July 14, 2012 |
Next week, thousands of wannabe superstars will descend on New Orleans to audition for Fox's "American Idol" in pursuit of their dream of being the next Carrie Underwood or Adam Lambert. But who will ultimately judge their fate is now a mystery. Like a baseball owner angry that his team made the playoffs but didn't win the World Series, Fox is overhauling the popular musical talent show after a season that saw its viewership fall by 23% and NBC's"Sunday Night Football" franchise surpass it as the most popular program on television.
January 19, 2011 |
? Do you have to be bad to be a good TV talent show judge? Up until now, that's been the thinking behind "American Idol," home of the original mean judge, Simon Cowell. Over the last nine seasons, the smug and acerbic Brit with the snug V-necks has become famous for comparing one contestant's singing to "a cat being thrown off a skyscraper," telling another, "Don't mean to be rude, but you look like the Hulk's wife," reducing dozens of hopefuls to their worst ugly cry ? and propelling the show to the No. 1 spot in the ratings.
January 9, 2011 |
When "American Idol" returns for its 10th season on Fox Jan. 19, it will have two fresh (and very famous) faces at the judges' table. And it will also feature, the network promises, a renewed focus on the warbling would-be stars who are supposed to be the singing smash's reason for existence in the first place. Ah, but something will be missing. Oh, right ? the sassy guy with the flattop and tight T-shirts. The big suspense surrounding the new "Idol" isn't whether Steven Tyler will be introduced as Liv Tyler's father or Jennifer Lopez will salvage her fading career.
February 3, 2013 |
HOUSTON - Dallas-area police have arrested a suspect in connection with the fatal shooting Saturday of former Navy SEAL and “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and a second man at a north Texas shooting range. Late Saturday, Lancaster, Texas, police arrested Eddie Ray Routh, 35, a man they say matches the description of the suspect wanted in connection with the slaying of Kyle and another man at a resort shooting range in Glen Rose in Erath County, about 70 miles southwest of Fort Worth.
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February 24, 2014 |
On Monday morning, Bree Walker opened the door of her home in Venice and ushered me in. Her very blond, slightly messy hair was tumbling out of a bun on top of her head. Her face was bare, as were her feet. She wore a loose-fitting pair of polka dot drawstring pajama bottoms and a purple sweatshirt over a blue satin shirt. Very Westside hot mom. She seemed to have a tattoo on her extremely taut lower abdomen, which was peeking from her shirt. Her gait was slightly unsteady. “I am nervous about coverage these days,” said Walker, a high-profile television news anchor in Los Angeles from 1988 to 1994 who was arrested last week on suspicion of driving under the influence.
November 26, 2002 |
Let's say you're the 18-year-old son of a head-banging, bat-eating rocker, and you've become the star of a reality show on cable TV. Your lifestyle is a seamless melding of luxury and profanity. Where, exactly, would you go to find a $385 plush terry bathrobe with a two-word obscenity embroidered on the sleeve? Chrome Hearts, naturally, a business that shuns publicity the way some of its famous customers crave it.
November 10, 2013 |
And the crown goes to ... Miss Venezuela, Gabriela Isler, who was named Miss Universe 2013 Saturday night at Moscow's Crocus City Hall. Miss Universe 2012, Olivia Culpo, crowned Isler at the conclusion of the two-hour telecast, viewed by an estimated 1 billion people from 190 countries. Isler beat out contestants from 85 other countries at the 62 nd annual competition to nab the crown for Venezuela, the country's seventh Miss Universe title. The 25-year-old, 5-foot, 10-inch beauty works as an anchor for Venezuela's Venevision television; her experience is likely to come in handy during her one-year stint as Miss Universe.