Actresses Kate Hudson and Jennifer Aniston were among the celebrities feted at the first annual People Magazine Awards on Thursday night (18Dec14). Editors of the publication honoured Hudson with the Celebrity Role Model of the Year prize for her acting, parenting, philanthropy and fashion talents, while serving as a positive example to fans everywhere.
Accepting the trophy, Hudson, who recently confirmed her split from rocker fiance Matt Bellamy, was keen to give life advice to the crowd, and said, "This is a beautiful honour... Life is a journey with its ups and downs, its challenges and its triumphs. Don't ever let anyone ever push you around. Give yourself the permission to honour who you are and more importantly, to learn who you are."
Aniston was also a big winner, picking up the prize for Movie Actress of the Year for her critically acclaimed role in Cake, and she shared her gratitude for working on such a special movie.
She said, "I have really now experienced what a labour of love truly means and this movie was never short of that."
Meanwhile, Aniston's former Friends co-star Lisa Kudrow was named TV Actress of the Year, while Mad Men's Jon Hamm won the male equivalent, and made the Beverly Hills Hilton audience burst into laughter by using his acceptance speech to comment on the venue's use of couches and mood lighting, suggesting it was the "first-class lounge at LAX (Los Angeles airport)".
Other winners included Michael Keaton (Movie Actor of the Year), Kevin Hart (Comedy Star of the Year), Jennifer Lopez (Triple Threat), and Kate Upton (Sexiest Woman).
The crowd was also treated to performances from Maroon 5, 5 Seconds of Summer and Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams, while comedian Nick Cannon hosted the first-ever prizegiving.
The full list of winners is:
Movie Actor of the Year: Michael Keaton
Movie Actress of the Year: Jennifer Aniston
Comedy Star of the Year: Kevin Hart
TV Actor of the Year: Jon Hamm
TV Actress of the Year: Lisa Kudrow
TV Show Host of the Year: Jimmy Fallon
TV Couple of the Year: Mindy Kaling and Chris Messina, The Mindy Project
Next Generation Star: Chloe Grace Moretz
Breakout Star of the Year: Billy Eichner
Celebrity Role Model of the Year: Kate Hudson
Model of the Year: Karlie Kloss
Sexiest Woman: Kate Upton
Style Icon: Gwen Stefani
Triple Threat: Jennifer Lopez
Unless you’re Tatiana Maslany, you can’t be two (or six) people at once. But you can do the next best thing and dress up like an Orphan Black clone for Halloween!
With the help of this handy article, you’ll figure out which clone costume best suits your personality and how you can achieve a look worthy of Clone Club initiation.
The most important aspect of this costume is attitude. If you’re not sporting major ‘tude, you’re doing it wrong. As a British punk grifter-turned-unofficial ringleader of the clones, Sarah’s got sass to spare. Make sure you wear your hair in messy waves and smudge on some eyeliner so it looks day-old. Throw on a hoodie, a leather jacket and some combat boots and you’re ready to take on your enemies!
Helena is probably the most Halloween-worthy of all the clones. Simply because she’s the scariest. She’s got a wild mop of blonde hair and even wilder eyes, and if there’s food around, chances are she’s shoving it into her mouth. Just one of Helena’s many…quirks. To fully become Helena, speak with her Ukrainian accent (“My seestra”), wear a white nightgown smeared in fake blood and tear into those Halloween snacks.
One suburban soccer mom clone coming right up! Are you a Type A personality with a dark side? Do you feel as comfortable holding a glue gun as you do holding a real gun? Then Alison is the clone for you! (And also you might need some help.) Fasten your hair into a tight ponytail and get some clip-on bangs. Put on your best yoga pants and puffer vest, grab a nice glass of wine, and you’re all set to do some arts and crafts…or bury a body in your garage, whatever.
If “sexy nerd” is how you’d generally describe yourself, a Cosima costume might be for you. She’s a pot-smoking science geek with a head full of dreads and a thing for French chicks. To transform into Cosima, twist your hair into some faux-dreadlocks, then throw on a pair of geeky glasses, a fake nose ring and a lab coat. A swooping cat-eye will complete your look.
Rachel is the ice queen of clones. Cold, calculating and (almost) always in control, Rachel loves antagonizing her fellow clone sisters. You’ll need a proper British accent, a poker face, and some well-tailored business attire to embody the character. Top it off with an asymmetrical blonde bob and you’ll instantly become a force to be reckoned with. (Bonus points if you can make it look like a pencil is sticking out of your eye. If you watch the show, you’ll most certainly get that reference).
