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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Bravo's Guiltiest Pleasures are Coming Back

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Forget "Top Design" and "Work Out." Bravo is finally giving us more of what we want: "The Real Housewives of Orange County" and "Project Runway." The Slug sucked up the first episodes of their upcoming new seasons, premiering Nov. 6 and Nov. 14, respectively. While the first "Runway" challenge is sorta boring — express yourself as a designer with a bunch of fabric donated by Mood —  this season's contestants are not. We'll be keeping our eyes on fierce Carmen Webber, full-of-himself Christian Siriano and fiery Rami Kashou (pictured above, left). Their debut garments worked best for us.

Over in "Orange County," new bobbleheaded cast member Tamra Barney (pictured above, right) has moved in. She just turned 40 and has a 21-year-old son. You do the math. Meanwhile, the returning "housewives" are dealing with new domestic distresses. Tammy Knickerbocker is coping with the death of her ex-husband. Jeana Keough seems headed for divorce with her current husband. And Lauri Waring is planning a wedding to a new husband. These ladies may not be as vivacious as "The Hills" girls, but their "Orange County" drama certainly feels more real.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Liveblogging the 2007 Emmys!

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(AP Photo/Derrik J. Lang) 

It's time for the Emmys, the awards show that's more fun than the Oscars but less trashy than the MTV Video Music Awards. We're liveblogging the ceremony from AP World Headquarters in New York. Keep clicking refresh all night long as we provide catty comments and insights on McEmmys' winners, losers, presenters, acceptance speeches and suspiciously spontaneous moments.

Continue reading "Liveblogging the 2007 Emmys!" »

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Favoritest Photo of the Week: Head Gear

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(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

It's a two-peat for the Favoritest Photo of the Week. AP photographer (and Pulitzer Prize winner) Oded Balilty impressed The Slug once again with another photo from New York Fashion Week — even though this image looks like it could be from a horror flick. Hey, fashion kills, right? You'll never believe what's really going in this photograph. Wrap your head around the original caption (and see more from this series at Far & Wide, the AP news blog):

A model waiting to get dressed wears protective headgear after hair and makeup preparations backstage at the Willow 2008 spring/summer show during Fashion Week in New York, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Don't Forget the Emmys

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(AP Photo Illustration/Jenni Sohn)

We know it's just three days until the Emmys, but you simply must do more to contain your excitement. Everybody is pointing at you and whispering, in case you hadn't noticed. To help quench your award show thirst — we're sure your MTV VMA hangover has probably subsided by now — The Slug helped craft this fun little interactive asap Emmy quiz. It's sure to kill a few minutes of your workday and inform you just how stupid you are when it comes to crazy award show moments. Good luck.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Favoritest Photo of The Week: Sittin' Pretty

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(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

It's Fashion Week here in New York. Again. Instead of selecting a Favoritiest Photo of the Week from the runway — boring! — The Slug is picking this hauntingly beautiful and well composed shot from AP photographer Oded Balilty of some mannequins hanging around the Goldsmith factory. (Yes, we're suckers for mannequin photos.) If you squint, maybe you can see Kim Cattrall in this image. Feast your eyes on the original caption: 

A Goldsmith employee carries a mannequin at the Goldsmith factory in New York Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007.As Fashion Week gets underway in New York, rail thin models will still be on the runways, but when garments reach the stores, many of them will be displayed on mannequins that more realistically reflect the human form - and the shapes of customers shopping for clothes. Goldsmith also has a line of full-figured mannequins.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Put Down That Controller and Design a T-Shirt

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We don't usually do posts about contests or sweepstakes. We're a pop-culture blog, not the freaking Publishers Clearing House. However, we wanted to tell you about Threadless' "E for All" T-shirt design competition for the following three reasons: First,
we had a chance to visit Threadless headquarters a coupla years ago for this asap story so we know they're on the up and up. Second, the prize is truly grand: a $400 airfare gift card, lodging, Nintendo Wii, $2,000 and admission to the first-ever "E for All" video game extravaganza for you and a friend. Third, looks like we probably won't get to go to "E for All" so maybe you'll let The Slug be the friend you take since we're the ones that told you about the contest in the first place. Pretty please? 

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

We're Getting a "Dirty Dancing" Fever

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As if "Dirty Dancing — The Video Game" and WE's "Dirty Dancing" reality series didn't shake you enough, now comes news that "Dirty Dancing — The Classic Story on Stage" will premiere in Chicago in September. Don't get in line just yet. That's Sept. 2, 2008. For some reason, the stage version has been selling out for years in London's West End. Wowie zowie. We're probably not too far off from "Dirty Dancing — The Clothing Line." Oh, you so know you'd wear some Johnny Castle trousers.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Make It Work

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By "it" we mean "Tim Gunn's Guide to Style." We really wanted to like the dry-but-tasty "Project Runway" mentor's new Bravo makeover show, but after watching a preview screener of the first two episodes, we felt the same way about "Guide to Style" as we felt about anything Vincent Libretti ever designed: Ehhhhhhh. In each episode, Tim Gunn and Veronica Webb teach a fashion victim some rules, let her make some bad decisions in a fancy store, correct her, give her an expensive haircut then encourage her to make her friends and family feel jealous and/or ugly. Touching!

The whole show is scandalously reminiscent of "What Not to Wear" — the slight bland American version on TLC, not the biting British version on BBC America. Such copycatting makes us wonder if Keith Michael had anything to do with this venture. The biggest difference in "Guide to Style" is that Gunn has this hand-dandy checklist of clothing items that every woman must own. Trenchcoat? Who knew?! Beyond that, there's not much innovation here. As Gunn might say himself, "It's a little ahhlarming." Hopefully, this makeover show gets a makeover if it continues.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Dear "Diaries"

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Layoffs make for great drama! While watching a preview screener for SoapNet's new "Devil Wears Prada" and "Ugly Betty" inspired reality series "The Fashionista Diaries," which chronicles three pairs of assistants in the fashion biz in New York, The Slug couldn't help but wonder what's gonna happen to the two assistants assigned to Jane magazine, which folded earlier this month. According to a press release that landed in our inbox, they'll be "reassigned" to CosmoGirl magazine and the Jane closure drama will be part of the show, which premieres Aug. 1. Now if only the Jane staff members not being chronicled for a reality show were so lucky.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

We're Speaking the Language of "SYTYCD"

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When we heard Wade Robson was gonna be this week's guest judge on Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance," we sorta felt like skipping the reality dance revolution. If he's next to screechy Mary Murphy then he can't choreograph one of his ahhhmazing dance routines, meaning the show will kinda be a dud.

We were wrong! That Jazzercise number set to Queen's "Body Language" choreographed for newbie couple Sara Von Gillern and Pasha Kovalev by Mandy Moore — not that Mandy Moore —  made The Slug want to run out and purchase white suspenders and teal pants. Lacewho? Kamerwha? This ballroom boy and b-girl are becoming the couple to beat and dress like!