July 22, 2013
Pet Shop Boys Electric (x2 ***1/2) With the aid of producer Stuart Price - former helpmate to Madonna and the Killers - the Pet Shop Boys get back on the dance floor with an aptly named, heartening return to form. Electronic dance music would seem to be a young button-pushing programmer's game. But what's stopping a pair of drolly intellectual Brits who date to the '80s from upping the beats-per-minute and getting a thought- provoking party started? On Electric , nothing.
May 18, 2013 |
With viewers abandoning American Idol in flash mobs, the future of the former ratings juggernaut is wrapped in turmoil and scotch-taped in uncertainty. So it was tempting to watch Idol 's finale the way Kremlinologists once pored over pictures of the Politburo, trying to deduce who was in and who was out. Randy Jackson, the only original judge left on the show, was honored for 12 loud years of service with a video valediction. Unfortunately, it was framed in a Dogs Playing Poker package, with subtitled barks.
May 17, 2013 |
Everybody wants to date Kate. Well, maybe not everybody, but a lot of guys working on Katie Holmes ' new flick Mania Days apparently have warm feelings for the fair Kate, the New York Post reports. A source tells the Post that Katie, 34, has received seven offers to step out: "They were crew members and extras just chancing it. It really got on the nerves of director Paul Dalio . Needless to say, she said no to everyone," the source said. Holmes has been unattached since sundering last year from Tom Cruise . The only mushy stuff for Kate has been strictly business, with costar Luke Kirby . They play manic depressives who fall in love in a psychiatric hospital.
May 15, 2013
EAGLES SET LIST 1. Unstoppable - TobyMac featuring Blanca from Group 1 Crew 2. On Fire - Young Dro 3. Ready 2 Go - Martin Solveig featuring Kele 4. Thunderstruck - AC/DC 5. Panama - Van Halen 6. Joker & The Thief - Wolfmother 7. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne 8. Hungry Like The Wolf - Duran Duran 9. New Day (Clean) - 50 Cent featuring Dr. Dre & Alicia Keys 10. No Way Back - Foo Fighters 11. Stronger - Kanye West 12. Black Betty - Ram Jam 13. Rock You Like A Hurricane - Scorpions 14. California Love - Tupac & Dr. Dre 15. I Found You (Bob Sinclar Remix)
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.
January 25, 2013
Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Bradley Cooper; Robert Klein; Soundgarden performs. Jimmy Kimmel Live (11:35 p.m., 6ABC) - Actor Josh Bowman; Nicki Minaj performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Robert De Niro; Sherri Shepherd; The Grascals perform. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m., CBS3) - TV host Julie Chen; actress Angela Kinsey. Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (12:35 a.m., NBC10) - David Duchovny; Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni "JWoww" Farley; Nick Kroll; Eli Young Band.
January 20, 2013 |
The story line for the new season of American Idol was established almost immediately. Nicki Minaj was the last of the judges to make an appearance, emerging from her limo in a stunning drum majorette hat. Pecking order established. Ain't no party until Ms. Nicki arrives. She then set about dominating the program, mugging endlessly for the camera, spewing nonsense phrases, monopolizing the conversation, drifting into a bizarrely posh English accent, making up crazy nicknames for everyone on the set, and visually fondling every good-looking male contestant.
January 10, 2013
PASADENA, Calif. - Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj brought their two-diva show to TV critics Tuesday. And it was everything you'd want from an act that's probably sorely needed to drum up interest in Fox's "American Idol," which launches its 12th season Jan. 16 with Carey, Minaj, Randy Jackson and Keith Urban - who'll be lucky if he gets a word in edgewise - at the judges' table. Both women wore Louboutins, though Minaj's heels looked a half-inch or so higher than Carey's. Minaj's hair du jour was a relatively conservative jet-black.
January 9, 2013 |
Good to know some things don't change. Minutes into their season-opening press confab on Tuesday, American Idol 's Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj were at each other's throats, reviving their headline-making, if paper-thin, faux feud from last year. Asked about their fight, Minaj said, "We're professionals. Have you ever had an argument with someone you've worked with?" Carey looked displeased. "This was sort of one-sided," she said. "No, it wasn't," Minaj snapped. (Don't you wish we could send them up to their rooms?