What’s ratings got to do with it? Well, when it comes to the down-to-the-wire renewal of[...]
Read The Full Article:
It's official, according to E! News.
The website is exclusively reporting that Britney Spears signed a $15 million contract this week to join Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid on "The X Factor" judges panel for Season 2. Rumors first surfaced about Spears joining the show in early March.
"The contract is signed," a source close to Spears told E! exclusively. "It's all completed and Britney is beyond excited ... She is excited about showing the world that she can do this, and do this well. This is the perfect next stage in her career. Both Britney and Simon are very excited to work together."
It was also reported recently that former Disney stars (and tabloid regulars), Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato, are also up for "The X Factor" judges seats that became available after Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger were ousted.
Fox has yet to confirm any news about Spears, Cyrus, Lovato or Rimes, nor has the network named a new host -- or hosts -- that will be taking the stage in Season 2 after Steve Jones was dropped along with Abdul and Scherzinger. "Glee" star Darren Criss recently shut down rumors about hosting the show, while George Clooney's current love interest, former wrestler Stacy Kiebler, is said to be in talks to host as well.
Fox is expected to announce the final details of "The X Factor" Season 2 by the time the network announces its fall schedule on Monday at the annual upfronts presentation.
Vice President Joe Biden will appear on the legendary game show "Jeopardy!" on Wednesday night, doing a job normally reserved for longtime host Alex Trebek.
Biden taped the segment last month during a "Teen Tournament" filming at Washington, D.C.'s DAR Constitution Hall.
It's been rumored that Trebek has been considering retiring from the show after nearly 30 years. Forget the rumors of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Biden swapping positions -- could Biden and Trebek be preparing for a role reversal? We're reluctantly guessing no.
The multicamera comedy stars Jesse Bradford, Zach Cregger and Anthony Anderson.
Following the success of The Beatles' first American tour, a parade of British "beat" bands imitating their look and harmonies headed west across the Atlantic seeking similar fame. Among the participants in what came to be known as the British Invasion was The Zombies. The group's single "She's Not There" (1964), became a hit after receiving high praise from Beatles' guitarist George Harrison. In early 1965, The Zombies made its U.S. television debut on the premiere episode of the NBC rock variety show Hullabaloo. (The following act was 29-year-old Woody Allen, doing stand-up.) The Zombies also performed three songs in Otto Preminger's psychological thriller Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965).
Led by Colin Blunstone on vocals and Rod Argent on piano -- accompanied by bassist Chris White, who penned a number of the group's songs -- The Zombies followed up "She's Not There" with "Tell Her No" (1965). That wistful single also charted well, but disappointing sales on later efforts resulted in the band's label, Decca Records, dropping The Zombies. The problem, according to some rock historians, was that despite having more musical chops than many British Invasion bands, they lacked a producer as talented as The Beatles' George Martin to help shape their sound. Perhaps even more crucial, they didn't have management with the marketing savvy of the Fab Four's Brian Epstein.
Christina Aguilera must be feeling a bit wistful now that the second season of The Voice is over: She finally apologized for being a total B to Tony Lucca all season.
Read The Full Article:
The first season of Revenge has been intense, to say the least. It seems like just yesterday we watched Emily return to the Hamptons to wreak havoc on the people that destroyed her family. Now, in a few short weeks, the season will conclude, and from the looks of it, it doesn't go quite as Emily had planned. Check out the first pictures from the finale, titled "Reckoning," which airs May 23.View Slideshow ?
"Real Housewives of New Jersey" matriarch Caroline Manzo is facing a new battle that may be even bigger than her feud with Teresa Giudice -- it's menopause. And just like everything else in her life, Manzo plans to take on her new enemy on national TV.
?It happens. I don't care, why should I care? There are millions and millions of women going through it, as I am," Manzo said on the set of "New York Live." "There are so many unanswered questions to many things I'm going through. We are going to have a giant menopause huddle.?
Throughout this season, Manzo will take viewers with her on a journey to find out what is happening to her body, hoping to help other women whose bodies are also changing.
?I'm still going through it with the pills and the creams and the night sweats," Manzo admits. "I look at my husband sometimes and think, 'You are the cutest thing in the world' and he comes out of the room four seconds later and I'm like, 'Watch out!' But I feel it happening and it's a process, one that I don't understand and one that I'm going through and I'm not ashamed of it. I'm going to do it fabulous. I'm going to do it great. I'm going to own it. I'm getting old but I'm going to be dynamite.?
We expect nothing less from this tough cookie.
POLIGNANO A MARE, Italy — With sunglasses and spike heels, makeup artists and wardrobe experts, the American soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful" has landed in Italy.
