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Joan Rivers Dead at 81


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Today, September 4, 2014, we lost comedic icon Joan Rivers. Despite being released from the ICU yesterday, TMZ reports the comedian has passed at 81, a week after she stopped breathing during throat surgery. We’re still in shock over losing “a simple girl with a dream” who changed the world of comedy and made our days a little brighter.

Her beloved daughter and partner in crime Melissa Rivers released a written statement today, saying: “She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother.”

Joan made her way into our hearts by taking things to levels no one else would dare go. She brought laughter to the world and touched the lives of many. In the 2007 throwback clip below, Best Week Ever‘s Sherrod Small helped Joan get back in gear to hit the red carpet.

In recent years, Joan took her skills at hilariously crossing boundaries and jabbing A-listers to E!’s Fashion Police. As you see here, nothing, and we mean absolutely nothing, was off limits. And that’s why we loved her.

Beyond Fashion Police, she’s released tell-all books, had a one of a kind web show (In Bed With Joan), and been the subject of a documentary, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. We should have known the impact Joan would soon have on the world after seeing her discuss her boobs with Johnny Carson in 1986.

Al Roker, Kelly Ripa and Whoopi Goldberg are amongst the many celebrities who mourn the loss of Joan today.

Melissa Joan Hart & Mark Wilkerson Launch Children’s Clothing Line

Melissa Joan Hart & Mark Wilkerson Launch Children’s Clothing Line

Actress Melissa Joan Hart and her husband Mark Wilkerson have teamed up to launch their first ever kids’ line, King of Harts. As the parents of three young active sons they were motivated to create a line of cool, functional, and resilient clothing options that could keep up with their frog catching, mud-puddle jumping, tree climbing boys.  Celebrity Baby Scoop spoke to Melissa about their new clothing line, how they spent their summer and gearing up for back-to-school.

CBS: What was the inspiration for your new clothing line? How important was it to you to have everything made in America?

MJH: “Mark and I were frustrated with the lack of cool boys clothing available and decided to step up and do something about it by launching King of Harts. We wanted to start a family business that all of us could be involved in and be proud of. That included everything being made in the USA. We have never even researched costs overseas because we want to help local towns and businesses in our country grow and strive, just as we hope people will take a chance on our new adventure.”

CBS: A portion of your sales will be going to Youth Villages. How did you get involved with them? What programs does Youth Villages offer behaviorally troubled kids?

MJH: “We sought out a charity that would benefit from not only our monetary donations but also our products for kids across America that need to know someone out there cares and is willing to put new clothes on their backs. By partnering with Youth Villages, we know King of Harts is helping give hope to the children of our country.”

CBS: Where can families purchase the King of Harts clothing for their kids?
MJH: “We have a limited winter line available right now online which includes our cool thermal with one of Olympic snowboarder Louie Vito’s own Instagram photos that all proceeds will go to Youth Villages. The King of Harts spring/summer line will be available in boutique kids stores around the country and on our website as well at”

CBS: Did the kids enjoy summer vacation? What kinds of activities do you enjoy as a family?

MJH: “We had a lovely summer. I was busy directing my first feature, an untitled christmas movie for Lifetime. It was strange focusing so much on christmas in the heat of summer but it was an amazing challenge that I am very proud of. The boys did a lot of frog catching, swimming and playing with neighborhood kids while mom was busy. I think they had the quintessential relaxing childhood summer.”
CBS: Are the boys back in school? What grades are they in this year? What are their favorite subjects? Are they involved with sports?

MJH: “Mason is in 3rd and the homework is already starting. He’s very into sports and ready for football season. Brady is in 1st and just tries to keep up with his big brother. Tucker is a beast and growing and talking more everyday. I am most impressed with Tucker’s ability to stay vertical on the trampoline all day long while his big brothers bounce him around tirelessly.”

CBS: What is Tucker into these days? What’s it like to raise three boys?

MJH: “It’s like running a zoo and circus and camp all at the same time. As Mark keeps saying “we are at capacity”.

