18 items from 2013
One Nashville country singer. One Las Vegas magician. Two hours. One crazy finale. There was just one last piece of the puzzle left to add as the fifth season of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice wrapped up on Sunday night. Who would emerge victorious - Trace Adkins or Penn Jillette? To find out who wasn't fired during the final showdown, keep reading ... In the end, Adkins outdueled Jillette, raising $1,554,072 for the American Red Cross, while Jillette raised $598,655 for Opportunity Village. As the winner, Adkins earned an extra $250,000 prize for his designated charity. The finale was a circus-like affair, with appearances by many of the previously fired contestants, »
- Tim Nudd
Donald Trump launched his 13th season of "The Apprentice" on NBC in 2013 with another celebrity version -- but this one was an all-star season. Which former contestant came out on top this time around?
Penn Jillette came in second, after previously finishing seventh during the fifth season of the show. He ended up raising over $700,000 for Opportunity Village, a charity that serves people in southern Nevada who have developmental disabilities.
The final task, the first part of which aired a week ago, was to create a new flavor of ice cream for Walgreens, along with making a promotional video and raising money for a launch event. In the end, Jillette said he was no match for Adkins' super-human fundraising abilities. »
Alexander and Ilya Salkind had sold Superman to the Golan-Globus Group/Cannon but wisely retained the rest of the family including Superboy. Thanks to Star Trek: The Next Generation pioneering first run syndication in 1987, the Salkinds realized the Teen of Steel would be perfect. Looking to produce this on the cheap, they set up shop in Florida, hired science fiction hack Fred Freiberger to produce and hired a slate of newcomers to fill the iconic roles of Clark Kent, Ma and Pa Kent, Lana Lang, Lex Luthor, et. al. The series debuted in 1988 with 25 episodes and was pretty laughable stuff. Freiberger was past his sell-by date and the Salkinds didn’t know how to handle the half-hour drama format.
Still, the ratings from the 95% of the country the series reached were strong enough to keep them going. However, changes needed to be made. Freiberger was shoved out and Salkind favorite »
- Robert Greenberger
Font nerds and Disney buffs, have we got a treat for you. Vermont-based design studio Untreed Studios has heard your jungle cries — or should we say roars -- and made fancy, highbrow-typography posters based "The Lion King." Designed with different characters, drawn as filled out by their iconic quotes -- and, yes, "Hakuna Matata" makes the cut — Simba, Mustafa, and even Rafiki take their sage wisdom and timeless charm to a whole new level.
Although there are eight posters in all, we're sad to see Nala excluded from the mix. Granted, she didn't necessarily play a huge role in the movie, but if you're going to give a poster to Gilbert Gottfried's squawky Zazu, anything's possible. So think about that, Untreed, while, somewhere, an interior designer puts the finishing touches on the coolest nursery ever.
Check out a few of the posters below, and for more, head to Untreed Studios. »
- Eliot Glazer
But "Growing Pains" star Thicke should’ve looked out, because Gottfried told cameras he was ready to have sex with another woman.
“We should have sex. Yeah, because if this is a swap ... " Gottfried quipped. But Tanya Thicke shot that down fast. “I don’t think it’s that kind of a swap,” she replied.
Gottfried's cheapness was also on display. He likes to shop at 99 cent stores and get free meals where he can. His extreme frugality insulted Alan’s wife Tanya even more than the sex thing, and she walked out when he tried to take her on a date in the kitchen of a restaurant.
But they worked things out, and in the end, the couples both had good experiences.
