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Alicia Lutes
Staff Writer Alicia Lutes is a corgi enthusiast from Connecticut living in Los Angeles. She loves Tina Fey, television, ugly things and really money cheese plates. Growing up, her grandfather frequently said, "you’re so god-damned good with words! You should do something with words with your life!" so she made it her quest to plaster her wordy witticisms across the Internet. She looks forward to retiring at the age of 80 and opening a fromagerie with a small army of wrinkly-faced and stumpy-legged dogs.
  • 'The Bachelor' Recap: Sean Tells All (or Nothing)
    By: Alicia Lutes February 19, 2013 10:30pm EST
    Finally — the world now knows the kind of man Sean Lowe really is when he has a shirt on. Answer? A sort of gossip-y one! But only if your idea of gossiping is saying 'oh bless her heart!' after church while hearing a fellow parishioner talk about their troubled teen. Secret side, oh how you've revealed yourself! Chris Harrison wrangled The Bachelor  into a shirt and chair in order to talk shop about the girls and gripes from his very Tierrable season. Sure, we got some good insight into the world of Tierra the Hun, but we had to wait (impatiently!) through a lot of talk about the other ladies that we care about far, far less. Let's see what Sean had to say about these lasses of yore, shall we? Desiree — Sean's most recent victim was first up. Mostly, Sean just talked about how Turtle Jr. (aka her brother) had one of the world's most punchable faces. He's right up there with Pete Campbell from Mad Men. But the idea of our fair Sean engaging in fisticuffs?! Never, I say! Only he claims he did want to put his fist against Turtle Jr.'s face. Not only because of the stupid things he said, but also because Turtle Jr. actually did a 180 — TWIST! That's right, apparently Turtle Jr. was the first bro on the scene (like always), and he made sure to tell Sean that he "kinda" liked him after a bit of a heart-to-heart. So what the audience saw was actually a second conversation between two bros. Tricky, tricky, ABC! We still don't care though because ultimately Turtle Jr. was right and his sister was sent home. Maybe she wouldn't have if he hadn't been so awful, but he was awful so here we are. RELATED: 'The Bachelor' Recap: Home Is Where The Boring Is Sarah — Sean talked about one of the more likeable ladies for about two seconds. He hopes she finds love. The end. We'd like to extend this idea to ABC & NZK: if you just Have to go with another pretty blonde person for The Bachelorette (ugh), at least go with this pretty blonde person, because she's more than just a (you guessed it!) pretty blonde person. Selma — Also known as the Next Great Arie-ian Conquest, Sean and Chris pretty much just talked about how badly Sean wanted to get it in with Selma. Only he would NEVER because he's a born-again virgin! Which, can someone tell Sean there's no take-backsies on sexual encounters? Sex isn't a present you can take back to Macy's for a store credit later. I'm questioning that whole "born-again" bit more and more. Anyway, Selma and Sean couldn't put their mouths on each other because of modesty or something, so instead they deduced that since kissing involves to mouths touching, hastily touching a few other (read: less sexual) body parts together will totally work just as well! Those parts included noses, probably elbows, maybe a couple fibulas, definitely maybe an earlobe or two, and eyelashes. EYELASHES! Do you know how weird it is to look at two people trying to touch spindly eye hairs together? Answer: REALLY F**KING WEIRD! The CREEPIEST. F**k anyone who's down with a "butterfly kiss," man. (I can't even believe I'm typing those words out loud, please forgive me.) Promptly check yourselves into Fairytale Romance Rehab if you're down with these sort of shenanigans. Lesley M — Kissing! Lots and lots of kissing! Also, not a lot of love-talking. And apparently by not telling Sean she loved him, she totally lost her chance. There was an additional moment of awkward when a cut scene with a brownie and "dirty talk" was shown. Sometimes I can't help but think that these people want to be some weird hybrid of adult and baby or something. It's weird. Anyway, Lesley's a fan favorite! Will she be in the running to be the next Bachelorette? I'm on team Anyone But AshLee Because I'm A D**k, so sure, she can have the job if she wants it. Still vanilla as hell, though, guys. RELATED: 'The Bachelor' Recap: Never Let Them See You Sparkle And then there was...dun dun dun: Tierrable! That's right, Tierra the Hun, conqueror of Sean Lowe's northern borders, she almost made her way to Rome (his heart), but was turned away and defeated near the gates. But it was a long, long way to get there, and it certainly wasn't easy. In fact, Sean makes a point to let America in on a secret: "Being The Bachelor is not easy. In fact it's really hard sometimes!" You're right! How cruel we've been! Poor Sean, forced to live a life of shirtlessness over the course of weeks while he travels the globe with a harem of ladies just wanting to please his body and his soul. On camera for the whole world to see and for him and ABC to profit off! The horror. We are just monsters, aren't we? Your life sounds very difficult Sean. I'm sorry. Anyway, back to Tierrable, aka the only reason anyone cared about this season. When Sean watches it back he thinks, "Man, I was such a fool." Don't be so hard on yourself, Sean! You said it yourself: being The Bachelor is really hard sometimes. It's hard to see the crazy from the hot trees, isn't it? In the end he believes "Tierra never should have come on the show. She's not suited for this show." and that "she's a woman that simply can't get along with her peers" because she was "getting into arguments with the best, sweetest girls in the house." "In hindsight, I wish I would've kept Jackie on the two on one," he stated (which I'm sure Jackie is so happy to hear!) But Sean knew that it was time to cut the Tierrable cord when the attention when from me me me to her her her: "Every girl was focusing on Tierra and not me!" One fun fact we learned is that the seemingly nonsensical, confusingly stupid fight between Robyn and Tierra went on for hours and got really heated. Slowly the rest of the women started jumping on board this hate parade as it literally traveled from room to room. It was probably the only thing in that house that could've lasted all night (as it did). Who says wind energy isn't a viable option for our nations' energy independence?! RELATED: Winter Is Coming. And It Is Tierrable. One of the last girls he spoke about (other than Ashley P. aka the drunk 50 Shades Of Greymesspile) was Catherine. Because Catherine is totally going to win this thing, you guys! Look at the way he spoke about her: that was a s**t-eating grin if ever I've seen one. They spoke of Catherine's little love notes that she frequently passed him throughout filming. Often these contained cute declarations coupled with an off-guard sense of humor, which Sean finds endearing. Also? "The girl is very flexible." She's a contortionist! Once Sean gets that girl into their marital bed, man he's going to love pretending that he could last long enough to swing it with a real sexual contortionist! Until that night of wedded bliss takes place, all us viewers will just have to survive on the scraps of next week's overnight dates. Ooh la la! Don't worry folks. This is Sean Lowe: there will be shirtlessness, but there won't be hanky-panky. What did you think of Sean "telling all?" Is that what you would call this? Let us know in the comments! [Photo Credit: ABC] Follow Alicia On Twitter @Alicialutes
