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Lindsey DiMattina
News Editor Lindsey DiMattina started her career writing for a series of interior design magazines in South Florida, but moved to NYC on a whim. She dabbled in fashion PR, then took a job doing celebrity reporting. For three years, she broke news about Kim Kardashian, Mariah Carey, Snooki, Bachelor/Bachelorette winners, Teen Moms, and many more. In her spare time, you can find her rocking out to Sugarland or Lil Jon and walking her dog Bene Hendrix (named after the Jimi Hendrix). She never misses an episode of “The Borgias,” “Boardwalk Empire,” or “Game of Thrones."
  • Chris Harrison: 10 Reasons He Should Be The Next 'Bachelor'
    By: Lindsey DiMattina May 04, 2012
    Chris Harrison, the next Bachelor? It's a scenario we feel guilty for considering, following news that the Bachelor host and his wife have decided to go their separate ways. Still, now that Harrison is going to be single, would he switch roles with the likes of Ben Flajnik, Jake Pavelka, and Brad Womack? Sure, fans might have been excited when Emily Maynard was announced as The Bachelorette, but imagine the hype that would surround Harrison if he chose to start his own journey to find love. Twist! Turns out Harrison might just be a perfect fit The Bachelor. Here are 10 reasons we're hoping the host becomes the star of the franchise (The Bachelor: Host My Heart? Just a suggestion, ABC!): 1. He's been a part of the Bachelor franchise since the get-go, which means he knows how to produce a reality TV moment of Ben-Courtney skinny dipping proportions.  2. Prep time for a new season could be cut in half — no need to spend hours rehearsing lines with Harrison. After 23 seasons, he must already know every famous cliché Bachelor line. Maybe, though, he will actually mean it when he says, "I'm falling," or that he's "ready to find love," or that he has those "love feelings," that aren't like envy, or even hungry. 3. Fans love Bachelors who are also fathers — and Harrison has two young children. Just look at Jason Mesnick's success. And, lest we forget, Emily Maynard and her adorable daughter Ricki. 4. Harrison calls all the former contestants his friends, so perhaps maybe Ashley Hebert, Ali Fedotowsky, and Vienna Girardi could all give him sound advice. Like "don't do this show." 5. After watching approximately 92 hometown dates, Harrison is already an expert at meeting the parents. 6. Harrison could have the wherewithal to plan the most amazing date yet. Imagine it: The host takes his date on a helicopter to a private island that has yet to be discovered near Fiji only to find the Crown Jewels buried there. Then the two meet up with Jeff Probst and Phil Keoghan to head to a meeting of the Secret (Seacrest) Society of Reality Hosts. Yes, on The Bachelor, fairy tales and fiction do come true. 7. Neil Lane would donate the biggest, most spectacular ring we have ever seen. Sorry Maynard, but whatever ring you are sporting right now (if you are wearing one) won't even compare to the one that Harrison's fiancée would be rocking. 8. The drama and cat fights would be even more intense — after all, the girls would at last be fighting for a real celebrity! (Sorry, Charlie O'Connell doesn't count.) This means more evil Bentley Williams types. Mwahaha. 9. The best limo arrivals ever. Sorry Lindzi Cox, but your horse won't cut it this time. 10. The time it takes to film a rose ceremony would be cut in half since Harrison knows the procedure so well. He's an expert. And do you know what this means for the final rose ceremony? The runner-up won't be hanging out in a helicopter for hours at a time or circling an island on a boat for an additional reshoot. Yay reality! Do you think Harrison should be The Bachelor? Follow Lindsey DiMattina on Twitter @LDiMat More: Chris Harrison and Wife Split Emily Maynard's First Rose Pose Pic [Image: Al Powers / Retna Ltd.]
