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Tuesday
Nov152011

‘Dancing With the Stars’ Week 9: Hope Solo Leaves the Dance Floor

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Hope Solo was forced to hang up her dancing shoes Tuesday night after being voted off Dancing With the Stars in the week 9 semifinals, leaving Ricki Lake, J.R. Martinez and Rob Kardashian to battle it out in next week’s finals.

Solo has struggled in the competition, frequently landing near the bottom of the leaderboard and finding herself in jeopardy of elimination. Judges have often told her that her dancing lacked fluidity and grace, and after Monday night’s three dances, she was in fourth place with a total of 49 points.


“This competition is one of the toughest competitions I’ve ever been a part of,” she said, thanking her friends, family, fans and her partner, Maks Chmerkovskiy.

He in turn thanked her, saying: “I’m sorry I couldn’t have been better for you, but it is what it is.”

Tuesday night’s episode featured a performance by Cobra Starship and appearances by the Muppets.

Lake, the actress and former TV talk show host, and actor and Iraq war veteran J.R. Martinez, have consistently been at or near the top of the scoreboard throughout the competition, but Kardashian – the reality TV personality whose progress has stunned the judges and viewers – is being viewed as a real contender for the coveted Mirror Ball trophy.

Cheers erupted on the ballroom dance floor Tuesday night when co-host Tom Bergeron revealed that Kardashian had made it to the finals.

The competition’s season 13 has seen dance floor departures from TV legal analyst Nancy Grace, actor David Arquette, activist Chaz Bono, fashion guru Carson Kressley, singer Chynna Phillips, reality TV star Kristin Cavallari, Italian model Elisabetta Canalis and NBA star Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest).

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Thursday
Aug252011

'America’s Got Talent:' Five Acts Advance to the Top 10

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Five acts advanced to America's Got Talent's top 10 Wednesday night.

Team Illuminate, the nine-member dance-in-the-dark troupe that dazzles viewers with LED-lighted suits; PopLyfe, the young rock/soul band; Lys Agnes, the opera singer; and dance troupe Miami All Stars all advanced.  For their part, the judges selected the West Springfield Dance Team to advance to the top 10 over singer Daniel Joseph Baker.  The rest of Tuesday's performers, including audience favorite impressionist Melissa Villasenor, were sent home.

America's Got Talent continues next Tuesday on NBC at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

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Monday
Aug222011

Surprise Twist in 'Glee Project' Finale

Damian McGinty (l) and Samuel Larsen (r) winners of The Glee Project. Matt Sersion/Oxygen(LOS ANGELES) -- There was a surprise twist to the season finale of the Oxygen reality series The Glee Project on Sunday night.

Glee creator Ryan Murphy declared two winners: Damian McGinty and Samuel Larsen, each of whom will appear in seven episodes of the Fox hit next season.

In addition, two other finalists, Lindsay Pearce and Alex Newell, will guest star in two episodes each.

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Thursday
Aug182011

Four More Acts Advance on 'America's Got Talent'

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Only 24 acts remain on America's Got Talent following Wednesday night's results show.

Four acts from Tuesday's performance show advanced: the West Springfield Dance Team, chain-reaction guru The Kinetic King, magician Landon Swank, and the judges' choice, jump rope team Summerwind Skippers.

The results show also featured Colbie Caillat performing her song "Brighter Than the Sun."

Next Tuesday on NBC, America's Got Talent will begin its semifinals round, with performances by 12 acts from the top 24.

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Friday
Aug122011

'So You Think You Can Dance' Winner Named

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Nineteen-year-old Melanie Moore of Marietta, Georgia, won the eighth season of the Fox competition So You Think You Can Dance on Thursday.

She won the $250,000 grand prize over runner-up Sasha Mallory and second runner-up Marko Germar.

