Blog Posts by Jennifer Romolini, Shine editor in chief

  • Angelina Jolie (possibly) to adopt 7th kid. We wonder: How many is too many?

    According to a bunch of gossip rags, blogs, and even a few slightly reputable news sources, Angelina Jolie is in the process of adopting a baby from the Middle East, specifically a daughter from Syria.

    According to these same sources, Jolie will be signing the adoption papers solo, as partner Brad Pitt thinks their brood of six is quite enough, thankyouverymuch.

    A spokesperson for the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Washington D.C. confirmed to OK! Magazine that "only Angelina's name was on the adoption papers."

    And, Metro, a UK paper, reports: "'[Brad Pitt] has made it clear that six children are more than he can handle,' claims an insider. 'The idea of one more seemed ludicrous, but Angie is determined to complete her rainbow family.'"


    If the news is true, most stories will focus on a possible rift between the hyper-famous twosome, and we're sure to see all sorts of outlandish claims about how they're BREAKING UP!!!!!

    But the larger question is: Is seven kids

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  • The Carrie Prejean sex tape fallout. Plus: her lame new book

    Remember Carrie Prejean? Yes, you do. Think back.

    1. She was this year's Miss California pageant winner who didn't believe in gay marriage, or what she termed "opposite marriage."

    2. Though Prejean espouses that "our bodies are temples of the Lord," she had a boobjob and posed topless and then claimed the release of her topless photos was an attempt to belittle her Christian beliefs.

    3. She was fired in June by Miss USA pageant owner Donald Trump for refusing to appear at 30 official events on behalf of the organization, "To me she was the sweetest thing. Everyone else--she treated like s**t." Prejean sued the pageant in August for libel, slander and religious discrimination. The pageant counter-sued, claiming the 22 year old owed them $6,000 for her new boobs and also because she didn't live up to the responsibilities of her job.

    That brings us to the present.

    Last week, things got even more interesting--or not, depending on how you look at this whole crappy situation. The

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  • Worst Sex of the Week: K-Fed sperminates again, Fergie's husband and the stripper, and Mini-Me gets dangerous

    Welcome to a new Shine feature "The Worst Sex of the Week," where we round up the grossest, saddest, and just plain weirdest Love+Sex stories of the past seven days. First up: Fergie's crisis, a scary Mini-Me, and Colin Farrell's unfortunate sex tape.

  • Shocker! Nicole Kidman admits to "strange" sex, "mundane" marriage

    Remember when Nicole Kidman was sexy? Before the blonde hair done up like a powdered 18th-century man wig, before the Botox rendered her skin face waxen Silly Putty, and way, way before Australia was even a schmaltzy, sprawling seedling in Baz Luhrman's director-hubris daydreams, Kidman was hot (eg To Die For, Moulin Rouge, Birthday Girl). And in the new issue of British GQ (out Thursday), it looks like Tom Cruise's most famous ex-wife is trying to bring the sultry back. Or at least the publicists who distribute celeb sound bites are. Or maybe it's Kidman's people hoping for an image rehab to coincide with her new movie, Nine. In any case, despite what the buzz on the internet tells you, it all adds up to a whole lot of nothing.

    In the GQ interview, the 42-year-old actress--readers, are you sure you're ready for this?--admits to having kinky sex. Egad! When asked about her relationship experience, Kidman confesses: "I've explored obsession....I've explored strange sexual fetish stuff,

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  • Chelsea Handler in Playboy: Empowering or degrading?

    Let me get this out of the way upfront: I love Chelsea Handler. I think she's smart, quick, funny, genuine, and one of the best interviewers on TV. (I a little bit hate her show's corny "panel," but she's still an ace.) That said, I'm all sorts of conflicted about the 34 year old's new Playboy cover.

    Handler is a sharp-witted, foul-mouthed badass who calls things like she sees them and reduces her oft-douchey male guests to stuttering, needy little boys. There's a bit of a disconnect between this powerful-female persona and the "Ho! Ho! Ho!" hottie who's getting her pants pulled off on the cover of national nudie mag.

    Or is there? Handler's body looks great, she doesn't get naked inside, and who says a lady can't be strong and funny and sexy and flirty all at the same time? Times have changed, for sure, and the fact that the comedian seems in on the joke makes all of this seem more pro-woman than anything we ever saw on "The Girls Next Door."

