Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor

  • McCain's VP pick: Will Sarah Palin help him win?

    Washington PostWashington PostPresidential-hopeful, John McCain, announced on Friday that the relatively unknown Alaska governor, Sarah Palin, would be his Republican running mate. It was a fairly surprising choice and much speculation has been made on whether it was a strategic move to pick up some of the youth vote (she's only 44 years old, whereas 72-year-old McCain would be the oldest president to ever enter office) and some would-be Hillary Clinton supports (she'd be the first female acting as Vice President and is already the first female running on the Republican presidential ticket).
    After taking the long weekend to get to know the candidate, do you think Sarah Palin was a good choice? Can she help John McCain beat Barack Obama and Joe Biden?

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  • Famous kids whose parents suck

    Michael Bruckner/Getty ImagesMichael Bruckner/Getty ImagesChild stars are notorious for not just growing up, but also screwing in the spotlight, but we can't help but notice a new breed of famous kids. A career driven, press hungry pack of stars who are compensating for the lack of proper love, care and attention of their parents. Often times their parents (ahem Dina and Michael Lohan) may be craving the spotlight themselves, or acting as managers forcing them to keep working when they clearly need a break (a la Jessica Simpson).

    With an overbearing acts-too-young-for-her-age mother and a will-sell-out-anyone-for-publicity father, it's a miracle Lindsay Lohan and her sister Ali are as well off as they are. Sure, Lindsay did date around like it was her job and go to rehab, but now she's filming episodes of "Ugly Betty" and has a steady girlfriend. Her father Michael, however, happily runs to tabloids to mouth off about his disproval of her newly-lesbian ways, trashes girlfriend Samantha Ronson and says she's mooching off Lindsay's fame. And

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  • Which new TV pilots should you watch? Our guide will help you decide!

    We're so relieved to finally have our old standbys back ("Grey's Anatomy," "Samantha Who?" "The Office," "30 Rock," "Gossip Girl," "Heroes," "Top Design," "Ugly Betty," "Brothers & Sisters," etc) but we're also psyched to check out a ton of new programs. This season there are loads of sitcoms, dramas, cartoons, and a lot of overseas imports we hope will stand up to their already successful counterparts. Don't know which to watch? We've conveniently summed them all up in one sentence apiece. Happy viewing!


    • "Kath & Kim" - based on an Australian comedy, a newly-separated woman moves back in with her divorced mom who's also looking for love.
    • "Kings" - a contemporary plot based on the biblical story of King David where a small town guy rises to high society.
    • "Crusoe" - a show about Robinson Crusoe (aka another program about being lost on an island).
    • "Listener" - a paramedic who reads people's minds in order to solve crimes.
    • "My Own Worst Enemy" - Christian Slater
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  • 58 Labor Day TV marathons!

    Whether you have nothing to do this weekend or you just need a little time out from the sun (or your family!) we've compiled a list of every network having TV marathons over Labor Day. If you've been dying to get caught up on "Mad Men," now's your chance. Check your local listings to confirm air times. [Interesting Pile]

    Saturday August 30th:

    • Bravo: Project Runway
    • ESPN Classic: Evander Holyfield boxing matches
    • History: Ax Men
    • MTV: Parental Control
    • Science: How Do They Do It?
    • Spike: CSI
    • TNT: Law & Order
    • TruTV: Forensic Files
    • WGN: Coach

    Sunday August 31st:
    • A&E: Gene Simmons Family Jewels
    • AMC: Mad Men
    • Bravo: Law & Order: Criminal Intent
    • Cartoon Network: Ben 10
    • Fox Reality: The Amazing Race
    • G4: Hurl!
    • History:Ice Road Truckers
    • MTV: True Life
    • Spike: CSI
    • The N: Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide
    • TLC: Mystery Diagnosis
    • TNT: Law & Order
    • TV One: Between Brothers
    • VH1: 100 Greatest
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  • Why is Matthew McConaughey so crazy? He gets it from his mama!

    DlistedDlistedWe all know the bongo-playing Matthew McConaughey can be wild, so it really comes as no surprise to learn that his mom is somewhat of a free spirit. In her new boo, I Amaze Myself!, Kay McConaughey openly shares embarrassing stories on everything from how Matthew was conceived to how her husband died while they were having sex.

    "On Monday mornings, he and I often said goodbye by making love," says Kay. "But one day, all of a sudden, it just happened. I knew that something was wrong, because I didn't hear anything from him. Just nothing, but it was just the best way to go!"

