After getting a whole new set of judges, it looks like the producers of American Idol are considering a full scale reboot of the television staple for the 10th season, turning it into a mutant love-child of Glee and The Real World (with a touch of Road Rules thrown in for good measure). The Hollywood Reporter claims plans are being considered for the Top 12 contestants to live together in a Hollywood mansion, complete with confessional monologues to heighten the drama.
Not only that, but the show runners are also considering making the contestants go on a road trip to Las Vegas and “integrate” into the Beatles-themed Cirque du Soleil show, Love. The show producers have already put Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez on judging panel and made the superstar-hopefuls film their own music videos. What do you think of all this? Are these changes a good thing, or will it stray too far from the show you know and love? We never thought we’d say this, but we’re kind of nostalgic for the days of Simon Cowell’s bitchiness.
It looks like Demi Lovato might not be getting sued after all. Backup dancer Alex “Shorty” Welch has been making a lot of noise in the press accusing the troubled Disney star of assaulting her, but the lawyers are making moves to avoid a lawsuit. According to Welch’s attourney Don Karpel, both sides are attempting to settle out of court. And by that, we don’t mean a Disney rumble in the court parking lot.Ã‚Â ”I have engaged in discussions with Demi Lovato’s attorney,” Karpel toldÃ‚Â E! Online, “I’m fairly confident we will be able to resolve these issues.”
Demi’s reps confirmed the story, saying, “They are exploring the possibility of an amicable resolution of this matter.” For those of you just tuning in,Ã‚Â Alex claimed that Demi used her as a human punching bag while on a a chartered jet at the end of October. According to the backup dancer, she was just sitting there minding her own business when Demi “walked up…with a closed fist [and] struck her on the left side of her face.” We’re sure she did nothing to provoke her (not). It’s unclear whether the incident played any role in Demi’s trip to rehab soon after, but Alex reportedly consulted a plastic surgeon following the attack. Two words, Alex: ice pack.
“Jen has gone out of her way to keep her private feelings about that woman who stole her husband private and has always asked her friends to do the same,” a friend told PopEater’sRob Shuter. “She is furious with Chelsea for bring the whole situation back to life again and landing her on the cover of a weekly magazine tomorrow with a Brad headline.” Apparently the last time she felt this bad was when John Mayer broke up with her in a press conference. Poor Jen.
Chelsea took to her show yesterday to defend her comments, and make sure people knew she wasn’t speaking for her friend Jennifer.Ã‚Â ”I’ve been making fun of Angelina Jolie since she made out with her brother,” Chelsea laughed. “If I’ve learned nothing from this, it’s to write some new jokes!”
Hey guys, wanna know how Lindsay Lohan was conceived?! No? Well too bad, because Michael Lohan is feelin’ talky.Ã‚Â Big Mikeofficially jumped the shark yesterday on XM Radio’s Playboy Morning Show, telling us wayyy more than we wanted to know about the start of Lilo. Fittingly, the tabloid legend was created during a drug-addled hotel room romp.
“Dina and I were in Switzerland,” Michael told the host of the program. “It was the first time I ever smoked pot in my entire life.” He then “joked” that he was so high that he couldn’t leave his hotel for three days. “You’re stuck in a chalet for three days, so you’re going to have a lot of sex.” But Mike started to get shy when the host pushed for details on the position they were in when the magic moment occurred.Ã‚Â ”I don’t even want to go there…there are so many positions…actually probably on my hands and knees.” And in describing this, he ruined Mean Girls and The Parent Trap for us forever. That’s all for this week from TMI Corner!
Having bruised the inner child of everyone born in the 70s and later, George Lucas may now aim to scar our ancestors as well. Rumors are circulating that the Lord of the Franchise isÃ‚Â using deceased actors in his upcoming film project. Wow, two “nutty billionaires bringing celebrities back to life” stories in one day? What are the odds! Although we bet he has the technology to do so, Lucas is not actually raising the dead to act in his movie. According to associate Mel Smith, he will just be using animated projections.
“He’s been buying up the film rights to dead movie stars in the hope of using computer trickery to put them all together in a movie,”Ã‚Â he told Britain’sÃ‚Â Daily Mail. “So you’d have Orson Welles and Barbara Stanwyck appearing alongside today’s stars.” Smith directed Lucas’s 1994 box-office bomb, Radioland Murders, and relations between the two are still tense. “George doesn’t understand comedy, so [Radioland Murders] flopped. At least it taught me how to use CGI. George is obsessed with it and used too much in the last two Star Wars films—which I thought were ghastly.” So this begs the question: how much of this is real, and how much of this is just BS from a bitter director?
It looks likeÃ‚Â Danny Bonaduce is off the market for good (sorry ladies). The former Partridge Family actorÃ‚Â married his long-time girlfriend Amy Railsbackduring a trip to Hawaii at the end of November. Surprised? So was he!Ã‚Â ”The wedding planner from the hotel called to speak with Amy and told me I was getting married!” Danny told People magazine. “I said, ‘Honey you got something to tell me?’ Then I thought about it, and said, ‘This is a great idea!”
