Posts By Rich Juzwiak

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VH1 Greenlights Audrina Patridge Series

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Details are scant, but we can confirm that a series is on the way to VH1 focusing on recent Dancing With the Stars eliminee and Hills star Audrina Patridge. The official word is below…

Audrina Patridge, star of MTV’s The Hills and front-runner on Dancing with the Stars, is returning to television with a new show on VH1.  The still untitled project will document Patridge’s life with her family as she tries to navigate the world of fame and celebrity in Hollywood.  VH1 has greenlit the series, which will begin shooting early next year. Patridge will produce the series along with her manager Dave Fleming, and excecutive producer Mark Burnett.

[Image via Getty]

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Single Ladies – A New Scripted Series Coming Soon To VH1

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VH1 will make its foray into the hour-long scripted series format with Single Ladies, a new show starring Stacey Dash, LisaRaye McCoy, Charity Shea, and DB Woodside that’s set to premiere in 2011 (it will be preceded by a movie of the same name). Details are in the press release below…

VH1 has teamed up with Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment to bring viewers Single Ladies, a new comedic drama series that asks the question what do women really want in a relationship? The series will mark VH1’s foray into the hour-long scripted genre. The movie was shot in the summer of 2010 and the series is set to begin production in late 2010. The movie and series will both premiere in July 2011.

Single Ladies is a comedic drama about Val, Keisha, and April – three best friends with different philosophies on sex and relationships. Val ( Stacey Dash) is an ambitious aspiring fashion mogul who wants to find a true partner. Keisha (LisaRaye McCoy), on the other hand, is a former video dancer just looking for a rich man to keep her in style. April (Charity Shea) has supposedly found the perfect man and the perfect marriage – but is learning that marriage isn’t necessarily a happy ending. Single Ladies is a modern, sexy series set in the world of Atlanta fashion, music, and celebrity that will constantly explore which woman has the right approach to relationships.

The cast includes: Stacey Dash, LisaRaye McCoy, Charity Shea, and DB Woodside. “Single Ladies” the movie features guest appearances by Lauren London, Eve, Common, Chilli, and Kim Porter. Executive producer, Queen Latifah, will make a guest appearance in the series.

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Bret Michaels’ Infamous Billboard Sells Out

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Proving that sex sells even things that people don’t buy anymore (in this case, magazines), the issue of Billboard bearing Bret Michaels‘ bare body sold out its run of single-copy newsstand issues, according to the rocker-reality star’s Facebook. The posting, which sources the magazine’s circulation department, notes that this exceeded Billboard’s expectations — but probably not more so than Bret’s abs apparently rock-hard! Moving so many units is additionally impressive for a magazine that charges $6.99 per issue in the U.S. If you missed out and don’t mind a bigger dip into your pocket, the issue is available online for $12.99. [Bret Michaels' Facebook]

Remember, Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It premieres Monday, October 18 at 10/9c.

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Fantasia: “I Was Born Before The Disney Movie”

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Fantasia is either over 70-years-old or unaware of her Disney history. In a recent interview with MSN TV, Fantasia was asked if she was named after the Disney movie she shares a name with. The Fantasia for Real star’s answer? “I was born before the Disney movie.” (She added that she was named after the fantasia crystal.) The movie Fantasia, of course, dates back to 1940 (it was the third feature-length Disney movie after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio). Instead of saying, “Oh, you must be confused by its many theatrical rereleases,” or, “Fantasia 2000 was not the first Fantasia, as the modifying date suggests,” the interviewer followed up the question with, “Were you shocked when the movie eventually came out?” Is this real life? Is it a fantasia? Just exactly what in the revisionist history hell is going on here?

It would seem that Fantasia was more dismayed than shocked when she ultimately caught wind of the movie:

“All the kids in school were really excited about going to the movie, but there was no talking in the movie. It was just music. When we got back, all the kids would say, ‘Your movie is boring.’ And I said, ‘It wasn’t my movie!’ I do have a best friend whose name is Santasia [sic], and I think that’s how we became best friends, because when we were in class together, the teacher used to say, ‘Santasia, be quiet!’ She was actually on the first season of Fantasia for Real.”

