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Before The Olsens, the Mowrys, and Zack and Cody, there were the Wakefields--the most popular girls of Sweet Valley High. Like most youth-oriented twin figures: Jessica and Elizabeth couldn't be more different, despite their identical looks. Throw in a guy named Todd and a b---- named Lila Fowler and you got yourself an epic book series that spanned two decades.
Now the Wakefields are making a comeback: Diablo Cody is adapting the series for the big screen. And author Francine Pascal just announced her plan to release an adult update of the twins in April. "The book's preview hints at sexual exploits, a bitter betrayal between the sisters and adventures in the Big Apple," according to the Washington Post. It already sounds like a flashback to a simpler time. The issues of the early books in the series centered around the competing for the same guy, and switching identities Sounds a little squeaky clean for new teen order where the dark, metaphysical romance of "Twilight" and the
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Oct 13, 2010 10:13 PM EDT
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Tue, Oct 12, 2010 9:56 PM EDT
Photo by Michael Caulfield/Getty ImagesAfter 11 years, Courteney Cox and David Arquette have split. Arquette talked with Howard Stern today about how the couple have grown apart over the past year especially during the making of "Scream 4". "It breaks my heart," he said. "[Courteney's] conflicted too." Know who's probably pretty psyched? Jennifer Aniston.Read More »from Cox splits with Arquette; How awesome is this for Jennifer Aniston?!
The perpetually single BFF of Cox hasn't commented on the split; but if she's got the single girl gene (it takes one to know one) she's planning group dinners, sending texts about parties and booking pampering lady getaways to Mexico with their clan of single ladies (Sheryl Crow and newly single Laura Dern among them). "We've got a defector!" she might be morse-coding on her super-secret single girl military-grade communication device. Yeah it exists.
That's the thing about single friends. They're great at helping people through break-ups but you can't ignore the glimmer of glee in their eye when they say the following statement meant to cheer you up: "We can be single
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Tue, Oct 12, 2010 6:06 PM EDT
(Courtesy of CBS)I will be recapping episodes from this season of "Two and a Half Men", in an effort to learn more about in the culture of the American Man, while also watching TV. We all know the ideals for a woman in this age: thin, powerful, obsessed with fashion. But what are pressures and fantasies of the guy? I'll be reporting every Tuesday after returning from the Monday night prime-time trenches.Read More »from The Two and a Half Men Project: Judd Nelson and the deaf prostitute
The actual title of the episode was "Hookers Hookers Hookers" but there was only one. Her name was Silent Betty, she costs about $1000 an hour, looks like a Victoria's Secret model and only speaks in sign language. Man Lesson 1: In the cochlear implant debate, guys vote no. In Nerve Personals terms, quiet is sexy, deaf is sexier.
I'm starting to think the show is ripped from a routine by a Borscht Belt comedian entertaining the troops in Viet Nam. For one: Betty? I'm pretty sure the last prostitute with that name retired in 1965. Then there's the matter of the term 'hooker.' It's quite dated, with
If you're pregnant, it's easy to get paranoid. Every aspect of your daily routine presents risks, from the food you eat to the way you sleep. But don't stress about it. That's bad for the baby too. With new studies everyday and unverified advice from friends and family, it's easy to get bogged down with information. Just last week, women who believed they shouldn't drink through their pregnancy were advised in a study it may not be a bad idea. In a survey of 11,000 British mothers who drank in moderation during pregnancy, the majority found no harmful side effects and a reduced rate of hyper-activity in the children
later. But the study's methods have already been challenged and moderate drinking means different things to different people. Confused yet? Let's get back to the basics. How risky are our routine products and practices when it comes to pregnancy? Consider the basic facts.
Fish: The sea becomes the great unknown when you're eating for two. To be on the safeRead More »from The biggest risks for pregnant women
If you haven't set your DVR's for the TLC series yet, you're missing out. Here's why:
1. It's about a man and his three four wives: Ladykiller Cody Brown has taken the hand of wife number four Robyn Sullivan. The reception, which took place in May, will be chronicled on the season finale episode. Sullivan joined to clan with three kids from a previous marriage making the family cap out at 21. Our national obsession with over-sized families is taken to the new lengths. But unlike the Duggar propaganda machine, this series and its subjects don't sugar-coat their unique lifestyle. It's presented just as you'd imagine: impossible.
