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From Pineapple to Lipstick: Rosie Perez is Getting Bitchy

We're sure James Franco and Seth Rogen will end Batman's reign at the box office this weekend with Pineapple Express. But when Blindie watched the stoner flick, it was Rosie Perez's role that caught us by surprise. The Latina actress, who is best known for her roles in Do The Right Thing and White Men Can't Jump, played against type in the comedy blockbuster as a crooked cop. Perez particularly shined in the final scenes, which found her in a fist fight with the yummy James Franco. In other Rosie news: She's heading to the small screen on NBC's surprisingly well-written girlfriend drama, Lipstick Jungle, alongside Brooke Shields, Lindsay Price and Kim Raver. "I play a publicist, a mean bitchy publicist," she told Entertainment Weekly. "Everyone seems to be picking me to play mean people right now. What the hell? I am a really nice person in my everyday life I swear."
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An Open Letter to Tyra Banks & Cycle 12 of America’s Next Top Model

As The CW’s America’s Next Top Model gets ready to cast diamonds-in-the-rough for Cycle 12, Blindie has a few things for producers to keep in mind. Basically, we still think this guilty pleasure can be saved from itself--and from the claws of Tyra--but only if they get rid of a few of the show's formulaic tendencies. Here's 10 Things Blindie Hates About You, ANTM: 1. Tyra, STOP the dramatics. From your random accents on the panel to your unnatural sadness when kicking contestants off. If we have to hear you say, "I have two beautiful girls standing before me, but I only have one photograph in my hand. That photo represents the girl who is still in the running toward becoming America's Next Top Model…." I think we will have to cut your tongue out! 2. ENOUGH already with the "Smile with Your Eyes" bit. We know how to do it--you've been schooling these girls on smiling with their eyes for 11 cycles now! 3. No more pretty girls with disabilities! From Cycle 1's Amanda (retinitis pigmentosa) to Cycle 2's Mercedes (Lupus) to Cycle 10's Heather (Aspberger’s, a form of autism), we get it: Pretty people have problems too. 4. Stop calling Nigel Barker a "noted fashion photographer! 5. No more plus-sized models. Just develop a spinoff. We are tired of seeing Size 8s dubbed plus-sized because they are in a house full of Size 0s...
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Ga Ga: BET Goes Marvel with ‘Black Panther’ Comic Series

BET and Marvel Animation are teaming up for an animated series based on the superhero, The Black Panther. The new series--which will be adapted directly from the first six issues of the Marvel Comic written by Reginald Hudlin--is slated to premiere in 2009, with a preview scheduled for July's Comic-Con. "The Black Panther has always been an inspirational character to me," Hudlin, who is also President of Entertainment at BET, says in a statement. "And now I get to share that inspiration with the widest audience he's ever had." Blindie can't wait for the Black Panther to marry Storm! PHOTO: Marvel Comics
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Gossip Girl‘s Jessica Szohr: TV’s Latest Phenom of the Ambiguous Ethnic Girl

Gossip Girl's Jessica Szohr isn't the first token TV character. Take a look back: Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies) on Saved By the Bell. Rhonda Blair (Vanessa A. Williams) on Melrose Place. And Cleveland Brown on The Family Guy. But the latest phenomenon is the beautiful, ambiguously-ethnic character. Take Szohr as Vanessa Abrams on the CW's hugely popular teen soap. She came onto the lily-white set of Gossip Girl as the boho-esque, Williamsburg hipster waitress who had gifts from Eastern Europe in tow on her first episode. Although Szohr's character was a sharp contrast to the non-speaking, harajuku-costumed black (played by Nicole Fiscella) and Asian (played by Nan Zhang) background characters on the show, it was quite confusing to peg Szohr's ethnicity. Her hair was curly (she could be Puerto Rican/Dominican?), but her eyes were blue/green and her skin was basically the same color as her castmates. She is reportedly Hungarian and African-American. Another primetime example is Rashida Jones as Karen Filippelli on The Office. Calling Karen "exotic," Steve Carell's charmingly clueless character puts everyone's (even our own) curiosity to rest, asking Karen, "Is your father a G.I.?" As most may know, Rashida is Quincy Jones' daughter with Mod Squad star Peggy Lipton. Her sister is Kidada Jones. But, while on past shows, except for Lisa on Saved by the Bell (who was famously fawned over by the un-dateable Screech, and dated Zac Morris for an episode), these characters are far cries from the sassy black girlfriend who tells it like it is roles we've been bamboozled by. They are actually part of major romantic story lines. On The Office, Jones' character was involved in the fabled love triangle between John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer. While Szohr's character shook things up between Blake Lively and Penn Badgley. She also went on to date the prettiest character on the show, Chace Crawford (pictured above). Before joining GG, Szohr also played Barry Watson's neighbor and love interest in the cancelled ABC series, What About Brian? ''Do I want to see any more shows where someone has a sassy black friend? No, because I'm nobody's sassy black friend," Girlfriends creator Mara Brock Akil recently told Entertainment Weekly of TV's lack of diversity. "I just want to see shows in which people get to be people and that look like the world we live in.'' As our frustrations with TV's lack of color continue to flourish, enjoy this Entertainment Weekly article, "Why is TV so White?" PHOTO: Courtesy of The CW
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Lisa Ling: All Night Long