Tony (aka the trans clone) caused quite a stir when he appeared on the show for one episode in season two. We only got a brief glimpse into his character, but so far we know he’s cocky, confident and a tiny bit criminal. You’ll need a goatee, a long mullet and some swagger to pull off this costume.
Helena as Sarah as Beth
This show – and the acting prowess of Tatiana Maslany – frequently blows people’s minds. And with a costume like this, you can too! For a head-spinning scene in season one, Helena pretends to be Sarah, who’s pretending to be Beth (the cop clone who offed herself in episode one). Get yourself a button-down shirt, a blazer and a beanie to cover your hair. Use some eye shadow to achieve Helena’s dark circles, and there you have it – you’re officially a triple threat!
If you’re still having trouble deciding, round up a bunch of your friends and be ALL of the clones! Clone dance party, anyone?
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It takes a lot of effort for Hugh Jackman to look anything less than handsome at all times. Sure, there’s the occasional awkward running picture or a bad haircut for a period film, but for the most part, his dashing good looks prevail. However, nothing tests that theory quite like a dramatic new look, like the bald-head-with-full-beard that he’s currently rocking for his role as Blackbeard in Joe Wright’s upcoming film Pan. Jackman unveiled a picture of himself and his newly shorn head on Tuesday morning, and while we’re still torn on his new haircut, there’s no doubt that Jackman can pull off a pirate beard like very few others could.
After all, Jackman has a lot more experience with film-required facial hair than almost anyone in Hollywood. So, the real question here isn't whether Jackman still looks good with his new look - of course he does! - but whether this beard is better than all of the other movie beards that the triple-threat has grown over the years. Sure, it belongs to a legendary pirate, but is it better than the iconic Wolverine mutton chops? How about his scraggly convict look from Les Miserables? In order to prove, once and for all, which Jackman beard reigns supreme, we've ranked the actor's many movie beards.
7. Mountain Man Logan in The Wolverine You'd think it would be impossible to make Wolverine, one of the hottest superheroes of all time, unattractive, but it turns out that all it takes is the combination of a scraggly, unruly beard and some limp, greasy hair extensions.
6. Wace in Erkinsville Kings While Jackman's doing his best to make that patchy goatee work, it's just too uneven and awkwardly grown to properly highlight those cheekbones. Plus, it makes him look old and haggard, which are two words that should never be used to describe him.
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5. Jean Valjean in Les Miserables If you consider that the prison Valjean spent 15 years locked away in mot likely didn't have things like razors, running water or the concept of basic grooming, the resulting beard isn't actually that bad.
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4. Keller Dover in Prisoners It's not the best movie beard that Jackman has ever worn, but do you really want to be the one to tell that guy to shave it off? He'll probably strangle you if you even think anything bad about his facial hair.
3. Blackbeard in Pan Not since Johnny Depp put gold fronts on his teeth to play Jack Sparrow has an actor gone from "regular guy" to "full-blown pirate" so quickly. And Jackman didn't even need any extensions.
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2. Logan/Wolverine in the X-Men films It might seem blasphemous to deny Jackman's most iconic character the top spot, but when you really stop and think about it, that mutton chop/chin beard hybrid is pretty stupid-looking. It's a testament to Jackman's good looks that he manages to pull it off so well.
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1. Drover in Australia Australia might not be a very good movie, but it did give the world the gift of Jackman as a rugged, scruffy cowboy, and for that, we will be eternally grateful - although not grateful enough to stop making jokes about it.
Actress Emma Roberts was honoured for her career achievements at the Maui Film Festival in Hawaii on Thursday night (05Jun14). Julia Roberts' niece was presented with the Shining Star Award on the second day of the annual movie event.
On the opening night of the event on Tuesday (04Jun14), actor Mike Myers presented a special honour to music manager Shep Gordon. The industry mogul, who is the subject of Myers' film Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, picked up the Maverick Award.
Other stars set for honours during the festival include 12 Years A Slave actress Lupita Nyong'o, the recipient of the Rainmaker Award, Evan Rachel Wood (Nova Award), and Joe Manganiello (Triple Threat Award).
Wood made her first public appearance since splitting from her husband Jamie Bell when she attended the festival's opening night reception on Tuesday.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire blazed its way to glory at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday (13Apr14), taking home a trio of top prizes. Co-stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson fought off competition to land the Best Female and Best Male Performance honours, while the film itself claimed the night's most coveted title for Movie of the Year.
Accepting the Movie of the Year award with co-star Sam Claflin, Hutcherson paid tribute to late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who played Plutarch Heavensbee in the film franchise. He said, "I know that if Philip were here, he would really think this was really cool and to have him in our movies was one of the coolest things in the world, he's one of the actors I've looked up to my entire life, and we think about him every day on set, so wherever he is, this definitely goes out to him as well."
