Did Beyoncé And Jay-Z Just Buy Cher's Opulent Malibu Mansion For $41 Million?
| May 09, 2013
Did Beyoncé and Jay-Z just buy Cher's 1.7-acre Malibu Compound? The famous Italian Renaissance-style mansion Cher once called her "fortress" was listed for $45 million in 2008, then taken off the market and shopped around as a pocket listing for $41 million.
Though experts remain skeptical of the rumor, which was sparked today by Perez Hilton, we'd actually love it to be true. We've covered Cher's extravagant mansion before, and it's always hard to imagine anyone but the "Believe" diva herself owning this extravagantly dramatic home. Cher had the whole place done up by designer Ron Wilson, and the two took extra care to make the place Cher-friendly. "I'm comfortable here," the singer told Architectural Digest in 2002. "This house wraps its arms around me."
Mother's Day Gift Guide 2013: Most Unique Presents For Mom And Home
| May 03, 2013
Mother's Day is May 12, but do you know where the perfect gifts are? Relax! We've got you covered with a shopping guide to gift items from some of our favorite retailers.
But before we give you the goods, how much do you know about the history of Mother's Day?
In the United States, Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. The modern concept of Mother's Day is in fact an American invention, not directly descended from the myriad celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have existed throughout the world over millennia. Obviously, the Mother's Day of today bears little resemblance to the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration -- but it has earned its own cultural significance in the United States and throughout the world.
Kanye West's Ballad For Kim Kardashian Warms Hearts At The 2013 Met Gala
| May 07, 2013
Kanye West's Met Gala performance earned rave reviews from Kim Kardashian, and it's no wonder. The performance was dedicated to her, after all.
The song was "an ode to Kim ... about how awesome she is," a source told Us Weekly. "The audience was jamming to it. Kim was smiling and loving it."
Supermodel Coca Rocha was loving it, as well. Rocha shared a Vine video of the song with the caption, "Kanye telling Kim not to worry what anyone says, that she's awesome. Quite touching really."
Kim, of course, took her praise to social media as well. "Baby you're AWESOME," Kim said on Instagram of Kanye's Met Gala performance.
Lucky Strike In SoHo: French-Inspired Restaurant And Bar Serves Up Warm Paris Ambiance
| May 08, 2013
Don't be so quick to quote Mad Men's "It's toasted!" slogan. Although this French inspired restaurant and bar is an unlikely dive for Donald Draper and his team of creative fiends, Lucky Strike is New York's closest replica to Café des 2 Moulins featured in the celebrated 2000 film, Amélie.
If you're looking for the latest interior design fads, you won't find it here. The restaurant, named after the infamous cigarette brand, relies on a minimalistic approach to its ambiance. With large mirrors adorning light yellow walls that depict the daily menus (beautifully written in whiteboard markers), Lucky Strike sticks to simplicity. Wooden chairs and marble tables are fitted for two or four. Comfortable booths line the wall below the mirrors. It all adds up to a pleasant Parisian dive in the middle of SoHo.
How Did The Met Gala Become NYC's 'Night Of Nights'? A Brief History Of The Metropolitan Museum Of Art
| May 07, 2013
Last night's 2013 Met Gala, also known as the Costume Institute Ball, drew scores of celebrities and fashion royals to the red carpet to celebrate the opening of this year's fashion exhibit at the Costume Institute. The Met Gala is sometimes referred to as "the Oscars of fashion," with stars striving to create the most impressive possible looks for the red carpet while honoring the theme of the exhibition.
Abercrombie & Fitch Store Design Enforces CEO's 'No Fat Chicks' Policies
| May 08, 2013
"No Fat Girls Allowed," says Abercrombie & Fitch -- if not in those exact words. The New Rules of Retail, a new book co-authored by Robin Lewis, explores the marketing strategies of popular teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch in fascinating detail -- including the brand's exclusion of large women from its customer base.
It's hardly a secret among young shoppers that Abercrombie & Fitch does not keep XL or XXL sizes in stock, nor that the exclusion of larger sizes is the brand's way of associating itself with a specific standard of beauty. The ideal Abercrombie customer is young, pretty, and skinny, and the store has come up with a simple plan to control who buys Abercrombie clothes: make sure fat girls can't fit into them.
Why Did Joaquin Phoenix Buy His Neighbor's House? Is This Part Of Another Mockumentary?
| May 02, 2013
One home wasn't enough for Joaquin Phoenix, who has snapped up a neighbor's property with apparent plans for a personal Hollywood Hills compound.
