Host and producer Banks axed photographer Nigel Barker, runway coach J. Alexander and photoshoot director Jay Manuel from her panel of experts last month (Apr12) and has announced Perry's wardrobe adviser Johnny Wujek and male model Rob Evans will take their place on the upcoming season of the programme.
Announcing the news on Twitter.com, the retired runway beauty writes, "Welcome the fab Johnny Wujek & fine Rob Evans to the CW's ANTM! Excited for some cuh-ray-zee (crazy) challenges."
Evans will join Banks and fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone on the judging panel for the upcoming 19th season of the show, which will air in America later this year (12).
The next series will also be the first to allow fans watching at home to share their opinions and help judges decide on the winner via social media.
Banks explains, "Cycle 19's judging panel will include your votes, comments and video messages. You will have a say in which models stay... and who goes home."
There's probably still someone somewhere that would fall for one of Sacha Baron Cohen's weird and wooly scenarios but let's face the facts: the days when Ali G. could snag an interview with Pat Buchanan or Gore Vidal are long gone. 2009's Bruno definitely let some steam out of Borat's tires not to mention the ensuing lawsuits. But it's refreshing to see Cohen and his Borat/Bruno cohort director Larry Charles flex their muscles in the fictional universe of The Dictator a vehicle that doesn't skimp on their signature cringe-worthy humor.
The world of The Dictator gives them the leeway to create crazy spectacles — at one point Cohen's General Aladeen rides down Fifth Avenue on a camel surrounded by a giant motorcade. Having a plot helps too; although part of the genius of Sacha Baron Cohen's schtick is how the viewer is made culpable by proxy by our amusement and horror at how he tricks and torments people who aren't in on the joke The Dictator continues the self-reflexive satirical bite. We're certainly not off the hook. Aladeen says and does truly outrageous things but they're also exaggerations of the world we live in. It might be a stretch to call Sacha Baron Cohen the British Lenny Bruce or George Carlin in a face merkin but rest assured that no topic is off limits. If you are offended by jokes about abortion rape feminists body hair race religion politics STDs war crimes ethnic cleansing necrophilia and/or bestiality don't even bother. However if you like the kind of comedy that makes you hide your face in your hands feeling like each laugh is being pried from you against your will you're in business.
Cohen eats up the screen as both General Aladeen and his incredibly dumb body double; the latter prefers the intimate company of one of his goats to a human while the former is a fairly stupid ruthless dictator whose own people are so disloyal to him that they actually ignore his commands to execute people. (He really likes to execute people.) When he arrives in New York City to attend a summit at the UN his uncle Tamir (Ben Kingsley) has the two switched so he can easily manipulate the "General" into signing a treaty to make Wadiya a democracy and reap the financial benefits. Aladeen finds refuge with Zoe a hairy-pitted activist who thinks he's a political dissident and is excited to be able to give him a safe haven in her touchy-feely Brooklyn grocery co-op. Instead of being typecast as another blonde dummy Anna Faris is finally given room to play as the wide-eyed naïf who takes Aladeen's very serious statements as jokes or simple miscommunications. She's a great foil to Baron Cohen who is easily half a foot taller than she is and has a wolfish grin. Their banter is often the most politically incorrect of the bunch but also the funniest.
Alas the plot. It's a bare bones situation to get a very broad character from A to B. Aladeen is obviously an outlandish mishmash of modern dictators; he spouts racist misogynist rhetoric endlessly and after a while...yeah we get it. However like all of Sacha Baron Cohen's humor The Dictator also takes a direct shot at Western countries (specifically the United States) which would be all fine and dandy if he didn't wedge an expository speech in about it as well. The problem with making a traditional narrative movie is that with some exceptions you've got to play within the guidelines. The Dictator isn't trying to do anything fancy; all it needs a few big beats and a neat ending to wrap it all up. It doesn't quite manage to tie it all together in a way that makes The Dictator more than an hour and a half or so of laughing and cringing.
