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When fans viewed pics of Adrianne Palicki decked out in her Wonder Woman duds they didn’t need a lasso of truth to make their thoughts known. Word has it that they didn’t take to kindly to seeing one of the worlds most favorite female superheroes wearing what they considered cheap looking ‘inappropriate’ attire. Gone were the trademark red boots, replaced by shiny blue high heeled boots – that we know women hate to run in. The only thing outshined by her boots are her blue shiny pants. If was a Wonder Woman costume more befitting a Halloween party where there is more emphasis on the sexiness rather that appropriateness of what is worn.
Evidently the shows producers heard the outcry and took Wonder Woman for another spin. And now after the bright flashes of light and explosion, gone are the high-heeled stipper boots replaced by the reknown red ones. Also instead of the bright blue pants, she wears a lower tempered blue color that should be more to the liking of her fans. Linda Carter should be proud.
You may recall that we recently ran the first official image of the brand-new Wonder Woman played by Adrianne Palicki for an upcoming TV series.
Well, problems quickly arose when pretty much everyone immediately crapped all over the new Wonder Woman look, saying the costume was too shiny, looked more like a Sexy Wonder Woman Halloween costume and, well, a bit much on the red lipstick, no? Wonder Woman is fighting criminals, not giving them lap dances.
Anyway, some new images and video have surfaced of Palicki on set (which you can see below) and, whaddya know, they’ve changed the costume! Yup, the blue high-heel boots are now flat-bottom red boots, and her pants are no longer shiny and plastic-looking, but a muted navy blue. And the super-duper-red lipstick? Um, what lipstick?!
Check out a larger comparison image below and see some footage of Wonder Woman in action in Hollywood:
NBCAfter this pic of Adrianne Palicki as Wonder Woman hit the web, many thought it did not hit the mark. As a result, the costume has been slightly tweaked..
Two weeks ago, an official production shot from the upcoming TV series “Wonder Woman” was released and the public outcry that arrived came pretty quick. Many fans scoffed at the leathery pants as well as the cheap-looking blue high-heeled boots. Some thought it looked like a Halloween costume and not something fitting of a major Hollywood production.
It seems like the creative team took notice because paparazzi shots of Palicki (and her stuntwoman) hit the web Wednesday and her costume has been obviously tweaked.
Star Adrianne Palicki now has a softer look and sports yoga-like pants that display the stars down each leg a bit better. Also, the Amazon Princess was given more appropriate red footwear. From the top down, though, things pretty much are the same.
The new “Wonder Woman” (developed by David E. Kelly) will be an updated story of the Amazonian Diana Prince attempting to balance her life in the modern world as a crime fighter and corporate executive. The character was created by William Moulton Marston in All Star Comics #8 in December 1941. She is an Amazon (based on the Amazons of Greek mythology) and was created to be a feminist role model whose mission was to bring the Amazon ideals of love, peace, and sexual equality to the world.
For several pics of the new costume, visit Crave Online.
Lynda Carter, who portrayed Wonder Woman in the 1970s live-action television series, “The New Adventures of Wonder Woman,” has voiced her opinion on Adrianne Palicki’s revamped costume for the NBC reboot of the show, which was revealed on Friday.
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Many have criticized the shiny new Wonder Woman get-up for lacking patriotism or looking more like a Halloween costume. Meanwhile, 62 percent of OnTheRedCarpet.com readers said that they preferred Carter’s original costume over Palicki’s revamped look.
“What’s not to like! Adrianne [Palicki] looks gorgeous and I’m really looking forward to seeing David E. Kelley’s new series,” Carter told The Hollywood Reporter.
It was announced in February that Palicki, who starred in the popular “Friday Night Lights” series would play Wonder Woman and her alter-ego Diana Prince in the television reboot.
The pilot is spearheaded by “Ally McBeal” and “Boston “Legal” showrunner David E. Kelley. Elizabeth Hurley plays Veronica Cale, a villain, while Cary Elwes of the fantasy movie “The Princess Bride” portrays the CEO of Prince’s company.
Carter also revealed that she would not be guest-starring in the NBC “Wonder Woman” pilot, but had discussed it with Kelley.
