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The gorgeous ladies came out for some Japanese fare. Also, Hilary Duff loves cupcakes (but who doesn't?)
TGIF! As we say hello to a long weekend, let's take a look back at where celebrities were seen wining, dining, and having a good time.
Stacy Keibler, Maria Menounos, Ashley Greene, and Kate Upton went to the grand opening of Andrea's restaurant at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas. [NY Daily News]
Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart had dinner at Madeo in West Hollywood. [US]
Kelly Rowland headed to New York City's Nobu for a sushi lunch. [US]
Chelsea Clinton had a late-night dinner at The Old Homestead Steakhouse in New York City's Meatpacking District. [NY Post]
The reopening of Manhattan's famed club Marquee brought out a slew of stars to celebrate including Marc Anthony, Swizz Beatz, Nicky Hilton, Charlotte Ronson, Timbaland, Selita Ebanks, and more. [NY Post]
Russell Brand and a mystery woman headed to the Little Door in West Hollywood for dinner. [Celebuzz]
Seen & Heard
Hilary Duff headed to Sprinkles in Beverly Hills with son Luca to pick up a dozen cupcakes that included one black and white, one chocolate coconut, one cinnamon sugar, two peanut butter chocolates, one pumpkin, two red velvets, one vanilla milk chocolate, one German chocolate, one triple cinnamon, and one chocolate peppermint. [People]
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum took home leftovers after their lunch date in Beverly Hills. [Popsugar]
Kat Dennings sipped on Jamba Juice in between takes. [Instagram/KatDennings]
Published: 12:18 BST, 27 April 2012 | Updated: 00:53 BST, 28 April 2012
George Clooney's latest squeeze Stacy Keibler appears to be fitting in quite nicely with her beau's favourite couple.
The eternal bachelor and his former wrestler mate enjoyed a double date with supermodel Cindy Crawford and her bar owner husband Rande Gerber.
And clearly in tune with the stylish model, her tangerine shoes coordinated nicely with Cindy's silk top as they joined the pair on a double date.
Couple activities: George Clooney and girlfriend Stacy Keibler were pictured on a double date with Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber last night in West Hollywood
The foursome were pictured at Craig's Restaurant in west Hollywood.
Stacy looked chic in a silver blazer, white shirt and black skinny jeans which she paired with her bright stilettos. While Cindy donned a silk orange top and black blazer and skirt.
Boyfriend George looked suitably dapper in a black suit and pin-striped suit.
A kiss and a cuddle: George greets Cindy while Rande smiles at Stacy
Our turn: Stacy kisses Rande before dinner
The group were pictured kissing and greeting each other before heading into the restaurant.
Former professional wrestler Stacy has been dating her Hollywood hunk since July last year after he split from Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis a month earlier.
Thinking alike: Stacy appeared to have colour-coordinated her shoes with Cindy's top
Going strong: The pair have been dating since July last year after he split from Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis a month earlier
She recently spoke about what she looks for in a man.
She told Men's Fitness magazine: 'I'm not really that attracted to a big, jacked guy. I think that's a little excessive. I'm attracted to moderation - someone who just takes care of himself from the inside out.'
She added that chatting her up isn't difficult.
'A simple compliment goes a long way - for a guy to just come over and say "You have great hair" or "I really like your dress" and then just smile and walk away. Tthat's a great move, because he's sort of putting himself out there by doing that, but it won't lead to any embarrassment if the girl isn't interested.
'And if she is, she can go find him, because it'll be like "Wow, that was pretty cool".'
Katherine Heigl Hits Up The Sundance Film Festival
—Katherine Heigl scooping up colorful BUILT wine totes and iPad cases at the Kari Feinstein Style Lounge in Park City, Utah, while wearing Koolaburra Natalia boots.
—Drew Barrymore having dinner with husband Will Kopelman and his parents Arie and Coco at Arlington Club in NYC.
—Lil' Jon and his friends catching the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots NFL game at Paige Hospitality Group's Annual Football Viewing Party Sponsored by Element Electronics and Moët-Hennessy in Park City, Utah.
—Reese Witherspoon shopping for some new pairs of jeans – she bought the Verdugo Ultra Skinny in Benny, Twilight and Black Overdye! – at Paige Denim in Brentwood, CA.
—Kerr Smith drinking a DISARONNO Italian American cocktail while browsing at the Miami Lounge gifting suite in Park City, Utah.
—Olivia Palermo running errands bundled up in a black Woolrich John Rich & Bros Arctic Parka in a chilly NYC.
—Nicky Hilton dancing with boyfriend James Rothschild at The Pool After Dark at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City, NJ.
—Amanda Seyfried hitting up the Variety Studio and immediately going to play with "Fetta" their unofficial mascot in Park City, Utah.
—Adrian Grenier showing off his strength and testing his skills on Wii Fit U at the Nintendo Lounge in Park City, Utah.
—Courtney Lopez getting her bangs cut at the Sundance Dove® Color Care Salon in Park City, Utah.
—Josh Radnor, Kathryn Hahn, and Juno Temple promoting their Sundance film, "Afternoon Delight," at CW3PR's RE:treat in Park City, Utah.
—AnnaLynne McCord wearing an Elie Tahari floor length parka and carrying a Sequoia-Paris gold handle bag as she arrived at LAX after a quick trip to Park City, Utah.
—Kristen Bell checking out ACTIVATE water while at Rock and Reilly's in Park City, Utah.
—Krysten Ritter turning heads while dressed in a form-fitting black Stop Staring! Dress at Beck's Sapphire launch event in Beverly Hills.
–Jesse Williams hosting a live chat about his new film ''They Die By Dawn'' at DELL’s #Inspire 100 Lounge in Park City, Utah.
—Paris Hilton checking out the new social shopping site, Wishclouds, at the MorningStar Farms ChefDance in Park City, Utah.
–BET GALA host Wayne Brady doing an impromptu freestyle performance with beat box legend Doug E Fresh at the BET inaugural gala in Washington D.C. (watch it here! http://youtu.be/QvC5enD5Xns).
–Octavia Spencer getting dolled up in the COVERGIRL Beauty Bar before being treated to a jacket by Sean John Clothing at The TR Suites in Park City, Utah.
—Meagan Good enjoying dinner with friends at NYC's Meatpacking hotspot TOY.
—Chrissy Teigen wearing a show-stopping red gown at the Belvedere Vodka and V Magazine party in Washington D.C.
—Geoff Stultz listening to Asher Roth spin at Scooter Braun's football party that benefitted Pencils of Promise at Rock & Reillys in Park City, Utah.
