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She has been sporting a black Afro-style wig to play legendary jazz singer Nina Simone.
But Zoe Saldana covered her hair on the set of her new film Nina on Friday, donning a head wrap - one of Simone's signature looks.
The 34-year-old actress embodied the late songstress in her chic ensemble - which consisted of the beige-coloured accessory paired with a matching shift dress and cape.
She accessorised with a pair of tan leather gloves and toted an oversized bag.
Earlier in the day, Saldana was seen filming scenes with a young co-star.
The Avatar was seen balancing the child, who was dressed in a pretty green dress, on her hip.
This time Zoe's costume consisted of a billowing burgundy maxi skirt and a white plunging top, both belted at the waist.
Her outfit was rounded out with some ethnic-style jewellery, including a choker and a headpiece.
Zoe caused controversy when it was first revealed that she had been cast as Simone, with many saying she wasn't 'dark-skinned enough' to play the legendary jazz singer.
But last week in first pictures of the star on the set of highly-anticipated biopic, she showed that she is throwing herself into the role whole-heartedly.
Zoe has been wearing a prosthetic nose and dark make-up to embody Simone for the role.
The decision to cast Zoe as Nina was met with strong criticism with many in Hollywood, including Nina's daughter Simone Kelly.
Simone took to her Facebook page to voice her concerns, writing: 'Appearance-wise this is not the best choice.'
However, Simone then continued to say that she had no problem with the star’s acting ability, but added she would have liked to see a darker-skinned actress such as Viola Davis or Kimberly Elise take the part.
But other stars have come forward to back Zoe in the part, with singer and actress Jill Scott telling black women’s web site Hello Beautiful: 'Zoe is an incredible actress.
'I think that there should be some work done, like a prosthetic nose would be helpful and definitely some darker make-up.’
The synopsis of the motion picture so far only details that it is the story of the jazz musician and classical pianist, including her rise to fame and relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson.
The civil rights activist certainly celebrated women of darker complexions with her track Images (Of a Wayward Soul), which includes the lyrics: ‘She does not know her beauty. She thinks her brown body has no glory.’
Nina, which also stars The Help actor David Oyelowo as Henderson, is due for release in 2013.
The ties that bind Victoria and Conrad are tested as they reaffirm their loyalties and committment to each other with "I do". The all-too-knowing Mason Treadwell returns as he looks deeper into the pasts of Emily and Amanda, who are also struggling to keep it a secret.
Happy (almost) Halloween!
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West celebrated Halloween early when Kardashian hosted the 2nd Annual Midori Green Halloween at Avenue in New York City on Saturday.
Kardashian's friends La La Anthony, Simon Huck, Carla DiBello and Joyce Bonelli also attended.
Dressed as a mermaid – with a blonde wig valued at more than $2,000! – all eyes were on Kardashian.
"Even though the group was lively throughout the evening – posing for pictures, dancing, ordering bottles of Midori – Kanye stole a couple of sweet moments with Kim," a source tells PEOPLE. "They kissed a few times and he was rubbing her back. At one point, she whispered something in his ear and his face lit up."
"Kanye kept bragging to his friends about how beautiful Kim looked," the source adds. "And that he loved her as a blonde!"
"Fun times last night @kanyewest @joycebonelli @carladibello @simonhuck," Kardashian Tweeted on Sunday.
Jersey Shore producers are developing a show for the criminal cheerleader & her boyfriend.
Who says crime doesn't pay?
The Bengals cheerleader scandalized the nation by admitting to having an affair with 17-year-old high school student Cody York (who is now her boyfriend) - and now Sarah Jones is going to get her own reality TV show.
It is said 495 Productions, the creators of Jersey Shore, courted the 27-year-old, who finally admitted in a Kentucky court earlier this month that she had sex with the 17-year-old boy after months of vehemently denying any wrongdoing.
In exchange for her plea deal Jones was sentenced to five years of diversion -- a form of probation -- but won’t have to register as a sex offender.
The show would reportedly follow the former teacher and her young boyfriend, Cody York, who recently told NBC's "Dateline" that he's not sorry he started an affair with his then-teacher. "Yeah, [the affair] was worth it," he tells "Dateline" tonight when the two sit down to tell their sides of the story. "I never in a million years thought [the arrest and trial] would ever happen."
