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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Kelly Biking

Pic./tweet from Kelly.

Happppy summer

LuAnn At Dance Rehersal

Pic.of LuAnn.

At dance rehearsal practicing a lift, with @Countessluann for the Best Buddies Gala! #rhony #moneycantbuyyouclass

Kandi In The Studio

Pic./tweet from Kandi.

I'm in the studio with @neyocompound I can't believe I've never worked with him before. He's the truth!

Teresa Was Legally Entitled To Spend $60,000.00

Post from People.com.

By: Charlotte Triggs
Teresa Giudice is taking a lot of heat for allegedly spending $60,000 on home furnishings and luxury items immediately after filing for bankruptcy last October, but her attorney says that was her money to spend any way she wanted.

“That was the money she earned as an advance for her book Skinny Italian,” her attorney Jim Kridel tells PEOPLE. “Since she earned it after the filing, she was absolutely free to spend it.”

Photo: Bravo
And, he says, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star was wise to do so.
“If she put it in the bank, they’d say, ‘Why don’t you pay your creditors,’ and the trustee might freeze the assets while he investigates whether she can spend it or not,” Kridel says.

Acknowledging that the reality star may “draw scrutiny” by spending that much, Kridel says Giudice didn’t break the law. “Legally you are entitled to spend money you earn after a bankruptcy,” he explains.

The cause of the shopping frenzy? “She needed to re-buy furniture because she didn’t have any furniture in the house,” says Kridel. “It’s a big house and she wanted furniture consistent with her style on the show. There is nothing wrong with doing that, except that it doesn’t look good for her to be doing it.”

As for paying back the creditors, that’s still a work in progress — and fraught with issues, Kridel says.

A scheduled Aug. 22 auction of personal items belonging to Teresa, 38, and husband Joe, 40, was postponed until Oct. 3, but Kridel says the items for sale — including the couple’s wedding rings, children’s toys and even a suit or armor — are expected to fetch only $51,000 at auction. (The couple is entitled to $52,000 worth of personal property that is exempt from the bankruptcy filing.)

The two listed $10.98 million in debt when they filed for bankruptcy last year. Kridel adds that other than the $51,000 in property, “they have no assets.”

Kelly's- Tell Your Inner "Fat Girl" To Zip It Video

LuAnn's Lip Sync Contest Ends Aug. 27th.

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Lynn's RHONJ Post

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Alex-RHONY Guest Blogs RHONJ

Alex's blog from Bravo.


Carrying Baggage
Alex McCord shares anecdotes from her own trips to Italy.

This week’s episode shows us why it’s best to travel in SMALL groups. We had plenty of drama when the New York girls went to St. John, but I have to say that nobody argued about bags, hotel bills, or hill climbing.
Photo: Bravo

The clan docks in Naples, and Joe is not happy about baggage. Or children, or his wife, or trash cans. Nobody knows exactly why he felt the need to drag all the bags himself. Regardless, he was in a mood, and a 1500 Euro hotel bill the next night didn’t help matters. The thing is, Europe is always expensive no matter where you stay. Loved him screaming at everyone to be civilized, and I have to say I completely felt Caroline’s pain about missing Pompeii –- I’ve only ever spent two days in Naples and it was for work, and I didn’t get to see it either. I hope she and Albert got a chance to escape for a bit.

Teresa blossomed around Joe’s family, and I’ll try to overlook the outfits she put the girls in at the last dinner. Finally in Sala Consilina, we saw sweeping views, people speaking Italian, slaughterhouses, and wine in to-go cups. One big question I had: why didn’t they just ditch the strollers and put the babies in slings? Those little mountain villages give your legs a workout, and a baby on the chest is much easier than a stroller on cobblestones. Our babies went all over the world with us, and we always used slings so we had our hands free. Baby in front, diaper backpack on back. Done. Once Simon and I climbed to the top of Eze, a hilltop village in the south of France, with Fran├žois strapped into a Baby Bjorn and me in leather pants and high-heeled boots –- Teresa and Jacqueline could absolutely have rocked that look.

Back in New Jersey, Danielle ventured into Franklin Lakes for a panino, or I guess more than one since she kept saying “panini.” The way her voiceover was set up I kept thinking that Ashley was going to jump out from behind a tree and ambush her, but of course that didn’t happen. I was surprised that she seemed so upset about the call from the private investigator regarding her birth mother’s records –- just because the mom was a minor (which they knew already) doesn’t mean it won’t happen ever.

