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Back in September we reported that David Fincher and James Ellroy were collaborating on a Los Angeles-set 1950s crime noir series for HBO and now that show has a title, Shakedown. Remember when Fincher had those five fallow years between Panic Room and Zodiac? Boy am I glad he's not repeating that, he's one of our master filmmakers so I'll take pretty much whatever he's serving up. Fincher will also direct another pilot for HBO called Living On Noise. That series will reportedly center around the director's involvement in the 1980's music video scene (you probably already know that he shot videos for Paula Abdul, Madonna, Nine Inch Nails, and Aerosmith back in the day). Hit the jump for more on David Fincher's involvement in Shakedown and Living On Noise. Per Deadline, Shakedown is "set in the tabloid world and the underbelly of Los Angeles in the 1950s and »
- Evan Dickson
At the start of NBC's "The Sing-Off," Nick Lachey called it "a very special edition" of the a capella singing competition, which had the subtitle "Holiday Special." Those were both very nice ways of saying that NBC cut the show: from the 11 hours, seven episodes, and 10 groups last year to two hours, one episode, and six groups this year. Also, the prize was cut in half to $50,000, and the show lost last year's fun face-off performances between the bottom two teams. Along with all that, it lost a lot of what made it such a terrific series. Most significantly, judge Ben Folds was gone, replaced by Patrick Stump because Ben Folds was on tour and apparently NBC couldn't figure out how to reschedule the show to film with its true star. Stump couldn't figure out how to judge, either. While returning judges Jewel and Shawn Stockman gave specific feedback, identifying individuals' strengths and sometimes weaknesses, »
- Andy Dehnart
Coke adds life, or so a popular 1976 ad slogan for the popular soda once bragged. It has certainly done just that for “American Idol,” the venerable Fox program that has long featured big cups festooned with logos for various drinks made by Coca-Cola laid out on its judges’ table. What Coke adds, however, it can also take away.
After more than a decade as one of the top sponsors of “Idol,” Coca-Cola is cutting ties to the program, the company said in a statement. Coca-Cola will instead work with Fox in other ways. “After 13 years, we feel it is the right time for the Coca-Cola brand to venture into new spaces and pursue other opportunities to connect with teens and leverage music as a passion point,” the Atlanta beverage company responded when asked why it was leaving the show.
Coca-Cola departs as Madison Avenue has noticeably cut its support of “American Idol, »
- Brian Steinberg
Well, that was a beauty.
Bones unveiled its 1950s-set, Hitchcock-inspired 200th episode on Thursday night, and the combination of old Hollywood glamour and intrigue was simply stunning.
Somehow, director David Boreanaz was able to replicate the classic look of films like North by Northwest, kicking things off with an unusually quiet, picturesque sequence of jewel thief Booth and detective Brennan driving along the highway.
There were also lots of treats for longtime fans as the actors took on new characters — Pelant as a waiter! Aldo as an antagonistic Interpol officer! »
Bones fans, get ready for a major case of the feels.
First, Deschanel confirms that the pair “still like each other, which is amazing. I think it’s because we’re just honest with each other.”
But it’s Boreanaz’ tribute to the actress that will have you reaching for a tissue.
“Em, I thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart, for being there as a friend, being »
Detective Lieutenant Everett Backstrom is good at catching bad guys because of how he puts himself inside their head, as explained in the promo below for Fox’s upcoming crime drama.
Premiering Thursday, Jan. 22 at 9/8c and adapted from the Leif G.W. Persson novels by Bones‘ Hart Hanson, Backstrom stars Rainn Wilson (The Office) as the titular detective, who has recently been appointed head of the Portland police department’s Scu.
Rounding out the cast are Genevieve Angelson (House of Lies), Dennis Haysbert (24), Kristoffer Polaha (Life Unexpected), Beatrice Rosen (The Dark Knight) and Page Kennedy (Weeds). Will you be checking it out? »
The Hot Tamale train may be leaving the station. And if so, Paula Abdul could prove to be forever Fox’s girl.
Our sister site Deadline is reporting that So You Think You Can Dance may give the judges’ dais a facelift for the coming Season 12, with original arbiter Mary Murphy rumored to be parting ways with the competition series.
