American Idol stars Ace Young and Diana Degarmo married on Saturday (01Jun13) in California. Young famously proposed to season three finalist DeGarmo live on the reality show's 2012 finale, and they became the first Idol couple to wed this weekend.
The pair exchanged vows in front of 250 guests, including fellow Idol alums Elliot Yamin, Michael Johns and Kevin Covais, at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel in Los Angeles.
The newlyweds then danced to a song they wrote together, appropriately called I Do, at the reception.
Young, who was finalist during season five of American Idol, met DeGarmo in 2010 while working on the Broadway revival of Hair.
Before this week, the five most embarrassing words you could ever utter were: I have Blake Lewis' album. Scratch that — the five most embarrassing words you could ever utter were: I love Blake Lewis' album.
Still, I found myself defending the American Idol Season 6 alum's debut effort, A.D.D. (Audio Daydream), on a daily basis back in 2007. "Break Anotha," "Gots to Get Her," and "Know My Name" — tracks off of the album were catchy gems, embarrassing spelling be damned. To fans of Lewis — who has never been given the credit he's deserved for revolutionizing Idol by transforming into an artistry-based competition — there was little reason why the beat-boxing musician couldn't top the charts alongside the buzziest acts besides a very uncool association with the worst season worst of Idol of all time. (Sorry, Season 9 — you're still the winning loser.)
But Lewis is now getting the opportunity to have the last laugh. The Idol alum has not only scored a contract with Republic Records five years after getting dropped by Arista Records, but he's landed the soundtrack to Microsoft Internet Explorer's "Explore Touch" ad campaign. (Also known as the same company that forced Alex Clare's "Too Close" into your head for months straight.)
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The musician, however, isn't the only Idol alum to experience a career rebound years after their appearance on our television screens. Here are some other singers from the reality series who found surprising success after they missed out on a confetti shower.
Kimberly CaldwellSeason: 2 (2003)Post-Idol Struggles: Caldwell parlayed her Idol experience into various hosting gigs for FOX Sports and MTV's P. Diddy's Starmaker. In fact, the singer seemed to abandon singing altogether, instead making bit appearances on TV programs.When It Turned Around: In 20011, eight years after she was eliminated on Idol, Caldwell released a record uner Vanguard/Capitol Records. Unfortunately, even after being given a chance to rebound, Caldwell failed to impress, selling just 3,000 records, and returned to television to host Oxygen's Best Ink.
Jennifer HudsonSeason: 3 (2004)Post-Idol Struggles: The poster woman for post-elimination success failed to make a splash with her first first singles, "Over It" and "Stand Up"... When It Turned Around: ...which is exactly why Idol fans were shocked to hear the singer scored the role as Effie in the big-screen Dreamgirls adaptation. One Oscar and a successful acting career later, and we're starting to think that Elton John is freakishly prescient.
Constantine MaroulisSeason: 4 (2005)Post-Idol Struggles: The sixth place finisher became more well-known post-Idol for his performances of the National Anthem at sports games than his self-titled album released in 2007. When It Turned Around: But, O say, we didn't see his massive Broadway success coming. After a turn in the short-lived Wedding Singer Broadway show, Maroulis appeared off-Broadway before scoring a role in Rock of Ages in 2008. And the Rock of Ages stint came complete with something even better than a confetti shower: a Tony nomination.
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Kevin CovaisSeason: 5 (2006)Post-Idol Struggles: Really, did you expect Chicken Little do to anything after placed 11th in the reality competition series?When It Turned Around: Though he never scored a record contract, Covais', ahem, interesting looks caught Hollywood's attention two years later in 2008. The Idol alum scored roles in Drake Bell's College, Lindsay Lohan's Labor Pains, and, most recently, Identity Thief. And Chicken Little, against all odds, continues to act to this day.
Katharine McPheeSeason: 5 (2006)Post-Idol Struggles: The singer, who some found to be as unlikeable as she was talented, found only modest success as a singer. Singles off of her first album, Katharine McPhee, didn't quite hit as hard as "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and other Idol performances. One year later, she was dropped by RCA Records and in 2010, released Unbroken, which sold just 15,000 copies.When It Turned Around: Turns out audiences liked McPhee... just not as a singer. After acting alongside Anna Faris and Emma Stone in The House Bunny, McPhee scored the starring role on every musical theater's favorite hot mess, Smash. Though ratings for the series are still leaving something to be desired, McPhee has managed to at least make herself more likeable than Ellis.
