The Richard Nixon Foundation--the partisan, pro-Dick private arm of the public-run presidential library in Yorba Linda where they run the gift shop and present such speakers as Ann Coulter, Newt Gingrich and Hugh Hewitt--would never host a book signing by a writer from your favorite Orange County-ba ... More >>
Maybe it was the flat screen hanging high against one wall showing a stock car race that brought the question to mind, but while I was interviewing Danny Thompson in his Huntington Beach shop for today's cover story, I asked about the lack of reality television cameras there. After all, your Speed ... More >>
Lauren Conrad, who went from Laguna Beach High School cast member in a MTV reality show to a branded commodity with her own clothing line and bestselling tween novels, claims Los Angeles nightspots killed her voice.Let that be a lesson to all you OC hep cats planning to relocate in Silverlake."It fe ... More >>
The long Real Housewives of Orange County nightmare not only continues, but it is also expanding, as Tamra Barney is getting her own Bravo spin-off.The untitled, unreal reality show will be the fourth in the Housewives' franchise surrounding a cast member getting married, following Bethenny Frankel' ... More >>
It's been a good year in the world of comedy and in 2012 we once again got to talk to some kick ass comics. We're not saying goodbye or that we want to put all those greats behind us, we're just saying that with a new year comes a new spotlight on another batch of stand-up comics that are making big ... More >>
Can someone be too young and too handsome? Apparently if you've been anointed the new chairman of Iron Chef Japan, you can. Kotaku is reporting that Japanese fans of the original Iron Chef are up in arms over the striking good looks and youth of the new chairman producers have chosen to preside over ... More >>
After three seasons, Alexis Bellino is leaving The Real Housewives of Orange County--and the 35-year-old mother of three is taking her "Jesus Jugs" with her!The "reality" show cast member is partly blaming the co-star who coined that nickname with helping push her back into obscurity.
Making a fourth season of Arrested Development, the side-splitting comedy more realer about Orange County than any reality show claiming to depict the real OC, is succeeding because of Netflix, according to Mr. Tobias Fünke himself, David Cross. That's not a reference to the tens of millions of vie ... More >>
Davy Jones, former lead singer of the made-for-TV band the Monkees, died today in a hospital in Florida, apparently of a heart attack. He was 66. The star of the NBC comedy series was born in Manchester, England. The Monkees, partly inspired in part by the Beatles movie A Hard Day's Night, turne ... More >>
© Bravo Did you watch last night's first episode of Top Chef Texas? Episode summaries are usually Edwin's beat, and he usually weighs in toward the end of the season after we've learned which cheftestants to root for. I'm going to take a different approach at the head-end of the season and make ... More >>
It is amazing (and hella disturbing) how most people even bother to scan, let alone read a story anymore before spreading it around the Internet. Sign of the times, I guess. But when the offending organization is the Huffington Post (which carries my ¡Ask a Mexican! column), such a rush for web ... More >>
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Russell and Taylor Armstrong.Sad news in the real-life world of the Real Housewives. Russell Armstrong, the estranged husband of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong, was found dead in his bedroom last night. The 47-year-old venture capitalist hanged himself, according ... More >>
Jimmy 'Z' Parvin's flashy John Wayne Airport-adjacent restaurant needs a lot less Real Housewife and more him
When we featured Tara Simon's business, The Sticky Pig, on Food Profiling last month, she was dying to squeal an announcement."I'm working on something BIG, but I can't tell you just yet," she told us, graciously waving off our pleas for more deets--something to do with disclaimers and liability, ... More >>
Whenever Terry Bradshaw says something stupid during a Fox NFL halftime show, you might yell at the screen that he ought to have his head examined. Turns out he already has.A Newport Beach physician says he's treating the NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and Fox Sports football analyst for a brain in ... More >>
Nate Mandos/Wikimedia CommonsSo maybe that whole stint in politics didn't work out quite as well as planned. Former Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger, who's used to reading lines, has decided that his next project will be a TV show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, details of the secret series ... More >>
Andy CohenAbout time! According to OK!, Bravo exec Andy Cohen confirmed that Miami has gotten the last gaggle of Real Housewives. "I really feel like we're done," he told the magazine, indicating the franchise won't be expanding with new cities. Sorry, Boise.
[Mental Notes] Are the 'Traffic Jam' band idiots or marketing geniuses? Or both?
