First, host Steve Jones was fired, then came the announcement that judge Nicole Scherzinger was OUT.
And finally, Paula Abdul also was shown the door.
According to a show source, 'X Factor' season 2 offsite meetings are taking place-- hosted by show creator Simon Cowell.
The purpose: To discuss what went wrong and what was done right on season 1 of the Fox singing competition.
According to one source, Paula Abdul's role was seen as "irrelevant to the mix," in part through no fault of her own. (As mentor to the groups, her contestants were picked off early in the competition).
As for Steve Jones and Nicole Scherzinger, another show insider says the "X Factor" host was notified by a show producer around 7:30pm Eastern on Monday evening that his option was not being picked up. (Cowell did not call Jones personally to deliver the news.)
Soon after, Scherzinger was informed that her contract also would not be renewed. The host and judge did not receive an explanation for the decision, but a source close to the show says Cowell has decided that the show needs a bigger celebrity on the panel next season.
A source says LA Reid, the fourth judge on the X Factor panel, has not been informed of any change to his status as judge.
Director Martin Scorsese has said he made Hugo so he could make a film he and his daughter could enjoy together. That sentiment has clearly resonated with Oscar voters, who rewarded Scorsese's adaptation of the Brian Selznick children's book with a leading eleven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. Nominations were announced Tuesday morning in Beverly Hills, California.
The black-and-white critical favorite The Artist follows close behind Hugo, with ten nominations including Best Director and Best Picture, as well as Best Actor for Jean Dujardin and Best Supporting Actress for Bérénice Bejo. The critically-acclaimed comedy-drama The Descendants won just five nominations but they're in all the right categories, including Best Picture, Best Director for Alexander Payne, and Best Actor for George Clooney. Clooney's joined in the Best Actor category by his pal Brad Pitt, who earned a nod for Moneyball, which itself has a total of six nominations, including Best Picture. Rounding out the Best Picture category are Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Midnight in Paris, Tree of Life, and War Horse.
The 84th annual Academy Awards will be presented Sunday, February 26, live on ABC. Billy Crystal returns as host.
For a complete list of nominees, visit Oscars website. Here are the nominees in the major categories:
Best Picture The Descendants
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
George Clooney, The Descendants
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Demian Bichir, A Better Life
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Viola Davis, The Help
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer, The Beginners
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Best Supporting Actress
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Bernice Bejo, The Artist
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
Brand's "RustyRocket" handle is no longer included on Katy's list of 83 people she follows.
Russell, however, is still following his estranged wife on his Twitter page.
The couple had a flirty history on Twitter, which included Russell infamously posting a picture of his wife with no make-up.
A source told Us Weekly: "She's limiting those interactions. He's being so atrocious that she feels like she never really knew him. She doesn't want to look battered and have people for sorry for her. She's very strong and confident. Katy is insulted and feels betrayed that Russell has treated her so poorly. She will never forgive him. Ever."
February 8th marks the three-year anniversary of Chris Brown's assault on his then-girlfriend, Rihanna.
Now comes word that the exes could be spending that "anniversary" together.
And multiple sources have confirmed to Us Weekly that Rihanna and Chris have been secretly hooking up for almost a year.
A source said that Rihanna and Chris "meet up very casually" and that Rihanna "comes to see Chris anytime she's in LA."
A music industry source also told US: "They can't get enough of each other. I don't see it ending well. Rihanna loves to live dangerously, and talking to and hooking up with Chris is all part of that."
But Chris' people are denying the whole story, especially since he's dating his girlfriend, Karrueche Tran.
His reps said: "He and Rihanna are just friends. He's not cheating."
"Jersey Shore" star, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, wants Donald Trump to get back into the presidential race.
During her press conference where she announced the launch of Team Snooki Boxing, she said that she didn't really care for the candidates that are currently running for president-- and the one man she would vote for is Donald Trump.
Post a photo of YOURSELF with your worst 80s hairdo on our Kiss 98.5 facebook wall by 9am tomorrow for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Van Halen at First Niagara Center on March 9th (minimum value $59). You can be the only person in the photo. Must be 14 or older and New York State resident. Kiss's General Contest Rules apply. Tomorrow, we'll pick our favorite 6 to win and send you message by 5.
"Glee"'s special Michael Jackson tribute airs January 31, and TV Guide has the set list for the episode.
In addition to Blaine and the Pips New Directions performing "Wanna Be Startin' Something" and Quinn's solo of "Never Can Say Goodbye", there's a few other Jackson gems on this playlist.
1. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' — Blaine and group
2. Rock with You — Sebastian & Warblers
3. Bad — Artie, Santana, Blaine, Sebastian
4. Scream — Artie and Mike
5. Never Can Say Goodbye — Quinn 6. Human Nature/ Nature Boy — mash-up of MJ and Nat King Cole — Mercedes & Sam
7. Smooth Criminal — Santana & Sebastian (with special appearance performance by 2Cellos)
8. Ben — Finn, Rachel & Kurt
9. I Just Can't Stop Loving You — Finn & Rachel
10. Black or White — Artie, Rachel, Kurt, Mercedes, Santana and the group
RIHANNA TALKS SMACK, SAYS SHE'S IN "A LEAGUE OF MY OWN"
Rihanna has gone after the mainstream music industry by claiming that nobody else is in her league.
She said: "There's competition everywhere. The whole music industry is competition. Beyonce is an inspiration. She's a great artist and I feel honored to be mentioned in the same sentence but we're different performers with different styles."
Fox television network said yesterday there were no plans for a spin-off of "Glee" and there will be changes to Simon Cowell's "The X Factor" after the show's first season on US television.
"Glee" fans will be glad to hear that Lea Michele, one of the show's leads, will still be part of the show's upcoming season in which the characters graduate.
