Posted in April 2012

Kate Walsh cried upon hearing that she was getting a baby … at least on TV

The best sign that it is going to be a good morning? When Kate Walsh appears on “Good Morning America.” The “Private Practice” star sat down for interview yesterday to talk about the last episode of her “Grey’s Anatomy” spin-off in which, after years of wanting a baby, Dr. Addison Montgomery finally gets one. How you ask? Well, a teen mom at the hospital chooses her profile from a book as the one she would like to raise her daughter.

Walsh says that it was very emotional discovering that the character she’s been playing for years was finally becoming a mom.

“I literally got teary. I didn’t find out until the table read,” said Walsh. “It’s literally the last thing that happens in the episode. So, yeah it was really exciting.”

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Cait on Culture: Why are the best shows all on Sunday night?

Cait on Culure, Sunday night TV

By Caitlin Abber

My Sunday night is currently scheduled around a two and a half hour block of television. Obviously, it is some kind of conspiracy that “Mad Men,” “Game of Thrones,” and “Girls” all returned or premiered within weeks of each other. Suddenly, what was an hour-long pow-wow for some Trudy time has become a dinner/drinks/in-it-for-the-long-haul extended viewing experience.  I don’t mind, because they are all great shows in their own ways, but it’s still like—wow—a lot of sitting down.

Don’t get me wrong, I watch a lot of “the shows”—”Gossip Girl,” “Glee,” “The New Girl,” but all of those are relatively spread out throughout the week and I don’t freak if I have to DVR them and watch them later. But Sunday? Sunday is different. I have to watch Sunday shows on Sunday night proper so I can read what everyone says about them on Monday morning. See, I am obsessed with talking about T.V.

Actually, I’m just obsessed with talking about pop culture.

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Kate of the Week: Kate Silver, the ad agency copywriter who admits her favorite New Kid was Joey

Kate SilverThere are so many fascinating Kates out there. And every week, is resolving to introduce you to a new one. This week, I would like you to meet Kate Silver, 31, who is very new to Chicago after a few years in New York. Without further ado, 13 questions with Kate.

What’s your favorite thing about your name?

I very rarely have to spell it.

Your least favorite thing about your name?

Sometimes I think it’s too simple. Didn’t you ever want to be called Zoë?

Who is your favorite famous Kate?

Cate Blanchett. I just think she’s the coolest thing. And I’m partial to the C-spelling.

Tell me about a Kate out there who you wish were a household name.

I really like the Welsh singer Cate Le Bon. She sounds a bit like Nico, which only adds to her appeal.

What do you do?

I’m a copywriter at an ad agency.

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The Situation has a girlfriend: All you need to know about Caitlin Wood

The Situation and Caitlin WoodI am a little worried about the possibility of an impending apocalypse. Not only is Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi sober, pregnant, and excited to be a mom—but Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino has a girlfriend. Yes, a girlfriend. You know, one of those people who you let keep a toothbrush at your place rather than calling a cab to take home approximately five minutes after you’re done shtooping? And I am sorry to report that her name is Caitlin J. Wood. Here’s hoping that she has had a full STD screening, and enjoys cleaning out hot tubs.

Wood appeared on The Situation’s arm on Friday, as he began taping his new online series, “SituationTV,” a prank show which will air on the website FilmOn. During the taping, The Situation was asked about his past relationships.

“My longest relationship — well, I’ve had 2 — when I was 17 for two or three years and one more when I was 22, to 24. I’ve only had two girlfriends in my life and I didn’t want to waste anyone’s time in my life. This is the third,” he said, motioning to Wood. Who might I add has a very appropriate last name for The Situation.

A source close to Sorrentino confirms to Celebuzz that being in a relationship is a rarity for The Situation. “It’s a fledgling romance,” the source says. “She’s wonderful for him.”

So who is this Caitlin who would dare to date The Situation after watching the horrendous way he’s treated women for, oh, the past five seasons of “Jersey Shore?” All about Caitlin Wood, after the jump. Plus pictures, too.

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Trivia: Henry VIII’s sixth wife was also his third Kate

Henry VIII had a fondess for KatesBy Kate Stephenson

Thank you, Ms. Middleton for reintroducing the wonder of the name Kate to British royalty. It seems that one monarch in particular was especially partial to the name. Of Henry VIII’s six wives, three were Kates. The king had the great taste to not only begin, but also end his life of abundant matrimony with the oh-so-kissable kind, in order of vows: Catherine of Aragon (1st), Kathryn Howard (5th), and Katherine Parr (6th).

