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Even on ‘Haven’,Annie manages to kill someone.
Duke finally took the whole Jack Sparrow thing seriously.
I hope this means "Bye,bye Jordan."
I want to personally thank the wardrobe department for the awesome clothes Nathan has had this season!
I hope I get proven right about not trusting Jordan. And this two week wait was TOO long!
Get training, Canada: According to a report on Popgoesthenews.com, CTV is set to announce that 'The Amazing Race' is headed north of the border.
The website reports that the series will be announced after a Dec. 2 airing of the U.S. show, via a taped message from show host Phil Keoghan. Canadians have been thusfar ineligible to compete on the series because, among other things, show producers were concerned that Canadian passport holders would be able to clear customs checks faster than their U.S. counterparts.
It’s not the first foray into Canada for Keoghan and the show: segments for the series fifth and eighth season were filmed in Canadian locations, and in 2007, Keoghan brought 'No Opportunity Wasted', based on his book of the same name, to the CBC.
An air date for 'The Amazing Race Canada' has not been announced, nor has a host. The CBS series, now in its 21st season, currently airs on CTV in Canada
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG. I've been wanting to audition for TAR for years. :D :D
Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana and Taylor Kitsch appear in new set photos from Lone Survivor
It’s been a couple of months since we’ve heard any news from the upcoming adaptation of the book LONE SURVIVOR by Marcus Luttrell. The story of LONE SURVIVOR is based on the June 2005 mission called Operation Red Wing, that had members of SEAL Team 10 who were on the mission to capture or kill a Taliban leader named, Admad Shad. The mission failed and Marcus Luttrell was the only survivor of his team. In these photos below you can see some of the team members who are being played by Eric Bana (DEADFALL), Taylor Kitsch (JOHN CARTER), Emile Hirsch (THE MOTEL LIFE), Ben Foster (CONTRABAND) and Alexander Ludwig (THE HUNGER GAMES). Mark Wahlberg is set to play the lead character Marcus Luttrell. For more photos click the links at the end of this story.
Directed by Peter Berg, LONE SURVIVOR stars: Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Alexander Ludwig, Sammy Sheik and Ali Suliman It. is obviously still in the filming process and should hit theaters sometime next year. (One Head Light Ink, Filmofilia)
Olivia Wilde and Eric Bana attend the premiere of their film Deadfall at the ArcLight Cinemas on Thursday (November 29) in Hollywood.
The 28-year-old actress and 44-year-old actor were joined at the event by their co-stars Kate Mara and Charlie Hunnam.
Deadfall is a thriller that follows two siblings (Wilde and Bana) who decide to fend for themselves in the wake of a botched casino heist, and their unlikely reunion during another family’s Thanksgiving celebration. The film is available to rent on VOD right now and hits theaters on December 7.
FYI: Olivia is wearing a L’Wren Scott cardigan and skirt, Christian Louboutin shoes, an Alexander McQueen clutch, and a House of Lavande bracelet. Kate is wearing a Jason Wu dress and clutch, Brian Atwood shoes, and a Mulberry bracelet.
25+ pictures inside of Olivia Wilde and Eric Bana at the source
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Popstar and DJ, Paris Hilton, is in Goa this week where she will perform at the Sandkastle Music Festival on December 1st for India Resort Fashion Week. Earlier, Paris posted photos from her soundcheck. Paris looked focused, wearing a very glamorous pair of headphones. Goa can be sure if one thing, Paris is going deliver an amazing pop show that they'll never forget.
So excited for Paris! She had so much fun last time, and it was good seeing her on stage having a #goodtime. Hopefully she'll debut a new song!
EX-'GENERAL HOSPITAL' STAR Booted Off Airplane -- Arrested for Public Intoxication!
why Keesha, why? :(
Former "General Hospital" star Senait Ashenafi (ex-Keesha Ward) is the passenger from hell -- TMZ has learned, she was arrested at a Dallas airport for public intoxication last weekend.
According to the police report, obtained by TMZ, 46-year-old Ashenafi was arrested at DFW airport when police determined she was so drunk she was a danger to herself and others.
Sources on board the airplane tell us, Ashenafi threw a fit while everyone was boarding because she was stuck in coach instead of first class.
We're told she was also pissed her carry-on luggage had been relegated to the back of the plane due to limited overhead space.
Ashenafi allegedly even pushed a flight attendant during her temper tantrum.
The airplane's crew kicked Ashenafi off the aircraft and cops met her on the jetway. According to the report, they immediately noticed the smell of alcohol on Ashenafi's breath.
Officers then escorted her off the jetway and placed her under arrest for public intoxication.
Susan Flannery reflects on one of her favorite scenes that addressed an important social issue.
Susan Flannery reflects on her time on the show with Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Forrester) and reveals what it's been like to work together.
Susan Flannery reflects on her favorite scene with on-screen husband John McCook (Eric Forrester).
Susan Flannery reflects on her favorite scene with on-screen sister Alley Mills (Pam).
Susan Flannery reflects on her favorite scene with the indomitable and beloved Darlene Conley (Sally Spectra).
Susan Flannery reflects on her favorite scene with Jacqueline MacInnes Wood.
Susan Flannery reflects on her favorite scene with Lesley-Anne Down.
When Castle producers needed to cast an actor to play a cocktail-swirling former pro golfer for their Jan. 7 episode, they went for an obvious choice: soap star Jack Wagner (General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful, Melrose Place).
Wagner, once an aspiring pro golfer, runs an annual celebrity golf tournament that raises money for the fight against leukemia and lymphoma. "I think the producers knew about my golf, but I still had a normal audition," says Wagner, whose character, Billy Piper, becomes a suspect when his ex-wife turns up dead.
Speaking of ex-wives, I asked Wagner if he would finally return to ABC's General Hospital as the wildly popular Frisco Jones, opposite his real-life ex Kristina Wagner, who returned earlier this year as Felicia.
"There was a call in February when I'd committed to Dancing With the Stars and wasn't able to go back, and since then there's been nothing," reports Wagner, who also declined B&B's recent invite to return for Stephanie's teary farewell.
"General Hospital is always dear to my heart and I'm really happy Kristina's back. She still looks so beautiful. Kristina and I haven't talked about it, but I have a feeling if I went back that would probably garner just a little bit of attention."
TV legend Larry Hagman passed away last Friday from complications related to chemotherapy, and his only son Preston Hagman exclusively tells ET that his beloved father lived to perform as an actor and "didn't do it for the fame or the fortune."
"Doing DALLAS is what kept him alive as long as he did," says the grieving Preston. "He just loved coming to work every single day. ... It wasn't about the money, it wasn't about the fame, it was about him acting. That's what he did."
Preston says that his father was surrounded by large family in his final days and hours, and his DALLAS co-stars Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray even came to visit him. Although his death seemed sudden to some, Hagman began battling cancer last year, and in July he was diagnosed with MDS, a complication related to chemotherapy.
"Everybody was prepared for this at some time -- just a lot sooner than we thought," says Preston.
For the first time one of Jonathan Jackson's original songs is being featured on NASHVILLE and is now available for download.
The song was originally demoed in Washington this past June with Jackson and his band, Enation, along with their Production Manager, Chris. The song was an immediate stand out and quickly became one of the band's favorites.
When Jackson booked NASHVILLE, the show's music producer, T-Bone Burnett, told him he would love to hear his original songs. "The Morning of the Rain" was one of the few Jackson chose to submit, and Burnett responded to the anthem very strongly, asking him to record a version of the song for NASHVILLE.
"The Morning of the Rain" is about heartache and finding a way to start over. The song blends the heart of an anthem with an East Nashville flare, resulting in a powerful song that is already climbing the national iTunes charts.
You can buy the song on iTunes.
The cameras are rolling again on the set of TNT‘s new Dallas series following the death of co-star Larry Hagman. Hagman, who reprised his role as the villainous J.R. Ewing from the original series, died from cancer complications Friday while the show was on Thanksgiving break.
Filming was originally slated to resume yesterday, but the series stayed dark out of respect for Hagman. Dallas is currently shooting Episode 6 from its 15-episode second season. Hagman worked virtually until his death and is expected to appear in all of the first six episodes.
As of now, there is no hiatus planned to allow the writers to craft a proper send-off for J.R., though I hear production is ahead of schedule and can afford to do that without missing the January 28 premiere date.
Dallas writers are still breaking stories and writing scripts for the remainder of Season 2, so the departure of J.R. is likely being weaved into the show’s upcoming plot lines.
The early years of this decade were not good for soap operas, with one executive bungle after another continually compromising what not so long ago had been a robust and deeply enriching genre wholly unique to broadcast television. In recent months, however, something remarkable has arisen from the ashes of that widespread destruction. Soaps are kicking it again.
At the center of this creative resurgence is a show that millions of long-time viewers had all but given up for dead, ABC’s “General Hospital,” which during the last ten years had been reduced to a mere shadow of its former grand self. Caught in a death grip by network executives, producers and writers who seemed to care not one whit about the show’s long-term viability, and who collectively chose to make murderous criminals and their supporters the “heroes” of its storylines, “General Hospital” had become a revolting mess. But earlier this year those show-killers were removed and executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati were brought on board to save the show, after the serial on which they had been working -- the late and very-much-lamented “One Life to Live” -- was coldly cancelled.
Seven months later, “General Hospital” is more fun and exciting than it has been since its glory days in the ‘80s, and that’s thanks in large part to Valentini’s smart decision to put less emphasis on the low-rent mob drama that had choked the life out of the show and bring back many much-missed characters from decades past. In a dizzying twist, he also brought over to “General Hospital” a handful of characters from “One Life to Live.” I’ll confess this didn’t strike me as a smart idea at the start, even though I had been a long-time “One Life to Live” watcher. But the results have been unexpectedly entertaining.