The cast and production team are in Puglia – the heel of Italy's famous boot – for a week of filming in hopes of boosting their show at home and nurturing their Italian fans.
"The Bold and the Beautiful" is seen by 35 million people in over 100 countries, according to its press office, and Italy is its No. 1 market worldwide. Known here simply as "Beautiful," the show has 4 million viewers in Italy compared to 3.6 million in the United States.
The program's male lead, Ronn Moss who plays Ridge, is also widely recognized from Italy's version of "Dancing with the Stars."
According to Brad Bell, the show's executive producer, the fictional reason why the soap finds itself in Italy is because Ridge's wife Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) was looking for a place her daughter Hope (Kim Matula) could escape to because she was being hounded by the press in Beverly Hills.
The real reason for the trip is the fans.
"Italy has been good to us, we want to give exposure to Italy and do business with a country so close so our hearts," said Bell.
The pace is manic: "The Bold and the Beautiful" shoots 250 episodes a year and is trying to do 10 episodes in five days during its time in Italy.
The soap's most important scene is the wedding between Hope and Liam (Scott Clifton). It is being shot in the stunning seaside village of Polignano A Mare, which is perched on rocky cliffs that plunge down to the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea.
Hundreds of locals gathered Tuesday to catch a glimpse of their favorite stars and get an autograph or a photo, and the actors were happy to oblige.
"Italy is always very receptive to us. They are always very welcoming, very passionate about the show, so it makes it much more fun," Moss said.
Lang, wearing an emerald green dress for the wedding scene, posed with eager fans.
"She is much more beautiful in person than on TV," declared Mimmo Scatigno, a fan who had his photo taken with her.
For the wedding scene, Matula wore an elegant ivory wedding dress designed by Vera Wang with tiny buttons running down the back and sported a Grace Kelly-like hairdo.
In a nod to Italy's car industry, its famed three-wheeled mini scooter-car, the APE, plays a key role in the scenes. The car was first built by Piaggio in 1948 and was common in the postwar period when people couldn't afford a larger four-wheel vehicle. It is still popular today.
The soap opera is also using the song "Volare" in a nod to Italian singer-songwriter Domenico Modugno, whose statue stands at the center of the piazza where the wedding procession was being shot. According to producers, the song represents how Hope is flying high with happiness at her wedding.
Locals also appreciated that "The Bold and the Beautiful" was giving a mini-boost to a region of Italy that is struggling economically. The show has brought in 16 crew members from the U.S., plus six actors, two publicists and the executive producer. They have also hired a 42-person film crew from a local company, as well as using local drivers and hotels.
It's not the first time "The Bold and the Beautiful" has filmed on location in Italy. The show came to Lake Como in 1997, to Venice in 1999 and to Portofino in 2002.
The soap opera celebrated its 25th anniversary in March.
Palamara reported from London.
Can you convince a celebrity to take you on a date without seeing who you are? What if you had a hometown advantage?
When new Fox show "The Choice" airs next month, viewers will see if regular folks can woo stars, including two from the Detroit area.
Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and former Miss USA Rima Fakih will be two of the contestants on new reality dating show "The Choice," EW.com reported Wednesday.
Premiering June 7, the Fox show lets celebrities hear pitches from unseen potential suitors and choose among them to line up a date. The prodedure is styled after NBC's hit singing contest "The Voice."
While good looks, talent and/or fame bless Suh, Fakih and most of their fellow celebrity contestants, we wonder if the "regular people" trying to score a date will be aware of these celebs' past indiscretions.
Suh has gotten flak, as well as an NFL suspension, for his hot temper on the football field. Of course, a fiery personality isn't always a bad thing on a date.
Fakih, who will appear with Carmen Electra and several other women on the only episode featuring famous bachelorettes, narrowly avoided jail Wednesday when she was sentenced to six months of probation for a January drunk driving charge after she was caught driving 30 mph over the speed limit in Highland Park, Mich., with an open bottle of champagne and a blood alcohol level of .19. The beauty queen told the Associated Press the experience was "very humbling."
In March, Suh had his own car troubles, receiving a speeding ticket in Portand, Ore. He was also cited for improper signaling and not carrying proof of insurance.
Perhaps it would be in everyone's best interest to use the services of a chauffeur for these celebrity dates. We've rounded up some other possible pros and cons of dating everyone's favorite headline-making Detroit Lion in the gallery below.
For a list of the other "eligible" bachelors (case in point, a "Jersey Shore" cast member is one of the stars) who will be taking dates on "The Choice," see EW.