‘The Bachelorette’: Hanging Chad

The Bachelorette In keeping with the horse/unicorn theme of the season, moments later, he calls her “naggy.” (ABC/Rick Rowell) I have a question: What happened to the Bachelor pied–à–terre? You remember, that little guest house that was down the hill from the McMansion that contestants would sometimes sneak into, either to slip into the Bachelor’s bed in their bikinis and stripper shoes or to run around in their black boxes, banging their head into things while wearing the Bachelor’s motorcycle helmet? One of the big selling points of the early parts of Farmer Teeth’s season was that the pied–à–terre was just down the driveway, so if any of the ladies were so inclined ~wink wink~ they could pay him a visit at any time. We haven’t seen the pied–à–terre since. In fact, Ben the Bachelor and Jojo the Unicorn have both been hidden away in some hotel in Thousand Oaks somewhere, leading me to want to know what, exactly, Chris Soules and his harem did to that guest house? Did the Producers look at the decontamination costs and dent marks from the motorcycle helmet and just decide it would be cheaper to burn the whole thing down? I NEED ANSWERS. Anyway, Jojo the Unicorn’s busy at this motel, musing at her good luck at being the Bachelorette, fixating not for the last time in this episode on how she wants the kind of love Ben the Bachelor and Friendly Skies found. (Methinks someone isn’t quite over it yet. Ahem.) Over at the McMANsion, Chris Harrison explains to the man-apes that this week will feature two group dates and one 1-on-1 date before delivering the first group date card: “Lucifer, Toasted, Ali, Rocky, The Joker, All-4-Wells, Fun Robby, Fireman Grant, Boner, and Cowboy Luke: Let’s heat things up. HEART! Jojo the Unicorn.” While the man-apes contemplate the meaning of this invitation, a limo pulls up into the Continue Reading

Don Cheadle’s “Miles Ahead,” a Mike Birbiglia comedy and Danny McBride’s “Vice Principals” in latest slate of SXSW films

Don Cheadle as Miles Davis in “Miles Ahead” (Sony Pictures Classics) Mike Birbiglia’s new comedy about an improv group starring Keegan-Michael Key, a feature about Miles Davis and a new HBO series by Danny McBride are a few of the highlights from the latest round of films (and television shows) slated to play the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival in March. Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice,” Don Cheadle’s “Miles Ahead” and McBride’s “Vice Principals” join previously announced films such as Richard Linklater’s Mike Birbiglia, Tami Sagher, Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Chris Gethard, and Kate Micucci in Mike Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice” (photo:: Jon Pack ) opening night film “Everybody Wants Some,” Austin filmmaker Jeff Nichols’ “Midnight Special,” “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday” and the upcoming AMC TV show “Preacher.”Also of note, the world premiere of “Slash,” Austin director Clay Liford’s feature about two young people who write erotic fan-fiction. This year, SXSW plans to show 139 features, with additional titles to be announced. The lineup thusfar includes 52 films from first-time filmmakers, 89 World Premieres, 13 North American premieres and eight U.S. premieres. The films were selected from 2,456 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,467 U.S. and 990 international feature-length films from a total of 7,236 submissions. “Vice Principals” (HBO/Fred Norris) New this year? A Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality track open to all badgeholders. In addition, any badgeholder can come to Episodic screenings, plus other SouthBites, SXsports and SXstyle Convergence designated screenings. Music badge holders can once again attend any 24 Beats Per Second screenings. The complete Conference lineup and schedule with dates and times will be released on Continue Reading

