Idol Headlines for 04/18/11

Today’s Idol Appearances:

  • Paul McDonald performs on Live with Regis and Kelly

Tomorrow on the Today ShowPaul McDonald drops by and Darren Criss and the Warblers perform a song from their new album. NBC 7-9 am.

93.3 FM Tampa Bay tweets there will be a new single from Idol judge Steven Tyler, “Got word that we’ll have a new single from STEVEN TYLER on May 9th. Should be interesting!

Paul McDonald tweets, “Off to bed. New songs! I’m thinking about releasing 4 song EP on vinyl that would be available only at independent record stores. Thoughts?…If this idea ends up happening then yes!…it would be on iTunes as well.”

Tim Urban and Katie Stevens appear at the Run/Walk family festival at Cal State Fullerton on April 30. More information HERE.

More Headlines after the JUMP…

Pia Toscano’s Ex Wasn’t a Mark Ballas Casualty

“American Idol” cast-off Pia Toscano was a single woman two months BEFORE coming to Hollywood in March … and long before she started dating Mark Ballas … TMZ has learned.

As we previously reported, Pia and Mark went out on a date the NIGHT AFTER she got the boot from “Idol” … and have since ratcheted up their romance.

There’s a report out that Pia unceremoniously dumped her caterer boyfriend Carlos Nunez to trade up to Ballas.

But our “Dancing with the Stars”/”American Idol” spies tell us … Carlos was history long before Mark entered the picture.

Read more at TMZ

Carrie Underwood – ‘Soul Surfer’ Comes in 4th again it’s Second Week

The family film Soul Surfer was fourth with $7.4 million, followed by the action film Hanna with $7.3 million.

Ticket sales were up 17% over the same weekend last year.

Read more at USA Today

Carrie Underwood reacts to Mike Fisher scrap at Predators game

DEPRESSED DOGGY – feat. Sir Diddimus The Dog of Splendor (aka cutest dog in the world)

Blake Lewis also has an adorable dog. Sir Diddimus is a star!

Glee Scoop: Will and Emma… Reunited?

It sounds like Glee may close out its second season on a high note — at least for ‘Wemma’ fans. At UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation benefit honoring Showtime president David Nevins over the weekend, Matthew Morrison hinted that a reunion could be in the cards for the star-crossed lovebirds.

“Toward the end of the first season, we really pushed [the Will and Emma romance],” Morrison told TVLine. “I think the same thing is going to happen at the end of this season. We’re going to see that build.”

Read more at TV Line

Matthew Morrison Disses American Psycho Novelist: “Who’s That?”

Matthew Morrison doesn’t worry too much about people hating on Glee. Even if one of those haters happens to be a best-selling novelist…

Just last week, American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis took to his Twitter to compare watching Glee to walking in a “puddle of HIV.” So I asked the actor what he thought of Ellis.

“Who’s that?” Morrison said Friday night at UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation “Taste for a Cure” gala.

Read more at EOnline

Ozzy Osbourne ‘could replace Cheryl Cole on X Factor’

If chosen, the 62-year-old rocker would follow in the footsteps of his wife, Sharon, who was on the judging panel for four series before leaving in 2007.

A studio source told The Sun: “Ozzy would be a controversial choice but he can really bring something different to the show.

“Sharon was a big hit and we think Ozzy can do well too.”

Read more at The Telegraph

‘DWTS’ American Week: Hines Goes Romantic, Kirstie Goes ‘Hoochie’

“Dancing with the Stars” is going patriotic for Week 5 of performances Monday night with the first-ever American theme.

While we will be seeing a whole lot of red, white, and blue, and songs about America, we won’t necessarily be seeing American dances. (What, no, square dancing or krumping?) The theme is more pegged to the songs, rather than the dance, therefore some of the contestants are dancing the Brazilian Samba, or the Viennese Waltz, among others.

While the remaining eight celebrities aren’t allowed to reveal their songs, they did dish a bit on their dances and what viewers can expect. “Yes, it is American week and we’re going to show our American pride and do a sexy Fox Trot. It’s basically celebrating America. It’s all American songs,” explained Romeo’s partner Chelsie Hightower.

