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August 24, 2010 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fantasia Barrino , 26, says the overdose that sent her to the emergency room on Aug. 9 was a suicide attempt, not an accident. "I didn't have any fight in me. I didn't care about anything. I just wanted out," the American Idol winner tells VH1 in an interview set to air Tuesday, the same day her new CD, Back to Me , is due out. "At that moment, I wanted out. I wanted it to be over with. " In the chat, which has been excerpted by People.com, Fantasia says she was driven to despair after Paula Cook , the wife of her former lover Antwaun Cook , accused her of destroying the Cooks' marriage.
NEWS
August 3, 2010 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Columnist
Inquirer television critic Jonathan Storm is reporting this week from the television critics' press tour in Beverly Hills. These items originally appeared in his blog, "Eye of the Storm," at www.philly.com/ philly/blogs/storm . No deals, no speculation. That was the refrain from Fox Entertainment Chairman Peter Rice Monday morning on the question of who would be sitting in the American Idol judges' chairs next winter. After a long intro, Rice ducked - oh, I don't know, about 326 questions from members of the Television Critics Association gathered for their summer press tour.
NEWS
July 31, 2010
I nquirer television critic Jonathan Storm is reporting this week from the television critics' press tour in Beverly Hills. These items originally appeared in his blog, "Eye of the Storm," at www.philly.com/philly/blogs/storm . Ellen ankles "Idol"; TV critics not agog Ryan Seacrest may have been all worked up on his morning radio show about Ellen DeGeneres' surprising, amazing, earth-shattering announcement that she was leaving American Idol, but TV critics at their summer meeting in Beverly Hills were unmoved.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2010
A FEW THOUGHTS on Ellen DeGeneres bowing out of Fox's "American Idol," and the multiple reports, including one from the not-prone-to-speculation Associated Press, that Jennifer Lopez will replace the already departed Simon Cowell at the judges' table: _ Should J. Lo choose to continue Simon's tradition of wearing too-tight sweaters and T-shirts over his trademark jeans, I'm expecting to hear far fewer complaints about it. _ Fox, which smartly handled...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2010 | HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
BIG NEWS in the world of entertainment yesterday as country- music legend Willie Nelson cut his hair. Willie's lengthy, reddish pigtails - as if Crystal Gayle and Pippi Longstocking merged their locks - have been one of his signature features since he was a young crew-cut crooner. Spokeswoman Elaine Schock said of Willie's waist-length hair: "There's a lot of maintenance. " Ellen Disc-Generes After a season judging singers on "American Idol," Ellen DeGeneres announced on her show yesterday that she is starting a label called eleveneleven.
NEWS
February 10, 2010 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Judge Ellen takes the 'Idol' bench Will we love Ellen DeGeneres in her new role as an American Idol judge? Will we hate her but love the fact that we hate her? (The Simon Cowell complex, as Sigmund Freud termed it.) Mum Betty has every faith in Ellen's judicial abilities. "She can't be brutal and she won't be just nicey- nice," Betty tells The Insider. "She will do honesty with a soft pedal. " Ryan Seacrest was busy yesterday denying that Ellen and Simon loathed each other during taping.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2010 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Will Smith for president? Will Smith for president! The Philly star's extraordinary wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, tells German rag Bunte (www.bunte.de) that the Enemy of the State star has genuine ambitions to become Leader of the State. "Will is thinking about going into politics," she says. "He once said he could imagine becoming a U.S. president. He wasn't joking. " But Jada may very well put the kibosh on his plans: "It's just not for me," she says of being first lady.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2009 | By LAURIE T. CONRAD conradL@phillynews.com 215-854-2270 Daily News wire services contributed to this report
AMERICAN television - or at least the Fox network - has achieved homeostasis. Don't look it up. We'll explain by example. First, talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres was announced as the crucial replacement for Paula Abdul on "American Idol. " DeGeneres, like Abdul, always seems to be appraising things through some kind of smiley, happy cloud where everybody's great. Though unlike Abdul's, DeGeneres' optimism appears genuine, not chemically induced. They both like to dance, too. Get the symmetry here?
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