“A lot of people are going to be outraged I imagine when they find out she's getting a show,” the source says. “She is basically being rewarded for breaking the law!
“She's totally cashing in on her crime, and I'm pretty sure that if it was a 27-year-old man that had pleaded guilty to having sex with his 17-year-old female student he wouldn't have been given a TV show!
"This whole scandal has turned into one big payday for Sarah. She was boasting that she 'made bank' for her Dateline interview last week and now she is going to be paid for appearing in her own reality TV show. It's sick."
Jones gave an exclusive interview to Dateline on NBC and finally came clean about her relationship with Cody York, who is now her boyfriend.
The former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader said: “Yeah, what I did was wrong… And I feel guilty as to what happened and that other people were hurt in this in a sense from our families having to go through this.”
Earlier this month the couple brazenly left court together holding hands.
York, now 18, sat behind his girlfriend as she told the judge: “I began a romantic relationship while he was a student and I was in a position of authority.”
Meanwhile, Jones is also hoping to cash in by way of a $11 million lawsuit she filed against Couples Therapy star, Nik Richie for defamation, libel, and invasion of privacy after his website Thedirty.com published a post titled, 'The Dirty Bengals Cheerleader.'
After the trial, Nathan Wilburn, Jones' ex-husband and high-school sweetheart, called his former wife "scum" and a "conniving liar." "If I were a teacher and had an affair with a teenage girl I would be looking at prison time," he said. "There is no justice there. It is just wrong."
Cody sees things differently. "Absolutely not," he said when asked if she preyed on him as a 17-year-old student. "She did not use her power of authority over me or manipulate me. I didn't like being called the victim, because I wasn't a victim. I wasn't a victim of anything. She never did anything to me."
"I always looked at her as a very close friend," he continued. "She was my support system. Outside of school, it just started coming along."
Ready to embark on a new life together, he gushed: "I love everything about her. She can break down in front of me, she can be her worst in front me and it makes me love her even more."
Who says crime doesn't pay?
Screaming because of shirtless Glenn. Screaming because of Maggie/Glenn sex. Just screaming in general. Also Andrea needs to stop and trust Michonne. Because Michonne is always right imo. And did you see the end with the Governor? So creepy.
Note for Mods: This is not the same preview that was posted. The last post was the promo that aired at the end of the episode. This is the new preview that was posted on AMC's website. This has NOT been posted yet. Receipts.
Lindsay Lohan has broken her silence on Hurricane Sandy.
The actress, soon to be seen in Lifetime’s Liz and Dick, asked her 4.5 million Twitter followers: “WHY is everyone in SUCH a panic about hurricane (i’m calling it Sally)..?”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and tri-state Governors Andrew Cuomo, Chris Christie, and Dan Malloy have all urged varying levels of precaution, up to and including shutting down the subway system in the city. Ms. Lohan has stern words for them. “Stop projecting negativity! Think positive and pray for peace.”
Ms. Lohan has been injecting herself into big news topics via Twitter more and more, recently congratulating both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on their performances at the final debate. (She endorsed Mr. Romney while attending a launch party for a ginseng energy drink.)
The actress also retweeted the Daily News‘s report on Hurricane Sandy’s deleterious effect on flight schedules, possibly to document an example of negative thinking.
oh Dana :/
A source claims the singer also wants to “be paid for the songs which she wrote that are selling on iTunes”.
Lucy Spraggan “might quit” The X Factor as she is furious with show bosses for trying to get her to sing cover versions, a source claimed last night.
The insider said the singer also wants to “be paid for the songs which she wrote that are selling on iTunes”.
Lucy, 21, failed to perform on Saturday as she had flu.
Her illness came after partying at the Bond premiere on Tuesday and fellow contestant Rylan Clark’s 24th birthday bash on Wednesday.
She was too ill to rehearse on Thursday and angry viewers hit out when she did not perform, with one tweeting: “If she stopped boozing we might have some sympathy.”
Lucy, from Sheffield, was kicked out of a posh hotel earlier this month for being drunk.