Read more at Fancast

EXCLUSIVE: First Listen To Elton John & Matthew Morrison’s Duet [AUDIO]

It’s a cheesy a mash-up of Elton’s hits “Mona Lisa And Mad Hatters” and “Rocket Man.”

Via RSP

Exclusive: ‘Glee’ Star Darren Criss on the Warblers’ Album

This is Part 4 of the series I posted HERE.  Darren Criss discusses, “Somewhere Only We Know”, “What Kind of Fool Am I” and “Do You Think I’m Sexy”.

Via Rolling Stone

  • windmills

    The TSN highlights from last night’s Preds-Ducks game have a little more Carrie including her reaction to Mike’s game winning goal. Apparently there were more than a few gratuitous Carrie shots during TSN’s coverage of the game. Nashville’s local coverage usually lets Carrie be and keeps the focus on hockey.

    Vinman also capped Carrie doing a “Go Mike!” cheer with Ivey Childers, founder of IveyCakes (who made the cupcakes at Carrie & Mike’s wedding)/the wife of Carrie’s bassist/musical director Mark Childers (who’s in front of them with Carrie’s college friend and former personal assistant Matt): link.

    I like vinyl records. That sounds like a nice idea from Paul. I wonder how things will work with him and 19.

  • Trina

    Why doesn’t Blake pimp his dog more?? That dog is precious!

  • standtotheright

    I like vinyl records. That sounds like a nice idea from Paul. I wonder how things will work with him and 19.

    I think he probably had Record Store Day on the brain. I like the idea of Record Store Day and vinyl, but ever since spending the day before my high school graduation party covering every elevated surface in the attempt to dry out all of my dad’s old vinyl after the basement flooded (and we were not 100 percent successful), I just can’t get excited about the medium or going out to buy an album on it.

  • http://www.dancin.ca dancin

    cute dog
    horrid video i have a friend that ended it with a gun and i find frivilous mockery of suicide to be just disgusting. Period.!

  • Hazehel

    Not sure if Matthew Morrison really didn’t know who Bret Easton Ellis is, or if he only meant it as a sarcasm, but it reflects badly on him either way. There are people on the cultural landscape about whom you don’t say “who’s that?”.

  • standtotheright

    There are people on the cultural landscape about whom you don’t say “who’s that?”.

    I personally think the world would be a much better place if more people said that about BEE. I’m not a prude at all, but I honestly find his writing vomit-inducing.

  • Tess

    There are people on the cultural landscape about whom you don’t say “who’s That?”.

    Guess my “cultural landscape” is lacking a specimen plant. I’ve heard of the movie “American Psycho” w/ Christian Bale but have never been interested in the writer or who he is.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    really didn’t know who Bret Easton Ellis is

    He first hit big with his novel “Less Than Zero” which got made into a movie in 1987 starring Robert Downey Jr. Downey plays a college kid home visiting LA and is whacked out on drugs. Supposedly he WAS on drugs for real during the film shoot.

  • Kirsten

    Not sure if Matthew Morrison really didn’t know who Bret Easton Ellis is, or if he only meant it as a sarcasm, but it reflects badly on him either way. There are people on the cultural landscape about whom you don’t say “who’s that?”.

    I imagine he would recognize the title “American Psycho”, but I don’t think Ellis is as famous as all that. There are lots of authors out there with hit/controversial books. One cannot be expected to know them all unless one is a particular fan. And Ellis seems to write books that would not be everyone’s cup of tea.

  • JOJOSIE

    Back in season 5 a Carrie fan named Vinman made the most wonderful HD films of all of Taylor’s Idol performances for some of Taylor’s fans who had seen the ones he’d done for Carrie. I can’t thank him enough as I still have them on desk top computer and they are better than any vids I see now. Now I see in windmills post that he is still a Carrie fan and doing filming. I also love vinyl and hope Paul gets to do it. I’ll buy.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    One cannot be expected to know them all unless one is a particular fan. And Ellis seems to write books that would not be everyone’s cup of tea

    ITA – I know Ellis because “Less Than Zero” is partly about that LA lifestyle in the 1980s and it got made into a move with RDJ. I live in LA and graduated highschool in the 1980s so it was on my radar.

