16 items from 2013
Despite diminishing viewing figures and the impending loss of two of its judging panel, Simon Cowell's weekend entertainment goliath The X Factor has been renewed by ITV for three more years. Here, we take a glance into the future to try and predict what treats might be in store by the time we reach 2016.
Initial auditions are held in Matt Cardle's garage
In a bid to make the show feel even more gritty and authentic, and to pick up on the pop zeitgeist of using Diy props following Miley Cyrus's hammer-licking escapades in 2013, contestants now perform in a garage owned by 2010 winner Matt Cardle (the mooted 2017 venue is Wagner's allotment). Each contestant must choose a garden implement »
- Michael Cragg
The Us boyband - who have celebrated their 20th anniversary this year - will take to the stage for an exclusive performance on the ITV2 spinoff show.
The performance was confirmed by The X Factor's official Twitter account following tonight's live show.
The 'I Want It That Way' group released their eighth studio album In a World Like This earlier this year, which peaked at number-16 on the UK Albums chart.
They performed an intimate gig at London's Under the Bridge in June, and took part in a Q&A with UK fans.
Watch the music video for 'In a World Like This' below:
Photo Gallery: 'X Factor' »
Get the tissues out, it's Love and Heartache week on The X Factor. Certainly not averse to a sob story or two, this lot should have no problem honing their tales of romance and woe into their performances.
We already know Louis Walsh's remedy for a broken heart, but how will the 11 remaining contestants take on this week's theme? Will Luke Friend dedicate his song to his beloved mop of hair? Will Hannah Barrett beat the odds and make it through a second performance without crying? Will Kingsland Road sing a poignant tune expressing the pain of running out of styling gel?
Join Digital Spy when The X Factor returns to ITV at 8pm to find out the answers to these burning questions, and let us know your thoughts on the show in the comments box below and via our Twitter feed.
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Nick Carter says he feels a lot of guilt. The Backstreet Boy turned up on Monday's episode of Dr. Phil to promote his new book, Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It, and spilled on his past struggles with drugs and alcohol and how he thinks his family held him responsible for his younger sister Leslie's tragic death from a drug overdose. When asked by Dr. Phil McGraw whether he himself felt culpable in his 25-year-old popster sibling's untimely passing, the now sober 33-year-old Carter acknowledged it weighed on him. "There's definitely a part of me that did blame myself. Because the responsibility that I sort of took on as the oldest member of my family probably shouldn't »
Nick Carter is coming clean about his issues. The Backstreet Boy says he hit rock bottom after years of alcohol and drug abuse but has made a dramatic turnaround in his struggle with addiction, even as he continues to work on painful family relationships and cope with the death of his sister last year. Carter, in an exclusive interview with Dr. Phil, gets candid about his demons, saying he started using marijuana when he was just 15 and then began taking Vicodin and Ecstasy. But in 2008, he was diagnosed with a heart condition, promptly stopping him in his tracks and spurring him to face his problems. »
- Andrea Billups
Nick Carter opened up about his battle with drug addiction on "Dr. Phil," and confessed his family blamed him for the loss of his sister, Leslie, who died last year of an overdose. As Gossip Cop reported, Carter didn't attend his younger sibling's funeral, saying at the time, "I wanted to be at my sister’s funeral, but my family has always had a complicated dynamic.” Now he revealed to Dr. Phil what happened. »
- Shari Weiss
Nick Carter wishes he had been a better role model to his late sister Leslie Carter. In an emotional sit-down interview with Dr. Phil McGraw, the 33-year-old Backstreet Boys singer says he's still struggling to cope with his sister's Feb. 1, 2012 death from a drug overdose at the age of 25. "It was the most horrific news I've ever heard," he told Dr. Phil. "Still, to this day, I kind of don't believe that it happened." Carter himself has a history of drug and alcohol abuse, but [...] »
Jon Gosselin pulled out a gun ... when a female paparazzo tailed him back to his house -- and opened fire. Jon says it was just a warning shot, but did he overreact?Plus, Kim Kardashian's first night back on the party scene since having her baby -- and it's a Huge one. She and Kanye partied with R. Kelly, Brian Grazer, Mick Jagger, and ... Oprah!!And, Backstreet Boys singer Brian Littrell gets some revenge »
- TMZ Staff
Between Nsync reuniting (however briefly) and the One Direction documentary hitting theaters this weekend, EW’s PopWatch is getting a serious wave of nostalgia—and the urge to revive one of the most important debates: What is the all-time greatest boy band?