Chris SlighSeason: 6 (2007)Post-Idol Struggles: Season 6's David Hasselhoff-loving funny man had everything going against him. Sligh finished in the unenviable 10th place, poised for little more than a footnote in American Idol's history of memorable auditions. After his season wrapped, Sligh recorded a solo album, but failed to gain attention outside of the Christian charts.When It Turned Around: The contestant, whose sense of humor clearly proved he had a talent for words, scored a No. 1 hit on the country charts with 2009's "Here Comes Goodbye," written for Rascal Flatts. Surely, that was enough to help him fulfill his goal to make Hasselhoff cry.
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Kevin Covais might not have been an American Idol victor, but he may well become one of the competition series' first movie stars. After appearing on American Idol, Covais went on to star in the gross-out comedy College in 2008. Since then, he has won smaller appearances in Lindsay Lohan's Labor Pains and the upcoming Men in Black III. But Covais will return to focus in the developing comedy Identity Theft, starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, playing an eagle scout whose identity has been stolen. With this new role, Covais might cement himself in an American Idol alum's first truly successful film career — if he stays on the right path.
Establish yourself in a genre. Covais is definitely making this happen with his line of comedy films, but...
Be afraid to take some varied, challenging roles. Jennifer Hudson has really made a name for herself in strong pieces like Dreamgirls and The Secret Life of Bees.
Channel your vocal talents when appropriate. Katharine McPhee is a on the rise thanks to her lead role on NBC's musical drama Smash, which has recently been renewed for a second season. However...
Bank entirely on your image as an Idol alum to make it big, or you'll be stuck doing cameo roles and self-directed parody gigs.
Team up with bigger, more celebrated stars, a la Jordin Sparks in the upcoming Sparkle — you don't need to be the headliner right out of the gate (you can watch the new Sparkle trailer here). And finally,
Under any circumstance do your own version of From Justin to Kelly.
Not every Idol vet is looking for an future in film or television, instead opting for cameo roles here and there for the fun of it. Covais, on the other hand, is clearly interested in a legitimate acting career. And his casting in Identity Theft, opposite hot stars Bateman and McCarthy, will do wonders for his line of work.
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Labor Day is a dumping ground for bad movies, but this year seems more toxic than usual. Three of the four new wide releases--Babylon A.D. (Fox), Disaster Movie (Lionsgate) and College (MGM)--were not screened for critics, while Traitor, the Don Cheadle thriller from Overture, has managed just a 54 percent Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes. Horror and action have always been good plays on this weekend with Halloween 2007 ($30.59M opening), 2005's Transporter 2 ($20.1M opening) and Jeepers Creepers 2 ($18.36M) as the all-time best Labor Day openings, but there is no horror on the menu at America's multiplexes this weekend, and Traitor is more of a grown-up thriller than a pure action genre pic.
That has left the door open for another weekend win for the Ben Stiller-directed Tropic Thunder (Dreamworks/Paramount). The R-rated movie satire has grabbed an estimated $3M on its third Friday, which should translate to an $11.5M 3-day and a very strong $14.2M for 4 days. By Monday night, the movie will have banked $86.53M, and I am projecting a final domestic take of $115M-$120M.
French director Mathieu Kassovitz’s Babylon A.D. (Fox) managed to score $3.5M on its opening day, enough to win Friday, but the Vin Diesel sci fi flick will finish the weekend at No. 2. I am calling for a three-day of $10.6M and $13.1M in sales by Tuesday morning. Vin Diesel, whose career seemed promising after his work in Saving Private Ryan, will likely post only his 8th-best 3-day opening, behind XXX ($44.5M), The Fast & The Furious ($40M), Saving Private Ryan ($30.6M), The Pacifier ($30.5M) and The Chronicles of Riddick ($24.3M).
There is just no stopping The Dark Knight (Warner Bros), which seems headed for a strong 3rd on the 3-day and 4-day scoreboards. The Christopher Nolan-directed phenomenon generated $2.1M or so on Friday, but the Caped Crusader will get his usual monster weekend bounce. The 3-day total should be in the $8.8M range and the 4-day is looking like $11.3M. Sometime on Sunday, TDK will smash through the magical $500M barrier, and the movie will push to a new cume of just under $505M.
Another holdover The House Bunny (Sony) seems headed for No. 4. The Anna Faris Under 25 Female-driven comedy added $2.7M to start its second weekend, and that should translate to $8.5M for the 3-day and a 4-day of $10.9M. The new cume for this PG13-rated comedy will be a nifty $30M.
