‘Queer Eye’ Foodie Antoni Porowski Opening New York Restaurant

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If like the rest of the civilized world you’ve just finished binge watching season two of Queer Eye on Netflix, you may be desperately craving a makeover. Or you’re at least craving some of food expert Antoni Porowski’s green goddess or guacamole. (Who says Greek yogurt can’t go with avocado?)

And during a recent cast panel, he went and announced that he’ll actually be opening his own restaurant – which he apparently isn’t supposed to talk about.

“I’m all about, like, cheese and pork belly and decadence,” he enthused. “And as a result of the increased vanity of being on camera all the time and working out and eating healthy, I’m developing a fast-casual food concept restaurant that I’m gonna be opening here in New York.”

Although the food snobs of social media haven’t always favored Porowski’s idea of the culinary arts, he’s maintained a loyal fanbase since the show premiered earlier this year. We’re guessing his new venture will prove the haters wrong.

Lola Kirke Announces Debut Album, Drops ‘Supposed To’ Video

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Lola Kirke has already wowed us with roles in Gone GirlMistress AmericaMozart in the Jungle, and most recently, Gemini. But the talented actress has also been flexing her musical muscles, having released a self-titled EP in 2016, and more recently, the video for her hauntingly beautiful new single “Monster.”

Kirke has also just announced her debut album, Heart Head West, which will include the aforementioned track. Releasing through Downtown Records, it’s set to drop August 10 – and will explore her “self-doubt, family matters, social concerns, and personal loves and joys.”

With the announcement, Kirke has dropped the video for her latest single “Supposed To.” Self-directed, it stars Deborah Hedwall as an aging woman who seems to have a much younger appetite for life, following the apparent loss of her partner.

“The song ‘Supposed To’ is really about the intense pressure I feel to be what other people think I should be,” Kirke explains, “and what I think I should be. How rebellious would you feel if you had spent your life just doing things that you felt that you were supposed to do, that you were told to do?”

Heart Head West is now available for preorder online.

 

10 Female-Driven Television Shows Taking Over Our Summer

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With the #MeToo movement shaking up the long-standing boys club that is Hollywood, visibility and representation are absolutely growing onscreen. Many of the best new shows and movies feature amazing women, both in front of and behind the camera.

And this summer, women are dominating television like never before. From 1970s single moms to 1980s women wrestlers to modern day nail artists/organized crime rings, the future of TV is definitely female.

Here are our picks for 10 women-led can’t-miss summer series’.

 

Sweetbitter
Created by Stephanie Danler
Premiered May 6 on Starz

This modern fish-out-of-water story follows 22-year-old Tess (Ella Purnell) as she arrives in New York City, searching for her place. When she’s invited to train at one city’s hottest restaurants, she finds an unusual sense of family in the food world. Based on the book of the same name.

 


 

Vida
Created by Tanya Saracho
Premiered May 6 on Starz

A death in the family forces estranged Mexican-American siblings Lyn (Melissa Barrera) and Emma (Mishel Prada) back into each other’s lives. As they struggle to rebuild their relationship, they discover long-buried truths about their mother’s identity.

 


 

Picnic at Hanging Rock
Executive producer Jo Porter
Premiered May 6 on Amazon

Based on the 1967 novel by Joan Lindsay, it follows the Valentine’s Day disappearance of three schoolgirls (Samara Weaving, Lily Sullivan, and Madeleine Madden) and their teacher (Natalie Dormer). The event has a far-reaching impact on the school and the local community as paranoia sets in.

 


 

Little Women
Directed by Vanessa Caswill
Premiered May 13 on PBS

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, this beautiful adaptation follows the four March sisters (Maya Hawke, Kathryn Newton, Willa Fitzgerald, and Annes Elwy) as they navigate love, loss, and growing up during the American Civil War.

 


 

Pose
Writers: Janet Mock and Our Lady J
Premiered June 3 on FX

Ryan Murphy’s latest creation brings the ballroom scene of 1980s New York to the small screen. Featuring the largest cast of trans actors on television, it’s a huge win for representation and inclusivity, as well as a visually striking, addictive piece of television.

 


 

Dietland
Created by Marti Noxon
Premiered June 4 on AMC

Based on Sarai Walker’s best-selling novel, this show explores a multitude of feminist issues in today’s society. Plum (Joy Nash) is a writer who’s dealt with body image issues her whole life. When she sets her sights on a drastic solution, she finds herself caught in the duality of feminism.

 


 

American Woman
Co-executive producer Kyle Richards
Premiered June 7 on Paramount Network

Based on the childhood of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards, this ’70s Beverly Hills drama follows Bonnie (Alicia Silverstone) as she navigates single motherhood. After leaving her cheating husband, she turns to her friends (Jennifer Bartels and Mena Suvari) to help her through this new chapter.

 


 

Claws
Executive producer Rashida Jones
Season 2 premiered June 10 on TNT

Desna Simms (Niecy Nash) is the owner of a struggling nail salon in Central Florida. With financial issues and personal drama, she and her four trusty employees turn to organized crime to keep their business afloat.

