It’s not easy to wake up two hours earlier than you’re used to on one of the colder days we’ve had this winter to go to work, but when that work involves a visit with the cast of Mob Wives on the set of Good Morning America, you have to realize that hey, my work is actually pretty awesome. So with that optimism in mind, I showed up to the ABC studios in Times Square to hang out with Karen Gravano, Renee Graziano, and Ramona Rizzo to chat briefly and snap a few photos while they prepared for their interview with Lara Spencer. As they got ready, the ladies all fielded calls and texts from their kids, and complimented each other on their jewelry and shoes like the old friends that they are. They was definitely no tension among these three, although there were a couple of comments about “the other two” who were absent.
For more pics of the ladies as they prepared for the show, and my quick chat with Renee about her plastic surgery, keep reading. (We’ll have their GMA video clips for you soon, too!)
During the first episode of Mob Wives, you may have noticed a new presence on the show, one which looms larger than life, Ms. Angela “Big Ang” Raiola. Who is Big Ang, you ask? We’re pretty sure we can’t define her. In an exclusive sneak from this season, she explains, “I like the wiseguys because they know how to treat women. They bought me nice houses,” [Ed Note: Houses, plural??] “gorgeous furs, diamonds, cars, they’re very generous and very good looking.” And she’s on the prowl for another wiseguy, so watch out all you gents on e-Harmony (e-Parm-ony?) this Italian bombshell is looking for you.
We have waited so very long to be able to use that phrase, and now its official, VH1′s Saved By The Baby stars Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza are engaged!
Lopez told Us Magazine that he popped the question over the New Year’s holiday, saying “We took a walk alone as the sun was setting. I told Courtney that I wanted the mother of my children to have their last name. She was silent at first from shock, then she leaped for joy and did a little jete!” The two are parents to little Gia, 2. Mazza told Us “Besides our daughter’s birth, this was the best moment of my life!” Congratulations to the entire family!
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We envy La La Anthony‘s innate sense of casual cool style, so it’s no surprise to hear that she’s getting involved in the beauty biz to help other women bring out their best too. La La is partnering with the Motives company to launch her own makeup brand next month. The line will focus on “foundations to match all ethnic skin tones from light to dark. La La’s emphasis on the special foundation types were made because of the lack of availability for women of color in many beauty lines,” The Insider reports, and it will also include lip and eye color. Perhaps we’ll see La La in business woman mode on season two of La La’s Full Court Life when that airs this spring!
After an explosive season premiere like the one we just experienced with Mob Wives, it’s hard to imagine how it could be followed up. Well, we have a sneak of episode two, and oh my gooooodness, we don’t know how this is possible but it’s even more dramatic than last week. When Karen and Drita finally have a little chat at Renee‘s “Thank God I’m Alive” party, they get into it a little deeper than they expected to, and Karen tells Drita “Every day I wake up, I have to talk myself out of coming to your house.” “Do you know what happens when you come to my house?” Drita asks us. “You get hit with a wrench across your f—ing throat.” Good thing Karen talks herself out of it, then! (I can joke all I want, but this is some serious stuff right here, just watch it.)
Just another day in L.A with T.I., Tiny, and their friends!
Chrissy Lampkin finally got her wish last night on Love And Hip Hop, a ring from her man Jim Jones. And though you may love her or hate her for being a strong woman with some serious opinions, it was hard not to get emotional that moment when he arrived just as she was reaching her breaking point with him to make an honest woman out of her.
In this new interview with Necole Bitchie, Chrissy opens up about her relationship with Jim. Always honest to the core, Chrissy says that Jim’s never been unfaithful and admits that he supports her financially. Check out our favorite quotes from the interview below.
On infidelity and whether or not that has been an issue for her: You should never ever accept it. Everybody has individual issues in relationships. Is that something that I want to deal with, absolutely not. Is that something I have dealt with with Jimmy, no. Am I a realist? Absolutely, but I don’t dwell on that type of stuff because it doesn’t come my way…There’s no girls calling my phone, no one comes to my house, I don’t have it. We have other problems. We’re not problem-free, but that’s just one I don’t have.
On having kids with Jim: Children are in the works. We’ll figure it all out.
On the fact that Jimmy supports her: Yeah. He takes good care of me. I don’t care how people take it. I get flack all the time. He’s my man. What–you want him not to? I came up in a time when that’s what men did and aspire to do. What man doesn’t want to take care of his woman? I was never a person that didn’t have anything. When I met Jimmy, I had my own apartment and car. He’s taken it to a bigger level. I’ll be fine.
On life outside the show: Chrissy likes to be around friends and family. Chrissy likes to take care of her 70-pound dog who I think is my son. That’s my homie. I take care of my house. I do regular things. I’m trying to get into charity work for young girls at the age where they’re old enough to want to do it and too young to do anything about their lives. I think that’s a critical time when they need to be given the tools to make wise decisions. I want to get involved with that.
Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer are hosting the 17th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and in this exclusive clip we dug up today, they help us understand just what kind of award show this is. Hint: It is not an award show for dogs, so you might want to put Fido in his crate on January 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Hosts orders.
A few weeks back, we showed off a video featuring the collaboration between Louis James and Somaya Reece for a song called “Eh Mama,” and now the song is finally available in iTunes. But Miss Reece isn’t done, she let us know that part two of the Rebel With A Cause mixtape series she’s been working on is also ready for download. This new compilation, called Blurr The Lines, is available for download here. Personally, we think she’s looking fierce on this cover, but then again, we always think she looks fierce.
Oh, and if you’ve been missing Somaya on Love And Hip Hop lately, don’t worry, she’ll be back soon. She and LHH producer Mona Scott Young cleared up her absence on her blog this week, with Young explaining “With 6 cast members to follow it sometimes becomes difficult to get everyone in every episode so what we do is try to follow the stories that are happening as they are happening. It would not be smart storytelling to focus on a cast member just to make sure they’re represented in an episode when there is a great story unfolding with another cast member that needs coverage. There is only so much time per episode to cover story and we have to make tough choices every day but rest assured, Somaya is definitely still very much part of the cast and will make appearances in coming episodes.”
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