The TV personality and actor was bombarded with questions about the tiff, which was leaked to news website TMZ.com, when he arrived for an interview with Access Hollywood Live hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Wednesday (03Oct12), but quickly dismissed the "catfight" as a sidebar for the hit show.
And he took the opportunity to admonish producers for leaking the footage.
Cannon stated, "I feel like it's taking away from the quality of what Idol is all about; this is about people accomplishing their dreams and experts guiding these young people to do what they've done.
"I'm kind of disappointed in (TV network bosses at) Fox because they're taking away from the quality of what Idol is."
Asked if he thought the footage was leaded on purpose, he added, "How else would all that stuff get on TMZ?"
And Cannon assured the hosts that his wife is unmoved by all the drama: "My wife is the strongest and the classiest woman that I've ever met. If you watch the video she just maintains her composure... I don't think she's moved by the theatrics and the pageantry of it all.
"She signed up to do a job to help young people accomplish their dreams and this is like a sidebar. I hope that's not what this show becomes about - the catfights."
Good-natured Cannon then agreed to play fellow judge Randy Jackson as Bush and Hoover reenacted the squabble using a transcript from the video footage.
Carey and Minaj, the two new judges on the show, were filming an audition in Charlotte, North Carolina when a disagreement over a wannabe turned nasty.
In the video footage posted online, an angry Minaj shouts and swears at the Hero hitmaker, telling producers, "I told them, I'm not f**kin' putting up with her f**kin' highness over there."
But Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe has shot down unconfirmed reports that Minaj threatened to kill Carey as the rant continued off camera.
The ageless beauty's sibling, Jeffery, died in 1976 at the age of three and Crawford admits she does all she can to raise awareness and cash in memory of him.
Appearing on Access Hollywood Live on Thursday (08Mar12), she said, "Because of that experience for me and my family, my mother, part of her grieving process, was to start a dance marathon in our town. So, even at a young age, I kinda saw, 'Wow, you can make a difference.'
"As my career took off and I was able to lend my name to raise awareness or to help raise money... that's my passion - pediatric oncology, specifically."
And, as a mum, Crawford admits she can't imagine what it was like for her own mother to lose a child.
She told hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover, "I remember maybe three days after my first child was born calling my mother, going, 'OK, how did you do it? How did you survive that?'
"She goes, 'I had three other kids looking at me like, 'OK, what's for breakfast and how are we gonna move on?''"
And Crawford often sees her late brother in the children she visits in hospital: "A lot of them are bald and I remember when my brother was bald and how self-conscious he was; he would always wear this little red hat... And a lot of them are on (drug) Prednisone, which makes them tend to be really hungry, like my brother... so he got a little puffy... and when I see other kids like that, that really takes me back to how I remember him at the end."
The actress was promoting her upcoming stint on TV challenge Skating With The Stars and told hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover her rabbit, called Bunny, had asked to join her for the chat.
After joking, "You can never get enough good accessories in Hollywood," Young revealed, "She said to me, 'I'd like to go!' I talk to the bunny."
Tapping her head with a finger, the eccentric star added, "It's all here; it's mental."
If there’s one positive thing about Delta Farce is that is actually follows a tried and true comedy formula-- namely the fish-out-of-water scenario—with moderate success. Down on his luck after losing his job and his girlfriend on the same day Larry (of the Cable Guy variety) decides to join his neighbor Bill (Bill Engvall) and his combat-happy buddy Everett (DJ Qualls) for a relaxing weekend of playing army. But when the three unlucky guys are mistaken for Army Reservists they’re loaded onto an army plane headed for Iraq--and mistakenly ejected in a Humvee somewhere over Mexico. Don’t ask. Convinced they’re actually in the Middle East the clueless wannabe soldiers turn into Magnificent Seven meets the Three Amigos and save a rural village from a siege of bandits proving to be real heroes after all. If you need to laugh at the war on terror you might as well do it with Larry the Cable Guy. He serves up his particular brand of comedy making light of a bad situation. In fact not only does he come off somewhat sympathetically as the hapless boob with a heart of gold he also gets the hot chick at the end of the movie. Go Larry! As his accomplice fellow stand-up Bill Engvall follows his own comic routine playing a hen-pecked trailer trash denizen who views this adventure as a great way to escape his overbearing wife and snotty kids. As the third doofus DJ Qualls (Hustle & Flow) plays a trigger-happy wannabe jarhead who sees this opportunity as a way to gain some street cred. And in a supporting role Danny Trejo a Robert Rodriguez regular pokes fun at his scary looks as the leader of the marauding bandits aptly named Carlos Santana. Yes the jokes are plenty. Director C.B.Harding is obviously a Larry the Cable Guy crony since his only other feature film credit is the Blue Collar Comedy Tour movie. Honestly all that’s really required of him is to point and shoot with maybe a few action sequences to coordinate here and there. But while the formula works as a cohesive movie having to sit through Delta Farce’s comic stylings is the tricky part. What it really boils down to is whether you’re a fan of Larry the Cable Guy. If so you’ll (I would hope) realize you’re watching a pretty stupid comedy but will laugh in the appropriate parts. If not I would really wonder what the heck you are doing sitting in the theater.
