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Chynna Phillips voted off ‘Dancing With the Stars’
Chynna Phillips forgot her routine on Monday’s “Dancing With the Stars,” and on Tuesday she was dismissed from the show.
“I’m disappointed,” she said after learning she’d be leaving. “I’m sad, but I have to take responsibility. I messed up.”
Miss Phillips lost her place in the middle of her tango with professional partner Tony Dovolani and wasn’t able to recover.
“I blanked,” she said. “I knew that routine. I just blanked.”
Judges gave the pair 21 points out of 30. Judges’ scores are combined with viewer votes to determine which contestant is eliminated each week.
“I’m very grateful to have been on the show and had the opportunity,” Miss Phillips said Tuesday. “Thank you everyone who voted for me.”
Her husband, Billy Baldwin, who has cheered her on from the ballroom each week, said that his wife “stumbled out of the gate [on Monday] and had her first bad week in four weeks.”
Also returning next week to dance to 1980s hits will be Ricki Lake, J.R. Martinez, David Arquette, Nancy Grace, Rob Kardashian and Hope Solo.
Tori Spelling, husband add baby girl to family
Miss Spelling gave birth to daughter Hattie Margaret McDermott on Monday.
The couple confirmed the news over their Twitter accounts, saying the baby is “gorgeous” and the family is “so happy.”
Miss Spelling and Mr. McDermott, who married in 2006 after meeting on the set of a TV movie, already have two children together, Liam and Stella. Mr. McDermott also has a son from a previous marriage.
The birth was first reported by Life & Style magazine.
Disney actress Hilary Duff: ‘I still have work to do’
Although she’s appeared in hit movies, starred on a Disney TV show and sold millions of records, Hilary Duff said she still feels she has things to prove in showbiz.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Miss Duff said during her time on “Lizzie McGuire,” the show in which she starred for two seasons and that made her famous, she “got to do so many fun things and be so physical with my comedy. I had no inhibitions. It was fun for me to be goofy.
“Then I wanted to sing, and that was new, but I had so many fans by that point, they were all supporting me, so I was really confident. Now I’m a little older, and I feel I need to relearn some of those things. I have goals and aspirations, but they kind of fall into what I’ve already accomplished. I feel like I still have work to do within things I’ve already dabbled in.”
One recent success she’s had is in the publishing world. Miss Duff is a best-selling young-adult novelist with her “Elixir” trilogy. The second book, “Devoted” is now in stores.
“To put a book out was huge,” she said. “To hear people be like, ‘I didn’t want to give you much credit, but I love this book.’ It’s an overwhelming feeling of gratefulness and relief.”
Besides writing, 24-year-old Miss Duff is expecting her first child with pro hockey player Mike Comrie. The two married in 2010.
She said she sees fans posting on Twitter that her pregnancy makes them feel old.
“The truth is that I’m very young and things in my life have happened very fast. I guess, why stop now?”
Food & Wine magazine plans ‘Top Chef’ section
Can Food & Wine go where Food Network Magazine and Every Day With Rachael Ray have gone? In the latest effort to parlay a TV brand into print, Food & Wine will publish a 24-page section in its January issue called Top Chef Magazine, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Unlike the aforementioned magazines, the Top Chef section will take the form of an advertorial about the Bravo reality show of the same name, for which Food & Wine has been a longtime sponsor. Articles are being created with Bravo’s approval and will center on various aspects of the show’s contestants, while Food & Wine will sell ads in the section. If it’s successful, Food & Wine will consider running the section quarterly or turning it into its own issue.
“There are many elements from a consumer marketing part of it,” Food & Wine publisher Christina Grdovic told AdWeek. “We’d like it to be a 13th issue or some sort of a stand-alone, but we have to see if it makes sense.”
Publishers have been successful at translating celebrity chefs into magazine content lately: Rachael Ray and Food Network Magazine have been two of the fastest-growing titles in recent years. And Food & Wine has reason to be optimistic about the Top Chef section; “Top Chef” is the highest-rated food show on cable, averaging 2.31 million total viewers in its eighth season, per Nielsen live-plus-same-day ratings.
Douglas to play Liberace in upcoming HBO movie
HBO said Michael Douglas is taking to the keyboard for its upcoming biopic of legendary pianist Liberace, the Associated Press reports.
“Behind the Candelabra” will be directed by Steven Soderbergh. It will also star Matt Damon as Scott Thorson, the younger live-in lover of the flamboyant entertainer, to be played by Mr. Douglas. HBO made the announcement Tuesday.
Jerry Weintraub (“Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen”) is executive producer.
The film’s title refers to the trademark candelabra always gracing Liberace’s grand piano when he performed. He also was known for his outrageous costumes and extravagant jewelry.
The 67-year-old Mr. Douglas recently battled throat cancer, but in January he announced his tumor was gone and predicted he had beaten the disease.
“Behind the Candelabra” is scheduled to begin production next summer. No airdate was announced.
• Compiled from web and wire reports.
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