Lori Acken

About Lori Acken

Lori just hasn't been the same since "thirtysomething" and "Northern Exposure" went off the air.

We talk Bride by Design with Heidi Elnora!

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Bride By Design premieres tonight at 9/8CT on TLC. If you’re a fan of TLC’s famous BrideDay Friday block of bridal-gown goodness, you’re sure to love its newest addition, Bride by Design, starring Alabama-based fashion maven and Season 2 Project Runway contestant Heidi Elnora. But there’s lots of insight and inspiration here for avid fashionistas, too. “I am super excited, because it really takes the viewers into my world and seeing what it is to be a designer — all the processes and all the love and time that goes into a dress,” says Elnora, who graduated from the Savannah College … Continue reading

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Haaz Sleiman: “Killing Jesus” is “a celebration for us as humans”

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Haaz Sleiman relaxes in the simple cafe of a 400-year-old casbah in tiny Tamnougalt, Morocco. Grime-streaked and dressed in a simple cloth robe, the actor is nearly beatific, having just wrapped a pivotal scene in Killing Jesus, National Geographic Channel’s latest and most ambitious epic culled from the popular book series by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. Sleiman introduces himself, then smiles and gestures at the Atlas Mountains visible through an ornately grated window and says, “Every day I am grateful, because it is overwhelmingly beautiful being here. Morocco is such a beautiful country; it feels like you are on a movie set just looking at the … Continue reading

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Seeds of Yesterday on Lifetime: James Maslow explains the art of Bart

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Seeds of Yesterday, the fourth movie in Lifetime’s V.C. Andrews Dollanganger series, premieres Sunday, April 12 at 10/9CT on Lifetime. What It’s Based On: The follow-up to Thorns hit bookstores in 1984 and marked a 15-year leap forward in the Sheffield family story. Lifetime of a Lesson: Sometimes your brother is a really lousy keeper. Seeds‘ most notable swerve from the novel is its omission of Corrine’s devious sibling Joel; instead, the now grown Bart (Big Time Rush’s James Maslow) remains deeply influenced by his zealot great-grandfather Malcolm Foxworth and turns his home into a re-creation of Foxworth Hall. Bart invites Cathy, Chris and … Continue reading

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Jon Bass on Big Time In Hollywood FL’s Del: “It frees you up to have such short shorts on!”

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I love everything about Big Time in Hollywood, FL., Comedy Central’s brand-new scripted comedy that stars Alex Anfanger and Lenny Jacobson as Jack and Ben Dolfe, scheming slacker brothers whose big-time Hollywood dreams land them in big-time trouble in — and out of — their snoozy Florida town. But let me confess this right now: I love their sweet buddy Del the best. Possibly a bit too much. And I didn’t mind admitting it to Jon Bass, who plays him. With his great big heart, goofy little shorts, sensible sandals and an utter unwillingness to believe that Jack and Ben are anything but a force for … Continue reading

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Dance Moms recap Season 5 episode 12: A bad case of Melanie-oma

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Welcome back, Dance Moms Nation. Whose NCAA bracket is still worth the paper it’s printed on? Who picked the Badgers to take it all? You are my special favorites. Speaking of competitions … this week we start at the front desk where Abby is all a’twinkle over Maddie’s new Sia video, Elastic Heart, which — if you’re the one person on earth who hasn’t seen it yet — features Maddie in Chandelier gear having one serious nightmare of a (bird)cage match with a brief-wearing Shia LaBeouf. Since we’re going to get all worked about it multiple times throughout the episode, here. … Continue reading

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Better Call Saul recap episode 8: “Rico”

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So many revelations in Better Call Saul episode 8’s opening flashback moments. First we get confirmation that Jimmy did indeed work for Hamlin, Hamlin and McGill back in the day — in the mailroom. And he and Kim were indeed an item. When he wheels his cart into her office and hands her a letter, it’s  actually addressed to him. She opens it, blinks, grins and plants a smooch on her man. Jimmy passed the bar. Heading for Chuck’s corner office, Jimmy reveals to his brother that — with Kim as his inspiration — he completed the few credits he had left to … Continue reading

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The Lizzie Borden Chronicles: Christina Ricci returns with a vengeance in campy new Lifetime series

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Lifetime’s new limited series The Lizzie Borden Chronicles premieres Sunday, April 5 at 10/9CT. In January 2014, Lifetime took a proverbial whack at bringing the sordid tale of Lizzie Borden to a new generation of horror fans with its original film Lizzie Borden Took an Ax. Starring Christina Ricci as the parent-dispatching Lizzie and Argo’s Clea DuVall as her obedient sister Emma, Lizzie was a bloody good time and a ratings killer, luring 4.4 million viewers on its way to becoming cable’s second-most-watched original film of the year. A few months later, the network approached Ricci with another idea — reuniting with … Continue reading

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We talk Lifetime’s If There Be Thorns with Heather Graham!

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If you were among the nearly 10 million total viewers who tuned in last year for Lifetime’s film adaptations of the V.C. Andrews cult classic novels Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind, prepare yourself for an April shower of Dollanganger goodness. Or Dollanganger badness — which is really what makes the films such escapist fun. The network will debut the next two installments, If There Be Thorns and Seeds of Yesterday, on back-to-back Sundays this month. Heather Graham reprises her role as family matriarch Corrine Dollanganger Foxworth Winslow in Thorns; otherwise the films feature new casts fleshing out the … Continue reading

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Big Time In Hollywood FL: Ben Stiller brings a bawdy buddy laugher To Comedy Central

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A few years back, Alex Anfanger and Dan Schimpf — NYU buddies with big filmmaking aspirations — wrote a TV pilot about a pair of hapless brothers with big filmmaking aspirations. Then they shelved it in favor of something more instantly doable — a web series called Next Time on Lonny, starring the doe-eyed Anfanger as an aspiring reality star with a knack for over-the-top trouble. It paid off. Ben Stiller discovered Lonny, then Anfanger and Schimpf. Lonny got a big-time backer in Stiller’s Red Hour Films — and those fictional filmmaking brothers, er, conceived in Anfanger’s parents’ basement got … Continue reading

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Dance Moms Season 5 episode 11 recap: All For One and None For All!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Dance Moms nation. If you’re not out there getting your corned beef and cabbage on, grab a green beer and let’s talk about what happened tonight. We start in the Dancers’ Den where everyone is pretty cheery about beating the Candy Apples and what it might mean for pyramid. OK, almost everyone. Let’s get her mind off her troubles and ask Jo Jo what she thought of Cathy, which should be entertaining. Jo Jo was expecting a little crazy, but she got THIS crazy instead. Huh. It doesn’t appear to be the answer Melissa was expecting. Or maybe … Continue reading

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