Set in 1984 Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) returns to her ice-cold hometown in Northern Minnesota after fleeing from an abusive husband. In order to care for her two young kids she needs a job--and for most of the townsfolk including her distant dad (Richard Jenkins) that means working in the local iron mines. Problem is not too many women work there and those who do are subjected to continual harassment by their male coworkers. Josey lands a job anyway and starts to get her fair share of sexual innuendos. One day her former high-school sweetheart also a mine employee takes it way too far with her. Although met with strong resistance of course a lawsuit ensues that results in a groundbreaking decision for women’s rights in the workplace. Ah what an Oscar can do for a career. It wasn't that long ago Theron wouldn’t even have been considered for such a dramatic role. But with deserved recognition she gets to strut her stuff in North Country. She's no Monster but she's no supermodel either--and while it's impossible to erase her beauty its glare has been reduced. A second-consecutive Oscar win? Maybe not but a nomination wouldn't be out of the place. Co-star Frances McDormand might also be in line for a nod of her own. She plays Glory a woman who gets Josey the job and encourages her to fight the good fight something that seems visceral for McDormand. Woody Harrelson is also solid as Josey's attorney though his Midwest-stoner drawl gets in the way of the northern accent he's supposed to be selling. New Zealand director Niki Caro mightily impressed us with Whale Rider a poignant mixture of grief and vigor and with North Country she continues to impress. As more an observer than anything else Caro lets the true story tell itself--of what happened in this small town with its frigid denizens and sexist behavior. And the film is definitely a period piece á la Norma Rae in that it's from a specific period albeit a recent one and pertains to a specific region. But it's kind of slow going. There’s a lot of weeping and dramatic speeches. Still Caro makes up for it by including several Bob Dylan songs who rarely grants the use of his songs in films. Perhaps he felt a certain a kinship to this film since it takes place in the desolate cold Northern Minnesota where he comes from--and so resents.
While driving on a moonlit canyon road Los Angelenos Ellie (Christina Ricci) and her teenage brother Jimmy (Jesse Eisenberg) are attacked by some kind of giant wolf. They escape with their lives but are somehow altered by the accident. Boy are they ever. The career-driven Ellie and scrawny Jimmy suddenly find themselves with super strength and dexterity an undeniable sexual allure to those around them and heighten senses. They can smell human blood--everywhere. Uh oh. Think it's time to get out the sterling silver and melt them down into bullets. Of course Ellie and Jimmy can't deny the changes happening to them and soon find out that their werewolf encounter wasn't necessarily all that random. Still they aren't too keen on feeling the effects as their bodies painfully morph into flesh-ripping werewolves. They decide they have to solve the mystery and break the curse before it completely consumes them. Oh c'mon what's a little curse among friends?
Just like the Scream series Cursed is at least bolstered by a young hip cast even if most of them are wasted. Eisenberg (Roger Dodger) has the most fun as the geeky teenager who sort of likes his newfound powers. With his hair all mussed up and sexy Jimmy goes from a nobody in high school and to a hot-ticket item. Apparently if you didn't know this the whole burgeoning werewolf-sexual-attraction thing revolves around changing your hairstyle. While Ellie lets hers down Ricci is unfortunately a bit stiff as the supposedly tempting soon-to-be she-wolf. It's as if the actress knows how weak the script is. Joshua Jackson (so charismatic as Pacey from TV's Dawson's Creek) too seems to be going through the motions as Ellie's mysterious new boyfriend with a deep secret (clue: his hair is perfect). Judy Greer (13 Going on 30) however nearly steals the show chewing up the scenery--literally and figuratively--as a snide public relations agent with a mean jealous streak.
Movies about werewolves on a whole are pretty damn cool. It's all about how the person gets "infected" and slowly transforms from human to werewolf. Of course there's the original classic The Wolf Man with Lon Chaney Jr. and then the contemporary ones including An American Werewolf in London and The Howling (we don't count the tepid Wolf). Even Underworld's look at the ongoing feud between werewolves and vampires is at the very least an original idea. So one would think an updated werewolf story would be right up the alley of horror master Wes Craven and his Scream partner Kevin Williamson. It's not. Cursed's main problem is the jejune and derivative script. Wannabe hipster Williamson who also created the terminally chic Dawson's Creek tries to infuse the film with his usual twisty aren't-I-great-at-writing-cool-teen-speak? style. But this time around it only falls flat. Craven makes up for it a little with well-placed scare tactics and slick special effects but Cursed can't quite measure up to its werewolf predecessors.