Any good fan girl (or guy!) knows this debate is about so much more than just the hits; there’s things like group appearance, harmonies, music videos and dance moves to consider. While an EW writer will be advocating for each, the final decision is up to you. Each day a band wins the vote, they’ll receive a point. »
- EW staff
So Nick Carter -- you know, your favorite Backstreet Boy (unless you're Team Brian, like some of us) -- is making a horror movie.
An avid fan of the genre, the boy-bander has raised $107,837 (significantly more than his original $85,000 goal) on Indiegogo for his movie "Evil Blessings." Produced, co-written by, and starring Carter, the film tells the story of three friends who go hunting, only to discover that they're being hunted by a cursed family from the 1800s. Just think of it as "House of Carters" meets "The Hills Have Eyes," as Vulture so aptly suggests.
While it's hard to imagine the crooner raising the tension with blood and guts, Carter may just be a big enough horror geek to make it work. He lists "Aliens," "The Chernobyl Diaries," and "The Keep" as some of his favorite creepy films.
Whether "Evil Blessings" ends up being an embarrassing flop or an inventive addition to the genre, »
- Erin Whitney
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school.
Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough.
Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.)
2. "The Wild Thornberries"
3. Dawson and Joey
5. Mr. Feeny
7. MTV playing music videos
9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks"
10. Levar Burton
13. "The Powerpuff Girls"
14. "Smart Guy"
15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings
16. "The X-Files"
17. Rosie O'Donnell
18. Bill Nye
19. "Dawson's Creek"
20. The Mighty Ducks"
21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark"
23. Rachel Green
24. Tim Allen
25. "All That"
26. "Beverly Hills 90210"
27. "Step by Step"
28. "The Ren & Stimpy Show"
29. "The Famous Jett Jackson"
30. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer »
- The Huffington Post
Warning: Major spoilers ahead about the ending of "This Is The End."
"When it was kind of mentioned that we might get to work with them, it was across the board: 'Yes, it has to be them,'" Baruchel told HuffPost Entertainment about the Backstreet Boys' appearance, a group performance of the hit single "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" that takes place inside the pearly gates of the great beyond. "Our tongues are nowhere near our cheeks when we're dancing with them. Let there be no mistake: We were so goddamned honored."
According to Baruchel, 31, the heaven sequence was shot over the course of one day, meaning he, Rogen and Robinson had to learn »
- Christopher Rosen
If you haven’t seen This Is the End, then stop reading now. Better yet, stop reading, go straight to the theater, watch it, and then come back.
Go ahead. We’ll wait.
Because once you have seen it, you’re going to want to talk about the amazing party-like-it’s-1997 musical finale in which Jay Baruchel and Seth Rogen get a private concert in heaven from none other than Nick Carter, Aj McLean, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and Kevin Richards — a.k.a. The Backstreet Boys. In the movie, the Boys appear when Jay (who’s secretly a huge »
- Adam Markovitz
The apocalypse, generally seen as an occasion for sober reflection and perhaps deep despair, instead provides an excuse for ostensibly grown men to drink their own urine, kick around a guy’s severed head and have long, drawn-out arguments about their autoerotic habits in “This Is the End.” A sloppy, sophomoric, sometimes awfully funny horror-laffer hybrid that speculates as to how Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and other members of the Judd Apatow comic fraternity would (mis)behave if forced to spend Armageddon in close quarters, this directing debut for co-writers Rogen and Evan Goldberg offsets its slightly smug premise with a clever sense of self-parody and near-cataclysmic levels of vulgarity. Mid-summer competition aside, commercial disaster seems unlikely.
In making the decision to have well-known comedic actors play themselves, regular screenwriting partners Rogen and Goldberg (elaborating on their 2007 short “Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse”) clearly had fun playing up and »
- Justin Chang
Nick Carter has found his fire, his one desire. "I had the ring in my pocket for two weeks," the Backstreet Boy tells People exclusively of his engagement to fitness expert/actress Lauren Kitt. "I was like, 'I don't want it anymore!' It was driving me insane. I just wanted to get it out of my hands and on to hers." For the momentous occasion, Carter, 33, took his fiancée, 29, to the Florida Keys where he planned a romantic boat ride to a secluded island - but things did not go as smoothly as expected."My boat was in such »
- Jennifer Garcia and Patrick Gomez
“Seacrest, the show must go on.”
To usher in 2013, Ryan Seacrest took the helm on ABC’s New Year’s Eve broadcast. Seacrest was the pre-determined heir, having hosted alongside Clark since 2005. While this was the first New Year’s Rockin’ Eve without Clark, who died in April, the longtime host was everywhere – even in the confetti (seriously, people wrote tributes to Clark that were printed on pieces of the confetti that was dumped on Times Square). Other things happened, »
- Lindsey Bahr
16 items from 2013
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