"When I go to work on a film, I spend more time preparing the menu than I do my character, because people literally do not believe the amount that I say I have to eat, and so I spend the first two weeks convincing them, because I'm in a rage fit because I'm hungry the whole time, and then they're like, 'Hey honey, it's fine for you to eat,' and they're just passing me food." Actress Ashley Judd loves to eat while working.
Bravo has definitely promised more than it is delivering from the Mexico trip. Everyone is expecting some sort of Kenya-pocalypse due to her unfinished business with Apollo Nida. Instead, the show has been pretty tame, limiting us to Apollo’s lingering glances at Kenya. But we need more!
This week, Kenya decides to take the ladies for a trip to “the caves.” What better way to show you care than to take a bunch of high maintenance women to some underground ocean caverns? Todd Tucker and Kandi Burruss share a whole mess of drama with the people in the car. He keeps floating the fact that he may in fact leave because things don’t work.
Once the gang arrives at its destination, the producers showing Apollo staring at Kenya as often as he can. He is legit staring at her. He has a crisis of conscience about getting in the water until Phaedra Parks joins him. However, it’s clear that he is all about getting a gold medal for running through Kenya. Phaedra might want to make sure her pre-nup is all set.
Kenya takes NeNe, Cynthia Bailey, and Kandi Burruss to go to a fertility doctor. Apparently, magic spells are the perfect way to ensure a pregnancy with the Nigerian Prince. He may not really exist so magic is the perfect bonus to identity theft via the Internet. The ladies bond as Kenya deals with all of her issues with wanting to be a mother and her past relationship with a guy with no interest in marrying her. Meanwhile, Phaedra and Porsha Stewart decide to have a dip in the pool and spill some tea all over Ms. Moore. Talking smack in the pool burns twice the calories.
Peter Thomas continues his campaign for shadiest girl on the show. It’s unclear why he’s getting into everyone’s business. However, it may all be to keep his wife on the show. He takes Todd and Apollo to have a cigar, and who should come by but Kenya and Miss Lawrence. Kenya flirts and orders shots for the guys. Then the inevitable confrontation between Kenya and Apollo happens. Apollo stands by the fact that he and Kenya almost bumped uglies. Meanwhile, Kenya does not enjoy her name being dragged through the mud by Apollo. It’s unclear who is in the wrong. Clearly, she’s flirting with him and clearly he’s interested. Regardless, these two seem a few minutes from sealing the deal.
Phaedra makes an appearance and BOOM! drama prepares to commence. It doesn’t happen…sadly. Instead, Phaedra walks over and as cagey as Apollo acts she seems content with his response. Kenya and Apollo have a lot of chemistry but if Phaedra has anything to do with it that solution with be very, very volatile. We will have to wait a weak to figure out what happens. However, it seems clear that Apollo and Kenya are a match made in the motel on a Sunday afternoon.
It looks like this trip is going to end with drama. Clearly, NeNe feels above the law, Phaedra has beef with Kenya, and Peter is dying for more attention on the show. After all, he doesn’t want to have to change the name of Industry into For Lease.
Shaddiest Lines of the Night
"Even though I’m traveling far from home. I still have to watch my figure and watch what I eat. I don’t want to leave here looking like Phaedra." – Kenya
"If you were to take the Porsha gift certificate to redeem it, it would be good for one coloring book." – Kenya
"Bats don’t bother me at all, honey. As a matter of fact, we have a few bats and monkeys in our party already." – Phaedra
"Kenya says she found the fountain of youth. Well, she should have drank the whole damned pond." – NeNe
"I’m so glad I let my guard down and tied my weave down and got in this water." – Porsha
"I guess a witch would love a witch." – Phaedra
"I just know Marlo might show up in someone’s luggage carrier. You know Marlo." – Phaedra
"Jump off a bridge with weights on your neck, honey." – Phaedra
"No one’s buying it, Apollo. Like your DVD." – Kenya
"I borrowed this name from a very dear friend of mine who's from the South, and his grandma was 'Honey'. That's what I'm experimenting with, and Eva likes it, so we'll see." Susan Sarandon wants her first grandchild to call her "Honey" instead of grandma. Her daughter, Eva Amurri Martino, is expecting her first child with husband Kyle Martino later this year (14).
