March 13, 2013 |
Author Claire Vaye Watkins was awarded the Story Prize in New York on Wednesday evening for her debut collection, "Battleborn. " As winner she receives $20,000. Two finalists for the prize -- Dan Chaon for "Stay Awake" and Junot Diaz for "This Is How You Lose Her" -- will receive $5,000 each. The Story Prize is the most significant award in the U.S. dedicated to collections of short fiction. The judges cited Watkins for her originality and the audacity of her voice, writing in a release about the prize, “In the ten stories in her first collection, Claire Vaye Watkins takes an unflinching look at the apocalyptic dimensions of our culture's boom-or-bust obsession....
January 8, 2013 |
"Project Runway's" Heidi Klum is on the February cover of Marie Claire and inside she talks about her divorce from Seal ("It's not what I wanted...but it's not a real problem"), marrying again ("I don't think so") and younger lovers (“I can understand why a woman finds a young man attractive, because the truth is that when men get older, their shape changes. Younger men train more, and when the clothes come off, it is nice to look at a sexy, ripped body. But I am realistic. I'm turning 40 next year; I don't think I could deal with waking up next to a 25-year-old.” The magazine is out Jan. 15, and "Project Runway" returns for an 11th season on Jan. 24. [Marie Claire]
December 19, 2012 |
Claire Danes may be focusing more on the home front than on "Homeland" right about now - she's just welcomed a baby boy with husband Hugh Dancy. Cyrus Michael Christopher Dancy arrived Monday, the actress' rep told People, giving up no other details about the newborn. Nice timing, Cyrus: The wee one arrived the day after "Homeland's" second-season finale . No headline-stealing in this family! Not to mention he's freed up Mom to wear some smashing fashions as she cruises through awards season once again.
December 14, 2012 |
Angeleno Claire Thomas is the host of her own ABC television cooking show , " Food for Thought With Claire Thomas ," now in its second season. But she launched her food career with her wildly popular blog The Kitchy Kitchen right out of college -- "an experimental playground," she says, for her writing, photography and passion for food. She's also a commercial director (directing for clients such as McDonald's, Miracle Whip and Del Taco) and food stylist. All of the photos and videos on the blog are shot by Thomas, featuring food, recipes and interviews with wine experts, food producers and chefs.
December 12, 2012 |
Cable dramas and network comedies dominated the nominees for the 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. In the drama category, cable favorites such as "Homeland," "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad" and "Boardwalk Empire" picked up multiple nominations, while network series were all but overlooked. On the comedy side, the situation was reversed: Only one cable series, "Nurse Jackie," made the cut in the ensemble category, with SAG favoring network sitcoms like "30 Rock," "Modern Family" and "The Big Bang Theory.
November 23, 2012 |
A word of advice: Don't strike up a conversation with Mandy Patinkin if you've got anywhere you need to be. Unlike Saul Berenson, the tight-lipped CIA Middle East division chief he plays on the Showtime drama "Homeland," Patinkin is a talkative sort, prone to lengthy but wonderfully entertaining digressions about, say, his bathroom reading habits or the career advice he once got from Gene Kelly. Take, for instance, his response to a question about whether his wife of 32 years, actress Kathryn Grody, minds the thick beard he wears to play Saul Berenson.