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Confirmed: Fox Announces The End Of ‘24’

Dunzo! for reals

Earlier this month we learned the bittersweet news that the Fox network was seriously considering ending the long running hit TV drama 24 (which, in all honesty, revolutionized the hour-long action drama on television) but at that time, no decision about ending the show was made. Since then, we heard a rumor that NBC was interested in picking up the show if Fox decided to end it but no other concrete information about that report has come to light (and, in fact, you’ll read that Kiefer Sutherland admits the NBC plan was never really a viable option). But, just as expected, Fox announced concretely late yesterday that the current season of 24 will be the show’s last. The show is officially dunzo. Here is some press release information issued by Fox late yesterday:

In a joint decision made by 24’s star and executive producer Kiefer Sutherland, executive producer and showrunner Howard Gordon, Twentieth Century Fox Television, Imagine Entertainment and Fox Broadcasting Company, it was determined that the acclaimed series will end its remarkable eight-season run. Jack Bauer’s last day on FOX will conclude when the final two hours of “Day Eight” air Monday, May 24 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). As the countdown to the series’ climactic conclusion races on, the final 11 hours will air uninterrupted Mondays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Multiple award-winning series star Kiefer Sutherland reflected on the show’s run: “This has been the role of a lifetime, and I will never be able to fully express my appreciation to everyone who made it possible. While the end of the series is bittersweet, we always wanted 24 to finish on a high note, so the decision to make the eighth season our last was one we all agreed upon. This feels like the culmination of all our efforts from the writers to the actors to our fantastic crew and everyone at Fox. Looking ahead to the future, Howard Gordon and I are excited about the opportunity to create the feature film version of 24. But when all is said and done, it is the loyal worldwide fan base that made it possible for me to have the experience of playing the role of Jack Bauer, and for that I am eternally grateful.” Executive producer and showrunner Howard Gordon said, “Kiefer and I have loved every minute of making 24, but we all believe that now is the right time to call it a day. I echo his sentiments of gratitude toward the show’s amazing creative team, as well as the studio and network who have always believed in us and shown us unbelievable support.” “24 is so much more than just a TV show – it has redefined the drama genre and created one of the most admired action icons in television history,” said Peter Rice, Chairman, Entertainment, Fox Networks Group. Kevin Reilly, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company added, “We are extremely proud of this groundbreaking series and will be forever thankful to Kiefer, the producers, the cast and crew for everything they’ve put into 24 over the years. It’s truly been an amazing and unforgettable eight days.” “We are so grateful to Kiefer and Howard who have really poured their hearts and souls into making this show over the past eight seasons,” commented Gary Newman and Dana Walden, Chairmen, Twentieth Century Fox Television. “To everyone who contributed to this iconic series over its amazing run, we want to extend our heartfelt appreciation for your incredible work.” Added Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, “I’m so proud to have been a part of 24, which has become such a cultural phenomenon. And to Kiefer and Howard and everyone who has worked on the show, many thanks.” Now in its eighth season with Kiefer Sutherland starring as the heroic Jack Bauer, the inventive and suspenseful 24 has been nominated for a total of 68 Emmy Awards, winning for Outstanding Drama Series in 2006. Over the course of seven seasons, Sutherland garnered seven Emmy nominations and one win for Outstanding Lead Actor – Drama Series. While the series gained global recognition, Sutherland’s portrayal of the legendary character penetrated the American psyche like no other dramatic television character to become part of the English lexicon. Premiering November 6, 2001, 24 employed a pioneering split-screen, fast-paced format with complex interweaving storylines as viewers followed anti-terrorism agent Jack Bauer through 24 pulse-pounding episodes, each covering one hour and presented in real time. Subsequent seasons combined the show’s unique and trend-setting format while delivering compelling new elements and attracting talented actors and guest stars, including the Emmy Award-winning Cherry Jones (President Allison Taylor). The series also currently stars Mary Lynn Rajskub (Chloe O’Brian), Anil Kapoor (Omar Hassan), Annie Wersching (Renee Walker), Katee Sackhoff (Dana Walsh), Mykelti Williamson (Brian Hastings), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Cole Ortiz), Chris Diamantopoulos (Rob Weiss) and John Boyd (Arlo Glass). The first six seasons were set in Los Angeles, and following the strike-induced delay of Season Seven, “24: Redemption,” a two-hour film bridging Seasons Six and Seven, was set in Africa. Washington, D.C. was the setting for Season Seven, and the final season of 24 finds Jack Bauer thwarting a terrorist attack in New York. At the conclusion of Season Eight, 24 will have a produced a total of 194 episodes (including “24: Redemption”), making it one of the longest-running action television shows in history.