  • David O. Russell, Jennifer Lawrence Go To 'The Ends of the Earth'
    By: Alicia Lutes February 19, 2013 8:06pm EST
    So it looks like anyone nominated for an Oscar this year is working together on the upcoming The Ends of the Earth — just another one of director David O. Russell's newest projects. And as with his other new project (the untitled Abscam film), America's Coolest Daughter, Jennifer Lawrence is set to star. Lawrence, as you know, is up for an Oscar for her work in Russell's most recent film, Silver Linings Playbook; a movie that has also beget Russell and the film's other star, Bradley Cooper, nominations for fancy gold statues at this Sunday's big show. But that's not the only Oscar-contendor involved in this project; The Ends of the Earth was scripted by (you sensing the theme yet?) Oscar-nominated Argo writer, Chris Terrio. RELATED: Jennifer Lawrence to Reunite with Silver Linings Costars According to Deadline, producers Todd Black and Steve Tisch are positively fangirly about Lawrence, stating that she "is one of the most versatile actresses we have ever seen," calling her performance in Playbook "transcendent" and "the heart and soul of the film" and that anything asked of her she did so, "brilliantly." And as if those incredibly accolades weren't enough, the duo went on to say that she's basically THE savior of the American movie industry. "Her dedication to the craft and all those who work with her is inspiring and if she is the future of our business we are certainly in good hands." Russell made sure to get in on the game, adding that "her acting is effortless and she always makes it look easy." RELATED: Jennifer Lawrence is America's Darling: Can Her Charm Nab Her Oscar Gold? The Ends of the Earth is said to be an epic America love story based on the life of powerful oil tycoon (is there any other kind?) Ernest Marland and the life he loses after his affair is uncovered. Hollywood.com has reached out for comment, but did not hear back at the time of publication. [Photo Credit: Hollywood.com] Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes From Our Partners:Bradley Cooper Dancing Is Surprisingly Awkward, Sweaty (Vh1)Kate Upton Bares All in Nothing But Body Paint: Video (Celebuzz)
  • Is 'Catfish' Catfishing America?
    By: Alicia Lutes February 19, 2013 12:32pm EST
    The first rule of the Internet: Don't believe everything you read/hear/see. Case in point: the perma-confusing tale of Manti Te'o and his fake Internet girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, a.k.a. Ronaiah Tuiasosopo. If that tale taught us anything, it's that there's a tangled web living deep within the World Wide one. And MTV has stepped into that web for the network's newest reality phenomenon, Catfish. But the series is not quite as simple as the show’s intro may have you believe. Airing its finale Monday night, the series revolves around Internet romances never realized IRL ("in real life" for all you n00bs out there), where one — or sometimes both — of the participants are not being honest about themselves. The idea for the show is brilliant: telling the story of these online deceptions sheds new light on the ever-changing world of interpersonal relationships in the digital age. The network uses these stories of people meeting online under a guise of dishonesty (often using fake Facebook profiles) called catfishing — a term made famous thanks to host Nev Schulman's breakout 2010 documentary, Catfish.  (In the context of the show, to "catfish" means to "hook" someone through a series of online deceptions.) Alongside his friend and filmmaker Max Joseph, Schulman sets out weekly to unite two people in online relationships who might not be telling the truth about their identity. But the lens though which the show views these people’s lives may not be exactly truthful itself.  "You know how they said that [the catfishee] had reached out to them?" a cast member from the series (whom we spoke to anonymously to protect their relationship with MTV) tells Hollywood.com. "I don’t know why they put that in there because it’s not even true. It was actually me that reached out to them." Another cast member (this time a catfishee), felt betrayed by an episode and put it plainly: "Really, I'm just frustrated that people don't know the whole story." RELATED: MTV Renews ‘Catfish': If You’re Not Watching, You’ve Made a Huge Mistake So what is the whole story? MTV's version plays out like this: Two individuals involved in an online, romantic relationship meet. The show chronicles the discovery of who the catfisher is in real life. The story is always told from the point-of-view of an innocent catfishee unsure about the authenticity of the person behind the screen. Each episode starts with an email from the catfishee to Schulman, followed by the story of the relationship, an uncovering of truths, and the inevitable in-person meet-up.  Seems straight-forward, but as Catfish has taught us, not everything is as it seems. NEXT: What IS The Whole Story? Speaking with local news outlet WHAM ABC, catfishee Joe Sumeriski of Warsaw, New York corroborated a story many cast members have claimed: that he does not know how MTV and Catfish became aware of his Internet relationship. “They just called me out of the blue,” he explained. Sumeriski was right — Hollywood.com has confirmed his catfisher, Rose, was the one who contacted MTV. RELATED: Why Catfish is MTV’s New Jersey Shore (Thanks to Manti Te’o) In fact, after speaking with six of the stars of this season (covering six episodes of the series), we found that in every instance except one, the catfisher — not the catfishee, as the series claims — has been the one to contact MTV first. Either via a casting call, Craigslist post, or a mention on the MTV website itself, the catfisher has consistently been the one to initiate the process. One catfishee from the South says she and her catfisher hadn't had contact for "a couple months" — until Catfish's producers showed interest. "We dropped off [talking] for a couple months and then we got it started again … when someone reached out to MTV about me and [the catfisher’s