“Nikita” And The Sexy Ass-Kicking Female Stereotype That Won’t Go Away

What to think about “Nikita,” a new show debuting on The CW tonight at 9 p.m. (EST)? Based on the 1990s TV series, which was based on the French Luc Besson flick “La Femme Nikita,” in this incarnation of the story, martial arts star Maggie Q plays a woman rescued from prison by the CIA to become an assassin in a secret division. She has escaped their clutches and after years in hiding, she wants to rescue others from the division’s control.

A smart woman? We love it. Principled characters? Great. But why does Nikita have to be yet another ass-kicking female in tight pants, stilettos and a blowout that always looks just-so? Keep reading »

Quotable: Josh Duhamel Explains What Attracted Him To Fergie

“I just look for a really nice a**! No. You grow up and you realize it isn’t just about the aesthetic. It’s about whether or not that person makes you better and whether or not that person makes you happy. You’re lucky if you can find it.”

Josh Duhamel says that it took some maturing to realize what he was actually looking for in a relationship. And, awww, he found Fergie. Too bad his character in “The Romantics” hasn’t been so lucky. [People] Keep reading »

Cheapskate: Cozy Fall Sweaters

Today, NYC received its first taste of fall weather, so we have cozy sweaters on the brain. While most retailers haven’t brought out the heavy cold-weather knits, a few have cardigans and pullovers that will take you through October, either alone or with a little layering. Keep clicking for 10 moderately priced, cozy fall sweaters. Keep reading »

“Hellcats” Debrief: We Are Loving The Tiz


A funny thing happened while watching last night’s premiere of “Hellcats,” the new TV show based on my book Cheer!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders. Yes, I got a little giddy seeing my name flash onscreen in the opening sequence. Yes, I found my hips shaking during the cheer scenes and Aly Michalka’s awesome “Flashdance”-esque dance round the living room. And, yes, I totally got chills in the final scene where the squad saunters toward the entrance of a cheer competition. But I was surprised at just how much I loved Ashley Tisdale in the episode.
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Britney Spears Prepares To Go Swimming With Her Backpack

A while ago, I posted Britney Spears on the cover of POP magazine, dressed manga-style like a bride in a series of vignettes at least partially inspired by artist Takashi Murakami. Now, Fashion Gone Rogue has the full story about which I know not what to say other than: “What the French?” Or, alternatively, “What the anime?” Why is homegirl wearing a bathing suit, a bridal veil, and a backpack? Is she getting married underwater? Someone help me out here, please. [Fashion Gone Rogue] Keep reading »

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