For my part, I’d love to buy my daughter a Molly doll in a few years and watch her experience her story the way I did. The magical thing about the American Girl books is that they didn’t just allow you to immerse yourself in the past; they made you realize that you too were a part of history. In some ways, this was the point of the whole American Girl endeavor. “I was trying to tell the reader: You’re making choices that will have an effect on history,” Tripp tells me. “You’re far more influential than these fictional characters. You need to take yourself seriously and see yourself as a responsible actor because you have a role to play in the world.” … [Read more...] about American Girl sales are plummeting. Can the iconic ’90s brand be saved?
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At a taping of The Late Late Show 18 hours earlier, Corden was more Energizer Bunny than Peter Rabbit, bopping into the greenroom to welcome musical guests Fifth Harmony and then jogging across the stage for a quick preshow wave to the studio audience. A lot of late-night hosts on network TV still follow in Johnny Carson’s cool, detached footsteps, smoothly gliding out from between the curtains and tugging at their neckties during snarky monologues. Corden’s show has a more goofy, manic rhythm. Guests are interviewed two or three at a time, rather than individually, and asked to perform a range of dignity-testing feats. Tonight, for instance, the members of Fifth Harmony will take turns playing a game called Flinch, in which they will stand behind a transparent plexiglass wall holding martinis as Corden shoots apples and oranges at their heads with a high-speed fruit cannon (if they spill, they lose). … [Read more...] about James Corden Lives In The Moment. Here’s How
In August, I meet Dennis for dinner at an Asian restaurant near his home on Long Island. The maître d’ greets him as “Big Dennis”; Adam Sandler and family are seated a few tables away. Dennis seems frustrated by the lingering Hate Gate controversy–that several months later he’s seated with a reporter who is still pestering him with questions about it. “You’re here and you have an opportunity to have a conversation with the CEO of a company that’s changed the black experience in America forever and this is what we’re talking about. What is the fascination? I mean, I really need to understand that. We’re talking about a 30-second commercial.” Hate Gate, from Dennis’s perspective, is the latest example of controversy that flares up whenever he attempts to expand Shea’s consumer base. “The heat that we caught for taking our product to Target was, ‘Oh, you’ve been in the flea market and … [Read more...] about SheaMoisture’s Tangled Future