America's Next Top Model
Though the lineup leaked months ago, on Thursday the CW confirmed the cast of the upcoming "all-star" cycle of America's Next Top Model (premiering Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 9/8c). Eight out of the 14 aspiring whatevers are 25 years old or older, which is hilarious since even at a decade younger they'd still be kind of old to be getting into modeling. But America's Next Top Model is not the real world or even the fashion world (which is also not the real world), and creator/host Tyra Banks recently told Good Morning America that this cycle will be about more than just modeling anyway. "I have the girls singing songs, doing music videos, creating perfumes. You can't just be a model anymore ... Now it's about celebrity-celebrity, so that's what I'm doing with my all-stars," she said.
Panic attack hits America's Next Top Model
Joining her in doing celebrity-celebrity with her all-stars will be the usual motley crew of guest judges. Hilariously...
Almost everything Tyra Banks says is nonsense, but she really outdid herself on Thursday's episode of Good Morning America. Sitting down with Robin Roberts, Banks immediately started spouting off about her upcoming young-adult novel Modelland, which sounds exactly what you'd get if you crossed Harry Potter with America's Next Top Model. Within 30 seconds, she was using the made-up word "Intoxibellas" and describing the single, giant golden eyebrow she was wearing as a "smize" (which is Banks' made-up portmanteau that means "smiling with your eyes"). Maybe a smize is what you use to smize in Modelland? It's one of those noun-verbs (like "iron" or "Swiffer"). At least Banks' nonsense is versatile...
Diane Lane, Tim Robbins
The most illuminating part of HBO's original movie Cinema Verite (airing Saturday at 9/8c) comes at its very end. We get to see a clip of the real Loud family, whose participation on the first modern reality show, 1973's An American Family, is central to the film. Verite transitions from the fictional portrayal of the Louds to footage from their actual appearance on The Dick Cavett Show, which was part of their self-orchestrated, damage-control tour following the mass criticism they received from viewers as a result of the show. During the segment, they voice their disdain for having their lives edited and their personalities categorized to suit plotlines. In response, Cavett snorts, "Anybody who's in show business would have to call you naïve to think that you could think that you could appear on television and not have it selected, edited..."
If anyone had a right to complain about editing, surely it was this family of guinea pigs. What's amazing about this is that some 38 years later, we're still having this conversation as a culture...
A confrontation on Wednesday night's episode of America's Next Top Model sent one hopeful into what she characterized as a "panic attack." All cycle, nerves have been frazzling (two of the contestants separately used the word "breakdown" to describe their emotional state on last week's episode), but we hadn't seen anything like this before...
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Dag, Tyra, make up your mind. Are you against bullying or not? Earlier this season, er, cycle, La Banks tackled the headline-dwelling issue of bullying by having her mini-minions photographed with words that hurt painted all over their bodies. Whether or not the concept was hypocritical (after all, this show is all about being judged), props must go to ANTM for at least trying to be part of the solution.
Then last night they kind of blew it all to hell. By recruiting a gaggle of professional models to dish out backstage abuse to the remaining contestants during a Zac Posen show, Top Model stooped to just the sort of mean-girl antics that Miss Jay actually told the pros to unleash on the newbies. Did they really need to be insulted, shut down and psyched out like that, right before hitting the catwalk?
A mother of a 15-year-old girl has filed a $3 million lawsuit against Tyra Banks, claiming that her child appeared on a teen sex addicts-themed episode of Banks' talk show in 2009 without her permission, according to The Associated Press.
In the suit, Beverly McClendon says the show contacted her daughter on her cell phone after ...
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Check out Top Model having a conscience!
And not just a social one, although guest Demi Lovato's pitch for the Pacer Center during last night's photo shoot to promote anti-bullying among teens was spot on (and super important). No, we're talking about Tyra and company's unexpectedly responsible decision to eliminate Anamaria for being too thin.
Throughout the episode...
Jeers to Tyra Banks for trying — and failing — to remodel America's Next Top Model.
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After falling short of finding the show's goal 14 times, the supermodel states repeatedly that she's "raising the bar" for Cycle 15, bringing in top-name designers...
America's Next Top Model
For America's Next Top Model's 15th cycle, Tyra Banks is bringing in a big gun, Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani, in an effort to kick the competition up a notch and actually discover, well, a supermodel.
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"It's one of the most influential magazines in the fashion business," says exec producer Laura Fuest, who adds, "People who wouldn't return our calls are saying, 'We'd love to be part of the show.'"
Contestants will be shot ...
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It had been a long day of hyping their new Bravo series, and The Real Housewives of Washington, D.C.'s Catherine "Cat" Ommanney desperately wanted to change the subject from co-star and alleged White House party crasher Michaele Salahi.
"Let's talk about racism!" Ommanney said, butting into an ongoing conversation.
But her castmates — Stacie Turner, Mary Amons, and Lynda Erkiletian — were grateful, explaining they had been asked quite enough about Salahi, thank you very much...