Meet the Siegels—pneumatic blonde former swimsuit model Jackie, 43, and her no-guff septuagenarian husband David, aka “the king of timeshares.” At the outset of director Lauren Greenfield’s gripping documentary, The Queen of Versailles—one of several films that kicked off the 2012 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday night in lieu of a stand-alone premiere this year—they’re just like any family of Floridian billionaires you might meet. With an unwieldy brood of eight kids, the Siegels live in a garish mansion the size of a shopping mall, and travel everywhere by private jet, limo or yacht, a yelping pack of snow-white Pomeranians in tow. As the cameras begin to roll on this family circus, Jackie and David have set out to build the biggest house in America, a 90,000-square-foot palace loosely modeled on French King Louis XIV’s 17th century estate, Versailles. One with its own baseball and tennis stadiums, stained-glass clerestory and balcony … [Read more...] about Lauren Greenfield’s New Documentary Like ‘Real Housewife of Sundance’
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In ABC's "American Housewife," Season 3, Episode 2, Kate Otto rips into Taylor for wearing her boyfriend's jacket, a sign of the patriarchy. (Image is from the opening of the episode, aired October 3rd on ABC, credit Kapital Entertainment and ABC Studios) less In ABC's "American Housewife," Season 3, Episode 2, Kate Otto rips into Taylor for wearing her boyfriend's jacket, a sign of the patriarchy. (Image is from the opening of the episode, aired October 3rd on ABC, ... more Photo: Kapital Entertainment And ABC Studios Photo: Kapital Entertainment And ABC Studios Image 1 of / 22 Caption Close Image 1 of 22 In ABC's "American Housewife," Season 3, Episode 2, Kate Otto rips into Taylor for wearing her boyfriend's jacket, a sign of the patriarchy. (Image is from the opening of the episode, aired … [Read more...] about Is the high school letterman’s jacket a sign of the patriarchy?
Photo: ABC Photo: ABC Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: ABC ABC to Stop Using Live+Same Day Ratings 1 / 1 Back to Gallery ABC is set to become the second of the major networks to no longer use Live+Same Day figures to measure the performance of its shows (with the exception of live programming), according to an internal memo sent out by ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke. The move comes four years after Fox chose to do the same, and continues the change in how networks measure their viewership as Live+Same Day ratings shift to delayed and multi-plaform viewing. More from Variety 'Fresh Off the Boat' to End After Six Seasons at ABC TV Ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy' Ticks Up, Draws Largest Audience Since Season Premiere 'American Housewife,' … [Read more...] about ABC to Stop Using Live+Same Day Ratings
My new bookJ.D. Salinger and the Nazis deals with Salinger’s changing attitude toward the Nazis as expressed in his fiction, letters, and conversations between his first story (1940) and The Catcher in the Rye (1951). That attitude changed from initial unconcern about the Nazis, toward a gung-ho “Kill the Nazis” attitude, and from there to a final non-judgmental stance. The first signs of that non-judgmental attitude begin to appear in his fiction shortly after D-Day. Eventually Salinger started to be less critical toward the Nazis than toward the U.S. Army. Ernest Hemingway wrote that Salinger told him, “he hated the Army and the war.” A week after the end of the war in Europe in 1945, Salinger had a nervous breakdown and wrote an unhinged letter describing his attitude toward the U.S. Army as being “edgy with treason” and calling the war “a tricky, dreary farce.” His breakdown also seems to have caused a change in his … [Read more...] about How Salinger’s Nervous Breakdown Twisted His View of Nazis