“I talked to David [E. Kelley] about doing something in the pilot,” Carter told The Hollywood Reporter. “But with my new CD, ‘Crazy Little Things’ coming out in April and touring for the album, we couldn’t coordinate our schedules but you never know what will happen in the future. Stay tuned!”
When asked by the UK newspaper The Times about reports that said she may star in a “Wonder Woman” adaptation, former “Transformers” actress Megan Fox called the character a “lame superhero.”
Carter said the actress should not have “trashed” her former character.
Check out photos of Palicki and Carter’s Wonder Woman outfits below, as well as the DC comics 2010 makeover below.
Lynda Carter, star of the ’70s television series The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, thinks the latest incarnation of the D.C. Comics superheroine’s outfit, unveiled Friday, hits the bullseye.
She tells The Hollywood Reporter, “What’s not to like! Adrianne [Palicki] looks gorgeous and I’m really looking forward to seeing David E. Kelley’s new series.”
Carter’s opinion runs contrary to some of the immediate reactions to the skin-tight red and blue suit, which shows plenty of actress Adrianne Palicki‘s bosom and appears to be made of latex. Fox News claimed that the outfit lacked patriotism while the Los Angeles Times ran a poll asking readers whether it was a good representation of the Amazon princess character or more akin to a Halloween costume.
NBC’s Wonder Woman pilot has lined up a number of actors such as Cary Elwes and guest star Elizabeth Hurley but Carter will not be among those immediately taking part in the project.
She tells THR, “I talked to David [E. Kelley] about doing something in the pilot but with my new CD, Crazy Little Things coming out in April and touring for the album, we couldn’t coordinate our schedules but you never know what will happen in the future. Stay tuned!”
A Laurel woman has been sentenced to more than four years in a drunk-driving crash that killed a former high school basketball star.
U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced 33-year-old Kristen Deanna Smith to 51 months for involuntary manslaughter in an car crash on Halloween 2009 that killed passenger Jabari Outtz, 32.
According to prosecutors, Smith was driving on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway at about 3:30 a.m. when she lost control of the car near the ramp to Route 50. The vehicle struck a stone wall and flipped several times before landing on its side.
Outtz, of Greenbelt, was killed. He had been a star basketball player at Good Counsel High School and at Howard and James Madison universities.
At the hospital, authorities heard Smith make statements including “Don’t drive drunk” and “Lock me up and throw away the key,” prosecutors said in a court document.
Neary three hours after the crash, U.S. Park Police officers obtained a blood sample from Smith with indicated a blood alcohol level of .09 percent, just over the legal limit in Maryland.
As a mother of two young Barbie-loving daughters myself, I was riveted by Orenstein’s blend of self-deprecation and outrage — and eager to talk to her during the New York City leg of her book tour about baby princesses, the insidiousness of pink and, of course, Hannah Montana.
One of the things that really distinguishes your book from so many others out there is that you manage to talk frankly about the pitfalls of raising girls right now without scolding parents.
That was very conscious. I didn’t want another book out there to make parents feel bad about themselves. I’ve tried to be very honest and personal in my writing, and not distance myself as an “expert.” When you read Simone de Beauvoir, knowing that in her personal life she made some foolish choices, don’t you wish that was in her work? I’m very much a fellow traveler on the journey. Even the title of the book is supposed to let you know I don’t have all the answers. Parenting is very much in the moment, and we make a lot of our choices on the fly. I just want to tell parents what’s happening out there, so they understand what’s going on with that 21-piece Disney princess makeup set.
It seems that even for a veteran on the subject of girls, you were blindsided by a lot of what you encountered out there with your own kid.
Oh yeah. Everything is changing so fast. When I wrote the initial New York Times story about princesses, I was concerned that maybe by the time the book came out it wouldn’t be as relevant. Instead it’s even more resonant.
You write a lot about the explosive rise of the Disney princess industry, and of the proliferation of “girl” versions of everything — and how it winds up confining them in “the pink box.” It feels like this is really a story about how girls are being groomed from birth to be consumers.