If I’m being honest, not all of the storylines on “General Hospital” in recent months have been satisfying. A few, in fact, have been perfectly dreadful. But the show has been remarkable in every other way, giving everyone in its marvelous cast great scenes to play and serving up on an almost daily basis something for viewers from any of the last five decades, not to mention displaced fans of “One Life to Live.” “General Hospital” will mark its 50th anniversary in April -- a milestone that it almost fell short of making. How wonderful that it is doing so as the best drama on daytime television.
Meanwhile, NBC’s “Days of Our Lives,” which has also been strengthened by the return of a host of long-absent characters, can currently boast the most engaging romance in daytime drama -- and it’s between two young men. Other soaps had already broken boundaries with love stories about gay characters, but “Days of Our Lives” is taking things even further with the story of star-crossed lovers Will and Sonny. They are currently the couple to root for on the show, which should attract younger viewers who were raised on the inclusive dramatics of MTV’s “The Real World” and many other basic cable series, if it isn’t too late to lure them over to an “old” broadcast serial.
Last, but certainly not least, CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” is currently doing something that most soap operas have always been reluctant to do: killing off a character that has been the fiery backbone of the show for 25 years. First diagnosed with lung cancer two years ago, fashion industry titan Stephanie Forrester, played by the indomitable daytime legend Susan Flannery, is finally succumbing to the disease. This is happening not as a series of cheap sweeps stunts but because Flannery has decided to retire. Rather than rage against the dying of the light, Stephanie has done what she can to celebrate her life and exit on her own terms, but she’s now at the point where she must rely on others to keep her comfortable during her final days. As is to be expected, Flannery is giving a powerful, brutally realistic performance right to the end. And as can only happen on a long-running soap opera, every one of Stephanie’s final moments is informed by the millions of moments that have come before.
Flannery’s exit and Stephanie’s passing can’t help but reflect the state of a once-robust genre that has been losing a life or death battle of its own. Sadly, daytime dramas as we have known them continue to be threatened with extinction. But if they have to die, at least those that remain are putting up a formidable fight until the end, while demonstrating to basic cable networks why they ought to be given new life in a new arena. Just imagine the outcome if basic cable could do for daytime storytelling what is has done for prime-time drama.
1 AMERICAN IDOL
2 DANCING WITH THE STARS
3 THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
4 THE WALKING DEAD
5 FAMILY GUY
6 HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO
8 THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
9 THE BACHELOR
10 GAME OF THRONES
Schmidt (ex-Noah) bought a micro pig (named Yuma) back in February for a cool $10,000. The tiny pig became a sensation online and has amassed over 5,000 Twitter followers and copious YouTube videos dedicated to its very adorable existence.
Our sources say Schmidt decided to capitalize on the pig's fame and started dropping $1,000/month to train Yuma. It's paid off and now the little guy rakes in $15,000 for public appearances (which Schmidt attends) and $5,000 for movie and TV gigs.
All in all, Yuma has made around $30,000 and now he's dropping a clothing line at the end of the month.
Jurors in New Jersey have convicted former MELROSE PLACE actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer of vehicular homicide.
A jury Tuesday acquitted Locane of a more serious charge, aggravated manslaughter, in a 2010 accident that killed a 60-year-old woman and injured her husband.
Somerset County prosecutors say Locane-Bovenizer's blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit when the crash occurred on a dark two-lane road in Montgomery Township.
The defense conceded she was driving under the influence. But her lawyer claimed a woman was chasing her after an earlier accident, forcing her to speed.
She faces five to 10 years in prison on the vehicular homicide count and must serve a minimum of 85 percent of that sentence without parole. She also faces three to five years in prison for her conviction on a second count of assault by auto, which stemmed from injuries she caused the husband of the woman killed in the crash. Sentencing was set for March 1; motor vehicle charges are also pending.
Helene Seeman, 60, was killed in the accident, and her husband, Fred Seeman, was seriously injured. He was turning their car into their driveway when Locane-Bovenizer's SUV slammed into them.
"This is a sad day for the Seeman Family. There were no winners declared by the verdict. There are only losers," Murphy said. "A husband lost his dear wife; his two children lost their mother; and Helene's mother lost her daughter. That loss can never be rectified by a verdict."
Locane played Sandy Louise Harling in the first season of the original MELROSE PLACE on FOX.
Hamilton (ex-Anna, MAD MEN) is on board for four episodes as Odessa, a controlling and ruthless housekeeper. Cedeno (ex-Brandon, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) is set to play Alejandro, a rock star looking to relax after a long tour who is also Odessa’s employer. Both are expected to appear in the pilot.
The first annual Stiks Arcade Charity Gaming Gala will take place at Boulevard 3 on Thursday December 6, the night before the Spike TV VGAs hosted by Samuel L. Jackson. Stiks Gaming co-founders Michael Wasserman (The Final Season) and Brett Claywell (One Life to Live) will be joined at the charity event by Janina Gavankar (True Blood); Cobi Jones (MLS soccer star); Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights); Mike "The Miz" Mizanin (WWE); LaMorne Morris (New Girl); Scott Porter (Hart of Dixie); Ethan Zohn (Survivor) and other celebrities. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to Hurricane Sandy relief.
In January 2013, Stiks Gaming will expand beyond physical fundraising events by launching a gaming site (www.stiksgaming.com) that will allow celebrities to connect with fans over games, while raising money for their favorite charities. Claywell talks about how gaming is opening up new opportunities for good causes in this exclusive interview.
The Hollywood Reporter: How did Stiks Gaming come about?
Brett Claywell: I was an actor for 10 years and coming out of One Life to Live I felt like there was a void in the celebrity charitable world. Michael Wasserman, my partner, has focused on organizing successful charitable events. We put our heads together and with his expertise in charity events and my connections with the gaming world, we came up with this idea. We could utilize the celebrity base we know and create events and gaming leagues. The platform we’re launching in January 2013 will be on www.StiksGaming.com.
THR: How are you working with game companies on these events?
Claywell: We did a campaign in June with Red (Rush) at the Avalon and we worked with Xbox, PlayStation, 2K Sports and EA Sports. We’re uniting the gaming community by getting companies that normally compete against each other to come together in support of charities. We look at this as a new avenue to support charitable giving. Video games are the most successful entertainment industry around. As a company, we’re open to working with everyone in the games industry from social, PC, mobile and console gaming.
THR: How will StiksGaming.com work once it launches?
Claywell: The site will be a social networking site, where celebrities can create profiles and link to whatever charities they want to support and gamers can come in and play. In addition to playing games there will also be the ability to web chat and video chat.
THR: What options are there for celebrities interested in bringing their charity to this gaming world?
Claywell: StiksGaming.com will offer multiple opportunities for celebrities to get involved. You can create a tournament on a game like Madden NFL 13 and have gamers enter for the chance to win a chance to play against that celebrity. You can also create a sweepstakes, where fans for smaller donations can enter for the chance to play a celebrity. These can be randomly chosen. And a celebrity can pick a charity and set a price and offer fans the chance to donate that amount to play against them in a game.
THR: Who are some of the celebrities you’ve worked at so far?
Claywell: We’ve been building up this company and this site over the past 12 months and we’ve worked with over 100 celebrities already. We’ve worked with Kate Upton, Rampage Jackson, Zac Efron, Chris Evans, Havana Brown, Wayne Brady, Fatal1ty, Jorge Garcia, Snoop Dogg, Tyler Posey, John Salle, and Michael Strahan.
THR: How did you end up teaming up with Michael Wasserman for this company?
Claywell: Michael and I met in 2006 on a movie we worked on, The Final Season. Over the last eight or nine years both of us have been active in this world. A lot of these people who attend these events are personal friends of mine. Part of what this company is founded on is our relationships with a lot of these people. When you look at the list of the celebrities we’ve worked with over the past year, we expect to work with many of them in 2013 and beyond.
THR: Can you talk about the Stiks Arcade Charity Gaming Gala?
Claywell: Our company wants to create unique charitable fundraising events through gaming. We’re bringing in 20 to 25 arcade machines to Boulevard 3 from Pac-man to Gauntlet to Dance Dance Revolution. People can purchase tokens to play these games and 100% of the proceeds will go to Hurricane Sandy. We have Nick Cannon as our DJ for the event. We’ve been getting a lot of good traction around Hollywood so far and it should be a really fun event to attend.
THR: How much do you hope to raise with this event?
Claywell: We’re hoping to raise $50,000 at this event. This event is night before the Spike VGAs. It will be an annual event before that show to highlight and celebrate the fusion of games and celebrities.
THR: How easy is it to get the growing number of gamer celebrities to get involved?
Claywell: The impetus for this idea is that celebrities are very busy and time is valuable. Even attending one of our events, they have to get red carpet ready, travel and it’s a four-hour commitment. The Stiks Website allows that celebrity to raise money for their charity from home, on set or from their tour bus. I’ve been around a lot of celebrities that play video games consistently during their free time. Athletes will play in hotel rooms, actors will play on set, singers will play on tour buses. I’ve had a lot of different gaming sessions with celebrities from all over. This idea came from personal gaming experiences I’ve had.
THR: What video games are you playing these days?
Claywell: I was an athlete growing up, so NBA 2K13 is a great game. The fusion of music and gaming has always been big in 2K games and I like what they’ve done with Jay-Z in the new game. FIFA 13 is my favorite. I grew up playing soccer. I don’t get a lot of time to play the one-player games, I usually play cooperatively. I haven’t played Call of Duty: Black Ops II yet, but I’m looking forward to that one.
Ian Buchanan (Duke/Faison, GH), along with Marianne Muellerleile (ex-Norma, PASSIONS), among others, is participating in The New Phoenix Theatre's staged reading of Noel Coward's Present Laughter on Sunday, December 2 at 7 PM at the Colony Theatre, Burbank, CA. The evening benefits the Colony Theatre's current emergency financial drive. Tickets @ $20.00 may be obtained from the Colony Theatre Box Office: 818.558.7000.
