Jorge Garcia

 Jorge Garcia

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Interview: Jorge Garcia talks about his new 'Once Upon A Time' role

The 'Lost' star is playing a 'growling' giant

Though most people know Jorge Garcia from his role as the mostly lovable lottery winner Hurley on "Lost" (and others might recall him from "Becker" or "Alcatraz,"), the actor is taking a turn for the  mean on "Once Upon A Time" (Sun. 8:00 p.m. on ABC). As the giant who lives at the top of the beanstalk, he'll be facing off against Emma and Captain Hook, who hope to steal a magical compass from him that will transport them to Storybrooke. I talked to Garcia about the role, why he was glad to see Dr. Frankenstein and what he likes about having a full-time job. 

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"Project Runway All Stars"

 "Project Runway All Stars"

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'Project Runway' recap: 'Put On Your Dancing Shoes'

It's a disco-themed challenge, but it's not a party for everyone

It's a disco challenge! I would think that would be lots of fun, but then, I'm sure it also means lots of really cheesy designs, less Bianca Jagger and more K.C. and the Sunshine Band. We can only hope someone was paying attention in Design History class. That's required, isn't it? Probably not, but if it's an elective, it would be a smart one for anyone who goes on this show to consider. 

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"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: 'The Five'

Elena faces her blood lust and Rebekah remembers a past love

At first I thought this was going to be an episode about the return of Sad Elena. A vampire, even one who's intrinsically good, has to have a cold little center to make it possible for him or her to feed on humans (or, if not, live off of blood bags). But since Elena can't manage to survive off of "juice packs," she has no choice but to go after the warm, beating stuff -- and it's not in her nature. Or, at least, Stefan hopes not. And while this episode is about that, it's also about another Sad Girl -- Rebekah. While we've definitely seen her mushy center and desire to be loved before, tonight's episode may be her most poignant one yet. While it doesn't erase what we know about her capacity for intentional cruelty, it does make her considerably more sympathetic 

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"Nashville"

 "Nashville"

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'Nashville' recap: 'We Live in Two Different Worlds'

Juliette finds out how much a bottle of nail polish will really cost her

So, as we know from the promos that have been plastered all over ABC, this episode will focus on Juliette's undoing. Last week we saw her steal a bottle of nail polish, and now the video of that self-destructive moment has gone viral. Let the fallout begin! I have to wonder what it's going to take for Juliette to recover from this screw-up, especially since we know that in real life she's hardly to sweet country princess she pretends to be. Maybe she can save some puppies from drowning during a natural disaster or something. 

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"American Horror Story"

 "American Horror Story"

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'American Horror Story' recap: 'Nor'easter'

Dr. Arden and Shelly have a horrifying encounter and Bloody Face gets a twist

Well, that didn't take long. Just three episodes in, and the second season of "American Horror Story" (Wed. 10:00 p.m.) has started to give me nightmares. Surprisingly, this has nothing to do with the creepy timing of tonight's episode. The asylum is hit by a monster storm, and the episode is called, yes, "Nor'easter." Which is, by the way, part of the weather system that created Frankenstorm Sandy (the other part was pure hurricane). It would probably be especially spooky for some people in New York and New Jersey, but their power's still out.

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"Dancing with the Stars"

 "Dancing with the Stars"

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'Dancing with the Stars' recap: Taylor Swift sings and a couple gets cut

You won't believe who's going home this week

Taylor Swift is going to sing! And another couple is going home. But Taylor Swift is going to sing! Of course, she hasn't really been under wraps this week or anything. I feel like I can turn on ABC almost any time of day, and she's right there, promoting her new album, "Red." She must be exhausted. But hey, you can never get too much Taylor Swift, right? Oh, and we're also getting some Jason Mraz, so it's a red letter day. Or "Red" letter. Your choice.

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"Dancing with the Stars"

 "Dancing with the Stars"

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'Dancing with the Stars' recap: It's country night! Mostly!

The celebs and pros must put a ballroom twist on country songs
It’s country night on “Dancing with the Stars,” which seems like some pretty brilliant cross promotion (if you’re watching “Nashville” and the CMA Awards this week, BOTH ON ABC, you’ll love “DWTS”!), but I'm not sure if it's the best thing for the show. Yes, country music encompasses many things, but I'm not sure if it's a perfect fit for, say, the cha cha. This isn't a judgment against one or the other, mind you, but they are different animals. Still, Taylor Swift is going to be on the show this week, so let’s focus!
 
The show does not begin with Taylor Swift (she'll be on tomorrow night), but Little Big Town, Big & Rich and Cowboy Troy will all appear tonight. And there will be dancing. What’s with half of the celebs wearing country gear, others looking like they fell out of “Gone with the Wind” and others wearing formal wear and traditional evening gear? I know, country is many things, but this looks a little schizo.
 
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"All on the Line with Joe Zee"

 "All on the Line with Joe Zee"

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Learn some life lessons from 'All On the Line''s Joe Zee

Los Angeles gets a thumbs up, but jet lag a thumbs down

 Most people will likely be distracted by the Eastern seaboard being washed away this evening, but for those not watching the Weather Channel (and who still have power), the good news is that the TV schedule just keeps rolling along. Tonight "All on the Line with Joe Zee" (Sundance Channel, Mon. Oct. 29 10:00 p.m.) will wrap up another season, this time with Zee guiding designer Nicole Richie to QVC greatness. It seems struggling designers couldn't have a better mentor than Zee, whose other job is Creative Director for Elle magazine. Here are a few tips on enjoying life (or, if you're a designer, for improving your business) that I gleaned from an interview with Zee during a recent trip to Los Angeles. You're welcome.

