Aretha Franklin Duets With Condoleezza Rice On “I Say A Little Prayer”


In one of their weirdest pairings ever, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Aretha Franklin teamed up for a duet on “I Say A Little Prayer” at a Philly benefit concert for inner-city youth. Unfortunately, the AP didn’t clip the whole song, but I’d like to think Condi whipped out the jazz hands at some point. [AP via The New York Times] Keep reading »

A Wedding To Die For

Your wedding day is supposed to be one of the most special in your life, one you’ll hopefully never forget. Well, sweethearts Valentina Anitra, 22, and Ignazio Licodia, 25, definitely won’t ever forget theirs, considering their photographer was accidentally killed by a gunshot. Their wedding took place at the groom’s parents’ home in Sicily; the wedding photographer, taking some, er, shots of the wedding party, asked the bride and groom to pose with a hunting rifle. Apparently, in southern Italy, especially in Sicily, firing guns at festivals and special family occasions is tradition. Somehow the gun went off and the photographer was shot in the head and died. Police are trying to establish if the gun went off while it was being handled by the photographer or by the couple. If a death on the day of your wedding isn’t bad enough, police said that the groom’s parents could be prosecuted because the photographer died on their property. The couple-to-be called off the wedding ceremony after the shooting. Their special day will definitely not be forgotten, unfortunately for not so happy reasons. Let this be a lesson to engaged couples everywhere — if you’re going to pose with a gun in your wedding garb, make sure the film is the only thing that’s loaded. [News.com.au]
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How Chelsea Clinton’s $3 Million Wedding Stacks Up To Other Celebrity Nuptials

We’ve already shown you the $15K porta-potties that the Clintons have rented for Chelsea Clinton’s wedding, which folks think will be going down this Saturday at the estate owned by John Jacob Astor IV in upstate New York. (Though, no one really knows for sure because it’s a tightly guarded secret.) Wedding experts are estimating that the big day will set the Clintons back somewhere between $3 and $5 million. Some of the big-ticket items: an estimated $200K for security, $600K for deluxe, air-conditioned tents, and whatever they shelled out for the Vera Wang or Oscar de la Renta dress. Supposedly, the invitations for the wedding cost $150 apiece. And the Clintons will, no doubt, be paying to shut down air space over the estate so that paparazzi can’t cruise by in helicopters. [NY Daily News, MSNBC]

So how does this stack up to other mega-over-the-top celebrity weddings? We’ll give the Clintons the benefit of the doubt and go with the lower estimate of $3 million. Keep reading »

A Piece Of Advice For Kourtney Kardashian

When showing off your bra band, you should at least cut out the huge white tag. But you know what, Kourtney? Why don’t you just buy a bra made for low-back blouses and dresses instead? [NYC, 7/27/10] Keep reading »

The Top 40 Pop Culture Preppies

Despite our ardent attempts to stave off the return of “preppy” as a trend, it seems the popped collar is upon us and seersucker is having a full-on-moment. Again. Rather than continuing the noble fight to make pastel pants for men a thing of the past, we’re joining the multitudes and getting our prep on. The folks over at Flavorwire, too, have skeptically jumped on the bandwagon, rounding up the Top 40 pop culturally relevant preppies of all time. Carlton Banks, we salute you and your ever-present shoulder sweater! [Flavorwire] Keep reading »

How The “Jersey Shore” Cast Prepared For The Season 2 Premiere

It’s pretty much a given that every “Jersey Shore” cast member has been hitting the hair gel, dumbbells, and tanning bed hard in preparation for the season two premiere tomorrow night. But Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola has been hitting the dieting hard, too. She shows off her new, svelte bikini bod in Life & Style this week. So how did she do it? No more pasta and lots of cardio. Wait, what kind of guidette doesn’t eat pasta? What will she do for family dinners? I hope this season isn’t boring because everyone is on a diet. [Huffington Post]

After the jump, what some of the other cast members are doing to prep for the premiere. Keep reading »

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