Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor

  • Political gossip: Valid and informative or detracting and pointless?

    GawkerGawkerAfter experiencing Sarah Palin overload this week, I got to thinking: how is gossiping about a politician different from reading and spreading rumors about a celebrity? The Alaska governor is gracing the cover of every tabloid this week (has Britney, Miley or Angelina ever accomplished this?) and has the whole country--women in particular--up in arms, whether in defense or objectification over every minute detail that has surfaced thus far.

    Many of us, myself included, spend hours a day reading and regurgitating magazines, TV shows and online blogs that pick apart the daily lives of celebrities. Sure, some may say it's a waste of time, yes, it's kind of cruel to scrutinize people we don't actually know, and without a doubt, a lot of the information provided isn't even 100% true. But is there real harm in it, other than perhaps invading someone's privacy who longs to be famous?

    Now let's turn to the lives of politicians. These people aren't staring in films or making albums. They are

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  • Do all female TV and movie characters always talk about men?

    HBOHBOBack in 1985, cartoonist Alison Bechdel made up a rule (now known as the Bechdel Rule) in one of her strips where a woman won't see a movie unless the female characters talk about something other than a man. The joke is, if you abide by the rule, there's nothing left to watch.

    How much has changed in 23 years? Not much. The female-dominating summer flicks--"Sex And The City," "Mamma Mia" and "Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants"--all fail miserably. Fall TV premieres of "Grey's Anatomy," "Gossip Girl," "Lipstick Jungle" and the new "Kath & Kim" break the rule too.

    "30 Rock," "Steel Magnolias," "A League of Their Own," "Thelma and Louise," "Volver" and ass-kicking action movie "Kill Bill" are the closest rule-abiding examples I can come up with.

    Can you think of any movies or TV shows that follow the Bechdel Rule? [Jezebel]

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  • Britney: Back in shape and opening the VMAs, for real

    Frank Micelotta/Getty ImagesFrank Micelotta/Getty ImagesMy Britney Spears obsession is probably fairly evident to you all after countless Brit-related blogs about her getting back on track with her old manager, her TV appearances, her new album, her rumored duet with Justin Timberlake, her three MTV Video Music Award nominations, her much anticipated-yet-refuted appearance at the VMAs and her imminent comeback. (Do you feel like I've brainwashed you yet?)

    She's fallen hard, but I can't wait for our old pop princess to be back on top again... and now it finally seems like it's happening. Yesterday it was confirmed that despite recent denials, Britney will in fact open the 25th annual MTV VMAs. Sadly, her appearance on Sunday night's show wont be a performance, but rather something "fun and unexpected," whatever that means.

    ONTDONTD"MTV has long played an important role in my career," says Britney. "How can I not be there to kick off their 25th VMAs? I'm excited to open the entire show, to say hi to my fans and to be nominated."

    So does Britney

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  • Are American actors not manly enough?

     Greg Williams/Getty Images Greg Williams/Getty ImagesWe came cross a story today in Variety that asks, "Where have the manly movie stars gone?" The author claims Hollywood is overrun with boys, instead of the tough guys that once ruled the big screen, and that we must in turn import more gruff types (Russell Crowe, Daniel Craig, Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Javier Bardem, Colin Farrell, Mel Gibson, Jason Statham, Gerard Butler, Eric Bana and the late Heath Ledger, to name a few) from other countries. She tears down our male box-office draws one by one: Johnny Depp? "Fey." Brendan Fraser? "Goofy." Keanu Reeves and Tom Cruise? Eh, not tough enough.

    In generations past, we had Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Charlton Heston, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Warren Beatty. Now our heroes (Brandon Routh as Superman, Edward Norton the Hulk and Tobey Maguire Spider-Man) are what the author refers to as "boy-men."

    While there are many 50-and-up actors who might fit the bill (Harrison Ford, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Samuel L.

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  • Did "90210" hold up?

    We're hoping many of you watched the series premiere of "90210" last night so we can discuss with you. If not, we'll give you a run-down of what you missed. **Warning: some plot and character appearance spoilers ahead!

    The plot:
    The Minnesota twins Brenda and Brandon Walsh are redone with Kansas imports Annie Wilson and her adopted brother Dixon. The family relocates to Beverly Hills to live with aging grandma Tabitha and their father takes over as the new principal at good old West Beverly High. Their first days of adjusting to brats, private jets, pranks and crushes old and new leave the family with the obvious mindset: they're not in Kansas anymore.

