Tuesday, April 30, 2013

2013 Tony Awards Nominations

I spent my morning at the Tony Awards nominations in New York. While I have covered the red carpet before, it is the first time I had the opportunity to attention the early morning announcements. Sutton Foster and Jesse Tyler Ferguson hosted the nominations and they were hilarious together.

There were lots of interesting snubs from Bette Midler to Alan Cumming to Lilla Crawford, but there were lots of reasons to celebrate as well. Kinky Boots and Matilda the Musical will be battling it out for Best Musical while Tom Hanks has garnered his first Tony nomination for Lucky Guy written by his beloved friend, Nora Ephron. Ephron passed away last June after complications from Pneumonia and Leukemia.

See how all the action went down on Tuesday morning with my coverage for Starpulse:

AfterBuzz TV Dancing With the Stars, Week 7 Preview

We did let one of our guest's names slip on last week's show. We had her on last year and she provided a tremendous amount of insight, commentary, and opinions on Season 15. It's going to be great to hear what she has to say about Season 16.

Wednesday night's guest is...Shirley Ballas!  Joining her will be professional dancer Yegor Novikov who has had incredible success in competition.  Of course, Anna will also be in the house, so start sending in your questions. Post them in the comments below.

Don't forget to watch the show on AfterBuzz TV at 9pm PT. Link is here.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Media Mondays

It's a Gluten Free brownie!!!

Hello from the Big Apple!  I arrived this afternoon to lots of rain and of course, my umbrella is back in LA where I don't need it.

I will be covering the Tony Award nominations tomorrow morning, so if you are a musical theatre fan, be sure to look for my coverage on Twitter.

Here is where you can find my media appearances from last week:

AfterBuzz TV DWTS:  All of last week's thoughts, insights, and show are here.

Video streaming by Ustream Eat. Taste. Live.:  I was lucky enough to be a guest on this delicious Gluten Free cooking show. Chef Andrew Doyle whipped up a strawberry quinoa salad, ceviche, quesadillas, and brownies. I walked out super fat, but super happy. We had so much fun with Joel Bryant and pitching every product sponsor.

Joel Bryant showing off his strawberry quinoa salad.

Tom Barnard Podcast: Oh, I talked about the year Steven Tyler showed up to the Oscars in a white bedazzled jumpsuit...my favorite part of Armageddon. Listen in beginning at the 13:00 mark.

The Radio Dish: I talk with the ladies about poor Hugh Jackman. He's been dealing with a stalker who hates his beard. She threw a razor at him. I kid you not. I come in at the 20:45 mark.

SheKnows: My favorite articles from last week:
Gwyneth Paltrow talks about her bushy bikini line--It's exactly what you think.
Justin Timberlake on marriage: "It suits me"--Finally, a celeb who likes to be married.
Jason Segel adds a new job to his résumé: Author--This could be an interesting series.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

2013 White House Correspondents Dinner: The Good and Bad Red Carpet Fashions

#NerdProm is here!  Yes, the annual White House Correspondents Dinner has become one of the coveted red carpets to cover and one of the biggest parties of the year. I want in! Alas, I am not there, but I am happy to weigh in on a few of the fashions that marched down the red carpet on Saturday.

Let's take a glance at what everyone wore:

1. Hayden Panettiere:  Too prom?  The hair and the side draping on her hips scream, "I'm a Southern Belle or Disney's Belle or I just want to be Belle!" Dress: Katharine Kidd

2. Julie Bowen:  I've asked her to eat a meal or two in the past and I think she looks fit and healthy now. However, she has too much Botox on the forehead and it's actually making one of her eyes droop. Look for yourself. Injectables are fine, as long as you don't overdo it. Oh, and the Laura Bush hair ages her. Just a no. Dress: Monique Lhuillier

3. Katy Perry:  I love it when she dresses up and shows off a more feminine side. She's very pretty...but is that a white panty line I spot? Dress: Giambattista Valli

