CBS’s “The Talk” in The Big Apple

104302_D1181 (1).jpg This week I attended a taping of CBS’s “The Talk” with some fabulous bloggers (Beth Feldman, Kim Orlando, Jennifer Wagner, Shari Von Holten, and Cristie Ritz King.) “The Talk” is taping in New York all week and we had an absolute blast! Besides all the awesome giveaways (they brought a sleigh full of goodies), we enjoyed fun conversations about the topics that have people buzzing, we all fell even more in love with the amazing Garth Brooks (who has sold more albums in the US than any other artist!), and learned how to make pork tenderloin and rich hot chocolate with celebrity chef Scott Conant. At the end of the show we were able to pose for a picture with the hosts who were all so lovely and sweet. (photo credit: CBS’s “The Talk”)
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(photo credit: CBS’s “The Talk”) Garth Brooks announced his 2014 World Tour, woo hoo! He discussed Kiss as a musical influence and told us about performing at The Kennedy Center in a special tribute to Billy Joel. The Kennedy Center Honors airs Sunday, December 29th on the CBS Television Network.
*Tune in tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 13 to see Tony Award-winning actress Idina Menzel; Top Talker radio personality Elvis Duran; “THE TALK Home Cooked for the Holidays” series continues with celebrity chef Sandra Lee; Host Julie Chen presents her annual “Top Chen List” of holiday gift items. (CBS at 2 PM ET)
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Golden Globes 2013 Recap

Written by Role Mommy Contributor, Danielle Feigenbaum

Screen-Shot-2013-01-13-at-9.31.54-PM-620x390.png Last night I was glued to my TV watching every moment of the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were the hosts of the show, and by far my favorite part. They were hysterical and looked beautiful. The opening was laugh out loud funny, and I got so excited every time they came on the stage because I knew they would be funny, I just wish they were on more.
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So, the winners and losers… even though “Lincoln” was nominated for 7 awards, it only brought home 1. Some say this movie is amazing and some say it is too slow, but either way, I am sure it will do well at the Oscars. I was so happy to see “Argo” win for best director and best movie. I thought it was fantastic, and I happen to love Ben Affleck. I secretly wish I was BFFs with Ben and Jennifer. We could hang out with our kids at the park, go for dinners, see some movies… ok sorry, I don’t want to seem too stalkerish. I saw “Les Miserable” six times on Broadway, I know every word by heart, and I loved the movie. I was happy to see Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman take home Globes. When Hugh was talking so beautifully about his wife, I definitely got teary eyed. Speaking of Teary eyes – I know I may get a lot of slack for this – but what was with Jodi Foster’s Cecil B. DeMille Award speech? It seemed all over the place to me. She sounded as if she was going to come “out” (didn’t that really happen years ago?) and then said she was single. I think there was some sort of message there about reality shows or something. I did think the part when she spoke to her mom, who I guess is suffering from alzheimer’s, was touching, pan the audience for the actresses crying.
On the Television side – I was so happy “Homeland” won for best actor, actress and show! I am obsessed with “Homeland”, it’s awesome. Claire Danes looked unbelievable (she just had a baby in December!) I don’t watch the show “Girls” so I can’t comment on their win, but I can comment on Lena Dunham’s (creator and star of “Girls”) strange walk onto the stage each time she won. It was sort of a painful waddle, I guess her shoes did not fit well and her feet hurt? I was disappointed that “Modern Family” went home empty handed, I still love that show, it makes me happy.
On another note, is it fair that they have a category, BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION (same with the actresses) – here are the nominees…
a Max Greenfield NEW GIRL
b Ed Harris GAME CHANGE
c Danny Huston MAGIC CITY
d Mandy Patinkin HOMELAND
e Eric Stonestreet MODERN FAMILY
How is that fair? Max Greenfield and Eric Stonestreet are beyond hysterical in their respective comedy roles, I honestly never heard of “Magic City” – I’m sure Danny Huston is great, Mandy Patinkin is ridiculously good in “Homeland”. Ed Harris wins for a the 118 min. long “Game Change.” I’m sure he deserved it, I just don’t think we are judging apples to apples here.
On to the fashion… I was pleasantly surprised by all of the beautiful dresses. Nobody really made me cringe this year. Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba looked spectacular, and I loved Jennifer Garner and Jennifer Lawrence’s entire look. There were a few trends… plunging and keyhole necklines, old Hollywood hair styles, blush and coral colored dresses. My favorite was Olivia Munn in Giorgio Armani, in my opinion it was perfection.
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So, what did you think of the 2013 Golden Globes Show? Any shockers or disappointments? What was your favorite red carpet look? For all the must-see fashion from the show, check out E’s Fashion Police.

