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Jennifer Lopez Will NOT Be A Judge On ‘American Idol’

La Diva Latina demanded too much

A couple weeks ago we learned the shocking news that Ellen DeGeneres quit and that Kara DioGuardi had been fired from their job as judges on American Idol … in their places, it was widely reported that Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith would be taking their places on the judging panel. Fox made NO official confirmation that either J. Lo or Steven had been hired but it was believed they were both close to signing on to judge AI. Today, People magazine is reporting that sources close to the AI drama reveal that Jennifer Lopez will NOT be a judge on AI after all … reportedly because J. Lo‘s demands got out of hand and Fox decided to let her go:

Jennifer Lopez won’t be a judge on American Idol after all, according to a source close to the situation. The singer-actress had been closing a deal to be a permanent judge on the show for its upcoming 10th season but the deal fell apart. “Her demands got out of hand,” says the source. “Fox had just had enough.” With Simon Cowell and Ellen Degeneres both departing the talent search, the network had been pursuing a number of celebrities as potential judges, including Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler. But now that Lopez is out of the running, the network may be looking at their earlier top picks again. Other reports have said that the panel could go back to the original three-judge format.

HMMM … this is … interesting. Despite the fact that American Idol has been losing it’s luster, judging the show is still one of the most coveted jobs on TV right now. I cannot believe that Jennifer Lopez would do anything to jeopardize getting on the show … if this report of diva demands turns out to be true, then I guess J. Lo‘s reputation as La Diva Latina lives on. It’s a bummer … I liked seeing the softer, fun side of J. Lo swinging on the swings last weekend … I was actually looking forward to seeing her on AI. I’m actually very surprised Idol is having this much trouble filling the judging positions … I wonder who will be chosen to replace J. Lo on American Idol now.

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Rachel Bilson & Hayden Christensen Are Dunzo!

The engagement is officially off for RayDen

After getting engaged to be wed in December of 2008 and then dropping off the face of the planet for the year that followed, news started to spread in June of this year that actors (and alleged lovers) Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen decided to end their engagement. Today we get official confirmation from the couple themselves that they are NO LONGER engaged to be married. It sounds like RayDen have finally decided to end their farce of a relationship and are, at last, dunzo!

Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen have officially ended their engagement. Reports surfaced a couple months ago that the duo were on a break, but now the split is permanent. “Yes, the engagement is off,” Bilson’s rep tells PEOPLE, but declined to provide details on the breakup. Distance was reportedly one of the main reasons for the split. With Bilson primarily in L.A., and Christensen in Canada, “It just wasn’t working out,” says a pal of the actress. Now Bilson is “focusing on her career, spending time with her family and just moving forward,” adds the friend.

Oh yeah, I SO knew that this was how RayDen was gonna end up. Back in June, when the rumors started that the couple called off their engagement, I wrote about how CERTAIN I was that these two would NEVER get married. It may have taken a couple of months but I knew this official announcement would come. This couple never ever acted like an actual couple and once they got engaged, their weird behavior got even worse. The news of RayDen‘s duznoness should come as no surprise to anyone … that is, if any of y’all even remembered that this odd couple were even engaged to be wed in the first place. IMHO, Bilson should see if former flame Adam Brody is single and available … you know, I’m just sayin’.

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Ellen DeGeneres Quits ‘American Idol’

Kara DioGuardi is also out, you'll never guess who's in!

There has been a HUGE shake-up on the Fox competitive TV series American Idol in just the past few hours … late yesterday, Ellen DeGeneres (the newest judge on the show) announced on her official Twitter profile that she has quit the show after just one season. Ellen broke the news on her Twitter profile and posted a link to a more lengthy explanation as to why she decided to quit the show, which you can read in full here:

Dim the lights…I’ve voted myself off American Idol. / A couple months ago, I let FOX and the “American Idol” producers know that this didn’t feel like the right fit for me. I told them I wouldn’t leave them in a bind and that I would hold off on doing anything until they were able to figure out where they wanted to take the panel next. It was a difficult decision to make, but my work schedule became more than I bargained for. I also realized this season that while I love discovering, supporting and nurturing young talent, it was hard for me to judge people and sometimes hurt their feelings. I loved the experience working on “Idol” and I am very grateful for the year I had. I am a huge fan of the show and will continue to be.

