Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor

  • Quote of the Day: Madonna defends Tom Cruise

    Stephen Lovekin/Getty ImagesStephen Lovekin/Getty Images"I don't care if people worship turtles or frogs -- if they're good people, that's all I care about, and he (Tom Cruise) is a good person. I think he gets a raw deal, just as I think the orphans in Malawi get a raw deal; just as I think a lot of marginalized people get a raw deal."

    Hmm, this is sort of like debunking a word problem... is Madonna comparing Tom Cruise to a neglected orphan? [MTV]



  • Filed under things I don’t approve of: Scarlett Johansson’s record deal

    Today I heard Scarlett's track "Falling Down" off of her upcoming Tom Wait's cover album Anywhere I Lay My Head, due out May 20. The vocal comparisons to Sinead O'Connor are sure to bubble up, but this won't muddle my original thought, which is: I'm furious this girl got a record contract. I'm sorry, I just don't think she deserves an album. Why, because she wants one? This isn't like a celebrity fragrance where you go to a big manufacturer and stamp your name on a bottle in your favorite color. This is art! This is MUSIC! Call me close-minded, but I don't care if her album is better than Lindsay Lohan's or even Ashlee Simpson's. I am anti. S.Jo -- stick to making movies.

  • Guilty Pleasures: R. Kelly (really -- it's OK to like him!)

    Evan Agostini/Getty ImagesEvan Agostini/Getty ImagesSure there are plenty of reasons to loathe The King of R&B, besides just not liking his music and his sometimes questionable hair styles. Robert Sylvester Kelly, 41, is not only infamous for his explicitly sexual songs like "Bump N' Grind," and "Ignition (Remix)," but also for his real life perversions including marrying then-15-year-old singer Aaliayh (he was 27 and she lied on the marriage license saying she was 18). Most horrifically, he's currently facing 14 counts for soliciting a minor for child pornography, videotaping the acts and producing child porn. His trail begins May 9 and as of now, both R.Kelly and the alleged victim deny they are the people in the tape.

    You must think I'm terrible for continuing...but I like the guy. And before you get your panties in a bunch, he has sold over 50 million albums, so other people like him, too! Word on the Internet is he's coming out with a new album this summer! So if you can bear with me and set aside your disgust for a moment (hey,

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  • Lindsay Lohan, winner of the Most Hypocritical Comment of the Day

    Stephen Shugerman/Getty ImagesStephen Shugerman/Getty ImagesLindsay Lohan has had it with her dad fueling further gossip by talking to reporters…so she decided to tell the press!

    "I just wish that he wouldn't go and talk to the media," she said on today's The Billy Bush Show. "It's not attractive to me, it really upsets me and I wish he would stop. ... I love my father. I just don't know why he's doing what he's doing. It's a weird situation, very odd."

    You're right, Lindsay. It is odd. [People]

  • Concert Tour Guide: Avril sinks, Kanye swims and Madonna gets $25 million to perform

    Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesKevin Winter/Getty ImagesAfter playing to half empty arenas, once-successful Avril Lavigne is served another low blow-scathing reviews The Washington Post. "Who says Canadians are all sweetness and light? Much of Avril Lavigne's appeal, and there's a ton to go around, comes from how loathsome she is." In an ever-so-slight contrast, the L.A. Times Kanye's Glow in the Dark tour, "raises the bar for arena tours as no show has since U2's 1992 Zoo TV breakthrough. It's that innovative and galvanizing…the ridiculous, beautiful heights of West's heroics." Man, we need to get tickets! Not to be outdone, Madonna, the queen of pop, sits comfortably on her throne raking in $25 million for playing two shows in Dubai. Ahh, must be nice. [LAT, WP, MTV]

    Which touring artist would you pay the most money to see?


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  • Celebrity Catfights: From BBFs to Frenemies!

    L to R: Michael Buckner /Getty Images; Mark Davis/Getty ImagesL to R: Michael Buckner /Getty Images; Mark Davis/Getty ImagesTrusty wikipedia defines a catfight as an altercation between two women, typically involving scratching, hair-pulling, shirt-shredding, insulting each other verbally or being otherwise nasty to each other usually over men. Rawrrr! But which unsuspecting lady has been sharpening her claws? Last week everyone's favorite heiress, Paris Hilton, went on the radio and trashed long-term "friend" Kim Kardashian saying, "I would not want [Kim's butt], it's gross! It reminds me of cottage cheese inside a big trash bag." Hiss! Recognizing the magnitude of her errors, Paris confessed to In Touch, "I felt really bad afterward, so I contacted Kim and apologized. It was a silly thing to say. Kim's hot!"

    We know cats have nine lives, but vicious Paris is a few feline feuds shy of using hers up! While handsome Hollywood men may serve as terrific bait, it usually only takes a healthy dose of competition for these ladies to treat each other like a scratching post.

    Which celebs deserve a time out in the

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  • Best Waste of Your Time Video of the Day: Super Mario Bros Edition

    Something about the Super Mario Bros. theme just makes us smile. If you're feeling extra bored at home and have a couple dozen empty wine bottles lying around.


    More Mario Bros. goodness after the jump!


    Marimba Mario


    Two guitars at once!

    Beatboxing flute Mario

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  • Are The Beckhams above rules?

    Noel Vasquez/Getty ImagesNoel Vasquez/Getty ImagesMost wannabe Jewish:
    The Beckham's attempt to enroll 3-year-old Cruz into a religious preschool. [Defamer]

    Richest Witch:
    Emma Watson claims her $20 million Harry Potter salary for her 18th birthday. [TMZ]

    She tried to keep up with the boys:
    Jessica Simpson's hospital stay was due to excessive drinking. [Star]

    Most likely to take Rogaine:
    Jude Law is looking into hair replacement options. This slightly depresses us. [d listed]

    Not soon to be forgotten:
    Jason Segel bares all in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. [LAT]

    Most scripted reality:
    The stars of the Hills lead a fake life on and off-screen. [Perez]

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  • One-hit Wonders Part 3: 90s Alt Rock


    The 90s were such an interesting time. Music wasn't pop , but it wasn't rock, so what the heck were we supposed to call it? Ooh, "alternative." Alternative to what though? Music that was garbage? Hey there was a band called Garbage! But we digress: check out our favorite 90s one-hit wonders that are awesome, crappy and everywhere in between.

    1) Emf - "Unbelievable"
    Any song that begins with comedian Andrew Dice Clay yelling, "Oh!" has got our attention. Any song that has a chorus consisting solely of the title is an instant one-hitter.

    2) Chumbawamba - "Tubthumping"
    "I get knocked down… but I get up again; you're never gonna keep me down!" Well, until this song fades away into inevitable nothingness.

    3) Blind Melon - "No Rain"
    We feel slightly unjustified putting this song (remember the sunny video with the dancing bee girl?) on our list, because we're sure had singer/songwriter Shannon Hoon not passed away from a drug overdose, the band would have gone on to great things.

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  • Akon fakes his criminal record? It's true

    Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesFrazer Harrison/Getty ImagesNot a thug? No problem! Just make up your sordid past. The Smoking Gun has uncovered police corrections and court records that contradict much of Akon's life story he's told around town. Except, while most stars would probably hide their run-ins with the law, Akon has embellished and flat out invented them! According to countless interviews, the singer headed up a car theft ring and spent 4.5 years in jail. But guess what-he was never convicted! Some people's stupidity never fails to amuse us. [Smoking Gun]

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