Despite sub-$1M days on Wednesday and Thursday, business has picked up dramatically for Traitor. With the always trusty Cheadle in the lead, the movie delivered about $2.3M on Friday, and it will play well with the 25 Plus crowd over the weekend. It should finish 5th with $8.4M by Sunday night and a very solid $10.8M by the end of Labor Day.
The news is very bad for the other two new wide releases. It appears that Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer have gone back to the "movie spoof well" one too many times. Disaster Movie (Lionsgate) managed $2.2M on Friday, No. 5 for the day, but it is headed for just $7.3M for the four days. That is far behind previous Friedberg/Seltzer openings Scary Movie 3 ($48.1M), Scary Movie ($42.3M), Scary Movie 4 ($40.2M), Scary Movie 2 ($20.5M), Epic Movie ($18.6M) and Meet the Spartans ($18.5M).
MGM's College never really had much of a chance. With stars like Drake Bell, who has 54 episodes of the Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh on his resume, along with Andrew Caldwell (a few episodes of Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel), Kevin Covais (the singer known as Chicken Little from American Idol), Alona Tal (10 episodes of Veronica Mars on the CW) and Ryan Pinkston (a season of the Andy Richter series Quintuplets), this should have gone straight to video. The picture flunked on Friday with $660,000, and it will top out at $2.2M for the Labor Day weekend.
The news was also dismal for the Focus comedy Hamlet 2, expanding to 1,500 screens. This Sundance favorite could only muster $600,000 on Friday, and it will be limited to an estimated $2.5M for the long weekend.
EARLY FOUR-DAY ESTIMATES
1. Tropic Thunder (Dreamworks/Paramount) - $14.2M, $4,089 PTA, $86.53M
2. NEW - Babylon A.D. (Fox) - $13.1M, $3,864 PTA, $13.1M cume
3. The Dark Knight (Warner Bros) - $11.3M, $4,109 PTA, $504.97M cume
4. The House Bunny (Sony) - $10.9M, $4,016 PTA, $30.45M cume
5. NEW – Traitor (Overture) - $10.8M, $5,258 PTA, $12.3M cume
6. Death Race (Universal) - $9.68M, $3,816 PTA, $26.53M cume
7. NEW – Disaster Movie (Lionsgate) - $7.3M, $2,763 PTA, $7.3M cume
8. Pineapple Express (Sony) - $3.47M, $1,696 PTA, $79.85M cume
9. Mamma Mia (Universal) - $3.33M, $1,751 PTA, $130.42M cume
10. Mirrors (Fox) - $3.29M, $1,809 PTA, $25.36M cume
*Hamlet 2 (Focus) - $2.5M, $1,565 PTA, $3.53M cume
*NEW – College (MGM) - $2.2M, $1,036 PTA, $2.2M cume
This was no college like I ever attended! Take three typical high-school seniors--the nerd (Kevin Covais) the good-looking Regular Guy (Drake Bell) and the hell-for-leather go-for-broke Horny Fat Guy (Andy Caldwell)--and let them loose during freshman orientation at fictional Fieldmont University. Just add beer marijuana and wild sex and you’ve got what may well be a new Frat House Classic one that adheres studiously to the tenets of the teen-comedy genre which also includes defying authority and destruction of public property. When it comes to the so-called “guilty pleasures” of 2008 this makes the Dean’s List. Like any good college hangover you’ll hate yourself in the morning--but you’ll still be laughing. Credit an enthusiastic cast and a refreshing (but quite appropriate) disregard for the rules. Drake Bell (of Nickelodeon’s Drake and Josh fame) who looks far too old to be contemplating a college career is ostensibly the leading man here. Yet the principal selling point of the film is the onscreen camaraderie between he and co-stars Caldwell who plays it full-tilt a la John Belushi and Chris Farley (and that is meant as a compliment) but holds back enough when the ensemble demands require and Covais who all but steals the film with a smart shrewd take on the big-screen geek. A good deal of the film’s energy can be traced directly to them. The whole show is the three boys and they have a great easy rapport that transcends many of the worst trappings of a film like this. They feel like friends and that goes a very long way in a film that in some ways doesn’t deserve so rich an effort but benefits from it nonetheless. College marks the feature debut of director Deb Hagan who manages at times to give the film a fresh visual perspective while maintaining a relaxed but steady momentum. College is neither original nor good but it is enjoyable (far more so than would be expected) and it is fast-paced. It also delivers exactly what it promises. If it’s bang for the buck you want it’s bang for the buck you got when you enroll in College.