Wow. Ellen signed a multimillion dollar, multi-year deal to judge American Idol but had a clause that allowed her to leave the show if Simon Cowell ever left the show … now that she’s out after just one year, I understand that Fox will still have to pay her out of her contract. Additionally, it is being reported that the next newest judge Kara DioGuardi has been fired from the show! Apparently, Fox wants to go back to the 3 judge panel and has reportedly already hired all three judges … and you’ll never believe who they are. Find out, after the jump … More »

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Marc Jacobs & Lorenzo Martone ARE Dunzo After All

Lorenzo confirms the couple split for good

It would seem that the torrid on-again-off-again-married-again-off-again-on-again relationship between fashion designer Marc Jacobs and his boyfriend/husband/whatever Lorenzo Martone is off again. As you may recall, Marc and Lorenzo got “married” (or whatever) in St. Bart’s back in January but there were rumors that the couple had split up going around back in April. In May we were assured that the couple were still together and that was the last we heard … until now. Lorenzo Martone has confirmed to the world on his official Twitter profile that he and Marc have, indeed, split up for good:


Apparently, Lorezno could not remain quiet any longer and finally responded to all the messages he’s been getting about his relationship with Marc. According to Martone, the couple have been dunzo for the past 2 months!


Now, 2 months ago was May … when we were “assured” that the couple were still together. I guess they really weren’t and were just trying to keep the news under wraps. Well, the secret’s out now … and it’s a damn shame. I really liked Marc and Lorenzo together but, alas, I suppose it wasn’t meant to be. I guess this may be the last time we ever hear from Lorenzo Martone again … which is another damn shame. Ah well … c’est la vie.

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‘The Hills’ Is Dunzo . . . For ‘Real’!

After 4 years and 6 seasons, the show comes to a close

Well … that’s it, the end, fini, over … dunzo! The Hills, the reality TV series that was spun off of the original MTV series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, came to an end last night as the series finale episode aired on MTV. For the past 4 years, The Hills has provided some of the most significant pop culture moments of celebrity/reality TV hybrid programming and provided us with hours of extremely addictive if primarily vapid entertainment. Whether you love the show, hate the show, love to hate the show or whatever … you cannot deny the impact of The Hills. I’ve been with these characters since Laguna Beach debuted back in 2004 and despite some waning excitement over the years, I’ve watched every single episode and for the most part loved the series overall. Here are some photos from last night’s red carpet arrivals at the The Hills Live: A Hollywood Ending afterparty which was held at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, CA:

“The Hills,” the landmark reality soap that cemented Lauren Conrad, Heidi Montag and their pals as tabloid superstarlets, died Tuesday at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. It was 4. The popular series’ cause of death wasn’t provided, but MTV president of programming Tony DiSanto previously called it “an organic culmination of this saga.” “I’m oddly devastated that it’s come to an end,” said Ben “B-Side” Mandelker, who blogs about “The Hills” and its New York-set offspring “The City” on bsideblog.com. “My five-year goal was to appear as a sidekick on the show, ideally with a subtitle that defines me solely as the friend of someone else. Sadly, that dream never came to fruition.” After 102 installments, “The Hills” faded into the sunset Tuesday with a goodbye gala attended by the show’s cast and a wink, wink twist ending in the final episode that had friends-with-benefits Kristin Cavallari and Brody Jenner seemingly saying goodbye in front of the Hollywood sign, then appearing in front of a backdrop on the Paramount Studios’ lot. “With ‘The Hills’ off the air, I no longer have to field questions about the show’s authenticity,” said Mandelker. “I can think of about 10 different things I’d rather do than engage in yet another dumb argument about whether or not ‘The Hills’ is staged. I just tell people it’s like professional wrestling: Don’t take it so seriously, and enjoy the ride.” The club-hopping, music-pumping, cat-fighting, mascara-dripping, mouth-dropping, crystal-worshipping drama of “The Hills” debuted in 2006 as a spin-off of MTV’s popular high school reality docudrama “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County.” The series originally documented the journey of bubbly “Laguna Beach” graduate Conrad to Los Angeles. As the show progressed, “The Hills” morphed from a coming-of-age story centering on the budding fashion designer to a splashy soap focusing on a bevy of beautiful people. Andy Dehnart, who has blogged about reality TV for more than 10 years at realityblurred.com, said the series’ lush cinematography and phony authenticity left a lasting impression on the medium. “The legacy of ‘The Hills’ is that it improved the visual language of reality TV while proving that a series could be sustained in an M.C. Escher-like circle where tabloid coverage of the cast members sustained interest in a narrative that largely ignored their real lives, including the intense media coverage that generated interest in the show,” said Dehnart … Throughout its tumultuous six seasons, tabloids and blogs were enamored with the show’s never-ending series of breakups, make-ups and fall-outs, most notably the epic divide between best friends Montag and Conrad, who left “The Hills” in the middle of the fifth season and was replaced by her sassy, raspy “Laguna Beach” adversary Cavallari. The transition from Conrad to Cavallari as the series’ narrator and Montag’s marriage to bad boy Spencer Pratt — the real wedding, not the phony Mexican one — marked the beginning of the end of “The Hills.” Villainous couple Pratt and Montag, who underwent 10 plastic surgery procedures earlier this year, were later phased out of the final season.

