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'Scandal' on-the-scene report: My day as an extra

My only instruction going into my day as an extra on ABC’s Scandal was to make my best attempt at dressing like a member of the White House press corps. Having worked on Capitol Hill for a summer about six years ago, I didn’t stress too much about the instruction . I got this, I thought.

That is, until I looked at my closet the day I was scheduled to report to set and realized that in the course of my many moves since leaving D.C., I had purged all remnants of my ill-fitting Ann Taylor Loft business attire and replaced the items with a wardrobe more fitting of an entertainment reporter. In other words, one look into my closet had me exclaiming, “Where are all my adult clothes?!”

I settled on a dress that had polka dot blouse and a leather pencil skirt — I’m pretty sure I bought it from Zara and forgot existed. Once I got to set, I was told what I probably knew already: my look was too hot for the White House. Luckily, costume designer Lyn Paolo has an arsenal of beautiful, sophisticated clothes, and in one quick swoop, she made me press corps-ready with a tweed skirt (which I placed over mine) and a low heel. Full disclosure: I loved the skirt, but the heels were about 4 inches shorter than what I am I used to wearing. The picture you see above, in which I’m on the far right, briefly horrified me. “This is what happens when I don’t wear my shoes! I look like a hobbit,” I told my sister. (At the time, though, I was so excited, I didn’t give the shoes much thought.)

Once dressed, we were given a once-over by the hair and makeup department. Luckily (or unfortunately?), my face is 95 percent man-made materials on a “natural” day, so all I needed was a little lip balm. Then, we were off to set.

I can’t say much about the scene, mostly because I’m afraid of being shot by snipers. But it involved a press conference with President Fitzgerald (Tony Goldwyn). Despite having been on many sets in my years covering entertainment, it never fails to amaze me how actors get in and out of character so quickly. Goldwyn’s performance in this scene was intense as you might imagine, but the moment the camera stopped rolling, he was his normal charming self.

It took about five hours from wardrobe-to-wrap for us — I was there with three other real-life reporters — to film what will likely be a 60-second scene. You may frequently hear about the work that goes into making TV shows, but I can tell you it’s all true. There are so many moving parts, things to do, and people to wrangle, I don’t envy those who do it every day. Of course, if you were to ask them, there’s nowhere else they’d rather be. And that’s the beauty of it.

'The Challenge': On the scene for 'Rivals II' reunion (and that slap!)

There was a chill in the air of a Midtown Manhattan TV studio when taping began for last night’s The Challenge: Rivals II reunion show — and it wasn’t the oncoming fall. Though the winners had just been announced, about 10 minutes into the live reunion, no one was talking about the results. Twitter feuders Frank and Knight – who weren’t technically rivals on the show — sat down to talk to host Jonny Moseley with a palpable tension between them as they discussed sparring online over comments Frank made about Knight’s ex (and Rivals II competitor) Jemmye. Flash-forward a few minutes: Bodyguards were escorting Knight out of the studio as a cluster of Challengers checked to see if Frank was okay. My first response: This has to be fake, right? But what went down in the few minutes after the altercation assured me it was not.

On the scene at the Emmys: Five things you didn't know about the live show

Ah, The Emmys!  TV’s prom night — but with fewer virgins than your average high school dance.

The annual salute to the television industry’s best and brightest took place last night, as you may have heard (or seen flooded across your Twitter timeline). And while you saw the show as it was intended — on your television — seeing it play out from inside the Nokia Theater is an entirely different experience. Not to say it’s better or worse, simply different. A little eye-opening. A little magic-killing. And with much fewer snacks than you probably had at home.

Here are five things you probably didn’t know about what goes on during the show when you’re not watching: 

'The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All' on the scene: We take the guys speed-dating

After the grueling two-hour Men Tell All special, I thought the boys of The Bachelorette deserved a break. So I let a handful of them try to impress me with the answers to four important speed-dating questions to determine who would be getting a rose from me — you know, if I had roses.

Juan Pablo and I chatted primarily about his favorite subject: his daughter Camilla. He deferred to her love of all the Disney princesses when I asked him his favorite, and in the end he didn’t come up with a straight answer. But now I know Camilla had a Minnie Mouse-themed birthday party in February and loves to sing along to the Tangled soundtrack.

His favorite superhero — though he isn’t really into them — is Batman. “I used to like watching the movies, watching the outfits, the guns and everything, that was pretty good,” he said. “The suit that he wore, that guy was freakin’ ripped. I liked it.”

His favorite romantic comedy is a Spanish langugage film from Argentina called El hijo de la novia (Son of the Bride), so we couldn’t connect over that, but he said he’d take me to the jungle on a date. Then he backed up.

“Honestly, any date’s good. Go to dinner, or a soccer game — if you like music, go to a concert,” he suggested. “I’m not high-maintenance at all. I like to be with someone who will get along with doing things, like if I said, ‘Let’s go to a soccer game,’ and they said, ‘Oh, that’s boring, I don’t like that.’ You know, just go and maybe you want to go to a ballet and I’m like, ‘Okay let’s do it. I like that.’ An easygoing woman.”

