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May 24, 2010

Giveaway! Win an Autographed Copy of Laura Bennett's Book "Didn't I Feed You Yesterday?"

Picture 115On Friday night, Laura Bennett -- Project Runway finalist, glamorously fabulous designer, all-around awesome person -- pulled two gorgeous dresses out of her bag and asked me which one she should wear to her book signing party (which was part of a big swanky fashion event at Bethesda Row, outside DC). Later, we photobombed Tinsley Mortimer together. I was holding a plate full of pigs-in-a-blanket. I am not making any of this up. 

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May 18, 2010

Love You Forever, Robert Munsch

Robert-Munsch Robert Munsch, bestselling children's author and storyteller, revealed he is four months clean after battling cocaine and alcohol addictions.  Turns out one of my childhood heroes is not just a genius - he's human, too.

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April 30, 2010

WIN Kitty Kelley's Unauthorized Biography About Oprah Winfrey, Teenage Prostitute

Oprah-winfrey-headacheKitty Kelley, notorious "poison pen" biographer of celebrities and politicians, has turned her journalistic gaze upon one Oprah Winfrey, and, if I can make a guess, it's not going to be pretty. Once someone starts throwing the words "teen prostitute" into a bag with the words "Oprah Winfrey", I think we can safely say that nice just flies right out the window.

Want to win a copy of Kelley's Oprah for your very own? Read on! 

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April 01, 2010

Ryan Murphy and The Cast Of 'Glee' Tell All In This Week's 'Rolling Stone'

Glee Gone Wild  This week's Rolling Stone features interviews with Ryan Murphy and the cast of Glee, revealing that, just like the show itself, darkness lurks underneath their squeaky clean exteriors. Full cover photo and select quotes follow the jump:

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March 03, 2010

Best Sex Writing 2010: Sex Writing Is Sexy, And Reading Sex Writing Is Pretty Sexy, Too

Bettie_page_bondage I am going to admit something that I find personally quite embarrassing: until recently, I had not been able to make it through an entire book in well over a year. There. I said it.

So, when I was sent a copy of Best Sex Writing 2010 for review, it was a tall order, given my recent inability to finish a book, but I thought that whether or not I was able to read the whole thing would stand as a barometer for its ability to engage me.

Guess what: sexual content is engaging, and I READ THE WHOLE THING.

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January 04, 2010

"The Naked Truth": Most Women Don't Look Like THIS Either

Model_1 The cover of the February 2010 issue of the Australian edition of Marie Claire magazine features 2004's Miss Universe -- Aussie Jennifer Hawkins -- in what they're calling an "un-retouched nude photo... to encourage positive attitudes [regarding] body image" in women.

ORLY?

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December 10, 2009

R. Kelly to Pen Memoir; I Predict a Call from Oprah's Book Club People

R_kelly_zorro_mask I think, as a writer, I should be irritated or offended that R. Kelly has a deal to write his memoir, and I should use this opportunity to rant about how they'll give book deals to anyone, but I'm not.

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November 09, 2009

Demi Moore's December 2009 W Magazine Cover

Demi_moore_wI'll have what she's having. Including Ashton Kutcher. OH YOU WERE THINKING IT TOO.

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November 04, 2009

Rihanna Speaking Out About Assault

Rihanna

 Rihanna is finally speaking out about her assault by Chris Brown.  She is on the cover of this month's Glamour magazine as Glamour's 2009 Woman of the Year and will also be on Good Morning America and 20/20 this week.  I'm so glad she is not letting Chris Brown have the final word.

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October 15, 2009

An Open Letter To Ralph Lauren: Women Are Not Bratz Dolls

Ralph-lauren-anorexic-pic Dear Ralph Lauren:

There has been a great deal of press surrounding your ex-employee Fillipa Hamilton, the model who was photoshopped to a ridiculous degree and then summarily fired for being too fat. I have to wonder aloud why someone who is 5'10 and 120 pounds can ever be considered overweight, as a BMI of 17, which Ms. Hamilton has, is actually considered underweight. By a lot. But that's not the world of modeling, right? Of course not. I should just go about my business and let you fire women who dare to have even a modicum of realism to their figures. 

Bullshit.

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October 08, 2009

Gourmet Folds But Curiously Miniature Donkey Talk Magazine Survives

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Gourmet magazine announced earlier this week that it would cease publication after nearly 70 years in print. I wasn't a regular reader of the magazine since I could never understand why fifteen steps were required to make a scrambled egg, but I would pick it up occasionally if I wanted to get more adventurous and cook up something that required exotic ingredients and fancy gadgets. I think I remember a recipe that called for the use of a food mill, a nutmeg grater, a stapler and a pound of butterflies and it was delicious.

Not surprisingly, Gourmet's publisher Condé Nast blamed the magazine's demise on the tough economic climate. But how to explain the survival of some other more obscure publications that seem to be weathering our economic downturn? Yes, rest easy - you'll still be receiving your issues of Miniature Donkey Talk in the mail and your Girls and Corpses magazine subscription won't be running out anytime soon either.

Here's a rundown of some choice titles that have managed to outlive Gourmet at the newsstand:

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September 07, 2009

Me and Posh: Separated at Birth?

Victoria-beckham-posh-spice-elle Okay, I have to admit - at first glance Victoria Beckham and I would appear to have nothing in common. She's glamorous, rich and famous with three beautiful children and well - I only have two beautiful kids. But then I read some excerpts from her new interview in Elle magazine and I'm starting to feel like it was me laying out on that diving board posing uncomfortably in a zebra-striped romper.

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August 13, 2009

This Week in Nekkid "Celebrities"

Ashley_greene_vanessa_hudgens Celebrities are funny creatures. They have fine designer clothing worth tens of thousands of dollars that people are constantly asking about with cries of, "who are you wearing?" Yet so many seem to have trouble actually wearing those clothes when there's a camera around. This week brought us never-before-seen nude photos of Twilight's Ashley Greene and High School Musical's Vanessa Hudgens, with both actresses crying foul and "thief." 

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August 04, 2009

Have Vampires Lost Their Bite?

Entertainment_weekly_vampires_cover The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly is dedicated to vampires. Basically, it looks like the gothic horror version of Tiger Beat, complete with a spread of the "20 Greatest Vampires of All Time." However, with the popularity of the sparkly vegetarian vampires of the Twilight series and the Tru Blood suckers of Bon Temps, is the blood and gore of the vampire genre getting a tad watered down? 

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August 03, 2009

Comic "Female Force" Set to Feature Stephenie Meyer

Female_force_stephenie_meyer I think it's a brilliant idea.

Meyer will be inked into legend for the second time (including her own Twilight series) in the Female Force comic series, an exclusive honor whose past inductees include Princess Diana and Oprah. 

The comic series tells the biographical journey of its subjects and uses this particular series to give its readers "a broad examination of strong and influential women who are shaping modern history and culture. Stephenie Meyer's comic book treatment will tell her story in a very fun, respectful, and unique way," says the publisher's president, Darren G. Davis. 

But Meyer on the same level as Oprah? Oprah "YOU GET A CAR! YOU GET A CAR! YOU GET A CAR!" Winfrey? 

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