Model and actress Jenny Mccarthy missed out on the chance to find love on TV when producers of U.S. dating show The Bachelorette turned down her bid to front the programme a decade ago. The pretty blonde, who is currently dating New Kids on the Block star Donnie Wahlberg, has revealed she asked her agent to approach show bosses and suggest her as their leading lady on the hunt for romance with 25 eligible men - but they weren't interested.
The 41 year old revealed all on her TV talk show The View on Tuesday (14Jan14), explaining she felt lonely after splitting from her husband John Mallory Asher and "needed to be loved".
She said, "I was single and I loved TV. Put those together and I thought, 'Brilliant!'
"(My agent) said, 'She wants to be the new Bachelorette,' and they said, 'No, we're not using celebrities at this time. Sorry.' That was 10 years ago."
Actor/singer Donnie Wahlberg has fuelled reports suggesting girlfriend Jenny Mccarthy could find a very special ring under her Christmas tree after confessing she is everything he could have asked for in a woman. The New Kids on the Block star has only been dating the blonde bombshell since this summer (13), but their love story appears to have prompted McCarthy to rethink her vow never to wed again and Wahlberg admits he's thinking about putting a ring on it.
He tells In Touch, "Do I feel like she's the one? She's everything I could have asked for... We were both married, both divorced, both have kids and both never married again - so we're both open to see what happens."
Wahlberg has two sons from a previous marriage, and McCarthy also has one son from her marriage with ex-husband, John Mallory Asher.
Last month (Nov13), the actress was candid about her desire to take the next step with her beau, even admitting she would be willing to get down on one knee to propose herself.
She told U.S. talk show host Bethenny Frankel, "I've said on every interview that I was like, 'Never get married again, ever', and, of course, you never say never. I think he would be an amazing husband, so if he does (propose), I would for sure say yes. I wouldn't be surprised if I was the one proposing."
Actress and TV personality Jenny Mccarthy has completely changed her views about marriage after falling for New Kids On The Block star Donnie Wahlberg, insisting she would immediately accept if he proposed. McCarthy, who has previously dated Jim Carrey and American football great Brian Urlacher, has been anti-marriage ever since her divorce from actor/director John Mallory Asher in 2005, but she admits her new man, who she has been dating since the summer (13), has made her think again.
In a new interview with U.S. talk show host Bethenny Frankel, she says, "I told the universe I am ready for love. I said bring The One. I am not doing anymore auditions.
"I did one year of no dating, I am going to say no to everyone and if someone breaks through where I'm like, 'Hmmm', then I'll follow that, and I wound up giving him my phone number... I made the first move.
"I've said on every interview that I was like, 'Never get married again ever', and, of course, you never say never. I think he would be an amazing husband, so if he does (propose), I would for sure say yes. I wouldn't be surprised if I was the one proposing."
Actor/singer Donnie Wahlberg left his girlfriend Jenny Mccarthy speechless on Friday (01Nov13) after making a surprise visit to Chicago, Illinois to celebrate her birthday. The blonde beauty headed home to Chicago to spend her 41st birthday weekend with her son Evan and her relatives after wrapping up her weekday stint on New York-based talk show The View.
However, she received the shock of her life when Wahlberg, who shoots police drama Blue Bloods in the Big Apple, showed up unannounced and hosted a special brunch in her honour.
The New Kids on the Block hitmaker also organised a private screening of McCarthy's favourite movie, Grease, and the birthday girl admits she was overjoyed by his efforts.
Gushing about her man on Monday's (04Nov13) episode of The View, she said, "He has proved that he is the best boyfriend in the world. He flew to Chicago on Friday, surprised me with a... brunch with all my friends and family... Then we went to a movie theatre... with the Chicago Children's Choir singing Happy Birthday and then he played the movie Grease... It was so wonderful and romantic and I am just so grateful."
The grand gestures have even prompted McCarthy, who has previously dated Jim Carrey and American football great Brian Urlacher, to rethink her anti-marriage stance following her divorce from actor/director John Mallory Asher in 2005.