For tickets, more information, or to make a donation, please visit: http://colonytheatre.org/upcomingshows.htm.
Actress Bobbi Jordan (sometimes credited as Bobbie) died November 9 of a heart attack at her home in Encinitas, California. She was 75.
In the mid-1970s, Jordan had a three-year stint as former nightclub owner and singer Terri Webber Arnett on GENERAL HOSPITAL, Rick and Jeff's older sister.
In primetime she starred in TURNABOUT with John Schuck and Sharon Gless, and JOE AND SONS, with Richard S. Castellano and Jerry Stiller.
Jordan's guest appearances included THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., CHARLIE'S ANGELS, ONE DAY AT A TIME and HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN.
She played Pegeen in in the 1974 Lucille Ball film musical Mame.
Born Roberta Carol Bartlett in Hardinsburg, Kentucky, Jordan moved to Chicago, then settled in Los Angeles to study opera.
Throughout her career, Jordan continued to sing and perform on stages around the country, with a lead role in the first national tour of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company and regional productions of Guys and Dolls, Damn Yankees, South Pacific and others.
Jordan’s husband, Bill Jacobson, head writer for THE KATE SMITH HOUR, died last year.
She is survived by her son, writer-director Jordan Roberts; her grandchildren, Brandon Roberts and Cameron Robert; her sister, Reba Sue Waters; and her stepdaughter, Jessie Jacobson.
Six-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning director and writer Emily Squires died on November 21 in New York City. She was 71.
Squires directed and wrote for SESAME STREET from 1982 to 2007, receiving a Humanitas Prize for her writing. The prize recognizes television programming that explores the best instincts of the human spirit.
For several years, while directing SESAME STREET, she also wrote for daytime soap operas GUIDING LIGHT, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW, THE SECRET STORM and AS THE WORLD TURNS. She won a WGA Awards in 1985 as part of the SEARCH FOR TOMORROW writing team.
She also produced and directed several SESAME STREET TV specials, including 1994's "Sesame Street's All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever!" which was nominated for a Primetime Emmy, and 1997's "Elmo Saves Christmas," which received a Primetime Emmy for Best Children's Special.
Other children's programs she directed include THE WUBBULOUS WORLD OF DR. SEUSS, a live-action and puppet series airing on Nickelodeon's Nick Jr. in 1996 and 1997.
From 2001 to 2007, she wrote and directed the Emmy-winning PBS Kids puppet show BETWEEN THE LIONS, designed to promote reading.
Squires later directed humanistic and spiritual TV documentaries, including "Visions of Perfect Worlds," a conversation with the Dalai Lama; the Public Broadcasting Service's "The Art of Being Human," a portrait of painter, sculptor and spiritual author Frederick Franck; and "After Hiroshima," a reflection 50 years after the 1945 atomic bombing.
She and her husband, Len Belzer, wrote "Spiritual Places in and Around New York City," published in 2000.
Larry Hagman entertained millions of fans around the world playing J.R. Ewing in DALLAS from the first episode in 1978 continuing through to the new series on TNT. In the video below, check out some of J.R.'s "greatest hits" from the original series.
On Saturday, December 8, you can feel like one of the family — the Martin Family, that is! Soap Opera Socialite Productions has gathered together a bunch of ALL MY CHILDREN stars for the Martin Family Holiday Party!
Scheduled to appear are Michael E. Knight (Tad), Cady McClain (Dixie), Lee Meriwether (Ruth), Jill Larson (Opal), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal), Amanda Baker (Babe), Tate Berney (AJ) and Danielle Parker (Emma). And more stars are planned to be added as the date grows nearer!
General admission tickets are $75, and include admission to the event, a postcard-sized keepsake ticket, lunch, a Q&A session and a meet-and-greet. A limited number of Front Row tickets are available at $100 each, and includes all of the above plus seating on the same level as the actors and a family photo. But if you spring for the $175 VIP ticket, you'll get all that, plus a one-hour private meet-and-greet with the actors before the event, plus you'll dine at the same tables with them!
Proceeds from this event will benefit Toys For Tots, and they will also be collecting unwrapped gifts for the charity at the event. The Martin Family Holiday Party will be held at Planet Dailies in Los Angeles on Saturday, December 8, from 11am to 3pm. For more information and to order tickets, click http://soapsocialite.com/2012/11/19/martin-family-holiday-party-tickets-on-sale/!
Congratulations to first time father Jordi Vilasuso (Griffin, ALL MY CHILDREN; Tony, GUIDING LIGHT)! He and wife Kaitlin Riley welcomed little Riley Grace Vilasuso into the world at 5:11 on Monday, November 26. All our best to the happy family!
And check out this adorable photo that Vilasuso tweeted of his baby girl!
We spent months asking just that question when Alyshia Ochse played Cassandra, the mystery woman in white who stole Ethan's heart on GENRAL HOSPITAL. However, after seeing her two new projects, you'll know exactly who this actress is! In the upcoming, 70s-themed crime thriller, Parker, action heartthrob Jason Statham plays a double-crossed thief who partners up with his real estate agent (Jennifer Lopez) to hijack a rival's heist.
"I play Jennifer Lopez's nemesis and I'm kind of the catalyst of how the movie moves forward," Ochse previews. "She's very sweet, beautiful, and a real down-home girl. I have to be very condescending to her in the movie, and I was terrified that she'd think I am a mean person [too]!"
Can't wait until the film's Friday, January 25, release? You're in luck! Catch Ochse now in THE FLIP SIDE, the hottest new comedy on Yahoo. "I run around with a little comedy brigade. They came up with the idea for a scenario where we'd flip genders — how men and women would act in a bar," she says of the improvisational-style vignette from director Jay Diaz. "We got two million hits in the first week!" After they went on to hit the pop culture radar worldwide, the comedy troupe got great news: Yahoo wanted to finance a mini-season!
"Every Monday through January we will be releasing new ones. So far, we've flipped genders in a bar and on the dating scene. Next we'll show the flip side of the gym, and we just finished our funniest one: the flip side of parenting!" she reveals. "I don't want to give it away, but it's hilarious!"
AS THE WORLD TURNS fans in New York City will have the chance to see Colleen Zenk (Barbara) on stage again as she performs in the benefit Bradway At The Met Room on Sunday, December 2, at 7:00 pm. The show will introduce the Nicole Fosse Scholarship and raise money for Broadway Performance Project's 2013 season.
Zenk joins other Broadway stars like Richard Kline, Anita Gillette, Kurt Peterson and Kevin Spirtas (ex-Craig, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) singing their hearts out in the Metropolitan Room. For tickets call (212) 206-0440!
There has been a big buzz on Twitter within the last 24 hours that former fan favorite and Daytime Emmy winner, Darin Brooks (Ex-Max) may actually be considering coming back to reprise his role on Days of our Lives!
Darin took to his Twitter account and posted a very simple, yet juicy, and cryptic message stating, “To DAYS or not to DAYS…that is the question…”
DAYS fans know that Max was Caroline and Shawn Brady’s adopted son, and when Rachel Melvin (Ex-Chelsea) and Darin both decided to leave the series, the character of Max went to London to be with his gal. More recently, Brooks starred in Spike TV’s comedy series Blue Mountain State.
"The Bold and the Beautiful" horses around with special sound effects to create a sexy mood.
Terry Pheto who played Katie's cardiologist Dr. Mailaika Maponya is returning for a/ some episodes
She twittered these pics on the 23rd of November:
It’s role reversal for professional dancer Val Chmerkovskiy when his Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars partner Kelly Monaco coaches him for his acting debut on ABC’s General Hospital where she stars as Sam Morgan!
Chmerkovskiy will plays a boxer shown here in a scene with Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) scheduled to air on the December 10th episode of the ABC soap.
Fans are interested to see how Val does in his first acting role against Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn. As many know it was Nancy who was seated front row for every episode of DWTS All-Stars rooting on her TV daughter and dance partner!
Caroline plants it in Hope’s head that maybe her and Liam could give it another try. Hope tells Liam she wants him back but Liam doesn't respond like she thought he would. Hope wants to plant the seed and let it marinate with him for a bit. Kim Matula says Hope tried to get over him but she can’t. She doesn’t want to settle for anyone else. Liam is the one for her and that’s just how she feels. She is finally ready to fight for him. Hope will do what she can to turn him on and remind him of what he loves about her and she will be direct about it.
Knock yourself out honey chase after Liam like a loser. This man has humiliated you for the same woman repeatedly. I thought you weren't a doormat and that you had principles obviously that was all talk. I will enjoy seeing this new Hope. Makes me wonder if this new love interest of Hope is some plan of hers to get Liam back.
Release Date: March 26, 2013
As seen on ABC Daytime’s General Hospital, the delightful first novel from Port Charles’s Connie Falconeri. Whether you’ve been a fan of GH your entire life or simply love a romantic romp of a beach read, Love in Maine is simply unputdownable!
Maddie Post--outgoing, vivacious college athlete--does not belong in Blake, Maine. She does not belong in a riverfront diner catering to boat-builders, and she does not belong in sweet Janet Gilbertson's $200-a-month guest room. And Janet's dark and stormy son, Hank, back in Maine after 10 years as an active duty Army diver, isn't without his troubles, either. Quiet and brooding, he’s happiest working with explosives underwater: talk about pressure! For all their differences, when bubbly Maddie and cautious Hank start spending time together, it doesn't take long for the crackle of summer romance to grow into a blazing fire. They canoe and camp, watch movies and read paperbacks, fend off Maddie’s aggressive ex-boyfriend and encourage Janet’s blossoming romance with diner-owner Phil, and even spend a romantic weekend in Boston. Hank is softening up and Maddie is starting to feel more comfortable in her temporary home, but does this improbable couple belong together? And what happens to their relationship when Maddie heads back to college and Hank starts traveling the world again on a mysterious, possibly dangerous, assignment?
