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Don’t Move To New York City Based Solely On What You See On TV: A User’s Guide

7/28/2014 2:00pm EDT
Don’t Move To New York City Based Solely On What You See On TV:
As a born and bred New Yorker, I’m drawn to shows about my city, taking comfort in the familiar sights and settings; yet I often find myself asking, “Did the writers of some of these shows ever step foot in Manhattan?”

I can shake off the inconsistencies, but I sometimes wonder about all the people saving their babysitting and paper route money hoping to someday move to the Big Apple hoping to mirror the glamorous life seen on the small screen.

Hence, a guide to separating fact from fiction:

‘Smash’ only lasted two seasons, but it was long enough to get your hopes up that moving here wo...

5 TV Villians We Love To Hate

9/29/2012 4:00pm EDT
Joffrey Baratheon
Ah, the villain. Where would our hero be without this pesky nemesis? A well-crafted villain is essential to a compelling story; characters like Montgomery Burns ("The Simpsons") and Ben Linus ("LOST") help create a rich universe we lose ourselves in.

But what of those other villains? You know the ones…those wretched little knaves that are just begging to be stabbed in the cornea with a rusty thumbtack. We love them! In honor of the delectably flawed, we're sharing our picks for the top five TV villains we just love to hate:

1. Joffrey Baratheon, "Game of Thrones"

Yeah, we know this is...

America Ferrera Asks For Charity Donations To Mark Birthday

4/19/2012 2:26pm EDT
America Ferrera
Actress America Ferrera has urged fans to forgo sending her gifts to mark her birthday and donate to charity instead.

The Ugly Betty star turned 28 on Wednesday and she's eager to raise as much money as possible for Peace First, an organization which helps teach youngsters pacifist skills.

Ferrera has set up an online donation page for her family, friends and fans to donate in lieu of gifts, and explains her reasons for backing the cause.

She writes, "I chose Peace First because it's an amazing organization that I've been working with since I was a college freshman. I have seen first ...

Fashion Fail: 'Glee' Star Jayma Mays Pairs Horse Print With Plaid

10/4/2011 11:00am EDT
Jayma Mays
Jayma Mays attended the premiere of FX's "American Horror Story" in Hollywood yesterday. From the waist down she looks just fine, but that horse print sweater and plaid jacket have got to go.

This isn't the first time the "Glee" star made our "Fashion Fail" list. Over the summer, she wore a shiny green strapless dress to "The Smurfs" premiere.

Jayma has also appeared in the TV series "Heroes" and "Ugly Betty."

Jennifer Lopez To Produce New Latino TV Series

9/14/2011 1:20pm EDT
Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez has teamed up with the brains behind Ugly Betty to create a new TV series.

Silvio Horta, who was executive producer and head writer for Ugly Betty, will write the pilot for Lopez's as-yet-untitled family show, which centers around three sisters and their Latino family.

Both Horta and Lopez will serve as executive producers for the FOX series.

It is not the only project TV Lopez is currently involved with - she is also working on Latin talent show Q'viva! The Chosen with her estranged husband Marc Anthony and she has signed up to judge a second season of American Idol.

America Ferrera Weds In A Secret Ceremony

6/28/2011 3:31pm EDT
America Ferrera
Actress America Ferrera wed her longtime boyfriend in a secret ceremony on Monday night.

The Ugly Betty star and Ryan Piers Williams exchanged vows before close friends and family, her representative confirms to

The couple became engaged last June.

This "plunge taking" might help her with her next project, America is returning to TV to romance Alan Cumming's character on hit legal drama The Good Wife.

Ana Ortiz Pregnant With Second Child

5/27/2011 4:35pm EDT
Ana Ortiz
Former Ugly Betty star Ana Ortiz is pregnant with her second child.

The actress and her husband, musician Noah Lebezon, are expecting a baby boy later this year, according to

She says, "We are trying to come up with some names that we can agree on... It has to be Spanish, but something non-speakers can pronounce without mauling."

Ortiz wed Lebezon in 2007 and they are already proud parents to one-year-old daughter Paloma.

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America Ferrera To Film Prostitution Documentary In India

5/25/2011 10:36am EDT
America Ferrera
Former Ugly Betty star America Ferrera has ventured to India to film a documentary about prostitution in the country's impoverished areas.

The actress visited the red-light district in Calcutta to shoot upcoming U.S. TV documentary Half the Sky, based on Nicholas D. Kristof's book of the same name.

Ferrera visited a local school and met with officials at the New Light charity, who work to provide education and protection for women and children at high risk.