online identity] talking," she says. "[MTV producers] hit me up, but I didn’t reach out to them because I didn’t know anything about a new show." Of course, it's natural to expect some editing changes in any reality series. The Hills, Real Housewives, Jersey Shore — reality series are so dependent on scripting drama, audiences no longer accept TV's reality as reality anymore. But Catfish, with its documentary background and style, seemed different. "If it is true that the scenarios on Catfish are fabricated, then it definitely would take the enjoyment out of watching the show," says Galen Criscione of Brooklyn, New York. In fact, Criscione admits that he "wouldn't watch it anymore" and that he "would feel kind of like the people portrayed on the show — fooled." There are, of course, truthful elements to the show. Every Catfish subject told us the series' hosts, Schulman and Joseph, are indeed kept in the dark about the true identities of the catfishers. Their Internet research into these people’s lives are, apparently, all authentic. But the crux on which the show is balanced — the initial contact between Schulman and the catfisher — is in fact a fabrication. Everyone involved has already agreed to an in-person meet up before production begins. Naturally, this complicates how viewers watch the show. If the two parties have long agreed to meet in person, Schulman's random selection of a catfishee by scrolling through his email no longer seems random. And his dramatic phone call to the catfisher suddenly isn't so dramatic. Is the catfisher genuinely surprised when Schulman requests a meet-up on-camera? "Not really," says one catfisher. "Because they told me they were going to do it before they actually did it." But there are more discrepancies. Several cast members say the timing of their stories were off, with one claiming the show represented her relationship as lasting one month, when she was really communicating with her online love interest for three months at the time of filming. And two interview subjects denied their relationships were ever romantic at all. One cast member says she set up a profile to punish a catfishee for a past disagreement and only claimed to be interested in him to save face after yelling at him on camera. (Those scenes, she claims, hit the cutting room floor.) "The only reason why I said that I had feelings for him was because I knew I had put him on blast twice already [on camera], so I didn’t want to come across as a b***h," she says.  And another female catfisher says she knew her catfishee was not interested in a relationship with a woman, despite the fact that the series portrayed the duo as a couple with romantic interests. According to the cast member, she always knew her co-star "to be gay," but that once "the show started, he got scared and backtracked," resulting in an all-too-confusing conclusion of events that raised more questions than answers. (MTV — where I was an employee from November 2008 until May 2011 — declined to comment for this piece.) NEXT: The Fame Game Everyone knows that real life is far more complicated than the smooth, glossy lines created by entertainment mediums. And for the most part, that necessity can be forgiven — it's the nature of the beast. But sometimes, what gets left on the cutting room floor can change the entire tone, nature, and experience of a show for the viewer. Obviously, the production needs to cover itself — getting cast members to sign contracts to agree to be on camera is not always a quick and easy task. But does it take away from the tension and suspense built up around the will they/won’t they factor of the inevitable meet-ups? Or is it all just part of the necessary evils of TV production? "Manufacturing a storyline is a disappointing reality of where reality TV has headed, unfortunately," MTV alum, and Road Rules: Campus Crawl  participant Sarah Greyson, says. That said, "story editors can only be as truthful to a story as the people they're attempting to represent. So many people watch reality shows now. They manufacture their personalities in ways that might deem them 'castable.'" Many fans of the show are naturally suspicious. One Catfish viewer, Rachel Turnpaugh of Memphis, Tenn., enjoys the show but has always been skeptical of its origins. "It’s more or less obvious that it’s just baiting," she says. "It always ends up being the worst-case scenario anyway." But would Turnpaugh still watch the series knowing there are editing changes? "Absolutely." RELATED: MTV’s ‘Catfish’ TV Show Succeeds Where The Film Failed Even though the Internet has taught us — and reality TV has proven — that not all is as it seems, viewers can still enjoy even the most unreal aspects of reality television. After all, we've become a smarter and more skeptical audience since the genre reared its head in the early 1990s. Greyson says those watching reality television from home should expect to see an alternate version of reality. "Everyone has experiences that force them to understand that everything isn't always as it seems," she says. "That's reality television in a nutshell, and everyone who hasn't been living under a rock for the past 20 years understands that's what they've signed up for." Speaking at the August 2012 Television Critics Association event, Schulman told attendees that "whether or not two people are totally lying to each other and it turns out to be a huge disaster, that's only the first part of the story."  Instead, there are more interesting sides to every story, perhaps enough to forgive the series for any necessary editing fabrications: "We then want to know why they are doing it, who they are, what they are feeling, what led them to this place, and why that resonates with thousands of other young people who have the same feelings, who don't have someone to talk to or don't know how to express themselves." Still, does MTV have a responsibility to air that whole truth? NEXT: Is It Responsible? Does It Matter? One catfishee says the cast member who catfished him is now reciving a lot of "hate mail" from fans online after the series failed to dive into the catfisher's true psychological justification for creating a fake profile. If MTV told "the whole story" by including unaired discussions about the catfisher's background, viewers would be more sympathetic. "A lot of our conversation would’ve shown that she had an excuse; she had reasons why she did this," the catfishee tells us. "And it hurts me that people call [the catfisher] names and don’t understand the reasons. She had reasons. [The catfisher]’s had a tough life.” Dr. Tamyra Pierce, a professor and Director of Social Media and Integrated Marketing at California State University in Fresno, says misrepresentation of the facts could easily lead to cyberbullying, especially when Catfish's subjects are emotionally and psychologically vulnerable enough to set up a fake profile in the first place. "How