She goes through to the next round automatically but the source said: “Lucy might quit – she’s tired of being told off. She doesn’t want to sing covers. She was loving it but she’s unwell, which is making her negative.”
A show spokeswoman insisted Lucy would be back, explaining: “She is very happy show-wise.”
Meanwhile, Tulisa refused to accept an apology from Gary after he moaned about her “fag-ash breath” when she criticised his act Christopher Maloney.
Gary said sorry on ITV2 spin-off The Xtra Factor, but Tulisa slammed him for “resorting to primary school comments”.
Jade Ellis, 25, was sent home last night after Gary Barlow cast the deciding vote.
A new study has revealed that watching scary movies can burn up to 200 calories a sitting.
The adrenaline rushes that viewers experience during a 90-minute horror film are believed to use up the same amount of energy as is contained within a bar of chocolate.
According to The Sunday Telegraph, scientists from the University of Westminster monitored the total energy expenditure of ten different people as they watched a selection of movies.
Participants' heart rates, oxygen intake and carbon dioxide output were measured and the study found that on average, the number of calories used increased by a third during horror film viewing.
The movie that burned the most calories across the board was 1980 psychological thriller The Shining, with the average viewer using up 184 calories - close to the amount burned during a half-hour walk.
Classic shark horror Jaws finished second, with viewers burning on average 161 calories, and The Exorcist came third, with participants using up around 158 calories during each viewing.
The research also confirmed that films featuring shock moments designed to make viewers jump are the best calorie-burners, as they cause a spike in heart rate.
"Each of the ten films tested set pulses racing, sparking an increase in the heart rate of the case studies," explained Dr Richard Mackenzie, senior lecturer and specialist in cell metabolism and physiology at the University of Westminster.
"As the pulse quickens and blood pumps around the body faster, the body experiences a surge in adrenaline.
"It is this release of fast acting adrenaline, produced during short bursts of intense stress (or in this case, brought on by fear), which is known to lower the appetite, increase the Basal Metabolic Rate and ultimately burn a higher level of calories."
Helen Cowley, editor of LOVEFiLM - which commissioned the study - added: "We all know the feeling of wanting to hide behind the sofa or grab a pillow when watching scary or hair raising scenes, but this research suggests that maybe those seeking to burn some calories should keep their eyes on the screen."
The top ten calorie-burning horror films are as follows:
1. The Shining: 184 calories
2. Jaws: 161 calories
3. The Exorcist: 158 calories
4. Alien: 152 calories
5. Saw: 133 calories
6. A Nightmare on Elm Street: 118 calories
7. Paranormal Activity: 111 calories
8. The Blair Witch Project: 107 calories
9. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 105 calories
10. [Rec]: 101 calories
Amanda VS Michelle
Loren VS Nicole
Joselyn VS Kayla
Melanie VS Sam
Joe VS Bryan
MacKenzie VS Daniel
Terisa VS Trevin
Avery VS Cody
Mycle VS Nicholas
Caitlin VS Diego
After the insane announcement this afternoon, the Official Star Wars site and other sites such as theforce.net posted a ton of new info about what's going on.
It's not just one new Star Wars movie, we're going to get episodes 7, 8 and 9. This was revealed in a Disney shareholder meeting (source here). 8 will come about 2-3 years after 7 is released in 2015, and 9 a further 2-3 years after that. There will also be more Star Wars on TV (I wonder if Underworld will happen now...)
The Future of Star Wars
Lucas sits down with new Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy to discuss the sale.
+ Lucas wanted to retire
+ He liked Disney because it's a huge corporation and could both protect the franchise and give it new opportunities
+ There are already story treatments for movies 7, 8, and 9
+ Lucas will be consulting on new movies (Kathleen Kennedy says he will be her "Yoda")
+ They are already meeting with and talking to writers about the new movie
+ This video is the first in a new series discussing the future of Star Wars and more videos are forthcoming
Meet Kathleen Kennedy
"George Lucas has anointed Kathleen Kennedy both as the filmmaker to take Star Wars into its bold new future as well as the person to run Lucasfilm. She is a longtime friend and collaborator with Lucas, and one of the most successful and respected producers and executives in the film industry today.