—Karina Smirnoff getting tips to keep her hair color vibrant at the Dove Color Care Salon in Park City, Utah.
—Jay Z sampling some appetizers including lobster tacos and chicken meatballs with a friend at Beauty & Essex in NYC.
—Matt Bomer and Taraji P. Henson hanging at the Svedka sponsoried Creative Coalition's Inaugural Ball at the Harman Center For The Arts in Washington D.C.
—Jack Huston supporting friends at the launch party for new production company Black Label where guests sipped BLK water in Park City, Utah.
—Cameron Diaz and Naomi Campbell splitting a a 24oz Bone in Rib Eye with two other friends at Zuma in Miami.
—Sal Masekela enjoying Hennessy V.S cocktails at a private “Dinner with Bevy” for The Blackhouse Foundation during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
—Tony Danza enjoying Bulleit Bourbon cocktails while mingling with guests at the ChefDance dinner series at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
—Alessandra Ambrosio and Jamie Mazur sipping Patron Tequila cocktails at Udi's Gluten Free Table in Park City, Utah.
—Jef Holm partying at TAO Nightclub at Sundance with a group of girls in Park City, Utah.
–''Dexter'' star Julie Benz visiting the Jonathan & George Salon in Beverly Hills to glam up for Golden Globes weekend.
—Brett Davern and Beau Mirchoff from MTV's hit show Awkward kicking off a "guys weekend" at The Palazzo and The Venetian with dinner at Rattlecan in Las Vegas.
—Robin Thicke out supporting Bow Wow and JB Smoove at the BET after party for ''Real Husbands of Hollywood'' at the 40/40 Club in NYC.
—Ryan Seacrest grabbing dinner with Kim Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian on the private third floor of Bill's Food & Drink in NYC.
—Carmen Electra hosting the Markus + Indrani Icons photography book launch in L.A.
–Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Brandi Glanville, Lisa Vanderpump and Taylor Armstrong mingling with fans at KIIS FM's Oranum Girls Night Out at Sur Lounge in West Hollywood.
–Newly crowned Miss Universe, Olivia Culpo, attending Tanya Zuckerbrot's book launch party for The Miracle Carb Diet at Azure in NYC.
—Stacy Keibler, Kate Upton and Ashley Greene flying in for the grand opening of Andrea's restaurant at the Wynn Las Vegas.
—Mario Lopez picking up Lauren Rae Levy's Macaron Magnifique treats at TR Suites at Sundance.
—Rihanna and Chris Brown cozying up to each other at a table with Wiz Khalifa at The Emerson Theatre in Hollywood.
–"Real Housewvies of New Jersey" star Kathy Wakile throwing a birthday party for husband Richie Wakile and their daughter Victoria at NoMa Social in New Rochelle, NY.
—Rosario Dawson chatting with Wilmer Valderrama at the Moët & Chandon sponsored Voto Latino Inauguration party at Oya in Washington D.C.
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Where to Do Your Celebrity Spotting in Vegas
USA Today hooked up with Las Vegas Journal-Review gossip columnist Norm Clarke to find the top places in Vegas to do a little celebrity spotting. Here's a look at some of the highlights.
1 OAK at the Mirage
Who shows up there: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West for New Year's Eve, Leonardo DiCaprio and Paris Hilton.
Andrea's at Encore Las Vegas
Who shows up there: George Clooney and Lady Gaga dined there, as well as Kate Upton and Stacy Keibler, who showed up for the grand opening.
CUT at the Palazzo
Who shows up there: Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks have dined at Wolfgang Puck's swanky steakhouse.
Hyde at the Bellagio
Who shows up there: Jennifer Lopez launched her single here while Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps played deejay.
Marquee at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Who shows up there: The nightclub draws a dizzying array of celeb clientele including Jay-Z and Beyonce, Kanye West, Cameron Diaz and more.
Spago at the Forum Shops at Caesars
Who shows up there: Kelsey Grammer and Bill Clinton have dined here.
Tao at the Venetian
Who shows up there: Christina Aguilera and Marc Anthony are just some of the celebs to make an appearance.
Wet Republic at the MGM Grand
Who shows up there: This pool party brings in Diddy and Jessica Simpson as well as Prince Harry.
XS Nightclub at Encore Las Vegas
Who shows up there: Prince Harry and Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte sure stirred up a scene here with an alcohol-fueled race in the pool.
· Places to Spot Stars in Vegas [USAT]
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Celebs Galore at the Andrea's Grand Opening More
Stacy Keibler, Maria Menounos and Kate Upton [Photo: Denise Truscello/WireImage]
Singer Taylor Hicks was spotted at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace on Sunday night sipping Ramsay's favorite beer, Innis & Gunn. [EaterWire]
Country singer Reba McEntire was spotted Saturday night at CUT by Wolfgang Puck at the Palazzo before attending Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Soul2Soul show at the Venetian. [EaterWire]
Las Vegas' sweetheart Holly Madison brought friends to Meatball Spot at Town Square for dinner on a busy Saturday night. The former Peepshow headliner and her group shared the baby arugula, house and Caesar salads, along with chicken meatballs and a half tray of pizza. For dessert, Madison ordered the Make-A-Wish Milkshake, a favorite of the Meatball Spot regular. [EaterWire]
Jamaican singer Sean Paul spent Saturday dining at Lavo Italian Restaurant at the Palazzo. Paul and his group ordered eggplant parmigiano, penne seafood alfredo and steaks. [EaterWire]
Reality star Alexis Bellino of Real Housewives of Orange County celebrated her birthday with her husband Jim Bellino and 10 friends on Saturday night at Andrea's at Encore Las Vegas. Media mogul and television personality Martha Stewart dined at Andrea's on Friday night after her niece's wedding. [EaterWire]
Jamaican singer Sean Paul dined at Tao Asian Bistro at the Venetian on Friday night. He ordered filets and sushi. Earlier in the evening, actor and comedian Pauly Shore dined at Tao Asian Bistro with a friend. They ordered wok sirloin and miso-glazed Chilean sea bass. [EaterWire]
Andrea's, the new Asian restaurant in Encore Las Vegas, held its grand opening last Wednesday with celebrities galore. Hosts Steve and Andrea Wynn welcomed supermodel Kate Upton, actresses Krysten Ritter (Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23), Ashley Greene (Twilight, CBGB), Stacy Keibler (sans beau George Clooney, who launched his Casamigos Tequila at Andrea's last week), Extra host Maria Menounos, expecting mother Holly Madison, 2011 Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair and model/UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste. Actor Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings, Wilfred) entertained the crowd in the DJ booth. Rick Harrison and Austin "Chumlee" Russell of Pawn Stars and Grammy-winning DJ Afrojack, with date Aussie DJ Havana Brown, were among the other VIP guests. [EaterWire]
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Where to See Stars in Las Vegas
Vegas is one of the most concentrated, celeb-infested pieces of land in the world. At any one time, it seems there’s at least one Kardashian hosting a birthday party at TAO (how many birthdays can one family celebrate?). But on any given night you can see various Real Housewives, movie casts, celebrity DJs and honest-to-goodness Hollywood stars. (Depending how much publicity they need, I’ll know in advance or soon after they’ve arrived, when my inbox gets bombarded with pictures of them 𠇎njoying a private dinner.”) You won’t see the major stars just wandering the casino floor, though. For instance, the night before George Clooney’s infamous dinner with Steve Wynn, he was at the exclusive, ultra-private Paiza Club in the Venetian when Robert DeNiro helped open Nobu Hotel, he was sequestered in a hotel room and in a private back room of the restaurant, only emerging for very brief appearances. Still, there’s plenty of gawking to be done, so if you want to do it, here are the places that will bump up your chances of basking in the same light as celebs.
