Howard Stern says he’ll bring honesty to “America’s Got Talent,” something judges on other TV talent shows are sorely lacking — name-checking Jennifer Lopez of “American Idol” as one of the worst offenders.
“I don’t understand what she’s doing there,” Stern said in a press conference Thursday at the Friar’s Club in New York, where he made his way to the dais to the fanfare of “Hail to the Chief.” Listening to the judges’ patter on “American Idol,” he says, “You could throw up.”
“If I sit there in a beautiful dress and just tell them they’re wonderful, they’re not going to get anywhere. We’ve got to be honest. We’ve got to be direct,” he says. “We’ve got to help the talent.
LOS ANGELES — Coming in second on “American Idol” may still be a path to superstardom, but it no longer offers guaranteed paychecks worthy of the next pop idol or rock star.
Wednesday night’s runner-up, 16-year-old Jessica Sanchez, doesn’t have a definite shot at producing an album and could be paid as little as $30,000 in advances for recording singles, according to the “Idol” contract she and other Season 11 contestants signed this year.
The analysis covers eight of “Idol’s” 11 seasons during which contracts filed for contestants under age 18 were available. The contracts were reviewed by judges in accordance with a California law that requires at least 15 percent of a minor entertainer’s earnings be set aside for their benefit once they reach adulthood.
Posted by: Zac Geake in Movie Info on May 19th, 2012
The inventor of the TV remote, Eugene Polley, died on Sunday at 96.
After his death was announced on Tuesday, the Internet paused — get it? — to remember the man and the wireless television remote control, which ushered in the era of channel surfing and couch potatoes.
Some tributes were humorous. Others were fawning.
“Gush all you want about Facebook, Twitter and other recent tech innovations. I’d stack Polley and his TV remote against all of them,” wrote David Lazarus at LATimes.com. “After all, which would you be more willing to give up — Facebook or your remote? … Read full article…
Bassist Dezron Douglas and alto saxophonist Lummie Spann, co-leaders of the hard-swinging, all-star New Jazz Workshop (NJW), have plenty to celebrate with the May 22 release of their band’s new debut disc, “Underground” (NJW Music).
Douglas and Spann, two premier instrumentalists who grew up in Hartford, kick off their celebration in their hometown Friday, May 25, at 8 p.m. at the Polish National Home, 60 Charter Oak Ave. They’re joined by trumpeter Josh Evans, pianist Zaccai Curtis and drummer Curtis Torian in the celebration.
Posted by: Zac Geake in Movie Info on May 15th, 2012
In just 3 days Battleship will finally float into theaters, but its premiere actually went down last week and Malin Akerman, the gorgeous star of another big project Rock of Ages looked stunning on the red carpet. A lot of people don’t know this, but Malin used to front a rock band called The Petalstones and is still married to the drummer.
So, did all this time rocking out help prepare her for her duet with Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages? Malin tells us: Not really, this is a little bit different because we recorded the song and then it was on playback while we were shooting on set. W
Hollie Cavanagh, the pint-sized blondie with the funny accent and the big voice, was eliminated on “American Idol” tonight, and although she was one of my favorite contestants this season, this was the only result that would have made sense this week.
After last night’s second round of songs where Phillip Phillips, Joshua Ledet and Jessica Sanchez gave fantastic performances, Hollie’s good-but-not-great showing with Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” was the final nail in the coffin.
There is some irony in the fact that the song that began the “Idol” journey for Season Four winner Carrie Underwood was the end for Hollie, a big fan of Carrie’s who sang “Jesus Take The Wheel” a few weeks back.