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    Doctors and dinosaurs. What more do you need on a Monday night?!

    Two highly anticipated fall shows premiered tonight: Rachel Bilson made her return to TV as a New York doctor forced to move to Alabama in the CW's Hart of Dixie; and viewers got their first look at Terra Nova, Fox's ambitious prehistoric adventure series.

    When we reviewed both shows, we weren't shy about our genuine interest in them, especially Hart of Dixie, which we said we wanted to hug the crap out of. So did you want to hug the crap out of the charming dramedy as well? And do you still want to hang with the dinosaurs over at Terra Nova?

    MORE: We Go Behind the Scenes of Hart of Dixie to Hug the Crap Out of Rachel Bilson and Scott Porter

    Bilson stars in Dixie as Dr. Zoe Hart, a gifted surgeon who moves to a small town (Bluebell, Ala.) to hone her bedside manner. Zoe soon meets the town's inhabitants, including the charming town golden boy George Tucker (Friday Night Light's Scott Porter); his difficult Southern belle fiancée, Lemon (Jaime King); Lavon (FNL's Cress Williams), the mayor who shares a complicated history with Lemon; and bad-boy-next-door Wade (Wilson Bethel), whom Zoe drunkenly hooks up with in the first episode. We just love the old-school WB throwback vibe of the show; it's Gilmore Girls meets Everwood and is the perfect show to watch while relaxing with a glass of wine. Well done, Josh Schwartz & Co. Well done.

    If any show had a lot of hype leading up to its premiere, it was Terra Nova. From executive producer Steven Spielberg, this series is the definition of ambitious: Set in an apocalyptic 2149, Terra Nova relies heavily on special effects, especially for its dinosaurs (including Brachiosauruses and T.rexes).


    Lindsey Wixson may be one of our favorite gap-toothed models, but that's her only imperfection. The 17-year-old model, known for her plump pout and precious dimples recently took a tumble on the Versace Spring 2012 runway (an incident conveniently edited out of the show's video below). While she recovered in time to continue her catwalk, we wonder what Donatella had to say after the show.
    This isn't the first time Wixson has stumbled; the Wichita, Kansas native also fell last May when walking the runway for Fashion For Relief in Cannes. Let's hope this doesn't become a pattern.

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    Who else has taken a trip during the Spring 2012 shows? Models at both New York and London Fashion Week had trouble in their stilettos as well. Looks like some designers are going to have to take a cue from Nicolas Ghesquiere and start creating flats...

    Ashton Kutcher: Greatest Wingman Ever!

    Ashton Kutcher is off the market himself, but he still can try to hook up his bros.
    The Two and A Half Men star hit San Diego this weekend with a bunch of guy pals, including Danny Masterson, Eric Balfour and Michael Pena.
    The boys hit Fluxx nightclub on Friday night, where they drank Ketel One and Patron and checked out the female talent at the hot spot.
    But none of the ladies was good enough for Ashton's friends...

    Afternoon Bitch-Back! What’s a Poor, Put-Upon Angel to Do?

    Critics agree Minka Kelly's acting in Charlie's Angels is abyssmal. So did she get the gig by encouraging a few "ass slaps" on her road to TV series headliner? Was she really a nurse or just some kind of glorified assistant?

    Dear Wow:
    A show that's clearly meant to be just a chick-filled homage to all the other pretty chick-filled versions of Angels (the original of which, mind you, was never heralded for its acting achievements) and you're aiming a sexist, snob-harpoon straight at poor Minka? We think she does fine at the job for which she was hired. She also does an even better job off-camera with those reported bitch-slap stories! Also, I don't believe Minka's claims that she was a surgical nurse at one time have been uncovered, as yet, as a sinister lie. Perhaps that detective work's going to have to be yours, dog. Good luck.

    Dear Ted:
    Forget Lea Michele and Cory Monteith or Lea Michele and Darren Criss getting together, now that she's single... What about Lea and Dianna Agron? Or do the ladies not swing towards the same sex?

    RELATED: Save It or Sink It: Weigh In on Charlie's Angels, Person of Interest, Prime Suspect and Whitney

    Dear Good One:
    Love the way you think, N, but, unfortunately, I don't believe Lea and Dianna have similar thoughts (at least, not publicly). Both ladies love to get it on with the guys. And as right-on as both gals have been regarding gay rights—Dianna, in particular—I think this gal-on-gal get-together will have to come about as a Glee dream, or something.

    Dear Ted:
    Tell me, is the delish Jon Hamm one of your famous Vicers?

    Dear Dammit:
    No. Now, this doesn't mean yummy Jon hasn't been the subject of some major juicy gossip, but, unfortunately it's mostly the result of some of Jon's colleagues being so frustrated he doesn't give them enough to talk about in real life. Get it?

    Bikini Battle of the Day: Nicole Richie vs. Ashlee Simpson

    Both Nicole Richie and Ashlee Simpson showed off a little skin south of the border this weekend as they strutted their stuff in some skimpy swimwear.
    Mother-of-two Richie, who just turned 30, proved that age is nothing but a number while sporting a black-two piece during a girls' getaway in Los Cabos with a few friends, including Samantha Ronson and Juliette Lewis.
    MORE: Dueling Bikini Shots of the Day—Gwen Stefani vs. LeAnn Rimes
    Meanwhile, Simpson could be seen in a black polka-dot bikini as she lounged poolside in Cabo San Lucas.
    While son Bronx wasn't around, it was still a bit of a family affair, with her dad Joe and sister Jessica on hand. Also lounging around? Simpson's new man Vincent Piazza.
    And get this. At one point over the weekend, these two lovely ladies actually met up for a little lunch. Hey, when you're both in the same general area, why not?
    All of this, of course, leads to the most important question of all: Who looks better in a bikini? Sound off in the comments!

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    Indian GP to cash in on cricket fatigue

    After years of steady patronage, corporate India is showing signs of cricket fatigue and the country's maiden Formula One race next month looks like being the immediate beneficiary

    Indian companies have long loosened the purse strings for cricket while responding frugally to other sports, ensuring the cricket board remains a rare national federation that does not accept government grants. "My feeling is that it's going to change, at least for motorsport," Mahindra and Mahindra marketing and automotive senior vice president Vivek Nayar told Reuters.

    "You have the most prestigious motorsport event coming to India next month and I know there will be a change in perception after Oct 30 (race day)." Nayar's company will supply the official intervention and support vehicle to the Buddh International Circuit, helping transport marshals around the track. The 2010 world championship enjoyed a 527 million global television audience but Formula One is seen in India as a niche sport, followed primarily by youngsters.

    That is precisely the segment Indian telecom giant Bharti Airtel was looking for, said CEO (India and South Africa) Sanjay Kapoor. "We wanted to establish the brand as pro-youth and dynamic. After all, 65 percent of our population is below the age of 30," Kapoor said after his company bagged the title sponsorship, reportedly at a price of $8.5 million (5.37 million pounds) for a three-year period. "Formula One is very relevant at this juncture when we are trying to transform our business and trying to be a global brand. It fits very well with our overall strategy."

    That strategy has meant dropping a high-profile cricket tournament like the Champions League Twenty20. Airtel has turned its back on a title sponsorship midway through a five-year deal they had landed in 2009, reportedly for $40 million."While creating the right mix, some of the old sponsorships would get dropped and some new would come in. It's part of man

    Interview: Ian Albiston, Project Manager-Ferrari, Shell

    Ever since 1947 Shell Helix has been developing racing fuel and lubricants in technical partnership with Scuderia Ferrari. This 60 year dream partnership has had a direct impact on the performance of the Ferrari Formula One Team. In a candid discussion with Ian Albiston, Vikram Gour got a chance to gain an insight on the Shell-Ferrari partnership as well as understand the world of Formula One through the oil filled eyes of Shell.

    Shell Helix Ferrari 2011 Formula One

    ZW: Firstly, with the Indian inaugural GP just around the corner, has there been any need to fine tune the fuel and lubricant mixture for Indian conditions? The Indian environment is rather dusty when compared to European circuits.

    Ian: Actually we don’t need to do any special development for Indian conditions. Our lubricants are developed for extreme conditions and are put through simulations of the track well in advance. Having said that, we technically could work out separate mixtures for various circuits, however each fuel mix would have to be approved by the FIA beforehand. Also, coping with separate mixes could lead to other complications, namely the creation of a third mixture! You see, if I have two fuels approved by the FIA, however I end up finishing the first drum and then I use some from the second drum and it’s a different mix, the fuel in the car will be a combination of the first and second mixture which wouldn’t be FIA approved and this could lead to the team suffering a heavy penalty in terms of a fine or even worse, they could be disqualified from the race.

    To avoid such situations, and since the fuel is regulated by the FIA, where they test the fuel before and after a race, we take no chances and use a well developed fuel for an entire season.

    ZW: What are the logistics involved in transporting the fuel and lubricants to various races?

    Ian: Discussions for the races happen at least three months prior to the event. Each country has its own lead time and since timing is critical we have a dedicated team to handle product logistics. In the case of India, all the products for the Ferrari Team left the United Kingdom on the 30th of August due to India’s custom regulations; we had to ensure we get the fuels out ahead of time and passed through customs in order to be well in time for the race.

    Oscar organisers lay down new rules 'to stop wooing voters'

    Oscars organisers have laid down new rules which will ban voters from attending parties organised by film companies after nominations are announced on 24th January, ahead of the Academy Awards, to discourage wooing voters.

    Academy president Tom Sherak has said that the rules will help in “protecting the integrity of the awards process” and to preserve “the distiction of the Oscars”.

    The voters will be allowed to attend screenings by actors and will be permitted to watch copies of eligible films in their own homes.

