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Harley Pasternak on Maria Menounos's Healthy BBQ Options

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Harley Pasternak Blogs: A Healthier Barbecue

Originally posted 09/05/2012 05:30PM

For many of us, holidays are a time of celebration, fun, and – gluttony!

Ribs, cheeseburgers, creamy coleslaw, sweet ice tea, and beer. Lots and lots of beer.

For some reason, we have come to define a good party by how rich or heavy the food is and how plentiful the margaritas and daiquiris are. The fact is, you can still have an amazing party while being somewhat healthier and more mindful, if you choose.

This past Labor Day my wife and I celebrated at the home of our dear friends, Extra! host Maria Menounos and her partner Kevin Undergaro.

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Elizabeth Banks's Fashionable Ladies' Night Out | Elizabeth Banks, Maria Menounos, Minnie Driver

Elizabeth Banks's Fashionable Ladies' Night Out

Originally posted 07/31/2012 06:00AM

It was all about the ladies for Elizabeth Banks on Thursday night.

The Hunger Games star took in a relaxing evening filled with fashion at an intimate Dannijo and Tucker Tea event at a private home in Beverly Hills.

Joined by pals Maria Menounos and Minnie Driver, the trio "sipped on wine and tried on jewels and clothing all throughout the night," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "Everyone was in good spirits. It was a very lighthearted, mellow evening."

Mandy Moore, Kathleen Robertson, Dita Von Teese, Whitney Port, Jordana Brewster and Judy Greer were also among the women in attendance who hung out poolside at the early evening fˆte.

This was a busy week for Driver, who just one day earlier, hosted an Olympics-themed private dinner event in Beverly Hills with Beefeater Gin, in honor of her British roots.
– Dahvi Shira

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Lisa Rinna Parties with Celebrity Pals (and a Drool-Worthy Menu) for Her Birthday | Denise Richards, Lisa Rinna, Maria Menounos

Lisa Rinna Parties with Celebrity Pals (and a Drool-Worthy Menu) for Her Birthday

Originally posted 07/16/2012 06:00AM

Lisa Rinna had no shortage of celebrity guests come out to celebrate her 49th birthday on Thursday night at her and hubby Harry Hamlin's Los Angeles home.

Joined by her usual group of gal pals – including Denise Richards, Maria Menounos, Nancy O'Dell, Holly Robinson Peete, Garcelle Beauvais and Angelina Jolie's stylist Jen Rade – Rinna treated her 30 attendees to a Mexican-themed fiesta produced by Good Carma Studio in her backyard.

Kitchit chef Meg Hall was on hand to present a generous menu, which included shrimp and guacamole tostadas, chorizo-stuffed squash blossoms, shishito peppers and key lime pie shooters.

"Lisa's daughters and dog were in the kitchen a lot," a source tells PEOPLE. "There were some special items made for her daughter Amelia, [who doesn't eat gluten]. The kitchen was the gathering spot for most of the other guests, too. Garcelle and Denise were in there most of the evening, chatting about their kids."
– Patrick Gomez

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Derek Hough Predicted His Surprising DWTS Elimination

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Derek Hough Predicted His Dancing with the Stars Elimination

Originally posted 05/16/2012 03:00PM

Coming in first place with 59 points out of 60 after two performances on Monday night's Dancing with the Stars clearly didn't make Derek Hough and Maria Menounos a shoo-in for next week's finals – and no one saw Tuesday's elimination coming better than Hough, himself.

"Derek told me, 'Babe, I think we're getting eliminated tonight,' " Menounos, 33, told PEOPLE backstage after she was dismissed from the show. "And I said, 'Really? You think so? I don't think so.' And he [insisted we were], so I said, 'All right, cool, I'm going to prepare.' "

But there were no tears shed when the dancing duo received word that Hough's prediction was spot-on.

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Did Katherine Jenkins Survive Her Ballroom Blunder?