Kylie Jenner launches a cooking show, but you’ll need plenty of dough to watch

Her lips are overdone, let’s hope her food isn’t. Kylie Jenner, known for her infamous fake pout, is launching her own cooking show “Cooking with Kylie.” But you’ll need plenty of dough to watch this kitchen craft show: The series is part of Jenner’s subscription-based personal website, thekyliejenner.com, which costs $2.99 per month. Don’t worry, drama is already the main ingredient in this half-baked endeavor. Kylie's 18-year-old’s nemesis and rapper boyfriend Tyga's ex, Blac Chyna, has accused Jenner of copying her after she launched her own cooking show on her website. KENDALL AND KYLIE JENNER RELEASE TEASER FOR GAME ON TWITTER Tyga lashed out at his former love interest in a video. “Everything’s already been done,” he says, defending Jenner. Certainly, there’s nothing new about a celebrity moonlighting in the kitchen — and the Kardashians have done it before, with a cookbook by momager Kris, and Kylie’s half-sister’s show, “Kocktails with Khloe” on FYI. But non-Kardashian cooking shows tend to have more credibility. In Jenner’s debut episode, which went up Tuesday, the youngest of the “Keeping Up With the Kardashian” clan donned Cartier bracelets as she chops yams for a sugary, Thanksgiving-inspired side dish that includes marshmallows and Aunt Jemima syrup, a low-cost brand that contains no maple. Continue Reading

Kris Jenner, Khloe Kardashian and even North West are fans of Maria Menounos’ cooking

Maria Menounos’ cookbook isn’t even out yet, but it’s already a hit in one of the most famous kitchens in the world — Kris Jenner’s. Spacious and almost all-white, the kitchen is the hub for much of the family action on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” As an anchor on E! News, Menounos, 37, shares a network with Jenner and has been in her kitchen more than a few times. She came away personally inspired. “Kris’ kitchen is so glamorous and I love her style,” Menounos says. “I wanted her kitchen, so I redid mine.” The admiration is mutual. Both Jenner and daughter Khloe Kardashian, who received advanced copies of the book, rave about Menounos’ cooking on the back cover of “The EveryGirl‘s Guide to Cooking,” available Tuesday (Zinc Ink, $22). And according to Menounos, after she sent Kim Kardashian home with a stash of her and her mom Litsa’s butter cookies, Kim reported back that little North West gobbled ‘em all up. Menounos spends a great of time in her own kitchen with her mother, Litsa. Her parents live part of the year with her in L.A., and many of the recipes in the book are her mom’s. Back home in Medford, Mass., Litsa was a cook in a school cafeteria, turning out hundreds of health-conscious lunches daily. At home, she tailored dishes to her husband’s restricted diet. Constantinos is diabetic. “Not only would Mom come home from cooking all day to feed the four of us, but we’re Greek, so the extended family gets together a lot,” Menounos laughs. “Then there were all those church events.” During her last year of college in Boston, Mass., Menounos lost 40 pounds in a self-devised diet following her mother’s cooking principles. Exactly how she did it was detailed in an earlier book, “The EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet and Continue Reading

Kris Jenner says transition rumors about estranged husband Bruce Jenner are ‘silly’

Kris Jenner cooked up some news about her estranged husband Bruce Jenner. The reality star appeared on the "Today" show Monday to promote her new cookbook "In the Kitchen with Kris," but the discussion took a turn to discussing her impending divorce. "I think that at some point in your life you have to make a decision to do what's right for your family and the kids," she told Hoda Kotb about their decision to part ways after more than 20 years of marriage. "I think that we decided to be grown-ups," Jenner continued. "We decided we're just better apart than we are together, but we're still really good friends." The mother-of-six -- two of which she shares with Bruce: Kylie, 17, and 18-year-old Kendall Jenner -- and grandmother-of-three seems to have entered a new chapter in her life at the age of 58, one that doesn't get hung up on rumors or negativity. When it comes to reports about her ex transitioning to a more feminine appearance, Jenner simply said, "It's silly. They've been saying that since the ’70s, so you'd think it'd be cooked by now." She even brushed off speculations that Bruce is reportedly dating one of her good friends and former assistant, Ronda Kamihira. "I just want him to be happy," she said. "I don't care who he goes out with and I don't know who he's dating," she added. "He doesn't check in with me and give me a play by play. But it's his life and you just want the guy to be happy. He's still the father of two of my children and so we're friends." ON A MOBILE DEVICE? CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO. Continue Reading

Stasi: Long live ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ in the name of artistic expression