    “Above all, we want Academy members to see movies as they were meant to be seen, in a theatrical setting,” the BBC quoted him as saying.

    The Academy also announced that a long-standing ban on negative campaigning against films and actors had been extended to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and members could be expelled from the organisation if they violated this rule more than once.

    Strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake jolts the Pacific Ocean near Tonga

    A strong earthquake struck off the Pacific island nation of Tonga on early Friday afternoon, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

    The 6.4-magnitude earthquake at 12.07 p.m. local time (2300 GMT Thursday) was centered about 50 kilometers (31 miles) northeast of Niuafo'ou, a volcanic rim island with a population of around 600 people. It struck about 9.8 kilometers (6.1 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
    There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, but the USGS estimated that people on Niuafo'ou may have felt moderate shaking which could potentially result in light damage. Some 55,000 people on islands farther away may have felt light shaking.
    As earthquakes below magnitude 7 do usually not generate tsunamis, no tsunami warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
    Tonga is on the so-called 'Pacific Ring of Fire', an arc of fault lines circling the Pacific Basin that is prone to frequent and large earthquakes. Volcanic eruptions also occur frequently in the region, which is one of the most geologically active parts in the world.
    Tonga, with a population of around 104,000 people, is made up of 169 islands sprinkled over the Pacific Ocean about one-third of the way from New Zealand to Hawaii. Only thirty-nine of the islands are inhabited.
    On September 29, 2009, an 8.1-magnitude earthquake struck 185 kilometers (115 miles) east-northeast of Hihifo on Tonga, unleashing giant tsunamis that killed nearly 200 people and injured hundreds more on Tonga, American Samoa, Samoa, and other nearby islands.

    Billion people undernourished worldwide: Red Cross report

    About a billion people worldwide were undernourished in 2010, primarily due to poverty and 'failure' of global food system, says the 'World Disasters Report 2011' released by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) on Thursday in New Delhi.

    'World Disasters Report 2011' highlights the alarming levels of malnutrition in Asia, resulting to possible instability in many countries. The report also mentions that while 15% of world's proportion sleeps hungry every night, 30% of all food crops get wasted annually.The report also mentions that the United States of America has the highest prevalence of obesity- 26.7 per cent of the adult population....

    Michael Jackson's daughter Paris sleeps with dad's jacket on her pillow

    Deceased pop king Michael Jackson's daughter Paris sleeps with one of her dad's jackets on her pillow, as she never wants the smell of her dad to go away.

    Michael's mother Katherine, who is also the guardian for the late singer's three kids has revealed that Paris insisted on one clothing item worn by her dad as she does not want to let go off his scent to ever.

    "She took a pillow and one of his jackets, and said, 'I don't want a jacket that's been cleaned. I want something with his scent on it.' She put the jacket over the pillow and she breathes it. It's still there," Contactmusic quoted the late pop legend's mother as saying.

    "I don't ever want it cleaned. He's worn it and it smells of him and I don't ever want the smell to go away," Katherine quoted Paris as saying.

    Katherine believes that Michael's kids would turn out to be "just like him", especially Paris who wants her wall filled up with her dad's pictures.

    Jamey Rodemeyer, 14-Year-Old Boy, Commits Suicide After Gay Bullying, Parents Carry On Message

    Jamey Rodemeyer, a 14-year-old boy from Williamsville, NY, took his life Sunday after what his parents claim was years of bullying because of struggles with his sexuality.

    His parents, Tracy and Tim Rodemeyer, say that Jamey faced bullies for years, though things intensified in middle school, according to NBC 2. Jamey recently became a freshman at Williamsville North High School.

    In the wake of their loss, the Rodemeyers hope to carry on a message of anti-bullying and acceptance. "To the kids who are bullying they have to realize that words are very powerful and what you think is just fun and games isn't to some people, and you are destroying a lot of lives," Jamey's father told WIVB.

    Tracy Rodemeyer misses her son, but hopes the loss can still be used to teach a message of tolerance. "It took him away from our family way too early and we're just convinced that he had a purpose on this planet and it was to touch as many people as he could," she told NBC 2.

    According to NBC, the Rodemeyers had gone to the school about the problem in the past. Jamey even sought counseling to learn to deal with the problem, but it seems it wasn't enough.

    While they say their son seemed happy in the days leading up to the tragedy, his "It Gets Better" YouTube posting from May includes details about how intense the bullying was.

    Through it all, Jamey remained outwardly optimistic. “That's all you have to do. Just love yourself and you're set. And I promise you, it'll get better,” he said in the video, which you can see in full below.

    Gay bullying has been gaining increasing attention in the media, as a number of tragedies has brought the issue into the spotlight. Earlier this month the California State Senate passed "Seth's Law" a measure designed to curb anti-gay bullying in schools.

    Ashton Kutcher's Bald High School Photo

    Although we wish this was a movie still from a horror film, it's actually a bald Ashton Kutcher from his high school days. In the vintage shot from Snakkle, a high school junior Kutcher shows off his muscles and a killer farmer's tan. It's hard to believe that this class clown has gone from skinhead to "Two and a Half Men" star -- but we have a feeling his ghoulish but good-looking ways had something to do with it.

    Check out more "before they were stars" shots of the "Two and a Half Men" cast by clicking over to Snakkle.

    'Pregnancy is empowering' - Beyonce

    R and B star Beyonce Knowles admits that there is ''nothing more empowering'' than her pregnancy, and it has made her stronger as a woman.

    Beyonce, 30, is expecting her first child with husband, rapper Jay-Z.

    "It is the most powerful creation for you to be able to have life growing inside of you. There is no bigger gift, nothing more empowering," Contactmusic quoted her as saying.

    "You can have goals and dreams and you can grow and be strong and have your strong opinions, and all of these things bring that out in you," she added.

    The former Destiny's Child member has also admitted feeling more confident and stronger in presence of her mother, Tina and sister, Solange, who according to her are the best examples of a mother and sister, and hopes that she has the same incredible bond with her child that she shares with her mother and sister.

    She also stated that despite her busy work schedule she will devote her time to her child and they will be inseparable.

    Travolta to fly family around the globe in Bombardier Challenger 601 jet

    John Travolta has revealed that he recently bought a Bombardier Challenger 601 jet, which he will use to fly his family around the globe.

    Travolta, 57, who is the newly announced Bombardier brand ambassador, said that his family loves to travel and whenever he sets out, they tag along.

    "My family fortunately loves travelling," People magazine quoted him as saying.

    "Whenever I say, 'I have to go to Australia or Paris,' they say, 'When are we going? I'm there'," he revealed.

    The Challenger is the latest - and largest - in a line of aircrafts purchased by Travolta, who started taking lessons when he was just 15 years old. He had his license by 23.

    Young Brit singer on YouTube is more popular than Coldplay, Radiohead

    A young British singer has become a YouTube sensation and she is even more popular than bands Coldplay and Radiohead.

    Kate McGill's song videos have been viewed a staggering 22 million times, and she has 130,000 followers who have subscribed to her uploads, more than the two hit British rock bands.

    Her music has caused such a stir all over the world that she has now recorded an album, working with songwriter Ted Bruner, who has had hits with pop stars Katy Perry, 26, and Miley Cyrus, 18.

    "I don't think it will ever sink in how insane it's all been. Now I have a crazy following all over the world. Originally I had no intention of becoming a singer, I wanted to be a professional dancer," the Daily Star quoted McGill, 22, from Plymouth, Devon, as saying.

    "I always enjoyed singing but I never thought myself to be good enough," she stated.

    The singer-songwriter, who plays the guitar and piano, has uploaded more than 100 videos onto YouTube, and the video of her debut single, 'Replaced', has already been viewed more than 81,000 times.

    She has more than 43,000 Facebook fans, and over 15,000 Twitter followers, and she said that the support she was getting was one of the reasons she has continued to upload her videos.

    "Without the online thing I would be nowhere. I think the online world is such a big part of this generation and it can only grow," she added.

    Jan Lokpal would have put Chidambaram in jail: Anna Hazare

    Corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Friday said Union Home Minister P Chidambaram would have been in jail in the 2G scam had there been a Jan Lokpal Bill.

    "He would have been behind the bars if there were a Jan Lokpal Bill," said Anna from his native Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra amid an Opposition clamour for resignation of Chidambaram in the 2G scam.

    While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday alleged that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was stonewalling the probe against Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on the 2G scam despite evidence, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he fully backed Chidambaram on the 2G issue.

    The latest controversy was over the publication of a controversial note of the finance ministry that said that Chidambaram could have prevented the scam if he had acted as the then finance minister in 2008 to stop former telecom minister A Raja from issuing 2G licences at throwaway prices.

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said there was no discord in the union cabinet over the 2G controversy after Chidambaram's name was dragged into the turmoil following the publication of the adverse note okayed by Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

    Michaele Salahi & Neal Schon Make Out

    Michaele Salahi enjoyed a makeout session with her new boyfriend, Journey guitarist Neal Schon, backstage at his concert Wednesday night, and Rumor Fix has exclusive photos.

    Michaele, former White House party crasher and Housewife of DC, ran off with Neal last week. Her husband, Tareq, initially reported that she had been kidnapped. Friday he filed for divorce.

    Chris Evans In 'Puncture': From Super To Anti-Hero

    There's just something about Chris Evans and needles.

    Over the summer, a set of experimental injections turned the 30-year old actor into iconic comic book hero Captain America, ripped with muscle and fueled by the earnest virtue of his unblinking moralism. The film earned strong reviews and opened number one at the box office, catapulting his star to new heights. But for all the newfound success and accolades, it's a different needle that truly pierces Evans' heart.