CBS: How do you juggle a busy career and a hectic school routine with the kids? What do you find most challenging?

MJH: “I have the amazing blessing of a husband who doesn’t want to miss a moment in his children’s lives. Marks involvement in the kids everyday activities allows me to work my tail off virtually guilt free.”

CBS: Do you have any other new projects you’d like to share with us?
MJH: “We have just picked up and moved back to LA for another exciting season of Melissa and Joey which will include a fun “witchy” Halloween episode and a Christmas episode before returning to tv in the new year. So along with the Christmas movie and the clothing line, I have a very exciting and busy fall ahead of me.”

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Melissa Joan Hart & Mark Wilkerson Launch Children’s Clothing Line
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Dad Sarcastically Shows His Teen Kids How to Change a Toilet Roll (VIDEO)

09/02/2014 AT 09:00 AM EDT

Watch carefully, kids. This is the master at work.

One British dad’s sarcastically painstaking attempt at explaining to his teenage children how to replace a toilet roll has gone viral, apparently tapping into a wellspring of chore-related displeasure.

Will Reid told Storyful that he initially posted the video on a private family group for a quick laugh.

“I jokingly said to my kids that I would post it wider if they didn’t start being more tidy,” he says. “They said to go ahead, as I wasn’t funny and no one would be interested.”

Famous last words. The video, posted to YouTube last Friday, is closing in on 1 million views. (It’s also sparked an “overhand vs. underhand” toiler-paper-roll-hang debate in the comments.)

Reid refers to the video as the first in a series. Let’s hope for many more installments from this passive-aggressive patriarch.

Dad Sarcastically Shows His Teen Kids How to Change a Toilet Roll (VIDEO)

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Dad Sarcastically Shows His Teen Kids How to Change a Toilet Roll (VIDEO)
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The Only Grilled Chicken Recipe You’ll Need This Labor Day Weekend

The Only Grilled Chicken Recipe Youll Need This Labor Day Weekend
Courtesy Hungry Girl

Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of nine books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

The recipe of the day, Marinated Chicken Alla Griglia, originated with two very talented guys. Andrew Carmellini is a famous chef and cookbook author, specializing in Italian and French cooking, who’s won two James Beard Foundation Awards. And Robert De Niro… is Robert freaking De Niro. Carmellini is also the chef and a partner at NYC’s Locanda Verde, located inside The Greenwich Hotel, owned by the aforementioned movie star.

I love the simplicity of this impressive recipe. Plus, it has a pretty Italian name — sure, it just translates to “grilled,” but your neighbors don’t need to know that. And best of all, it’s so easy: You just marinate it for two hours, and then pop that poultry on the grill.

In Casino, De Niro’s character Ace Rothstein quipped, “There are three ways of doing things around here: the right way, the wrong way, and the way that I do it.” I’d like to add one more… the Hungry Girl way! I stick with straight-up skinless chicken breast, rather than the quartered birds. (Sorry, fatty dark meat.) And all that oil in the marinade? Hardly necessary, with all the flavorful ingredients. My slimmed-down recipe is serious business.

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

Chicken a la Hungry Girl-lia
Makes 4 servings

2 tbsp. seasoned rice vinegar
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. chopped garlic
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried rosemary
¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
⅛ tsp. each salt and black pepper
½ lemon, sliced
Four 5-oz. boneless skinless chicken breast cutlets, pounded to 1/2-inch thickness

1. In a small bowl, mix all ingredients except lemon and chicken. Pour mixture into a large resealable bag. Add lemon and chicken, remove as much air as possible, and seal. Gently massage marinade into chicken. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
2. Bring a grill sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Place chicken on the grill, and discard excess marinade and lemon slices. Cover and cook for 6 minutes.
3. Flip chicken, re-cover, and cook for about 6 minutes, until cooked through. Enjoy!

1/4th of recipe: 203 calories, 5g fat, 319mg sodium, 4g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 2.5g sugars, 33g protein

The Only Grilled Chicken Recipe Youll Need This Labor Day Weekend
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