August 17th, 2011
06:06 PM ET

Moxie Crimefighter? Celeb baby names explained

Every time a celebrity announces they're expecting, the baby-name speculation begins (we're looking at you, GOOP.)

Names have ranged from the unique (Jessica Alba's new daughter Haven) to the, well, original (Jason Lee's son Pilot Inspektor) to the comic book-inspired (Nic Cage's son Kal-El).

Magician Penn Jillette, father of son Zolten and daughter Moxie CrimeFighter, spoke with CNN's Piers Morgan on Tuesday night about the thought behind those monikers.

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'Parenthood' gets an infusion of 'True Blood'
September 29th, 2010
06:17 PM ET

'Parenthood' gets an infusion of 'True Blood'

This week's episode of "Parenthood" was called “I’m Cooler Than You Think," but what’s really cool is the actors they’re getting to portray the employees at Adam’s shoe factory.

They introduced Billy Baldwin as the head of the company in the season premiere and last night they introduced Mike, who’s played by Kevin Alejandro, known to “True Blood” fans as Lafayette’s man, Jesus. Maybe Alejandro is carving a niche as the hot guy lead characters are interested in.

Adam introduced Mike to Sarah at work, and he gave her a tip about a concert so she could impress Amber and her friend. Sarah's quite insecure about the fact the friend’s family is well off, and Amber has been spending a lot of her free time with her friend.  The concert plan almost backfired when Sarah’s name wasn't on the list and they got stuck waiting in line. But just as the trio was about to leave, Lafayette’s man showed up just in time to get them into the concert, and he also managed to impress Sarah and the girls.

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'Real Housewives of DC' has a 'Perception Gap'
September 24th, 2010
06:06 PM ET

'Real Housewives of DC' has a 'Perception Gap'

Lots going on this last episode.

Michaele is getting ready for some kind of Redskins cheerleader alumni gathering.  The other former cheerleaders don't appear to remember her and she seems to be the only one who doesn’t remember the routine.  Maybe ‘cause she really wasn’t a Redskins Cheerleader.

The other ladies wonder later who makes up that kind of thing.  And it makes me wonder how true the stories in the book the Salahis are planning will be (it's out now and will not be on my reading list).  Michael and Tareq go to visit a writer to talk about their tell all.   She actually asks if she has to write much to write a book.

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Being nice gets you nowhere on 'Parenthood'
September 22nd, 2010
03:30 PM ET

Being nice gets you nowhere on 'Parenthood'

The title of last night's episode of "Parenthood" is "No Good Deed," as in "no good deed goes unpunished," and that was certainly the case for the Bravermans. Trying to be nice didn't get them anywhere.

Last season, Adam and Kristina made friends with the Lessings, another family with a child on the autism spectrum, and Mrs. Lessing arrived at their door in tears. She’s getting divorced, partially because Mr. Lessing says the Mrs. is obsessed with raising their son Noel. What he calls “obsessed” I think most people would call parenting.

Then Mr. Lessing showed up at Adam’s job, also in tears. Having acquaintances split up is bad enough, but Kristina seemed to be unnerved by the idea that caring for her son could put a wedge in her marriage. That's probably why she agreed to watch Noel after school and sat and listened to Mrs. Lessing cry for a couple of days.

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D.C. 'Housewives' in Paris
August 20th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

D.C. 'Housewives' in Paris

In case you didn’t know, here’s a newsflash: Reality shows cherry-pick their best footage in order to piece together an hour-long show. We’re three weeks into “Real Housewives of D.C.,” and if this is the good stuff, I’m dying to know what the outtakes must look like.

So little that's interesting seems to go on in these peoples' lives that it makes being rich and leisurely look like a huge snooze.

For starters, Stacie and her husband visit their winemaker friends. It seems like quite a few of these outings do nothing but give these people a chance to name drop or overdress for an occasion.

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Ponies for presents on 'Real Housewives of D.C.'
August 13th, 2010
12:47 PM ET

Ponies for presents on 'Real Housewives of D.C.'

I gather from some of the comments I've read about "The Real Housewives of D.C." - both on this blog and on other sites - that many think this edition of the "Real Housewives" franchise is a bit on the boring side. To be honest, I'm starting to agree.

It's not that I enjoy the hair pulling and the table flipping that's gone on among the other casts, but there doesn't seem to be much excitement with these D.C. "Housewives."  We do know what's coming later, but for now we just get to watch them eat, drink and be nouveau riche.

For example, in this episode it was Michaele’s birthday, and her husband surprised her with some designer stuff. But the biggest surprise for me, however, was how old (she said) she is. She claims to be 44, but acts much younger - especially when her husband does things like give her a pony. (Yes, you read that correctly: a pony.)

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