    And when Matthew's dad couldn't be revived, Kay deliberately left his body nude. "I was just so proud to show off my big old Jim McConaughey -- and his gift," she says. Matthew is such a character himself (he recently DJ'd in his girlfriend's delivery room) that he probably doesn't even flinch from such tales.

    Do think the McConaugheys are nuts? [US Weekly]

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  • Ballers cut back: Diddy and Jay-Z suffer (a little) from bad economy

    Frank Micelotta/Getty ImagesFrank Micelotta/Getty ImagesOK everyone, it's official: this gas crisis cannot go on any longer because Sean "Diddy" Combs, who made $35 million this year, has been forced to fly commercial! Gas prices are too high and now the rapper is flying coach on American Airlines instead of living the life aboard his private jet en route to L.A. twice a month to pursue an acting career. Life just isn't fair! Says Diddy:

    "I want to give a shout out to all my Saudi Arabian brothers and sisters and all my brothers and sisters from all the countries that have oil, if you could all please send me some oil for my jet I would truly appreciate it." Check out Diddy's YouTube video he made live from an actual airport terminal! It's a tragic day in America. (I hope my sarcasm is translating across the internet.)

    In related news, Jay-Z and his partners are selling their 40/40 Club in Las Vegas for an undisclosed amount after opening in January. "The sale is a great business decision; we are delighted," says Jay-Z. "We look forward

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  • Is it okay for celebs to be single?

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    We know we're guilty of matchmaking for serial-dater Jennifer Aniston, but in reality, it is sort of irritating the way the press handles single celebs. Instead of being praised for their hard work and the projects they're involved with, they're shunned for getting dumped and being unlucky in love, or considered weird for (gasp!) enjoying being unattached.

    At a press conference in Venice for his new movie, "Burn After Reading," reporters barraged Brad Pitt about his new twins. Next they turned to his buddy/co-star George Clooney and asked if he had any plans to settle down. "I am so surprised to hear that question. That is honestly the first time I've been asked that question," joked Clooney. "I am getting married and having children today."

    In the real world, we know how hard it can be juggling work and relationships, and that sometimes you need to focus on your career to advance. Many celebrities (alleged home-wrecker Sienna Miller, maneater Kate Hudson, and sexually ambiguous

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  • Ricky Martin: scorned for having kids

    Evan Agostini/Getty ImagesEvan Agostini/Getty ImagesEverybody's favorite bon-bon shaker recently announced that like "American Idol" star Clay Aiken a surrogate mother birthed his twin boys. In this day and age, we'd hardly consider that "Livin' La Vida Loca," but Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez of Honduras is less than trilled at the example he's set. "What Martin did diminishes the dignity of a human being," says Rodriguez. "You can't just buy or rent life. It's even worse when someone famous and in the public eye is doing it." Boy, we don't even want to know what he'd say about Brangelina!

    The Cardinal isn't the only one who thinks Ricky Martin has sinned--Mexican talk show host Esteban Arce agrees. "He's a degenerate, and I feel sorry for those kids," he says. "I don't think it's right to deny children of maternal figures, just because you have a big ego. These kids are going to be raised without mothers."
    Hmm, we can't help but wonder if Ricky's often-questioned sexuality is the underlying target of ridicule. [Contact Music]

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  • Mariah Carey: Love her or hate her?

    Matt Carr/Getty ImagesMatt Carr/Getty ImagesIt took me a long time to unearth (aka admit) my true obsession with Mariah Carey. Sure she's cheesy and over the top, but there will never be another Mariah, and I'm grateful someone like her exists. Somehow Mimi can sing her way through interviews, decorate with butterflies and dress like a teenager without a single ounce of irony. Gotta love it!

    Some geniuses put together this hilarious video that points out everything that's wrong--and thus, right--about Mariah Carey. No matter what you think, it's safe to say she's not going anywhere. Enjoy! [Jezebel]

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  • Who was the best First Lady ever?

    Metropolitan Museum of ArtMetropolitan Museum of ArtIf you watched Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention on Monday evening, perhaps you will join us in feeling touched by her words, and feel downright excited to have an intelligent, compassionate, of-the-people woman in the running for First Lady. If you missed her speech, you can view it below.

    Perhaps we're jumping the gun, but we felt she exemplified the candor, understanding and passionate drive of Eleanor Roosevelt while embodying the style and grace of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. We also felt she was eager to share personal experiences for the benefit others in the vein of Betty Ford. Regardless of opinion, it really got us thinking: who was the greatest First Lady of all time?

    Would you like to see Michelle Obama in the White House? Who do you think was the best First Lady ever?

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