If Murphy does bow out, Fox is said to be eyeing American Idol alum/choreographer/sometime singer Paula Abdul to fill the void. Abdul has guest-judged on Fox’s Sytycd on three occasions, as well as sat on the dais »
Stars Like Hilary Swank, Jane Lynch, Miranda Lambert and Betty White are set to promote dog adoption during Fox's Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular, airing Thanksgiving night at 8 Et/Pt. Now, we’re giving you a chance to win the same gift bag the stars will take home from the feel-good dog rescue event.
The bag, courtesy of Backstage Creations and valued at $541, contains everything from a stay at a doggie hotel to spring water bottled just for dogs!
The fun products include a 2-night boarding stay at The Barkley Pet Hotel & Day Spa in Westlake Village, Calif., a Paw Patrol talking stuffed dog, a Wisdom Panel Canine DNA test, a $50 Petco gift card, Febreze, Toilet Water bottled water for dogs by Popstar Beverages, and much more.
"I've always been an animal lover," says Swank of the event. "To me this is a great opportunity to celebrate dogs and the immense joy that they bring »
Is Fox looking to reunite with its X?
Cowell, who created the singing competition and is now a judge on its British version, would leave that post in order to return to the United States, the British publication Mirror reports.
Representatives from the network have not commented on the report. X Factor‘s Season 3 finale was watched by only 6.2 million people — and scored a 1.7 demo rating — marking year-to-year declines of 36 and 45 percent.
The series’ American »
Are you aware of this thing called "Cinderella"? Here's what it is: a movie, basically, but a thing where Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, and -- for some reason -- other actors are invited to dress up in costumes and be great together. I don't know why people named "Lily James" and "Richard Madden" get to be in this, but apparently they play Cinderella and the prince. Cate (pronounced Cate) plays the Wicked Stepmother (!) and Helena Bonham Carter plays the Fairy Godmother (!!). I wonder if they were supposed to play opposite roles originally but made a Betty White-Rue McClanahan-type switch in pre-production. Anyway, the trailer is decadent. Watch. There are seven important images in this. Here they are. Here is Cate. Wicked as hell. Check out that damn bone structure, mortals. I wouldn't be surprised if Cate's parents were Glenn Close and a swan. Um, we're only »
- Louis Virtel
The two actresses are co-hosting Fox's Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular, airing Thanksgiving night, Thursday, Nov. 27 at 8 Et/Pt on Fox.
"I've always been an animal lover," says Swank, who is also an executive producer on the project. "To me this is a great opportunity to celebrate dogs and the immense joy that they bring to our lives."
The two-hour event will put a spotlight on the joys that rescue dogs have brought into their owners' lives, and will even include testimonies from celebrities with rescue dogs.
The show will also include awards in categories such as Cutest Puppy, Best Celebrity »
"After 13 seasons, I felt now was the perfect time to leave American Idol. I'm proud to have been a part of a series that discovered some incredible artists and will go down in history as one of the most successful television shows ever. A true original, Idol started it all. Onto what's next."
Randy Jackson was one of the original American Idol judges alongside Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul when the show first debuted in 2002. He stayed on as a judge for the first 12 seasons, before he announced in May 2013 that he would be leaving the show. Just a few months later, he came back in a new role as a mentor for Season 13, working with contestants »
Randy Jackson won't be returning to "American Idol" next year. The longtime judge (and later mentor) has announced that he's exiting the Fox reality series after 13 seasons: “I’m proud to have been a part of a series that discovered some incredible artists and will go down in history as one of the most successful television shows ever," Jackson told Deadline in a statement. "A true original, 'Idol' started it all. Onto what’s next.” Jackson was one of the three original "Idol" judges alongside Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul. He first announced he was leaving last May, but decided to return as a mentor, working with contestants during "Rush Week" and later in the finals. His exit leaves host Ryan Seacrest as the series' only remaining original cast member. “Randy has been such an integral part of 'American Idol' since day one, both as a judge and as a mentor, »
- Chris Eggertsen
"It's time to put on make-up, it's time to dress up right. It's time to raise the curtains on The Muppet Show tonight...
