'Dance Moms' Recap S5 E29 Baby Dance Mama Drama: Kira is Pregnant

Cast members from Dance Moms on Lifetime TV
Cast members from Dance Moms on Lifetime TV
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms: after leaving the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) over numerous fights with studio owner Abby Lee Miller, Kira Girard and daughter Kalani Hilliker returned to the team. Meanwhile, Kendall Vertes and JoJo Siwa competed for a chance to score a solo at Nationals. This week on Dance Moms S5 E29 titled "Baby Dance Mama Drama," Kira announces she's pregnant; Kendall and Maddie Ziegler compete for a chance to represent the ALDC at Nationals; Abby announces an opening date for her ALDC-LA studio.

'Dance Moms' Recap S5 E28 Solo Battle, Round 1: Kendall vs. JoJo

Dance Moms star Kendall Vertes
Dance Moms star Kendall Vertes
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, the power struggle between studio owner Abby Lee Miller and Kira Girard (Kalani Hilliker's mom) continued after Kira once again invited a choreographer into Abby's classes without permission. By episode's end, Kira and Kalani walked out on the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC). This week on Dance Moms season 5, episode 28 titled "Solo Battle, Round 1," Kendall Vertes and JoJo Siwa dance head-to-head in a bid to score a solo at Nationals; the the ALDC has a re-match against the Candy Apples Dance Center, who are now being led by Jeanette Cota (Ava Cota's mom), owner of the Broadway Dance Academy; Kira and Kalani return.

Interview: Chef Ron Duprat Discusses Food, Fame and Philanthropy

Chef Ron Duprat
Chef Ron Duprat
By REESE AMOROSI

Chef Ron Duprat fell in love with food as a child in Haiti helping in his Grandmother's kitchen. He moved to the United States at 16, went to culinary school (College Aimee Cesaire, La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine, The Culinary Institute of America), and became a household name in 2009 on Bravo TV's Top Chef: Las Vegas. Since then, he has traveled the world as a celebrity chef, prepared meals for notables including President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, and signed on as Executive Chef at the Montauk Yacht Club. He uses his celebrity to help numerous causes, most notably in his dedication to Haiti, which is still rebuilding after a devastating earthquake in 2010. Glamorosi Magazine recently caught up with Chef Ron to discuss food, fame and philanthropy.

Spike TV Premieres 'Tut' Mini-Series with Ben Kingsley and Avan Jogia

Ben Kingsley, Avan Jogia and Sibylla Deen, stars of Spike TV's Tut
L to R: Ben Kingsley, Avan Jogia and Sibylla Deen, stars of Spike TV's Tut
By A.D. AMOROSI

Like many cable networks, Spike TV is entering the original scripted series mix. This weekend the network premieres Tut, a glossy, three-night, historical drama about the Egyptian boy king that starts its run on Sunday, July 19. Oscar-winning British actor Ben Kingsley leads the cast as King Tut's questionably loyal council with 23-year-old Avan Jogia as King Tutankhamun. Tut was directed by David Von Ancken on location in Morocco; costumes were created under designer Carlo Poggioli who oversaw the making of over 5000 items.

'Dance Moms' Recap S5 E27 Abby vs Kira AGAIN

Maddie Ziegler and Kalani Hilliker, stars of Dance Moms on Lifetime
L to R: Maddie Ziegler and Kalani Hilliker, stars of Dance Moms on Lifetime
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller didn't show up for rehearsals or the competition attended by her team, the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC). Abby's absence came on the heels of a bitter argument she had with Kira Girard (Kalani Hilliker's mom). This week on Dance Moms season 5, episode 27 titled "Abby vs. Kira… AGAIN," the two continue to fight for the same reason: Kira has once again invited a choreographer into Abby's studio without permission; this time it's Kalani's hometown coach, Alexa Moffett.

Chef Luke Palladino to Open LP Steak at Valley Forge Casino Resort

Luke Palladino's Bistecca Alla Fiorentina for Two
Luke Palladino's Bistecca Alla Fiorentina for Two
By A.D. AMOROSI

Chef Luke Palladino is already famous for Italian restaurants at several casinos in Atlantic City, NJ, a steakhouse in Northfield, NJ, and a still-new eatery in South Philadelphia, Palladino's on Passyunk. On July 14, Palladino announced another project: just like George Washington did when he was still a general, the chef is moving into the Valley Forge, PA area. Only for Palladino, it is a steakhouse – LP Steak – that brings him to Pennsylvania's Valley Forge Casino Resort starting in October, with another as-yet-unnamed concept to follow soon after.

