Bieber commands his kingdom with fury (Getty Images)Justin Bieber, a little Napoleon? Well he is 5'4. And he mobilized his militant army of 4.5 million fans to bombard some kid. Albeit, on the phone. It all started when a Detroit teen named Kevin Kristopik hacked into a Bieber pal's account in hopes of aquiring the pop star's contact information. The crooner fired back by posting "everyone call me 248-XXX-XXXX :) or text". Not only did he phone-bomb the kid, he tricked his fans, who thought they were calling Beebs, into doing it. That is some crazy Ivan the Terrible s---.
And to think, just a few years ago, he was another kid with windswept hair and first-day-without-braces teeth. Now he may face a civil suit from Kristoik's family. There's just something about fame that turns people into tyrants. No matter how small.
Maybe Beebs got the idea from a fellow power-monger. Back in May, musician M.I.A released the personal contact information of New York Times journalist, Lynn Hirschberg. After Hirschberg published a
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Tue, Aug 17, 2010 11:04 PM EDT
Bieber commands his kingdom with fury (Getty Images)Justin Bieber, a little Napoleon? Well he is 5'4. And he mobilized his militant army of 4.5 million fans to bombard some kid. Albeit, on the phone. It all started when a Detroit teen named Kevin Kristopik hacked into a Bieber pal's account in hopes of aquiring the pop star's contact information. The crooner fired back by posting "everyone call me 248-XXX-XXXX :) or text". Not only did he phone-bomb the kid, he tricked his fans, who thought they were calling Beebs, into doing it. That is some crazy Ivan the Terrible s---.Read More »from 7 celebrity dictators: When stars turn into tyrants
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Tue, Aug 17, 2010 6:15 PM EDT
Patti Stanger is poised to take some of her own advice to heart (Millionaire Matchmaker/Bravo Network)What happens when you've built a company based on making relationships work, and your own relationship ends? You get back out there. Patti Stanger, Bravo's Millionaire Matchmaker, announced this weekend via tweet (how else?) that her engagement to long-time partner Andy Friedman was over.Read More »from Exclusive: 6 tips from the Millionaire Matchmaker...for the Millionaire Matchmaker
"I just ended my relationship with Andy. It hit me really hard that I want kids in my life. You have to agree on the non-negotiables," she wrote.
When we spoke with her recently, she was already refashioning her ideas on love: "Love isn't forever. It's supposed to be given freely, not demanded. And the old if you love someone set them free saying is true."
Now that she's free, Stanger has her own work cut out for her. A partner to Patti doesn't just need a million bucks and a hankering for spawn. He needs to be someone who's comfortable dating in the media spotlight, who doesn't flinch when producers need another take, and who doesn't mind his penis being called a pecker.
Shine spoke with Stanger
Laura Linney clutches a fancy throw pillow in Over the years, film and TV have fostered the birth of all kinds of female stereotypes: the Fast Talking Dame, The Fashionista, The Woman who has to hold Matthew McConhaughey upright and of course, the Manic Pixie. Coined in The Onion as the girl sent to "re-adjust the attitude of even the broodiest, most uptight male protagonist," she is every male's on-screen fantasy. Flaky, free-spirited, and possibly dying (see Sweet November and Garden State). If she's the girl you don't bring home to mom, then Mrs. Uptight is mom. The common thread? Both seem born from the mind of a disgruntled male teenager. (Though they're usually not, for the record.)
Usually in her late 40's, perfectly coiffed and obsessed with 'French Country' home decor, she's the re-enforcer of stupid rules. The kind of rules that real women don't have time to care about: constant coffee-table coaster demands, 6 throw pillows to every bed, perfect Christmas dinners, no shoes in the house, no eating off of paper plates,Read More »from Mrs. Uptight: the middle-aged female stereotype
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Mon, Aug 16, 2010 9:12 PM EDT
Oh and apples, apples make guys cheat. (We're supporting them. No really, we're making more than they are and it's making them want to put their penis in things.
New research suggests men are more likely to cheat if they make significantly less than their girlfriends.
Author Christin Munsch developed the study after hearing from a male friend explain his reason for cheating. Here's what he told her: "she made all the money, she had all the friends, and he'd moved up there to be with her. He felt completely powerless."His gripe may be one reason Munsch found that more men cheated compared to women, with a disparity of income a contributing factor. Musch's guess is that they experience a "gender identity threat." They're supposed to be bread winners and instead they're watching the fourth hour of the Today Show and cleaning out the kitty litter. So naturally they have to find something to pour their energy into. And it's not work.
Wait a second. Now it's poor guys who cheat? Wasn't the rule of thumb to beware of Read More »from Study: Guys have a new reason for cheating (this one's really awesome)
Read More »from Quick: Where was this photo recently published?
Hint: Teenage girls will have the best shot at getting this right.
Yup. The photo appeared in the August catalog for the clothing brand "Free People" known for mass marketing bohemian fashions for the braces set (and for this 31 year old on the mailing list.) This season, the look was Mongolian desert chic. I think. The camel trainer, not dressed in Free People, and the camel, possibly dressed in Free People headbands and scrunchies, must have been surprised to find themselves covering an entire page in the slim catalog. I hope the man and his trusty steed were compensated as well as the other models featured.
