Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor

  • In the battle of Barbie vs. Bratz, Mattel reigns supreme!



























    Last month Barbie's parent company, Mattel, went to court for control of the billion dollar Bratz doll empire-and won! Apparently the people at Barbie were able to prove that the man who created Bratz was under contract at Mattel, thus Barbie's sluttier counterparts rightfully belong to them.


    Look for Career Girl Bratz coming to a store near you! (Just kidding….well, maybe.)

    Which doll do you like better-Barbie or Bratz? [Reuters]

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  • Is Gossip Girl going too far?


    CW's smash hit Gossip Girl is pushing boundaries for teens the same way 90210 covered controversial topics (sex, drugs, stealing, cheating, death, etc) for generations before them. But one thing no teen drama ever did before was make ads that were deliberately pushing the envelope. We think CW's ad wizards are marketing geniuses-what kid wouldn't want to a watch a show their parents don't want them viewing? We want to watch it ourselves!

    Would you be nervous about your kids watching Gossip Girl or do you think there are bigger things to worry about?

  • The Dark Knight = biggest movie ever

    The latest and darkest installment of the Batman franchise has shattered all records and had the biggest debut in box office history! The Dark Knight, featuring the late Heath Ledger as the Joker, took in an estimated 155.3 million this weekend. Other box office toppers include:


    Spider-Man 3 - 151.1 million in 2007
    Pirates of the Caribbean 2 - 135.6 million in 2006
    Shrek the Third - 121.6 million in 2007

    We saw The Dark Knight this weekend at an Imax theater and really felt it lived up to the hype. What did you think? Which is your favorite blockbuster movie? [AP]

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  • 90210-alum Brian Austin Green hangs on to girlfriend Megan Fox with death grip


    Rumors have been flying that the 34-year-old Brian Austin Green aka 90210's David Silver is losing a handle on his 22-year-old fiancée, Megan Fox. Reports said she was going out sans-wedding rung and that she felt she was "too young to marry him."

    "We're solid," says Green. "We've lived together for three years. We have tattoos of each other's names." Oh right, because as we all know, getting name tattoos = permanent relationship solidarity. "We have more time away from each other right now than we'd like," adds Green. Or maybe the Transformers hottie likes it that way?

    As for their home life, Green wants to have more kids, but for now they have a potbellied pig, dogs, two cats, two birds and a squirrel. "And Megan wants a leopard - that'll never happen! That's a whole different world." Well, uh, yeah, but we're pretty happy pig- and squirrel-less, thanks.

    Do you think the sexy, young Hollywood starlet is ready to settle down? [US]

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  • Amy Winehouse’s latest addiction: tanning beds

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    Forget emphysema and lung cancer, Amy Winehouse is going double or nothing for a shot at melanoma. The singer had a tanning bed installed in her London home, and apparently dozes off for over an hour each day under the UV lamps (15-20 minutes is the recommended time, although we all know even that is considered extremely harmful). "She bought it to get rid of scabs that started appearing on her skin," says her pal. "Amy can't do anything by halves. This is another addiction that puts her health in danger." Maybe she should ask George Hamilton if there such a thing as rehab for over-tanners. Amy-we're worried about you!


    Do you think Amy Winehouse dangerously does everything in excess? [Daily News]


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  • Angelina Jolie, Katie Holmes and Mischa Barton spotted in the dollar store!


    No, these stars weren't hunting for a discount. As if! But some bargain shoppers were caught by surprise to see the likeness of A-listers on items in the shop-for instance, an Angelina Jolie "massage hoop" and a Katie Holmes "MP34" player. We bet OC-alum Mischa Barton had no idea she was the new face for Tyrone panties! Scope out all the hilarious pics after the jump. [D-listed][D-listed]





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  • Website of the Day: Stuff Hollywood Assistants Like

    You might be obsessed with celebs, but they probably wouldn't even exist without their minions: Hollywood assistants. These are the people behind the scenes making things actually happen from picking up dry cleaning to coming up with that amazing plot twist on Ugly Betty and having their idea stolen by their higher-up boss and written into the script. This blog documents what they need to survive working in the industry… specifically Gchat, Diet Coke, name dropping and Evites. Head on over to spend a few hours laughing and feeling sorry for them. [Stuff Hollywood Assistants Like]


  • Sienna Miller forgets about karma: has public affair with Balthazar Getty

    Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesChris Jackson/Getty ImagesSienna Miller was heartbroken over Jude Law's affair with a nanny, but it's not stopping her from having a very public affair with Balthazar Getty who is married with four children! The couple have been caught canoodling all over Europe. British papers claim Balthazar's wife, Rosetta, fled to Italy with their kids having decided to get a divorce. Well, the Getty oil heir went to Italy to try and win back his angry wife, Rosetta, but had Sienna Miller in tow! The two had dinner at hotel Le Sirenuse on the Amalfi Coast and "They were really rude, and Sienna kept smoking," says a witness. Reps for both Getty and Miller are keeping their mouths closed.


    After her ex, Jude Law, embarrassed her with a public affair, do you think it's hypocritical for Sienna Miller to do the same thing? [NY Post]

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  • Quote of the Day: Coldplay’s Chris Martin thinks Chewbacca is a respectable baby name

    Lead singer of Coldplay/husband of Gwyneth Paltrow sees nothing wrong with atypical baby names like Nicole Kidman's daughter, Sunday, or Jessica Alba's girl Honor. But this, of course, is coming from the guy who co-named his children Apple and Moses.

    "People make a big fuss over names. Names of babies, names of albums, names of bands.T here's nothing weird about calling your baby Chewbacca if that's what you want to call your baby. It's no stranger than Sarah."

    We would never consider ourselves to be uptight and traditional, but Chewbacca seems just a tad bit stranger than Sarah. Do you think celebs are over the top when naming their children? [US]

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  • Did Madonna and A-Rod really have an affair? We break down the evidence

    Dave Hogan/Getty ImagesDave Hogan/Getty ImagesThere has been so much coverage of the Madonna-A-Rod-Cynthia-Lenny Kravitz-Kabbalah-Guy Oseary love hexagon it's hard to keep the "facts" straight. We've weeded through all the gossip and constructed a chronological breakdown of events along with charges of our own. Read for yourself and decide who the guilty party is.


    A-Rod seen making late night visits to Madonna's Upper West Side apartment. [US]
    VERDICT: SOUNDS GUILTY

    A message from Madge's rep: "Madonna and Alex have the same manager, Guy Oseary. They have met. They know each other and Madonna took her kids to a Yankees game last week. There's really not anything to comment on beyond that." [Perez]
    VERDICT: SOUNDS LIKE A COVER UP OR A CAREFULLY ORCHESTRATED SCHEME BY SHARED MANAGER

    "I feel like Madonna is using mind control over him," Cynthia, 34, told a pal, believing Madge used Kabbalah to brainwash him. "I don't recognize the man he's become. A source says,"Alex literally left 10 minutes after the baby was born, and then was

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