Meanwhile, Oscar winner Jared Leto scored gold again for his role as transgender HIV sufferer Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club, taking home the Best On-Screen Transformation trophy, Zac Efron was feted with the Best Shirtless Performance and comedy We're the Millers won Best Kiss for Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter, who also took home the Breakthrough Performance prize. Channing Tatum received the Trailblazer Award and Mark Wahlberg was presented with the Generation Award.
Jordana Brewster was on hand to remember her tragic Fast & Furious co-star Paul Walker, who died in an horrific car crash in November (13). She said, "He was humble. He thought about others. He never asked for credit or glory. He was just a really good guy." She then introduced a video montage of Walker's best performances.
Musical appearances at the Los Angeles ceremony, which was hosted by comedian Conan O'Brien, came from the likes of Ellie Goulding, Twenty One Pilots and rapper Eminem and Rihanna, who teamed up to perform their smash hit The Monster live on TV for the first time.
The main list of winners is as follows: Movie of the Year: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Best Female Performance: Jennifer Lawrence - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Best Male Performance: Josh Hutcherson - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Breakthrough Performance: Will Poulter - We're the Millers Best Kiss: Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter - We're the Millers Best Fight: Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly vs Orcs in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Best Comedic Performance: Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street Best Shirtless Performance: Zac Efron - That Awkward Moment Best Villain: Mila Kunis - Oz The Great and Powerful Best On-Screen Transformation: Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club Best Musical Moment: Backstreet Boys, Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen and Craig Robinson performing Everybody in This is the End Best Cameo Performance: Rihanna - This is the End Favorite Character: Shailene Woodley as Beatrice 'Tris' Prior in Divergent Trailblazer Award: Channing Tatum WTF Moment: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street Best Scared-As-S**t Performance: Brad Pitt – World War Z Best On-Screen Duo: Vin Diesel and Paul Walker – Fast & Furious 6 Best Hero: Henry Cavill as Clark Kent –Man of Steel Generation Award: Mark Wahlberg.
Dallas Buyers Club and Gravity were the toast of the 2014 Oscars on Sunday (02Mar14), but it was 12 Years A Slave which was named Best Picture on Hollywood's biggest night. The Steve McQueen slave drama was a triple threat, also scoring Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong'o and Best Adapted Screenplay for John Ridley.
AIDS drama Dallas Buyers Club served up a double win in the male acting categories with Matthew McConaughey earning his first Oscar for Best Actor and Jared Leto claiming Best Supporting Actor, while Cate Blanchett took home the Best Actress title for her star turn in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine.
However, it was Gravity which scored the most wins of the night with seven, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron and a string of technical awards.
The 86th annual ceremony was presented by Ellen DeGeneres and she opened the prestigious event by joking about the heavy rain which has lashed the usually-sunny state of California in the past few days, and poking fun at Jennifer Lawrence for her clumsy nature after she stumbled and fell to her knees on the red carpet as she arrived at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood - a year after she tripped up the stairs on the way to pick up her 2013 Best Actress Oscar.
Each of the nominations for Best Original Song were performed, but it was Frozen star Idina Menzel's rendition of Let It Go which earned husband and wife songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez the award.
Pop star Pink helped to celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz by belting out Somewhere Over the Rainbow in front of Judy Garland's children Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft, who were among the guests in the audience, and Bette Midler made her performance debut at the awards by singing Wind Beneath My Wings following the annual In Memoriam segment, which featured tributes to the likes of James Gandolfini, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Karen Black, Paul Walker, Annette Funicello, Peter O'Toole, Richard Griffiths, Sid Caesar, Shirley Temple Black, Harold Ramis, film critic Roger Ebert and former Academy president Tom Sherak.