As I mentioned before … the time for the show to end has come. The last couple of seasons have not been great and I would much rather see a show I love end gracefully rather than in a long, drawn-out way that might completely ruin all the great memories of a great show. Even as we mourn the death of a show like 24, we can take comfort in the fact that plans are deffo in the works to move the franchise to the big screen. This may be the end of 24 on the small screen but there is great hope for a string of big-budget films in the near future. After the jump, read a short interview that 24 star Kiefer Sutherland gave to TV Guide regarding the end of the show … More »

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‘The Hills’ Is Dunzo!

The end is nigh

MTV has issued a press release announcement that Season 7 of The Hills, which will begin airing on April 27, will be the LAST season of the series. After 4 years of mostly successful and marginally entertaining drama, MTV has decided to put an end to the pop culture phenomenon known as The Hills. At last, it’s dunzo, y’all!

Over the past 4 years “The Hills” revolutionized reality television and became a pop culture phenomenon. MTV will now redefine how the reality drama all ends in Season 6. The last 12 episodes EVER of “The Hills” will conclude like no other show before. How will it end? What will be revealed? Who will return? How will they say goodbye? The drama begins on Tuesday, April 27th as “The Hills: Final Season” premieres at 10pm ET/PT followed by “The City” at 10:30pm ET/PT on MTV. “We are lucky and honored to have worked with this cast and tell their stories for this long, and we are grateful to the many dedicated fans who have stuck with us over the years. We owe it to those fans, the cast and the show to go out on a high note. And this season will deliver on that goal in terms of drama, story, real emotion and an organic culmination of this saga,” said Tony DiSanto, President of Programming, MTV … Viewers wanting more can head over to http://TheHills.MTV.com to watch full episodes, browse through exclusive cast photo flipbooks and get the latest gossip on the Remote Control blog. Since its premiere in 2006, “The Hills” has been a phenomenal performer on MTV. The previous season ranked as the #3 original cable series of 4Q09 and was a top 10 original series for 2009 among F12-34. The Hills dominated its Tuesday time period, ranking #1 versus all television competition among both P12-34 and F12-34. The series is MTV’s most DVR’d series, averaging a 52% bump when Live+7 ratings are factored in. “The Hills” is created by Adam DiVello. Adam DiVello, Liz Gateley and Sara Mast serve as executive producers. Catherine K. Whyte is MTV’s executive-in-charge of production.

Once upon a time, The Hills was THE show that set the pop culture benchmark for water-cooler buzz but in recent years, it has delved into insipid, scripted and completely unbelievable nonsense that has all but ruined the fun the show used to offer. In all honestly, the show started getting really bad even when Lauren LC Conrad was the star protagonist … but once the focus shifted to other, less likable characters (and you know who I’m talking about) the fun spirit of the show was abandoned in lieu of nasty, really unsavory and totally fabricated drama. I was pretty much over the show by the time Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt got “married” for the third time on the show. The show has been over for a while now … at last, MTV has acknowledged that fact. Peace the Spork Out, Hills … when you were great, you were really fun … but the time has really come for you to be dead and gone.

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Lindsay Lohan Faces Banishment From India

They don't want her either

In January we got our first look at a new documentary that seeks to highlight the horrors of child trafficking — which features Lindsay Lohan in India as the celebrity spokesperson — after she traveled abroad late last year to film her portions of the doc. You may recall that Lindsay falsely claimed that she personally helped save the lives of 40 children “in one day”, which sparked ire among the organizations that are truly trying to save children from trafficking because they felt she was trivializing the situation by making bold-faced lies about her involvement. Now the Indian government is taking note of Lindsay‘s illegal actions in their country … and they are considering banning her from ever entering their country again:

