Miley Cyrus may be heading to a party in the "The X Factor" U.S.A.
According to Celebuzz, Simon Cowell reportedly has his eye on Cyrus as a judge for Season 2 of Fox's "The X Factor." Meanwhile, Demi Lovato is nearing a deal to appear on the judge panel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, Fergie and LeAnn Rimes' names were also tossed around as possible judges after Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger weren't asked back for the second season of "The X Factor." While Jackson and Fergie have said they will not be a part of the show, Spears and Rimes are seemingly still possibilities.
And Rimes' husband Eddie Cibrian confirmed the discussions. "They've been talking," he told Extra. "I have no idea what's going on with that. I think they've been talking to a lot of people."
Cowell is also on the lookout for two new hosts to replace the axed Steve Jones. While Darren Criss reportedly turned down the gig, actress and former pro wrestler Stacy Keibler is on his radar.
NEW YORK (AP) ? Chris Wallace turned and blew a kiss to a giant portrait of his father, "60 Minutes" journalist Mike Wallace, after memorializing him Tuesday as "the best journalist I have ever known."
The Fox News anchor also told of when his father tried to steal an interview from him and, when his infuriated son called to confront him, paused when told he had to choose between Chris Wallace and Chris Rock. Mike Wallace didn't take the interview, but handed if off to Ed Bradley of "60 Minutes" instead.
Former colleagues, friends and family members swapped stories about Wallace in an auditorium a few blocks from where he worked, before an audience that included GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Donald Trump and journalism luminaries like Roger Ailes and Carl Bernstein. The public face of TV's most enduring newsmagazine for nearly four decades, Mike Wallace died at age 93 on April 7.
Some of the stories were flattering, some less so. And despite the somber purpose of remembering the recently deceased, some were hilarious.
"Let's be honest, at some point in time not just Morley (Safer), not just Ed (Bradley), many people in this room were not speaking to my father," Chris Wallace said.
After years of a tense relationship, caused in part by Chris trying to escape his father's giant shadow, his son recalled how Mike called him every day to see how he was doing when Chris was going through a divorce. "That's how we became father and son," he said.
As dementia began stripping away his intellect in his final years, "what remained of Mike Wallace was a sweet and gentle man," he said.
Steve Kroft of "60 Minutes" said Wallace was instrumental in bringing him onto the show, but that didn't mean he was immune to his competitiveness. Some colleagues once asked Kroft whether he knew that Wallace tried to steal one of Kroft's earliest scoops, a 1992 interview with Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton about the future president's alleged infidelities.
Kroft said no, "but I just assumed it."
"There was a greatness to him," he said, "and besides the fact that he was a real pain in the ass, you knew that deep down you were never going to get a chance to be around someone like Mike."
Former colleague Safer had his own complicated relationship with Wallace ? the two once didn't speak for a year for reasons Safer no longer remembers ? but remembered him fondly as a man "who did not merely live life. He attacked it."
Safer recalled when his colleagues, as a practical joke, composed a fake letter from a sperm bank seeking a donation from Wallace to join the Nobel prize winners and other notables who had made their own contributions. Wallace proudly showed the letter around the office, he recalled.
"It took an hour to convince him he had been had," Safer said.
Speakers poked fun at Wallace's vanity, and how he relished the attention when in 2004 an altercation with a police officer over Wallace's double-parked car led to tabloid headlines. He would have loved Tuesday's memorial at the Time Warner Center, and would have asked for a crowd count "to see if more people showed up for his memorial than showed up for ("60 Minutes" founding executive producer Don) Hewitt's," said Jeff Fager, CBS News chairman and current executive producer of "60 Minutes."
"He loved being in the spotlight," Kroft said. "In some ways, it was like his drug."
Even with the driving competitiveness, Wallace was not afraid to show that he was human, making public his battles with depression. At his memorial, a portion of Safer's interview in which Wallace admitted to a suicide attempt was played, along with clips of some of his memorable interviews.
Speakers recalled how Wallace remained a force of nature, even around the office.
Once he went into producer Josh Howard's office and suggested doing a story on Willie Nelson. That's unusual for Mike, Howard thought, but said Willie Nelson could be a good idea.