Troubled pop star Justin Bieber has been named the most overexposed celebrity of 2014 in a new poll by editors at Forbes Magazine. The Baby hitmaker tops the list of more than 6,600 celebrities, which has been put together using public opinion polling.
Bieber was cited as overexposed by 67 per cent of the respondents, due in part to his recent legal troubles, including his DUI arrest in January (14).
Bieber's inclusion on this year's (14) list is unusual, as it is usually dominated by U.S. reality TV stars, including Kim Kardashian, who placed second with a 61 per cent rating.
Her sisters Kourtney and Khloe rank ninth and 10th, respectively, with their mother/manager Kris Jenner tying for sixth place with former Jersey Shore star Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi at 55 per cent.
Coming in third is actress Lindsay Lohan with 59 per cent, controversial singer Miley Cyrus in fourth with 57 per cent, and child TV star Alana 'Honey Boo Boo' Thompson rounds out the top five at 56 per cent.
The latest episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta is a big improvement on the last few. The library is open and the women are back to reading. The lack of Phaedra Parks the past few episodes and NeNe Leakes’ petty squabbling with Marlo Hampton were a drag, no pun intended. If you’ve ever wanted to be a housewife, this episode is a master class in the martial arts of fighting... Real Housewives style. Call it Shade-fu if you will.
Lesson 1: The Verbal BackhandNeNe and Cynthia Bailey go shopping for bathing suits for Mexico. Cynthia tries to gently bring up how NeNe’s fight with Marlo ruined her event. But NeNe isn’t having it. She ignores Cynthia’s subtlety and finally says she will not talk about it. Like a lion swatting a smaller rival with its paw, NeNe tells Cynthia, “Don’t f**king ask me about it!” and walks outside of the store without making eye contact with her again. This is reminiscent of how Peter Thomas usually talks to her. This is most effectively achieved when by a senior cast member with a junior one... because she can.
Lesson 2: The Real Reality AttackKenya Moore visits Marlo. They begin shecapping Cynthia’s budget field day. Unlike past episodes, Marlo seems genuinely heartbroken. She breaks the fourth wall and launches into real-reality fighting stance. This is when a Housewife references something that happened off-camera. In this case, Marlo mentions a three-way phone call where NeNe and Cynthia yelled at Marlo. They probably threatened to not film with her if she keeps talking to Kenya. Her follow up move is to discuss NeNe’s struggles with the cancelation of The New Normal. The kill move is real tears. They key is to keep it 100 percent real and use that authenticity to your advantage.
Lesson 3: Crouching Jaden Hidden PhaedraPhaedra has a unique fighting style. Part of it involves having an amazing life with two beautiful children and a dead sexy husband. The other part is cutting with words. While her precocious little son is walking around making conversation, Phaedra is inventing words like hoodlicious. She isn’t afraid to say anything even if referring to inappropriate behavior by her husband. She also will be above cursing in front of her children and in the next breath make a death threat. Phaedra’s unabashed candor, wit, and complete shamelessness have made her a star.
Lesson 4: The He-Said/She-Said BattleKordell Stewart reappears to give his side of their divorce. Peter Thomas, probably trying to secure his wife’s place on the show, stops Kordell’s house. The key to this type of fighting is to reveal bizarre and shocking details. Kordell tells a story about coming home to find Porsha’s mother eating a large pepperoni pizza on his bed. He reveals she lost her condo for not making payments. He also says he still loves her. Peter then confronts Porsha with what Kordell said. Porsha counterattacks Kordell by saying their relationship was an attempt to fix his “tainted” image. She continues to imply he’s gay. Kordell wins this battle because he has specific examples and Porsha has been caught in between stories. The key is to make sure you give the audience juicy specfics.