 
JET LAG IS FOR THE WEAK
Zee, who has been known to take red-eyes from London to L.A., admits he tends to "catch up on television" instead of sleep in the air. But no matter. "I just pretend not to be jet lagged. Otherwise, I'd never get anything done."
 
PREDICTING TRENDS IS NO DAMN FUN
While some fashionistas like to declare a season as being all about arms or sweaters or whatever, Zee is not that kind of fashionista. "I've done this for so long, that instead of expecting things, show me whatever, then when it's all over I'll distill it in my brain. But I'd rather go to every single designer and be pleasantly surprised, not expect anything, and have no expectations. That's so much more fun for me than saying, oh, this season's going to be about '50s."
 
L.A. IS FASHIONABLE
Having focused on Los Angeles designers for half the season, Zee thinks the change in location for the show reflects a change in focus for the fashion world in general. "Rodarte and Band of Outsider singlehandedly changed the perception of L.A., at least with New Yorkers," he says. "People thought of L.A. being American Apparel and the denim brands. But I think having those different types of designers helped to dispel this notion." 
 
L.A. IS CIVILIZED
In addition to his belief that L.A. has better restaurants, he also thinks it's a pretty nifty place in general. "I'm excited that half of the season is in Los Angeles, because I love, love this town. I love it here... I feel like in L.A., no matter how hard you work, you still feel like you're having a life. In New York, it's just bam bam bam bam bam. I would look at my watch and I'd be coming home at 11:30 at night. Here I can get up early, go to the gym. It's kind of great. I love that everyone here eats early. It's a much calmer way of life. Civilized.
 
DESIGNER SHOULD MAKE BIGGER CLOTHES
And he's not talking about Lane Bryant, either. "I don't know if designers would say they're resistant to it, but it's very hard to find out there… everyone in plus size is hungering, hungering for fashion… and yes, they will spend. They want someone to pay attention to them and they want fashion, and I think that's okay. I'm not sure if designers think it's uncool. I think it's more they don't know how to tackle that space. They don't know how to grade it up, and it's a very difficult thing. With Nicole Richie, what was most fascinating about doing a collection for QVC is that everything had to be able to grade up from extra small to 3X. If it didn't grade up, it didn't exist. So it was fascinating."
 
DESIGNERS NEED TO LEARN ABOUT BUSINESS WHETHER THEY LIKE IT OR NOT
Obviously, some designers (think Michael Kors) know how to I say this all the time. My boyfriend is a professor of design at Parsons and we talk about this all the time. I think there's a romanticized idea of what fashion is, and a lot of students approach this as I'm a great designer, I have a great idea for a dress, and you can have the best idea for a dress, but if you don't know how to sell it, it won't matter. You need someone to understand how to market it, you need a business voice as present as a creative voice. 
 
TWITTER IS IMPORTANT
And if not Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and the rest. Not as a time suck, but to grow a business. "Every major brand is on social media. There's a lot of white noise, but if you can do it right there, you can get it out there. But social media is actually free, so start! Just throwing a bunch of stuff out there isn't going to do it, but what are you saying, what are you putting out there that's good for me? 
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"The X Factor"

 "The X Factor"

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Reality TV Roundup: Host kissing on 'Survivor,' divas return to 'Project Runway' and more

It's been a busy week, so get all your reality news here, now

Welcome to Reality TV Roundup -- a quick look at some of the reality TV-centric stories that have recently popped up across the fine, old Interwebs. Click away, my couch potato friends. But before you do...

SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! One more time: SPOILER ALERT. If you watch any competition shows, the latest elimination for each show is probably revealed in the text below. The hope is that, if you missed this week's program and would rather clear out your DVR than watch the episode, you can get a quick hit here. But don't come crying to me if you find out something you didn't want to know. You've been warned. Also note: lots of non-competition reality info lurks below, too. 

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"Brainwashed"

 "Brainwashed"

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'Brainwashed' tries to create a real-life 'Manchurian Candidate' assassin

Hypnotist Tom Silver says the show gets into 'scary stuff'

If you've ever seen "The Manchurian Candidate" (either the original or the remake), the premise seems like pure cinema. Under hypnosis, an otherwise upstanding citizen becomes an assassin, killing while in a trance before forgetting the murder ever happened. But is it possible in real life? In "Brainwashed" (Oct. 28, 9:00 p.m. ET on Discovery), researchers decide to find out.

Using Tom Silver, a hypnotist with over 28 years of experience who has put people under on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," "The Doctors," "The Ricki Lake Show," the show put a group of volunteers through a series of increasingly difficult tests to see if any one of them might emerge as a potential killer. And the goal isn't just theory and conjecture -- the show created a scenario in which a hypnotized person would be given a real gun (filled with blanks) and a mark to shoot at close range, fake blood splatter and all.

I spoke to Silver about the show, and while he was unwilling to discuss whether or not the test worked (you'll get no spoilers from me, but you really do need to watch the show), he did talk about implanting memories, using hypnosis for either good or evil and why Taiwan hired him to pull secrets out of imprisoned colonels and generals. 

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