Chelsea Staub: Nobu Lounge Lovely

Chelsea Staub and gal pal Kayslee Collins were spotted heading out of Nobu Lounge in Los Angeles, CA.

The 21-year-old actress, in French Connection, was in attendance at the Lauren Elaine Black Label fashion show in support of Kayslee, who is a model.
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Has Anyone Asked Rapunzel What She Thinks?

Disney Tangled Featuring Rapunzel Grow & Style Doll

It's a really slow week news wise when it comes to fairy tales.  With this week and next being two of the biggest vacation weeks of the year here in the states, I imagine it will continue to be slow.  I have lists of things I could post here, but I am still busily working on the upcoming Sleeping Beauties.  Pouring through even more files is not thrilling at the moment.  My new computer is handling all of the many, many files I have open to work, but opening more may test my mental limits if not the computer's.

So here's something to shake things up.  From Has Anyone Asked Rapunzel What She Thinks? by Mary Rose Somarriba:

It seems like for any traditional story of prince and princess to fly these days, the princess has to outdo the prince. When’s the last time you’ve seen a princess saved by her prince? These days, she has to win the battle instead of him, or else, well, or else it will look like a patriarchal fairy-tale story that tells girls they’re dependent on men. Or so say many womens-studies departments.

So here we have the charming story of how Rapunzel meets her prince: She beats him up. I don’t know about you, but movies that take the manliness out of men (and the femininity out of females, for that matter) aren’t movies I’m terribly interested in.

And they say they were trying to attract boys to this movie–ha!
Having just published a collection of Rapunzel tales--Rapunzel and Other Maiden in the Tower Tales From Around the World: Fairy Tales, Myths, Legends and Other Tales About Maidens in Towers--I have a different perspective on the matter. Rapunzel is quite spunkier in many versions of the tale--as is true with many fairy tale variants.  Granted, she's not beating up her prince, but she does some interesting things none the less across her many incarnations.

If anything, the Tangled trailer is upsetting to me because Rapunzel is a supporting character in her own story.  Forget that she beats up an intruder trying to steal her stuff--this is more obvious in the foreign language versions of the trailer with extra bits in them.  Girls on the side, indeed!

And yet, having suffered through a viewing of Princess and the Frog this past weekend--it was my first time and it did not engage me nor my sister who was watching with me--I am much more interested in Tangled, I'll admit.  And, geesh, the single disc DVD is currently $6.63 on Amazon.  Wish I had paid that for it...  Which makes me sad because there was so much potential with the story, but watching a frog for most of the movie didn't really work for me.

Anyway, thoughts anyone?  I could go on much longer, but I would rather open up the discussion to the few of you who are here reading this week. 

And the image at the top is for the Disney Tangled Featuring Rapunzel Grow & Style Doll.  The Tangled merchandise is already appearing five months out, no surprise.

On a somewhat related sidenote, did anyone see Shannon Hale's excellent blog entry, "I knew he loved me when he hocked a logie at my face"?

Last week I was with a friend when her 5-year-old daughter reported that a boy her age had been pushing her consistently. Her mother comforted her by telling her that this meant the boy liked her, that when boys like girls they didn't know how to express it so they showed their affection by bullying them. Now, I was told the same thing by my mother, and I've heard that same explanation many times. I don't think I thought twice about it till I saw "He's Just Not That Into You," which starts with a similar scene. The little girl absorbs that information, then we jump forward to adult women who, still confused by all this, allow themselves to be treated horribly by men, believing that that's how men show their affection. How far do we let this go?

After reading her thoughts and the comments, I am reminded that I don't care for violence on any level, so Tangled should disturb me more than it does...I think.

Yes, a very meandering post, but hey, it is what it is today!
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Kristen Stewart: Live With Regis & Kelly Interview

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Miley Cyrus was spotted heading to a gym in Los Angeles, California.
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David Archuleta: Something 'Bout Love Preview

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Annalynne McCord: Third Project Gala Gorgeous

AnnaLynne McCord was spotted at the Third Project Gala in Santa Monica.

Joined by her sister Angel, the “90210” star looked gorgeous as she posed for the paparazzi outside the Casa del Mar.
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Miley Cyrus: Can' Be Tamed Debuts At No. 3

Miley Cyrus has made it clear for weeks now: she simply cannot be tamed.

But while this may be true in her wardrobe choices, the singer was cut down to size on the music charts last week. Her latest album, "Can't Be Tamed," finished third in sales, behind Eminem's "Recovery" and Drake's "Thank Me Later."

It was expected that Eminem would lead the way, but not by this wide of a margin. His new CD had the biggest opening week of any in 2010, moving over 753,000 copies.

As for Miley? She has to be disappointed, as "Can't Be Tamed" sold just 106,000 albums. That's an astounding 250,000 fewer than Cyrus' 2008 effort, "Breakout," sold during its first week of release.

Her new CD actually sold fewer copies than her previous CD sold in its second week of release.
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Nick Jonas: ITV Studios Stud

Nick Jonas was spotted outside the ITV studios in London, England.

The “Who I Am” rocker looked to be in good spirits as he strolled out onto the street, sporting a beige cardigan, white button-up shirt, and black trousers.
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Miley Cyrus: Cosmos Cute

Miley Cyrus was out paying a visit to Cosmos Nails Salon in Toluca Lake, California.

While boyfriend Liam Hemsworth bided his time, the "Last Song" sweetheart got a fresh mani-pedi before joining back up with her man for a quiet dinner at a local sushi restaurant.
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Ashley Greene: Belgium Beauty

Ashley Greene attended the premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" in Atwerp, Belgium.

Held at Kinepolis Cinema at Metropolis, the Twilight star looked fabulous while greeting her strong European fanbase on the eve of the theatrical release of "Eclipse
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Nikki Reed: Jimmy Kimmel Cutie

Nikki Reed was spotted paying a visit to “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

The “New Moon” babe looked lovely as she arrived at the television studio in Hollywood, sporting a black jacket, pink top, grey trousers, and black boots.
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Vanessa Hudgens Gets Fit In Studio City

Vanessa Hudgens looked refreshed and relaxed after a yoga class in Studio City, California.

Joined by a gal pal, the "Sucker Punch" sweetheart headed over to her parked Audi - which had racked up a parking ticket during the course of her workout.
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Kristen Stewart: Fan Friendly In The Big Apple

Kristen Stewart was spotted making her rounds in New York City.

The “New Moon” babe looked absolutely beautiful as she tended to appearances on both the "Today" show and "Live with Regis and Kelly" where she greeted crowds of fans.
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