"Why the (expletive) would I want to do Willie Nelson?" Wallace thundered. "What I said was, 'Winnie and Nelson.' You know, Mandela? Possibly you've heard of them. I hadn't realized I had wandered into the toy department."
And, as he left the office, Wallace said, "good luck with your next career choice."
"He drove all of us crazy, he made us think on our feet, he made us laugh and he constantly reminded us that we were a few pounds overweight," Fager said.
The New Directions are reaching a new end of high school milestone: senior prom.
The May 8 installment of "Glee" is titled "Prom-asaurus," which is also the senior dance's theme, as generated by Brittany. In the upcoming episode of the Fox hit dramedy, Brittany starts taking her class president position quite seriously to make McKinley's senior prom a roaring good time. Plus, who will be crowned the king and queen?
Though no official song list has been released, rumor has it that "Prom-asaurus" will include: Selena Gomez & the Scene's "Love You Like a Love Song," performed by Naya Rivera and Lea Michele; One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful," performed by Matthew Morrison; "Take My Breath Away" by Berlin; Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry"; and "Dinosaur" by Ke$ha.
Here's Fox's official episode description for "Prom-asaurus":
Brittany goes into high gear as class president to spearhead the prom. Then, after prom king and queen nominations are announced, the kids kick into campaign mode, and some of the outcasts organize a rival celebration in the all-new "Prom-asaurus" episode.
Though we don't know much else about "Prom-asaurus," Darren Criss, who plays Blaine Anderson, told TV Guide: "It's a dinosaur-themed prom because Brittany is class president and she's managed to get her wacky ways through ... Kurt and Blaine obviously didn't want a do-over of last time, so they're going to take matters into their own hands. They're going to do something very different to make sure it doesn't happen that way again."
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Bizarre encounters with the general public are just one of the many perks that come with being a TV news reporter.
Just ask the journalist featured in a recent YouTube video in which he's interrupted by a woman blatantly spitting on camera.
In between bouts of coughing up phlegm and asking for directions, she comes between the crew and the journalist in the midst of filming a show for Chicago's WCIU local news station.
The best part of the video -- besides the spitting -- has to be the reporter's reaction.
Love watching news reports being interrupted? Check out this video of a car crash happening behind a reporter or a Sky News correspondent getting leaves dumped on him during a live broadcast.
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Stop what you're doing. Photos of the 25 lucky gentlemen vying for Emily Maynard's heart on the new season of The Bachelorette have finally arrived. Between the lumberjack, the Staten Island party MC, and the token fitness model, you're not gonna want to miss this. Warning: you're about to see a whole lot of plaid.
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"Herman, why the hell are you in real estate?!"
I get that question a lot. Honestly, I can't blame people for asking! The market tanked. Lending is tight. Foreclosures are the new normal. You've got to work 10 times as hard to make the same pay as before. And not to be rude or anything, but it's a conservative business filled with stodgy people who take themselves way too seriously! So not my people! If it's so dismal, why have I stayed? Am I a masochist or certifiably insane? Probably a little bit of both, but the honest to goodness reason that I stay is simple: I wouldn't be allowed to work anywhere else! Let me explain.
Don't hold it against me, but yes, I hock homes. Now, if you've seen me on HGTV's House Hunters, you probably think I show three homes and then get a fat check. God, I wish it were that easy! Believe you me: It's so much more than that. I'm juggling beaucoup balls in the air, from staging, contracts, appraisals, and loans, to escrow/title settlement. I get bored easily, so a job that lets me wear different hats is a must! One second I'm advising a hot-shot CEO on pricing his gaudy McMansion, and the next I'm patiently explaining to Grandma Seller why her lovingly knitted doilies do not showcase her living room! No client, deal, or house is ever the same. Thank heavens for that! I'm too A.D.D. for the Monday-through-Friday, 9-to-5 grind. What a contrast from my first "real job" out of UC Berkeley: working at Gap, Inc. headquarters, where I spent 50 hours a week tracking SKU numbers for logo T-shirts made by poor villagers in Bangladesh. Boring. (I'm yawning just typing it out!) Now, I'm not saying every agent multi-tasks fantabulously, but I do appreciate a job that requires a mix of interpersonal skills, crunching numbers, design, architecture, and most of all not being chained to a desk.