GretchWent to The Real Housewives of Orange County and Cops broke out.Dueling gossip sites are reporting that Simon Barney, husband of Real Housewife Tamra Barney, was arrested this morning on a domestic violence charge, and that after arriving at a get acquainted dinner at the home of new Real H ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyMSNBC reported yesterday that Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler is the new American Idol judge, although Fox officially says "no comment." Apparently negotiations were finalized late last week, meaning Tyler got his request for a top-notch wardrobe and makeu ... More >>
How'd we miss this?Last week the Hollywood Reporter said that Conan O'Brien is releasing two albums prior to launching his new TBS talk show. They actually got it wrong, says our sister pub LA Weekly--Jack White's label, Third Man Records, will actually be "releasing a Conan O'Brien album a ... More >>
Last night, in a segment brilliantly titled "Gay Reichs," Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones examined the claims made by one Scott Lively: that the nazis were gay. It includes the invention of the excellent term "glitzkrieg."Towards the second half, Tustin military-man-turned-gay-rights-activis ... More >>
Did you catch last night's Top Chef Masters? Finally, a worthy episode on what seemed like a season in danger of backsliding into the histrionics of regular Top Chef with the F-bombs and manufactured drama. That's not to say there wasn't some of that last night, just less.
Photo Courtesy of Eddie LinFrom left to right: Jay Rayner, Kelly Choi, Andrew Zimmern (Bizarre Food), Eddie Lin, Marc Moss (Weird Food Festival), Bill Esparza (Street Gourmet LA).I know we write a lot about Eddie Lin. He--the author of Extreme Cuisine and the blog that started it all, Deep End ... More >>
Believe it or not, children, there was a time when the Food Network actually concentrated on teaching people to cook. The idea of ten hours a day of inane food "battles" was unheard of, Iron Chef still came to us from campy Japan, the appetite suppressant known as Sandra Lee hadn't yet created her f ... More >>
This evening Conan O'Brien fans will have one last chance to catch the funny man with the towering hairdo host the Tonight Show. Sure, O'Brien will likely resurface somewhere--the safe bet is Fox--shortly, and with a 45 million exit deal, he won't exactly be standing in the unemployment line in ... More >>
Advocate.comBarney's boyOver at the Advocate.com, the jury's still out on whether Real Housewives of Orange County spawn Ryan Vieth posting a self-photo of himself on the predominantly gay (and NSFW) site Guys With iPhones is news.The jury would be the Advocate's online readers.
Adam Larkey/ABCDancing With the Stars host Tom Bergeron, Times reporter Dawn C. Chmielewski and her partner Jonathan Roberts soak in applause. UPDATED WITH RESPONSE FROM LA TIMES VP . . . Perhaps it does not fully descend into the unethical bog like the revenue-sharing arrangement with the Stapl ... More >>
The Travel Channel We reported earlier this month that Adam Richman of Travel Channel's Man vs. Food would be doing a one-man show at the Wiltern in Los Angeles in December. That show has been cancelled due to "an unexpected change in his production schedule". The show should be rescheduled f ... More >>
Photo Courtesy Travel ChannelI don't like where this is going. Scripps Network Interactive Inc., owner of the Food Network, which has slowly but noticeably descended into semi-homemade mediocrity, bought a controlling stake in the Travel Channel last week. For Anthony Bourdain's sake, I hope ... More >>
UPDATED WITH CORRECT LOCATION! My Name is Earl and I Love You, Man's Jaime Pressly returns home Wednesday to sign books at the South Coast Plaza Barnes & Noble Borders Books. Well, at least the North Carolina-born actress attended Costa Mesa High School while living with her classical danc ... More >>
In May, we posited that southern hip hop and Fox News share much in common. Possessing both an anti-intellectual streak and a populist one, they’re beloved by red-staters and hated on by the coastal elites, be they liberals, hipsters, Ghostface or Nas. The piece concluded: If you're still not conv ... More >>
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When you interview a comedian, there are nearly always more good lines than can fit in an article. So go check out my interview with Bobcat Goldthwait first; then come back here and check out the extra stuff that didn't quite fit. Bobcat likes OC "I’ve performed behind the orange curtain a few ti ... More >>
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What were the producers of Sesame Street thinking when they allowed this utterly mad, apocalyptic drumming exhibition by Bert and Ernie to get transmitted to the fragile, eggshell minds of American youth? How many delicate child constitutions were traumatized by this percussion inferno? I dunno, but ... More >>
Apparently Bravo can't get enough of The Real Housewives of Orange County and now we're all going to suffer. The network just green lit a one-hour pilot for ousted housewife Jo De La Rosa as she searches for love and tries to become a famous singer in Los Angeles. I didn't think television coul ... More >>
It's true! According to Dan Chmielewski over at theliberaloc.com blog, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Anaheim), is scheduled to appear as a guest on "Real Time With Bill Maher" Friday at 11 p.m. on HBO. Chmielewski wonders how many "pet the cat" jokes humorist Maher will utter. Perhaps not many ... More >>
Bobby Brown crawls out of the wreckage and waits for help to arrive
Judy Tenuta makes you buff her toes