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ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Matt Lauer single-handedly turned NBC's "Today" into a vortex of Halloween gender confusion Thursday when he unveiled his chosen costume, that of "Baywatch" vixen Pamela Anderson. Sporting a blond wig, the striking red "Baywatch" one-piece and even more striking cleavage, Lauer showed some leg as he did the classic "Baywatch" slo-mo sprint across the plaza. Not to be outdone, co-anchor Willie Geist showed up as the Hoff, David Hasselhoff, complete with bared and quite hairy chest.
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NEWS
October 30, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Glamour has been rolling out this year's roster of Women of the Year a few at a time. We know Lady Gaga is on the cover of the issue, which is to be on newsstands Nov. 5. And we know some of the other choices are Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, models Christy Turlington Burns and Liya Kebede and Net-a-porter-founder Natalie Massenet. A sampling of others on the list include Barbra Streisand, Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Giffords and Melinda Gates. But today we're taking note of Tony- and Oscar-winning designer Catherine Martin.
SPORTS
October 30, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Tom Brady is the only NFL player who could get away with this. Seriously, can you think of anyone else who has the guts to wear a "Wizard of Oz" Cowardly Lion costume for Halloween? Out in public for all to see, photograph and post on Instagram? And you know no one is going to give the three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback of the New England Patriots a hard time about it. Well, maybe Randy Moss, but do you think Brady cares what he thinks anymore? Or ever did? But you can be sure that broadcasters are going to continue to say his name -- first and last every time, of course -- with the same amount of love and respect that no other player receives.
NEWS
October 28, 2013 | By Roxane Gay, guest blogger
Every Halloween, people take the opportunity to step out of their lives and into a playful realm where they can dress up as anything they can imagine: make-believe for adults. Halloween is the one time of year largely free from judgment. Women can go as a sexy [insert object or occupation]. Men can dress in drag. Couples can indulge in the saccharine sweetness of matching costumes. But then there are the people who choose to spend Halloween as someone of a different race. They use blackface, brown face, yellow face or red face to bring just the right amount of authenticity to their look.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Julianne Hough put her worst face forward Friday night, knotting up her blond locks and donning blackface for her Halloween costume, the character Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren from "Orange Is the New Black. " On Saturday, she apologized. The gaffe went down at the Casamigos Tequila Halloween party in Los Angeles, where Hough, 25, and pals went as orange-clad characters from the Netflix original series set in a women's prison. In addition to the blackface, Hough darkened her hair and eyebrows, E!
NEWS
October 28, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Today's Google Doodle is particularly fashion-focused, celebrating what would have been the 116th birthday of eight-time Academy Award-winning costume designer Edith Head. The doodle depicts the instantly recognizable caricature of Head -- with her distinctive haircut and eyeglasses -- standing in front of six costume-design sketches rendered in Google's traditional color scheme. Some 438 costume designs are credited to Head on Imdb.com. Over the course of her career, the costume designer took home Oscar gold (some singlehandedly; on other films, she shared the honor)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2013 | By Anh Do
Pottery Barn apologized for selling a Halloween costume of a sushi chef and a kimono that an Asian American civil rights group had complained were culturally offensive. The retailer confirmed late Monday that the items had been removed from its website. "We did not intend to offend anyone with our Halloween costumes and we apologize," said Leigh Oshirak, vice president of public relations and marketing for Williams-Sonoma, parent company of Pottery Barn. "Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2013 | By Cristy Lytal
To fashion the costumes for Summit Entertainment's military sci-fi film "Ender's Game," designer Christine Bieselin Clark used not only patterns and sewing machines but also lasers and magnets. Crafting futuristic threads and helmets for the film, which opens Nov. 1, was "sci-fi just in its process," she said. Bieselin Clark, 41, began her career in a much lower-tech space: the theater. She grew up on Long Island, a stone's throw from Broadway, earned a degree in theater arts from Stony Brook University and went on to design costumes for regional theater productions all over the East Coast.
BUSINESS
September 23, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Looks like the most frightful ghoul this Halloween season will be the specter of the weak economy, as Americans spend less on this year's creepfest than they did in 2012. Some 158 million people are expected to observe the day, according to a survey Monday from the National Retail Federation. But that's down from a record high of 170 million celebrants in 2012. And each of those people will spend $75.03 on costumes, decorations, candy and other merriment, a decline from the $79.82 they shelled out on average last year.
NEWS
September 18, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
After Tuesday's post about how dressing as Miley Cyrus this Halloween might earn you a bit of a reputation, the folks at HalloweenCostumes.com reached out to let us know they've compiled an extensive DIY tutorial on channeling the former Hannah Montana. Every last detail of how to create one of Cyrus' looks from the "We Can't Stop" video is twerked -- pardon us, worked -- out in this post by Aleksandra Sobic, so we won't bother rehashing it here beyond noting that it involves, among other things, a pair of white hot pants and a teddy bear backpack.
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