Archive for August, 2010

The Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion Attack Heard Around The Reality World! And The Nasty Rumored Backstory Behind It!

The Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion certainly did not let down fans one bit. The cat claws were out within the first minute of the show.  However, it was one particular moment during the reunion that has everyone talking.  Accusations flew and so did poor Bravo Host Andy Cohen when Teresa Giudice knocked him over in an angry attack against Danielle Staub!  Danielle accused Teresa of not acknowledging her own nephew.  To say that Teresa flew off the handle is an understatement.  However, this accusation and attack has left many fans asking, “Who the f**k is Teresa’s nephew?”  Sorry to be so blunt about it, but really it’s like it came out of nowhere.  He’s never been featured on the show, so why and how in the world did this particular topic come up in the reunion?  And the even bigger question is, why in the world did it spark such a violent reaction from Teresa?

Alright fans, I’m going to give you the skinny on the nasty rumor that is surrounding this situation. Supposedly, Teresa’s “nephew” is really a love child that her husband Jo Giudice had.  Therefore, the gossip is that this is the real reason why Teresa’s anger was so wildly out of control when Danielle made this comment.  However, in my opinion I think this rumor is a bunch of bullshit.

I was raised in an Italian and Puerto Rican household and let me tell you, we are fiery and passionate people, especially when it comes to our families.  Therefore, I believe that Teresa was just pissed that Danielle was dragging her family into a situation that they had nothing to do with….And I believe her Italian temper got the best of her.  Of course these are all just my opinions.  What do you all think?

Due to the copyright on the show I can not upload the video directly on my blog, but here is a link to Bravo where you can see the explosive video for yourself.  It’s about 2-3 minutes into the video:

http://www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-new-jersey/season-2/videos/teresa-attacks

Andy Cohen Gets Knocked Down By Teresa!

Andy Cohen Gets Knocked Down By Teresa!

Danielle Gets Up To Run Off!

Danielle Gets Up To Run Off!

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Video of Emmy Opening, List of Emmy Winners, Favorite Emmy Moment, and Hot Mommas Red Carpet Styles!

So what did you all think of the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards?  I thought the opening was fantastic, although I can’t get over the fact that Kate Gosselin was privileged and given the honor of sharing the stage with REAL TV stars, not REALITY TV stars.  All I have to say is that Kate has managed to stretch her 15 minutes of fame to a good few hours of it!  I guess it was funny to include her in the opening, and she was a good sport to make fun of herself for her horrific past ‘Dancing With The Stars’ performances.  However, come on…who wouldn’t make fun of themselves for the chance to be part of the Primetime Emmy Awards opening number?  Moving on, now below you will find the complete list of winners just in case you missed  out on the show.  Then after that I’ll tell you what was my favorite Emmy moment and I’ll also show you some pics of Hot Momma fashions on the 2010 Emmy Red Carpet!  See Emmy Opening Number Video Here!

The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards

COMPLETE LIST OF EMMY WINNERS

OUTSTANDING COMEDY
Modern Family

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Jane Lynch (Glee)

OUSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Betty White (SNL)

OUSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Neil Patrick Harris (Glee)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION IN A COMEDY
Ryan Murphy (Glee)

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY
Christopher Lloyd and Stephen Levitan (Modern Family)
DRAMA

OUTSTANDING DRAMA
Mad Men

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)

OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A DRAMA
Erin Levy and Matthew Weiner (Mad Men)

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA
John Lithgow (Dexter)

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Ann Margaret (Law & Order: SVU)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION IN A DRAMA
Steve Shill (Dexter)
VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY

OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION IN A VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SPECIAL
Bucky Gunts (The Winter Olympics)

OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A VARIETY SHOW
Dave Boone and Paul Greenberg (The 2010 Tony Awards)
TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL

TV MOVIE
Temple Grandin (HBO)

MINISERIES
The Pacific (HBO)

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Al Pacino (You Don’t Know Jack)

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Claire Danes (Temple Gradin)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Mick Jackson (Temple Grandin)

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A SUPORTING ROLE IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
David Strathairn (Temple Grandin)

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A SUPORTING ROLE IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Julia Ormand (Temple Grandin)

OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Adam Mazer (You Don’t know Jack)

BOB HOPE HUMANITARIAN AWARD
George Clooney

OUTSTANDING REALITY SHOW COMPETITION
Top Chef

Mommies On The Emmy Red Carpet

Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum

Kyra Sedgewick

Kyra Sedgewick

Amy Poehler 3 weeks Post Baby!

