Connect with us

Entertainment

‘Married at First Sight’ matchmaker defends show amid baby drama

Published

on

'Married at First Sight' matchmaker defends show amid baby drama

A “Married at First Sight” matchmaker is coming out swinging against critics amid baby drama on the reality-TV hookup show.

On the Lifetime series, complete strangers are matched by “experts” through an intense vetting process. After meeting at their wedding, they stay together for two months, before choosing whether to stay married or get divorced.

Dr. Viviana Coles has declared that she and fellow “MAFS” experts Pastor Cal Roberson and Dr. Pepper Schwartz always make love a priority with their pairings — and never intentionally match people to create drama for TV.

“I can unequivocally tell you that that is never a concern for us,” the “relationship and sex expert” told the Associated Press on Wednesday. “There have been couples who we thought were 100% — as much as we can say that, on paper, side-by-side [and] meeting them single — head over heels in love with each other, and they were explosive, nasty, really degrading.”

Season 12 of “MAFS,” which takes place in Atlanta, is currently airing — and airing dirty laundry.

Coles’ comments dropped as one of this season’s husbands, Chris, revealed on the show to Paige, his wife of three days, that his ex-fiancée is pregnant.

“I got a lot of s – – t going on. I found out some information this morning. It is, I won’t say devastating, but it’s something I have to deal with,” Chris, 27, told Paige, 25, over breakfast in Wednesday’s episode, refusing to divulge details of his secret.

The baby-daddy has proved to be a controversial cast member from the season premiere. He stated that he wants a “submissive” wife and that he had been engaged to another woman only three months before taking part in the social experiment.

After the show aired, Coles admitted to the AP she is sometimes surprised by her matches’ actions in their marriages. “Sometimes we think, ‘Who are these people?’ ”

Still, as a marriage counselor, she said she would never knowingly put contestants in an unsafe environment. “If we would actually try to make that happen and create explosive train wrecks, I actually feel like it could be beyond dangerous — not just emotionally, but even physically,” the TV star said. “We try to avoid that as much as possible.”

Whether the marriages last or not, Coles says she sees value in appearing on the show.

“I hope the reward is a lot of internal introspection, a lot of self love, self understanding, self acceptance, and moving on to have a better relationship or possibly marriage, because lots of people go on to have amazing marriages beyond this,” she said.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Entertainment

Emmys 2021 to air Sept. 19, move to CBS

Published

on

By

Emmys 2021 to air Sept. 19, move to CBS

LOS ANGELES — The 2021 Emmy Awards will be held on Sept. 19 and air live on CBS.

The network and the Television Academy announced Tuesday that the 73rd annual ceremony will stream live and on-demand on Paramount+, the streaming service that launches March 4.

The host, producers and location for the Emmys will be announced later. Since 2008, the show has been held at Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Last year’s show on ABC was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and was a combined in-person and virtual event. Kimmel was live at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, and most presenters and nominees appeared remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic. That format was also used for the recent Golden Globes.

The 2020 Emmys were the lowest-rated with 6.4 million viewers.

As part of the broadcast networks taking turns, CBS last aired the Emmys in 2017, when Stephen Colbert hosted.

Continue Reading

Entertainment

Angelina Jolie sells off Winston Churchill painting from Brad Pitt for $11.5M

Published

on

By

Angelina Jolie sells off Winston Churchill painting from Brad Pitt for $11.5M

Angelina Jolie sold off a Winston Churchill painting that Brad Pitt bought her as a gift for $11.5 million on Monday.

The work was gifted to Jolie by her estranged husband Pitt, who bought it for $2.95 million in 2011 from a New Orleans antique dealer, M.S. Rau, we previously revealed.

Reports on Monday said that the 1943 Churchill painting, “Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque,” sold for a record-breaking $11.5 million to a mystery Belgian bidder at Christie’s “Modern British Art Evening Sale” auction in London. The same bidder also bought two more Churchill works in the sale, the Art Newspaper reported.

The painting — which shattered its estimate of $3.4 million — was sold via the Jolie Family Collection. Reps have not commented on why the movie star was selling off the gift from her ex. Jolie and Pitt’s divorce has been dragging on for years, ever since they announced their split in 2016.

Seems art lover Pitt has a good eye: The previous record for a Churchill painting was reportedly around $2.5 million.

Sources previously told us that Pitt’s role in Quentin Tarantino’s World War II drama, “Inglourious Basterds,” helped inspire his interest in the Churchill work. He and Jolie also reportedly once visited the Churchill War Rooms together in the UK for a private tour.

