Ever since his week-long tirade against CBS, AA and non Vatican assasin warlocks, Charlie Sheen has been compared to another Charlie. Nerve.com and the blog Tougher and Richer both compared the rants of Sheen to that of Charles Manson. They both have made similar paranoid, demonic rants. But most glaringly, both are known for a devoted coterie of female followers. While Manson and a few of his devotees committed horrendous acts of violence, Sheen's 'family' has done nothing of the sort. But there is a question of brain-washing. Like Manson's female charges, Charlie's so-called 'Goddesses' Natalie Kenley and Rachel Oberlin are in their early 20s, both share a bed with their leader and both claimed utter devotion to his self-created 'family'. After opening up to the media about their duties caring for Charlie's twins, the children were removed from his home, and their mother, Brooke Mueller wants the women tested for drugs before they're allowed to care for his kids again. Is it a Hugh
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There's more to being the first lady of fashion than meets the eye. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)Read More »from Michelle Obama's style dream team
Over the past few years, Michelle Obama has generated about $2.7 billion for the fashion industry, just by getting dressed. One appearance in a $34 H&M dress, which she wore this month on the Today Show, can make a stock skyrocket, turn an unknown talent into a star, and send millions of shoppers to the mall, even in a sluggish economy. It's the Mrs. O effect, but it's not all the work of one woman. By the time her husband hit the campaign trail, 'Mobama' was already assembling her star team of fashion and beauty experts. But these are not your average red carpet stylists. All have roots in Chicago, and all work together to facilitate the first lady's unique brand of elegant do-it-yourself looks. "She's the most casual first lady we've ever had," says Kate Betts, author of Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style. "That hasn't changed since she's been in the White House. She's still wearing high-low fashion, floral dresses, and belts like she did on the campaign trial." But
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Wed, Mar 2, 2011 9:59 PM EST
A screen-grab of the newly launched royal wedding site, officialroyalwedding2011.org.Will and Kate's wedding website launched today. True to the couple, the site straddles the turf of 'real-people' wedding sites and official historic archives. And like everything else about the most hyperbolic wedding ever, it's bound to be inspected like a science class frog. We thought we'd kick off the probe with a rundown of things we noticed on the site on day one.Read More »from 14 things we learned from the Official Royal Wedding Website
1. The wedding is officially "their day"-as in Kate's and Will's. "The wedding will reflect Prince William and Catherine Middleton's wishes - it will be very much their day. They hope very much that the day can become an enjoyable occasion for the whole country and for the Commonwealth Realms," according to the FAQs section of the site.
2. British Royals still prefer the term "Miss" over Ms.
3. While we wait for news of Kate's dressmaker, which will also be announced on the site, it's assumed a brief history of Buckingham Palace will keep us amused.
4. There is an official royal channel on YouTube! Do you think the
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Tue, Mar 1, 2011 6:41 PM EST
Contrary to jokes and one-liners, women are better drivers than men. They're also better at getting the joke. And better with hammers. And video games. And social networking. And did we mention, they get dressed faster than guys? This isn't opinion, it's fact, and Dan Abrams can prove it.Read More »from Why women really are better at almost everything: Q&A with author Dan Abrams
In his new book, Man Down: Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt That Women Are Better Cops, Drivers, Gamblers, Spies, World Leaders, Beer Tasters, Hedge Fund Managers, and Just About Everything Else, Abrams collects research from leading studies over the past few years to make the case for the 'fairer' sex. A legal analyst for ABC News and former lawyer, he approached the topic as a defense attorney, using evidence that already exists to debunk popular myths about women.
"In nearly every field, statistics and studies show that women are better collaborators, are more cautious and more adept at navigating treacherous terrain," writes Abrams in his book's opening statement. "I am not convinced that women
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Tue, Mar 1, 2011 3:43 AM EST
Charlie Sheen has called himself a drug, a warlock, and a winner, but in fact he's a 24-hour news network. Launched earlier this week on radio show, and now extending to major media outlets, Sheen's one-man-show keeps raising the stakes.
On Monday alone, he's been on ABC, NBC and TMZ regurgitating the same LARPing language of warlock wizardry. He's also threatening violence, repeating the word "winning" obsessively, claiming his hit show's backers are trying to destroy his family, complaining about his money woes, threatening to sue Warner Bros for millions, asking for a million dollar raise, and losing his long time publicist who quit today.
It may be the worst celebrity meltdown ever; it's definitely the most public one. Tom Cruise jumping on a couch feels so, well, 2006. In this era of non-stop streaming media, Sheen needs to keep making news and taking interviews to stay a trending topic minute-to-minute. His current addiction, as an article in The New York Times points out, is
Bethenny Frankel with daughter Bryn. (Photo: Bravotv.com))Before she was a wife and mother, Bethenny Frankel was a housewife. That alone is proof that Bravo's breakout reality star doesn't stick to the script. In two years she's gone from a single, hard-working personal chef to a happily married mom running a lifestyle empire. In between there was "Skating with the Stars," a few bestselling books, a workout video, a hit show, a wedding planned in record time and a little girl named Bryn Hoppy. Tonight, Bravo premieres Frankel's new series, Bethenny Ever After, a glimpse into her trials and errors as a new mom. And there are bound to be a few-at the root of the 40-year-old's success is trademark candor and, in a world where the pressure is on to be the perfect mother, Bethenny doesn't sugar-coat. This is precisely why we asked her for advice. She opened up to Shine about what she's learned as a new mom: the good, the bad and the downright incredible.Read More »from Bethenny Frankel's top parenting lessons
Lesson 1: It's not just a baby thing-moms get major separation anxiety, too. "Leaving my
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Fashion – Sat, Feb 26, 2011 5:02 AM EST
Camille Grammer prepping her big CNN debut earlier this week. (Donato Sardella/Wire Image)When it comes to the Oscar pre-show, there are three kinds of hosts: the fashion expert, the network hired gun, and the wild card. This Sunday, Camille Grammer is behind door number three, hosting CNN's Oscar pre-show live from the red carpet. Fresh off her stint as a cast-member on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," Grammer's never played reporter before, but she's already generating more buzz than every other pre-show host combined. Her experience comes from walking the red carpet with her ex-husband Kelsey (That's Kelsey Grammer, the "Frasier" star). But she was hired, less than two weeks ago, for her own celebrity credentials. Painted as both villain and victim on the reality series, Grammer's rocky relationship with her cast-mates and her then-husband became public domain and in turn made her a tabloid star. And the drama continues to unfold: only two days before Camille's big Oscar gig, Kelsey re-married in a very public wedding ceremony. As dark as her drama has gotten, itRead More »from 12 Questions for Camille Grammer, Rookie Oscar Reporter
Over the past seven days, Charlie Sheen has entered a new dimension. While the rest of us were eating and sleeping, the "Two and a Half Men" star was purchasing an $8 million dollar mansion, flying to the Bahamas with his ex-wife and two new girlfriends, taking a yacht out into the middle of the ocean while watching "Jaws", starting a verbal war with his boss, losing his job and the jobs of countless cast and crew on CBS's number one sitcom (at least for the rest of the season), threatening to sue the Hollywood Reporter for $100 million, ruining his chances at getting another job and preparing to head back to work even though work no longer exists. Sheen's wheels appear to have come off.Read More »from Charlie Sheen's world of warlocks, explained
In speaking to radio host Alex Jones and again in a letter to TMZ, Sheen mixes images of war, weapons and wizardry to explain his battle with both addiction and show creator Chuck Lorre. In piecing together his rant on the radio and in print, Charlie's new way of looking at life resembles a game of