Hollywood actress and model Lindsay Lohan could be blacklisted by the Indian government following her trip to the country last December when she falsely claimed she had rescued 40 child workers. Her comments, which highlighted the plight of child labourers, ruffled feathers in India and alerted officials who discovered she had broken the country’s visa rules by travelling as a tourist while working on a BBC documentary. The Mean Girls star had arrived in India to film an expose of child labour and trafficking of women which was later broadcast on BBC3, but she provoked a row when she claimed to have personally rescued 40 children. In a series of updates on the social networking site Twitter, she boasted of her role in a daring raid on a child labour sweatshop and claimed the experience had changed her life. “Over 40 children saved so far … Within one day’s work … This is what life is about … Doing THIS is a life worth living!!!” she said. She later contrasted the superficiality of celebrity life with the satisfaction of social activism. “Focusing on celebrities and lies is so disconcerting, when we can be changing the world one child at a time … hope everyone can see that,” she said. But according to activists leading the raids, Ms Lohan did not arrive in India until after the raids had been completed and the children had been rescued. Some of them had been ‘sold’ by their parents for £25 and were working 17 hours per day for as little as £3 a month. Activists involved in the raids criticised her comments and accused her of trivialising the issue of child trafficking. Now she may not be able to visit India again after officials looked at her case and found she had failed to apply for a work visa for her trip. Senior civil servants in New Delhi are now studying the case and will rule on whether her name will be added to an immigration blacklist.

While I feel that Lindsay‘s heart is in the right place, I think it would be for the best if she stays away from involving herself in this kind of very important work. I can appreciate that she wants to help but her very nature seems to only serve to endanger and ruin the good work being done here. There is no way she is educated enough on the facts to really speak with any sort of authority and by involving herself illegally, she is seriously undermining the good work being done by the real heroes. To be honest … it’s prolly for the best if she is never allowed near India again. She really should stick with what does best … tho, I’m not really sure that is, honestly. In any event, Lindsay Lohan should deffo leave the life-saving to other, more qualified, folks.

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Sandra Bullock & Jesse James Are Dunzo!

Blind Sided

Dang!! Talk about your blind sides … a report of infidelity on the part of Sandra Bullock‘s husband Jesse James has quickly turned to something more substantial in a very short period of time. Just days after Sandra was flying high on cloud 9 after winning her first Academy Award for Best Actress came an allegation from a tattoo model named Michelle Bombshell McGee that James cheated on his wife with McGee. Allegations like this are nothing new and shouldn’t be automatically believed … but first, Sandra decided to NOT attend the London premiere of The Blind Side this week (presumably because she didn’t want to answer questions about the allegations concerning her husband cheating on her while she was off filming this movie) and it was revealed late yesterday that Sandra moved out of the home she shared with Jesse and his children (from another woman) just before McGee‘s allegations went public. Where there’s smoke … there is usually fire. It really looks like Sandra and Jesse are dunzo:

From In Touch magazine: When Sandra Bullock thanked her bad-boy husband, Jesse James, as she accepted her best actress Oscar for The Blind Side, she may not have known that while she was away shooting the film, Jesse was carrying on a steamy affair with a tattoo model. While Jesse has had an 11-month affair, including five weeks of sex, with Michelle “Bombshell” McGee, she believed he and Sandra were no longer together. “I would never have hooked up with him if I thought he was a married man,” Michelle tells In Touch in an exclusive interview. “He gave me the impression they were separated.” For weeks, while Sandra was in Atlanta shooting The Blind Side, Michelle had sex at least once a week with the Monster Garage star. Far from a one-night stand, his relationship with Michelle was intimate and highly charged. Michelle even says she called Jesse, who didn’t wear underwear or condoms, by a special pet name, Vanilla Gorilla, because he was so “well-endowed.”

From the Chicago Tribune: Sandra Bullock canceled her appearance at the London premiere of “The Blind Side” days after Internet reports alleged she was having trouble in her marriage and that she had left the couple’s Southern California home. Calls and e-mails to representatives for Bullock and her husband, celebrity motorcycle builder Jesse James, weren’t immediately answered. The 45-year-old actress said in a statement by Warner Bros. UK that she cannot attend next Tuesday’s premiere for “unforeseen personal reasons.” She canceled her appearance almost two weeks after winning an Oscar for her performance in the movie. Bullock went on to apologize for canceling her commitment and to thank people for their support of the film, which has made nearly $253 million domestically. She and James were married in July 2005.

