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Recap: 'The X Factor' Thursday - Auditions #4
After Wednesday's 5-ish hours of recapping and live-blogging, it's almost a relief to only have one hour of "The X Factor" looming in front of me tonight. So with that burgeoning excitement... All Aboard The Panda Express... 8:01 p.m. We're in Greensboro and Britney Spears is excited to be back in the South and excited to be dancing and putting on makeup in her hotel room. Demi's on tour, but she's also judging. Simon's excited to be text messaging and drinking... somehting. 8:04 p.m. Everybody in Greensboro is at the audition. Britney is spooked. 8:04 p.m. Simon wants to know where »
- Daniel Fienberg
Sarah Silverman Takes on Voter Fraud Measures in Potty-Mouthed PSA (Video)
Sarah Silverman is determined to get out the vote, and has produced a very funny -- and very dirty -- informational video to do so. "Hey black people, old people, poor people and students," the comedian says. "Lawmakers are trying to f--- you in your a--holes." Silverman then goes about explaining how certain "voter fraud"-targeting reforms championed by the Republican party are actually implemented to make it harder for potential Obama voters to get to the polls. Video: Adam Scott and Rashida Jones Pitch Early Voting for Obama in New Ad At one point, Silverman holds
- Seth Abramovitch
Box Office Preview: Clint Eastwood Battles Jennifer Lawrence, Jake Gyllenhaal
Clint Eastwood's new baseball drama Trouble with the Curve faces plenty of competition on the field this weekend and could find itself in a close race for No. 1 with Jennifer Lawrence horror-thriller House at the End of the Street. They're not the only players suiting up -- also opening at the domestic box office are David Ayer's Jake Gyllenhaal-Michael Pena cop drama End of Watch and Pete Travis' 3D comic book adaptation Dredd.
- Pamela McClintock
Daniel Day-Lewis' Lincoln Transformation: "He Got Quite Thin and Gaunt"
You'd think Steven Spielberg had planned the release of Lincoln to coincide with Election Day, but he didn't. Even if the movie opens in limited release on Nov. 9—just three days after the presidential election! "It never even entered our mind when we first started thinking about doing a movie about [Abraham] Lincoln," producer Kathleen Kennedy tells me. "We've been working on this for over a decade." The idea for the project was hatched during the Millennium Celebration in 1999 when historian Doris Kearns Goodwin told Spielberg about Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, a book she had not yet started to write but would eventually become a basis for the »
Roman Polanski to direct 'Venus in Fur' adaptation
Roman Polanski is taking on Broadway. While he may not be able to travel to New York City without fear of being arrested, the "Carnage" director has nevertheless signed on to direct an adaptation of David Ives' Tony-nominated play "Venus in Fur," which he will shoot in France with stars Emmanuelle Seigner (also Polanski's wife) and Louis Garrel ("The Dreamers"). “I’ve been looking for a chance to make a film in French with Emmanuelle for a long time,” said Polanski in a statement. “Reading 'Venus in Fur' I realized the moment had arrived. I got so fired up to put this »
- Chris Eggertsen
Clint Eastwood Approves of Saturday Night Live Skit: Bill Hader "Has Me Down Pretty Good"
If you think Clint Eastwood has a problem with being mocked on Saturday Night Live, think again. The Oscar winner, and Mitt Romney supporter, has no beef with being made fun of last weekend on the hit comedy sketch show for his now infamous Republican National Convention speech. "I liked it," Eastwood told E! News at last night's L.A. premiere of Trouble With the Curve. "It was good. [Bill] Hader has me down pretty good." During last Saturday's episode of SNL, Hader impersonated Eastwood by taking the acting legend's infamous Rnc chair and invisible Barack Obama on the road for a comedy tour. Despite his speech receiving criticism, Eastwood says he may not be »
Dave Matthews Band Scores Record Sixth Straight No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200
For only the second time in history, all of the top six albums on the Billboard 200 are debuts. Led by Dave Matthews Band's Away From the World at No. 1, the top six are new arrivals for the first time since the Oct. 11, 2003, chart. That week, OutKast snared its first No. 1 with Speakerboxx/The Love Below. The duo's smash album was followed by new entries at Nos. 2-6 by, respectively, Dave Matthews' Some Devil, Limp Bizkit's Results May Vary, R. Kelly's The R. in R&B Collection, Obie Trice's Cheers and Nickelback's The Long Road. On this
