Whenever stars are in the mood for mischief, they head to the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, to the Mercer in New York, or to the Standard in Miami. These hotels are all owned by one man—Andre Balazs. And interestingly, he is currently developing a fictional TV show about the goings-on at a hotel where the rich and famous regularly lay their heads. Alek Keshishian, the man behind Madonna‘s “Truth or Dare,” is producing the series, so we know it will be scandal-tastic. But can we be sure the plot lines from the show happened in real life? “Andre is always discreet, so we would never know if any of the story lines are based on real events,” a source told the NY Post. “But it will be fun watching the show and trying to guess.”
After the jump, some Chateau Marmont/Mercer/Standard rumors that we hope will make it onto the small screen. Keep reading »
Apparently, Ryan Jenkins wasn’t the first alleged killer to finagle his way onto a dating show. In 1978, Rodney Alcala appeared on “The Dating Game.” A good looking dude with long, curly hair, he was Bachelor #1. Host Jim Lange introduced him as, “a successful photographer who got his start when his father found him in the dark room at the age of 13, fully developed. Between takes you might find him skydiving or motor-cycling.” Contestant Cheryl Bradshaw liked that. “What’s your best time?” she asked him. Alcala answered back, “The best time is at night.” Alcala was charming, and Cheryl picked him out of the three guys. Later, though, she refused to go out on an actual date with him.
Good call, Cheryl. At the time of his appearance on the show, Alcala had been convicted of raping an 8-year-old girl 10 years earlier. And a few months after the show, he graduated to killing. He abducted and murdered a 12-year-old girl, and killed four more women in total. He was only found guilty of these crimes last month. He’s currently representing himself to try to avoid the death penalty. Keep reading »
Reality TV is getting a new potential sociopath we’ll love to hate: Alexis Neiers, star of the E! show “Pretty Wild,” airing on Sunday, March 14. “Pretty Wild” will star 18-year-old Neiers, her sister Gabby, 15, their friend, Tess Taylor, 19, and the mama bear of the Neiers clan, former model Andrea Arlington. But what starts out as just another party-girls-of-L.A. reality show turns into something different when Neiers is busted as a “Bling Ring” burglar who robs clothes, jewelry and cash from the homes of celebs like Paris Hilton and Orlando Bloom. Ruh roh!
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It’s a big week on the boob tube—that is, if your retinas aren’t totally burned out from watching the Oscars. This week, we’ve got the series premieres of “High Society” (Wednesday, 9:30 p.m., The CW), Tinsley Mortimer’s reality show, and the awesome new dating show “First Love, Second Chance” (Wednesday, 10 p.m., TV Land). And here are some other things you’ll want to watch, from Jason and Molly’s wedding to the return of “Celebrity Apprentice,” with the best cast ever. Oh, and a little “Gossip Girl” thrown in for fun.
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The Oscars ceremony is full of sexy people, all cleaned up, yet, they’re still talkin’ dirty! Here are the hottest, funniest lines laid down last night. Keep reading »
I. told. you. so. Zach Galifianakis was SOLID GOLD as the host of “Saturday Night Live” last night, from the minute he walked on set during his opening monologue. The only thing to complain about — there wasn’t enough of him. While normally I’m happy to see hosts make minor appearances in plenty of the skits, Zach could have held his own against any of “SNL”‘s regular cast members. At least, that’s what he told me when we went on an imaginary date after the show. Keep reading »
We might love celebrity gossip and trashy reality TV, but we’re science, art, and history buffs, too. Some weekends, we even watch documentaries to enrich our knowledge and trivia reserves instead of putting on “Real Housewives” marathons. So if you’re anything like us, then you’re sure to enjoy quality programming from the Smithsonian Channel, including “Stories from the Vaults,” which lets viewers inside the museum’s private labs and get a glimpse of rarely-seen artifacts, and “Vampire Princess,” which examines the Count Dracula legend and offers another theory about a woman who may be the mother of all vampires that’s supported by scientific evidence. [$31.48, "Stories from the Vault"; $11.24, "Vampire Princess"]
Win This! We’re giving away a swag bag from the Smithsonian Channel that includes DVDs of “Stories from the Vaults” and “Vampire Princess,” a duffel bag, and a T-shirt, but you have to work if you want it! Leave a comment before 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 11, telling us about your most rewarding trivia experience. We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner on Friday, March 12. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Good luck!
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The Smithsonian Channel is focusing on determined lady conservationists this Women’s History Month during a new programming block called “Women in Science.” These female scientists have stepped out of their labs and into the wild in efforts to study and protect the creatures and environments they hold dear. The premiere episode, “Running with Wolves,” airs Sunday, March 7, at 8 p.m. and documents biologist Gudrun Pflueger who, after suffering a brain tumor, has dedicated her life to saving Canada’s wild wolves. As you can see from the preview above, these women take an extreme look at their subjects. Not only do they live in their environments, but they go as far as examining the animals’ droppings in a quest to learn more. The other episodes will air at 8 p.m. on March 13, 20, and 27. Keep reading »
“The same week that we were shooting the episode where Pam’s baby is born, I was becoming the aunt for the very first time. Literally the day we shot Pam’s going to the hospital, my sister was going to the hospital, and the same day we shot me coming home from the hospital, my sister came home from the hospital. It was crazy! I got to name my baby! I said I would really love to name the baby after my niece, so I did.”
—Jenna Fischer on lobbying “The Office” writers to have Pam and Jim’s baby be named Cecilia, after her sister’s newborn baby. Keep reading »