Wednesday, April 30, 2008

'Work Out', the misnomer, Ep 2

YouTube - Work Out Episode 2

Interesting 'WorkOut' via Bravo
Does anyone every actually do any exercise for more than 20 seconds on this show?? And this link was on Youtube, in an area related to the show, supposedly. But who are these two women? (And 'eww' who would want to get it on in the weight room of a gym?)

*fyi: link below is PG-13 rated

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I'm Judge Ted, the Foodie.

Top Chef, now spiced up with... quizzes?!
I went on Bravo's web site and found that they've upped the entertainment quotient of TC. Kinda. At any rate, here are my results for the terminally curious or totally bored TC fans:

This second quiz is quite interesting... since I did it twice, and the second time around I intentionally got -all- the answers -wrong-, and yet was still declared a 'foodie'...

Bravo's quizzes, opens in new window -here-. There are also games like 'Chef Suduko' there, but I didn't try'm. *If you do, let me know if they're *exciting*...

eta: Current standings on Bravo's Ep407 poll

Did Jen deserve to go home?

Yes -- 39% (3946 votes)
No --- 61% (6238 votes)

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Hang onto your hats...

TLW fans may be in for a bump-y S6 ride yet.

Laurel Holloman
(pictured left)

TLW's 'Tina', as she appeared at this week's 'Glaad' awards.

Looks like the Beals rumor could be true about Ms. Holloman.
That, or LH really needs a new stylist.

I can hear it now,
Tina's first words in S6:
''It just... popped.''

*Original photo courtesy of:

And for the Shane & Alice fans...

*yeah, bad 'shop, I know...
but still beats that Kroll pic, yes?

Friday, April 25, 2008

The Truth, Improv'd

Take a look at the links. Now we really know that the wrong gal was packing her knives...

Padma, looking at Jen just after the PYK&G moment. She looks quite distressed, no doubt about it.

More convinced that ever that TomC was the one actually influencing Ted and Padma go go along with dumping Jen in favor of the drama duo. Purely a ratings ploy?... or something else?

Top Chef's own Lee Anne wrote in her blog:

I was sad to see Jen go. Again, everything is judged a single challenge at a time, and she is WAY more skilled than some of the remaining contestants. She is the Tre of this season, having gone home too early. I had found her food up until that point to be not only inspired and original, but food that I would eat anytime.

And Jen's quoted here in NYmag:

What did you like about your dish?
Just the technique of caramelizing goat cheese like that is really unique. The chefs, the other contestants, devoured the leftovers. They were like: “This is the bomb, this is so good.” No one had seen that technique with the cheese before.

When other chefs gobble down Jen's food... need I say more?

TWoP poll update: Now 90% think Antonia/Lisa deserved knifing.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Orange Turned-on Asparagus*

*that's code for 'Beware capricious judges who'll skewer you whilst letting others who ignore their challenge elements slide!'
Our Jen unexpectedly trips over an asparagus stalk.

I'm sorry we didn't get to see all the cooking Jen did (thanks to Bravo's editing monkeys) but the other chefs did, which makes Dale's remark even more telling: 'She scared me when she cooked, she was so good.' We know he's not the type to say that randomly. And I found the other chef's crying 'What?!' plus Stephanie's annoyed "Jen's going home, leave me alone." very telling as well. Thats all in Bravo's 'extra' Ep4.07 video, of course. Note: not surprisingly, this vid has been overloaded with hits since the show aired - be patient, or try later.

It appears Jen got the shaft and the other chefs knew it instantly. Hey 'Top Chef' if you're so sure about your judging why didn't you include those bits in the actual show? So 'Thanks again' Bravo Editing Monkeys. I'm hoping they turn the animals from the Zoo episode loose on you. Except for the penguins, of course, unless they're rabid.

TWoP's poll, 80% say Antonia or Lisa should have gone, not Jen.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

'Last Call' Chef 5...

They're in the midst of the OPEN CALLS for the casting of Season Five of Top Chef: New Orleans. Below is the final list of open call sites from
Do you KNOW you could mop the floor with the chefs on Bravo's smash hit competition series? Well, here is your chance to make it happen! We are now casting for Top Chef Season 5!


Sunday, May 4th 2008
10:00am – 2:00pm
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
3799 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

C.I.A. - NEW YORK (Upstate)
Saturday, May 10th 2008
11:00am – 1:00pm
1946 Campus Drive
Hyde Park, NY 12538

Sunday, May 11th 2008
10:00am – 2:00pm
399 Lafayette St. (at east 4th street)
New York, NY 10003

Monday, May 26th 2008
10:00am – 2:00pm
617 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014

So, care to try out? There's still time...

(source: Bravo's Top Chef - Casting )

Maybe looking at this will give you an edge:
Ilan Hall talks about his 'Top Chef' audition. (2 min)

Finally, if you need one more bit of inspiration before you show up at an open call; here's a bunch of 'Top Chef' auditions on Youtube. Good Luck!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Who's got a babybump?...