  • Ashton Kutcher Criticized for Racist 'Brownface’ Ad
    By: Lindsey DiMattina May 03, 2012
    Ashton Kutcher has landed in some hot water. What was supposed to be a light-hearted ad promoting Popchips quickly tuned into a PR disaster when the actor was met with criticism for sporting "brownface." In a video for the campaign, Kutcher plays a character named Raj, a Bollywood Producer looking for love — but some viewers weren't laughing. After some called the ad was outright racist, the video was pulled from Popchips' website. The complaints apparently got so intense and numerous that Popchips Founder and CEO Keith Belling issued a statement on the company's website on Wednesday. "We received a lot feedback about the dating campaign parody we launched today and appreciate everyone who took the time to share their point of view," he said. "Our team worked hard to create a light-hearted parody featuring a variety of characters that was meant to provide a few laughs. We did not intend to offend anyone. I take full responsibility and apologize to anyone we offended." While the video is no longer available on Popchips website, it still can be seen on Youtube. This is the latest in a series of public setbacks for the actor: In the past year, he's split with his wife Demi Moore following infidelity accusations and stopped writing his own tweets after suffering backlash for defending Penn State's Joe Paterno on the social media network. Still, the actor is enjoying success on the small screen, where he's on the verge of locking in a $16 million dollar contract for Season 10 of Two and a Half Men. Watch the video below. [Popchips.com] More: Ashton Kutcher Is Trying Online Dating Ashton Kutcher's $16 Million 'Two and a Half Men' Deal
  • 'DWTS' Winner J.R. Martinez Welcomes a Baby Girl
    By: Lindsey DiMattina May 03, 2012
    J.R. Martinez may have been proud when he won Dancing with the Stars, but there's nothing that can compare to his newest title of first time dad. Martinez and his girlfriend Diana Gonzalez-Jones welcomed a baby girl to their family on Wednesday. The happy parents named her Lauryn Anabelle Martinez. “She’s already got a nickname — Belle,” Martinez, 28, tells People. “She has a couple of cute little freckles on her cheeks, a full head of hair and the cutest little lips. It’s just amazing to see her, finally. She’s beautiful.” Little Lauryn weighed in at 7 lbs., 13 oz. and is the couple's first child. [People] More: Jessica Simpson Finally Gives Birth Kim Zolciak Is Having Another Boy
  • A Word to Jessica Simpson on Baby Fashion
    By: Lindsey DiMattina May 02, 2012
    Jessica Simpson is a new mom who just so happens to have her own fashion empire, so it will likely only be a matter of time before the star has those two worlds collide. That's right, the singer/designer/occasional actress and reality star could very well be designing looks for tots. So if Simpson insists on expanding into the very tiny fashion design, here's a few items we hope she stays away from: Booty Shorts for Babies Simpson rocked the heck out of those Daisy Duke shorts in The Dukes of Hazzard but not everyone can pull those things off. We're thinking babies are at the very top of that list of people. Mommy and Baby Maxi Dresses Assuming she didn't name her daughter Maxwell after the maxi dress (though, in the Simpson clan, when it comes to naming children there are apparently no limits) the kid deserves a break on the off chance that she did. The "maxi pad" and "Maxwell coffee" jabs on the playground should be more than enough. Plus, Mariah Carey already beat her to the punch. Divas, right? Baby Rays Sure you need big shades when your momma is a big star, but let's be honest, babies are cute and fun, but far too fidgety for sunglasses. Maternity Jeans If only to avoid discussion of these infamous jeans for the rest of time. What do you think? Should Jessica Simpson make designer clothes for babies? If so, what's off limits? Would you buy them for your kid? Sound off in the comments section. [Image Credit: David Edwards] More: Jessica Simpson Finally Gives Birth Snooki Claims She Never Attacked Jessica Simpson's Pregnancy Weight Jessica Simpson's Obnoxiously Sweet Baby Shower — VIDEO
  • NFL Star Junior Seau Found Dead in His Home
    By: Lindsey DiMattina May 02, 2012