    Downshifting from 3D stadium seating to indie picture houses, Evans next stars as a frenetically brilliant, drug addicted lawyer in "Puncture." The film, the true story of a pair of small town Texas lawyers that take on an evil medical conglomerate, sees Evans play a functioning drug addict who lives life on the very edge. If Captain America action figures stretch stars and stripes over a super soldier body, a plastic model of attorney Mike Weiss would be its demented twin, instead covered in tattoos and scruffy beard wet with cocaine nose bleeds.

    It was a part Evans was set on taking almost immediately after he began reading the script.

    "Twenty pages in, it's one of those movies that I read that, if you really start liking something, I find that i just get on my feet and just start saying lines," Evans told The Huffington Post. "You almost start acting it, just feeling what it feels like with the words in your mouth. Halfway through, before I even knew where the movie was going, I was like, I wanna do this, I like this guy, I like this character."

    Weiss and his partner, Paul Danzinger, are hired as the only firm willing to take on a lawsuit brought on by a nurse pricked by an HIV-positive patient's syringe. Now dying from the disease, she's suing to help make sure the ingenius accident-proof needles invented by her friend are used in hospitals to help others avoid her fate. Thanks to an array of secret kickbacks and bribes between hospitals and Group Purchasing Organizations, the inventor can't even get a meeting. The film sees Weiss cascade between philandering junkie to whip-smart crusader fighting passionately for the cause, even as the powers that be -- and his own, more cautious partner -- urge him to drop the case.

    That juxtaposition, the often violent clash of his selfish and selfless ways, was part of the role's great appeal.

    "It's a fun balance between -- he's such a vile guy. He has so many horrible qualities, but he still has to be likable," Evans explained. "So it's fun trying to toe the line between someone who you kind of want to strangle and someone you don't want to cut out of your life. He's still got this genius, he's still brilliant, he's still charismatic, he's still all these fantastic things, but kind of a dick. It's fun to try to find that balance.

    Brought the story on a cold submission by Paul Danzinger himself, directors Adam and Mark Kassen warmed to it immediately. "Our assistant read it and said, You've really got to pay attention to this. It's raw but there's something here. And we really felt, wow, you know, if we can really take it and maybe give it some great structure, we can do some things," Mark explained. It helped that there was an emotional hook to it, too; their father owned a medical supply company and mother who worked as a nurse for over four decades.

    Steve-O plays down Charlie Sheen's new image of sobriety

    Entertainment personality Steve-O has claimed that though Charlie Sheen is apparently playing a nice guy in public, he may not have changed all that much.

    Sheen behaved in quite a civilised manner during the Emmys telecast last Sunday, besides managing to stay out of the headlines for any uncouth act over the recent weeks.

    But Steve-O, who himself battled drug-addiction, feels that he has not turned sober yet.

    “I shouldn''t say I know anything, but I don''t think so, no,” Fox News quoted him as telling Zap2it, when asked whether Sheen has improved.

    Heath Ledger's 'Tree House' up for sale at USD 3 million

    The Hollywood Hills mansion that actor Heath Ledger owned and lived in with Michelle Williams has been listed in market for nearly 3million dollars.

    The current owner of the magical abode, nicknamed the 'Tree House', bought it from the estate of the late Australian actor in 2008.

    Built in 1951, the stunning hideaway has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a modern kitchen.

    However the brick fireplace, beamed ceilings and decks give the home a retro appeal, reports the Daily Mail.

    The palatial space is fit for A-list royalty, with homely but contemporary rooms, vast seating areas to hold gatherings and a Zen-like garden reminiscent of an Alice in Wonderland adventure.

    The home, which is on a secluded hillside location across nearly half an acre of land, also boasts a large deck area with an outdoor screening room, grill and fire pit.

    Brad Pitt: Jennifer Aniston 'Diss' Was Misinterpreted

    Amid promoting his new film "Moneyball" and jet-setting around the globe for film festival appearances, Brad Pitt found the time to accidentally diss his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston last week -- and now he's trying to make up for it.

    He spoke to "Today Show" host Matt Lauer Thursday morning about his remarks in Parade Magazine, which ignited controversy prior to the story's publication last week.

    "My point was, the best thing I’ve done as a father is to ensure that my kids have a good mother. That’s all I was or am trying to say," Pitt said to Lauer. "It has no reference to the past and I think it’s a shame that I cant say something nice about Angie without Jen being drug in -- she doesn’t deserve it."

    The "diss" in question appeared in Parade Magazine last week, when Pitt insinuated that his marriage to Aniston was ho hum.

    "I was intent on trying to find a movie about an interesting life, but I wasn't living an interesting life myself. I think that my marriage had something to do with it," he told the magazine. "[I was] trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn't."

    But before the magazine even hit newsstands, Pitt released a statement saying his words were taken out of context.

    “It grieves me that this was interpreted this way," he said in the statement. "Jen is an incredibly giving, loving, and hilarious woman who remains my friend. It is an important relationship I value greatly. The point I was trying to make is not that Jen was dull, but that I was becoming dull to myself – and that, I am responsible for.”

    Pacino's iconic 'Scarface' set for Hollywood remake

    Silver screen classic 'Scarface', which starred Al Pacino in 1983, is all set for a remake.

    The bosses are planning to make it a completely re-imagined flick based on the original concept.

    According to Deadline Hollywood, the new version will also depict the earlier concept of an immigrant outsider barging his way into the criminal establishment, but with a new distinctive story, reports the Daily Mail.

    Though specifics about the new main character are being kept under wraps, it has been reported that Universal Pictures is developing the project and the company's former chairman Marc Shmuger and heavyweight Martin Bregman are going to direct the film.

    Why Cohabiting Is a Bad Idea For Some

    I am about to say something that many might consider blasphemous -- I don't think couples should live together.

    Now, before you cast me as some pro-marriage, uber-conservative who has been reading one too many National Marriage Project (NMP) studies, be assured I am not. At the risk of sounding somewhat Orwellian, let me clarify: Living together is OK for some couples and not for others.

    Don't want to be parents? If there are no kids to deal with, planned or still at home, please -- move in and out with whomever you want as often as you want.

    It's also OK for same-sex couples; until other states wise up and follow the lead of Vermont and Massachusetts and allow same-sex marriages, we haven't given gays and lesbians much of a choice, have we?

    It works for people like me, too. As a divorced middle-aged woman who is about to be an empty-nester, shacking up -- with someone respected and accepted as part of the family -- works.

    Finally, cohabiting is fine if you've put a ring on it -- an engagement ring, that is -- or have a wedding date in mind or have been talking marriage (to each other, obviously). Or, if you don't "need a piece of paper to prove your love," you at least know that you're committed to each other.

    But if you are a young adult who thinks you might want to have kids one day and maybe even get married but you aren't sure that your current sweetie's The One, please don't move in with him or her.

    I can hear the grumbling; "How will I know if we're compatible or not if we don't live together?" Easy -- you know because you've spent enough time together as a couple. If you really don't know if you can live with his smelly socks in the hallway or her panties hanging in the bathroom, then you either haven't known each other long enough or you haven't been paying attention. In either case, you're just not ready to marry. Please, date some more.

    Couples rarely split up over socks and underwear; they split because of affairs, alcohol, addictions and abuse. They split because their expectations of marriage differ. And they split because they never should have been together in the first place -- probably because they moved in together to see if they could live with the socks and panties while they were ignoring other, much bigger issues.

    So what's so wrong with living with your boyfriend or girlfriend? Let's forget the studies pointing out the booze (cohabitors drink more), weight (they're heavier) and happiness (they're not quite as happy as married couples but they aren't more miserable, either), because those aren't the issues. Nor are the results of the latest NMP study, "Why Marriage Matters," which predicts doom and gloom for the children of cohabiting couples. The NMP has an agenda; it wants to promote marriage. Still, even a recent and presumably agenda-less Pew Study finds similar results, at least when it comes to cohabiting couples' economic well-being; they're poorer, and that puts stress on a relationship. A lot of stress.

    As a society, we need to pay attention because there are 12 times as many cohabiting couples today as there were in the 1970s.

    Why So Many Of Us Marry The Wrong Person

    Last month I wrote an article for HuffPost Divorce about my research that revealed 30% of divorced women knew they were marrying the wrong guy on their wedding day. This statistic triggered much consternation and denial. After wading through hundreds of comments bashing the institution of marriage, doubts about my methodology, and nasty remarks about women, men and relationships in general, it appears everyone missed the point.

    So let me put it another way: Have you ever talked yourself into a decision that you already knew was the wrong one? Of course you have. We all do. Have you ever taken a job that you knew in your gut wasn't a good fit for you? (Totally ignored the weird vibes from your new boss? Assured yourself you could learn to be "detail oriented and good with numbers.") What about buying that car that you really couldn't afford? (A $600-a -month car payment on a thirty thousand dollar a year salary -- yeah, right.) Or maybe you agreed to split the rent with your slovenly college friend in order to afford a nicer apartment. (Shut your eyes and hope she had magically changed into someone neat and tidy.) And what about the third donut you ate for breakfast this morning? (The little voice in your head promised: "I'll go for a run after work.")

    We can rationalize anything. But when we talk ourselves into dating the wrong guy or girl -- that's where the potential for lifelong heartache begins. So after hearing one too many clients admit that had doubts about their relationship long before the wedding -- the therapist in me wondered what I could do to change that. (And yes, men do it too -- but I'll get to that later.)

    I want to clarify that the doubts were not the garden-variety nerves that typically accompany any life-changing decision. They weren't just "cold feet" or "wedding day jitters." Rather, the women in my study talked about issues, concerns, doubts and other red flags that existed throughout the course of their relationship. Not just on their wedding day. The problem was that they had brushed their concerns aside. Instead of facing up to the red flags or exploring their gut feelings -- they squelched them and stayed in the relationship anyway.

