25 March 2008

Congratulations to the 2nd Design Contest Winner

Way to go, valerie.hampsey, your design was chosen as the winner of Contest 2. It was clever, funny, and personalized. Your design will be appearing in the April 4th issue of US Weekly!

Contest 2 Winner

We are very sorry that we couldn’t pick a hundred winners, because there were some really great designs. You can check them all out here.

There was one design in particular that was a very close runner-up. We’d like to send a second-place prize of a $50 Customized Girl Gift Card and a free shirt to comedygrl2004. We’ll be in contact shortly, comedygrl2004.

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With that, Contest 3 is officially underway. To enter, simply create an awesome design, save it, and tag it “Contest 3″.

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If you’ve never saved a design before, here’s a quick lesson:

Choose any piece of apparel from one of our many categories (we recommend Her Tops and Undies). In the Design Center you can add text, clipart, and your own images. Everything is adjustable, so feel free to experiment with the text styles, colors, sizes, etc.

Most importantly, be sure to save your design once you’re finished. Just click the save button in the Design Center, which looks like this:

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On the next page name your design, choose the first tag from the drop down menu, and add “Contest 3” as an additional tag.

Tag it Contest 3

Be sure to leave your Share Option as “share”. Then click “Save” and you’re done!

We are not sure which issue of US Weekly we will be featuring the winner of Contest 3. The contest is open until we update this blog post with an ending date (probably in a few weeks).

*You must be 18 years old to claim your prize.

*Enter as many times as you want. You do not have to purchase your design to be entered into the contest. Thanks so much for participating and good luck!

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24 March 2008

Top 100 Celebrity Sites

Forget Harvard diplomas and years of political and business experience. Today, celebrities rule the world. How else can we explain Paris Hilton’s all-consuming fame, which was seemingly bestowed on her for nothing more than a well-executed pout and frequent use of the phrase “That’s Hot.” Nowhere is our society’s celeb-obsessed status more evident than on the World Wide Web, which is littered with hundreds of celebrity gossip and news sites. Here’s a list the top 100 places to scrounge up some celebrity hearsay.

Top Ten

These 10 sites are perhaps the most rock-solid and most visited celeb-focused blogs and news sites out there today. Bookmark these for your mainstays.

* indicates a site that may have questionable content (i.e. partial nudity, adult language)

  1. People: The website for this popular magazine offers daily celeb photo albums and breaking news headlines. It’s the most popular entertainment news site online, with a great section on the latest star styles and unique standing features, like the week’s best celebrity quotes.
  2. TMZ: TMZ began as a blog, but it has blossomed into one of the top resources for star gossip. Now, the company even has its own TV show now that follows around its paparazzi employees as they harass the stars. TMZ even organizes their information in appealing categories, like “Celebrity Justice,” “Fights,” and “Drunks.”
  3. US Weekly: A print magazine that can largely be described as eye candy, US Weekly’s website stays competitive with loads of celebrity gossip and photos. Using the same tactics as they do in the print edition, US Weekly’s website pulls people in with splashy headlines, little text and a focus on photos.
  4. Perez Hilton: Perez Hilton (real name Mario Armando Lavandeira) began blogging about celebrities “because it sounded easy.” Now he’s a celebrity himself and boasts one of the most-read celebrity blogs out there. Perez has made both friends and enemies in Hollywood. His sharp tongue and critic’s nature has led some stars to befriend him to keep their name out of his negative commentary.
  5. E! Online: This star-focused network has a detailed and an up-to-date website chock full of celebrity gossip. You can also stay updated on movie reviews and what’s scheduled to be on E in the coming days. E Online is a fun site that should definitely make your bookmark list.
  6. Starpulse: Starpulse is the “entertainment destination” for lots of gossip-hounds with 3.6 million monthly visitors. While the graphic design could use some help, the site is packed with headlines in every celebrity category imaginable.
  7. Access Hollywood: This TV show has expanded its gossip empire onto the web and has a thorough and well-frequented site. All of the show’s hosts, including President Bush’s cousin Billy Bush, maintain their own blogs where they can wax poetic on their personal opinions of Hollywood.
  8. DListed*: “Be afraid. Be very afraid.” That’s the tagline for this vicious gossip site that cuts slack for no star. Dlisted is run by a 28-year-old man named Michael K. who has even built a MySpace page around his beloved gossip blog.
  9. Popsugar: Boasting that it’s “insanely addictive,” Popsugar offers features that allow users to customize and personalize the site for themselves. Readers can busy themselves reading the frequent updates or taking celebrity pop quizzes. And check out the Giggle section for a round up of some hilarious non-celebrity Internet videos.
  10. Celebrities.com: A gossip site that has to have the most coveted URL in the world of celebrity journalism. Watch videos on demand, delivered from this site’s proprietor E.L. Woody, who’s been in the paparazzi business for decades.
Fashion and Body Focused

If all you really care about is what the celebrities are eating, wearing, or weighing check out these often not-so-nice sites that have their critical eye on fashion and body image.

