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The Sound of Tweeting: A Carrie Underwood doll, anyone?
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Monday, 09 December 2013 15:38

Well, I can’t imagine that Twitter is one of Carrie Underwood’s favorite things these days. After (and even during) her musical acting debut in NBC’s presentation of “The Sound of Music,” on December 5, the Internet chat sites were alive with the sound of snarking. People everywhere got into the act of condemning Ms. Underwood’s performance, pointing out that her range was nonexistent and her acting chops were not fine-tuned in the least.

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Thankful and Delightful: A charming and nostalgic doll salute to Thanksgiving, past and present.
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 14:15

My Sunday nights used to be peaceful ones. That is, if you consider an hour spent watching zombies chomp on limbs, only to be stopped by a swift blow to the skull, as a restful endeavor. To me, unwinding before “The Walking Dead” was something I looked forward to on Sunday evening: an hour of uninterrupted, unblemished carnage and social commentary.

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Doll Dilemma: What do you do when your celebrity likeness behaves badly?
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Monday, 18 November 2013 15:58

Miley Cyrus has a decent voice. When I hear her singing on the car radio, and my kids join along, I think, “Hmmm, she has talent. She can carry a tune. Why is she so hell-bent on becoming something beyond an entertainer?”

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Viva Vivien! For her would-be 100th birthday, the late star receives love and admiration.
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 21:03

Vivien Leigh never wanted to be a movie star. Time and again, she was quoted as saying that movie stars were “fake” and their focus was “all wrong.” She boldly stated that she wanted to be remembered for her work, not for her good looks or her charm or her marriages or love affairs.

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Ghouls, Gals, and Girl Power: Halloween children who refuse to grow up or grow dull.
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 18:54

Time certainly does fly. And in my house, it is flying high on a broomstick, with a pair of glow-in-the-dark fangs, and a pointy hat covered with bats and spiders. As I look at my daughter, who has just turned 9, I wonder, “Whatever happened to baby Jane?” (Yep, my daughter’s name is Jane and she’s not a baby anymore.)

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Fifty Shades of Red: Fall invites artists to experiment with the autumnal auburn highlights.
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 16:13

Living in the Northeast, I find my favorite times of year are spring and fall: spring because it is getting warm (but not oppressively humid) and the birds and buds are reappearing; fall because it is briskly cool, ideal for walking and watching the leaves turn golden yellow and burnished red. It is truly a feast for the senses.

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Love, Set, Match: Dolls of real-life couples and famous screen pairings make collectors tingle!
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 19:05

Have you heard the news? If you were anywhere within five feet of E! Entertainment TV this weekend or trying to gather your e-mail from Yahoo, you were treated to the breathily delivered news that model Kate Upton and “bad boy of the ballroom” Maksim Chmerkovskiy are an item. Upton, who has achieved fame as a nubile bikini model for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, and Chmerko . . . let’s just call him Max—he became famous for glowering and smoldering on ABC’s DANCING WITH THE STARS. Because he would appear surly and rude, and fight with the judges in a second language, Max became known as the resident hothead hottie (not to be confused with nice-guy, towhead hottie, Derek Hough).

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Body of Proof: These dolls and pop icons have interesting past and double lives.
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Thursday, 26 September 2013 13:24

It seems that there are a few truisms in life: the sun will always come up tomorrow; you can’t escape death and taxes; Disney will always find a way to land in the news cycle. This week, a long-held rumor about Ariel, the underwater princess, has surfaced to the top of the blogosphere. If you’ve ever wondered whom the redheaded nymphet was based upon, the answer is the very young, teen-star sensation Alyssa Milano.

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Show and Tell: TV dolls say a lot about characters, collectors, and culture.
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 15:34

There was a time when TV was considered the “idiot box,” and I suppose for a lot of people that insult still remains true. I, however, am not a pseudointellectual who gleefully runs down the “boob tube.” You see? The nicknames are quite awful when it comes to the flat screen in your living room.

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Dishing About Dolls: Celebs let their hair down and their doll opinions fly!
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 19:07

I love to talk! Even beyond that, I love to read, browse the Internet, and discover really intriguing sound bites. With everything circulating on the Web these days, it seems as if quotes should be termed “babble bytes” because everyone’s thoughts—whether they are kilobytes or megabytes in length—will be borrowed, circulated, and blogged about.

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