Judges at Work
Back in September Fox released the first official promo photo of the new judging panel for the upcoming season of American Idol — made up of Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson. A few days later, AI producer Nigel Lythgoe posted a photo on Twitter of the AI judges hard at work at auditions for the show. Today we get our first look at the first video promos that feature Jennifer, Steven and Randy doing what it is they are being paid millions to do … nod their heads along to auditions:
Altho I am NOT a fan of American Idol I deffo plan on watching at least the first couple eps of the new season … just to see if this new judging panel will make the show any better. IMHO, AI will never be the same without Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell but I’m certain J. Lo, Steve and Yo Dawg Jackson will do their best to try and get YOU to keep watching American Idol. After the jump, check out the two new promo videos that feature the new AI judges hard at work … More »
And you'll never guess who she brought along with her
Christina Aguilera, who opened up to People magazine this week to confirm that she is officially dating Matthew Rutler while she divorces soon-to-be ex-husband Jordan Bratman, has made her way to Japan in order to do some promo work for her new film Burlesque. Here are photos of Xtina making her grand arrival at Narita International Airport earlier today:
Now I am all for dressing as casual as possible on flights, especially on really long ones … but what the heck is Xtina wearing in these photos? I mean her outfit looks a trifle messy, which is odd because she knows that she will be met by fans and photographers upon arrival at the Narita airport. But what really gets me is the FREAKIN’ FUGLY LIPSTICK! Ugh, I hate it so much … especially when she couples it with the caked on blush on her cheeks. I cannot understand how she thinks all that red paint on her face looks good.
But, I digress. Xtina is in Japan and she brought along a very special person — can you guess who? Find out, after the jump … More »
More Entertainers of the Year
On Thursday we learned that Taylor Swift, who is apparently new BFFs with the entire Gyllenhaal family these days, was named by Entertainment Weekly as the 2010 Entertainer of the Year. But, EW has named 15 other (lesser?) Entertainers of the Year as well … including Jane Lynch and the cast of Glee as a collective whole:
Team Glee With nearly 13 million viewers weekly in its second season, chart-topping albums, a sold-out tour, and 19 Emmy nominations, even Glee’s co-creator Ryan Murphy has to admit that the show ”is huge. The thing that is crazy for me is the appetite for it internationally has become big as well.” So much so that the cast will stage its blockbuster tour next summer in London, Manchester, and Dublin.
In addition to Taylor and the Glee cast, there are a slew of other entertainers who have been honored by Entertainment Weekly as the best of the best for 2010. After the jump, find out which other entertainers are featured in this week’s new issue of EW mag … More »
... and he is "heartbroken."
In a new interview with MTV, actor Aaron Eckhart reveals that the character he played in Batman: The Dark Knight will not be featured in the upcoming sequel film Batman: The Dark Knight Rises. According to Eckhart, director Christopher Nolan broke the news himself that the villainous Harvey Two Face Dent will not make it into the next Batman film … and he is heartbroken about it:
“Chris and I had a meeting, on the beach, just the two of us,” Eckhart told MTV News on the red carpet for “Rabbit Hole” on Thursday. “I said, ‘Chris, a lot of people are asking me if I’m in the next ‘Batman.’ And Chris said, ‘Yes?’ I said, ‘Am I?’ He looked at me and he said, ‘No.’ ” Wait, a meeting on the beach? Is this a true story? “It actually is,” Eckhart replied. “It’s even weirder than I’m explaining it.” So there you have it: official confirmation that Dent won’t show his two faces on the big screen come the film’s July 2012 release. But, um, what of this strange beachside meeting? “We found ourselves alone on the beach together on a stormy day and he delivered the news to me,” Eckhart explained. “And I was heartbroken. I was heartbroken. But Chris has his reasons and my life must go on.” As Eckhart explained this summer, Nolan’s original plan was to bring back Heath Ledger’s Joker for the new film. But Ledger’s death in 2008 of course changed that plan. Nolan will be starting over, with a new villain or possibly more than one. And that’s fine with Eckhart. “Honestly, it was Heath’s movie to go on,” he told us Thursday. “We had a great movie. I’m so honored to be a part of that movie. I know Chris has got something in store that is going to blow everybody away.”
It’s unclear if Two Face is actually dead (as was alluded at the end of The Dark Knight) or if he merely didn’t make the cut for the next film but, well, at least we know where the Dark Knight Rises plot isn’t going. If the rumors are true that Tom Hardy will play Hugo Strange in the new Batman film, then he will likely be teamed up again with Scarecrow (played by Cillian Murphy … and particularly because Hugo Strange and Scarecrow have worked together a lot in the comics) who has appeared in both Nolan Batman films thus far. That being said, I loved Aaron Eckhart as Two Face … he will be missed.
