The sun may have finally, truly set on the British Empire. Deadline‘s Tim Adler reports a startling admission from a co-producer of one of Simon Cowell’s legendary British television talent extravaganzas. Let the Kingdom tremble:
Talkback Thames, which co-produces Simon Cowell’s Britain’s Got Talent with his Syco, has admitted to me that the Read More
A year ago, Natasha Vargas-Cooper, a California-based contributor to the Awl and Gawker, named 26-year-old Manhattanite Katie Baker among her favorite female bloggers in a blog post. Ms. Baker linked appreciatively to the post on her Tumblr, calling Ms. Vargas-Cooper, whom she’d never met, “a lady I luv.” After that, “the lovefest continued,” said Ms. Read More
Designer John Varvatos is stealing a page from American Idol creator Simon Fuller‘s playbook, announcing the launch of his own “Free The Noise” battle of the bands contest to be broadcast on the Spin magazine Web site SPINearth.tv.
The fashionable 50-something self-professed “music junkie”—whose past ad campaigns have featured rockers Perry Farrell and Scott Read More
Listen, I realize I’m about seven years too late when it comes to being obsessed with American Idol. Like, way behind the rest of the country (just like I was with cell phones, microwaves and the Internet!). Also, I know I might be the only Idol-obsessive that started watching the show because of a certain Read More
Hoping to stave off declining ratings (last season’s dropped by 7 percent), American Idol has unveiled a few rule changes and other goodies to spice things up for the eighth season, slated to premiere January 13. Earlier this year Fox announced a fourth judge for the show—songwriter Kara DioGuardi (who’s written tunes for Christina Read More
Diana Bianchi, who co-stars with Christy Brinkley‘s ex-husband Peter Cook in a recently uncovered sex tape, claims "she had no idea she was ever being recorded." Meanwhile, Mr. Cook seems to be attempting to blame Ms. Bianchi for the leak: "I have no comment on this crap," he said. "I don’t know what she’s doing Read More
It’s a very good thing Fox has hit shows.
Because the network’s upfront presentation–held at sweltering temperature, deafening volume and interminable length in the Armory Thursday afternoon–was an unqualified dud. It started with network president Peter Liguori promising everyone he’d “keep in short” and ended two and a half hours later, with a third of Read More
As the droplets ran down his face, American Idol ‘s resident rapier, Simon Cowell, looked incredulous. After a window-shattering rendition of Shakira’s “Underneath Your Clothes,” a rejected contestant, 18-year-old Jonathan Rea of Houston, had walked over to the judges’ table as if to shake Mr. Cowell’s hand, and instead hurled a cup of water at Read More