So that’s not happening.

'The Walking Dead' cast, more celebs celebrate the comic book's 10th anniversary at Comic-Con party

The Walking Dead took Comic-Con by storm yet again with another packed Hall H panel on Friday, but the celebrations for the zombie series didn’t stop there. Celebs and other Comic-Con attendees celebrated the comic book and the AMC TV show it inspired at a party near the San Diego Convention Center last night.

A follow-up to last year’s 100th issue celebration for The Walking Dead in Petco Park during Comic-Con, this year’s Hyundai-sponsored event celebrating the comic book’s 10th anniversary was in a parking lot in downtown San Diego. (Zachary Levi’s Nerd HQ had commandeered Petco Park.)

Weezer performed at the event — so yes, a bunch of Hollywood celebs did rock out to A-lister wannabe anthem “Beverly Hills.” Nathan Fillion beelined for the center of the pit in front of the stage as soon as he arrived. Among the other attendees were Lord of the Rings star Sean Astin, Fillion’s Castle co-star Molly Quinn, Buffy alum Seth Green, and Vampire Diaries actor Paul Wesley. Of course, talent from AMC’s The Walking Dead were also in attendance, including Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene), David Morrissey (the Governor), comic book creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman, and Danai Gurira (Michonne).

Nerdist does 'Star Wars' musical tribute in prep for charity race. Watch it here.

The cantina is about to get wild. Patton Oswalt is behind the bar. Billy Dee Williams is waiting to get on stage for a karaoke performance. And Jason Schwartzman just finished trying to sweet talk a Twi’lek.

It’s anything but a common day at Nerdist Industries but it’s certainly a freaking awesome one. READ FULL STORY

Spike's Guys Choice Awards: Jimmy Kimmel recovers from Jennifer Aniston roast -- VIDEO

The casual irreverence of Spike’s Guys Choice Awards was evident everywhere during the show’s taping, from the upscale tiki/woodsy decor and leopard-print carpet to the green room that felt more like an A-list cocktail party than a staging area for busy celebs just waiting to do their bit on stage and rush off to another, possibly cooler event.

But that didn’t stop Jimmy Kimmel from putting the show in its place. “People talk about the Oscars and they talk about the Emmys and they talk about the Tonys, the People’s Choice Awards, the Soul Train Awards, ” Kimmel said backstage Saturday, after receiving his Mantler trophy for being the Funniest Motherf—er of 2013. “This is not as good as any of them,” he joked. Perhaps that had something to do with Jennifer Aniston’s unfiltered introduction, recorded in Los Angeles on Saturday for broadcast Wednesday. “Jimmy you’ve got a lot going on in your life,” Aniston said. “Like me, you got engaged this year, unlike me, nobody cares.”

Watch the full clip below:

On the scene at the 2013 Webby Awards: What you didn't see at home

The Webby Awards aren’t the world’s shortest award ceremony — including a dinner break, the ceremony takes the standard three hours — but they feel like it. Part of that is the famous five-word limit on acceptance speeches (like Humans of New York’s Brandon Stanton: “Still can’t pay my rent”); part of it is just how fast everyone moves. At last night’s 17th annual ceremony, host Patton Oswalt was a speedy presence, which is why (I assume) he felt the need to jokingly remind us that, no really, he’s out of shape.

The atmosphere inside the Cipriani’s cavernous Wall Street ballroom was decidedly different than it was for anyone streaming the show at home: All the funniest jokes didn’t get the best reactions, Frank Ocean baffled most of the room, and The Onion guys were maybe a little rude?

Here’s what you didn’t see this year…


'Hangman with prizes': On the scene at the 30th anniversary of 'Wheel of Fortune'


If you’ve always dreamed of yelling “Wheel… of… Fortune!” on national TV, prepare to be disappointed. It turns out that the shouts you hear when viewing the show at home are prerecorded — the voices of people you’ll never know, excited about a game you’re not actually watching. READ FULL STORY

'Arrested Development': On the scene at New York's banana stand with Terry Crews

There’s always money in the banana stand — especially when it’s located at the end of a long, long line filled with hungry Arrested Development superfans.

The Bluth family’s Original Frozen Banana Stand is currently wrapping up its second day in New York City, having launched its stateside tour in Manhattan yesterday. The stand started serving frosty confections at noon, though would-be customers began lining up even earlier than that. (One pair told EW that they had arrived at the stand at 11:40; 45 minutes later, they were still waiting, albeit fairly close to the front of the line.)

By 12:30ish, the line stretched from Columbus Circle to 62nd Street and Broadway, broken only occasionally so that it wouldn’t block access to buildings like the Trump International. A line-tender dressed in a gigantic banana suit handed out “Mr. Manager” stickers to those just joining the pack and estimated that they’d likely be waiting an hour or longer before getting their hands on Giddy-Girly Bananas, George Daddies, or Simple Simons. READ FULL STORY

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