Kennedy has produced or executive produced over 60 films, which have collectively garnered 120 Academy Award® nominations, 25 wins, and have grossed over $11 billion worldwide. Among her credits are three of the highest grossing films in motion picture history: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, and The Sixth Sense, as well as such blockbuster entertainment as the Indiana Jones trilogy, the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Gremlins, The Goonies, Poltergeist, War of the Worlds, Twister, and A.I. Artificial Intelligence.
Her diverse filmography also includes acclaimed dramas like this year's Lincoln, as well as War Horse, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Munich, Seabiscuit, Schindler's List, and The Color Purple, and animated motion pictures like The Adventures of Tintin, Persepolis, An American Tail, and The Land Before Time.
Kennedy has produced the films of such directors as Steven Spielberg, David Fincher, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Robert Zemeckis, M. Night Shyamalan, Frank Oz, Peter Bogdanovich, and Richard Donner.
Prior to joining Lucasfilm, Kennedy headed The Kennedy/Marshall Company, which she founded in 1992 with director/producer Frank Marshall, and in 1982 she co-founded the phenomenally successful Amblin Entertainment with Marshall and Steven Spielberg. Nominated for six Academy Awards® as a producer, Kennedy is also currently vice president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), as well as sitting on their Board of Trustees.
"I'm excited to have the chance to work with such an extraordinary group of talented people," said Kennedy upon becoming co-chair of Lucasfilm Ltd. earlier this year. "As George moves towards retirement I am honored that he trusts me with taking care of the beloved film franchises. I feel fortunate to have George there to advise me as we set out to make the next Star Wars films -- it is nice to have Yoda by your side."
Following the announcement that the first new Star Wars project under her auspices will be the long-awaited Episode VII, it can be revealed that Kennedy and her team at Lucasfilm is already in early development of this new era of Star Wars movies. "We're in the midst of the really fun part of the process," she says. "We're sitting down with a couple of writers and starting to discuss ideas and starting to talk about what those stories might be."
Official Blog Posts:
Pablo Hidalgo (fan, author and LFL employee): "At this point, I don’t know many specifics, but boy can I speculate. It’s what Star Wars fans do best, after all. I’m just thrilled they’re happening, and that Star Wars is returning to the big screen where it belongs." More here.
Steve Sansweet (Author, huge SW collector, LFL fan ambassador): "When George started talking about retirement several years ago, many of us were concerned. We felt strongly that it would take more Star Wars movies to ensure the survival of the brand; Expanded Universe fiction, merchandise, and even great TV series weren’t enough. In my mind, at least, the best possible endgame for Lucasfilm would be an acquisition by Disney. These are two companies that have family entertainment in their DNA; they complement each other in so many ways. In fact, when Star Wars premiered in 1977, more than a few reviewers said it was the kind of film that Disney should be making...
Besides Star Wars on the big screen, new television shows and a more active online presence are also great possibilities. Perhaps someday the fan dream of a full-blown Star Wars Land will become a reality. Or even smaller dreams, like Star Wars Weekends at all Disney parks, not just Walt Disney World." More here.
I'm still trying to wrap my head around the insanity of all this. I'm psyched that it seems like this new movie will indeed be live-action, post-Jedi. I wonder if they'll throw out the current EU or try and incorporate it? And tbh, one of the main problems with the prequels, imo, was the writing and directing. It makes me so excited to think about someone else besides George writing and directing a new Star Wars movie, hopefully injecting the life into it that Irvin Kershner did with ESB. So many of the younger filmmakers today in their 30s and 40s were hugely influenced by Star Wars, so I would love to see a filmmaker who is a real fan and loves the source material get the chance to make the movie.
In short, I'm cautiously excited
More updates from the conference call:
(You can hear the recorded call here):
The deal includes Indiana Jones, ILM, and Skywalker Sound. However, the deal was primarily based on Star Wars. No new Indiana Jones movies planned atm, and ILM will be left alone to continue as is for any film studio that wants to use it.
Currently, Lucasfilm is very heavily based on toys and North America. Disney wants to broaden the merchandise and go international.
Fox retains rights to distribute the six older films for now (same as how Universal still has theme park rights to Marvel) and Paramount still has distribution rights to Indiana Jones.
In addition to movies, Disney wants to expand Star Wars on TV, theme parks, merchandise, games (not console games, however), etc.
