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Halle Berry’s Son’s Name Surfaces
Olivier Martinez and Halle Berry

Olivier Martinez and Halle Berry

While Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez haven’t made an official announcement about the name of their new son, the news may have leaked! Reports are that the couple have named their son, born on October 5th, Maceo Robert Martinez (although the reports differ as to whether the name is hyphenated or not). Maceo could be a nod to the surprise element of this pregnancy; Berry said earlier this year, “Thought I was kind of past the point where this could be a reality for me. So it’s been a big surprise and the most wonderful.”


My daughter is turning 10 soon. She and a friend, born one day apart, want a combined birthday party.  The theme:  a MOVIE PREMIERE party at a private screening room (popcorn and candy included) to see the Opening Night Premiere of…wait for it….Catching Fire.  These very fortunate tween girls will see the movie the same night it opens in theaters.  I know, you kinda wanna barf, it’s so LA.

My friend and I have been having fun with the deets:  red carpet, photog,  apple cider in champagne flutes (plastic, of course), little pizza apps.  Maybe mamma will tap into her inner Mary Hart and “interview” the starlets as they walk the ramp.  Hardly the party planner, I am quite pleased with myself.   A+ for this one, right?

“I don’t think I want my daughter to see this movie”, my friend confides in me as we book the definitive date for our girls’ party. “The IMDB rating says it’s too violent”.


Suddenly, this perfect party isn’t so perfect.  I run back to my daughter and my husband.   “Can’t we screen a Disney film?” I beg.  These cinephiles will have none of it. “It’s PG-13!” they both insist. “And the first one had violence implied but not shown.”

Crap!  Now I have to watch the first installment, The Hunger Games, and assess the situation.  My husband and daughter download it off Netflix and instead of getting deep into my Carole King autobiography, I am deep into the couch watching Jennifer Lawrence’s intense face.

I’m riveted from the first frame.  The story, the cinematography, the “world” of the film is so rich and disturbing. The allusions to Nazi Germany are palpable, as is the disdain for our reality show culture.  And yet, the story follows a 16 year old girl whose courage and bravery saves her tween sister.  This young proletariat has a strong moral compass which offsets her bad-ass prowess.  She’s everything Sarah Palin imagines herself to be.

I try and justify this.  My daughter just read Catching Fire and is doing a book report on it.  She and some of her BFF’s are wildly anticipating the film’s release.  Jennifer Lawrence is their celeb crush.  So, now I’m in a predicament.  Do I change up the party or bid parting birthday-ways with my friend and her daughter?

When is it too early to watch a PG-13 film and is this rating viable or completely subjective based on our individual children?  And why “13?”, I ponder.  In the Jewish religion, our sons and daughters are Bar/Bat Mitzvah’d at the age of 13.  They are officially considered young men and young women. A Quinceanera occurs at 15. Does the ratings board actually have a method to their madness?  But most importantly, is my friend a better mother than me because, despite the social pressure, she’s going to wait those 3 years before she shows the film to her child?  Or are parents justified in allowing their children to pursue interests in art and literature that do not fall squarely within the “age appropriate level”?

Jaime King Is a Mom
Jaime King

Jaime King

Hart of Dixie star Jaime King has a little more on her mind these days than the lines for her show … King and her husband, director and producer Kyle Newman, have welcomed their first baby! Son James Knight Newman arrived on October 6th. Newman shared the happy news via Twitter, saying, “So happy to welcome our son James Knight Newman to the world! @Jaime_King and I are thrilled beyond believe.”

Halle Berry Welcomes a Son
Olivier Martinez and Halle Berry

Olivier Martinez and Halle Berry

Halle Berry is a mom again! The X-Men actress and her husband, French actor Olivier Martinez, welcomed their fist child together — a son — on October 5th. Beyond confirming their son’s arrival though, the couple haven’t shared any additional details. Baby boy is the first child for Martinez but the second for Berry, who is also mom to 5-year-old Nahla.

Andrea Canning Is Expecting

Dateline NBC correspondent Andrea Canning has her own news to report these days: she’s expecting again! The journalist and her husband, former Marine fighter pilot Major Tony Bancroft, are expecting their fourth baby. Canning confirmed the happy news to Us Weekly, and also shared that baby-to-be, who is due in February, will be another girl! The couple are already parents to daughters Anna (4), Charlotte (3) and Christina (1).

Mark-Paul Gosselaar Is a Dad Again
Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Mark-Paul Gosselaar

It’s blue news for Mark-Paul Gosselaar — but that’s a good thing! The Franklin & Bash actor and his wife Catriona McGinn have welcomed their first baby together. Son Dekkar Edward was born on September 30th. In a statement to Us Weekly confirming the happy news, Gosselaar said, “We are overjoyed with the new addition to our family. We are madly in love with or little boy. He is healthy and just perfect — all we could ask for.” Gosselaar also has two older children (Michael, 10, and Ava, 7) with ex-wife Lisa Ann Russell.

My Favorite Top 10 Baby/Pregnancy Myths


10) Drink coconut milk if you want your child to have dewy skin.
9) The best position to conceive is from behind.
8) If you’re “glowing” while pregnant, you’re having a girl. If pregnancy does not become you, you’re having a boy.
7) If you’re pregnant, hide from the full moon or your baby will have a big birthmark.
6) If you’re baby is bald for too long and you want it to grow hair, feed it soy milk.
5) If your husband is having a hard time conceiving, he should ingest pumpkin seeds. If his sperm is “lazy,” have him drink strong coffee before you try to conceive.
4) If an expectant mother craves salty foods, it’s a boy…sweet foods, it’s a girl.Music For A Baby
3) The worse your morning sickness, the more likely you are to have a girl. (Indeed studies have shown that women who are hospitalized for morning sickness tend to birth girls over boys).
2) Listening to classical music in the womb will increase your child’s chances of being highly intelligent.
1) If a mother’s right boob grows bigger than the left one, it’s a girl. If the mother’s left boob grows bigger, it’s a boy.

Torrey Smith Is Going to Be a Dad

Baltimore Ravens’ player Torrey Smith has a way with words, even when he’s not using them! The wide receiver posted a picture to his Instagram account of he and wife Chanel enjoying a spaghetti dinner, with a doctored Prego jar between them reading “We’re Prego.” Smith captioned the photo with, “Can’t believe she got me to take this pic…but it’s a blessing so I’m with it.” Fun news shared in a fun way, but now how are they going to announce when baby is due?

Ioan Gruffudd Is a Dad Again
Alice Evans and Ioan Gruffudd

Alice Evans and Ioan Gruffudd

One of Ioan Gruffudd‘s latest film projects is Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box. But Gruffudd has struck gold of his own outside the fantasy flick — he and wife Alice Evans have welcomed their second baby! Daughter Elsie Marigold was born on September 13th. Elsie is the second child and second daughter for the couple, who are also parents to 4-year-old Ella Betsi.

Rob Cesternino Has a Baby!
Rob Cesternino

Rob Cesternino

Survivor alum Rob Cesternino has kept busy since his days in the Amazon and on the All Stars.  Rob has a website (, and Rob has a podcast (yep, called Rob Has A Podcast) and now, Rob has a baby, too! Cesternino and his wife Nicole welcomed their first baby together — son Dominic James Cesternino — on September 29th. Cesternino shared the happy news via Twitter: “Coming to live from the delivery room… It’s Dominic James Cesternino. He’s doing great & @NicoleLuvsShoes is too!! #itsABoy #robhasababy.”

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