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Hollywood is abuzz — yet again — about prospects of an “American Idol” reboot, this time at ABC with a return slated for spring of 2018. Will the once formidable music competition show, which spent 15 years at Fox, fly again?
Former “Idol” associate musical director Michael Orland, who coached hundreds of finalists during his decade-and-a-half working on the show, thinks the franchise is ripe for a refresh. “‘American Idol’ was, and still is, the biggest and best of all of the entertainment competition shows,” he tells Variety. “It also produced so many people that came out of the show that still continue to make an incredible living as a result of their exposure on the show.”
Orland says that some of that talent nurtured on the series — which turned out stars that included Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Jennifer Hudson, Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler, Fantasia, Phillip Phillips, and Adam Lambert, among others — are prime candidates to take the show »
- Michele Amabile Angermiller
After all the drama that’s sure to mark the 89th Academy Awards on Feb. 26, 1,500 guests will leave the ceremony and begin a “magical transformation” at the Ray Dolby Ballroom. That’s the theme of this year’s Governor’s Ball, the Academy’s official post-Oscars celebration. With a mid-century modern aesthetic and red, white and gold palette, Oscar winners and nominees will be able to kick off their heels and enjoy an evening of decadence in a most luxurious environment.
Journalists joined event producer Cheryl Cecchetto and chef Wolfgang Puck (Academy governor Jeffrey Kurland was away on “Mission Impossible” business) Thursday at a press preview for a taste of what’s to come.
“If you want to eat five potatoes with caviar, we’ll give you five potatoes with caviar,” Puck said. “If you want to eat braised short ribs or chicken pot pie, or you like Kobe sliders »
- Dani Levy
Ten days after declaring war is a lousy time for a party, let alone a Super Bowl.
On Jan. 17, 1991, an armed coalition led by the United States commenced Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf, marking the first major military action of the post-terrorism age. Less than two weeks later, the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills prepared for their own conflict as Super Bowl Xxv kicked off in Tampa, Florida. Fears that Saddam Hussein would target this, the most American of sporting events, led some NFL officials to consider rescheduling. The big game would proceed as planned, but the festive mood of Jan. »
- Jordan Runtagh
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