Kate Upton can cross off another much-lauded cover off her list. After gracing the front of Sports Illustrated in February, she's now featured on the cover of November's Vogue Italia.
Snagging the high fashion cover was no small accomplishment for the 20-year-old bikini babe who was deemed "too commercial" for even Victoria's Secret.
In the Steven Meisel-lensed cover shot, Upton rocks a Fendi coat, a Patricia Field top and jewelry by Kenneth Jay Lane. Her blonde tresses are teased high and her pout emphasized by a bright red lip.
Since her splash in Sports Illustrated, Upton and her curvaceous body has been featured on the cover of July's GQ, this month's Cosmopolitan and in editorials, including two for American Vogue.
Upton told November’s Vogue, “I am confident about my body.”
The bombshell is dating Detroit Tigers player Justin Verlander.
Nicole Scherzinger: How To Handle a Long-Distance Relationship
Nicole Scherzinger has been dating F1 driver Lewis Hamilton for four years and recently she has spoken about how difficult it is to conduct a well-working long-distance relationship. In fact, she said to the Sun that she "wouldn't wish it on anyone."
However, despite the difficulties and hardships that are inevitable in the kind of relationship they have, Scherzinger believes that she and Hamilton have a strong relationship based on trust. This was really put to the test recently when photos of the X-Factor judge getting a little too close for comfort to Rihanna's ex, Chris Brown. She confounded the rumours, "You are always going to have people saying something or having a picture." She said, "But it is complete dross if you and your partner know what the truth is. Chris Brown and I are definitely just mates - I have known him since he was younger than 16." And in the Metro she is reported talking about press in general; 'It's a part of it, you know, and you just got to pay no time to it. The press does not define you, you know who you are deep inside."
Using words such as 'mate' she seems to have forgotten who she is deep down inside (lol wtf), opting for British terminology rather than American. However this is probably all due to Hamilton's family who have embraced her wholly and integrated her into London life. As reported, "Lewis has helped her settle in London by introducing her to his pals, adding that his family has also been a huge help."
X Factor 2012: Olly Murs enjoys "banter" with Nicole Scherzinger
Xtra Factor co-host Olly Murs has said he enjoys banter with Nicole Scherzinger, but insisted he wouldn’t go any further!
Olly has made no secret of fancying the US singer since first meeting her on last year’s show.
He said today: “Nicole and I enjoy a bit of friendly flirting during the show. She’s one of the hottest girls on the show.
“You’d have to be gay not to fancy Nicole! Things won’t go any further than my crush – she has a boyfriend and it’s just a bit of banter for the show.”
Speaking to the X Factor website at ITV1.com, Olly continued: “I think all four Judges look amazing this series. Tulisa and Nicole dress so differently but both always look very glamorous.
“Nicole’s catsuit was VERY distracting. Goodness knows how her Boys managed to concentrate that night!”
Meanwhile, Olly insisted that all four judges were all speaking terms after the weekend’s spats on the live shows.
He said: “We covered the Tulisa/Gary spat on The Xtra Factor. Gary apologised to Tulisa on our show and you could see he really meant it. I don’t think he meant to say what he did and you could see he was genuinely sorry. Gary’s a great guy. Everything seems cool with the Judges now!”
Nicole Scherzinger stuns in a sexy sheer catsuit on Halloween X Factor special
Nicole Scherzinger certainly embraced the Halloween theme on Saturday night's X Factor in a super sexy sheer jumpsuit.
The singer wore a black lace and embellished all-in-one and topped her crimped hair with a dramatic black headpiece.
Nicole was overheard saying to host Dermot O'Leary earlier in the day: 'I just want to wear something really simple tonight.'
Er, Miss Scherzinger must have changed her mind then.
Shame Nicole's boyfriend Lewis Hamilton was in India for the Grand Prix and missed the spectacle, but designer Julien Macdonald got very excited, Tweeting: 'Did you all see @NicoleScherzy in @JulienMacdonald catsuit last night on @Xfactor! Wow!'
We can't wait to see what next week brings for the Scherzy style show.
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any experiences with/thoughts on long-distance relationships, ontd ?
