Movie Review: Iron Man
Thu May 8
Dying to see Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man? Just leave your seven-year-old at home. The story depicts realistic scenes of war in the Middle East that are too intense for younger kids. Plus, aside from Jeff Bridges as a perfectly smarmy captain of industry, all the obvious bad guys are scowling Arabs and Eastern Europeans. I suppose that’s standard in Hollywood films these days, but it still made me cringe. For kids 11 and older, Iron Man could prompt discussion about the business of war. Director Jon Favreau (of Swingers fame) tries hard to compensate for the action genre’s glorification of automatic guns and dramatic explosions with an anti-war story line. Tony Stark (Downey) is a weapons manufacturer whose eye-opening visit to Afghanistan causes him to renounce his family company’s war profiteering. From then on, he fights people only to win the right not to fight—get it? Favreau and Downey acknowledge the mixed message they’re sending: Real violence is bad, but cartoonish violence...
More Miley Cyrus news
Wed May 7
If Vanity Fair and Disney were trying to bring more attention to Miley Cyrus with the not-so-scandalous naked photo scandal, it worked. But the publicity seems to be backfiring. According to the Daily News, "The audience for Sunday's new episode of the Disney Channel phenom fell 24% from the previous fresh episode, which aired just under two months earlier." Has Miley's picture scandal made you ban your brood from watching Hannah Montana?
Lactation stations at work
Mon May 5
A post on gawker this morning mentioned the Conde Nast offices at 4 Times Square (and home to the likes of Glamour, Vanity Fair and Vogue magazines) might be carving out a space for breastfeeding moms to pump and gossip. Do you think offices should be required to provide so-called lactation stations? I'm all for them--why should breastfeeding mamas be relegated to the bathroom? That said, I believe these spaces should be equipped with computers, phones, etc, to keep the workday as uninterrupted as possible. For you working parents, do your offices have dedicated places for pumping? Talk back below!
The Baby Borrowers
Mon May 5
Have you heard about NBC's upcoming show, The Baby Borrowers? It premiers June 25th and follows five young couples (ages 18-20) for three weeks, as they move in together and a "raise" a child. Real-life parents have actually volunteered to let these strangers raise their children for a few days at time (the couples will watch a baby for several days before trading up for a toddler, tween and teenager). Watch the preview below and tell me if you would ever surrender your kid for the "good of the show." I sure as hell wouldn't...and yes, I realize the parents are watching on a monitor and can step in at any time. Still, no thanks!
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