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Former X Factor Host Headed to Entertainment Tonight

Former The X Factor host Steve Jones is reportedly replacing Mark Steines as the new co-host of Entertainment Tonight, according to the New York Post.

The 35-year-old has been filling in since March and Steines is leaving the nightly syndicated entertainment show after 17 years.

Simon Cowell gave Jones the boot from the music competition show in January along with judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.

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$15 Million Marks the Spot for Britney Spears

Desperate for higher ratings after a disappointing first season, The X Factor has reportedly landed pop star Britney Spears as a judge for a whopping $15 million, according to TheWrap.

Spears previously turned down a $10 million offer from Simon Cowell‘s music competition show but it appears $13 million to judge and an additional $2 million to perform was enough to change her mind. The deal hasn’t been officially signed yet as Spears is under a conservatorship with her father, Jamie.

To put this proposed deal in perspective, Paula Abdul received only $2.5 million during her one season as judge on the show.

I think folks will tune in to the first couple of episodes but is Spears relevant enough in 2012 to create a huge increase in ratings? Only time will tell.

Will a Suicide Change American Idol?

96535694_fb9064e11f.jpgAmerican Idol has been a television juggernaut for Fox. It sweeps in the ratings – it’s been a cultural mainstay for eight seasons. Nine? American Idol has been idolized – replicated and made into a formula to which we are all familiar: three judges watch crazy people that really think they’re good but aren’t. We laugh at their shocking lack of self-awareness (like we did with Sarah Palin), then the judges say mean things and Americans feel better about themselves for never trying.

Then the second half of the season, really talented people cry and say how bad they want to win in all their private interviews.

Bring on the product integration!

So now a woman named Paula Goodspeed, a contestant (her AI video, if you have the stomach to watch, can be found here) killed herself in front of Paula Abdul‘s house yesterday.

Now that it’s happened, it seems like it was only a matter of time. These people are being mocked nationally for nothing more than ratings, our national sense of smugness and a overwhelming desire to tell untalented people off. It’s like that line from Sunset Boulevard “You don’t yell at a sleepwalker – he may fall and break his neck.”

Will this change American Idol? Will it be like Jenny Jones after the murder of one of her guests? That arguably changed talk shows.

Will they stop using random unpaid fragile crazy people and just stick to having their regular celebrity fragile crazy people?

Discuss.

American Idol’s New Judge is “Sassy.” Shark Officially Jumped?

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Perhaps finally realizing that Paula Abdul is a train wreck we can turn away from, Fox is introducing a fourth jurist to the American Idol judge’s table, Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi.

Who?

Well, according to the LAT she’s “a smart, sassy lady.” But we’re still not convinced this is “change we can believe in,” so we consulted our Rabbi.

Rabbi Richard Rushfield, the venerable American Idol Watcher for the LAT, was philosophical about the change, telling FBLA:

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FBLA Exclusive: Samantha Harris Would Welcome Paula Abdul

sharouc.jpgpaulpic.jpgTV Guide talks with Dancing With The Stars judges Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba about whether Paula Abdul should be a contestant on the upcoming season — as if FOX would let her.

DWTS hostess Samantha Harris tells FBLA exclusively: “I’ve known Paula for years and would be ecstatic if she was on our show. She sure would up the game for the competitors but also would stir up controversy since she’s known for her choreography! A little drama is always fun to mix things up!”

Trade Round-Up: August 20, 2007

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THR reports that Fox has again gone to its go-to guy for live broadcasts, Ryan Seacrest, signing the American Idol host to emcee the network’s Sept. 16 telecast of the 59th annual Emmy Awards. Reporter Nellie Andreeva writes that while Seacrest is a “logical” choice for Fox, he is a “somewhat unorthodox pick for the Emmy Awards ceremony which are usually fronted by a comedian.” To be fair though, Seacrest does have his share of funny moments on Idol. But instead of traditional jokes, they’re usually in the form of jabs at Simon Cowell. Wonder what he’ll do without having the razor-tongue Brit to rely on? Well, he could always request a front-row seat for Paula Abdul.

Judd Apatow continued his summer reign at the box-office with his latest pic, Superbad, opening superhuge at No. 1 with a $31.2 million take. The Superbad bow comes on the heels of Apatow’s earlier summer comedy Knocked Up which is currently pushing towards the $150 million mark. Hollywood officially has its new golden boy while a previous golden girl, Nicole Kidman, had a steep fall from grace after her latest pic, the sci-fi remake Invasion, couldn’t invade the top three spots, settling for a No. 5 debut with a paltry $6 million.

Speaking of Kidman, the poor showing of her latest pic hasn’t hindered her career prospects, reports Var’s Michael Fleming. The Oscar-winner has signed on to star opposite Ralph Fiennes in the love story, The Reader, for the Weinstein Co. Stephen Daldry directs based on a novel by German scribe Bernhard Schlink. Reader reunites the Aussie actress with her Cold Mountain producers Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack.

Meanwhile, Kidman’s ex Tom Cruise has been busy himself, shooting the Bryan Singer-directed Valkyrie in Germany. However, filming hit a bit of a speed bump on Sunday night when 11 people were injured when they fell off the back of a truck in Berlin. THR reports that a side panel burst open when a truck drove around a corner, seriously injuring one cast member.

