Former Spice Girls star Melanie Brown has been banned from guest-hosting an Australian TV show due to her ongoing feud with network chiefs. Earlier this year (13) the Brit found herself at the centre of a legal dispute Down Under after giving up her job as a judge on The X Factor, which is aired on the country's Seven network, so she could sit on the panel of Australia's Got Talent, carried by rival Channel Nine.
Bosses at Seven blocked the move, proving in court that Brown remained under contract with them, and now they have fired off a 'cease and desist' letter preventing her from appearing on nightly panel show The Project.
Executive producer Craig Campbell tells the Sydney Morning Herald, "Her management said it was all good to go. Then there was a bit of a 'cease and desist' from Channel Seven that was enforced yesterday afternoon and we had to pull all our promos.
"For us, it's business. We don't want to upset anyone - it's not in our world to do that - so when Seven told us about this, we went, 'You've actually got a fair point there.' It's all good."
A representative for Seven says, "It's a court ruling."
American male model Tyson Beckford will replace Brown. The singer's fellow former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell eventually landed the Australia's Got Talent job, while Brown returned to the U.S. to sit on the American version.
The polls open in just a few short hours, at which time the fate of the world — well, the country at least — will be in the hands of the people. That means us. We, the people of the United States of America, will be able to cast our vote for the President of the United States. And the person that we (and, let's be honest, the Electoral College) choose to fill that seat in the Oval Office will determine the next four years, and beyond, of life in this country. Feeling power hungry yet? You should be! Because the only way this Democratic Republic of ours works is if us common folk actually exercise our right to choose the leader of the free world.
If you are one of those cynical types who loves to chorus, "But I live in New York, it's always a blue state" Or, "Texas will vote Republican whether I make it to the polls or not," I'm here to say — STOP! That kind of thinking only leads to trouble. You know what happens when you assume that your favorite is safe and fail to vote? He or she gets voted off! I mean, doesn't get elected to political office! If you need further convincing of voting's importance you need look no further than your own television. Reality TV is, once again, life in a microcosm.
A quick look back at Dancing With the Stars frontrunner Sabrina Bryan leaving the series in tears all too soon (twice), is a heartbreaking reminder of what happens when you don't vote. For more motivation, check out this list of reality show contestants who were sent home too early, all because America assumed they were a shoo-in. Don't let your presidential candidate of choice follow in their footsteps!
JHud may be an Oscar- and Grammy-winning artist now, but back in the day she was the girl that didn't win American Idol. Actually, she didn't even come close. On Idol's third season, Hudson sailed into the Top 10, and after the Top 9 performances earned the most votes. Just two weeks later, she was done for. Hudson came in seventh. Eesh. She deserved so much more.
On Season 2 of So You Think You Can Dance Allison wowed the judges and the crowd week after week thanks to her amazing technique, raw emotion, and strong connection with her partner, Ivan Koumaev. Unfortunately, Allison didn't make it past the Top 8. The show's producers clearly saw the error of their ways, however, because they brought Allison back as an All-Star for Seasons 7, 8, and 9.
Brandy's experience as a performer without a doubt helped propel her to the top of DWTS' 11th season, but that doesn't mean a win was guaranteed. Brandy and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were on the top of the scoreboard consistently — they scored the second highest points of all the teams overall — and yet, they didn't even make it to the finals. Brandy was sent home instead of Bristol Palin just before the final round.
No one could believe it when Chris Daughtry was eliminated from Season 5 of Idol. No one. After his elimination, Daughtry himself expressed shock at his elimination. He, like most of America, thought he was practically guaranteed a spot in the finale.
Amelia was an early favorite on SYTYCD Season 9. Her retro style earned her some choice highlights in the Vegas episodes and things only got better from there. However, fan favorite Amelia was eliminated in Week 4's shocking quadruple elimination. Yes, it was the judges who ultimately sent Amelia home, but it was America's (lack of) votes that put her in the bottom. The poor girl didn't even make the Top 10!
Jesse's elimination from Season 2 of The Voice remains the show's most controversial move. Granted, it was Christina Aguilera — not the public — who decided to let Campbell go. But that only goes to demonstrate the danger of a dictator. Do not let one person's opinion control the fate of a nation reality competition!
During his first time in the Bottom 3 on Idol's seventh season, Australian singer Michael Johns was sent home. He left the stage amid boos from disgruntled fans. Well, you know what, fans? It's your fault this happened.
Pia was a frontrunner on American Idol Season 10. When she was sent home in ninth place, judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler were all visibly and vocally upset. By failing to pick up a phone, America inadvertently made a choice the judges never would have.
If there were to be a poster child for voting, it would be X Factor contestant Rachel Crow. The pint-sized powerhouse was eliminated by the show's audience only after judge Nicole Scherzinger decided to forfeit her vote. These tears are on your hands, Nicole.
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A kids’ movie without the cheeky jokes for adults is like a big juicy BLT without the B… or the T. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted may have a title that sounds like it was made up in a cartoon sequel laboratory but when it comes to serving up laughs just think of the film as a BLT with enough extra bacon to satisfy even the wildest of animals — or even a parent with a gaggle of tots in tow. Yes even with that whole "Afro Circus" nonsense.
It’s not often that we find exhaustively franchised films like the Madagascar set that still work after almost seven years. Despite being spun off into TV shows and Christmas specials in addition to its big screen adventures the series has not only maintained its momentum it has maintained the part we were pleasantly surprised by the first time around: great jokes.
