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'The Bachelor' Episode 5 Recap: The Girls Play Baseball & Ben Goes Skinny Dipping With Courtney!

1/31/2012 3:29pm EST
The Bachelor
This week's episode of The Bachelor was fairly tame compared to the mystery guests, catfights and dramatics of the previous four, but it's evident that Ben is starting to take each girl a bit more seriously, though some more than others: can you blame him for seeming hooked on Courtney after she takes him skinny dipping?! Read on for a full recap!

Ben brings the remaining women to a beautiful resort in Vieques, Puerto Rico; the perfect location for the show with its lush greenery and multiple hot-tubs and pools. His first date is with Nikki, the laid-back brunette divorcee, and he lays the...

'The Bachelor' Episode 4 Recap: The Claws Come Out!

1/24/2012 2:17pm EST
The Bachelor, Horses, Date
Finally, some action! Though not the kind Bachelor Ben Flajnik might have been hoping for: the girls are getting cattier with eachother in the competition of his affection, a verbal feud erupts during the cocktail party and an unexpected departure proves that Ben is pretty sure of what he doesn't want in a girl.

In this episode, Ben and the women jet off to Park City, Utah, home of the famous Sundance film festival, where Rachel gets picked for a one-on-one date. In true show-y Bachelor fashion, a helicopter whisks she and Ben off to what was probably supposed to be a relaxing and romanti...

'The Bachelor' Recap - Episode 2 Delivers With Catfights, Tears And Lots Of Drama

1/10/2012 1:59pm EST
Group Date
After a slow start, the second episode of The Bachelor delivers: there are catfights and competition, a change of scenery, two one-on-one dates, plenty of steamy-hot tub moments, one very awkward group date, and of course, rivers of tears from Jenna the Blogger. In other words: we get what we tuned in for!

The girls are plucked from the LA and whisked to Sonoma, California, Ben’s hometown, and more commonly known as wine country. After the requisite ‘ooh’s’ and ‘aah’s’ over their new digs, Ben announces he has a date card – for Kacie, the administrative assistant from Tennessee.

As far as...

'The Bachelor': Season 16, Episode 1 Recap

1/5/2012 10:13am EST
THE BACHELOR - In Episode 1601
Horses, grannies and catfights: just three of the many surprising things in the 2 hour premiere of The Bachelor Season 16. Twenty five women will be competing for the love of Ben Flajnik, a winemaker based in San Francisco best known for having his heart (metaphorically) ripped in two by Ashley Hebert on The Bachelorette, Season 7. The episode opens with the infamous clip from the final episode, of his bended-knee proposal and his subsequent rejection. Ouch.

Not to worry - this season brings out a hopeful new Ben, one who emphasized his intentions to find real love, a willingness to commi...

Exclusive Q&A With 'Saw 3D' Star Gina Holden

3/21/2011 3:20pm EDT
Gina Holden
Movie star Gina Holden recently starred in the hit film Saw 7: 3D, which earned her a 2010 Eyegore award from Universal Studios. Her past film credits include Aliens vs Predator: Requiem, Screamers and Final Destination 3.

In addition to her film roles, Gina also has a successful TV career, having guest starred in Life: Unexpected, Flashpoint, Smallville, Supernatural, Harper's Island, and the TV movie A Family Thanksgiving for the Hallmark channel.

Gina took time out of her busy schedule to give Starpulse an exclusive Q&A about her Saw experience, her favorite roles, and what it's like t...

Q&A: Elyse Levesque Looking To Start New Chapter After 'Stargate Universe'

3/8/2011 10:41am EST
Elyse Levesque
Elyse Levesque is one of the most down-to-earth, sweet and funny actresses I've ever interviewed. And yes, I'm aware that every writer says that. But this writer actually means it.

Hailing from Regina, Saksatoon, Canada, the statuesque 25-year-old has played the role of Chloe Armstong on Stargate Universe for over 2 years, and is about to start a new chapter in her life now that the SyFy series has been cancelled.

She's looking forward to the challenges and embracing the future with a refreshing level of optimism and humility, and gave Starpulse the scoop on her career, her modeling sti...

'Real Housewife' Countess LuAnn de Lesseps Talks About Her Role on Law & Order: SVU

2/21/2011 10:17am EST
Countess LuAnn de Lesseps
LuAnn de Lesseps is the break-out star of Bravo's hit series "Real Housewives of New York City", but that's only one facet of her life. Known to most as simply "The Countess", LuAnn is also a singer, an author, a devotee to charity, an etiquette expert, and now an actress. The busy mother of two guest stars on an upcoming episode of Law & Order: SVU entitled "Bully", playing an art patron entangled in a murder case.

Starpulse had the pleasure of participating in a conference call where The Countess describes her experience on set, the changes she's faced in recent years, and what we can ex...

Lisa Kudrow And Vanessa Williams Dig Deep With 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

2/1/2011 11:16am EST
Vanessa Williams
NBC's Who Do You Think You Are? follows some of the most iconic and beloved celebrities as they trace their family roots to wherever it may lead them. Each week, viewers are taken on an often emotional and surprising search to discover ancestral stories of tragedy, heroism, heartbreak and triumph.

Starpulse had the pleasure of participating in a conference call with executive producer Lisa Kudrow and actress Vanessa Williams ("Desperate Housewives") about their experiences on the acclaimed show.

Vanessa, what were you hoping to find out about your family by doing the show?

Vanessa Willi...

Zsa Zsa Gabor Home From Hospital

8/12/2010 2:14pm EDT
Zsa Zsa Gabor is home from the hospital and back to her normal, flirty self! Admitted to the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medial Center for a broken hip on July 17th, the Hungarian-American socialite and former beauty queen underwent successful hip replacement surgery, and returned to her Bel-Air home today to rest and recover.

Her husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt told reporters that "she smiled already and started flirting with the guys who took her home. When she starts flirting, she is in good shape. At home here, with the environment and the air up here, we have lots of oxygen, and everything...

Catching Up With Mike Clattenburg: Life After 'Trailer Park Boys'

8/2/2010 7:20pm EDT
Trailer Park Boys
Nobody can accuse Mike Clattenburg of slacking off. Ever. Since screening his short film 'Trailer Park Boys' at a Canadian film festival in 1999, he's been masterminding every episode of the now iconic show of the same name, until the series ended in 2008. In that time, Trailer Park Boys grew from a cult hit into a show with fans all over the world, making the words "Ricky, Julian and Bubbles" mainstream, and setting a new standard for mockumentary style shooting.

With the show off the air, he's now directing his creative energy into both comedic and more serious ventures. I was lucky enou...