It’s amazing to me that a show like The Hills managed to not only define its own section of pop culture but it also managed to create its own mythology that actually took on a life of its own. Despite the fact that Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt annoyed the hell out of me for the duration of their time on the show, I was a bit sad that the villainous Speidi were not included at all in last night’s finale. They had a huge hand in how the show turned out (for better or worse) and that could’ve been mentioned at the very least. THO, Spencer Pratt did manage to crash the afterparty last night … he showed up lookin’ crazy and deranged, which is exactly what you would expect from a guy like Spencer Pratt. After the jump, check out a few more photos including a cute cast photo from the party and some disturbing photos of SpencerMore »

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Edward Norton Fired As The Hulk, Will Not Appear In ‘The Avengers’

The studio says 'Thanks' but 'No Thanks'

Back in April we learned the amazingly FANTASTIC news that director (and god among men) Joss Whedon has been hired to bring the Marvel comic book series The Avengers to the big screen and since that news came out, there has been some behind the scenes action in regards to who will be cast to play which superheroes in the film. Thus far, we know that Robert Downey, Jr. will reprise his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man for the film and he will be joined by Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America. Today we learn the not totally surprising news that Edward Norton, who played Bruce Banner/The Hulk in the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk will NOT be featured in The Avengers movie — a new actor will be hired for the role. Essentially, the studio decided not to work with him again … hinting that he is too problematic to work with:

As HitFix exclusively reported yesterday, Marvel Studios has now confirmed that it is moving forward on development with their summer 2012 blockbuster “The Avengers,” and they have decided not to cast Edward Norton in the key role of Bruce Banner, aka The Incredible Hulk. In a statement sent in direct response to yesterday’s story from the set of “Captain America” in London, Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige forwarded the following exclusively to HitFix:

“We have made the decision to not bring Ed Norton back to portray the title role of Bruce Banner in the Avengers. Our decision is definitely not one based on monetary factors, but instead rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members. The Avengers demands players who thrive working as part of an ensemble, as evidenced by Robert, Chris H, Chris E, Sam, Scarlett, and all of our talented casts. We are looking to announce a name actor who fulfills these requirements, and is passionate about the iconic role in the coming weeks.”

And that, as they say, appears to be that.

From what I understand, Edward Norton is notoriously difficult to work with … especially when it comes to the Hulk movies. Earlier this year, Edward put the kibosh on plans for a sequel to The Incredible Hulk … which I’m sure pissed off the studio because another Hulk movie could’ve been tied into The Avengers movie. I suppose it’s possible that the studio could go back and rehire Eric Bana who played The Hulk in the disastrous 2003 Ang Lee film Hulk — at least the audience would get a recognizable actor to play the role. Tho, it seems more likely that they will just hire someone new … someone who would be willing to make a new franchise of Hulk films. Welp, it’s goodbye Ed and hello new guy … we’ll just have to wait and see who the new guy will be.

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Clay Aiken & Reed Kelly Are Dunzo!

Another gay couple bites the dust

And so … another celebrity couple has decided to call it quits … that is, if you believe My Space. American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken and Broadway star Reed Kelly have apparently ended their relationship … according to Kelly‘s My Space profile. As you may recall, we first heard about Clay and Reed hooking up back in December of 2008 and then in January of 2009 a set of cute photobooth pictures came out that made it pretty clear that the couple were happily in love. It’s been quite some time since we’ve heard from the couple and then just this week, Queerty reported that Reed Kelly‘s My Space profile has been updated to “Single” status. In addition, Kelly‘s My Space has also been updated with the Christina Aguilera song You Lost Me. It really looks like they are dunzo, y’all!


And that, folks, is that. I have to say, tho, that I’m quite impressed that Clay and Reed managed to stay together for as long as they did. Considering that Clay Aiken is a father to a baby born from his surrogate BFF Jaymes Foster, I thought it would be difficult for Reed to take on the responsibilities of being a sort of step father to Clay‘s son. The couple did manage to stay together for a considerable amount of time so my guess is something untoward happened in the relationship causing one to dump the other. The Xtina song posted on Reed‘s My Space suggests that someone may have cheated … but I have a hard time believing that Clay Aiken would cheat on a cutie like Reed Kelly. Reed performed for Broadway Bares earlier this year and showed off all the booty bounty that Clay has been enjoying while the couple were still together. If you are curious, check out Reed‘s NSFW and very bare-bottomed performance for Broadway Bares back in May … More »

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Lindsay Lohan’s Lawyer Quits

Shawn Chapman Holley decides to scram

And the hits just keep on coming for troubled starlet Lindsay LohanTMZ is reporting that her lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley (the very woman who unsuccessfully tried to keep her client from getting slapped with a jail sentence earlier this week) has decided to drop out and quit as Lindsay‘s lawyer:

TMZ has learned … Lindsay Lohan’s lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, has resigned as LiLo’s lawyer. TMZ called Holley for comment on a story we’re working on, and she informed us she is no longer repping Lindsay. Sources tell us Holley resigned earlier today. As for who Lindsay will be hiring … we’re told she’s a brand new lawyer, Tiffany Feder-Cohen, who was just admitted to the bar in November.