- Keith Caulfield, Billboard
'Skyfall' Ad: James Bond Shills for Heineken (Video)
Here's a video that will likely leave many diehard James Bond fans shaken and stirred. In a new commercial for the upcoming James Bond film "Skyfall" -- and Heineken -- Daniel Craig dons the tuxedo to plug the Dutch beer company. Even though, as everyone knows, 007 is a martini man, when he isn't busy saving civilization from power-mad bad guys or bedding down his latest conquest. Craig defended "Skyfall"'s sponsorship deal with Heineken back in May, telling Moviefone that the agreement was a financial necessity. "We have relationships with a number of companies »
- Tim Kenneally
Will Forte Officiates Black Keys' Drummer Patrick Carney's Wedding (Photo)
Will Forte: actor, comedian and, apparently, wedding officiant. The Saturday Night Live star was on hand to oversee the nuptials of The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and his girlfriend Emily Ward on Saturday during a backyard ceremony in Nashville, Tenn. While the couple donned white, Forte can be seen in the photo above in a black suit, white shirt and a black tie, with a white flower on his lapel. The bride wore a lacy, cap-sleeve Carolina Herrera gown, while Carney donned his signature black glasses with a white tuxedo jacket and black trousers. Ward made her entrance
- Sophie A. Schillaci
'Dredd 3D' Writer-Producer Calls it 'Essentially a British Independent Movie' (Video)
Dredd 3D, Lionsgate's ultra-violent adaptation of the British comic hero, is currently dominating the U.K. box office and is poised to do the same when it opens domestically on Friday. But for those whose only associations with the title character are from the critically reviled 1995 film version starring Sylvester Stallone, producer and writer Alex Garland tells The Hollywood Reporter they should prepare to be pleasantly surprised. Photos: Fall Movie Preview 2012: Major New Releases From Spielberg, Jackson, Tarantino, the Wachowskis, Burton and More "This film doesn't have any relation to the previous film at all," Garland,
- Seth Abramovitch
Paladin, 108 Media Acquire Adaptation of Salman Rushdie's 'Midnight's Children'
Paladin and 108 Media have acquired domestic distribution rights to "Midnight's Children," a film adaption of Salman Rushdie's 1981 novel, Paladin CEO Mark Urman told TheWrap. Rushdie co-wrote the script with Oscar-nominated director Deepa Mehta. Rushdie, who just released a memoir, also appeared at the film's Toronto gala premiere. "Midnight's Children," which won the Booker Prize, is about two baby boys born at the stroke of midnight on the day India gained its independence. The two are switched at birth, as the boy born to a rich family is raised a pauper »
- Lucas Shaw
Kelsey Grammer vs. Piers Morgan—and Other Famous Interview Walk-Outs
Kelsey Grammer might have set a new record for the celebrity walk-out: His Wednesday sit-down with CNN's Piers Morgan was over before it began. Here's a llook at other stars who've starred in aborted interviews: 1. Megan Fox: The publicist for the with-child actress pulled the plug on an Entertainment Tonight interview when correspondent Steve Jones broached the subject of Fox's pregnancy despite being told to, well, not broach the subject of Fox's pregnancy (or anything else personal). Through it all, Fox played the good sport, and technically this wasn't a walk-out as the star remained seated long enough to big Jones farewell. 2. Paris Hilton: The celebutante abruptly exited a 2011 »
Snooki Shows Off Baby Lorenzo: "In Love With My Little Man," Says Jersey Shore Star
If last week's photo of Snooki's baby boy Lorenzo didn't impress you, the Jersey Shore star is proving once again just how cute her newborn son is! Earlier today, Snooki posted a pic of herself cuddling with little Lorenzo on Instagram with the caption, "In love with my little man." In the photo, the 24-year-old new mom is dressed in her signature leopard print while holding a sleeping—and very precious—Lorenzo, who has a pacifier in his mouth and is wearing a onesie that reads "Boys Rule." Snooki followed up the pic of peaceful Lorenzo with a shot of herself wearing giant glasses with the caption, "Mrs. Lavalle." Sounds like Snookers just can't wait »
Watch Britney Spears's Wild Reaction to Lightning Strike