She added, "I've said never again (would I get married), (but) he is the one person I would want nothing more in the world (than to marry)."
Her confession comes less than a week after Wahlberg's older sister Tracey gave the couple her official seal of approval, insisting she would "love" to have the model/actress as a sister-in-law.
Donnie Wahlberg's romance with Jenny Mccarthy has officially received the seal of approval from the singer/actor's sister Tracey - she insists the model-turned-TV personality would be "definitely welcome" into their family. The New Kids on the Block hitmaker began dating McCarthy in July (13) and the pair has been inseparable ever since.
They made a joint appearance on America's Watch What Happens Live on Tuesday (29Oct13), when Wahlberg's older sibling made a surprise call in to the talk show and gave their relationship the thumbs up.
Asked by host Andy Cohen if she would like McCarthy as a sister-in-law, Tracey replied, "I would love it. We have met and she's a doll. She's definitely welcome."
Tracey went on to ask the blonde beauty what her brother's most disgusting habit is, but McCarthy struggled to name one thing she disliked and instead gushed about her new beau.
She said, "I think everything about him is awesome. I think he's one of the most incredible men I've ever met in my entire life, I swear to God, and I don't think he has a disgusting thing at all. I know I'm ridiculous at times, but he has blown me away with what an incredible person he is. I've never been treated so wonderful (sic)."
Wahlberg's previous marriage ended in 2008, while McCarthy also has one failed union under her belt - she split from actor/director John Mallory Asher, the father of her son Evan, in 2005. She has since romanced Jim Carrey and American football great Brian Urlacher.
Model/actress Jenny Mccarthy has heaped praise on new partner Donnie Wahlberg, insisting only someone as "great" as him could make her end her single days. The pair hit it off after the pop star appeared on McCarthy's VH1 show in March (13), when they swapped sex stories.
They have been dating seriously since July (13), and the blonde beauty reveals she wouldn't have jumped into a new relationship if her new beau hadn't been so impressive.
She tells People, "If every relationship leads you to the next person and it leads you to what you want and what you don't want, I feel like I deserve great and he's great.
"It's new. I took a year off (from dating) but I said if I meet someone who makes me stop that year off, it's someone who I need to pay attention to."
McCarthy has dated Jim Carrey and American football star Brian Urlacher since the end of her marriage to John Asher in 2005, while Wahlberg's nine-year marriage to Kim Fey ended in divorce in 2008.
New Kids On The Block star Donnie Wahlberg is dating model/actress Jenny Mccarthy, according to reports. Insiders claim the romance began after the pop star and actor appeared on McCarthy's VH1 talk show in March (13), when the racy pair discussed their sexual preferences.
McCarthy blogged about her encounter with the singer, writing, "Being turned on by a guy is always fun but to have it legitimately happen to you on TV is to be turned back into a 12-year-old."
Reports suggest the two stars have enjoyed a number of dates and even spent America's Independence Day (04Jul13) together.
Wahlberg's nine-year marriage to Kim Fey ended in divorce in 2008, while McCarthy has dated Jim Carrey and American football star Brian Urlacher since the end of her marriage to John Asher in 2005.
Wahlberg has two kids from his marriage to Fey, while McCarthy shares a son with her ex-husband Asher.
Action fans have been crying out to Hollywood for years to deliver something as gritty, heartfelt, and rip-roaring as 1988's Die Hard. Director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Shooter) has heard those calls and responded with Olympus Has Fallen, a close quarters, man-vs.-an-army thriller that gets it mostly right, thanks to star Gerard Butler's mix of swagger and innate brutality. Why it can't live up to Die Hard (what could?) is in the sensationalism of the scenario: in this version, an office building is the White House, the maniacal Hans Gruber replaced by an endless force of North Koreans bent on America's destruction. Fuqua makes the stealthy techniques of Butler's Agent Mike Banning exhilarating, but pads it with blockbuster-sized bookends and more bloodshed than your typical Saw flick. Think of Olympus Has Fallen as Die Too Hard.