Author Jennifer Weiner was tweeting about the show, »
- Alex Moaba
Gilbert Gottfried is basically a professional loudmouth—but ask him how he met Dara, his wife and the mother of his two children, and he clams right up. "Open up a little, Gil!" urges the 43-year-old Dara, who met Gottfried, 58, in the late 1990s at a Grammy Awards party and married him in 2007. The two appear on Celebrity Wife Swap tomorrow, with Dara switching places with Tanya Callau, wife of Alan Thicke. Gottfried was reluctant to do the show, but eventually saw a spin on reality TV as what the New York Times calls "a necessary evil for »
- Evann Gastaldo
Exclusive: ABC has ordered three more episodes of Celebrity Wife Swap. That brings the total episode count for this cycle to nine. Three have been scheduled and have been airing Tuesdays 8 Pm until new reality series Splash premieres March 19. The three additional episodes, along with the three remaining ones from the current order, will make for a six-episode cycle that is expected to air over the summer. Additionally, seven episodes of the original, non-celebrity Wife Swap, will start airing on Thursdays at 8 Pm beginning March 21. The current Celebrity Wife Swap mini-cycle started off strong with the February 26 episode featuring reality/tabloid stars Kate Gosselin and Kendra Wilkinson, which nabbed a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49. The second episode, featuring singers Coolio and Mark McGrath, didn’t fare as well. Still, Celebrity Wife Swap is improving ABC’s time period by 25% vs. last year in 18-49. The next and final installment in this run, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Solidly castigated for being in bad taste, Seth MacFarlane announced he was not interested in hosting the Oscars again. Watching his reception in horror, Tina Fey said “Hell, no.” So producers announced next year’s host will be Gilbert Gottfried. To be fair, when it comes to MacFarlane I’m not necessarily your go-to guy. I thought Ted was good fun, but I have a hard time watching an entire episode of Family Guy. If I surf past it ten minutes in, I’m fine. If I watch it from the beginning but the phone rings and I actually decide to take the call, I don’t hit the TiVo button. American Dad doesn’t work for me, but it’s better than The Cleveland Show. Robot Chicken might be the finest show in the history of the medium. I loved him on Star Trek: Enterprise. But I really enjoy »
- Mike Gold
Episode 1 of "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice" is ominously titled, "The Wolf in Charge of the Hen House." The show opens in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as the returning best of the best -- and worst of the worst -- "Celebrity Apprentice" contestants join Donald Trump to be split into teams.
Trump puts one-time winner Bret Michaels and previous second-place contestant Trace Adkins in charge as team leaders. Donald takes the opportunity to criticize Brett for coming back, and exposing himself to the chance at going home a loser after his first win. Unfazed, Bret takes turns with Trace drafting their teammates. Bret chooses Omarosa Manigault first, determined to harness her negative energy for good. The guys leave Dennis Rodman as the last player picked. (Something tells us that never happened to Rodman in gym class.)
The contestants move to suites at Trump Tower, and convene to choose team names. Omarosa »
It was a family affair for Ricky Schroder, who took quite a talking-to from the people who raised him - on-screen in '80s sitcom Silver Spoons, that is. More than 25 years since their show ended in 1987, the actor reunited with Joel Higgins, who played Edward Stratton III, and Erin Gray, who played Kate Summers, at New York City's Friars Club, where he took a few fun-spirited digs at Friday's "So You Think You Can Roast!?" event. "I'm the highlight of your careers," the former child star, 42, quipped back to his Silver Spoons costars. Also poking fun at Schroder: roastmaster »
- Alison Schwartz
It was a Stratton family reunion for the stars of the popular '80s sitcom Silver Spoons Friday night in New York City. Former cast members Joel Higgins and Erin Gray -- more commonly known to fans as Edward and Katie Stratton -- came together at the expense of their onetime TV son, Ricky Schroder. Schroder, now 42, was at the Friar's Club as the guest of honor for the "So You Think You Can Roast!?" event, alongside roastmaster D.B. Sweeney and celebrity judges Gilbert Gottfried, Seth Herzog and Alan Zweibel. The event was part of an ongoing series at the New
- Jane Kellogg
New Yorkers come together in need, and TV stars from the area are banding together to aid the struiggling budget of one popular NYC elementary school and make up the losses. Ps 11 in Chelsea will benefit from the talents of Artie Lange, Susie Essman, Dave Attell, W. Kamau Bell, Judy Gold and Gilbert Gottfried as they headline Gotham Comedy Club in Chelsea to combat the City School Budget this Tuesday, February 12 at 6:45pm Background Ps 11 in Chelsea will present .Comedy For A Cause,. at Gotham Comedy Club to raise much-needed funds for the beloved neighborhood school facing deep budget cuts. Featuring performances by Dave Attell (Insomniac, SNL, The Daily Show), Susie Essman (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Judy Gold »
- April MacIntyre
My Damn Channel, an online video content distributor, is expanding into a multi-channel network and has appointed a new executive tasked with scouting talent.The debuting My Damn Channel Comedy Network, which can be seen on the site’s homepage and YouTube channels, will carry “hundreds of new comedy series premiering in 2013,” the company announced Monday.For actors who are producing their own independent Web series, My Damn Channel could be a potential ally. The company is looking to partner with content producers and provide the “distribution, promotion, marketing and advertising tools [they need] to build a loyal audience.”Rob Barnett, the company’s founder and CEO, announced that Eric Mortensen, a former executive at Blip.tv, has been hired to fill the new position of director of programming and acquisitions.According to the company, the creation of its Comedy Network is the first major push by My Damn Channel to acquire »
Americans firmly believe every public figure Must apologize for their transgressions. What does it say about our culture that we fetishize and revel in these apologies? Comedian Gilbert Gottfried, who knows a thing or two about having to apologize, joined HuffPost Live to discuss our national obsession with rubbing well-known noses in it.
