Seth MacFarlane hosted the Oscars and brought his signature over-the-top guy humor to the A-list gig in a big way, especially with his opening number now infamously dubbed "The Boob Song." Many critics are calling him sexist — what do you think? We cover other highs and lows from Seth's performance, plus we have the details on Jennifer Lawrence's awkward interview interruption by a film legend (who also hits on her), Daniel Radcliffe's gentlemanly gesture for Kristen Stewart, and more!
Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope and Adam Scott's Ben Wyatt whip up their last-minute nuptials with the help of their Pawnee crew in this week's special double episode of Parks and Recreation — and we both loved and liked how it all went down. Get the highlights from their city hall ceremony, why the first Catching Fire posters will be even more fun for true fans, who the latest addition to the Anchorman 2 cast is, and more entertainment headlines!
Justin Timberlake is hosting Saturday Night Live for the fifth time — joining the likes of Tom Hanks and Steve Martin. Justin has made quite a name for himself as a triple-threat host on SNL — singing, acting, and dancing his way through some of the most memorable skits in recent memory. We're reliving JT's best SNL moments, plus we've got the latest group of actresses — including Kristen Stewart — who will be Oscar presenters, the end of a high-profile Hollywood marriage, and more headlines!
Kim Kardashian debuts her baby bump in DuJour Magazine with a black-and-white bikini photo shoot while rumors swirl if her sister Khloé will be axed from X Factor. Find out which celebrity baby (hint: he's also hip-hop royalty) kissed Blue Ivy and how Jay-Z reacted, plus Bonnaroo Musical Festival's 2013 lineup and AMC's star-studded bowling show you won't want to miss!
All of us are still reeling with shock, anxiety, and sadness over the recent tragedy in Japan spawned by a 9.0 earthquake, herculean Tsunamis, and now a fear over a possible nuclear disaster. No one saw this coming. Natural disasters do not convenience us with an advance notice of the time and place when it strikes. Before 2:46 p.m. people in northeast of Tokyo were going their daily routine. An hour after that time and still in a daze after the shock of the earth’s shift, they had to run for their lives when a 30 foot tsunami washed over the coast.
And while we continue to help in our respective ways, we should also contemplate our own preparedness. Continue your efforts to help Japan. Keep exerting your benevolence. But while you do this, safeguard your own security and that of your family's by formulating a plan for times of calamity. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
- Formulate a Disaster Plan. Utilize the information shared by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). They have an excellent website to help you and your children become prepared.
- Write your will. There are a number of sites that offer this service. I prefer Legalzoom.com which charges $39 for basic and $49 for comprehensive. This is a small price to pay for the peace of mind for your family.
- Scan significant documents (i.e. Wills, Passport, Birth Certificates, Bank Accounts, Property Deeds and Titles, etc.) and store it on a secure online cloud. By using the web as your repository, you can access pertinent documents at any time and any place.
- Hold a family meeting to reinforce your Disaster Plan. Everyone should know their respective roles.
- Insure what is critical starting with your home. Also deliberate on acquiring life insurance for extra financial security for your family.
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If you're anything like me, it's been hard not to keep the TV tuned to the news over the past few days. The sheer force of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami has captured my attention, and the first-hand tales of the survivors have taken hold of my heart. With lil ones running in and out of the room, I've had to temper my newshound-ish tendencies and look out for their well-being. A few times, my older son caught an image of the massive wave tearing through a town, and I've resorted to these tips to explain the natural disaster to him. But, more often than not, I've found myself holding off on watching the news networks until the tots are comfortably tucked into their beds.
In light of this most recent disaster, do you shield your lil ones from the news?
The preschool brochure may have promised the world, but a New York City mama says it failed to deliver. After spending $19,000 a year for a preschool education, Nicole Imprescia is suing her daughter's Upper East Side nursery school for putting her daughter's future education at risk. According to the lawsuit, at 4-years-old, the tot was forced to learn shapes and colors with younger children, rather than studying for the standardized tests used for private elementary school placement – the thought being that acceptance to an elite NYC elementary school will feed into a top-notch university in the future. The suit seeks a refund for the lil one's tuition and mentions a possible class-action suit on behalf of other parents.
Preschool is meant to be a foundation for a lifetime of learning, but just how much of the future be determined by early education?
A conversation between parent and child can be incredibly powerful. StoryCorps is a program that records exchanges so society can benefit from them. It's not hard to be moved by one such interview between 12-year-old Joshua Littman (who has Asperger's syndrome) and his mother, Sarah Littman. It was taped five years ago and garnered national attention, but as budget cuts threaten the organization's existence, the interview has be brought back into the spotlight.
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). No federal funding for CPB might mean the end of StoryCorps, which for me would be a deeply personal tragedy. StoryCorps is the national public broadcasting project that gives everyday Americans the chance to record a forty minute oral history interview with a loved one. A copy of each interview is archived at the Library of Congress so our great-great grandchildren can get to know us through our voice and story. CPB is StoryCorps’ primary funder.
Would you take part in this project? Who is the person you would choose and why?
Lady Gaga wants breast milk ice cream to go by another name — one that isn't a play on hers. The performance artist who has campaigned causes with her attire, isn't a fan of the mother's milk ice cream being sold at a British ice cream parlor. Baby Gaga ice cream has stirred up headlines ever since the creamery's owner publicized the edible offering made from donated breast milk. While officials question the safety of unregulated human milk, Lady Gaga doesn't want the shop's owner profiting off of the empire and image the star has created. She's threatened to sue with a "cease and desist" letter. One report said:
The letter accuses the makers of "taking unfair advantage of, and riding on the coattails of" Lady Gaga's trademarks. As for the ice cream, the letter said it's "deliberately provocative and, to many people, nausea-inducing."