It's no great surprise that Park Chan-Wook has assembled a quality cast for his first English-language effort. The much-praised director of Oldboy and Sympathy For Mr Vengeance is now set to bring us Stoker, a horror / drama that has some serious buzz around it - and not just because of Park's previous work. Now we have a gorgeous new international teaser poster for the film to show you, as well as a video with music from the film and a few fresh clips.
The story focuses on a mother and daughter, Evelyn Stoker (Nicole Kidman) and India (Mia Wasikowska). Evelyn's husband has recently died, and his funeral marks the arrival of Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), a relation that India didn't even know she had. With Evie increasingly unstable, India is suspicious of the mysterious Charlie's motives but finds herself drawn to him at the same time.
We'll leave it there, but there are more clues to Stoker's plot hidden in this pencil-work poster and in the video here, which shows the creation of the poster and brings a little creepy suspense to brighten up your morning. That music is “Becomes The Color” by Emily Wells, by the way, which plays over the end credits and which we're told is now available in iTunes and all good digital retailers worldwide.
Video (won't embed here) at the Source
On October 30, 2012, "The X Factor" executive producer Simon Cowell did a very revealing telephone-conference call with journalists about "The X Factor" U.S.'s second season. I'll have the entire interview posted here in the next day or two, but here are a few of the things that he talked about during the Q&A session: Cowell thinks that no one over the age 25 has a chance of winning on the show this year. He also said that this year, there won't be a "wild card" contestant who will be brought back on the show.
Predictably, Cowell said that he thinks judge Britney Spears and co-host Khloe Kardashian were the right hiring decisions for "The X Factor' U.S. (although the show's downward spiral in the Season 2 ratings prove otherwise), but Cowell brushed off any questions about how concerned he might be about the show's ratings. Cowell admitted that he doesn't know yet how Spears and Kardashian will do in the live episodes (which begin on October 31, 2012, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time) but he hopes that they will prove the naysayers wrong.
But you probably don't want to hear about some of the repetitive PR lines that Cowell has been saying in other interviews over the past several months.
Let's get to to good stuff. I'll include Cowell's full quotes later when I have more time, but for now, I'm reporting a summary of what he said.
Most-Wanted Category by the Judges
Cowell said that he thinks the Teens category (mentored by Spears) is the one that all of the judges wanted, and it's the category that all of the judges think is the biggest threat to win over the other categories. Cowell expressed confidence in his Groups category, but he admitted it's been tough for groups to win on "The X Factor." He thinks the finalist groups on the show in 2012 are much better than the finalist groups that were on the show in 2011. As for the Young Adults category (mentored by judge Demi Lovato), Cowell said they have some good candidates (particularly Jennel Garcia), but he doesn't think anyone will win from that category. He was blunt in saying that he thinks the Over 25s category (mentored by judge L.A. Reid) has "no chance" of winning.
Wild Card, Jillian Jensen and Jeffrey Gutt
There will be no "wild card" for "The X Factor" U.S. this year because Cowell said there isn't an eliminated contestant he feels strongly about bringing back on the show, like he did with Melanie Amaro in 2011.
He admitted that he thinks the contestant elimination that was the show's biggest mistake in 2012 was 36-year-old Jeffrey Gutt, because Cowell thinks Gutt is a better singer than a few of the contestants in the Over 25s category. (Cowell didn't say which contestants he thinks are inferior to Gutt.)
Cowell said that even though he knows that 20-year-old Jillian Jensen's elimination was controversial, he doesn't want her back on the show. He said he respects Lovato's decision to eliminate Jensen, and he thinks Lovato made the decision because things with Jensen were getting too "gloomy" (Cowell's word), and he agrees with Lovato's decision to choose someone she thinks is more entertaining than Jensen is. He emphasized that Lovato genuinely liked Jensen, and that Jensen was a good singer, but there were concerns about Jensen's personality. Although Cowell didn't really come right out and say it, he pretty much implied that Jensen's bullying sob story and her tendency to cry a lot was too much of a downer, and that was one of the reasons why she was cut from the show.
Girl Group is a Bunch of Difficult Divas
Cowell said that one of this year's girl groups (which he would not name in the interview) is arrogant, difficult and doesn't want to do interviews, and he's concerned about their "likability." Given that Sister C is the only one of his girl groups who has been described this way by Cowell on the show, and Spears called Sister C "annoying" in one episode, it's a safe bet that Cowell was talking about Sister C.