Bill Rau of M.S. Rau told Page Six of the record-breaking Monday sale: “When we sold the ‘Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque’ by Winston Churchill, it was valued at just under $3 million, a fair price for such a historic work. The fact that it sold at auction for [$11.5 million] just goes to show you that important pieces will continue to be coveted and fetch top dollar. The painting has had an unprecedented journey, from being gifted to a US President [Churchill gave it to Franklin D. Roosevelt], to being hidden away in a closet for nearly half a century, to being owned by the most famous couple in Hollywood. I’m thrilled that M.S. Rau was able to bring this amazing piece back into the spotlight.”

Before Pitt bought it, the painting was passed from FDR to his son, who sold it in 1950 to an art collector in Nebraska. It was later sold to a movie producer, Norman G. Hickman, who was involved in a 1964 Churchill-themed film, “The Finest Hours.” The painting was then left to Hickman’s relatives after he died, and wound up in a closet for 15 years until it was sold by Rau.

Continue Reading

Entertainment

The meaning of ‘New Amsterdam’ co-star Tyler Labine’s tattoos

Published

on

By

The meaning of 'New Amsterdam' co-star Tyler Labine's tattoos

“New Amsterdam” springs back into action Tuesday night — with the pandemic and psychiatrist Dr. Ignatius “Iggy” Frome (Tyler Labine) at the forefront.

The NBC hospital drama’s Season 3 premiere, delayed due to the industrywide shutdown, opens with a five-minute (silent) montage dramatically relating how the pandemic impacted the New Amsterdam medical staff, both mentally and physically — followed by hospital chief Dr. Max Goodwin (series star Ryan Eggold) scrambling to solve the season’s first medical crisis after a plane crashes into the East River. Janet Montgomery, Freema Agyeman and Anupam Kher are back as Drs. Bloom, Sharpe and Kapoor.

While Iggy performs his professional duty, treating the doomed flight’s pilot, he’s also wrestling with long-repressed personal demons — an eating disorder, which will eventually bubble to the surface and mirrors Labine’s psychological journey.

In fact, the story arc was his idea.

“There were seeds planted [in previous seasons] with Iggy’s weird behavior around food,” said Labine, 42. “He’d be eating a Crudite and then eating Gummy Bears and pigging out on chocolate bars and then talking about some juicing diet.

“Those stories are all true and are all from my life,” he said. “As a person who’s struggled with an eating disorder and body dysmorphia my whole life…I felt a little irresponsible, at some point, by having Iggy suffer from these, like, ‘What are you guys playing at?’” he says of the show’s writers.

“So I wrote [showrunner] David Schulner a big e-mail and said, ‘I don’t think we should play at something that’s so serious to a lot of people unless we’re really going to go for it.’ I also talked to David Foster, one of our writers, who’s a doctor. And to their credit they came to me and said, ‘What’s the story you would like to tell? It’s interesting to us.’

“I talked with them and with [executive producer] Shaun Cassidy and was on the phone for a couple of hours and we basically decided that if we’re going to represent eating disorders in men, which we never see, we should do it.

“So it became very clear for me what the next arc for Iggy was going to be.”

In next week’s second episode, viewers will see how Iggy’s eating issues relate to his childhood — particularly to his relationship with his father, which cuts close with Labine.

“It’s obviously my story and it was really hard for me to see that written in a script,” he said. “It made me really look at it differently and realize that a lot of people have these stories [of] body issues and body-shaming. And it comes from a place of love. I don’t think my dad is a bad guy. I love him. He just had some…bad information given to him when he was a kid from his dad, and it became an epidemic of your worth being caught up in how much you weigh.

“I don’t blame my dad. I did for a long time,” he said. “He’s a huge fan of the show and I haven’t told him about that episode and I know when he watches it he’s gonna be like, ‘That sounds pretty familiar.’ I should probably tell him before it airs.”

Labine said that Iggy’s storyline has been extremely “cathartic” for him.

“I’ve had huge breakthroughs with both of my parents and I have tattoos on my biceps that commemorate my experience on what we’ve shot on the show and telling these amazing stories. One [tattoo] says ‘All the Good’ and the other says ‘All the Bad.’ I just had this unification happen to me. I’d been walking around with all these shadows and demons for years, trying to extricate them or pretend they’re not there. And finally, in and around shooting some of this stuff and talking with my therapist I had this moment where it was like, ‘This is who I am.’

“And it’s f—ing cool.”

Continue Reading

Trending