The Heat,” the new crazy-cop flick starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock. What is it? Oh, about 30 pounds, according to a mounting chorus of critics.
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“Nobody is unclear [about] what Melissa McCarthy's body size is—she's plus-sized and proud. So why have the designers of this poster done their utmost to Photoshop a good 30lbs off of McCarthy's face?” asked British entertainment blog the Shiznit Friday, touching off an angry blogosphere buzz that just won’t quit.
“This is one of the worst Photoshop jobs I have ever seen," it went on, "but it's not just offensively bad craftsmanship—the intention behind it is downright nasty.”
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The new buddy-cop comedy, which opens in the U.S. June 28 and across the pond July 31, has McCarthy playing (what else?) the
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Mon, Jun 10, 2013 2:30 PM EDT
The Heat,” the new crazy-cop flick starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock. What is it? Oh, about 30 pounds, according to a mounting chorus of critics.Something’s missing in the UK publicity poster for “Read More »from Melissa McCarthy's Skinny Makeover for 'The Heat' Poster Stirs Controversy
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Jun 7, 2013 4:43 PM EDT
Way before the YA category of fiction came of age and became the multimillion-dollar business it is today, there was the genius of Judy Blume, deftly tackling topics that were largely unspoken (at least in my suburban circles), and making any pre-Internet adolescent who read her words feel wonderfully, magically understood. As an 11- and 12-year-old in the early '80s, I devoured Blume's books as quickly as I did a stack of after-school Chips-Ahoy cookies, and frequently wondered how this woman who looked as old as my mom could have known exactly what I was thinking or feeling or curious about. Now, on Friday June 7th, comes the film version of "Tiger Eyes," a kind of heart-wrenching but ultimately life-affirming tale of loss and renewal. What better time to thank Blume for all she taught us?--Beth Greenfield, Shine StaffRead More »from 8 Invaluable Lessons Judy Blume Taught Us, in Honor of the New 'Tiger Eyes' Film
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Fri, Jun 7, 2013 2:53 PM EDT
graduates of Eastern High School in Greentown, Indiana with the advice of “We don’t need more women CEOs” but “more women invested as mothers” earlier this week, it raised plenty of hackles.When news got out that conservative talk-show host Peter Heck addressed the Read More »from Graduation Speaker Bashes Female CEO's. Are Working Moms Facing Growing Backlash?
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It also spurred Heck to defend himself on Thursday on his website, where he posted the relevant portions of the speech. He also noted that media outlets that wrote about his speech only cared to “sensationalize and distort my words for the sake of creating controversy, and thus getting attention.”
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Unfortunately, though, Heck—who teaches history at the high school and has written books including “Believe: A Confrontation with Christianity’s Biggest Challenges”—still doesn’t appear to get it. Because, despite having told the young female grads,
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Jun 6, 2013 2:44 PM EDTHarvard University, which he said was his “dream,” starting this fall.The success story of Lloyd Chen, 17, is the stuff that dreams are made of. Raised in poverty by a single mom who emigrated from South Korea to the U.S., the young man from Elk Grove, California, recently received nearly $3 million in full scholarships, earning one at every top university he applied to. He’s chosen to attend
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“I’m so excited, and so grateful,” said Chen, who was the valedictorian at Laguna Creek High School. He was also offered a free ride at Yale, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego and UC Davis.Read More »from High School Genius Overcomes Poverty, Earns $3 Million in College Scholarships
Chen chose Harvard, he told Yahoo! Shine, because “It’s where I felt like I could grow the most as an individual, and because, in Boston, “there’s so much vitality.” He'll arrive on his 18th birthday, August 19. As for a major, he's deciding between economics, psychology and engineering.
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Pippa Middleton is back at her laptop, tapping out words. This time, though, Vanity Fair is paying the bill, and the topic is…tennis?Apparently too gutsy to let a little flurry of disastrous reviews keep her down, Read More »from Pippa Middleton Writes Again. Critics Be Damned!
Tennis, yes, natch. Pippa is a sports writer now, OK?
“I first went to Wimbledon when I was eight years old and already a very keen tennis player,” she writes in her first piece as Vanity Fair’s newest contributing editor, as shared on VF’s website in an early sneak-peek for the anxious among us. “During this first trip I acted on my childish tennis dreams and bought myself a postcard of the women’s championship trophy, on which I wrote, ‘I will win this one day,’ with my signature below.”
