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Comedy

Mary-Louise Parker Discusses The Second Season Of “Weeds”

The pot selling business that widowed mom Nancy Botwin began in season one of Weeds is growing and so is the critical acclaim of the Showtime hit series airing its second season on Aug. Mondays. Recently, Mary-Louise Parker, who plays Botwin, discussed playing this role and the trials Botwin will be going through as she struggles to expand her illegal business and pursue a bit of romance. It promises to be another heady — and occasionally dangerous — season. Does your character perhaps enjoy the pot business a little bit? Mary-Louise Parker: I think she enjoys the adrenaline of it […]

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Magazine Archive

A New Series Reveals The Family Life Of KISS’ Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons will be the first to tell you that he is a rock god. What Gene Simmons Family Jewels reveals is that he is also a loving father and — as much as he might protest — a devoted, if not completely faithful, companion to girlfriend Shannon Tweed, to whom he has been “happily unmarried” for more than 20 years. The series, which premieres Aug. 7 on A&E, takes a look at the personal life of the Demon, who’s known around the globe as a member of the band KISS and for his legendary pursuit of women (he recently […]

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Magazine Archive

American Idol Fantasia Walks Right Into “A Fairy Tale”

“My life looks like a fairy tale in many ways, but you have to remember that life is not a fairy tale. I’m the American Idol … but I can’t even read a fairy tale to my 4-year-old daughter.” In her best-selling 2005 memoir, it was with this frank approach that Fantasia Barrino came clean about her illiteracy (she’s now working with tutors and pursuing her GED), sexual abuse and wild years growing up in North Carolina. While most people in the spotlight might be inclined to hide such a past from the media and fans, this 22-year-old felt that […]

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Magazine Archive

The Fido Mansion: A Look At America’s Most Pampered Pets

Americans own approximately 61 million dogs and owners spend an average of over $2,000 a year to keep their pooches healthy, happy and well-fed. If you do the math, that adds up to a lot of kibbles and chew toys. But what about people who can afford to be far more lavish in pampering their prized poodles or indulging their Irish setters? Take a look at the homes they’ve provided for their faithful companions in the hourlong special Doggone Design, premiering Aug. 19 on HGTV. The custom-built doggie digs include pagodas, palazzos and miniature versions of their owners’ luxury homes […]

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Interview

Dane Cook Has Already Conquered Comedy — Now He’s Ready For More

“The three dreams were Letterman, SNL and HBO,” Dane Cook says, recalling the lofty goals he set for himself at the start of his comedy career. Now, 16 years later, at age 34, Cook has accomplished all three. He has made multiple Late Show With David Letterman appearances, beginning with his first in 1997. He hosted last season’s highest-rated episode of Saturday Night Live, after previously passing on an opportunity to join the show’s cast – not once, but twice. (The first time, his spot went to Jimmy Fallon.) And in April, he taped two hometown shows in Boston for […]

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Food TV

Alton Brown Searches For Classic Road Food

In spring, Alton Brown (Good Eats) left what he terms the “highly manipulated” world of the Food Network kitchens to embark on a motorcycle trek across America. Feasting on Asphalt, the four-part series covering Brown’s long ride, premieres July 29 at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. Here are his thoughts on an experience that he says changed his outlook on food and hospitality. What made you decide to take this trip? Alton Brown: I went out mostly because of my concern that we are losing a huge section of our American food culture, which is road food. American cuisine before […]

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Food TV

“Sopranos” Actor Steve Schirripa Creates A Diet For Life

Steve Schirripa, who plays Bobby “Bacala” Baccalieri on The Sopranos, says of his new book The Goomba Diet (Crown Publishing, $23), “Obviously it’s a humor book, you know. You can tell by looking at me.” In his thick Brooklyn accent, he spills some beans about life, living large on The Sopranos set, and his future. What prompted you to write “The Goomba Diet”? Steve Schirripa: This is the third in the series of Goomba books, you know. … And when we talk about a diet book we’re talking about, you know, people with an appetite for life, who like to […]

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Documentary

Rosie Perez Finds The Source Of Puerto Rican Pride

They say travel is broadening. But though I’ve toured Puerto Rico, from a trek through the El Yunque rainforest to a midnight ride on the phosphorescent bay near Ponce, I never expected to increase my knowledge of the island through an hourlong interview with actress Rosie Perez about her journey of cultural discovery. We discussed her feature-length documentary, ¡Yo Soy Boricua, Pa’que Tu Lo Sepas! (I’m Boricua, Just So You Know), premiering June 12 on IFC, which she appears in as well as directs. What prompted you to put this film together? Rosie Perez: I have this guy I used […]

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Based On The Comic

“Digging” Josh Bernstein

When a series on The History Channel spawns its own comic book, you know that the times, they are a-changing. With Digging for the Truth and host-turned-comic-hero Josh Bernstein, the network has proved that history can be hip. Beyond the obvious comparisons to Indiana Jones and his rugged good looks, Bernstein is the real deal when it comes to smarts about “stones and bones.” A survivalist expert and graduate of Cornell University, Bernstein logged more than 100,000 miles during Digging‘s first season, and is in the process of upping that number in Season 2. “This time [I visited] 21 countries, […]

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Food TV

“Good Eats” Guru Alton Brown Talks About His Heat Thing

If you’re a fan of Good Eats, Food Network’s cooking show meets science experiment meets improvisational comedy hour, you’ve probably been wondering about the background of its host, Alton Brown. Beloved elementary science teacher, maybe? Standup comic? Chef/owner of some quirky little bistro? Actually, he was the guy trying to convince you to buy diapers and steel-belted radials. “I had kicked around the idea for Good Eats when I was directing commercials,” Brown admits. “I kept thinking, ‘Somebody has to make a food show that is actually educational and entertaining at the same time … a show that got down […]