are they going to take it when things aren’t portrayed the right way?" she says. "I would use a lot of caution." But several catfishers from the show hope that their own experiences will give other young adults the confidence to just live and exist as they are, as the vast majority of them cite real-life insecurities and bullying as a reason they turned to online relationships — to fill a void. And perhaps this show's greater message is one of trying to be more authentic. Hey — it seems to be working for MTV, at least. After a decade of highly-scripted reality programming such as The Hills or even Jersey Shore, most welcome Catfish as a welcome change, heading in the right direction. "I think it's the most authentic thing MTV's had out in a long time," says Greyson, and it seems many fans agree. Cory Hutzell from Seattle, Wash., explained that he doesn't "watch it to see love or happiness. I like watching it to see why someone would lie for years and the reaction of the people when they meet." But the question remains: Is it MTV's responsibility to tell the stories as they are, or to tell an entertaining story that fits into 44 minutes of television? Only time will tell. Or perhaps, its second season. [Photo Credit: Facebook; iStockphoto (3)] Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes From Our Partners: Kate Upton Bares All in Nothing But Body Paint: Video (Celebuzz) Bradley Cooper Dancing Is Surprisingly Awkward, Sweaty (Vh1) 
  • 'The Bachelor' Recap: Home Is Where The Boring Is
    By: Alicia Lutes February 18, 2013 10:17pm EST
    Have you ever anticipated something to be a bounty of unbridled drama and escapism, only to find yourself exhausted by the mere act of paying attention?  Welcome to Monday's episode of The Bachelor. Tonight, abdominal warrior Sean Lowe went home with each of his top four ladies (Desiree, A$hLeE, Catherine, and whatsername) to meet the families and get to know a bit more about the broads he's hoping to bed (but only after marriage, at least, that's what I've heard, allegedly). Now I get why they kept Tierrable on so long: she was a distraction for how boring the show. Whatever. Different strokes —or rather no strokes at all! Zing! — For different folks. Let's get down to business. AshLee's Hometown Date You know, I really felt like by seeing AshLee at home in her element, it was helping me let go of my abandonment issues. Ha! Just kidding! AshLee sure did seem to take metaphorical leaps towards overcoming her perma-discussed issues with every word. Which, of course means that AshLee is probably going to get hurt. Not today, but soon. Either next week or at the altar, for sure. She IS Sean Lowe in female form, but with a sob story. So it seems like she's everything ABC could ever want, right? RELATED: The Bachelor Recap: Never Let Them See You Sparkle Which! You know, seems very convenient for AshLee. The whole date felt like ABC was trying to force-feed us AshLee so to see if we, the viewing audience, would approve of her as the next Bachelorette. Now let me stop you right here, ABC: NO. STOP. DO NOT WANT. We do not want AshLee The Bachelorette. America is tired of these perfection monsters — some of us want a normal f**king human whose sense of self and values weren't written by a burning bush before everyone realized that the world wasn't flat. We've had enough of these perfect, blonde all-American, über-religious types looking for love. This is not Christian Mingle the TV Show (though at this point it might as well be)! This is The Bachelor! We want someone who's willing to make mistakes and risk looking like an idiot for the public's enjoyment (and also because "the process works!" or love or something). I don't know, maybe someone who isn't some chaste humanoid parroting the ways of dating like a grandparent. This is 2013, not 1913. Please don't give us AshLee the Bachelorette, ABC. Please. I don't ask for much, just give me this. Besides, I bet if you ask Chris Harrison, he wouldn't like it either. Anys**t, we're in Dallas and AshLee's parents are Texans! Her dad is a pastor! With strong family values! Gee willikers this doesn't sound like…so many of the other people that have been on this show before, huh? I'm starting to feel like NZK Productions might be a secret propaganda machine for the homogenization of America. Yawn. Anyway AshLee talks about her abandonment issues and how Sean Lowe is The Only Man [Of This Earth] For Her. She truly believes "he's going to be the man to protect my heart." Which, if she's looking for someone to guard and protect her heart she should've just looked up Kasey on Facebook or something. He's into that sort of thing. Anyway, her parents seem very sweet and obviously care a lot about her in a sort of smothering way, but it seems like that's exactly the sort of thing that girl needed. Abandon ship! Abandon ship! (Just kidding, AshLee.) Catherine's Hometown Date Catherine is the only one of these girls I can stand even a little. She seems so far to be the normalest of the pack, and I think, just might end up winning the whole shebang. The two are pretty playful and fun together (catchin' fish in Seattle's fish market, sticking bubble gum on walls, taking silly pictures), but Catherine's sisters are quick to tell Sean that's her MO. You see, Catherine's family is one of those totally rare groups of people who believe that the process DOESN'T work (cue gasps of horror), and they're hella skeptical of the duo's relationship. To the point that, after meeting her family, Sean's suddenly unsure of Catherine. RELATED: The Bachelor Recap: Winter Is Coming. And It Is Tierrable. You see Catherine is a modern woman who has dreams and wants someone to support her dreams. (The horror! The horror! A woman with aspirations! Such an unattractive quality.) Apparently that freaks Sean out? He likes his ladies a bit more...domesticated? (Is that a nice enough way to say that Sean's stuck in the 19-f**king-50s right now? Yes/no/maybe?) Later when talking to Chris Harrison about her, Sean says Catherine is "very independent" which is Sean Code for "terrifying feminist demon vaginamonster" who won't put up with antiquated gender roles. And Sean? Well Sean seems to err on the side of wanting a wee housewifey and he's afraid she won't be obedient enough. I mean, sure, this is all just subtext from his ridiculous conversation with Harrison, but at this point I'm just assuming that it's in the notorious g.o.d.'s hands and this is what we're supposed to glean from it all. Right? Anyway, Catherine's sisters don't think she wants kids right away, and she has "extreme mood swings" which may or may not mean that Catherine is secretly She-Hulk (though hopefully not this She-Hulk). Her mom won't give Sean her blessing to ask Catherine to marry him, either. So basically Sean's feelin' like the whole day was a wash. Time to go home and pray it out, my dude. Lindsay's Hometown Date That's