Dance Moms Recap S5 E26: Where in the World Is Abby Lee Miller

Nia Frazier and Shangela on Dance Moms season 5 episode 26
L to R: Nia Frazier and Shangela on Dance Moms season 5, episode 26
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, teacher Abby and Kira Girard (Kalani Hilliker's mom) argued bitterly after Kira invited a choreographer into the studio without Abby's permission. In the aftermath, Abby refused a hug from Kalani, which led to an angry (by Kira) and tearful (by Kalani) exit. This week on Dance Moms season 5 episode 26 "Where in the World Is Abby Lee Miller?," the mother-daughter duo returns, but Abby does not. In Abby's absence, Gianna "Gia" Martello manages the team, the girls vie for a spot in Nationals, and Jill (Kendall Vertes' mom) and Holly (Nia Frazier's mom) spar over perceived upstaging. This episode also features Shangela, who years ago taught Nia how to do the "death drop.

Miramax Releases '54: The Director's Cut' with Restored Scenes

54 The Director's Cut is available on streaming services
54: The Director's Cut is available on streaming services
By A.D. AMOROSI

In the summer of 1998, Miramax released 54, a dark but amiable drama written and directed by Mark Christopher about Manhattan's legendary Studio 54 disco and the decadence that unfolded there. The film died a critical and commercial death, very likely because Miramax ruined the director's original final cut and made the main character, "Shane" (played by Ryan Phillippe) – and the entire film – less complex and sexual than in Christopher's original. Now, Miramax has made 54: The Director's Cut – with restored original footage that gives the film back its depth and plot twists – available to streaming services like iTunes and Amazon Prime.

'Dance Moms' Recap S5 E25 Abby vs. Kira: Class Wars

L to R Maddie Ziegler and Kalani Hilliker, stars of Dance Moms on Lifetime
L to R: Maddie Ziegler and Kalani Hilliker, stars of Dance Moms on Lifetime
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, Abby Lee Miller and her Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) lost a competition to rival Erin Babbs and the Murrieta Dance Project (MDP). This week on Dance Moms season 5, episode 25 "Abby vs. Kira," the moms believe the ALDC's losing streak stems from lack of classes since they moved to LA. When Kira Girard (Kalani Hilliker's mom) calls in choreographer Tessandra Chavez without asking Abby, it ignites a fight between Abby and Kira, and that jeopardizes Kalani's spot on the team. In happier news, Mackenzie Ziegler was away most of the week filming a guest spot on Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn.

Rock & Roll Radio Icon Jerry Blavat Celebrates His 75th Birthday

Jerry Blavat and Bobby Rydell
L to R: Jerry Blavat and Bobby Rydell
By A.D. AMOROSI

World-renowned disc jockey, author and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legend Jerry Blavat – The Geator with the Heater, the Boss with the Hot Sauce – marks his 75th birthday on July 3. This year he'll celebrate one day early on July 2 with friends, family and admirers at Memories in Margate, NJ. As Blavat is the toast of rock, roll, and R&B oldies, and his Rolodex includes old pals such as Chubby Checker and Bobby Rydell, any 50s and 60s music celebrity within driving distance on the East Coast will surely attend this party.

Dance Moms Recap S5 E24 West Coast Strikes Back: ALDC vs. MDP

Dance Moms S5 E24 West Coast Strikes Back: ALDC vs. MDP
On Dance Moms S5 E24 West Coast Strikes Back, the ALDC vs. MDP
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller brought in celebrity choreographer Travis Payne to work with the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC), and Mackenzie Ziegler beat her famous older sister Maddie in a competition. This week on Dance Moms season 5, episode 24 titled "West Coast Strikes Back," the ALDC competes against rival Erin Babbs and her talented team known as the Murrieta Dance Project (MDP), and the moms question Melissa (Maddie and Mackenzie's mom) when she doesn’t step in after Abby takes a lead role away from Mackenzie and gives it to Maddie. Also in this episode, JoJo Siwa does a special solo for her grandmother.

Madonna Posts New Video, Announces Tour Opener Amy Schumer

Bitch I'm Madonna
Bitch I'm Madonna
By A.D. AMOROSI

Between June 17 and June 18, Madonna dropped a star-studded new video for "Bitch I'm Madonna" and announced her special opening act for three of her Rebel Heart Tour shows in Brooklyn and Manhattan: comedian Amy Schumer.

