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Lady Gaga’s New Album for 99 Cents? Safe.

via Dish My Dirt

For the fearful, not wanting to jump into a daunting realm of $15 albums, Amazon has a full digital copy of Lady Gaga’s newly released Born This Way for a meager 99 cents. Check out the Daily Deal here. Even if you’ve been a little “meh” on Gaga lately, you have nothing to lose, you cheap bastard.

-MM

Pacman Celebrates 30 Years with its Best Friend Google

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The Google homepage is a Pacman game today in honor of the game’s 30th birthday. Try and beat my high score… but you never will.

Never.

-MM

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Designers in Front of the Camera

If there’s one thing Project Runway has taught us, it’s that designers aren’t always as attractive as their creations (see: Santino, season 2). But occasionally there comes a designer that could probably walk in their own shows and everyone would just mistake him or her for another model.

via Marc Jacobs

And so we have Marc Jacobs, the quiet but gorgeous designer that makes amazing clothing and has an equally as amazing face. For his new fragrance campaign, he’s  oiled up and, um, out there for all to see. But he’s not the first designer to get in on the modeling action. The equally delicious (ugh, I wish I was a gay man) Tom Ford also starred in his own fragrance campaign. Oh my bless-ed eyes!

via Tom Ford

Then there’s been Kimora Lee Simmons, etc, but do we really need pictures of them? Nah. There’s a difference between the higher art of Jacobs and Ford, and the fame-whoring of Kimora. The higher designers could sell their products without us ever seeing their faces,  but the Kimoras of the world couldn’t sell anything without their faces being plastered all over their products and ads. Here’s to seeing more of Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs’ faces… and whatever else we need to see of theirs in their ads :-).

Yeah, that’s right… a SMILEY FACE. I went there.

-MM

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What Do We Have to Look Forward to on the Tween Networks? More of the Same. Hurray!

There are two types of shows that end up on the tween channels ABC Family and the CW — the bad ass ones like Gossip Girl, and the wimpy ones you watch with your mother, like Life Unexpected. ABC Family used to be pure wimp, CW used to be more bad ass. But it looks like they’re both taking cues from one another and blurring the lines.  Shall we take a look at what the baby cable networks decided young girls and other-people-too-old-to-watch-shit-but-somehow-we-get-sucked-in-anyway will be watching this fall?  —

Hellcats

I don’t even know if ABC Family’s boring gymnastics show Stick It is still on, nor I do care to any immense degree, but looks like the CW decided to go ahead and create the same show with cheerleaders. Watch the boring trailer full of awkward non-talking/nondescript movements, and then get excited for this gem to shine on the fall schedule–

Pretty Little Liars

So then ABC Family was like, hey, if you’re going to steal our boring gymnastics show, we’re going to make a less-intense, less-interesting version of Gossip Girl and call it Pretty Little Liars. No one will be as attractive as they are on GG, and there’s no way this show will weasel its way into pop culture like the CW hit did, but why not give it a whirl? Trailer below–

Nikita

Like.. La Femme Nikita. Upcoming CW show. Looks kind of cool, but will I watch? Nah. All this action will get in the way of the characters scheming and shopping. Let’s be honest, I can knock the CW and ABC Family shows all I want, but they’ve got me wrapped around their litttttle fingers with their formulaic soaps.

-MM

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Things I’m OK With: A Potential End to American Apparel

If there’s one thing I’m sick of hearing, it’s the excuses from American Apparel fans as to why they had to spend $20 on a plain T-shirt. “They’re sooo comfy.” “They last forevvvvver.” “It’s muccccccch higher quality.” I’m a certified brandwhorrrrrre.”

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A jersey T-shirt is a jersey T-shirt is a jersey T-shirt. I get it — American Apparel makes some damn comfy T-shirts/other crap. But so do other places that charge less. I mean, I can rant ’til I’m blue in the face, but the fact of the matter is, the hipster mecca might be in danger of crumbling. The company reported a $17.6 million loss for the first quarter of 2010. Looks like jersey fabric and metallic spandex isn’t recession-proof.

But, people, it’s going to be all right! It’s time to explore other places to buy boring and/or strange crap! Expand our horizons! There are other stores on Melrose, I promise! So take a last tour around the ol’ hipster palace, and then step outside, into the light, and then turn way or another and start walking. You’re bound to find a jersey T-shirt or two somewhere.

-MM

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A Zombie Attack in LA: What to Do, Where to Go

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Maybe you scoffed at the title of this post, but when the walking dead are sucking your brains out with a straw… well, I’ll probably still be alive to tell you, “I told you so.” So here are a couple ways to keep yourself protected in the City of Angels:

1) Head to the ocean: This is a tricky one… on one hand, zombies don’t always particularly love water, but remember in ZOMBI 2 where the zombies WALKED ON THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN? Or when the zombie fought the shark UNDER WATER? Then again, if you’re near the ocean, might be the safest bet, as zombies aren’t the most graceful and you could probably out-swim them for a while.

2) Head downtown: Tall downtown buildings mean good watchtowers, so you can keep a birds-eye view of zombie invasions. High roofs are also useful for displaying messages when helicopters fly above. The downside? If the zombies manage to get into the building, the only way to go is up… and then to jump.

3) Head to a mall (a la the Beverly Center): Per DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978 and 2004), the mall can be a good place to hole up. You can find plenty of places to lock yourself into while still remaining in one structure. However, things can turn dangerous if you get stuck in a store with only one exit and the zombies descend. But if you can avoid getting trapped, a mall is a great source of resources to keep you alive and safe.

-MM

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The Trailer For CHARLIE ST. CLOUD… AKA, The Trail of Zefron Tears

You know what I could go for today? THE LAST SONG II with a dash of THE LOVELY BONES. Maybe a little DEAR JOHN for flavor? Great! And starring Zac Efron! Perfect. Enjoy…

-MM

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