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'Sweet Valley Confidential': A Bittersweet Return

(10) Comments | Posted March 29, 2011 | 7:51 AM

"Excuse me, do you have the new Sweet Valley book?"

The last time I asked this question, I was 12. My social life revolved around babysitting the brats down the street, slumber parties and riding my rusty Schwinn with my girlfriend to the closest neighborhood bookstore in my Detroit suburb....

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What Tiger Woods, Jesse James and Eva Longoria taught me about love

(61) Comments | Posted December 26, 2010 | 9:40 PM

According to the Chinese calendar, 2010 was the year of the tiger. In the celebrity universe, it was the year of the Tiger divorce. Sandra and Jesse's split too. And Scarlett and Ryan. And Eva and Tony. And David and Courteney. And Tammy Lynn and Melissa. And Halle and Gabriel....

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Oh Baby, Baby: Britney Spears Makes a Comeback

(28) Comments | Posted September 28, 2010 | 9:36 AM

I've never met Britney Spears. But we did breathe the same oxygen once. It was at the Tribeca Grand in NYC after the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards. I was trying my best to blend in on the dance floor (pause for laughter) when my coworker pointed out that Spears...

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My Rockin' Night with Bret Michaels

(5) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 11:12 AM

I hope the doctors didn't have to shave his head. Yes, I know it sounds superficial. But that's all I could think about when I read that Bret Michaels had suffered a massive brain hemorrhage and was fighting for his life.

Bret, you see, has a classic rock star hair....

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Mourning a Teen Heartthrob

(9) Comments | Posted March 10, 2010 | 10:52 PM

Corey Haim is dead.

He spoke openly about his drug demons, struggled for years to re-find his footing in Hollywood and looked far older than his 38 years in photos. In a way, the Internet headline seemed morbidly preordained and not at all surprising. Still, there was something so...

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Stop the Twilight Insanity!

(223) Comments | Posted November 21, 2009 | 2:24 PM

Here's a sentence I never thought I'd write: Miley Cyrus and I have something in common. Last week, the teen pop singer declared that not only does she refuse to see The Twilight Saga: New Moon, she's horrified by its pop-culture domination. ("I feel really lame because everyone's, like, so...

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Jon and Kate: Why We Can't Stop Looking

(50) Comments | Posted May 30, 2009 | 3:54 PM

Big mistake.

That was my gut reaction six weeks ago when I heard that my Us Weekly powers-that-be had decided to put Jon and Kate Gosselin -- stars of the TLC reality show Jon & Kate Plus 8 -- on the cover. Seems Jon had recently...

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I'm Voting for McCain... And Yes, I Wrote the Us Weekly Cover Story

(442) Comments | Posted September 4, 2008 | 2:08 PM

"Shame on you for writing that article! Shame on you!!!"

"I'm calling you because what you wrote is so politically slanderous. I'm shocked that a woman would do that. You are a disgrace to your gender and your country."

"Yeah, great story. You and your freak publisher. Just...

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