Friday, September 19, 2014

Amber and Jim Marchese Talk RHONJ Haters and the "Amazing" Florida Episode
Love 'em or hate 'em, chances are that if you're watching The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 6, you probably already have an opinion about Amber and Jim Marchese. The newbie H'wives couple has already made quite the impression in the first half of the season. But how do they feel about the fan response?

Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with the pair at OK! Magazine's 8th Annual New York Fashion Week Celebration on September 10, where they dished about the most surprising parts of being on reality TV, what to expect from the upcoming Florida trip, Jacqueline Laurita's return, and more.

Wetpaint Entertainment: What's been the most surprising thing about being on reality TV?
Jim: [Sarcastic] How much I'm loved. I just can't get over the outreach from the fans. How much they love — they're so kind. It's been wonderful, it really has.
Amber: I guess it didn't sink in how much drama it would really be. How much fighting, and arguing. I guess you get girls together, and we're around each other all the time, it's gonna happen, but it didn't sink in.

So you've gotten some negative feedback from fans. How are you handling that?
Amber: I think my husband's getting more negative feedback than I am. I think I'm more 50/50. I knew, going in, I kind of knew I would be 50/50. People are going to love me, or they're going to hate me. Whereas my husband, I think he's a little more polarizing.
Jim: I think it's a lot of fun, and I just like to tease the fans and hey, I have a job this year and I'm doing it.

It's kind of like Real Housewives of Atlanta, where a lot of the husbands are involved and evoke strong feelings. Have you talked to any of them?
Amber. No! Maybe you should! We need to definitely get together and give him a couple of words of encouragement, because right now you kind of feel like an island all by yourself.
Jim: I'm OK with that, though.

And Amber, you're big on fitness. Any tips for people looking to get in shape for fall?
Amber: Lift heavy, that's all I have to say.  

Really? You don't think women should stick to lighter lifting?
Amber: Absolutely not. Get in there, lift the weights, don't be afraid of the weights, and keep going up, keep challenging yourself. That's what I do. I actually do very little cardio. It's all weights. 

You have this big Florida trip episode coming up. What's that like? We hear it's very dramatic.
Amber: Yes. I don't want to give away too much because it's going to be a really amazing episode, but my husband's actually a part of that. The twins and him went at it pretty hard. Luckily, I have nothing to do with it! 

So are you OK to say hi to them if you see them tonight?
Jim: I wouldn't go that far.
Amber: I wouldn't go that far, no. Listen, people hold grudges, they have a preconceived notion, they blame me for everything. So no, I don't think they'll say hi to me, and the feeling is mutual, for sure
Jim: The viewers will have a lot of fun with Florida. I got to set the record straight with Bobby and Rino, who weren't even — how do they say it? — man enough to show up half the time.

So the other husbands are there?
Jim: Yes. Most of them hide for half the time, but Joe [Gorga] actually had a few drinks with me and we had some fun.

We also know Jaqueline is back. How did you react when you heard about that?
Amber: I was so excited. I love her; I think she's a sweetheart. I actually have the most in common with her. I like her. I dig her a lot. I respect her as a mom. I think she puts her family first. You do that and I love it because that's my deal too.
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Kelly Bensimon to Style Shoppers at Short Hills Boutique
Former "Real Housewives of New York City" star Kelly Killoren Bensimon has a simpler take on things these days.

The editor-at-large for Hamptons Magazine and amNew York columnist will be serving up style advice and talking budget-friendly fashion at DoubleTake Consignment Boutique in Short Hills tonight from 5 to 8.

"We're seeing simpler trends season after season whether they're prints or tribal," Bensimon said last week after a New York fashion week engagement. "We're seeing a lot of the same trends year after year, just the colors are changing."

Her favorites this fall include whites and argyle.

While Bensimon will be giving her take on what's fresh this season and incorporating her favorite runway trends, she believes fashion should be tailored to the individual.

"I think the beauty about fashion is that style is so personal," Bensimon said. "I feel your style is dependent on your lifestyle."

Bensimon's style sense was gleaned from her many years on the front end of fashion. While millions will recognize her from the Bravo reality series, styling is the role for which Bensimon is best-suited.