  1. I’m Not Obsessed: A great blog for fashionistas with lots of star fashion pics. INO has separate sections for those interested in fitness, fashion or products. And vote on the stars’ styles in the Love it or Hate it section.
  2. Celebrity Fashion Watch: The name of this thorough blog says it all. Postings often include comparison photos of stars rocking two different looks – you decide which one is best!
  3. Jezebel: A feisty blog that sports the tagline “Celebrity, Sex, Fashion. Without airbrushing.” In the Snap Judgment section, bloggers make catty assumptions about celebs from bad photos; MagHag criticizes the print media’s take on the celebrity world.
  4. Couture Candy: You’ll find out what the stars are wearing, when they wore it, who made what they wore, and where you can get it too. This detailed site is so professional it looks like an online store. Browse styles by designer names using the sidebar menu.
  5. The Skinny: Read all about celebrity weight gain, weight loss, and body images at The Skinny. Peruse the appropriately divided sections for pics of the stars looking both skinny and flabby and then get inspired in the Celebrity Exercise section.
  6. Celebrity Baby Blog: Since babies are the latest trend in Hollywood, this blog is most appropriately filed under this sub-head. Find all the baby news you need with these insanely thorough posts, which include dates and times of star child births, full-blown birth announcements and play-by-play coverage of celebrity pregnancies.
  7. Barbie Martini: Dish on celebs, hot guys, and the latest handbags on this well-designed site that even lists great drink recipes.
  8. Egotastic!*: Egotastic is not entirely G-rated with its vigorous focus on sexy starlets, but it’s probably the straight male’s pick for celebrity news. Get your fill of stars in tiny bikinis and revealing tops on this site.
  9. The Superficial: Another site obsessed with how female stars are looking these days, it’s very aptly named. The Superficial isn’t interested in too much flattery, however, even referring to Fergie recently as an “anatomically correct wax statue – of a man.”
  10. Go Fug Yourself: Stars think they can get away with any outfit just because their famous. This blog disagrees. Dare to wear a ridiculous outfit in public and prepare to be burned by these critical bloggers.
  11. Batch Please!: A nice little rant about the latest trends in Hollywood. Batch Please! even provides links to the best and latest iems the stars are into, like Prada sneakers. Links to multiple designer websites are also provided – very convenient for those who like to shop.
  12. A Socialite Life: Gossip is served on this blog, which was originally founded by real-live socialite Miu von Furstenberg. These bloggers know what they’re talking about and have even established their own online TV station. Also, download their podcasts!
  13. Damn I’m Cute: A pretty easygoing celebrity blog that dubs itself everything celebrity “minus the ugly.” This blog posts discussion-sparking posts and is often linked to by other fellow bloggers.
  14. Popoholic: This blog and it’s pictures of scantily-clad starlets definitely caters to men. It’s like the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue all year long, with a nice daily round up of the hottest star pics.
  15. Hollywood Tuna: Get your fill of fit stars in skimpy swimsuits on this site. In fact you can get your fill of lady stars bending over, walking down the street or modeling the latest minidress – if it’s revealing it’s fodder for this site.
  16. The Bastardly: Body conscious rants are aimed at those who don’t meet The Bastardly’s definition of style and class.
Feisty

Haters of the world unite! These bloggers love nothing more than to pick on the shortcomings and embarrassing public moments in the lives of our favorite stars du jour. Here’s a wager that these blogs will be heavy on the Britney Spears content – the material just keeps coming from that one.