Besides Faris and Kingsley there are a number of cameos by a very wide variety of comics and actors. Megan Fox plays herself Kevin Corrigan appears as a creepy dude who works at the co-op John C. Reilly is a racist security guard and Fred Armisen runs an anti-Aladeen café in New York's Little Wadiya district. The very funny Jason Mantzoukas has a large role as Nadal the former head of rocket science who was supposedly executed for not making Aladeen's nuclear warhead pointy. It's a good ensemble and hopefully Sacha Baron Cohen's next feature-length film will build on The Dictator's weaknesses.
The star, who was married to Blink-182 rocker Travis Barker, was left devastated last month (Apr12) when her sibling Michelle Tucker was diagnosed with lung and lymph node cancer.
Tucker began chemotherapy on Sunday (06May12), and Moakler is organising a fundraiser in Rhode Island to help ease the financial burden on her sister, who does not have medical insurance or benefits.
In a series of posts on her Twitter.com page, she writes, "My sister started chemo today. She has Stage 3 lung and lymph node cancer. We are having a fundraiser/support benefit for her...
"If U (sic) are in RI (Rhode Island) & would like to come it will be June 30th at the DIP Club from 6 to 11pm! Let's show her how much she is loved!"
The popular show has garnered nods across the board including the coveted Best Musical category at the 66th annual prizegiving, which honours the best on Broadway.
Once will go up against Leap of Faith, Newsies and Nice Work If You Can Get It for the top prize.
Meanwhile Clybourne Park, Other Desert Cities, Peter and the Starcatcher and Venus in Fur will all compete for the Best Play accolade.
Hollywood star Phillip Seymour Hoffman is nominated in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play category for his part in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and he'll go head-to-head with John Lithgow (The Columnist), Frank Langella (Man and Boy), James Earl Jones (Gore Vidal's The Best Man) and James Corden (One Man, Two Guvnors) for the honour.
Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon is up for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play title for her turn in Wit but she'll face stiff competition from Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur), Tracie Bennett (End of the Rainbow), Stockard Channing (Other Desert Cities) and Linda Lavin (The Lyons).
Also landing mentions were new Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield for his feature role in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and David Alan Grier for his part in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess.
The winners will be unveiled at the prizegiving ceremony, hosted by funnyman Neil Patrick Harris, on 10 June (12) at The Beacon Theatre in New York City.
The main list of nominees is as follows:
Other Desert Cities
Peter and the Starcatcher
Venus in Fur
Leap of Faith
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Best Book of a Musical:
Lysistrata Jones - Douglas Carter Beane
Newsies - Harvey Fierstein
Nice Work if You Can Get It - Joe Dipietro
Once - Enda Walsh
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre:
Bonnie & Clyde - Frank Wildhorn and Don Black
Newsies - Alan Menken and Jack Feldman
One Man, Two Guvnors - Grant Olding
Peter and the Starcatcher - Wayne Barker and Rick Elice
Best Revival of a Play:
Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
Gore Vidal's The Best Man
Best Revival of a Musical:
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Jesus Christ Superstar
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play:
James Corden - One Man, Two Guvnors
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
James Earl Jones - Gore Vidal's The Best Man
Frank Langella - Man and Boy
John Lithgow - The Columnist
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play:
Nina Arianda - Venus in Fur
Tracie Bennett - End of the Rainbow
Stockard Channing - Other Desert Cities
Linda Lavin - The Lyons
Cynthia Nixon - Wit
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical:
Danny Burstein - Follies
Jeremy Jordan - Newsies
Steve Kazee - Once
Norm Lewis - The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Ron Raines - Follies
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical:
Jan Maxwell - Follies
Audra McDonald - The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Cristin Milioti - Once
Kelli O'Hara - Nice Work If You Can Get It
Laura Osnes - Bonnie & Clyde
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play:
Christian Borle - Peter and the Starcatcher
Michael Cumpsty - End of the Rainbow
Tom Edden - One Man, Two Guvnors
