Blog Posts by Ali Wentworth

  • Shocking Backstage Stories From 'In Living Color'

    Rosie Perez is known for her great roles in "Do the Right Thing," "Fearless," "White Men Can't Jump," and "Pineapple Express." Now, she's also an author, sharing stories from her childhood and early career in her new memoir, "Handbook for an Unpredictable Life."

    Both Rosie and Ali spent years working on the Fox sketch comedy series "In Living Color" — Ali as a cast member and Rosie as the choreographer of the show's dance troupe, the Fly Girls. During their mini-reunion, they both had hilarious memories to share.

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    Rosie remembered one peculiar moment after hours when she went upstairs at the studio to get a snack. "Jim Carrey was there on a pogo stick." Rosie recalled, "I was like, 'What the hell are you doing?' He said, 'This is how I get ideas!'"

    Another one of Rosie's favorite memories happened before Heavy D & the Boyz made a guest appearance on the show. "His dancers had a beef with one of the Fly Girls, and they had a fistfight in the

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  • No Tweeting at Weddings! (And Other Tech Etiquette)

    Are proper manners a lost art? With cell phones hanging out at dinner tables around the country, you might say so. That's why Anna Post — the great, great granddaughter of the legendary etiquette author Emily Post — came by to share some modern-day etiquette tips for our tech-obsessed world.

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    When it comes to weddings, don't post too frequently on social media. Not only will you annoy your friends and followers, but you could also give someone the wrong idea. "You want to keep wedding talk to a real minimum, and make sure none of your wedding talk could be heard as an invitation to the wedding," Anna says.

    And absolutely no tweeting the day of the event. "Who are you tweeting?" She asks. "All of the people who weren't invited?"

    If you're getting annoyed with a friend who just won't put a phone down at the dinner table, there are two ways to tackle the tech rudeness. "Just stop talking," Anna recommends. "As soon as you stop talking,

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  • 'Twisted' Behind the Scenes: What Happens During Downtime

    On ABC Family's "Twisted," Avan Jogia plays a 16-year-old alleged sociopath who has spent five years in juvenile detention for the murder of his aunt. Despite the heaviness of the show's storyline, Avan says the set between takes couldn't be more fun.

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    "When we're not shooting we're just making jokes," he says. "Drama is very funny. When you're doing drama, it's all very intense, and then it's 'cut' and it's nothing but jokes for 20 minutes."

    When they're not joking around, the young stars have certain routines in between takes. Kylie Bunbury, who plays Lacey Porter, "always has red vines," Avan says. "I’m drinking tea constantly."

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    When Avan isn't shooting, he spends time working with Straight But Not Narrow, an organization he co-founded that teaches young adults how to be allies for their LGBTQ peers. "It boils down to human empathy," Avan says of the organization, which attracts

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  • Carole Radziwill: Dating After Heartbreak

    In "The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating," 32-year-old Claire Byrne becomes a widow when her well-to-do husband is killed in a freak accident. Over the course of healing and learning to move on, she dates a myriad of different men as she attempts to live a meaningful and passionate life.

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    The story is similar to that of Carole Radziwill, a journalist who became a widow at 36 after her husband died from cancer. While Carole drew on parts of her experience after her husband's death to pen the novel, she's quick to note that her story is not the same. "I was a very messy widow," she says. "Claire, the protagonist, is much more together than I ever was."

    The novel takes readers through Claire's experience with a number of different men, though, Carole says, "It's very hard for Claire to go on a second date with someone."

    Carole says she went through many dating phases while exploring the dating scene after her husband's death. "I had

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  • These Guys Can Rap Anything — Even 'The Bachelor'

    Improv music troupe Freestyle Love Supreme can turn just about anything into a lyrical hip-hop masterpiece. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chris Sullivan, and Utkarsh Ambudkar, three of the group's members, joined Ali for an interview-meets-jam session.

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    The guys delivered a freestyle rap about reality show "The Bachelor" that, frankly, you just have to see to believe. They also earned the distinction of being the first "Daily Shot" guests to effectively work "Stephanopoulos" into an epic rhyme about our host.

    The group, which started at New York City's Peoples Improve Theater almost 10 years ago, creates freestyle rap songs based off of audience suggestions, turning them into wild and hilarious musical numbers. Saturday night at 10 p.m., they make their TV debut with their special on Pivot TV.

