On this date in 1973, "The Godfather" won the Academy Award for best picture of 1972, but its star, Marlon Brando, refused to accept his Oscar for best actor. Liza Minnelli won best actress for "Cabaret."
On “American Idol” tonight: The finalists perform music from Detroit
Dorothy Hamill quits 'DWTS'
Former Olympic skater Dorothy Hamill withdrew from "Dancing with the Stars" last night because of a spinal cyst. Her doctor encouraged her to withdraw or expect permanent nerve impairment. Victor Ortiz & Lisa Vanderpump had the lowest scores. No one was sent home.
Neighbor claims battery by Bieber after complaint over Ferrari
Deputies in Calabasas, Calif. are investigating a claim that Justin Bieber allegedly assaulted a neighbor. The neighbor alleges he was attacked after complaining over Bieber racing his Ferrari up & down the street Tuesday morning. Beiber just returned from his tour in Europe.
Sean Penn’s son copies his dad’s temper in confrontation with photograper
Sean Penn's son got into a heated, profanity-laced tirade with a photog in Beverly Hills Tuesday. 19-year-old Hopper Penn was following his dad into a medical building. Police got involved. The photog declined to press charges. Sean stayed calm. Hopper later apologized.
Timberlake's '20/20' album sells 968K in 1st week
Justin Timberlake's comeback album has sold nearly 1 million units its first week. He heavily promoted it over several months. It features a mesh of R&B, soul, pop & futuristic sounds. The 10 tracks average 7 minutes each. The follow up is due out later this year.
Judge Joe Brown Ending After 15 Seasons
Judge Joe Brown will end this season after 15 years in syndication. CBS pulled the plug when they could not come to an agreement with Brown about a new contract. He has been meeting with other television distribution companies, which means the show could return.
New wax Britney Spears unveiled in New York
Madame Tussauds has unveiled another waxwork figure of Britney Spears. The New York museum revealed the statue Tuesday, copying her look from the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. Her first wax figure in 2003 shows Britney upside down in a mid pole-dance.
Anderson Cooper, Kathy Griffin film pilot for new show together
Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin filmed a pilot Tuesday at the CNN studios in New York. The pilot was filmed in front of a live studio audience. They host CNN’s yearly New Year’s Eve coverage. CNN is not yet releasing details on their new show together.
Whitney Houston's Ex-manager Sparks Suicide Scare With Facebook Post
Pat Houston posted what looked like a suicide note on Facebook Tuesday. Family sent police to her house. She had taken medicine for back pain and went to sleep. She insisted stress was behind her Facebook post, not a death wish. She was hospitalized, then released.
Singer Dionne Warwick files for bankruptcy in NJ
Singer Dionne Warwick has filed for bankruptcy. She claims she owes nearly $10 million in back taxes and her monthly expenses exceed $20,000. She has filed a Chapter 7 petition in New Jersey. Her publicist says she was victimized by bad financial management.
will.i.am teaming with Britney again
Will.i.am is teaming up with Britney Spears again. She appeared on his track 'Scream and Shout' earlier this year. He is set to return the favor by working on tracks for her next album. He worked with Britney on the track 'Big Fat Bass' from 2011's 'Femme Fatale'.
Ellen DeGeneres planning a move way down south after retirement
Ellen DeGeneres is considering a move to Australia. Her actress wife Portia De Rossi hails from Melbourne. The move won’t happen until after she retires from television. She is in Australia filming segments for her talk show. She has fallen in love with the country.
Kardashian sisters blast 'vile' Ford ad showing them bound and tied in a car trunk
The Kardashian sisters will be taking legal action over an online advertising cartoon. It shows them bound and their mouths taped in the back of a Ford Figo car. Paris Hilton smiles up front. Ford has issued an apology. The artwork was not approved for distribution.
John Mayer's dreams came true twice
John Mayer says his ''dreams have come true twice.'' His throat problems have completely healed, and he has a second chance at his career. He says ''the greatest gift I now have in my life is the opportunity to play again.” He’s preparing for a 40-city tour this summer.
Robert Pattinson happy with reunion
Robert Pattinson is showering Kristen Stewart with affection. He recently returned to Los Angeles after two months in Australia filming the movie 'The Rover.' Reps say they are spending much time together, and are planning for their future.
Motown songwriter-producer Deke Richards dead at 68
Motown songwriter-producer Deke Richards has died at a hospice in Washington state after a battle with esophageal cancer. He was 68. He wrote for The Jackson 5, Diana Ross & The Supremes and Martha Reeves & The Vandellas. Private, family-only services are planned.