Andrea&rsquos at Encore
The year-old venue at Encore Las Vegas was named 𠇊ndrea’s” by Steve Wynn in a pretty tribute to his wife. At the helm of the cream-, cognac- and gold-hued room𠅍ripping with Venetian glass teardrops—is Chef Joseph Elevado, who returns to Vegas from L𠆞rmitage Beverly Hills. DJ Steve Angello (of Swedish House Mafia fame) directs the music for the restaurant, whose vast, eight-page menu of Asian cuisine plays to a social, sharing crowd. The big booths around the periphery are nice, private spots, and Lady Gaga, Kate Upton, Stacy Keibler and many more celebs have been spotted here before going into Surrender nightclub, which has its own entrance from Andrea’s. There’s lots of specialty sushi (Wagyu beef and lobster) on the menu, plus Dungeness-crab fried rice, duck confit lo mein, and dozens of other elevated Asian share plates.
Bellagio&aposs beloved but aging Fontana Bar was transformed into Sam Nazarian’s hot new Hyde Bellagio a couple of years ago. Today, the sleek, Philippe Starck-designed space, with a much-expanded terrace, is a subdued lounge until 10 p.m., but shifts into a thumping insider scene for Vegas and L.A. influencers thereafter. It’s been a good celeb hangout since its launch: J. Lo dropped a single here, Michael Phelps played DJ, and celebrity DJ Tiesto recently launched his own set, to which the famous fountains are synchronized. You’ll likely see stars at one of the 40 VIP tables.
Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan
Brought to Las Vegas by the creators of perennially popular Tao, Marquee—with its three distinct rooms and attached day club (for outdoor gaming in good weather)— is one of the best nightclub bets on the Strip. The dark rooms, with faux-croc flooring, are surrounded by spacious leather booths— reserve one with bottle service to take a break from the madding crowds. Deep inside you&aposll find Marquee’s best room, The Library, complete with fireplace, book-lined walls, a vintage billiard table and cocktail waitresses dressed as librarians. Since it opened, everyone has partied here from 50 Cent, Rihanna, Kanye West, John Mayer and Alex Rodriguez to Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana and Channing Tatum. It’s a consistently good bet.
The 80,000-square-foot, five-story megaclub in MGM Grand has become the place to party𠅋ut if any celebs are here, they’re most likely hidden away in one of the oversized VIP booths. At its 2013 opening alone were Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens, Pharrell Williams, Calvin Harris, Tiesto, Cheryl Burke and Paris Hilton, who danced the night away in the DJ booth. Stars like LeAnn Rimes have been spotted dining in the restaurant, and Jessica Alba celebrated her birthday there. With the number of people Hakkasan packs in every night—many of them hoping to get doused with Champagne and cake by resident DJ Steve Aoki—you’ll have to do some looking about to see the stars, but they’re here.
This club at Encore claims to be the priciest nightclub ever conceived, with its gold-plated chandeliers and gold-embossed crocodile VIP booths honoring the wonderful, well, excess that is Las Vegas. During the day, it opens up to a massive pool area for hotel guests, who can order bottle service in its plush cabanas, and its “night swim” summer party with table games is one of the hottest tickets in town. In case you’ve forgotten, this was the site of Prince Harry’s boozy “race” with Olympian Ryan Lochte. But Beyoncé has had after-parties here, shutting down an entire section for parties that included Usher, and single nights have offered such sightings as Hugh Jackman, Cuba Gooding Jr., Shaquille O’Neal, Nicky Hilton, David Katzenberg and Jerry Bruckheimer.
Sporting a colourful tattoo on the side of his ribs, all eyes were still on his toned abs.
Maksim covered his eyes with tinted orange aviator sunglasses and wore rugged facial hair for the Oil Of Olay Get Lathered Up event.
Cooling off: The boys got wet as they showered together in front of onlookers
They're close: Val grabbed his relative's neck and pulled him closer as they joked around
He wore branded black shorts and emphasised his fit physique by protruding his chest and making a lightning bolt shape with his arms.
Ukrainian Maksim was joined by his ballroom dancer brother Val at the sunny gathering.
His relative wasn't shy about joking around and lathering up his family member in front of an audience.
Washboard abs: The 33-year-odl showed off his toned chest at Oil of Olay's Get Lathered Up event
Top up the tan: The Dancing With The Stars professional unleashed his toned figure in the sunshine
Take it off! He arrived with a stripy tank top on his body
The men both took a shower together to promote the body wash which will no doubt help increase sales of the product.
Competition winner Susan - who is a breast cancer survivor - was a lucky lady to get up-close-and-personal with the hunky pair.
As a duo they surely got plenty of attention from females however Maksim is thought to be seeing a special lady.
Sexy siblings: The men both use their ballroom expertise on television
Feeling the heat? Val ended up removing his clothing as he hung out in Sin City
He and Kate are said to have held hands under the table as they dined together at upmarket Italian restaurant Scalinatella on New York's Upper East Side earlier in June.
'It's very new,' a source told US Weekly. 'They were set up through friends. They just started dating.'
'They were very canoodly,' the source said. 'It was a very intimate meal.'
Both of the stars' reps declined to comment, with a source close to Kate claiming the two have known each other a long time and are just good friends.
