Matt Bristol of 'Breaking Amish: Los Angeles' stirs up drama

Matt Bristol ver futbol en vivo in TLC's "Breaking Amish: Los Angeles." (DCL / July 31, 2013)
August 2, 2013, 8:19 a.m.
With his hair tousled and aviator sunglasses resting on a table, Matt Bristol seemed like your typical Angeleno on a recent afternoon for lunch in Brentwood. 
But Bristol is a cast member on the TLC series “Breaking Amish: Los Angeles,” which dropped him in Venice Beach, a long way — literally and figuratively — from his home in Lancaster County, Penn., where he lives as a Mennonite.
“Breaking Amish: Los Angeles” premiered on July 21 to about 2 million viewers. The series is a spinoff from "Breaking Amish: New York,” which followed five young adults (four Amish, one Mennonite) as they left their traditional communities to explore life in the big city.
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“This whole experience actually drew me closer to God. Being on the show made me realize how important my beliefs are,” Bristol says. “I grew a lot by doing this [the show], finding out about who apuestas deportivas I am and where I want to go.”
Bristol was working at a general store in his hometown when he unwittingly struck up a conversation with a casting agent. Months later he found himself in a much different world.
Like many young people who come to Los Angeles, Bristol was chasing a dream. He has a passion for fashion design, one that he feels he acquired from a childhood chore of sewing. “My mom had to teach me something to keep me out of trouble” says Bristol, one of seven children.
In fact the shirt he was wearing at lunch, a short-sleeved, blue-striped button-down, is one of his own creations. He hopes to design a line of urban-inspired men’s clothing that retains the modesty of his upbringing. 
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“If you ask people from small towns where they want to visit, they all know the big cities like Los Angeles and New York,” says executive producer Eric Evangelista. Evangelista noted that casting the show is challenging because it can take up to five months to find young Amish adults who not only want to leave their communities but want.

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Bristol’s family became Mennonite when he was 7, and they moved to Lancaster County when he was 12. Lancaster is regarded as the hub for the Amish and Mennonite of the United States.
Bristol is the black sheep in the already unique cast of “Breaking Amish: L.A.” because he is the only Mennonite. “It’s really the same beliefs, they just practice it differently,” Bristol says.
Both branch from the Antabaptist church, but the Amish don’t use modern technologies. Mennonites aren't so strict and use electricity and even cellphones.
In Sunday’s episode, Bristol found himself at odds with his housemates when he suggested new rules that he called the 10 "ComMattments.” Bristol's ideas included maintaining celibacy and a ban on speaking Pennsylvania-Dutch, an Amish dialect that Bristol doesn’t speak but the rest of the cast does.
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(Meanwhile, on the same episode, Bristol was seen downing shots at Hollywood’s Playhouse nightclub and sleeping in the bed of fellow male cast member Devon.)
For now, Bristol is back in Pennsylvania working on a turkey farm, which is the job he had before “Breaking Amish: Los Angeles” and one that he’s kept for almost nine years. During the holiday season Bristol slaughters up to 1,700 turkeys in a day, a far cry from window-shopping on Rodeo Drive.
Bristol is trying to decide where to go next and whether he takes the plunge and moves to Los Angeles to pursue a fashion career or stays closer to home. "I enjoyed the beach and the people I met and, of course, the fashion," he says. 
But on Sundays, Bristol, who hasn't seen the final product, tunes in to relive the experience, "I have to watch like everyone else," he says.
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Sounds like a nice young man, but we'll see how the actually portray him in "reality" TV.  
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Third 'Glee' episode will address Cory Monteith's death

In this undated image released by Fox, cast members, from left, Kevin McHale, Chris Colfer, Jenna Ushkowitz, Amber Riley, Cory Monteith and Lea Michele perform during a scene from "Glee." Monteith, who shot to fame in the hit comaprador de apuestas TV series "Glee" but was beset by addiction struggles so fierce that he once said he was lucky to be alive, was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room, police said. He was 31. (Adam Rose / Fox / July 14, 2013)
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The drug-related death last month of "Glee" star Cory Monteith will be addressed in the third episode of the Fox musical comedy when it returns next month, although it remains unclear if the circumstances of his passing will be part of the fictional show's plot.
Speaking to the media at the semi-annual Television Critics Assn. press tour here, Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly initially said the episode in question "will deal directly with the incidents" of Monteith's passing.
However, in subsequent remarks Reilly seemed to backpedal from the suggestion that.