 


 

The Bold Type
Created by Sarah Watson
Season 2 premiered June 12 on Freeform

Inspired by the life of editor Joanna Coles, this show follow the lives of three best friends working at Scarlet Magazine. Jane (Katie Stevens), Kat (Aisha Dee), and Sutton (Meghann Fahy) work their way to the top of their field while navigating love, feminism, and the media industry.

 


 

GLOW
Created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch
Season 2 premieres June 29 on Netflix

Inspired by the women’s wrestling show of the 1980s, this dramatized adaptation follows a group of struggling actresses who form the unusual wrestling league. As the show premieres, the ladies must deal with racism, sexism, and their newfound fame while trying to keep the team together.

 

Ryan Murphy Reveals Epic Theme for ‘AHS’ Season 8 Via Twitter

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Ryan Murphy loves to make a big deal out of the reveals for his exalted horror anthology, American Horror Story. During the promotion for season six, he released faux teasers for the show, only revealing the theme to be My Roanoke Nightmare during the season premiere. For last season’s Cult, it was a series of hints that unraveled on a mysterious website.

That’s why it’s so unusually unceremonious that he just tweeted the theme for season eight.

 

 

That’s right, the highly anticipated Murder House/Coven crossover is happening much sooner than we thought. We’ve been waiting for this ever since meeting our favorite New Orleans witches during season three’s Coven. And with season one’s Murder House in the mix, it’s a chance for the show to return to its roots.

Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Kathy Bates are confirmed to return for the new season. Paulson played celebrity psychic in the making Billie Dean Howard in Murder House, as well as headmistress and coven supreme, Cordelia Foxx, in Coven. Peters portrayed disturbed teenager Tate Langdon in Murder House, and undead frat boy Kyle Spencer in Coven. Bates made her first appearance as historic murderess Madame Delphine LaLaurie in Coven.

 

 

Fingers crossed we’ll see both Taissa Farmiga and Jamie Brewer return, since they had instrumental roles in both seasons. But seeing as Gabourey Sidibe, Lily Rabe, and Emma Roberts’ characters all met unfortunate demises, we shouldn’t hold our breath for them to come back. Then again, nobody stays dead for long in the American Horror Story universe.

Although there’s not yet an official premiere date, Murphy confirmed the new season will air sometime this year.

Who’s Posting to Anna Delvey’s Insta While She’s at Rikers?

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If you haven’t read the New York Magazine piece on Anna Delvey, you’re missing out on the story of the decade. Having conned her way into the highest social circles of Manhattan’s rich and powerful, she pulled off a socialite facade while racking up a mountain of fraudulent transactions. It’s the hottest tale of modern elitism and crime-friendly millennials since the Bling Ring.

It’s such a huge story, it caught the attention of Netflix and Shonda Rhimes. Now set for a series, it’s safe to say we’ve only seen the beginning of Delvey’s rise to infamy.

 

 

Since yesterday, two posts have gone up on Delvey’s Instagram. They’re the first on the account since August, which makes sense, seeing as she’s currently being held at Rikers Island. A photo shows Delvey with former 11 Howard concierge and unwitting accomplice Neff Davis, with the caption “Thelma & Louise.” And a throwback video shows Delvey eating at the trendy French restaurant Le CouCou.

Both are geo-tagged from Rikers Island, which raises the question as to how these posts came to be. Did someone smuggle a phone in for Delvey? Is her old pal, Davis posting for her? Is it all a publicity stunt on behalf of Netflix? Either way, we’re on the edge of our seats to see how Delvey’s story continues to unfold.

Robert Zemeckis Directing Adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’

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If you’re a child of the early ’90s, you probably remember Anjelica Huston ripping her face off and turning children into mice in the 1990 film The Witches. And more than likely, it left you with a childhood of nightmares that you still can’t quite shake.

Be warned, those childhood nightmares will soon be getting an update. Robert Zemeckis is in talks to direct an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1973 book that inspired the original film – but his version will reportedly be a more faithful adaptation.

The Forrest Gump director will also pen the script, while partner Jack Rapke is producing through their studio, ImageMovers. Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro are also attached as producers.

Rose McGowan Pens Open Letter About Suicide and Blame

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In the past week, the world has experienced the losses of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain to suicide. And as the conversation around depression and mental health continues to evolve, the topic of suicide is had come very much to the fore.

The most recent person to lend their voice is mental health advocate and friend of Bourdain, Rose McGowan. Also close with his girlfriend Asia Argento, McGowan wrote an open letter about the suffering of Argento and Bourdain’s loved ones. As the prospect of blame seems to be up for debate among some, she urges people to make peace during such a tragedy.

 

It’s a profound outpouring of emotion from someone who’s lost a friend, and it’s worth a read.

Dear Fellow Humans,

Sitting across from me is the remarkable human and brave survivor, Asia Argento, who has been through more than most could stand, and yet stand she does. She stood up to her monster rapist and now she has to stand up to yet another monster, suicide. The suicide of her beloved lover and ally, Anthony Bourdain. I write these truths because I have been asked to. I know so many around the world thought of Anthony Bourdain as a friend and when a friend dies, it hurts. Many of these people who lost their ‘friend’ are wanting to lash out and blame. You must not sink to that level. Suicide is a horrible choice, but it is that person’s choice.