4. Olivia Munn:  This is the best I have ever seen her look on a red carpet. Gorgeous! That statement necklace is to die for. Dress: Marchesa

5. Sofia Vergara:  This woman's body is amazing...fit, curvy, and she showcases her shape. She always wears her hair down, but I think with this outfit, it's the perfect choice. I also love the teal dress and magenta jewelry color contrast.  Dress: Karen Caldwell

 6. Amy Poehler: She's been looking smashing since her split with Will Arnett, but this dress isn't doing much for her. I think the cap sleeves bug me even though the detailing at the waist is pretty. Dress: Basler

7. Claire Danes:  This color is stunning on her and I don't think we have seen her in blue in ages.  I think the Farrah 'do is wrong for this dress and I want a little more tailoring of the outfit on her slight frame. Dress: Prada

8. Kerry Washington:  She's become quite the red carpet fashionista. I love this look on her petite figure. I don't love the bangs. There was a lot of weird hair at the Correspondents Dinner. I have a feeling a lot of first lady hairstylists in DC were hired for this event. It's not Hollywood hair.

9. Kate Mara:  This is very simple and elegant, but I love the splash of color with the lime clutch. The clean hair and makeup look really enhance the whole statement. 

10. Patricia Arquette:  Oh dear. That is all.

Take a look at last year's fashions at the 2012 White House Correspondents Dinner. I feel like last year was a bit more A-list. 

What are your thoughts on this year's fashions? Let me know in the comments below. (I will add the dress designers as I get more info.)

AfterBuzz TV DWTS, Week 6: The Twitter Controversy

Even at Disneyland, there is no escape from DWTS!

I think this is our most hotly debated show of the season.  Team Zendaya thinks we hate Zendaya. If you have followed our shows over the last month and a half, you know that isn't true. I'm a big fan of the 16-year-old as a celeb and as great role model. I personally don't care how many Twitter followers she has and I don't think she is a ringer for ABC. I just want to see the girl dance! I think we all know where I stand and I believe my co-hosts are in the same boat on that. Any other interpretation of our opinions is erroneous.

Phew! Okay, I think we are good on that...until the next controversy. You guys like to keep me on my toes!

Don't forget to send in your red carpet questions on Mondays and Tuesdays to JC Rubio and Jackie Miranne. We are featuring one question each week on the Wednesday show. (Click on their names to tweet your questions.)

As a fan of SYTYCD, I am super excited that tWitch and Allison Holker will be performing together on Tuesday's show. Their dancing is amazing and they are a cute couple.  It's a great reminder that Season 10 is just around the corner....

If you missed this week's episode, you can watch it below:

Friday, April 26, 2013


Many of you know that last year I discovered I had a gluten allergy.  It hasn't been that bad avoiding gluten, especially since I feel so much better.  I am a girl who loves to eat, so I am excited to be a guest, along with actor Joel Bryant, on a new web show, eat. taste. live. with Chef Andrew Doyle.

You can watch us LIVE tomorrow at 11am PT/2pm ET at eat.taste.live

Tomorrow's menu looks amazing, too. Here is what he will be cooking and I will be eating for Episode 103:

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

AfterBuzz TV DWTS, Week 6 Preview

This is when it gets tougher and tougher to book guests because the rehearsals become more demanding with group dances and the competition gets even stiffer. Everyone wants to win.

We had two great guests for you, but they had to pull out late last night due to rehearsal. We are hoping to have them on later in the season.

However, we still have the amazing Anna Trebunskaya with us this week and she choreographed two numbers while Stevie Wonder sang live.  I have to admit, I am pretty jealous because it was an incredible opportunity for the pros and celebs to work with a living legend.

So, here's the week to ask Anna your questions about choreography, about how the show is run, how the contestants feel at this stage of the game, etc.  Ask away! Use the comments section below to ask your questions. The comments section will be the ONLY place I will take questions for tonight's show.