her name, you guys! Did you forget, too? Because I forget every time. I forget she's still even on this damn show, and when she shows up I'm very Bluth-ian in my "...her?" She seems like a really nice 17-year-old. Someone I would definitely let babysit my hypothetical and not-at-all-real children (don't worry, gram! I'd let you know if I was with-child before I told the Internet), knowing she's take care of them and also maybe give them a treat before bed that was "our little secret." I'd probably even pay her a little extra, because the kids, man, they just love her! Can't get enough. Perhaps the most hilarious moment came when Lindsay's mom, during her on-camera interview said "I just did not expect Lindsay and Sean to be where they're at now." Which, HA! Neither did we, Mom. Neither did we. Anyway this date was especially slow (there was a lot of cutesy army stuff because her dad's a four-star general in the army), plus there's just no way Sean's going to end up with this girl. Right? She'll make it to the top two, I'm sure, but I don't believe she'll win. She's like a mainstream Zooey Deschanel, and nobody wants that. Desiree's Hometown Date Desiree. Oh Desiree. Homegirl was totally in my top two there up until we saw previews for this episode. Then I knew it was over. But let's not get ahead of ourselves just yet. First, Desiree and Sean go on a hike — because in the 10 months I've lived in Los Angeles, this much I can tell you: 90% of its inhabitants spend 45% of their time hiking. It's science. LA motherf**kers love a hike. Hiking is actually the only time most Angelenos actually walk anywhere, since, you know, walking city streets is the worst. People in LA don't understand walking unless it's on a big dusty hill. Otherwise it's all just nonsense to them. Her brother, who says things like "can I holla at you," and "you just a playboy" because he believes this is actually an audition for Entourage: The Movie, doesn't think Sean is reciprocating the romance. And in the most hilarious un-emotional way ever, Sean discusses a desire to fight Turtle Jr. He can't, though — not because he wants to be the bigger person or anything lame like that. No, it's probably just because his Kissing Coach Arie is also is Fighting Coach and Arie's out putting his mouth all over Selma. A bit preoccupied that one is, huh? Don't worry, Desiree, maybe he'll take you out next week. RELATED: The Bachelor Recap: Sean Lowe and The Not-So-Happy Campers But where was the drama from this episode? Sure there was the fake-boyfriend prank (which, dude? This isn't the way to get your SAG card. C'mon!) which was oh-so-painful and obviously staged that I was pretty offended ABC would smash-cut away to commercial so quickly during that confrontation. As if we were stupid enough to believe it was anything but? It was all a bit much. ...and then Desiree got sent home! Spoiler alert! After a lot of hand-wringing, back-and-forthing, a mid-ceremony apology, and a second moment of pause, Sean ultimately sent Des packing. But not before some terribly penned, tweenage version of an unrequited romance novel posturing: "I always give so much because people take me for granted!" "It's not right!" "Then don't let me go!" Good lord, pump the breaks sweetheart, you've known this dude for...weeks. "I don't even know what I'm going to do now with my life." OK, she's either lost it, OR she's campaigning HARD to try and beat out AshLee for that Bachelorette crown. Jury's still out. (Hey ABC, don't pick her, either.) And that's our show! But we'll be back Tuesday night because Tierrable is back! OK not really, but TALK of her is back because — at last! — Sean will tell all. And by "all" we imagine there will be a lot of teasers for the finale and the Women Tell All special, but hopefully the hour will mostly just consist of discussing Tierrable. Lord, I never thought I'd miss her. What did you think of tonight's episode? Did the right girl go home? Who do you think should win? Sound off in the comments! 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  • Hail to the Chief: The Best Presidential TV Cameos — VIDEO
    By: Alicia Lutes February 18, 2013 3:46pm EST
    Do you enjoy watching the President of the United States on television but hate anything to do with politics? Well, this is your special day. While an interview or two (plus all those State of the Union addresses) has become par for the course, less so are the instances of presidents appearing on popular television shows to not talk about their political agendas, but instead cause a laugh or just have a little fun. In honor of President's Day, we've rounded up the best cameos from our presidential pals present and past to celebrate the way that they're always on the job: even if they're not in the oval office.  Barack Obama on Mythbusters Leave it to our current POTUS with the MOTUS (did that work?) to go on one of the nerdiest-yet-educational shows out on television today. Obama was featured in an episode that dissected the probability of the ancient legend of Achimedes' solar death ray. (Because ancient Greeks were very smart — but could they really harness the power of the sun to set a bunch of Roman ships aflame? So Obama tasked Mythbusters hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage with proving or debunking the idea that Archimedes could used giant mirrors to reflect the sunlight onto attacking Roman ships in 212 BC. Unfortunately, Obama's myth? Busted. RELATED: Homeland Star Signs Autograph to Obama 'From One Muslim to Another' George Bush on Deal or No Deal President Bush (the younger) was featured on an episode of the highly-rated Howie Mandel show when the purple-hearted Army Captain Joseph Kobes appeared as a contestant on April 21, 2008. Mandel introduced the President via satellite, where Bush thanked Kobes for his service — but not before making a joke about his own popularity. "I am thrilled to be anywhere with high ratings," Bush explained. Gerald Ford on Saturday Night Live President Ford has the honor of being the only current sitting president to tackle the iconic "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" when his Press Secretary, Ron Nessen hosted the show on April 18, 1976. After being slayed by Chevy Chase on the show for his frequent snafus, Mr. President decided to take it upon himself to show his own sense of humor about the whole situation. If you're fancy enough to have a Hulu Plus account, watch the episode in full, below, or read a highlight from Ford's ability to take a joke. RELATED: 11 Surprisingly Hot Young Photos of Politicians Ron Nessen: Thank you, sir. Now, the producer suggested you might like to do something on the show yourself.  