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The world can breathe a collective sigh of relief: A royal baby is on the way. Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their first child after 19 months of marriage (and intense media scrutiny).

With today’s royal revelation, the world is abuzz with speculation: Will it be a future king or a future queen? What will the baby’s name and title be?

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 By Troy Petenbrink


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With the recent release of HBO’s The Girl and the current success of Hitchcock starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson, there has been renewed interest in one of the world’s most well-known (and somewhat creepy) movie directors.

Alfred Hitchcock fans — new and old — will be happy to know that many of the settings from his movies are still around and accessible.

I actually imagined myself as Melanie Daniels (played back in the day by Tippi Hedren) during a recent visit to Potter School House near the California coastal town of Bodega Bay. (Luckily, unlike Tippi, I was not attacked by a flock of crazed crows.) The school and the town featured prominently in The Birds. The school is now privately owned and closed to the public but is perfect for pictures. READ MORE

The days may be growing shorter, but one thing got longer this past month. Mustaches, and lots of them. Mustaches popped up all over the world in November — with some of the best sported by celebrities from Kris Jenner to David Beckham — for Mustache November. Known simply as Movember,  this annual movement calls on men worldwide to grow out their facial hair in solidarity against prostate cancer and other men’s health issues. What began in Australia as a campaign to raise awareness of these issues has now grown to become a worldwide cultural phenomenon.

Movember in London

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By Jimmy Im

While the London games may be over, the Olympic buzz was reignited this past weekend on Waikiki Beach in Oahu, Hawaii. Hilton HHonors and USA Volleyball hosted the first ever Beach Volleyball Challenge, bringing Olympic medalists to compete against each other in exciting, live matches. READ MORE

Borgo Egnazia

Nowadays, it seems like everyone is getting married somewhere secret, romantic and picturesque — well, everyone famous, that is. And to add to the ever-growing list of (almost) surprise weddings, the prince of pop and his famous bride might be walking down the aisle this weekend. walked down the aisle today. READ MORE

On Sunday, Oct. 7, at 9|8c, Lifetime premieres a remake of the wildly-popular modern day classic Steel Magnolias. The 1989 film (originally a stage play) shows the roaring laughs and bawling tears of  6 “delicate as magnolias, but tough as steel” women in Louisiana.

The original ladies of the 1989 film were a star-studded cast — Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Shirley McClaine. The Lifetime remake brings together an equally heavy-hitting ensemble of great performers — Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, Jill Scott, Alfre Woodard, Adepero Oduye and Condola Rashad.

In both the original film and the Lifetime remake, the seventh equally charming character is the South, with its small-town life, community and eccentricities that define this region so well.

Downtown Natchitoches, LA
Downtown Natchitoches, LA

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City vs. City

As the 2 candidates gear up for their first debate tonight in Denver and Americans weigh President Obama and Former Gov. Mitt Romney’s stances on the issues, here at Travel Channel, we decided to assess the 2012 presidential candidates in a totally different way. We’ve been busy gathering info for our Obama vs. Romney City vs. City showdown, where we’ll help YOU answer the question: which candidate can lay claim to the better travel destinations? READ MORE

How does a superstar say goodbye to the single life? If you’re Justin Timberlake, just one bachelor destination won’t do — you start the weekend in Las Vegas and end it in Cabo San Lucas with a posse of your 25 closest pals.

There’s no word on his impending nuptials to actress Jessica Biel — in July she told the Chicago Sun-Times she’s done “almost nothing” for the big day — but perhaps they’re plotting a secret wedding like Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds?

Here’s what the weekend entailed:

Sinatra Restaurant
Sinatra, courtesy of Wynn Resorts Ltd.

Las Vegas

*Things kicked off with dinner Thursday night at Wynn Las Vegas’ Sinatra, an Italian restaurant featuring the infamous ladies’ man Frank Sinatra. Timberlake and his crew got into the theme “decked out in suits, a la the Rat Pack,” according to People.com.
*After dinner they headed to 60,000-square-foot Surrender Nightclub, where JT sipped on his 901 Tequila and hung out in a private outdoor cabana while some of his buddies stripped down to their swim trunks to take advantage of the private infinity pool.
*Rounding out their night in Sin City, the group’s last stop was at Wynn’s Tryst Nightclub.

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Here at Travel Channel, we’re saddened to hear that Will and Kate’s private pre-Asia-tour vacation was stalked by the paparazzi, and that a French tabloid went so far as to print topless photos of the lovely Kate Middleton … Although, a stay at Chateau D’Autet — the 640-acre renovated 19th-century hunting lodge where they were vacationing — doesn’t sound too shabby. Don’t get us wrong, we’re totally in favor of a little nude sunbathing every now and then – especially at our favorite nude beaches. But it’s hard to imagine having to lookout for paparazzi using ultra-zoom lenses to snap (and then sell) topless pics of you while on a private getaway.

Photograph by Reuters

The trip they are on now, however, is anything but private. On September 11, the world’s favorite royal couple embarked on a 9-day tour of Asia as part of the yearlong celebration of Queen Elizabeth II in her 60th year of reign.  Their trip kicked off with a visit to the Singapore Botanical Gardens, where they visited the National Orchid Garden and admired the orchid named after them, as well as one named for the late Princess Diana. While in Singapore, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stayed at the famed Raffles Hotel, famous for their “Singapore Sling” cocktail (which, our ever-so-snarky host of The Layover has called a “disgusting drink”).  On their 2-day stay, the couple toured Gardens by the Bay, the Rolls Royce Seletar campus, the Queenstown Public Housing Estate and the Kranji Commonwealth War Cemetery. They also attended a gala in honor of the queen at Eden Hall — in between greeting mobs of adoring locals, of course. READ MORE

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