The end of August is a dumping ground for marginal movies that are, in many cases, barely worthy of release. Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer made friends on “the island of misfit toys,” but not even Rudolph would pay to see the “misfit movies” bowing for Labor Day weekend.
I am putting my money on a third consecutive weekend win for Tropic Thunder (Dreamworks/Paramount) with another excellent hold. With Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black and Tom Cruise all continuing to generate laughs in this Stiller-directed movie satire, it may have just enough juice to win another weekend with a three-day of $11M-$13M (my prediction is $12.5M) and a four-day of $14.5M-$16.5M (I am calling for $15.75M). That would push its US cume to $86M-$88M. At this pace, Tropic Thunder appears headed for $115M-$120M domestic.
Babylon A.D. (Fox) will probably finish at No. 2, the strongest opener of a weak crop of new titles. The last movie from director Mathieu Kassovitz, Gothika starring Halle Berry, was a disappointment with a $19.2M opening. This Vin Diesel sci fi vehicle will open even softer. Barely screened for critics, Babylon A.D. will likely finish with a 3-day of $11M-$13M, probably a tick below Tropic Thunder, and I am targeting $14.5M for the 4-day Labor Day weekend.
Vin Diesel, whose career seemed promising after his work in Saving Private Ryan, will likely post only his 6th-best opening, behind XXX ($44.5M), The Fast & The Furious ($40M), Saving Private Ryan ($30.6M), The Pacifier ($30.5M) and The Chronicles of Riddick ($24.3M).
The latest Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer movie spoof seems headed for a performance well below their previous silly satires. Tracking for Disaster Movie is pointing toward $9M-$11M for 3-days and $11M-$13M for the Friday-thru-Monday period. If my 3-day number of $10.5M holds, it will finish behind previous Friedberg/Seltzer openings Scary Movie 3 ($48.1M), Scary Movie ($42.3M), Scary Movie 4 ($40.2M), Scary Movie 2 ($20.5M), Epic Movie ($18.6M) and Meet the Spartans ($18.5M).
The House Bunny (Sony) has a strong chance of hopping to a #4 finish with $8M-$10M (my call is $9.3M) for the traditional weekend and $10M-$12M (I see $11M) for the long holiday weekend. The PG13-rated comedy’s new cume will be at about $30M by Tuesday morning.
MGM has rounded up an odd group of young actors to star in College. Included in the cast are Drake Bell, who has 54 episodes of the Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh on his resume, along with Andrew Cardwell (a few episodes of Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel), Kevin Covais (the singer known as Chicken Little from American Idol), Alona Tal (10 episodes of Veronica Mars on the CW) and Ryan Pinkston (a season of the Andy Richter series Quintuplets). With virtually no Awareness, little Definite Interest and a very soft First Choice, College will struggle to $3M-$4M for the 3-day and $4M-$5M for the 4-day.
The Focus comedy Hamlet 2 (Focus) expands to 1,500 screens on Friday, but the Sundance favorite has limited upside. I am expecting about $3.7M for the 3-day and $4.5M by Tuesday morning. That three-day would represent only Director Andrew Fleming’s sixth-best opening, trailing Threesome and Bad Dreams, both at $4M, but ahead of his political satire Dick ($2.2M).
Meanwhile, Don Cheadle’s Traitor (Overture), getting a jump on the weekend with a Wednesday opening, is receiving decent reviews, and it could reach $3.6M for Friday-thru-Sunday, $4.4M for the four-day and about $5.6M for 6 days. This will continue the streak of soft “War on Terror”-themed movies that has included Lions for Lambs ($6.7M), Rendition ($4M) and In the Valley of Elah ($1.5M).
FINAL PREDICTIONS FOR THE FOUR-DAY LABOR DAY WEEKEND
1. Tropic Thunder (Dreamworks/Paramount) - $15.75M
2. NEW – Babylon A.D. A.D. (Fox) - $14.5M
3. NEW – Disaster Movie (Lionsgate) - $12.6M
4. The House Bunny (Sony) - $11M
5. Death Race (Universal) - $10.8M
6. The Dark Knight (Warner Bros) - $8.3M
7. NEW – College (Fox) - $5M
8. Hamlet 2 (Focus) - $4.5M
9. NEW – Traitor (Overture) - $4.4M [$5.7M for 6 days]
10. Mamma Mia (Universal) - $3.5M