  • Indigobunting

    I’m clueless too; have seen both those movies on DVD, but wouldn’t recognize the author’s name.

    But then again was so involved in professional school had no time to read anything other than textbooks or pay attention.

  • HermeticallySealed

    One cannot be expected to know them all unless one is a particular fan. And Ellis seems to write books that would not be everyone’s cup of tea

    Exactly. I read, and while I would recognize the titles of some of his work, his name certainly isn’t on my radar.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    I assumed everyone old enough to remember the 80′s would know who Bret Easton Ellis is. He was very much a part of the cultural landscape of that time. I read “Less Than Zero” (but skipped the movie).

    Matt Morrison was a little boy in the 80′s, a little young to have Ellis on his radar.

  • Mel1

    Who’s Matt Morrison?

  • windmills

    standtotheright: I think he probably had Record Store Day on the brain. I like the idea of Record Store Day and vinyl, but ever since spending the day before my high school graduation party covering every elevated surface in the attempt to dry out all of my dad’s old vinyl after the basement flooded (and we were not 100 percent successful), I just can’t get excited about the medium or going out to buy an album on it.

    Oof! That sounds rough for you AND for your dad. I can’t call myself a collector but I do have a few vinyls. I just like that idea that you can call on them on a rainy quiet weekend afternoon.

    I agree that was what was on Paul McD’s mind. He’s very good about brainstorming topical stuff and putting it out there on Twitter for his fans.

    JOJOSIE: I love hearing about stuff like that where fans do things for other fans that keep! Thanks for sharing.

    I know who Bret Easton Ellis is but to be perfectly honest the 1st time I heard his name I assumed he wrote Harlequin romance novels. It just seemed like that kind of name. Oops!

  • HermeticallySealed

    Sorry, going to have to disagree, MJ. While I was in my teens during the 80′s, most everyone in my circle of friends read a lot, and none of us ever talked about the guy. Hell, I remember the movies, and don’t recall ever seeing any books displayed in the stores with the same titles, and I spent a lot of time in various bookstores.

    ::shrug:: It’s all a matter of what genre (or subgenre) of fiction one reads.

  • gangreen29

    I know who Bret Easton Ellis, and I was only a baby in the late 80s so I don’t buy the age excuse. That being said, I don’t consider him famous or relevant enough to be on everyone’s cultural landscape. Plus I think Matt Morrison was probably being snarky.

  • Hazehel

    I imagine he would recognize the title “American Psycho”, but I don’t think Ellis is as famous as all that.

    I don’t know, I kinda think he is one of those authors that anyone with some basic knowledge about literature would have heard about, whether or not they have read their books or not. It’d be the same as someone saying “who’s that” about JD Salinger or Norman Mailer – it just shows a fundamental ignorance about a part of their culture. It’s not as if Bret Easton Ellis has disappeared completely, I must have read about him in the newspapers may be once or twice a year, and I’m not seeking him out specially, just randomly reading bits and pieces in the papers and I’d come across reference to him.

  • TwigLA

    Good news travels fast. NY Post on Kris’ new song at the Viper Room.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/popwrap/kris_allen_x12gdR0IWBrIyLrhbdqYKJ

  • songsungblue

    I have nothing against Matt Morrison, but I can’t help thinking that in ten years, someone’s going to say: ‘Who’s that?’

    There was a brief time in the 80′s when the Brat Pack writers – Tama Janowitz [Slaves of New York], Brett Easton Ellis [Less Than Zero], and Jay McInerney [Bright Lights, Big City]- were seen around parties and clubs and ended up pretty famous. I wouldn’t call any of them great writers, but they were young and fairly good-looking so they generated a lot of press. Alas, that time is no more, and I think the only best-selling writer most people could ID at this point is Stephen King. As a writer, I think Brett Easton Ellis has more ego than talent, but JMHO and all.

  • leome

    I was not aware of this, but Kimberly Caldwell just tweeted

    Holy bananas! My album “Without Regret” out tomorrow April 19th!!! Please support and RT!!!