  1. Hot Momma Gossip: A well-rounded site that likes to pick fun at all sorts of celebrity dramas. You can also shop or peep some new beauty products on this site. It’s also a great launching pad to other celeb gossip blogs – just check out the links under the friends section.
  2. CelebSlam: True to its name, this blog likes nothing more than to slam celebrity reputations. Consider this recent headline: “Paris Hilton is unbelievably retarded.” And if you know when a celebrity fell publicly, you’ll be able to find CelebSlam’s response using their well-organized archives.
  3. Celebrity Puke: A disgusting name for a site that’s not afraid to report the dirty details. It’s a simple site that’s linked in to all the hippest social networking sites.
  4. Celeb Warship: It’s all out war on the celebs on this snippy blog that understands the way to readers’ hearts is to keep things short and simple and load up on the photos.
  5. Celebrity Link: Your site to all the celebrity stories you could ask for, this site links you to 44,000 other celebrity blogs. Just search and you’re there. Watch out, though, for the annoying pop ups and blinking ads.
  6. Wendy Wayrad: This female blogger calls herself “Hollywood’s voice of reason,” and her quirky comments lend wit and humor to run-of-the-mill stories. Also, check out her side menu of all the categories she covers – everything from asses to John Waters to The View. Wendy Wayrad has you covered.
  7. Celebrity Smack: “Smacking celebrities since 2004!” This blog even dishes on random celebs that have been all but deemed irrelevant by other bloggers.
  8. Bitten and Bound: This blog dishes on “the not so pretty side of Hollywood.” You can keep your priorities in order by electing to read the top headlines or follow the links for related stories about your favorite stars.
  9. Derek Hail: A male blogger with a snarky and sexual focus on Hollywood’s female elite. If he doesn’t find a star attractive, he will let you know it. Find his thoughts on everyone young, beautiful and not-so-beautiful in Hollywood.
  10. Lainey Gossip: This blogger has put a call out to all fellow “smuthounds” to join in on the trashtalk. The site also proves it has an intellectual side with links to recommended books and movies. Click on the “get Smut” button to have the blogs sent straight to your email.
  11. Gawker: This blog started out as a tool to bash media insiders and fellow reporters, but it quickly delved into the celebrity realm. Expect no niceties here. Gawker founder Nick Denton is a celebrity in his own right now and is even the financial force behind the uber popular site Lifehacker.com.
  12. Glitterati: These bloggers just want to have fun and their smart, witty posts allow their readers to do the same. The simple graphic design of this site puts the focus directly on the smut being relayed. Weigh in with your own thoughts and peruse links to other gossip sites when you’re through.
  13. All About Nobodies: You’ve got to love a blog dedicated to harping on people who are famous for no reason. And one that admits to publishing both fact and conjecture. This is an all-time fave for it’s simple focus on the ridiculousness of Hollywood these days, where people can become famous for literally doing nothing.
  14. Agent Bedhead: A great round-up of celebrity news that goes beyond the main headlines to give you stories with a funny slant.
  15. Jossip: Jossip is so gossipy it claims to be the gossip’s gossip resource. Plus, it’s a hilarious read, and it follows TV newscasters and politicians with the same fervor as it does celebs.
  16. Evil Beet: Evil Beet is a sarcastically funny blog that’s pretty tough on celebrities, but, pleasingly, their witty delivery makes it all seem fair. The blog also has some creative ideas for sub-categories. Click on the Celebs ‘N’ Drugs Galleries for star confessions about their narcotics habits.
  17. Girls Talkin’ Smack: No shortage of smack talk here from these two blogging females. This site has a great layout – simple and easy to read.
  18. City Rag: A New York City-based blog that slings insults with all the furor of a Valley Girl. But this blogger also sometimes posts on things outside the celebrity world, like art, meaning readers can find some culture to go along with their smut and maybe alleviate some of their guilt for wasting brain cells.
  19. Yeeeah!: A blog that claims its only for “snarky people.”
  20. Bricks and Stones: If a blogger lives by the mantra that words can never hurt them, there’s no telling what verbal sparks will fly. But it’s not all drama on this blog. Recently, they posted four huge pics of Cameron Diaz trying on shoes in a department store. Not too exciting.
  21. Hollywood Backwash: According to these spicy bloggers, “celebrity gossip is a dish best served cold.” Keep your timelines straight by linking to the related stories offered after each post.
  22. Hollywood Offender: Another feisty site, another feisty tagline – “One bad deed deserves another” on this blog that doesn’t necessarily stand apart from the rest of Hollywood’s bloggers, but does offer thorough and well-written commentary.
  23. Mollygood: No matter your status on the star totem pole, you’re fodder for this blog that’s “splaying celebrities from the A- to the D-list.” This blog is a breath of fresh air with it’s smart and witty reflections on all things star related. Posts are unique and the gossip goes well beyond the top stories of the day.
  24. WWTDD: What Would Tyler Durden Do? is a blog (seemingly run by a guy named Tyler Durden) that makes fun of celebrities for fun. A lively blog with witty insight.
  25. Hollywood Headache: Another solid, grumpy round-up of migraine-producing celebrity news on this blog.
  26. CelebSlap: These bloggers pride themselves on getting out all the juice the celebs would rather not spill. A highly usable site, readers can even search for the news they want by typing it in. Read sections like, Fashion Police, Wannabees, and Xtreme Close-up, which fittingly features zoomed in detailed shots of all the stars.
General Interest

