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Women are from Venus, Men are from … Pandora?


AlbaIn 1992, John Gray’s relationship book “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” gave self-help romance seekers everything they wanted to know about the opposite sex. The book became a huge best-seller. But really, all anybody with a desire for romance needed to do was look at who goes to movies on Valentine’s Day, and why, to see just exactly what the opposite sex wanted.

That’s right. This weekend is THE WEEKEND for affairs of the heart, date nights and dinner-and-a-movie outings as V-Day hits calendars on Sunday. And movie ticket seller has polled moviegoers to see just exactly what they will go see in theaters. The results? Forty-two (42) percent of women want to go see the new movie, “Valentine’s Day” while 39 percent of men picked action-packed “Avatar,” which takes place on the faraway moon, Pandora.

In the pool, 92 percent of men say they are “willing to let their dates pick the movie” (Gee, awfully nice fellas), and 94 percent of men say that they do, in fact, actually pay for the trip to the theater (Now, that’s more like it guys).  And while 32 percent of women polled picked Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling in the weepy romance “The Notebook” (2004) as their favorite onscreen couple, 20 percent of men chose Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana in “Avatar.”

We wonder: where does that leave one of the other new movies this week, “The Wolfman“? Well, only 10 percent of men and 7 percent of women want to see that horror show, according to Fandango.  … Maybe a little too much hair. Now, if it were a blue-haired wolfman…

Jessica Alba: It’s a girdle thing


alba(Writing and reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis)

When “The Love Guru” star Jessica Alba looked slim and attractive shortly after giving birth to her first child in June, the celebrity news world took note. Now it will have to take note again, because Alba has revealed the secret: a girdle.
In a world where average women feel at pains to compete with the killer workout regimens of celebrities, Alba has lifted the curtain on body-image in a way that few celebrities have.
“I wore a girdle,” Alba told Elle magazine for its March issue, when asked about how she looked slim after childbirth. 
“Eight weeks after my girlfriend had her baby, you could see her six-pack,” Alba said. “She told me to put an elastic band around my waist — any kind of band or girdle works. She was like, ‘I slept in it.’ I didn’t recover as fast as she did. I don’t have a six-pack — that’s just not my body at all.” 
Alba, 27, also talked about working out for a photo shoot for Club Campari’s annual calendar.
The workouts “were horrible,” she told Elle. “I cried. And I haven’t worked out since.”
And in other celebrity diet news (ahem, if one could call it that), last week, singer Jessica Simpson, was the subject of cruel talk on the Web when she was photographed with new “curves” while singing in high-waisted jeans. On Wednesday, the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance said everyone should get off Simpson’s back.
“Whether or not Jessica chooses to gain or lose weight, is not a guage of her talent,” the group told celebrity news site “Our nation is really obsessed with weight and it’s time to move past that.”
That may seem like a far-off day, but if a sex symbol star like Jessica Alba has given up on workouts and is/was wearing a girdle, anything is possible.

They expect us to laugh? “Love Guru”, “Get Smart”


myers2.jpgIt’s rare when two big-budget comedies with big-name stars battle for the same audience on the same weekend at movie theaters. The general rule is that one big comedy is enough. But this Friday, “Get Smart” with Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway squares off against “The Love Guru” with Mike Myers and Jessica Alba.

But the big problem for both may not be that there are too few comedy fans to go around. Rather, it may be that both are getting panned by many critics. Reviews are mixed for “Get Smart,” but mostly bad for “Love Guru.”