Clarifications from yesterday's entry:
Clarification 1, re: American Girl dolls: I understand why an in-store stylist might not be able to do off-brand dolls. I mean, it might be a bit crap, but there are legitimate reasons (the dolls have different kinds of hair fiber, they can't style every doll in the world, whatever). The key word in the item as I wrote it was "humiliated." There's no reason the stylist couldn't say, "Oh, I'm sorry, but they won't let me do that." (And me being Southern, I probably would have thrown in a "But that's a real pretty doll--maybe someone at another [non-AG] store can do it?") And there is absolutely no reason for the other customers to be condescending slags to a young child. I understand why they turned her down; I don't understand the extra layer of bitchery on top.
Clarification 1b, re: American Girl dolls: I actually own one--Josefina--that I got when I was in college. I'd spent my later childhood/early adolescence drooling over the wonderful catalogues, and so when I was a Spanish major and could buy one for myself, well, Josefina seemed fitting. My sister had Samantha, who I kind of reverse-inherited when she didn't want to play with dolls anymore. However, we were on board before Mattel bought out Pleasant Company, and I could tell when it happened, because the catalogues were very different afterwards. In short: Mattel sucks, blame them.
Clarification 2, re: rants: The lock on my door doesn't work. This now makes two consecutive houses (and three different bedrooms) where my door wouldn't lock. Pretty much everyone else's does. Anytime anyone wants to barge in, they pretty much do. I have got to move out of this house.
Recalled pet food blamed for more than 100 deaths.
Meth addict who made documentary dies.
"Runningman" makes it into record books at last.
Police: Man swiped 1,500 women's undies. Dedication is important, you know?
Porn a tough sell for bashful panda. Notice they avoided the more common wording "hard sell." Heh.
Group finds toad the size of a small dog. AUGH.
Otters floating around, holding hands.
Ninja Kittenz 4 Justice.
I don't really know how to describe this one, except that it involves Peeps on horseback.
The best breakup note ever.
Leibovitz to photograph Queen Elizabeth II.
Country star dumps husband after child sex bust. Oh, Wynonna. That's going to be a dicey country song to write.
Jack Valenti, head of MPAA ratings board, suffers stroke.
Eddie Griffin wrecks rare $1.5 million Ferrari.
Thora Birch's Ex-Porn Star Stage Dad Just Wants His Daughter To Raise Her Sex Scene Game. Ew.
Duchovny Says 'X-Files 2' Negotiations Almost Complete. After what happened to that show in the last couple of seasons, it was years before I was able to love again. Seriously. I think Lost was the first show I picked back up with on a steady basis. Don't suck me back in, Carter.
Depp and Banderas in Sin City 2? I'm sorry, I'm a little slack-jawed right now.
Abbie Cornish to star in Campion's Keats bio Bright Star.
Welling Signs Up for 'Teen Wolf.' Oh dear.
Evan Almighty Trailer to Debut During The Office. Well, naturally.
28 Weeks Later Trailer.
'Lost' Star Naveen Andrews Wants To Remake Fassbinder Classic 'Ali: Fear Eats the Soul.' Huh, I had to watch that in my foreign film class.
Batman Gets Lego Treatment.
A couple of new POTC pics in this gallery; keep an eye out for Keith Richards.
Gwen Stefani Suggests Sanjaya Tackle An Instrumental This Week. I'll be honest with you--we were all downstairs watching this horrorshow as a family, wah wah bonding etc., and they showed the intro clip of Sanjaya rehearsing with Gwen and I caught a few words in the background, realized what he was about to perpetrate, and shouted "OH NO HE'S NOT!" What did he sing? "Bathwater." With a ponyhawk. What the fuck. I love that song and it hurt my heart. Meanwhile, Defamer reports that "[Gwen] tried to get him to sing some 80's song. He said he was a big fan and he really wanted to do one of her songs. Gwen was upfront with him and told him she didn't think he could pull it off but gave him the benefit of the doubt. Today after seeing how rehearsals were going, she didn't see any progress. She went to Nigel immediately and told him she does not want Sanjaya singing one of her songs whatsoever. Sanjaya didn't have many options at that point. He kind of got stuck with ['Bathwater']. This caused a big scene at the studio and was the talk all afternoon." Seriously, someone find me a screencap of his hair. The people need to know about what Vote for the Worst is doing to this country, because it's not funny anymore. If you've ever thought of voting for an American Idol contestant who is not Sanjaya Malakar, I beg you, do so this week. I don't even blame Sanjaya himself at this point--as one site (ew.com?) so eloquently put it, he's out of his depth and he knows it, but he can't go home--"he's in hell." Put us all out of his misery. Please. ETA: THE HORROR.