NBC banned Curry's tweet to ailing Roberts
NBC blocked Ann Curry's attempt to tweet her good wishes to cancer-stricken Robin Roberts last June. NBC did not want her perceived as trying to aid the enemy. Roberts was diagnosed with a blood disorder just as Curry was being eased out of the "Today" show.
Usher, John Fogerty to perform at Rock Hall induction
Usher, Carole King, John Fogerty and Spike Lee have joined the growing roster of performers for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. It’s April 18 in Los Angeles. Inductees are Heart, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush, Albert King and Donna Summer.
5 Ridiculous Things You Can Buy For $10,000 from hellogiggles.com
A desk made out of a Corvette
Do you ever get the urge to drive and do work on your fancy desk at the same time? That’s only natural. With this desk that looks like a Corvette, you can. You can sit at this desk and make “Vroom vroom!” noises and then drift into a peaceful slumber in your race car bed. And then watch your friends disappear. Or INCREASE! Custom-made Corvette desk, $2,000. Get two!
A Hobbit Home
This is a great place to duck away for some studying, or meditation, or spontaneous freakouts. And you’ll even have money left over, which you could use for wizard robes or little hats or whatever Hobbits wear. Hobbit Home, $4,695.
A lifelike bust to hold your ashes
This is more creepy than ridiculous. If you’d like to be cremated but want an urn with personality, you can get one that’s sculpted to look exactly like you. You don’t even NEED to be a ghost when you can haunt the living this perfectly. The full-sized 11 inch urn is $2,600, so with 10k you can get one for your spouse or each member of your family. Personal Cremation Urns, $600 – $2,600.
A “Water Thrusting Jet Bike”
Feel the rush of riding a motorcycle with flight capabilities with this water thrusting jet bike…It combines jet propulsion and water to bring you a devastatingly fun recreational vehicle guaranteed to improve any day at the beach or lake. Water Thrusting Jet Bike, $9,000
A Waterproof Pool Table
For all once of those times when you wanted to play pool in a pool. Because you were drunk, and you thought such a thing had been invented, until your friend screamed, “DAVE, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING, AND HOW DID YOU GET MY POOL TABLE IN THE POOL???” This one’s for you, Dave. Waterproof Pool Table, $6,500.
Usually, in my line of work, people are afraid to admit how old they are...why I'll never understand. I mean, age is just a number...like Cholesterol Level, Betty White, and Blood-Alcohol Content. Why fight the truth?
This past 3/24, at 2:49pm...I turned 39. I made it...another full revolution around the sun. In a struggling economy, world where no one is your friend and weak men die like dogs...I MADE IT!!! And you better believe I made a list...
I decided to write an ANTI-Bucket list....yes...ANTI-BUCKET LIST. These are things I'm fine not doing as I already know what I would LIKE to do. I figured it would be best to make sure I stay on target with what I want by reminding myself what NOT to get wrapped up in...it's dangerous out there...and I am 'getting on' in years. ;)
ANTI- BUCKET LIST...Thing's I'm OKAY never doing...or doing again. 1. Skydiving 2. Hosting a Swimsuit Party at a local bar for a 500.00 cash prize. 3. Posting pictures of myself with mustaches drawn in on Photoshop. 4. Going Alaskan King Crab Hunting. 5. Riding a bicycle in a race with a GOPRO Camera attached to me. 6. Start a petition to end anything. (petitions never work) 7. Make Mozzarella cheese again (trust me, it's cheaper to buy it) 8. Have a long debate on the phone about why Shea on MTV's Buckwild isn't as smart as she looks. 9. Use the hashtag #bestniteeverrrrrr
I'll add more as it becomes relavent...but for now, that should keep the hounds at bey....
Received my copy of the new Bon Jovi CD last week.Thank you Barry Mckay.I have been trying to write a review for days now.But my opinion has changed with each listening.This is an incredible collaboration from these Jersey boys. From the rockin intro of the first track and first hit off the album,"Because We Can" to such gems as the title track,'What About Now',"That's What The Water Made Me",and "What's Left Of Me",it just gets better with each track.My favorite is "Amen",which showcases that Jons vocals are stronger than ever.Jon and Ritchie are destined to be remembered as one of the greatest song writing duos of all-time as further witnessed in this new effort.This is not your"Slippery When Wet" Bon Jovi. But you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy of "What About Now". Overall some of the best music to date from this band.Musically and lyrically Bon Jovi has painted a true masterpiece with this newest endeavor.And remember to keep listening to the Point,where I'm sure you will be hearing more from this album in the weeks to come!