I have to say I could just replay this episode on mute, watching the views of Sala Consilina and everyone in Italy kissing each other. Makes me want to go back - those little villages are fantastic. In my twenties I was fortunate enough to do a national tour of Italy with a bilingual theatre company, and in every city we played, we met the owners of the theatres and their families, ate in private homes, met pretty much the whole town and had such a wonderful time. The scene where Jacqueline and Caroline were eating in someone’s home but didn’t know who their hostess was, reminded me of that experience. How much fun…

Back home, Nicholas nearly crawled away from his mother once she began feeling the weight of Ashley’s looming court case. Looks like this season is going to wrap up with a bang – are you ready?

See you next week, and I’m thrilled to say that Little Kids, Big City is finally available on iBooks, the Nookand the Sony e-Reader.

Danielle's Blog

Danielle's blog from Bravo.

Rumors
Danielle talks about her recent projects and responds to rumors about future endeavors.

Photo: Bravo
Not much to say about tonight’s episode, but I have a lot to say about myself, my daughters, and all my future endeavors!

I would like to talk about all of the positive things going on in my life. For they far outshine all else. First of all, thank you to everyone for tuning in every week to watch what happens on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Special thanks to all of my fans who stay steadfast by my side, and fight off the negative so I don’t necessarily have to all the time. I'd like you to know I recognize how much time and effort you've devoted to me. And from my heart, my entire family is grateful. Your response and support to the release of “Real Close” has been overwhelmingly positive and so greatly appreciated. Christine’s modeling career is going so well. She is booking up on a daily basis all the way through fashion week in September. You can find her book on my website at http://www.danielle-staub.com/.

I am so proud of Jillian Marie, she is about to release her song “What You're Talking About." She is being released digitally very soon and I'm happy to say she has chosen a great venue for her release party. Keep looking for her official release date to be announced on my website, http://www.danielle-staub.com/. To really get to know me, please read my book The Naked Truth, my memoir, which you can find on bookshelves everywhere. Thank you to Simon & Schuster for your support. You can find information on my book signings and all information connected to me and my endeavors including my t-shirt line, Danielle’s Mafia and my online store at http://www.danielle-staub.com/. Please follow me on twitter @daniellestaub.
I would like to thank Christine and Jillian and my entire team: Kristen, Lori, Todd, Giuseppe, Joann & Mark for being equals with me on this journey and never wavering, or shaking, and being steadfast by my side. My love for all of you is held so deeply in my heart. I will keep showing my gratitude every day. Thank you for believing in me, and in us. Lori, I want you to know how proud I am to have you believe in me the way you do.
Thank you to Eric Alt, from Eric Alt salon for donating his time, and products to an event I attended to stop domestic violence against women, a cause which is close to my heart and near to my heart.

And to all of my friends, and fans on Facebook and Twitter and everywhere I go for embracing me and my entire family, every blessing.
Due to recent rumors posted today, I'd like to say that I’m not even thinking about Season 3 right now as I am considering many incredible options that have been presented to me. Right now I just want to let fans know that we have a fantastic finale coming up next week and explosive reunion shows on August 30 and September 6. Don’t worry next year, I’ll still be the one you either love to hate or hate to love.

Next week, now, and always

Love & Light

Danielle

Alexis On What's Up Orange County

Tweets From The RHONJ

Recent tweets about Danielle leaving the RHONJ.

Dina: “Who knows, maybe they will recast everyone, no one's talking about season 3 yet anyway. I'm just happy doing my thing right now.”

Jacqueline: “I won't comment on those recent articles, I'm sorry.”

Danielle: “Actually, I’m not even thinking about season 3 right now as I am considering many incredible options that have been presented to me. Right now I just want to let fans know that we have a fantastic finale coming up next week and explosive reunion shows on August 30 and September 6. Don’t worry next year, I’ll still be the one you either love to hate or hate to love.”

Jill&Beth New Friends

Post from Explore LI.

By Lee Fryd
Jill Zarin and Beth Ostrosky-Stern are new friends in the Hamptons, Zarin told us as she signed copies of “Secrets of a Jewish Mother” at Authors Night on the grounds of the East Hampton Library.