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5 Things You Don’t Know About Kiele Sanchez

callie-medication.jpegI recently got the chance to interview Kiele Sanchez, who stars as Callie Cargill in the hit A&E Sunday night crime drama, “The Glades.” Now in its second season, Kiele plays a single mom with a 12 year old son who by day, works as a forensics nurse who helps easy on the eyes Matt Passmore solve murders in Palm Glades, Florida.
1. What job did you have before you got discovered?
Kiele: I have been working since I was nine – helping my stepmom’s dad – I used to take things to the flea market and I used to work every Saturday and would wake up really early. My dad was a jockey when I was growing up, sometimes I’d go to work with him and clean a barn or walk a horse. I worked at a Diesel store once and they almost fired me because I would tell the truth about whether people looked good in jeans. We worked on commission and my bossed asked me what are you not getting? I’m not gonna lie.
2. What are your favorite summer books?
Kiele: I’m a big reader. I just picked up Birds of America by Lorrie Moore and it’s a book of short stories on loneliness which is probably not the best book to pick up since I’m working in Miami and my boyfriend is in New York and I’m alone most of the time. Union Atlantic is the next book I’m going to read.
3. What’s your favorite summer movie?
Kiele: “Bridesmaids” was the best. I literally looked like one of those cartoons where the tears were spurting out of your eyes. It was hysterical!
4. What do you do love most about working in Miami
Kiele: I have to say I like the most the people here. We have an amazing crew and most of them are from Florida and are local hires, and they’re warm, awesome funny people.
5. Even though “The Glades” is a crime drama, are there every any laughs on set? What don’t we see behind the scenes?
Kiele: The thing you’re not seeing is that we laugh all the time. When Matt and I do a scene – the more serious the scene is, the more ridiculous we are between takes. We can go into it and turn it off – to stay that heightened and dramatic in any way is really hard and I think we would burn out. A lot of times, we play danger games. He’ll do something to make me laugh and break (my concentration). (If they showed a blooper reel) mine is going to be filled with obscenities and inappropriate gestures.
Make sure you watch Kiele on “The Glades” every Sunday at 10 PM, ET/9 PM CT on the A&E Television Network. And if you’d like to win an autographed DVD of the series’ first season, comment now with your name and email address and we’ll select one winner via random.org.

Scotty McCreery Wins American Idol at the Young Age of 17

MB1_9518.jpgWith over 170 million votes – viewers crowned Scotty McCreery, 17, the youngest American Idol winner to date.
McCreery from Garner, N.C., beat fellow country singer Lauren Alaina, 16, from Rossville, Ga.. Upon hearing that he was the new American Idol, McCreery was a class act and paid tribute to Lauren stating, “me and her have been together since day one and we’re going to stick together”.
McCreery hugged his friends and family as he sang “I Love You This Big,” to a cheering crowd. It was a heartwarming moment with tears coming from the crowd and McCreery himself.
The Season Finale featured performances from Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Tom Jones, Marc Anthony and former “Idol” winner Carrie Underwood.
There were concerns that American Idol’s 10th season would not draw in the audience as it has in previous years as the show received a shake-up this year, with new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler joining Randy Jackson.
It is safe to say that the show not only brought the audience in but exceeded the expectations!! For more great entertainment news, visit our entertainment contributors at HaveUHeard.