'Dance Moms' Recap S5 E23 "Maddie vs. Mackenzie" Featuring Travis Payne

L to R: Maddie Ziegler and Mackenzie Ziegler on Dance Moms season 5
L to R: Maddie Ziegler and Mackenzie Ziegler on Dance Moms season 5
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, Abby Lee Miller and her Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) officially moved to Los Angeles.  Abby was preoccupied and didn't attend their first competition, but she did organize and emcee the premiere of Kendall Vertes' (aka Kendall K) premiere for her "Wear 'Em Out" video. This week on Dance Moms season 5, episode 23 titled "Maddie vs. Mackenzie." the Ziegler sisters and teammate JoJo Siwa compete against each other in the same age division, and the team works with celebrity choreographer Travis Payne, who brings a positive, happy, inspirational vibe to the ALDC. 

Reality Stars Rasheeda and NeNe Leakes Expand Their Brands

Rasheeda will open her Pressed boutique in Phipps Plaza inn Atlanta, Georgia
Rasheeda will open her Pressed boutique in Phipps Plaza inn Atlanta, Georgia
By A.D. AMOROSI

Everybody in reality television says they're going launch a wine line, open a store or make a record. In the case of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star Rasheeda Frost, she's already made six albums, so opening a shop comes next when her Pressed boutique debuts at Atlanta, GA's Phipps Plaza on June 17, 2015. Not to be outdone, Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes is opening a shop for her eponymously-named clothing line (the one she currently sells on HSN) and is touring the country in search of the perfect location.

Dance Moms Recap S5 E22 Summer Premiere: Live From LA, It's Kendall K

The cast of Lifetime TV's Dance Moms
The cast of Lifetime TV's Dance Moms
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, Abby Lee Miller and her Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) were on tour in Australia where Nia Frazier (aka Nia Sioux) made her triumphant live debut singing "Star in Your Own Life." This week on Dance Moms Summer Premiere (season 5, episode 22) "Live From LA, It's Kendall K," the ALDC is back in the USA, but not in their Pittsburgh, PA hometown; they have officially moved to Los Angeles where Abby is opening ALDC-LA. Abby's lack of attention frustrates the team – she's busy working on her new studio and doesn't attend their competition – but she does make time to emcee the video premiere for "Wear 'Em Out" by Kendall Vertes (aka Kendall K).

Lifetime TV Premieres 'UnREAL' Scripted Comedy Series

The cast of Lifetime TV's UnREAL
The cast of Lifetime TV's UnREAL
By A.D. AMOROSI

It's hard to satirize something that seems so farcical to start. Yet, that's exactly what's behind UnREAL, the first scripted series produced and distributed by A+E Studios. The comedy, which premieres Monday, June 1 on Lifetime, lampoons the chaos and behind-the-scenes manipulation that takes place on dating shows, in this case, the fictional series Everlasting. Ten episodes of UnREAL have been ordered.

Anthony Bourdain Joins 'Roads & Kingdoms', Brings 'Parts Unknown' to New Jersey

Anthony Bourdain brings his CNN show, Parts Unknown, to New Jersey
Anthony Bourdain brings his CNN show, Parts Unknown, to New Jersey
By A.D. AMOROSI

Everything that Anthony Bourdain does is for the sake of food. We first came to know him as a chef in 2000's Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly with its raw-knuckle tales of the Manhattan restaurant scene. Then it was for his culinary globetrotting for his Emmy-winning CNN show Parts Unknown. Now, he's investing in food, or at least a website about it – Roads & Kingdoms – and has been named as is its editor-at-large.

Dance Moms Recap S5 E21 Down Under, Part 2: Nia Sioux Debut

Nia Frazier, aka pop star Nia Sioux, star of Dance Moms on Lifetime
Nia Frazier, aka pop star Nia Sioux, star of Dance Moms on Lifetime
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, Abby Lee Miller and the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) landed in Australia and performed at the ASTRA Awards. For the remainder of the trip though, Abby has excluded two of the girls – Nia Frazier and JoJo Siwa – from participating in the rest of the team's events. This week on "Dance Moms Down Under, Part 2" (season 5, episode 21), Holly (Nia's mom) makes a proactive decision and invites Mikey Minden (Nia's video director) to join them in Australia to produce Nia's live singing debut for "Star in Your Own Life." This makes Abby angry, of course, but Nia emerges triumphant with a brilliant performance (and she included JoJo!).