A couple of things I want to note:
   1. Voting:  We talked a lot about it this week on Twitter. Some of you are having issues, but this is probably not a topic we will address on AfterBuzz since there are so many dance topics to discuss. Technology is not perfect, so there are often glitches in the online voting system. As @DWTSGossip pointed out, voting is NOT run by ABC. It is run by an outside firm to adhere to broadcast standards and practices.  If you have complaints about the system, contact ABC here. There is also a People magazine article about it here. (If there is time, we will try to address Twitter voting tonight. That topic makes more sense for this week's team dances/results.)

2.  Autograph Requests:  Thanks for watching the show and supporting us, we really appreciate it. Many of you have asked for photos/autographs from the AfterBuzz crew. We are happy to do it, but here's the process:

A. Print up a photo of your choice at this Pinterest page.
B. Send a Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope and Photo to:
   Kristyn Burtt
   c/o M4PR
   11684 Ventura Blvd.
   Suite 213
   Studio City, CA 91604

Let me know if you have any questions. You can always find the contact information here, too. 

See you tonight at 9pm PT on AfterBuzz TV! Watch here.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Own Firming Silk Concentrate

Last month, I was given the opportunity to try Own's Lifting Eye Cream. Now that I have had another four weeks to test drive the product, I have definitely noticed more hydration and less lines around my eyes.  With all the travel that I do, it's easy for my skin to dry out, so this has definitely helped.  

This month, iFabbo and Own gave me a complimentary serum to try out: Own's Firming Silk Concentrate.  This product might be a personal favorite.  I've been looking for something to use for my face and neck to no avail until I used this product.  Here's a breakdown of the product:

Description of the Product:
Visibly reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles for more vibrant skin. The naturally derived and patented CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) formula in Own Anti-Aging Firming Silk Concentrate works with your body to treat all three layers of skin through a power-packed serum that’s proven to absorb easily without leaving a residue. Own Firming Silk Concentrate works with your own body’s chemistry to reactivate healthy processes and rebuild the skin’s structures for brighter, taut, and genuinely younger-looking skin. 

Product Details
Retinol-free formula 
Does not cause irritation, redness or flakiness 

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Coco-Caprylate, Conjugated Linoleic Acid*, Tocopherol

Does it Work?:
Again, the Own line is free from so many chemicals that are on my definite NO list: Parabens and Sulfates. I noticed a huge difference in my skin almost immediately.  Unlike the eye cream where I needed a few weeks to notice the change in my skin, my neck area responded within a few days.  The serum isn't greasy or oily and the tautness it promotes is enough to make me repurchase this item.  

Cost: $24.99 which is totally reasonable for a serum.

Where is it Sold?:
The product began selling at Ulta locations on March 1.  You can find the product here to go directly to the site.

If you want to learn more about Own products, you can follow them here:

Disclosure: I was given a complimentary sample of this product by iFabbo. I was not paid and all opinions are my own.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Red Carpet Closet Archives: Reese Witherspoon Interview

Based on the news of Reese Witherspoon's arrest yesterday, I made a comment about the actress on Twitter that sparked a lot of you to search for our interview together.  This press junket took place in either late January or early February (It was released in mid-February.) for the release of her film This Means War. I interviewed her along with Chris Pine and Tom Hardy for iVillage.

This is the interview:

Media Mondays

Who's that crazy girl in the back on the Tower of Terror? 

It's a new week and I think we all need a fresh start after all of the tragedy last week.  A trip to Disneyland was in order just to lighten the mood a bit, but there was still work to do. Here are all of my media appearances from last week.

AfterBuzz TV DWTS:  If you are looking for last week's show, click here for the video, photos, and more with Witney Carson.

Tom Barnard Podcast:  We talked about the Boston Marathon.  Enough said. You can hear me at the 1:01:22 mark here.

Clevver Movies:  My final appearance on It's a Wrap featured the topic "Are Movies "Based on a True Story" Believable?  Find out what we had to say...Erin Darling, Josh Ovenshire, and Ryan Turek.

