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Legendary comedian and performer Jerry Lewis passed away earlier this morning at the age of 91 and the comedy world is paying tribute to the legend through social media. Lewis' career and humanitarian work spanned several decades, which has influenced countless comedians and actors over the years to take up comedy while also supporting worthy causes. Lewis is known just as much for his "Jerry's Kids" telethons where he raised over $2.6 billion dollars for muscular dystrophy research, as he was for his amazing entertainment career.
In addition to comedy and humanitarian work, Lewis was also a singer, producer, director, and screenwriter. He was best known for his slapstick comedy in movies, television and radio and began performing at the young age of 5 with his parents in the Catskills Mountains in upstate New York. Early in his career he teamed up with Dean Martin and the duo ruled the nightclub scene in »
Thirty years ago, an unknown 16-year-old Long Island girl named Debbie Gibson released her first pop album.
Entitled Out of the Blue, it spawned five hit singles and sold five million copies worldwide. The chart topping “Foolish Beat” made her the youngest female artist to write, produce and perform a top single – a record that endures today.
Gibson is still around. Her follow-up album, Electric Youth, went straight to no. 1. She continues to release new music and she occasionally acts—most recently in the 2016 TV Movie Summer of Dreams. She is releasing a box set of her music later this »
- Steve Helling
ABC’s “American Idol” reboot has made headlines for bringing Ryan Seacrest back as host and for bringing on Katy Perry as a very well-paid judge, but the singing competition show still has two judges’ seats to fill before its 2018 debut.
Last month, insiders said Lionel Richie, Charlie Puth, Luke Bryan and Keith Urban were in advanced talks to potentially join Perry on the judges’ panel, and while those names are very much in the mix, Variety has learned the decision has not been made, but ABC is starting to lock down on the judges.
“We don’t have to make any decisions immediately so we’re taking a lot of meetings because you want to get it right,” said ABC’s head of alternative programming, Rob Mills, said in a recent interview with Variety. The network isn’t under pressure just yet because though auditions start next week, the judges’ auditions don’t begin until October »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Jackson -- who was a judge for 12 seasons on Fox's American Idol while Seacrest was hosting -- filled in for Kelly Ripa as co-host of Live With Kelly and Ryan alongside his old friend. Seacrest will soon return as the host of ABC's reboot of Idol, but remembers a great deal about that first day of auditions for the singing competition show in 2002.
"I remember the first day we were all sitting there like, 'Is this really going to work? What is this?'" Jackson recalled.
"I remember walking in and seeing this guy who just finished his cigarette and his pants were high and his shirt had this gap," Seacrest remembered. "I said, 'This guy is on our show?' Turns out »
The 47-year-old singer was a judge on season 12 of the hit music competition, and memorably clashed with fellow judge Nicki Minaj. Et spoke with Carey after her latest stop on her "All The Hits" tour with Lionel Richie at the Hollywood Bowl on Monday night, where she commented on reports that 68-year-old Richie was being tapped to be a judge.
"I would say, don't do it," Carey told Et's Carly Steel. "No, I'm only kidding. If he wants to do it, that'll be great. I think he would be really good at it."
Of course, the mother of two has made no secret about her own negative experience on Idol, once calling it the "worst experience" of her life.
"Yeah, they just were trying to foil me when »
The play's website warns that the "production contains flashing lights, strobe effects, loud noises, gunshots, smoking, and graphic depictions of violence and torture," which can be too much for some people. The Monday night performance was a little overwhelming for Lawrence, who midway through the show, reportedly "bolted from her seat," and was "very sick," according to a Page Six source. "Several people saw her getting sick in the lobby," the source claimed. "The ushers were very helpful and courteous in helping her out.”
While it was thought that Lawrence may have fallen ill due to the intense production, the website reports that a friend of the Oscar winner told them that she had actually "caught the stomach »
If it were up to Ryan Seacrest, this subway singer would be "going to Hollywood!"
The former American Idol host recently moved to New York City to host Live alongside Kelly Ripa, and is getting the hang of the subway system and the underground entertainment. On Tuesday, Seacrest posted a video to Instagram while on the train, which showcased a man serenading commuters with classic Motown tunes.
"He's not that bad," Seacrest exclaimed of the singer's impressive vocals. He then pulled out his wallet to give the man some money.
While Seacrest clearly still loves finding »
The 44-year-old actress took to Instagram on Monday to pay tribute to her husband of nearly three years in a sweet "love letter" celebrating the conclusion of the Total Package Tour with his band, New Kids on the Block, as well as Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men.
"For the past three months I have watched you pour out your heart and soul," McCarthy began. "I have seen you give hundreds, if not thousands, of hugs. I’ve seen you make every person you came into contact with feel like they were somebody special, because you do believe they are special."
"You have entertained all of us. You have tipped hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars to hardworking people in Waffle Houses across the country," she continued. "I’ve seen you get on a plane to work »
Billy Crystal says he suffered the "weirdest injury ever."
During his guest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday, the 69-year-old comedian revealed he tore his rib muscle as a result of a "violent" sneeze.
Watch: Cheryl Burke Explains Her Bloody Head Injury
"It's the night before the show, it's around 9:30, which is already past my bedtime. Crystal, who was originally supposed to appear on the show last month, said. "So I'm in that position that a lot of you young people find your parents in around 8:30. I'm in a position, like, only a Cirque du Soleil person or a jellyfish could be in and I'm [dozing off]. And out of the blue I sneezed, but a violent sneeze."