Connie Falconeri hails from Bensonhurst, in Brooklyn, NY, where she had a colorful youth. After taking many years off to find herself, she’s back and better than ever. This is her first novel.
“Newcomer Connie Falconeri writes with the confidence of a novelist who’s been around forever, and she brings her charming characters to life with effortless imagination and breezy good humor.”
--Kate Howard, publisher of Crimson magazine
“Reading Love in Maine is like spending a fun afternoon with an old friend. It’s warm and witty, and the characters feel familiar from page one. It’s a perfect summer read.”
--Diane Miller, author of The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli
“Connie Falconeri puts so much personality into her writing – it’s almost like she has two personalities!”
--Ron Carlivati, Professor of Creative Writing, Port Charles University
This week's SOD has an article about Marlena catching Kristen and Brady having sex.
Brady admits to Kristen that he heard her confession to Father Tobias. Kristen wants to play it down because she is embarrassed. Brady pushes Kristen to admit her attraction, but Kristen tells him to leave. When he refuses, Kristen starts to slap him, but the two end up in a heated kiss. They have sex.
Eric Martsolf jokes, "I've lovingly titled this whole thing 50 Shades of Wrong." He goes on to say that there are many moral implications and dozens of things that are wrong with this kind of relationship, but he believes it makes for a good soap and gives Brady some good conflict. Martsolf says, "We know that everyone in Salem will be up in arms if this relationship manifests into anything serious. I can't name one person who would be okay with it, from Sami to Marlena; everybody is skeptical of Kristen."
Kristen and Brady wake up mortified the next morning. They decide not to let it happen again but quickly discover they can't resist their attraction.
Martsolf points out, "When it comes to Kristen, Brady really doesn't understand who he's dealing with. This is a ticking time bomb between them that is very risky for Brady."
Meanwhile, the tension is building between Marlena and John. Marlena tries to confess to breaking into Kristen's room, but John believes they shouldn't discuss Kristen. As he leaves, he drops some lipstick, and Marlena is sure it must belong to Kristen.
Marlena runs into Billie at the hotel, and Billie tells her she saw John going into Kristen's room. From outside, Marlena overhears "passionate lovemaking." She opens the door quietly and sees Brady with Kristen...
Most Shocking Twist - Duke is Alive/No He’s Not!/Yes He is!
Best Triangle - Trace/Luke/Anna
Most Tortured Couple - Sam & Jason
Most Boring Couple - Trey & Kristina
Most Rejuvenated Character - Kate
Most Entertaining Story - Todd and Heather in Cahoots
Best Return - Finola Hughes
Best Show - GH
Best Goodbye - OLTL
Best Wedding - Cane and Lily
Worst Wedding - Victor/Sharon/Jack/Nikki
Most Ruined Character - Sharon
Biggest Waste of Talent (female) - Debbi Morgan
Most Disappointing Show - Y&R
Best Story - Stephanie’s Farewell
Worst Story - Liam’s Indecision
Least Deserved Departures - Nick, Jackie, Owen
Best Emmy Showcase - Heather Tom
Biggest Waste of Talent (male) - Jacob Young
Worst Social Issue - Marcus has texting troubles
Most Preposterous Plot - The mystery of the letters/ John&Hope’s mind control
Best Special Episode - Daysaster
Worst Couple - Brady & Madison
Most Tortured Character - Nicole
Worst Return - Lisa Rinna
Worst Goodbye - Bo
Best Social Issue - Caroline has Alzheimers
Hayley's gift for Max gave Raquel the wrong impression. Adam got defensive when David quizzed him about the fertility clinic where Liza had been inseminated.
Most of Oakdale went to the Caribbean either for divorce or marriage. Brad and Molly went for changing the money, but ended up in handcuffs instead. Holden and Lily hired Margo as a private investigator. James gave baby Lily a gift. Hope suffered from seizures, and James was blamed. Eddie told Georgia of happier days.
Rick was unable to tell Kimberly that Amber was pregnant with his child. Rick and Kimberly shared their first kiss. Taylor and Ridge worked on their marriage. Stephanie sabotaged Brooke's attempt to seduce Ridge. Pierce envisioned a life with Taylor and Thomas.
Mike told Ali that she had not gotten the head nurse's job. Upon learning that, Craig tried to convince Ali to file sexual harassment charges against Mike and the hospital. Nicole tried to show Eric how much she loved him by removing her tattoo. Vivian ignored another "visit" from Jonesy, who warned her not to marry Stefano. John and Celeste realize that Jonesy and Stefano had a connection. Kate suspected Stefano had had something to do with Vivian's behavior at the Titan board meeting. Lucas went to the hospital to see Will, but learned that he had been released and sent home with Sami. Ali walked in on a compromising situation between Mike and Carrie. Roman learned another piece of information regarding Kate and Franco.
A.J. tried to get closer to Carly. Jax and V played the gaming tables in Monaco, and eventually won big, using Brenda's bracelet. Felicia continued to work in her office on Cortlandt Street even though Mac was unhappy about it. Liz confronted her rapist, Tom. Lucky had a special surprise for Liz; they shared a romantic dinner and a dance. On Thanksgiving Day, ABC rebroadcast Luke and Laura's wedding.
Harley and Phillip married in New York City. Teri drugged Josh, but Reva interrupted her. Dinah suspected that Teri could be Annie. Holly vowed to stop stalking bad mothers. Ross informed India that his marriage was over, and she suggested they become roommates. Michelle was convinced Danny knew the truth about Mick's death. Cassie prepared to leave Springfield, and Hart, behind.
Todd and Sam rescued Téa from the cabana fire. Nora had stomach pains. Andrew tried to point Bo in Barbara's direction in his investigation. Jessica and Cris ran away to elope. Todd sent Téa a letter and check, asking her to continue their relationship. Téa ripped up the check. Todd left Starr a tape saying goodbye. Todd wrote his last headline for the Sun: "Publisher Disappears."
Grace thought that she was fired when she found her office cleared out with nothing left but a telephone. Victor hired Brad but told him he had to keep his eyes on Jack because he was up to something. Phyllis paid Jack a long visit. The Newmans had a service for Eve. Nikki and Grace had a confrontation. Nick and Sharon shared coffee at Gina's. Alice visited Sharon's old high school. Paul couldn't believe his father really had amnesia. Phyllis attempted to seduce Michael. Brad and Diane shared a passionate kiss. Gina hosted her annual party for the homeless with the help of many of Genoa City's residents.
Monday December 3:
Daniel gets confirmation that the treatment for his hand tremors was a failure and he has no other options for his condition.
Daniel rejects Jennifer.
Eric gives Nicole tough love.
Nicole tries to be a friend to Daniel but can't help but rail on Jennifer when he's unresponsive.
Eric has some of his own demons.
Brady confesses he overheard Kristen's confession.
Nick tells Will he wants to marry Gabi and be a daddy to her kid.
Tuesday December 4:
Brady and Kristen wake up together after making love.
John and Marlena's arguing intensifies and she almost admits she broke in to Kristen's room.
Kristen calls John and asks to see him.
Kate confirms one of Marlena's worst fears.
Nicole and Eric grow closer on her first day at work.
Sami goes off on Eric for hiring Nicole.
Rafe's supportive of Gabi marrying Nick.
Rafe walks in on a close moment between Sami and EJ.
Wednesday December 5:
Marlena walks in on Kristen and Brady having sex.
Kristen sees Marlena sneaking out of her room.
Brady thinks he misjudged Kristen.
Sami and EJ enjoy working together, but Sami is pulled towards Rafe.
Sonny believes Nick and Gabi's marriage is the secret Will's been keeping from him.
Thursday December 6:
Kristen tells EJ everything is working out for her.
EJ asks Kristen to 'distract' Rafe.
Marlena realizes Kristen didn't tell Brady she saw them together in bed.
Daniel takes time off and goes to the Horton cabin. Jenn follows.
Nicole hears Eric crying out from another nightmare.
Nicole makes amends to Maggie.
Nicole follows Daniel to the island.
EJ and Eric have a discussion about Sami and Nicole.
Abby tells Cameron she has moved on.
Friday December 7:
Marlena confesses to John in front of Kristen.
Brady and Kristen make love again.
Kristen realizes it may be to her benefit to keep John in the dark for now about her and Brady.
Jennifer collapses at the island. They need to get her to the hospital!
Sami apologizes to Eric and worries he's setting himself up for a fall.
Helena finds out about Faison's schemes
Tea, Skye, Blair, & Carly = an unholy partnership
What’s going on with Maxie's surrogacy plans?
Robert regrets what he did?
Maxie & Felicia bicker
Anna makes her move
Carly has one hell of a fight with ‘her men’
Todd wants others to do as he demands
Will Lulu take Olivia’s vision to heart?
Connie puts the screws to someone
Carly needs Todd for support
Will Anna finally see reality?
Patrick & Sabrina ask Todd to help pay for the Nurse’s Ball
Taylor advises Thomas that, because Stephanie's inheritance makes him majority shareholder of Forrester Creations, he can move the company in the way he wishes.
Furious over Thomas' superior attitude, Rick conspires with Eric about stopping Thomas from completing the takeover.
Rick and Eric receive an ultimatum from Thomas about their lack of support.
Brooke warns Taylor that Thomas' leadership is going to create dissension in the family.
Katie's efforts to bring Bill and Brooke closer while she was gone haven't gone unnoticed.
Steffy questions Bill about the extent of his feelings for Brooke.
Caroline has a confrontation with Bill about his manipulation of Hope and Liam.
Bill tries to prevent Caroline from revealing his secret to Liam.
Steffy and Hope's rivalry carries over into their professional relationship.
