7 items from 2008
The rise of China in the global economy is the focus of an ABC News report by Bob Woodruff. China has been shaking hands and making deals all around the world and Woodruff looks at the mighty nation's growing power and influence and how it plans to feed its 1.3 billion residents at a time when resources are disappearing.
China Inside Out: Bob Woodruff Reports
Wednesday, 10 p.m., ABC
- By ROBERT RORKE
There are a few things a girl should have if she's to become a big-time sex goddess.
Those necessities include: Big hair (real or fake), big boobs (the bigger and the faker the better), several kids (preferably sons) and an unconditional love of animals - both the kind that sleep in her bed, and the kind that sleep on her bed.
And don't forget an ex-husband with whom she has had a public (and often bitter) divorce.
What's it all add up to? Her own reality show, of course.
- By LINDA STASI
If there are two names that belong together like "wedding" and "chapel," it's "Nevada" and "Heidi Fleiss." Both are famously sordid, glitteringly soiled and bizarrely fascinating.
And now Nevada - Pahrump County, Nevada, to be exact - is where Heidi, the "Hollywood Madam," has taken up residence. The town of Crystal (to match Heidi's drug of choice) probably looks a lot like what Vegas looked like before Bugsy Siegel and the boys came to town. Dry and dusty.
Interestingly, Heidi Fleiss is now all about animals. She's got an aviary, and she's trying to start a stud farm. »
- By LINDA STASI
It took 10 months for Heidi Fleiss to tell a documentary film crew she'd had enough, but the filmmakers half expected her to boot them from the very beginning.
"When did it break? It was breaking from day one," said one of them, Randy Barbato, who co-directed the 70-minute doc "Heidi Fleiss: The Would-Be Madam of Crystal" for HBO with his producing partner, Fenton Bailey.
"It felt that way because we saw it happen to many people in her life," Barbato said of Fleiss' tendency to push away »
- By ADAM BUCKMAN
By Stephen Saito
Last year, "Young@Heart" caused ripples when it sold to Fox Searchlight to become the first distribution deal to emerge from the L.A. Film Festival, so perhaps it shouldn't have come as a surprise that the festival put documentaries front and center this year, even in a city where there's no shortage of name actors that most other festivals would deploy to lure audiences. Instead, one of the more anticipated star attractions in Los Angeles was a talk with HBO documentary czar Sheila Nevins, who participated in a wide-ranging conversation with L.A. Times columnist Patrick Goldstein about her career of mixing high class projects like the recent doc "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" with, well, "Heidi Fleiss: The Would-Be Madam of Crystal," which premiered at the festival hours after Nevins finished up. (The latest from "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, »
- Stephen Saito
MTV Networks' Logo, which targets lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender viewers, has greenlighted a reality competition series starring RuPaul.
"RuPaul's Drag Race" will feature contestants competing to become "America's next superstar drag queen," with RuPaul serving as host, mentor and judge. Online voters will help pick one of the contestants at RuPaulsDragRace.com.
"RuPaul's history-making turn as a groundbreaking glamour sensation opened the door for a new generation of drag superstars," said Brian Graden, president of MTV Networks Music Group Entertainment and Logo. "We hope to find the next one".
The hourlong, six-episode series is expected to debut on Logo's digital cable channel early next year. It's produced by World of Wonder, with Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey and Tom Campbell serving as exec producers. »
Pamela Anderson is returning to the small screen with her own reality show.
The former Baywatch actress will executive produce and star in eight half-hour episodes of a new series launching in the summer on E! Entertainment.
Tentatively titled Pamela, the documentary-style series will follow the star as she balances her personal life, business ventures and career.
"The series will offer an unprecedented look inside the life of one of today's most iconic superstars in the style of a uniquely shot documentary film," said Randy Barbato, managing director of World of Wonder Prods.
Barbato, Fenton Bailey and Tom Campbell of World of Wonder will executive produce along with Jeff Pollack of Handprint Entertainment and Anderson. Video and commercial director Nigel Dick will co-executive produce. »
7 items from 2008
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