2. The first three wives get jealous: Of course they do. Their husband is "courting," as they say, a new young bitty. But the open admissions from the wives of their fears of being ignored strikes a surprisingly relatable chord. The tendency to consider the women brain-washed robots with perpetual Stepford smiles is quashed by the underpinnings of anger and
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Sat, Oct 9, 2010 12:45 AM EDT
(Photo courtesy of CBS)You won, America. You got this female Bravo series fanatic to tune into CBS every Monday night for the most watched sitcom on TV.Read More »from The Two and a Half Men Project: 1 woman, 24 episodes, too many hooker jokes to count
Wait, that's not what you were trying to do by collectively watching "Two and a Half Men?" Don't play coy with me. The hit series, now in its eighth season and slated for another in 2011, has kept its stronghold on the ratings' top 10 lists since its debut in 2003. Charlie Sheen now claims the highest salary of any television star banking $1.25 million an episode. Even the 1/2 man, 17 year-old, Angus T. Jones is earning $300,000 per episode these days. And why shouldn't he? 14 million viewers watched last week's episode.
14 million people can't be wrong. Or can they? As a veteran viewer of reality/true crime/weird medical nightmares, I've shied away from the sitcom in general. Only an occasional "30 Rock" binge has shaken my ground. But for the next few months, I'm venturing out of my comfort zone and into the land of dude humor. Every Tuesday morning I'll
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Fri, Oct 8, 2010 10:16 PM EDT
Fellow menstruating women: We're now another step closer to a temporary Bipolar diagnosis. We already exhibit rapid mood swings, lack of sleep, and sometimes recklessness and delusions. A new study show's we're also prone to impulsive spending.
Miller McCune's Tom Jacobs reports:
"Writing in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, British psychologists Karen Pine and Ben Fletcher report the shopping behavior of women is influenced by where they are in their menstrual cycle. According to their first-of-its-kind study, a pre-menopausal woman is more likely to make excessive or impulsive purchases the further she is into her cycle."
The team's research showed almost two thirds of women shopped on impulse right before their period.
This may explain the $30 worth of incense, candles and "wish beans" I purchased from a Harley Davidson slash Witchcraft store last month. "You make a wish and carry it in your pocket for seven days," I eagerly told two friends I also bought the
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Fri, Oct 8, 2010 6:26 PM EDT
Brett Favre and alleged penis photo recipient Jen Sterger. (via CBSNews.com)Read More »from Memo to men: stop sending us pictures of your penis, please
It's an understandable mistake: When women email nude photos to guys, it's a turn-on. Naturally guys assume the same thing would work in reverse. It doesn't.
Brett Favre may have learned this lesson the hard way if he did send photos of his nubbin' special to Jets reporter Jen Sterger. After a barrage of voicemails pleading for her company at his hotel (ew) he pulled out all the stops. Allegedly. (It hasn't been confirmed these are the Farvre family jewels, but come on, have a look.)
We're told Favre is an unmatched football player, but he may be lacking in the lady-game department. A good strategist understands that thinking like the competition goes a long way. And we don't think like guys. Sending us a photo of your device is like preparing a dental assistant for oral surgery: "We'll be inserting this rod into the upper-bicuspid, so make sure you disinfect the area."
Favre's alleged frustrated, futile efforts to win over Sterger were a product of assuming she was a lot like
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Thu, Oct 7, 2010 9:57 PM EDT
NBA athlete Robin Lopez does the unthinkable!Paul Greenwood is the kind of man who could gain his clients' trust and then steal $75 million dollars from them. He's also the kind of man who collects teddy bears. Connection? Sure.Read More »from The illicit love affair between guys and their dolls
Both break the rules--one belonging to the state, the other to culture. As evolved as we've become, the hard and fast rule is: Men shouldn't play with dolls. Action figures, miniature cars and Star Wars memorabilia aside, showing childlike interests that lean towards the vulnerable is a flat out no-no for guys, especially beyond the age of 12. But attachments to childhood, can be comforting and healthy in small doses. Women are allowed to keep their kid's stuff-- in fact we're encouraged to buy it all over again (Hello Kitty, anyone?). Not guys. They're supposed to have the hardened, weary machismo of Tommy Lee Jones from the minute they're spanked to life. Even if their parents support their stuffed animal habit, god help them if their little league team catches wind of the secret obsession.
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Oct 7, 2010 12:05 AM EDT
Courtesy of the Daily MailKids today. No, really. Give a boy a lemonade stand, and he'll come up with a marketing strategy for distributing the beverage online. Ask a teenager to mow your lawn, and she'll invent a robot that does it better. Give a girl scout a box of cookies and she'll come back with a deed for a bakery shop. For every grown-up who brags about how hard they worked back in the day, there's a kid who's working harder and bringing in higher revenue. Back it up. They use the word 'revenue.'Read More »from The 17 year-old undertaker and the new teen workforce
This week, a winner was chosen in the National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge, a non-profit contest that gives kids in low-income communities a chance to develop their own companies. Thirty one finalists submitted original business plans, and one 17 year-old, Nia Froome, won the $10,000 award. But that's petty cash for the Facebook generation expecting to follow in Marc Zuckerberg's billion dollar footsteps. With low overhead opportunities on the internet, free advertising through viral marketing and social