SheKnows:  A few of my articles from last week...
Sandra Bullock film to screen for Boston police and FBI--A lovely gesture for some of the hardest working people in the law enforcement.
Sharon Osbourne's 911 call released:  Did she cover for Ozzy?--It appears that Ozzy's addiction problems were happening for a lot longer than anyone realized.
Singer Lauryn Hill facing eviction--She doesn't like to pay her bills.

It's Monday, so you have two opportunities to catch me on the air today:
1:30pm PT Metro News Hotline with Dave Weekley
7:35pm PT Driving with Gass on KWSS.org

Thursday, April 18, 2013

AfterBuzz TV's DWTS, Week 5: Witney Carson

I personally had more fun on this show versus any other episode we have done so far. Anna and our awesome guest, Witney Carson, did a great job of giving us more inside information than we have ever seen. From learning about Anna's time spent with Zendaya to get her ready for the Tango to Aly's mindset after hearing about the tragic Boston events earlier in the day, Witney and Anna both delivered.

The other thing that has been fun guessing is where Witney will turn up this summer. Most of you seem to think she will be a SYTYCD All-Star on Fox. It's a great guess and it makes a lot of sense.

Finally, we addressed the Zendaya "ringer" comment that has been coming up so much. We discussed it at length. You are welcome to add your thoughts in the comments below and I will definitely respond if you have more to add to the discussion.  Otherwise, I think we have exhausted the topic on the show, but let me know if you think we missed something during our debate.

Thank you all for your fan questions. We are trying to incorporate them as much as possible into the show whether it is on the red carpet, via a phone call, or from my blog, I think you all have added so much to our show.  It's really amazing!

If you missed the show, you can download it here on iTunes or watch it below.

See you next week!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

AfterBuzz TV's DWTS Week 5 Preview

I know you have all been waiting for the announcement of the guests for tonight's Dancing with the Stars show on AfterBuzz TV.  This week was such a busy week for all of the dancers, so we had to wait a bit to hear back from their contact person. However, I think this is going to be a fun ladies' night. (Jake DuPree is going to be surrounded by lots of girls tonight!)

Since we will be talking about Len's Side by Side Challenge, we will have our resident expert, Anna Trebunskaya, who performed three numbers this week plus...

New troupe member Witney Carson, fresh off of last season's So You Think You Can Dance....

She's going to try and bring another familiar face with her...new pro, Victor Ortiz's partner, and fellow SYTYCD contestant, Lindsay Arnold. (Witney is confirmed, Lindsay will appear if her schedule allows.)

So don't forget to watch tonight at 9pm PT LIVE on AfterBuzz TV. Link is here.

If you have questions for Anna, Witney, or Lindsay, post them in the comments below.  This is the official place to submit questions.  

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Media Mondays...on a Tuesday

Just a small camera for shooting...

I had plans to post this yesterday, but given the day's events...it just didn't matter. For those of you that don't know, I am from the Boston-area.  While I have adopted California as my home state, I often spent my Marathon Mondays in the city cheering on the runners as a kid.  Patriot's Day is only celebrated in Massachusetts and Maine honoring the beginning of the American Revolution.  It's a huge part of life in the state and everyone that was out there celebrating the day or who has lived for a time in the state understands that.  My thoughts are with everyone who was affected by this senseless tragedy.

Leave it to Patton Oswalt to be the voice of reason in a day filled with questions:  "The good outnumber you, and we always will."

Now, here are my media appearances from last week:

AfterBuzz TV's Dancing with the Stars:  If you are looking for the our Week 4 interview with Victor Ortiz, you will find the fun photo and the video here.

Tom Barnard Podcast:  We talked about Jon Hamm's junk...it's reportedly big and AMC is forcing the Mad Men actor to wear underwear this season. It's distracting.  Listen in at the 40:00 mark.

