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Ford Motor is revving its engines over the prospect of hanging out with Catwoman, The Riddler and maybe even The Joker.
The automaker has aligned itself with the first season of Fox’s freshman drama “Gotham,” which depicts the fictional DC Comics metropolis of Gotham City in the days leading up to the debut of Batman. In doing so, the car giant takes part in what looks to be the first major announcement of a larger alliance between an advertiser and a scripted TV program for the new fall season, which is just getting underway.
At an event held in New York Monday evening to screen the drama’s first episode, Ford’s trademark appeared prominently on everything from wall designs to lounge pillows, and the automaker was thanked noticeably by Dana Walden and Gary Newman, co-chairman and co-CEOs of the Fox Television Group. At the entrance to the event, »
- Brian Steinberg
Adam Lambert will return to the house that built him when he steps in for Keith Urban as a judge for the “American Idol” New York auditions. Urban is with his wife Nicole Kidman, grieving the loss of her father last week. Also read: ‘American Idol’ Finalist Josh Gracin Checks Into Facility After Apparent Suicide Threat The show broke the news via its Twitter account, writing, “Adam Lambert will be serving as guest judge at the NY auditions. Our thoughts are with Keith and his family during this difficult time.” Lambert took second place during Season 8. He came back during »
- Jason Hughes
Campy Histrionics at Their Most Mediocre
Canadian director Jeffrey St. Jules has demonstrated an aptitude for experimenting with the cinematic form and creating hyper-realized, wildly stylized environments in his short film work. With his feature film debut, Bang Bang Baby, he’s created a similarly idiosyncratic, insulated world that ultimately succumbs to an inability to account for the demands of a longer, more involved and complex narrative.
The story, which blends the faux-aspirational insincerity of the American Dreams/American Idol ethos and the fever-dream sensibilities of Mulholland Drive, is an amalgam of all things pertaining to the 1960s. Stepphy (Jane Levy), a whimsical, idealistic high school student with a penchant for crooning, looks to an American televised singing competition as her mode of escape from small town Canadian life. This standard-issue, coming-of-age template reaches its obvious state of conflict early when teen heartthrob Bobby Shore (Justin Chatwin) randomly shows up in town, »
- Robert Bell
On the night of Sept. 14, some Americans expressed their patriotism by cheering as the Chicago Bears mauled the San Francisco 49ers. More refined types took in the first episode of Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts: An Intimate History on PBS. The classiest nationalists of all forewent TV entirely, choosing instead to read the Constitution by candlelight while listening to the collected works of John Philip Sousa and supping on a freshly roasted bald eagle.
But those of us who really know what these United States are all about spent the evening watching the unique ridiculosity that is the Miss America pageant on ABC. »
- Hillary Busis
There’s something conducive about musicians becoming actors. Perhaps it’s attributable to the performance-based nature of their work – going out on a stage, entertaining millions of folks, putting on a show… The number of musicians who have transitioned to acting and done so successfully is a surprisingly large pool. David Bowie, Justin Timberlake, Will Smith, Elvis Pressley, Frank Sinatra… The list goes on. Harry Connick Jr is not often mentioned alongside such flashier personalities, but the singer/songwriter has quietly built up a steady resume of eclectic performances be it as a serial killer in Copycat or as the romantic lead in Hope Floats. In this week’s Dolphin Tale 2, Connick Jr reprises his role as Dr. Clay Haskett, the lead marine biologist of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Much of Connick Jr’s scenes are centered on the imbalance of at once running an aquarium while at the »
- Tommy Cook
We have Nicki’s defense ready, after her former school rejected her offer to speak.
Yesterday, Nicki tweeted that she wanted to speak at her former high school but she was rejected.
I wanted to go back to my Hs and speak to the students but the new principal declined. No need for me to inspire them, I guess. Smh
— Anaconda (@Nickiminaj) September 11, 2014
Nicki never explained why. The New York City Department of Education told Gossip Cop it was because Nicki wanted to bring a camera and film her visit back. Many people wagered a guess that it may have had something to do with her sexy lyrics.
Or her sexy dance moves. You have seen the “Anaconda” video, haven’t you?