Hope takes advantage of a moment alone with Liam to confess that she still loves him and wants him back.
COMING: Liam has another opportunity at true love.
12/3, Adam and Sharon say an emotional goodbye; Chelsea thinks about telling Nikki the truth.
12/4, Leslie tries to soften up Neil; Nick and Phyllis are united by Summer's troubles.
12/5, Victor and Nikki decide to celebrate their new abode; Jack's co-workers are troubled by his addiction.
12/6, Nikki and Victor are faced with uninvited guests; Billy plans a surprise.
12/7, Adam tries to calm Sharon; Jack's descent continues.
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There are 5 new Les Miserables clips just released today. Here they are:
(This is also a badly cammed ET:First Look at Les Miserables. Has some of these clips in there, some of the interviews from that other 'First Look' clip from a month or two ago.
Overall impressions... well, you be the one to judge. (I will say it sounds as if Russell is burping his way through the lyrics.) But, HOLY FUCK CLOSE-UPS.
Last night, fans of The CW’s freshman dramedy charmer Emily Owens, M.D. were dealt a devastating blow when news of its cancelation exploded all over the Internet. This action wasn’t a surprise by any means ratings-wise, seeing as how the show has been losing Hart of Dixie’s lead in all season and had only 1 million viewers with a 0.3 rating among adults 18-49 on Tuesday night. And we were already expecting a less-than-celebratory announcement after The CW had already granted full-season orders to its two other freshman dramas Arrow and Beauty and the Beast.
The cancelation is bittersweet. We will still get to see all the episodes from the original order (13 in total), but that’s it. We’ll be left to wonder what would have become of the awkward, brilliant, talented, and charming Emily Owens had the show been given a chance to grow. There were so many undeveloped plotlines and characters that seemed so promising, but that were squandered before they got their chance to shine.
I have taken no effort to hide my fandom of this show. Even with its glaring similarities to another well-known veteran hospital drama, it offered something new that wasn’t on TV this season: realism. This show took tried and contrived drama mainstays and injected reality into the situations. The end result was a breath of fresh air.
A lot of this can be attributed to the cast. First of all, we have Mamie Gummer, the talented offspring of Meryl Streep. The emotions and heart she brought to Emily made her character all the more truthful, and I wanted to be best friends with this girl. She was just so good and sweet, but instead of being infuriatingly perfect, she was flawed. You just couldn’t help but want to get to know her better, and meet her for a coffee on your break.
Then there’s the gorgeous, uber-hot Justin Hartley. Fresh off his Smallville stint as the resident archer Green Arrow, Hartley was able to flex his romantic, dramatic, and comedic muscles without having to flex his physical ones. This role was the complete opposite of his action-packed superhero character and showed that he had much more to offer than a hot bod and a pretty face (which they tried to hide behind glasses on Emily Owens, MD, but it’s going to take a lot more than that to de-hot this guy). Maybe now that he’s got some free time he can take a trip back to Bluebell as Wade Kinsella’s brother on Hart of Dixie!
And last but not least is Michael Rady. Sweet, sweet Michael Rady. His resident Micah was adorable. He was sweet, he was funny, he was intelligent, he was just starting to develop feelings for Emily. Their relationship was being set up to be epic, filled with drama, and they could have been the most amazing couple. But alas, their chance at love was stripped away too soon. And where are we going to get our weekly fix of Rady now? I guess there’s always reruns of Greek, or we could pop in the DVD of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Get this man on a new TV show, stat!
I understand – when viewed from a ratings perspective – that Emily Owens, MD was not a success. However, the show deserved at least one full season before facing judge, jury, and executioner. The story, cast, and characters had the potential to bring to TV something new in a world filled with reboots, sequels, and spin-offs. This series had promise, and I think its cancelation was a mistake.
So bottom line: don’t talk to me for the next few days. I’m in mourning.
SMH at this article for not including the other characters, but whatevs good enough. Oh and if anyone is interested there's a petition and a twition going on right now. I doubt it's going to do anything but why the hell not. I honestly think the best chance a different network might pick this up (if cw is looking to sell the rights) is if the ratings for the last 7 episodes go up. So fans don't stop watching okay! Watch the mid season finale on tuesday 9pm on the cw!
There, he didn't rape her, we can all calm our tits tbh.
Yuri who? Yuri Koller is a singer/songwriter/producer from Toronto, Ontario. Yuri has open for Drake, Jay Z, Eminem, Bun B, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Fabolous, and others at Drake's 1st annual OVO Fest at Toronto's Molson Amphitheatre during Caribana 2010. Yuri has also had the opportunity to record on tracks with Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5'9", Tona, P.Reign, JD Era, Kim Davis, Solitair, Rich Kidd, Redway, Haley Small and a multitude others, as well as work with producers such as Boi 1da, Beat Merchant, Y-Not and many more.
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Scoop: THE NEW NORMAL on NBC - Tuesday, December 4, 2012
"Baby Proofing" - David (Justin Bartha) hires Carla, (guest star Cheri Oteri, SATURDAY NIGHT L IVE) a baby proofer to make the house safer, but instead of creating a sense of security, it puts a wedge between him and Bryan (Andrew Rannells) causing them to bicker. Meanwhile, in the process of decorating the Christmas tree and getting into the holiday spirit, it is revealed that eggnog makes Jane (Ellen Barkin) an unusually nice person. Later, Bryan and Jane attend a Hollywood party at Los Angeles realtor to the stars Nancy Niles’ (guest star Marlo Thomas, THAT GIRL) house that will turn out to be the boost that Jane has been looking for. Georgia King and Bebe Wood also star.
Andrew Rannells sends up boss in 'New Normal'
Imagine imitating your boss on a weekly basis.
Now exaggerate him a little.
That's Andrew Rannells' job on "The New Normal," an NBC sitcom in which he plays a heightened version of Ryan Murphy, the show's executive producer (and man behind "Glee," "Nip/Tuck" and "American Horror Story").
"It's really kind of fun," Rannells says. "We have very similar senses of humor. We both come from the Midwest -- he's from Indiana, I'm from Nebraska -- and we're very similar in a lot of ways."
The two diverge a bit when it comes to clothing.
"The clothes on this show are ridiculous," the Omaha native admits. "I'm terrified that I'm going to be walking off the set in some of that ----. If I start wearing them on the weekends, that could be a problem."
In the series, Rannells is the producer of a show extremely similar to "Glee." He and his partner (played by Justin Bartha) have hired a surrogate to carry their baby.
A page from real life? Murphy's yes. Rannells', no.
NEW NORMAL's Oteri on Wendy Williams
Monday, December 3, 2012
The New Normal.
From SNL fame, the hilarious Cheri Oteri tells us about her guest starring role on the hit NBC show, “The New Normal,” and off Broadway show, “Newsical the Musical.”
Jayson Blair (from “The New Normal”) gives Zooey magazine the scoop on his pet peeves, current playlist and favorite hobbies.
Photo by Vince Trupsin.
Episode 1.11 - BABYPROOF Promotional Stills
Vanessa: Anything on New Normal's Rocky?? She's my favorite character right now.
Have you ever wanted to see a Rocky drag queen? How about a drag queen who looks like Nana? In episode 12, you'll get to feast your eyes on both. Plus, Shania will come face to face with some mean girls, and guess who sets their sights on revenge against them?
Bartha gives the greatest expressions!
Ashanti, Torrey DeVitto and Elle McLemore are reporting for duty on Army Wives.
The trio have booked series regular roles on the upcoming seventh season of the Lifetime drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Singer-songwriter-producer-actress Ashanti, whose credits include Resident Evil: Extinction, John Tucker Must Die and Coach Carter, will make her series regular debut as Latasha Durant, an optimistic mother of three: 11-year-old Quincy Jr. (known as Deuce), daughter Nyah, 8, and Gabe, 6, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis. Latasha is described as a survivor with no self-pity who is determined to wrench all the joy out of life that she can. She's a sexy, fun woman who knows how to keep a husband -- and keep him in line.
DeVitto will play Maggie Hall, an ex-Army Airborne-turned-truck driver. She's sexy and smart with an edge and has a blue-collar upbringing in Saginaw, Mich., where the economy went south -- along with her marriage. Leaving her deadbeat husband and taking her son Tanner, 10, with her, she joined the Army to start over and found love again and married Eddie, a staff sergeant who has a 14-year-old daughter. Maggie left the Army in order to devote herself to being a wife and mother, with Eddie recently transferred to Joint Base Marshall Bring.
McLemore, who starred on Broadway's Bring It On and guest starred on The Middle and The Suite Life on Deck, will play Holly Gordon, a wide-eyed, bespectacled farm girl from Effingham, Ill., who's newly married to a soldier and homesick, having never been more than 100 miles from home. She's a pretty girl who doesn't know it who's further described as sweet, honest and in need of friends in order to make it through her husband's deployment.
Army Wives, which was renewed in September, will return with a major shake-up for its seventh season with star Kim Delaney exiting the drama and co-star Sally Pressman recurring as the series will confront the aftermath of the deadly plane crash featured in its sixth-season finale.
I ♥ Elle. She's one of the sweetest girls ever.
Sorry mods! I resized the picture.
It's pretty remarkable, but a week after nuclear war at Halle Berry's house which left Gabriel Aubry's face a bloody mess, they have figured out a path to peace ... and the clearest evidence is that Gabriel's lawyer just went to court and dropped his restraining order against Olivier Martinez.
It happened just a few minutes ago. Shawn Holley, Gabriel's lawyer, told the judge her client no longer needed to keep Olivier away from him.
As TMZ first reported ... the parties struck an agreement Thursday to end their mega-dispute, which revolves around 4-year-old Nahla.
The remaining issue ... Olivier made a citizen's arrest after the fight and the case is going to the L.A. City Attorney for review. We're told it's "highly unlikely" Gabriel will be prosecuted.
