Mariah Carey has opened up about her stint as a judge on American Idol, joking that sitting beside pop rival Nicki Minaj was like "working with Satan". The Hero hitmaker joined the popular U.S. talent show last year (12) and served as a judge and mentor to young hopefuls alongside Minaj, Keith Urban and producer Randy Jackson.
She admits she went into the show thinking it would be a lot of fun, but it quickly became a disaster when she fell out with the Starships hitmaker during the auditions.
Detailing the nightmare experience for the first time since her departure from the show in June (13) during a radio chat with New York's Hot 97 on Wednesday (13Nov13), she said, "Honestly, I hated it. I thought it was going to be a three-person panel. They gave me a nice dangling monetary moment, and I was just like, 'OK, Randy Jackson will be there; I've known him forever. He used to play bass for me. Like, this isn't a big deal. This will be nothing'.
"But it wasn't that. It was like going to work every day in hell with Satan."
Carey was quick to cover her tracks and added, "I'm just playing. It didn't affect me that much (but) I was disappointed."
She insists her time on the show wasn't completely wasted, because did enjoy watching Idol's young hopefuls blossom.
She added,"You know what I loved? I loved the contestants. And some of them that were so good - and also really good people, you could tell - it was disappointing when the judges would, for political reasons, not put people through."
While Carey is busy promoting her new single, The Art of Letting Go, Urban is returning to the judges' table with Harry Connick, Jr. and Jennifer Lopez for the upcoming 14th season of American Idol.
Michael Caine is set to return to service on the big screen after signing up to play Samuel L. Jackson's butler in a new movie. The veteran Brit, who played Bruce Wayne's devoted sidekick in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, will play the Pulp Fiction star's butler in a new comedy, adapted from 1960s Danish film Harry og Kammertjeneren.
In the movie, Jackson will play an alcoholic former jazz musician who discovers he has hired the services of a manservant after a night out celebrating an inheritance.
The project was initially intended as a vehicle for Sir Anthony Hopkins and Morgan Freeman.
The Jacksons are set to salute music mogul Berry Gordy by performing in his honour at an upcoming gala for Ebony magazine. The Motown Records founder will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the publication's annual Power 100 celebration in New York next month (Nov13) and Michael Jackson's brothers will hit the stage to pay tribute.
Gordy famously signed the band, then fronted by a young Michael and known as The Jackson 5, to the legendary label in 1968, giving them their first big break in the music industry.
The cast of Broadway's Motown The Musical, which tells Gordy's life story, will also perform at the event.
Other honourees who made the Power 100 list, which ranks the biggest players in the black community, include: Scandal star Kerry Washington, director Lee Daniels, actor Michael B. Jordan, musician-turned-activist Harry Belafonte and U.S. President Barack Obama, who has been named Powerbroker of the Year.
Nick Cannon will host the Power 100 ceremony at the Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall on 4 November (13).
Photographer Harry Goodwin, who snapped stars including The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Michael Jackson during their visits to the BBC, has died. The Brit was resident photographer at the TV corporation's hit music show Top of the Pops from 1964 to 1973, when he captured images of some of the world's biggest rock stars.
He died at the age of 89 on Monday (23Sep13) after a short illness.
His agent Stuart Littlewood said several stars contacted Goodwin in his final days, including Sir Paul McCartney and Bee Gees star Barry Gibb.
The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess took to Twitter.com to pay tribute to Goodwin, writing, "Sad to hear of the death of Harry Goodwin - a true unsung hero of music photography."
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On the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 11, Prince Harry took part in a trade for the BGC Partners Charity Day at Canary Wharf in London — an event in memory of those who died during the attacks on the World Trade Center 12 years ago. Harry, realizing the gravitas associated with such an event, made the above face.
Way to go, Harry.
Now that we know that Harry is capable of finding the most appropriate, tactful reaction to any significant phone call that may come his way, we thought we'd test him out with the most heart-wrenching telephonic moments from pop culture — in GIFs, of course.
When Rick Grimes discovered he was talking to his dead wife, Harry was all:Via
As Sam Baldwin sought solace following a broken heart, Harry just:Via
It was the last night of Casey Becker's life and Harry was just like:Via
Harry definitely knows who A is...Via
And Harry knows that Peggy is no Pizza House.Via
When Captain Kirk gets really, really, angry, Harry is all: Via
Harry ain't Jesse, Mr. White!Via
Colin Farrell is hostage in a phone booth, waxing poetic on the perils of trust, and Harry just:Via
Harry's fairly certain Alexis has the wrong number. Via
And he won't take s**t from nobody — not even Regina George. Via
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Simply put, movies like One Direction: This Is Us, Katy Perry: Part of Me, and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never are exercises in narrative futility. These movies are made too early in the careers of these musicians, when people haven’t quite settled where to place them in history.
These autobiographies are just filled brimming with self-importance, while constantly reminding their targeted audience just how “accessible” or similar they are to you and me. It’s fairly obvious that these movies are nothing more than a cash grab. So why produce a biopic, when simply casting these musicians in a fictionalized version of themselves will suffice? Surely a band such as One Direction has a large enough devout following to make any movie starring them a guaranteed hit. Even a band as hugely influential as The Beatles weren’t as self-aggrandizing as today’s lot to make a movie about their “journey” to The Ed Sullivan Show.