Watch the Full Segment on HuffPost Live. »
- Carol Hartsell
Rachael Ray won the first contest, but she's ready for a rematch.
The television cooking star engaged in friendly battle with another -- Guy Fieri -- last year on "Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off," which saw each of them coach a team of celebrity amateur chefs competing for charities. The Food Network series switches coasts as Season 2 launches Sunday, Jan. 6, with new episodes taped in California.
"I told Guy if my team won the first season, we'd go to his turf for the next one," Ray tells Zap2it. "Every day was a separate location, so it was like making a movie per day. We worked these guys and ladies even harder than the first group, and it was incredible."
Among the new contenders: Chilli of music's TLC, comedian Gilbert Gottfried, designer-author Cornelia Guest, actor (and Tori Spelling spouse) Dean McDermott, actress Kathy Najimy, football veteran and Season 12 "Dancing With the Stars" winner Hines Ward, »
Johnny Weir is revolting, which may actually work in his favor on Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off.
On the Food Network competition series kicking off Sunday at 9/8c, the world champion figure skater once again neglects to play it safe and listen to his coach's advice. He joins TLC's Chilli, Dean McDermott and Cornelia Guest on Team Guy Fieri, who are vying against Team Rachael Ray's Gilbert Gottfried, Kathy Najimy, Hines Ward and Carnie Wilson. At the end of the competition, the winner will earn bragging rights as well as a $50,000 grand prize for the charity of their choice.
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- Hanh Nguyen
Merthur kicks off their final season with tonight's season premiere of Merlin.
Typically, the words "Yes, Dear reunion" wouldn't get me excited but in this case we're going to get to see Mike O'Maley (along with Liza Snyder) on Raising Hope, as reported by EW. They'll play a couple that finds the sex tape Burt and Virginia lost.
IFC's getting into the animated comedy business. Out There will follow three socially awkward boys living in a small town, with a voice cast that will include Megan Mullally, Linda Cardinelli, Pamela Adlon and Fred Armisen.
In an interview with Vulture, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan says that Casablanca provides the bar for Breaking Bad's finale, "No one gets everything they wanted. The guy doesn’t get the girl, but he has the satisfaction of knowing she wants him. And he doesn’t get her because he has to save the free world. »
Birthday shoutouts go to Taye Diggs (above), who is 42, and Todd Haynes is 52.Will you pay to read Andrew Sullivan?Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the latest named bandied about for the lead in Guardians of the Galaxy. The Doctor Who Christmas special delivered huge ratings for BBC America.Time Warner Donates Learning Lab to Ali Forney Center. Rachael Vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook Off premieres Sunday on Food Network, and features Carnie Wilson, Hines Ward, Kathy Najimy, Gilbert Gottfried, Dean McDermott, Chilli, Cornelia Guest, and Johnny Weir. Wow.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikina attend the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act press conference in Chicago.
18 items from 2013
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