*using bad 'shop to scare TWoPers since early '08

Mitchellplus reported back from the L convention that 'Helena' Rachel Shelley said that LuH was not pregnant... but nobody asked about JB. Perhaps they should have... but tis just a rumor so far.
So follow the Hitchhikers advice: 'Don't Panic'!

{credit for orig. photolink: bendrix731, thanks}

JB and AH go 'V'!

The Vagina Monologues took a road trip to New Orleans and some of TLW stars took part.

Jennifer Beals and Alexandra Hedison
in photo from the event, modified for Mama B. ;-)
*original photo credit to

Since I know how annoying it is to try to locate an older post a few days past on TWoP... here're a few links to make it easier to find these again later. Thanks guys!

Link to tipper63's TWoP post about the event.

*credit for link below to eagle-eyed gotmilf, thanks!
Link to elizalou's blog with 'V to the Tenth' details.

jabkelly's youtube link to JB's 'moan' scene.
(via handheld at the event) Thanks jab!

*fyi: link below is R-rated

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Bitter & Sweet, Salty & Sour

Serendipity helped Lisa win this week...
If Team Fire hadn't met Team Earth at the beef counter, her Fiery trio might have stuck to their original plan. But they did run into them, and thereby decided to nix the beef and go with the lively shrimp/bacon/salad that went on to win.

And as we saw later, the raw beef carpaccio ended up being a bad choice for Zoi and her Earth-lings. * IMO, since the chefs knew 'Top Chef' was passing out comment cards... forget serving a raw course to that older crowd. (Since it was Meals-on-Wheels benefit, they could've guessed that the usual attendees wouldn't exactly be ravers.) The percent of over-50's that have embraced raw protein is too low to risk it.

Sorry to see you go, Zoi, since from what I saw you were a better cook than Nikki or Ryan, and a better person than Dale or Spike.

My favorite Top Chef bloggers in Season #4, so far.

Dorothy Snarker {see below}

I don't need to recap... DS does it here:
Top Chef 4.04 {opens in new window}
And Ep 4.05 will be here:
Top Chef 4.05

* 'TopChefSeason4' on blogger stole a web page from stickygooey (see her page for details) and so has been permanently banned from any links on my blog pages.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

TLW 506... OMFG!

The unedited version of 506's OMFG#1 & OMFG#2

* No luck with the embedded images...
Try them at their user pages
Private link direct to videos by montjuic1013 & mjshazam:
Youtube User mont Link
Youtube User mj Link

Friday, April 4, 2008

Steal this Season

Its too bad that Showtime only gave TLW eight more episodes. I'm hoping that the petition to make it a 'full' twelve episode season does some good. Did they use 'writers strike' as an excuse for the missing episodes? Or was it just marked off as the 'economy's fault? (Never did read the news article about it.)

At any rate, I'm hoping TLW will go out with a bang
... or two.

Episode ideas for Season 6:

Lamborghini - Helena is back - lets roll, baby! *Go find v1. Alice!
Lear Jet - Helena is back, part 2: time to join the My-L-High club.
Lucid Dreams - Night falls in Weho, especially the 'Ho' part...
Look Who's Back - Welcome back, Carmen, Dana, Dylan & Lara.
Limbo - Jodi returns to teach everyone her new pole dance skills.
Little John - SheBar reopens as WeeBar, Kit's uppity new daycare.
L Ward - Everyone knew Jenny would end up back there someday.
Love - 'Wedding' (Bette-r this than pregnant) Shane presides.
Louisiana - TiBette honeymoon in bikinis near New Orleans. But...
Looters - They run and hide as thieves steal -all- their clothes!
Lost - B&T wander the bayous, stop often for comforting.
Leftovers - TPTB finally give in; we get to see all deleted scenes!

Feel free to email these ideas to Vancouver...

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Leisha Hailey... housewife!?

See Leisha Hailey as a het housewife in 'La Cucina'.
She's opposite Rachel Hunter, who's playing gay.

* A bit of their dialogue below *

There's a screening of it Thursday April 3rd

{scroll down to the 4.00 p.m. 'LA CUCINA' listing}

Here's a promo clip from the movie...
'LA CUCINA' (Italian for 'The Kitchen') is an hour and a half long, and there will be a Q&A with the writer and director following this festival screening. From this clip it seems like the film was poorly lit. Haven't seen it yet so I can't truly judge, but it would be a shame if it turns out that the film never made it past the festival circuit just because they hired a rookie director of photography.

I'm sure Leisha chose this role partly because it's so not 'Alice'.
The movie revolves around the preparation of four different meals, and Leisha's character 'Shelly' is linked to two of them. First, she's valiantly trying to make a lasagne while her husband looks on. He decides to order a pizza instead, which upsets pregnant Shelly so she heads out the door and up the stairs to her friend (R.Hunter) Jude’s place. There she finds Jude painstakingly making an Italian feast for her lover Celia, who apparently doesn't appreciate her efforts, either.