As Dr. Clay Haskett, Harry Connick Jr. is as upbeat and encouraging in "Dolphin Tale 2" as he was in the original, but it's hard watching the actor-musician work without wondering if his job as an "American Idol" judge as sullied his natural optimism. We sat down with Connick to discuss his new movie, the downside of being perceived as judgmental, and his favorite reality show judges on TV. "Dolphin Tale 2" arrives in theaters September 12. »
- Louis Virtel
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
"Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon opened up his suggestion box to find a query from a fan asking him to challenge someone to a race using a beer cooler scooter -- literally, a motorized scooter built from a cooler. Fallon brought in Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson for the bit, and offered him a beer helmet for protection, though Johnson was eager to get the race over with. "I just can't wait to ... see what's inside the cooler," he told Fallon.
Another suggestion box question from a college freshman sought advice for school, which Fallon said he didn't feel qualified giving. Instead, he called upon "Parks and Recreation" star Nick Offerman, »
- Katie Roberts
If you've heard the song, "All About That Bass," - even if it was Jimmy Fallon's classroom instruments version - chances are you're as obsessed with it as I am. It's the breakout hit from rising star Meghan Trainor, and it just overtook Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" as the No. 1 song on Billboard's Hot 100. The throwback beat super catchy and the lyrics are all about body acceptance and self-empowerment. Trainor is a young up-and-coming singer, and if you're curious about her, here are all the details on the talented budding diva! She's new to this. Trainor is only 20 years old, and this is her first single. Though she was signed to a label at 18, she's been primarily a songwriter for other artists. L.A. Reid was responsible for getting the track made. In an interview with Billboard, Trainor admitted that though she wrote the song over a year ago, »
For a prime example of the opportunities and challenges facing Fox Broadcasting’s new leaders, look no further than last week’s news that Netflix has acquired rerun rights to the network’s hotly anticipated drama “Gotham.”
The deal reinforced the sizzle behind the Batman prequel that Warner Bros. TV is producing for Fox. But in a world of increasing binge viewing, the promise that “Gotham” will be cued up on Netflix after the end of season one next spring threatens to steal some of the thunder away from the first-run episodes.
Dana Walden and Gary Newman, who assumed oversight of Fox Broadcasting programming in July with their promotion to Fox TV Group chairman-CEOs, well understand the needs of content producers to have the certainty of monetizing pricey scripted investments. They’ve been at the helm of the 20th Century Fox TV studio operation for 15 years.
Now that they’re also running the network, »
- Cynthia Littleton
With a little help from Journey's Steve Perry, Keith Urban and his musical road crew - all 65 strong - posted a video thanking fans for support as his successful "Raise 'Em Up" summer tour came to a close. Shot behind the scenes, from tour bus bunks to arena stages, the funny footage features everyone, including supporting acts Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge offering up their own bit of karaoke as they lip sync to Journey's 1983 love anthem, "Faithfully." "The Raise 'Em Up Tour may have come to a close, but the band and crew are forever yours, faithfully," Urban's team captioned the clip. »
- Andrea Billups, @princessmouse
Pregnancy hormones didn't overwhelm Carrie Underwood Tuesday. So why was the country singer crying at the 8th Annual Acm Honors at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium? Wearing a pink-and-white gown with a belt above her tiny baby bump, Underwood got emotional as she accepted the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award. The honor recognized her stellar recording career, in addition to her charity endeavors and acting work in NBC's live production of The Sound of Music. "I was getting misty-eyed sitting in the audience," the 31-year-old American Idol winner said. "I had all kinds of stuff to say you guys and it's all gone. I am so honored and so thankful and so blessed." Underwood also »