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Tuesday
Jul262011

Ben F. & J.P. Advance to 'The Bachelorette' Season Finale

Chris Harrison, host of the ABC show The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. (Photo by Donald B. Kravitz/Getty Images)(LOS ANGELES) -- Next week, we'll learn if The Bachelorette star Ashley Hebert is engaged to Ben F. or J.P. -- or neither. They're the two men left standing on the ABC series following Monday night's installment. Of course, given the shaky history of past Bachelor/Bachelorette relationships, there are no guarantees that the season will end with Ashley wearing a ring on her finger.

Monday night, Ashley was joined in Fiji by Ben F., J.P., Constantine, and, in a surprise cameo, the previously eliminated Ryan P., who begged Ashley for a second chance. Even so, Ryan wasn't given the opportunity to go on a date with Ashley, who eventually decided to send him home for a second time, saying they lacked passion together.

Ashley's first date was with Ben F., with whom she went snorkeling. Ben was smitten with Ashley, saying he was on his "way to the whole 'I love you' thing." The comment segued into Ashley inviting him to a fantasy suite, giving him the opportunity to spend the night with her. He accepted.

Ashley's time with Constantine came to an abrupt end after they explored a rainforest and waterfall. He rejected the invite to the fantasy suite because, he said, he wasn't 100-percent sure he wanted to marry her. Ashley was visibly upset, but she respected his honesty. With that, the two parted ways for good.

For her final date, Ashley and J.P. played in the water. He was somewhat reluctant to fully commit to her because she was still romancing other men. Nevertheless, he was willing to enter the fantasy suite with her, saying, "I think I'm into that."

Despite Constantine leaving the show, Ashley still held a rose ceremony because she wanted to be certain that Ben and J.P. were still interested in her. They both accepted a rose from her and will remain in Fiji for next Monday's finale, when they'll meet with her family. The season finale will be followed by the After the Final Rose special.

On Sunday, the night before the finale, ABC will air a reunion special featuring the eliminated suitors.

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Monday
May232011

Donald Trump Names 'The Celebrity Apprentice' On Live Finale

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump named country star John Rich the champion of this season's Celebrity Apprentice during a live reveal Sunday night in New York City. Trump's decision came in the last seconds of a two-hour show.

In the last task assigned to the two finalists -- designing original ad campaigns for 7Up Retro -- Team Marlee and Team John Rich each ran into roadblocks, with Marlee Matlin's team tangled in a contract dispute with deep-voiced 1970's 7Up pitchman Jeffrey Holder, and John Rich dealing with static from Def Leppard's manager. Holder eventually showed up and Team Marlee's soda commercial was soon in the can. Def Leppard's sticking point -- the use of a kick drum to get the crowd going -- was settled as well, paving the way for the '80s icons to play Rich's launch event.

Team Marlee's presentation featured the debut of their commercial, which featured stock 1970s-outfitted characters and a performance for the soda company execs and others by the Harlem Globetrotters. Team John Rich's presentation featured an ad boasting appearance by former Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider. However, Rich's unveil event ran aground when he announced Def Leppard fifteen minutes before they agreed to play, leaving an empty stage and everyone -- including Trump -- waiting. Thinking on his feet, the country star grabbed his guitar and started playing, even improvising a song about the real estate mogul. The awkward gap successfully filled, Def Leppard took the stage and performed "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and "Rock of Ages."

Trump met with the soda company's execs, who told Trump both the disco-themed can designed by Team Marlee, and the '80s zebra-striped can John Rich's team created are being rolled out nationally. Both teams assembled in the boardroom and assessed one another's performance when, to Matlin's shock, John Rich made the surprising announcement he'd generated an additional $275,000 for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at his final event, even though it wasn't a fundraising task.

The remainder of the show was dedicated to the live reveal. Matlin spoke about the barriers she overcame both in life as a hearing-impaired person, while Rich said his "body of work" on the show bested Matlin's.

Trump agreed with son Donald Jr. and daughter Ivanka that both finalists could not have performed better, and although there are no losers, he still needed to pick one winner -- and he chose John Rich.  The country singer not only earns bragging rights as Trump's latest Celebrity Apprentice, but also won a $250,000 check for his charity.