When Anthony met Asia, it was instant chemistry. They laughed, they loved and he was her rock during the hardships of this last year. Anthony was open with his demons, he even wrote a book about them. In the beginning of their relationship, Anthony told a mutual friend, “He’s never met anyone who wanted to die more than him.” And through a lot of this last year, Asia did want the pain to stop. But here’s the thing, over their time together, thankfully, she did the work to get help, so she could stay alive and live another day for her and her children.

Anthony’s depression didn’t let him, he put down his armor, and that was very much his choice. His decision, not hers. His depression won. Anthony and Asia had a free relationship, they loved without borders of traditional relationships, and they established the parameters of their relationship early on. Asia is a free bird, and so was Anthony. Was. Such a terrible word to write. I’ve heard from many that the past two years they were together were some of his happiest and that should give us all solace.

Anthony was 61, the same age my father was when he died. My father also suffered from intermittent deep depression, and like Anthony, was part of a “pull up your bootstraps and march on” generation. The a “strong man doesn’t ask for help” generation. I know before Anthony died he reached out for help, and yet he did not take the doctor’s advice. And that has led us here, to this tragedy, to this loss, to this world of hurt. Do NOT do the sexist thing and burn a woman on the pyre of misplaced blame. Anthony’s internal war was his war, but now she’s been left on the battlefield to take the bullets. It is in no way fair or acceptable to blame her or anyone else, not even Anthony. We are asking you to be better, to look deeper, to read and learn about mental illness, suicide and depression before you make it worse for survivors by judging that which we do not understand, that which can never fully be understood. Sometimes we are stuck in the unknowable, and that is where we are now, a massive wave of darkness that threatens to swallow everyone in its wake.

As I watch Asia do her job on set today, I see a pillar of strength who continues to work to put food on her children’s table. I see Elizabeth Taylor carrying on filming Cat on a Hot Tin Roof despite her love, her husband, dying in a plane crash. I see all of us who have carried on. Please join me in sending healing energy to Anthony on his journey, and to all who’ve been left behind to journey on without him. There is no one to blame but the stigma of loneliness, the stigma of asking for help, the stigma of mental illness, the stigma of being famous and hurting.

We must do more and be better. Anthony, our friend, would want it that way.

To the media and to the random commenter, Anthony would never have wanted Asia to be hurt, I’d like to think he would want us to have the collective conversation that needs to be had about depression. Blame is NOT a conversation, it is the shutting down of our collective growth. Which is where we are now. We have a choice as humans, shrink to our smaller, uglier selves, or be better and grow as only true Phoenixes can. I urge you to be that Phoenix.

With great sadness and even greater hope, I remain,
Rose McGowan
cc: Asia Argento

If you are considering suicide, reach out. We need you here. You matter. You exist. You count. There is help a phone call away, reach out.

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Shonda Rhimes Bringing Anna Delvey Socialite Scammer Series to Netflix

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If you haven’t read the highly addictive New York Magazine article about Anna Sorokin (aka Anna Delvey), you’re missing out. Since appearing in the May 28 issue and subsequently online, the story about the faux socialite who scammed New York’s elite has circulated faster that an obnoxious tweet from Donald Trump. In doing so, it’s fueled much buzz about a potential onscreen adaptation.

Thankfully, the project has ended up in the best possible hands. Mother of addictive TV drama, Shonda Rhimes has acquired the rights to the article by Jessica Pressler, and she’ll be writing the series adaptation for Netflix.

This comes as her first project with the streaming network since inking a five-year deal in August, which will potentially earn her some $300 million. It also comes as her first series not produced for former network partner ABC, for which she created such binge-able series’ as Grey’s AnatomyHow to Get Away with Murder, and Scandal.

This could be her best one yet.

Fran Drescher Teases Potential Revival of ‘The Nanny’

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With Will & Grace and Murphy Brown making their big TV comebacks, nostalgia reigns.

And with the news that The Nanny may get a modern makeover, we couldn’t be happier. You know the story: she was working in a bridal shop in Flushing, Queens until her boyfriend kicked her out in one of those crushing scenes. Long story short, she became the nanny to the children of a rich Broadway producer, Maxwell Sheffield, before they eventually got married and had produced little ones of their own.

In the wake of the swift cancellation of the Roseanne reboot, fans have suggested Fran Drescher’s 1993 sitcom would be a perfect replacement, to which she responded, “I’m not mad at that suggestion.”

“We’re talking about it. Peter (Marc Jacob, ex-husband and co-creator of the original show) and I are talking about it,” she told ET Online. “We’re working on a very big project. It’s going to be very exciting for the fans…but I’m not at liberty to announce it yet. But it’s gonna be big.”

Unlike the Roseanne reboot, Drescher sees her fictional counterpart mirroring her own more progressive activism. “All kinds of things from environmental issues, to health, to civil liberties, that’s what I think Fran would be doing now: opening her big Queens mouth for the greater good.”

And we’re here for it.