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Marriage gets a second look

By TIMES STAFF
Published May 21, 2007


In 2001, director Michael Apted took a look at marriage in America through the eyes of nine couples in his documentary Married in America. Six years later, he goes back to see if there is happily ever after for the couples in Married in America 2, which debuts at 9 p.m. Wednesday on the Hallmark channel (check your local listings). The documentary features couples from various religious, social and racial backgrounds. If you want to see a sneak peek of the documentary, go to www.marriedinamerica.com.

Celebrities' kids have designs for charity

Sippy cups come in all shapes, sizes, colors and designs. But what if you could have one designed by the offspring of a Hollywood hottie or heartthrob and do something good for charity? That's the idea behind the Tinseltown Toddlers Online Charity Auction to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. The auction, which runs through May 31, will feature drawings on the Playtex Create My Own Cup by the children of Edie Falco (The Sopranos), Doug Savant (Desperate Housewives) and Justin Chambers (Grey's Anatomy), to name a few. The auction is on eBay at www.ebay.com/playtex. If you don't care about those cups, you can submit your child's artwork and get a chance to win $2, 500 in prizes. Go to www.playtexproducts.com to learn more about the contest, which runs through Aug. 21.

A force to be reckoned with on Father's Day

So after you got married, you found out that the man of your dreams harbored feelings for Princess Leia while she was wearing the golden bikini in Return of the Jedi. It made you cringe a little but you got over it. Well, now you can unleash his inner Luke Skywalker by giving him R2-D2 for Father's Day. No, not a life-sized version, but a mini remote-controlled robot. And the remote looks like a light saber. Trust us, this will be his favorite gift. Snag the mini droid for $29.99 at www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/rc/8cd5/.

Disney explores kids' classical tastes

The producers of Disney's Little Einsteins, the animated show about four youngsters who travel around the world learning about art and music, take their responsibility for classical music on the series quite seriously. In fact, the writers and producers conduct research for each episode at schools with kids ages 2 to 5 to see which music strikes a chord. The show has now put together a top 10 list of classical pieces that are most appealing to kids. In order, the songs are:

- The Moldau from Ma Vlast by Bedrich Smetana

- Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, Minuet and Badinerie by Johann Sebastian Bach

- Humoresque No. 7 by Antonin Dvorak

- Symphony No. 9 in E minor from The New World: Largo by Antonin Dvorak

- Morning from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 by Edvard Grieg

- Symphony No. 8, Unfinished by Franz Schubert

- Symphony No. 40 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

- Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, 1st Movement by Johann Sebastian Bach

- Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn

- Triumphal March from Aida by Giuseppe Verdi

Don't accept pregnant pause in fashion

Liz Lange, maternity wear designer, doesn't think pregnancy should prevent you from looking stylish, even in the heat of summer. Here are Lange's five tips for looking good this summer:

- Dress it up: Empire waists and baby doll styles are a pregnant woman's best friends.

- Wear white: White never goes out of fashion. Try sleeveless tops, skirts and dresses.

- Show off your best assets: Your legs and arms can get some feature play by wearing tanks or Bermuda shorts.

- Wedge it: If you love high heels but your feet are swelling, get the height without the pain with a wedge heel.

- Accessorize: Accessories add versatility to your clothes. Look for lucite and patent accessories, peep-toe flats and colorful bags.