Dying to know who Barack Obama's running mate will be? Guess what! You won't have to wait and watch a televised convention or even read a newspaper to find out. You can register to have the potential VP text messaged to your phone! Kind of bizarre, right? While it does add an extremely youthful quality to Obama'a campaign, we realize it's also a very clever way of his camp collecting thousands of phone numbers for their database. In other words, if you're signing up for the much anticipated announcement, don't be shocked to later receive several "Don't forget to Vote" follow-up texts.
Sure it may seem like a silly gimmick at first, but when you think about how many people have cell phones, and how many people are already buzzing about his idea, it sounds like Obama's plan is a crafty one. And taking advantage of modern technology? Hey, we're bloggers. Of course we're into it!
What do you think of Obama's text message scheme? [NY Times]
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- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Fri, Aug 15, 2008 6:05 AM EDT
Dying to know who Barack Obama's running mate will be? Guess what! You won't have to wait and watch a televised convention or even read a newspaper to find out. You can register to have the potential VP text messaged to your phone! Kind of bizarre, right? While it does add an extremely youthful quality to Obama'a campaign, we realize it's also a very clever way of his camp collecting thousands of phone numbers for their database. In other words, if you're signing up for the much anticipated announcement, don't be shocked to later receive several "Don't forget to Vote" follow-up texts.Read More »from Obama to announce VP running mate via text message: OMG, 4 Real?
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Thu, Aug 14, 2008 9:44 PM EDT
Piyal Hosain and Peter Kramer/Getty ImagesAs more breakup rumors surface (Did Jen dump John Mayer for cheating? Does he have a wandering eye? Is her camp trying to set her up on dates?), we decided to take matters into our own hands and set Jen up with a relationship that may actually work out. Because, really, she's an A-lister and looks pretty darn good-who wouldn't wanna date her! Read on as Shine staffers play matchmaker. PS- If you or someone you know is pals with Jen, feel free to forward our suggestions along. Our cumulative track record is better than hers.Read More »from Who should date Jen Aniston? Shine staffers play matchmaker
Our top choices for Jen:
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George Clooney may be pals with her ex, but isn't it almost obvious for the eternal bachelor to wind up with Hollywood's most famous endlessly-searching-for-love bachelorette? They'd give fellow power couple Brangelina a run for their money!
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Andre Balazs - Because he's dated actresses before and could handle the paparazzi, because he owns hotels and would constantly take her on
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Thu, Aug 14, 2008 9:01 PM EDT
On Tuesday US Weekly posted side-by-side photos of 14-year-old Ali Lohan and asked if she had a "summer growth spurt," implying that just maybe she'd gotten breast implants. But just because her "mom of the year" is pretty much useless, it doesn't mean all the Lohans suck. Lindsay took to her MySpace blog to set the record straight, saying, "my mother taught us to appreciate what we have been given. Nor would she ever encourage, or allow a 14 year old child to alter her body." We think it's touching that Lindsay is sticking by her family, though from what we (and Anderson Cooper!) have seen on Living Lohan, we're not sure we buy it.Read More »from Is Lindsay the most â€œnormalâ€ Lohan? Supports sister Ali and her real boobs
Lindsay though, seems particularly offended by these charges as she has dealt with the same claims growing up in the spotlight. "It is hard enough being 14 years old and you have enough insecurities to begin with, then add being in the public eye," says Lindsay. "I just find it really disconcerting that people have to focus on the negative and that some
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Wed, Aug 13, 2008 7:57 PM EDT
Read More »from White House DJ Battle: Obama and McCain share their 10 favorite songs
We already knew Barack Obama had a better iTunes collection than us, but who knew John McCain loved ABBA so much he picked two songs by the band?! Take a peek at their Top 10 lists below. Which presidential hopeful do you think has better taste? [Blender]
1. Ready or Not - Fugees
2. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
3. I'm On Fire - Bruce Springsteen
4. Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones
5. Sinnerman - Nina Simone
6. Touch the Sky - Kanye West
7. You'd Be So Easy to Love - Frank Sinatra
8. Think - Aretha Franklin
9. City of Blinding Lights - U2
10. Yes We Can - will.i.am
1. Dancing Queen - ABBA
2. Blue Bayou - Roy Orbison
3. Take a Chance On Me - ABBA
4. If We Make It Through December - Merle Haggard
5. As Time Goes By - Dooley Wilson
6. Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
7. What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
8. I've Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra
9. Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
10. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - The Platters
