January 16, 2014 |
* AMERICAN IDOL. 8 tonight and tomorrow, Fox 29. PASADENA, CALIF. - One fewer judge, way less drama. Or so it seemed as the new three-judge panel for this season's "American Idol" met with reporters Monday at the Television Critics Association's winter meetings. The same session a year ago turned out to be largely about parsing the relationship - or nonrelationship - between then-judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. This year, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and newbie judge Harry Connick Jr. got to talk about all kinds of things.
May 22, 2014 |
PAT SAJAK may not think the Earth is getting warmer, but one thing is for sure: Sajak himself is steaming. The usually mild-mannered "Wheel of Fortune" host took to Twitter to claim, "Global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists. " Huh? While a reasoned argument might be that civilization is too dependent on fossil fuels to put that genie back in the bottle so we're just going to have to live (or possibly not live) with the consequences, the notion that being overly concerned with the future of the planet (right or wrong)
November 9, 2012 |
A lot of people got drunk on election night, some in glee, some in despair. And some only seemed drunk. Which was it, we at "SideShow" wonder, with Diane Sawyer , longtime ABC anchor? She seemed, shall we say, lit from within Tuesday night as she cohosted election coverage with George Stephanopoulos . Her speech was slurred ("President Barack Ora - Barack Obama "), she wandered, seemed on the verge of giggling, and she kept leaning forward on her arms like a stevedore calling for a double Rusty Nail and make it quick . Twitter, with customary lack of mercy, exploded.
November 13, 2014 |
FILM DIRECTOR Rupesh Paul , who sparked anger earlier this year with plans for "The Vanishing Act," a love triangle-themed movie about the Malaysia Airlines plane disappearance, says he's changing the plot to a thriller so he won't offend the families of the missing. Yeah, that should do it. Can't imagine why a grieving relative wouldn't appreciate that thoughtful gesture. "We respect the sentiments of all those who experienced loss due to the tragedy, and the intention was never to benefit out of it," the Indian director said.
April 1, 2012 |
Pop Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Republic sssf) If you're a hip-hop aficionado who has long loved steamy rapper/singer Nicki Minaj's mix tapes but thought her 2010 Pink Friday debut was sorely lacking in grit, sexuality, and overall oddity, Roman Reloaded is for you. The Trinidadian-American has appropriated Missy Elliot's bent rhythms, weird electronics, and choppy, overheated flow...
August 11, 2011 |
IT SEEMS DOWNRIGHT MEAN that as unemployment hovers above 9 percent, the stock market is plummeting and politicans are horrified that rich people may be asked to pay the same rate of income tax that they paid 10 years ago, TV Guide and Forbes have both decided to release lists of wealthy celebrities. This is not an indictment of rich people; it's good that there are folks with money to burn and millions of others who want to be just like them. Tattle wants to be just like them.
October 5, 2012 |
IN HIS NEVER-ENDING quest to make "American Idol" seem relevant again, host Ryan Seacrest said Wednesday that things got intense between new hosts Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey during a tryout taping the previous day in Charlotte, N.C. Amid a dispute over a contestant, Nicki announced that she was no longer putting up with "her [bleepin'] Highness," in a reference to Mariah. The entire expletive-laden rant can be seen at TMZ.com. Another new judge, Keith Urban , was in the unenviable position of sitting between the pair, wondering why he ever chose to take the gig. On his radio show, Seacrest said that "Idol" needs some passionate debate.
May 17, 2011 |
With YouTube and broadcast/cable TV behind them, we're expecting big sales send-offs for new music "product" from Justin Bieber, Matthew Morrison and the Lonely Island, leading this week's CD/videodisc parade. BIEBERMANIA: If you can't stand the sight and sound of young girls going bonkers over Bieber , stay away from the new home video release of his documentary "Never Say Never" (Paramount Home Video, A-) . If you're at all intrigued by what it took to achieve JB's iconic level of success, this film is just the ticket and quite a fun ride.
April 15, 2011 |
And the award for most nominations goes to Rihanna . The 18 nods for the R&B megastar tops the 16 for rapper Eminem among finalists for the Billboard Music Awards. They even have a half-dozen together for their "Love the Way You Lie" collaboration. If they fail to fill a couple of U-Hauls, look to disguisologist Lady Gaga , up a dozen times, followed by new-artist and top male competitors Bruno Mars and Justin Bieber , with 11 chances apiece. Swap Taylor Swift for Mars and the above are also your top artist nominees.
May 10, 2013 |
LET'S FACE FACTS, the judges on "American Idol" do less actual judging than the "judges" at Philadelphia Traffic Court. Their purpose is to cheerlead and create drama and give viewers some name recognition to latch on to while they learn the names of the new batch of karaoke singers. Judging chemistry is hard to duplicate, and "American Idol" has been floundering around since the original trio of Simon Cowell , Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson , mixing in Kara DioGuardi , Ellen DeGeneres , Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler before adding this year's newbies.