In this third installment of the series – the trilogy-maker if you will – directing duo Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath add Conrad Vernon (director Monsters Vs. Aliens) to the helm as our trusty gang swings back into action. Alex the lion (Ben Stiller) Marty the zebra (Chris Rock) Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) are stuck in Africa after the hullaballoo of Madagascar 2 and they’ll do anything to get back to their beloved New York. Just a hop skip and a jump away in Monte Carlo the penguins are doing their usual greedy schtick but the zoo animals catch up with them just in time to catch the eye of the sinister animal control stickler Captain Dubois (Frances McDormand). And just like that the practically super human captain is chasing them through Monte Carlo and the rest of Europe in hopes of planting Alex’s perfectly coifed lion head on her wall of prized animals.
Luckily for pint-sized viewers Dubois’ terrifying presence is balanced out by her sheer inhuman strength uncanny guiles and Stretch Armstrong flexibility (ah the wonder of cartoons) as well as Alex’s escape plan: the New Yorkers run away with the European circus. While Dubois’ terrifying Doberman-like presence looms over the entire film a sense of levity (which is a word the kiddies might learn from Stiller’s eloquent lion) comes from the plan for salvation in which the circus animals and the zoo animals band together to revamp the circus and catch the eye of a big-time American agent. Sure the pacing throughout the first act is practically nonexistent running like a stampede through the jungle but by the time we're palling around under the big top the film finds its footing.
The visual splendor of the film (and man is there a champion size serving of it) the magnificent danger and suspense is enhanced to great effect by the addition of 3D technology – and not once is there a gratuitous beverage or desperate Crocodile Dundee knife waved in our faces to prove its worth. The caveat is that the soundtrack employs a certain infectious Katy Perry ditty at the height of the 3D spectacular so parents get ready to hear that on repeat until the leaves turn yellow.
But visual delights and adventurous zoo animals aside Madagascar 3’s real strength is in its script. With the addition of Noah Baumbach (Greenberg The Squid and the Whale) to the screenwriting team the script is infused with a heightened level of almost sarcastic gravitas – a welcome addition to the characteristically adult-friendly reference-heavy humor of the other Madagascar films. To bring the script to life Paramount enlisted three more than able actors: Vitaly the Siberian tiger (Bryan Cranston) Gia the Leopard (Jessica Chastain) and Stefano the Italian Sealion (Martin Short). With all three actors draped in European accents it might take viewers a minute to realize that the cantankerous tiger is one and the same as the man who plays an Albuquerque drug lord on Breaking Bad but that makes it that much sweeter to hear him utter slant-curse words like “Bolshevik” with his usual gusto.
Between the laughs the terror of McDormand’s Captain Dubois and the breathtaking virtual European tour the Zoosters’ accidental vacation is one worth taking. Madagascar 3 is by no means an insta-classic but it’s a perfectly suited for your Summer-at-the-movies oasis.
Supermodel NAOMI CAMPBELL hosted a second charity fashion show in aid of Haiti in London on Thursday night (18Feb10), just a week after her Fashion for Relief Haiti event in New York. Stars on the runway included KATE MOSS, GERI HALLIWELL, DAME SHIRLEY BASSEY, JO WOOD and GIRLS ALOUD stars KIMBERLEY WALSH and NICOLA ROBERTS.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill said he was pleasantly surprised after meeting U2 lead singer Bono, initially fearing Bono would be just another rock star who wanted to use him for something. The two met during a scheduled half-hour session that lasted more than 90 minutes to discuss such issues as development aid for Africa, The Associated Press reports. "He's a serious person," O'Neill said of Bono. "He cares deeply about these issues and you know what? He knows a lot about them." Bono has become the main spokesman for Drop the Debt, a campaign for developing countries debt cancellation, and the fight against HIV/AIDS in the world's poorest countries.
Filmmaker Robert Altman (Gosford Park), who received a lifetime achievement award at this year's Berlin Film Festival, told reporters at a news conference Sunday that the coveted Silver Bear may be premature. "It's a great honor, but I hope it doesn't mean--lifetime. I have plans."
Supermodel Naomi Campbell is seeking damages for invasion of privacy from London's The Mirror over a story it published in February 2001, the AP reports. The tabloid newspaper printed a picture of Campbell leaving a Narcotics Anonymous meeting with the headline "Naomi: I'm a Drug Addict."
Although rumors of the Spice Girls' split have been circulating since Geri "Ginger Spice" Halliwell left the group in 1998, Victoria Beckham, aka Posh Spice, has just driven the final nail in the band's coffin. Beckham told Sky News Monday, "If we came out and said to everybody we've split up, everybody would say 'we knew that anyway and what do we care.' What we're saying is the truth."
First lady Laura Bush, pop princess Britney Spears and the rock group Foo Fighters will appear on a special edition of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Monday, February 11. The Olympic Tonight Show with Jay Leno kicked off Friday with Leno checking in with Olympic correspondents Katie Couric and Bob Costa from Utah.
Author Jack Henry Abott was found dead Sunday in his single cell at Wende Correctional Facility in New York, having hanged himself with a bed sheet and a shoelace, the AP reports. Abbott, 58, gained famed when he turned his letters from prison to Norman Mailer (written between 1978 and 1981) into the best-selling book In the Belly of the Beast. At the time, Abbott was serving time for a bank robbery and for fatally stabbing a fellow inmate. Six months after his parole in 1981, which Mailer supported, Abbott stabbed and killed a 22-year old aspiring actor, resulting in Abbott's current incarceration.