If Halle can do it, maybe there's hope for Middle East peace.
Gabriel Aubry spent some long-awaited quality time with his daughter Nahla today ... for the first time since he and his baby mama Halle Berry called a truce.
As we previously reported, Halle agreed to drop the restraining order that prevented Gabriel from having any contact with his 4-year-old daughter.
Gabriel was still sporting shades during the meeting ... covering up the shiner he received at the hands of Halle's fiance Olivier Martinez during a Thanksgiving Day brawl at Halle's place.
But none of that seemed to matter to Gabriel today ... when he and Nahla were holding hands and smiling like they didn't have a care in the world.
glad they were able to sort this shit out.
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Royksopp have revealed new single, 'Running To The Sea', a collaboration with Susanne Sundfør. Listen to the track below.
Described as a Norwegian monster with two heads, dealing within the realm of contemporary electronic music, Royksopp are at their best with 'Running To The Sea'.
The band frequently work with different vocalists - previously featuring stars such as Robyn and Lykke Li in their songs - but this is their first time collaborating with Sundfor.
Royksopp said, ""For a long time we've been considering an artist collaboration with Susanne Sundfør, and the final anniversary show of NRK Lydverket turned out to be the ideal time and place.
"Initially, we thought about performing a pure cover version, but the chemistry and vibes between the three of us was out of the ordinary, which led us to put together a new track from scratch."
'Running To The Sea' is warm, calming and melodic - not so much running to the sea, as letting it wash over you... until it all gets a little rough. The song amps up the beat until the ballad turns into a storming electropop pounder.
shaking and crying rn
Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy may not have danced away with the mirror ball trophy on "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars," but they certainly had a lot chemistry. Are they more than just friends? Plus, "The Middle" star Patricia Heaton gives her take on Justin Bieber's fashion faux pas and Kelsey Grammer reportedly failing to put his infant in a car seat.
Four years ago a dissatisfied TV executive was inspired by Stephenie Meyer's Twilight novels to start writing steamy online fan fiction about the leading characters in which sparkly-skinned vampire Edward and bold virgin Bella were made over as an entrepreneur and a college graduate. If the narrative of the first Twilight books was powered by heavy-breathing abstinence and the revelation that good vampires wait until marriage, online forums were where readers could let rip.
There were thousands of similarly sexed-up Twilight stories on the web, but in May 2011 – after some name changes and minor tweaks – a tiny Australian publisher, Writer's Coffee Shop, "talked James into" publishing her BDSM fantasies as an ebook, which was then picked up by Random House in the US. Rumours about copies being exchanged with blushes on the school run or borrowed from hairdressers snowballed into reports of New York hardware shops running out of rope as the book climbed the New York Times bestseller lists. The trilogy was rushed into print in the UK this April and by August, Fifty Shades of Grey, the story of damaged billionaire Christian Grey and eager college student Anastasia Steele, a love affair-cum-therapy session-cum-shopping spree played out against their erotic relationship, was the bestselling book in British history.
Like Harry Potter and The Da Vinci Code, it burst the banks of the publishing world; people were buying it who didn't otherwise buy books, if only to find out what the fuss was about. It single-handedly re-ignited the women's erotica market, which had withered when Black Lace covers began to look dated, as well as tapping a whole new readership who didn't know or care that – as those in the know sniffily pointed out – you could find much better erotica, for free, on the web. Thus it was a victory for the paperback, as well as for ebooks and self-publishing. The Kindle has been credited with removing the embarrassment from reading dirty books, but what Fifty Shades revealed is that erotica isn't shameful any more so long as enough people are reading it already, and it's got a tasteful jacket (James wanted restrained covers, having herself squirmed over reading lurid-looking romances on the tube).
In literary terms, the books are atrocious: whole blogs have been dedicated to pulling them apart sentence by sentence. Christian, like Edward in Twilight, is a stalkerish control freak; Anna a bubble-headed klutz who is constantly biting her lip or communing with her inner goddess. The BDSM sex – which is both the book's USP and the only thing it has in common with classic erotica – has been simultaneously decried as a misogynistic manual for domestic violence and criticised for being too tame (the possibility of anal sex is put to one side early in book one, while the narrative arc of the trilogy is unusual in moving from the deviant towards the cosy).
Yet James herself has said that "the domination aspect is completely overstated, and many people are missing the point". It's romance rather than sex that is the real key to the book's impact: "a broken man who needs fixing through love – what woman could resist that?" Like the vampirism in Twilight, the domination is there as a metaphor for the strength of romantic emotion; "mommy porn" was about rekindling teenage intensity. Romance in a sweaty clinch with consumerism, perfect for these fiscally perilous times when we know more than ever about the habits of the super-rich. "I've been a daydreamer all my life. And through these books, I've finally found a way to channel all this daydreaming," James told the Huffington Post. Daydreamy is exactly what the books are – unsophisticated, and unembarrassed about it.
In a single year James's daydreams have inspired countless parodies and imitators, from Sylvia Day's bestselling Crossfire trilogy, featuring lookalike covers and characters, to Jane Eyre Laid Bare, which copies James's original trick of filling in the yearning silences of an earlier book. The formulation "fifty shades of …" has become more overused than "Keep calm and carry on". When compiling an anthology of essays from leading women writers and thinkers, to be published early next year, what was the only possible title? You're right: Fifty Shades of Feminism.
The Man Booker Prize has most influence when it seems not to be making a writer's reputation but confirming it. Most of the readers of Wolf Hall will never before have read a Hilary Mantel novel, but in fact it was merely the next experiment of a novelist who has been brilliantly, eccentrically going her own way for decades. In 2004, her entry on the British Council website, dedicated to promoting the best of British writing, praised her "elegance and caustic wit" but lamented that "she deserves a much wider readership". Well, now she has it, and her unprecedented achievement of a second win with the sequel to Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies, also lets us see more clearly a body of fiction spanning some 35 years and a dizzying variety of voices and genres.
From outsider to doyenne: if it now seems so obvious that Mantel is one of Britain's leading novelists, it is a fact that is only recently evident. Thus her joke about the Man Booker prize in her acceptance speech this year: you wait for one for ages, and then two come along at once. For years Mantel was the secret of the cognoscenti. She was evidence that the Booker prize was a hyped-up charade. She wrote extraordinarily accomplished novels that sold modestly, every novel being entirely different from the one that preceded it. Her publishers must have despaired of a novelist who so delighted in changing tack. Black comedy, bildungsroman, regional novel, autobiographical fiction, historical epic, satire – she has done them all (and mixed some of them up with each other).
What she has thus developed is an extraordinary technical assurance. Her two Man Booker-winning novels are narrated from the point of view of Thomas Cromwell, secretary and fixer to Henry VIII; it is an easy fact to state, but sustaining a narration that belongs both to the author and her character is a rare accomplishment. Mantel uses her own words – there is no fustian in the prose – yet all the observations are her character's. We inhabit Cromwell's consciousness, but in order to recognise his inscrutability in the eyes of all the novel's other characters. "A plank has more expression. A water butt."
The centre of consciousness is the same in both novels – and yet the novels are different. Cromwell has gone from seeking power to possessing it, and Mantel's style has modulated to express this. Curt, sceptical, decided: the sentences that carry his machinations dramatise his attempt to grasp the meaning of what he observes at court. He is thereby the novelist's agent. When Henry, too stout to relive his jousting days, is thrown from his horse and seems dead, the hubbub of panicking courtiers is conveyed via the ticking calculations in Cromwell's head. History is mere succession of events to most; Mantel's intriguing protagonist is always trying to make it into narrative.
As has been observed by others, these two novels take perhaps the best-known phase of English history and unstitch it. We know what is going to happen but the characters do not. Everything is uncertain, provisional, risky. Rarely has a novelist's consistent use of the present tense – a growing habit in literary fiction – been more purposeful. The sense of danger also both animates and inhibits conversation. So dialogue is as charged with implicit motives as it would be in a slice of Jane Austen or Henry James. This is the true drama of historical fiction.
Would you know from her novels that she was a woman writer? Only if you had some theory that disconcerting psychological insight was a feminine privilege (though think of Muriel Spark, a novelist who bears some comparison to Mantel, and perhaps it is). Her two Tudor novels certainly have women – contending women – at their hearts: Anne Boleyn, whose ruthlessness fascinates Thomas Cromwell almost more than the king, and Jane Seymour, with her "silvery pallor" and "a trick of looking at men as if they represent an unpleasant surprise". Yet these women and their wiles are seen steadily from the outside, not just through Cromwell's eyes, but through their powers over the King. The narrative trajectory of Bring Up the Bodies is the fall of Anne Boleyn, and her savage, pathetic death scene is the extraordinary dénouement – yet it is as memorable for the mysterious magnetism of demure Jane Seymour, her true thinking a mystery that eludes even the king's clever secretary.
The long career of formal experiment and generic restiveness has made the success of these historical novels. A reader who knows nothing of Hilary Mantel's earlier work will immediately sense the stylistic confidence of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies – the sheer verve of those sentences. No British novelist writes such resourceful, delightful prose. Here is a writer who is good enough to persuade us that literary prizes do make sense after all.
As a publishing event it was colossal, with a level of secrecy unheard-of in the usually mellow world of books. Journalists granted access to the manuscript before its official release on 27 September were made to sign contracts – though the Guardian's Decca Aitkenhead found the author herself unguarded, even chatty, in an interview conducted not in a bank vault surrounded by lawyers but in the lobby of an Edinburgh hotel.
As a literary event its impact will take longer to measure. The millions of children, now young adults, who raced through Rowling's early Harry Potter stories in the late 1990s might seem a ready-made market, but their reaction to this brutal slice of 21st-century social realism is unknown. Even for a giant such as Rowling, word of mouth matters. If the 300,000 people who have so far bought a copy of The Casual Vacancy in Britain don't enjoy reading it, their friends might not bother.
