Posted in April 2012

One Kate rocks the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, while another flops big time

Kate Hudson and Kate Upton at the White House Correspondents DinnerKate Hudson had hands down my favorite look at Saturday night’s 98th annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. The new mama stunned in a purple-sequined, floor-length gown by Jenny Packham that was both buttoned-up and completely whimsical at the same time. I even loved Hudson’s hair, which was piled high on her head in a bun, and her black spangly accessories.

But Kate Upton, on the other hand?

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Adventures in Greening: Why I’m thinking much more about the environment

reycling binBy Catherine Moran

When I first moved to New York, had anyone asked me my stance on the environment, I would have said that I was a staunch supporter. I would have qualified this by saying that I was fairly Green. Not Super Green, with a cape and tights and eco-friendly superpowers—but Greenish, an eco-conscious person at the least: I recycled, I used a reusable water bottle, and I didn’t run the tap when I brushed my teeth. And, now that I was living in New York, City I wouldn’t be emitting toxic gases into the air by driving. I didn’t think I needed to do much more than that: I was practically a member of Captain Planet’s hero-generating team.

However, my idea of what it means to be green began to change soon after I moved to the city.

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Trivia: Kathleen Meyers won literary award for “How To Shit In The Woods”

Kathleen Meyers' "How To Shit In The Woods"By Kate E. Stephenson

Undoubtedly, the Diagram Prize is one of the more outlandish literary awards out there. Originally intended as a bit of levity during the serious business of the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year is awarded annually by The Bookseller, a British trade magazine. Leave it to those Brits to concoct this bit of maniacal malarkey. Even better, leave it to a Kate to come up with one of the best titles out of 30 years of winners!

To give you an idea of the tough competition, here is a sampling of some of my favorite Diagram-winning titles:

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Celebrate Kate and William’s first anniversary with stale cake, a wack mug, and “Crown Jewels” condoms

Kate Middleton and Prince William wedding anniversaryYesterday, Kate Middleton and Prince William celebrated their first year as a married couple. Reports say that the two went ultra low-key, staying in for the night. “William is cooking for them,” a source told Grazia magazine before the big night. “They’ll probably watch a DVD and reflect on the past year … It’s not very glamorous, but they’re very happy.”

So how did the rest of the world celebrate? By buying lots of bizarre crap! After the jump, a few insane items that are available for purchase to celebrate this royal anniversary.

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The Week in Kate: Kate Bosworth not secretly married, Kate Middleton and hubby coo over a baby

Kate Bosworth and Michael PolishAs usual, it looks like the Kates, Katys, and Catherines of the world have been mighty busy this week. Here, your weekly roundup of name-specific news.

  • Despite Star reporting to the contrary, Kate Bosworth has not exchanged marriage vows with Michael Polish in a “secret Buddhist commitment ceremony.” [Gossip Cop]
  • Kate Upton is not only rumored to be dating New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez—she can apparently throw the ball herself. [Business Insider]
  • Order in the court! Judge Catherine Eagles is the lucky one to preside over John Edwards’ campaign violations trial. [Washington Post]
  • Katherine Heigl and her husband Josh Kelley have adopted a second baby girl. [E! News]
  • Tough luck, Baptiste Giabiconi. Katy Perry has a new dude—Florence + the Machine guitarist Robert Ackroyd. The two were seen making out at Coachella. [Huffington Post]
  • The next night, the pair headed out for dinner at the Chateau Marmont. [Perez Hilton]
  • Neil Diamond may sing about “Sweet Caroline,” but he has married himself a Kate.  The star wed his manager, Katie McNeil on Saturday. [People]
  • Oh! So apparently Katie Couric is doing press to promote her new digital video series. [ABC News]
  • No, Katie Holmes is not preggers with her second child. Let the woman wear an unfitted dress once in a while, Star magazine. [Gossip Cop]
  • A venture capitalist by the name of Catherine Rohr is helping ex-cons re-enter society by starting their own businesses. [Christian Science Monitor]
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones took to the stage and sang at a benefit for New York’s Windward School. [Daily Glow]

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Kate’s Television Musings: The girls I am much preferring to “Girls”

By Kate Emswiler
Unless you’ve just gotten internet service today in your cave buried under rocks (and if that’s the case, congrats! Catch up on your memes!), you may have heard of a little HBO show called “Girls.”  People are calling it “funny and creative” and “unsettling” and all sorts of things in between.  Perhaps the best sum-up comes from Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times: “Though wildly smart,Girls’ is a difficult show to love.”  Or, as two separate people remarked in my Facebook feed:  “I hated ‘Girls’ and will continue to watch it.” 
Basically, the internet has used up all its words on “Girls.”  Based on the media storm surrounding this show, I could’ve sworn it had been on TV for months already — when it actually just premiered April 15th.