Kristof, who accompanied Ferrera, says, "America (met) with a terrific 10-year-old girl who has studied English with the help of ...

America Ferrera To Guest Star On 'The Good Wife'

2/8/2011 2:25pm EST
America Ferrera
Actress America Ferrera is returning to TV to romance Alan Cumming's character on hit legal drama The Good Wife.

The Ugly Betty star will step into the courtroom and be introduced to the show's audience as "a potential love interest" for political campaign manager Eli Gold, played by gay Scottish actor Cumming.

A source tells Ferrera will appear as an economics student who plays "a central role in the political race for State's Attorney" in at least three upcoming episodes.

Ferrera's first cameo will be broadcast in the U.S. later this month.

Comedy drama Ugly Betty came ...

2010 Year In Entertainment Review: July

1/2/2011 9:00am EST
Mel Gibson
Love was in the air in July as a host of celebrities walked down the aisle - Spanish stars Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem tied the knot in the Bahamas, while Emily Blunt became Mrs. John Krasinski after marrying The Office star in romantic Como, Italy.

A pregnant Alicia Keys said 'I do' to Swizz Beatz, while Orlando Bloom and Australian model Miranda Kerr became husband and wife in a secret ceremony. Wedding bells also rang in Georgia as country sweetheart Carrie Underwood married her hockey hunk, Mike Fisher.

But there was also plenty of heartache in Hollywood - Kelly Osbourne called of...

2010 Year In Entertainment Review: June

1/1/2011 7:00pm EST
Megan Fox
June was a bumper wedding month with Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green marrying on a beach in Hawaii, while Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart wed after seven years together. Gemma Arterton married Stefano Catelli, and Alanis Morissette married MC Souleye. British newsman Piers Morgan wed Celia Walden and Mena Suvari married music producer Simone Sestitos. Glee star Jane Lynch married Lara Embry in a civil partnership ceremony – and love was also in the air for Orlando Bloom, who announced his engagement to longterm girlfriend Miranda Kerr.

"Ugly Betty" star America Ferrera became engage...

2010 Year In Entertainment Review: January

1/1/2011 9:08am EST
Josh Duhamel
2010 was an incredible year in the world of showbiz, with the usual headline-grabbing antics, scandal, sleaze, celebrity births, star weddings, and bitter break-ups.

Here, WENN takes a look back at 2010...


Matthew McConaughey became the first new celebrity dad of 2010 when he and Camila Alves welcomed baby Vida into the world, but they weren't the only couple celebrating births. Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell experienced the joys of fatherhood all over again, while supermodel Claudia Schiffer and actress Monica Bellucci were bursting with excitement after announcing their pregnan...

'Ugly Betty' Actor Beheaded Mother With Samurai Sword

11/23/2010 9:56pm EST
Ugly Betty
Police have confirmed that former Ugly Betty actor Michael L. Brea is a person of interest in the murder of his mother, who was stabbed to death on Tuesday with a Samurai sword.

Brea's New York City neighbors called police to the star's Brooklyn apartment after hearing screams in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Police spokesperson Detective Martin Speechley tells 55 year old Yannick Brea was found with multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead at 2:20am. Reports suggest she was decapitated.

Brea was reportedly found clutching a Bible and had to be subdued with a taser....

Salma Hayek To Launch New 'Ugly Betty'

11/2/2010 11:45pm EDT
Salma Hayek
"Ugly Betty" actress/producer Salma Hayek is re-teaming with the TV bosses behind the hit comedy, to adapt yet another Hispanic melodrama for the U.S.

Hayek struck success when she brought the global telenovela phenomenon of Betty La Fea stateside, and now the actress and her business partner Jose Tamez are hoping for similar success after selling an adaptation of Argentinian series Los Roldan to America's ABC network through their production company, Ventanarosa.

The show chronicles the exploits of a man hired to run the company of the woman whose life he saves. The show has already been...

Vanessa Williams Not A Fan Of Alfre Woodard's 'Desperate Housewives' Role

9/12/2010 10:00am EDT
Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams had to be coaxed into taking on a role on hit ABC show "Desperate Housewives" - because she was one of the drama's worst critics.

The actress admits she was a big fan until Alfre Woodard became the first African-American to join the show.

Williams wasn't jealous and she doesn't dislike Woodard - but she hated her character's storyline.

She tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "She had her son in chains in the basement. It was like, 'Really? Do we have to go there with our first black character?'

"I honestly fell off the show after that. I think it was just so implausibl...