Lisa Ling (no, not Lucy Liu!), who showed the world that a 20-something could be intelligent and beautiful with her stint on The View, is taking her reporting to ABC's Nightline. The 34-year-old TV personality, who left her cushy job at The View in 2002 to host the gritty, gravitas-building National Geographic Ultimate Explorer (and eventually becoming a special correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show), will appear in her first segment for the late-night hard news program on Thursday, according to the New York Times. "I have wanted to work with Lisa for a long time," James Goldston, executive producer of Nightline, said in a statement. "She is a terrific journalist with a very distinctive style that fits really well with the Nightline sensibility." PHOTO: The Oprah Winfrey Show
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Our Favorite ’80s Teen Queen (Next to Lisa Bonet) is Back!

When she turned toward the camera and delivered the line, "They f--king forgot my birthday," in 1984's Sixteen Candles, Molly Ringwald had our heart. Yes, we obsessed over Lisa Bonet's style and sass on The Cosby Show, but it was Ringwald who was the every-girl you cheered for. Now 40, the freckled face of '80s teen angst is starring as a mom in ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Yes, it's a far cry from her days as the It Girl of eclectic, vintage fashion. "I never thought of myself as a style icon," Ringwald told the Los Angeles Times. "I wore all that vintage because my parents kept me on an allowance, and so I shopped on Melrose. My style was based on necessity." As for Sixteen Candles? "I think that Sixteen Candles lends itself to [another film]," she says of a possible sequel. "It was such a Cinderella story. And I was interested to see what happened to this girl." We're crossing our fingers!!!
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From Pineapple to Lipstick: Rosie Perez is Getting Bitchy

We're sure James Franco and Seth Rogen will end Batman's reign at the box office this weekend with Pineapple Express. But when Blindie watched the stoner flick, it was Rosie Perez's role that caught us by surprise. The Latina actress, who is best known for her roles in Do The Right Thing and White Men Can't Jump, played against type in the comedy blockbuster as a crooked cop. Perez particularly shined in the final scenes, which found her in a fist fight with the yummy James Franco. In other Rosie news: She's heading to the small screen on NBC's surprisingly well-written girlfriend drama, Lipstick Jungle, alongside Brooke Shields, Lindsay Price and Kim Raver. "I play a publicist, a mean bitchy publicist," she told Entertainment Weekly. "Everyone seems to be picking me to play mean people right now. What the hell? I am a really nice person in my everyday life I swear."
Read More

An Open Letter to Tyra Banks & Cycle 12 of America’s Next Top Model

As The CW’s America’s Next Top Model gets ready to cast diamonds-in-the-rough for Cycle 12, Blindie has a few things for producers to keep in mind. Basically, we still think this guilty pleasure can be saved from itself--and from the claws of Tyra--but only if they get rid of a few of the show's formulaic tendencies. Here's 10 Things Blindie Hates About You, ANTM: 1. Tyra, STOP the dramatics. From your random accents on the panel to your unnatural sadness when kicking contestants off. If we have to hear you say, "I have two beautiful girls standing before me, but I only have one photograph in my hand. That photo represents the girl who is still in the running toward becoming America's Next Top Model…." I think we will have to cut your tongue out! 2. ENOUGH already with the "Smile with Your Eyes" bit. We know how to do it--you've been schooling these girls on smiling with their eyes for 11 cycles now! 3. No more pretty girls with disabilities! From Cycle 1's Amanda (retinitis pigmentosa) to Cycle 2's Mercedes (Lupus) to Cycle 10's Heather (Aspberger’s, a form of autism), we get it: Pretty people have problems too. 4. Stop calling Nigel Barker a "noted fashion photographer! 5. No more plus-sized models. Just develop a spinoff. We are tired of seeing Size 8s dubbed plus-sized because they are in a house full of Size 0s...
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Ga Ga: BET Goes Marvel with ‘Black Panther’ Comic Series