    Courtney Stodden Signs Deal For Reality Show With Merv Griffin Entertainment

    Is the world ready for a reality show starring teen bride Courtney Stodden?

    We better get ready because 17-year-old Stodden just inked a deal with Merv Griffin Entertainment to produce her new reality show, reports RadarOnline.

    The blonde bride who made headlines when she married 51-year-old actor Doug Hutchinson in June, told the website, "We are so excited to be working with Roy Bank, a great professional in this business. We are proud that we were able to find the perfect producer for our reality show an are thrilled to be working with this prestigious production company."

    Ever since news of the couple's marriage broke, the two have been defending their love for one another. With Stodden's obvious obsession with fame, it surprised no one when the couple began talking about developing a reality show last month.

    Hutchinson told Australia's "The Morning Show," that they had been "seduced by a lot of producers wanting to do a reality TV show," and they were currently negotiating with a prominent producer.

    Stodden weighed in proclaiming that "It's going to be a reality show like no other."

    NASA completes Orion Spacecraft parachute testing

    NASA this week completed the first in a series of flight-like parachute tests for the agency's Orion spacecraft. The drop tests at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona support the design and development of the Orion parachute assembly.

    Flying at an altitude of 25,000 feet, a drop-test article that mimicked the Orion parachute compartment was deployed from a C-130 aircraft. Once airborne, two drogue chutes were deployed at an altitude of 19,000 feet, followed by three pilot parachutes, which then deployed three main landing parachutes. The drop test article speed as it impacted the desert was approximately 25 feet per second.

    The tests were the closest simulation so far to what the actual Orion parachute landing phase will be during a return from space.

    Since 2007, the Orion program has tested the spacecraft's parachutes and performed 20 drop tests. The program provided the chutes for NASA's pad abort test in 2010 and performed numerous ground-based tests. Results from the previous experiences were incorporated into the parachute design used in this test.

    Bobbi Parker, Warden's Wife, Faces Prison Time

    As the wife of a warden, Bobbi Parker knew all about the pace of life inside the Oklahoma state reformatory where she lived in a house with her husband and daughters before disappearing 17 years ago with a convicted killer.

    Now Parker is facing prison time herself, though jurors are recommending just one year for helping Randolph Franklin Dial escape - a charge that carried a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

    The Greer County jury convicted Parker Wednesday of assisting Dial's 1994 escape from the southwestern Oklahoma prison her husband, who still works for the state prison system, helped supervise.

    Parker, 49, showed no emotion as jurors returned their guilty verdict. She said nothing as she was handcuffed by sheriff's deputies and escorted to the county jail adjacent to the courthouse after District Judge Richard Darby denied requests for bond that would have allowed her to remain free during an expected appeal. Darby set formal sentencing for Oct. 6.

    Her husband, Randy Parker, bowed his head and was comforted by family members after the 12-member jury delivered its verdict following about 14 hours of deliberation over three days. Parker, a 27-year employee of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections who now works as its security and facility operations manager, testified during the trial that he still loves his wife despite her disappearance with Dial and almost 11-year absence before they were found living together in 2005 in East Texas.

    Prosecutors alleged Parker fell in love with Dial and ran off with him on Aug. 30, 1994, when her husband was deputy warden of the prison in Granite. Defense attorneys maintained that Dial drugged her, kidnapped her at knifepoint and held her hostage for more than a decade by threatening to use his alleged mob connections to harm her family if she tried to flee.

    Police said they found the pair living happily as man and wife on April 4, 2005, on a chicken ranch near Campti, Texas.

    Prosecutors said they were happy with the jury's decision in a trial that lasted from the spring to the edge of autumn and involved more than 80 witnesses and nearly 800 pieces of evidence.

    "We're just grateful for the work of the jury to sacrifice their summer," said Assistant District Attorney David Thomas, the lead prosecutor.

    District Attorney John Wampler, who filed the original charges in 2008, said he believes the verdict vindicates the prosecution.

    Amanda Knox Appeal: Italian Prosecutors Ask To Uphold Murder Conviction

    Italian prosecutors sought to persuade an appeals court to uphold the murder conviction of Amanda Knox, saying during closing arguments Friday that "all clues converge toward the only possible result" of finding the young American woman and her co-defendant guilty.

    Speaking for two hours in a packed room, Prosecutor Giancarlo Costagliola urged the jury to keep in mind the family of the victim, British student Meredith Kercher, who was Knox's roommate at the time of the slaying. His fellow prosecutor, Giuliano Mignini, urged the jurors to ignore the media hype and what he said was a pro-defendant slant surrounding the case.
    A verdict in the appeals trial of Knox and her co-defendant and one-time boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito is expected at the end of September or early next month.


    Costagliola denounced what he said was "an obsessive media campaign that makes everyone feel like the parents of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito."

    "As you make your decision, I wish that you jurors feel a little bit like the parents of Meredith Kercher, a serious, studious girl whose life was taken by these two kids from good families."

    Mignini claimed that the prosecution was "subjected to systematic denigration of a political and mediatic nature" and urged the jury to forget the pressure of an international press he said was overwhelmingly in favor of the defendants.

    "The trial must be held here, in this courtroom," Mignini said. "This lobbying, this mediatic and political circus, this heavy interference, forget all of it!"

    Mignini showed graphic photos from the murder, and said he will never forget seeing Kercher's eyes wide open as he went to inspect the crime scene. As if to emphasize the contrast, he also showed the court a photo of the two defendants kissing in the immediate aftermath of the killing outside the house that was being inspected by police. The move led Knox's lawyer to object.

    Knox and Sollecito were convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering Kercher on the night of Nov. 1, 2007 in the house Knox and Kercher shared while exchange students in Perugia.

    Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison; Sollecito to 25. Both deny wrongdoing and have appealed the verdict, which was issued by a lower court in December 2009.

    The prosecutors argue that the 21-year-old Kercher was the victim of a drug-fueled sex assault. In the original trial, the prosecutors had sought life sentences - Italy's stiffest punishment. Like the defendant, they have also appealed the lower court's verdict, as they can in Italy.

    Costagliola, at the start of closing arguments expected to last two days, summed up what he said were the clues that point to the defendants: bloody footprints found in the house that are compatible with those of the defendants, cell phone activity and witness testimony that appear to contradict the defendant's alibi that they spent the night at Sollecito's house and stayed there until about 10 a.m. the day after the murder, a staged burglary at the house of the murder aimed at sidetracking the investigation.

    This all pointed to ascertaining the defendants' presence at the scene of the crime, he said, adding: "All clues converge toward the only possible result of finding the defendants guilty."

    Knox, 24, appeared tense during the session. Her mother, Edda Mellas, said it was hard for her "as she has to listen to people saying horrible and untrue things about her."

    Costagliola also talked of an independent review of DNA evidence that cast doubt on much of the genetic evidence used to convict Knox will help his daughter overturn the conviction. He challenged the results of the independent review and defended the findings of the original investigation.

    In the first trial, prosecutors maintained that Knox's DNA was found on the handle of a kitchen knife believed to be the murder weapon, and that Kercher's DNA was found on the blade. They said Sollecito's DNA was on the clasp of Kercher's bra as part of a mix of evidence that also included the victim's genetic profile.

    The independent review challenged both findings. It said police had made glaring errors in evidence collecting and that below-standard testing raised doubts over the attribution of DNA traces, both on the blade and on the bra clasp, which was collected from the crime scene several weeks after the murder.

    The review boosted Knox's chances of being acquitted and freed after four years behind bars, and gave hope to her family.

    Curt Knox, the defendant's father, said he was hopeful and grateful to the appellate court for having granted the review.

    Troy Davis Execution Approaches As Calls For Clemency Continue

    Behind razor wire and thick concrete walls, Troy Davis spent what may be his final hours Wednesday with friends and family, awaiting his execution at 7 p.m. for the murder of a police officer over 20 years ago, a crime he maintains was committed by another man.

    "Troy is in good spirits," said Amnesty International spokeswoman Wende Gozan Brown, who visited with Davis on Tuesday, after he received news that a final plea for clemency to a state pardons board had been rejected. "He is steadfastly maintaining his innocence, as he always has."


    Davis's pending execution has sparked an extraordinary outcry nationally and internationally that continued Wednesday, with thousands of people expected to participate in evening protests and vigils at Georgia's death row prison and the state capitol. By early afternoon, dozens of protesters were already singing and praying in a small cordoned-off area on the prison grounds.

    Earlier this week, the state's pardons board was bombarded by hundreds of thousands of petitions to spare Davis's life, including calls from former FBI director William Sessions and Bob Barr, a four-term Republican congressman from Georgia and death penalty supporter. Many of those opposed to the execution noted the lack of physical evidence tying Davis to the crime and the recantation of critical eyewitness, many of whom told attorneys for Davis that they had been pressured by police to testify that Davis was the shooter.

    "Imposing an irreversible sentence of death on the skimpiest of evidence will not serve the interest of justice," Barr wrote in an editorial on the case last Wednesday.

    On Wednesday morning, Davis offered to submit to a lie detector test, but the request was denied by prison officials. "I guess Troy Davis felt like he had enough witness testimony in his favor that he felt that the polygraph would not be necessary," said Laura Moye, director of Amnesty International's U.S. death penalty abolition campaign, when asked why Davis had not submitted to a polygraph before.

    The Davis defense's last-minute petition to the Superior Court was rejected by a state judge late Wednesday afternoon.

    As the hours until the execution dwindled, calls for clemency continued from around the nation and the world, including from a group of former death row wardens, who wrote to Georgia authorities calling on them to halt the death sentence due to doubts about Davis's guilt. Among the group was the former warden in charge of the Georgia death chamber.

