Earlier this year, things were looking up on the gender pay-gap front. First came the news that women were up to making $TK for every $1 a man makes doing the same work. Next, Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter bill ensuring that women can sue when they realize they aren’t making the same amount they’d make if they had something dangling between their legs. Then came the news that, in the horrific economy, men were being laid off in much bigger numbers then women. Together, all these things made the playing field sorta seem like it was being leveled. But alas, there is still one industry where women make a measly 50 cents to every $1 a dude makes. Yep, Hollywood.
Forbes Magazine has released it’s yearly round-up of the highest paid actors and actresses. Will Smith took top honors—he banked about $80 million last year. Johnny Depp came in second, earning $72 million. Evidently studios didn’t get the memo that Eddie Murphy is a has-been, because he rolled in $55 million. The list goes on just like this—sadly, not a single lady made the top 10. Overall, the top ten guys made $487 million, while the women made $244.5 million collectively. Still a ginormous amount, yes. But a gross discrepancy. [ Keep reading »
Eighteen-year-old Kimberley Vlaminck is freaking the hell out. The Belgian teen asked for just three little star tattoos on her face. But she fell asleep and woke up with 56 stars tattooed all over her cheeks, chin, forehead and nose.
She’s now suing tattoo artist Rouslan Tourmaniantz (check him out!) to get the 53 tattoos—black stars that look like Lohan freckles—she didn’t want removed. Keep reading »
Is this what 15 looks like these days? The other day, I came across this post on Fashion Copious, one of my favorite fashion blogs. It was titled: “The Lips! & The Sphere Of Her Stomach.” Its subject is Lindsay Wixson, a bee-stung-lipped, baby-faced, up-and-coming model who could be the Next Big Thing. She’s 5’10″ (or 5’11″, depending on the site). She has blond hair and blue-green eyes. And she’s 15. I was kind of, well, astonished. To call her precocious would be a bit of an understatement. She looks both very young and very mature at the same time. Which made me wonder: Is this what 15 looks like in 2009? Anyway, is it just me, or do you, too, think 15 is looking very grownup, indeed? [Fashion Copious] Keep reading »
Call it wishful thinking, but rumors that Rihanna made a sex tape have been circulating for months. And this morning, some people are claiming this one is actually legit. We aren’t sure because the dirty vid is only 13 seconds long and the lighting is kind of wack. Maybe the orgasming girl is just a Rihanna look-a-like, like the chick Chris Brown brought to the NBA finals on Sunday? The mysterious site that released the video claims the rest of it will be out soon. The snippet after the jump isn’t too graphic, so watch and chime in on whether you think it’s real or really fake. [News.com.au] Keep reading »
“Project Runway” buddies Heidi Klum and Michael Kors held hands while walking last night’s red carpet for the CFDA Fashion Awards. [NYC, 6/15/09] Keep reading »
Those of you who’ve seen Steven Soderbergh’s “The Girlfriend Experience” will know a little bit about Sasha Grey, who plays the main character. Those of you who are porn enthusiasts will know a hell of a lot more, seeing as Grey has been in more than 160 porn flicks over the past three years. From “Teenage Whores 3″ to “Anal Cavity Search 6,” Sasha’s done it all. (Or at least most of it.)
But while Grey’s been a porn world bad ass for a while, starring in a Soderbergh film has, uh, exposed her to a more mainstream and art house audience. It’s also opened her up to a s**t storm of criticism for participating in what many consider to be an exploitative industry. Keep reading »
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, might have a reputation of a womanizer. But according to a new study by the site MySingleFriend.com, he may be one of the few guys named “Andrew” out there doing well with the ladies. The site says that even though a full tenth of their members are Andrews, these guys don’t get nearly the same number of clicks as guys named James, Nick, Mark, and Ben, even when the specific guy is “gorgeous, clever, and available.” [Metro UK]
So how do you feel about Andrews? And do you feel like you’re more or less attracted to men of a certain name? I know I once turned down a date with a boy named Eugene because of his name, though I swear he had other issues, too. Keep reading »
You probably won’t find Michelle and Barry O. making eyes over a plate of Swedish meatballs in the cafe any time soon (though you never do know!), but The New York Times is claiming more and more of us are heading to the Scandinavian superstore for a few romantic moments alone. Ahh, love amongst the Lack storage solutions! And parents are taking full advantage of the child care centers called “Smaland,” dumping the little rugrats off for up to an hour and a half of supervised playtime in the ball pit, and heading to the couch section to read the paper together in silence. (Actually, Ikea estimates that “Smaland” attendance has jumped roughly 20 percent so far this year in its stores in major American cities.)
I bet it makes for a tab that you’ll both be fighting to pay. Don’t worry, sweetums, it’s my treat this time! [NY Times] Keep reading »
I am admittedly not the most athletic lady alive. Last time I was on wheels was at a friend’s 8-year-old birthday party at the local roller rink. I held onto the outside rail and eventually ditched the rink altogether to eat a soft pretzel on the sidelines. That’s why I am obsessed with the roller derby, which the New York Times is dubbing a new trend even though it’s been back with a vengeance for years. It’s awesome to watch girls tearing it up out there on the rink—even if I can’t. From the punk-meets-club kids style to the quirky team names (Texecutioners, Mason Dixon Roller Vixens), roller derby is faster and sexier than it was in the ’70s. Here’s what you need to know about “jamming.” [New York Times] Keep reading »