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  • How Celebrities Are Celebrating Thanksgiving

    Happy Thanksgiving! On this festive episode of "Daily Shot," celebs share what they’re doing to celebrate this special holiday.

    Actor Mark Consuelos offers his appreciation for the primitive nature of the holiday. “Thanksgiving is the last bastion of hope of manhood that we have,” he says. “You’re allowed to behave like cavemen.... You eat, and you drink, and you sleep, and you watch football, and it’s all accepted.”

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    Chef Carla Hall cooks up a Southern feast and recalls one time she asked her sister to bring a vegetable side dish. “I didn’t think I had to tell her to cook the vegetables,” she says. “She came in with a bag of vegetables!”

    “I will make an oven-stuffer, not a turkey,” talk-show host Wendy Williams says. “I will make a stovetop stuffing, but I will cut in some of my own ingredients. And we’ll light up the barbecue outside to make ribs.”

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    Illusionist David Blaine won’t make a turkey

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  • Carla Hall's Thanksgiving Must-Have

    Thanksgiving is one day away, and even "Top Chef" finalists have some surprising holiday staples. You might think Carla Hall would make every side dish from scratch, but there's one item she just can't live without: canned cranberry sauce.

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    "I grew up with canned cranberry sauce," she says. "I still want that on the table. I want to be in the kitchen when it comes out of the can."

    Carla also shared a great idea for what to do with the fridge full of Thanksgiving leftovers: Upside-Down Turkey Sandwich Casserole. Simply coat a casserole dish with Country Crock, put mashed potatoes in it and create a bowl shape, and then fill with turkey and vegetables. Top with breadcrumbs or cornbread for the perfect post-Thanksgiving treat. (Recipe below.)

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    The co-host of "The Chew" was a model before she was a chef, and she stays in shape by being careful with her portions. "I say no to nothing and yes to

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  • Julie Benz: The 'Dexter' Scene That Made Her Cry

    You know Julie Benz from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," "Jawbreaker," "Saw V," "Dexter," "Desperate Housewives," and "Defiance." But out of her many credits, there was one role that stood out.

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    "The role that I really loved was Robin on 'Desperate Housewives,'" Julie says of the role she took on right after "Dexter." She was thrilled to work with the women she had "admired for so long" and loved the eccentric role she had a chance to play. "My character was very quirky and fun," Julie says. "She was a stripper… a lesbian stripper."

    Throughout her four seasons on "Dexter," Julie played Dexter's significant other. Over the course of her time on the show, she says one scene —which she didn't know about in advance — was the most memorable. "My favorite scene on the show is when Dexter proposes to Rita," Julie says. "As soon as we started to rehearse and Michael started saying his dialogue, it was that magic moment that all actors hope for, and

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  • How to Avoid Gas and Bloating

    Over 50 percent of people never discuss concerns about gas and bloating with their doctors, but Dr. Roshini Raj says patients should put their self-consciousness aside for the sake of their health. "They're embarrassed," she says, insisting that people should be upfront with symptoms "because it can be a sign of an underlying GI disorder that's potentially more serious," like celiac or Crohn's disease.

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    If you're concerned about gas, Raj recommends staying away from larger amounts of lentils, beans, cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. "They're great for you, but certain people get more gassy with them," she says. "Introduce them slowly to your diet, and you will get more used to it."

    There are also a few more unexpected behaviors that can cause blowing, like chewing gum. "A lot of people don't realize that when you're chewing gum, you swallow air," Raj says. "And that then goes into your intestine and can cause a lot of gas." Another habit to

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  • Mark Consuelos: Hollywood's Strictest Parent?

    Mark Consuelos doesn't mind being known as a strict dad. The actor and father of three is set in his ways when it comes to his approach to parenting. "I love my kids. I'm not their friend," he says. "I'm there to make sure of three things: They stay out of rehab, the morgue, and jail."

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    How does he make sure? "My default answer to anything my kids ask is no," he says, and he also doesn't shy away from punishing bad behavior by taking away phones and iPads. "Punishment is also a lecture," he says. "The eyes glaze over and I go into my speeches."

