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Santa Sanitizer: Is there a clause for germ exemption when you’re handing out dolls and bears?
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

“I knew it was too good to be true!”

The second I heard my friend Cam bellowing that observation, I knew I was in for something bombastic and possibly fantastic. With Cam, he could be reacting to the fact that Greek yogurt does not have a dozen calories (without reading glasses, he misread the 120 calories for 12 on the back of a container and ate six of them in a row) or he could be spinning from a revelation that demotes a planet to a mere gaseous heavenly body. Everything seems to be of equal weight in Cam’s universe.

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The Sound of Tweeting: A Carrie Underwood doll, anyone?
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

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.
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

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?
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

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.
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

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.
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

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.
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

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!
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

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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