Amy Poehler 3 weeks Post Baby!

Keri Russell

Keri Russell

Julianna Marguliesin in a L'Wren Scott

Julianna Marguliesin in a L'Wren Scott

Kate Gosselin

Kate Gosselin

Congratulations to Jimmy Fallon for doing a job well done hosting the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards!

Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon

My Favorite Emmy Moment actually happened during the red carpet coverage on E! Entertainment pre-Emmy Awards.  It was when Kristin Dos Santos from ‘Watch With Kristin’ gave a Spoiler Alert!   People, including myself were already tweeting about it before she gave the news, but Kristin announced live from the Emmy Awards that she was pregnant with her second baby!  It was so great seeing eveyones’ reactions.  However, it was surprising too because both Catt Sadler and Giuliana Rancic seemed genuinely and happily surprised by Kristin’s news.  I thought for sure they had to have known because Kristin is already showing a baby bump (at least in my opinion she is).  She looks beautiful, but apparently they really didn’t know.  I tweeted to Kristin the following: @KristinDSantos Did the E! girls really not know u were preggers? Well you are glowing and beautiful!  She re-tweeted back to me: No one knew! @CattSadler, @GiulianaRancic thx for being good sports! RT @MichelleRivera5: Did the E! girls really not know u were preggers?  It was very nice of her to answer my question.  It’s not like she had to, so I think that says something about her personality, she strikes me as very down-to-earth.   Anyhow, congratulations to Kristin Dos Santos on her joyous and blessed news!  Here are two photos of Kristin.  The one in the red dress is from last night’s Emmy Awards, so that everyone can see the glowing momma that she is!

Kristin Dos Santos

Kristin Dos Santos

Krsitin Dos Santos 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards!  Baby due in February!

Krsitin Dos Santos 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards! Baby due in February!

One last note….Congrats to all the Emmy Nominees and Winners this year!

The Birth of ‘Mommyhood to Hollywood’….Michelle Shares Her Personal Quest

I have given birth again, but this time it didn’t hurt!  As many of you know I have been growing a little brand of mine called, ‘Mommyhood to Hollywood.’  Many of you have come out to support me by following me on Twitter, joining me on the ‘Mommyhood to Hollywood’ Facebook page, by visiting this blog, or by simply checking out my official website.  For doing those things, which take precious time out of your day, I really do thank every single one of you.

Several of you don’t really understand what I am doing too, but even with that I am still being supported by you.  That is so kind, so I want to explain to everyone my personal quest with ‘Mommyhood to Hollywood,’ what exactly it is that I am doing, and share my hopes and dreams for it with all of you.

For several years in my life I spent time as a singer/songwriter and performer.  I loved this passionately….you know the way a 23 year old loves their boyfriend or girlfriend passionately…it’s usually a clueless and blinding love, but yet you throw yourself into it wholeheartedly anyway.  Well that was me.  However, after years of performing, almost getting signed to major record labels, and then being absolutely disappointed by the biz, just like you get disappointed by that relationship in your 20’s, I decided to move on with my life.  So I broke up with the music business.  Now I still love music and singing, but I am just not as interested in being in the business of it anymore, that’s all.

