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So, even though my Dancing with the Stars rankings were completely wrong, I may have been the only person to correctly rank Candace Cameron Bure above James Maslow. So ha!
Yes, in Monday's finale (part 1), after a rollicking martial arts-inspired free dance (and a real-live kiss during his tango with Peta – which somehow couldn't even compete with Meryl and Maks almost-kiss) James was sent home. Candace looked quite candidly shocked, as did pretty much everyone else in that studio audience. But, as Tom Bergeron would remind us, "That's live TV!" And hey, at least he got to encore his freestyle dance in last night's episode.
Speaking of which, I always forget that the second part of the finale is less a new episode and more a sort of homage to the rest of the season. A good deal of the episode is spent on retrospectives, bringing back old dancers and stars, video packages, and live musical performances, most of which was delightful – anyone could benefit from a repeat viewing of Charlie White's Dick van Dyke-approved jazz dance to "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," in my opinion. Plus, Maks "joked" that he was going to "ravage" Meryl and nickname both of their "mean, Russian children" "Bear" during one of the video packages. So there was that. Now, the musical numbers were a bit on the spotty side – ranging in quality down from Iggy Azalea's earpiece malfunction, to Christina Perri's pitch-y take on "Human," to the multitasking Cody Simpson and Amber Riley, and finally, up to Ariana Grande's pristine vocals on "Problem."
At long last, it came down to elimination time: which was a delightful brand of awkward, as the three remaining pairs watched selected video clips of themselves from as Christina Perri wailed away at her piano for a good two minute plus. Then, when that was over to the relief of the poor dancers/stars, the drumroll was so long that Candace dropped her poker face and grinned like a good sportsman. She was right – she did end up coming in third place.
And I have to admit, once it finally came down to Meryl/Maks vs. Amy/Derek, my heart was actually pounding a bit – because somewhere in the last 10 weeks I became a huge Meryl/Maks fan. Which was surprising, because I usually like underdogs, and Meryl had the clear advantage as a gold medal-holding ice dancer, while Amy had a lot more difficulties in uncharted territory as the first double-amputee on the show. But on the dancer side? Derek's kind of a DWTS juggernaut – rooting for him is kind of like rooting for the Yankees. And to counter Derek's five wins, much has been made of the fact that in 13 seasons, Maks has never taken the trophy once. Plus, Meryl's admission that she wanted to win more for Maks' sake than her own rang true, and that sort of sincerity is what's always made their relationship compelling to viewers.
With all that mind, their victory was truly a joy to behold (I delightfully noted that Meryl was up on Charlie's shoulders in mere seconds, while pretty much all of the rest of the cast had to band together to get Maks off the ground, so they could celebrate their new Mirror Ball Trophy in true DWTS form). Congrats, Meryl and Maks! Now, on to those mean Russian babies.
Two former members of rock group Heart are suing bosses of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame over allegations their image was used to promote the band's induction even though the two musicians were not involved. The original Heart line-up, featuring Ann and Nancy Wilson, was inducted to the institution last year (13), but bassist Mark Andes and drummer Dennis Carmassi, who were members from 1982 until 1993, were not included.
The pair is now taking legal action against the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, alleging their likeness and the songs they performed with the band were used without their permission.
In legal papers, obtained by Billboard.com, the pair state they felt "humiliated" when they had to explain to fans and fellow
musicians they were "inexplicably not chosen for induction".
The complaint adds, "Plaintiffs are not asking that defendant Rock Hall induct them into the Hall of Fame. Instead, this is an action to protect the rights, reputations, and likenesses of Mark Andes and Dennis Carmassi... Although induction to the Rock Hall is normally a positive thing, to be knowingly and/or recklessly placed in such a position by Defendants is highly offensive to a reasonable person when being placed in that position requires having to continually correct the record on an issue of such personal importance."
The legal action also quotes Ann Wilson, who told reporters on the red carpet at the induction that she believed Andes and Carmassi should have been included.
The musicians are seeking compensatory damages, punitive damages and exemplary damages.
The legal action comes after Hall of Fame bosses were involved in a dispute with veteran rockers KISS over which members of the band were to be inducted at this year's (14) ceremony. The band refused to perform at the event as a protest over the decision not to include current bandmembers Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.
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The worst kept secret on this season of Grey's Anatomy finally finished up: Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) left Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. But how would she exit? And would she make it out alive?
Season finales of Grey's have a way of scaring the hell out of fans as cast members have been killed off with little or no notice. In the past, a gunman invaded the hospital, a plane crash turned numerous lives asunder and last season a bus accident and blackout threatened the future of many. Season 10's major threat was a potential terrorist attack at a local mall. Yang narrated the beginning and end of this episode, a task usually reserved for best friend Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo). We all knew it was Yang's last day there, yet her narration hinted at the worst: what if she got hit by a bus? Considering that her good pal George O’Malley (T.R. Knight) died in Season 6 by this fate, that wouldn't seem too far fetched.
Yang's final episode wasn't sudden. Her exit was milked by Grey's this entire month. Commercials and teasers on ABC gave us the hint: "Hey, you better tune in, Cristina is leaving." Finally, Yang, the surgeon with the elite skills and even better potential, earned the exit necessary for someone of her talents: she zipped off to Switzerland to run a hospital, at last becoming the cardiothoracic surgeon god she had longed to be even as an intern.
