intricacies of one lover getting to know another — an arresting notion of the heart that’s much more than paper-deep.” [EW]
The Hitch: So, so excited. Not just for the hipster love connection, or the spillover cast from “Knocked Up,” but also for the Applebee’s and hot wings girl, I have a feeling that I have much to learn from her.

The Movie: “Julie and Julia”
The Trailer: A movie based on a book based on two women’s parallel lives, “Julie and Julia” was inspired by Julie Powell’s memoir of the same name. Julie (Amy Adams) needs inspiration for her blog and decides to recreate all 524 recipes from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Julie’s story runs parallel to Julia Child’s (played by Meryl Streep), based on her posthumously released autobiography, detailing her years learning to cook at Cordon Bleu in post-WWII Paris. And though both characters have refreshingly healthy marriages, this is not a romantic comedy, which is pretty new for director Nora Ephron.
The Hitch: Finally! So excited for this movie! Meryl Streep perfects the role of Julia Child and you have to love movies about bloggers…especially when there’s a year-long menu of amazing food involved. Both women took private cooking lessons before the movie started filming and of the foodie experience Amy Adams says, ”Ooooh, butter! I didn’t eat nearly enough butter before this movie!” [EW]

The Movie: “G.I. Joe: Rise Of The Cobra”
The Trailer: Apparently the movie isn’t based on the animated series, but instead on the comic books which came out in 1982. And producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (of “Transformers” fame) wants to stress that it’s not about American foreign policy, “It’s about a team of skilled operatives fighting an evil organization that’s trying to take over the world. There are no politics in it at all.” Huh. Okay. There is also no character named Joe in the movie, as the name was the 1940′s military version of John Doe. The good guys consist of Duke (Channing Tatum), Hawk (Dennis Quaid), and Ripcord (Marlon Wayans) while the bad guys are played by Baroness (Sienna Miller) and Cobra Commander (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).
The Hitch: I was going to write this one off as another macho explosive movie, actually I’m still going to do that but my curiosity peaked when I heard Joseph Gordon-Levitt is playing the masked villain, because that could be amazing. Paramount didn’t let any reviewers catch the movie before it came out, but it’s up in the air whether that means it sucks or not.

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