‘Home Improvement’s’ Debbe Dunning’s new show taught her to be proud to be an American

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Before Debbe Dunning was cast as Heidi, the vivacious and funny “Tool Time” girl on the hit sitcom “Home Improvement,” the California native was hitting the beauty pageant circuit to land her big break.

“I did a lot of bikini contests, I did a lot of beauty pageants,” Dunning told Fox News. “It got me where I am.”

Dunning, who was crowned Miss Burbank in 1984, said she “joined every beauty pageant I could find” because she “had no idea how to break into the business.”

While Dunning said she was willing to do whatever it took to break into Hollywood, there was one opportunity she turned down: Playboy.

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“I wasn’t ready to be naked in front of my dad and his friends and the rest of the world but especially my family,” she told us. “[Maybe] it’s great for some people but I don’t want to be sitting in a room and see someone across from me that’s seen me completely exposed. That never really sat comfortable with me, so I never did nudes.”

Dunning’s success in pageants lead her to landing roles in commercials and eventually to her role on the Tim Allen sitcom “Home Improvement.”

“I love ‘Home Improvement.’ I loved everybody on the show,” she said. “It’s one of those shows where you go to work [and] couldn’t wait to get there. And when you leave, you’re driving home, laughing the whole time, make your dinner, you go to bed and you get excited [to go back to work]… It was one of those jobs where I couldn’t wait to be there so absolutely, I’d love to do it again.”

She later added, “We ended too early.”

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While the mom-of-three is open to a “Home Improvement” reboot, she is busy hosting her new show “Debbe Dunning’s Dude Ranch Roundup.”

“It’s not just riding horses,” she told us. “It’s fly fishing, it’s skeet shooting, white water rafting, I mean, you name it.”

Traveling across the country visiting dude ranch to dude ranch gave the 51-year-old a new perspective on why she’s proud to be an American.

“I feel so blessed that we live in a place where there are people brave enough to stand up on that line for us and give their life if they have to,” she said. “To continue the freedom that we live and we get get to basically experience every day.”

She added, “I will always stand for the United States.”

Watch the premiere of “Debbe Dunning’s Dude Ranch Roundup” on RFD-TV’s The Cowboy Channel on November 3.

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American Caitlan Coleman, family freed from Afghanistan captors

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An American woman, her Canadian husband and their three young children — who had been held captive since 2012 by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network — were freed after an operation involving Pakistani forces, officials announced Thursday.

Caitlan Coleman, 32, was seven months pregnant when she and her husband, Josh Boyle, were abducted.

The operation that set Coleman, Boyle and their children free was undertaken by Pakistani forces based on actionable intelligence provided by U.S. authorities, according to a statement by the ISPR. U.S. intelligence agencies had been tracking the hostages and shared the location with Pakistani counterparts when the hostages shifted into Pakistani territory Wednesday.

President Trump appeared to hint at the news of Coleman’s release during a speech in Coleman’s home state of Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

“Something happened today, where a country that totally disrespected us called with some very, very important news,” Trump said. “And one of my generals came in. They said, ‘You know, I have to tell you, a year ago they would’ve never done that.’ It was a great sign of respect. You’ll probably be hearing about it over the next few days. But this is a country that did not respect us. This is a country that respects us now. The world is starting to respect us again, believe me.”

Coleman and Boyle were last seen in a hostage video in December 2016 pleading for their governments to intervene.

The two vanished after setting off in the summer of 2012 for a journey that took them to Russia, the central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and then to Afghanistan.

Coleman’s parents, Jim and Lyn Coleman, last heard from their son-in-law on Oct. 8, 2012, from an internet cafe in what Josh described as an “unsafe” part of Afghanistan.

The announcement of the release comes a month after President Trump announced a new strategy to deal with Afghanistan and Pakistan, saying the Taliban and other militant groups would no longer find safe haven in Pakistan.

Defense Secretary James Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford told Congress last week Pakistan would no longer be a sanctuary for terrorism.

In the 2016 YouTube video, Coleman refers to “the Kafkaesque nightmare in which we find ourselves” and urges “governments on both sides” to reach a deal for their freedom. She then adds: “My children have seen their mother defiled.”

Two young children appear in the video with them, and Coleman has told her family that she gave birth to two children in captivity. It was revealed Thursday that Coleman had a third child.

“Please don’t become the next Jimmy Carter,” Coleman says in the 2016 video, reading a prepared statement and making a plea to former President Barack Obama. “Just give the offenders something so they and you can save face so we can leave the region permanently.”

The video came to public attention through the Site Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist activity online. SITE said it was dated Dec. 3.

“We are deeply concerned for the safety and well-being of Joshua Boyle, Caitlan Coleman and their young children and call for their unconditional release,” Canadian Global Affairs spokesman Michael O’Shaughnessy said. The State Department also said at the time that it was reviewing the footage.

The Haqqani network has orchestrated a vast array of brutal attacks in Afghanistan in recent years, against both locals and the U.S. military, but unlike their Taliban associates, they are deemed to be more motivated by money than faith.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Recap: ‘Mid‐Western Assassin’

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This recap of “Mid‐Western Assassin” will be based on the unedited cut of the episode, sincet — as most are now aware — it opens with a graphic mass shooting scene, which was filmed months before a gunman killed 58 people at a country music festival in Las Vegas on October 1. One of the criticisms that has been made about American Horror Story: Cult is that its too soon for many Americans to want to relive the 2016 election, but there was no way of predicting that the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States would occur just a week before the episode was to air. Then again, these are sadly the times we live in, and if you depict an act of widespread violence onscreen you have to at least consider the possibility that a similar atrocity will play out in real life; sending PR reps and film editors scrambling. Heck, this was even a running joke on the season four episode of Bojack Horseman, “Thoughts and Prayers.”