Andrew Garfield - Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
Jeremy Shamos - Clybourne Park
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play:
Linda Emond - Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
Spencer Kayden - Don't Dress for Dinner
Celia Keenan-Bolger - Peter and the Starcatcher
Judith Light - Other Desert Cities
Condola Rashad - Stick Fly
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical:
Phillip Boykin - The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Michael Cerveris - Evita
David Alan Grier -The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Michael McGrath - Nice Work If You Can Get It
Josh Young - Jesus Christ Superstar
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical:
Elizabeth A. Davis - Once
Jayne Houdyshell - Follies
Judy Kaye - Nice Work if You Can Get It
Jessie Mueller - On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
Da'Vine Joy Randolph - Ghost the Musical
Best Direction of a Play:
One Man, Two Guvnors - Nicholas Hytner
Clybourne Park - Pam MacKinnon
Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Mike Nichols
Peter and the Starcatcher - Roger Rees and Alex Timbers
Best Direction of a Musical:
Newsies - Jeff Calhoun
Nice Work If You Can Get It - Kathleen Marshall
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess - Diane Paulus
Once - John Tiffany
Evita - Rob Ashford
Newsies - Christopher Gattelli
Once - Steven Hoggett
Nice Work If You Can Get It - Kathleen Marshall
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess - William David Brohn and Christopher Jahnke
Nice Work If You Can Get It - Bill Elliott
Once - Martin Lowe
Newsies - Danny Troob.
Since photo shoot manager Jay Manuel, runway diva coach Miss J. Alexander, and fashion photographer Nigel Barker were fired from America's Next Top Model last week, we haven't been smiling with our mouths or our eyes. Though it's hard to imagine what the next season sorry, cycle will look like without them, on Tuesday Tyra Banks tried to assure viewers that their dismissal is for the best.
“We reached a point, where were feel the show needs a new boost,” she told Access Hollywood at the 2012 Matrix Awards in New York. “It’s very difficult because I love my guys, they’re my guys ... They’ve been there since the beginning of the show.” Banks added that there's a chance we might see them on ANTM again. “My partner Ken Mok and I have projects we’re developing, and we’re a family, it doesn’t end,” she said.
Banks also bemoaned their departure on her Facebook page, writing, “To my Nigel Barker, Miss J, and Mr Jay: Thank you for all of our years together on America’s Next Top Model! Working with you is always an absolute pleasure. Excited for what the future holds for us. XOXO, TyTy." Hopefully one of them will open up about their real thoughts on "TyTy" soon, because the only good thing to come out of this is the potential for bitchy backstage gossip.
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The 1995 Miss USA, who was married to Blink-182 star Travis Barker, took to Twitter.com on Monday (23Apr12) to note her outrage after the attack outside her home in Calabasas, California.
She wrote, "A (sic) eagle attacked my 2 chi's today, my girl pup is at the vet, my boy is missing, between my cat and my pups, I'm about to fckn (f**king) kill things... I am so incredibly sad."
Moakler later told website HollyScoop.com, "I live in a neighbourhood where coyotes and hawks are prevalent. We took the dogs outside to go to the bathroom and they were attacked by a hawk. My one puppy may have lost an eye; we won't know for a couple weeks and the bird flew off with my other puppy. It was like out of a movie."
It's not the first time Moakler has lost a pet to local predators: "I have lost two animals in a month from coyotes and hawks. I even installed coyote fences."
And now she's warning her neighbours to be on the look out for predators: "I just hope people with small dogs will start taking precautions with their pets outside and try to protect them from predators. I hope people just remember not to take things for granted as you never know when they can be gone, both people and fur babies."
America's Next Top Model judge Nigel Barker might be okay with host Tyra Banks' decision to lay off all the men on the show, but that doesn't mean we are.
The British photographer, who says the firing "wasn't a shock," was the show's only source of male eye candy. Not only that but the noted fashion photographer was known to call it like he sees it — in front of and behind the camera. The aspiring hopefuls looked up to him and respected his opinion. Harder to do with the other male mentors, who were known to prance around in heels and dress in costume.
