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Like huevos rancheros dumped into a Vitamix in The Chew‘s “Can You Blend It?” segment, the food-centric ABC talk show should never have been a success. And yet, like the tasty tortilla soup that results from that experiment, it somehow is.
The hour-long cook-and-chat-fest debuted in 2011. Its not-entirely-novel concept: a group of culinary minded co-hosts, including Food Network personalities Mario Batali and Michael Symon, Top Chef finalist Carla Hall and The Dorm Room Diet author Daphne Oz, gather to share recipes and gab with fellow co-host Clinton Kelly (What Not to Wear).
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Growing up, Sophia Loren was called the little toothpick, “stuzzicadenti,” starving as she was in her native Naples during wartime. And, then, she blossomed. She became a beauty: wasp-waisted, full-bosomed, hippy. Despite “a nose too long, and lips too wide” (according to Loren herself at a recent tribute in Schenectady, N.Y.), that body and the way she used it propelled her to international stardom. Watching Loren mambo in 1955’s “Scandal in Sorrento” (tagline: “So much Woman! So much Spectacle! So much Excitement!”), it’s clear that she’s no longer the toothpick. Instead, she’s a colossus whose body is a vessel of power for a future Oscar winner who knew how to deploy it — and didn’t underestimate its effect on the men around her.
Contemporary Hollywood would fumble with all that gorgeous flesh. That body is too powerful, too full: female but invulnerable. Perhaps only Sofia Vergara, »
- Thelma Adams
MTV has brought aboard Conde Nast Entertainment’s Michael Klein to be executive vice president, Original Content. Klein (pictured above), will oversee all original programming, development and creative across MTV and its related brands. His prior credits include “Vanity Fair Confidential” for ID; “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” and “Man v. Food” for Travel Channel; and “What Not to Wear” and “Miami Ink” for TLC. Most recently executive vice president of Programming and Content Strategy at Conde Nast’s Digital Channels, Klein will now report directly to Sean Atkins, President of MTV. Also Read: Conde Nast Expands Digital Team With »
- Tony Maglio
U.S. television producers Julian P. Hobbs, who most recently headed up scripted development and production at History, and Elli Hakami, who was formerly MTV’s exec VP of current series and programming, have launched New York-based Talos Films.
The new company, which has the backing of distributor Sky Vision and independent producer October Films, will produce a diverse range of content suitable for a global audience from event documentaries and docu-dramas, to character-driven unscripted series, formatted shows and scripted projects.
At History, Hobbs oversaw “The Bible,” “Vikings” and the upcoming “Roots.” As a VP and Ep at History, Hobbs developed and oversaw numerous hits including “Pawn Stars,” “Storage Wars,” “Counting Cars,” “Ice Road Truckers,” “America: The Story of Us,” and the Emmy Award-winning “Gettysburg.” Hobbs also headed up History’s feature documentary unit, executive producing films including Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” and Errol Morris’ “The Unknown Known. »
- Leo Barraclough
Devyn Simone has plenty of tips for helping women find love through the magic of the right online dating profile. The Real World: Brooklyn alum has teamed up with former What Not To Wear host Clinton Kelly for the TLC dating and makeover show Love at First Swipe, and in an exclusive clip from Friday's episode, the duo helps a mother and aspiring musician who may be showing off her posterior a little too much in her profile. "I can't believe you're posting that online," says Kelly, 46, in the clip. "There is no doubt that in the world of music, »
- Aaron Couch
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