ATTENTION: 'BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: SEASON 8' SPOILER ALERT WARNING
I’ve got some very big and very sad Buffy the Vampire Slayer news to pass along today. This news is real Buffy news, it has nothing to do with the bullshizz plan to remake the BtVS movie without Joss Whedon … this news has to do with the ongoing comic book series that has been carrying on the storyline from the BtVS TV series over the past few years. As you may recall, we learned back in January that the Season 8 Big Bad, known by the codename Twilight, was none other than Angel himself! That plotline development really shook things up in the BtVS world and brought much entertainment to fans all year long. When last I reported on the BtVS Season 8 comic book series back in August, I mentioned that Buffy‘s ex-boyfriend Riley Finn made his comic book debut in the series. Today, I have much sadder and very spoilery news to pass along … there has been a major death in the BtVS family:
The secret’s out … and even tho I’ve yet to read up on my comics to the very sad news about I’m about to share, I’ve been keeping my eye on where the story has been going … and I NEVER anticipated this final outcome. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 Issue #39 (which was released yesterday) features Buffy in battle-mode against … someone. In order to keep the news SPOILER free from those of you who don’t yet want to know what happens in the comic, I’ll leave all the reveals behind the cut. After the jump, see the full uncensored cover for Issue #39 and find out the terribly tragic news about which major BtVS character has been killed off. DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED … More »
Plus, Britney gets something off her chest on Twitter
Late yesterday, Britney Spears posted an announcement on her official Twitter profile about the release of new next album. As you may recall, we learned that our dear Britney‘s new album will be released in March of 2011. Additionally, Britney tweeted about her personal relationship with Jason Trawick for the first time. I want to share one more tweet with all y’all that Britney posted yesterday … this message is directed toward the people responsible for circulating a heinous rumor about her this week:
LOL!! I’m not even going to get into the idiotic rumors so let’s move on, shall we? Now that we know that Britney‘s album is due for release in March (a mere 3 months away), it’s time to put our focus on the release of the album’s first single. According to a new report, rumor has it that Britney‘s new single will be released the first week of January! Read all the deets as reported, after the jump … More »
"I feel stronger, wiser and more at peace with myself."
For the past couple of days we’ve been reading excerpts from Christina Aguilera‘s new interview with People magazine wherein she first talked about and confirmed her new romantic relationship with Matthew Rutler and then about the demise of her marriage. Today, we get to see a couple new photos of Xtina from her People magazine photospread:
My favorite photos of Xtina are when she’s NOT wearing tons of make-up and she is NOT wearing her trademark garish red lipstick. While she is wearing a lot of make-up in this photo, she still looks much fresher … more natural than she usually does when she cakes on the paint. After the jump, check out one more photo of the fresher-faced Xtina … More »
No Jake, No Coffee, Still Weird
It appears that Jake isn’t the only Gyllenhaal that Taylor Swift likes to hang out with … cuz US Weekly brings us a previously unseen photo of Taylor hangin’ out on Thanksgiving with Jake‘s older sister Maggie Gyllenhaal and her daughter Ramona. As you are all WELL aware, Taylor spent part of her Thanksgiving in the (IMHO, posed) arm of Jake Gyllenhaal but as this photo makes clear, she spent part of her Thanksgiving with Maggie and Ramona as well:
Maggie Gyllenhaal had an extra reason to be thankful this year: She got to spend Thanksgiving with her brother Jake and his new sudden squeeze, Taylor Swift. The new Us Weekly (on newsstands now) has the first photos of the two lovebirds taking a stroll in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, where Maggie, 33, and her family live. Asked how the day went, Maggie told UsMagazine.com Thursday at the Focus For Change benefit in NYC: “Great.” She paused when asked what makes her brother, 29, such a great guy, prompting her husband, Peter Sarsgaard, to tell Us: “Why is Jake a wonderful guy? Because he’s an adventurer!”
At this point, I expect we’ll soon be seeing photos of Taylor hanging out with Jake‘s divorcing parents next. I mean … doesn’t this all seem a bit too much? Doesn’t all of this sudden happy togetherness seem like a publicist’s wet dream? I simply cannot shake the feeling that this just seems much too perfect, really convenient and … WEIRD! I just can’t buy it. Personal feelings aside, this Taylor/Jake thing just keeps getting odder by day. I mean … really? Maggie likes hanging out with Taylor Swift? C’mon …
[Photo credit: INFdaily; Source]
Dance like, with or as Michael Jackson
Back in June we learned that plans were in the works to release a new video game based on the music of the late Michael Jackson. In August, we got a bunch of information about the various ways the game can be played on the various video game consoles (Wii, Xbox, PS3, Nintendo DS) but didn’t know which MJ songs would be featured nor did we know the game’s name. Today, we learn the game is called Michael Jackson: The Experience and we get our first look at how the game looks:
With this game, you can either dance like MJ, with MJ or as Michael Jackson. With the Wii version, for example, you tuck the controller inside a sparkly Michael Jackson glove (which is included with the game) and as you mimic the moves on screen you score points:
I gotta say … this game looks really impressive. After the jump, check out a few more sceenshots and watch video of some gameplay of Michael Jackson: The Experience … More »
"Things were so unhealthy and unhappy for both Jordan and me"
Yesterday we got a sneak preview of Christina Aguilera‘s new interview with People magazine wherein she opens up, again, about her split from hubby Jordan Bratman. As you may recall, in the quotes we read yesterday, Xtina confirmed (all too quickly, IMHO) that she is currently dating Matthew Rutler. Today we get to read a few more comments from Xtina‘s new People interview, comments which focus more on the demise of her marriage to Jordy:
Christina Aguilera remembers vividly how she felt as she signed the papers in her divorce from music exec Jordan Bratman. “Things were so unhealthy and unhappy for both Jordan and me, I knew I had to end it,” the Burlesque star, 29, tells PEOPLE in an exclusive interview. “I really didn’t want to hurt Jordan, and I felt torn about splitting our family up.” The decision to end her marriage of five years was not easy for Aguilera, but she strongly felt she had to do what she thought best for her and Jordan’s 2-year-old son. “When you’re unhappy in your marriage, your children are the ones who suffer,” says the Grammy-winning pop singer, whose own parents’ tumultuous relationship led to divorce when she was 7. “That’s the last thing I wanted for my son.”
The full text of Xtina‘s interview with People magazine, which will undoubtedly include more about her new relationship with Matthew, will be available in this week’s issue of the mag on newsstands tomorrow. I still think it’s a bad idea to rebound so publicly with a new relationship so soon after filing for divorce but every couple is different and every situation is different. I still have my suspicions about what is really going on with Xtina and her private life but in the end, I only wish her all the happiness in the world.