Quite honestly, though, selling homes is not even the bulk of the job. You're supposedly part tour guide and part salesperson. In reality you're part chauffeur and, more often than not, part therapist! I am privy to intimate details of my clients' lives. Sometimes I know more about them than their families do: credit scores, income, divorce secrets, who really wears the pants in the family. All this stuff comes tumbling out when people are with me. I'm a people person. When large sums of money are at stake and emotions run high, you really witness people's true colors. (And it ain't always a pretty rainbow!) For me, selling real estate is not so much about property as it is about people. An agent who loves his or her job gets a thrill from being the vortex of the transaction, balancing people's often-conflicting needs and agendas. This centrifugal swirl can unravel any second. It's up to me to hold it together. Exciting? Yes. Call me a wackadoo, but I really get a kick out of managing expectations, dealing with everyone's emotional roller coasters, and powwowing with egomaniac brokers. There is never a dull moment! (I know, it's a sickness!)
Autonomy is king (or queen, in my case). I got one taste of working for "the Man" and quickly realized that the only man I could work for was Herman. For someone with an entrepreneurial streak, a dose of ambition, and a problem with authority, being a real estate broker is ideal! Being your own boss is the only way to go. I work as much or as little as I want. I come and go as I please. I call the shots. My career path is under the control of my three favorite people: me, myself, and I. The thing I hated about corporate America is that your pay and career path are not purely based on your work but often on brown-nosing the uppers, politicking with co-workers, subjective annual reviews, and fitting yourself into their mold. As an independent contractor, my income is only limited by how creative and hardworking I am. The sky is the limit. Conversely, if my bank account is empty, then I have no one to blame but me: "Oops, my bad!" Also, as an independent contractor, I get to pick and choose whom I want to work with. When clients end up being jerks, I ditch them... or refer them to other agents (for a fee, of course!). Most jobs don't allow you to do that. Freedom is priceless.
I've listed some compelling reasons why this job excites me. But to be perfectly frank, they all pale in comparison to the real reason I love being a real estate agent: I can be myself. Let me (stop and) repeat: I can be myself! For a flat-chested, four-eyed nerd from the 'burbs with a penchant for Madonna, that wasn't always easy to do. (Social outcasts, unite!) Somehow, I grew up to be this helpfully hilarious gaysian who tells it like it is with his trademark flair and expertise. In other words, I let it all hang out. Not only has this done wonders for my ever-escalating self-esteem, but being true to myself has been the best business practice ever. I attract people who share my worldview, clients who get me and I them. It's not just a transactional relationship. A deeper social bond is formed (ergo repeat business and referrals!). Let's face it: Rick Santorum is not going to ask me to sell his house anytime soon. And that is A-OK! Maybe Lady Gaga will ask me to sell hers, because we are on the same page. All my idiosyncrasies, quirks, and parts of my identity are assets in my career. (Imagine that!)
Instead of doing well despite who I am, I'm a success because of who I am. And that, ladies and gentlemen (and everyone in between), is why the hell I am in real estate.
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"Sons of Anarchy" showrunner Kurt Sutter is making the media rounds to promote his new Discovery docu-series "Outlaw Empires" (premiering Monday, May 14 at 10 p.m. ET). But in the interest of picking at old scabs, HuffPost TV had to ask the outspoken writer to revisit comments he made last year about how AMC's financial stand-off with "Mad Men" was hurting the network's other scripted dramas, like "Breaking Bad" and "Walking Dead" and their respective creators, Vince Gilligan and Frank Darabont.
At the time, Sutter tweeted that, "Why Darabont got fired - Weiner. He held AMC hostage, broke their bank, budgets were slashed, shit rolled down hill onto Gilligan and Frank."
Now, nine months and one Twitter hiatus later, Sutter has clarified his thoughts on the matter. He lavished praise on Weiner's work on "Mad Men," which he said is "right up there on the DVR for me," but doesn't sound anxious to work with AMC anytime soon. The network can't tell the full story of what went down, he theorized, because, "Who's going to get into business with a network that's going to do that?"