Sure to shoot sales up: The duo were promoting a body wash as they posed for the cameras
Lucky lady: They met Susan the winner of a competition held by the brand too
Kate Upton, Stacey Keibler Shine at Las Vegas Restaurant Opening - Recipes
Nominated for a Teen Choice 2012 Award, Dance Moms follows children’s early steps on the road to stardom and their doting mothers who are there for every rehearsal, performance and bow…all under Miller’s discerning eyes. Presenting a powerful cast of characters that has inspired water-cooler talk across the country, the show immerses itself in the highs and lows surrounding dance competition season, delivering a captivating and dramatic look at the cast’s intense pursuit of National Dance titles. Centered on the devoted Miller, who runs her school and instructs her young, talented students while also dealing with impassioned mothers who go to great lengths to help their children’s dreams come true, Dance Moms poses the tough questions many people have been asking since the show’s launch about what really goes on behind-the-scenes in the fast-growing and controversial sport of competitive dance.
DO-IS-DO AND DO-SI-DON’T (#330)
- Airs Tuesday, September 3 at 8:00PM-9:00PM (ET)
- It’s Regionals and the pressure is on for Abby’s dancers to prove they are worthy of attending Nationals. Abby assigns what appears to be a simple country-style group number, but the hoedown proves so physically demanding the girls aren’t sure they can pull it off. Meanwhile, with Nationals just around the corner, Abby comes up with some interesting pairings for duets that put the dancers and their moms to the test.
PREMIERE: TO BE ANNOUNCED SEASON FINALE!
- Airs Tuesday, September 10 at 8:00PM-9:00PM (ET)
- (Individual episode information is currently not available.)
- Airs Tuesday, September 17 at 8:00PM-9:00PM (ET)
- (Individual episode information is currently not available.)
“ABBY’S ULTIMATE DANCE COMPETITION” SEASON PREMIERE!
The second season of Lifetime‘s popular series, Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition is set to come back bigger and better than ever with new contestants and moms, unexpected twists, fierce challenges and more of the dance instructor everyone loves to hate, Abby Lee Miller.
With 11 of the country’s most promising young dancers selected from more than 1,000 national title holders, this season of Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition will reach a fever pitch while a new cluster of mothers brings an entirely new meaning to the term “stage mom” as their children put everything on the line for a $100,000 cash prize and a scholarship to the Young Dancers Program at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. Throughout the 12-episode season, each dancer will learn new routines and compete in a number of challenges designed to test their skills while performing before judges Miller, Broadway star Rachelle Rak (Fosse, Cats and Catch Me If You Can), celebrity choreographer Richard “Richy” Jackson (Lady Gaga’s “Marry the Night”) and a live audience. Along the way, each competitor’s mother will play an integral part in the competition as they make critical make-or-break decisions on training, costumes, music and choreography for their child while building their list of “frenemies” among the group of intensely competitive parents.
New this season, the judges will be able to use a special “Call-back Card” to save one dancer from elimination, which is sure to heat up the tension on the panel and among the mothers. With dance themes such as Fame, Broadway, Modern Fairy Tales and Nightmares, this season’s contestants will experience the rigors of performing under the greatest pressure of their lives as they vie to be a future star and crowned the winner of Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition. Additionally, Maddie, star of Lifetime’s hit docusoap Dance Moms, is set to make special appearances on the series this season. Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition is hosted by Kevin Mano (MTV’s The Seven).
MAKE IT COUNT! (#201)
- Airs Tuesday, September 3 at 9:00PM-10:00PM (ET)
- With 11 of the country’s most promising young dancers selected from more than 1,000 national title holders, this season of Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition is back and bigger and better than ever. The performers are all vying for a $100,000 cash prize and a scholarship to the Young Dancers Program at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. This week’s theme is “Fame,” as they gear up for their first performance in front of judges Abby Lee Miller, Broadway star Rachelle Rak and celebrity choreographer Richard “Richy” Jackson. Alliances begin to form and the dance floor heats up as the youngest contestant rubs one of the moms the wrong way.
DARE TO BE YOU (#202)
- Airs Tuesday, September 10 at 9:00PM-10:00PM (ET)
- With this week’s competition theme as “Dare to be You,” all the dances are inspired by Lady Gaga. Under the eyes of this week’s challenge choreographer Richy Jackson, the young competitors struggle to embrace their own originality. The moms crack down hard on the dancers, encouraging them to “bring it” to the dance floor and one young dancer comes close to breaking down when she can’t remember her routine. When one mom throws another mom under the bus, things get ugly.
GODS AND MORTALS (#203)
- Airs Tuesday, September 17 at 9:00PM-10:00PM (ET)
- Abby is the dance goddess of the week and the dancers strive to attain dance immortality when the theme is “Gods and Mortals.” There are nine dancers left and the performers in last week’s bottom group struggle to prove that they deserve to be in the competition. The skill is “Power” and this week’s challenge winner and her mom get to make all the dance assignments and quickly discover holding the power isn’t always easy. One mom gets extreme when she overhears the others mothers talking about her daughter’s weaknesses.
VEGAS SHOW STOPPERS (#204)
- Airs Tuesday, September 24 at 9:00PM-10:00PM (ET)
- “Las Vegas” is this week’s theme and the remaining dancers are tested with styles they’ve never encountered before. One mom finally snaps and takes on Abby after she gives one too many criticisms about her daughter. With the pressure of the surprise immunity reward building, tempers between the moms reach a boiling point.
Cynthia Decker and Molly Hopkins, reality television’s most uplifting duo, are back in Lifetime’s hilarious unscripted program Double Divas! The one-of-a-kind docuseries offers an eye-opening peek into the world of intimate apparel at Cynthia’s and Molly’s renowned Atlanta boutique LiviRae Lingerie, where the motto is: “No bust too big or small. We fit them all!”
Boasting a hilariously unfiltered cast that exudes Southern charm and hospitality, Double Divas follows Molly and Cynthia displaying their natural talent assisting women with any and all intimate apparel needs. We’ll also meet the Divas’ families, including special appearances by Cynthia’s father and Molly’s fiancé, giving viewers a peek at her trying on wedding dresses in true Double Divas fashion. Plus, the series’ charming assistant Loren Schaffer is back and fans will be introduced to new members of the LiviRae staff.
PREMIERES: TO BE ANNOUNCED
- Airs Tuesday, September 3 at 10:00PM-10:30PM & 10:30PM-11:00PM (ET)
- (Individual episode information is currently not available.)
PREMIERES: TO BE ANNOUNCED
- Airs Tuesday, September 10 at 10:00PM-10:30PM (ET)
- (Individual episode information is currently not available.)