Weekend Pick: James Beard Foundation Launches Better Burger Project

The James Beard Foundation's Better Burger Project poster
The James Beard Foundation's Better Burger Project runs May 25-July 31, 2015
By A.D. AMOROSI

What could be a better food pick for the Memorial Day weekend than news about hamburgers? On May 25th – Memorial Day 2015 – the James Beard Foundation (JBF) launches the Better Burger Project, a contest and challenge held in restaurants across America, to make the best hamburger by blending ground meat with cultivated mushrooms for sustainable, healthier meals. The Better Burger Project runs through July 31, 2015; you can vote for your favorites through Instagram.

Dance Moms Recap S5 E20 Down Under, Part 1

The cast of Dance Moms on the red carpet at the ASTRA Awards in Australia
The cast of Dance Moms on the red carpet at the ASTRA Awards in Australia
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller announced that the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) would be traveling to Australia. This week on season 5, episode 20 titled "Dance Moms Down Under, Part 1," the team arrives in Sydney and prepares for their performance at the ASTRA Awards, but Abby is stuck in the U.S. because she loses her passport. In addition to that drama, Abby schedules the team for additional appearances in Australia but excludes two of the girls, Nia Frazier and JoJo Siwa. Also, the adults on Dance Moms really like the word "s--t."

Weekend Pick: Philadelphia Goes to the Dogs - Pet Adoption Events

Fliers for pet adoption events in Philadelphia
Fliers for pet adoption events in Philadelphia on Sunday, May 17
By REESE AMOROSI

On Sunday, May 17, Philadelphia goes to the dogs, in a wonderful way, when two organizations – Street Tails Animal Rescue (via SPADO) and Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia – hold separate outdoor events highlighted by adoptions for pet lovers to find four-legged family members.

'The Mountain' from 'Game of Thrones' to Appear in Philadelphia May 14-17

Hafpor Julius Bjornsson plays Gregor Clegane aka The Mountain on Game of Thrones
Hafpor Julius Bjornsson plays 'The Mountain' on Game of Thrones
By A.D. AMOROSI

Game of Thrones fans looking for action before their usual Sunday night of viewing can check out Hafpor Julius Bjornsson live in Philadelphia, PA, between May 14 and May 17. The world class wrestler-turned-actor who plays "Gregor Clegane" aka "The Mountain" on the HBO hit series will be at Devil's Den (1148 S. 11th St.) on May 14 from 5 to 6 PM, and will also take part in the first Philadelphia Renaissance Faire (4100 Chamounix Drive in Fairmount Park) on May 16 and 17 from noon to 8:30 PM.

John Cooper Clarke Plays America for First Time in Three Decades

Dr. John Cooper Clarke
Dr. John Cooper Clarke
By A.D. AMOROSI

When Dr. John Cooper Clarke plays Philadelphia's World Café Live on Monday, May 11, he brings with him the pedigrees of being a British first wave punk original (circa 1977), a published poet of the highest order, an artist whose music has been heard on HBO's The Sopranos and he holds an honorary doctorate from England's University of Salford. Plus, with his ever-present black sunglasses, skinny suits and high, corkscrew hairdo, Cooper will always look like the Bob Dylan of Don't Look Back fame.

Weekend Pick: 'Almost Midnight Madness' Wine Dinner at Il Pittore

Chef Chris Painter at Il Pittore
Chef Chris Painter at Il Pittore
By A.D. AMOROSI

On Saturday, May 9, famed restaurateur Stephen Starr and co-owner/Chef Chris Painter will stay up late when they hold an Almost Midnight Madness dinner at their Il Pittore in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse area (2025 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103). The four-course dinner will begin at 11 PM, and will feature wine pairings by Roberto Damonte, the owner and winemaker of Piemonte’s Roero Vineyards.

Dance Moms Recap S5 E18 Mid-Season Finale: Showdown in Pittsburgh Part 2

JoJo Siwa and Maddie Ziegler, stars of Dance Moms on Lifetime
L to R: JoJo Siwa and Maddie Ziegler, stars of Dance Moms on Lifetime
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, Nia Frazier premiered the music video for her single "Star in Your Own Life," but some of her Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) teammates didn't make the party because they were at JUMP, a dance convention. This week on the Dance Moms season 5, episode 18 mid-season finale titled "Showdown in Pittsburgh, Part 2," Abby Lee Miller and the ALDC are scheduled to compete with two rivals – Cathy Nesbitt Stein and her Candy Apples Dance Center (CADC) and Jeanette Cota and her Broadway Dance Academy (BDA) – but they are late for the show and risk disqualification.