Even before they’re born! Another writer told me that when she got her sonogram recently, they didn’t tell her, “It’s a girl.” They said, “It’s a princess!” So now you’re already a princess while you’re still in the womb. And then you hear for years, “You’re so pretty,” until suddenly you’re not pretty enough. But you know, maybe if you buy these things to fix yourself you’ll be pretty.
Even 50 years ago, children would get a gift or two on Christmas or their birthdays. They weren’t spending and shopping all year round. And I think parents are getting really fed up with this stuff.
And yet, parents are the ones paying for all those “Diva” onesies. Why do adults buy into it?
Because they think it’s ironic and funny? Because it seems harmless? A generation ago, your mother would have been horrified at a T-shirt that said, “Spoiled.” Why on earth would you want your child to be spoiled?
Do you think some of this “Spoiled” culture is a reflection of a growing narcissism in general?
I think if you’re a 40-year-old who’s all Botoxed and trying to dress like a 15-year-old, it’s going to be hard to tell your 6-year-old not to dress like a 15-year-old too.
So what do we do to protect our daughters from becoming princess bratz?
Well, when I was on the “Today” show, I told Ann Curry, “Just lock them up in towers until they’re 18.”
We all live in the world. There was a story in the Times a few months ago about how little girls who watch “Hannah Montana” are more likely to bully, but kids whose parents try to make them behave more age appropriately are likelier to be bullied. You don’t want to have either of those scenarios. Our job is to raise our daughters to be thoughtful and inquisitive and ask questions, and I can see already the ways my 7-year-old is doing that.
There’s incredible plasticity in developing minds. They get progressively rigid as they get older. So if you as the parent are saying no to these messages — not all the time, because you have to say yes sometimes too — and setting the right limits, it will have an effect.
But people will ask, what’s the harm of a little dress-up and fantasy? Isn’t that normal?
Disney will tell you that their princess line is “age appropriate” and they are absolutely right. They swoop in right at the age boys and girls are figuring out they’re different. But you can celebrate being a girl in different ways. For Halloween this year, Daisy was Athena — the goddess of war and wisdom.
I remember when I wrote “Schoolgirls,” parents would tell me things like “I only let my daughter play with trucks.” That’s not the point! You don’t want to send the message that things that are feminine don’t have value. But stuff like royal play, with kings and queens and knights, is appealing to both girls and boys. It doesn’t have to be so narrow.
OK, I need you to tell me something good now. What gives you hope for our daughters? What’s getting better?
Places like Salon. And Jezebel, and Slate. The fact that people are writing and having conversations about these issues. That’s very important. My daughter Daisy, and how seeing smart and strong she is. The women I know who are complicated and conflicted and caring. That’s what gives me hope.
I think of the food analogy too; 10 years ago, we didn’t know what trans fats were or what was in school lunches. But because people wrote books and asked questions and got organized, things are changing. Now even McDonald’s is pushing “healthier” menu options. And if we can make McDonald’s blink, we can make Mattel and Disney blink too.
Meredith Miner-Reese jokes that she’s not all that comfortable outside her “little world of dogs.”
Judging by the results, though, it’s a very productive comfort zone to be in.
Dogs, big and small, young and old, are an all-consuming passion for Ms. Miner-Reese, the owner of Fetching Grooming Salon and Pet Boutique in Green Ridge.
The business, which caters exclusively to dogs, not only is thriving, but also has proven to be a good jumping off point for Ms. Miner-Reese’s myriad charitable activities.
“I love grooming, I love the shop, but it’s not enough for me to just come to the shop,” Ms. Miner-Reese said.
Benefit pet photos
It all started a few years ago when she decided to raise funds to buy bulletproof vests for the Scranton Police Department’s two police dogs, Blitz and Brix. (Brix recently passed away.) She placed canisters in several area stores, and ended up collecting over $500.
“I just wanted them to be protected,” Ms. Miner-Reese said.
Not long after that, in March 2009, she did an Easter pet photo shoot at her shop to purchase canine oxygen masks for the Scranton Fire Department, inspired by the deaths of her friend’s dogs in a house fire.