    Kelly Taylor is still around, serving as the school's guidance counselor and Brenda returns to direct West Bev's theatrical version of "Spring Awakening." They dine at a revamped Peach Pit where lovable Nat struggles to work a modern espresso machine. The times they are a-changin'!

    What we liked:

    • BRENDA! We have missed you so.
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  • Most Unfortunate Candy: Miley Cyrus gummy “guitar” penises

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    Her suggestive pose on the packaging only makes it worse. Nice one, Disney. [Jezebel]

  • Worst rumor ever: Pam Anderson dating Michael Jackson

    Nancy Ostertag and Dave Hogan/Getty ImagesNancy Ostertag and Dave Hogan/Getty ImagesWe know certain supermarket tabloids are known for their reports of Elvis sightings, alien abductions and celebrity confessions that never happened, but several UK sites are reporting that Pamela Anderson has been seeing Michael Jackson. C'mon guys, we're not buying it! Pam digs the rocker types like Tommy Lee and Kid Rock while Michael Jackson prefers… well… back to the topic at hand.

    Apparently Jacko and Pam are currently "hooking up in Malibu." A source claims, "It was all arranged by their people in total secrecy, very cloak and dagger." Hmm, wouldn't Michael be public about this? He could use the good publicity.

    "They arrived separately at the Shutters Hotel on Malibu Beach so no one would suspect anything and then had a few drinks in the bar," says the eyewitness. "They were very chatty. Pamela was being her usual flirty self and Michael seemed to be responding. They are such a strange couple but they seemed to really hit it off."

    Oh yeah, and the insider claims a second date

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  • Is Bristol Palin the new Jamie Lynn Spears?

    OK/NY PostOK/NY PostBristol Palin, the oldest daughter of vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, is 17, unwed and pregnant. Her boyfriend, a redneck, isn't sure if he wants to be a dad. Sound familiar? Perhaps Bristol should call up Jamie Lynn Spears for a little helpful advice.

    "Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned," says the Palin family in a written statement. "As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support."

    Just as Jamie Lynn became engaged to her then-resistant boyfriend, Casey Aldridge, the rumor is Bristol will marry her boyfriend, Levi Johnston, who according to his MySpace page that was subsequently taken down, doesn't want kids. A high school jock, 17-year-old Levi, stated online that "I'm a f---in' redneck" who enjoys snowboarding and riding dirt bikes, "but I live to play hockey. I like to go camping and hang out with the boys, do some

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  • YouTube of the day: Solange Knowles attacks reporter

    DlistedDlistedBefore a recent interview with Solange Knowles, aka Beyonce's sister, the anchors of Fox News Las Vegas asked if she would be willing to talk about the closing of Jay-Z's 40/40 Club in Vegas. Solange's rep said it was off limits and the singer would only talk about herself and her album.

    When the interview went live, Solange mistook background banter for the actual live transmission saying, "I have to say that was not a very professional introduction before. Please don't tie me into family and my brother-in-law's establishment." The reporter wasn't sure what she was talking about until a voice came over the speaker saying, "That wasn't live, Solange."

    Sure, Solange may need a crash course from big sister Beyonce on how to make classy live appearances, but she was confused and obviously heard some trash talking over her headset from somewhere off camera.

    To make matters worse, Fox News later aired the segment and trashed Solange for her flub claiming she was "a brat" that should

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  • Helen Mirren: I loved coke and date rape isn't that bad

    Mark Davis/Getty ImagesMark Davis/Getty ImagesIn a recent interview, Helen Mirren makes some startling revelations--she was date raped "a couple of times" and enjoyed several illegal drugs in her youth.

    Continuing her recent string of eye-opening quotes, Mirren, 63, confesses to having tried illegal drugs like marijuana and LSD in her teenage years. "I loved coke," says Mirren. "I never did a lot, just a little bit at parties." She says marijuana "always made me feel miserable and paranoid and unhappy. And I woke up one day and thought, 'No more of that, thank you.' "

    Fair enough. Many celebs have fessed up to drug use. What we find truly unsettling, however, is when the Oscar winner recalls her experiences with rape as "not with excessive violence, or being hit, but rather being locked in a room and made to have sex against my will." Mirren says she defends a woman's right to say "no" at any point, although she's not always in favor of reporting such attacks. "I don't think [a woman] can have that man into court under those

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