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July 26th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Jennifer Lopez is Living Her Best Life

Jennifer Lopez turned 49 years old this week. Yes—49 years old can look that good! An actor, singer, and dancer, J.Lo is a triple threat, and it’s no surprise that every project she’s involved with becomes hugely successful. In honor of J. Lo’s birthday this week, let’s take a look at how she is living her best life!

 

Family First

We’ve all read about Lopez’s relationship dramas in the tabloids over the years, but her current relationship with baseball star Alex Rodriguez (A. Rod) seems to be her happy place. “We both are so happy about our lives right now and where we’re at professionally, as well as personally,” Lopez told ET Online. J. Lo and A. Rod share plenty of family photos on Instagram, and have seemingly created the perfect blended family, including a wonderful co-parenting relationship with ex-husband Marc Anthony.

 

Lo Gives Her All

Jennifer’s Las Vegas residency, Jennifer Lopez: All I Have, takes place at the Zappos Theater in Planet Hollywood and has been critically acclaimed for its performance and production value since debuting in January 2016. Time Magazine praised the show as “a spectacle as lively and extravagant as the city itself” and Jennifer with: “the latest in a slew of pop stars to set up shop in Vegas, she brings a showmanship that’s hard to top.”

 

Triple Threat

This year J. Lo has been able to delve deep into her acting, singing, and dancing talents. Her NBC drama Shades of Blue is completing its third and final season this summer, a trailer for her upcoming movie Second Chance has recently debuted, and she’ll be continuing her successful Las Vegas residency through September. Last but not least, the second season of Lopez’s NBC dance competition show, World of Dance, debuted in May and has already been renewed for a third season.

 

Self Care

Lo knows that the secret to aging gracefully is to take care of yourself, mind, body, and soul. We all know what we should be doing to take care of ourselves, but let’s be honest: it’s easier said than done.

Not for Jennifer Lopez! Daily workouts, meditation, eating clean, drinking water, staying out of the sun, and getting plenty of sleep are her simple secrets to aging gracefully.

 

Red Carpet Maven

Lopez steals every red carpet she steps onto and seems to only get better with age! Her red carpet looks turn heads and constantly land her on best-dressed lists!

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July 12th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile 5 Reality Stars from the Early 2000s Returning to TV This Summer

Our reality TV schedule is looking a bit familiar this summer! Celebrity popularity ebbs and flows, and reality stars—or those who are “famous for being famous”—are typically forgotten after their 15 minutes of fame expire. But just as fashion trends are cyclical, so can be the career of a once famous reality TV star, as evidenced by the line-up of reality shows premiering this year. Take a look at the celebrities who paved the way for reality TV in the early 2000s that we’ll be seeing in new shows this summer and fall.

 

Ashlee Simpson

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First appearing on sister Jessica’s reality show Newlyweds (of which I own all the seasons on DVD, and which occasionally makes me pine for a Nick and Jessica reunion), Ashlee stepped out of Jessica’s shadow as a rebellious pop star with her own reality show. In the early 2000s, she often made headlines more for her love life and stage fumbles (we’ll never forget that SNL lip syncing scandal!) than for her music career. Quiet for almost a decade, Ashlee is back in the studio and on screen this fall in Ashlee+Evan with her husband Evan Ross.

Ashlee+Evan premieres Sunday, September 9th on E! See the trailer here:

 

Kristin Cavallari

The villain of MTV’s Laguna Beach and The Hills, Kristin’s life has taken a complete 180 for the better. She is now married to football star Jay Cutler, has three young children, lives in Nashville, and runs a fashion and lifestyle brand called Uncommon James. Kristin is returning to reality TV in Very Cavallari to take back control of her image. Not to worry… her Uncommon James employees don’t hold back on the drama! And the unexpected star of the show? Cavallari’s husband Jay and his deadpan, surprisingly blithe attitude.

Very Cavallari is airing now, Sundays on E! See the trailer here:

 

The Osbournes

Pioneers of the celebrity reality show genre, the Osbournes spent four seasons on MTV before their self-titled reality show was cancelled. Even so, they left a lasting impression on what reality TV looks like. Would we be watching The Kardashians today if there had been no The Osbournes? Unlikely. Two years ago, Ozzy and son Jack returned to reality TV in Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour, a show about their visits to iconic landmarks on their bucket list. This season, daughter Kelly joins the tour.

