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BIG BOTTOM: Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo has apparently been lingering in front of the frozen waffles and Häagen-Däzs at the supermarket lately, and confessed to Playboy magazine that she’d love to gain some weight.
Pompeo, considered a part of the too-thin-to-be-healthy crowd by gossip insiders (or at least that’s what they tell me), told the men’s mag that "I would be the happiest girl in Hollywood, trust me. I’d have this sick bod because I’d be the skinny girl with big boobs and a cute butt.
"If I could gain five to 10 pounds, it would probably go straight to my boobs and ass."
I know exactly what she means.
BARELY THERE: According to the indispensable Lisa de Moraes of the Washington Post, the once-unbeatable ratings magnet that is the Victoria’s Secret fashion show has taken a mighty fall, judging by the numbers last Tuesday’s airing drew.
"An anorexic crowd of 6.8 million tuned in to the undies parade," wrote de Moraes with obvious relish. "That’s a purge of nearly 30 per cent compared with last year’s nine million viewers. And it’s a wicked drop compared with the 12.4 million who tuned in when The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show made its triumphant broadcast debut on ABC, back in ’01."
The big news was really the skimpy numbers the show drew among teens and 18-34-year-old males.
"If you can’t get 18-to-34-year-old guys to watch an hour of gorgeous young women prancing about in virtually nothing except the occasional million-dollar diamond demi-bra or tartan plaid push-up (yes, there was a Brigadoon number)," wrote de Moraes, "you are doing something seriously wrong."
Despite a guest musical appearance by Justin Timberlake — who, to be frank, isn’t exactly honey to the swarms of young male drones — the show bombed, if only because, in de Moraes estimation, of bad production decisions like the point-of-view "angel cam" they put on one blond model — and letting the girls talk.
"They talked about wanting to make out with Justin Timberlake," wrote de Moraes. "They talked about not wanting to give back the million-dollar diamond bra. They talked about their shoes not being tied properly. They talked about how hard it is to be a model. They spoke of being hungry."
But mostly, in this writer’s opinion, they were up against something that wasn’t as prevalent five years ago: Widespread broadband Internet use. Along with cheaper computers and Wi-Fi, this has made Internet porn as common as ringtones and ripped MP3s, and reduced Victoria’s Secret to the TV equivalent of the underwear section of the Sears catalogue.