These sites don’t really subscribe to a specific slant. Well, sometimes they do, but in general they’re just interested in giving you the straight gossip and some detailed background information on the stars you love.

  1. Superior Pics: This pared-down site offers star bios and breaking news headlines.
  2. Celebrity Gossip: A site that compiles reports from fellow celebrity gossipers and is updated every five minutes. Readers can vote for their favorite stories and create their own Gossiper profiles. A highly interactive blog.
  3. Hollyscoop: A busy blog that covers celebrities, their upcoming projects, and their fashions. Sub categories allow readers to easily find what they’re looking for and the site even employs reporters to record TV news segments posted right on the home page.
  4. Hollywood Gossip: A general news blog heavy on the photos and the pop ups. But it does offer fun features like allowing readers to send in their own humorous captions for bad celebrity photos.
  5. Celebrity Rumors: Sometimes nice, sometimes not, Celebrity Rumors does have all the latest news and an arsenal of accompanying photos for each story. This blogger loves it when stars say and do stupid things.
  6. Celebitchy: Despite its moniker, Celebitchy is a pretty straight forward gossip site that presents information in a handy calendar format, so you know what happened when. Dig the Hot Posts sidebar on the left – it keeps readers up on the latest and greatest news. And there’s another impressive link section to other celebrity bloggers.
  7. Celeb Guru: No spiritual advice on this site, but there is a nice, healthy round-up of the latest celebrity news. Don’t expect to find any off-the-beaten-path stories here, though. Headlines are mostly culled from the blockbuster stories of the day.
  8. Gabby Babble: A steady stream of energetic blabber fills up this cute site. Easily a favorite, this site even ranks the best reader comments of the day and reports on gossip outside the celebrity world. And you can even join the Gabby Babble community and create your own profile!
  9. Allie is Wired: Judging by the title and the amount of posts, this blog is run by a highly caffeinated individual (s). There are tons of links to be found on this blog. And if you’ve always been told you’re a dead ringer for Amy Winehouse you’re in luck! The blog even sponsors its own celeb lookalike contest.
  10. Defamer: Defamer is a sassy well-rounded blog loved by all fellow celebrity bloggers. It’s hearty staff of seven contribute copy like it’s nobody’s business. Another site that allows users to register and create their own profiles.
  11. Pink is the New Blog: This great little site is run by a man named Trent who claims “everybody’s business is [his] business,” and his popular blog might soon just be giving Perez Hilton a run for his money. A great, thorough site that’s also a terrific read.
  12. The Bosh: A solid blog that posts headlines on everything to star-sightings at restaurants to stars that forget to wear underwear in public. Sometimes, though, the headlines could use some help. “Nicole Richie Out Running Errands” and “Ashlee Simpson Eats” don’t exactly compel further reading.
  13. Popbytes: A good round up of what other bloggers are saying, Popbytes also breaks exclusives. Also, it has a creative tagline: “When culture pops, I wipe it up.”
  14. FameTracker: Look up the fame record of any celebrity in history with this Almanac resource. More of an encyclopedia of celebrities than an actual news blog. Don’t expect to find pics of Ashlee Simpson eating here.
  15. Celebrity Babylon: A photo-heavy site that has sections for shopping, music, and fashion. The top features each day are organized in a very attractive way, and there’s a section everyone will love from gossip hounds to audiophiles.
  16. Flynet: Get loads of celeb photos on this blog run by two guys named Sam and Harry.
  17. Just Jared: A really upbeat blog bringing you the straight news about the stars. Again, a site that’s heavy on stories about stars talking runs and getting coffee, but really, I suppose we can’t expect a scandal every day of the week.
  18. Hollywood Grind: No secret is safe here on this standard news blog that keeps up with its competition, while not making too strong of a name for itself..
  19. ICYDK: In Case You Didn’t Know keeps readers informed on side stories other bloggers miss, gives loads of links, and takes a fun approach to their URL. Teenage texters will catch on immediately to the acronym.
  20. Gabsmash: Get your fill of celebrity news at Gabsmash and link to other celebrity gossip sites.
  21. Hollyweird Gazette: All the “sleazy celebrity news you can’t resist.” Actually, this site is a bit outdated. Here’s hoping the bloggers come back soon. In the meantime, it’s a useful place to link out to more current blogs.
  22. Snitch: Straightforward name, straightforward website. Don’t expect too many photos with your words, but you’ll get a good dose of the latest news. This site doesn’t have its own voice, but it does a great job of pulling together stories from blogs that do.
  23. YBF: “Celebrity gossip never looked so good” on this blog that covers every star that’s “Young, Black and Fabulous.” A great niche site with that employs good usage of catch phrases like Haterade in its headlines.
  24. We Smirch: A collection of all the latest reports from news outfits and blogs all over the web, We Smirch calls itself an “automatic dirt digger.” The complex site is well organized and presents many forums for reader discussion on the latest and greatest breaking news.
  25. Splash: The web’s premiere site for photos of all the stars.
Magazine and TV Shows