After a routine mission goes horribly wrong, Secret Service agent Banning is relieved of his position as head of security for President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart). Years after the debacle, Banning finds himself thrown back into action when a group of North Korean terrorists strike D.C., hitting the White House from every direction. The introductory mayhem is one of the more gruesome set pieces in recent memory: a Korean plane swoops over D.C., firing hundreds of rounds into unsuspecting pedestrians; tourists photographing the White House rip off their coats to reveal machine guns, a frontline for the home invasion; unmarked vans throw open their doors, functioning as makeshift tanks that clear a path. It's all out war and Fuqua doesn't hold back in the reality department. The front row of the theater is a splash zone.
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When the action finally hones in on Banning — who shoots his way from behind the gun-toting Korean soldiers to gain entry to the White House — Olympus Has Fallen uncovers real thrills. Butler sells the punches, the stealth, the one-liners, and the gruff patriotism — he's more Jack Bauer than John McClane, a guy who can and will do anything to accomplish the mission. You never doubt him, and even when Olympus swerves in the wrong direction — oh no, a kid lost in the White House subplot! — Butler forcefully grabs the steering wheel and drives it back on course. His character builds to make any absurdity fit the movie's mosaic of action, building with close combat attacks and an interrogation scene straight out of the 24 playbook, and escalating all the way to a bazooka shootout.
If only there was more of Butler in the movie. Olympus splits its time pretty evenly between Morgan Freeman and Angela Basset, government officials spouting every "My… God…" variation imaginable while managing the crisis from a boardroom, and Eckhart's President Asher, who spends a majority of the movie handcuffed to a railing. The terrorists bark threats of nuclear apocalypse, the suits in Washington react. It's all padding to Butler's main quest. Melissa Leo manages to light up the screen momentarily as the captured Secretary of Defense; at one point, she's dragged across the ground by her hair. Her response? Scream the Pledge of Allegiance in an act of defiance. As the movie often does, the scene crosses the disturbing line to circle all the way back to bizarre fun.
In front of the wrong pair of eyes, Olympus Has Fallen could be a provocation of jingoism. For fans looking for a slight actioner with slick production value and a Hungry-Man serving of machismo, it's passable fun. Just don't take the image of the Washington Monument being shot to bits, smashing into helpless American citizens into puddles of blood, as a call to arms.
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"Evans grandpa died yesterday. William Asher. Best known 4 director of I Love Lucy and Bewitched. He was sweetest man ever and will b missed." Model/actress Jenny Mccarthy mourns the passing of her former father-in-law and the grandfather of her son Evan. The blonde beauty divorced the legendary TV director's son, John Mallory Asher, in 2005.
William Asher, who directed widely popular episodes of such classic TV shows as I Love Lucy and Bewitched, died Monday at a board and care facility in Palm Desert, Calif., according to USA Today, at the age of 90 years old. Though no cause of death has been officially given, Asher's wife, Meredith, says that he died of complications from Alzheimer's disease.
But Asher managed to leave quite an incredible mark on the world, making generations of fans laugh time and time again. His association with Lucy stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz began when he directed the pilot of Eve Arden's Our Miss Brooks for their Desilu Studios. This led to him heading at least 100 episodes of 'Lucy,' including the classic “Job Switching” episode, in which which Lucy and Ethel are seen working in a candy factory and unable to keep up with the chocolates being sent down the conveyor belt that they are supposed to be wrapping.
Asher also produced and directed episodes of another popular hit television show, Bewitched, which starred his then-wife Elizabeth Montgomery as a witch. During that time, he was nominated for four Emmys for directing and producing, winning once for directing. So even though he may be physically gone, his endless contributions to entertainment will never be forgotten.
Aside from his wife, Asher is also survived by Liane Sears and Rebecca Asher, sons Brian, Bill Jr., Robert and John, four stepchildren, nine grandchildren and eight step-grandchildren.
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