GawkerA word to the wise: never buy a product just because you saw famous so-and-so using it. Britney Spears famously guzzled Coke after being a longtime spokesperson for Pepsi while Rachael Ray was caught sipping Starbucks while appearing in Dunkin Donuts ads. And they're not the only celebs to commit such crimes.
Microsoft just pulled their recent commercial with Jerry Seinfeld (who incidentally had a Mac in his "Seinfeld" apartment) after it aired for about a week. Their new ad now features hip-hop star Pharrell, who's publicly discussed his iPod, using a Mac and most recently his golden iPhone. Does Microsoft even research their spokespeople? Here's the new ad where Pharrell declares, "I'm a PC." Yeah dude, sure you are.
Do you think companies should research and use celebrities who actually use their products or do you think they don't care and celebs will do anything for a back? [Gawker]
Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Fri, Sep 19, 2008 10:09 PM EDT
GawkerA word to the wise: never buy a product just because you saw famous so-and-so using it. Britney Spears famously guzzled Coke after being a longtime spokesperson for Pepsi while Rachael Ray was caught sipping Starbucks while appearing in Dunkin Donuts ads. And they're not the only celebs to commit such crimes.Read More »from Celeb product endorsements: Theyâ€™ll sell out to anyone
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Fri, Sep 19, 2008 9:07 PM EDT
Pop CrunchRumors are swirling that Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving "The View." Sources claim she's "just as tired of the ladies at 'The View' as they are of her" and "feels she constantly has to defend herself." So what's a "Survivor" to do? Apparently Hasselbeck is considering a spot at Fox News, where they've invited her with open arms.Read More »from Would you be sad if Elisabeth Hasselbeck left â€œThe Viewâ€?
We know many of you readers think Elisabeth is annoying, but if she left would you miss all the drama? Or would you love to get her out of your daytime TV viewing? [Pop Crunch]
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Fri, Sep 19, 2008 5:42 PM EDT
I don't know if it's the fact that I've seen bits and pieces of "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" on cable about 50 times or there's real validity here, but I'm starting to feel like Kate Hudson can only play one role: the feisty rom-com chick who always gets what she wants.Read More »from â€œMy Best Friendâ€™s Girlâ€ = Kate Hudson and two duds in another shabby rom-com
In her new movie, "My Best Friend's Girl," Hudson stars opposite "American Pie" alum, Jason Biggs and Dane Cook. Not to be harsh, but wow, was literally no one else available? Cook plays a completely crude professional womanizer who is hired by men who want their girlfriends or wives to reconsider leaving them in a 'I guess it could be worse' sort of way. Of course Hudson ends up falling for the wrong guy (the jerk) and hilarity ensues. Or does it?
These movies, while good for a quick laugh, are all the same! "My Best Friend's Girl" is like rolling "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," "Hitch," "What Happens in Vegas," and "There's Something About Mary," all into one inferior film. We're over it… and it's making us sour
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Thu, Sep 18, 2008 10:56 PM EDT
Billboard recently tallied the 10 biggest singles stemming from the opening credits of TV shows (Miami Vice, The Rockford Files, Cops, and Welcome Back, Kotter all made the list, but somehow "I'll Be There For You," the Rembrandts' theme for "Friends" didn't) and we were amazed that none of them came out in the past 15 years. Then we realized something: nowadays shows almost always use pre-existing music for their theme songs.Read More »from Original TV theme songs are dying: Which were your favorites?
Perhaps it's cheaper to license a song that already exists, or it's beneficial to incorporate a song we already know and love into the branding. But what's more likely: with DVR and increasingly shorter attention spans, programs don't want us to lose interest or change the channel during the 30 seconds an opening sequence can eat up.
What happened to the days when we actually looked forward to theme songs! I remember singing along to the themes from "Family Ties" and "The Golden Girls" and memorizing the rap from the intro to "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." I
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Work + Money – Thu, Sep 18, 2008 8:28 PM EDT
CWAfter 11 seasons, "America's Next Top Model" continues to be a huge success for CW, and despite the fact we've grown slightly tired of watching the same formula and that Tyra's erratic outbursts have become more predictable, we're happy about this show's achievements. Known for being racially and ethnically diverse, gay/lesbian/bi/transgender friendly, and (gasp) even promoting "plus size" models, we support the show for being responsible. Sadly, the same cannot be said for other favorites like "Gossip Girl" or the new version of "90210."Read More »from Why is â€œAmericaâ€™s Next Top Modelâ€ the only racially diverse show on CW?
When we watched Brenda, Kelly, Dylan and crew in Beverly Hills back in the 90s, it took forever for them to introduce a non-white character, Jesse Vasquez, and even then he was a secondary cast member. Oddly, in 10 years worth of episodes no one was gay. On the new "90210," you'd think they'd adjust the blatent error, but their one black character, Dixon Wilson, is adopted, has a troubled past, and on the most recent episode told a friend he often
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Thu, Sep 18, 2008 7:14 PM EDT
Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images"Sex and the City" author Candace Bushnell is writing a teen novel about Carrie Bradshaw back in high school. The first of two installments will hit shelves in 2010, but will a return to the written page succeed after the TV show and the movie? And more importantly, do we care about the prequel?Read More »from â€œSex and the Cityâ€ author pens Carrie Bradshawâ€™s teen years: Do we care?
