A video camera in the bedroom: naughty way to spice up your sex life—or therapeutic tool to reveal deeper truths about your relationship? Both, says Michael Alvear, a gay Atlanta-based sexpert who spent three seasons with The Sex Inspectors, a British television show in which he and his co-host analyzed video footage of long-term couples. Their goal? To help the twosomes get their passion back, both in and out of the sack. Since it aired in 2004, the show has appeared on HBO and has been duplicated in about a dozen countries. I had a chat with Alvear to get the real take on what happens both on-screen and behind the scenes when the film is rolling—and to find out what you can learn by inviting an all-seeing camera into your bedroom.
You ever notice that certain celebrity couples should be together but don't realize it? Well, we're going through a little post-Oscars celebrity withdrawal so we decided to play matchmaker. Not all of these couples would be ideal romantic matches but some of them just belong together.
Kristin Chenoweth is a woman of many talents. The 40-year-old actress, singer and newly minted author enchants audiences with her powerful combination of on-point acting chops, prodigious vocal ability and down-to-earth charm. In just the past few months Chenoweth has starred in with Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn in Four Christmases, released an album of her favorite holiday songs, and written a memoir, A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love and Faith in Stages, which arrives in bookstores this April. Whew! When YourTango caught up with the busy phenom she revealed her romantic side in a discussion about her first love and finding "the one."
Wondering about the candidates in the presidential primary? YourTango's got you covered. As part of our series exploring couples in the presidential race, we bring you inside the marriage or Ron and Carol Paul. "Ron Paul is running for the Republican Party Presidential nomination on a platform of no-jokes Libertarianism, which whether one agrees with his politics or not, clearly is a sign of determination. His wife of nearly 51 years, Carol, has stood by Paul throughout his medical and Congressional years, as well as his time on the campaign trail, despite requiring heart surgery to implant a pacemaker while garnering support in Iowa in August 2007."
We’ve all heard the tale about the prince captivated by the beautiful commoner. But once upon a time, Yale-educated Crown Princess Victoria—who will be the first woman to inherit the Swedish throne—dated Daniel Westling, a decidedly unroyal gym owner. Despite a July poll indicating that more than half the country found him to be an unsuitable match, the couple now shares a home, defying traditionalists and society snobs. The couple recently announced plans to wed in 2010, populace opinion be damned.
Devoted globetrotters, Gilbert and "Felipe" own a store that sells all the beautiful objects they've collected from their travels. "We named our business 'Two Buttons' because a priest in Laos told us that we had so much love for life that we needed nothing more than two buttons in our pockets to get by in the world," reads their website, twobuttons.com. "Actually, sometimes we have gotten by on only one button."
When my friend Meredith decided to join JDate, the biggest online Jewish dating network, I encouraged her participation, but I didn't follow suit. The idea of uploading flattering photos, filling out mile-long surveys, and presenting the well thought-out, wittier version of myself had no part in my lackadaisical lifestyle. The notion of engaging in cheeky e-banter and phone calls exhausted me; I had no idea how I would have any energy left to set up dates and subsequently go on them. Besides, I had a boyfriend.
Part of Tango's series on the couples of the 2008 presidential primaries, we go inside the marriage of Republicans Mike and Janet Huckabee. "They met in junior high school; by senior year, they were dating. At the age of 18, he didn't quite have the money for an engagement ring yet and proposed with the pull-tab of a soda can. They married in her parents' living room in Hope, Arkansas, in 1974. One could say Mike and Janet Huckabee have humble beginnings and have culled a rock-solid relationship over the last 30 years. During the last two decades, they have shared success and hardship."
A gorgeous, muscle-bound boyfriend? So last season! The most-wanted arm candy right now is fat, slobbering and breast-obsessed. Yes, babies have replaced boyfriends as the new "It" accessory in Hollywood. Why diaper duty might be preferable to dating. Even in big-screen romantic comedies, boyfriends have gone from raison d'etre to third wheel. Two of 2007's biggest hits, Knocked Up and Juno, are about single women who get pregnant and decide to have their babies, even though they're not in a romantic relationship with the fathers of their children (or anyone else).
While he plays a bed-hopping womanizer on Ugly Betty, Eric Mabius is actually a "hopeless romantic who married his high school crush. He tells us about growing up around dynamic women, his days of luging and starting a family.
Maria Bello; the star of The Jane Austen Book Club; is sitting pretty: sexy; smart; successful‚Äî with no plans to marry. Is this what the new spinster looks like?
They say behind every good man is a great woman, but just how important is the first spouse? Tango explores the relationship between the top 2008 presidential candidates and their partners. Which couple is best suited for a stay in the White House? Find out here. We profile the Obamas, McCains, Clintons, Romneys, Pauls, Huckabees and Edwards.
In our series on the 2008 presidential couples; Tango ranks the leading couples. We judge them on Charisma; Stability; Chemistry; Visibility and Synergy. Find out who are the contenders and who are the pretenders.
Broadway flipped for her in 1998. Now the music business, TV and Hollywood are all under her spell. Her love life? A work in progress. Actress Kristin Chenoweth shares her own "runaway bride" stories as well as her experiences falling in and out of love. In this questionnaire, she reveals the crazy things she's done (and would do) for love. In her 20s, Kristin Chenoweth admits, she was "sort of the runaway bride," with two broken engagements. "I just wasn't there," she says. "Now that I'm in my 30s, I think all those experiences that I will prepare me for that man. That man will need to appreciate art and music and theater, since Chenoweth's experiences include winning a Tony in the 1998 revival of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, then creating the role of Glinda the Good Witch in the hit musical Wicked.
After almost 15 years as a faithful fan of romantic comedies, I’ve come to a painful conclusion: The movies we watch to supplement our love lives are actually sabotaging them.