Twilight Barbie dolls to hit stores in November
Tue Aug 11
If all that semi-chaste neck-biting didn't turn your stomach, this will! Just kidding (kind of). On November 1, Barbie is releasing two new dolls of Twilight lovers Bella Swan and Edward Cullen that look pretty similar to the actors who play them: teen heartthrobs Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. This doesn't come as much of a surprise, though, considering what a cash cow this whole phenomenon has been. These things are going to fly off the shelves, which will be available at Wal-Mart and barbiecollector.com. Will your kids be adding these to their holiday wish list?
New trailer: Disney's The Princess and the Frog
Fri Aug 7
You're probably already familiar with Princess Tiana, Disney's first African-American addition to its line of royalty. She's set to make her debut in this fall's The Princess and the Frog, set for release on November 25, which follows the age-old fairy tale with a twist (upon kissing the slimy frog, Tiana herself turns into an amphibian!). The princess has already experienced controversy: Why is the prince's skin so light? Does the movie include too many African-American stereotypes? Overall, however, the idea has been positively received, many critics noting that this is only the beginning of the infusion of black culture into the Disney brand. To tide you over until the film's release, check out the trailer below. We can't wait! Will you take your brood to see it?
8-cent cupcakes! 88-cent ice cream!
Thu Aug 6
You heard that right: This weekend Cold Stone Creamery and Buttercup Bakeshop are offering some sweet deals via OCHO LOCO. On Saturday, swing by the Astor Place location of the ice-cream chain for a highly discounted dose of the cold stuff. If you're not sugared out, head to the cupcakery on Sunday to pick up one of its signature treats for just eight pennies. We don't know about you, but this is precisely what our summer dreams are made of. Print out your coupons here. 88-cent ice cream: Sat August 8 11am--midnight. Cold Stone Creamery, 2 Astor Pl at Broadway (212-228-4600, coldstonecreamery.com). Subway: R, W to 8th St--NYU, 6 to Astor Pl. 8-cent cupcakes: Sun August 9 2--6pm. Buttercup Bakeshop, 141 W 72nd St between Broadway and Columbus Ave (212-787-3800, buttercupbakeshop.com). Subway: C, 1, 2, 3 to 72nd St. Eight-cent cupcakes only available to the first 488 patrons.
Introducing Bebe Gloton. Nipple daisies included. No, really.
Wed Aug 5
We're always searching for new dolls for our kids, so you'd think we'd be happy about the latest addition to the toy shelves. Guess again. May we introduce Bebe Gloton. Hailing from Spain, the name translated literally means "Baby Glutton," but don't worry, this isn't a rant about obesity, eating disorders or body image. This is a rant about nipple daisies. You're probably puzzled now...so are we. We're puzzled why anyone would conceive of this doll, which comes with a smock adorned with bright pink daisies that your daughter can put on and then "breastfeed" the "baby." Yes, daughters like to emulate their mommies in many ways, but do prepubescent girls really have the urge to play breastfeeding? If a little girl wants to pretend to be mom, she can use her imagination. What's next? A toy that simulates pregnancy so she can get in on that fun too? Watch the demo below and then weigh in: Would you let your little princess play "breastfeeding baby," or dump those detachable daisies,...
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