Jamie Oliver’s UK restaurant ‘smashed up’ in riots
August 11th, 2011
07:55 AM ET

Jamie Oliver’s UK restaurant ‘smashed up’ in riots

Even celebrity-run establishments aren’t safe in the midst of the British riots. “Food Revolution” host Jamie Oliver's Birmingham restaurant, Jamie’s Italian, was vandalized Tuesday, reports Us Weekly.

"Sadly, my restaurant in Birmingham got smashed up windows all gone whole area closed can't open," Oliver, 36, tweeted to his 1.4 million followers. "Staff and customers all safe!"

Luckily, just nine hours later, Oliver posted that the place "got fixed up quick. Sad for many of the other shop owners, especially the small family run businesses in this climate."

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Natalie Portman names son Aleph
July 7th, 2011
09:41 AM ET

Natalie Portman names son Aleph

Natalie Portman is the latest celebrity to join our unique baby name round-up: The Oscar winner and her fiance Benjamin Millepied decided on "Aleph" for their recently born son.

People reports that Aleph, alternately spelled alef, is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and has a meaning relating to the "origin of the universe...the primordial one that contains all numbers."

And while Aleph may not be a common first name - it's also the number one in Hebrew - neither is Pilot Inspektor, the name Jason Lee and Beth Riesgraf gave their son after listening to a song by the indie rock group Grandaddy.

Here’s a list of a few of our other favorite celebrity baby names:

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April 22nd, 2010
12:12 PM ET

Jamie Oliver: What you should have in your kitchen

In case you've been trapped under a truckload of frozen chicken nuggets for the past few weeks, here's the recap:

Celebrity chef and self-proclaimed "professional s***-stirrer" Jamie Oliver came to Huntington, West Virginia - considered by various metrics (obesity, toothlessness and heart disease rates, among others) to be the unhealthiest city in America - with co-producer Ryan Seacrest and a camera crew in tow. His goal: recreate his successful U.K. campaign to overhaul school lunch menus, teach families how to cook healthier (or even just cook) at home and make the residents keenly aware that many of them just might be paving the way to an early grave with processed, overly fatty food.

Did he succeed? You'll have to tune in to the season finale on Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution on Friday night, but we caught up with the erstwhile Naked Chef to get the inside dish on the aftermath of his Huntington visit, the element of balance and what every home cook should have stashed in the cupboard. The following is an edited version of that interview: FULL POST

March 29th, 2010
11:26 AM ET

Friday night TV: Signs of a revival?

A few months back, I wrote about how the major television networks appeared to be giving up on Friday nights.  Fridays were becoming the night where networks would send long-running series to die, or premiere new shows with no chance of success.

At the end of the piece, I asked if Friday night network TV could be saved.  Over the last few weeks, we have seen signs that a revival could happen - provided the networks show commitment to the night.

Leading the revival is "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" on ABC.  The show debuted in its Friday night time slot with a 2.6 rating among adults aged 18 to 49 - the audience that advertisers crave.  According to ABC, "Revolution" produced the network's highest 18-49 number for that Friday night slot since December 2006. FULL POST

March 29th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

TV Recap: 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution'

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The crumply Cockney teddy bear is not here to South Beach, Atkins, Master Cleanse or Michael Pollan your Cheez Doodle dimpled butt into starvation or Whole Foods-based bankruptcy. He just wants you and your kids to know what a fresh tomato looks like. And maybe eat one once in a while. Or he'll cry.

In his native England, Jamie Oliver - dyslexic, erstwhile Naked Chef, husband of Jools, father of Daisy, Poppy, Petal and another to be named upon his (fingers crossed for "Stamen") or her September arrival, and self-proclaimed "professional s**t-stirrer" - has made a cottage industry of calling foul on vile school cafeteria fare and teaching plain ol' British folks not to murder their families with processed food. In the course of this, he's set up community cooking centers and classes, exhorted Parliament to address national obesity issues, campaigned to ban junk food in schools and garnered Prime Minister Tony Blair's approval for £280m in financial support for improved school kitchens and "dinner lady" education. FULL POST

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