19 items from 2015
What was once known for being the tenth largest city in Arkansas and location of the Walmart headquarters will now be home of the Bentonville Film Festival. Chaired by actress Geena Davis and hosted by Arc Entertainment, the festival is designed to champion women and diversity in film and media. Being a close cause for the Academy Award winner, Geena Davis is the Founder and Chair of the non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.
Located at Mount St. Mary’s College, the organization is the first of its kind to educate and engage entertainment companies in bringing awareness for gender balance in the arts and media. When asked why she created the institute, Davis proclaimed, ““I have been an advocate for women for most of my adult life.” Now the institute is continuing their influence with the support of the Bentonville Film Festival. “The Bentonville Film Festival is »
- Christopher Clemente
Picture it…American Idol, Hollywood Week, Season 14. No vicious “Airplane Hangar of Doom.” No threat of Randy Jackson’s inane mentoring sessions. And a dozen (or two) fantastic, charismatic vocalists signaling the possibility of a truly stellar three months of competition.
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That dream scenario began to look like a reality during last week’s two-part Idol telecast — or at least that’s the conclusion drawn by my co-host Melinda Doolittle and me on this week’s episode of Reality Check.
Still, though, »
Pay no attention to the girl collapsing dramatically at center stage. She is as relevant to bigger picture of American Idol‘s 14th season as Kris Jenner is to the Mideast peace process. (And 10 points to Gryffindor if you asked, “What is a Kris Jenner?“)
Instead, gather up those precious snippets of future Chris Daughtrys and Haley Reinharts singing. Because, bound together in a tightly edited Group Rounds episode, we saw 10, perhaps even 15 vocalists who reminded us not only of the past glories of The House That Made J.Hud an Oscahhh Winner, but also of its future potential.
You can’t love ‘em all — or, wait, can you?
American Idol‘s Season 14 Hollywood Week kicked off with what the great philosopher Fergie refers to as “that boom-boom-pow.” Seriously, the one-hour installment featured so many triumphant vocal performances I felt like my TV set should’ve been perched atop Katy Perry’s mechanical lion and marching into wherever it was they held the Super Bowl on Sunday.
VideosReality Check: Idol’s ‘Perfect Audition’ Dissected! Plus: ‘Personality Vs. Vocals’ — and Melinda’s Minaj Moment!
Sure, standout auditioner Tara Honda was sent to the guillotine without so much as a trial »
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Sleepy Hollow, Jane the Virgin, Parenthood and Scandal!
1 | Which Saturday Night Live intern goofed, that the Family Feud sketch featured a weirdly outdated array of American Idol judges? (Also, raise your hand if you could do a better Harry Connick Jr. impression.)
2 | Were you as floored as we were, during the SAG Awards, to learn that Lifetime Achievement winner Debbie Reynolds didn’t know how to dance before Singin’ in the Rain? And »
While my co-host Melinda Doolittle and I agree that the soulful Jelly Joseph was a standout in New Orleans, our paths diverge rather sharply after that. She compares one of my faves to a popular Muppets character, while I’m still wondering how one of her top picks made it past Round 1.
Before it’s all done, one of us winds up in the Naughty Corner, a few lines of “Bootylicious” get sung, »
So You Think You Can Dance has set its judging panel!
After serving as a guest judge in 2013, Paula Abdul is returning to the judges’ table permanently in the upcoming 12th season of Fox’s long-running dance competition show.
Abdul is no stranger to the Fox family, having served as one of the original judges alongside Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson on American Idol from 2002-09 and The X Factor in 2011. We’re excited to see her go back to her dancing roots!
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Also joining the program as a judge is multi-platinum R&B star Jason Derulo, who voiced his excitement over the new project, and said he hopes to be a vital part in the show’s “new growth and continued success.”
True confession: I may be the only person in the United States who dramatically slid down a wall and let out a tortured “Nooooooo!!!!” after learning that American Idol will eventually cut back to one night a week midway through Season 14.
After three consecutive hump days of middling vocals, “heard it all before” backstories and not nearly enough scenes of Ryan Seacrest getting bear-hugged by jubilant families, however, I’m reconsidering my stance.
Perhaps, in a world where orange is the new black and Idris Elba could/should be the next 007, less is destined to be the new more »
Also known as the man who discovered Taylor Swift — perhaps you’ve heard of her? — Borchetta will make his first appearance on the reality juggernaut later this season as he coaches the Idol wannabes throughout their stint on the show. (He replaces longtime judge/mentor Randy Jackson, who announced his exit from the series in November.)
At the Television Critics Association press tour on Saturday, Borchetta said he hopes to turn the mentor/contestant relationship into a “development opportunity »
I mean, if soulful troubadour Hollywood Anderson — who stunned the judges (and moved J.Lo to tears) with a radio-ready original called “My Best Friend” — becomes the franchise’s next Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood, any future contestant who shouts that phrase might sound more like they’re auditioning for CBS’ Stalker or another “this isn’t gonna end well” installment of 48 Hours: Mystery than Fox’s venerable singing competition.
Magnificent as Hollywood was, »
There’s optimism in the air surrounding Season 14 of American Idol — and mainly because two of the most egregious, pre-voting-round evictees from last year’s ho-hum installment are back and more brilliant than ever (or at least as brilliant as before).