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Fox will also produce public service announcements featuring cast members talking about the untimely passing of Monteith and the perils of drug addiction.
Reilly spent much of his time calling for more accurate television ratings that consider viewing on all platforms, including online and video-on-demand. While such measurements are available, a one-size-fits-all rating is still lacking.
"Measurement is something we've really got to do a better job of getting our hands around," Reilly said, noting that ratings that come the day after a show airs are becoming less relevant in determining the popularity of a particular program.
Reilly noted that "The Following," "Glee" and "New Girl" all see their ratings in the coveted 18-49 demographic increase by more than 50% when viewing from digital video recorders are factored into the mix.
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"Sometimes I read stories that nobody is watching network television anymore, well that's a lot of nobodies," Reilly said. "The audiences are still enormous across multiple platforms."
Reilly urged the media to dig deeper than next-day numbers when judging a show's performance. Shows on cable and Netflix, he observed, are often called hits even though their audience is much smaller than programs on Fox.
"You have to combine 'Louie' and 'Girls' together to get anywhere close to 'Mindy's' rating," Reilly said, discussing the ratings for the network's comedy, "The Mindy Project," compared with those two critical darlings.
As for Netflix, Reilly chided the streaming service for failing to release viewership information about its shows.
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"Netflix speaks loudly to an unreported mystery audience," he cracked, adding later that he was jealous that the company doesn't have to play the ratings game. "Good for them, they get to live in that world."
Although Reilly was trying to make the case that broadcast ratings no longer tell the whole story, he didn't shy away from the fact that Fox is coming off a season in which it saw declines in ratings and had several flops, including "Mob Doctor" and "Ben and Kate."
"We were down last year and that's the fact, we're going to be up this year," he said.
One key to turning Fox around will be fixing "American Idol," which is coming off a disappointing season. The only judge returning in January will be Keith Urban. Reilly said there was no news on who else would be tapped to succeed Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. The Fox executive confirmed there have been talks with Jennifer Lopez about her returning to the show, but no deal is on the horizon.
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Reilly also took heat from critics about the politically incorrect humor of the network's new situation comedy, "Dads," which is from Seth MacFarlane, the creator of "Family Guy" and director of the hit movie "Ted."
"I really ask you with that show in particular to have the discussion in January," he said. The critics did not seem willing to oblige, however.
Fox also announced it was going to make its own version of the hit British drama "Broadchurch," about the mysterious death of a boy and how it tears his seaside town apart.
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I hope she uses her and the show's voice as a call to action for celebs and others to raise awareness about ways to prevent more overdoses from happening. Huffpo: http://huff.to/1dXQ8em
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'The Daily Show' slams Congress for inaction on immigration reform

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August 1, 2013, 7:09 a.m.

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House of Representatives hovering somewhere around 77%, John Oliver joked on Wednesday's “Daily Show” that "Congress" is about to become “the English language’s most offensive C-word.”
And the House’s do-nothing reputation isn’t likely to improve, he argued, given that Republican leaders have refused to vote on a comprehensive immigration reform bill already approved with bipartisan support by the Senate.  
“Let’s just be honest now. The House is clearly where things go to die. It’s where parents are going to start telling their kids their aging pets went,” Oliver quipped. “Fluffy’s fine, darling, she just went to committee.”
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The host suggested that one particular challenge facing the immigration bill was the, ahem, “misinformation” being spouted by some members of Congress. Case in point: Iowa Rep. Steve King, who shot to infamy last week when he suggested that most undocumented immigrants seeking legal status under the Dream Act are in the country for nefarious purposes.
“For everyone who’s a valedictorian,” he told the conservative website Newsmax, “there’s another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”
After noting that King’s comments are “hard proof” that he doesn’t use drugs -- “Does he have any idea what 75 pounds of marijuana looks like?” -- Oliver suggested that maybe the congressman is simply supporting the will of his constituents.
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Nor is “Unrepresentative King” alone in his distrust of immigrants, Oliver noted. There’s also Louisiana's   Rep. John Fleming, who last month said that many who come here do so “ill-prepared for success,” without the skills or education necessary to thrive.
“Exactly! Do we really want these tired, poor, huddled masses in this country?” Oliver asked. “Show me the place where it says that’s what we want! Show me the place!”
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Americans want A Path to Citizenship.  Congress is standing in the way and more than 70% of Americans disapprove of the job Congress is doing.
Send them all to Russia. Company for Snowden.
Talk about "misinformation"= liberal lies.
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