Fallon moving to NY, Jay Leno pissing off NBC executives
NBC has confirmed it's creating a new studio for Jimmy Fallon in New York. The Hollywood Reporter reports the hand-off to the Tonight Show will be made by Sept 2014. Jay Leno this week has been taking shots at NBC executives in his jokes. NBC has warned him to stop it.
Candice Glover performs like a seasoned pro on “Idol”
It was Beatles night on “American Idol.” The women ruled, with Candice Glover delivering a rocking rendition of "Come Together" that had the audience on its feet. She strutted the stage with confidence. Lazaro Arbos cracked under criticism and left the stage in tears.
Bobby Brown turns himself in for DUI conviction, released after 9 hours
Bobby Brown has walked free from jail after serving just 9 hours behind bars. He surrendered Wednesday to begin a 55-day sentence for his second DUI. He was allowed to leave due to overcrowding. He’s on 4 years’ probation & must attend alcohol counseling.
'Deep Throat' co-star Harry Reems dies at 65
1970s adult film star Harry Reems has died of pancreatic cancer at age 65. He’s best known for “Deep Throat” in 1972. It launched hard-core entertainment. His co-star, Linda Lovelace, died in 2002. In the 80s, he became a real estate agent in Utah. He was a Marine veteran.
Second Child on the Way for Eli Manning
Eli Manning‘s home team is expanding. The NY Giants quarterback and wife Abby are expecting their second child in June. The couple, who married in April 2008 in Mexico, are already parents to daughter Ava Frances, who turns 2 today.
Alexis Bledel is engaged to her 'Mad Men' co-star Vincent Kartheiser. She is 31, he is 33. They started dating after they met on the set of 'Mad Men' last year. She was on 3 episodes. Alexis is best known for her teenage role in 'Gilmore Girls.'
50 Cent Questions Former Manager's Suicide In VH1 Special
Rapper 50 Cent is convinced the death of his former manager Chris Lighty was not a suicide. He spoke about it in a VH1 Behind The Music special last night. He hired detectives to look into the death. Lighty was found dead in his Bronx apartment in August.
Kristen Stewart reunites with Robert Pattinson
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson celebrated his return to Los Angeles with a night of karaoke. They reunited Tuesday night after a 2-month separation. He was in Australia filming his new movie 'The Rover'. They double-dated with another couple.
Rapper Too Short booked for DUI, narcotics possession
Todd Anthony Shaw, the rapper known as Too Short, was arrested in Los Angeles Tuesday night. He was booked for DUI & felony narcotics possession. He tried to run, but tripped, & was arrested. Officers say he tried to dump narcotics from the back of the police cruiser.
Music publisher sues over online sales of Aaliyah’s songs
A music publisher and record company are in a legal fight over Aaliyah’s songs. Reservoir Media Management filed the lawsuit against Craze Productions. Craze has been selling her songs on iTunes. Reservoir acquired the rights in 2012. Aaliyah died in 2001.
“Take A Picture”: Carly Rae Jepsen letting “Idol” fans write lyrics to next song
Carly Rae Jepsen is prepping a new catch phrase-laden single for the summer. She’s teaming up with Coca-Cola and "American Idol" to help her finish writing it. Fans can vote for the lyrics on the Idol website. She will perform on the "Idol" season finale May 15.
Drugs found on Rihanna's tour bus
Rihanna's tour buses were stopped and searched for drugs. She was not aboard any of them. The buses were stopped at a border crossing in Michigan. A dog detected marijuana. It was found on a passenger. He was cited with a civil penalty. The buses continued on.
Kiefer Sutherland To Play Roman Villain In Pompeii Epic
Kiefer Sutherland is set to drop his good guy image and play a villain in the new 3D disaster movie “Pompeii”. It is now shooting in Toronto, Canada. The movie is set in 79 A.D. in the days before the volcanic eruption. Sutherland will play a tyrannical Roman senator.
TV Land Renews Hot in Cleveland for Fifth Season
Hot in Cleveland is showing no signs of cooling down. TV Land has renewed the sitcom, starring Betty White, for a fifth season. The renewal will also bring Hot in Cleveland past its 100th episode — the magic number needed for syndication. Betty White is 91.