So far reaction has been mixed. Aitkenhead loved the novel. So did Melvyn Bragg. Former Daily Telegraph editor Charles Moore and Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir loathed it, while New York Times reviewer Michiko Kakutani called it "bloodless and abstract", a verdict that must have had the publishers spitting into their lattes: no British critic has half as much clout.
Reader reviews followed a similar love-or-hate pattern, with most customers on the website of Britain's biggest bookseller giving the book five stars or just one. One reader, "Dave", summed it up well: "Who then should buy this book? I think basically if you enjoy literary fiction then you are in with a chance. Having said that I still think there will be plenty of 'high brows' who will dislike it. It is very plainly written with a slow linear plot line. You will find no hint of Amis type literary smart-arsery so don't expect it. Secondly (shock horror) the book has moral content."
Unlike the Harry Potter stories, which took an old genre – the boarding school story – and magicked it into a saga of growing up amid good and evil that seems to have worked in every country under the sun, The Casual Vacancy is strongly rooted in time and place. As someone who recently campaigned for a new parish council in London I was riveted by the shenanigans on Pagford parish council. Not everyone is gripped by local elections.
But whether or not The Casual Vacancy sells gazillions of copies, Rowling has made her mark on 2012. Her book was published just a few days before Ed Miliband made his "one nation" speech to the Labour party conference. Somewhere between social and socialist realism – and remember Charles Dickens was also a campaigner who used fiction to promote reform – her book is a 500-page indictment of a culture that is divided, unequal and cruel.
The Casual Vacancy doesn't do many of the things 20th-century modernism taught us fiction could. It is not a novel about narration or one that plays tricks with form. It has an old-fashioned omniscient narrator, and old-fashioned characters too: none of the bankers, footballers or immigrant cleaners who peopled a recent spate of state-of-the-nation novels set in London. Instead it has cliffhangers, fabulously written teenagers, funny jokes and an intricate plot. And rage and grief at the shape of things now and to come.
It's hardly headline news that Kate Mosse is an energetic type – you don't write a bestselling trilogy of complex historical adventure novels and run a prestigious, high-profile literary prize unless you've got plenty of get up and go. This year, though, her energy and determination have stood her in excellent stead: first, she's presided over the publication of the 700-page Citadel, the third and final part of her Languedoc series (an adaptation of the first in the trilogy, Labyrinth, starring John Hurt and Tom Felton, will be broadcast on Channel 4); and second, she's got to grips with the end of the 17-year sponsorship deal between Orange and the literary prize for women's writing that she cofounded.
She has described the parting of the ways, which came as Orange merged with T-Mobile and decided to concentrate on its film sponsorship, as "a happy divorce", citing in particular her and her board's ambitions for the prize and interest in establishing it in other countries. Such expansions and migrations are always, necessarily, limited by a sponsor's arena of operations, and with a blank canvas, Mosse & Co can refocus their horizons.
They do, of course, need money; running and administering a major prize does not come cheap, and the costs involved in what is for the time being called The Women's prize for fiction extend far beyond the £30,000 cheque that the winner pockets on the night. The 2013 prize, its panel of judges chaired by Miranda Richardson, will not have a corporate sponsor, and will instead be funded by a group of 20 private donors that includes Cherie Blair, Joanna Trollope and Martha Lane Fox. Mosse is confident that more long-term sponsorship will have been secured in time for the 2014 award.
The Orange prize for fiction has an impressive winners' list, from Helen Dunmore, who won the inaugural prize in 1996, to Carol Shields, Zadie Smith, Rose Tremain, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Marilynne Robinson; this year's winner was the American writer Madeline Miller, for her epic of ancient Greece, The Song of Achilles. It has an even more impressive track record for generating debate and controversy. In its early days its detractors reacted with horror and indignation to the thought of a literary prize that excluded male writers; nowadays, people muse on whether the publishing and bookselling world has changed to such an extent that it is an anachronism. Mosse herself remains convinced that the award's power to spark debate about women's writing, its creation and its reception, is a highly valuable part of the literary culture.
Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson has used her first full year as the children's laureate to champion an issue close to the hearts of many children's writers – libraries. With the public library service suffering yet more blows this year at the hands of cash-strapped councils keen to make cutbacks, Donaldson has drawn on the authority of her laureateship to campaign against closures and urge government to show more leadership in supporting the service. In an open letter to incoming culture secretary Maria Miller, calling on her to do a better job than her predecessor Jeremy Hunt, Donaldson laid it on the line: closing libraries is a "false economy" because of the proven links between illiteracy and crime and social problems, she told the minister, and dressing up cuts as "vibrant 21st-century thinking" is dishonest.
But Donaldson has also brought a welcome sense of fun and celebration to her focus on the library cause. She wrote a playful poem on the joys of the library for National Libraries Day in February, saying it was more fun than writing an "earnest" article. "Everyone is welcome to walk through the door. It really doesn't matter if you're rich or poor … / Come and meet your heroes, old and new, / From William the Conqueror to Winnie the Pooh".
This autumn she toured nearly 40 libraries from the far north of Scotland to Land's End and listened to classes of schoolchildren act out or recite their favourite poems and stories, and performed her own tales with them. Everywhere she went she did local media interviews to highlight the tour and the reasons why libraries must remain.
Her enthusiasm for the demanding journey pervades the tour blog she has written on the children's laureate website, where she muses on the crucial role particularly of small local libraries – the very ones which are most under threat. "It's so important for children to have somewhere local that they can walk to regularly. For a lot of kids, if their local branch closes down, a visit to the library might become just a twice-a-year event," she wrote. Donaldson's passion for using music and drama to boost children's confidence also saw her launch a website this autumn – www.picturebookplays.co.uk – to encourage teachers to act out stories in the classroom.
Look at Amazon's ebook bestseller charts these days and you'll notice something remarkable. From Claude Bouchard's Vigilante ("in the dark of night, moving like a shadowy wraith, a vigilante prowls the city's streets") to Kris Pearson's The Boat Builder's Bed ("Out of the sleek black Jaguar storms super-yacht tycoon Rafe Severino"), they're stuffed with self-published titles.
2012 is the year in which self-publishing grew up, when "vanity" publishing broke out of its slightly embarrassing cage and went mainstream. And there's one woman who can take much of the credit, or the blame. Back in 2010, a broke Amanda Hocking made a decision that would rock the world of publishing; she decided to start uploading her paranormal romances – which had been rejected over and over by agents and publishers – to Amazon. She priced them low – between $0.99 and $2.99 – and by January 2012, she had sold 1.5m copies and made $2.5m. She's now signed a deal said to be worth over $2m with St Martin's, and the wannabes have been quick to (try to) follow in her footsteps.
It's impossible not to gawp at the extraordinary numbers coming out of the US, where 235,625 DIY books were published last year; in the UK, meanwhile, 11% of all ebooks bought in the first half of this year were self-published. The massive growth is largely down to the ease with which hopeful Hockings can now offer their manuscripts to prospective readers. Want to release your own ebook? Try Smashwords, which brought out 47% of America's ebooks in 2011. Fancy print? Go for Amazon's CreateSpace, home to 39% of the US's self-published print books last year. These firms make self-publishing as easy as uploading your text and choosing a cover picture. They also offer hugely attractive royalty options, sometimes as high as 80%, compared with traditional publishers' usual 10%.
Finding someone actually to read your book, however, is another matter. The most successful self-publishers promote endlessly and offer eye-watering deals on their titles (many self-published novels cost nothing on Amazon). They even – in the case of writers such as John Locke, the first self-published author to sell a million ebooks through Amazon – buy in hundreds of reviews. And increasingly, the most successful are catching the eye of traditional publishers, who are keen to sign up authors with readymade fans.
While Hocking, EL James and their ilk are still the exception – a survey this summer found that average earnings from self-publishing were just $10,000, with 10% of writers making less than $500 – for many, the thought of the royalty options they can get by going it alone is still too tempting. Even established writers are dabbling; Jackie Collins is self-publishing a new version of The Bitch in ebook in the US, and thriller author Barry Eisler turned down an advance said to run into six figures to do it himself.
Not everyone's convinced. Malcolm Gladwell has said that "what will sustain this industry is someone to act as gatekeeper and tastemaker"; for Richard Russo, the thought of self-publishing "chills my blood". But self-publishing is no longer that easy to dismiss. Like it or not, it has come of age.
Buying and wrapping Christmas presents for eight kids
sounds like a job that would require the help of a team of elves, but
Kate Gosselin is doing it solo this year. Ever since she split from
husband Jon Gosselin in June 2009, she's been doing most of the everyday
work herself — since she has primary custody of 12-year-old twins Mady
and Cara and 8-year-old sextuplets Aaden, Alexis, Colin, Hannah, Joel,
and Leah — and this holiday season will be no different. Although the
brood typically spends Christmas Eve with their father who lives nearby
in Reading, Pennsylvania, "They're at the age now where we ask them,"
Kate tells omg!. "So they basically dictate it and they want to be home
Christmas and the days surrounding it."
Now that the kids — who grew up before our
eyes on TLC's "Jon & Kate Plus 8" and then the spin-off "Kate Plus
8" for seven seasons — are older, they're much more into the holiday
spirit and what it truly means. Kate, 37, got a lot of help decorating
from her eldest girls, who even put up a Christmas tree in their shared
bedroom. "Mady and Cara are so cute; they shop for each other with their
own money and they hide in the store from each other," she says
proudly. "They're so fun just to take shopping because they genuinely
really think through what the other wants."