    NFL legend Junior Seau, 43, was found dead Wednesday morning in his Oceanside, Calif. home. According to multiple reports, cops believe that the death was a suicide as Seau was found with a gunshot wound to the chest. Seau, a 10-time All-Pro and 12-time Pro Bowler, was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 1990. He later played for the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots and retired in 2010. The Charges released the following statement: "Everyone at the Chargers is in complete shock and disbelief right now...We ask everyone to stop what they're doing and send their prayers to Junior and his family. [TMZ] More Celeb News: Glee Star Amber Riley Faints on the Red Carpet Kim Zolciak Is Having a Boy
  • Ashton Kutcher Is Trying Online Dating
    By: Lindsey DiMattina May 02, 2012
    Ashton Kutcher is looking for a fresh start after splitting from his wife Demi Moore in November. So, naturally, like any other single person who finds nights at home counting his ridiculous fortune more palatable than bar-hopping, the 34-year-old actor is now trying online dating via... at least to promote Popchips via the new Facebook app, worldwidelovers.com. But try matching with Kutcher, and you could find yourself linked to one of his four other personalities. (Like Hollywood.com's TV editor, Kelsea Stahler, seen below with one of Kutcher's personalities.) So who are your options? In a YouTube video, we meet the five eligible bachelors. One is Kutcher himself, but the other four are characters: There's Raj, the Bollywood producer who is infatuated with the Kardashians and Snooki; Nigel, a stoner hippy looking for "higher planes of consciousness"; Darl, a Karl Lagerfeld wannabee who likes to share crackers with his dog PooPoo; and Sworfish, a redneck covered in tattoos and sporting a long, untamed beard. As Kutcher says to the dating service as himself, "Your waiting room is like a freak show." Of course, lest you Kutcher has actually taken to the online dating world, the video and Facebook app are an ad campaign for Popchips, which Ashton has been associated with since 2010. (His exact role with Popchips? President of Pop Culture.) So, sorry ladies: You not going to get access to that $16 million/year deal from your keyboard.   More: Ashton's $16 Million 'Two and a Half Men' Deal Ashton & Mila Kunis Dating?
  • Tyler Perry's Studios in Atlanta Engulfed by Four-Alarm Fire
    By: Lindsey DiMattina May 02, 2012
    Firefighters responded to a four-alarm fire at Tyler Perry's studio in Atlanta late Tuesday night. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the first report came in at 8:41 p.m., with firetrucks remaining on the scene until 7:30 the next morning. More than 100 firefighters responded to the scene. No injuries were reported from the fire — but the blaze did damage two buildings (causing one building to partially collapse). Perry himself inspected the scene both Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, but has yet to offer comment on the situation. His employees have also been instructed not to speak to the press. The 200,000 square-foot studio, which first opened opened it's doors in 2008, is where Perry shoots his Madea movies. The studio was also the site of a fundraiser for President Barack Obama back in March. As of now, the cause of the fire remains under investigation. [MyFoxAtlanta, Atlanta Journal-Constitution] More: Bobbi Kristina: Tyler Perry's Next TV Star?
  • Bethenny Frankel's Novel: 7 Examples that Clearly Prove 'Skinnydipping' Is Not Fiction
    By: Lindsey DiMattina May 01, 2012
    Bethenny Frankel has taken her first swing at the big leagues. Sure, the 41-year-old housewife/reality star/author/entrepreneur already has three best-selling books — Naturally Thin, The Skinnygirl, and A Place of Yes — but those were dieting and a self-help books, respectively. Now, she's attempting to break into the fiction world with her new novel, Skinnydipping, on sale May 1. But while her book is about Faith Brightstone, a failed actress who later finds fame in reality television, Frankel actually seems to be throwing her own life onto the pages. Frankel's Dog Frankel takes her dog, Cookie, nearly everywhere she goes. The pup was even the guest of honor at her wedding to Jason Hoppy in March 2010. In Skinnydipping, we meet Muffin — the beloved stray Faith takes home and adopts as her own. A tasty coincidence? Doubtful. Frankel's Former Housewife BFF Jill Zarin In the second part of the book, Faith becomes close friends with a woman named Shari Jacobs, who eventually betrays her. We won't give too much away about Shari, but we have to do our due diligence and point out a few similarities between her and Zarin. Both are housewives. Zarin's husband Bobby owns a successful fabric store in Manhattan (Zarin Fabrics); Shari's husband also works in home decor as the owner of