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AMERICAN IDOL recap: Paul McDonald’s boring schtick finally gone the show

Paul McDonald is voted off on AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 | ©2011 Fox/Michael Becker

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays Original Telecast: April 14, 2011 Well, I can hide my happiness over this elimination tonight on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. From the start, I have never understood why Paul McDonald made it into the meat of the competition above some of the other talented people they had. I get it that he’s a cute guy or whatever, which appeals to the tweens voting but other than that … the guy is boring as watching mold grow on toast. Seriously, he’s as interesting …Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL Shocker: Pia Toscano gone from the competition

AMERICAN IDOL - S10 - Pia Eliminated 2

Whenever Seacrest talks about a shocking results show, it usually happens on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. Who would be shocking? Jacob Lusk or James Durbin going home, and, yes Pia Toscano going home was indeed shocking. She was by far the best chick in the competition. Not just in looks but in talent. It doesn’t make any sense except for this fact – the tweens dominate AMERICAN IDOL. Not a single dude has been kicked off the show. Not one! Yet, four chicks have been given the boot. The theory is TOTALLY being proved week after week. …Read On »

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WonderCon 2011: SCRE4M composer Marco Beltrami on returning to the franchise

Neve Campbell in SCRE4M | ©2011 Dimension Films

During the “Behind the Music with CW3PR: Composing for Sci-Fi Horror and Fantasy” panel during Wondercon 2011 in San Francisco, composer Marco Beltrami was asked about returning to the horror franchise SCRE4M (aka SCREAM 4) and how it was different. “It was great working again with [director] Wes [Craven], he is a lot of fun,” Beltrami says. “It is really a  continuation of the previous SCREAM movies, but the fun thing about this one is since there was another killer, it gave me a chance to play around with the general theme.” Beltrami also says he played around with Sidney’s …Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL Recap: Casey Abrams Saved from Elimination

Casey Abrams is saved from elimination on AMERICAN IDOL | ©2011 Fox/Michael Becker

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays Original Telecast: March 24, 2011 Elimination time on the world’ greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. And this was a shocker. Just when you think you have it figured out that the tweens are dominating the competition by putting chicks in the bottom three for the past two weeks, everything goes topsy-turvy and we have two dudes in the bottom, not to mention all three people that have not yet been in the bottom. Jacob Lusk, Pia Toscano, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina are first and …Read On »

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Fresh Clip: The Cars regroup for new song, album and video “Sad Song”

The Cars - MOVE LIKE THIS | ©2011 HEAR Music

It’s been 27 years since The Cars released their last studio album DOOR TO DOOR (we won’t count The New Cars side project from 2005 that didn’t feature lead singer Ric Ocasek), but now The Cars have regrouped (minus Benjamin Orr who died of Cancer in 2000) for a new album titled MOVE LIKE THIS. Lead-off single “Sad Song” feels like classic Cars all over again – crisp, clean and keyboard friendly. You can check out the new video below (as well as the song “Blue Tip” off the album) and party like it’s 1984 all over again. MOVE LIKE …Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL RECAP: Ashthon Jones the First Contestant to Get the Hook in Season 10

Ashton Jones performs on AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 - "The Top 13" | ©2011 Fox/Ray Mickshaw

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays Original Telecast: March 10, 2011 OK, I’m bypassing all the hour-long crapfest we had to sit through in order to get through to the results because really there is nothing that no one gives a rat’s ass about other than who got kicked off. I mean really do you care that Adam Lambert or Diddy-Dirty Money sang or that they did a Ford commercial or we saw where they were living? I know I don’t, this whole hour-long elimination should be a half hour at …Read On »

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Breaking News: Simon Cowell says what he feels about new AMERICAN IDOL

Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson in AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 | ©2011 Fox/Tony Duran

While speaking to the press about his new reality singing competition series THE X FACTOR today (which is set to debut in the fall on Fox), producer and judge Simon Cowell talked about how he feels his previous show AMERICAN IDOL is doing in his absence with Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez serving as new judges alongside Randy Jackson. “I think they’ve done a good job,” he says. “I haven’t see a full episode, but I saw a three minute recap. From what I’ve seen, from what I heard, it all seems to be going well. I thought that would …Read On »

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In Remembrance: The 10 Best Scores of Composer John Barry

John Barry - THE CONCERT

If the theme’s the thing in film scoring, then the passing of  composer John Barry Sunday at age 77  represents the true end of unabashed, symphonic lyricism. There were few composers who had his way with melody. Even the most explosive action of Barry’s Bond scores had a slow, hypnotically seductive rhythm. It was a lyricism that made generations fall in love, not only with their dates in the darkened theater, but with the lush possibility of film music itself. And that was just fine for Barry, who like so many of us, spent the better part of his youth …Read On »

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TCA 2011: THE GLEE PROJECT on Oxygen will seek out the show’s next big star

Darren Criss in GLEE - Season 2 - "Special Education" |©2010 Fox/Justin Lubin

Last year, Fox was going to develop a reality competition to find the next stars of its GLEE show. With so much going on with the producers on the show, the project never happened. Now Oxygen is launching a reality competition called THE GLEE PROJECT which will seek to find one person who will gain a role in Season Three of GLEE. GLEE producers (including Ryan Murphy and Dante Di Loreto) will be involved, as well as GLEE’s casting director Robert Ulrich. At today’s winter TCA session, the scoop on the show was revealed. “We’re going to have one person …Read On »

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TCA 2011: The producers of AMERICAN IDOL explain how they will improve the show in Season 10

Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson in AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 | ©2011 Fox/Tony Duran

While speaking at today’s Fox Winter TCA tour in Pasadena, CA, AMERICAN IDOL executive producer Nigel Lythgoe explained how the show will help its contestants this year with the new judges and new in-house mentor Jimmy Iovine. “It’s giving the right information to the contestants, so they continue with their journey as an artist,” says Lythgoe. “It’s a lot more searching for that eventual winner, rather than stopping people from getting there. In the past, we may have been accused of putting barriers against them with glib remarks, instead of helping them through the process. At the end of the …Read On »

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