"Why do we always come here? I guess we'll never know. It's like a kind of torture, to have to watch the show."
However, no amount of muppeting around and name-calling from the panto-lite foursome could distract from the biggest jokes of the night. The contestants.
Kicking off the show was Jack Walton. You know Jack. He's in the Boys category. No, he's not the Italian one. No, he's not the one that can sing. No, he's not the one with the arms. Yeah, that's right - the other one.
Jack went through the rich history of '80s popular »
This week, X Factor introduced its contestants to the 1980s and then eliminated two of them. Heres the whole weekend as it happened, with Stuart Heritage.
And that really is it. Four down, twelve to go. So, as we say goodbye to Stephanie and Chloe, let me quickly just thank you for coming along and making me miss the first 15 minutes of Homeland because Ive got to read all your comments now.
The liveblog returns next Saturday, for X Factors Songs From The Movies night, where the contestants are almost guaranteed to sing a selection of songs from plays and TV shows and adverts but not from actual films. If this deluge of gibberish inexplicably isnt enough for you, follow me on Twitter (Im @StuHeritage). If it is, though, then who could possibly blame you? See you next week!
In her best bits package, Chloe Jasmine »
- Stuart Heritage
The X Factor kicked off '80s Week tonight (October 18) as all 14 acts took to the stage.
Louis: "You're the real deal, a real artist, you're all about the music."
Cheryl: "Each week you do a really good twist on a song, and I thoroughly enjoyed that."
2. Stephanie Nala: 'Call Me' by Blondie
Mel B: "I do think it really shows you've worked extremely hard this week, but I got a little bit bored in the middle. Loved the vibe, but wanted it to take me somewhere else halfway through."
Simon: "A million times better than last week. The tone of your voice was better. The only problem is it is like you're half-asleep, when you talk and when you perform. »
It doesn't feel like a week has passed since One Direction Overload Generation and Blonde Electra said their goodbyes, but it's time for two more solid hours of Saturday night-in entertainment with The X Factor.
The remaining 14 acts will sing their hearts out to earn the praise of the judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh, as well as the millions watching at home, complete with five free votes each should they wish.
Join Digital Spy from 8pm as we settle down for the night for the inevitable judge fisticuffs, impressive high notes and dodgy boyband hand movements.
22:20That's your lot, guys and girls! Thanks for joining along in the fun - hope you enjoyed it - see you back tomorrow night to find out who must leave the competiton.
22:16Fleur also gave a great performance. »
With little more than a day until the next X Factor live show, it's time to find out which songs the remaining 14 acts will be tackling!
On Saturday night (October 18), the finalists will be travelling back to the 1980s, so expect some big power ballads, lots of cheesy song choices, and some that will definitely have you scratching your head...
'If You Don't Know Me By Now' by Simply Red
'Straight Up' by Paula Abdul
'Fame' by Irene Cara
'Call Me' by Blondie
'What A Feeling' by Irene Cara
'Imagine' by John Lennon
Hilary Swank has teamed with Fox for a two-hour dog-themed special that will air Thanksgiving night. The two-time Oscar winner and animal advocate will host and executive-produce The Great American Dog-a-Thon, a family-friendly special celebrating rescue dogs and giving viewers at home a chance to adopt or foster them. The special will include musical tributes, viral videos and even an awards segment. (Yes, Cutest Puppy is a category.) “I have long been an advocate for animal adoption and know first-hand the immense joy a shelter animal brings to our lives," Swank said. "Yet, every year more than four million animals »
- Natalie Abrams
If the answer was 'yes' to any of those questions, why not have a punt at the 33 brainteasers below that should be enough to test even the biggest X Factor addicts?
1. How many acts from the series one Live Shows can you remember?
The Answer is...
2. Can you remember every one of The X Factor's 20 judges - including guest panellists at the Live Shows and Auditions?
The Answer is...
Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole, Tulisa Contostavlos, Kelly Rowland, Nicole Scherzinger, Gary Barlow, Mel B, Paula Abdul, Brian Friedman, Geri Halliwell, Natalie Imbruglia, Katy Perry, Pixie Lott, Alexandra Burke, Leona Lewis, Rita Ora and Anastacia. »
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