Hip-hop mogul Diddy loves the Olympics, stating his favorite event is track and field (how could we forget his "Diddy Runs the City" campaign when he ran in the New York Marathon). But even Diddy is humble enough to know he could never win a gold medal for sprinting. Which sport would he be willing to participate in? "Who could have sex the longest," says Diddy. "I think that's an event I can do well in. And probably who could stay up the longest." Uhh, right, we'll let you know when that gets picked up by the X Games. Make that XXX Games! "Just so you know, that's supposed to be funny," he adds. "Even though I am serious." Just to humor him, who would he compete against in this feat of strength? "Whoever's up for the challenge." Sex athletes, start your engines!Read More »from Diddy: I Could be a Sex Olympian
Do you think Diddy is funny or too darn cocky for his own good? [NY Mag]
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Wed, Aug 13, 2008 6:58 PM EDT
Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesSeeing as we're not John Mayer's #1 fan, we're not too bummed at the news of this split-we think Jen can do better. But breakups are hard, and so sure, we're sorry for the mourning ex-couple. What went down? "There's been a bit of tension for some time," one source close to Mayer says. "They initially opted for a break, hoping a trial split might make them stronger." And? "John took the decision to end things as he felt he just wasn't ready for the level of commitment that Jennifer deserved." Fair enough.Read More »from Did Jen get dumped? Aniston and John Mayer part ways
They say despite reports that Jen wanted to rush to the altar and have kids, she wasn't in a major hurry. She did, however, try to set up a timetable for their future and wants Mayer to cut down on touring. Uh oh. Putting on the pressure was probably not the best move, but as the older lady, Jen needs to look out for her own needs. Currently John is on vacation with pals in Mexico while Jen wrapped filming, um, He's Just Not That Into You. Dear lord.
Fear not though! Another source
I have to admit, I flinched when I first saw the preview for the film Tropic Thunder, namely the part where Robert Downey Jr. is in blackface for the movie-within-a-movie. Once I saw that it was a joke (albeit a risky and potentially offensive one) and that other characters in the film even shunned the character for his transformation, I made peace with it. Of course I wasn't shocked to learn that there were people wanting to protest the film-but then learned it wasn't for this offense, but rather Ben Stiller's character who is an actor who failed to get an Oscar nod for portraying a "retard" in the film "Simple Jack." Clearly poking fun at the mentally challenged is wrong, but the people behind the movie say the concept is being misinterpreted.Read More »from Tropic Thunder protest: are people overreacting?
"Some people have taken this as making fun of handicapped people, but we're really trying to make fun of the actors who use this material as fodder for acclaim," says co-writer Etan Cohen. "The last thing you want is for people to think you're
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Tue, Aug 12, 2008 11:52 PM EDT
We are willing to forgive reports that the giant firework footprints that marched across Beijing during the opening ceremony were prerecorded and digitally enhanced for the broadcast on TV, but this new report of fraud has actually upset us. You see, the adorable pigtailed Lin Miaoke, 9, who performed "Hymn to the Motherland" as China's flag was paraded into the Olympics on Friday was not singing at all. She was in fact lip-synching to the sound of 7-year-old Yang Peiyi, who won a competition to be the voice of the national anthem, but at the last minute was deemed not cute enough.Read More »from Beijing Olympics makes 9-year-old into youngest Milli Vanilli, lip-synching the national anthem!
"The main consideration was the national interest," says a Chinese official. "The child on the screen should be flawless in image, in her internal feelings, and in her expression." The change was made 15 minutes before show time, after a member of the Chinese politburo watching a rehearsal insisted Peiyi wasn't suitable because of her buck teeth.
Excuse us, but the girl is seven! And while Lin (the face)
Scott Olson/Getty ImagesRead More »from YouTube of the Day: Youâ€™ve been Barackrolled!
Some Shine readers may remember getting "Rickrolled" by us on April Fool's Day. You know, where a link you think is legit actually links off to Rick Astley's video for "Never Gonna Give You Up." (Sure, it makes no sense, but it's funny.) Anyways, it's time to get with the times and start Barackrolling! Video clip below. Enjoy.
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Tue, Aug 12, 2008 6:09 PM EDT
Peter Kramer/Getty ImagesSometimes people don't like to admit their crushes-especially people who are already in the public eye. Yahoo! Sat down with Condoleezza Rice and found out that even she has her eye on one of Hollywood's leading men. Small hint: he's an Oscar winner! Remember when Britney Spears admit that she used to try and sneak peeks at her mega-hot then-neighbor, Brad Pitt? Well, really, who can blame her?Read More »from Everyone from Britney Spears to Condi Rice has a Hollywood crush. Who is yours?
Click here to watch Condi reveal her favorite man in Hollywood and then tell us: who is your celebrity crush? [Yahoo]