VINYL AND RIBBONS AND FUR, OH MY! (#113)
- Airs Tuesday, September 10 at 10:30PM-11:00PM (ET)
- Molly and Cynthia are out enjoying a bite to eat when they notice the servers are in need of some serious lift. Their breasts are way too big for their tiny corset uniforms. With the restaurant’s grand reopening just a few days away, Cynthia gets to work on these custom corsets. Meanwhile, a little person comes into the shop looking for a bra to fit her unique figure. And later, a male dancer needs to find a control piece to support his “man boobs”. Will Molly and Cynthia be able to help all these customers?
PREMIERES: TO BE ANNOUNCED
- Airs Tuesday, September 17 at 10:00PM-10:30PM & 10:30PM-11:00PM (ET)
- (Individual episode information is currently not available.)
DIVAS HELPING DIVAS (#112) SEASON FINALE!
- Airs Tuesday, September 24 at 10:00PM-10:30PM (ET)
- When members of a sorority stepping team come into Livi Rae, Molly and Cynthia are eager to help them find good fitting bras. However, the Divas soon figure out that these sisters not only need bras, but also matching uniforms! Hoping this will help the team “step it up” at the next competition, Cynthia quickly starts designing. Meanwhile, a new customer enters Livi Rae in desperate need of a bra to help correct a breast augmentation gone wrong.
For the 12th season of Lifetime’s Emmy®-nominated reality-competition series Project Runway (#ProjectRunway), die-hard “FAN-addicts” of the hit program will experience the show like never before. Marking a series first, Project Runway’s legion of fans will be able to interact with viewers across the country in real-time during each episode through the new interactive on-screen feature, PlayRunway, empowering fans to use their smartphones, tablets and computers to share their reactions to episode storylines, design challenges and decisions by judges Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen, and mentor Tim Gunn.
16 new designers, including the return of a mystery contestant from seasons past, will face the judges they vie for a prize package surpassing half a million dollars.
A number of high-profile guest judges are set to join Project Runway this cycle, including actress and model Kate Bosworth, fashionista Kelly Osbourne, actress and comedienne Allison Williams, multiple Academy Award®, Emmy and Golden Globe® nominee Sigourney Weaver, TV stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Kaley Cuoco, as well as original Project Runway judge Michael Kors and Stacy Keibler, host of Lifetime’s Supermarket Superstar.
EPISODE TITLE: TBD (#1208)
- Airs Thursday, September 5 at 9:00PM-10:30PM (ET)
- The remaining designers display their athleticism as they compete in field day events for extra work time. For the challenge, designers must create high-end performance-wear for Heidi Klum’s New Balance line with the winning design sold at select stores. Project Runway’s legendary Michael Kors returns to guest judge.
EPISODE TITLE: TBD (#1209)
- Airs Thursday, September 12 at 9:00PM-10:30PM (ET)
- For the challenge, the designers must create a vibrant look for a modern southern woman/Belk shopper. The winning design will be sold in both Belk stores and on the Belk website. Judges will be joined by John Thomas and Stacy Keibler.
EPISODE TITLE: TBD (#1210)
- Airs Thursday, September 19 at 9:00PM-10:30PM (ET)
- Project Runway’s biggest fans are the inspiration for the designers. Each designer is paired with a fan and not only makes over the fan, but also creates a look specifically for her. Designer Erin Fetherston is guest judge.
EPISODE TITLE: TBD (#1211)
- Airs Thursday, September 26 at 9:00PM-10:30PM (ET)
- The designers are inspired by young innovative individuals who are making a difference. These people will join the designers in the runway show, along with guest judge Peter Som.
Do you have what it takes to be the next Mrs. Fields, Orville Redenbacher or Chef Boyardee? Then you may be a Supermarket Superstar, Lifetime’s all-new competition series that will give every day Americans the chance to prove they have the next great product consumers will love.
Hosted by Stacy Keibler, Supermarket Superstar gives undiscovered food entrepreneurs their chance to shine among the big brands in the highly competitive food industry.
Each one-hour episode of Supermarket Superstar follows three home chefs as they pitch their product concepts to titans of the food world for the opportunity to have their creation launched nationally in a major grocery chain. Chef, vintner, TV host and specialty foods pioneer Michael Chiarello cookie mogul Debbi Fields of Mrs. Fields Cookies and branding expert and food product visionary Chris Cornyn serve as the series’ mentors to share their expertise with the contestants as they prepare their products for mass production. With the help of Chef Chiarello and research and development chef Andrew Hunter, the hopefuls must refine and perfect their recipes to impress targeted focus groups of real-life consumers to make it to the checkout line.
The surviving contestants must then create professional packaging to present their product to Tom Dahlen, the supermarket buyer for The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P), who will determine the winner of each episode. The last cook standing will be rewarded $10,000 in prize money and $100,000 worth of product development from DINE Marketing and Mattson (the largest independent food and beverage innovation company in the country) to create professional samples of their products.
- Airs Thursday, September 5 at 10:30PM-11:30PM (ET)
- A high-strung executive chef, a creatively frustrated film grip and an entrepreneurial mom compete to get their snack products on supermarket shelves across the country. After receiving advice from the mentors, the cooks head into the kitchen to revamp their recipes in only 90 minutes. As the tension heats up in the kitchen, one cook insists on hand-chopping her vegetables only to have an accident that almost puts her out of commission! After reformatting their recipes, the cooks’ dishes are presented to a focus group of college kids who must decide which two snacks have the potential to become the next American obsession.
- Airs Thursday, September 12 at 10:30PM-11:30PM (ET)
- A debt collector in search of a new career, an Iraq war widow struggling to support four kids and a California dreamer compete to get their product on supermarket shelves across the country. After receiving advice from the mentors, the cooks head into the kitchen to revamp their recipes in only 90 minutes. As the tension heats up in the kitchen, one cook discovers that in order to avoid a health catastrophe he has to make big changes to his product! After reformatting their recipes, the cooks’ barbeque products are presented to a focus group of die-hard tailgaters who must decide which dishes are really bringing their “A game” to the table.
- Airs Thursday, September 19 at 10:30PM-11:30PM (ET)
- A daughter trying to save her family’s restaurant dynasty, a fitness instructor struggling to make ends meet, and a food truck owner who wants to be a superhero to his kids compete to get their dinner entrees on supermarket shelves across the country. After receiving advice from the mentors, the cooks head into the kitchen to revamp their recipes in only 90 minutes. As the tension heats up in the kitchen, one cook discovers that an extremely high price point is putting her family tradition in jeopardy of never getting on the shelves. After reformatting their recipes, the cooks’ dishes are presented to a focus group of working parents who must decide which dishes have what it takes to make a dent in the supermarket’s most profitable category!