From People magazine: Sandra Bullock and Jesse James are not living under the same roof right now. The actress left the Southern California house she shares with James just days before a report of infidelity by her husband surfaced, a source tells PEOPLE.

If you add it all up … … it sounds like James might’ve been tipped off that the allegations were coming out so he told Bullock who decided to move out of their home and cancel her appearance at the UK premiere of the biggest film of her career all before McGee’s allegations went public. This is so sad. It’s such a shame that Sandra would be going thru this in her personal life right when her professional life has hit an all-time high. I guess people can’t really have it all. It remains to be seen what Sandra’s next move will be … but if this allegation of cheating is true (and it kinda smells like it is true), I find it very hard to believe that she will stay married to Jesse. Ugh … what a sad, disappointing mess ;(

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Jennifer Love Hewitt & Jamie Kennedy Are Dunzo!

I SO KNEW IT!

Alas … sad news to pass along today. Ghost Whisperer co-stars and once paramours Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jamie Kennedy have broken up, y’all. I can’t say that this news comes as a big surprise to me … you may recall that J. Love celebrated her birthday last month in high style and, curiously, Jamie was not in attendance at her shindig. I thought it was very odd that Jamie was not included (for whatever reason) in Jennifer‘s fun birthday party … I guess now we know why. Jamie Love is dunzo, y’all!

After a year-long romance, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jamie Kennedy have broken up, a rep has confirmed exclusively to PEOPLE. No further details were available. Though some in the blogosphere called them an unlikely couple, Kennedy and Hewitt regularly gushed over each other. When Kennedy first confirmed the romance in March 2009, he told Ryan Seacrest during a radio interview, “I’m in love!” Describing his costar on Ghost Whisperer, Kennedy said: “It’s like, ‘Wow, you are hot. You can sing, you can dance, you’re like, so smart and, wow, you can cook pasta fagioli, too.’ ” Hewitt called her beau “hilarious,” but praised him as more than just a funnyman. “There are people in your life who are just supportive and who just look at you and they see who you are,” Hewitt told Ellen DeGeneres last year. “And [Jamie] really saw who I was as a person more than anybody had ever done in my whole life. I think that’s for me when I sort of went, ‘Oh, wow.’ “

Ugh … as unsurprising as this break-up is … it really seems like these two weren’t meant to be. Jennifer Love broke up with her fiancée of 3 years, Ross McCall, in January of 2009 and she was already hooked up and dating Jamie by March of 2009. If that isn’t a classic case of rebound, I don’t know what is. To be honest, I’m surprised that Jamie Love lasted a year. It is very sad that things couldn’t work out for them … but these things just sort of happen. I’m sure J. Love will find someone new in no time … and I wish nothing but the greatest happiness for Jamie Kennedy (who is a really great guy). Boo … it’s a shame that things just couldn’t work out :(

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Emanuel Ungaro Fires Lindsay Lohan As ‘Creative Director’

Dunzo!

Last October, former Hollywood “It” Girl and current trainwreck Lindsay Lohan made her debut in the Fashion world as creative director for the the Emanuel Ungaro fashion house. Lindsay, in her capacity as creative director, had a hand in every single look that walked down the runway at that show. As a result, Emanuel Ungaro himself (who is no longer involved with running his design house) publicly called his company’s collaboration with Lohan a “disaster” … and many people agreed. It would seem that the powers that be at Ungaro have come to their senses and decided to sever ties with La Lohan … who confirmed this week that she “don’t work for [Ungaro] anymore”:

Actress Lindsay Lohan confirmed to WWD that she is no longer part of Ungaro’s design team. At Monday afternoon’s Kenzo show, Lohan was asked why she hadn’t been at Ungaro earlier that morning. She replied: “Because I don’t work for them anymore.” Prompted for more specifics, she noted, “There’s legal things going on; I can’t really discuss it.” After hiring Lohan last year, former Ungaro CEO and President Mounir Moufarrige told WWD, “Designer-led fashion is likely not to be enough. It’s a slow process going the traditional route.” Moufarrige stepped down last December and declined to comment on Lohan and Ungaro when reached on Monday.