Lesson 5: Kill with ComedyThe key to comedy fighting is that you have to be funny. Think Bethenny Frankel on RHONY. Example, while touring their new digs Miss Lawrence Washington does an impeccable impersonation of Gregg Leakes. Gregg works his own comedy angle by twerking by the pool. Cynthia also tells Porsha Kordell is going to show up... as a prank. The key to comedy is to get your funny moment aired on the show, make the entire audience laugh, and regardless of your deplorable behavior you will be loved.
Now you’re a few steps closer to winning Real Housewives. May the shade be ever in your favor.
Best Lines of the Night-"When it comes to traveling to Mexico on a trip that Kenya organized. Honey, I’d rather have Porsha take my Black History Month final exams." – Phaedra’s double read -"The Bible says that the serpent was more crafty than any other beast in the field. In this case, that means that Rentley-having, no man having, harlot in Atlanta. Also known as Kenya Whore-Moore ... More-Whore." –Phaedra "Mirror, mirror, on the wall. I’m the shadiest of them all." –Kenya "Hmm... so you brought Lawrence. Where’s your invisible African prince? Or is he here and we can’t see him?" –Porsha "We better have a good room. S**t, we never did anything to her." –Todd "Porsha sounds like a broke down Olivia Pope. This isn’t Scandal! The truth shall set you free." –Kenya
British rapper Professor Green's clothing range with sportswear giant Puma has come to an end, according to U.K. reports. The I Need You Tonight hitmaker signed a deal to help design jumpers, T-shirts and accessories for the brand in 2012 and two collections were sold in stores across the U.K.
However, Puma bosses have now announced the deal on the Honey Badger range has ended.
A Puma spokesperson tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "I can confirm that Puma and Professor Green haven't extended the agreement to produce a new collection in 2014."
Actress Beth Behrs is training to become a professional apiculturist to help save honey bees from extinction. The 2 Broke Girls star reveals her boyfriend, Mad Men actor Michael Gladis, inspired her to take up the hobby in a bid to do her part to combat the decline of bee populations across the globe, and she can't wait to make use of the by-products from the hive.
Behrs says, "I've been reading all about colony collapse and rescuing hives in urban areas... and so my boyfriend was a beekeeper before and then he had to move and leave his hive so we're getting a new one...
"We'd like to definitely use the honey and give it to our friends and family, and then there's so much you can do with wax: lipgloss, candles... (But saving the bees), that's the most important thing."
Miranda Kerr's relatives in Australia have issued a public plea for the supermodel to head back Down Under amid claims they have not seen her in "over a year". The brunette beauty left her native country and moved to New York five years ago, marrying and later splitting from British actor Orlando Bloom, the father of her young son Flynn.
Kerr's parents have now filmed an emotional segment for an Australian TV show in which they claim to have lost contact with the 30 year old. In the episode of Family Confidential, the clan claims they have not seen Kerr in "over a year" and her mother, Therese, suggests her efforts to contact her daughter are rarely reciprocated.
She says, "Miranda's life is so different now (and) she's surrounded by yes people all the time. It's so important for me to be real, to be true, to be who she needs me to be... We have been best friends for most of our life. We used to talk just about every day. I send her messages, just little texts to say 'I love you honey, let your little light shine...'"
Kerr's father John reveals he didn't hear from his daughter after she split from her husband last year (13), and was instead told the news in a phone call from Bloom.
He says of the call, "I remember him saying 'We're always going to be family' and that's how we'll treat Orlando, Miranda and Flynn. We're all family."
Kerr's grandmother Ann says, "I miss the baby and I think he's missing out on family, that closeness that we have always had," and the catwalk star's brother Matthew adds, "I'd like to spend more one-on-one time instead of with an entourage of people who we don't really know. I love her to death, I just want to see her more."
A spokeswoman for Kerr tells the Herald Sun, "(She) wasn't able to be back in Australia... due to her busy international work schedule but is grateful to her parents, brother and extended family in Australia for their ongoing support and love."