American Idol’s Pia Toscano Shocking Elimination

MB1_3215.jpgOur friends at HaveUHeard share the latest surprising news from American Idol
In what really was the most shocking elimination of Season 10, Pia Toscano was eliminated from American Idol. Toscano was a fan favorite and her beauty and voice will definitely be missed.
Viewers were surprised to see Pia on the bottom three, along with Jacob Lusk and Stefano Langone.
Imagine their shock when Pia was announced as the person going home. The studio reaction was a round of disappointment. Jennifer Lopez had no idea what happened and was near tears. The judges were all in agreement about the fact that Toscano would be packing her bags. It makes you wonder if they regret saving Casey a couple of weeks ago. They could have really used the save now.
Randy pointed out that voters should never assume someone is safe and therefore spend their time voting to save someone else. Whether or not that is what happened, the point is still there.
So as not to end on a sour note, Ryan asks Pia to pick a song to sing and she opts for “I’ll Stand By You”, her breakout song of the season.
Ryan Seacrest closed the show by saying, “We need you this season.” Sounds like he is nervous that viewers will leave now that Pia is gone. Will you be tuning in still?
Pia was interviewed after the elimination where she spoke about how it felt to be eliminated, her hopes for the future and her fans!!

For more up to the minute celebrity news visit HaveUHeard and All Kids Are Celebs.

American Idol Ladies Night: The Re-Cap

crystal-bowersox-american-idoljpg-739450c5a0da8af0_large.jpgIt’s after 9 pm on the east coast and that can only mean one thing. American Idol is over and I’m enjoying every minute of “Glee” on Fox. But now that we’ve hit a commercial break, I’m going to launch into my assessment of tonight’s edition of American Idol. The ladies were up tonight and I don’t know whether the mandate was to select boring ballads from the 60s and 70s, but for some reason, several of the contestants went with song choices that didn’t really showcase their voices.
Let’s tackle the best and worst performances of the night. Starting with the worst. Sad to say, but I think Paige and Katelyn were out of their league tonight. Paige took on “Smile” and I expected her to perform some vocal acrobatics when she took the stage. Instead, she played it safe and told Ryan that she let emotions get the best of her – she was thinking of the Michael Jackson rendition of the song and it made her sad. That comment of course won her votes with my son – who demanded I text my vote for Paige but I held firm and said there would be no votes cast in her favor tonight.
As for Katelyn – she decided to take on one of my favorite singers of all time – Carole King. But when she starting belting out “I Feel The Earth Move,” it felt as if she was either working in a karaoke bar or was a singer at a wedding. While my kids defended her performance saying that wedding singers are really good, I explained that wedding singers don’t get record contracts – referencing one of our favorite movies of all time “The Wedding Singer.”
As for my favorite performances of the night, Crystal by far was head and shoulders above the rest. Taking on Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason to Stay Here,” Crystal easily belted out the song and seemed so comfortable doing it. Being on stage in front of a crowd is where she belongs and I cannot wait until she records her first album – my personal prediction is that she will win the whole show, but we’re still several months away from the final round. My second favorite performer is Lacey. She’s gorgeous – looks like a cross between Martina McBride with a Cyndi Lauper hair color twist and her voice belongs on a CD. I personally would prefer to see her as a country singer, but maybe it’s that Martina McBride thing that has me thinking she’d pull off “This One’s For The Girls” really well.
As for the other singers, Didi, Lilly and Siobhan are also pretty strong contenders who I’m sure will sail through this week and make it into the final 12. So there you have it – check it out and see if you agree and get ready to catch the men Wednesday night! I must leave you now…time to watch the rest of Glee. Oh, how I love my music shows!
They don’t have this week’s performances online just yet…so enjoy Crystal from last week.