Even before the show premiered, some people had had just about enough of girls  — all girls — on TV.  Lee Aronsohn, co-creator of “Two and a Half Men”,  recently commented on the spate of female-centric comedies, noting, “Enough, ladies. I get it.  You have periods.”  He added this gem:  “[W]e’re approaching peak vagina on television, the point of labia saturation.”  He’s right, you know, ladies.  It’s really about time we gave men the chance to succeed on the boob tube.  Maybe Mr. Aronsohn can’t count beyond 2.5?
 
I don’t know about labia saturation (?) but I do think the media coverage of “Girls” has reached a saturation point.  As Mr. Aronsohn generously pointed out, there are many vaginas on TV and they’re not all relegated to that one HBO show.  This ’11-’12 season, specifically, has introduced us to a great new bunch of TV series featuring female friends.  So maybe Lena Dunham, et al could use a break while we give some shout-outs to other new vaginas on TV.

Here are three of my favorite new shows centered around funny and interesting ladies:

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Happy 5th anniversary, Meet Kate!

While the rest of the world is focused on Kate Middleton‘s first wedding anniversary, I would like to direct your attention to another Kate-related event worthy of commemoration. Today, the Meet Kate foundation turns five.

When I was 19, I was busy trying to figure out how to get a fake ID. Kelly de Vries of the Netherlands, on the other hand, was trying to figure out how to provide opportunities for the children she met while volunteering for five months in Ghana.

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Music Break: Kate Bush’s “Wuthering Heights” very, very slowly

I’m not sure why, exactly, but someone has slowed down Kate Bush‘s classic “Wuthering Heights” so that the song extends to the 36 minute mark. Ahhh, the internet.

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Dear Kate: I think I married the wrong person. Should I seek a divorce?

Dear Kate: I married the wrong guyBy Katharine Luckinbill

Dear Kate,

I am 30 and have been married for three years. My husband is a great guy, but I think I may have married the wrong person. Our sex life is not great (for me at least) and he’s pressuring me to have a baby but I don’t want to have a child and then get divorced. I don’t know if I would ever find anyone who would take better care of me or who would be a better dad, but I don’t know if I can put my other feelings aside for the rest of my life. Should I get out now (it would probably kill him if I asked for a divorce) or should I resign myself to spending the rest of my life with a decent, hard-working, kind guy who just doesn’t ring my bell?

Sincerely,

Confused

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Dear Confused,

Wow. This is a tough one and I certainly think of you in high regard for reaching out to talk about it before making a decision. Since you are married now, this (as I’m sure you realize) is not a decision to take lightly. Some people say, “Well if it doesn’t work out, I’ll just get a divorce.” But I, personally, am a firm believer in making it work– IF you can. Which brings me to my first point – have you taken all of the necessary steps to figure out why this marriage isn’t working for you, and if there is a way to make it work? For example:

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Things I didn’t know about Katie Couric? That she’s a bacon-loving karaoke fiend!

Katie CouricNormally, so-called America’s Sweethearts completely and totally work my nerves. But this is not the case with Katie Couric. Confession: I love Couric. I love her dimples, her perfect highlights, her perkiness, her journalistic cred, her cancer advocacy work, and yes I could go on but I will spare you. So I was very pleased to see that US Weekly had Couric do its column “25 Things You Didn’t Know About Me” this week. Here are my favorite items on her list:

My best Christmas gift ever was when Al Roker gave me a Bacon of the Month club membership.

I love karaoke. I do a mean Patsy Cline.

I’d love to star in a Broadway musical — if I could sing!

My happy place is the beach at 5 p.m., after people have left. The light is so beautiful.

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Kate Flashback: Kathleen Turner in “Romancing the Stone”

Let’s all take a moment to appreciate one of the greatest Kates of all time, the amazing Kathleen Turner. Here she is in “Romancing the Stone,” opposite Michael Douglas. Film critic Pauline Kael said of her performance here in 1984, “Turner knows how to use her dimples amusingly and how to dance like a woman who didn’t know she could; her star performance is exhilarating.” Amen, sister.

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Kate’s Dates: Why living together before getting married isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, Part 1

Kate's Dates: On CohabitatingBy Kate Richlin-Zack

You meet a great guy. You start dating. At first you’re seeing each other once or twice a week and after a month it’s up to three or four. You start having sleepovers and pretty soon there’s “the toothbrush discussion.” Then one day you wake up and can’t remember the last time you actually slept at your own place; it’s just an expensive unkempt storage unit and you have the dust bunnies and dead plants to prove it.

Considering that you spend almost all of your time at your boyfriend’s place, moving in together is just easier. And there are some pretty logical advantages:

  • Convenience—we were already spending so much time together, logistically it doesn’t make sense to keep living out of an overnight bag most of the time.
  • Financial—what’s the sense in paying double the rent? I spend all my time at his place while all of my worldly possessions are housed in another. It’s fiscally irresponsible not to live together!
  • The Spouse Audition—what better way to see if we’re truly compatible than to live together. If we can’t live together, then I’ll know for sure that our relationship wasn’t meant to be. Besides, playing house is going to be fun!

Downsides? What downsides? This sounds like a perfect plan! And if it doesn’t work, we can always just move out.

Not so fast…

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