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Sunday
Feb272011

Results from the 2011 Academy Awards

Image Courtesy - ABC, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- The 83rd annual Academy Awards was held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday night. The following is a list of this year's winners:

Best Motion Picture of the Year:
The King's Speech
This is a story about an Australian speech therapist helping the King of England with his speech impediment. The film stars Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter and has grossed over $100 million in the U.S. The film won a total of four awards on the night.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:
Colin Firth: The King's Speech
In this film, Firth plays the role of King George VI, who enlists assistance from a speech therapist for aid with his stammering. Firth has been nominated twice, but this is his first win. 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:
Natalie Portman: Black Swan
In the movie, Portman plays the role of Nina Sayers, a ballerina whose mental state becomes unstable after being cast as Swan Queen in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. This is Portman's first time winning an Oscar. 

Best Achievement in Directing:
Tom Hooper: The King's Speech
The film's tag line was "It takes leadership to confront a nation's fear. It takes friendship to conquer your own." 

Best Original Song:
Toy Story 3: Randy Newman ("We Belong Together")
The third installment of the popular toy film series sees Woody and company having to deal with their owner preparing to depart for college.

Best Achievement in Editing:
The Social Network: Kirk Baxter & Angus Wall
This film depicts how popular social networking website Facebook was founded.

Best Achievement in Visual Effects:
Inception: Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley, Pete Bebb, & Paul Franklin
The mindblowing visual effects in this sci-fi film helped bring home the first Academy Award win for these four. 

Best Documentary, Features
Inside Job: Charles Ferguson & Audrey Marrs
Ferguson ended his acceptance speech on the night with some humor, saying, "Let the record show I'm not wearing jeans." 

Best Short Film, Live Action:
God of Love: Luke Matheny
In his acceptance speech for his first Oscar win, Matheny made sure he thanked his mom, NYU, and a host of others.

Best Documentary, Short Subjects:
Strangers No More: Karen Goodman & Kirk Simon
Goodman and Simon have each recieved four Oscar nominations, and this is their first time winning. 

Best Achievement in Costume Design:
Alice in Wonderland: Colleen Atwood
Atwood has been nominated nine times in this category, and this is her third time winning the award. She has won it in the past for the films Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago

Best Achievement in Makeup:
The Wolfman: Rick Baker & Dave Elsey
Baker has been nominated for a dozen oscars throughout his career, and this is the seventh gold statue he has taken home.

Best Achievement in Sound Editing:
Inception: Richard King
Richard King has now won a total of three Oscars throughout his career. 

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing:
Inception: Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo & Ed Novick
This is a sci-fi film about a thief, whose playground is the dreams of others.  

Best Original Score:
The Social Network: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
This is the first time these two have won an Academy Award. 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role:
Christian Bale: The Fighter
In The Figher, Bale plays the role of Dicky Eklund, a former boxer who now manages his younger brother, Micky's boxing career.

Best Foreign Language Film:
In a Better World: Susan Bier (Denmark)
This is the third movie from Denmark to win the award for Best Foreign Language Film. 

Best Original Screenplay:
The King's Speech: David Seidler
This film chronicles Britain's King George VI rise to the throne, and how a speech therapist helped the king in his role.

Best Adapted Screenplay:
The Social Network: Aaron Sorkin
This film has grossed almost $100 million the U.S. 

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year:
Toy Story 3 (2010): Lee Unkrich
This is the first Oscar win for Lee Unkrich.

Best Short Film, Animated:
The Lost Thing: Shaun Tan & Andrew Ruhemann
Tan and Ruheman emerged victorious after being nominated for the first time. 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:
Melissa Leo: The Fighter
This is Leo's first time as an Academy Award winner. She has been nominated two times.

Best Achievement in Cinematography:
Inception: Wally Pfister
Filming for Inception was done in six countries, including Canada, England, Morocco, France, Japan, and the U.S.

Best Achievement in Art Direction:
Alice in Wonderland: Robert Stromberg (Production Design); Karen O'Hara (Set Decoration)

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