Carrie Underwood is sporting a new accessory -- a tiny baby bump! One week after the 31-year-old singer announced and husband Mike Fisher are expecting their first child together, she showed off her blossoming belly onstage at the Ravinia Festival on Saturday in Highland Park, Ill. The Grammy winner looked chic in a floral Katherine Feiner jumpsuit, which she paired with soft curls and a pretty smokey eye.Last week, Underwood enlisted the help of her two adorable pooches to announce that she's expecting. Check out the adorable pic Here. On Friday, Underwood joined fellow "American Idol" alum Kelly Clarkson (and her daughter River!) for Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood‘s show in Chicago. "I may have gotten misty-eyed a few times. Hormones? Maybe. Amazing concert? Definitely," she captioned an Instagram pic of Brooks performing for the crowd. We can't wait to see Carrie's bundle of joy! Click "Launch Gallery »
- tooFab Staff
Itty bitty baby bump! Carrie Underwood, who's currently expecting her first child with husband Mike Fisher, showed off her tiny baby bump while performing at the Ravinia Festival on Saturday, Sept. 6, in Highland Park, Ill. The American Idol winner, 31, looked fashionable and comfortable in a floral-printed jumpsuit by Katherine Feiner, which accentuated her small bump. Underwood left her blonde tresses down in loose waves and completed her look with a pretty smoky eye. She also seemed very pleased with the outcome of her two sold-out shows, [...] »
Former “American Idol” fave Katharine McPhee is beginning to build quite the diverse acting portfolio. While McPhee was last a series regular on NBC's musical series “Smash,” McPhee has quite a different project on her hands with the upcoming CBS drama “Scorpion,” which premieres Sept. 22. Also read: 13 Fall TV Burning Questions: What's Stephen Colbert Really Like? Can NBC Stay No. 1? On the series, McPhee plays Paige Dineen, a waitress and single mother who finds herself allied with a group of super-geniuses who've teamed with the government to save the world from destruction. To hear McPhee tell it, her new. »
- Tim Kenneally
Apparently apples are a thing of the past as Jennifer Lopez gets too close to a student in the first trailer for the forthcoming thriller The Boy Next Door. The American Idol judge plays a high-school teacher in a loveless marriage who starts to get attention from Noah (Ryan Guzman, Step Up: All In), a hunky teen who moves in next door and attends her school. After things go too far between the two, Lopez's character wants nothing to do with Noah, but the guy isn't giving up that easily. This includes his making numerous double entendres around her husband,
- Ryan Gajewski
Werk that bump, Carrie Underwood! Just one week after the 31-year-old singer announced she is expecting her first child with husband Mike Fisher, the American Idol winner debuted her tiny baby bump while performing the first of two sold-out shows in Highland Park, Ill., at the annual Ravinia outdoor music festival. The mama-to-be was glowing in a floral Katherine Feiner jumpsuit (and couldn't help but flash her diamond wedding ring) as she belted out her hit tunes, wearing her long blond hair in soft curls while rocking glamorous stage makeup. Mike Fisher's missus showed off the first small signs of a baby bump, clearly unafraid to flaunt her growing belly. Last week, »
In a major shake-up, Marc Graboff is exiting Core Media Group — the reality TV company that owns American Idol — less than three years after he was brought in as its president and CEO. Graboff, formerly a top NBC executive, won’t be replaced, but Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin — who jointly run the much larger reality TV powerhouse Endemol North America — are now being given oversight of Core, effectively placing them in the mix as Idol navigates its way through a rocky ratings landscape. (Core and Endemol are both controlled by Apollo Global Management, a New York
- Alex Ben Block
Pregnant Carrie Underwood's is showing!
Pregnant Carrie Underwood's is starting to show!
The 31-year-old country crooner donned a floral dress during a performance over the weekend, and her baby bump was in full view.
Photos: You Named Your Kid What?!
After adorably announcing her pregnancy on Twitter over Labor Day, Underwood re-confirmed her baby news at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago when she briefly forgot her set list. The American Idol alum admitted, "I have pregnancy brain!"
See the singer's too-cute initial pregnancy reveal, below.
Fox’s big reality gamble Utopia got off to a modest pre-season start Sunday night.
The two-hour premiere had 4.6 million viewers and a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 Sunday night. That was lower than the latest episode of CBS’ Big Brother (7.1 million, 2.3), which likewise started at 8 p.m.
The pricy social experience strands 15 people in a remote area to build a perfect community. The debut was up against the massive time-period premiere of NBC’s Sunday Night Football (an estimated 21.2 million, 8.0), yet also had a strong NFL lead-in of its own that largely didn’t stick around. (If you’re a football fan, »
- James Hibberd
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