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Former Girl Next Door Holly Madison Jumps Into Reality — Again

It’s hardly a secret that Hugh Hefner likes his women blonde, busty and — unfortunately for former serious girlfriend Holly Madison — a couple of years beyond jailbait. So it came to pass that the then 29-year-old Madison, star of the long running reality series The Girls Next Door, left the Playboy Mansion, her dream of becoming the next Mrs. Hef, and her employment as an intern with Playboy Magazine and headed east to Las Vegas to headline the sexy burlesque review Peepshow. Now she also stars in an E! reality series, Holly’s World, airing Sundays. It looks at her […]

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Bert Kreischer’s Amazing Free Fall

I’ve never spoken to anyone suffering from a near-death experience before. But when I talked with Bert Kreischer, he was in Las Vegas recovering from the most harrowing event he’d filmed for his Travel Channel series Bert the Conqueror — a 108-story free fall off the top of the Stratosphere Hotel. The feat was the most daunting in a series that has the comedian visiting towns across the country, tackling some of the local extreme rides and sports and reporting on them. It is, Kreischer says, a way of revealing adventures that any family can do on a weekend. Though, […]

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Drama

Get Ready For Some “True Blood” Twitters Along With The Shivers

HBO has launched a new True Blood Twitter Microsite that will allow True Blood fans to have live conversations with other viewers while watching new episodes of Season 3 every Sunday.  Fans visiting www.bloodcopy.com will find a True Blood-centric destination where they can share favorite moments, view popular topics, win prizes and more. Weekly “hosts” will be tweeting during each episode, initiating conversations, interacting with fans and facilitating giveaways. During this Sunday’s season premiere, fans will have the chance to win Ultimate Truebie prize packs and unlock virtual badges by tweeting while they watch.  Surprise hosts for future episodes will […]

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VOD Spotlight: “The Wolfman” – Returning To Classic Horror Roots

By Elaine Bergstrom Some of my fondest childhood memories were watching the classic Universal Studios horror films of the ’40s and ’50s at the local theater and on Ghoulardi’s late-night horror film screenings. One of the films I saw was the Lon Chaney Jr. classic The Wolf Man, and it was one of my favorites. Thankfully, the werewolf may have made some smoother and more elaborate transformations thanks to modern special effects, but the tone of the stories – a noble human doomed by a curse and an unfortunate bite – has stayed the same in films such as An […]

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Those Fabulous Beekman Boys!

They were living the good life in New York. With both a medical degree and an MBA, Dr. Brent Ridge worked at Mount Sinai Hospital and was the vice president of healthy living at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. His partner, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, worked in advertising and is a best-selling author. But they were willing to throw most of that life aside when, on a trip through upstate New York, they drove past the Beekman Mansion and noticed its for-sale sign. It was love at first sight. The frequently hilarious reality series The Fabulous Beekman Boys, airing Wednesdays beginning June 16 […]

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Vampire fans – get two bites of summer fun on The CW

By Elaine Bergstrom Before vampires became really hot again – call it “The Twilight Factor” – there were other fanged heroes whose shows came and went in the time it takes a creature of the night to shift to bat form. Among them was Moonlight, featuring the recently immortal private eye Mick St. John who used wit and his powerful vampire abilities to help the living (is anyone else remembering Angel or Nick Knight?). Mick was turned 60 years earlier by his bride, Coraline. Unlike others of his kind, he does not view humans as merely food. In Moonlight, he falls […]

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Drama

Are you hungry for a sip of “True Blood”?

With the new season premiering on HBO on June 13, the creators have prepared a little snack for fans: a series of six original minisodes. The first one – which pays homage to the audition section of American Idol and, in an odd way to Twin Peaks – features Eric and Pam auditioning exotic dancers for Fangtasia. It premiered yesterday at www.hbo.com (and is posted here as well). HBO plans to release a new online minisode every Sunday night after the 8pm encore presentations of Season 2 on HBO. “The minisodes provide a wonderful and rare opportunity to take a […]

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Arizona — Where The Party Never Gets Old

Baby boomers represent one quarter of Americans. Well educated and economically savvy, most are hardly the epitome of old codgers in rocking chairs. And while retirement communities, particularly in the Sun Belt, have been growing for years, it’s taken a bit longer for Hollywood to give boomers a series all their own. Now there’s the reality series Sunset Daze, premiering April 28 on WE tv. It follows a group of retirees in sun-drenched Surprise, Ariz., who make it clear that getting older doesn’t have to mean losing that sense of adventure. A boomer myself, I was more than happy to […]

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Haute Cuisine On The Culinary Frontier

A near-deserted street in Chicago’s market district is hardly the spot where one would expect to find an upscale restaurant known for cutting-edge cuisine. The experience in Moto’s sleek and stark dining room can last up to five hours. During it, customers are treated to edible menus that taste deliciously like crostini or cotton candy, fish that cooks in insulated polymer boxes at the table, red wines spun into white in a centrifuge, and sugarless desserts as sweet as anything coming from a French pastry chef. Chef Homaru Cantu’s unique approach to cuisine is featured in the series Future Food, […]