Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor

  • Is the Joker driving people crazy?

    Many speculate about the final days of actor Heath Ledger and wonder if getting into a dark place to portray the Joker had a negative effect on him. Well, it's safe to say 20-year-old Michigan resident Spencer Taylor has fallen under the influence. This weekend he was arrested trying to steal Batman posters and memorabilia from The Three Rivers Cinema multiplex while dressed in full Joker attire and makeup. The Dark Knight fan was charged with larceny and malicious destruction of property and posed for booking photos both in and out of character. Creepy!

    Do you think box office recorded breaker The Dark Knight is a little too dark? [Smoking Gun]

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  • Whatever happened to… our favorite ladies of the 90s

    Some stars retire, others become mommies and take a break and then… well we always wonder what happens to some people. Come with us for a stoll down memory lane as we reminisce over our favorite ladies of…about 20 years ago.

    Alicia Silverstone - The babe from the Aerosmith videos totally like became our wannabe BFF in 1995's Clueless after she lost out on the lead role on My So-Called Life (wow that would have been weird!). She never landed any stellar roles after until her cancelled show, Miss Match, which we kinda liked. Alicia, if you're reading this, we heart you.

    Winona Ryder - When someone has Edward Scissorhands, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Reality Bites and Girl, Interrupted on their resume, you'd think they'd be set for life. Insert a few crappy throwaways (Autumn in New York, Mr. Deeds) and a major clothing theft from Saks Fifth Avenue and you can almost consider your career dunzo.

    Cindy Crawford - Aside from being maybe the hottest supermodel ever and making us run out to buy

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  • Britney Spears nominated for Video Music Award—is there any chance she could take back MTV?

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    Hooray! It looks like we're not the only ones with our fingers crossed, anxiously awaiting a Britney comeback. MTV has nominated Ms. Spears Video Music Award-her song "Piece of Me" is up for the Best Female Music Video category. The bad news? She's competing against newcomer Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl," (which has been #1 on Billboard for the past six weeks), powerhouse Rihanna's "Take a Bow," long-term music vet Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body," and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks' "No Air."

    Granted Britney could eat Jordin alive even with a mouth full of Cheetos, and Mariah isn't the exact epitome of MTV's demographic anymore, Britney being recognized above Rihanna or Katy might require heck freezing over. T.I. who's nominated for Best Male Video even questions her odds. "Stiff competition, he says. "May the best hot chick win!" Which reminds us…. You know what could really usher in a quick, surprise comeback for Brit? A duet with ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake! LIVE ON THE

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  • Things we don't get: Shia LaBeouf

    Bryan Bedder/Getty ImagesBryan Bedder/Getty ImagesSomeone somewhere decided Shia LaBeouf was going to be the next big thing. Well, we have a message we'd like to tell that person: we're not feeling him! Sure Shia kept up a decent stage presence in films like Transformers, this summer's installment of Indiana Jones and thriller Disturbia, but were his performances particularly noteworthy? Definitely not. Now add to his resume an arrest for drunken Walgreens shopping, a bench warrant for skipping out on his court appearance, tossing around anti-gay slurs and his most recent DUI accident (he injured his passenger and the other driver and needed hand surgery which will delay his return to the filming of Transformers 2 at least one month) and we're really having a hard time being sold on the latest young man the entertainment industry is trying to shove down our throats. Are we really gaining anything by his existence in Hollywood? Even his name is a pain to pronounce!

    We'd love to give Shia the benefit of the doubt. His father was a

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  • Quote of the Day: Poor David Hasselhoff

    Michael Buckner/Getty ImagesMichael Buckner/Getty ImagesIt's so easy to make fun of the guy, but it's kind of sad how he can't catch a break anymore career-wise. "I've had some big 'nos,' and they kind of threw me into a tailspin. The first was when I was up for Indiana Jones and Steven Spielberg turned me down. The next came when I was up for Superman and they passed. The latest big 'no' was when I brought Knight Rider back to NBC. They said, 'We love the project, but we don't think we want you starring in it.' And I went, 'Wow.' I'm still part of it because I love NBC and I love the show."
    Superman? Perhaps he's a little delusional. Do you feel bad for The Hoff? [Perez]

