Don’t Let Record Stores Die

I don’t even know how long its been since I stepped foot in a record store, but since my favorite high school hang out spot was Empire Records on Long Island (R.I.P.), the latest music industry “advancements” are breaking my heart. Struggling record labels are making it nearly impossible for independent stores to stay afloat. In an effort to slash label costs, they’ve slowly been cutting off distribution to small record stores. Then this week came the daunting news that major industry player EMI will no longer be supplying mom and pop stores with albums. Keep reading »

Palestine Kids Show Teaches About Suicide Bombing

Usually, children’s television shows teach kids to treat others nicely—to share toys and be good sports. Generally, they don’t glorify suicide bombing and promote “violent resistance” against Israel. But alas, a horrifying episode of the Palestinian Hamas-run children’s show “Young Pioneers” basically encourages children to become young martyrs. In the episode, two young girls—the daughters of suicide bomber Reem Riyashi—sit with other kids in a colorful room as they are shown a reenactment of their mother’s suicide bombing, in which she killed herself and four Israelis. Hello? Kids should never be shown something so incredibly violent. Not to mention that, afterwards, an announcer called for them to follow “the doctrine of the martyr Reem Riyashi.”
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Quick Pic: Jenny From The Block, Indeed

J. Lo is working her assets for “The Back Up Plan.” No, it’s not what you’re thinking, that’s actually the name of the movie she’s taping in Tribeca in downtown New York. [NYC, 7/16/09] Keep reading »

Crave: Bookworms Need Love, Too

If you’ve been holed up in the library stacks for so long that your face is as pasty-white as this tee shirt, you, my dear, need some lovin’. Thanks, Forever 21, for reminding the menfolk that nerdy girls need affection, too. [$16.90, Forever 21] Keep reading »

Get Ready To Fill Your House With More Cheap (Hopefully Cute) Stuff!

Move over Ikea, there’s a new king of cheap furniture in town: The Los Angeles-based company, Forever 21, which is forever legendary in our minds for selling $21 knockoffs of $2100 dresses, is now launching a home collection. The line will launch at Forever 21′s largest stores later on this year, followed by a debut at XXI, their latest concept store. The press release was sparse on details of what the furniture will actually look like, but we can all be sure it will be plenty trendy and all kinds of disposable, just like their clothes! Although we have to wonder: Will the collection simply be chintzy little knickknacks fit for a teenager’s room, or stuff oldsters like us can use in our apartments and stuff? Guess we’ll just have to sit tight. But here’s hoping they’ll knock off all the cute but spendy Jonathan Adler stuff we’re always sweatin’. [NY Mag] Keep reading »

Cooking Lessons From A…Supermodel?

Apparently, models do like to eat. And, newsflash, they also like to cook! (Well, not all models are ready and willing noshers, but anyway.) I wasn’t sure that I wanted to take kitchen tips from a girl that consumes not much more than water and air—c’mon, where’s the Paula Deen credibility? But when I heard who was hosting, I quickly changed my tune. It’s Sophie Dahl, and according to the UK’s The Sun, she’s going to be taking an “emotional look” at food by reminiscing over her food memories while she cooks up her own recipes. Is it just me or does Dahl seem a little bit like the anti-supermodel sometimes—she writes books, she cooks, and I would, like, totally want to be friends with her if we ever met. Watch your back Nigella! [The Sun] Keep reading »

The Next Generation Of Tell-All Books

Note to all the overbearing bosses out there: don’t piss off your assistants, or else they’ll write a thinly-veiled, scathing tell-all book about you and call it fiction. Years ago, we learned all about impossible-to-please Vogue powerhouse Anna Wintour after reading The Devil Wears Prada. Soon, we’ll know what it’s like to work for an overly-tan, washed-up celebrity publicist—Lizzie Grubman. Remember her? She ran over a group of people in her SUV and didn’t even try to brake? Well, anything that’s left of Lizzie’s credibility is about to be demolished by her former assistant, Robert Rave. Rave’s novel, Spin, documents the trials and tribulations of a young assistant working for a cocaine-snorting PR bitch who (shocker!) resembles Grubman. It comes out next month, and just because he’s calling it fiction doesn’t mean it won’t be filled with real-life experiences of Robert getting verbally abused. [Gawker]

Oh, but Robert is not the only insider letting the juicy details fly. Here is the next wave of celebrity tell-alls in the works. Keep reading »

Porn For People Who Are Blind

If we want to get turned on and don’t have a man around, we can put on a dirty movie, magazine, or “art” book. But what do blind people do? There are erotic audiobooks, but they’re mostly read without much emotion by a single person. Lud Romano saw that this market was under-served in erotic material and began producing recorded “plays.” Keep reading »

Bravo’s “Watch What Happens: Live” Premieres Tonight

Surprise! Bravo’s barely publicized “Watch What Happens: Live” premieres tonight. Since you probably haven’t heard about it, let me fill you in. Andy Cohen, Bravo’s Senior Vice President of Production and Programming—a.k.a, the guy who hosts all of the channel’s reunion shows—takes the reigns Thursdays at midnight for a live run down of his favorite weekly moments in pop culture. The half-hour show will include “Bravolebrities” and A-list guests, claims Bravo’s website. Honestly, this show sounds a lot like “The Soup” or “Best Week Ever,” only with our Bravo faves like Danielle Staub.

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Where Are You On The Doomed Relationship Chart?

If your relationship made it past perfunctory intercourse, creeping malaise and ill-advised carnal deviance, congratulations—it isn’t doomed. Yet. You’ve still got two more weeks to go. [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »

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