Also covered in the piece, writes VF, is which tennis players are handsome, what Roger Federer eats for breakfast, and the fact that she was a tomboy growing up (she once announced, “if I had to get married, it would be in my tennis whites—shorts with no pleats or frills.”).
But anyone who
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Jun 5, 2013 3:25 PM EDT
bullying with an unusual new law, threatening to fine both the bully and his or her parents upward of $114.The Wisconsin town of Monona has taken a big step in the effort to fight
Losby, who drafted the law after being inspired by a similar, 2010 law in nearby Milton, said the new ordinance is meant only as a last resort when dealing with parents of bullies who refuse to cooperate with the school and police. The part that targets moms and dads, called the “parental responsibility” piece of the law, can fine the parents of a bully $114 for a first offense and $177 for subsequent Read More »from Should Parents of Bullies Pay? Wisconsin Town Thinks So.
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Fashion – Tue, Jun 4, 2013 5:32 PM EDT
Victoria Beckham.You already know your high heels are killing you. And you’ve only got yourself to blame. But when it comes to another deadly accessory in your closet—the oversized bag—there’s now an official scapegoat. And her name is Read More »from Victoria Beckham's Outfit is Killing Her, Say All Studies
“Women may think they are following a catwalk trend but they are storing up trouble,” noted Sammy Margos, a London physiotherapist who has dubbed the problem “Poshitis,” according to the Daily Express. “We have seen a huge increase in shoulder and neck problems and killer heels can add to the pressure on posture.” He adds that he’s seen handbags weighing more than 20 pounds, which can cause “repetitive strain injury and pain in the shoulder and neck.”
Actually, if we’re to believe the myriad studies of dangerous apparel, Victoria Beckham’s bag isn’t the only thing that’s killing her (and us). To wit:
Why they’re dangerous: Wearing bras in general, said a 15-year French study published in April, may be harmful over time by restricting tissue growth that
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Tue, Jun 4, 2013 3:29 PM EDT
graduation has become a battleground for some school officials and students. With schools tightening restrictions on who gets to walk, seniors are fighting for their rights in the last hours of their high school careers.This year, Read More »from Native American Feather Sparks Graduation Debate: Schools' Tough Rules for Grads
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Take 17-year-old Chelsey Ramer. Her private school, Escambia Academy, is holding the Alabama grad's diploma and transcripts until she pays a $1,000 fine—all because she hung a lone eagle feather alongside her cap’s tassel during her May 23 commencement ceremony.
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Ramer, a member of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, told Indian Country Today Media that the feather was an important spiritual and cultural symbol of pride, and that she’d decided to wear it even after being warned not to by her then-headmaster, Betty Warren (who has since been replaced, though it’s unclear whether that was related to this incident). Escambia’s dress
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Mon, Jun 3, 2013 2:00 PM EDT
romance more than six decades in the making.When Cynthia Riggs, 81, married Howard Attebery, 90, in a church ceremony on Martha's Vineyard last week, it was the final chapter in a Read More »from Mystery Letter Reunites Couple After 63 Years Apart
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Riggs, a former geologist who’s now a prolific mystery novelist and the owner of a bed and breakfast on the Vineyard, hadn’t often thought about Attebery since the two last worked together, 63 years ago. Together, they counted plankton at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, and they beat back boredom by writing innocent notes to each other on paper towels, penned in a simple code they’d created.
So when she received a short but revealing note written in that code last year, she was pretty sure she knew who had sent it, even though it wasn’t signed. But the message was powerful: “I have never stopped loving you.” And so she set out to find him.
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trend of mere-mortal teens tweeting prom invites to celebrities—and sometimes getting yeses—reached a whole new level of creepiness this week when “Basketball Wives” star Evelyn Lozada, 37, actually went to a prom with a 19-year-old Michigan boy, Anthony Nelson.The bizarre Read More »from Celebrity prom date trend is getting creepy
Not only did she go, according to TMZ, she paid for her trip from L.A., posed for photos in the family driveway, got excited about the corsage from Anthony, and treated her date to a fancy dinner and a pimped-out ride in a Denali. Plus, she wore a clingy red dress that both shrink-wrapped her booty and neglected to cover about a third of each breast, which helped make for some disturbing photos and news coverage. But her odd blogging excitement about the night didn’t help, either.
“Unfortunately, I couldn’t attend my prom when I was in high school because I was pregnant with my daughter Shaniece, but this was such an awesome experience and I was so honored,” she wrote on EvelynLozada.com. “I want to thank Anthony and