"I've always been interested in exploring Carrie's teenage years," says Bushnell. "Carrie in high school did not follow the crowd - she led it. It was there that she began observing and commenting on the social scene."
We're not sure how many teens watch or have been allowed to view "Sex and the City," but given the interest in like-minded books-turned-TV shows like "Gossip Girl," we think teens will go wild for a younger Carrie Bradshaw. The only catch: Judging by the current ages of Carrie and friends, the book will be set in the 80s, not the current MySpace generation young ladies know and love.
"I can't wait to see what happens when Candace turns her sharp eye for social commentary to
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, Sep 17, 2008 11:05 PM EDT
Bryan Bedder/Getty ImagesWhile most models peak in their teens and early 20s, 30-year-old Marisa Miller is just hitting her stride. In the past year, she's hit not one, but two, hot girl milestones--scoring the cover of the infamous Sports Illustrated swimsuit Issue and topping Maxim magazine's "Hot 100." But her greatest achievement? "Being a [recently inducted] Victoria's Secret Angel is the tippity top for me. I don't think it gets any bigger than that." Oh and FYI, this Angel has totally earned her wings-Marisa says she's been ordering bras from the Victoria's Secret catalog since she first was able to wear one.Read More »from We don't know what Victoria's secret is, but supermodel Marisa Miller shares a few of her own
We caught up with Marisa at the V.S. store in NYC's Herald Square where she launched their new fragrance, Very Sexy Dare. Speaking of very sexy, guess what type of bra this beauty prefers? "I call them the work bra, stuff that's more comfy," says Marisa. Really? Even after every man in the world has seen her in ultra-hot lingerie? "Well, there's the special occasions where you need something
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Wed, Sep 17, 2008 8:48 PM EDT
APWe all have heard the research that claims watching violent programs and movies can make you more aggressive, but a new UK study suggests that watching films with "relational aggression" (aka verbally abusive characters) can make you mean.Read More »from Forget violence: Meanness rubs off from watching verbally abusive TV
A college professor tested this theory by having 53 college-aged women to watch a clip from-what else-"Mean Girls." The astounding results? The subjects exhibited the same aggressive reaction to a montage from the teen flick as they did to a brutal knife fight from "Kill Bill."
"Everyone's concerned about violence in the media," says Brigham Young University professor, Sarah Coyne, "but we're missing out on lots of violence out there. We need to look at these other types of aggression."
Coyne says reality shows are loaded with instances of relational aggression. Pair that with the current passionate political dialogue and not-so-nice blogs like Perez Hilton, and it's safe to say movies aren't the only vehicle exuding questionable behaviors and
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Wed, Sep 17, 2008 8:14 PM EDT
David Livingston/Getty ImagesThese days it seems like rapper/producer/fashion icon/blogger, Kanye West, can do no wrong after this summer's larger-than-life "Glow in the Dark" tour and three acclaimed album releases under his belt in four years. With a fourth, "808s and Heartbreak" scheduled for a December release, this guy is like a machine!Read More »from Kanye West re-records new single to fansâ€™ liking
Always one to know what his fans want before they even know they want it, Kanye performed his new song, "Love Lockdown" at the MTV VMAs and blew viewers away with his new anthem. Not surprisingly, he immediately released a studio-mastered track on his blog. When commenters and bloggers admit they weren't feeling the song as much as his live performance, Kanye actually went back to the studio to re-record, accounting for their criticisms, and re-released it on his blog a few days later.
What a modern approach--give your listeners what they wanna hear! No wonder Kanye's so popular. Do you think re-recording the song the way listeners suggested was a clever idea? [Best Week
Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImagesAccording to McAfee, the Internet security company, Brad Pitt is the most dangerous celebrity to search for on the Internet. And it's not because looks could kill, or because Angelina will come after you. Apparently people most frequently use his name online to lure you in and infect your computer with a virus. So evil!Read More »from Brad Pitt: The most dangerous man on the Internet
"Web surfers looking for celebrity gossip, screen savers and ringtones are often directed to fake Internet sites that look legitimate but pose a risk to the security of their computers," says a McAfee spokesperson.
If you search for pictures, wallpapers, screensavers or even info on Brad Pitt you have an 18% chance of infecting your PC with spam, spyware or whatever virus creeps can come up with. (McAfee isn't for Macs, so there's no word on the risk for Apple users.) We hate to make the joke, but we wonder if ex-wife Jennifer Aniston has had any computer troubles lately?
Other dangerous celebrity searches include Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and Heidi Montag. Hey, if