Pina Bausch, Revolutionary Modern Dance Choreographer, Dies At 68

Pina Bausch, a modern dance choreographer credited with revolutionizing the stage, died yesterday, only five days within being diagnosed with cancer. Bausch was one of the leading women in the field of dance, who transformed German art (which then extended to the rest of the world). She was known for eliciting controversial and emotional reactions so strong that audiences routinely left her concerts. Her dances often portrayed masochism and as a woman, she tested boundaries by utilizing speech, movement, and the pain of her own dancers. In contemporary culture, Pina played the role of La Principessa Lherimia in Federico Fellini’s “And the Ship Sails On,” and also performed in Pedro Almodovar’s film, “Talk to Her.” Out of respect as a former modern dancer, I leave it to the New York Times to sum up Bausch’s influence: “In thinking of the Bausch works that might have been, you imagine aspects of beauty, humor, big-scale visual imagination, as well as darkness, sarcasm and intensity. And the simplest way to feel her loss is to reflect that now there will be no more Bausch pieces for us to argue about. The scene is smaller without her.” [New York Times]
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Star Couplings: The Real Father Of Two Jackson Kids Revealed

  • The father of Michael Jackson’s eldest children is Arnold Klein, Jackson’s L.A.-based dermatologist and Rowe’s former boss. [Us Weekly] — I hope he got a package deal — skin lightener with a side of sperm.
  • Stephen Moyer, Bill Compton on “True Blood,” says he has introduced girlfriend and co-star Anna Paquin to boxing, and she really enjoys the blood. [People] — Sounds a lot like Sookie Stackhouse.

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Quick Pic: Bradley Cooper Continues To Show Meh Taste In Women

First he went on a couple dinner dates with Jen Aniston — who, according to tabloid reports, has finally deemed him a big enough star to date — and now he’s cavorting with Renee Zellweger. YAWN. [NYC, 6/30/09] Keep reading »

Romance 2.0: Dude Proposes To Girlfriend On Twitter

Dudes, don’t take any cues from Drew Olanoff. The Twitter user, who apparently is known for starting the Twitter campaign “#blamedrewscancer” after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, proposed to his girlfriend via Twitter. Sarah Cooley said yes, but we wouldn’t blame her for being pissed that he asked for her hand in marriage in such a public way — and not even in person! [Mashable] Keep reading »

“NYC Prep”: Episode Two Brings On Awkward Drama

Last night’s episode of “NYC Prep” aimed to bring the viewer “deeper” into the Upper East Side world, or at least that’s how some fancy schmancy producers would term it. What you really saw was how awkward high school really is, even when the people who go there claim to be “mini-adults” and how everyone just has to be in everyone’s business. Yet there were a few moments fairly reflective of teenage problems: PC brings us into a therapy session (weird), Camille’s desperation hangs more and more on her every word, and Kelli’s life is rattled by insecurities.

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Girls Kissing Girls: A “Disturbing New Trend”

In what must surely be the slowest of news days, the Daily Mail brings us an article today shedding light on the “disturbing” trend of girls kissing girls. Perhaps you’ve heard of this before? According to the article, same-sex kisses among teen girls has practically become a rite of passage ever since that shared kiss between Madonna and Britney Spears at the 2003 MTV Video Awards. “More than anything, the kiss gave the veneer of acceptance to what would previously have been considered unacceptably risque public behavior, and made a particular type of lipstick lesbianism almost fashionable.” Funny, I went to college years before that infamous kiss and girl-on-girl smoochin’ was “an almost fashionable rite of passage” back then. Keep reading »

Leighton Meester One-Ups Little J In Her New Music Video

Taylor Momsen isn’t the only “Gossip Girl” star to be exercising her vocal chords. Leighton Meester (aka Blair Waldorf), has just made her voice known on a new track with Cobra Starfish called “Good Girls Go Bad.” Leighton only sings a few chorus lines, but she’s not bad! She’s got a bit of an engineered sound, but nevertheless, we’re all ears. Oh, and she looks gorgeous in this video. Jealous yet? ‘Cause we are. Oh, and you can forget sex videos now. [NY Mag] Keep reading »

Make Yourself Hawt And Popular With A “Boob Circle” Photo

With the proliferation of MySpace and Facebook have come a slew of ridiculous pictures that chicks (usually obnoxious tweens) take so they can post them and show everyone that they are popular and hot. First, there was that one armed picture, usually taken while pouting or with mouth suggestively open. Then there was the peace sign pose, almost always taken with another girl. Bonus points if one or both girl’s tongues were sticking out. Next, came the sexy body picture taken by aiming a camera at your dirty bathroom mirror. When we thought it couldn’t get any worse, faux lesbian pics cropped up everywhere. And now, our worst nightmare has come to pass. The dreaded “boob circle” has hit Facebook photo albums across the globe. [COEDMagazine]

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Saudi Women Get Designer Abayas From John Galliano, Nina Ricci And More

Despite the fact that French President Nicolas Sarkozy proposed a ban on burqas in France last week, saying the body coverings imprison women, Paris held a fashion show showcasing specially made designer abayas, the black overgarments worn by some Muslim women. Keep reading »

Quickies!: Is This The Next Chris Brown?

  • Aubrey “Drake” Graham, Rihanna’s rumored boyfriend, has scored a record deal with Young Money and Universal Republic. And like Rihanna, he has collaborated with Kanye West and Jay-Z. [Perez Hilton] — At least he doesn’t have that deranged baby face look like Chris.
  • Neverland will host a huge memorial service for legions of Michael Jackson fans. [PopEater] — Hmm, I guess this means Chris Brown can also win back his fans, regardless of his legal troubles.
  • Some woman was being questioned by police about a murder, and what do you know, a squirrel popped out of her cleavage. And she promptly pushed it back in. [Dlisted] — I’m sure that’s animal abuse somewhere.

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