Welcome to Afternoon Six-Pack: Six must-read stories from the worlds of celebrity, oddities and digital miscellany
Maria Bello has written a column in The New York Times to announce that she's dating a woman. The 46-year-old actress penned the Modern Love column in The Times to explain how she told her son of her new romance. Says Bello: "My feelings about attachment and partnership have always been that they are fluid and evolving." Bello was previously in a relationship with TV executive Dan McDermott and has a 12-year-old son named Jackson.
The Kardashian family has revealed its annual holiday card and as anyone could have predicted, it's pretty garish. The photoshopped tableau is rife with faux gold and Egyptian-like tiaras on the female members of the reality-TV clan. Kim Kardashian strikes a sultry pose beside a huge golden dollar sign. Notably absent: Kim's new baby girl North, the baby's father, Kanye West, and Khloe's estranged husband Lamar Odom.
The popular singing quintet Pentatonix has put a slick new spin on The Little Drummer Boy. The first single off the a capella group's holiday album PTXmas, the remake's music video features the five members of Pentatonix standing atop a mountain to perform the classic Christmas carol that was originally written in 1941. Pentatonix were the season-three winners of the NBC singing competition The Sing-Off.
BEHIND THE MUSIC
Former teen heartthrob Joe Jonas dishes on his life and times in a revealing new article. Originally published in New York magazine and republished on Vulture.com, "Joe Jonas: My Life as a Jonas Brother" recaps the 24-year-old singer's New Jersey upbringing and explains the reasons why he formed a band with siblings Nick and Kevin. The story also covers the Jonas Brothers' (who broke up earlier this year) career peak on the Disney Channel series Jonas. "Disney is great at creating fame," he writes.
HOLDING UP BABY
Back in the Victorian Era, mothers had to be resourceful when their babies were being photographed. Art historian Linda Fregni Nagler explains that photography in the mid-1800s required subjects to sit still for exposure times upwards of a half a minute, and since infants aren't exactly known for sitting still, that meant mama had to sit there with them, in most cases disguised as a chair, a couch or lurking behind them in a curtain. The rarely seen photos form the narrative of Nagler's new book The Hidden Mother.
Remember that guy who was kicked out of a Seattle restaurant last week for wearing Google Glasses? Turns out that Nick Starr has now demanded that the person who served him that night be fired. Starr recaps the incident in a rambling Facebook rant that closes with, "If the staff member was in the wrong and lost the owner money last night and also future income as well, that this income be deducted from her pay or her termination."