Thankfully, Yang made it through the finale, but not before too-brief goodbyes with her co-workers. The most difficult of all was with Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd), Yang's on again-off again lover. This couple never really had a chance; Hunt wanted to settle down while Yang yearned to climb whatever ladder she could to become the best surgeon possible. Their last encounter wasn't a strong hug or deep kiss. Hunt was busy operating and all Yang could do was watch from the viewing room, waving and saying goodbye in the easiest way possible, kind of like ripping a Band-Aid off. Before officially leaving, Yang had to dance it out with Grey, her closet friend. "You're my person," they would always say. They hadn't called each other that in a while as their lives took different routes, but that final dance was a proper sendoff for the best friends, who may or may not see each other again.
The Season 10 finale tied up some story lines and brought some cliffhangers for next season. Here are the biggest questions for Season 11:
Grey vs. Shepherd: Who Wins?
All of Derek Shepherd's (Patrick Dempsey) neurosurgeon work paid off as the White House had asked for his help. Shepherd had been consumed with work so family life and normal hospital duties sometime suffered. The solution? Move to Washington D.C.
Grey, however, realized she didn't want to move across the country. Her life, friends and work were in Seattle. This stalemate looks to be ugly next season, especially since Shepherd had accepted the job and even got his wife a position too. They won't move. They can't; how could Grey's take place in two locations?
Who Gets the Empty Board Seat?
Yang's exit leaves an opening on the board of directors. Initially, Richard Webber (James Pickens, Jr.) told Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) that it would be a done deal and she would take that seat. But wait, what wrinkle do we get at the end? Yang left Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) a package, which basically gave him the empty seat. Can she do that? Bailey needs that seat to continue her research, which will get cut because of budget issues. Karev doesn't need it, however, he does thrive when added responsibility comes his way.
How's the Baby?
The entire hospital now knows that April Kepner (Sarah Drew) is pregnant. She had kept it a secret for some time. She had kept her marriage to Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) a secret too. What other secrets does she have? Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw) and Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) plan to have a baby, but which one of them will carry? Or will they use a surrogate? Anytime a baby is expected, dramatic events are bound to unfold.
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ABC has invited Nashville back next year for another 22-episode season of country-fried drama. And we're all for it. More acoustic sets at the Bluebird. More of Juliette's glorious side-eye. And the series definitely can't end until Rayna is back together with Deacon — we all know that's where we're headed. They're soulmates, y'all.
Nashville is an ensemble series. And with a sizable stable of characters, it does a series good to let a few of them fade to the background for a while. For Season 3, we're nominating the show's perpetual wilting flower Scarlett O'Connor for that position. Clare Bowen has had the sad duty of playing Nashville's resident victim. Scarlett doesn't make things happen. Things happen to Scarlett. Throughout her arc, she's held on to that bewildered expression — the one that makes her look like every step she takes is against her will. Does someone have a gun to your head, Scarlett? Is a man holding someone you love hostage, thereby forcing you to take off your apron and sing a few bars?
What's worse is that, as an audience, we're told that Scarlett is a rare talent — the makings of a sensation — but clearly she doesn't have the verve or personality to back it up. No one wants to watch a dead-eyed girl halfheartedly strum a guitar while gazing longingly at her ex. That's what college open mics are for. The last straw was Scarlett's generic perscription drug meltdown — the kiss of death for many an inscrutably tortured artist character. The pressures of performing! A crazy mother! That kicky red tutu that was so not her! Scarlett just couldn't take it and overdid it with a bottle of tiny white plot devices. When last we left her, she'd quit on Rayna, who had already spent who knows how much of her label's money on producing Scarlett's album and promoting her, and picked up a few shifts at the Bluebird. Can that please be it? Nashville is a series about country music. It's time to cut the characters loose who want no part of that.
A judge has approved the release of five photos prosecutors entered into evidence in the assault trial of Chris Brown's bodyguard. The Kiss Kiss hitmaker's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, was found guilty last month (Apr14) of punching 20-year-old Parker Adams in the face during a bust-up outside a Washington, D.C. hotel in October (13).
He claimed he was the only one to hit Adams, and insisted during his trial that he lashed out because the victim was attempting to gain access to his client's tour bus, but prosecutors insisted that alone didn't warrant the beating the plaintiff received and charged the 25 year old with misdemeanour assault.
Brown is currently in jail in California on charges stemming from a March (14) arrest after he was dismissed from a rehab centre, where he was receiving court-ordered anger management treatment.
His assault trial has been postponed and a date has not yet been scheduled, but on Tuesday (06May14) photos showing Brown and Hollosy in custody, Brown posing with two women outside the hotel and Adams' bloodied face were released to the media.
The singer could find himself behind bars for a further four years if the eventual ruling in the assault case is deemed a violation of his probation relating to his 2009 assault conviction for beating his then-girlfriend, Rihanna.