“The Satanic Verses,” “The Last Temptation of Christ,” “Piss Christ,” “Death of the Virgin,” “The Death of Klinghoffer,” the Danish Muhammed cartoons, “Otello,” “Gone with the Wind,” “Birth of a Nation,” “The Merchant of Venice,” “The Passion of the Christ,” and yes, “Money for Nothing,” everybody’s favorite Dire Straits song. If “The Death of Klinghoffer” protesters outside the Met are correct, then perhaps all of those other works should also have been censored because each one of them has been condemned for either racism, religious bigotry, anti-Semitism, homophobia, or just for presenting a new, albeit controversial take on an old religion. Let’s not even get into what art is or isn’t because it’s subjective, despite the opinion of brilliant, learned art historian Rudy Giuliani who thinks it’s close-that-sucker-down cut-and-dry. Of course, the Metropolitan Opera protesters have every right to protest, but they also have every right to withdraw their support for Lincoln Center, and shun the controversial work. They are wrong to say it should not be performed, however. If Shakespeare’s racist “Othello” or anti-Semitic “The Merchant of Venice” were put to music by Verdi and Tchaikowsky today, do you think Met patrons would support them? No? But they do. “Birth of a Nation,” the Klu Klux Klan-loving movie, is still considered one of the greatest films of all time. Ditto “Gone With the Wind,” which is sympathetic to the southern view of slavery. Another criticism lobbed at “Klinghoffer” is that it isn’t true to the events. Really? Then how about “Mississippi Burning,” “JFK,” “Pearl Harbor” and the worst of them all Continue Reading

Kris Jenner spotted ‘acting very flirtatious’ on dinner date with mystery man

Bruce Jenner may not be the only one back in the dating game. Kris Jenner, 58, was photographed on what appeared to be an intimate dinner date with a mystery man last week at Casa Vega restaurant in Sherman Oaks, Calif. "Kris was playing with his bracelet, acting very flirtatious, she kept laughing," an onlooker told Radar Online. The duo apparently even engaged in a little PDA at the table. "They were holding hands, it was clear that they were on a date," the gossip site's source noted. It is unknown if the meal was for business or pleasure but the Kardashian matriarch, who just released her cookbook "In The Kitchen With Kris," apparently left the eatery with her dinner guest, who was dressed casually in a black t-shirt and baseball cap. Kris separated from Bruce, her husband of 22 years, last year and the mother-of-six filed for divorce this past September. Rumors swirled last week that Bruce is romantically involved with his estranged wife's former assistant and friend, Ronda Kamihira. The alleged new pair were seen together earlier this month at an Elton John concert. "Kris is devastated," a source told People magazine. "This was her best friend of 20 years, and Bruce isn't really concerned with her feelings about it." Kris appeared on the "Today" show Monday and opened up about the end of her longtime relationship with the 64-year-old Olympic gold medalist. "I just want him to be happy," she told co-host Hoda Kotb. "I don't care who he goes out with and I don't know who he's dating," she added. "He doesn't check in with me and give me a play by play. But it's his life and you just want the guy to be happy. He's still the father of two of my children and so we're friends." The "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" stars share two teenage girls together, Kylie, 17 and 18-year-old model Kendall Jenner. Continue Reading

Keeping up with the kitchen: Kris Jenner launches ‘kookbook’

Now you can keep up with the Kardashians and never leave the kitchen. Momager and E! reality star Kris Kardashian is writing the cookbook, “In the Kitchen with Kris: A Kollection of the Kardashian-Jenner Family Favorites.” It’s unclear what skills Kris has in the kitchen beyond dish. Promotional material from the publisher Gallery Books mentions her flair for entertaining. And the cover shows a pasta salad and a decadent slice of pie. The Kardashians have gone from real porn to food porn in just seven years since Kim’s sex tape with Ray J was unearthed. Jenner does make “a mean grilled cheese sandwich” that she serves to her grandkids, according to International Business Times, and the 58-year-old tweeted a clip of herself last year cooking a “delicious pasta primavera vegetable situation.” The book will be out in October. Continue Reading