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Famed “Mother Of Invention” Joy Mangano Is Back With A New Product For The Holidays

Joy Mangano, creator of such legendary products as the Miracle Mop and Huggable Hangers, has revolutionized not only people’s lives, but — as a mainstay on HSN and other shopping networks since the early days — has also revolutionized the electronic retailing industry. Can she do it again with some new products she is selling on HSN in time for Christmas? We talked with the woman who is an endless font of creativity and energy to find out: So, can you tell us about your new product? Joy Mangano: On Sunday, Dec. 10, [I am introducing] a brand-new item in […]

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7 Questions With...

8 Questions With … Reid Scott

1. What has been your strangest fan encounter? Reid Scott: I was on a trip to Costa Rica a year ago, and we took a white-water rafting expedition in the middle of the jungle. We had to take a series of vans to where you pick up the boat, and in the middle of the jungle, somebody in our van turns around and says, “Hey, is your name Reid Scott?” I’m like, “Oh my God, yeah. Why?” “Weren’t you on It’s All Relative?” I’m like, “Jesus, yeah.” Wow. That’s kind of weird. So in the middle of Costa Rica they […]

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VH1’s Tribute To The Decade Is “Totally Awesome”

In case you haven’t noticed, VH1 loves the ’80s. We’re not just talking about the dozens — or is it hundreds? — of hours of programming the network has devoted to allowing celebrity panelists to wax nostalgic over every toy, trend and trinket the decade produced. VH1’s “celebreality” phenomenon will not allow the ’80s to die — or its has-beens to go unemployed. (And for that, Tina Yothers, C.C. DeVille and Hulk Hogan are thankful.) Now it’s time to take things to the next level. A totally awesome level. On Nov. 4, VH1 will premiere the purportedly “lost” ’80s comedy […]

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Interview

“The O.C.” Star Rachel Bilson On A New Season

After a summer of moviemaking with Zach Braff on The Last Kiss, some have wondered if Rachel Bilson would grow disinterested in the teen drama that made her a star. But chatting during her walk to lunch on The O.C.‘s set, the 25-year-old laughs off such reports, giving a candid explanation on her future plans and how she really feels about her Newport residency. “I had such an amazing time [doing The Last Kiss],” she raves. “It definitely made me realize that ultimately I would love to have a film career. But I love doing the show, as well, and […]

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Interview

Howie Mandel: The Real Deal

“I was the last one on board the idea train,” says Howie Mandel of the national phenomenon Deal or No Deal. “I thought I’d be the laughing stock. I thought it would be the last nail in the coffin for my career.” Far from the case (no pun intended), for Deal or No Deal is ratings gold, and Mandel’s a big reason why. The 51-year-old comedian, who’s starred in several hit TV series (most notably St. Elsewhere and Bobby’s World), hosted his own talk show and still performs stand-up acts worldwide, gives us the inside scoop on the show, the […]

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8 Questions With … David Cross

1. What has been your strangest fan encounter? This is strange in the surprising category. But I was on a boat, like a ferry, on the Bosporus in Istanbul, and I was sitting on the boat with my legs kind of dangling out and this guy came over and he spoke broken English. He said his son, who didn’t speak any English, recognized me, liked me, and his son was like 11 and they were from Lima, Peru. And I thought, “That is weird, I’m on a boat on the Bosporus, in Istanbul, being recognized by an 11-year-old who doesn’t […]

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Comedy

David Cross Draws On His Friends For Comedy Central’s “Freak Show”

David Cross, the actor and comedian best known for HBO’s hilarious variety show Mr. Show With Bob and David and FOX’s brilliant-but-canceled Arrested Development, takes on a new TV project with the Oct. 4 Comedy Central premiere of Freak Show, an animated comedy he co-created with H. Jon Benjamin (Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist). Cross says the idea for Freak Show originated as a way to get back home to New York in case Arrested Development met an untimely end (which it did last season). “After the first season of Arrested Development and being out in L.A. and being away from […]

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Food TV

Noshing With Nigella

Best-selling author and British television personality Nigella Lawson, who has appeared on programs in more than 20 countries around the world, comes to Food Network for the first time in her career. Lawson brings her unique signature style to home cooking in Nigella Feasts, where she explores the world of cooking with a refreshing sensibility because Lawson, like many of her viewers, has neither a culinary degree nor the time to make extravagant feasts. Nigella Feasts comes off of the stove and onto viewers’ tables beginning Sunday, Oct. 1. What do you think people find most surprising about your style […]

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Horror

Wes Craven Says The Roots Of Monsters Are Within Us

Wes Craven has made an entire generation of moviegoers cringe with such groundbreaking horror films as The Hills Have Eyes, A Nightmare on Elm Street and the darkly humorous Scream series. But Craven never intended to pursue a career making scary movies. As a matter of fact, having been raised in a fundamentalist family in Cleveland, he never even saw any movies at all until he was in his 20s and never saw a horror film until after he made what has become a classic of the slasher genre: The Last House on the Left. This month, Craven joins fellow […]

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Ice-T Tries To Teach Privileged Prep-Schoolers How To Rap

Last year, VH1 borrowed the British series Gene Simmons’ Rock School — itself an adaptation of Jack Black’s 2003 film School of Rock — in which rock legend Gene Simmons instructed a class of uptight, privileged kids on the finer points of rock ‘n’ roll. Now, the network is giving the show a hip-hop makeover complete with a new teacher, Ice-T. Here’s what the rap legend had to say about Ice-T’s Rap School, which premieres Oct. 17, immediately following the third annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors, hosted by Ice-T himself. What made you want to do reality TV? Ice-T: I […]