And so … all is right, once again, in the Fashion world. Ya know, I’m all for Lindsay Lohan gettin’ her shizz straight and putting her life back together in a positive way but she really has no biz meddling with the work of famed design houses like Ungaro. It was a risky move to name her creative director but, as we saw, it was a move that did not pan out. I would’ve been shocked if Ungaro had decided to keep her on as an employee … this move is in their best interests, I’m certain of it. BUT, never you fear ye fans of Lohan Fashion … don’t forget that L. Lo has announced that she is launching her OWN LINE OF CLOTHING … so with or without Ungaro, she’s gonna keep trying to make the fashion thing work. I wish her well … but hold no hope for success. Homegirl needs to settle down for a while, chill out and just stop. It’s so sad to watch her slow degradation continue to move forward unfettered :(

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‘Nip/Tuck’ Comes To An End Tonight

Putting it out of it's misery

Last June we learned that the series finale episode of the long-running TV series Nip/Tuck was filmed, bringing an end to the once very entertaining show. It was reported then that the final 2 seasons of the show were finished and were likely be aired in 2010 and 2011 … since that time, tho, FX decided to air the seasons back to back starting last Fall and continuing this Winter. The final season of Nip/Tuck comes to an end today as that series finale episode finally airs tonight:

“Tell me what you don’t like about yourself.” When “Nip/Tuck” opened with that line in the summer of 2003, the television universe had no idea what it was in for. Alternatively emotional, outlandish, sexual, graphic, tongue-in-cheek and gothic, the story of two handsome Miami plastic surgeons (Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon) “sucking the champagne and caviar out of life” was a breakout hit, and not just in terms of its own fledgling network, FX. With its cultural statement about society’s obsession with youth and its underlying message that “beauty is a curse on the world,” “Nip/Tuck” resonated with aging baby boomers and younger viewers. It was the No. 1 basic cable series in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old demographic for five straight seasons, tying with FX’s “The Shield” the first year. Its audience grew each of its first four seasons, peaking at 3.9 million in the fourth. TV critics embraced it, celebrity and entertainment magazines fixated on its cast, and actors lined up for guest-star spots. In its freshman year, the show won the Golden Globe for best drama. Because all things must end, a theme explored often in the Ryan Murphy series, the story of Sean McNamara and Christian Troy (Walsh and McMahon) signs off Wednesday night, after seven seasons and, notably, 100 episodes. Its series finale signals the end of the era, when basic cable networks proved they could compete with HBO in original programming — FX with “The Shield” and “Nip/Tuck,” and USA with “Monk.” “It’s the end of the first generation of cable originals that really made in-roads in television programming,” said Brad Adgate, director of research for Horizon Media. “There are very few shows that have helped identify a network and that strike a chord on a lot of different fronts. ‘Nip/Tuck’ really hit the zeitgeist because it was so topical. It has a very secure place as one of the most impactful shows of the past decade of television” … “That period of time from 2004 to 2007, I always look at as really materialistic and luxury-driven — that time before everything crumbled, before the real estate market crumbled and the financial market crumbled,” Murphy said. ” ‘Nip/Tuck’ perfectly mirrored the time we were in. What’s interesting for me as a writer is that I wasn’t trying to make a commentary about social mores in the country. I always thought the show was a satire about the country.” For much of its run, the show’s audience saw eye-to-eye with Murphy and his writers. But as “Nip/Tuck” aged and its bizarre elements escalated — how many times did McNamara almost die at the hands of nutty women? — TV critics turned on it and viewers dropped out. Although it remained a steady and strong performer for FX, “Nip/Tuck” lost its pop culture appeal in its fifth season, dropping to 2.7 million in the 18-to-49 demographic, as other new series launched and succeeded, USA’s “Burn Notice” and AMC’s “Mad Men,” among them … Nearly seven years later, Murphy doesn’t think he could sell “Nip/Tuck” today. “Too much has changed and there’s too much of a crackdown,” he said. “The content for the first four seasons was so brazen and boundary-pushing. There’s no way you’d get those scenes on the air today. For the good or the bad, those scenes launched a dialogue about what should or should not be on cable TV.” Wednesday night, when you hear Sean and Christian’s trademark consultation icebreaker, “Tell me what you don’t like about yourself,” and the doors to their surgical offices close for the last time, fans might be shocked by the ending’s subtlety. But that’s a good thing. “If you think about ‘Nip/Tuck,’ it had plastic surgery on child-molesting drug dealers, and alligators eating dead bodies, and John Hensley’s character performing an auto circumcision,” Landgraf said. “But it also had this really tender material. I think as Ryan sought to hold onto his audience and give his audience what he thought they wanted, the show got bigger and bigger over time. But I’m really glad he returned to the smaller and more tender side of the show’s roots, because I think it was the only way to create a satisfying finale.”