You can watch Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour now, Wednesdays on A&E, and see the trailer here:

 

The Cast of Jersey Shore

Jersey Shore was like the louder, crazier, tanner cousin of The Real World. The show first premiered in 2009 and became such a phenomenon that it spawned four spin-off shows, launched a surprisingly successful DJ career, and gifted us with many, many slang references and iconic dance moves. Jersey Shore: Family Vacation reunites the castmates.  They’re older, some are now married and parents, and others have been able to forge successful careers outside of their reality personas, but the drama, drinking, and dancing are still there!

The first season of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation aired this spring on MTV. You can catch up on full episodes here while you wait for season 2.

 

Paris Hilton

The original queen of reality TV (remember, Kim Kardashian started out organizing Paris’s closet!), and the original exemplar of the “famous for being famous” celebrity, Paris Hilton is returning to reality TV this summer in Hollywood Love Story, this time as television host. The show focuses on aspiring social media stars and their attempt to climb to the top. This isn’t to say that Paris is opposed to returning to her reality TV roots as the star… She has recently hinted that many networks are interested in filming a reality show centered around the planning of her wedding to fiancé Chris Zylka. Her response so far?

“Maybe.”

Hollywood Love Story premieres Wednesday, July 11th on Viceland. See a sneak peak here:

 

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June 14th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Why Busy Philipps’ New Talk Show Is So Important

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My initial reaction to hearing that Busy Philipps is joining the late night scene with Busy Tonight—airing on E! this summer—was ‘Why hasn’t this happened sooner?’ My second reaction was ‘How did I not know how badly I wanted this?’ Unfiltered, unedited, raw, and real, Philipps is an obvious perfect fit for a late night show host!

There isn’t much information available about the show just yet, but Philipps did spill a few details on her podcast We’re No Doctors with co-host Steve Agee. The show will begin airing bi-weekly episodes that will include behind-the-scenes peeks into her Instagram Stories (with a LEKfit appearance, no doubt!) and plenty of celebrity guests and pop culture commentary.

This sounds like a pretty typical formula for late night shows, so why is the announcement of Busy Philipps’s talk show so important? Busy Philipps started as an actress and was eventually able to successfully take control of her own image—a rare feat. She’s created a brand (of herself) via Instagram and Twitter, and now she’s joining the exclusive ranks of female talk show hosts in a male-dominated niche. Currently, there are only four women hosting their own late night shows, including: TBS’s Samantha Bee, BET’s Robin Thede, Hulu’s Sarah Silverman, and Netflix’s Michelle Wolfe. For comparison, there are over fifteen late night shows hosted by men.

Feeling a lack of passion and a shortage of opportunities in the acting industry, Philipps took it upon herself to reinvent her image and her career. Now, she’s a social media phenom, and her one million Instagram followers get an unfiltered look into her everyday life, including intimate and raw moments.

It’s not rare for Philipps to cry and be emotionally honest on camera, relating to millions of people with anxiety and health issues.

Of course, there are plenty of happy, funny, and honestly weird moments, like when she got a sunburn on her eyeballs during a photoshoot! If her Instagram stories are any indication, Philipps’s show will be a unique one that resonates with millions of viewers.

Will Busy Philipps revolutionize the late night talk show industry? Probably not. But she will be part of a step towards the right direction in creating a diverse landscape in late night comedy on television.

May 31st, 2018 by Jennifer Beile 6 Celebrity Podcasts to Add to Your Queue

I am definitely late to hopping on the podcast train, but since discovering how entertaining they can be, I’ve been hooked. My favorite genre? Celebrity-hosted interview podcasts. Celebrities have free reign to be uncensored in this medium, and the conversation flows into areas that are rarely covered in talk show or magazine interviews.

I’m currently obsessing over these six celebrity-hosted podcasts and count on them to make my commute more bearable!

