- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Tue, Sep 24, 2013 10:35 AM EDT | Comments
As the author of novels like "A Walk to Remember," "The Notebook," and "The Lucky One," Nicholas Sparks knows how to tug at our heartstrings. But the writer says there was one character he just couldn't bring himself to kill off.
"For 'A Walk to Remember,' I knew all along that Jamie was going to pass away at the end of the book," Sparks says. "I get to the final chapter and I say, 'I can't. She's just too sweet, I can't do it.'" Instead, he left the ending ambiguous for readers to draw their own conclusions.
Sparks is at it again with his latest novel, "The Longest Ride," a double love story that the author conceived in reverse. "I knew exactly how I wanted the reader to feel at the end," he says. "I said, 'Oh wow, if a book ended like that, that would be great!' You kind of work backwards."
Many of Sparks's novels have been adapted for the big screen, and from writing to casting to directing, the author plays a big role. "...Read More »
- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Tue, Sep 24, 2013 10:22 AM EDT | Comments
As the face of Clairol’s Natural Instincts Healthy Hot Challenge, celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis is full of easy tips on how to look and feel better. “I wear SPF every day, rain or shine; I drink more water than coffee,” she says. “Things that seem obvious, but sometimes you need a little reminder.”
Giada says there’s one snack that’s been crucial to her health: raw almonds, though her favorites come from a place you wouldn’t expect. “The best almonds, I find them at the airports, believe or not!” she says. “They’re protein, they give you that crunch factor, and they satisfy you.”
The chef says almonds are an example of a food women don’t eat often enough. “They don’t eat enough natural fats,” she says. " I’m not saying a Big Mac or french fries. For me, olive oil is a big fat and nuts are a big fat,” she says.
Giada says it’s easy to be afraid of the calorie contents of foods li...Read More »
- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Mon, Sep 23, 2013 9:59 AM EDT | Comments
After 14 seasons playing ambitious detective Olivia Benson on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," you might think Mariska Hargitay has a little bit of job security. But what you may not know is that she made one decision that almost cost her the job.
As Benson's story lines evolved over the years, so have her hairstyles. Mariska recalls one haircut, during which she made the questionable decision to offer the stylist some wine. Before long, she looked up at her reflection and was shocked at the crop, and ran to a producer's house in a panic. "I liked it, but I almost got fired about it," she says. "I don't think Dick Wolf was a fan of the supershort hair."
So what can viewers expect in Season 15? "After 14 years, you think, 'Where can you go? What else is there to do?'" Mariska says, but she hints that the new season will be just as stirring as years past. "The arc that the writers have planned for me is so exciting on a personal and pro...Read More »
- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Fri, Sep 20, 2013 10:29 AM EDT | Comments
"I keep telling Michael Symon to stop cuffing his pants and wearing his shirts untucked," says Kelly, "because it makes his legs look shorter than they already are."
If Symon seems to get the brunt of Kelly's constructive criticism, it's because the style guru doesn't even want to bother with Mario Batali.
"I would make over Mario, but I don't know if Mario Batali would be Mario Batali without the scrunchy and the Crocs … what am I gonna do with him?"
Kelly stopped by "Daily Shot" to talk about "The Chew" and his current gig as the spokesperson for mangos. (Who knew mangos needed a spokesperson?)
"Someone's got to get the word out," he says. "One cup of mango has just 100 calories and 100 percent of your vitamin C." He then gave a demo on the best way t...Read More »
- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Fri, Sep 20, 2013 10:21 AM EDT | Comments
"Golden Sisters" Mary, 82, Josie, 74, and Teresa, 74, are some of the funniest women on TV today. After a video of the sisters reacting to Kim Kardashian's sex tape went viral, the lovable ladies achieved fame in their senior years. And frankly, we want them to be our grandmothers.
We showed the gals one of the latest controversial music videos, Miley Cyrus's "Wrecking Ball," and their reactions did not disappoint. "What does her father think?" Teresa says. "Oh, her boyfriend's going to break off with her," Josie adds.
Though the sisters have lived full lives, they're still looking quite good for their ages. What are their secrets to staying young? "We laugh a lot, we eat a lot," Mary says. "And we don't take anything serious."
And while many people dread getting older, the ladies have a different perspective. "It's so beautiful!" Mary says. "You have no bills to pay anymore, your house is paid off. The kids are grown up, t...Read More »