The only one to escape the fickle foisting from the bridal bed was Parr, a religious author of repute. Although born a commoner, Par was appointed regent by her less than trusting husband after only a year of marriage, and ruled England for three months while Henry was away on campaign in France. By all accounts—and by the continuance of her head on her shoulders—Parr acted well in the king’s steed.

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Obsessed with: Curvy Kate bras

Curvy KateGoing for a bra fitting is one of my least favorite enterprises. Because as soon as the specialist determines that I’m a D-cup, they stop bringing in anything fun and frilly for me to try on and start reaching for the heavy artillery with three hooks that looks more like a nursing bra than anything I’d feel sexy in. So I was very pleased to discover Curvy Kate, a British lingerie brand that specializes in super cute styles for cup sizes D through K. There’s lace and intricate weaving and bows—which I’ve never been the biggest fan of, but whatever.

Curvy Kate is newly available in the US, through the website Meaning, I will be stocking up.

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ExpliKate: The science behind spring fever

Spring fever, explainedBy Kate Hakala

I stepped outside my apartment this week in jean cut-offs and a t-shirt, knowing that it would reach an unseasonably warm temperature for mid-April. I was running to a local deli and I was unshowered, bespectacled, and without a stitch of make up. Within the three minutes the errand took, I was approached by two men with almost eerily identical pick-up lines: “It’s a gorgeous day and you’re a gorgeous lady.”

I assure you, I’m no physical anomaly. The fact that I was being called a gorgeous lady twice in succession, it seemed to me, was no doubt predicated by the fact that it was a gorgeous day. As it turns out, science wholeheartedly agrees with me.

Spring fever. It’s what we all know as that majestic time from late March to early June where we suddenly want to peel off our layered clothing, jog around the park, dance in grassy fields of flowers, and walk hand in hand with a new paramour.

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Kate Middleton to run the 2013 London Marathon?

Kate Middleton plays field hockeyKate Middleton has showed that she’s a pretty darn good shot in field hockey. But is she also a decent runner? Prince Harry has sparked rumors that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may be running the London marathon in 2013.

During a chat with the BBC during this year’s marathon yesterday, Prince Harry was asked by interviewer Sue Barker, “Do [the runners] ever persuade you to have a go?”

“I’ve been trying to get a place [in the race] for years!” Harry said. “I can’t get myself a place.”

He then turned the focus to his brother and Middleton.

“What’s fantastic is that my brother and his wife will be doing it next year, I think,” he giggled. “He’s going to have to now, isn’t he?”

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The Week in Kate: Kate Beckinsale versus Jessica Biel, plus Katie Roiphe inspires internet backlash

Jessica Biel and Kate Bosworth promote As per 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.

  • Jessica Biel looked super cute at a Q+A session for upcoming flick “Total Recall” in Cancun, Mexico. But perhaps she shouldn’t have stood so close to Kate Beckinsale, who rocked a dress with a high slit and somehow managed to totally outshine her. [Daily Mail]
  • Kate Simon was Bob Marley’s official photographer beginning in 1977. She’s shared a batch of awesome, never-seen-before images with The New Yorker. [New Yorker]
  • Phew. Katherine Jenkins is back atop the leader’s board on “Dancing with the Stars,” thanks to a killer Argentine tango this week. [San Jose Mercury News]
  • Journalist Katie Roiphe penned this week’s Newsweek cover story, “The Fantasy Life of Working Women,” about the mega best-selling book “Fifty Shades of Grey.” [Newsweek]
  • And, in the process, inspired a major backlash on the interwebs. [Feministing, Gawker, The Frisky]
  • Kate Mara shows that the couple that hoodies together stays together. [Just Jared]
  • Katie Ricks has become the first openly lesbian woman ordained by the Presbyterian Church USA. Congrats Katie! [Huffington Post]
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones looked H-O-T at Vanity Fair’s kick-off party for the Tribeca Film Festival. [Us Weekly]
  • Kate DeCamillo, the author of “Because of Winn-Dixie” and “The Tale of Despereaux,” explains how she got into writing for kiddos. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
  • And shocker—Kate Moss will appear in the photo exhibit “Contains Nudity” at Los Angeles’ Rankin Gallery. [Baller Status]