While I wholeheartedly agree that Nip/Tuck was once a very groundbreaking show, I also agree that the show lost its luster during season 5 and, IMHO, prolly should’ve ended then. Instead, the show gave us 2 more seasons of really terrible programming. This final season, in its muted form, has been painful to suffer thru. Because it was the last season and I had already invested so much into the series overall, I have been watching from week to week … I can’t even tell you what my favorite eps were. They’re all the same … boring. It’s a bit sad to see such a great show die out in such a wimpy way. But … death comes, at last, for Nip/Tuck. I’ll deffo remember the great seasons but those seasons have been gone to us for some time now. Peace the Spork Out, Nip/Tuck!

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Peace The Spork Out, Sasha Fierce

"Sasha Fierce is done, I killed her"

Sasha Fierce is dead, y’all … Beyoncé killed her. In a new interview with Extra! this week, Beyoncé reveals that her alter-ego has ceased to exist since her I Am … World Tour has come to a close on the island nation of Trinidad & Tobago. It’s time to pour one out and say our goodbyes … Sasha Fierce is dunzo!

Beyoncé Knowles gave “Extra’s” AJ Calloway backstage access to her final, I Am… Sasha Fierce concert in Trinidad, where he caught all the raw moments, talked future babies and her plans for the next few months. “Sasha Fierce is done,” Beyoncé says of her alter ego. “I killed her.” Her Sasha persona will be no more now that she’s finished with her tour. The singer shared a list of things she now wants to accomplish during her break. She told AJ that she’s not going back to work until everything is checked off her list! Items on her to-do list include “learning to paint and cook, and to do Broadway shows and museums. And learn just to be at home and just watch television.” Beyoncé and rapper/producer hubby Jay-Z have been married for almost two years, and while there are no immediate plans for a baby, she does say, “Eventually. When it happens it happens… I definitely want a family. I’m too close to my mother, I have the best mother, you know. I can only hope the relationship I have with my mother, I can have with my kids whenever I decided to have them.” AJ asked if Jay-Z also wanted kids, to which Beyoncé replied, “You gotta ask Jay.”

I guess Beyoncé finally got tired of sharing the spotlight with Sasha so she had to kick girlfriend to the curb … actually, I bet it was more like B shoved Sasha down the stairs, picked up her broken body, loaded it into her car which she then set on fire and then drove off a cliff. Sasha Fierce got too big for her own good, y’all … Beyoncé ain’t gonna share the limelight anymore ;) As fierce as Sahsa Fierce really was, I’m glad she’s dunzo … the alter-ego thing is tired … be Beyoncé, that’s fab enough. Peace out, Sasha … you were fun while you lasted :D

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Jennifer Lopez Dumped By Her Record Label

We may never get to hear her new album 'Love?'

Oh snap!! New reports out today reveal that Jennifer Lopez, La Diva Latina herself, has been dumped by her record label Sony Music Epic Records. I understand that her contract with the label was fulfilled by the last two singles she released (the horrid Louboutins was one of them) and the label decided they do not want to re-sign her and have no interest in releasing her new album Love? Yikes! At this point, J. Lo‘s recording career is dunzo, y’all!