    "While most of the prisoners whose executions we participated in accepted responsibility for the crimes for which they were punished, some of us have also executed prisoners who maintained their innocence until the end," the wardens wrote in a press release. "It is those cases that are most haunting to an executioner."

    Meanwhile, the family of the murdered policeman, Mark MacPhail, and the case's original prosecutor have argued strenuously for Davis's execution, and have asserted that there is no doubt that he is guilty of the murder.

    'Charlie's Angels' Series Premiere: An Angel Dies

    And that's how the new series introduces us to the three new Angels - ex-cat burglar Abby (Rachael Taylor), former dirty cop Kate (Annie Ilonzeh) and disgraced marine Gloria (Nadine Velazquez). Yet, the same can also be said for the three actresses that signed on for this "Charlie's Angels" ABC reboot.

    Sadly, there's nothing here that distinguishes this from the original "Charlie's Angles," except that Bosley is now a smooth womanizing computer hacker named Bos (Ramon Rodriguez)

    We learn from an opening Charlie voice-over that the Angels are on a mission to rescue Sarah Daniels, a 16-year-old being held captive by the legendary unseen trafficker Baharo. Long story short, thanks to some kung-fu magic -- and the fact that Bosley somehow has access to a 'satellite camera' that can see inside the room (insert groan here) -- the Angels rescue Sarah.

    So what do they do? Celebrate, of course! But one Angel is not happy. Gloria is frustrated that they will never track down Baharo himself, but the matter doesn't concern her for long because as she leaves the agency, Gloria is killed by a car bomb!

    And now the girls are sad -- very sad. And they say things like, "I never thought my heart could hurt this much" and "We were a family, she was our sister." And now we're sad because it's not over yet.

    X Factor USA kicks off with a bang as Simon Cowell is blown away with performances by a single mother and reformed drug addict

    The pressure was on Simon Cowell to deliver a knock-out first show with the launch of X Factor USA tonight - and he didn't disappoint.
    The 51-year-old, who quit his coveted role on American Idol to bring his British format to America, wowed viewers with a series of both weird and wonderful performances, and a dose of controversy.
    A single mother who had everyone in tears, a reformed drug addict hoping to turn his life around, the most bizarre but endearing older couple, and a man who pulled his pants down mid-act, were just a few of the highlights of a stunning first show.
    The production was undeniably slick - zooming overhead shots showed panoramic American scenes as the judges were introduced with explosive fanfare and that catchphrase so familiar from the UK show - 'it's time to face the music.'

    This was no accident, Cowell brought out the best of his production team to ensure that the magic translated across the Atlantic, and tonight we saw plenty of it at the L.A. and Seattle auditions.
    Joy: Stacy is congratulated by her family after her talent is recognised at last
    But following the model of the original, the fanfare was just a sideshow to the stories that were to unfold over the first two hour episode on America's Fox Network.

    And America seemed to eat up each tale of woe and redemption as reception to the show on Twitter was hugely positive, as the program played the enthusiastic observations kept rolling in.

    One tweeter described the show as 'magical,' while another wrote: 'Every1 and any1 gets a chance-No matter what's your age,race or background..New Fav show.'

    As Katy Perry is hard at work, her husband Russell Brand enlists supermodel Cindy Crawford and sex symbol Sharon Stone to keep him company

    She is one of the most popular singers in the world and he is cementing his place in Hollywood so they're busy schedules mean they' don't get to spend much time together.
    But Russell Brand seemed to have no problem finding a female companion to keep him company while his wife Katy Perry was hard at work in Brazil.
    And who better to fill her place than an international supermodel.
    Work and play: Katy Perry rehearsed for the Rock In Rio concert in Brazil yesterday while her husband cosied up to supermodel Russell rand at a party in Los Angeles   Work and play: Katy Perry rehearsed for the Rock In Rio concert in Brazil yesterday while her husband cosied up to supermodel Russell rand at a party in Los Angeles
    Work and play: Katy Perry rehearsed for the Rock In Rio concert in Brazil yesterday while her husband Russell Brand cosied up to supermodel Cindy Crawford at a party in Los Angeles
    The Get Him To The Greek star, 36, smiled broadly as he posed with Cindy Crawford.

    And in case the 45-year-old wasn't enough woman for him, Russell enlisted the company of ageless sex symbol Sharon Stone, 54.
    Celebrity friends: The pair were at the premiere of Mexico: The Royal Tour which sees CBS travel editor Peter Greenberg visiting memorable destinations with that nation's leader
    Celebrity friends: The pair were at the premiere of Mexico: The Royal Tour which sees CBS travel editor Peter Greenberg visiting memorable destinations with that nation's leader

    Moving on to a blonde: Russell also posed animatedly with seductive actress Sharon Stone, 53
    Moving on to a blonde: Russell also posed animatedly with seductive actress Sharon Stone, 53
    Moving on to a blonde: Russell also posed animatedly with seductive actress Sharon Stone, 53

    They were at the premiere for Mexico: The Royal Tour at luxury resort JW Marriot in Los Angeles.
    The show sees CBS travel editor Peter Greenberg visiting memorable destinations with that nation's leader.
    But Russell looked as though he misread the dress code, exposing his arms in a waistcoat.
    Our idol: What was supposed to be a relaxing dinner with friends after rehearsals turned into a fan frenzy but ever-the-professional Katy posed with the excited girls
    Our idol: What was supposed to be a relaxing dinner with friends after rehearsals turned into a fan frenzy but ever-the-professional Katy posed with the excited girls

    Gas walk! Vanessa Hudgens steps out in sexy over-the-knee boots to fill up her car

    Filling the car up with petrol is not the most glamorous of jobs.
    But Vanessa Hudgens managed to turn the boring task into a flashbulb event yesterday when she stepped out in some serious over-the-knee boots.
    The 22-year-old also wore tiny, ripped denim hot pants to pump some gas in Los Angeles before zooming off to a meeting.
    Boot-y-licious: Vanessa Hudgens teams some serious footwear with barley there shorts for a trip to the pumps
    Boot-y-licious: Vanessa Hudgens teams some serious footwear with barley there shorts for a trip to the pumps

    All eyes were on the High School Musical actress's chocolate brown boots with multiple straps that accentuated her toned, tanned thighs.
    A set of oversize aviator sunglasses, a grungy tee and piles of necklaces and rings added oomph and attitude to what was actually a rather raunchy look for the star.

    The daring outfit is something of a departure from Miss Hudgens' usual style of pretty dresses or pared-down jeans and a fail-safe cardi.
    Observers may wonder whether the star's sexy style is the result of new beau, actor Austin Butler.
    Nearly there: Miss Hudgens finishes up at the pump before heading in to pay

    Busy girl: Miss Hudgens was then spotted in the same outfit running errands around Los Angeles

    And judging by the pair's passionate display of affection in Bob's Big Boy diner in Burbank this week, they could well be right.
    The new couple struggled to keep their hands off each other as they supped milkshakes in the early hours of Sunday morning.
    But a source close to the actress told Hollywoodlife.com: 'It isn’t a serious thing at all. She’s having fun hooking up with him but no official relationship has flourished yet.

    Al Gore claims 8.6m viewed climate change festival but figures show 17,000

    Former US Vice President Al Gore's claim that his latest climate change campaign was watched by 8.6 million people has been refuted when actual figures showed that it was closer to 17,000 viewers.

    Despite Gore, 63, successfully getting speakers including Renee Zellweger to make appearances, website 'Watts Up With That?' has revealed that internet viewing figures were way below those reported by him.

    Using web traffic information to estimate visitor numbers, the website said that even 17,000 viewers was possibly generous.

    Even video highlights of the talks posted on YouTube proved to be unpopular, with some films receiving just one or two views.

    The Internet campaign, named '24 Hours of Reality', spearheaded by the former presidential candidate was supposed to raise awareness about climate change.

    The multimedia presentations showed how extreme weather events, such as floods, fires and storms, are linked to climate change.

    The hourly broadcasts were filmed from locations across the world including Beijing, New Delhi, Jakarta, London and Rio de Janeiro.

    Meanwhile, Eric Young, Deputy Communications Director, The Climate Reality Project, refuted reports numbers were inflated.

    "We are thrilled by the vast global attention 24 Hours of Reality received. Millions of people around the world watched and engaged online and in person," the Daily Mail quoted Young as saying.

    "Our strategy was to bring the event to as many people as possible. We achieved this by partnering with Ustream, whose player was embedded in sites across the web, not just on our homepage.

    "This was in addition to the watch parties in homes, schools and businesses, and the live television broadcast on Current TV," he added

    Alessandra Ambrosio Sighting Photo

    Alessandra Ambrosio Sighting Photo:

    Lustrous supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio was recently spotted with her businessman fiance Jamie Mazur and their daughter, Anja Mazur Ambrosio, during a shopping trip this past weekend in Malibu.

    The Victoria’s Secret model-mom was garbed hippie chic in a sheer tank top over a deep grey-brown bikini and a tiny denim cut-off shorts that flawlessly displayed the Brazilian’s remarkable legs.

    As Ambrosio shopped her butt off at the Kitson boutique, her husband-to-be Mazur took little Anja out for some ice-cream while they they patiently waited for mommy to finish doing every woman’s favorite hobby.

    Surprise! Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift duet at her Los Angeles show

    Surprise! Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift duet at her Los Angeles show:

    Taylor Swift has been covering Justin Bieber’s “Baby” during her latest concert tour, but last night in L.A., she did one better!

    Instead of just singing his song, Swift was able to get Bieber himself to come out and duet with her on stage — sending the crowd into hysterics.

    The show was Swift’s first of four sold out concerts at the Staples Center … no word on if Bieber (or maybe someone else) will pop up on stage tonight.”You think you’ve heard LOUD screaming in your life,” Taylor Swift tweeted after her Los Angeles show on Tuesday night. “Then [Justin Bieber] comes out and does a surprise song during your show. Woah. Unreal.”