Kelly Osbourne Heading Back To Work After Seizure
Kelly Osbourne is heading back to work after getting the all-clear from doctors following her recent health scare. On March 13, she suffered a seizure and collapsed on the set of Fashion Police. She underwent tests in the hospital. Doctors feel it was a one-time episode.
Singer-musician Rose Stone (Sly and the Family Stone) is 68. Actor Timothy Dalton is 67. Singer Eddie Money is 64. Rock singer-musician Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) is 63. Rock musician Conrad Lozano (Los Lobos) is 62. Rhythm-and-blues singer Russell Thompkins Jr. (The Stylistics) is 62. Comedy writer-performer Brad Hall is 55. Actress Sabrina LeBeauf is 55. Actor Gary Oldman is 55. Actor Matthew Broderick is 51. Comedian-talk show host Rosie O'Donnell is 51. Rock musician Jonas "Joker" Berggren (Ace of Base) is 46. Rock MC Maxim (Prodigy) is 46. Rock musician Andrew Copeland (Sister Hazel) is 45. Hip-hop DJ Premier (Gang Starr) is 44. Actress Laura Allen is 39. Rapper-TV personality Kevin Federline is 35.
And Happy 1st Day of Spring ... now if only we could get the temps back in to 60s and have nothing but sunshine 24/7. I am soo ready for WARM WEATHER! Especially on Sunday. We have an Easter Egg Hunt party to attend in Norfolk with friends ... and guess what?! The forecast is saying RAIN and 46 Degrees. BOO HOO! Clearly Mother Nature is not a fan of the Easter Bunny.
Regardless of the weather - I still plan on dressing Maggie (and Mommy!) as if we walked out of Charleston, SC. Bold patterns! Bright colors! I love getting dressed up for Easter - Church service/Brunch/Egg Hunts. LOVE IT! And here's what I love the most - putting Maggie in a SMOCKED DRESS! Oh it is just the cutest.
Here's what I am thinking...
SMOCKED DRESSES for Miss Maggie...
I am OBSESSED with the new line of jeans at GAP called "Skimmers"...love this floral print!
Or a pretty dress from Lily Pullitzer - love the color of the dress below!
Here is Maggie last year at the Easter Egg Party ... sun was shining!
Her Easter Basket is from Etsy - I loooooooooooooooooove ETSY!
Sunshine or Not ... we will still head to the party on Sunday!
Have a great Wednesday.
Tonight on “American Idol”: The finalists perform John Lennon and Paul McCartney songs. Tomorrow night: Ne-Yo and Jessica Sanchez perform a duet on the results show.
Katy Perry splits from John Mayer, but likely temporary
Katy Perry has split from John Mayer for the third time. They broke up briefly last August and again in October. Friends of the couple expect them to get back together. They are both focused on projects. John presented her with a heart-shaped ruby ring for Valentine's Day.
Seth Macfarlane And Emilia Clarke Split
Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane has split from actress girlfriend Emilia Clarke. They began dating last year and went public at an Emmy Awards after-party in September. They rarely saw each other: she’s shooting “Game of Thrones” in Europe, he’s in California.
Lindsay Lohan booked then released as a formality
Lindsay Lohan has a new mug shot. She turned herself in to police in California as a formality Tuesday. She was booked, then released. Her plea deal includes 90 days in rehab, 30 days of community labor, 18 months of psychological counseling, a fine and restitution.
Lindsay Lohan: 'That Wasn't Me Out Clubbing After Courthouse Showdown'
Lindsay Lohan has blasted tabloid and Internet reports she was clubbing Monday night after her court sentencing. She says the girl in photos in the back of an SUV isn’t her. She wasn’t in the mood to party. She stayed in her hotel. She thanked fans online for sticking by her.
Pink stops concert to give crying girl a treat
Pink halted her concert in Philadelphia Sunday night. A small girl in the audience was crying due to an altercation. Pink gave the girl a stuffed frog and a Rice Krispie treat. She then handed her back. She said, “Cut it out, y'all. We're grown-ass women," then resumed.
Bon Jovi Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, David Bowie at No. 2
Bon Jovi scores its fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with "What About Now." It's their third straight studio album to debut at No. 1, following "The Circle" (2009) and "Lost Highway" (2007). David Bowie debuts at No. 2 with "The Next Day," his 7th top-10 album.
Justin Timberlake pays tribute to his grandparents in video
Justin Timberlake takes fans on a ride through the lifetime of his grandparents relationship in his new music video for “Mirrors”. The characters dance and smile as they enjoy teenage years, adult unions & elderly companionship. Justin’s grandparents were married 63 years.