The episode airs in Australia next week (beg10Feb14).
"One couldn't feel more safe as an actor than knowing that the director's your husband. It's like, 'Oh, if I really make a fool of myself, I can just say, 'Honey, can you please not put that in the movie?'' That was a great perk." Actress Jennifer Connelly on starring in husband Paul Bettany's upcoming directorial debut Shelter, which he also wrote.
This episode is all about tea. Everyone is spilling it and airing out truths, half-truths, and idle gossip. What more could you want from the lovely ladies of Atlanta? The highlight of the episode is that the seeds planted here will lead to some major blowouts later in the season.
Cynthia Bailey and Peter Thomas celebrate their three-year anniversary with a free meal at Bar One. They meet up with Cynthia’s friends Christopher Williams and his wife Natalie. They gratuitously randomly spill some tea on Todd Tucker. Apparently, when Todd dated one of Natalie’s friends he cheated on her. Natalie, being a woman who has full use of her eyes, ears, and mental faculties, believes he’s an opportunist. Although, she has yet to comment on Peter being an opportunist. They all retire to Industry where Peter has prepared a free meal of food from Bar One across the street. But Christopher surprises her with a song he wrote about their marriage.
Kandi Burruss has a meeting with her inner circle to confirm that Todd left the production. Kandi’s assistant Don Juan, his real name, complains about some of the challenges of putting up a musical. However, Kandi in her infinite wisdom doesn’t care because she figures believes knows she can make it happen. She visits the Rialto to check the space while Todd takes a call from another woman job. He decides to quit his other job and come back to the musical.
Kenya Moore has a powwow with her aunts, one of whom, Lisa, is the best Gayle King impersonator in Detroit. She decides to break the news that the best solution for her mommy issues is to become a mommy. Meanwhile, NeNe Leakes visits Porsha Stewart's expensive new abode.
The ladies decide to go to a winery to drink themselves into friendship. But there is some pending drama on the table. Cynthia has invited Natalie who has spilled tea on Kandi. Kenya and Malorie Massie had some beef last week. Not to mention NeNe invited Marlo Hampton who is always good for some shade. Meanwhile, Kenya has decided to air out some of Natalie’s dirty laundry. Allegedly, her husband has referred to her as a common-law wife. Team NeNe ride to the winery and start gossiping. Meanwhile, Team Kandi, Porsha, and Phaedra Parks discuss Phaedra’s milk tanks.
At the winery, all the ladies have lunch and it all comes out. Kenya attacks Natalie’s marriage to which everyone rightfully reminds her she’s never been married, understatement of the year. Then Kenya calls out Natalie’s gossip about Kandi that makes her squirm with discomfort. Kandi shuts it all down and completely eviscerates Natalie by taking all of her gossip as an epic compliment for how much Tom has come up. But the seeds of more discord have been planted. Kandi mentioned that she knows things about Peter. Plus, Kenya has made a new enemy.
Tasty Tea from the Episode
I really need him. But every time we disagree on something he’d rather leave me for 5 or 6 months and go back to his little comfortable job. -Kandi on her relationship?
I can’t help but think why would a single woman want to live in an 8,000 square feet house. -NeNe on Porsha’s house.
Kenya’s telling everybody she’s dating an oil tycoon. :laughing: Let’s laugh together. Where’s the oil tycoon, honey? -NeNe on Kenya’s African Prince
The relationship I have experienced with my mother has left me with a huge void in my life and having a child of my own will in some way repair that void. -Kenya having a moment of clarity
I have never seen Cynthia dish so much tea in one afternoon. Tell me more ... :slurps: -Kenya
I’m trying to be supportive ... a little bit. -Todd
As much as these ladies love to drink you’d think we’d be the first ones to know that Atlanta has a vineyard. -Cynthia
The one thing about me. If I’m going to hang out with all these girls I have to be a little drunk. I want all the alcohol. -NeNe
I would like to see that gift certificate. - Kenya on Natalie’s marriage.