Bring on the Cute: …and the calories. July is National Ice Cream Month. Designated in 1984 by then-President Ronald Reagan, its original proclamation (and National Ice Cream Day on July 15), called for Americans to observe related events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” Our favorite flavors? Vanilla, chocolate, cookies ‘n’ cream, strawberry, and chocolate-chip mint, according to the International Dairy Foods Association. So go ahead and indulge (it’s practically a patriotic duty).

And the Best Actor Award Goes To: I have no idea who the actor is at far left in this commercial for Ally Bank, but I have to say I like his style. The scene is a grocery store, where he graciously allows another customer (right) to cut in front of him in the line, thereby losing out on the windfall that would have been rightfully his for being the establishment’s “one-millionth customer.” But no typical sour-grapes reaction here; it’s the subtleties of his facial expressions that are priceless. In case you’ve missed it, it’s worth a watch (link above).

Marriage Impossible: News of the Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes break-up hit the entertainment world like a tsunami on Friday, and as the gossips and show-biz pundits speculate about the possible reasons for the split, my first thought was how seriously unhappy this woman looked whenever I ran across a photo of her. And the pictures seemed to get progressively worse. Perhaps her independence from what looked to be a highly draining situation will bring the lilt back to those mournful eyes.

[Update: 8/3/12: Happy Katie! ]

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