The full list of winners at the 2014 Oscars is:
Best Motion Picture of the Year:
12 Years A Slave
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role:
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:
Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years A Slave
Best Achievement in Directing:
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Best Writing, Original Screenplay:
Spike Jonze, Her
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay:
John Ridley, 12 Years A Slave
Best Animated Feature Film:
Frozen - Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee & Peter Del Vecho
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year:
The Great Beauty (Italy)
Best Achievement in Cinematography:
Gravity - Emmanuel Lubezki
Best Achievement in Film Editing:
Gravity - Alfonso Cuaron & Mark Sanger
Best Achievement in Production Design:
The Great Gatsby - Catherine Martin & Beverley Dunn
Best Achievement in Costume Design:
The Great Gatsby - Catherine Martin
Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling:
Dallas Buyers Club - Adruitha Lee & Robin Mathews
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score:
Gravity - Steven Price
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song:
Let It Go from Frozen - Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing:
Gravity - Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead & Chris Munro
Best Achievement in Sound Editing:
Gravity - Glenn Freemantle
Best Achievement in Visual Effects:
Gravity - Timothy Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk & Neil Corbould
Best Documentary, Feature:
Twenty Feet From Stardom - Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers
Best Documentary, Short Subject:
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Best Short Film, Animated:
Mr Hublot - Laurent Witz & Alexandre Espigares
Best Short Film, Live Action:
Helium - Anders Walter & Kim Magnusson
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award:
Actress Sandra Bullock and pop superstar Justin Timberlake were the toast of the 2014 People Choice Awards after each taking home a handful of top honours. The Hollywood beauty claimed the first three prizes of Wednesday's (08Jan14) ceremony as she picked up the title for Favorite Movie Actress and was handed trophies for Favorite Comedic and Dramatic Movie Actress, too.
Her space disaster film, Gravity, was also named Favorite Dramatic Movie and her onscreen work with George Clooney landed her the Favorite Movie Duo award.
Timberlake was a triple threat at the Los Angeles ceremony, claiming Favorite Male Artist, R&B Artist and Favorite Album for The 20/20 Experience.
Robert Downey, Jr. was another big winner - he walked away as the Favorite Action Movie Star, while his superhero blockbuster Iron Man 3 was named Favorite Movie and Favorite Action Movie.
Newlywed Kaley Cuoco was given another couple of reasons to celebrate - she was handed the Favorite Comedic TV Actress honour for The Big Bang Theory, while the sitcom was also the winner of the Favorite Network TV Comedy category.
As she accepted her acting accolade, Cuoco, who wed tennis player Ryan Sweeting on New Year's Eve (31Dec13), gave a special shout out to her new husband, saying, "This is the second best thing that happened to me all year; the first was marrying you baby! I love you."
Meanwhile, Jennifer Hudson fought back tears as she was hailed the Favorite Humanitarian for her work with the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, the children's organisation she founded in 2008 to help underprivileged kids following the murder of her seven-year-old nephew.
She stepped onstage with her sister Julia to accept the award and paid tribute to her late mother and brother, who were also killed in the family tragedy, telling the crowd: "We wanna dedicate this to our mother, who taught us... that without family, you have nothing, and our brother, who was the most giving."
Awards co-hosts Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs kicked off the show with a skit straight from the diner of their hit sitcom 2 Broke Girls, featuring guest appearances by The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder, The Crazy Ones' Sarah Michelle Gellar, Christina Aguilera, Ian Ziering, The Big Bang Theory co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, and talk show host Arsenio Hall. Cuoco also made a cameo in the opening sketch, handing over the honour of presenting the prizegiving after joking that she was going to be busy on the night of the event.
Musical performances came from the likes of Brad Paisley and OneRepublic, and presenters included LL Cool J, Zac Efron, Heidi Klum, Jessica Alba and Malin Akerman.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Favorite Movie - Iron Man 3
Favorite Movie Actor - Johnny Depp
Favorite Movie Actress - Sandra Bullock
Favorite Movie Duo - Sandra Bullock and George Clooney (Gravity)
Favorite Action Movie - Iron Man 3
Favorite Action Movie Star - Robert Downey, Jr.