According to Kevin Reilly, president of entertainment at Fox: "There will not be a 'Glee' spinoff, but those characters will graduate and it's led to a really interesting idea that I think is going to give us something really cool to dig into next season."
Fox said it reached the top spot for the No. 1 reality series overall with "The X Factor," despite the new singing competition's rocky start not quite living up to creator Simon Cowell's predictions.
Reilly said he was "thrilled" with the show's standing in the crowded singing competition market alongside such shows as "American Idol" with popular host Ryan Seacrest and "The Voice," but added there were going to be some changes from the "relentless" Cowell.
A new HOST?
The Fox exec said, "Hosting, as we know, it is a much harder job than meets the eye. I think everybody now has come to realize the value of Ryan Seacrest," adding that whether "X-Factor" host Steve Jones "is the guy or not, it comes under the heading of growth in general so there will be some tweaks to the show."
Reilly said he would like to keep Seacrest, whose $45 million contract with "Idol" is up for renewal. NBC is also determined to keep Seacrest and expand his role within their network.
Limited-edition Barbie-brand dolls modeled after the three Kardashian sisters are on the way!
Kim, Khloé and Kourtney dolls are in the works and should be available wherever Barbies are sold later this year.
According to E! Online, the special line is being unofficially referred to as the "Dash dolls" because the dolls will be outfitted in fashions tied into looks you can buy at the Kardashians' Dash boutiques.
We are extremely pleased to announce a partnership between the Buffalo Bills and Entercom radio. WGR will now be the flagship station of the Buffalo Bills radio network and all Entercom stations will participate in valuable Bills content and programming.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 3, 2012
BUFFALO BILLS ANNOUNCE NEW BROADCAST AGREEMENT WITH ENTERCOM COMMUNICATIONS
Entercom to air Bills games in 2012 on WGR (550 AM) in Buffalo
Orchard Park, NY – The Buffalo Bills announced today a new multi-year radio broadcasting partnership with Entercom Communications to broadcast all Bills football games on WGR (550 AM) in Buffalo beginning with the 2012 season. The Buffalo Bills Radio Network will also be heard on Entercom’s WCMF (96.5 FM) and WROC (950 AM) in Rochester plus another 19 stations throughout the New York State region.
Entercom’s WBEN had previously been the flagship station of the Bills from 1979-1989 and again from 1994-1997.
WGR (550 AM) will air Buffalo Bills football games beginning with the Bills first preseason game in 2012. The schedule of games will be announced at a later date.
In addition to the live game broadcasts, other Bills related programming will include a live Head Coach Show, live General Manager Show, Bills player programming and a live Bills CEO Show where fans will have the chance to ask questions and interact with the Bills Chief Executive Officer.
“We are excited about the Bills move to WGR 550 AM in Buffalo and the opportunity to speak and engage with our loyal fans, while providing them with the ability to hear our games on the 24/7 sports station they listen to most,” said Russ Brandon, Buffalo Bills chief executive officer. “Teaming with a powerful local brand like Entercom, is a tremendous way for us to reach a wide variety of listeners, from teenagers and their families to seasoned sports enthusiasts alike.”
“We are thrilled and proud to be the broadcast home of the Buffalo Bills,” said Greg Ried, Entercom Vice President and General Manager. “With our 24/7 WGR 550 AM sports station, partnering with the Bills and adding them to our line-up compliments our other programming, enhances the experience for loyal fans and attracts new listeners. Big-time sports, on a big-time sports station is what listeners expect and the Bills certainly help provide all of that.”
Entercom is one of the five largest radio broadcasting companies in the United States, with a nationwide portfolio in excess of 100 stations in 23 markets, including San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Portland, Sacramento and Kansas City. Entercom is known for developing unique and highly successful, locally programmed stations, and is home to some of radio's most distinguished brands and compelling personalities. The company's radio stations have received numerous awards, including multiple Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism and National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Marconi Awards for excellence in radio broadcasting. In 2007, Forbes magazine named Entercom one of America's "Most Trustworthy Companies." For more information, visit entercom.comor wgr550.com.
Founded in 1959, the Buffalo Bills are one of the most storied franchises in the National Football League (NFL). The Bills have won two American Football League (AFL) Championships (1964 - 1965) and won an NFL record four straight AFC Championships (1990 - 1993) that included four trips to the Super Bowl. The Bills are a progressive organization and pride themselves on the regionalization of their team. They hold their training camp in Rochester, NY and were the first NFL team ever to play a home game in Canada with the Bills Toronto Series that began in 2008. As Western New York’s top-rated sports and entertainment choice, the Bills annually entertain three quarter of a million fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium, produce the region’s number-one rated sports television programming, have one of the NFL’s largest fan clubs with the Bills Backers, and host the most visited team website in Western New York. Under the guidance of Hall of Fame member and original team founder, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., the Bills played one regular season game in Toronto in 2011. For more Bills information, visit buffalobills.com, call (716) 648-1800, become a fan on Facebook at facebook.com/buffalobills, follow the Bills on Twitter at twitter.com/buffalobills or get the Bills mobile app via buffalobills.com/fans/mobile-app.html.
Shakira and Miley Cyrus recorded a duet that will be presented on as part of a charity gala on February 14th.
The single is called "Love & Rock". Proceeds will help raise funds for children with severe heart disease.
There is also word that Shakira and Miley recorded a video together.
Angelina Jolie's Christmas present for Brad Pitt was... a waterfall.
She bought the waterfall as a combined gift for the holidays and Brad's 48th birthday. The waterfall is located in California, and it comes with the surrounding land that Brad can use to design a home since he's always wanted to design his own house.