Blog Posts by Jessica Ferri

  • Beyonce is Not Solange's Mom and Other Celebrity Conspiracy Theories

    Beyoncé and her younger sister (not daughter) Solange. (Photo: Getty Images)Over the weekend, someone breathed new life into a tired rumor from 2011 claiming that Solange is actually Beyonce’s daughter and not her younger sister. Mmkay. We'll debunk these, along with other weird celebrity conspiracy theories out there.

    Solange is actually Beyonce’s daughter
    According to Wikipedia, Beyonce was born in 1981 and Solange in 1986. That means Beyonce would have given birth at age five. Right. Some back this claim by saying that Bey was actually born in 1974, making her 37 and a more plausible 14-year-old when she had Solange (and because Beyoncé is close to her nephew, that means he's actually her grandson). However, video footage of Beyonce performing as a youngster indicates that she was born in 1981 and home videos of the family in her documentary “Life is but a Dream,” show Solange and Beyonce as children together. So there.

    Michael Jackson and LaToya are the same person

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  • The Supermodel Children of Celebrities

    Ireland Baldwin, the 17-year-old, 6'2'' daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, is the most recent celeb spawn to opt-in to a modeling career. For most, the modeling industry is fiercely competitive. But with famous parents, these kids are on the fast track to the spotlight. Baldwin joins the ranks of Georgia May Jagger, Dannielynn Birkhead, Dree Hemingway, and other celebrity children who are making a living off their good genes.


    -Jessica Ferri


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  • Hilary Mantel Defends her 'Plastic' Comments about Kate Middleton

    Plastic Princess? (Photo: Getty Images)Remember when novelist Hilary Mantel referred to Kate Middleton as “a shop window mannequin, with no personality of her own” and the whole world seemed outraged? Mantel finally responded to the uproar.

    "I have absolutely nothing to apologize for,” she told the BBC Radio’s Night Waves program. “It was a matter of taking the words completely out of context—twisting the context—and setting me up as a hate figure,” she said. “I have absolutely no regrets. What I said was crystal clear.” 

    Mantel's original incendiary remarks are from a speech called “Royal Bodies,” which was published as an essay in the London Review of Books in February.

    Mantel’s piece is about the purpose of the monarchy. In it, she compares Kate Middleton to Marie Antoinette. “I saw Kate becoming a jointed doll on which certain rags are hung. In those days she was a shop-window mannequin, with no personality of her own, entirely defined by what she wore.”

    She also describes the difference between Kate and Princess

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  • The Shocking Actual Ages of Your Favorite Characters

    They say age is just a number, but sometimes, those numbers can reveal how much has changed, culturally, over time. From child brides to second wave feminism and completely inexplicable career success, here are some of the shocking true ages of your favorite characters from movies, TV, and books.


    -Jessica Ferri


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  • Fashion That Makes Us Sad: $300 Gold Retainer Necklace

    Photo: Kiel MeadNow you can wear your worst middle-school memory hung from your neck and plated in gold! This $300 retainer necklace from Brooklyn designer Kiel Mead takes the ironic jewelry trend to a whole new level.

    Though you spent several years in therapy trying to get over embarrassing moments at sleepovers courtesy of this orthodontic torture device, at least you won’t have to worry about losing it now that it’s been conveniently refashioned into a necklace.

    $300 might seem like a pretty penny for such a ridiculous item, but when you think of how much your mom paid for your retainer, you might change your mind.

    According to the website, this piece “puts a lux spin on dental woes.” We can imagine the only thing it truly does is make you that jerk at the party that’s wearing a retainer necklace as a fashion statement.

    If the retainer isn’t weird enough for you, Kiel Mead also makes a $100 necklace with a charm that’s been cast from a piece of already-chewed gum. Yum.

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  • Katniss's Bridal Gown and Other Memorable Movie Wedding Dresses (For Better or For Worse)

    So this is Katniss's wedding dress? A promotional images for the latest installment of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is the subject of an excruciating amount of internet debate. Is this really the decoy dress from the book? Is it Alexander McQueen? Is it way too Bridezilla? We offer no answers, only another question. What are the most unforgettable movie wedding dresses in recent history? Here's what we came up with... 

    -Jessica Ferri

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  • Justin Theroux's Hot Younger Brother Sets Internet, Hearts Aflame

    Justin, left, and Sebastian, right in New York City on Tuesday. (Photo: Teach/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES)Yesterday the paparazzi captured actor Justin Theroux taking a stroll in New York City with his younger doppelganger. Almost instantaneously websites and blogs were alight with questions about this handsome younger version of one of our favorite actors.

    It turns out Justin’s twin is actually his younger brother, Sebastian, 24. Who knew Justin Theroux had such a hot younger brother and where has he been hiding him?

    The two men were dressed in nearly identical outfits, sporting black pants, black leather jackets, hoodies, combat boots, jet-black hair, and devilish grins.

    Rumors have been swirling that Theroux’s wedding to Jennifer Aniston is imminent, and the appearance of Justin’s brother had tongues wagging that he could be playing the part of best man at the ceremony. The Sun, however, seems to think Justin’s best friend, actor Ben Stiller, has already reserved the coveted role.

    According to the Daily Mail, Justin and Jennifer are planning to tie the knot in a low-key affair in Hawaii in

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  • The Bachelor's Women Tell All with Hilarious Facial Expressions

    In the likely event that you didn't have two solid hours to sit through the Women Tell All special of The Bachelor last night, we have put the ten best looks from audience members and contestants all in one gallery for your convenience.


    -Jessica Ferri

  • "Drop Dead Diva" is Back After Outcry from Devastated Fans

    The cast of Drop Dead Diva (Photo: Lifetime)After a massive public outcry from fans that involved Facebook pleas, tribute videos, signed petitions and more, Lifetime has brought their popular television show "Drop Dead Diva" back from the grave after cancelling it in January.

    One video made a moral appeal to the network: “It’s not right to get fans invested for a fourth season and leave them with that kind of an ending. I believe Lifetime cares about its viewers/supporters. Please don’t prove me wrong!”

    Now these frustrated fans can rest easy—on March 1, Lifetime announced they will be bringing the show back for a fifth season. At the time this article was written, the official announcement on Facebook had received over 50,000 likes.

    So why has this show become such a phenomenon? Well, for one, it stars Margaret Cho in a supporting role, and we’d watch her in just about anything.

    The plot goes something like this: Aspiring model Deb dies in a car crash and is reincarnated in the body of high-powered lawyer Jane, a woman who is not

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  • Taylor Swift covers Vanity Fair's March issue. (Photo: Vanity Fair)Taylor Swift has some strong opinions about her ex-boyfriends. But she's also got some feelings about her fellow female celebrity peers

    In a web excerpt from the latest issue of Vanity Fair, she appears to take issue with two of TV's most beloved female comics.  

    Here's the excerpt of the article: “You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people,” Taylor Swift tells Vanity Fair contributing editor Nancy Jo Sales on the subject of mean girls in general and in response to an incident at this year’s Golden Globes, where Amy Poehler and Tina Fey mocked her highly scrutinized love life. “Because she said to me she had heard a quote that she loved, that said, ‘There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.’”

    Is this a dis (as Salon suggests) or an out-of-context quote sparking made-up lady feuds? It's hard to know. But here's what we could trace: the origin of this so-called "incident."

    It turns out that Fey already made an apology. The Golden Globes were a

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