- Airs Thursday, September 26 at 10:30PM-11:30PM (ET) Season Finale!
- Three home cooks, each of whom have already won their category, return to compete for the grand prize: a chance to get their products distributed on supermarket shelves across the country.
Lifetime presents its highly-anticipated new drama Devious Maids, executive produced by Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives) and Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives). The ensemble all-star cast, Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty), Dania Ramirez (Entourage), Roselyn Sanchez (Without a Trace), Edy Ganem (Livin’ Loud) and Judy Reyes (Scrubs), portray five maids with ambition and dreams of their own while working for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills.
In Devious Maids, murder and mayhem collide in the mansions of Beverly Hills’ wealthiest and most powerful families. Class warfare has never been as fun and dirty as it is in the tiny enclave where the staff is as clever, witty, outrageous and downright devilish as their employers. Whoever holds the dirt holds the power, and before the season is over, illicit affairs will be revealed and deep dark secrets exposed as we learn the sordid details behind a shocking murder of a beloved housemaid. The series centers on a close-knit group of maids who are bonded together by their jobs, life struggles and the melodramatic “upstairs-downstairs” universe that engulfs their employers. Rosie (Ramirez), a widow who left her son back in Mexico when her husband died, works as the maid and nanny for a pair of self-absorbed and successful actors, Peri and Spence Westmore (Mariana Klaveno and Grant Show). Aspiring singer Carmen (Sanchez), hopes that her pop star employer Alejandro (Matt Cedeno) can help jump-start her career, but Odessa (Melinda Page Hamilton, Mad Men), his very loyal housekeeper and her boss, will stop at nothing to stand in her way. Zoila (Reyes) is the senior maid for Genevieve Delatour (Susan Lucci), a co-dependent, emotionally unstable wealthy woman. She works alongside her teen daughter Valentina (Ganem), who has a crush on Genevieve’s handsome son, Remi (Drew Van Acker).
CLEANING OUT THE CLOSET (#111)
- Airs Sunday, September 8 at 10:00-11:00PM (ET)
- Alejandro and Carmen have different opinions about his new relationship. Marisol gets closer to the truth, as Taylor and Michael become suspicious of her true intentions. Rosie cleans up a serious mess for Peri. Philippe and Genevieve grow closer, but Zoila doesn’t buy that he’s changed his philandering ways.
GETTING OUT THE BLOOD (#112)
- Airs Sunday, September 15 at 10:00-11:00PM (ET)
- Marisol puts herself in harm’s way as she digs deeper into Flora’s murder. Peri goes through great lengths to get Rosie to forgive her. Carmen rekindles her relationship with Sam after seeing how lonely Alejandro is, despite his fame. Zoila continues to disapprove of Genevieve and Phillipe’s relationship. Remi makes a major decision, putting Valentina in a difficult position.
TOTALLY CLEAN (#113) SEASON FINALE!
- Airs Sunday, September 22 at 10:00-11:00PM (ET)
- The mystery surrounding Flora’s death comes to a head.
“A SISTER’S NIGHTMARE” (World Premiere)
- Airs Saturday, September 7 at 8:00PM-10:00PM (ET)
- Sibling rivalry returns to torment Jane, a young police officer, after her older sister Cass is released from the state hospital for the criminally insane. Cass begins showing an increasing interest in getting back her daughter whom Jane has been raising. Unable to convince others her sister is still dangerous, and wanting to protect her niece, the young police officer takes matters into her own hands and goes after her sister herself. Kelly Rutherford, Natasha Henstridge, Peyton List and Matthew Settle star. (2013)
“MIDNIGHT IN PARIS” (Network Television Premiere)
- Airs Sunday, September 8 at 2:00PM-5:00PM (ET)
- Director Woody Allen sends a love letter to Paris in this witty, sweet story about an American screenwriter (Owen Wilson) who magically travels back in time to meet his cultural heroes, including Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Picasso, Dali, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Gaugin. One of Woody’s best, and great fun. Co-stars Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, and Adrien Brody. (2011)
“MURDER IN SUBURBIA**” **Working Title (World Premiere)
- Airs Saturday, September 14 at 8:00PM-10:00PM (ET)
- When beloved Debbie Martin commits suicide, her preacher husband Andrew grieves alongside the whole town and especially Debbie’s mom, Susan. But then moments long forgotten and incidents about Andrew’s strange behavior start bubbling to the surface. At first Susan doesn’t want to believe them, but when mounting evidence can no longer be denied, she has to admit that she now believes Andrew killed Debbie and sets out to prove it. And so begins a battle that eventually tears the town apart. Inspired by a true story. Gail O’Grady, Chris Gartin, Bree Williamson, Taylor Cole and James McDaniel star. (2013)
“TAKEN: THE SEARCH FOR SOPHIE PARKER” (World Premiere)
As you may know, handsome actor George Clooney, he of the chiseled jaw and charming eye crinkles, is dating the statuesque blonde former wrestler Stacy Keibler, who, despite what you might have heard, is not related to the cookie-making elves. However, it is unlikely that Clooney will get married, says his sister. Which prompted a reporter to ask whether or not The Cloons is gay.
Are we still here? In a world where a good-looking man of a certain age who's not married is homosexual? How very retro. Granted, it should not come as a shock, since a woman of a certain age (a younger age, a lower threshold than for men) who is not married is sad and lonely and tragic. Just think of Jennifer Aniston. The tabloids have portrayed her as desperate, obsessed, lovesick, dumped and in pain.
But usually, George Clooney escapes that kind of scrutiny&hellip at least in the media. A quick survey around the HQ found only one person had never heard gay rumors about George Clooney. One editor: "I've def heard someone claim he's gay and his agent is his boyfriend and that he bought the house in Lake Homo to be away from prying eyes." Another of us quipped, "I feel like if George Clooney was gay, he would be the outest, swingest gay guy around." Now, maybe. But he turned into a leading man in not-so-progressive times.
Anyway, those are just civilian rumors. There are seldom &mdash if ever &mdash tabloid stories about Clooney's love life, and the general consensus is he's a rich happy straight man sleeping with various women half his age and why should he worry about getting married? The narrative never becomes "poor Georgie can't find love." But for single women in the public eye, it's different. Katy Perry is a fool. The Kardashians are alone and desperate. Even Taylor Swift, who is twenty years old, and has plenty of time before she can put knitting needles in her hair and dress like the lady on the Old Maid playing cards, is on a tabloid cover that sobs, "Why She Can't Find Love."