Selena Gomez: Ready To Be The Next Jennifer Lopez

9/9/2010 7:34pm EDT
Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez, star of the Disney Channel's "Wizards of Waverly Place" talks to Latina about building her career, finding love, and what's on her to-do list.

Selena tells Latina that she carefully considers each career move: "I'm not just going to slap my name on something… I want to be really passionate about everything I do, so it's all about timing."

The 18-year-old superstar is releasing her second album this month and already has a clothing line but says she isn't in a hurry to grow up: "I'm 18, but I feel like I'm still 15. I feel very young at heart, and I still want to jump up and ...

Kings Of Leon Turn Down 'Glee' And 'Ugly Betty'

8/18/2010 2:30pm EDT
Kings of Leon
Rockers Kings Of Leon turned down guest appearances in Ugly Betty and Glee over fears they would be accused of "selling out".

TV bosses behind Ugly Betty once approached the group and asked them to appear as themselves in a special episode, while the producers of Glee wanted to theme a one-off episode around the band's music.

However, bassist Jared Followill admits they rejected both opportunities in a bid to retain their integrity. He tells Britain's, "We got an offer to appear on an episode of Ugly Betty. They wanted us to play ourselves. We were supposed to come in and help h...

Civil War: America Ferrera Vs. America Olivo

8/1/2010 4:00pm EDT
America Battle
Two famous Americas turned up at the New York International Latino Film Festival "Dry Land" premiere earlier this week.

Playboy pinup and "Bitch Slap" star America Olivo wore a gray skirt with a sheer black top, while former "Ugly Betty" star America Ferrera opted for a tight purple dress.

Olivo has also appeared in the Fox TV series "House" as well as the film "Friday the 13th." Ferrera is currently enjoying her time off following the cancellation of her ABC series.

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America Ferrera's Purple Dress & Black Belt: Hot Or Not?

7/31/2010 7:32pm EDT
America Ferrera
America Ferrera showed off her good child bearing hips at the New York International Latino Film Festival on Tuesday. The former "Ugly Betty" star was all curves in a tight purple dress at the premiere of her film "Dry Land."

The newly engaged star recently visited U.S. troops serving in the Middle East as part of a morale-boosting charity trip. She signed autographs and posed for pictures with the service men and women in conjunction with The United Service Organizations (USO).

Ferrera admits the experience was made more poignant because of her role in "Dry Land" in which she plays the w...

Poplopedia: 'Covert Affairs' Is Another Hit For USA

7/12/2010 2:30pm EDT
The first scene opens with Annie Walker – a C.I.A. newbie that is hooked up to a polygraph machine and is being grilled by an examiner who asks her questions about her career, her relationships and her sex life.

Instantly, one is inclined to believe that this is a C.I.A. driven series that has a dash of sexuality and witty dialogue weaved into it. And who best to play the lead part than Piper Perabo (Coyote Ugly)?

The show is titled "Covert Affairs" and it is USA’s newest addition to their drama series roster. It’s got everything from mystery and humor to car chases and fight scenes.

A s...

Becki Newton Is Pregnant!

7/2/2010 4:00pm EDT
Becki Newton
Actress Becki Newton is pregnant with her first child. The former Ugly Betty star has confirmed she is expecting a baby with her husband Chris Diamantopoulos, whom she wed in May 2005.

However, the happy news has caused a headache for executives at NBC - they are having to push back the premiere of her new TV series Love Bites.

Writers are also having to take steps to adjust Newton's character in the show, according to USA Today.

A spokesperson for NBC network explains, "She plays a virgin (in the pilot episode), so we have to make adjustments to that."

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America Ferrera Visits Troops In Iraq

6/18/2010 3:00pm EDT
America Ferrera
Newly-engaged America Ferrera has visited U.S. troops serving in the Middle East as part of a morale-boosting charity trip. The former Ugly Betty actress and her fiancé Ryan Piers William jetted out to Iraq earlier this month to spend time with soldiers stationed there.

The star signed autographs and posed for pictures with the service men and women in conjunction with The United Service Organizations (USO) before flying straight to Scotland this week for the Edinburgh International Film Festival. And Ferrera admits the experience was made more poignant because of her role in new movie Th...

America Ferrera Got Engaged (Video)

6/17/2010 10:39pm EDT
America Ferrera
Actress America Ferrera is celebrating after longtime boyfriend Ryan Piers Williams asked her to be his wife.

The "Ugly Betty" star first met her beau while she was studying at the University of Southern California and the writer/producer cast her in a student film.