Disney’s squeaky-clean teen smash High School Musical dirtied up the record books over the weekend when the sequel premiered on Friday night. Var reports that the telefilm averaged 17.2 million viewers for the premiere, making it “the most-watched basic-cable telecast on record. It’s also the largest aud for any television program on any net in about three months.”
– CHRIS GARDNER

Barry Bonds Snubs New York Media

The San Francisco Giants are in town to play the Mets for the first time this year, and Barry Bonds, 10 home runs shy of breaking Hank Aaron‘s all-time home run mark, was supposed to meet with the media before last night’s game. Here’s a Connecticut beat writer’s detailed account of what happened next:

Instead of giving the assembled media that numbered close to 100 a few minutes of his precious time — which the Giants had announced would happen via an e-mail — Bonds gave us just another reason why he is one of the most disenchanting figures in the game. He bopped into the Giants clubhouse, wearing a black shirt and blue jeans, around 4:30 p.m., acting larger than life, softly singing to some music that was blasting out of his headphones connected to the iPod that was strapped to his right arm.

Standing guard in front of Bonds’ locker were Giants public relations members Blake Rhodes and Matt Hodson, making sure that no reporters got close to Bonds. No one, it seems, ever gets close to Bonds. Rhodes leaned in toward Bonds and said something regarding the meeting with the media.

Bonds shook his head no.

A few seconds later, Rhodes gathered the reporters together.

“Barry is not going to speak today,” Rhodes said.

This, of course, from a guy who last year dressed up as Paula Abdul and — even worse — made reporters endure an episode of the Tyra Banks Show before taking questions from reporters.

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  • AP Ends Blackout On Paris

    ParisHilton_mic.jpgIt lasted but a week. The Associated Press’ experimental blackout on news about Paris Hilton is over.

    The AP’s Jocelyn Noveck delivers the sad news:

    So you may have heard: Paris Hilton was ticketed the other day for driving with a suspended license. Not huge news, even by celebrity- gossip standards. Here at The Associated Press, we put out an initial item of some 300 words. But it actually meant more to us than that. It meant the end of our experimental blackout on news about Paris Hilton.

    So what did we miss during “blackout week”? The AP bravely didn’t mention Hilton’s birthday party (“at which a drunken friend reportedly was ejected by security after insulting Paula Abdul and Courtney Love“), nor a promotional visit to Puerto Rico to hawk her fragrance. But her name did slip into copy “unintentionally three times, as background: in stories about Britney Spears, Nicole Richie, and even in the lead of a story about Democrats in Las Vegas.”

    One question, AP: How can “Paris Hilton” just slip in “unintentionally three times”?

    Times‘ Bruni Goes To Penthouse Club For The Meat

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    He may be banned from all 29 Jeffrey Chodorow restaurants, but the Penthouse Club welcomes Frank Bruni with open, uh, arms

    It’s no secret the New York Timesmuch lambasted food critic Frank Bruni is said to be gay. And he’s rather out about it in today’s piece from the Penthouse Club, in which he and some buddies go to sample the steak while, he says, being less susceptible to other pleasures of the flesh. Still, he does sample a desert known as a “buttery nipple”:

    “It involves one of the women straddling your lap, tilting your head back, pouring a combination of Baileys Irish Cream and butterscotch schnapps down your throat, and squirting Reddi-wip into your mouth. It costs $20 in cash. Note to the newspaper’s expense auditors: I don’t have a receipt.”

    Meanwhile, in a review of not food but TV, Virginia Heffernan tells us that American Idol‘s Paula Abdul has a “mom I’d like to sleep with” vibe.

    We’re blushing.

    In The Trades: Milli Vanilli, Paula Abdul, Parker Posey and Rupert Everett

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    Milli Vanilli, the Grammy winnning 80s duo, will get the big screen treatment thanks to writer-director Jeff Nathanson. Kathleen Kennedy will produce for Universal. Nathanson said he’s always been fascinated by fakes and frauds.

    DirecTV subscribers will get Ovation, a cable channel devoted to arts programming. The COO, Ron Garfield, promises a revamp of the channel–which could mean that celebrity poker is now an art form.
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    The looming WGA strike has producers stockpiling scripts, and reality shows shooting around the clock. The contract expires in October, and some studios are thinkng about moving up the production cycle from August to May or June. This means stars like Keifer Sutherland won’t be able to make movies during the summer hiatus, which may not be a bad thing.

    Craig Pilagian, reality master-mind, is suing Paula Abdul and David Russo, claiming they stole his idea for Hey Paula!. Because following her around with a camera crew is the most original idea ever to spring from the mind of man.

    Parker Posey moves into television in The Return of Jezebel James Amy Sherman-Palladino’s comedy pilot centers on a successful children’s book editor (newly single and unable to conceive) asks her estranged younger sister to carry her baby for her. It must be funnier than it sounds.

    Rupert Everett’s book, Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins, should be in every goodie bag this season, but probably won’t be:

    Giving an award is one of the most depressing pastimes known to man. You stand in the wings with another publicity starved celebrity in borrowed jewels. You breeze onto the set to one or other of your famous theme tunes.