Favorite Comedic Movie - The Heat
Favorite Comedic Movie Actor - Adam Sandler
Favorite Comedic Movie Actress - Sandra Bullock
Favorite Dramatic Movie - Gravity
Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor - Leonardo DiCaprio
Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress - Sandra Bullock
Favorite Family Movie - Despicable Me 2
Favorite Horror Movie - Carrie
Favorite Thriller Movie - Now You See Me
Favorite Network TV Comedy - The Big Bang Theory
Favorite Comedic TV Actor - Chris Colfer (Glee)
Favorite Comedic TV Actress - Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory)
Favorite Network TV Drama - The Good Wife
Favorite Dramatic TV Actor - Josh Charles (The Good Wife)
Favorite Dramatic TV Actress - Stana Katic (Castle)
Favorite Actor in a New TV Series - Joseph Morgan (The Vampire Diaries)
Favorite Actress in a New TV Series - Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Crazy Ones)
Favorite TV Crime Drama - Castle
Favorite Competition TV Show - The Voice
Favorite Cable TV Comedy - Psych
Favorite Cable TV Drama - The Walking Dead
Favorite Premium Cable TV Show - Homeland
Favorite Cable TV Actress - Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars)
Favorite TV Anti-Hero - Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead)
Favorite TV Bromance - Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins (Supernatural)
Favorite TV Gal Pals - Lea Michele and Naya Rivera (Glee)
Favorite On-screen Chemistry - Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries)
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show - Beauty and the Beast
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor - Ian Somerhalder
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress - Kristin Kreuk (Beauty and the Beast)
Favorite TV Movie/Miniseries - American Horror Story
Favorite Daytime TV Host - Ellen DeGeneres (The Ellen DeGeneres Show)
Favorite New Talk Show Host - Queen Latifah (The Queen Latifah Show)
Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host - Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report)
Favorite Streaming Series - Orange Is the New Black
Favorite Series We Miss Most - Breaking Bad
Favorite New TV Comedy - Super Fun Night
Favorite New TV Drama - Reign
Favorite Male Artist - Justin Timberlake
Favorite Female Artist - Demi Lovato
Favorite Breakout Artist - Ariana Grande
Favorite Pop Artist - Britney Spears
Favorite Country Artist - Taylor Swift
Favorite Country Music Icon - Tim McGraw
Favorite Hip Hop Artist - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Favorite R&B Artist - Justin Timberlake
Favorite Band - One Direction
Favorite Alternative Band - Fall Out Boy
Favorite Song - Roar by Katy Perry
Favorite Album - Justin Timberlake (The 20/20 Experience)
Favorite Music Video - Roar by Katy Perry
Favorite Music Fan Following - Demi Lovato's Lovatics
Favourite Humanitarian - Jennifer Hudson.
British director Steve Mcqueen's critically-acclaimed new drama 12 Years A Slave has scored a trio of top nominations for the 2013 Gotham Independent Film Awards. The movie, based on a true story, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free black man from New York who is abducted and sold into slavery, and his performance has earned him a nod for Best Actor. He will face competition from Matthew McConaughey for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, Oscar Isaac for Inside Llewyn Davis, Robert Redford for All Is Lost and Isaiah Washington for Blue Caprice.
McQueen's leading lady, Lupita Nyong'o, has also gained recognition in the Breakthrough Actor category, which includes Kill Your Darlings' Dane DeHaan and Michael B. Jordan for Fruitvale Station, while the picture itself is shortlisted for Best Feature, against Inside Llewyn Davis, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Upstream Color and Richard Linklater's Before Midnight.
Meanwhile, the stars mentioned for Best Actress include Scarlett Johansson in Don Jon, Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine, and Shailene Woodley in The Spectacular Now.
The Gotham Independent Film Awards will take place in New York on 2 December (13), when Forest Whitaker and Linklater are also due to receive career tributes.
The Big Apple prizegiving traditionally kicks off the film world's awards season with winners often going on to land Oscar nominations and wins.
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Ah, the coveted Barclaycard Mercury Prize, where David Bowie and post-dubstep trailblazers you have never heard of pile in next to Arctic Monkeys for a televised extravaganza (ok, a televised gig in a room, where drunk industry people are eating meat and potatoes).
So what’s it all about? Well, in theory, it’s an indie-leaning prize for Album of the Year. Yep –that’s basically it. No ‘Most Charismatic Baby In A Music Video’. No ‘Most Dynamic Slut Drop’. It’s all about the music. One album of it. The best album, ever (this whole year). David Guetta and Psy do not feature – it’s a more chinstroking affair, accompanied by lots and lots of whingeing.
In typical Brit style, we love to hate the Mercury Prize. Even if you win, you can’t REALLY win. Every year the shortlisted nominations are greeted with much mewling and sniveling about the lineup and this year is no exception (YAY! Let’s have a good old moan up!).
As in, 2013’s Albums of the Year shortlist is great...if your favorite ice cream’s vanilla, your favorite dog is a golden retriever, your favorite cerea- you get the idea (you’re boring, not an idiot!).
The best bit is, you can be a dad who likes Pavement, a blogger who only likes Slayer and cats with dwarfism, or Katy Perry’s biggest fan (maybe). A colorful tapestry of impossible-to-please music lovers hating on this prize, while secretly rooting for the indie bedrock at its core is what makes Britain – and this prize - great.
Here are the contenders.
Arctic Monkeys: AM David Bowie: 'The Next Day' Disclosure: Settle Foals: Holy Fire Jake Bugg: Jake Bugg James Blake: Overgrown Jon Hopkins: Immunity Laura Marling: Once I Was An Eagle Laura Mvula: Sing To The Moon Rudimental: Home Savages: Silence Yourself Villagers: Awayland
Pick an artist at random and bitch about them, maybe while wearing a Joy Division t-shirt. That’s the charm of the Mercury Prize: a little healthy cynicism - and a lot of pretending you know anything about the albums in question down the pub.
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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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