The two met in 2007, when Amy was just a fan of Danny’s reality TV work. Somehow that qualified her to become his full-time manager, and the two got engaged soon after.Ã‚Â Well, perhaps “engaged” is a little strong. Danny basically said that if she made all of the arrangements and got all of the paperwork together, he’d be down for it. How romantic! And that’s just what Amy did for their Maui vacation. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was going to tell him,Ã¢â‚¬Â she says. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was an unintentional surprise.Ã¢â‚¬Â They had a beachside ceremony and Danny presented his bride with a sterling silver skull-and-crossbones ring. Double romantic!Ã‚Â ”It’s our insignia,” he explained, “and I have a similar one.” Truly a story book wedding…if the story you’re reading is Treasure Island.
It looks like the Heene family has found a new and exciting way to exploit their kids, and this time it’s a treat for the ears! After soaring to the dizzying heights of fame by not soaring to dizzying heights in a balloon last fall, Falcon Heene is forming a boy band. He and his two brothers have reportedly been practicing in their new Miami home, and it’s rumored that parents Richard and Mayumi will serve as backup musicians. It’ll be like the Partridge Family, but much more desperate. Or the Jackson 5, but the dad is even more of a creep. The family hopes that the success of the band will help them sell their patented “bear scratcher” device. But don’t worry, we’re sure they’re in it for the music, too.
“Richard himself plays harmonica, and his wife is a good guitar player too,” says friend and music associate Smokey Miles to Radar Online. You may recognize him as the dude who wrote the Heene’s bear scratcher jingle. “They are encouraging their boys with the band, but they haven’t come up with a name yet. They wanted to call themselves The Balloon Boy Band, but for legal reasons, this would not be permitted, so other names like The Bear Scratch Band are being talked about as well.” Legal reasons? Is there a “Balloon Boy Family Singers” out there that we’re not aware of? Is this whole venture just a massive Bear Scratcher ad? “The family is doing well just now after everything they went through,” Smokey continued, “And they are actually a good example for other families in these recessionary times.” Totally! Why aren’t more families using their kids to pimp their crappy product!? People are so lazy.
This is not the Heene’s first attempt at music superstardom. Let us not forget last year’s musical offering, “Not Pussified.” Check out the music video (written and directed by Papa and Mama Heene!) up top.
“Attack, my chilly ones!!!” We have to say, Katy Perry made for quite an intense snow-person at KIIS FM’s annual Jingle Ball on Sunday. Like her song, the singer was both hot and cold in her Frosty get-up, forgoing the corn cob pipe and a button nose for some killer curves. We don’t know about you, but we think a snowman sergeant would have been a nice costume addition to her spot in VH1 Diva’s Salute The Troops.
Katy was just one of the many stars who performed at the holiday themed concert this year. The stage was jam-packed with some of the hottest hip-hop stars around, including Nelly, b.O.b, Taio Cruz, and so many more. Also joining in for some seasonal cheer was fellow DivaHaley Williams, Selena Gomez, Enrique Iglesias. Check out the gallery below to see who else caught the holiday spirit!
Remind us to never piss off Chelsea Handler. TheÃ‚Â talk show host isn’t known for being shy, but her potty-mouthed tirade againstÃ‚Â Angelina Jolie during a New Jersey gig this weekend was harsh even by her standards! In the middle of her set she leveled accusations at Angelina for breaking up Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt’s marriage back in 2005. “She’s a homewrecker!” Chelsea fumed from the stage. “She can rescue as many babies from as many countries as she wants. I don’t f—ing believe you! She gives interviews, ‘I don’t have a lot of female friends.’ Because you’re a f—ing c—.”
The comedienne just got back from a Thanksgiving holiday in Cabo with new BFF Jennifer Aniston, and we’re gonna guess that Angie was a topic of discussion (just throwing it out there). “Chelsea hates Angelina and doesn’t for one second buy that she is this good person rescuing children in need around the world,” a friend tells Popeater’sRob Shuter. “She thinks Angie stole another woman’s husband and should be called out for it.Ã‚Â She thinks Angelina has used her kids to manipulate her image and gotten away with destroying a beautiful marriage.Ã‚Â ”Ã‚Â Chelsea’s a loyal friend, we’ll give her that much!
Check out a (very NSFW) video of the rant after the jump!
Heidi Montag may be too broke to hire bodyguards, but she’s not letting that get her down! Our favorite bionic woman is now learning to kick ass on her own. The former reality show star is training to become a black belt in Wing Tsun, an ancient Chinese martial art. “The system is geared towards straight self defense,” says her trainer Michael Casey, “There are no rules. Punches, kicks, knees, elbows, ground fighting, strikes to vital areas. Anything goes as the goal of the system is to stop an opponent.” No rules? Well that should make it easier. RadarOnline has posted a video of her progress, and believe us, this clip does not disappoint.
Ever since filing for bankruptcy last month, Heidi and husband Spencer Pratt have had to cut spending, including their expensive security entourage. “I have had to change my life,” she says. “I can’t afford to go out to the clubs anymore because the sort of protection I need can cost anywhere from 5 to 10 thousand dollars a night…when you travel it’s even worse… That is actually where all my money went, because safety is number one.” That’s where all the money went, guys! Not boobs, crystals or Spencer’s crazy schemes, but safety! Mystery solved.