Celebrities have been doing Christmas specials for eons—from Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Donnie and Marie, to Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey and Mariah Carey. But this year, stars are clamoring to do Thanksgiving specials. First, Paul McCartney got one. Then Beyoncé announced one—it’s a 90-minute program full of footage from her latest tour, complete with appearances by Kanye West and Jay-Z. And now Taylor Swift has signed on for one, called “Speak Now,” which will feature her performing songs in her tour bus, Central Park, and many other locations. So which of these Thanksgiving specials will you be watching? [USA Today, NYMag.com]
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En Vogue should really consider doing a reunion tour. The classic ’90s vocal group is having a serious moment. In a span of a week, their lady-power anthem “Free Your Mind” appeared in song-and-dance numbers on two of the biggest shows on television—”Glee” and “Modern Family.” On Wednesday night’s “Modern Family,” Mitchell joins a flash mob grooving to the song at an outdoor mob. “This dance is my love letter to Cam,” he said, explaining why he rehearsed after work to be a part of the group dance.
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I was already embarrassed for “Jersey Shore“‘s Angelina Pivarnick but I want to bury my head deep in the Staten Island landfill after hearing her new single “I’m Hot.” Lyrics like “I’m hot like an ice cream cone with a cherry on top” will do nothing to help her reputation. NOTHING. Not to mention she tries to rap. RAP! Somebody save her from herself. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
“Jersey Shore” may be the hot(tub)est show on television in eons. But one writer is considering legal action against MTV for ripping off his idea. Christopher Gambale submitted a treatment to MTV for a show called “Guidos: A Reality Series.” He wrote it and registered it with the Writer’s Guild of America back in 2006. The concept was to get together a bunch of guidettes and guidos, who Gambale described in the treatment as “a sad, pathetic excuse for a male; not necessarily of Italian descent, but most likely; usually native to the New York/New Jersey tristate area.”
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“I almost broke Ashley Tisdale‘s nose during one scene. We had to go to the ER and she had to have a specialist look at it. For real! She was bleeding and everything. The consensus is, we’re never letting Matt Barr dance anymore.”
—Matt Barr, aka Dan Patch of “Hellcats,” dishes on an unfortunate incident that happened during the filming of last night’s episode, where the cast ballroom dances in a dream sequence. Matt usually doesn’t have to do choreography on the show, since he plays a non-cheerleader, and that’s probably safer for everyone. Side note: last night’s episode was directed by Debbie Allen of “Fame” … fame. [Zap2It] Keep reading »
Judge Lynn Toler has practiced law for more than two decades, but her legal career has led her down a path few of her peers have traveled. She was elected judge of the Cleveland Heights Municipal Court at the age of 33, and while on the bench, she worked with several organizations focusing on battered women and domestic violence. In 2001, Judge Toler became the host of “Power of Attorney,” but you probably know her best as the judge on “Divorce Court,” a position she’s held since 2006.
Now, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I questioned Judge Toler’s abilities when I noticed my beloved Judge Mablean Ephraim was no longer on the “Divorce Court” bench. But I quickly realized that Judge Toler heard her cases with genuine concern and interest, and offered insight and practical solutions, when possible, for the couples’ problems. She truly is a fair and impartial counselor. So I was really excited to speak with Judge Toler who, along with having an extensive legal and academic career, has also written two books, My Mother’s Rules: A Practical Guide to Becoming an Emotional Genius and Put It in Writing!: Creating Agreements Between Family and Friends, co-authored with Deborah Hutchison.
Keep reading to learn about her craziest experiences on “Divorce Court,” including the time Gary Coleman was a guest. Plus, the relationship red flags no one should ignore, and whether it’s OK to settle with a man who isn’t necessarily on your career and education level. Keep reading »