Lord, it can’t be easy being Lindsay‘s lawyer … I mean, I bet it’s really difficult trying to convince people of her innocence. Very obviously, Holley simply wasn’t up for the task so she decided to cut her losses and run like hell. TMZ is also reporting that Lindsay has vowed that she will “not go to jail” and is planning to file an appeal of Judge Revel‘s 90 day jail sentence ruling. It is believed that that futile course of action may have been the final straw that led to Shawn Chapman Holley‘s decision to quit defending Lindsay. I guess we’ll just have to watch and see what happens next. What do y’all think of Holley’s decision to quit? Is she smart for gettin’ out while she can?

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Larry King Announces The End Of ‘Larry King Live’

After 25 years, King is ready to hang up his suspenders

Larry King, the suspendered elder statesman of CNN known for his softball interviews and his drama-filled married life, has announced that he will be ending his 25 year old interview talk show Larry King Live in the Fall. King began last night’s episode of his show by making the announcement that he would be hanging up his iconic suspenders in retirement in just a few months bringing to a close the end of an era at CNN:

Broadcast veteran Larry King announced on Tuesday that he would be ending his nightly “Larry King Live” show on CNN this coming autumn after 25 years on television. King, 76, said in a statement he would still host specials for CNN on major events, but wanted to spend more time with his wife and young children. Known for his non-confrontational style and for wearing colored suspenders, King has interviewed a broad array of guests from Hollywood stars to politicians and athletes. “With this chapter closing I’m looking forward to the future and what my next chapter will bring, but for now it’s time to hang up my nightly suspenders,” King told viewers on Tuesday night’s show. “Larry King Live” recently made the Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest running show with the same host in the same time slot. King and his seventh wife, Shawn Southwick, called off their plans to divorce in May and reunited.

To be honest, I’ve personally felt it’s been time for Larry King to end his show for a few years now. I’ve not been particularly impressed with his interviews for quite some time now … and even when he gets a great guest on the show, he never EVER presses them for the hard questions that I’m always hoping to hear. I will say that over the course of his 25 years, Larry King has made a place for himself in popular culture and overall, he will be missed. And tho it’s technically not a Peace the Spork Out situation, I thought it would be appropriate to bust out the spork to say peace out to his show. Considering the marital woes he’s endured with his wife, I think it’s a great idea for him to step down so he can spend more time with his family (besides, I suspect his wife prolly insisted he retire so that they can work on their relationship). The questions becomes, tho … who will take his place? Do any of y’all have any ideas/suggestions?

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Is ‘Sex And The City’ Over For Good?

A new report claims a third and final film will NOT be made

Now, take the following report with a HUGE grain of salt but the Daily Mail (a publication not really known for journalistic integrity) is reporting that plans for a third Sex and the City film have been shelved due to the lackluster performance of the second film which was released last month. Citing a report from Grazia, the Daily Mail claims that the Sex and the City franchise has come to a final end:

Carrie and Co are set to hang up their Manolos and finish off their cosmos for good as the Sex And The City juggernaught grinds to a halt. Following 12 years, 94 episodes and two blockbuster movies, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon are out of work. After the second Sex And The City movie received scathing reviews, Grazia reports that all plans for a third installment have been shelved. It had been pretty much a given that there would be a third installment of the smash hit to complete a big-screen trilogy – even the cast thought so. Sarah Jessica Parker recently said: ‘I hope Carrie will live on.’ And John Corbett said: ‘I think the girls are up for [another movie] and Michael Patrick King has lots of ideas.’ The second movie was mired in controversary with scenes set in Abu Dhabi being branded borderline racist. In addition the movie was universally panned by critics, Entertainment Weekly wrote a scathing review: ‘SATC 2 transformed four once mildly likeable characters into rancid, obliviously overentitled grotesques.’ The movie performed disappointingly at the box office, coming in third in the U.S on it’s opening weekend and taking in $37million compared to the first movie which raked in $57million.

I personally do not believe SaTC is over. I would bet good money that they will figure out how to make a third movie becuase A.) you kinda need a third to round out the movie franchise and B.) the franchise CANNOT end with SaTC 2. I’m not ready to mourn the death of the franchise until we hear something official … but, it is possible that there may be a grain of truth to this report. I know a lot of people were disappointed with SaTC 2 but I am hopeful they’ll make one more, great movie. They have to … don’t they?

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