TV Review: THE VOICE – Season 1- “Battles, Part 4”

Xenia and Sara Oromchi perform on THE VOICE - Season 1 - “Battles, Part 4” | ©2011 NBC/Lewis Jacobs

Network: NBC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: May 31, 2011 When THE VOICE premiered last month, it quickly proved to be one of NBC’s surprise breakout hits. It’s a reality music competition in the vein of AMERICAN IDOL, but the twist is, the “coaches” picked their favorites with the backs turned to the contestants. They were judging them on talent, not by how they looked. It was a great idea, and with strong coaches like Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine (of Maroon 5), it lended some fresh voices and some current pop validity to the […]Read On »

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Breaking News: The scoop on what makes THE VOICE different than AMERICAN IDOL

Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton in THE VOICE - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC/Michael Desmond

While speaking to the press at today’s NBC Summer Press Day 2011 in Pasadena, CA, THE VOICE executive producer Mark Burnett spoke about what makes this singing competition show different than AMERICAN IDOL and other shows of its ilk. The coaches, which include Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine (of Maroon 5), are a start. “We have four superstar music performers that are at the top of their game and that was really important to me,” says Burnett. “We wanted people who are at the top of their game currently, worldwide. I think it makes a […]Read On »

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Breaking News: THE VOICE coach Cee Lo Green said “Forget You” to THE X FACTOR

Cee Lo Green in THE VOICE - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC/Michael Desmond

Cee Lo Green said “Forget You” to THE X FACTOR and instead chose to be a “Coach” (aka Judge) on NBC’s new reality singing competition THE VOICE premiering April 26. At today’s NBC Summer Press Day 2011 in Pasadena, CA, Green revealed exactly why. “I said ‘no’ to X FACTOR because quite honestly I was unfamiliar with the concept of X FACTOR,” says Green. “I knew the name. I knew the partners involved as an enterprise. I felt too that AMERICAN IDOL and these other entities had run their course. This was a course prior to the new casting [on […]Read On »

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The Dork Side: This is a Charlie Sheen-free zone

Charlie Sheen at the 2006 Summer CBS Party at the Television Critics | ©2006 Sue Schneider

For your reading pleasure, I present to you an entirely 100 percent Charlie Sheen-free column (well, except for the headling and the photo to the left). Don’t say I don’t ever do anything nice for you. And you’re welcome. ‘VOICE’ OF REASON Singer Christina Aguilera has signed on to be a judge on NBC’s AMERICAN IDOL rip-off THE VOICE. Considering she’s been spending most of her week in front of a judge, this is a big step up for Aguilera. This is great news for the contestants, too. Finally, someone can give them useful real-world advice about how to behave […]Read On »

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127 HOURS One of the Highlights in This Week’s DVD/Blu-ray Round-up

127 HOURS | © 2011 Fox Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: 127 HOURS – Regardless of what you thought about James Franco’s either aloof or disinterested or high character he played during the Oscars on Sunday night, there’s no denying the man can act – whether it’s on GENERAL HOSPITAL or in this Oscar-nominated film based on true […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the BURLESQUE Premiere

Cher and Christina Aguilera at the Los Angeles Premiere of BURLESQUE

On November 15, 2010, Screen Gems held the Los Angeles Premiere of BURLESQUE at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California. Walking the carpet were the stars of the film including Cher, Christina Aguilera, Eric Dane, Cam Gigandet, Julianne Hough, Peter Gallagher, Stanley Tucci, Chelsea Traille, Tyne Stecklein, Sarah Mitchell, Tanee McCall, Denise Faye (Choreographer), Donald De Line (Producer), and Steven Antin (Writer/Director). Joining the stars were guests including Kathy Griffin, Nicole Dabeau, Katharine Kramer, Matt Goss, George Hamilton and Barbara Sturm, Keltie Colleen, David Meister, Alan Siegel, Will Ferrell, Kristin Cavallari, Debi Mazar, James Marsden, Diane Warren, Chaz Bono […]Read On »

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Profile: BURLESQUE star Cher takes five on singing, acting and being immature

Cher in BURLESQUE | © 2010 Screen Gems

In the new dramedy musical BURLESQUE (which opens today), singer-actress Cher plays Tess, a former dancer and now owner of a failing Los Angeles burlesque lounge. When small-town Iowa gal Ali (Christina Aguilera) shows up with big dreams, Tess finally finds the secret ingredient to breathe new life into her business. Having focused more on her singing than acting over the last few years, Cher found it liberating to return back into film, as she takes five with us to discuss BURLESQUE, singing on screen and being immature. TAKE 1: On the movie being much more fun to work on […]Read On »

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