An Illinois native, Bensimon traveled from the Midwest to New York City at 16, to launch her modeling career. She's appeared in Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Elle magazines — and she spent a year as the Elle accessories editor. She even has a 6-year-old jewelry line "Kelly."

She has two daughters: Sea Louise and Thadeus Ann, with ex-husband Gille Bensimon. (The famed fashion photographer shot her March 2010 cover of Playboy magazine).

As a TV personality, Bensimon appears on "Today," "The Wendy Williams Show," "Watch What Happens Live," "Extra," "Access Hollywood" and the Fox News Channel.
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Simon Barney Says Ex-Wife Tamra Barney Invited Press to Their Court Hearing
Oh, man — Simon Barney is not happy. If you thought things had been settled between Simon and his ex-wife, Tamra Barney of The Real Housewives of Orange County, you were very, very mistaken. Turns out, just because they’ve been quiet doesn’t mean they aren’t still fighting!
The spark that set Simon off was an argument he got into with a fan on Twitter this week, who wasn’t too happy with Simon airing his dirty laundry over social media. But Simon was ready with a comeback: “I wasn't the one who invited the reporters to court the other day,” he tweeted. “Guess who? Do your research before you make a statement.” Ouch! We hope that isn’t true — this certainly isn’t the first time Tamra’s been accused of inviting reporters to an event, but we get the feeling Simon may be a little biased.

The last we heard about Simon and Tamra’s feud, Simon was demanding that their daughter see a different therapist after the current doctor publicly stated that Tamra was a great mother. And, by all accounts, Tamra does seem to be a really good mother! She may have had her troubles with her co-stars, but Tamra always seems to have her children’s best interests at heart. We hope that she and Simon can settle their differences soon!
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Nicole Napolitano & Teresa Aprea Allegedly Promised Dina Manzo Not To Mention Her Estranged Sister Caroline If Dina Kept Their Drama Out Of The Spotlight
Navigating the loyalties, backstabbing and table-tossing of The Real Housewives of New Jersey can be a daunting task. So when newbies Teresa Aprea and Nicole Napolitano signed on, has learned, they entered into a secret pact with series vet Dina Manzo, promising to have each other’s backs — and never to mention her estranged sister, Caroline, on the show. But the plan backfired when Manzo blabbed on-camera about rumors Aprea’s husband, Rino, had slept with her mother, Santa, and the twins were livid!

During an upcoming episode featuring the cast trip to Florida, “Dina tells the twins about the rumor,” a source close to the cast told Tom Murro. “The twins get upset with Dina, because she made the twins promise to give each other a heads’ up about any drama brewing on camera, and to never mention Caroline or [estranged sister-in-law] Jacqueline [Laurita’s] names.”

“Dina didn’t want them relevant to the show,” the source said. But when she brought up the twins’ big scandal as the cameras were rolling, “The twins realized Dina knew this rumor was already being talked about … and they were never warned about it by her until they were put on the spot on camera.”

“The twins now do not trust Dina,” the source said, and they let her know it.

“Dina, who always runs from confrontation, got upset for being called out by the twins and ran off-camera to get away,” the source continued. “She sat crying in a closet to hide from production!”

Later, Manzo attempted an off-camera reconciliation with the twins, according to the source.

“She does not like to be show in a negative light,” the source explained. “That’s why she stayed away from the show for so long. She can’t handle anyone making her look bad!”
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Kim Zolciak Displays Results Of Her Boob Job And Tummy Tuck
“I’m loving my new swimsuits,” Kim Zolciak gushes in a caption on one of the sexy new photos of her front and backside she posted to Instagram.

But it seems the Don’t Be Tardy reality star is loving the results of her recent boob job and tummy tuck even more!

Fans recently watched the mom of six — who gave birth to her twins Kane and Kaia with hubby, Kroy Biermann, last November — consult plastic surgeon Lenny Hochstein in a scene on her show.

Zolciak admits to the doctor that she’s looking to touch up a previous boob job. While she wants to remain a busty double D, Zolciak prefers her breasts to be a bit “perkier” with a “teardrop shape.”