BET and Marvel Animation are teaming up for an animated series based on the superhero, The Black Panther. The new series--which will be adapted directly from the first six issues of the Marvel Comic written by Reginald Hudlin--is slated to premiere in 2009, with a preview scheduled for July's Comic-Con. "The Black Panther has always been an inspirational character to me," Hudlin, who is also President of Entertainment at BET, says in a statement. "And now I get to share that inspiration with the widest audience he's ever had." Blindie can't wait for the Black Panther to marry Storm! PHOTO: Marvel Comics
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Gossip Girl‘s Jessica Szohr: TV’s Latest Phenom of the Ambiguous Ethnic Girl

Gossip Girl's Jessica Szohr isn't the first token TV character. Take a look back: Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies) on Saved By the Bell. Rhonda Blair (Vanessa A. Williams) on Melrose Place. And Cleveland Brown on The Family Guy. But the latest phenomenon is the beautiful, ambiguously-ethnic character. Take Szohr as Vanessa Abrams on the CW's hugely popular teen soap. She came onto the lily-white set of Gossip Girl as the boho-esque, Williamsburg hipster waitress who had gifts from Eastern Europe in tow on her first episode. Although Szohr's character was a sharp contrast to the non-speaking, harajuku-costumed black (played by Nicole Fiscella) and Asian (played by Nan Zhang) background characters on the show, it was quite confusing to peg Szohr's ethnicity. Her hair was curly (she could be Puerto Rican/Dominican?), but her eyes were blue/green and her skin was basically the same color as her castmates. She is reportedly Hungarian and African-American. Another primetime example is Rashida Jones as Karen Filippelli on The Office. Calling Karen "exotic," Steve Carell's charmingly clueless character puts everyone's (even our own) curiosity to rest, asking Karen, "Is your father a G.I.?" As most may know, Rashida is Quincy Jones' daughter with Mod Squad star Peggy Lipton. Her sister is Kidada Jones. But, while on past shows, except for Lisa on Saved by the Bell (who was famously fawned over by the un-dateable Screech, and dated Zac Morris for an episode), these characters are far cries from the sassy black girlfriend who tells it like it is roles we've been bamboozled by. They are actually part of major romantic story lines. On The Office, Jones' character was involved in the fabled love triangle between John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer. While Szohr's character shook things up between Blake Lively and Penn Badgley. She also went on to date the prettiest character on the show, Chace Crawford (pictured above). Before joining GG, Szohr also played Barry Watson's neighbor and love interest in the cancelled ABC series, What About Brian? ''Do I want to see any more shows where someone has a sassy black friend? No, because I'm nobody's sassy black friend," Girlfriends creator Mara Brock Akil recently told Entertainment Weekly of TV's lack of diversity. "I just want to see shows in which people get to be people and that look like the world we live in.'' As our frustrations with TV's lack of color continue to flourish, enjoy this Entertainment Weekly article, "Why is TV so White?" PHOTO: Courtesy of The CW
Read More

Lisa Ling: All Night Long

Lisa Ling (no, not Lucy Liu!), who showed the world that a 20-something could be intelligent and beautiful with her stint on The View, is taking her reporting to ABC's Nightline. The 34-year-old TV personality, who left her cushy job at The View in 2002 to host the gritty, gravitas-building National Geographic Ultimate Explorer (and eventually becoming a special correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show), will appear in her first segment for the late-night hard news program on Thursday, according to the New York Times. "I have wanted to work with Lisa for a long time," James Goldston, executive producer of Nightline, said in a statement. "She is a terrific journalist with a very distinctive style that fits really well with the Nightline sensibility." PHOTO: The Oprah Winfrey Show
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Our Favorite ’80s Teen Queen (Next to Lisa Bonet) is Back!

When she turned toward the camera and delivered the line, "They f--king forgot my birthday," in 1984's Sixteen Candles, Molly Ringwald had our heart. Yes, we obsessed over Lisa Bonet's style and sass on The Cosby Show, but it was Ringwald who was the every-girl you cheered for. Now 40, the freckled face of '80s teen angst is starring as a mom in ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Yes, it's a far cry from her days as the It Girl of eclectic, vintage fashion. "I never thought of myself as a style icon," Ringwald told the Los Angeles Times. "I wore all that vintage because my parents kept me on an allowance, and so I shopped on Melrose. My style was based on necessity." As for Sixteen Candles? "I think that Sixteen Candles lends itself to [another film]," she says of a possible sequel. "It was such a Cinderella story. And I was interested to see what happened to this girl." We're crossing our fingers!!!
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