September 16th, 2009
05:42 PM ET
On "Showbiz Tonight" you may have seen the regular segment where a celebrity talks about how he or she makes a marriage work. It's a question we put to some big names, when we get the chance.
I've discovered a trend has emerged that the men will all give a version of the same answer. For example, I spoke with Matt Damon last night at the premiere for "The Informant" and toward the end of the interview I put the question to him. He said that the key for him was he picked the right woman, but then he added that men need to "listen, and practice these three words, 'you're right honey'." It's not a surprising answer, Marc Anthony told me roughly the same thing once. (If you were wondering it did come a couple of minutes after Jennifer Lopez had left the room).
Thinking that maybe I just hit a couple of guys with the question and happened to get a similar answer I chatted with Jen Gerardo, the producer who regularly works on this segment. She told me that married celebrity women who get the question tend to come up with a more thoughtful answer, while the men tend to go for the cheap laugh with a "yes Dear" answer. I get it. But, I'm not sure what it says about married men overall, that we instinctively understand that we can get a laugh by going with the cliche (disclaimer time here - I just got married this summer and I've already made the joke among friends more a few times).
So, when you hear the most famous and successful men in the world say the secret to a good marriage is "yes dear", do you buy it? Or, is there a better answer for this question?
September 10th, 2009
05:48 PM ET
The skinny little models running around Bryant Park are a sure sign that Fashion Week is back in the Big Apple.
Twice a year the fashion world shows its wares in midtown Manhattan. While throngs of people have been arriving at the tents designers use to hold their fashion shows, the big event of the opening day isn't a show, it's something called "Fashion's Night Out". It's Vogue Editor Anna Wintour's big brainstorm to rescue the fashion industry from the people-not-spending-money problem.
"FNO", as the fashionistas are calling it, is a worldwide initiative that has stores around the world holding star-studded events and staying open late in the hopes that shoppers will make the cash registers sing into the night.
In New York, major designers and some celebrities like Kate Hudson, Charlize Theron, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Hugh Jackman, and Justin Timberlake will be at stores in Manhattan and Queens to support the initiative until the wee hours. And on Wednesday, more than 100 top models dragged themselves out of bed before 9 am– the horror– to show off FNO t-shirts. See, everyone in fashion is doing their part. Regular people can buy these at participating stores and boutiques.
Whether it works or not, we'll know about sales in a couple of days, but the fashion crowd is buzzing that the elusive Anna Wintour is actually heading to a Macy's store in Queens to kick it off– at, gasp, a mall. This, I gotta see. I'm headed out there.
Do you think it will work? Will the fashion kingdom and its reigning emperor /editor seem more real-world relevant with a little help from a big one-night party with real people at real stores?
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