What shows are you watching on TV this season? Not "Mad Men," I'm guessing?
I love "Mad Men." Look, I think it's a brilliant fucking show. I watch those episodes and I think each season [Matt Weiner] pushes it a little bit further and his storytelling gets more and more interesting.
I know there's this perceived beef between Matt and I because of things I said ... and I always tried to qualify that by saying that I don't know the guy and this is not against him personally. I was making a comment on the process of asking for money [from a network] ? it was less about how he was going about things and more about how AMC was going about things that I thought was not necessarily great for the industry itself.
And that got spun into a beef, and Matt's a diplomatic guy and has never said a bad thing about me. And I tried to qualify by saying, "I don't know the guy." Somebody had asked me to comment about what was going on, and it was more about process.
And how AMC's financial drama with "Mad Men" was negatively affecting "Breaking Bad" and "The Walking Dead," right?
And to this day, they don't cop to it, but I know what went down. And I think it all came out for the best, and everyone sort of got on board and made the best decision eventually.
I have a pretty good sense of ? just when all that stuff went down, and suddenly "Breaking Bad's" episodes were reduced, there was a ripple that happened as a result of that. And can I prove that? Can I give you a source that says that happened? Of course not -- I'm not gonna do that. But it's not brain surgery, and of course they're not going to cop to that, because who's going to get into business with a network that's going to do that?
That was around the same time that Frank Darabont left, or was fired from, "The Walking Dead."
It just got complicated and messy, and quite honestly, I'm sure nothing I said helped anything.
Did you hear from any of those guys? Because you were sticking up for those other shows ...
I got a very nice email from Frank thanking me. And the irony is that one of my best friends took over to run that show, Glen Mazzara. I'm still connected to that show, but Frank getting extracted was very odd and painful and, quite honestly, very sad for me. I knew how hard he worked to get that show up and to be as groundbreaking as it was, and that just did not seem like the best way to play that, no matter how difficult or demanding Frank may have been. There was a better way to handle it, in my opinion.
So you're saying that AMC behaved like an outlaw organization? They made their problem disappear. Parallels.
There you go, there you go. And then they got held up at gunpoint. At the end of the day, dude, I just try to support the work, and the truth is, what happens on "Mad Men" in terms of the acting and the writing and the directing, it's superior. And yes, it has tremendous cache and buzz because it's become iconic, but it also deserves all the kudos and the awards as well, because it's a beautiful show to look at. It ticks all the boxes in terms of production and design, as well as being incredibly creatively fulfilling.
And all those actors, man, every episode they just get a little bit more rooted. I love it this season because it's pushing the boundaries. [Weiner's] not afraid to be a little more absurd -- he's kind of winking at himself a bit with some of the characters. Definitely, that's right up there on the DVR for me, and I have a tremendous amount of respect for his talent.
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"The Corrections" will not become an HBO series. According to Deadline.com, HBO is not moving forward with the pilot based on Jonathan Frazen's "The Corrections." HBO confirmed Deadline.com's initial report to The Huffington Post.
Frazen co-wrote "The Corrections" pilot with "The Squid and the Whale" director Noah Baumbach, who helmed the project. Frazen's novel follows the Lampert family through the years as they age. Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest were to play the parents with Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Bruce Norris as the adult children. Rhys Ifans and Greta Gerwig were also a part of the star-studded cast.
While doing press for "The Muppets" in November 2011, Cooper told The Huffington Post's Mike Ryan he was eager about the project.
"Yeah, I'm very excited," Cooper said. "Boy, this is a brilliant book that Jonathan [Franzen] wrote and it's going to be a terrific challenge. We're going to see this family, the patriarch in the family, go from age 45 to his late 70s. And along the way he will be developing Parkinson's disease. But it's a terrific piece about a family unit. And, boy, somewhere along the way I think everybody will relate in one respect or the other."
According to Deadline, the book's narrative proved difficult to adapt.
In other HBO news, the cable network recently picked up an eight-part cop drama series, "True Detective," starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Additionally, the network ordered second seasons of "Veep" and "Girls."