President Gerald Ford: Well, I can take a joke just so far.. [ stands up and walks behind desk ] ..but I won't have this high office ridiculed. I won't have me stumbling around.. [ walks into window ] ..making a fool of myself.. [ walks into flag and fumbles with it, trying to keep it from falling ] ..for some late night comedy show. [ picks up football helmet and puts it on ] I don't need to prove that I can fall down like Chevy Chase or be an athlete. Everyone knows I'm an athlete. [ accidentally kicks wastepaper basket and chases it, soon giving up and returning to his desk ] I'll never forget those wonderful days.. [ picks up tennis racket, throws it in the air to try and catch it, but misses. Walks over to "Liberty", cups his hand near the dog's tail ] Gimme the ball, Liberty! [ takes off helmet, tries to drop-kick it but misses. Returns to desk and sits down ] Richard Nixon on Laugh-In Nixon's appearance on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In in order to show the world that this New Nixon was no longer the sourpuss downer vice presidential man he was believed to be. And how does one do that? By appearing on an unlikely television show — enter: Laugh-In. It would be an understatement to say the core audience of Laugh-In was anywhere near the Republican sweet spot, but many say that the future president really made a name for himself when he did a self-effacing take on the show's signature line. Perhaps even winning him the election. BONUS BIDEN: Vice President Joe Biden on Parks and Recreation  ...Just because Uncle Joe is the best, and Leslie Knope would make a really great President. RELATED: No Malarkey: Joe Biden to Appear on Parks and Recreation What do you think of our Presidents showing up on your favorite television show? Let us know in the comments! [Photo Credit: WENN] Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes. From Our Partners: Kate Upton Bares All in Nothing But Body Paint: Video (Celebuzz) Bradley Cooper Dancing Is Surprisingly Awkward, Sweaty (Vh1) 
  • 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Breaking Bad' Take Top Honors at 2013 Writers Guild Awards
    By: Alicia Lutes February 17, 2013 11:35pm EST
    Before Hollywood's biggest stars deliver their acceptance speeches at Sunday's Academy Awards, the 2013 Writers Guild Awards have honored the folks who supply A-list actors and actresses with words. The 65th annual ceremony kicked off Sunday, celebrating the best and the brightest behind the scenes — and behind the pen — in television, film, and beyond in 2012.  But there were few surprises at the awards — Mark Boal picked up his second WGA win for Zero Dark Thirty (he won his first for Hurt Locker in 2010) while television's critical darlings, Breaking Bad and Louie proved to be victorious. Who else was a big winner at the WGA awards? See below to find out! MOTION PICTURE CATEGORIES ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Zero Dark Thirty, written by Mark Boal; Columbia Pictures ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Argo, screenplay by Chris Terrio; based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired magazine article “The Great Escape” by Joshuah Bearman; Warner Bros. Pictures DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY Searching for Sugar Man, written by Malik Bendejelloul; Sony Pictures Classics TELEVISION CATEGORIES DRAMA SERIES Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC COMEDY SERIES Louie, Written by Pamela Adlon, Vernon Chatman, Louis C.K.; FX  NEW SERIES Girls, Written by Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, Lena Dunham, Sarah Heyward, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Jenni Konner, Deborah Schoeneman, Dan Sterling; HBO EPISODIC DRAMA Mad Men (AMC), Written by Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner, "The Other Woman" LONG FORM – ORIGINAL Hatfields & McCoys (History Channel), Teleplay by Ted Mann and Ronald Parker, Story by Bill Kerby and Ted Mann, Nights Two and Three LONG FORM – ADAPTED Game Change (HBO), Written by Danny Strong, Based on the book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann EPISODIC COMEDY Modern Family (ABC), Written By Elaine Ko; ABC, "Virgin Territory" COMEDY/VARIETY (INCLUDING TALK) — SERIES Portlandia, Written by Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Karey Dornetto, Jonathan Krisel, Bill Oakley COMEDY/VARIETY — MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES — SPECIALS 66th Annual Tony Awards, Written by Dave Boone, Special Material by Paul Greenberg; Opening and Closing Songs by David Javerbaum, Adam Schlesinger; CBS CHILDREN'S – EPISODIC & SPECIALS Sesame Street (PBS), Written by Christine Ferraro, "The Good Sport" CHILDREN'S — LONG FORM OR SPECIAL "Girl vs. Monster," Story by Annie De Young; Teleplay by Annie De Young and Ron McGee; Disney Channel ANIMATION The Simpsons, Written by David Mandel & Brian Kelley; Fox, "Ned and Edna's Blend Agenda"  DAYTIME DRAMA The Young & the Restless, Written by Amanda Beall, Jeff Beldner, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Janice Ferri Esser, Jay Gibson, Scott Hamner, Maria Kanelos, Natalie Minardi Slater, Beth Milstein, Michael Montgomery, Anne Schoettle, Linda Schreiber, Lisa Seidman, Sarah K. Smith, Christopher J. Whitesell, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS DOCUMENTARY — CURRENT EVENTS Frontline, Written by Martin Smith and Marcela Gaviria; PBS, "Money, Power and Wall Street: Episode One" DOCUMENTARY — OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS Nova, Written by Randall MacLowry; PBS, "The Fabric of the Cosmos: The Illusion of Time" NEWS — REGULALRY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT "Tragedy in Colorado: The Movie Theatre Massacre," Written by Lisa Ferri, Joel Siegel; ABC News RADIO CATEGORIES NEWS — REGULARLY SCHEDULED OR BREAKING REPORT "World News This Year 2011," Written by Darren Reynolds; ABC News Radio NEWS — ANALYSIS, FEATURE OR COMMENTARY "Dishin Digital," Written by Robert Hawley, WCBS-AM PROMOTIONAL WRITING AND GRAPHIC ANIMATION CATEGORIES ON-AIR PROMOTION (RADIO OR TELEVISION) "Partners," Written by Dan A. Greenberger, CBS TELEVISION GRAPHIC ANIMATION Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, Animation by Bob Pook; CBS, "The Oscars" NEW MEDIA AND VIDEOGAME CATEGORIES OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN WRITING DERIVATIVE NEW MEDIA The Walking Dead: Cold Storage, Written by John Esposito (amctv.com) – “Hide And Seek,” “Keys to the Kingdom,” “The Chosen Ones,” “Parting Shots” OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN WRITING ORIGINAL NEW MEDIA Jack In A Box, Written by Michael Cyril Creighton (jackinaboxsite.com) – “The Compromises, Episode 1,” “The Pest, Episode 3,” The Snake, Episode 4,” “The Bonding, Episode 6,” “The Future, Episode 7/Series Finale” OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEOGAME WRITING Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, Scriptwriting by Richard Farrese, Jill Murray; Ubisoft  What do you think of this year's winners? Let us know in the comments! Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes.
