Randy Jackson leaving 'American Idol' Jackson out. Randy Jackson, the lone original "American Idol" judge, says he won't be returning to the Fox talent competition. "To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on `American Idol,' I have decided to leave after this season," Jackson said in a statement Thursday. More
NBC orders 5 new TV series for next season Sean Hayes, Parker Posey, Minnie Driver and Gillian Anderson have prominent roles in new television series that NBC will try next season. The network said Thursday that it had ordered five new series, in advance of its annual schedule announcement Sunday. More
YouTube Claims Victory Over TV - Battle Won With One Billion Visitors Per Month With more than one billion unique visitors every month, YouTube asserted last night that the battle between television and the online video giant is over. YouTube claimed victory with six billion views per month. According to the Wall Street Journal, which cited Mark Mahaney's estimates, a stock analyst at RBC Capital Markets, that YouTube generated about $4 billion in revenue in 2012, up from $2.5 billion in 2011. More
Kanye West's Brain Melts In This David Blaine Ice Pick Stunt Kanye West has been making a lot of press appearances around his Yeezus record and accompanying tour, but none so out-there as his stint on David Blaine's ABC special David Blaine: Real or Magic? Tuesday night. Blaine, like the truly creeptastic showman ... 11/20/2013 - 3:43 am | View Link
MTV award winner Miley Cyrus in 'cannabis' stunt In her latest eyebrow-raising stunt, Miley Cyrus lit what may have been a cannabis joint on stage at Sunday’s MTV Europe Music Awards in Amsterdam. When she picked up her best video award for “Wrecking Ball”, the singer made a show of not finding the ... 11/10/2013 - 9:16 pm | View Link
Camille Paglia: Miley, Go Back to School Most of the media backlash focused on Cyrus’ crass opportunism, which stole the show from Lady Gaga, normally no slouch in the foot-stamping look-at-me department ... magic of sexual allure. Miley, go back to school! 08/26/2013 - 1:00 pm | View Link
Halle Berry shocks with breast stunt Halle Berry stuck her breasts in a "bowl of guacamole" on the set of her new movie, it has been claimed. The actress shocked the director of her new film Movie 43 by performing the unusual stunt in front of him. Peter Farrelly revealed the boob bombshell ... 01/24/2013 - 3:05 am | View Link
Pig's head stunt shocks motorists Frankie Sandford Shares Super Cute First Snap of Baby Parker Alessandra Ambrosio Tucks into Fries Just Days Ahead of Victoria's Secret Show Lady Gaga Looks Spooky at the Glamour Awards Jennifer Lawrence Wows in White at the Hunger Games Premiere Jennifer ... 01/6/2013 - 11:00 am | View Link
With his soft, gravelly voice and expressive tremble, singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur gives the impression of a young Stephen Stills practicing a Bowie-like quaver. The voice is Arthur's own, though, pure Ohio sand, soul, and grit, with a hint of theatricality.
Most complete-album shows are celebrations of commonly agreed-on landmarks, victory laps for established classics that send audiences home humming their music collections. But Mavericks, the first album by Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey, is more like a buried treasure.
Music Judith Owen and Harry Shearer's Holiday Sing-Along. This gig by the Welsh songstress and her husband, radio host and comic actor Shearer (the bassist in Spinal Tap), started with a Christmas party at their house
Their not-favorite things
Monumental Twitter hatred cascaded, abounded, yea, coruscated. Thousands "hate-tweeted" in real time as they watched The Sound of Music Live on NBC. They carpet-bombed all aspects, from the scenery to lead singer Carrie Underwood.
Who was that traditionalist on the podium Thursday night?
No piece of music plays itself. But Michael Tilson Thomas, guest-conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra in Verizon Hall, was content to let the Berlioz Symphonie fantastique unfold within the narrow bounds of standard interpretation.