As People.com has proven, celebrity news organizations that primarily categorize themselves as a publication or television show have shifted to the Internet with a vengeance. Here’s a list of some web counterparts for our favorite beach reads and prime time pleasures.

  1. OK! Magazine: A British tabloid that claims it’s “First for Celebrity News,” OK is known for its ability to garner rights to exclusive celebrity stories with its big payouts.
  2. Hello! Magazine: Hello! is OK!’s biggest rival in Britain and abroad and boasts a decently navigable site. Like OK!, Hello! offers up the big bucks to stars willing to give out exclusive information and photo rights. Check out the photo galleries, horoscopes and latest star quizzes.
  3. Best Week Ever: This VH1 show has a fun and informative Internet counterpart full of comedic puns. Contributors include many of the above mentioned bloggers. Also, find links to video and sign up to get mobile alerts on your cell phone!
  4. In Touch Weekly: One of US Weekly’s top competitors, In Touch shows it can keep up with snazzy headlines and exclusives. Warning, though, to all Brangelina haters – the couple often graces the cover of the magazine, as does Pitt’s ex Jennifer Anniston.
  5. Life Style: Life & Style tries to sell copies and gain website hits by one-upping its competitors in saturation of below-the-belt stories. Consider these recent sensational headlines: “Angelina trashes Jen” and “Where’s Suri? Missing for Eight Weeks!”
  6. Inside Edition: This entertainment news show takes a more balanced approach to celebrity news, both on air and on line. Catch it on the tube during the afternoon, depending on where you live. Check your local listings for times.
  7. National Enquirer: While mostly not true, the outrageous stories in the National Enquirer sure are entertaining.
  8. Star Magazine: Star delivers smut each week with features on stars looking and acting their worst. It’s stories are questionable at best, putting this publication in a category with the above mentioned tabloid. It’s latest scoop is that Lindsay Lohan is a lesbian. Hmmm.
  9. Extra: This cheesy news magazine show is hosted by Mark McGrath, the former lead singer of Sugar Ray and stays current with all the latest fluff. The on-air antics between McGrath and his co-host Dayna Devons are more irritating than entertaining, which is why this site comes in so handy. No audio!
Industry Focused

Maybe you want the star gossip on salaries, labor disputes, and career histories? Suit yourself. Keep abreast of the drier side of Hollywood with these industry resources.

  1. TunaFlix: A gossip site with a focus on the movie industry. A serious film site that latches onto the theory that sex sells with its provocative graphics.
  2. IMDB: The Internet Movie Database won’t give you too many juicy tidbits, but you can find detailed star bios, lots of pics, and full work histories for each star. T
  3. Variety: This industry newspaper may not tell you who Paris Hilton is sleeping with, but it will tell you how much she’s going to be making in her next up-and-bombing flick.
  4. Cinematical: A blog on all things cinema, the site is pretty understated, but very informative with all the latest movie trailers and reviews.
  5. Ain’t It Cool News: Self-professed and proven film geek Harry Knowles runs this detailed blog that has made quite a stir in the industry.
Newspapers

What?!? You prefer to get your news from credible journalists out of a real newspaper? Well, suit yourself. Actually, some of the biggest most respected papers in the country have some pretty decent gossip columns, so go ahead and get your dirt with dignity.