At any rate, the episode does indeed open to violence. Chaos erupts at a political rally as gunshots ring out, sending attendees, including Ivy and Harrison, scrambling for cover — while others are not so fortunate. Ivy dives behind a fountain and attempts to escape with another man, who is shot in the chest. When she reaches out to grab hold of his hand, another bullet splatters his brains everywhere. As police rush towards the shooter it’s revealed that the event is a campaign rally for Kai Anderson’s city council run, and the person holding the gun is none other than Ivy’s estranged wife, Ally. The camera then pans to show Kai, in all his faded blue manbun glory, collapsed on the stage presumably dead or injured.

After the credits roll, the episode flashes back to the scene from last week’s “Holes” in which Meadow pleads for Ally to let her inside, revealing the names of the cult members. Within minutes, she suspiciously gets a call from Dr. Rudy Vincent — now revealed to be the cult’s possible leader — who claims Ivy had called him out of concern. He tells her to let it go and get some sleep, so naturally she grabs a knife out of the drawer and heads across the street where she finds Meadow gagged and bound to a chair (as well as Harrison and the detective getting it on, which makes it easy to steal their keys while they’re distracted). The two just barely escape and speed away in Ally’s car.

For some reason, even though she knows her wife is no longer to be trusted, Ally takes Meadow to the couple’s restaurant, where she proceeds to spill the full beans about how they’ve been terrorizing her, why, and what they’re overall hoping to accomplish: to instill a sense of fear into people. On the restaurant’s television, Beverly reports from the scene of a city council debate attended by Kai, who is, of course, running for a seat, and Meadow reveals that he’s the one behind it all.

In yet another flashback, Meadow narrates that while she had been in love with Harrison since she was ten, she “never knew what love was” until she met Kai, who tells her that she “burns brighter than anyone.” The two indulged in a torrid love affair until, one day, Meadow went down to the basement to find Kai giving the same line to Ivy. (Of note in this flashback, is that Kai is once again seen taking prescription medication, which further suggests that his brother is the one controlling him.) Meadow flips out and tries to leave. “When’s the last time a seat on the zoning board led to world domination?” she asks, mimicking R.J. questioning Kai’s motives before the cult played a game of Pin the Nails in R.J.’s Head.

Naturally, they don’t let her go, at which point the timeline catches up to when Ally found her. Back in the present — err, the flashback present — Meadow tells Ally that they only way of stopping Kai is to kill him.

Meanwhile, at the city council meeting, Kai is all blah blah monsters this, fear that, before a woman named Sally (Mare Winningham, who most recently played the maid in Hotel) stands up and calls him on his bullshit, accusing him of being a snake oil salesman. She tells Kai that he’s not a true conservative but a reactionary, and that he uses fear to exploit people. After comparing Kai and Trump to the flies attracted to the garbage, she throws her hat in the ring for candidacy — which means obviously that she’s going to be super dead pretty soon. (Seriously how is literally no one putting these murders together?)

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American Horror Story: Cult Puts a Few More Puzzle Pieces in Place

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Dammit, cults!

Tonight’s American Horror Story dug even deeper into the creepy and disgusting world of Kai’s (Evan Peters) burgeoning cult, telling the story of how he seduced his followers, and how he’s currently seducing Ally (Sarah Paulson) while alienating her at the same time.

First, Meadow’s (Leslie Grossman) apparent desertion of the cult was totally fake, as we suspected. She was instructed by Kai to tell Ally the entire truth about the cult, including the fact that Ivy (Alison Pill) was a part of it. And he also told her to try an assassinate him at his city council rally, which was the last step in becoming as legendary as he planned to become. 

So she did, but when she smoke cleared and the police arrived, Meadow had shot herself and Ally was left holding the gun. 

Before all that, it seemed as if a savior had arrived in the form of Mare Winningham, who planned to run against Kai and who happily listened to Ally’s concerns about the cult and contributed her own knowledge of famous cults in history. But then the clowns arrived, and Mare Winningham was no more. 

We also saw the first time Kai sat down with Ivy and she admitted that she kind of hated Ally. Ally had always sort of acted superior about the fact that she was the one who gave birth to Ozzy, calling him “my baby” and breastfeeding him until he was three, all while not being able to get over her “entitled” phobias. Ivy claimed she only stayed with Ally because of Oz, and she’d only leave if she could take him with her. 

So far, this season has somehow gone exactly where we thought it would go and not where we thought it would go at all, which is kind of nice, but this is also typically the point in season of AHS where the focus gets a bit muddled. 

According to the title of next week’s episode, we’re finally going to get to see some of those cults throughout history that we heard a bit about tonight, starting with Andy Warhol. And just based on the picture alone, it’s gonna be good, so hopefully this season stays on track, because so far, it’s completely winning us over. 

Also: Can we just talk about the fact that Harrison (Billy Eichner) and Detective Samuels (Colton Haynes) are hooking up? Do you think they’re actually happy together or are they just sexy cult buddies? Does Detective Samuels like bees and Nicole Kidman too? Does Harrison even like bees and Nicole Kidman or was that just a cult thing? So many questions! 

American Horror Story airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on FX. 

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American Gods Rituals Theory Explained!



Brian Fuller is known for his gorgeous slow motion shots in Hannibal and American Gods. Buddy thinks there is more to these shots than just pretty scenes.

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BACK TO SCHOOL LOOKBOOK – The Trendy Surburban Gal



I’ve put together 6 looks for high school or university. Most of my items are from thrift stores or Forever 21. –LOOK 1 is a potential first day of school look.

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