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Taylor Swift Is Now No. 1 In Everything, So Will She Stop Acting So Surprised About Her Success?

Taylor Swift Is Now No. 1 In Everything, So Will She Stop Acting So Surprised About Her Success?

Taylor Swift is newly single after a breakup with 18-year-old Conor Kennedy, but she’s not sitting around moping. Her career is on fire: Swift’s new album “Red” just sold more copies in its first week than any other album since 2002. Basically everything the woman touches these days turns to no. 1. Can she finally stop acting so gosh-darned surprised at her success now?
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This Man Just Quit The Hardest Job Ever: Being Lindsay Lohan’s Publicist

This Man Just Quit The Hardest Job Ever: Being Lindsay Lohanâs Publicist

We can’t believe the guy lasted this long. In what might have been one of the hardest jobs ever, Steve Honig, Lindsay Lohan’s publicist, quit. He told The Daily News, “I really feel very firmly that it’s private and I don’t want to say anything.” Since he started in 2010, Steve has had to defend her through recent claims she struck a Manhattan cook with her car, started a fight with a congressional staffer over cell phone photos, trashing Elizabeth Taylor’s original trailer and called her mom a cocaine-sniffing “devil” on tape. And that was just this summer! Maybe it was her most recent accusation of swiping $15,000 worth of wardrobe from the set of Scary Movie 5 (you think people would know not to leave jewelry or clothing near her) or maybe it was her father trying to stage an intervention for her that put Steve over the edge. Or maybe it was because he doesn’t see things ever changing for Lindsay. More »

Blue Ivy Event Planner Tells Us Beyoncé’s Lawyers Are ‘Terrific People’

Blue Ivy Event Planner Tells Us Beyoncéâs Lawyers Are âTerrific Peopleâ

Veronica Alexandra wants to set the record straight about her relationship with Beyonce: “There was no lawsuit,” she told me Wednesday. Alexandra seems angry about much of the media coverage of her entanglement with the singer and her husband, Jay-Z, who tried — and failed — to trademark their daughter’s name “Blue Ivy.” That just happened to be the same name Alexandra had given her event-planning business back in 2009.
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Taylor Swift Is Ridiculously Rich But Seems To Be Financially Responsible

Taylor Swift Is Ridiculously Rich But Seems To Be Financially Responsible

It seemed like just the other day we were writing about how Taylor Swift was named the Highest Celebrity Earner Under 30 by Forbes and yet today Forbes has named her the third highest paid woman in Hollywood after Oprah and Britney Spears (apparently these are actually different lists.) I don’t know how many different ways Forbes can come up with counting the same rich people’s earnings, but I give them credit for trying. But I also want to commend Taylor Swift, who brought in an impressive $57 million in the last 12 months, for being financially responsible. The 22 year old told Nightline says she’s already earmarked some of her earnings for her future children. More »

The New Winnie Mandela Biopic Looks Like Total Oscar Bait For Jennifer Hudson

The New Winnie Mandela Biopic Looks Like Total Oscar Bait For Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson may land her second Oscar with her new movie, Winnie, in which she plays Winnie Mandela, the wife of the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela and a South African politician herself. The trailer which was released today looks like a tour de force in acting about an amazingly strong woman. The movie seems to really be pushing the fact that behind every great man, is a great woman. More »

8 Entrepreneur Lessons From 2 Broke Girls

8 Entrepreneur Lessons From 2 Broke Girls

Tonight is the season 2 premiere of 2 Broke Girls on CBS. The hit show starring Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs as two waitresses/entrepreneurs from very different sides of the tracks was last season’s sleeper hit and now it is anchoring the Monday night lineup. We left off watching these two budding entrepreneurs pitching their cupcake business to Martha Stewart….in a bathroom. Cupcakes aren’t the most original idea but last season provided a ton of business lessons any entrepreneur would appreciate it. More »

Gird Your Loins: Amanda Bynes Says She Wants To Launch A Fashion Career In New York

Gird Your Loins: Amanda Bynes Says She Wants To Launch A Fashion Career In New York

Amanda Bynes has been in the press quite a bit lately for anything but her career. The actress, 26, who has been charged with a DUI and two counts of hit-and-run, has been spotted acting increasingly erratically over the last several months and being involved in a string of car accidents. Plus, she hasn’t appeared in a film since 2010. But in an interview with People today she said ”I am retired as an actor. I am moving to New York to launch my career. I am going to do a fashion line.” Does Amanda really think a career change can save her from her downward spiral? More »

10 TV Characters Who Would Definitely Be Fired From Their Jobs

10 TV Characters Who Would Definitely Be Fired From Their Jobs

We have written about the differences between television characters’ careers versus real life careers on this site. On television, money never seems to be an issue or time and people have enormous clothing budgets and perform surgery in four-inch heels. But in real life would they be able to get away with half of these things? In celebration of The Emmy’s this Sunday we thought we would take a look at some of our favorite female TV characters and see if they would actually still have jobs if they lived in the real world. More »

Study Shows Women Are Creating More TV Shows, But There Are Still Too Few Female Writers

Study Shows Women Are Creating More TV Shows, But There Are Still Too Few Female Writers

It has been a strong year for women in television, but only in some aspects. According to the Center for Study of Women in Television and Film the annual study, women make up 26% of all creators, directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and directors of photography, which is up one point from the previous year and five points from the 1997-98 season. But 68% of all shows don’t even have a female writer on staff. More »

Jessica Simpson Doesn’t See Any Money From Weight Watchers Until She Loses All The Pounds

Jessica Simpson Doesnât See Any Money From Weight Watchers Until She Loses All The Pounds

Umm, does Jessica Simpson have a lawyer? You’d think a woman who runs a nearly billion-dollar fashion empire would have a lawyer to look over contracts because this seems like a detail you’d want to look over a few times. On the premiere of Katie Couric’s new show Katie, Jessica told the host she won’t receive the any of the money from her $3 million deal with Weight Watchers until she reaches her target weight. More »

Katie Holmes And The Olsen Twins’ Design Careers Are Saving The Fashion Industry

Katie Holmes And The Olsen Twinsâ Design Careers Are Saving The Fashion Industry

Celebrity/fashion designers like Katie Holmes and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen may be boosting the fashion industry in more ways than we know. According to Businessweek, celebrity fashion designers are helping increase sales for the whole women’s apparel market, which took a major hit during the recession. It is a process of the celebrity (or even their children) going out in public in a fashionable outfit (even if they didn’t design it) followed by the resulting media exposure from that outing and gossip about their style and association with fashion that send people shopping. These celebrities charge a lot for their high-end clothing but their presence in the industry is having a trickle-down effect. This is why Katie Holmes’ relatively new line, Holmes & Yang, is expected to have a big debut at fashion week. The line has buzz because of the media circus surrounding Katie Holmes. More »