On The X Factor Wednesday, Britney Spears was cool and composed as she sweetly sang "Happy Birthday" to fellow judge L.A. Reid. But on Thursday's show, the pop star loses her cool - when lighting strikes. In a clip of the episode, Spears reacts by screaming multiple times, making a wacky face - and swearing - when lightning strikes and thunder booms during auditions in Greensboro, N.C. "Are you okay?" asks a giggling Demi Lovato, who doesn't seem too concerned about the weather. "Oh my god!" says Spears, "That [expletive] is scary as [expletive]." "I spit all over you, »
Tim Tebow: I Want a Family with Someone 'Sweet and Kind'
What is Tim Tebow, one of the NFL's most eligible bachelors, looking for in a girlfriend? Someone who's kind and humble and, yes, beautiful - but on the inside as well as the outside. "Obviously looks play a big part. Being attracted to someone plays a big part, but there's also so much more than that for me," the New York Jets quarterback, 25, tells Vogue in its October issue. (See video of the photo shoot.) "It's about finding someone sweet and kind - and that has a servant's heart." Photos: Tim Tebow in 10 Hot ShotsThat latter phrase comes from the »
- Tim Nudd
Kate Bosworth Joins Jason Statham and James Franco in 'Homefront' (Exclusive)
Kate Bosworth is joining Jason Statham and James Franco in Homefront, Millennium Films’ action movie scripted by Sylvester Stallone. The project, with Gary Fleder in the director’s chair, follows an ex-dea agent (Statham) who seeks a peaceful life and moves his family to a quiet town. Tranquility is shattered when he crosses path with a drug traffickers and a meth kingpin named Gator (Franco). Bosworth will play Gator’s meth-addicted sister, who inadvertently starts the feud when her son, a bully, gets his butt handed to him by Statham’s daughter at school. She turns to Gator, psychotically wanting
- Borys Kit
Steven Spielberg to close AFI Fest for a second year in a row with the premiere of 'Lincoln'
Well, I pretty much nailed this likelihood in a tweet on Tuesday. With very little left to choose from in the way of North American premieres, what with Nyff really diving in big this year on that front and Telluride and Toronto taking their fair share as usual, it seemed like Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" would be a good fit for AFI Fest. And so it shall be. The November festival always has one or two premieres every year, and last year, one of them was a Spielberg film -- "The Adventures of Tintin" (which closed the fest while Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" opened it). He'll be back for more in »
- Kristopher Tapley
Justin Timberlake talks about turning blue for 'Trouble with the Curve'
For "Saturday Night Live" fans, Justin Timberlake's finest comedic moments may have come in that Emmy-winning video in which he bears a very, um, special gift tied with a bow ("Dick in a Box"). But for those who are more interested in seeing his subtle side, "Trouble with the Curve" features Timberlake as Johnny "The Flame" Flanagan, a former big league pitcher who fantasizes about becoming a sports announcer. He's also paired up with two major league talents -- three-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams as buttoned-up lawyer Mickey, and Clint Eastwood's aging, cranky baseball scout Gus. Still, despite Timberlake's credentials, the job »
- Liane Bonin Starr
Demi Lovato Is the New Ambassador for Anti-Bullying Campaign, Tweets Love for the Program
Demi Lovato has never been shy about her mission to help end bullying, and now The X Factor babe is taking her goal one step further. The "Give Your Heart a Break" singer has officially announced that she is the new ambassador for Secret deodorant's "Mean Stinks" anti-bullying campaign, which encourages girls to "gang up for good." "So excited to be Secret's new @meanstinks ambassador!!! #gangupforgood," Demi tweeted this morning, clearly thrilled over her involvement with the project. And it's no surprise Demi was so eager to help, as she too experienced extreme bullying as a child: "I had a really tough time when I was in middle school," the »
Miley Cyrus Lends Voice to Star-Studded Rock the Vote PSA
You amped about voting in November? What if Miley Cyrus wants you to be amped? Now you're so amped! Good, then Rock the Vote's PSA—featuring Ms. Cyrus as well as Neil Patrick Harris, Kathy Griffin, Joel McHale, like, half the cast of Glee, dance-happy voters on the way to the ballot box and countless other celebrities—is working. The star-studded #WeWill campaign kicks off and includes plenty of reasons why it's essential that you get out there and vote when this year's election rolls around (no matter whether that vote goes to Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama). Peep the ad and register to vote on Rock the Vote's website. »
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