In the end, she raised enough money to buy over 20 masks. She’s stayed in contact with some city firefighters, who told her the masks have saved the lives of several dogs.
Last fall, she did Halloween and Christmas doggie photos at the shop, with the proceeds going to the American Red Cross and Griffen Pond Animal Shelter, where Ms. Miner-Reese has volunteered. That event raised over $1,000.
“When it comes to animals, people go out of their way to help,” Ms. Miner-Reese said.
In addition to fundraising, Ms. Miner-Reese uses the shop as a platform to encourage people to spay and neuter their pets, and to steer clear of dog breeding.
“I try to get my two cents in whenever I can,” said Ms. Miner-Reese, who is constantly taking strays to Griffin Pond, and just recently raised funds to spay and neuter the dogs of a local woman who lost her home in a fire. “There aren’t enough homes versus the number of animals on this planet. And the shelter workers can only do so much.”
She and husband Dwane currently have six dogs – Bela, Sweetpea, Punky and Noah, all Chinese cresteds; Manny, a miniature pinscher; and Barbosa, an Ibizan hound. They are, she said in all seriousness, “the love of my life.”
“We love our dogs like our children,” said Ms. Miner-Reese, who also has a cat named Taz. “I always joke with Dwane, ‘I love the babies more than you.’
“I would run into a burning building for them.”
Lifelong association with dogs
Ms. Miner-Reese can’t remember a time when she didn’t have multiple dogs in her life. As a little girl growing up on a horse farm at Lake Winola, she had eight of them.
Ms. Miner-Reese was adopted by an older couple, the late Ralph and Wilma Miner, and there was a more than 20-year age gap between her and her sister, Barb. (Years later, she met her three biological siblings.) As a result, the dogs essentially played the role of her siblings.
“I dressed them up. I played school with them. I took them for walks in the woods,” she said. “Back then, we didn’t know the meaning of grooming. We’d just take them out in the backyard and spray them down with a hose.”
A Tunkhannock High School graduate who studied fine art and photography at Keystone College, Ms. Miner-Reese wasn’t introduced to dog grooming until about 12 years ago. That’s when she bought Bela, her first Chinese crested, which has since become her favorite breed.
“She literally changed my life,” Ms. Miner-Reese said. “I always refer to her as my first-born.”
Despite the fact that they’re nearly hairless, Chinese cresteds require a good deal of grooming and skin care. Not content to take her pride and joy to someone else, Ms. Miner-Reese simply learned to do it herself.
From there, she took a part-time job at an area grooming salon, where she quickly realized she had a knack for it. Three years later, she decided to go off on her own, at first working out of her basement, then moving to a small space attached to her apartment building.
In 2008, she relocated to her present digs on Boulevard Avenue. Since then, business has tripled, said Ms. Miner-Reese, noting she currently has between 250 and 300 customers.
The shop, which has a pleasing, retro feel to it, caters to dogs of all sizes. Ms. Miner-Reese is at the point now where she can tell how easy or difficult a dog is going to be just by looking at it. The work is demanding, and she has the marks on her arms to prove it.
“People don’t realize how physical it is. It’s killer on your back, killer on your legs,” she said. “You really gotta love dogs to do it.”
People often tell Ms. Miner-Reese she’s going to burn out at some point, but she’s having none of it.
“I resent it,” she said. “It’s like, ‘How dare you.’ Dogs are my life. I’ll probably drop dead grooming a dog.”
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TO NOMINATE A NORTHEAST WOMAN, please submit requests via e-mail to lifestyles @timesshamrock.com or mail them to Northeast Woman Nominations, The Sunday Times, 149 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18503. Please include the woman’s name, address and the reason the reader feels the woman is deserving. Those submitting need to include their name and a daytime phone number.Meet Meredith Miner-Reese
At home: She resides at Lake Winola with her husband, Dwane, and her six dogs. She is the daughter of the late Ralph and Wilma Miner. She has four siblings, Barb, George, John and Diane.
At work: Owner and operator of Fetching Grooming Salon and Pet Boutique in Green Ridge
Inspiration: “My mother, Wilma,” she said. “She was an amazing woman. Adopted me as an infant when she was 54. My dad was 64.”