These are the stories women are sold, because these are the stories women buy. Single women are sad, dramatic. Single men? Eh, who cares. So Clooney doesn't end up on the covers. No one wants to know why Clooney can't find love. It's acceptable for him to have a career and a revolving door sex life.
Still, the reporter asked, and Clooney's sister had an answer:
Asked what she makes of rumors that her brother is secretly gay, the 52-year-old laughed.
"Yes that's quite ridiculous, we don't even listen when people say things like that anymore. I think he decided that in his life he could have the career or he could have a family," she said. "And so when he decided to go full bore into the acting. That was where his focus was going to be."
In fact the Hollywood heartthrob's sister thinks for that same reason Clooney, 51, will also never have children.
"If he had children, when he was with them, he would be concerned about his career and if he was working he would be concerned about the children," she said. "And he doesn't think it would be fair to split his focus."
Logical explanation. One that makes sense for men and women, not that you hear a lot of female celebrities say it out loud. Not that the tabloids ever tell that tale. Everyone buys a happy bachelor. No one believes in a happy bachelorette.
World's Smallest Dog Is Tinier Than a Coke Can & Cuter Than a Button
It was just back in March when I brought you the news that Beyonce, the world's smallest dog, was up for adoption but now, it would seem, Beyonce's got some seriously small competition. A tiny terrier from Poland named Meysi is almost half the size of Beyonce, and will likely soon be crowned the tiniest dog in the world. Meysi's owners almost threw her in the garbage thinking she was part of the after birth but thankfully, Meysi showed her little head, and the rest is the cutest little piece of puppy history on planet earth.
Honestly, I die.
How adorable is this??
Photo via barcroftmedia/YouTube
Kristen Stewart said, ‘Don’t kiss me’ to Robert Pattinson in front of witnesses
All eyes the other night were on Robert Pattinson, who couldn&rsquot keep his hands off his little trampire. Stewart, however, was so noticeably self-conscious about the PDA that it became dinner theater.
&ldquoMaybe she&rsquos just not that into you R-Pattz.&rdquo one onlooker joked to his table mates as they all marveled over Stewart&rsquos evasiveness. The few diners there agreed that Stewart who famously cheated on her boyfriend of roughly four years last summer didn&rsquot reciprocate.
&ldquoMove on!&rdquo said one spy, who suggested Pattinson should be more like Leonardo DiCaprio, who&rsquos well known for loving and leaving lingerie models.
Joined by Sienna Miller, nightlife impresario Nur Khan and Lindsay Lohan&rsquos BFF Gavin Doyle, the star crossed couple arrived separately to a dinner party at Graydon Carter&rsquos Beatrice Inn.
R-Pattz popped in around 10 p.m. He was nursing a beer and chatting with pals when a casually dressed Stewart, who&rsquod stopped off to change out of the A.L.C. leather dress she&rsquod worn to a midtown screening of &ldquoOn the Road,&rdquo arrived half an hour later.
Immediately, diners at a nearby table felt a chill in the air. &ldquoShe just took his hand off her butt!&rdquo exclaimed one nearby diner as Stewart held Pattinson&rsquos paw, seemingly to stop it from roaming.
Later, Stewart sheepishly turned her head when he moved in for a smooch. According to a spy, Stewart said: &ldquoDon&rsquot kiss me.&rdquo
Despite their chemistry &mdash or lack thereof &mdash Stewart and Pattinson headed uptown to Khan&rsquos club The Electric Room after finishing dinner around 1 a.m. On Wednesday, Stewart appeared on &ldquoToday&rdquo to promote &ldquoThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn &mdash Part 2,&rdquo in which she stars with Pattinson.
When host Savannah Guthrie asked Stewart about their relationship, the elusive actress said: &ldquoI&rsquom going to let people watch whatever little movie they think our lives are &hellip keep &rsquoem guessing, I always say.&rdquo
The #1 Rule of Girls Who Cheat on Their Boyfriends and Publicly Grovel Until the Dude Takes Them Back is &ldquoact like you want to be there.&rdquo You know? Put your back into it. Make the effort. This actually makes me question A) how much &ldquoconvincing&rdquo Kristen had to do to win Robert back (I bet &ldquonot much&rdquo) and B) just how spineless Robert is. I mean, we&rsquove all seen these relationships, and I&rsquom sure some of you have even been in these relationships. Where the dude is really, really into a girl and she barely gives a sh-t. Where the dude is just horrible at reading the signals, and he has no clue that the girl just doesn&rsquot want to be around him, doesn&rsquot want him to touch her, doesn&rsquot want any of it. Robert Pattinson = Jessica Biel.
I kept hoping that Rob would end up dumping Kristen after the promotional tour for Breaking Dawn Part 2 is over, but I think we need to entertain the possibility that Kristen might do the dumping. I think she screwed around with Rupert Sanders because she was (subconsciously or consciously) looking for a way out with Rob. Poor Rob. Poor Kristen too &ndash if she&rsquos THIS over it, she just needs to end it.
Why Romney was surprised to lose: The Election Epilogue
Mitt Romney says he is a numbers guy, but in the end he got the numbers wrong. His campaign was adamant that public polls in the swing states were mistaken. They claimed the pollsters were over-estimating the number of Democrats who would turn out on Election Day. Romney&rsquos campaign was certain that minorities would not show up for Obama in 2012 the way they did in 2008. &ldquoIt just defied logic,&rdquo said a top aide of the idea that Obama could match, let alone exceed, his performance with minorities from the last election. When anyone raised the idea that public polls were showing a close race, the campaign&rsquos pollster said the poll modeling was flawed and everyone moved on. Internally, the campaign&rsquos own polling&mdashtweaked to represent their view of the electorate, with fewer Democrats&mdashshowed a steady uptick for Romney since the first debate. Even on the morning of the election, Romney&rsquos senior advisers weren&rsquot close to hedging. They said he was going to win &ldquodecisively.&rdquo It seemed like spin, but the Boston Globe reports that a fireworks display was already ordered for the victory. Romney and Ryan thought they were going to win, say aides. &ldquoWe were optimistic. More than just cautiously optimistic,&rdquo says one campaign staffer. When Romney lost, &ldquoit was like a death in the family.&rdquo
How did the Romney team get it so wrong? According to those involved, it was a mix of believing anecdotes about party enthusiasm and an underestimation of their opponents&rsquo talents. The Romney campaign thought Obama&rsquos base had lost its affection for its candidate. They believed Obama would win only if he won over independent voters. So Romney focused on independents and the economy, which was their key issue. The Republican ground game was focused on winning those voters. &ldquoWe thought the only way to win was doing well with independents and we were kicking ass with independents,&rdquo says a top aide. One senior adviser bet me that if Obama won Ohio, he would donate $1,000 per point to my favorite charity. (That would be a $10,000 hit since Romney lost Ohio but won independents by 10 points). In the end, Romney won independents nationally by five points&mdashand it didn&rsquot matter one bit.
