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Katie Holmes Will Kick Your Ass in the Marathon This Weekend

TomKat
Hide your antidepressants and your carbs! The New York Marathon is this weekend, and according to OK, none other than Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes jumped on a plane last night so that Katie could live out her life's dream, which apparently consists of running in the cold, amid a big mob of sweaty, ropy-limbed people, while strangers yell at her from the sidelines. Hm. Actually, that's probably not so different from her everyday life. Katie's family is flying in from Ohio to "watch" her run through the five boroughs, we're told. Frankly, we would have told them to stay home, you can probably see it better on TV and in magazines next week, and speaking of that, does the world really need more pictures of Tom trying to bond with Katie's Catholic parents, flashing his giant white teeth and leaping at their legs like a little Jack Russell while they scowl and think about how he's going to hell? Honestly. Those give us total secondhand embarrassment. TomKat Hits NYC for Marathon [OK]

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Stephen Colbert Doesn't Make the Ballot

MEDIA • Hollywood and television writers have decided to strike and will announce a walk-out deadline by noon today. Late night will be most immediately effected — guess we'll find out just how funny Jon Stewart and David Letterman really are. [NYT] • The South Carolina Democratic executive committee rejected self-proclaimed "favorite son" Stephen Colbert's attempt to get on the ballot. Colbert now has to accumulate 10,000 signatures to make the ballot as an independent or pay the Republicans $35,000. Tough decision. [HuffPo] • Don Imus signed a deal with Citadel to return to radio, broadcasting on WABC in New York and syndicated nationally on ABC Radio. The I-Man had to settle for $5 million a year, half of what he made with CBS. [WSJ]

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Bird's Jennifer Mankins Likes Behnaz, Lim, and Bamboo

All week we've got buyers from Bird, Bendel, Intermix, and more to give us the scoop on what spring looks they're snagging. In this installment, Bird owner Jennifer Mankins is falling for Behnaz Sarafpour's earthy embroidery, pleated tunics from United Bamboo, and high-waisted styles from H Fredriksson.

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Wear Sexy Like a Glove

Gloves
Fall's key looks may be ladylike, but the accessories are anything but. Designers are adding edge to the sweetest of frocks with leather and vinyl elbow-length gloves. The bondage look popped up at Jill Stuart in shiny black and United Bamboo in a metallic pewter worn with a cropped jacket. Carolina Herrera paired her gloves with a black dress. And the grandmaster of trends, Marc Jacobs, sent gloves out in red and gray, as well as solid black, yellow, green, and gray. Whips sold separately.

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Waistlines: Going Up

Your panties may be pretty, but next season they're going undercover. Designers are hiking waistlines practically up to the neck. Rachel Roy offered belted ivory silk skirts while Verrier's ruffled number stopped just short of the ribs. United Bamboo's sailor-buttoned black skirt aims high but has a loose fit, so you can breathe even though you're covered up.

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