Aspiration: “To educate people of the importance of animals – that spay/neutering and not breeding pets is the only solution to massive overpopulation and euthanization of so many dogs and cats.”
Diversions: Riding motorcycles with her husband and her brother George; sewing doggy clothes
Aversions: Self-important, greedy people; people who breed animals for profit
Quote: “The purity of a person’s soul can be measured by how they regard animals.” – Gandhi
At first glance, it might not seem that local politics, the Packers, sewing and giraffes have much in common, unless you knew Emma Bianchi of Joliet.
Emma had an eclectic mix of interests, was quite passionate about them and freely expressed her opinions, but that’s why she was so much fun, said Emma’s daughter, Laureen Crotteau of Shorewood.
“I miss calling her and asking, ‘Hey did you see the news?’ because I knew what would get her going,” Laureen said. “I was heartbroken that she wasn’t here for the Super Bowl. She would have had a ball because she just got so into it. She probably had something to do with that game.”
Part of Laureen’s childhood memories includes attending city council meetings with her mother. Because Emma was a member of the Citizen’s Action Council, she regularly brought up issues the council thought needed addressing. Emma also wrote frequent Herald-News Letters to the Editor. She often called former morning host Frank O’Leary at Joliet radio station WJOL AM 1340 to comment on current events.
In the early 1970s, Emma even ran for city council.
“She didn’t win, but she came very close,” Laureen said. “I was about 11 or 12 and we had lots of fun going door to door passing out my mom’s literature. It was cool sitting around the dining room table making calls reminding people to vote. I always regretted that she never ran when I was old enough to vote. It would have been fun to vote for her.”
But Emma had other projects to keep her busy and one of them was sewing. Emma sewed doll clothes and Halloween costumes for her children and grandchildren, but her creativity blossomed with concrete geese. Once people saw Emma’s designs, they wanted Emma to make clothes for their geese, too.
These included London Bobbies, any sports team, fish, bride and groom, Gulf War uniforms and school events. “You name it, she made it,” Laureen said. “She didn’t just sew them. She put a lot of love and detail into them.”
However, during football season, Emma’s main décor was Packers. Every week before the game, Emma decorated her house inside and out with Packers paraphernalia. Every week after the football games, Emma took it all down.
“Her house was green and yellow from top to bottom,” Laureen said. “She had sewn banners and a cut-out jersey for her favorite player in the yard. At every touchdown, the cowbell was rung. When her legs got bad, she couldn’t go out and do it all herself. We’d take it down quickly before the Bears people drove by.”
When Emma died Dec. 11 at the age of 86, the family lost a diehard fantasy football player. Eleven years ago, Laureen’s then-sixth grade son started a fantasy football team and asked Emma to join it. At first, Emma didn’t quite understand the logistics and selected her players based on “He’s got such a nice German name,” or “He works so hard for his community.”
The following year, Emma went online to study statistics, chart and plot. It paid off. She won first place. Emma was champ again for the 2009-2010 season. “She kept everyone on their toes,” Laureen said. “She knew about players we hadn’t heard of.”
Emma freely gave away nuts from her buckeye tree for good luck and collected giraffes: stuffed, plastic and even giraffe picture frames. “She always that their size and necks made them look awkward, but that they always moved gracefully,” Laureen said.
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BUFORD, Ga.—A jury has awarded $1.2 million to a Georgia woman who said she was scalded by 190-degree water that shot out of a convenience store’s cappuccino machine.
Attorney Nelson Tyrone III told the Gwinnett Daily Post that the woman, 52-year-old Cynthia Nance, was burned on Halloween night in 2007 at a QuikTrip convenience store.
The company said in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Thursday that Nance’s injury resulted from a rare accident. QuikTrip says it has since replaced the cappuccino machines at all its stores.
Tyrone said Nance was burned on her hand and arm as she held her cup near the machine. He said she could require an electronic implant to correct nerve damage caused by the burns.
Both sides said the money was to be used for Nance’s future medical expenses.
Information from: Gwinnett Daily Post, http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com