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The Grammys — Who was your winner?

So ... did you watch the Grammys last night? We did! In case you didn't, here's the Cliff's Notes version: Between rollicking performances by Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Bon Jovi, Lawrence frequenter Taylor Swift came away with the night's big prize for her album "Fearless." For those of you ...

Good-bye, J.D.

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Jan/28/jd2.png Depending on when you steamrolled through your teenage years, there's a great chance you've met Holden Caulfield, the teenage protagonist of "The Catcher in the Rye." The man who created Holden, and ...

Freebird, Coco, freebird!

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Jan/22/conan2.png #cocofinale The hair was high, the laughs were big and the good-bye was as bittersweet as it was expensive. Conan O’Brien said sayonara as only a jilted talk-show genius can: With an hour of ...

Ninth season of ‘American Idol’ provides memorable kickoff

Even though the players may retire, get traded or released, the team remains on the field. That's the reality of professional sports ... and the reality behind reality TV icon "American Idol." Now entering its 9th season, the most juggernauty of all prime time's juggernauts embraced its ...

Tweet, tweet: Top Chef has a winner

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Dec/10/voltaggio_hug.png A funny thing happened on the way to the “Top Chef” finale: Michael Voltaggio opened a Twitter account. Now, I know that not everyone tweets. I also know that there are a ton of ...

“Top Chef” — Finale, part 1

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Dec/03/Picture_1.png Welcome back into the kitchen, chef-lovers! While we were all indulging in our own “Top Chef” fantasies (and sweet potatoes by the pound), our favorite cheftestants were busy as well. ...

Reality rundown: Man, it feels good to be right

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Nov/20/chefaward.png Welcome to the “No Duh” version of the “Top Chef” and “Project Runway” blog rundown. This week’s installment of our favorite reality shows have renewed my faith in the idea that ...

Game on for ‘Runway’

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Nov/13/Picture_1.png Now the real competition begins. Thank God. And that goes for both the stellar “Top Chef” and the mediocre “Project Runway.” This week, “Top Chef” shed the most annoying dead ...

Project Runway: The final challenge (about stinkin’ time!)

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Nov/06/finaljudging.png Well, there was no “Top Chef” again this week. Sigh. But there is good news after all: This week brought us the final challenge before Fashion Week on “Project Runway.” And, ...

“Top Chef”/“Project Runway”: Vegetarians, boredom and french fries, oh my!

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Oct/30/Picture_2.png Nothing strikes fear into the hearts of chefs like two things: Dessert and vegetarians. Fitting then that this week’s “Top Chef” challenge featured über-vegetarian Natalie Portman asking ...

The reality of the letdown

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Oct/23/presentfrommikev.png You know that feeling when you are all excited because it’s your favorite holiday and everything is awesome and yummy and fun and then you wake up the next day with a sugar hangover and ...

‘Top Chef’ and ‘Project Runway’ contestants not here to make friends

Welcome to the “I’m not here to make friends edition” of the Top Chef/Project Runway blog. We’re getting down to the end of the season and the contestants are grating on each other more than usual, the competition is getting closer and the stress/sleep deprivation are making our ...

No ‘Top Chef’ this week? I’m blue … you?

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/photos/2009/10/02/shirtdress.png OK, so apparently the folks at Lifetime didn’t share the memo with the folks at Bravo about my joint “Top Chef” and “Project Runway” blog. No new “Top Chef” this week means no new joint ...

‘Top Chef’ takes slice out of ‘Project Runway’

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/photos/2009/09/25/topchefemmys.png OK, this is my first shot at a joint “Project Runway”/“Top Chef” blog. Not sure about the “flavor profile” of this mix but like Tim Gunn says I’m trying to “make it work.” Why? ...

Project Runway: Black and white and a liar all over

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/photos/2009/09/18/Runway.jpg My oh, my, I am majorly starting to regret deciding to do a “Project Runway” blog instead of a “Top Chef” blog. MAJORLY. My reason is simple: My excitement about the return of “Project ...

Project Runway: Spelling test

Dear Project Runway Gods: Thank you so much for this latest elimination. Though I didn't really care that much who you go rid of, I am please with your choice, mostly because I can't spell worth a darn, especially when the word I'm spelling has been gutted of any sensible character ...

Project Runway: Beach Blanket Bungle

Normally when it comes to reality shows like “Project Runway,” “Top Chef” and “American Idol,” I don’t come in to each episode wishing for someone I don’t like to return. Normally, I just save that sort of energy for the people I do like because sometimes, as in the case ...

Project Runway: What came first, the chicken or the egg?

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/28/Shirin_and_Malvin.png OK, so we all know as viewers how long we've waited to see this season of "Project Runway." It was filmed a loonnnnnnnng time ago. And the time lag was front and center in Episode No. ...

Project Runway: Space diapers away!

First of all, let me get this out of the way: “Project Runway” is back! YAAAAAAAYYYYYY! OK, now I feel much better. It’s been nearly a year since Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn graced our screens as the guardians of all things sacred in fashion and nearly two years since the Season 6 ...

Top Chef Masters — A winner is crowned

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/photos/2009/08/20/Top-Chef-Masters-Season-110-13.jpg I wonder if the crew on “Top Chef” ever gets to sample the leftovers. That thought kept running through my mind/tastebuds when watching the season finale of the inaugural ...