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 »


TCA 2011: Jennifer Lopez explains why she wanted to be an AMERICAN IDOL judge

Jennifer Lopez in AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 | ©2011 Fox/Tony Duran

What would provoke Jennifer Lopez to join the AMERICAN IDOL judging panel with Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler in its 10th Season? How about helping others? While speaking at today’s Fox Winter TCA tour in Pasadena, CA, Lopez admits she wanted to help up and comers. “In this business where I’ve learned a lot of things, I thought about where else I could put [this experience] to good use and help other artists,” Lopez admits. “We’re not here to break people down, we’re here to help kids move through it. At the end of the day, America is voting. We’re […]Read On »


TCA 2011: AMERICAN IDOL judge Steven Tyler says AEROSMITH is not dead and working on new album

Steven Tyler in AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 | ©2011 Fox/Tony Duran

While speaking at today’s Fox Winter TCA tour in Pasadena, CA, singer Steven Tyler who is a judge on this year’s AMERICAN IDOL confirmed that Aerosmith is not dead, even though he’s doing IDOL. “We’re just on a break,” he admits. “What people don’t know is we did a South American tour. We’re still rocking big time. We have one more album for Sony and we’re working on it at the end of January. We’re starting to write songs. We booked a tour for November and December. Aerosmith is so much bigger than I am. The band isn’t dead. It […]Read On »


TCA 2011: Randy Jackson says AMERICAN IDOL judging panel will be very different

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

While speaking at today’s Fox Winter TCA tour in Pasadena, CA, the AMERICAN IDOL judges and executive producers spoke about what Season 10 will be like. The big question, judge Randy Jackson says, has been who of the judges (Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and himself) are going to be the mean one like former judge Simon Cowell. “I’ve heard a lot of talk of who is going to be the tough one or the mean one,” says Jackson. “You still hear that from all three of us. We give them a full read. If it’s terrible, it’s terrible.” Jackson says […]Read On »


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Juliet Landau’s TAKE FLIGHT release party flies this Sunday in Los Angeles

Juliet Landau

Ever wonder what might be going through Gary Oldman’s mind if he directed a Jewish hip-hop music video? You can find out at the DVD release party for director Juliet Landau’s TAKE FLIGHT, a twenty-five-minute documentary chronicling Oldman’s work with the band Chutzpah. The documentary will be screened and available for purchase Sunday night, Dec. 12, 6 PM at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood 90069. There will be a musical performance by Amy Kuney and the band Common Rotation (which features Adam Busch, who appeared with Landau in BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, as well as Eric Kufs and […]Read On »


AXclusive: TANGLED star Mandy Moore planning new album for 2011 with potential assist by Alt rocker (and husband) Ryan Adams

Mandy Moore voices Rapunzel in TANGLED | © 2010 Disney Enterprises

With Mandy Moore making vocal and musical waves on the big screen playing Rapunzel in Disney’s forthcoming animated feature TANGLED (their 50th, which opens Wednesday) the singer/actress spoke with ASSIGNMENT X recently about the status of her new album. “Hopefully it will out next year some time,” says Moore. “I’m still writing at this point and want to be done writing by the end of the year and start recording next year. It hasn’t necessarily taken too much shape yet.”

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