Meanwhile, the Romney campaign was openly dismissive of the Obama ground game. Why are they wasting so much money with neighborhood offices, they asked? (In Ohio, for example, Obama had almost 100 more offices than Romney.) In retrospect, the Romney team is in awe and full of praise of the Obama operation. &ldquoThey spent four years working block by block, person by person to build their coalition,&rdquo says a top aide. They now recognize that those offices were created to build personal contacts, the most durable and useful way to gain voters.
Romney advisers say it was impossible to compete against Obama&rsquos huge war chest. They also envy his ability to leverage the presidency for his campaign. Young voters were told about new provisions for student loans and Obama&rsquos support for same-sex marriage, an issue that appeals to young voters. Hispanic voters were wooed by the president&rsquos plan to waive the deportation of children of illegal immigrants. One Romney aide also included the much-debated changes to welfare requirements as a policy aimed to win over African-American voters. &ldquoIt was like they had a calendar,&rdquo said one Romney aide. With each month, the Obama administration rolled out a new policy for a different segment of their coalition they hoped to attract.
Though Romney said he was &ldquoseverely conservative,&rdquo it was the Obama team that played its hand conservatively. They, too, planned for fewer Democrats to show up at the polls, but in their case it was so that their campaign organization would work twice as hard. On election night in Ohio, when turnout exceeded their intentionally conservative estimates in some districts, they knew that they&rsquod win the state 45 minutes before the networks called it.
It&rsquos not that the Romney camp failed to meet its targets. They say they actually met their voter outreach goals in Ohio. During the summer, they targeted more than 2 million voters who had not voted in party primaries. Those were the independents they believed would be the key to the race. Since the strategy seemed to be paying off with internal and external polls showing Romney leading among independents, the Romney team felt like they were working their plan. &ldquoWe did everything we set out to do,&rdquo says a top strategist about the Ohio effort. &ldquoWe just didn&rsquot expect the African-American vote to be so high.&rdquo African-American participation in Ohio jumped from 11 percent of the electorate to 15 percent between the 2008 and 2012 elections. "We could never see that coming. We thought they'd gotten a lot last time." But that wasn&rsquot the only problem. Romney underperformed George Bush&rsquos results from 2004 in the vast majority of Ohio&rsquos counties, not just the ones with big African-American populations.
In the post-election analysis, the Romney ticket&rsquos problems with Hispanic voters are well-known. During the primaries, Romney ran so far to the right on immigration he lost a platform to even woo Hispanic votes. But African-Americans are treated as if they are in a category altogether unaffected by the campaign. They were going to vote for Obama no matter what. There&rsquos a little John Sununu-like thinking in this. The former New Hampshire governor suggested that Colin Powell was supporting Barack Obama because of his race. (When Condoleezza Rice said that the party sent &ldquomixed messages,&rdquo that must have been what she was talking about.) It&rsquos worth noting though, that if you were an African-American voter, there were plenty of other reasons to vote against Mitt Romney and the Republican Party. Donald Trump has loudly championed that idea that Barack Obama is illegitimate. It was a goofy charge, but one that has cultural resonance with a segment of society whose members have often been discriminated against through the types of disqualification-hunts that Donald Trump engaged in so vigorously. Mitt Romney embraced no other fundraiser with as much public gusto as he did Trump. The energetic attempts by Republicans in states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida to limit voting in a way that disproportionately penalizes African-American neighborhoods might also have helped turn out the Democratic base. What role these acts played is not entirely clear, but it certainly didn&rsquot hurt the Obama team&rsquos effort to inspire African-American voters.
If you&rsquore basing your entire campaign on white people, it leaves you little margin of error. That's where Romney&rsquos troubles as a candidate hurt him. An operative in Ohio also admitted that the Obama abortion ads hurt Romney with women in the Columbus area. So too did the "Romney will raise your taxes on the middle class" ads and the ads attacking his tenure at Bain Capital. Romney couldn't afford to lose any of the white vote, and he did. Since the attacks came at a time when he was short of cash, he was not able to respond adequately.
In the final 10 days of the race, a split started to emerge in the two campaigns. The Obama team would shower you with a flurry of data&mdashspecific, measurable, and they&rsquod show you the way they did the math. Any request for written proof was immediately filled. They knew their brief so well you could imagine Romney hiring them to work at Bain. The Romney team, by contrast, was much more gauzy, reluctant to share numbers, and relying on talking points rather than data. This could have been a difference in approach, but it suggested a lack of rigor in the Romney camp. On Election Day, the whole Romney ground-game flopped apart. ORCA, the much touted- computer system for tracking voters on Election Day, collapsed. It was supposed to be a high-tech approach to poll-watching, a system by which campaign workers would be able to track who voted. Those who had not yet voted could therefore be identified and then have volunteers tasked to finding them and getting them to the polls. ORCA was supposed to streamline the process, but it was never stress-tested. Field operatives never saw a beta version. They asked to see it, but were told it would be ready on Election Day. When they rolled it out Tuesday, it was a mess. People couldn&rsquot log on and when they did, the fields that were supposed to be full of data were empty. &ldquoI saw a zero and I knew I wasn&rsquot supposed to be seeing a zero,&rdquo said one campaign worker. A war room had been set up in the Boston Garden to monitor ORCA&rsquos results, but in the end Romney and Ryan had to watch CNN to find out how their campaign was doing. In the end, the numbers guy was deprived of his numbers in more ways than one.
Vanessa Hudgens Covers Her Face, Has Yet To Realize That We Only Stare At Her Body
Here’s Vanessa Hudgens trying to hide her face from the paparazzi during a pilates class in Studio City yesterday afternoon, which is surprising considering that she must know that we’re only interested in her sexy little curves. Especially in skin-tight workout tights. Hoochie mama! Now if she really wants to the paps to stop taking photos of her, all she needs to do is slap on a baggy sweater and sweatpants. But that would suck for us. Anyways, she got so pissed that she even gave the finger to the paparazzi… which is kinda hot as well. Enjoy!