  1. New York Post: The Post’s Page Six is one of the most notorious newspaper gossip columns in history.
  2. New York Times: Yep, even the nation’s journalistic stalwart gets in on the gossip from time to time.
  3. Boston Globe: The Globe’s entertainment section is well-updated and the paper even has a spot for breaking news on its home page.
  4. Boston Herald: Like the Post, this tabloid newspaper has its own gossip column called the Inside Track, as well as a pretty substantial entertainment section.
  5. L.A. Times: Without a good gossip section, the L.A. Times would be put to shame. After all, Hollywood is its home turf.
  6. New York Daily News: The NYDN is another saucy tabloid gossip column that gives Page Six a run for its money.
  7. Washington Post: The Post doesn’t play up celebrities in its front pages, but politicians and their relationships with Hollywood keep this paper competitive.
  8. San Francisco Chronicle: SF Gate’s Daily Dish column is pretty juicy.
  9. Chicago Tribune: This big city paper has an equally big entertainment section.

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12 March 2008

Top 20 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces

Divorces among laymen are often characterized by a lot of bickering, a midnight move into an efficiency apartment, and drawn-out battles over automatic kitchen appliances. Celebrity divorces, however, are a little more complicated. While these couples bicker too, the arguments tend to go beyond who is getting the family cat. When celebrities split up, fortunes the size of a small college endowment are typically at stake, thereby taking the mudslinging and dirty tactics to a whole new level. Here’s a list of 20 of the most expensive celebrity breakups in recent history.