Kate Upton Asked to Prom By High School Senior
A high school senior named Jake Davidson has asked Kate Upton to be his date to the prom. He posted a video online and a message on Twitter. He said, "what you have is a chance to make a nice guy's senior year the best ever." She has yet to respond.
Matt Damon Planning $1 Million Wedding Renewal Party
Matt Damon is planning a lavish ceremony to renew his vows with his wife of 7 years. He and Luciana Barroso married in Dec 2005 in NYC. They are planning a getaway to St. Lucia in the Caribbean in April. Guests will stay in 78 rented rooms in Sugar Beach resort.
Christina Ricci No Longer “Girlfriend In A Coma”
Christina Ricci has quit the TV pilot for “Girlfriend In A Coma” after landing the role of the modern sleeping beauty. She was slated to play a woman awoken from a 17-year coma. Miranda Cosgrove plays the teenage daughter. The role will be recast.
Autobiography Helped Rod Stewart Rediscover Songwriting Skills
Rod Stewart has overcome writer's block to pen his first album of new tracks in 20 years. He rediscovered his talents while writing his autobiography, ‘Rod’, two years ago. His new album called “Time,” is out in May. It features 11 new tracks he wrote & produced. He is 68.
One Republic Asks Fans To Ignore Album Leak
Rockers One Republic have expressed disappointment after their new album leaked online. The album “Native” will be released next week. The whole project has been illegally posted online. They ask fans to respect their year-long work on the album, and buy it legally.
Kris Humphries reimbursed after scam
Some good news for Kris Humphries…he’ll get back all the money he lost in a bad investment. A former friend swindled him and several others out of $2 million in a bogus hedge fund. A judge ordered Andrey Hicks to return it all, and spend 40 months in jail.
Hewitt, Jackson do homework in strip clubs, unrecognized
Jennifer Love Hewitt has revealed she and “American Idol’s” Randy Jackson went to strip clubs at night…unnoticed. He was producing her video as a promo for her cable show “The Client List.” She plays a high-end masseuse. They were surprised nobody recognized them.
Jackson kids paternity request
Michael Jackson's family has demanded that paternity evidence relating to his children be dropped from a lawsuit. The family is suing AEG Live for the alleged negligent hiring and supervision of Dr. Conrad Murray. The trial is set to begin on April 2.
Lindsay Lohan isn't headed back to jail - but she won't be free to party for a while either. She accepted a plea deal that includes 90 days in a locked-down rehabilitation facility. She pleaded no contest to reckless driving & lying to police. Her probation is extended 2 years.
Lindsay Lohan's father accused her lawyer of ''trying to cash in'' on her.
Michael Lohan forced Lindsay’s attorney Mark Heller to cut short a press conference outside the courthouse. He accused Heller of owing him money and made further claims he isn't licensed to practice law in New York. Security removed Michael from the scene.
DWTS: Disney’s Zendaya at the top, D.L. Hughley needs more practice
On the season premiere of “DWTS”: Zendaya (age 16) earned 24 points, followed by Dorothy Hamill and Kellie Pickler with 21. At the bottom: D.L. Hughley with 12. Andy Dick earned a respectable 17. No one will be kicked off this week.
CW holds a Justin Timberlake album release party tonight
If you’re a die-hard Justin Timberlake fan, tonight is must-see TV. The CW is giving him a full hour at 8 p.m. to promote his new album, The 20/20 Experience. He performs in concert footage from the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. He’ll also debut his latest video.
?uestlove says another Justin Timberlake album on the way
Justin Timberlake may release a follow up to 'The 20/20 Experience' later this year. The Roots' drummer Questlove claims the ten track album is the first part of a set. He wrote on music forum Okayplayer.com: ''Spoiler alert. 20/20 Vol 2 comes out in nov.”
New will.i.am single with Bieber arrives on iTunes
Will.i.am's newest single, #thatPOWER, featuring Justin Bieber, is now available on iTunes. The album, #willpower, will be released April 23. Tracks include Waka Flocka Flame, Lil Wayne, Diddy, Chris Brown, Miley Cyrus, Skylar Grey, Juicy J, Nicole Scherzinger & others.
Lil Wayne home from hospital
Lil Wayne has been released from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood. He spent 6 days in the hospital, most of it in intensive care, after a codeine/soda overdose triggered seizures. He plans on laying low until he makes a full recovery.
Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods: We're Dating
Tiger Woods and skier Lindsey Vonn have confirmed the obvious: they’re dating. Vonn divorced her husband of 4 years, Thomas, in November 2011. Woods and his wife, Elin Nordegren, divorced in 2010. The new couple has asked for privacy.
'Bible' producers dismiss Obama-Satan connection
Producers of History Channel’s miniseries on The Bible are dismissing chatter that Satan looks like President Obama. The character is played by a Moroccan actor. The producers call the claim a “foolish distraction.” The miniseries is bringing in record ratings for the channel.
Harry Styles regrets Taylor Swift romance
Harry Styles regrets dating Taylor Swift. He told friends he wishes he never went out with her. She took a swipe at him in her new music video '22'. He wants all footage of her in One Direction’s upcoming film “1D3D” deleted before release in August.
Returning 'The Voice' adds extended episodes
NBC is making the most of its returning hit series "The Voice." The show will double to two hours on April 30 and May 7 to showcase pivotal rounds. "The Voice" begins its new season next Monday. Coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will be joined by Usher and Shakira.
Charlie Sheen warns he won’t tolerate threats against his family
Charlie Sheen has posted a warning on Twitter: he will seek legal action against anyone who threatens his family. His daughter with Denise Richards was allegedly bullied out of school. Charlie retaliated on Twitter. A knife & note were stuck to a tree outside Denise’s house.
The Office Stars Mark End Of An Era At Wrap-up Party
The Office shot the remainder of the hit comedy's season finale over the weekend. It ends after 9 seasons on NBC. The cast, minus Steve Carell, celebrated at a wrap party in Culver City. They thanked their fans online. All are moving on to new projects.
Gwyneth Paltrow says she miscarried third child
Gwyneth Paltrow revealed to a British magazine she suffered a miscarriage while pregnant with her third child. She and husband, Coldplay rocker Chris Martin, are the parents of a daughter, age 8, and son, age 6. They are thinking of trying again for one more.
Michael Jordan paternity case dismissed
The paternity lawsuit against basketball legend Michael Jordan didn't last long. Pamela Smith dropped the suit Friday. Jordan denies he is the child's father, and has filed a counter suit for false claims. A settlement was not reached, and no money was paid.
Soulja Boy's Social Networking Accounts Hacked
Rapper Soulja Boy was the victim of cyber criminals on Monday after his social networking accounts were hacked into. All of his music videos from YouTube were deleted. His Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts were also compromised.
That You Love Him Just As He Is (Because He's Not Going to Change) What irritates you about your guy now will really grate on you after you're married. He's a total slob? A night owl when you're an early bird? Don't kid yourself into thinking he'll change once you're hitched -- that's a blueprint for disappointment. Assume that any negative qualities you're seeing will remain negative, and be realistic about what you're willing to live with. So decide what's a dealbreaker and what's not before your boyfriend becomes your husband.
What His Financial Situation Is Beyond what he pulls down in salary, you should know how much he has in savings, how much debt he's carrying and -- this is important -- how he accrued it. You don't want any surprises after marriage. Ask these questions before you're married so you have an understanding of what caused any problems and how to prevent them from happening again. Sure, the conversation takes some finesse, but you can ease into it by discussing your hopes and dreams together. That opens the door to sharing what your money history has been.
Whether You Both Want Children Some couples want six kids -- others can't even imagine having one. What ultimately matters though, is that you both know in your gut how you feel about the "having kids" question. Sit down with your fiancé and have a true heart-to-heart: Discuss where you see yourself in 5 or 10 years and if kids are part of that vision. If you're not on the same page, one of you will have to compromise in a big way, which may be very stressful (or even a dealbreaker).
How to Eat at a Restaurant Alone When your guy's not around, there's no need to be stuck at home with a Lean Cuisine -- do something fun by yourself. Many people aren't comfortable doing this because they imagine others are judging them for being alone. But the reality is, most folks are probably too wrapped up in their own thoughts to ponder why you're solo. So enjoy your meal and your alone time. It sends the healthy message to your guy that you don't need him to entertain you every night. That kind of independence is sexy!
How to Do Home Improvements No, you don't need to know how to install your own solar water heater, but you should own a toolbox stocked with the basics (hammer, screwdriver, wrench, pliers, power drill, assorted screws and nails) and know how to hang a picture, change out a door knob and assemble your own Ikea desk. Fixing things around the house yourself can be incredibly empowering, especially if your husband isn't handy or never seems to get around to doing it himself. Even if you marry Mr. Fix It, knowing your own way around a tool box means you won't need to keep nagging him when you just want it done.