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Friday

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March 2011

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The Daily Show Writers Discuss How the Show is Made

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If you’ve ever wondered how one of the greatest shows in television history gets made, then watch below to see the interview from last year’s Paley Center panel. In it, you’ll see The Daily Show writers discuss extremely short period of time they have each day to write Jon Stewart’s material. It’s shocking. Enjoy!

Friday

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March 2011

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Bret Michaels Sues Tonys and CBS for Head Injury — Dumb Move?

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There’s an unwritten rule in Hollywood that you don’t sue the the big dogs, because the amount of money you’ll win from your suit won’t equal the amount of money you’ll lose from “never working in this town again.”  If you’ve ever attended a private high school, then you might understand the Hollywood clicks and connections.  That’s why I was shocked to read that Bret Michaels sued CBS and the Tonys for the injury that occurred during the 2009 Oscars.  I imagine that the actual cause of action is negligence, because Michaels argues that he wasn’t properly instructed how to exit the stage to avoid the set falling on his head.  He claims that the head injury ultimately resulted in his brain hemorrhage six month later.  Though he could probably win for the head injury that occurred during the show, I doubt he’d win for the subsequent brain hemorrhage.  To win, Michaels has the hefty task of proving that, if not for the set falling on his head, he would not have suffered the brain hemorrhage, which is virtually impossible.  There’s no definitive way of identifying what caused the hemorrhage.  This suit is therefore not worth burning Hollywood bridges.  At the very least, you probably won’t see Michaels at the Tonys again, or on any CBS show.  That’s a big bridge to burn.  As an aside, thank goodness for this law school thing.  Without it, I wouldn’t be able to properly analyze the consequences of having a Rock of Ages set fall on your head.  Isn’t education wonderful?  Watch Bret get flattened by the set below.

Thursday

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March 2011

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American Idol Judges Save Casey Abrams — He Gets to Go on Tour

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When the judges saved Casey Abrams tonight on American Idol, the real importance is not that he gets to stay in the competition, it’s that he gets to go on tour. Usually only the top ten Idol contestants tour the country, but because the judges saved Casey Abrams, all 11 of the current contestants are included in the tour. So why is this such a big deal? Because Casey Abrams just got guaranteed some serious cash. Idol contestants make a six-figure salary up front, plus an additional percentage of the ticket sales. That’s a lot of money, and judging from Casey Abrams reaction tonight, he’s certainly appreciative. At one point I thought he might pass out, leaving Ryan Seacrest to hold him up — or topple over. Watch the video below to see his reaction.

Thursday

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March 2011

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Thia Megia Sings ‘Heatwave’ — This Song Must Die

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When Thia Megia sang Heatwave on tonight’s American Idol, I got the strange feeling that I’d heard it before. After doing my research, I realized the cause of my deja vu. I have heard it before! I’ve heard it sung by three other contestants, and it was once even performed as a group medley. I understand that these songs get repeated, but this isn’t a Karaoke bar with a one page song list.  Do the producers limit the contestants’ choices?  You would think with all that money they could get more songs cleared.   Watch Thia’s performance below, along with the slew of other contestants who sang the same song.

Thia Megia

Lil Rounds

Kimberly Locke

Vonzell Solomon

Wednesday

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March 2011

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Howard Stern Sues Sirius — Should he Mention it on the Air?

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Can someone please explain to me how you sue the company you work for and still churn out a great product for that company every day?  Such is the case with Howard Stern, who recently sued Sirius for not delivering his stock grants.  Stern’s contract provided stock awards based on increased subscriber growth, and he only received those awards in 2006 and 2007.  Sirius and XM merged in 2008, and apparently Sirius doesn’t think the increased subscribers from the merger warrant Stern’s stock awards.  According to Stern, his presence at Sirius facilitated the merger, and he’s therefore responsible for the increased subscribers.  Translation?  It’s arguable.  I’m not sure why Stern resigned with Sirius if he felt so wronged by the company, but perhaps they cajoled him into resigning by promising the previous stock awards and then didn’t deliver.  It’s unclear.  What is clear; however, is that Howard Stern is nothing if not honest on his radio show, which means, at the very least, this should be brought up on the air.  There is absolutely no legal consequence of simply saying, “yes, I’ve sued the company, but I cannot discuss it on the air.”  That way he kills the elephant in the room.

Wednesday

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March 2011

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Dear Chris Brown — Return to GMA and Discuss the Rihanna Incident

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I often fancy myself a Hollywood publicist. Image cleanup seems so simple, yet celebrities have the hardest time with it. That’s either because their publicists aren’t doing their job, or because the celebrities won’t listen to them. Chris Brown recently appeared on Good Morning America to promote his new album, and the interview apparently ended with Chris Brown ripping his shirt off and breaking a window.  Needless to say, he wasn’t pleased with Robin Roberts’ questions about Rihanna. If I were advising Chris Brown, I’d tell him to immediately return to Good Morning America and openly discuss the incident. He needs to say why he got so upset and explain precisely what happened. I’ve read that those questions were approved prior to the interview, so it’s unclear why he was so surprised and angry when they were asked. Unless he owns his flaws and continues to discuss the Rihanna incident with a calm head, the public will never forgive him. I understand he’s difficult to root for because he physically abused his girlfriend, but I’m not a fan of shunning people for life because of their mistakes. If he’s legitimately changed then I’m willing to move on. It’s difficult to believe he’s changed though, especially since he can’t even get through an interview with losing his temper.