    Still, I'm torn. But I do know one

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  • Chaz Bono: "Gender is something between your ears, not between your legs"

    In a candid interview with "Entertainment Tonight" (which aired last night, with a second part tonight) Chaz Bono revealed more about her decision to undergo female-to-male gender reassignment surgery last March. The 40-year-old offspring of Cher and Sonny Bono (formerly known as Chastity) told the show:

    "I always felt like the male from the time I was a child. There wasn't much feminine about me. I believe that gender is something between your ears, not between your legs. That is something I discovered in the early '90s. It was just a long process of being comfortable enough to do something about it."

    He also disclosed that it took getting sober in 2004 to give him the courage to go through with the operation.

    Since the sex change, his voice has lowered, he's grown muscle and his sex drive has increased, Bono explained.

    On having the procedure at 40: "I thought it's now or never. I want to still feel vibrant and be able to enjoy my life in a male body and not wait until I am an

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  • The 10 worst reality TV couples ever (both real and imagined)

    Rumors ran wild around the ol' interwebs yesterday that Jon Gosselin (aka "The man who never met a sparkly skull he didn't like") and Nadya Suleman (aka "Your womb scares me") are set to star in a new reality TV series titled, "Jon - Kate= Jon +Octomom" (which is, er, a pretty weak title). "Cheaters" producer Bobby Goldstein told In Touch Weekly that he'll back a pilot and that will focus on Octomom's obsession with Jon the Octodad (ew), including how "she's already talking openly about the two of them getting married."

    This is actually the worst news we have ever heard. To celebrate (how often do you hear information like this? A handful of times in a lifetime?) we rounded up the 10 most terrible reality couples we could possibly think of--including 5 we made up. Honestly, if these two jerk octoparents get together, truly anything can happen.

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  • Aftermath of abuse: 5 reasons why Rihanna's new song is really freaking us out

    The highly-anticipated new Rihanna song, "Russian Roulette" was released this week, and, man, is it ever creepy. To wit:

    1. The image that sells the single is of Rihanna wrapped in (and perhaps hung up by) barbed wire. At the very least, this looks awfully masochistic. At worst, it's scary and violent. In either case, it's a space we'd really rather not see a domestic abuse victim occupying.

    2. If you didn't gather this from the title, the song is about a woman willingly playing a game of Russian Roulette and wanting to pass a frightening, violent (and potentially fatal) test so some dude will love her. Hmm.

    3. Then, there are the lyrics, which Rihanna didn't write, but she did approve. They include:
    "And you can see my heart beating
    You can see it through my chest
    And I'm terrified but I'm not leaving
    Know that I must pass this test
    So just pull the trigger."

    The song ends with a gunshot.

    4. Maybe this is wrong, but we'd hoped Rihanna's first comeback single after the Chris

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  • Holy psycho! Scorned woman goes on cellphone hacking spree

    Ali Wise. Photo: Getty ImagesAli Wise. Photo: Getty ImagesAnd you thought you were bad about breakups. On Monday, Ali Wise, a fancy New York lady and former P.R. director for fashion house Dolce & Gabbana, was charged with hacking into the voicemails of women who dated her ex-boyfriends. She faces four counts of trespassing, tampering, eavesdropping, and stalking--all felonies. If convicted, she could be sentenced to four years in prison.

    According to the New York Post, Wise used a software program called SpoofCard (tagline: "Be Who You Want To Be"--yikes!) to break into the new girlfriends' voicemail systems. She then listened to and deleted their messages. She engaged in this practice more than 1,000 times.

    Beyond the freaky obsessiveness, perhaps the strangest part of this story is the dorky-techy way she did it, which seems either completely psychotic or oddly juvenile. You know how, during particularly heart-wrenching breakups, you might feel like a crazy person and call an ex too much? And maybe call and hang up too much? And then get

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  • Are modern men wimps? Also: Who cares if they are?

    In the opening lines of his new book, "Manthropology: The Science of the Inadequate Modern Male," anthropologist Peter McAllister writes, "If you're reading this then you--or the male you have bought it for--are the worst man in history. No ifs, no buts--the worst man, period...As a class we are in fact the sorriest cohort of masculine Homo sapiens to ever walk the planet."


    McAllister's theory has more to do with physicality--things like strength, speed, and endurance--than it does modern man's emotional state or intellectual acuity. The Australian scientist based his research on a variety of sources--from 20,000-year-old fossilized footprints to photographs taken as recently as early last century--and concluded that all of our male ancestors could run faster, jump higher, and row harder than any men living today, even our most well-trained athletes.

    "We are so inactive these days and have been since the industrial revolution really kicked into gear," McAllister told Reuters

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