    Yes, Bieber made a surprise appearance during the Swifty concert. These two have been longtime friends (even moreso now that he’s dating her BFF, Selena Gomez) so while we’re sure fans were shocked, it can’t have come as that much of a surprise.

    “We should do that more often. :) great show! #muchlove,” Bieber tweeted to Swift.

    The pop favorites sang a duet on Bieber’s song “Baby.” Bieb’s manager, Scooter Braun, was sitting on the secret beforehand. “Had to keep it a secret all day. But [Bieber] just came out and sang BABY with [Swift] at STAPLES. EPIC ROAR! #greatmoment,” he tweeted.

    Let the liquidation begin — HP’s 16GB TouchPad on sale for $99 (Photo)

    Let the liquidation begin — HP’s 16GB TouchPad on sale for $99 (Photo):

    Well, that didn’t take long. It’s only been a day since HP announced its intention to discontinue production of webOS devices, and it looks like the outfit’s already throwing its flagship tablet in the bargain bin. PreCentral reports that HP sent out a memo to its affiliates asking them to cut the price of the ill-fated TouchPad to $99 and $149 for the 16GB and 32GB editions, respectively. The date apparently put forward by HP is August 20th, but at least two Canadian retailers (Best Buy and Future Shop) have already made the cut — though both outlets show the sale ending August 22nd. As proof that being fashionably late isn’t always a good thing, the white 64GB edition has surfaced on HP’s US site, sporting a $600 asking price, leaving us to wonder, well: why now? If all of that isn’t enough to turn your smile upside down, webOSroundup is playing the bearer of bad rumors, with what they say is an internal memo from AT&T stating that the carrier’s launch of the Pre 3 has been “completely cancelled.”

    Update: Looks like the SlickDeals forums folks have discovered a way to bring those Canadian prices down south, and are reporting that they will be official in the US on Saturday morning. Hit up the link below for details.

    Katie Holmes On ‘Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark’ Daughter, Relationship Photo

    Katie Holmes On ‘Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark’ Daughter, Relationship Photo:

    Katie Holmes is mother to one of the most famous and fashionable little girls in the world. There is no five year old, at least in the American non-monarchial world, quite as style-forward as Tom Cruise’s one blood heir, and, at least from the paparazzi’s perspective, the two are never apart.

    In her new film, “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” Holmes has to focus on building a relationship with another little girl. Playing the new wife of single father Guy Pearce, she’s forced to bond with his young daughter, played by Bailee Madison. What is at first awkward develops into a trust in the most extreme of conditions (hey, it’s a horror film directed by Guillermo del Toro), something that Holmes said having a young daughter helped her conceptualize.

    “I think being a mom myself, when I read my character and I saw the journey she takes and how we see her make sacrifices for her child — I think I didn’t understand that until I became a mom,” Holmes recently told Reuters. “Just how much you love this person. You will do anything for that person, and you have strength you didn’t know that you had, which is what I like about my character. So I think that being a mom definitely gave me much more insight to this character.”

    It’s a similar sentiment to what she expressed at a recent press conference to promote the film.

    “I love the relationship between Kim and Sally, and I love the bonding that occurs, and it’s really about two human beings that recognize something of themselves in each other,” she told assembled press. And that shared relationship that turns into something very special and powerful and Kim has to learn not only to listened but to bring this little girl in her life, but to make her feel safe.”

    Garlic and Thyme Dietary Supplement

    Garlic and Thyme Dietary Supplement:

    Garlic and Thyme, are the two powerful antioxidants found in Forever Garlic-Thyme, combine create a great tool in maintaining good health. When garlic is cut or crushed, enzymes react to produce a powerful agent. Studies have shown that garlic’s other ingredients help the metabolism convert fats to energy and protect the body against free radicals.

    Other healthy substances in this odorless softgel include ajoene and lecithin, which can help emulsify fats. Garlic’s sulphur compounds have also been shown to have beneficial properties. Garlic also contains germanium, a mineral trace element believed to help boost the body’s immune system and selenium, a trace mineral antioxidant.

    Thyme contains the antioxidants Tannin, Phenol and Thymol (saponins). Other beneficial nutrients contained in Garlic-Thyme are potassium, calcium, magnesium, B vitamins and vitamin C.

    Other Health Benefits of Garlic Thyme:

    Health expel worms in the intestine

    Natural Antibiotic and anti-bacterial

    Help prevent bad breath and body odor

    Helps prevent and cure digestive problems

    Helps prevent heart disease

    Has anti-aging properties

    Supplement Facts

    Serving Size 1 Softgel

    Serving per Container 100

    Amount Per Softgel % Daily Value

    Odorless Garlic Concentrate, liquid (cloves) 60 mcg (equivalent to 1,000 mg fresh garlic)

    Thyme, powdered (leaves) 120 mg.

    Daily Value not established

    Formula Ingredients: Garlic Oil Concentrate (10 mg equivalent to 1,000 mg of fresh garlic cloves); Thyme (50 mg powdered leaves)

    Other Ingredients: Canola Oil, Gelatin, Glycerin, Lecithin, Beeswax, Purified Water, Carob Extract

    Contents: 100 softgel capsules

    Directions: Take one softgel with each meal

    Note : All Information contained here is not intended as substitute for any medical treatment prescribed by your doctor. You are advised to consult your physician and obtain professional medical advise before taking any dietary supplements and/or attempting any home remedy.

    5 Ways To Blow His Mind In Bed Photo

    5 Ways To Blow His Mind In Bed Photo:

    Have a new guy? Need to spice things up with an old one? Want to bust out something extra special for his birthday? Or maybe you just feel like going the extra mile tonight? Whatever your reason for wanting to treat your man, here are five ways to blow his mind in the bedroom.

    1. Talk dirty.

    They say that a man’s most erogenous zone is his brain. This means, it really is more important for you to blow his mind than blow his…well, you know. The quickest way to bring him into the moment and add passion to your sex life is to start talking dirty. Don’t know what to say? Just start by talking about what you want to do to him, what you are doing to him, what you love doing to him, how good it feels or what you want him to do to you.

    2. Play With “The Boys.” Few girls will tell you that balls are their favorite part of a guy’s body. But like them or not, the majority of guys find it pleasurable to have them played with. Whether you’re going down on him, on top of him, or underneath him, go through the trouble of reaching your arm around to play with the boys. He will be VERY appreciative.

    3. Hop on Reverse Cow Girl. Nothing spices it up like trying a new position. A popular one that many guys call “the hottest thing ever” is reverse cowgirl. Reverse cowgirl means that you’re on top, but flipped around. So you’re straddling him on your knees, but facing his feet instead of his face. A little side note: He’s going to have a full on view of your bootie, so if you’re a groomer, you probably want to be pretty well groomed. This position is very revealing. (Which is part of why it’s so hot!)

    4. Wake him up with a BJ. Some guys aren’t into making out in the morning, but NO guy is going to turn down a morning BJ. Because guys’ testosterone levels are the highest in the morning, it’s a time when they want sex the most. And if he’s going to wake up with a boner anyway… you might as well do something with it. (Well, that’s probably his logic anyway). Show him how good you are at anticipating his needs by going down on him before he even has time to roll over and start poking you awake.

    5. Tease Him. Good things are worth waiting for. And in the case of sex, the longer you wait, the more exciting it can be. Especially as a relationship progresses, sex can sometimes feel like something that’s rushed through as opposed to something that’s relaxed and enjoyed. Spend time kissing him, touching him a bit, and then kissing him some more. Give him time to anticipate sex, really want it, and get extra excited. As a result… after you’ve blow his mind, he’ll turn back around and blow yours.

    Tell us: what do you do to your guy to drive him wild?

    BettyConfidential’s Sexpert Amber Madison is a sex educator and author of Hooking Up: A Girl’s All-Out Guide to Sex and Sexuality, and Talking Sex With Your Kids, which was released in March.

    IBPS Common Written Exam for Clerical Cadre Aug-2011

    IBPS Common Written Exam for Clerical Cadre Aug-2011:

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    IBPS conducts Written Exam for Clerical Cadre like earlier advt. for Officers Cadre.

    IBPS, an autonomous body, has been authorised by the IBA and has received mandates from 19 Public Sector Banks to conduct the recruitment of Clerical Cadre posts twice in a year for their requirements.

    A Common Written Examination (CWE) will be conducted on 27/11/2011 by the IBPS as a pre-requisites for selection of personnel for Clerical Cadre posts in the following 19 Public Sector Banks.



    Allahabad Banks / Andhra Bank/ Bank of Baroda/ Bank of India/ Bank of Maharashtra/ Canara Bank/ Central Bank of India/ Corporation Bank/ Dena Bank/ Indian Bank/ Indian Overseas Bank/ Oriental Bank of Commerce/ Punjab National Bank/ Punjab & Sind Bank/ Syndicate Bank/ Union Bank of India/ United Bank of India/ UCO Bank/ Vijaya Bank

    Those will be successful in the Common Written Exam (CWE) will be given a scorecard (Like CAT exam of IIM) and may apply to any of the participating bank when they come up with their job vacancy and then these successful candidates have quote their personal details and their CWE scores.

    Each of the bank will issue individual recruitment notifications, details of vacancies, eligibility criteria etc. separately.

    Clerical posts :

    • Age : 18-28 years as on 01/08/2011, age relaxation as per rules for SC/ST/OBC/ PWDs/ Ex.-SM

    • Qualification : 60% marks in Matriculate/ SSC/ SSLC/ 10th standard (passing marks for SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD/ ExSM) OR 50% marks in HSC / 11th of 10+1+3 pattern (passing marks for SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD/ ExSM) OR Graduate in any discipline from recognised university.

