Talan and Kimberly Stewart are engaged

Laguna Beach star Talan Torriero, 19, and Rod Stewart’s daughter Kimberly, 26, are engaged. Stewart, who Paris Hilton once suggested would replace Nicole Richie on The Simple Life, has been dating Talan for two months.

Talan’s publicist (he has a publicist?) confirmed their engagmenet to People magazine. Last night, the magazine reports, the couple “showed up at an XBox 360 party at a private home in Beverly Hills, where Stewart showed off her 5-carat diamond Neil Lane engagement ring to buddies Paris and Nicky Hilton.”

A friend of Talan’s told the magazine, “He told me he really likes her and they’re having a good time.” No wonder they got engaged: he really likes her.

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The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.