The 38-year-old actor, known for his role as the emperor Commodus in Gladiator and for his Grammy-winning turn as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line, has been out of the press for a while since he freaked the public out with his strange behavior while filming a secret mockumentary. But now Phoenix has made headlines with his real estate, much to our delight!
Miami Dolphins Cancel Stadium Renovations After Florida Legislature Blocks Public Funding
| May 06, 2013
The Dolphins' plans to renovate the Sun Life Stadium have been canceled thanks to the Florida Legislature, which declined to allow the team public tax dollars to fund stadium improvements. (Photo: Facebook / Miami Dolphins)
The Miami Dolphins have canceled their stadium renovation plans after the Florida Legislature declined to pass a bill to allow public financing for a Sun Life Stadium makeover, Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said Sunday.
More 'Storage Wars' Controversy As A&E Cuts 3 Cast Members Amid Dave Hester Lawsuit And 'Fake' Accusations
| May 02, 2013
'Storage Wars' drops three cast members in the upcoming season, including Dan and Laura Dotson (left). Now viewers are wondering if it has anything to do with Dave Hester's lawsuit in which he alleges that 'Storage Wars' is fake. (Photo: A&E)
Storage Wars drops three regulars in the upcoming season, leaving us to wonder what new troubles are brewing in scavenger paradise. The A&E series is still caught up in its legal battle with Dave Hester, who was locked out of Storage Wars Season 4. Now three more Storage Wars stars are being dropped by the popular reality series as bidder Darrell Sheets and auctioneers Dan and Laura Dotson are getting their episodes chopped.
Archaeologists Find Revolutionary War Fort Where Georgia Patriots Beat The British Before Kettle Creek Battle
| May 06, 2013
Redcoats in a re-enactment of the Revolutionary War. Perhaps they just fled after their defeat at Carr's Fort. (Photo: Facebook / Revolutionary War Reenacting In Michigan)
A frontier fort found on a Georgia farm was once the site of victory for patriot militiamen in the Revolutionary War, archaeologists say.
Searching an area of more than four square miles with metal detectors, archaeologists turned up musket balls and rifle parts along with horse shoes and old frying pans -- evidence, they say, that they have found Carr's Fort, a frontier fort that made history some 234 years ago.
April Showers Bring May Snowflakes In Wyoming, Denver; Will It Fix The Drought?
| May 01, 2013
A May Day snowstorm dropped about a foot of snow on Colorado and Wyoming Wednesday after Monday temperatures hit the 70s. (Photo: Reuters)
A May snowstorm that covered Wyoming and Colorado in about a foot of fat, soggy snowflakes forced schools and roads to close while frustrating residents, who had enjoyed temperatures in the 70s on Monday.
"It's incredibly frustrating," said Trela Phelps, manager of City Flora. "We keep going back and forth all the time, and now Jack Frost is visiting us once again."
Man Claims To Be 'Forgotten' Vet John Hartley Robinson, But Is He A Fraud?
| May 01, 2013
John Hartley Robertson is the subject of 'Unclaimed,' a documentary following Vietnam vet Tom Faunce as he tracks down an MIA soldier rumored to be living in a Vietnamese village. (Photo: Youtube/Mythfilm33)
John Hartley Robertson, a Green Beret assumed dead in Vietnam after his helicopter was shot down over Laos in a secret mission in 1968, has been found over four decades later in a remote Vietnamese village, according a new documentary. But is it really him?
Where Did The Late Superstar Deanna Durbin Live After Her Retreat From Hollywood?
| May 01, 2013
Deanna Durbin dies at 91: The former child star was once one of Hollywood's most popular actresses. (Photo: Youtube/ddurbinfan)
Deanna Durbin has died at age 91, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The former child star may not be well-known today, but in 1946 she was the second-highest paid actress in America. Today, for the record, that would be Cameron Diaz.
Chad Johnson Befriends A Homeless Man: The Twitter Adventures Of Ochocinco And Pork Chop
| Apr 30, 2013
Chad Johnson (right) took a homeless man named Pork Chop out for a night on the town that became a weekend adventure for the unlikely duo. (Photo: Twitter/ochocinco)
What do former NFL star Chad Johnson and a homeless man named Pork Chop have in common? We have no idea, but they seemed to have a swell time together this weekend as Johnson took Pork Chop out on the town.
America Says Goodbye To George Jones At Grand Ole Opry House Funeral
| May 02, 2013
The Grand Ole Opry House was the site of George Jones' funeral Thursday morning. The service was open to the public and drew thousands of family, friends, and fans, including many famous faces and performers. (Photo: Creative Commons)
George Jones' funeral at the Grand Ole Opry House was open to the public and broadcast live on cable music television channels CMT and GAC, as well as on all local television networks in the Nashville, Tennessee area.