Anyhow, I have always been interested in television, in reporting and TV Hosting specifically, and so although I already had a BA degree in English Education, I decided to go back to school to get another degree in Film and Television with my option being in Broadcast Journalism.  After I graduated, I got my first job in Denver as a Production Assistant at a sports network.  I hate sports.  Ha! Ha!  But I tried my best to like it while I was there.  However, I did manage to find the one entertainment/lifestyle TV show this network had and I assisted on it for awhile and then eventually got the opportunity to report on the show.  This was a great first reporting experience for me and it became even more great when I won an Emmy Award for it!  WAIT!  REWIND…

Before I won the Emmy two major things happened to me in my life: First the network canceled the show I won the Emmy for, and second, I found out I was pregnant.  OK!  FAST-FORWARD….

At the Emmy Awards I was almost 5 months pregnant and I had won the Emmy for ‘On-Air Talent Rookie of the Year.’  It was awesome.  My mom said that if I had a girl I should name her Emmy because she was my good luck charm during the Emmy Awards.  So I did end up having a girl, and yes she is my good luck charm, and no I did not name her Emmy.

When I had my baby girl I fell absolutely in love with her of course, and I really enjoy being a mom.  Yes being a mommy does have its challenges like anything else worthwhile doing in life, but you quickly learn how to deal with those challenges and for me it made me start looking at a lot of things in my life in a different perspective.

First off, I hated my job, especially since I was no longer getting the opportunity to do on-air work there, second I missed my family and friends in California, and third I missed California too.  I missed the entertainment world and to me that world was specifically in Southern California.  I knew I had to get back there as soon as I could, so when my daughter was 8 months old we moved back.

Since I’ve been back in Cali I’ve been a stay-at-home mom.  It seemed to make the most sense for our family, but it was always meant to be a temporary situation.  It’s been a blessing to be at home with my little one, but just because I’m a mom doesn’t mean my passion for entertainment or my dream of continuing a career on television has died.  Therefore, I was itching to get back into it again.  I also had this nagging feeling to write again, to be creative.  I used to always keep a journal and  write songs, so I was racking my brain about possibly writing a book or creating a blog, but about what?

In March of 2010, I decided to take Marki Costello’s ‘Become A Host’ bootcamp.   I had no idea of what to expect from it, but I was ready for it though…..or so I thought. For those of you who don’t know who Marki Costello is, she is the granddaughter to the comedy legend Lou Costello of AbbottCostello. However, besides that interesting fact,  Marki is also one of the leading casting directors in the television industry, as well as considered to be one of the top talent managers for TV Hosts as well.  In addition she runs this TV Host Academy, ‘Become A Host.’   The weekend bootcamp that I participated in was jam packed with TV Hosting exercises and I was so out of practice that in my opinion I sucked, BIG TIME!

Also, Marki pushed the importance of finding your brand and I was unsure of what my brand was.  I knew I loved entertainment/lifestyle television, but that was too broad and too common, so basically I was clueless. Then at the end of the weekend I kept thinking, “I’m a mommy who loves entertainment and celebrity/pop culture” and then the phrase ‘Mommyhood to Hollywood’ kept running through my mind.

Finally, the last day of bootcamp, Marki said she wanted us to write a 30 second show open that demonstrated our brand and then she wanted us to perform it in front of her.  This would be the audition to see if we would be invited by Marki to join her host academy.

Since I felt that I had sucked so bad during that weekend, all I wanted was just to do well in front of Marki and trust me when I say that she can seem quite intimidating when you first get to know her.  She is definitely a force to be reckoned with, but in a good way.  So I went in and performed my brand “Style Trial.”   Uh……WTF?  Yes, that’s what I came up with, I fully dropped my ‘Mommyhood to Hollywood’ idea and did something that was so NOT ME!  Okay, I went in and did my show open and I did pretty well and I was happy with my performance and yes I got invited into the program, but I was invited into the beginners class.  I didn’t care though, I was just relieved that I had gotten in, however, I knew ‘Style Trial’ was not my brand and you know what, I’m sure Marki knew that wasn’t my brand either.

During my first month of class ‘Mommyhood to Hollywood’ was still nagging me in my mind.  I talked about it with my husband Mark, but at first he didn’t seem to understand the concept.  He had a concern that I was at the risk of becoming an annoying TV Host who always talked about her kids.  He referenced the early days of Kathy Lee Gifford on Regis and Kathy Lee.  I didn’t really agree with him about his concern or about Kathy Lee!