Yep, on this week’s season premiere of Reality Check, my cohost Melinda Doolittle and I celebrate the Golden Tickets earned by Sarina Joi Crowe and Savion Wright, though one of us is not buying into the “my, how much he’s improved in the last 12 months!” arc being foisted on the latter vocalist.
Melinda and I also dish our other Week 1 faves, »
It is that time of the year again. Fox reality competition show American Idol is back for a fourteenth season. The premiere, which aired last week, won its time period in ratings in key demographics. The episode was watched by 11 million viewers. However, the first episodes are down compared to the premieres of the 2014 season, which was watched by over 13 million people. Ryan Seacrest is back as host and Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. all return to the judge’s seats. Randy Jackson, who was with the show since the first season, did not return. American Idol is a way for a young singers to get their break in the music industry. Some Idol hopefuls end up becoming actors instead of music sensations. Here is a look at what American Idol hopefuls went on to star in some of your favorite television series. Katharine McPhee, Season 5 Runner »
- Tim Gerstenberger
MTV announced that it is bring “America’s Best Dance Crew” back from cancelation.
The competition series will return this summer with six new episodes, the network announced during Saturday’s Television Critics Association press tour.
See photos: The Scene at TCA: Funny, Frank and Flippant Quotes From the 2015 TV Press Tour
The cable network »
- Jethro Nededog
His long-running American Idol gig may have ended, but Randy Jackson’s other competition reality series is coming back: America’s Best Dance Crew is returning to MTV. The network canceled the series three years ago after a successful seven-season run. Only this time, there will be a new judges panel and some familiar talent. Dance Crew will feature top dance teams returning from previous seasons of the show along and a new judges table. Neither the teams nor the judges have yet been announced, but expect six new episodes to air sometime this summer. Executive producers include Jackson, Rob Lee »
- James Hibberd
American Idol is determined to discover a Carrie Underwood-level superstar in 2015 — as the show’s promotional tour and ad campaign keep reminding us — but it probably wouldn’t be bad for ratings if it managed to land a fourth husband for Jennifer Lopez, either.
I’m not trying to besmirch the good name of the Artist Formerly Known as an In Living Color Fly Girl. After all, she’s the one who commanded flirty 20-year-old Michael Simeon to take their slow dance from middle-school chaste to senior-prom snuggly all while he crooned Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” during his Nashville audition. »
Keith Urban's opinion of the strongest contenders on American Idol is a bit more comprehensive than popular sentiment of seasons past. "Ideally, you find someone who can do all of it: great live, great singers and great in the studio," says the country star, who serves as an Idol judge alongside Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr.
That fancied trifecta of talent is reflected in some of the changes the reality competition show has incorporated as it begins its 14th season tonight on Fox. This time around, the show »
Geena Davis is teaming with Arc Entertainment to launch the Bentonville Film Festival with the aim of highlighting diversity in film.
The festival, set for May 5-9 in the Arkansas city, is touting itself as the only film competition in the world to offer guaranteed theatrical, TV, digital and retail home entertainment distribution for its winners.
The festival — hosted by Arc Entertainment, Walmart, Coca-Cola and AMC Theatres — will be chaired by Davis and screen approximately 75 films in competition. Members of the advisory board are Angela Bassett, Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Randy Jackson, Eva Longoria, Julianne Moore, Paula Patton, Natalie Portman, Nina Tassler and Shailene Woodley.
Davis noted that she has been a longtime advocate for increasing participation by women and minorities in the entertainment industry.
“The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is dedicated to improving the representation in gender and diversity of talent, filmmakers, and business leaders by growing awareness through research, »
- Dave McNary
Oscar winner Geena Davis and Arc Entertainment have teamed to launch the Bentonville Film Festival, which is designed to champion women and diversity in film. The festival, which will take place from May 5-9 in Bentonville, Arkansas, will be the first and only film competition in the world to offer guaranteed theatrical, television, digital and retail home entertainment distribution for its winners.
Bff, which is being hosted by Arc Entertainment, Walmart, Coca-Cola and AMC Theatres, will be chaired by Davis and will screen approximately 75 films in competition, ranging from studio premieres to independent features and documentaries.
The festival’s advisory »
- Jeff Sneider
Geena Davis and Arc Entertainment have launched the Bentonville Film Festival (Bff) to champion women and diversity in film.
The festival will take place from May 5–9 in Bentonville, Arkansas, and styles itself as the first and only competition in the world to offer guaranteed theatrical, television, digital and retail home entertainment distribution for its winners.
Arc Entertainment, Walmart, Coca-Cola and AMC Theatres will host the event, to be chaired by Davis, which will screen 75 films in competition ranging from studio premieres to independent features and documentaries.
The festival’s advisory board is comprised of entertainment industry leaders and artists such as Angela Bassett, Bruce Dern, Samuel L Jackson, Randy Jackson, Eva Longoria, Julianne Moore, Paula Patton, Natalie Portman, Nina Tassler and Shailene Woodley.
“I have been an advocate for women for most of my adult life,” said Davis. “The Geena Davis Institute On Gender In Media is dedicated to improving the representation in gender and diversity of talent »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
19 items from 2015
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