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    "We don't pay the rent doing this. This has always been the thing we do for fun," Lin-Manuel says. Outside of

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  • 7 Simple Ways to Get on Track to Better Health

    Everyone wants to look seven years younger, and a few small lifestyle changes can set you on your way to actually achieving that youthful goal. Good Housekeeping Nutrition Director Samantha Cassetty is the author of "7 Years Younger: The Anti-Aging Breakthrough Diet," and she shares seven tips to get on the road to better health.

    1. Eat more produce: "Twenty-five percent of people admit that they don't eat any produce," she explains. "That's a major mistake. You're missing out on all those antiaging nutrients."

    WATCH: Five Powerful Age-Defying Foods

    2. Learn how to locate sugar: "Sugar is a skin-wrecker," Samantha says. "You want to look for words like honey, agave, brown rice syrup, fruit juice concentrate, evaporated cane juice. Some things that sound really innocent are actually sugar, and your body processes all sugar the same way."

    3. Don't skip meals: Even if you're not super hungry in the morning, have breakfast. "It's just something to get your metabolism revved up," she says.

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  • Is Your Salad Making You Fat?

    Are you stocking up your salad with so many toppings that the greens disappear? With all of the extra calories, why bother eating a salad in the first place? Lauren Slayton is a registered dietician and author of "The Little Book of Thin," and she has some tips to get your salad back in shape.

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    1. Reduce the bling. While extra toppings like avocado, cheese, and nuts make your salad delicious, Lauren says to allow yourself just "one treat per salad" to avoid extra calorie bombs.

    2. Ditch the bottled salad dressing. "You're basically adding spoonfuls of sugar or salt onto your salad," she explains. Get into the habit of making your own dressing to forgo extra calories and preservatives.

    3. Use walnut oil. Walnut is the "only nut that has omega-3s, which are those good fats that are in fish," she says.

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    4. Try apple cider vinegar. "It's great in terms of keeping our blood sugar stable," Lauren says.

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  • Behind the Scenes at 'The Big Bang Theory'

    Just a few weeks ago on "The Big Bang Theory," Mayim Bialik's character, Amy Farrah Fowler, was about to give up on any sort of intimacy with boyfriend Sheldon. Then, the special Valentine's Day episode brought the two together with a much-anticipated first kiss.

    "It was sweet," Mayim says about the earnest smooch. "It's not just a big deal for us as characters, but as actors, that's a big step for us to have to take. It was very special."

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    Mayim gushed about her talented co-stars and shared her votes for cast superlatives on "The Big Bang Theory."

    Class clown? "Simon Helberg is one of the funniest people I've ever worked with," she says of the actor who plays aerospace engineer Howard Wolowitz.

    Most gullible? "That would be me," she confesses. "I'm kind of the dopiest."

    Miss Congeniality? "Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting."

    What about the biggest flirt? "I flirt with Simon sometimes," Mayim coyly admits. "He's funny!"

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  • 'House of Cards' Star on America's Robin Wright Crush

    With the entire second season of Netflix's "House of Cards" episodes released at once, it's easy to fall into a major binge session. Sakina Jaffrey, who plays White House Chief of Staff Linda Vasquez on the hit drama, explained a curious watch trend that has viewers all over the country getting themselves into trouble.

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    "It's called 'Netflix infidelity,'" Sakina says about couples who commit to watch the show together, only to have one partner secretly watch ahead. "It's a sickness that is taking over the nation, I believe. For certain people, there is a decorum that's set in, and you really follow that decorum. You do not go past a certain point, and if you do, you don't tell anybody what's happened."

    One thing Sakina is telling everyone is that she — like the rest of America — has a crush on co-star Robin Wright, who plays Claire Underwood on the show. "I knew I had a girl crush when I was thinking, 'Can she just walk down that

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  • Hottest Engagement Ring Trends

    From Kim Kardashian's giant engagement ring to Ciara's 15-carat sparkler, 2013 has been a year for some major celebrity bling. While the average gal probably can't afford a ring with a seven-digit price tag, she can certainly be inspired by the unique styles of celebrity rings. Kellee Khalil, founder of Lover.ly, the one-stop resource for brides to be, stopped by the "Daily Shot" studio to talk about some of the hottest bling in Hollywood.

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    Ashley Tisdale's Halo-Cut Diamond One of the most popular ring styles continues to be the halo diamond, a large diamond surrounded by rings, or halos, of smaller diamonds. These ring styles have graced the hands of stars like Ashley Tisdale and Jessica Biel.

    Another hot trend? "Art deco is huge," Kellee says of the throwback to vintage style. "Scarlett Johansson set the trend, along with Ashlee Simpson, Ginnifer Goodwin."

    "The biggest ring that inspired everyone was when Blake Lively got married," she says of the 12-carat pale pink diamond set in

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