Why Doesn’t Tara Subkoff Have Health Insurance?

Last week it was announced that Tara Subkoff, designer for the edgy, high-end brand Imitation of Christ, was diagnosed with a brain tumor and would be undergoing brain surgery. If she doesn’t get the surgery — which will require a year of recovery, during which she won’t be able to work — within two years, the tumor will be fatal. As a result, her friends — who include big time stars like “The Royal Tenenbaums” director Wes Anderson and actress Chloe Sevigny — are throwing her a silent auction art benefit (they’re asking for donations) tomorrow night in New York City to raise money to pay for the costly procedure.

Because Subkoff, it seems, does not have health insurance. My second response — after the initial, “Oh man, that’s sad” — was, “Umm, why the f**k not?” Keep reading »

Liveblogging “The Bachelorette” For July 13th 2009

Ding, dong, Wes is gone! The final three — Reid, Ed, and Kiptyn — go home with Jillian to meet her family tonight, I think, so there should be LOTS of aboots and oots to look forward to. Yay! See you at 8! Keep reading »

Quickies!: Tony Romo And Jessica Simpson Split

  • Tony Romo reportedly broke up with girlfriend Jessica Simpson last Thursday, the night before her 29th birthday. [People] — Ouch!
  • HBO is developing a new drama series based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. The series will trace the life, family history, and complicated sexual identity of character Cal Stephanides, a hermaphrodite. [Broadcasting Cable] — Hopefully the series will do the (great) novel justice.
  • Scarlett Johansson is the new face of the clothing line, Mango. According to the company, Johansson embodies the ideal Mango woman — “chic, independent, and cosmopolitan.” [Just Jared]

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Remote Control: What You’ll Want To Watch The Week Of July 13th 2009

It’s Monday, which means that you have some serious DVR-setting to do for the week. Here are the shows we can’t wait to watch—from the series premiere of “Michael and Michael Have Issues” to the season finale of “The Fashion Show.” Keep reading »

Mel Gibson’s Girlfriend Is A Singer, Remember?

Mel Gibson’s girlfriend has an achy-breaky heart. Last month we posted Oksana Grigorieva’s first single, “Say My Name.” Well the singer (?) has just released her first video, for the song “Beautiful Heartache.” And I have to say the video is a little random. Oksana sings about her heartburn while tango dancers whip across the floor, a knife thrower narrowly misses stabbing Oksana’s pencil-thin frame, and then her piano catches on fire? Oksana also sings about how she likes “the way you wear your skin.” I would say she wears hers a little stretched out with a touch of collagen. Witness the magic for yourself above. Keep reading »

Jason Wu Dolls Just As Chic As Their Runway Counterparts

Returning to his couture doll clothing roots, fashion darling Jason Wu has designed a doll and clothed it in one of his Fall ’09 runway looks. Reminiscent of Barbie way back before she became so fond of hot pink and boobs, this bleached blond little number is a classy alternative to those slutty Bratz dolls. The marabou feather and spike-heeled wonder in plastic is available starting this week at Collette in Paris for 215 euros (that’s about $300). Get yours today! (Once they sell out, we predict serious Ebay value.) Or just stare at it on your computer screen and wonder if it’s weird that you’re jealous of a doll. [Style.com] Keep reading »

Act Like A Man, Make More Money

I once worked in a office where I sat near the uppermost boss. She would often spout ideas and ask if I agreed with her. Even if I thought what she was saying was absolutely dense, I’d always say “yes.” She was somewhat terrifying and I thought she’d humiliate me in front of the entire office if I disagreed. Looking back, I realize that she probably would have liked me more had I said my piece. At least she would have appreciated making fun of me?

A new study from scientists at Essex University confirms that, for women, being nice in the office doesn’t necessarily have the best returns. Keep reading »

Target Execs Not So Into Anna Sui’s “Gossip Girl” Inspired Line

So apparently execs over at Target had an opportunity for The Blessed Ones–Serena and Blair, of course– to wear Anna Sui’s “Gossip Girl” inspired Target clothing line on the show, and they turned it down because the teen drama may be a little too racy for their tastes. In fact, they’re shying away from the “Gossip Girl” influences in Sui’s Fall ’09 diffusion line entirely.

According to The Daily News, “One of Target’s top executives got nervous about being that closely associated with the show, given the [debauchery] its characters get into.” Sure, drugging your friends (yeah, we’re pointing at you, Georgina), and screwing anything that moves (we’re pointing at you, umm, entire G.G. cast), isn’t exactly model citizen kind of behavior, but if this show has taught us anything, it’s that bad behavior doesn’t necessarily go hand-in-hand with dressing badly. Or um, something like that. [Ed Note: Also, it's just a freakin' TV show, right? Sheesh!] But what do you think? Is Target making a mistake by steering clear of “Gossip Girl” associations (and missing some mage promotion), or is their concern justified? [Daily News] Keep reading »

Gallery: Celebrities Who Play The Part Off Screen, Too

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In her next flick, “The Bounty,” Jennifer Aniston is playing a New York Daily News reporter. And to make this seem as realistic as possible, the movie’s director went so far as to film scenes directly in the Daily News offices. So over the weekend, Aniston and a small army of extras joined the paper’s newsroom staff and roamed the halls and typed at computers, pretending to be real journalists. [NY Daily News]

Cool, but we kind of wish Jennifer had gone all the way and actually been a reporter for a few days. Or maybe she could have written headlines for the paper, and worked on her pun skills? Either way, here are some actors and actresses who’ve completely dove headfirst into roles.

The Key To Your Waistline: Your Mother’s

Wondering who to blame for your battle with the scale? Your same-gender parent—in other words, your mom if you’re a chick and your dad if you’re a dude. A study has found that overweight mothers are ten times more likely to have obese daughters, and tubby fathers are six times more likely to have portly sons. So why is this finding so interesting? Because it suggests that it’s not straight genetics that determine your girth—it’s more likely learned behavior. Fascinating, no? [News AU] Keep reading »

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