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Kelly Clarkson’s daughter River Rose

June 16, 2014 14:18:57 Posted at June 16, 2014 14:18:57
Duana Posted by Duana

Oh man. I am about to run into some serious bias here. Because I LOVE Kelly Clarkson. I love the way she has just resolutely hung out, being awesome, when people wanted her to go away. I love that 97 years later Simon Cowell still says she was the most talented American Idol. I love her sassy mouth. Full Story

Kerry Washington got you again

May 5, 2014 13:50:45 Posted at May 5, 2014 13:50:45
Duana Posted by Duana

Kerry Washington had a daughter, two weeks ago. While you were slavering over the Scandal finale all “hashtag Gladiators guys, come on!” she was having her child in peace and quiet. In fact, I don’t even think her Twitter account went dark.  As for the name, well, I assume it’s a family name, right? Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha. Full Story

Otis Alexander Sudeikis.

April 24, 2014 14:51:02 Posted at April 24, 2014 14:51:02
Duana Posted by Duana
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(To the tune of “Hello my baby, hello my sweetheart”) Otis Sudeikis, Otis Sudeikis,/he’s got a lotta shine/ When we’re out up on the town, I know his love will be miiiiiine I feel like I should do the Charleston and sing like a 1910s barbershop quartet when I hear “Otis Sudeikis”. Full Story

Frankie Barrymore Kopelman.

April 23, 2014 14:49:53 Posted at April 23, 2014 14:49:53
Duana Posted by Duana
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For someone who purports not to care about names, Lainey kind of nails it. Because when it comes to the newly-minted Frankie Barrymore Kopelman, while I had standard issue grumbles about “Ugh with the boys’ names for girls as though they’re better, nobody’s naming their sons Abigail” and “Wow, Olive is sure going to know which one Mommy thought was going to be the ‘fun’ daughter”, Lainey cut right to the quick of it: “Frankie is just so her. Full Story

Pregnant Jupiter’s first carpet

March 28, 2014 19:16:26 Posted at March 28, 2014 19:16:26
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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I can never tell when someone is early pregnant. If I didn’t know that Mila Kunis was pregnant, I’d never think she was pregnant seeing her here with Channing Tatum at CinemaCon yesterday to promote Jupiter Ascending, due out July 18th. I’ve not seen any soundbites coming out of the appearance about her future motherhood, have you? Send to me if you have. Full Story

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This is How We Do It

March 25, 2014 15:34:04 Posted at March 25, 2014 15:34:04
Duana Posted by Duana
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You know when you just can't make yourself care? I remember a couple of weeks ago Lainey was trying to make herself care about Ariana Grande. That's how I feel about the Hemsworths. I try to make myself care. There's no ill-will or distaste, it's just like trying to get me to have a real emotional response to, like, rice. Full Story

Apollo. Apollo?

March 4, 2014 18:39:56 Posted at March 4, 2014 18:39:56
Duana Posted by Duana
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I mean look, I guess they can name their kids whatever they want. I’ve seen them do it. And after you’ve had sons named Kingston and Zuma, you can’t easily call the next one Kevin. So I get it and, in fact, I like Apollo better than Kingston or Zuma. It seems like the kind of name that would be a hero in a tween sitcom. Full Story

Then there was Bodhi

February 21, 2014 15:20:17 Posted at February 21, 2014 15:20:17
Duana Posted by Duana
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One of the very first name nerd commentaries on this site was about Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox’s son Noah Shannon, who was born in September 2012. Click here for a refresher. I said the name was lovely and surprisingly charming, and went well with Green’s older son Cassius. Full Story

Baby Hazel

February 17, 2014 15:27:22 Posted at February 17, 2014 15:27:22
Duana Posted by Duana
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The most unusual book that is one of my favourites involves a boy and his favourite major-league baseball player. Yes, you are reading a Duana article. It’s called Last Days of Summer and most people have never heard of it, but basically: Joey, age 12, is having a hard time during WW II. One day this third-baseman shows up to talk to Joey’s bullies, and what follows is one of the best buddy comedies I’ve ever read. Full Story

Mia Grace Tindall. Indeed.

January 23, 2014 17:20:31 Posted at January 23, 2014 17:20:31
Duana Posted by Duana
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Okay, are you ready to be blown away? Zara Phillips and husband Mike Tindall announced their baby name. It’s a little girl named Mia Grace... …really? There is nothing wrong with this name at all.  Mia is rising in popularity, which isn’t a surprise because it slides down the chain from Maddie through Maya . Full Story

Guess How I Feel About Axl Jack

August 30, 2013 16:52:27 Posted at August 30, 2013 16:52:27
Duana Posted by Duana
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I don’t understand why people insist on doing this to me. I try to be open-minded and see a world of possibilities for everyone, not merely limiting my opinions and statements to my preferences because in addition to being pretty dicky, that’s so boring. Woo, differences! They make the world go ‘round! It takes all kinds! But then we come to Axl Jack Duhamel, and I become one of those people who calls for a scotch and a smoke and a cheese plate. Full Story

He Who Must Be Named

July 24, 2013 20:05:13 Posted at July 24, 2013 20:05:13
Duana Posted by Duana
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Okay, they’ve announced it. I actually thought it would take longer, but seeing as the Queen was out to visit them relatively early this AM, I suppose she approved in plenty of time. Even the royals have to move faster in a 24-hour news cycle. George Alexander Louis, to be styled HRH Prince George of Cambridge. Full Story

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Cricket Pearl

July 12, 2013 14:57:49 Posted at July 12, 2013 14:57:49
Duana Posted by Duana

And now, an epistolary post. Which I am doing because it will be fun, and not just because “epistolary” makes me sound good. Excerpted from an email from Kelly: “I know you guys don’t give Busy Phillips a lot of coverage…But seriously:  your name is an adjective so to be different you name your kid after an insect?   Is the next one going to be Praying Mantis Silverstein. Full Story

Ace Knute Johnson

July 2, 2013 13:42:24 Posted at July 2, 2013 13:42:24
Duana Posted by Duana

I mean, are you really surprised? At this point, can any of us really claim ignorance?   You didn’t actually think that Jessica Simpson could name her baby Nathaniel or Jacob, so this isn’t that much of a surprise, right?  Ace Knute. And, in what’s arguably the worst part of the announcement for me, every media outlet takes care to specify that it’s “pronounced  ‘Ka-nute’”. Full Story