“We’ve been hanging out,” Zarin said. Makes sense: If you read both of their advice books, you’d pretty much have it all covered.

Stern wrote “Oh My Dog: How to Choose, Train, Groom, Nurture, Feed, and Care for Your New Best Friend," a compilation of expert wisdom regarding man’s best friend. Zarin’s expert wisdom on relationships with humans came from her Long Island upbringing and co-authors, reality television’s ultimate Jewish Mother, Gloria Kamen, and Jill’s sensible sister, talk radio host Lisa Wexler.

“Beth read my book,” Zarin said. “She loves the secrets and loves the Yiddish. She needs it for her mother-in-law.” That would be Howard Stern’s mother.

This was one of many appearances Zarin and husband, Bobby, have made on behalf of “Secrets “ What do fans always say? “That Bobby and I look better in person,” Zarin laughed. “That they love the show and I got a bad rap this season ... that kind of stuff. Everyone’s always so nice. What else are they going to say? I hate your guts? No one’s going to come up to me and say something nasty. Are they?"

RHONJ Recap/Review

Article from NJ.com.

'Real Housewives of New Jersey' recap: You eat, you drink, you pay
Vicki Hyman/The Star-Ledger

Like "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice, I too am on a vacation I can ill afford. How about I regale you with details of my meals out? Do you want to hear about my in-laws, who are hosting my family in their delightful home? Mind if I complain about how exhausted I am after wrangling my 9-year-old though Legoland? No? Then you won't mind if I keep this recap short, because there's nothing quite as boring as hearing about someone else's vacation. Yes, the Italian holiday continues for Teresa and Joe Giudice, Jacqueline and Chris Laurita, Caroline and Al Manzo, and various and sundry parental units and offspring.
They eat, they shlep up a hill, they meet the Giudices' Italian family. Joe complains at length about getting ripped off at their Naples hotel: "I didn't touch nothin' out of the minibar!" In voiceover (though we wish it was to his face), Jacqueline wryly observes, "You eat, you drink, you pay." Apparently that's not how the Giudices roll.
Photo: Bravo

The charter bus ride to the Giudices' hill town outside Naples is long and tedious and wears on the Guidices' young children. Many pans to Caroline looking exasperated, but it doesn't look like we're going to get to see any fireworks between Caroline and Teresa over the latter's rather questionable childrearing tactics. The worst we get is Caroline saying, "I was annoyed," and Al commenting that the kids need more discipline. Maybe if Danielle Staub doesn't return as rumored, we'll see more "Housewives" infighting. Caroline vs. Teresa? Epic.
Teresa says that she and Joe own a house here -- funny, I don't remember seeing that listed among their assets in their bankruptucy filing -- and they eventually want to fix it up. For their last dinner together, Teresa and her family make a grand entrance, with the daughters in matching custom-made outfits that defy description. Suffice it to say that pink ruffled pants are involved.

Teresa's mangled word of the week: Bidet, which she pronounces as "obehdeh." Fancy.

Back in Jersey, Danielle tells her daughters about her plan to search for her birth mother, which at least Christine already knows about, because she heard it from a friend who heard it from an aesthetician who heard it from Teresa. Christine uses the word "ass," and Danielle takes her to task for being so crass. "Behind, bottom ... You're too beautiful and too spiritual to speak like that." Because only ugly and godless people curse. Has she ever heard herself?
Danny Provenzano shows up to tell Danielle that the Manzos et al. are in Italy, so Danielle is free to cross the border into Franklin Lakes. See, Danielle really, really likes the panini at Market Basket in Franklin Lakes, and she's been afraid to go there because she never knows when or where someone is going to attack her. (Here's a clue: If a woman is headed your way and is being trailed by a cameraman and someone with a boom mike, assume the worst, and run.)

Danny recommends a private investigator to track down Danielle's mom, who gave her up for adoption when she was 15. She wants closure, Danielle explains, and, she says, "It would be nice to have another adult in my life." Um, who's the first one? When Danielle meets with the investigators, she says that if they do manage to find her birth mother, she doesn't want to meet her if the woman has an addiction problem or is homeless: "I'm not finding her to make her better. I'm finding her to make me better." Oh, I smell a spinoff. And a trainwreck.

Danielle's mangled word of the week: Ethniticity.
Next week is the season finale, and it involves a "Godfather"-style meeting between Caroline and Danielle. Oy.