A staple on the show ever since joining in the second season (or Cycle 2 as Banks likes to call it), Barker held his own against past judges and models like Janice Dickinson and Paulina Porizkova. Their two departures proved that the last thing the modeling competition needed was more female models. Let's just hope that now that Barker and the boys are moving on, the show does with three new, and equally interesting, men.
As we learned earlier today — and are still reeling from — Tyra Banks has fired almost everyone from America's Next Top Model.
All we knew at the time was that ratings during "cycle 18" were down quite a bit, and The CW issued the following statement on the three major firings, er, non-renewals: "Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel and J. Alexander have been an integral part of the ‘America’s Next Top Model’ brand and they helped turn this show into the household name it is today. They have been amazing assets to the show and will always be a part of the ‘Top Model’ family. We will continue to actively work with each of them on future projects."
But a little more light has been shed on the shake-up, courtesy of the Top Model personalities themselves. Barker told E! News that he wasn't all that surprised: "It wasn't a shock. I'm friends with Tyra and the producers. There had been a discussion that ratings were down and that something like this would happen. There had been previous years where discussions about me being eliminated from the show had happened and I had actually survived the chopping block before."
Manuel, too, has spoken out on the layoff in a ]
Tyra Banks, executive producer, host, and mastermind of America's Next Top Model, the world's highest budget cable access show, has cycled through so many hosts, lackeys, and sidekicks that she is a wrongful termination suit waiting to happen. But there was a trio of regulars we thought would never leave the show: photo shoot manager Jay Manuel, runway diva coach Miss J. Alexander, and noted fashion photographer Nigel Barker. Guess what? They've all gotten the boot.
Their contracts have not been renewed for the next "cycle" of the CW show, which will be its 19th. The CW confirms to Hollywood.com that the trio of ANTM personalities will not return to the show.
The CW also delivered this statement from Ken Mok and Banks, who both serve as executive producers on the show: "Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel and J. Alexander have been an integral part of the ‘America’s Next Top Model’ brand and they helped turn this show into the household name it is today. They have been amazing assets to the show and will always be a part of the ‘Top Model’ family. We will continue to actively work with each of them on future projects."
The current "British Invasion" edition of the show is doing horribly in the ratings, dropping nearly 50% in the 18-to-49 demographic that advertisers crave. I admit that even I stopped watching. Maybe Tyra thinks that the show's long-standing formula needs a shake up or she's trying to save herself some dough by getting rid of expensive long-time employees and bringing in some cheap new blood. (If that's the case, I'll say mean things about the girls pictures for pennies on the dollar!) Maybe Tyra has just finally given into her own ego and will be planning the shoots, doing the makeovers, taking the photos, judging the panel, yelling at the girls, writing the Tyra Mail which never quite rhymes, picking up the wet bikinis lying by the pool, and booking the limos to panel all on her own. Still the show will be nothing without Jay Manuel's florescent hair and condescention, Miss J.'s dismissive critiques, or Nigel's stern level-headedness (and rather handsome face). Sure, we've seen Janice Dickinson, Paulina Porizkova, Twiggy, Nole Marin, André Leon Talley, and plenty of others come and go, but the J's have been around since Season One and Nigel since Season Two. They were as much a part of the show as Tyra's fivehead. They will be missed. Because she is the best, or the most fabulous, here is a compilation of Miss J's most hilarious moments. How are you gonna replace this, Tyra?
[Image via Wenn.com]
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As the memories and tributes start to pour in for Davy Jones following news of his death earlier today, so do some interesting stories about the former Monkee -- like the one about him turning down the chance to be on Dancing with the Stars just last year.
According to his wife, professional dancer Jessica Pacheco, Jones would've won. "The only problem we would have is me letting him lead," she said.
Jones was very much interested in dancing, just not publicly, thus explaining why we again didn't see his name on the recently announced list of celebrities participating in the upcoming 14th season of the show. And very sadly, we will never get to see just how good of a dancer he was -- or how happy it made him.