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Dancing with the Stars Reveals Finalists

Originally posted 05/15/2012 10:10PM

Unstoppable all season on Dancing with the Stars, British opera singer Katherine Jenkins and her partner Mark Ballas hadn't flubbed a single dance – until the very end of their salsa on Monday night's semi-finals.

With a total of 56 points out of 60 for the night after their two performances, Jenkins was left with a mild back injury and in last place on the leaderboard. But did the ballroom blunder keep her from making it to the show's finale? Or did voters save the singer and send another frontrunner home? Read on to find out ...

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Katherine Jenkins's Injury a Disappointment, Says DWTS Partner Mark Ballas

Originally posted 05/15/2012 02:45PM

After an emotional night in the ballroom, Katherine Jenkins, who injured her back during a salsa routine, is getting support from her Dancing with the Stars partner Mark Ballas as well as her competitors.

"She just put her back out," Ballas told PEOPLE after the show. "She can walk so I know there's no bone damage."

In fact, Jenkins, who still managed to score 27 points for the routine, Tweeted later about the injury: "I'm with the Doctor, he says it was a reflectorical spasm in my lower back," she wrote.

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Dancing Drama! An Emotional Meltdown & Perfect Scores

UpdatePosted 05/15/2012 09:30AM

Dancing with the Stars Drama: An Emotional Meltdown & Perfect Scores

Originally posted 05/14/2012 09:55PM

With the competition down its fierce final days, and perfect 10s flying in the ballroom, the pressure at Dancing with the Stars finally took its toll on one leading contender.

A seemingly minor misstep at the end of a solid-scoring routine left Katherine Jenkins in tears Monday night in one of the most dramatic moments of the season.

At the end of a glorious salsa – their second routine – Jenkins seemed to stumble, a mistake that barely troubled judges, who awarded a trio of nines to the singer and dancing pro Mark Ballas.

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Derek Hough Dances with His Mom for Mother's Day

Originally posted 05/11/2012 02:00PM

Maria Menounos is Derek Hough's leading lady in the ballroom on Dancing with the Stars, but outside of the competition, his mom Marianne is forever his favorite dance partner.

"My mother is an incredibly gifted artist with a creative mind," Hough, 26, says on his website with a link to a video in a post titled, "Dancing with My Mom for Mother's Day!"

"She introduced me to the arts and was always so encouraging," Hough continues. "Even if I did something terrible, she would praise it and boost my confidence when I was a kid. She drove me to drum lessons, karate and dragged me to dance."

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Melissa Gilbert, Roshon Fegan Booted in Dancing's Double Elimination | Melissa Gilbert, Roshon Fegan

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Dancing with the Stars: Melissa Gilbert, Roshon Fegan Booted in Double Elimination

Originally posted 05/08/2012 10:10PM

There were some serious shakeups on the Dancing with the Stars leader board after the remaining six couples in the competition each completed two dances on Monday night.

One week after scoring a perfect 30, Maria Menounos and Derek Hough made a surprising appearance in second-to-last place. Meanwhile, Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower – who danced for their lives last week – climbed to second. But with only six points separating William Levy and Cheryl Burke in first place and Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy in last, it's really anyone's game.

At the end of Tuesday night's double elimination episode, which two couples were sent packing and which four will go on to next week's semi-finals? Read on to find out ...

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Dancing with the Stars: Who Deserves to Go?

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Dancing with the Stars: Who Deserves to Go?

Originally posted 05/08/2012 06:00PM

There are six couples remaining on Dancing with the Stars – but not for long!

After Tuesday's elimination show (9 p.m. ET), only four semi-finalists will remain. Those odds aren't great but high-scoring couples like William Levy and Cheryl Burke, who delivered a perfect foxtrot on Monday, have a better chance.

Then again, low scores aren't necessarily an indication of elimination. Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were at the bottom of the leaderboard last week but escaped the bottom two and the dreaded dance duel.

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