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Breaking News: Jake Gyllenhaal Smells Marinated

"He seemed to have marinated himself in something highly Ayurvedic."

After meeting Jake Gyllenhaal to discuss his merits in Nightcrawler, New York Times writer Cara Buckley "found herself fixating on Mr. Gyllenhaal’s tantalizing eau de parfum. He seemed to have marinated himself in something highly Ayurvedic." The possibility of bergamot was mentioned. That's all for today's bulletin on actors who are highly marinated in novel, medicinal scents of intrigue. Tune in next week. 

Jamie Dornan Took a Good, Long Shower After Visiting a Sex Dungeon

"Research."

To fully immerse himself in the character of Christian Grey — the emotionally stunted sexual sadist with a heart of gold — Fifty Shades of Grey actor Jamie Dornan knew he needed to go balls-deep into the world of S&M. He tells Elle U.K. that his research for the role led him to the deep recesses of a real-life sex dungeon:

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American Apparel Employees Speak Out Against Dov Charney Firing

Also, Charney remains the company's largest shareholder.

While many were happy to bid a hearty "Bye, Felipe" to Dov Charney after his firing from American Apparel yesterday, the man's still got fans. Namely, the 30-plus employees who signed a letter to the board in protest of his firing. In the letter, obtained by Bloomberg News, they state that Charney “is what makes this thing tick,” and that he could work alongside newly named CEO Paula Schneider. (As if Charney would be comfortable playing second banana to anyone.)

More intel on the firing. »

How to Look Sun-Kissed in the Dead of Winter

A lesson in cream blush.

Not all of us are jetting off this holiday to places that start with St. and have nothing to do with Missouri. For those of us who aren't taking tropical vacations, a bright cream blush is the easiest way to look slightly sun-kissed, even on the grayest days of winter. Here, MAC Cosmetics senior artist Regan Rabanal demonstrates how you can use a coral cream blush and fluffy brush to quickly brighten up your face.

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What’s the Best Thing to Say When Your Friend Says She’s Pregnant?

When "Congratulations!" doesn't quite cut it.

The morning I found out I was pregnant, I met a friend for a freak-out breakfast. I walked out of my apartment to find her crossing the street toward me. She had her arms stretched open for a hug, shouting, “CONGRATULATIONS!!!” as she darted through traffic.

A look of horror spread across my face. As she hugged me, I whispered something like, “Ahhhhh, oh god.”

"Congratulations" was for getting a new job or winning the lottery. "Congratulations" was for people who got pregnant on purpose — people with things like two-car garages and golden retrievers and, I don’t know, sinks in their bathrooms. I’m sure my friend meant it, even she said it because she didn’t know what else to say. She was following a script: If your friend is home to an egg that gets a sperm in it and implants in her uterine wall, you tell that friend, “Congratulations.” You ask her if she wants a boy or girl; you offer to throw her a baby shower.

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Rihanna Promises to ‘Attack’ Puma Collaboration

Violent metaphors.

Puma headquarters in Germany were "in turmoil," according to WWD, when its fearless leader — er, creative director — Rihanna arrived earlier this week. The star, who just signed a multiyear deal with the Kering-owned activewear company, "descended softly," the paper reports, wearing a vintage bustier and track pants accessorized with a string of pearls and a pair of customized Puma kicks in true #athleisure fashion.

She announced plans to design suspenders. »

Lindsay Lohan Knows She Should Drink More Water, But It’s So Boring

The banality of skin care. 

Lindsay Lohan’s “Top Shelf” interview with Into the Gloss provides the usual laundry list of beauty products and observations so banal they’re somehow charming coming from a famous person. Like that it’s hard to sit still through a manicure, and the most expensive product isn’t necessarily the best one. That although the bathtub is a good place to display your products and your candles (or stage your photo shoot), taking a bath is kind of gross if you think about it. That most yoga is pretty boring, but the sexy, strip-tease kind is embarrassing. Come to think of it, taking care of your skin is boring, too.

I freak out when I get any blemishes and I’ll pick my face—I’m so, so bad about that. [...] I wouldn’t say that I have acne-prone skin, though—it’s normal-to-dry—especially dry if I’m traveling and not drinking enough water. I forget about that…water is so boring.

