Gordon Ramsay Discusses Process Of Identifying And Elevating Young Talent On ‘MasterChef Junior’
If you’ve ever caught an episode of such reality cooking competition series as Hotel Hell or Hell’s Kitchen, you are met with an unrelenting and often unforgiving Gordon Ramsay, celebrity chef and television personality extraordinaire. Undoubtedly, Ramsay makes a strong impression—surface observation reveals a man of fiery intensity who demands the chefs under his supervision rise to the standards of the five-star restaurant.
Stopping at this understanding of Ramsay… Read
‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Emmy Nominations Grow But “Still So Much Work To Be Done,” Host Says
Last year, RuPaul Charles scooped his first Emmy as host of RuPaul's Drag Race. While that win was the first Emmy recognition for either Charles or the show, this year, their ninth season boasts a grand total of eight nominations. Charles is again nominated for host, while the show is up for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, and its makeup, hairstyling, costumes, picture editing and casting also merited noms.
So why the sudden Emmys bonanza? Possibly, a Season 9… Read
‘Born This Way’ EP Jonathan Murray Discusses Reality TV Journey & Focus On “The Ability Within The Disability”
Winning the Emmy last year for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program, Born This Way represents the very best of what’s possible in reality television today. From Jonathan Murray of Bunim/Murray Productions—a reality TV pioneer who started out with 1992’s landmark series The Real World—Born This Way examines the lives of young adults born with Down syndrome, and their fight to live their lives on their own terms.
Like The Real World, Murray’s latest reality series… Read
‘Top Chef’ Teamsters Trial: Jury Forewoman Tells Judge About Juror Bias
The jury in the Top Chef attempted extortion trial of four Boston Teamsters is facing a crisis in its third day of deliberations and is not sure how to proceed. The jury forewoman has informed U.S. District Court Judge Douglas Woodlock that one of the jurors "is assuming guilt over innocence" and that the jurors "are not sure how to proceed from here." In her handwritten note, she told the judge that "any suggestions would be helpful."
In his handwritten response… Read
‘Top Chef’ Teamsters Trial: Jury To Resume Deliberations Friday
UPDATE The jury has finished its deliberations for the day without reaching a verdict and will resume Friday morning.
UPDATED with details and background: Closing arguments were heard today in the trial of four Boston Teamsters accused of attempting to extort driving jobs from the producers of Top Chef three years ago. The case has gone to the jury.
Before a packed courtroom, federal prosecutor Kristina Barclay told the jury that the evidence presented at trial proves… Read
‘Top Chef’ Teamsters Trial: Padma Lakshmi Says She Was “Terrified”: “I Thought He Might Hit Me”
UPDATED with other people’s testimony below: Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi took the witness stand today for the first time in trial of four Boston Teamsters accused of trying to extort the show for driving jobs during a location shoot three years ago. She testified that she was "terrified" and "felt threatened" as she attempted to cross a picket line for filming of the show in the Boston suburb of Milton.
Lakshmi said she had been driven in a minivan to the Steel & Rye… Read
‘Grand Tour’s Jeremy Clarkson Out Of Action For “Quite Some Time” With Pneumonia
UPDATE, with Amazon statement: The Grand Tour co-host Jeremy Clarkson has been diagnosed with pneumonia, forcing a break from work for “quite some time.” The former Top Gear star was admitted to a hospital while on a family vacation in Mallorca on Friday. On Sunday, he posted a note on his Grand Tour DriveTribe saying, “I’ll be out of action for quite some time apparently. It’s really really annoying because I’ve never had one day off work since I started in… Read
Tarek & Christina El Moussa Set ‘Chi-Town Flip’; Ex-Couple Not Onscreen
Flip or Flop stars and ex-couple Tarek and Christina El Moussa unveil Chi-Town Flip Sunday afternoon, their latest HGTV project. But they won’t be onscreen.
“Super excited that our first HGTV pilot as Executive Producers is airing!,” Tarek El Moussa said in an Instagram post. “We aren’t on camera this time…we are behind the camera which is super exciting!!”
Despite their domestic split last year, the tabloid darlings have continued their working relationship. In April… Read
Cynthia Nixon Urged To Run For New York Governor: Report
Add former Sex And The City star Cynthia Nixon to the list of entertainment celebrities that may transition to politics. The Wall Street Journal reported today that Nixon has been “approached” by liberal supporters who want her to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the state Democratic primary next year. New York elects a governor in 2018.
Nixon has been active in politics, particularly on behalf of LGBTQ issues. She injected a note of political fervor during her acceptance… Read
Police Response Focus Of Prosecutor Questioning At Boston ‘Top Chef’ Trial
Federal prosecutors today continued to hammer local cops for failing to intercede when Top Chef host Padma Lakshi and her staff were allegedly shoved and berated with an onslaught of vile and racist insults by Boston Teamsters three years ago. Four Teamsters are the subject of an extortion trial that completed its first week of testimony.
Throughout the first week of the trial, prosecutors have put on witnesses who complained the the local cops “did nothing” as the… Read
‘Top Chef’ Teamsters Trial: Bravo Exec Says He Offered To Pay Union Members Double “To Go Away”
UPDATED: A Bravo executive testifying today in the trial of four Boston Teamsters accused of trying to extort no-show jobs from the Top Chef TV show told the jury that he offered to pay the Teamsters double “to go away” but that their union refused, demanding instead that the show’s production company sign a legitimate contract for their services.
The testimony, coming from a key prosecution witness, was a major blow to the government’s claim that the defendants — all… Read
‘Top Chef’ Teamsters Trial: Second Producer Testifies About Incident That “Terrified” Padma Lakshmi
UPDATED with captioned video: A second female Top Chef producer testified today in Boston federal court that she too witnessed local Teamsters threatening to harm the show’s host, Padma Lakshmi, as she tried to cross their picket line back in June 2014.
The reality competition show’s former location manager also was on the stand today. Derek Cunningham, who since has left the business, testified that he has been in fear for his life since “the whole scene, generally… Read