  • Mindy McCready: A Once-Promising Country Career, Told In Song — VIDEOS
    By: Alicia Lutes February 17, 2013 10:57pm EST
    Before Mindy McCready was tabloid fodder and a cast member on VH1's Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, she showed great promise as a country singer. Throughout her career, McCready released five studio albums, garnering five top 20 hits, including her No. 1 single, "Guys Do It All The Time," as well as her top 10-charting hits "Ten Thousand Angels" and "A Girl's Gotta Do (What a Girl's Gotta Do)."  While her personal life was at times outrageous and ultimately tragic, her vocal prowess was undeniable. Read on below for more of McCready's music career, as told through the videos she made. RELATED: Mindy McCready Dies at 37 — Report Ten Thousand Angels McCready's first single came off the album of the same name in 1996, when the singer was only 21 years old. The song reached No. 6 on the Billboard Country charts. Guys Do It All The Time Her follow-up single to "Ten Thousand Angels" is what really made McCready a country crooner to take note of: It reached No. 1 on both American and Canadian country charts. No small feat when you look at the competition out at that time: Tim McGraw, George Strait, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, and Garth Brooks — just to name a few. The song lamented the hypocrisy of her man's feelings after McCready and her gals had a late night. Maybe He'll Notice Her Now A duet with Lonestar's Richie McDonald, McCready's next single was a melancholic tune. The subject matter reflects a relationship where a woman leaves because her man doesn't pay her much mind. Turns out leaving was the best thing she could've done, as he calls her back up and realizes he's been a fool.  You'll Never Know The video, one of two directed by McCready's then-boyfriend, actor Dean Cain (some of you may know him as Superman), "You'll Never Know" continues with the singer's trend of inner sadness. The Other Side of This Kiss The second Cain-directed clip features McCready dancily skipping about New Orleans, Louisiana without a care in the world, and a yearning for a deeper connection with the man she's seeing. All I Want Is Everything McCready's next single seems to continue the female-empowered idea from "Guys Do It All The Time." While the tune starts out as a seemingly materialistic ode, it ends with her admission that the biggest want of all is, well, love. Scream McCready's first single of the aughts, "Scream" speaks very closely to the inner turmoil McCready faced. With lyrics like "Anger so buried deep / Eats you up inside / Spreads like a parasite / There's no where to hide / I want to let it go / Before it smothers my soul / Uncover my heart again / Fillin' the hole," it seems that McCready's troubles were always deep-seeded. Maybe, Maybe Not McCready's last music video was 2001's "Maybe, Maybe Not," and featured McCready playing in soap bubbles while admitting that perhaps her last relationship's demise was partially her fault while also sheding uncertainty on that very hypothetical. [Photo Credit: Bill Waugh/AP Images] Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes. From Our Partners: Bradley Cooper Dancing Is Surprisingly Awkward, Sweaty (Vh1)  Kate Upton Bares All in Nothing But Body Paint: Video (Celebuzz)
  • Alec Baldwin's Wife Hilaria Sued for Yoga Accident
    By: Alicia Lutes February 17, 2013 9:22pm EST
    Aligning your chakras can be dangerous business, you guys. Just ask Spencer Wolff, the man currently suing Alec Baldwin's wife-slash-mother of his future child, Hilaria Baldwin (formally Thomas). Hilaria has been teaching the art of yoga to Manhattanites downtown since 2005 at Yoga Vida, but it turns out that sometimes, a little downward dog might be bad for your health. RELATED: Alec Baldwin and Wife Hilaria: Baby On Board! At least when you're in an overcrowded yoga studio, as Wolff learned. In a suit submitted to the Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday, Wolff recounts that several factors resulted in his sustaining a serious foot injury. Namely the overcrowded state of the class, Hilaria's general "negligence" and her request that students "perform a dangerous activity at a wall." It is reported that upon attempting a handstand against a wall, Wolff's foot went through the studio's glass window, where he sustained "serious" and "severe" injuries, as well as "emotional upset" from the proceedings. Sounds like someone definitely did not reach their Samadhi (also known as bliss for us non-yogis) that day. All he wanted was a little namaste, and instead, he had a very bad day. Hollywood.com has reached out for comment, but did not hear back at the time of publication. RELATED: Alec Baldwin's New Wife: 5 Things To Know About Hilaria Thomas What do you think of the suit? Is if foolish or are his claims founded? Let us know in the comments! [Photo Credit: WENN] Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes From Our Partners: Kate Upton Bares All in Nothing But Body Paint: Video (Celebuzz) Bradley Cooper Dancing Is Surprisingly Awkward, Sweaty (Vh1) 
  • Is Maya Rudolph's Pregnancy the Final Nail in the 'Up All Night' Coffin?