Justin Bieber is probably a prime example as to why producers look to make these movies so early early. Imagine trying to work his latest public flubs into that movie’s narrative of the young, aspiring YouTube star who works himself to the top by selling out Madison Square Garden (filling a venue with a capacity of 20,000 isn’t that hard, considering that it’s in the biggest city in America). It’s hard convincing parents to allow their kids to watch an inspiring tale about a musician who gets caught with marijuana, pees in a janitor’s bucket, and flips off a portrait of a former president.
One other thing that makes these musical autobiographies such egregious attempts for a fast buck are that they’re in 3D, as if the movie wasn’t unnecessary enough as it is. Now matter how you slice it, Katy Perry’s much photographed cleavage won’t be any more real behind a pair of 3D glasses than a teenage girl's daydream of running her fingers through Harry Styles’s hair. It’s bad enough children have to drag their parents into the theaters without charging them an extra $10 for a 3D experience.
Let these young musicians earn their stripes to become worthy of a feature-length autobiography. Wait a few years to ensure they won't become corrupted by fame and fortune. Celebrity worship is already at a tipping point in this country without dragging ticket holders to the theaters to watch a bloated two-hour puff piece in 3D. Listen to their music or watch them live for the real experience because that is where the real magic happens.
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Actor Michael Douglas was the toast of the GQ Awards in London on Tuesday night (03Sep13) as he was crowned Legend of the Year. A week after his separation from wife Catherine Zeta-Jones was announced, a solo Douglas was beaming as he picked up the accolade at the publication's annual Men of the Year ceremony, held at the Royal Opera House in the British capital.
Douglas, who flew in from the Venice Film Festival in Italy, was handed the prize by Samuel L. Jackson, while Sir Elton John was given the Genius award by terminally-ill rocker Wilko Johnson, and Doctor Who actor Matt Smith handed Noel Gallagher the Icon trophy.
Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens picked up Most Stylish Man, Pharrell Williams got lucky landing Performer of the Year, rockers Arctic Monkeys nabbed Band of the Year and Lou Reed was hailed the Inspiration of the Year.
Accepting her trophy for Woman of the Year, former Harry Potter actress Emma Watson joked, "Given the perilousness in the journey from child star to adult, any award with woman in the title is frankly a relief!"
Watson's My Week with Marilyn co-star Eddie Redmayne was also feted, taking home the Breakthrough Award, while Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were crowned the Comedians of the Year, and newsman Piers Morgan nabbed TV Personality of the Year.
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What's old is new on American Idol, it seems. Jennifer Lopez, who left the Fox singing competition after Season 11 will be back for Season 13, and this time she's being joined by new judge Harry Connick, Jr. Aussie country star Keith Urban will round out the judges table in the third spot, with Randy Jackson shifting over to his new role as a "mentor" to the contestants. Idol returns in January but begins auditions today, Sept. 3, in Boston, with subsequent stops scheduled in Atlanta, Austin, Detroit, Omaha, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco. Whether the new judges panel will stop Idol's ratings slide is another matter
“American Idol has always been about discovering the next singing superstar, and next season our judging panel will deliver a most impressive combination of talent, wisdom, and personality to do just that,” said Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly in a statement. “Jennifer Lopez, the triple-threat global superstar who loves Idol and whom Idol fans love; Harry Connick, Jr., a bonafide musical genius and fantastic Idol mentor whose honesty and expertise can help turn these hopefuls into stars; Keith Urban, a multi-Grammy-winning artist who was such a positive force on the show last season. We are also very excited to have our friend Randy Jackson now in a new role as mentor, and the captain of our team – the heart and soul of Idol – Ryan Seacrest returning as host.”
Connick released his own statement following up an Fox's announcement, saying, “I have always been a huge fan of American Idol and really enjoyed my time as a mentor on the show. And I am honored that they’ve asked me to be a judge this season. As an entertainer, I am truly excited to bring my perspective to American Idol, and to help emerging performers find their way.”
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Singer/actor Harry Connick, Jr. is set to be unveiled as the latest addition to the American Idol line-up after reportedly signing on to join Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban on the judging panel. Show producers have been scrambling to fill the seats left vacant following the departure of Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and veteran producer Randy Jackson earlier this year (13), and have recently been in talks with producer Dr. Luke and Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun to help find the next singing star.
However, those negotiations fell through and executives at Fox, the network which airs the programme in the U.S., are said to have asked Connick, Jr. to return following a number of successful guest appearances on the series throughout the years.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the jazz star made the deal official by attending a private party hosted by Idol producer Simon Fuller in Los Angeles on Thursday (29Aug13), where Urban and Lopez were also on hand to toast the imminent announcement.
Urban is the only star returning as a judge from the 12th season of Idol - Lopez stepped down from the panel of experts last year (12) after two seasons.
Connick, Jr. has been a longtime fan of American Idol and previously admitted he had been approached to take on a role as a talent judge years before - but the timing has never been right.
He said, "The last time I was here, I was so flattered, that they (producers) were kind of talking about it, and it didn't work out. There were a lot of things going on on their side and a lot of things going on on my side with just stuff. It's hard to make a commitment like that... What I've done thus far on the show has been really fun, so I've had a great time... Who knows what'll happen in the future."
For concert films of the past 25 years, Michael Jackson’s This is It is tops with $261M in global box office. One Direction’s This Is Us will stand out for the group’s popularity- and its director, Morgan Spurlock - while it looks to beat Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never concert doc, in second place with $99M globally. Check out more on the story, One Direction's sales numbers, and the top grossing concert films at Studio System News.