a large flower import/design center. But the best comparison we have to leave for you to read: The description of Zarin's, er, Shari's outspoken personality and, of course, the ultimate betrayal that destroys her friendship with Frankel, er, Faith seems straight out of RHONY. Frankel in Skating with the Stars. In the first section of Skinnydipping, Faith constantly brags about her ability to skate. But the morning after she drunkenly walked up three flights of stairs to hook up with a guy she just met at the bar, she's forced to do the "Skate of Shame" home. Could Frankel be alluding to how it felt to lose the shamefully bad Skating with the Stars? More of Frankel's Housewives Costars How could Frankel leave out Countess LuAnn de Lesseps? Seems she didn't: One of Skinnydipping's characters, Queen Monica, seems to be a fictionalization of de Lesseps — especially when you consider the fake English accent and seems to poke fun at de Lesseps' "royal" roots. Frankel's Infamous Skinnygirl Margarita Frankel reportedly sold her Skinnygirl cocktail line for $120 million in real life. In the book, it seems that the Skinnygirl Margarita has been turned into the "Have Faith Pink Lemonade Mojito." Faith created the drink on a whim while at a party, then refined the recipe over the years. Sound familiar? Also, Faith can't stop talking about craving a Margarita. (Product Placement?) Frankel's stint on 'The Apprentice: Martha Stewart' The second half of Skinnydipping seems to borrow from Frankel's often-forgotten appearance on the short-lived The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. Faith enters a reality show competition called Domestic Goddess — and the host of the the series is Sybil Hunter, who is "much more of a businesswoman than anything ... She can cook and arrange flowers but she can also run a board meeting, design a killer ad campaign, and build a billion-dollar company." At the end of the book, Sybil even faces a major lawsuit that threatens to destroy her empire. Not quite a good thing. Frankel's BethennyBakes In real life, Frankel created a natural foods bakery and delivery service called BethennyBakes right after graduating from college. In the book, Faith creates a Vegan bakery that specializes in low-cal muffins. The business is called "Have Faith Muffins." (Hopefully, she doesn't sell her dog.)  Call this a case of art imitating life. Will you pick up Frankel's "novel"? Follow Lindsey DiMattina on Twitter @LDiMat. More: Bethenny Frankel: I Want Mila Kunis to Play Me in My Movie Lisa Vanderpump's Spinoff: Housewives React Hollywood.com
  • New 'The Dark Knight Rises' Trailer: 'I Won't Bury You' — VIDEO
    By: Lindsey DiMattina May 01, 2012
    According to the new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises ("You're welcome," say the pop culture gods), things are about to get even darker for The Dark Knight. New foe Bane (played by Tom Hardy) is attempting to destroy Gotham City, and the metropolis has collapsed in complete anarchy. As the letters crawling across the trailer note, "Hope is lost." But not all hope: Batman (Christian Bale) will return and fight the battle of his life to save his city from doom. "I won't bury you," Bruce Wayne's faithful butler Alfred (Michael Caine) says in the new trailer. "I've buried enough members of the Wayne family." Foreshadowing for a possibly bleak ending for Dark Knight Rises? What can this epic battle mean for Batman? And why can't we still understand Bane? The Dark Knight Rises on July 20. Watch the new trailer below. More: The Dark Knight Rises: Over an Hour of Bane vs. Batman in IMAX First 'Dark Knight Rises' Trailer Will Run Before 'The Avengers' 'The Dark Knight Rises' Nabs PG-13 Rating
  • Kanye West Can't Keep His Pants on Around Kim Kardashian — PIC
    By: Lindsey DiMattina Apr 30, 2012
    Ellen DeGeneres, you now have a new target. The comedienne has spent many a minute on her show ribbing Justin Bieber for his pants-wearing etiquette. (What kind of world do we live in that there is such a thing?) But Kanye West might just wear down DeGeneres even further, thanks to this pic of the rapper on a date with Kim Kardashian. West, you have officially forced us to dig into our 2010 pop culture references: General Larry Platt wants to have a word with you. Surely you could do better, Ellen. Otherwise we'll just have to dig into our 1999 pop culture references and wonder what Ross Gellar is doing out on a date with Kardashian. Please, Ellen, your move!  [JosiahW / Splash News] More: Justin Bieber Shows Off New Album Cover — Pics Kim Wears Kanye Inspired Jewelry