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  • What’s the big deal about gaining weight for a role? Angelina and Meg Ryan are next to pack on the pounds

    Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesChris Jackson/Getty ImagesHave you ever noticed how every time an actor or actress is asked to put on or shed a few pounds for a role, their weight fluctuation becomes the focal discussion point for the entire film? Somehow their body transformation overshadows even a potential Oscar winning movie! Sure, everyone knows LOSING weight is rough-though with the trainers, dieticians, personal chefs and multi-million dollar paycheck incentives, it might be easier than we think (except Christian Bale in The Machinist-his anorexic shell of a body is just plain scary!). As for gaining weight and getting paid for it, sign us up! Yeah, it must be sooo tough washing three donuts down with a milkshake and having pasta and pizza for dinner.

    Angelina Jolie is the latest celeb to body morph-she's been asked to gain extra padding for The Thomas Crown Affair sequel, The Topkapi Affair. "Ideally they want Angelina to put on 28 pounds for the role," says an insider. "It is going to be very physically demanding, which is why they

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  • OMG! What the heck happened to Madonna?!

    We don't want to make any assumptions until we see more photos…but WTF! We leave Madge alone for one week following her alleged A-Rod scandal and then we find her looking like this?!

    Please, someone attempt to explain! [Dlisted]

  • Miley Cyrus fights rival teens for Disney crown, boyfriend and YouTube spotlight

    Bryan Bedder/Getty ImagesBryan Bedder/Getty ImagesSince the life of a teen pop star is even more hectic than that of a typical gossiping high school girl, let us break down the past few months for you in the world of 15-year-old Miley Cyrus and friends:

    • Miley poses topless for Vanity Fair
    • Disney gets scared she's becoming too racy-dubs fellow Disney girls Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato "The next Miley Cyrus"
    • Miley is peeved at the idea of being replaced. "I don't think there could be a next Miley," says Cyrus, 15. "I think they should be the next Selena... [and] make their own way."
    • Selena Gomez dates Miley's ex, Nick Jonas of Jonas Brothers.
    • Miley makes YouTube video with her BFF Mandy making fun of Selena and Demi's video, which is admittedly nasty.
    • Miley makes very insincere apology for video.

    Check out Miley's vicious YouTube satire, followed by her half-assed apology. Do you think Miley Cyrus is still Disney's biggest asset or is she making herself look like an idiot? [OMG][OMG]

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  • Can Heather Mills please disappear? Publicist quits saying she’s “impossible”

    Scott Barbour/Getty ImagesScott Barbour/Getty ImagesTruth be told, we never liked Heather Mills, but tried to give her the benefit of the doubt since she won the heart of our second favorite Beatle. We even tried to support her questionable stint on Dancing with the Stars (can you really keep up with a prosthetic leg?) Once the woman every one of Paul McCartney's children loathed so much filed for divorce and unrightfully took nearly $50 million, that was the last straw. Last week when Mills called her own publicist "stupid" during "a heated argument" she became fed up too. "After working for Heather Mills for the past four years, I have decided to cease representing her," says ex-publicist Michele Elyzabeth. "Since her divorce has become final, in my opinion, Heather has become an impossible person. I have been very patient in my dealings with Heather, however, I cannot take any more. I refuse to be subjected to her outbursts." Can we add a YOU GO GIRL!

    "On reflection and given the way I have been treated, I now have sympathy with

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  • Benji Madden: too broke for Paris Hilton

    Charley Gallay/Getty ImagesCharley Gallay/Getty ImagesOften times on a date it's the guy who picks up the tab, or at least you go dutch. Not so for Good Charlotte rocker and heiress Paris Hilton. Apparently the blonde reality star is getting annoyed that her boyfriend can't keep up with her salacious spending appetite and he's gotten so comfortable with her paying he just leaves his wallet at home!

    "Benji never seems to have cash on him to pay for things and tip people, which means Paris always carries cash around," says a source. "She feels like it's easier to throw down a hundred-dollar bill than wait for Benji to fish around for a credit card, which he probably left at home." Benji claims to forget, but Paris "is starting to feel like he's cheap." Uh oh!

    Do you think Paris is justified in being annoyed? How often do you split the bill with your significant other? [Star]

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