    Application Fee : Rs.350/- (Rs.50/- for SC/ST/PWD candidates) can be paid online at the time of filling the application form online through Online Payment Gateways of the Banks/ Credit Card OR through NEFT OR to be deposited in CBS branches of 6 bank out of 19 bank (for fee details please see detailed advertisement carefully before payment) . Keep the details/receipts of the fee submission safely as it is to be shown at the time of written test.

    How to Apply for CWE : Candidates need to apply Online at IBS website from 25/08/2011 to 24/09/2011 only.

    Important Dates

    1. Payment of Application Fees : 24/08/2011 to 23/09/2011

    2. Start date of Online submission of Application : 25/08/2011

    3. Last date for online submission of Application : 24/09/2011

    4. Date of CWE Exam for Clerks : 27/11/2011

    Please visit http://www.ibps.in/html/common.htm for all the details available and to submit the application online from 25/08/2011 onwar

    Maria Shriver Interviews Wallis Annenberg For LA Magazine’s First Women’s Issue

    Maria Shriver Interviews Wallis Annenberg For LA Magazine’s First Women’s Issue:

    We’re not sure which is more exciting: that the ever-glossy and beautiful Los Angeles Magazine is unveiling it’s first ever ‘L.A. Woman’ Issue … or that Maria Shriver is crowned queen.

    The 49-page portfolio is not just about women in this city (there are plenty), but it is instead an exploration of LA’s super-women, meta-women, mega-women – women who don’t just look good and sound good when they’re in front of the camera, but women who do good by this city.

    ‘The L.A. Woman’ celebrates the debut of Maria Shriver 2.0. We are reminded of her long-standing dedication to women’s issues (eight years ago, Shriver founded The Women’s Conference and it quickly became the nation’s premier forum for women) but it also reminds us of her journalistic past: the cover story is not a traditional article about Maria at all, instead, she sits down for a spirited conversation, a frank and real back-and-forth, with none other than LA’s Wallis Annenberg.

    Shriver faces a super woman truly her equal as she sits and talks with Annenberg, one of the city’s most generous and forward-thinking philanthropists. There is no denying that Los Angeles is a city spread apart; we have to make efforts to travel to see one other, efforts to find new ways to connect. Wallis Annenberg has dedicated her time, energy and funds to create shared cultural spaces within our city’s walls where we can all meet, play and live. From The Annenberg Space For Photography (my favorite place in this city) to the easy, breezy Annenberg Community Beach House – and the currently-under-construction Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, this L.A. grande dame (she’ll deny it!) is an integral link in Los Angeles’ cultural DNA.

    Both Maria and Wallis are mothers of four and daughters of famous families. Here’s a sneak peak from their candid conversation, on newsstands later this week:

    Anna Faris Talks Women Actresses, Co-Stars And Boob Jobs In Marie Claire

    Anna Faris Talks Women Actresses, Co-Stars And Boob Jobs In Marie Claire:

    Women of Hollywood, do yourselves — and your careers — a favor: find Anna Feris’s number. And call it.

    And no, that’s not a pun on her upcoming film, either.

    The “House Bunny” and “Scary Movie” standout is due to star in the upcoming sex comedy, “What’s Your Number?” and, if it does as well as expected, it’s going to make her a very powerful lady in show business. Unfortunately, it’s a rarity that a woman star can top line a straight comedy, and even rarer that an all-woman ensemble can do so. It happened with this spring’s “Bridesmaids,” and if Faris can pull it off, she says she wants her own “equivalent of the Judd Apatow crew,” alluding to the Seth Rogen-led humor frat that consistently opens films to great fanfare.

    She’s already taking applications.

    “When we meet each other, it’s always at some fussy event where everyone’s, you know, schmoozy and full of sh*t. So it’s difficult,” Faris tells Marie Claire in their new issue. “I would love to have more actress friends, but I just don’t… I have to call somebody’s agent and be like, ‘Hey, I know this is crazy — I don’t even have a specific project — but I’d really like to hang out with this girl.’ It has to be awkwardly coordinated like that.”

    One potential project to get in touch with her about: “Gold Diggers,” which she’s producing herself.

    “It’s really exciting to create something, sell it, and feel like I’m not just a pawn waiting to be cast,” she said about the project.

    That Faris has reached this moment in her career speaks to her talent, but also her perseverance. After a three year marriage fell apart in 2007, she went off the rails a bit, getting a boob job and hitting the sauce.

    “I was like, ‘F*ck it, I’ve got nothing to lose, nobody to support,’” she remembered thinking. “I wore the same Garfield shirt and jeans for three weeks. I had a running joke with my friend: ‘I hope somebody roofies me tonight!’ I didn’t care what people thought.”

    Now married to Chris Pratt, an emerging comedy star in his own right, Faris now doesn’t have to worry what people think: she’s about to be in charge.

    IT can make Panchayati Raj more effective: Ruhullah

    IT can make Panchayati Raj more effective: Ruhullah:

    Noting that geomatics is vital part of governance, Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Information Technology Aga Syed Ruhullah said the use of technology can help in making the Panchayati Raj system more effective.

    “Use of geomatics for good governance is only possible when the back end data is easily available. Geomatics is vital part of governance and if the technology is made accessible, the Panchayat Raj can be made more effective,” Ruhullah said during a conference on ‘Geomatics for G-Governance’ yesterday.

    The regional conference was organised by University of Kashmir in collaboration with the Indian Society of Geomatics here.

    Geomatics is the discipline of gathering, storing, processing, and delivering geographic information, or spatially referenced information.

    The minister said that geo-information technology and communication technology can play a significant role in development and planning.

    He also stressed need for building the technical ingenuity of state to harness the benefits of geo-information technology for overall development through good governance.

    “There is also a need for coordinated and pragmatic approach for the collection, maintenance, updating and accessibility of the datasets at the state level to make use of geomatics possible,” Ruhullah said.

    Facebook’s ‘Subscribe’ Button: 5 Things You Need To Know

    Facebook’s ‘Subscribe’ Button: 5 Things You Need To Know:
    Forget “friending”: a new feature from Facebook now lets users “subscribe” to one another’s updates.
    In a blog post published Wednesday, Facebook announced that it would begin rolling out the “subscribe button,” a tool that offers users a new way to interact with one another, as well as more of a say over the information that appears in their News Feeds.
    “Our mission is to connect people and help them share. The goal of this new feature really is to give people more control over how they do that,” Naomi Gleit, Facebook’s director of product, told the Huffington Post.
    As we wrote here, the just-announced setting, which lets Facebook operate more like Twitter by enabling people to “follow” public figures, could have important effects on etiquette, sharing, and the way people connect on Facebook.
    Facebook will begin rolling out the “subscribe” button to all users starting September 14.

    We’ve put together a guide to five key things you need to know about the “subscribe” button. Check them out, then tell us what you think of the new feature in the comments below.

    Kanye West’s Puppet Show ‘Alligator Boots’ Never Aired But Was Incredible

    Kanye West’s Puppet Show ‘Alligator Boots’ Never Aired But Was Incredible:

    Alligator Boots is not Kanye West’s crowning artistic achievement. It’s not even really a complete achievement, considering that the Rhymefest-affiliated puppet show was canceled before it would have aired on Comedy Central. But this is the Internet, where not everything is made available but a lot sure is, and Konee Rok has posted about 10 minutes of behind-the-scenes footages of what might have been.In this video discovered by The Vine, we take an extensive look behind the scenes at a 2008 pilot for “Alligator Boots,” a sketch/puppet show pilot created by rapper Rhymefest in collaboration with Kanye West and Daniel Ellison of Jackhole Productions, who also produced “Crank Yankers.”

    The show had almost the exact same concept as “The Muppet Show” — the puppets, which interact with live action celebrities, even were created by Jim Henson’s Muppet Workshop — but with a decidedly hip-hop flavor. For instance, Rhymefest describes a sketch in which a literal pig is touted as the next big thing in rap, but nobody notices that he’s just a pig “except for smart people.”

    Another sketch, shown in the video, features “Beary White” crooning an X-rated ballad to Kim Kardashian in Princess Leia’s metal bikini.

    Yes, when the show’s production was first leaked in 2008, it got some pretty bad press. And we’re the first to admit that the promos made the show look terrible. And also, many of the sketches sound ridiculous and actually are ridiculous. But the show looks ridiculous in the best, most Kanye-rific, oblivious to its own silliness way possible. However, Comedy Central has a history of taking chances with some great programming and also some not-so-great programming, and we feel like “Alligator Boots” could have been an experiment worth exploring.

    “I think it’s going to go amazing!” -Kim Kardashian as Princess Leia in the unaired pilot. Sorry, Kim.

    6 Things to Consider When Accepting a Job Offer Photo

    6 Things to Consider When Accepting a Job Offer Photo:

    Scoring an offer means you’ve made it through the toughest part of the job hunt. All the applications, research, and thank-you notes have paid off—congrats!

    But not all the stress is over just yet. Now comes an important decision: whether or not to accept the position. How do you know if it’s the right job for you? Or, what if you have to choose between two appealing offers?

    Weighing the dozens of pros and cons can easily be overwhelming, so here are the most important factors to keep in mind when you’re making that oh-so-important decision.

    1. The People

    No, my number one consideration is not the money—it’s the people. Your boss, your team, and the co-workers that will surround you everyday are crucial for your happiness and success at a job. Sure, it’s hard to judge people after only meeting them briefly, but think about how they treated you during the interview process. Were they friendly? Did they ask personal questions as well as professional ones? Did they call you back in a timely manner?

