Posts By Elizabeth Black
We had the chance to talk to Michael Lohan recently about his stint on Celebrity Rehab and he was very candid and honest about his time in treatment. We were curious if he and the other patients in the facility were aware of Bai Ling‘s dangerous climb up on the roof of the recovery center which played out over episodes two and three which required several people, including the fire department, to get her down.
Michael laughed as he explained “It was serious! I mean, she was on the roof! I don’t know why she was on there, I don’t know if she was going to jump, she said she was just looking around. But Bai Ling is a very free spirit, I wouldn’t put it past her to just go up there and meditate.”
The Mob Wives certainly have a flair for the dramatic when it comes to their lives, but they also take style to bold new level too. When we were behind the scenes at the taping of the reunion special, we got up close and personal with the ladies in-between takes and got some shots of them as they went from regular glamorous to super-glam. Check out our gallery for close-up shots of Karen, Renee, Drita, Carla, and their shoes as they waited for the show to begin.
The 2011 Do Something Awards nominees have been announced, and we have the full list of nominees and links to the voting pages below! Voting begins today, so make sure you cast your ballot in each category.
This year’s show is going to be hosted once again by Jane Lynch, and if the promo above is any indication, she’s going to kill it onstage. Only she can get away with getting a jab in at the Mob Wives while also making a plea for social change.
The awards will air on VH1 on August 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT —read on for more information on the show and all the nominees.
On the first episode of Famous Food which premiered last night, Ashley Dupre introduces herself and says “You may know me from a little scandal that happened in New York City.” Cut to the montage of Ashley’s appearances in the press from a few years ago when she was outed as a call girl used by former New York Governor Elliott Spitzer.
Contrary to what you might think, Ashley’s decision to be on a reality show wasn’t to capitalize on her infamy, instead, she explained that she wants to use the new show to prove that she’s moved beyond her controversial past. Ashley is the first to admit that she will always be most famous for what she did with the governor, but if the show portrays her as she was when we chatted, she’ll have a whole new fan base when it’s done.
In our interview, Ashley talks about her plans for the future, how she’s really just a relaxed, low-key “dog-lady,” and how Danielle Staub “ruined” the show for her.
At the Mob Wives reunion, I spoke to Renee Graziano, Carla Facciolo, and Karen Gravano about their current state of emotions, because it was clear the reunion brought up a lot of issues. As always, they were candid and very open, but a few minutes later after Carla had left and as I was saying goodbye, the conversation Renee and Karen went off the rails and took a turn for the hilarious.
Check out what Renee had to say about her fear of being parodied, and who they want to play them in the movie version of their lives.
Renee, when we spoke earlier this season, you mentioned that your childhood dream was to be on SNL. Would you consider doing one of those Facebook campaigns to try and host?
Renee: I’m surprised we haven’t been made fun of yet to be quite honest! Well, their season ended, that’s why. I definitely think when they come back they’re gonna do the Mob Wives — that’s when I’ll regret a lot of the things I’ve done and said, is when I actually see a man playing me. [Laughs] That’s when I’ll say “F—, I shouldn’t have said that.” I think we deserve Saturday Night Live.
Karen: I agree.
Is there anyone you’d want to play you in the story of your life? I mean, if it’s not a man playing you, who would you pick? Karen have you thought about that, if your book gets turned into a movie?
Karen: I’m in negotiations for that, actually…but I don’t know. I really like Emily Blunt, I think she’s a great actress.
Ooh, I can see that resemblance.
Renee: I love Julianna Margulies for me.
You guys are really good at casting yourselves, that’s a good one too.
Karen: Natalie Portman I also love, I think she’s a great actress. For me I’d be looking for a real actress, not someone with similar qualities who looks like me, definitely someone who can portray…my craziness.
Who would you cast to play the other ladies on Mob Wives?
Karen: [Laughs] Aren’t we trying to stay friends with them?
After the intensity of the Mob Wives reunion, which was the first time most of the women has seen one another since filming ended in May, I was a little nervous to talk to them all. Tension was still pretty high, although, as Karen Gravano mentions below, the women were on their best behavior for the taping. Still, emotions are still very raw and very real for them, but they graciously spoke with me not five minutes after the tapes stopped rolling.
Though Drita unfortunately had to take off immediately, I got the chance to speak with Karen, Renee, and Carla, with a brief anecdote about stabbing and meatballs from producer Jenn Graziano.
Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew is back for a fifth season, and we’re lucky enough to have the opportunity to talk about the show with Dr. Drew and some of the other staff at the Pasadena Recovery Center to get an inside look at the rehabilitation process. This week, we spoke with Dr. Drew and Jenn Gimenez and Dr. John Sharp about the addition of Jessica “Sugar” Kiper to the show and the surprisingly touching results of equine therapy.
The Mob Wives reunion aired Sunday night, finally! And yet, even in an hour-long show, there were plenty of little things that were cut out or that the viewing audience at home didn’t get to see. Since we were there, allow us to shed some light on what our favorite moments in the show were, but also, a few things you didn’t make it to air.