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Matty Whitmore: “I’m an honest asshole,” “a fool,” and “I don’t want to take myself seriously”

The first thing Matty Whitmore did when he sat down to talk to me was turn his chair 90 degrees to his left, so he was no longer facing me. Although we were under a tree, sunlight occasionally filtered through the branches, and he asked if he could move his chair. “Absolutely,” I said, not …

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Real World made Jamie Chung’s Samurai Girl casting “more challenging”

Tonight, ABC Family debuts its new six-hour scripted mini-series Samurai Girl, and its star is a familiar face to MTV viewers: The Real World San Diego‘s Jamie Chung. The TV show is an adaptation of Carrie Asai’s book series; Chung plays the title character, the “sole survivor of a plane crash” after “ninjas attack her …

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Kelly Czarnecki: “I need to be manipulative; I need to be different personalities”

Kelly Czarnecki, the 22-year-old jean salesperson and student from Chicago, was recruited for Survivor Gabon via her MySpace page, and even more unsurprisingly but still shockingly, revealed that “my page was private so they only saw my picture.” Yes, casting producers contacted her based upon a single photograph, which may explain why it was so …

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Sumo wrestler enters the house to save Big Brother 10 from its end-of-season doldrums

In a season with no big twists and very little trippiness, last night’s Big Brother 10 episode ended with a sumo wrestler sitting in the living room on a box that apparently contains some kind of information the houseguests need for an upcoming luxury competition, which Julie Chen said will award “a trip outside the …

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Michael Vicks dogs featured in DogTown; The Locator, Sandhogs also debut this weekend

A diverse group of of new reality shows debuts this weekend, with subjects ranging from rehabilitated dogs to men who work in sewers. Tonight with the 9 p.m. ET return of National Geographic Channel’s DogTown, the series that follows the rehabilitation of dogs at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah, which the network says …

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