And Dr. Hochstein agrees to do double-duty by fixing his client’s hernia and tightening the skin on her stomach all at the same time. Still, the 36-year-old Bravo star recently confessed that she still wants to “lose 10 more” pounds.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Shannon Beador Accepts Her Trophy For E! Online's "Best Housewife Ever"

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Kenya Moore Says Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 7 Is “Better Than Last Season"
Season 6 of Real Housewives of Atlanta was pretty good, so saying that Season 7, which is currently in production, is even better is a pretty bold statement. Still, according to the always controversial Kenya Moore that seems to be the case.

Kenya hosted one of her weekly Q&A sessions on Twitter last Friday, and when one follower wanted to know if there was any drama while filming Season 7 (duh, dude) Kenya responded with, “YES lots of drama better than last season.” A simple “yes” would have sufficed, but we kind of love that Kenya took it one step further and declared Season 7 better than its predecessor.

Even though she didn’t get into specifics with her tweet, we have some idea of the drama Kenya mentions. For starters, we have reason to believe Apollo formally apologized to the former Miss USA for the sexting scandal from last season.

Speaking of Apollo, Phaedra Parks’s hubby may have given us the most dramatic gift of all last week when, instead of checking into prison as he was supposed to, he surprised Phaedra at her house and reportedly demanded money from her. The Bravo crew that was on hand to film Phaedra apparently caught the whole thing. There’s no word yet if any of Apollo’s pre-prison outburst will make it to air, but we wouldn’t count it out.

Let’s also not forget that Season 7 marks the addition of Demetria McKinney and Claudia Jordan to the cast. New faces always make things more exciting.
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Alex McCord on "Real Housewives of New Jersey" and "Real Housewives of Atlanta" Sentencing

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Jacqueline Laurita Talks Return To "Real Housewives of New Jersey"
It's finally happening, guys. After weeks of rumors, Jacqueline Laurita is really returning to our small screens for next week's episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 6  — and yes, she's going to be addressing Teresa Giudice's legal situation. So, how does that go down?

This sneak peek of the episode gives us an advance look at Jac's return. She and Kathy Wakile chat about Teresa's plea deal, both discussing how difficult it is to hear about. "Look at me. I break out in goosebumps from it," Jac says. "It's just made it so real, you know."

Jacqueline  goes on to say that after the Arizona trip, she thought she and Tre were better, but once they got home their renewed friendship kind of dwindled. They didn't fight or anything, but they also never hung out like they were supposed to. But Jac still cares about what's happening to the Giudice family. In fact, she even sent Tre a text about it.
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Aviva Drescher Sued for $620,500 Over Unreturned Paintings
There's a reason she's a reality TV star and not an art curator.

An artist is suing one of “The Real Housewives of New York City” for failing to return five loaned paintings, scuttling the sale of one artwork and holding the rest up for ransom.

Aviva Drescher, 45, who starred in the show's previous two seasons — but has been fired this month, according to a report — is painted as greedy and grabby by Matthew Satz.

The Hamptons-based artist claims he installed the works at Drescher's Upper West Side home in June 2013 free of charge in the hope of some exposure.

A collector who saw them agreed a couple of months ago to pay $50,000 for a Pink Smoke Painting, according to papers filed Friday in Manhattan Supreme Court.

But the art remains hanging in the Dreschers residence as the TV blonde and her husband Reid Drescher, CEO of an investment banking firm, spent weeks haggling for a commission, the papers say.

“It's shocking that the Dreschers stooped to the level that they had and tried to extract a payment from Mr. Satz,” said the artist's lawyer, Andrew Weinstein.

Aviva Drescher contended that Satz was allowed to pick up the works by last Friday but did not — and she went on to pooh-pooh the painter.
“The guy is a crazy artist. He works out of his basement,” she told the Daily News. “He's not operating on a full deck.”

Weinstein retorted in the legal filing that no commission was ever agreed upon and that the Dreshcers first asked for $10,000 to return the art, then went down to $5,000, finally agreeing to let Satz collect the pieces if he pays them $2,500 and leaves two small works.

The lawsuit is asking for over $620,500 in compensation and punitive damages.
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