    After 17 years of marriage to Kelly Ripa, Mark says the couple still keeps the spark alive in their relationship. "I'm really hot for her," he says. "She does it for me in a major way. She's extremely also patient and tolerant." Mark also explains that keeping the focus on family helps the couple to have perspective. "Three kids will make any problem you think you're

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  • David Blaine: The Celebrity Who Kicked Me Out of His House

    David Blaine has been buried in a coffin and frozen in a block of ice, has lived in a glass box for 44 days, and has held his breath underwater for 17 minutes. Now the illusionist is returning to primetime in his new special, "David Blaine: Real or Magic," wherein he travels around the world and into the homes of celebrities to show off his street magic.

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    The magician is notorious for being stoic during his tricks, but he says that doesn't mean he isn't experiencing a thrill as well. "Even though I do magic and I'm always very stonefaced, I'm actually vicariously living through people's reactions," he explains. "That's the addiction to what I do."

    There was one specific celebrity reaction that David considers the greatest of all. "Harrison Ford, he was the best." David had just finished performing a trick when the actor "kicked me out of his house," he says.

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    You might think there's nothing that David

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  • Breakup Season: How to Tell If You're About to Get Dumped

    Have you ever heard of breakup season? It's those last few weeks you have to get out of your current relationship before all the holiday celebrations begin. So if you're thinking about calling it quits with your significant other, relationship expert Andrea Syrtash says: Get to it!

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    "You don't want to bring them home if you know you don't have a future," Andrea explains. "And then it rolls into holiday parties, Christmas, New Year's, Valentine's Day. It's like a package deal, and you're a real schmuck if you break up with someone over the holidays." So speak now or hold your peace ... at least until after the season.

    If you're worried that you might be on the receiving end of an impending breakup, Andrea says, you should pay particular attention to the way your partner is communicating. "If you're usually in touch with you significant other and then suddenly he's always busy, he's not really calling you back, he's making excuses, pay attention to that," she

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  • The Garment That Can Make You Look 10lbs. Slimmer

    We’ve all had those winter “What do I wear?” moments. … Colder weather means thick sweaters, lots of layers, and puffy jackets that, well, pretty much make you look like a marshmallow. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Adam Glassman, creative director of O, The Oprah Magazine, says that following a few tips can make you look leaner while still keeping warm.

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    “People end up looking like an Oompa Loompa,” Adam says. When selecting coats, he recommends looking for puffers with vertical seaming and says it’s important to find a coat that’s not too short. “You really want something that’s mid-thigh or to the knee and very streamlined,” he says.

    When it comes to choosing your daily dress, Adam says, “you have to start from the inside out,” because the correct bra can make you look 10 pounds thinner. “You have to go for a bra fitting — 85 percent of women are wearing the wrong-size bra,” he says.

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    For winter-appropriate

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  • Wendy Williams: How I Forgave a Cheating Husband

    In 2001, Wendy Williams had just given birth to her son when she found out that her husband had been cheating on her. She made a controversial decision — she stayed.

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    The talk show host explained her thought process in dealing with the issue while she was getting adjusted to motherhood. "You're not going to leave me alone to try to figure this out while I'm trying to get back to work and get myself together," she says. "No, you're going to stay, and we're going to figure this out."

    Wendy says one of the biggest challenges was trying not to constantly bring it up. "If you elect to stay, you have to do one of the most mature things a woman can do in her life, and that is, don't crucify him at every turn," she says.

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    Wendy is also a successful author of the advice book "Ask Wendy" and the creator of a wig line called "Wendy Williams Hair World." Though the host wears wigs out of medical

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  • The Role Edward James Olmos Regrets Not Taking

    With credits like ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ ‘Stand and Deliver,’ ‘Miami Vice,’ ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Dexter’ and so many others, you might assume Edward James Olmos has few regrets when it comes to his career. But the actor says he looks back on one rejected role and sees a missed opportunity.

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    “I was given the opportunity to do ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes,’ and I chose not to,” he says. Edward, who is of Mexican descent, was offered the role of the devil. Since he didn’t know the director at the time, he was concerned about what the character might turn into. “We don’t have an opportunity too much to create characters, especially because of our ethnicity,” Edward says. “At that moment in time, our position in life artistically wasn’t set enough to take that.”

    Now, Edward is starring in ‘Go for Sisters,’ a film about two estranged childhood friends who reconnect years later when one is assigned as the other’s probation officer. The

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