Anyhow about 2 weeks passed after the conversation with the hubs and I attended my  first industry night.  This is a night where students have the opportunity to perform and leave their press kits with a big industry professional. Then that industry professional stays and chats with us afterwards about the business. That night a casting director Tara Flanagan was our guest.  She said that one of the performers that stood out most to her that evening was a mom (I did not perform, I just went to watch that night).  She then went on to say that there was a huge demographic in television for moms.  That’s when the light bulb went off in my head.  Ding! Ding! Ding!  Yes I heard a bell too. I thought to myself, “Why in the world have I been denying my ‘Mommyhood to Hollywood’ idea?”  The importance of a brand is that it is true to who you are.  A brand must be the authentic “You.”  I am a mommy! ….And not only am I a mommy, but I’m a mommy who has been a part of the entertainment industry for many years and is passionate about entertainment and celebrity/pop culture.  Thus, ‘Mommyhood to Hollywood’ made total sense for me.  So then it was on this night that ‘Mommyhood to Hollywood’ was born.

I wish Tara Flanagan knew how she changed my life that night.  I hope one day I’ll be able to tell her.

That night when I was driving home from industry night my blood was pumping with excitement and I could not wait to get home and talk to my hubby.  I had all these ideas running through my head of what I wanted to do.  I knew I wanted to dish about celebrities, but then I also knew that I wanted to get inside the lives of celebrity moms and their babies.

Then eventually the idea grew even bigger.  Look I am not a celebrity mom or anything, but I always want to try and give my daughter the best of everything the best way I can, like most moms do.  Therefore, the idea of giving your child the A-List life without paying those A-List prices seem to become a wonderful and practical philosophy I wanted to share with all moms, especially in today’s challenging economy.

Before I knew it I was blogging, tweeting, and developing my ‘Mommyhood to Hollywood’ website…..And it keeps growing!  I’m in the process of developing a ‘Mommyhood to Hollywood’ webisode and I’m developing a mommy resource page too!  It’s become such an exciting thing!

My hope someday is to have a TV show called, ‘Mommyhood to Hollywood’ so that I can reach moms by the millions!

As a quick side note, I have to say that Marki Costello knows her shit!  I have grown in so many ways as a host and as a business woman since joining ‘Become A Host.’

I also have to give my hubby Mark props too.  He has ended up loving the idea of ‘Mommyhood to Hollywood’ and has been in full support of it.  He even did the website for me.  I gave him all my ideas and he helped me bring them into fruition.

Some wonderful friends have helped me also, like my pal Craig K., thanks Craig!  I know all of you out there don’t know Craig, but trust me when I say he’s a great person to know.

Okay, done with the shout outs…..So there you have it my new baby ‘Mommyhood to Hollywood’ in a big nutshell.  Now my hope is that you will all join me on this new journey that I am on and continue to watch my baby business grow.

Recently I auditioned to be in an industry showcase and I made it in.  So now in about 2 weeks I will have the chance to present myself as a TV Host and also to present my brand to a bunch of television agents, casting directors and TV network executives.  It’s a very exciting and scary event all at once.  Maybe something great will come out of it or maybe nothing at all.  No matter what happens I will continue to nourish my baby ‘Mommyhood to Hollywood’ and I hope you will all continue along with me through this interesting, unknown road that I am running and sometimes tripping on.

So with all this I will leave you with some shameless plugs so that you can join me on ‘Mommyhood to Hollywood.’  The first one is to please subscribe to this blog, it’s free or I wouldn’t ask-lol!  The next is to follow me on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/MichelleRivera5.  The last thing is to please join my ‘Mommyhood to Hollywood Facebook page at http://bit.ly/ckxelb.

Thank you so much again everyone.  I send you all love and positivity always!

 

Michelle Rivera is Mommyhood to Hollywood

Michelle Rivera is Mommyhood to Hollywood

 

 

Marki Costello of CMEG and 'Become A Host'

Marki Costello of CMEG and 'Become A Host'

 

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