Monthly Archives: May 2011

NBC’s The Voice, Making Huge Waves

“The Voice” neatly subverts the hoary singing-competition narrative we know so well from “American Idol” and its ilk by making the competition as much about its judges — what it calls “coaches” — as it is about the actual singers. It’s also got some clever shtick: the “blind audition” episodes that kicked off the series had the coaches, in rotating chairs initially facing away from the contestants, unable to see them so as to have to judge them solely on, yes, their voices. And so far the coaches — Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton — have terrific chemistry both with each other and the contestants.
As Entertainment Weekly’s James Hibberdreported last week, the show’s second episode “was seen by 12.4 million viewers and had a 5.6 preliminary rating among adults 18-49. That’s up 10% from [the] premiere, which broke NBC records. Here’s how unusual this is: ‘The Voice’ is the only new show this season on a major broadcast network whose ratings rose for its second episode.”

More on The Voice, check out our FEATURE section for weekly updates and selected videos.

‘The Hangover Part II’ biggest comedy of all time at $118.1 million

Shattering numerous records, Warner Bros.’ The Hangover Part II grossed $118.1 million in its first four days to help fuel the best Memorial Day weekend in history at the domestic box office. The sequel is expected to gross another $20 million on Monday for a staggering five-day bow of $138.1 million, setting a new benchmark for comedies.

Beyoncé reunited with Destiny’s Child pals

Beyonce reunited with her fellow Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards. The pop superstar gave them both a shout out when she accepted her Millennium Award. “I would like to thank Kelly and Michelle from Destiny’s Child. I wouldn’t be standing on this stage if it wasn’t for y’all.”

Christina Aguilera’s gaming addiction

She’s sold more than 50 million albums throughout her career, has appeared on countless magazine covers, and currently works as a judge on “The Voice,” one of the hottest new shows on television.
But if you really want to get Christina Aguilera’s competitive juices flowing, challenge her to a game of Galaga.

The 30-year old singer, best known for her hits “Genie in a Bottle” and “Ain’t No Other Man,” confessed her love of classic arcade games on Thursday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.
“I’m a huge gamer,” she said. “Board games. Arcade games. I’m a huge game nerd. I have a mini-arcade in my house.”

It’s stocked with some classics, too. Among the titles in her collection are Donkey Kong and Galaga — and when friends come to visit, one of the first things they want to do is erase her name from the high score list.
“Everyone that has a little gamer in them comes over and tries to beat my score – and I get a little competitive,” she said “People think ‘You reset it!’ I’m like ‘I did not. Come on, let’s go.'”

This isn’t the first time Aguilera has declared her love of games. Three years ago, she told MTV: “Target is an amazing store. You can find anything there. Board games… I’m a big gamer. I love my Nintendo DS. I love my board games. So on the road, [I play them] especially to kill time. Now, I don’t have much time, because of my little one, to play those games. I play different games now.”

Her favorite title at the time? Mario Kart DS.

Ironically, despite her love of games and her much-acclaimed pipes, Aguilera hasn’t been featured in any of the music games that have come out over the past few years.
Then again, after seeing how Axl Rose and No Doubt both ended up suing Activision over their appearances in the Guitar Hero franchise, maybe that decision was for the best.

Oh Lindsay, Lindsay, Lindsay… You are at it again!

Get photographed once with your naughty bits accidentally hanging out of your clothes, shame on us. But get photographed twice (in the same week) with said bits still hanging, we have to ask—have you no shame?
No need to answer that.

While we appreciate Lindsay Lohan’s endless displays of body confidence, she might want to invest in a slightly more secure form of swimwear, as just one day after a photo shoot wardrobe malfunction (with an assist from a gust of wind and a well-placed paparazzo) exposed her ample assets to the world, a rogue wave again got the best of Lohan, as she emerged from the Miami surf with one less piece of apparel than she went in with.

After `Dancing,’ no more reality TV for Alley

LOS ANGELES – After coming in second on “Dancing With the Stars,” Kirstie Alley says she’s done with reality TV.
The 60-year-old actress said Tuesday that her time on “Dancing” has motivated her to return to acting with new focus and determination.
She said learning to dance on the hit show “re-inspired me with all the things that I’ve had great success with already and sort of got complacent about.”
Alley plans to take on a movie role next month. She’s also looking for a new TV series and is considering Broadway.
She confessed she was sad she and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy didn’t win “Dancing.” Characterizing herself as “not the average cupcake,” she said her partner deserved kudos for making the oldest and heaviest contestant this season into a championship dancer.


Oscar De La Hoya Checked Himself Into Rehab

Oscar De La Hoya checked himself into rehab voluntarily and tells media he feels he will come out “a stronger, healthier person.”

De La Hoya entered a rehab facility in California sometime within the last few weeks. De La Hoya is seeking help for substance abuse issues. A source close to the boxing legend tells the media he has “voluntarily commenced proactive treatment to address certain health and personal issues.”

De La Hoya issued a statement that reads, “After doing an honest evaluation of myself, I recognize that there are certain issues that I need to work on. Like everyone, I have my flaws, and I do not want to be one of those people that is afraid to admit and address those flaws.

“Throughout my career and my life, I have always met all challenges head-on, and this is no different. I am confident that with the support of my family and friends, I will become a stronger, healthier person.

Oscar dela Hoya challenged pound per pound champ Manny “Pacman” Paquiao in 2009. He hasn’t fought anybody after losing this fight. De la Hoya has high respect for Pacman and considers himas one of the best boxers of the century. Manny Paquiao hails from General Santos, Philippines.

American Idol Finale Next Week!

After 95 million votes, the first person to make the finale is Scotty McCreery.
Ryan Seacrest announces that Lauren will join Scotty onstage next week. “We say goodbye, but a short goodbye, to Haley,” he says, as the crowd stands and applauds. She closes with her version of Bennie and the Jets, the song she sang on the night she came into her own as a finalist. She sings to the judges, and then she walks into the audience and sings to Jacob Lusk and Naima Adedapo. It’s a great performance, maybe the best exit of the season.

Watch out next week, the final week where Scotty and Lauren, the youngest finale in American Idol history will go neck and neck in an all-country finale!

Happy Birthday Twitter!!! You’re 5!

U.S.-based Twitter has turned five and has become so popular that its nearly 200 million users post more than 1 billion tweets weekly, officials said.

Tweets can contain no more than 140 characters and users tweet from cell phones, laptops, tablet computers and mainframes.

Twitter says it received nearly 7,000 tweets per second immediately after the 9-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan March 11 and 177 million tweets as the day progressed.

Twitter is used as a business tool to encourage word-of-mouth marketing.
The Wall Street Journal has estimated the privately held company’s value at $8 billion to $10 billion.

FORBES Top Celebrity List: Lady Gaga, beats Oprah Winfrey for number 1 spot!

Singer Lady Gaga beat out Oprah Winfrey and Justin Bieber for the number-one spot on the Forbes 100 list this year, documenting the richest celebrities around. And while the “Born This Way” singer finds the honor to be “nice,” she will not let money define or classify her.

“That’s very nice. Only, Oprah is infinitely more important and influential than me,” Gaga told Extra of the honor. “I’m just grateful to have even ever met her, really. What matters most to me is how the fans feel about the work that I’m doing and the music. But it’s always really, really nice to get compliments like that. I really appreciate it.”

Lady Gaga is the special musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend with host Justin Timberlake. Born This Way drops officially on May 23!

–OK! News

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