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On online dating, the genders, and the spreadsheet that launched 1,000 blog posts

The infamous dating spreadsheetEarlier this week, Katie J.M. Baker of posted a cautionary tale, for both female and male online daters alike. A New York banker charting the waves of came up with a novel way to keep the women he was talking to on the site straight—he made a spreadsheet of the eight women he was corresponding with. He included their name, a photo, his initial impressions after viewing their profile, the dates when they’d exchanged winks, the dates of when they’d exchanged emails, and impressions of their first date. He color-coded the women according to who he wanted to “monitor closely ASAP” and who he wanted to “monitor casually.” He, of course, gave each woman a numerical score based on her appearance, getting so specific as to dole out three 7.5s and a 9.5. For one woman, he wrote, “Ok girl, but very jappy; one and done for me.”

Apparently, during a great date on April 4th with “Arielle,” a woman described on his spreadsheet as “very pretty; sweet & down to earth/great personality,” this guy let it slip that he had been keeping said spreadsheet. Arielle, of course, wanted to see it. He obliged.

He emailed her the spreadsheet after their date saying, “Well…this could be a mistake, but what the hell. I hope this e-mail doesn’t backfire, because I really had a great time and hope to hang again soon :) .”

Backfire doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Arielle sent the spreadsheet to a few friends. Who presumably sent it to a few friends. Soon, it landed in Jezebel’s inbox. From there, it went viral. As newspapers picked up the story, people stopped being satisfied with identifying the spreadsheet maker as “a member,” and revealed the poor dope by name—one David Merkur, 28, who works for a real-estate finance firm on Park Avenue. He now says that making, and sharing the Excel spreadsheet, was a “serious lapse in judgment” and that he is “deeply remorseful.”

While many, many on the internet have bashed Merkur, and a few others have applauded his sense of organization (like Jessica Wakeman at The Frisky), I think Merkur’s spreadsheet points to a larger sociological phenomenon here.

Not to get all Mars/Venus on you, but I think this spreadsheet is symbolic of the ways men and women approach online dating differently.

Here’s what I mean.

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Music Break: The story of “Kiss Me, Kate”

In the early 1940s , Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein revolutionized musical theater with their show “Oklahoma!” which was not only a smash hit, but took the idea of integrating song and dance numbers into a story to new heights. But there was one person who was not so thrilled with their success—composer and lyricist Cole Porter. Porter seemed to take the opening of “Oklahoma!” as a challenge to create his own fully enmeshed musical. And so he began writing a little play called “Kiss Me, Kate,” a musical that takes place behind the scenes of a production of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” The twist? The director and star of the play casts his ex-wife as the infamously reluctant in love Katherine, while he sets out to woo the actress playing Bianca.

The Broadway show was an instant smash with Alfred Drake and Patricia Morison in the lead roles. It won the very first Tony Award for Best Musical in 1949.

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Dear Kate: My boyfriend is pressuring me to give up being a vegetarian

Dear KateBy Katharine Luckinbill

Dear Kate,

I have been a vegetarian for a very long time—like since elementary school long. I have zero interest in eating meat ever again. It’s not so much that I think eating meat is morally reprehensible—it’s just that it’s something that doesn’t feel right for me. However, my boyfriend is trying very hard to change my mind. At least every other meal we have together, he will say something like, “When you eat meat again…” He’ll even jokingly threaten to sneak meat into a dish of mine sometime. I’ve tried to express to him that I don’t find this particularly funny and that it feels dismissive of him to not value my beliefs. I mean, I would never pressure him to be a vegetarian! How can I get him to stop this particular prodding?


Tofu Enthusiast


Dear Tofu Enthusiast,

First of all, kudos on staying veggie for so long. I, myself, have tried (and failed) numerous times to stay on the vegetable-laden path. We, who do not have the will power to resist a Grey’s Papaya hot dog, salute you!

Now onto your beau’s prodding words…

Have you tried asking your guy—at a calm and happy time, when communication is open and not strained—why it is that he wants you to eat meat? Maybe he thinks it’s healthier for you to have meat in your diet. Or is it just something he’s hassling you about for fun?

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