"If it was a cartoon, my arms are flying off my body, my eyes are coming out of my head, people in the room are now naked because it blew their clothes off," he joked. "I »
Donnie Wahlberg's got the "right stuff" for Jenny McCarthy! The funny lady took to Instagram on Monday to show her love for her husband of almost three years, posting a lengthy tribute to her main man as he finishes his three-month tour with his legendary boyband New Kids on the Block. The 47-year-old music man, who also stars on the CBS Blue Bloods, has been touring with his former crew of cuties as part of the Total Package Tour, which features NKotB, Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul—and clearly his lady love is totally fangirling her hubby, posting a kissing photo of the two of them along with the sprawling caption, which begins: "A love letter to my husband, Donnie »
Donnie Wahlberg is showing some love for Waffle House … again.
The 47-year-old Blue Bloods star and New Kids on the Block singer made a stop at the popular chain restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina late on Wednesday night — where he rewarded the staff with a $2,000 tip as well as front row tickets and backstage passes to his band’s Total Package Tour.
“My mom waited tables, and my dad tended bars– for years!” Wahlberg wrote on Instagram, captioning a photo of his $82.60 check and the Waffle House staff. “So, when I walk into a #WaffleHouse, and the staff treats me like a king, »
- Dave Quinn
As they prepare to mark their third wedding anniversary, Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy are opening up about whether they’ll expand their blended family, life on the road with New Kids on the Block and the secret to their adorable relationship -- avoiding makeup sex!
The cute couple got candid during an exclusive interview with Et’s Nischelle Turner backstage at the boy band’s epic hometown gig at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, on Saturday.
“I know that anything she does that irritates me is just me being irritated,” said Wahlberg, when asked what they do that drives each other nuts. “That's how we deal with it – ‘I say, ‘What's bothering me today about me that I suddenly care about what she's doing?’”
“And don't have make up sex,” the Blue Bloods star continued. “Wait a little while, like the next »
The former AI producer told Et's Lauren Zima who he thinks should join Katy Perry on the judges panel at the Los Angeles debut of Travis Wall and Shaping Sound's new show, After the Curtain, at Royce Hall at UCLA on Tuesday.
"The biggest star in my mind at the moment is Bruno Mars," Lythgoe, 67, expressed. "I think Bruno is fantastic. I don't know if he'd do it."
However, the producer noted that "just because he's a great singer and a great performer doesn't necessarily make him a great judge... You can never tell how a person's gonna be."
As for his feelings on bringing back the reality singing competition show? Lythgoe thinks "it's slightly too soon for it."
"At the same time, the fans won't »
Friends of Paula Abdul are not worrying she may suffer an eating disorder “relapse,” despite an alarming but false report. Gossip Cop can exclusively correct this story, which comes from the tabloids. The allegation can be found in the current edition of the National Enquirer, which blares in a headline, “Paula Abdul Bulimia Shocker!” The […] »
- Shari Weiss
"ABC has not called and maybe [that's] because I changed my number. But I like everybody on American Idol," Iovine shared. "I won't be back."
New Kids on the Block continue to redefine the term "dad bod."
The guys show off their ripped abs in a behind-the-scenes-themed music video for their latest single, "Thankful." Through black and white footage, NKotB takes viewers through a day in the life on the road from waking up on the bus to hitting the gym, meeting with fans, squeezing in some quality time with their family, and performing.
The sentimental video also adorably highlights »
After nearly 33 years, are you still a diehard New Kids on the Block fan? Well, the iconic boy band wants to thank you - with a song. As a tribute to the dedicated fans who have supported them since day one, NKotB released a heartwarming video for their song "Thankful" that is sure to flood you with nostalgia and emotions. Not only does it follow Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood in their day-to-day routines, but it also features some adorable fan videos, photos, and footage from their concerts with Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men. So pull your vintage New Kids on the Block poster in close and watch the full video above. »
- Kelsie Gibson
When American Idol premiered 15 years ago today, on June 11, 2002, it had two hosts, one well-known judge in Paula Abdul, a British pedigree and a fetching premise: One talented singer would be plucked out of obscurity and become... A star! The success of that quaint premise would end up changing the entire entertainment landscape, turning unscripted programming into must-see TV and send networks racing to find their own flagship competition shows to add to the mix. In fact, ABC just went ahead and picked up American Idol for itself after Fox decided it was time to pack it in after 15 seasons. The question of whether ABC's version will be a shell of its former self (basically »
Paula Abdul has canceled her Saturday performance in Denver, Colorado, after suffering an injury.
The 54-year-old singer's reps confirmed to Et that she would be taking some time off to "rest and recover."
"Due to a temporary injury, Paula will be unable to perform at tonight's show in Denver, Colorado. After a short rest and recovery, Paula is excited to continue on the Total Package Tour as originally scheduled," the statement read. Sources tell Et that Abdul's injury is a strained muscle that makes dancing not possible and that she just needs rest.
"Thank you to all my fans for your constant love & support. I treasure »
We haven’t seen So You Think You Can Dance‘s Season 14 premiere yet, so we’re not blowing smoke when we say we don’t know whether or not Robert Green — the rather talented prospective contestant featured in this exclusive video — makes it to the Fox reality series’ second round.
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In Monday’s season opener (Fox, 8/7c), Green turns in a hard-hitting, crowd-pleasing hip-hop audition that causes the audience, not to mention judges Mary Murphy and Vanessa Hudgens, to leap to their feet. Any »
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