  1. Paul McCartney and Heather Mills: The contentious divorce between this ex-Beatle and former model is sure to go down in history as one of the ugliest, priciest splits ever with both parties using the media as an instrument to trade insults and heighten their positions. The couple met at a fundraiser and married in 2002. A year later Mills gave birth to their daughter Beatrice and three years after that it was announced that the British duo was splitting. While negotiations of the settlement are still in the works, it’s rumored that a final agreement will be announced soon. It’s also rumored that Mills could walk away with up to $120 million in U.S. dollars, an impressive win for Mills, who has been representing herself in the divorce case.
  2. Michael and Juanita Jordan: The former Chicago Bulls star has several athletic records under his belt, and now he’s set another – this time for the most expensive divorce settlement on record. His split from wife Juanita after 17 years of marriage cost him $168 million. Aside from the money, Juanita also received the couple’s Chicago home and custody of all three of their children. An impressive exchange of dough for a couple who started out with humble beginnings, having met at Bennigan’s and eloped in Las Vegas.
  3. Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey: Diamond and Murphey’s 1995 divorce was on record as the most expensive celebrity breakup until the news about the Jordan’s. But after 26 years of marriage, the couple, who have two children together, split to the tune of $150 million. Questioned about the sum after the proceedings were final, Diamond famously quipped, “She’s worth every penny.” Diamond credited Murphey with helping him “keep his sanity” during the most tumultuous and busy times of his career. After his divorce, Diamond began dating an Australian woman 30 years his junior.
  4. Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving: Spielberg has made his fortune producing and directing blockbuster hits, like E.T. and Indiana Jones. But he lost half of his assets during his divorce from Amy Irving in 1989 after only four years of marriage. At the time, the settlement was big news, and the $100 million Irving received still ranks in many top 10 lists of the most expensive divorce pay outs. Surely, Spielberg has gotten over it by now. Currently, he’s worth over $3 billion.
  5. Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison: Married for over 20 years, Mathison and Ford met in 1977 before he was landing multi-million dollar roles, therefore no pre-nuptial agreement was deemed necessary at the time. But by the time they split up, Ford was earning over $20 million per picture. As part of the deal, Mathison won future earnings from unreleased movies Ford made while they were still married, and she walked away with a sum total of $85 million, leaving Ford free to pursue his current flame, Calista Flockhart.
  6. Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva: These two college sweethearts divorced in 1994 after a 16-year marriage that produced three children. They married right after their graduation from California State University in Fullerton, and Costner struggled to make a name for his self in Hollywood during the early years of their marriage before striking it big with Oscar-winning hits like Dances With Wolves.
  7. James Cameron and Linda Hamilton: The powerhouse director and buff actress met while filming The Terminator, which Cameron directed and Hamilton starred. Their marriage in 1997 lasted a measly 18 months, a paltry timeline that wouldn’t be reflected in the monstrous divorce settlement. Accused of having an affair and being something of a tyrant, Hamilton called Cameron a “miserable man” and landed an official settlement of $50 million. Part of this luck came from the fact that Cameron received his $100 million paycheck for Titanic during their marriage, of which Hamilton got a major share.
  8. Michael and Diandra Douglas: Michael and Diandra Douglas married in 1977 after nine weeks of courtship and had one son, Cameron. When they split in the mid 1990s, Diandra accused him of perpetual cheating and being an absentee father. The couple was known to split up and get back together, but the years of womanizing and alcoholism had caught wearied the couple and by the time of their split, making a reconciliation impossible. In what was then a landmark settlement, Diandra received $45 million and two properties in Majorca and Beverly Hills. Since the divorce, Douglas has remarried Catherine Zeta-Jones, who is 25 years younger than him. They have two children together.
  9. Lionel and Diane Ritchie: The dissolution of the eight year marriage between Lionel and Diane Ritchie became fodder for gossip magazines worldwide when Diane petitioned for a settlement of $300,000 a month, outlining in depositions the lifestyle allowance she had during the couple’s marriage. Diane claimed she was entitled to the amount so she could keep up the “extravagant lifestyle” she had become accustomed to during the marriage. Detailed in the documents was Diane’s request for $50,000-per-month for manicures, massages and other beauty services, $15,000-per-month for clothing, $5,000-per-month for jewelry, and $20,000-per-year for plastic surgery, among other outrageous allotments. While Diane wasn’t successful in securing her asking price, she did walk away with a cool $20 million, making this a celebrity divorce for the history books.
  10. Donald and Ivana Trump: During her divorce from Donald Trump in 1992, Ivana Trump coined a catty phrase that would become a mantra for rich divorcees everywhere – “Don’t get mad, get everything.” After learning that Donald was having an affair with Marla Maples, a Georgia-born beauty queen, in 1990, Ivana decided to go for the jugular and walked away from their 20-plus-year relationship with $20 to $25 million, plus some property rights. Since then, both the Trumps have moved on to other marriages and other divorces. Donald married Maples and they divorced in 1999. He is currently married to Melania Trump, a 37-year-old Slovenian model. Ivana married business man Riccardo Mazzucchelli. They divorced two years later.
  11. Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall: Jerry Hall, a model from Texas, met Jagger, the lead singer of the Rolling Stones in the 1970s, when both she and he were in relationships with other people. Dating through the 1980s, the couple wed in a Balinese ceremony in 1990 and had four children together. In the late 1990s, Hall discovered that Jagger had impregnated another woman and his consistent infidelity came to a head. While Jagger won a petition to annul the marriage, claiming that the Hindu ceremony wasn’t legal, Hall still walked away with $10 million. Small change when looking at Jagger’s $300 million net worth, but Hall has been able to capitalize on the marriage in other ways – recently she signed a $2 million book deal to write about her longtime relationship with Jagger and expose the details of their divorce.
  12. Clint Eastwood and Maggie Johnson: The Western star-turned-Oscar-winning-director married Maggie Johnson in the 1950s when they were still young and way before he was famous. The couple met on a blind date and wed six months after their first blind date. They had two children together. When they split in 1978, Maggie reportedly received $25 million. Clint has since had other serious relationships and is currently married to Diana Ruiz.
  13. Ted Danson and Casey Coates: Cheers star Ted Danson married fashion designer Casey Coates in 1976. They had two children together, and after the birth of their first child Casey had a bad stroke. Danson took a break to take care of her, but eventually ended up leaving Coates to pursue a relationship with Whoopi Goldberg. Coates got a $30 million settlement after the 15-year marriage.
  14. Bruce Springsteen and Julianne Phillips: Springsteen, a legendary 1980s rock star, married Phillips, a model and actress in 1985. Their relationship was tumultuous and short-lived and they filed for divorce in 1988. The breakup was attributed to Springsteen’s unhappiness and subsequent affair with his backup singer, Patti Scialfa. Phillips received a $20 million payout for her trouble.
  15. Johnny and Joanna Carson: Johnny Carson, the king of late night, married four times in his life, but his most financially successful spouse was model/socialite Joanna Holland, who extracted $20 million out of their ugly and long divorce. They married secretly and divorced after 10 years of marriage, outlasting most speculators. At the time of their split, Carson was the highest paid TV personality, pulling in $15 million a year. The divorce stretched out over three years and was highly publicized. Though he fought tooth and nail, Holland wound up winning cash, three properties in New York and one in Beverly Hills.
  16. Sylvester Stallone and Sasha Czack: Stallone, most famous for his role as boxer Rocky Balboa, and Czack, a photographer, married in 1974 and divorced 11 years later after 2 children. Their second child was diagnosed with autism and the illness was said to have put a strain on the marriage. Czack walked away with $12 million. Apparently this silver screen boxer really did take a few too many shots to the head. We’ll have more from Sylvester later on down in this list.
  17. Kenny and Marianne Gordon Rogers: Country star Rogers has been married five times, but no marriage was more expensive than his fourth to actress Marianne Gordon. The couple was together for 16 years, and upon their split Marianne got a $60 million settlement. Never bitter, Rogers told the press that she “deserved it” for putting up with him. This man usually known for his soft tunes and his soft heart might have another side that his publicist has done a good job at hiding.
  18. Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen: Sly Stallone makes this list twice after his 1985 marriage to actress Brigette Nielsen ended just two years later with a $6 million settlement. The two met on a movie set, starring in both Rocky IV and Cobra together. Nielsen is perhaps best known now for her reality TV career, having starred in VH1’s The Surreal Life, during which she began her notorious fling with rapper Flavor Flav.
  19. Jim Carrey and Melissa Womer: Funnyman Jim Carrey met his first wife Melissa Womer before he was famous. She was working as a waitress at The Comedy Store, a comedy club in West Hollywood when they met. They were married for eight years and had a daughter Jane. Their messy divorce left Carrey’s wallet $3.5 million lighter. Jim has since been involved in many relationships and some have even been rumored to be on the brink of engagement. Unfortunately for your him he wasn’t just the Grinch that stole Christmas as this man of many masks has yet to tie the knot. Keep trying Jim we’re pulling for you!
  20. Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson: This stylish couple was married from 1988 to 1993 and together they adopted one son. Their child became the forefront of their much-publicized divorce drama as they battled in court over custody rights. Eventually, the matter was settled and Loni walked away with $2 million. Sorry Burt, while you have many great roles and have kept us on our toes for a long time, this lady was not for you.

