First lady’s editing gig
Michelle Obama is turning online editor for a week.
A website for women, iVillage, said Monday that the first lady has agreed to serve as a guest editor, focusing on back-to-school issues.
Mrs. Obama has been working with iVillage staff members to address challenges, including healthy eating for students and how to balance busy family schedules, the site said.
“We shared all kinds of stories (both success stories and cautionary tales) and tips about how to help our kids be healthy and succeed this school year,” and now iVillage visitors will have a chance to add to the discussion, Mrs. Obama said in a statement.
She’ll be featured in a video interview running throughout the week and has created and curated articles and other content, some drawing on her “Let’s Move!” initiative to get kids interested in fitness and good nutrition, iVillage said.
Personal anecdotes and previously unseen family photos will offer a peek at how Mrs. Obama handles the start of the school year.
The “Rev up Your Back-to-School Routine” series with the first lady begins Aug. 20 on iVillage, part of NBCUniversal.
Mrs. Obama is the first in a series of guest editors, said Jodi Kahn, iVillage president. Other participants were not announced.
Nobel winners object to show
Nine Nobel Peace Prize winners are speaking out against a new NBC competition series they say treats military maneuvers like athletic events.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the other Nobel laureates have protested in an open letter that the show, “Stars Earn Stripes,” glorifies war and armed violence.
The series premieres on NBC on Monday night. It pairs celebrity participants with U.S. military personnel for simulated military challenges.
The letter was sent Monday to NBC boss Robert Greenblatt and others connected with the show. It declares “preparing for war is neither amusing nor entertaining.” It calls for NBC to stop airing the series.
NBC has no comment.
Wedding bells for Aniston
After years of breathless anticipation — at least on the part of the tabloids — Jennifer Aniston is finally ready to wed again.
Her representative, Stephen Huvane, confirmed Sunday night that the actress is engaged to her boyfriend of more than a year, Justin Theroux.
“Justin Theroux had an amazing birthday on Friday, receiving an extraordinary gift when his girlfriend, Jennifer Aniston, accepted his proposal of marriage,” said Theroux’s rep in a statement to People, which first reported the engagement.
Theroux, 41, and Aniston, 43, have known each other for years, but started dating more than a year ago after working on the comedy “Wanderlust.”
The two moved in together and tabloids soon began predicting everything from marriage to babies for the new couple.
Aniston had been a part of such speculation for years, ever since the demise of her marriage to Brad Pitt in 2005 after a five-year union.
Aniston has had several high-profile relationships with the likes of John Mayer and Vince Vaughn, but they didn’t last.