The other girl group that he's mentoring this year is Lylas, and Cowell hinted that they are his favorite group in his mentor category because he thinks they have the most potential (compared the other groups he's mentoring this year) of having hits after they're on "The X Factor." No one asked Cowell about the rumor that Lylas will be changing their name because another girl group named Lylas (whose members are sisters of pop star Bruno Mars) claim to have the legal use of the name. We'll have to wait and see if Lylas from "The X Factor" do change their name, because it's looking increasingly likely that they have no other legal option but to change the name.
Cowell said that the judges (not viewer voting) will eliminate several contestants on November 1, 2012. He declined to say how many of the contestants will be eliminated on November 1, but he did say that viewer voting would begin on November 7, 2012.
He also mentioned that the elimination format leading up to the season finale will be the same as it was in 2011: The contestants in the bottom two will do a "save me" sing-off, and the judges will vote on which contestant to eliminate. If the judges have a deadlocked vote, the contestant eliminated will be the one who got the lowest number of votes from the public.
As for co-hosts Kardashian and Mario Lopez, Cowell said he initially wants them on stage together as much possible in the live episodes, but he won't rule out the possibility that later in the season, one of the co-hosts (probably Kardashian) will be backstage with the contestants while the other co-host will be in front on stage and will be the main person interacting with the judges.
He also admitted that Fox was too nervous about his idea to have two co-hosts who had no experience as TV hosts, and that is one of the main reasons why Lopez was hired. (Kardashian has no previous experience as a TV host, while Lopez has years of experience.)
Toward the end of the interview, Cowell concluded by saying he's expecting for there to be meltdowns during the live episodes.
Fox has not yet announced when the show's two-part Season 2 finale is, but it's widely assumed to be on December 19 and December 20, 2012.
Here are some things that Cowell did not discuss in the interview but are worth speculating about nif the show will do the season finale like it was done in 2011:
Part 1 of the season finale (presumably on December 19) should have the Top 3 contestants performing for the last time for the public's votes. Then in Part 2 of the season finale (presumably on December 20), the third-place contestant is announced, and then the runner-up and winner are announced.
So if one contestant is eliminated every week and there are supposed to be the Top 3 left on December 19, that means on November 1, there will be nine (or possibly 10) of the 16 contestants left who will advance to the November 7 show. There could be more than one elimination in the same episode in late November, just like there was in 2011. We'll have to wait and see.
Britney gif post y/y?
Benedict visiting with the director of a few BBC Sherlock episodes (and Lucky Number Slevin!), Paul McGuigan!
Source = Paul's Twitter
Whatever, haters. I think he looks great in this photo.
lol how predictable. you knew something was bound to happen to adam after forging his mom's signature on the permission forms
I Want It That Way parts 1 & 2 (very spoiler-y considering we don't even know the episode descriptions for these. don't say you weren't warned! :))
PLOTS WILL FOLLOW FIONA, TRISTAN, and ALLI.
fiona and imogen's mom???
milligan brothers yess
not too bad
i hardly think this is going to keep her from going to MIT
bhandallas yes pls
Tonight, Tonight parts 1 &2
THIS IS THE EPISODE CHAZ BONO WILL GUEST STAR IN. BATTLE OF THE BANDS EPISODE. PLOTS WILL FOLLOW ADAM, MAYA/ZIG, and POSSIBLY ELI/CLARE
NO PICS FROM PART 1
whisper hug!! wtf is imogen wearing
Anderson Cooper braves the post-hurricane weather for a morning stroll through Manhattan on Tuesday in New York City.
The 45-year-old news anchor was joined by his longtime love Ben Maisani.
The day before, Anderson covered the latest on Hurricane Sandy for his CNN show, Anderson Cooper 360, live from Asbury Park, New Jersey.
“Wow, water coming up fast along coast in Asbury Park. All of a sudden it’s everywhere. Boardwalk is covered and its moving down block,” he tweeted.
It was recently announced that Anderson‘s daytime talk show, Anderson Live!, would be canceled after two seasons.