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6 March 2008

Contest 1 has a Winner, Contest 2 Begins!

Congratulations to Elwenah, whose design titled “BFWB” is the winner of our very first Customized Girl Design Contest. She will receive a check for $200 and her design will be featured in the March 14th issue of US Weekly.

Wanted: Overnight Best Friend
We had a lot of fantastic entries, and we wish we could have given out more prizes. The good news is that another contest starts now, so there are still plenty of opportunities to be the next winner!

Simply create an awesome design that you think would look great in US Weekly, save it to the gallery, and tag it “Contest 2”.

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If you’ve never saved a design before, here’s a quick lesson:

Choose any piece of apparel from one of our many categories (we recommend Her Tops and Undies). In the Design Center you can add text, clipart, and your own images. Everything is adjustable, so feel free to experiment with the text styles, colors, sizes, etc.

Most importantly, be sure to save your design once you’re finished. Just click the save button in the Design Center, which looks like this:

SaveToGallery

On the next page name your design, choose the first tag from the drop down menu, and add “Contest 2” as an additional tag.

Tag it “Contest 2?

Be sure to leave your Share Option as “share”. Then click “Save” and you’re done!

You probably noticed that Elwenah’s design does not exactly the same as the one in the ad. One of the reasons we liked it so much is because we thought it would be perfect for the Spring Break audience, and we wanted to put it on a more Spring Break-friendly tank top. In the future, we might ask to adjust your design a bit if we choose it as the winner.

If you created a super cool design for Contest 1, feel free to add Contest 2 to the tags. Some of the designs were so good, we might consider them for Contest 2 as well.

Updated: The final date for entries is March 24th at noon ET. We’ll try to get the winner of this contest into the April 4th issue of US Weekly. After that, feel free to tag your new designs Contest 3!

*You must be 18 years old to claim your prize.

*Enter as many times as you want. You do not have to purchase your design to be entered into the contest.

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