Jennifer Lopez has spent most of her singing career at Sony Music Epic Records. The bland version of what happened, I’m told, is that the contract period had ended and that Lopez had fulfilled it with her last two singles, and that Lopez and Stringer decided together not to move forward with an album. Others insist the Sony label dropped her. There also is disagreement on how finished her upcoming album was before it was canceled. Internet reports say her 7th studio album, titled “Love?”, was supposed to come out in April and featured production from Danja, Jim Jonsin, Darkchild, Chris n Teeb from Dropzone, and The Neptunes among others. A song from it titled “Fresh Out The Oven” surfaced online in October 2009 as a buzz single and reached #1 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Songs chart. But the official lead single, “Louboutins”, had its radio debut on November 23 following the song’s premiere and performance at the 2009 American Music Awards and then peaked at #31 on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart. Lopez insiders claim to me the album was “by no means done” and everyone was “only a few songs into it” and “unlike movie dates, street dates rarely hold in the music biz”. But that album was real enough to delay the release of her upcoming CBS Film, The Back-Up Plan. Others tell me the album isn’t being released because “Louboutins” bombed, as did her performance at the American Music Awards, and Sony Music execs “aren’t sure who her audience is anymore. Where once she had little girls, she’s been supplanted by Beyonce, Gaga, and Rhianna. Lots of fighting going on between Benny Medina (who, of course, is spending their money like it’s 10 years ago) and the label.” But when I began inquiring about this, her manager Benny Medina emailed this morning to confirm the split. “Jennifer had a wonderful relationship with the Sony Music group, and they have shared many successes together, but the time was right to make a change that best serves the direction her career as an actress and recording artist. She is grateful and appreciative to everyone Sony for all that they accomplished together” … eanwhile, I understand that Sony will still be releasing her “Greatest Hits” album in the fall. Supposedly, Lopez has not wasted any time getting signed elsewhere: it’s rumored she is already in talks with Island Def Jam’s bigwig L.A. Reid to come to his label. Granted, this is a tough time for music artists, especially those like Lopez who were once big in the biz and now are battling not only the changed economics and rampant piracy but also the moving target of today’s music fans. JLo insiders insist none of this is fazing Lopez, who took time off to have two kids with her recording star husband, Marc Anthony, and who is just now returning to her acting career with the release of the feature The Back Up Plan.

Yeah, I don’t care how “amicable” they are trying to spin this story … Sony Epic would not be letting J. Lo go if they thought she could make them more money. The music biz is in shambles and an artist like J. Lo, who commands a lot of money, can be seen as dead weight if she is not able to bring the hits. I have no doubt that Lopez will get a new record contract, she may even get one that is pretty lucrative, but the fact that she is no longer a hitmaker means that her days in the music biz are very limited. If Love? is made up of garbage like Louboutins then it’s prolly for the best that we never hear it. I’m not sure how much longer Jennifer Lopez can stretch out her music career but this is not a good sign for her longevity. Mebbe it’s time she pack it in now and save some face.

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Ryan Phillippe & Abbie Cornish Are Dunzo!

UPDATE: She says he cheated, He says he dumped her

Whoa!! People magazine is reporting that Ryan Phillippe and long-time girlfriend Abbie Cornish have broken up … due to infidelity! As you may recall, Ryan and ex-wife Reese Witherspoon split a few years ago because he fell in love and started fooling around with Abbie while the pair filmed their movie Stop-Loss together. Ryan and Abbie have been together since 2006 … but now, apparently, are no longer. Rabbie is dunzo, y’all!!

It’s over between actress Abbie Cornish and boyfriend Ryan Phillippe, her spokesperson confirms to PEOPLE exclusively. “Abbie ended the relationship with Ryan and she moved out of their home,” the rep tells PEOPLE. On Sunday, the actress was spotted removing her belongings from the house she shared with Phillippe while he visited a friend with children Ava and Deacon. The split follows months of tabloid speculation that Phillippe has been unfaithful to Cornish – regularly hitting the nightclubs and being linked to other women. When asked about the cause of the break-up and whether Phillippe cheated on Cornish, her rep replied, “No comment.” Cornish, 27, and Phillippe, 35, met in 2006 on the set of the film, Stop-Loss, and survived intense media scrutiny following Phillippe’s divorce from Reese Witherspoon. Cornish has been in Vancouver for the last seven months shooting the film, Sucker Punch. Reps for Phillippe could not be reached for comment.

Ugh … I can’t say that I’m surprised at all. As much as I love Ryan, Abbie had to know that if you take up with a dude who cheats on his wife to be with you then you run the risk of getting cheated on yourself somewhere down the line. I’m not necessarily of the mind that “once a cheater, always a cheater” but the chances are likely that cheaters can be repeat offenders … Phillippe here proves that fact. My first thought, since Reese is newly single again too, was that perhaps this is a chance for Witherppe to get back together again … but something tells me that prolly won’t happen. Ah well … Rabbie had a pretty good run. Clearly Ryan was lookin’ for greener pastures … mebbe one day, he’ll finally find them.

UPDATE: Ryan Phillippe is now giving his side of this break-up story. Hollywood Life brings us his exclusive statement on the split after the jump … More »

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