Ferrera sparked speculation she was engaged earlier this week when she sported a diamond on her ring finger at the Edinburgh Film Festival screening of "The Illusionist" in Scotland - and now her representative has confirmed the happy news to

It tops a special summer for the actress, who will be honored on Indepen...

A Rather Thin America Ferrera Looks Hot

6/17/2010 9:37am EDT
America Ferrera
America Ferrera attended the premiere of "The Illusionist" at the Edinburgh International Film Festival yesterday, and it looks like she's dropped a few pounds.

She wore a tulip-skirted black assymetrical dress by Alicia & Olivia. We think she looks fantastic. What do you think?

America's show "Ugly Betty" celebrated its final fourth season in April. Co-star Ana Ortiz said she and America are "open" to the idea of making an "Ugly Betty" film, and Vanessa Williams is eager to join the pair's campaign.

See more photos of America here!

Vanessa Williams Uses Botox So She Doesn't Look Tired Or Angry

5/19/2010 10:55am EDT
Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams is the cover star for Working Mother magazine’s latest issue. She shares insights on her career and her secrets to staying in shape, and opens up about her family. She also freely admits to using Botox.

She explains, "The latest thing I’m into is Botox, which I’ve been doing every six months. I do it lightly because I want to have an expressive face that has movement...My goal is to look like me. I have four kids. I’m proud of my age. I just don’t want to look tired or angry...I’m one of those women who love to give help and hints to other women. I bring in my favorite p...

Vanessa Williams To Join 'Desperate Housewives'

5/19/2010 8:09am EDT
Vanessa L. Williams
Vanessa Williams is heading back to the small screen - she has signed up to star in the next season of Desperate Housewives.

The actress was left devastated when TV show Ugly Betty was axed earlier this year, but she's smiling again after Housewives creator Marc Cherry offered her a role on his hit show. And he has hinted that Williams will be causing a stir in the next series.

He tells TV Guide magazine, "I'm a big fan of Vanessa's work and I'm so excited that she'll be moving into the neighborhood next season to cause trouble in all the ladies' lives."

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TNT Renews 'Southland' For Third Season

4/27/2010 10:30am EDT
TNT has booked a third season of its critically acclaimed drama "Southland." The network has ordered 10 episodes for the third season, which is slated to begin airing in January 2011.

Created by Emmy winner Ann Biderman (NYPD Blue, Public Enemies), "Southland" takes a raw, authentic look at police work in Los Angeles. The series focuses on officers, detectives and members of a gang unit as they endure the triumphs and tragedies that populate their lives both on and off the job. The series is shot on location in the streets and neighborhoods of Los Angeles.

"Southland's" ensemble cast incl...

Vanessa Williams Wants An 'Ugly' Movie

4/19/2010 1:30pm EDT
Vanessa L. Williams
Ugly Betty actress Vanessa Williams has joined her former co-stars America Ferrera and Ana Ortiz on a crusade to bring the cancelled TV series to the big screen.

Williams gave her final performance as fashion boss Wilhelmina Slater in the April 14th series finale, and bid farewell to her cast mates of four years.

She says, "We did not want to leave. Our last week, none of us wanted to leave the table. None of us wanted to finish the words we were saying."

Ortiz recently admitted she and America Ferrera are "open" to the idea of making an Ugly Betty film, and Williams is eager to join ...

Angelina Jolie Sizzles On Entertainment Weekly's Annual Summer Movie Preview

4/15/2010 11:00am EDT
Angelina Jolie EW
After kicking butt in "Tomb Raider" and taking names in "Wanted," Angelina Jolie has shown that she can play the action game just as well as Hollywood's A-list big boys. But with her latest thriller, "Salt," she may prove that she can replace them, too.

Back in the summer of 2008, Salt was a script about a CIA agent who's accused of being a Russian sleeper spy- a male Russian sleeper spy. At the time, Tom Cruise was attached to play lead. But as the script evolved into more of an on-the-run espionage thriller, Cruise began to feel that the character was a little too close to his "Mission I...

TV Shows We Will Miss... And Those We Wish Would Come Back

4/12/2010 10:19am EDT
TV Shows We Will Miss
It’s almost May sweeps time, which means an end to another TV season. Unfortunately, it also means an end to many of our favorite shows forever. Here are five shows that we will say, or have said, farewell to this season, and five shows that we wish would come back.

Lost: Trying to sum up this wonderful piece of small screen enigma is a challenge. But let’s give it a try: Oceanic Flight 815 crashes on a mysterious island, passengers are stranded, passengers deal with unknown creatures and the “Others”, passengers partake in time travelling, somebody gets kidnapped, some passengers are resc...