 

Armchair Expert, Dax Shepard
Dax Shepard hosts my current favorite podcast, Armchair Expert. Dax sits down with celebrities and has vulnerable, honest conversations that show that challenges ultimately lead to growth. My favorite episode (so far) is absolutely the episode with Shepard’s wife, Kristen Bell. Within the two hours, they bicker, make up, and discuss their marriage and how they balance their careers and family—all while being absolutely adorable and totally #relationshipgoals.

 

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Anna Faris is Unqualified, Anna Faris
Anna’s podcast can honestly be a little bit erratic. She often goes into role-playing characters without any notice, she gives (as the title states) unqualified relationship advice to callers, and she plays games with her celebrity guests (like “Dealbreaker” and “Would You Rather”). The end result, albeit totally bizarre, is a totally entertaining podcast that will make your commute much more enjoyable.

 

Inside of You, Michael Rosenbaum
Actor Michael Rosenbaum, most notable for his role as Lex Luther in Smallville, hosts a no-holds-barred podcast where he invites celebrity friends to his home for in-depth, raw, uncensored conversations. Rosenbaum is charismatic and creates an environment in which his celeb guests feel comfortable enough to let their guard down and open up.

 

WTF with Marc Maron, Marc Maron
With more than 6 million downloads each month, actor/comedian/writer Marc Maron sets the bar high with his podcast. Currently on its ninth year, WTF consistently provides riveting conversation with iconic personalities; everyone from the elusive Macaulay Culkin to President Barack Obama has sat down with Maron.

 

Off Camera with Sam Jones, Sam Jones
Okay, Sam Jones isn’t necessarily a household celebrity name, but he is a celebrity photographer and his podcast (which is also a TV series and magazine) feature some of the biggest stars, so I’m making an exception including this podcast. Sam Jones invites celebrities and artists to sit down and talk about everything from their career to their childhood and family. You’ll feel as though you’re right there in the room with two of your closest friends.

 

Make Speidi Famous Again, Spencer & Heidi Pratt
2018 is the year of a “Speidi” resurrection… Spencer Pratt has a new MTV series on YouTube, one of the most followed and viewed SnapChat accounts, and a highly rated podcast with Heidi. Make Speidi Famous Again focuses on reality show recaps, celebrity gossip, and pop culture cult icon guests like Perez Hilton and the entire cast of Jersey Shore. This podcast will quickly become your guilty pleasure!

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May 17th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding: Everything You Need to Know

After months of excitement and drama, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding is finally happening on May 19th, and you can be sure we’ll be watching it live! Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming nuptials.

 

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Who, What, Where, When
Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle are being married at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor on Saturday, May 19th.

How to Watch
If your invite got lost in the mail like mine obviously did, you can watch the wedding live on NBC, PBS, CBS, or at nytimes.com at 7 a.m. EST/10 a.m. PST.

The Dress
Of course, we can’t wait to see what everyone wears to this very special occasion. Meghan’s dress is being kept secret, but the rumor mill has named these three designers as most likely to have made her gown: Erdem Moralioglu, Roland Mouret and the Ralph & Russo duo (who designed the gown Markle wore in her engagement photographs).

The Dress Code
Expect to see the men wearing either a “uniform, morning coat, or lounge suit,” and the ladies wearing a “day dress with hat” according the invitation. We will likely see many hats and fascinators, like the kind Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice wore at  Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011.

Celebs We Expect to See in Attendance
Besides the growing list of superstars rumored to be performing (Ed Sheeran, The Spice Girls, Elton John, and Sam Smith to name a few), we expect to see the likes of the Clooneys, Serena Williams, Meghan’s Suits co-stars, and Priyanka Chopra.

The Drama
Maybe it’s because Prince Harry has had his own controversies, or maybe it’s because Meghan is the first American to marry into the royal family since 1937. One thing’s for sure: there’s been drama surrounding this couple since the engagement announcement. From Meghan’s father flip-flopping on walking her down the aisle, to her family working with paparazzi to bad mouth her to the press—even though they seemingly don’t have relationships with her—we hope the drama will cease once the wedding is over.

What Does This Mean for Prince Harry’s Line to the Throne?
Not much. Prince Harry is currently sixth in line to the throne, right behind the newest royal family member, Prince Louis of Cambridge (son of Prince William and Duchess Kate). The marriage will not change the order to the throne.

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