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Kelly Price, one of Whitney Houston’s longtime pals and collaborator on the Grammy-nominated “Heartbreak Hotel,” thinks Nick Gordon is worthy of suspect status in Bobbi Kristina's death. Price was at Lax on her way to Bk’s funeral, or rather “home going” -- she explains it in the video – when our photog asked her thoughts on Nick's possible involvement. Price was extremely tight with Bobbi Kristina and her late mom … Whitney’s last performance »
- TMZ Staff
Just because American Idol‘s Top 6 will cover “Arena Anthems” next Wednesday (8/7c on Fox) doesn’t mean we want a Jock Jams-type situation. (Not that there’s anything wrong with “Pump Up the Jam,” mind you.)
Thankfully, the parameters for the theme are a little broader than that — essentially “songs that can entertain a massive crowd and are performed by mega superstars.”
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With that in mind, we’ve cooked up some dream suggestions for the six remaining finalists — the better to stop them from offering up the »
I — say — God — Damn!
The intravenous jab of callous madness, black comedy and strange unwholesome euphoria in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction hits me as hard now as when I first saw it 20 years ago. I sometimes think this is what it must have been like for record-buyers when Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel was released. It all first broke out at the Grand Théâtre Lumière at the Cannes film festival in 1994: Pulp Fiction was in competition, up against world cinema’s heavy-hitters: Nikita Mikhalkov’s Burnt By the Sun, Nanni Moretti’s Caro Diario, Edward Yang’s Confucian Confusion, and perhaps most prominently Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colours Red — widely tipped for the Palme D’Or. The jury president »
- Peter Bradshaw
Heartbreak Hotel advertises itself as a “rock and roll fantasy”; had it truly been that, it might have been something special. Most everything that happens in Hotel defies belief to some degree, but little of it truly feels fantastic. One can hardly blame Chris Columbus (in only his second film as director) for becoming enamored by the mythos of Elvis Presley, but his approach to king of rock and roll, like so many of them, feels minor compared to the man himself, and his legacy reduced to little more than a drawl and some cheesy catchphrases.
- Anders Nelson
The Voice UK is getting through those blind auditions - we had ten more today, with six acts making it onto a team. It's a surprise the coaches had time to press their button in between all their japes - from Sir Tom's impression of an impression of himself (confused?) to Ricky's uncanny impersonation of Orville the Duck and shocking admission that he's never had a cup of tea. And no-one even answered our burning question of just what is in will.i.am's backpack.
Still, Rita, Sir Tom and will.i.am managed to add one act each to their teams - while Ricky went and bagged three more (Will kind of scorned him by saying: "Ricky's turning for everything because he's afraid of missing out" - ouch! - while Sir Tom sighed of Ricky's success: "I'm not upset about it - I'm disgusted with it.") But who had the best audition? »
The Voice UK kicked off in style last weekend, and there are even more blind auditions to come! This weekend, ten more hopefuls take to the stage in an attempt to make those coaches turn.
If you want to know what to expect on Saturday, you're in luck - we've got info on all of the contestants (and their pictures, too!). Read on for all the details...
1. Jade Hewitt - 27, Sheffield
Song: 'Here for the Party ' - Gretchen Wilson
2. Marc Armstrong - 36, London
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. »
"American Idol" is back for Season 14 and it's important to remind you: The last two winners have been Candice Glover and Caleb Johnson. For the past few years, the ability to make stars has been the thing "Idol" has used to set it apart from the higher-rated "Voice." It's not like the coronation of Phillip Phillips, an artist with probably more album sales than every "Voice" winner combined, was that long ago, but in a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately business, "Idol" could use another breakout soon. [Note that ratings were Way down for "The Voice" this past season, as the NBC singing competition appears to have peaked and be heading into the predictable slide that almost all competition shows eventually go into. While pundits love to talk trash about the decline in "Idol" ratings, folks were oddly silent about "The Voice" in the fall. Shrug.] Expect more declines for "Idol" this season, but a breakout, incandescent star might help. So let's get down to the business of recapping Wednesday (January 7) night's premiere! With Fox sending out screeners, the live-blog times line up with episode time-code and not with any time from a real clock. Oh and Thursday's (January 8) two-hour »
- Daniel Fienberg
8 items from 2015
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