Less boring are the photos displayed on Lohan's vanity, which include Terry Richardson and Meryl Streep.

Secret Behavior Is a Sex Mag for the Sensitive

Strings firmly attached.

In some ways the internet has made sex easier: Partners are easier to find and porn is ever more abundant. But the internet hasn’t done much to change its status as the most intense way to get to know another person IRL. For that, there’s Secret Behavior, a year-old art magazine with the tagline, “What intimacy looks like.”

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What Is Kate Middleton Doing in a Hoodie?

Totally normal Duchess.

Yesterday, Kate Middleton continued her enthusiastic adoption of popular contemporary garments and ventured out into the world wearing a generic black hoodie. While hanging out with some sprightly Beaver Scouts in East London, the duchess paired her U.K. Scouting sweatshirt with a pair of black J Brand skinny jeans and knee-high suede boots. Despite her aggressively common look and insistence that they call her Catherine, the kids were not fooled.

A Glorious ‘Exercise Pill’ May Be in Our Future

Just hang on ten years or so. It’s coming. Probably.

The latest issue of the journal Nature holds a glittering vision of a possible future: Scientists at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute have managed to trick white fat cells into behaving as if they were brown fat cells. For those who have not been closely following the last decade of obesity research: White fat cells are the ones that store excess energy (a function that can result in obesity), while brown fat cells, on the other hand, burn excess energy (which means weight loss). 

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Former Co-worker Makes Justin Timberlake’s Pregnancy Announcement for Him

Joey Fatone has the details. 

Human goatee Joey Fatone announced that his former colleague Justin Timberlake is expecting a baby with his wife Jessica Biel. Here's Fatone's full report on other people's news: "He told me a while ago, and I kept my mouth shut. But now I can talk about it! Jessica is awesome, and Justin is a kid at heart." All told, it was a solid presentation of facts up front; analysis to follow up. 

A Comfortable Flat That’s Perfect for Traveling

They'll pull double-duty at holiday parties, too. 

If you're heading to the airport for the holidays, pick up a pair of these pointed, PVC skimmers, which are durable for long walks and just as comfortable as other flats. The smooth leather, capped toe, and transparent PVC look perfect with fitted trousers, a chunky sweater, or a blazer — and will double as a casual-but-polished look at your remaining holiday parties. 

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Here’s Bruno Mars Looking Like a Little Old Lady

It's official: Hot rollers are just not hot.

Efficient person Bruno Mars went on live television last night and performed with his hair in a full set of rollers. He serenaded viewers of The Voice with his song "Uptown Funk" while his hair achieved a perfectly bouncy, if not a little sweaty, curl. Somewhere Bradley Cooper is mourning his foregone spotlight in man-curler infamy.

Everything We Know About the UVA Rape Case

A guide to the many questions and controversies raised by a report on a horrific assault.

Last month Rolling Stone published a 9,000-word article that described the horrific 2012 gang rape of a University of Virginia freshman, and how the school mishandled the incident. For a few days, it seemed to be serving its purpose: The article sparked a conversation about sexual assault on campus and how schools nationwide often respond to brutal crimes with indifference. Then, as questions were raised about why the author, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, either failed to contact the alleged rapists or never even tried, the story morphed into a flashpoint in various other debates, from how we treat rape victims to journalism ethics to the nature of memory. With many apparent contradictions from Rolling Stone, Erdely, and the accuser — the latest twist involves possible catfishing — the story can be hard to follow. Here's a guide to what we know so far.

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Dov Charney Is Out (Again) at American Apparel

"Fired for cause."

First he was in, then he was out, then he was back in again, and now Dov Charney is out again. WWD reports that American Apparel has fired him "for cause," though that cause was not specified. AA has appointed Paula Schneider, an alum of fashion companies like BCBG and Warnaco, as the new CEO, with January 5 as her start date — all the better to get that rebrand rolling. As for Charney, don't count him out: knowing his Rock 'em, Sock 'em Robot–like rebounding properties, maybe comeback No. infinity is in the offing.

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