A Fierce Green Fire Eco-Documentary Lights Up PBS's American Masters for Earth Day

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An environmental documentary that was still a work in progress when it played at the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival makes its television premiere in completed fashion on the PBS series American Masters tonight. Mark Kitchell's A Fierce Green Fire effectively presents five different decades of eco-activism through period music, archival footage and reflective modern-day interviews.

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Kobe Bryant's Muse Coming in the Fall from Showtime and Deepak Chopra's Son

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Kobe Bryant didn't exactly win a great reception after opening up to The New Yorker recently (click on the link after the jump), so it may be deja vu all over again when he exposes his on- and off-court life on camera to a documentarian.

But Showtime announced Thursday that is indeed what the Newport Coast-based NBA superstar is doing in Kobe Bryant's Muse.

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Services Held for March Madness Widows

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Sorry to be bringing this just before the Final Four, but a Newport Beach "MedSpa" continues its "March Madness Widows Ball" Saturday and Monday.

"While their husbands are glued to the TVs, wives will be getting rid of those lines, sunspots and wrinkles" through "the latest topical, non-surgical, minimally-invasive procedures"--and at a discount, boasts CosmetiCare, which started the promotion with the March 27 games.

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"That's Amazing! 30 Years of Huell Howser and California's Gold" Now a Permanent Exhibit

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Man, we really miss Huell Howser here in the Weekly ivory tower.

Chapman University feels our pain and is doing something about it for fellow fans of the late, longtime KCET host by making permanent the exhibit "That's Amazing! Thirty Years of Huell Howser and California's Gold." (Who else heard Huell's voice and smiled when reading the words "That's amazing?")

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Vicki Gunvalson Gets a Beat on Real Housewives Franchise's "Lifetime Achievement Award"

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Bravo this week announced the winners of the first-ever Real Housewives Awards and the original series in the franchise, The Real Housewives of Orange County, only managed to snag one.

Voted on by viewers, the nod for "Most Shocking Reunion Twist" didn't exactly go for a moment ORH (Original Real Housewife) Vicki Gunvalson cherishes.

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Start Watching Simon Schama's The Story of the Jews Tonight or Wait for April 6 "Jew-a-thon"

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British historian Simon Schama made his third visit to The Colbert Report earlier this month to plug his new book dropping April 1 and accompanying PBS program that begins airing locally tonight and are both titled The Story of the Jews.

Or, if you play your Rosh Hashana Cards right, you can wait until April 6 to, as Schama tells Stephen Colbert, subject yourself to a five-hour "Jew-a-thon."

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Alice in Arabia Cancellation Before It Starts by ABC Family Cheered by CAIR-LA: Update

See the update at the end of this post on CAIR-LA welcoming ABC Family's decision to cancel production of Alice in Arabia.

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ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 20, 7:33 A.M.: When ABC Family announced a new addition to its lineup, the Greater Los Angeles-Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) in Anaheim sprang into action, not to see if their cable television grid includes the channel but to arrange a meeting with network executives.

Muslim and Arab-American community leaders want to discuss their concerns about potential stereotyping in the pilot for the new series called Alice in Arabia (think Wonderland but much hotter).

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Joe Gregorio, Husband of One of the New Real Housewives of OC, Announces He's Not Gay

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Joe Gregorio is not one of the new MILFs on Bravo's The Real Housewives of Orange County, and his wife Danielle Gregorio does not make her debut as a Real Housewife until the new season premieres on April 24. And yet, the Villa Park husband and father of three felt compelled to announce he's not gay.

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5 Signs Girl Meets World Meets Satan

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Boy Meets World was a family sitcom on ABC from 1993 to 2000, and all I remember about it is my kids watched it, the actor William Daniels who played the next-door neighbor was heart surgeron Dr. Craig on St. Elsewhere and that until very recently I was convicted the star was Shia LaBeouf. Actually, that was Ben Savage, who joins Danielle Fishel, a recent Fashion Island Bloomies employee, in reprising their roles of Cory and Topanga on the Disney Channel's new Girl Meets World, which follows their characters' daughter. Know what else the two shows have in common? They're satanic!

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Why the Next Season of The Real Housewives of Orange County Will Be the Best EVER!

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I am as surprised as you are about this next sentence:

I am super excited about the new episodes filming now for season 8 of The Real Housewives of Orange County, the unreal reality show that pioneered The Real Housewives format for Bravo and that guy with the frosted tips.

No, not Mark McGrath, the other one.

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