    By: Alicia Lutes February 17, 2013 12:51pm EST
    In a show that centers around the chaotic upbringing up a little baby, could another baby spell the end for NBC show Up All Night? It sure seems that way, following the report from The Hollywood Reporter that one of the show's stars, Maya Rudolph, is pregnant. This will be the fourth child for the delightful couple that is Rudolph and her movie-making husband Paul Thomas Anderson. Hollywood.com has reached out for comment, but had not heard back at the time of publication. RELATED: Up All Night Will Film One Multi-Camera Episode This recent development has caused television critics to ask (for not the first, or likely the last time): should Up All Night just call it quits already? In the past few months, the show has faced an incredible number of roadblocks on the way back to the small screen. First, creator Emily Spivey and showrunner Tucker Cawley left, forcing NBC to find a new showrunner in Linda Wallem. Tasked with retooling the show, creative changes to overhaul the series were set in motion; including a dramatic shift in format (from single-camera to multi-camera show), complete with live studio audience. NBC decided to hold production for three months (December to February), with a plan to shoot five episodes in the new format upon return. But that plan was thrown out the window recently, with the new course of action including a single episode in the new format. At least, that was the plan until now. RELATED: Up All Night Shake-Up 'A Bit of An Experiment' Says NBC Boss Because the show was thrown another wrench when Christina Applegate decided to cut the cord and said sayonara to the series. And while Rudolph and the series' other main star, Will Arnett, are still technically under contract on the show, it seems as though it might be time to put the show out to pasture. RELATED: Christina Applegate Leaving Up All Night: What's Behind Her Exit? For the non-behind-the-screen nerds, right now is a key time for folks who work on television series, as over 100 broadcast pilots are currently being cast and staffed for the upcoming season (and its said that CBS and ABC are both hell-bent on getting Arnett involved in future series). Therefore, if a decision isn't made on the show's fate soon, Arnett, Rudolph, and everyone else will miss out on opportunities to move on. And if you weren't sure already, let us confirm it for you: jobs in television are hard to come by! Missing out on the critical season for television's future will mean some great and talented people might end up jobless in the coming season. If NBC has any compassion at all, an exit strategy for the staff of Up All Night should be at the top of their to-do list. Sometimes the smartest move is to know when to call it quits.  What do you think of the show's cavalcade of drama? Is it time to give up the hunt for Up All Night's success? Let us know in the comments! [Photo Credit: NBC] Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes. From Our Partners: Kate Upton Bares All in Nothing But Body Paint: Video (Celebuzz) Bradley Cooper Dancing Is Surprisingly Awkward, Sweaty (Vh1) 
  • Internet Win: Awful 'Women of L.A.' Video Gets the Shaming it Deserves
    By: Alicia Lutes February 14, 2013 9:27pm EST
    Man, women are the worst, aren't they? I mean, they should be the best, what with their boobs and their bodies and their vaginas and long hair and whatnot. Sometimes they even smell good! Women should be the greatest things on the planet — a real treat for the men who want them! But somewhere down the line, a f**k up occurred, giving women free will and brains controllable without the help of a dude! And now, thanks to these ladyjerks, a billion boners the world over have gone untouched.  Nowhere is this phenomenon more present than Los Angeles. Because apparently, all of the women in this town are withholding boobs and vaginas without permission. And for people like Pauly Shore! Like OMG WTF, right? It's not fair that these women are allowed to run around being all hot and attractive but not share their bodily wealth with the dudes that want them. Not only that, but most of the women in LA are coke fiends (and we don't mean soda) that refuse drink enough booze on dates. Sure, these ladies might cite things like "safety" and "the law" as reasons for not imbibing the right amount to get a guy laid (pish posh!), but we all know they're just trying to ruin men's lives for funsies. How are the men of LA  supposed to get their d**ks wet if the vaginas they're after aren't drunk? Ugh, ladies be dumb, right?!  RELATED: New Bravo Show Insults Doctors, Women, and Wives How dare us females do that to the men of Los Angeles — don't we know better? Maybe we should all just move to the Valley — a mythical land made up completely of unf**kables (aka ugly and/or fat girls, because not even the men of L.A. would stoop so low) — and stop advertising that our bodies are open for business when clearly they're not. Prejudice! Are you mad yet? Welcome to the world of the viral video atrocity "Women of L.A.," an ode to the exclusively-frigid females that populate the city of Angels. Angels like DJ Lubel, the comedian who spent a heck of a lot of time and money crafting the deeply-misogynistic clip below. If you haven't seen it yet, you're in for a real treat. Watch it without pulling your hair out, I dare you. Lubel and his cast of guest-stars (including Jaleel White, Pauly Shore, and Mr. Belding himself, Dennis Haskins) regale us with their song of woe. Hot girls won't sleep with our hereos here, Internet! It's crazy, right? All these dumb hot ladies (don't you worry, ladies of the Valley: you're not worth anyone's time) only want monied men! Or some hot dude! Life's a b**ch, then you marry one, and then you die, amirite? Luckily, the Internet (save for Ashton Kutcher, because of course) has made us proud over the past few days with its overwhelming disdain for the video. Comedians like Patton Oswalt, Christine Nangle, Ed Lee, and Tim Neenan have all voiced their dislike for the video's overwhelming misogyny passed off as comedy. Perhaps the most eloquently-stated of them all was a response from L.A.-based funyperson Erin Gibson, who wrote a fabulous blog post explaining frame-by-frame why the whole thing was just the worst. RELATED: Who Won the Super Bowl? Women! Now, Lubel might have created the video as a satire (one could only hope), perhaps in an attempt to skewer the very type of men who would say these sort of things. But the problem is that a lot of people see this sort of thing as truth-comedy: that women are nothing more than objects with heartbeats (and holes to put penises in!!!!!) put on Earth for male enjoyment. Whether Lubel sees that his rape joke-laced misogynistic complaint-rap as a joke or a commentary has yet to be proven, but that doesn't really matter. And this is where Gibson's thought-out analysis really hits the nail on the head; while she's "sure DJ Lubel didn’t set out to make something misogynistic or anti-women," he has, and that sort of unwitting naïveté is "what makes [the video] so horrifying."  Lubel "doesn’t even know what he’s doing. It’s the attitude of 'I’m a guy, how dare these women reject me!?', implying that women are here to serve men, despite how women feel." And since Lubel is so "blind to what he is doing, he doesn’t realize the degree to which he is completely dehumanizing women to the point of denying that they have their own wants and desires and thoughts and opinions, all so he can promote a series of LA clichés that were sort of acceptable before 1985." Preach, Gibson! In the end, there will always be a core group of fans for this sort of hackneyed, base style of humor, but it doesn't mean we have to put up with it when shoved in our faces. It warms the cockles of this woman of LA's heart to hear the Internet collectively stands up against something so offensive. YouTube commenters and Kutchers notwithstanding, of course. What do you think of the 'Women of L.A.'? Do you find it funny or foolish? Let us know in the comments! [Photo Credit: YouTube] Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes. From Our Partners: 'SI's 25 Sexiest Swimsuit Covers of All Time (Vh1) Pregnant Kate Middleton Bikini Pics Spark Palace Anger (Celebuzz)