It seems that Bravo's shiny new housewives are slipping in the critics' polls. The name-dropping in Hollywood for Ugly People feels hollow. Their proximity to power is, well, debatable. And the television itself is getting a thumbs down.
Like Thucydides, diligently recording the ups and downs of Athenian and Spartan conflict, modern scribes have worked their pens into a frenzy over the War of 2010: Bristol Palin vs. Levi Johnston. But within that bitter battle—now an all-out redneck fracas—is another conflict: the sparring between rivals Us Weekly and People.
In April of 1968, the stamped date of the never-before-seen photograph held by documentary filmmaker Shane Salerno, J. D. Salinger would have been 49 years old. He was recently divorced, and three years into the seclusion that would span the last 45 years of his life. Salerno won't yet reveal any details about the mysterious picture.
"Twilight" is leaving you in the lurch, ladies—at least, that's what new research is claiming. Ahead of the release of "Eclipse," a new study suggests the third film is suppressing the book's romantic fervor in favor of action-packed battle scenes and, in the process, devaluing its female fans. Why? As the study puts it, because Hollywood "doesn't confer cultural legitimacy on texts until they are embraced by men, not just women."
Weekend winner? Jaden Smith! Weekend loser? Bradley Cooper. The stubbly, lanky star of "The A-Team" wasn't enough to carry the movie to a big opening; it bowed in second place with an estimated $26 million.
This past weekend was the most sluggish Memorial Day at the movies since 1995—a bad omen for summer business. The 'Sex and the City' sequel—ye of $153 million in 2008—wilted under the critics' heat lamp. So did Disney's 'Prince of Persia,' starring Jake Gyllenhaal and his pectorals. What gives?
A potential suspect in the May 1 attempted Times Square car bombing is tall, thin, white, and in his 40s, police say, after analyzing tape captured from NYPD surveillance cameras.
Obama's coming north, and he's carrying a big stick: the president is expected to deliver a stern reprimand to the banking sector in his speech in New York Thursday, in the process excoriating some of his biggest financial backers, The Washington Post reports.
Sarah Jessica Parker falls for a new guy in 'SATC2'—at least a new designer. Is going steady with one label—and a young label at that—a good idea for this aging franchise?
Not exactly ideal image rehab: The Times of London reported Monday that Goldman Sachs is doling out $5.3 billion in bonuses, amounting to roughly $167,783 per banker, with "with a handful of top traders expected to be in line for multi-million-[dollar] bonuses." That's the cherry on top of a stunning, four-day meltdown at the white-shoe firm, which lost $12 billion in market value on Friday alone.
A new space race! After President Obama announced aggressive cuts to NASA—leaving Ares rockets, the Orion crew capsule and (most prominently) the Altair lunar lander of the mooncentric Constellation program on the cutting-room floor—the backlash from critics and prominent "space boosters" caused him to rethink the plan, senior administration officials said Tuesday night.
Nancy friggin' Drew—happy birthday, baby! Our favorite slim sleuth of River Heights turns 80 this year, not that she looks her age. Botox, Pilates, intravenous chardonnay therapy—to whatever she's doing to look so fab, we say cheers.
Last week, Tiger's sexts were the talk of Twitter—from the golfer's predictably nasty ones to our favorite, "No turkey unless it's a club sandwich." But now, with Woods confirmed to appear at Augusta in fewer than two weeks, Tweeps are forecasting what his sordid text-trail will mean on the course.
The First Physical came and went Sunday, handing down a clean bill of health for President Obama—but we've been loving the feverish reaction to doc Jeff Kuhlman's note about "smoking cessation efforts." The New York Daily News wonders how much the president is still smoking, while CBS calls him "Smoker In Chief"; The Christian Science Monitor helpfully suggests to the president that instead of Nicorette he try "not inserting a cigarette into [his] mouth." Politico went with reporterly...