May 14, 2009 |
"The Biggest Loser's" Helen Phillips said she knew what her more youthful competitors were thinking: "They never considered me a threat. . . . They just looked at me and said, 'You know what? She's 48. She's never going to make it.' " And that's just the way she wanted it. Mike Morelli, 19, and Tara Costa, 24, were considered by many to be the front-runners going into the Season 7 finale Tuesday night. But instead, victory was snatched by Helen, the retired retail manager and mother of two who showed up at the ranch at 257 pounds and went on to lose 140 pounds -- or more than 54% of her body weight.
December 19, 2008 |
A little birdie told me that the Dec. 8 "Gossip Girl" episode was the last we'd see of Aaron Rose, Serena's artist boyfriend who had recently whisked her off to Argentina for the winter break. The CW confirmed the news, and as much as I detested the character, I felt compelled to write Aaron a proper breakup letter. Dear Aaron: It was good while it lasted . . . OK, maybe not. You did arrive bearing full potential -- what girl wouldn't swoon at some clever art installation that she didn't understand or melt at the fact you remembered her out of all the other pretty, rich girls at Camp Suisse?
September 30, 2008 |
I'd like to take this moment to publicly apologize for all the times I watched the contestants working out on NBC's "The Biggest Loser" and thought: I could do that. I can't. The weight-loss reality show began shooting its seventh season outside Los Angeles last week. After a day-long press junket to introduce the new contestants, the media was invited to work out with the show's trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels. I jumped at the chance. I was a little concerned about the heat -- it was over 100 degrees -- but really, how hard could the workouts be if people who are 300 to 400-plus pounds can do them?
July 6, 2008 |
Last month, the Chicago Tribune's Maureen Ryan reported that as many as three "Battlestar Galactica" TV films were under discussion at the Sci Fi Channel and noted that it would make sense to make more "Battlestar" movies while the show's creative team was still together. Well, too late for that now -- the cast has been flung far and wide. But: "I just heard about the first 'Battlestar' movie being greenlit," said Grace Park, Cylon No. 8, by phone from Vancouver, Canada. "A TV movie, but still!
June 21, 2008 |
Looking back on the beginning of the night, I saw no signs that something truly sinister was afoot. When I picked up my press pass from will call on Thursday, I heard no frantically barking dogs; when I handed my ticket to the usher, I felt not a tinge of Santa Anas. And yet, a great atrocity was about to take place in the "So You Think You Can Dance" studio. Inside, everything seemed normal as well. I found my seat beside reporters from US Weekly and People, while Tommy the warmup guy recruited girls from the audience to dance to Sir Mix-a-Lot.
May 31, 2008 |
"Lost's" fourth season ended in a flurry of action, a few major revelations and some familiar beats. As a season ender, it ranks below last year's game-changing flash-forward and Season 2's four-toed statue and listening station surprise. But it's well above the disappointing hatch-opening at the end of Season 1. The biggest shock, of course, was the identity of the person in the coffin at the end of last season. As we learn at the beginning of the episode, the bearded Jack exists three years ahead of the just-rescued Jack.