As for the younger six, their eyes seem to be bigger than Kate's
wallet. "We don't do Santa," she explains, "but they give me the list,
and they have really really big requests and I really really work really
hard to honor them. The littlest ones want iPods and all this stuff,
and I'm just like, 'Oh my gosh.' All that electronic equipment is so
expensive. I'm trying to explain to them, 'If that's on your list then
please understand there's not going to be, like, a two-hour [Christmas
present] opening session.' They're at the age where you have to explain
that. You really have to do a disclaimer at the beginning before opening
And the Gosselin kids are just as excited to play Santa for children
who aren't as fortunate. This year, just like years past, they will take
part in the Toys for Tots charity, which collects Christmas presents
for the underprivileged. "They cannot imagine kids that don't have
Christmas," shares Kate.
Though it's been over a year since the Gosselins have been on TV,
they could all be coming back very soon — whether it's as another family
series or Kate all on her own. So does that mean it will be a dating
show, as reported? "Well, all I can say to that is you're just going to
have to wait," teases the usually chatty mom. Regardless if that
happens, the kids really want to go back to having the cameras document
their adventures. "We definitely have fond memories of those days," Kate
says. "The kids decide now, they have voices. If they're not into it,
it's not happening, but I happen to know they honestly miss it, and they
still talk about it and think it's exciting."
Until then, Kate is keeping busy raising her eight kids out of the
spotlight. And although that can be extremely stressful at times, she
finds a way to burn off the tension: running. Last December, she
completed her first marathon in just under five hours, and this coming
Sunday, she's returning to the same Rock 'n' Roll race in Las Vegas, except, "I'm doing a half [marathon] this time around," she explains.
But she does want to one day run another 26.2-miler and improve her
time, although working in practice runs when you're raising eight kids
is nearly impossible. "[My trainer] understood finally that I just can't
… if someone's sick tomorrow morning and they can't go to school, then
there went my whatever-mile run," says Kate. "So I literally fitted in
the amount of time on my own, I'm my own trainer in my head. It takes
out a lot of stress. I have a lot of stress in life and it gets all of
that out in a healthy way. I always say looking good is a side benefit."
And when she runs 13 miles on Sunday, her kids will all be cheering
for her, even if they won't be standing on the sidelines in Vegas
(because of school). Still, "I have a lofty goal of running the New York
City Marathon and having them at the finish line — that just gave me
chills thinking about it," Kate tells omg!. "They are lined up to get
the text notifications [with the runners' times], and that's really exciting for them. They're really, really proud of me. They're my biggest encouragers."
OT: I hate LJ's new posting system, everything looks off balence to me. D:
Paris Hilton is currently in Goa, for India Resort Fashion Week. She was interviewed by numerous Indian media outlets, answering questions about fashion, her life, and her passions. Below, Paris poses with River Viiperi wearing a sari by Falguni and Shane Peacock.
What is that one thing that differentiates India from the rest of the world?
I love India. I think it's a very special place. It's very magical and definitely one of the most spiritual places on earth. It is just so different, I have travelled all around the world and there is nowhere like India.
Have you been to India before?
This is my second trip to India. I have been to Mumbai before and I had a really great time. This is my first time in Goa. It is so beautiful and so relaxing. I've heard so much about it. I can't wait to go ride an elephant, go see the spice gardens and the spice markets. I want to go to the beach, go parasailing and go see the caves, and just see all of the different architecture and the beautiful beaches. There is so much to see!
What is your passion — acting, designing or DJing?
I love everything I do. The most challenging of everything is the business side. Being a business woman and running 17 different product lines and brands is a lot of work. I am constantly travelling the world and having to be there 100 percent for all of my different projects. I am so proud of everything that I have accomplished. I look forward to doing more.
Does your work reflect your personal fashion taste? Can you describe your style?
My creative style is just the same as my own personal style. I like to design all of my product lines and make sure that people know it is something I would wear and that it is totally my style.
What is your fashion statement?
My fashion statement is to take risks and have fun with fashion. I like to be a trendsetter, and not just follow what is popular.
What is the positioning of Indian fashion in the global scenario?
My favourite India designers are Falguni and Shane Peacock. I think that they definitely position themselves with Indian fashion in the global scenario. They have made their brand known worldwide and I love wearing their dresses. They're so talented and really fashion forward. They are like me when it comes to taking risks and being fashion forward. I love how unique and futuristic the dresses are, there is nothing like their designs. I am obsessed with their clothes.
What is the season's style statement?
This season's style statement is all about being confident and wearing bright colours. Also, really beautiful prints that stand out are great for this season.
Which is your personal favourite?
I love hot neon pink, turquoise and neon yellow.
How do you describe your creativity and style?
My work always reflects my personal fashion taste. I am a very unique person; I love to have fun with my style. My style is fashion forward, unique and hot.
Your take on fashion and music...
I believe that fashion and music are very intertwined. They inspire each other. You can't have fashion without music, like in the runway shows. And I think that when you listen to music, it inspires your fashion. So I think they really work great together.
What is the other thing you would do if not designing, acting or DJing?
If I wasn't designing, acting or into business, I would be a school teacher, because I love kids. Or I would be a veterinarian, because I love animals.
Paris Hilton says she is fascinated by Indian fashion for its style and elegance.
The model-fashion designer, will be DJjaying for the India Resort Fashion Week (IRFW) currently underway at Candolim beach in Goa.
"I tried wearing Indian Saree which was really beautiful. Indian fashion is stylish, elegant and sexy," she said.
Hilton, who has starred in films like "House of Wax" (2005), and "Repo! the Genetic Opera" (2008), will also walk the ramp for designer duo Falguni and Shane Peacock at the IRFW.
"I love fashion being designer myself (sic)," she added.
Hilton, who began modelling when she was a teenager, said fashion was always close to her heart.
"Fashion is always important to me. When I was small my mother used to take me to the fashion shows. My fashion style is more fun and trend-setting," she said.
This is Hilton's second visit to India and first to the beach capital of the country.
"I am so excited to be in Goa for the first time. I have really enjoyed being here. First time I am DJaying in India," she added.
Last year, she had launched the Fall-Winter designs of her handbags in Mumbai.
On her plans for the Indian itinerary, the hotel heiress said that she was looking forward to ride elephant in Goa and visit spice farms.
"I love travelling all over the world. Goa is now my new favourite place," she added.
Paris Hilton, who is set to spin the disc as a DJ on the last day of India Resort Fashion Week (IRFW), says she has always been a huge fan of Indian fashion and will walk the ramp for finale designer Shane and Falguni Peacock late Saturday.
"I was always fascinated by Indian fashion and whenever I visit, I make sure to buy something for myself. Last time it was sari that I tried and this time I am walking for Shane and Falguni's show at the fashion event," Hilton said, while addressing the media here. She wore a wide-slit printed dress by the designer duo.
This is Hilton's second visit to India. She visited the country last year to launch her range of handbags and accessories.
She is set to sashay down the Indian ramp for the first time in Shane and Falguni Peacock's creations during the ongoing India Resort Fashion Week Saturday.
"I love their (Shane and Falguni Peacock) designs and this is the reason why I am walking for them. Since my childhood, I was accompanied by my mom to several fashion weeks and that is when I started getting used to fashion. I love everything that is beautiful and this is the reason why I love India for its vivacious and bright colours and designs," she told IANS.
Apart from catwalk, Hilton is looking forward to her performance Saturday and says she has a bag full of surprises for her Indian fans. She has been brought to India by E-sense Entertainment.
"I am playing electronic, pop and some fun music that I have remixed myself. I am excited to perform in the country that has huge music lovers. Obviously there are some surprises in store but for that you have to wait and watch," she said.
Hilton also took some time out for shopping.
"I went to spice market and bought some spices. I love Indian food. I also bought trinkets from the local market here for my family and they are just beautiful," she said.
Next week, Saturday Night Live will return after a two-week hiatus with a new episode starring Oscar winner Jamie Foxx. As anyone who spent all of 2005 humming “Gold Digger” knows, Foxx is a talented double threat — he showed off his pipes in 2006′s Dreamgirls, not to mention on four studio albums of original tunes.
Which means that in at least one sketch — and probably several — Foxx is going to sing. He’ll likely croon for the first time in his monologue, warbling a goofy song about, I don’t know, Quentin Tarantino’s eccentricities or how it happens to be December.
Cue Liz Lemon’s epic eyeroll.
Of the eight regular episodes of SNL that have aired this season so far, five have kicked off with a musical monologue — six, if you count the striptease dance number Joseph Gordon-Levitt performed in September. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this; Seth MacFarlane’s “My Head Is Filled with Voices” still gets stuck in my head on a regular basis, and did I mention the fact that Joseph Gordon-Levitt did a striptease?
But Saturday Night Live is a show that should thrive on unpredictability — and when songs in monologues become a given rather than a sporadic pleasant surprise, the show starts to seem very stale very fast. And the issue isn’t just the overabundance of songs — it’s also the content of those songs. The show’s writers seem to think that putting any mundane thoughts to music automatically makes those thoughts funny. Christina Applegate’s “Hey, it’s mid-October!” monologue, while pretty inoffensive, proved that this isn’t really the case:
Jeremy Renner’s monologue a few weeks ago was even lazier. The lowest point: The band plays “The Final Countdown;” Renner jumps in at the end, randomly yell-singing “Mission Impossible!”
It’s easy to understand why celebrities who can sing are eager to work music into their SNL stints — especially those who aren’t widely known for their pipes, like Renner. For actors like Anne Hathaway, who’s actually starring in a musical this winter, performing a musical monologue makes even more sense. Even so, using songs to kick off the show is getting old — which is why I’m hoping Foxx resists the urge next week and surprises us all with something completely different. Until then, I guess we’ll just have to cross our fingers, pray that the hiatus gave the writers enough time to come up with a few new ideas, and re-watch Louis C.K.’s pitch-perfect monologue — a six-minute standup routine that proved SNL openers can be memorable even if there’s no key change.
I agree with this but lbr... they are probably going to do a musical monologue with Foxx.