Nintendo cuts price of Wii
Thu Sep 24
We've got good news for parents saving up for the holidays. Nintendo has finally discounted its uber-popular Wii from $250 to $200. Nintendo doesn't allow retailers to offer their own discounts on the system, so this 20% is the best deal you're going to get unless you take your chances on Craigslist. The new price goes into effect on September 27.
Celebrity mommy Catherine Zeta-Jones moving to NYC
Wed Sep 23
At least temporarily. It's finally been confirmed ( Perez has been blogging about it for a month) that the star of Chicago , No Reservations , The Legend of Zorro and all those wacky T-Mobile commercials will appear in the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music opposite the legendary Angela Lansbury. Previews at the Walter Kerr Theatre begin November 24th, and the show opens on December 13th. We're not sure what we're looking forward to more: Hearing Zeta-Jones croon "Send in the Clowns" or tracking sightings of the actress running around town with hubby Michael Douglas and their adorable kids, Dylan Michael, 9, and Carys Zeta, 6.
Good news for kids' lungs
Wed Sep 23
No, we're not talking about Bloomberg's proposed public parks smoking ban. The Food and Drug Administration banned the sale of flavored cigarettes yesterday in an effort to prevent kids from transitioning their fondness for Kit Kats into an addiction to chocolate and vanilla-laced tobacco. The New York Times reports that in a 2004 survey, "17-year-old smokers were more than three times as likely as those over the age of 25 to smoke flavored cigarettes, and they viewed flavored cigarettes as safer." Thousands of teenagers and kids (yes, those innocent tweens we just wrote about) take up smoking every day. We're not sure if the ruling will put a huge dent in adolescent smoking (flavor or no flavor, smoking is an addictive, rebellious behavior), but it's clearly a step in the right direction. From now on, when your kids ask you what cigarettes taste like, you can tell them with complete honesty: "Horrible."
Betsey Johnson designs Plaza suite for Eloise fans
Fri Sep 18
What better way to celebrate the recession than to book a $3,595-a-night Eloise-themed suite at the Plaza Hotel? The signature pink-and-black suite, designed by the wacky fashion designer and Eloise look-alike Betsey Johnson, will honor the beloved kid lit character. The original 1955 book by author Kay Thompson and illustrator Hilary Knight, has spawned a slew of sequels like Eloise in Paris, a TV series and even movies. Now the precocious gal returns to her upscale roots at the newly renovated Plaza. Let it be known that the hefty price tag includes the Live Like Eloise Slumber Party Package, which covers up to six little kids and includes a plethora of Eloise books, DVDs, super sundaes from in-room dining and—get this—Eloise postcards with complimentary postage. For those of you less inclined to dip into the college savings, there's a "bargain" option: for a mere $895 you can live like Eloise, you just can't invite your friends. To book a room, visit fairmont.com.
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