Hello Kitty Is Not A Cat — She’s A British Schoolgirl
Aug28

Hello Kitty Is Not A Cat — She’s A British Schoolgirl

The world is buzzing over the big news: Hello Kitty, that staple of Japanese pop culture celebrating its 40th birthday, is not a cat but a little girl. The jaw-dropping revelation comes from Christine R. Yano, an anthropologist with the University of Hawaii who is curator of a Hello Kitty retrospective coming to the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles in October. She told the newspaper that creator Sanrio made that clear:...

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The Scoop On Betty Boop Movie
Aug15

The Scoop On Betty Boop Movie

Variety reports that Betty Boop – the first female animated star at the end of the Roaring ’20s — is returning to the big screen, with Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and Animal Logic Entertainment developing and producing. The project has been in the works for several months with Fleischer Studios, owner of the Betty Boop charater, partnering with Syco Entertainment and Animal Logic — which performed the animation for...

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TV Tackles ‘Approval Matrix’ Again — Hosted By Neal Brennan
Aug11

TV Tackles ‘Approval Matrix’ Again — Hosted By Neal Brennan

The Approval Matrix — New York Magazine‘s popular, back-page pop culture round-up of what’s highbrow, lowbrow, brilliant, and despicable — is now a TV show on Sundance TV (premiering Aug. 11 at 11 p.m.) This is the second attempt to bring the feature to the tube. Bravo’s bland 2011 pilot never went anywhere. What can viewers expect this time? Jon Caramanica of the New York Times reviews it: “The Approval...

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The Smell Of Success: Tara’s Sharknado Perfume
Aug05

The Smell Of Success: Tara’s Sharknado Perfume

Tara Reid is riding the huge Sharknado wave… launching a new fragrance Shark By Tara. The scent is described as a “light and refreshing perfume perfect for day-to-day wear” with a “fresh and fun feel.” Price: a very reasonable $24.95. Luckily, it doesn’t actually smell like shark, instead incorporating three different “nodes” of scene according to the star’s website. “Our...

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Xamaleon Ice Cream — Lick It And It Changes Color
Aug02

Xamaleon Ice Cream — Lick It And It Changes Color

A new kind of ice cream that changes color when you lick it has been developed by Spanish chef and physicist Manuel Linares. Licking the ice cream, called Xamaleon, initiates the color shift. The heat of your tongue and acidity of your saliva react with the ice cream, whose flavor has been likened to tutti-frutti, to transform it from periwinkle blue to pink and purple. And we thought mood rings were cool. Linares insists that the...

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‘Sharknado 2′ Rides The Wave
Jul31

‘Sharknado 2′ Rides The Wave

“Sharknado 2″ was great summer fun. Better than “Sharknado.” The highly entertaining sequel delivered on its enormous hype, combining ridiculous action with delicious, cheesy dialogue. It was a supreme TV viewing/social media experience. Leads Ian Ziering and Tara Reid cemented their places in pop culture history, as a parade of guest stars — from Vivica A. Fox to Judd Hirsch to Al Roker and Matt Lauer...

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