It's A Wrap!:  I was lucky enough to do two more episodes of the ClevverMovies series with Erin Darling, Josh Ovenshire, and Ryan Turek.  The top episode, we talk about the Deadpool property and if it will ever be turned into a film especially since it has Ryan Reynolds attached.  The bottom video features the 2015 Disney movie slate. Can anyone else compete with so many amazing movies on deck?

The Radio Dish:  I come in at the 22:00 minute mark where we address the Buckwild cancellation after the death of Shain Gandee. No one saw it coming, particularly the Buckwild producer.

SheKnows:  Some of my favorite articles from last week--
Kelly Ripa on Regis Philbin: "I haven't seen him, no."--It's not much of a surprise that these two no longer keep in touch, no?
Decorating guru Nate Berkus is engaged--We are seeing lots of celeb couples announce their engagement in anticipation of the Supreme Court ruling about Prop 8.  Hopefully, it is overturned. It's time. 
5 Great indie flicks you won't see at the MTV Movie Awards--I compiled a list of 2012 indie films you should see. Don't miss these gems.

Don't forget about our DWTS after show tomorrow night at 9pm PT on AfterBuzzTV.com.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

AfterBuzz TV DWTS: Victor Ortiz

I'm dramatically talking about Ingo and Kym's Viennese Waltz.

Okay, what a week it was!  We started off the night with a bit of a disappointment that Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd were tied up (again!) at another taping and they couldn't make it to our set. However, Victor Ortiz was in the house and he couldn't have been a better guest. We really appreciated the fact that he showed up because he came from a long day at the gym and rehearsal to join our show.

As you can see, he was a fun and lively guest who gave us some inside scoop on the personalities of the guests:  Sean is a good guy who obeys the rules, Jacoby is a jokester, and DL is serious on set.  I also appreciated Victor's honesty about his developing friendship with his pro partner Lindsay Arnold. He also dispels the dating rumor about the two. 

Oh...and how about the caller, Patty, who talked about wanting more new pros versus old pros?  I thought Anna was going to faint right there in the studio. 

Also, this is my favorite Jake DuPree moment (above) last night when he was talking about Sean's solo. Don't miss this moment.

I also posed the question at the end of the show about DWTS being about talent or improvement.  It was brought up in an article by Rebecca Martin of Wetpaint, so I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Read the article here and then post your thoughts in the comments below.

I don't have any guests to announce for next week...yet. Stay tuned on that topic.

If you want to see our group shot with Victor, head on over to my Facebook page.

Watch this week's AfterBuzz TV show for DWTS below:

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Stanley Kubrick Exhibit At LACMA

In Los Angeles, we are lucky enough to enjoy the best of filmmaking with movie studios, award shows, and film premieres.  Over the last five months, there has been an incredible exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) honoring the work of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. It runs through June 30 and it has been on my list all winter long.

I finally made it out to the museum on Sunday and I have to tell you, it was worth the wait. The exhibit featured Kubrick's works from The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Spartacus, and more. From famous movie props to a look at his use of music in film, it was a fascinating perspective of his mindset as a creator. The exhibit easily eclipsed the Tim Burton exhibit at LACMA from several years ago.

If you happen to be in LA over the next few months, make this exhibit a priority. Tickets are $20 or free for members of the museum. For more information, visit the LACMA website.

Enjoy the photos of my day with Stanley Kubrick:

 Preproduction clips from his abandoned project The Aryan Papers.

 Eyes Wide Shut masks

 The next few photos explain themselves...The Shining.

 A Clockwork Orange.

 Barry Lyndon costumes

 Dr. Strangelove 

 2001: A Space Odyssey

 Spartacus wardrobe sketch

 Stanley loved chess...notice how often he features the game in his movies.

 Shelley Duvall was good with a knife. 

 Iconic furniture from 2001: A Space Odyssey

Kubrick's famous monolith. Roger Ebert can tell you all about it here.

This photo is totally a spoiler if you have never seen The Shining.

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