“Santasia” is actually spelled “Santezja.” Regardless, there’s no word if there’s a long-lost Disney movie with that name. We’ll just have to wait to be shocked by its release. [MSN TV]

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Fantasia Interview Exclusive: Fantasia Talks About Healing In Public

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In advance of the second season of Fantasia for Real (premiering Sunday, September 19 at 10/9c), we spoke to Fantasia Barrino about living her life as an open book both on and off VH1. Fantasia has told the story of her recent suicide attempt already and, as we revealed yesterday in our post about her run-in with TMZ, she’s not interested in talking about it anymore. But a single incident is not really what fascinates us about her, anyway. Rather, it is how she handled the situation — instead of running from controversy like so many other celebrities would via requests for privacy, she faced it head-on. That’s part of the bigger picture of Fantasia, the woman who lives life boldly through her music, her show and her interviews. As she tells us below, “The things that I go through come to make me strong, make me a better woman and they are my testimony. So I just give them my testimony.”

Also discussed in the first part of our interview with Fantasia is why she bounced back from her suicide attempt so quickly (“I couldn’t afford to stay in that hole”) and the celebrities that reached out to her following her hospitalization, including Aretha Franklin, who gave Fantasia some firm, loving advice…

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Video: Fantasia Speaks On Suicide Attempt

As previously reported, Fantasia will speak candidly about her drug overdose on tomorrow’s episode of Behind the Music (premiering at 9/8c). Above is a clip from the episode, in which she makes clear that she “knew exactly” what she was doing when she overdosed and briefly explains her motivation. More clips to come…

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Fantasia Gets Real About Suicide Attempt On Behind The Music

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Well, that was quick: in a new episode of Behind the Music that’s set to air tomorrow (Tuesday, August 23), Fantasia is already opening up about her overdose that happened earlier this month. In a recently filmed interview, she makes clear that the overdose was not a mistake, stating, “I just sat in the closet and looked at the mirror and took all the pills in the bottle. I wanted to go to sleep and just be at peace. I knew exactly what I was doing. You can’t accidentally take a whole bottle of pills.” She also touches on her affair with Antwaun Cook (“When I met him, he was separated”), as well as her emotional recovery from the suicide attempt: “My nurse Melanie was a blessing into my life because she didn’t tell me what I wanted to hear. She told me what I needed to hear. And she looked at me and said, ‘You gotta get up, and you’ve gotta get out of here, ’cause you haven’t fulfilled your destiny.’” [People]

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Fantasia Responds To Affair Accusations

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“Fantasia is certain that she is not responsible for the deterioration of the Cooks’ marriage,” the singer/reality show star’s manager Brian Dickens told E! News, referring to a divorce settlement filed by a woman named Paula Cook that named Fantasia as “the other woman.” Her manager’s statement concludes: “Fantasia will weather this storm with the dignity and grace that she has exemplified throughout a life in which she has repeatedly overcome obstacles and challenges. Fantasia’s faith in God, herself and family remain as strong as ever.”

Meanwhile, Fantasia’s lawyer, Gena Morris has more pointed words for Cook that she shared with TMZ: “Mrs. Cook gratuitously included claims about Fantasia to sensationalize that litigation and to insure that her tale would be picked up by tabloids. The fact that she would seek such publicity in a case involving her children is particularly disgraceful.” [E! Online/TMZ]

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Tila Tequila Not Fit For Rehab?

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After yesterday’s Celebrity Rehab 4 cast announcement, some wondered why Tila Tequila‘s wasn’t among the names. In May, she made a big deal about joining the show, and then just last week, it was announced (with help from her reps, no less) that she was no longer part of the cast. So what happened? Susan Pinsky, Dr. Drew‘s wife, may have the answer (via Twitter):

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In light of, well, everything about Tila’s recent public behavior (especially that suicide hoax) and the fact that reality shows require everyone to take a psych test before joining, this makes a hell of a lot of sense. File this one under Things That Make You Go DUH.

Update: Apparently, Susan’s tweet was based on a guess:

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An educated, in all likelihood correct guess, but a guess all the same.

[Tila image via Getty]

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