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— Foodies may already by familiar with Top Chef judge Gail Simmons and cheflebrity — Is that a thing? It’s a thing now. — Marcus Samuelsson. However, the real reason to tune into The Feed is for its third host, comedian Max Silvestri. The funnyman is a skilled stand-up comedian (check out his album, King Piglet), but he’s also hilariously recapped Top Chef for Eater.com (among other blogging turns). We would watch him on anything, but his brand of humor seems perfectly paired with this culinary talk/road show. Tune in for the series’ debut Thursday at 7 p.m. Eastern on FYI, a new lifestyle network from A&E.
Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm are back in Russia, AFTER THE JUMP ...
— The 21st cycle of America’s Next Top Model kicks off tonight at 9 p.m. on The CW. You read that right. Twenty-one. Through it all, Tyra Banks has taught us to shake our body body move our body body, “smize” and love our fiercely real selves. But, even though I WAS ROOTING FOR YOU, WE WERE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU, it might be time to send this show off to that Gilles Bensimon photoshoot in the sky.
— If you still don’t yet have your fill of television shows featuring drug-addicted doctors, might we recommend a healthy dose of A Young Doctor’s Notebook, Tuesday at 10 p.m. on Ovation? The series follows a young doctor played by Daniel Radcliffe as he battles his morphine problem during the Russian Revolution. Mad Men hunk Jon Hamm stars as the doc’s older self. Side effects may include handsome overdose.
— Speaking of doctors, there’s a new one taking helm of the TARDIS on Doctor Who when it returns Saturday at 8 p.m. on BBC America. Peter Capaldi (In the Loop) becomes the titular Time Lord, replacing Matt Smith.
— Bid adieu to Bon Temps as True Blood’s final episode airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO.
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SEAN AVERY: Brings his jock strap for the ice bucket challenge.
DAVID LETTERMAN: Offers touching tribute to Robin Williams.
50 SHADES OF GAY: Gay boys read straight erotica.
'EX-GAY': 'Anyone with a brain' is against LGBT equality.
FERGUSON: Don Lemon gets pushed around by the police.
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Portia de Rossi commemorated her 6 year wedding anniversary to Ellen DeGeneres over the weekend with a surprise sky message.
Wrote Ellen on Twitter:
Look what my wife did for our wedding anniversary. Six!" pic.twitter.com/x97HmvnG6Y— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 17, 2014
The couple married at their Los Angeles home August 16, 2008 during the brief window of legalized gay marriage in California before Prop 8 was passed that November.
ROBIN WILLIAMS: One of his last videos was to a struggling terminal cancer patient.
APPLE: The company's holiday ad that just won an 'Outstanding Commercial' Emmy
BUBONIC PLAGUE: The past, present, and future of the infamous disease.
HEAVY METAL HORSE: A real life rocking horse.
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Robert Pattinson isn't a fan of the audition process: "I just can’t … I literally can’t do it. It’s just me looking uncomfortable, trying to put on an American accent … or sitting in the corner, making myself throw up and punching myself in the face.”
Lady Gaga reveals album artwork for Cheek to Cheek - her upcoming collaboration with Tony Bennett.
Gordon Howie, an independent candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in South Dakota, says that while he "vehemently disagrees" with gays "choos[ing] to live outside the laws of God," he still supports gay civil unions - which makes him more progressive than Republican nominee Mike Rounds.
Ariana Grande says recording 'Break Your Heart Right Back' - a song about a guy who leaves his girlfriend for another guy - was 'very fun'
Pregnant Scarlett Johansson and fiancé Romain Dauriac went for ice cream and a movie in New York yesterday. My money's on them seeing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Startups are pitching "cricket flour" (i.e. a powder of ground up crickets) as the best, most sustainable form of protein. Would you add it to your diet?
Sir Ian McKellen is speaking out for London's LGBT homeless youth population.
J.K. Rowling has released another new "Harry Potter" short story. The story features famed wizard musician Celestina Warbeck - one of Rowling's "favorite 'off-stage' characters"
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie shows off his dance moves with Jamie Foxx at a benefit concert at the Apollo Theater in NYC.
Queen Latifah shares a kiss with a ladyfriend while on vacation.
Male model Monday: Robert Sipos
Ferguson police are continuing to arrest and threaten on-the-ground journalists.
Julian Assange says he will leave the Ecuadorean embassy in London "soon"
Hillary Clinton to return to Iowa next month - making her first public appearance in the Hawkeye State since she placed 3rd in the 2008 Iowa caucus.
Ideas for charities that missed out on the "Ice Bucket Challenge"
In a new video for Oprah: Where Are They Now?, George Takei shares the story of how, while in a gay running group in 1987, he met and fell in love with the best runner in the club - a man named Brad Altman.
Altman and Takei tied the knot in September 2008.
Watch the heartwarming video, AFTER THE JUMP...