Tuesday

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March 2011

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Did Eliza Doolittle Copy Lily Allen’s Music?

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I first heard of Eliza Doolittle while researching the musicians who performed at South by Southwest.  When I listened to Pack Up, I immediately noticed the resemblance to Lily Allen.  I then googled Eliza Doolittle, and I’m apparently not the only person who noticed.  Eliza has addressed the comments directly, saying, “It annoys me quite a bit. I do think our music is very different and we are different people.”  Since Lily Allen entered the music scene first, I was curious if she was also annoyed by the comparison.  Specifically, does Lily think Eliza ripped her off?  The short answer is yes.  Lily said, “I’m feeling for Eliza Doolittle, it seems she’s sick of being compared to me all the time.  Then again, maybe if she’d gone in a different direction with her artwork and wasn’t riding around in a chopper in her new video . . . “  After researching the album covers in question, it’s abundantly clear that Eliza Doolittle’s self-titled debut album bears a striking resemblance to Lily Allen’s Alright, Still album cover.  Since music producer George Kurstin worked on both their albums, this isn’t too surprising.  It is; however, surprising that Eliza Doolittle wouldn’t acknowledge the overlap.  Listen to a song by both artists below, and judge for yourself.

Tuesday

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March 2011

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Liam Gallagher Still Hates Oasis — New, Angry Interview

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If you’ve ever heard of Oasis, then you’re likely familiar with the venomous hatred between the Gallagher brothers. Liam Gallagher fronted the band, which included his brother, Noel Gallagher, along with four other members who fortunately survived Liam Gallagher’s very public anger issues. The Gallagher brothers have long been splashed across tabloids for their sibling acrimony, which ultimately escalated into a pre-concert fist-fight, forcing Noel to finally quit the band for good.  Liam Gallagher subsequently formed a new band that includes everyone from Oasis except his brother Noel.  The band is called Beady Eye, and when asked about Oasis in a new interview for MTV Hive, LIam did not disappoint.  Please take the time to read excerpts from the interview below.  At the very least, it will make you feel really great about your relationships with your siblings. (Further Reading: Liam Gallagher Discusses Suing his Brother)

The future of Oasis: “Get over it. Oasis is yesterday. It’s fucking done.”

Ryan Adam’s version of Wonderwall: “It’s shit to me, man. I like Ryan Adams and I like some of his songs. But I hated what he did with “Wonderwall. It’s not his fault. To be quite honest, I’ve never really cared for the original either.”

On why you won’t hear Oasis songs on the Beady Eye tour: “We could’ve if we wanted, but we’ve got a lot more fucking self-respect. It’s why we don’t fucking play somebody else’s fucking songs when we can make our own.

Keith Richard and Mick Jagger working together (despite reported tension)- “Yeah, and what have they fucking done for the last twenty-five fucking years?”

Monday

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March 2011

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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Premieres — Kirstie Alley Rocks the House

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Just when I thought there would be no one to root for on Dancing With the Stars this season, Kirstie Alley shocked me.  I knew she’d be worth watching, but I had no idea she’d be incredible.  Her performance with Maksim Chmerkovskiy was the best of the night, and they actually had surprising sexual chemistry.  I use the word “surprising,” because I never thought Maksim and Kirstie would get along, given that they are both strong personalities.  I suppose it makes sense though.  Maksim needs someone to slap him around and compensate for his sometimes awkward interview demeanor.  Did I mention that Kirstie looks hot?  Can someone sign me up for their workout routine?  Watch below.

Monday

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March 2011

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Kiefer Sutherland Stars in Jason Patric’s Play — Forgives Him for Julia Roberts Affair?

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For those that don’t follow tabloid history, I’ll give you a nutshell review of one of the greatest scandals of all time.  Once upon a time, Kiefer Sutherland was engaged to Julia Roberts.  She left him shortly before the wedding and ran off with his best friend.  So who’s the best friend in question?  It was Jason Patric.  Years later, Kiefer spoke kindly of Roberts in interviews, saying they were not ready to be married, and he’s thankful that she realized it.  When asked about Patric, Kiefer wasn’t as kind, saying, “I’m surprised that I never got a call from him saying I’ve fallen in love da-da-da. Instead, I found out from a stranger.”  Jason Patric later paid for the affair, saying,  “I knew (dating her) would be trouble.  But I think sometimes people walk into their own nightmare maybe not so consciously.  This was a person who very much put herself in the public eye, and the public life. I think everyone has a right to privacy, but once you use your personal life to advance your fame, you really don’t have the right to say no to (the press).”  Now that you know the history you can imagine my shock when I discovered that Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric are currently starring on Broadway together in That Championship Season.  The play was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Jason Miller, who also happens to be Jason Patric’s father.  I’d like to note that only men can move past bad blood.  If my best friend ran off with my fiance, I’d accept her invitation to star in a play only so that I could get close enough to choke her on stage.