Also Does this photo seem strange to anyone?
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Mon, Aug 16, 2010 5:29 PM EDT
What did you do this weekend? I watched 12 hours of "Khloe and Kourtney Take Miami". I hate myself. For most of it I was the intellectual equivalent of a headless chicken farmed strictly for fast food. I hovered softly above consciousness as the sisters lounged on L shaped sofas in 7 inch booties and entire plot-lines revolved around one or both having a hangover during an important diet supplement modeling shoot. It was like a body babysitter while my left and right brain sides took that romantic date the couples therapist advised.
So I was particularly attune, when around the 9th hour, brain came home and spoke up with this opinion: I hate the pet name 'Doll'. (It's used profusely in the above episode)
"I want to make it up to you, Doll", "I love you, Doll", 80's style villain Scott Disick cooed and texted to his child's mom, Kourtney, after punching a mirror. Then he kept saying it, Doll this, Doll that. At that point I yelled at the TV: "Leave him, Kourtney!" Then in the next
NOOOOOO! You are looking at my worst nightmare. (thinkstock images)You are looking at my worst fear. For years I've been ridiculed for my disgust of raisins. It's gotten to the point where I just call it a food allergy. But it's more like a brain allergy. If a raisin sneaks into a bagel or a cake, I'm gagging for hours. And it's nothing I'm proud of. I'm not picky about most foods, and I'm always the first person to try the blowfish or the bull's testicles. (Maybe, second)Read More »from What is your biggest food phobia?
But ever since I was a kid, I've had a thing about raisins. After some soul-searching it probably dates back to the time I was in grade school and a friend had a guinea pig. You know-- those blubbering, half-formed fur covered poop-machines. The whole cage, lined with wood-chips, looked like a regurgitated oatmeal raisin cookie. Maybe that put me over the edge, or maybe I was born with it. New research suggests picky eaters have a genetic makeup that predisposes them to food sensitivity.
According to new evidence, heightened reactions to tastes and textures--especially when it
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Fri, Aug 13, 2010 2:08 AM EDT
Hey obscurity, you take the guy in yellow, we'll keep the one in blue. (CBS)Read More »from Dear Hollywood: Can we trade in Charlie for Emilio?
There must be some mistake. Out of the brothers Sheen, how did Charlie come out on top? He's just been named one of TV's highest earners, raking in over a $1 million per episode for his show "Two and Half Men". I don't need to go over the whole, jail, rehab, court stuff right?
The point is, what about Emilio? The good kid, the one who graduated high school, settled down and tried to persuade his brother to do the same? Well according to wikipedia, he guest-starred on "Two and a Half Men" in 2008.
Emilio was always the better actor, the cuter one (I thought), the more brooding, the self-starter, you see where I am going. I just don't get it. It doesn't mathematically add up. Just afix your monocle, and examine the stats.
# Of Brat Pack Movies Charlie 1- Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Emilio 2-St. Elmo's Fire, Breakfast Club
# Marriages Charlie- 3 Emilio- 2
# Of Arrests Charlie- I don't know a lot? Emilio- Please. He was in The Mighty Ducks.
# Of Writing/ Directing projects Charlie- 0
Cathy is best known as a cartoon character whose passion for chocolate and disdain for dressing rooms makes sweat spurt from her head. But she's so much more than that. After over 40 years decorating fridges and coffee mugs, the comic strip character is going into retirement.
But let the record show, it's not because she's too old. Cathy was always ahead of her time. She may be synonymous with an '80s female stereotype, developed in the dark ages of the career women. You know, the spinster with sweet tooth and mom guilt. She's pretty much the reason nobody's named their kid Cathy in 20 years. But that old stereotype really hit a nerve with women. And these days, it's worn like a badge of honor.
A single lady with a binge-eating problem is now the heroine of the best show on TV. And it only took 44 years. Slowly and steadily, just like her relationship with Irving (they married in 2004), Cathy has laid the groundwork for the hopeless romantic pitfalls and sky-high career strides ofRead More »from 13 things we can thank Cathy for
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Aug 12, 2010 1:26 AM EDT
Bill O'Reilly's my go-to guy for things like bath products and humans dressed as furry animals. (Getty Images)Read More »from Hey Bill O'Reilly, I'd really like to get your opinion
On loofahs. There are so many on the market and I'm not sure which would be the most effective come bath-time. I heard you know a lot about them so I thought you could rattle off some thoughts about effectiveness, price-points, texture and durability.
What's that? Nope. I don't need anything else from you. Just wanted to tap the one topic you're the go-to guy on. Now I'm going to head over to Sandra Bullock's house to chit-chat about being a single mom, and ask her if she ever feels like she's "hosing men" by raising a kid without Jesse James. Sheryl Crow might stop by too with her adoptive kid. Wonder if she's worried about how she's affecting the general dad population. Probably not, since all she ever thinks about is that darn kid. Anyway, it'll be neat to hear their take, since I feel like they're more in tune with that hot topic than say, you. Also might pop my head into Barack's place to see what he thinks about being raised by a single mom. It doesn't seem to have hindered his