    The answers to these questions may reflect how your co-workers and superiors will treat you as an employee. I recently interviewed with a company who didn’t call me back for several weeks after our five-minute speed-interview. When I finally got the return call, we proceeded with a 10-minute interview, and then they made me an offer. Is someone who’s ready to hire you after 15 minutes really considering how well you’ll fit into the team? Probably not.

    2. The Environment

    Weigh the pros and cons of working for a corporation, an agency, a non-profit, or a start-up. They’re very, very different environments, and it’s important to decide which you’d thrive in. If you’re more of an individual worker who likes structure and competition, the corporate path may be for you. If you want a fast-paced environment that’s new every day, an agency or start-up may be a good choice.

    The physical location is also important to consider. A long commute or lack of lunch options may pull down your everyday attitude. Nothing is worse than going to a miserable work environment every morning—and even worse, taking that unhappiness home with you, too.

    3. The Benefits

    Having a great benefits package is important for more than the obvious reasons. If a company offers its employees perks like health, dental, retirement, and flexible spending plans, it can mean they’re competitive and doing well financially. If a place doesn’t offer benefits package, it might just be because they’re small, but it could also imply that they’re struggling as a company.

    Even if benefits aren’t overly important to you, working for a company without them is something to carefully consider. Been there, done that, and in my experience, it didn’t point to company success.

    4. The Stability

    A lot of organizations are able to impress with their past work or current profits, but take some time to do research on the company’s recent success and hiring activities. Has it been operating steadily during this crazy economic climate? If so, you’re likely looking at a pretty stable job. If not, be careful: you could be walking into a hazardous environment and a job that could be gone within a year.

    5. The Money

    When looking at a job offer, or comparing two, often the most tempting thing to do is to go for the money, but that’s not necessarily the right approach. Take it from me—I’ve taken a job for the money and hated it, and taken a massive pay cut to work somewhere I love. I’ve learned that salary is only a small part of my happiness at work.

    Consider what salary you could live with, as well as the amount that would make a job offer irresistible, and keep those numbers in mind (and of course, negotiate!). Think more about potential of the whole package and less about the numbers on your monthly paycheck.

    6. Your Gut

    Finally, after you’ve weighed the important factors, take time to listen to what your gut is telling you. People often say when they’re buying a house, “when you walk into the one, you’ll feel it.” Same advice here: if you walk out of an interview and everything feels right (or wrong), pay attention to that feeling.

    5 ‘Dream Jobs’ That Aren’t As Glamorous As They Look

    5 ‘Dream Jobs’ That Aren’t As Glamorous As They Look:

    Who wouldn’t want to be a travel writer? They visit some of the most interesting and beautiful places in the world, and they get paid for it. Or a celebrity assistant? They get to hang out with celebrities!

    The truth is that while these jobs certainly do come with great perks, even so-called “dream jobs” aren’t perfect. Though all 10 of the following people love their careers and wouldn’t change them for anything, there are times when, like the rest of us, they think work sucks.

    1. Travel Writer

    The perception: Trips to the world’s most beautiful locations and meals at the best restaurants, all expenses paid.

    The reality: “It’s a difficult industry to get into and it can be a tough field to stay in because it’s not known for paying well,” says Sarah Sekula, a freelance travel writer whose work has appeared in publications such as Sherman’s Travel and USA Today. “Therefore, this is not the right profession for you if your main concern is making a ton of money.”

    Plus, Sekula says, although the travel is great, it can interfere with her personal life. “You’re on the road often, so you miss things in town like birthday parties and weddings,” she says.

    2. Celebrity Assistant

    The perception: Behind-the-scenes access to a world few get to see.

    The reality: “From the outside looking in at [the life of] an assistant to Hollywood icons looks glamorous. Not really,” says Lisa Krohn, who says she often worked 75 to 100 hours per week as an assistant to celebrities and business powerhouses such as Martha Stewart, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, and author and Mandalay Entertainment CEO Peter Guber.

    “You’re an intimate confidant and muse for people 24/7 on top of doing all of the administrative work. It is crucial for you to find, maintain and grow in your own character, personality and identity constantly. Otherwise you become a victim, emotional cripple and you live vicariously through your boss and his or her life,” she says.

    3. Blogger

    The perception: “[Since I work from home], many people immediately jump to the conclusion that I get to work whenever I want, sleep in every day, go out with friends all the time, make a ton of home-office tax deductions, and that it’s an overall easy lifestyle,” says Andrew Schrage, editor of the personal finance blog MoneyCrashers.com.

    The reality: “I have had to overcome some major challenges to working from home to avoid business failure,” Schrage says. “Not having the structured 9-to-5 routine forces me to become extremely disciplined and prepare for my work-from-home job. Moreover, working from home makes it difficult to separate work from my personal life. Working at an office allows you to shut out your work once you leave and get home. Unfortunately, I rarely get to enjoy that freedom, which I’ve learned is priceless.”

    4. Conference and Meeting Planner

    The perception: It’s all menu sampling and international travel. Paid for, of course.

    The reality: “My friends think I lead a glamorous life — traveling to all the great resorts in Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and Hawaii,” says Hillary Bessiere, director of business development for Bishop McCann, a firm that produces meetings and events for brands around the world. “However, what they don’t realize is that as planners we usually only see one part of the destination from the time we arrive to the time we depart, and that’s our operations office to make sure our clients’ programs go off without a hitch. I’ve been called a jet-setter, but what people don’t see are the days you are up from 6 a.m. until 2 a.m., and sometimes you’re lucky if you are able to change clothes every day.”

    5. Jewelry Designer

    The perception: Arts and crafts, for adults.

    The reality: It can be a logistical nightmare.

    “The part of my job that is not glamorous (that few realize before setting out) is the complexities of managing and financing a lot of inventory,” says Kathy Loewenstern, who designs and sells her jewelry collection at KathyLo.com. “To be successful in the jewelry business, you need a very wide product assortment and you need to be constantly changing and updating to stay abreast of trends and to give your customers something new.”

    This need for an extensive product assortment creates stress throughout the business, from designing to sourcing to selling, she says.

    My Baby and “My Baby” – Startups and Children as Labors of Love

    My Baby and “My Baby” – Startups and Children as Labors of Love:

    As a 35 year old business owner with a 20 month old daughter, I can only stress one thing: I wish I did it all sooner.

    That goes for both the business and the baby, though most importantly the baby.

    Having met several other successful entrepreneurs in Manhattan with whom I share strikingly similar backgrounds, I’ve begun to recognize a pattern — after being raised in rural areas or suburbs by stay-at-home moms, it seemed to us all that there was nothing more important than having a career first and postponing motherhood as long as possible.

    As a neighbor once astutely pointed out, “There are a lot of old parents in New York.” Yet my reasoning for longing for an earlier start to child-rearing encompasses far more than this preoccupation. Now that I have made it halfway through the most rigorous, poignant decade of my career, and with the clock ticking, I am not racing to conceive another child. In addition to all these elements, my husband and I live far away from any grandparents or family, so unfortunately now is not an ideal time to be raising a baby.

    Looking back ten years, I honestly doubt that even I would have been receptive to this advice myself, but I can now attest that if women like you and I do want to have children, perhaps we should start thinking about it earlier. Our generation seems to be caught in this sort of reactive rubber band effect, so I can only hope that my daughter, Agnes, will have a more balanced perspective on the matter. All that being said, in my personal experience, having a child and starting a company have proven similar in a myriad of ways.

    To begin, it took careful planning to conceive of both my company and my child. In fact, funnily enough they both incubated for nine months before “launching,” so to speak (my daughter, however, did not launch so easily, as I was in labor for over 30 hours). Beware, for the first year of life for both these “babies” holds little to no sleep.

    Additionally, you will be pushed to your limits, and you might even think you have made a huge mistake (though rest assured, you did not). Under no circumstance should you have a child during your first year of launching a startup, unless your parents live very close or you have an au pair. Even then, this would be questionable timing, as both business and children require constant attention and nurturing. Essentially, one only gets out what one puts in, and there are only so many hours in a day. Also, in either realm, if you are too sleep-deprived, you will make mistakes. It’s important to create a routine and set a daily schedule: this in turn makes a child’s life more comfortable and predictable and your business life more efficient and focused. If you are like me, you may juggle high level management with sales, HR, and financial tasks. Switching gears can be jarring for even the best multi-tasker, so just make specific time slots for your internal tasks as well as your meetings. Also, if ever you are feeling unmotivated or overwhelmed, remember that just being a mom makes you work more efficiently since, more often than not, one wants to get home to see her child, so there is less time wasted during the day.

    Having a child also helps you in your personal life as well as your business life, especially in terms of prioritizing who and what is important to you. I often find myself spread too thin, engaged in too many professional groups, boards and other activities. Reflect on the fact that “no” could be one of the first words that your child learns, and for good reason. For many women, saying “no” can be difficult. I feel like I often fall into this category. Although in business discourse I strive to say “what if,” rather than “no,” when it comes to making decisions about my valuable time and energy, “no” is so important. If you start a company and it is successful, invariably people will come out of the woodwork with a keen interest in occupying your time. While this can be flattering to some at first, it is ultimately most important to protect your time and really measure if taking that meeting or having a seat on that group truly aligns with your values. After having a child, you immediately and inevitably start thinking about your legacy both in terms of what you are creating and what you will ultimately be leaving behind. Make quick decisions but be very mindful of what you choose to sign up for — what it means to you.

    On a final and obvious note, don’t underestimate the power of naming, in both business and with regards to your child. In both cases this has a profound impact and will shape the way your company (or child) is perceived by the world and therefore how he or she perceives the self. For instance, I was almost named Wilamina. In the context of my life now in New York, perhaps that would actually even be a cooler name than Elizabeth, but growing up in a backward coal-minding town in the middle of Pennsylvania, I imagine my childhood would have been challenging.

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