Chris Brown will spend his 25th birthday behind bars after the Los Angeles judge who sentenced him to jail time almost two months ago ruled he must remain incarcerated for at least another week. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Brandlin jailed the R&B singer on 14 March (14), after Brown was dismissed from a rehab facility, violating the terms of his court-ordered anger-management treatment, related to his 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna.
The Kiss Kiss singer was back in court on Thursday (01May14) hoping to get the gift of freedom for his upcoming birthday on 5 May (14), but Judge Brandlin told him he would have to remain in jail for at least another week as he deals with ongoing legal woes. The lawmaker ruled Brown would remain incarcerated unless a resolution on the terms of his probation in the Rihanna case could be agreed between prosecutors and the star's attorney Mark Geragos before a scheduled hearing on 9 May (14).
The singer also faces a misdemeanour assault trial in Washington, D.C., relating to a fight outside a hotel last year (13). Brown's bodyguard Christopher Hollosy, has already been found guilty of assaulting 20-year-old Parker Adams, but the star's trial has been postponed until June (14).
Actor James Franco has given Lindsay Lohan's lovers list validity by finally confessing he locked lips with the actress. Franco's name appeared on a list of men Lohan had scribbled while in rehab last year (13).
A photo of the scrap of paper was taken by one of the actress' acquaintances as she moved from Los Angeles to New York and it was subsequently published by a U.S. tabloid earlier this year (14). The accuracy of the list was called into question when Franco insisted he had never been intimate with the Mean Girls star, but he eventually owned up to his romantic encounter with the actress during an appearance on shock jock Howard Stern's satellite radio show on Wednesday (30Apr14), although he still maintains there was no sex involved.
He said, "All right, we maybe kissed. It was lame. When we made out it was so long ago. I was, like, a nice guy. The kiss is enough. It was also like, 'What the hell am I doing?' She was young." Franco went on to reveal he was in the middle of shooting Spider-Man 2 when he and Lohan hooked up. The actress would have been 17 at the time.
They had another bedroom encounter years later when Franco was staying at the same hotel as the actress while studying at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles). He added, "We were at this hotel during a very dark period of her history and... it seemed pretty damn clear that she liked me. She even broke into my room one time. I was on the couch and opened my eyes and there's Lindsay in my room at 3am!"
Model-turned-actress Angie Everhart is heading down the aisle after accepting her boyfriend Carl Ferro's marriage proposal on Tuesday (22Apr14). Everhart, who beat thyroid cancer last year (13), announced her engagement to Ferro, the head of a nutrition company, on Twitter.com, writing, "My man Carl Ferro proposed to me tonight in the exact spot where we had our first kiss! I'm beyond happy!"
The news marks Everhart's fifth engagement, only one of which ended in marriage. She wed singer/actor Ashley Hamilton in 1996, but the union only lasted four months.
Everhart's previous fiances include Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone, Goodfellas star Joe Pesci and millionaire businessman Jimmy Traboulis.
She has a four-year-old son named Kayden with her ex-boyfriend, actor Chad Stansbury, while Ferro has an eight-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.
Motley Crue rocker Vince Neil is now part-owner of U.S. Arena Football League team the Jacksonville Sharks, and plans to move the team from Florida to his hometown of Las Vegas. The frontman is part of an investment group who have purchased the sports team and is eager to relaunch the Sharks in Sin City, which hasn't had a professional football team since 2012.
He tells the Las Vegas Sun newspaper, "It's a great action sport growing in popularity with every game. There are some incredible players. I love the game. It will be perfect to have an AFL team in Las Vegas.
"I sense the city would love it. I know that I will because it’s on my home turf."
Neil joins the ranks of rockers KISS, who launched their own AFL team, the LA KISS, last year (13). Jon Bon Jovi was also a part-owner of the Philadelphia Soul until 2010.
Chris Brown's bodyguard has been convicted of misdemeanour assault relating to a fight outside a Washington, D.C. hotel in October (13). District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Patricia Wynn delivered the verdict against Christopher Hollosy on Monday morning (21Apr14), following the conclusion of a two-day trial, which ended on Friday (18Apr14).
He and Brown are both accused of punching 20-year-old Parker Adams in the face after he reportedly approached the singer with two female friends and asked to be part of a photograph.
Brown is alleged to have thrown the first punch, while Adams claimed Hollosy broke his nose.
The bodyguard insisted he lashed out at the alleged victim after Adams attempted to gain access to his client's tour bus, but Judge Wynn declared Hollosy's actions were "not justified" as neither he nor Brown were under attack.
She also suggested the singer had broken the law, ruling, "Mr. Brown did not have a right of self-defence."
Hollosy will be sentenced on 25 June (14), while Brown's trial for his misdemeanour assault charge relating to the same incident began immediately after the judge delivered the guilty verdict.
However, the case has been delayed until Wednesday (23Apr14) after his attorneys successfully requested a continuance.
Brown, who has denied the allegations, faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 (£625) fine if convicted. He could land a further four years behind bars if the ruling is deemed a violation of his probation following his 2009 conviction for assaulting his then-girlfriend, Rihanna.
The singer has been behind bars since he was dismissed from a rehab facility in California, where he was receiving court-ordered anger-management treatment, last month (Mar14).