The Salahi's Acknowledge Owing Vendors

Article from Page Six of the NY Post.

Photo: Andrew Thayer
White House gatecrashers Michaele and Tareq Salahi say they want to "return to who we were." "We've been the 'it couple' for the past decade," Michaele tells Bernard Goldberg of HBO's "Real Sports" in a profile of their charity, "America's Polo Cup," airing tonight. Their annual polo match, currently under investigation by the state of Virginia for possible fraud, was bare-bones this year with sponsors and contenders from India backing out. Tareq rounded up Pakistani players from Florida who looked the part and dubbed them the Indian Delegation. Six of 20 vendors told HBO the Salahis owe them sums ranging up to $25,000. "Do we owe people money? Sure, sure," Tareq told Goldberg, saying he's waiting to collect his debts. "It's a trickle-down effect," Tareq added. The DC police are investigating how the Salahis finagled a police escort for their white limo in a scene for "The Real Housewives of DC."

Danielle May Have A New Show

Post from Radar Online.


As Danielle Staub remains coy about her future on Bravo’s Real Housewives of New Jersey, RadarOnline.com has new details about her potential spin-off show.

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“A spin-off is in the works,” a source told RadarOnline.com exclusively. While the deal is still in talks, the source says it will “loosely reflect the character she started on the Real Housewives and the future of her career, her high-profile life, her kids, her being a ‘mom-ager.’ But she also has a normal life with her assistant and the whole team surrounding her.”

The source, who has been involved in conversations about the spin-off, says it is being produced by Sirens Media, the same company behind the Bravo reality show.

“It’s going to be a spin-off that’s a combination of her persona that’s loosely based on her Real Housewives character and the evolution of where she is now,” the source added. “With Danielle, you either hate her or love to hate her.”

Though the source acknowledges that Danielle’s villainous persona might make people steer clear of a spin-off, the source bets that they would eventually get “sucked in.”

When asked to comment about her status on Real Housewives and a potential spin-off, Danielle gave an ambiguous statement to RadarOnline.com, refraining to reveal any future plans: “Actually, I’m not even thinking about season 3 right now as I am considering many incredible options that have been presented to me. Right now I just want to let fans know that we have a fantastic finale coming up next week and explosive reunion shows on August 30 and September 6.”
Despite the lack of specificity, Danielle hinted: “Don’t worry, next year I’ll still be the one you either love to hate or hate to love.”

Bravo also refrained from commenting beyond highlighting the upcoming finale and reunion show. “We haven’t announced anything regarding a third season,” a rep for the network told RadarOnline.com.

Teresa And Joe's Purchases Present A Dilemma

Article from Page Six of the NY Post.


Spendaholic "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice celebrated her bankruptcy in style -- with a $60,000 shopping spree, astonishing court testimony revealed yesterday.

Joe Epstein/For The Star-Ledger
The buying bender came to light as the Bravo star and her husband, Joe, who owe creditors $11 million, tried to convince a Newark federal bankruptcy judge to stop the planned Aug. 22 auction of the contents of their Towaco McMansion.
In court, even the Giudices' own lawyer, James Kridel -- who had filed a court document with receipts that detailed the spree -- seemed at a loss to explain the profligate spending to Judge Morris Stern. Kridel said he knew the documents presented "a dilemma" and that Stern might view it as "conspicuous consumption."

Teresa Giudice The receipts show that within days of filing to wipe out their multimillion-dollar debt, the Giudices blew $8,800 for curtains and nearly $45,000 on wall hangings, mirrors, frames, tables, urns and chairs, The Post's Jeane MacIntosh reports.
"These were not Ikea-purchased furniture items," Stern said. "These were from high-end design stores."

The judge refused to stop the auction, but postponed it until Oct. 3. Stern called the Giudices' high-spending ways "a lifestyle choice" but noted that "it's not for this court to tell people how to spend their money."

During the hearing, bankruptcy trustee John Sywilok noted that right before their bankruptcy filing, the Giudices racked up an earlier $21,000 worth of furniture buys -- and paid off a total of $11,000 of that just two days before declaring they were broke.

After court, Teresa declined to comment on her shopping spree.

Hubby Joe -- sweating profusely and barely able to contain his temper with media after the hearing -- snapped, "None of your business! Back off before I get pissed!"