    I enjoy the singles, so I’m curious to listen to it.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Who knew that having read hundreds of books in my life, and working in libraries, even coming from a family that has books piled in every room, I am somehow fundamentally ignorant about literature for not having heard of this guy. LOL Seriously, I think this guys impact in the writing world is being so completely overstated at this point.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Seriously, I think this guys impact in the writing world is being so completely overstated at this point.

    Anybody who followed pop culture in the 80′s surely knew who Bret Easton Ellis was. His fame had little to do with libraries or literature.

  • http://jgrollersellshomes.com juliegr

    Taylor Hicks performing Soul Thing at the Culture Fest concert in Tuscaloosa, AL yesterday. Tagged a Van Morrison song “If the street only knew your name”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSMei4cdhMY&feature=player_embedded

  • HermeticallySealed

    Anybody who followed pop culture in the 80?s surely knew who Bret Easton Ellis was. His fame had little to do with libraries or literature.

    Hmmm, if you say so.

  • workdog

    Ignorant or not, famous or not, BEE should not use HIV as a form of insult. It reeks of shallowness, disregard and belittling of a condition that all too often results in a painful and destructive disease, resulting in death to many who are affected by it, accompanied by the emotion and struggle of their loved ones and themselves. It’s disgusting. I fully realize that he more than likely associated that shallowness and destructive nature to the “written word” of the show but it’s a comparison that is way more out of sync than is called for. He really does think highly of himself, no?

    Just because he wrote something that became somewhat of a fixture in American literature (in some parts, by the way; not everyone who isn’t aware of him is unaware of literature as a whole) doesn’t give him leave to be an asshole. As to comparing him to Salinger or even Mailer, whom I despise…imo, only, it’s a bit of a stretch.

    And yes, it’s very possible that Morrison will one day be (and might be now, as theater, tv, music, etc., isn’t any more fully vetted than literature) the who? in the statement. I just think he was being snarky and “defending” his show. Funny, I sound like I’m defending when I’ve only seen a few of the episodes.:-) I just find pompousness so closely related to assholeness that it irks me.;-)

    And that’s that, for me.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    There was a brief time in the 80?s when the Brat Pack writers – Tama Janowitz [Slaves of New York], Brett Easton Ellis [Less Than Zero], and Jay McInerney [Bright Lights, Big City]- were seen around parties and clubs and ended up pretty famous. I wouldn’t call any of them great writers, but they were young and fairly good-looking so they generated a lot of press.

    Exactly. At the time I was reading Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Spy Magazine, and other now defunct entertainment magazines. Ellis and his cohorts were everywhere.

  • Indigobunting

    Who’s Matt Morrison?

    Lol! Touche.

  • CindyM

    This is the Tampa CHR station:

    933flz
    Got word that we’ll have a new single from STEVEN TYLER on May 9th. Should be interesting!

  • Avari

    I was a teenager in the late 80s/early 90s, and while Less than Zero and American Psycho did register on my radar a bit, the author’s name didn’t. I think it’s fair to say that anyone who followed pop culture would recognize the book/movie titles, and may even equate them with the author’s name…but I think it’s a stretch to claim that anyone with a basic knowledge about literature should recognize him, LOL.

    I wonder if Bret Easton Ellis knows who Mathew Morrison is? He knows about Glee, but would he recognize one of the actor’s names? (He is Mr. Schuester, right?? I don’t know the name, and I watch Glee! However, watching Mr. Schue sing anything gives me the heebie-jeebies, so I’ve probably blocked his name out. :-) No offense to Mathew Morrison fans…his singing is just not to my taste. I think his character is perfect for the show though.)

  • Willis

    Bret Easton Ellis may be my favorite writer, but he really hasn’t done anything in the past two decades to gather more fame. BEE has been popping up a lot more lately, writing about pop culture topics like Glee and Charlie Sheen. I do recommend his Post-Empire piece on Sheen. Nothing he writes, or language he uses could ever shock me.

    In general, there are very few famous writers these days. Unless you go #1 or get on Oprah you’re a nobody to the mainstream media. But yes, Who is Matt Morrison? Didn’t he play the kid Hanks in Big? Thought he OD’d years ago ;)

  • Niall

    I’d guess Morrison actually knows exactly who Brett Easton Ellis is, and probably did the “who’s that” response purposely. The “puddle of HIV” remark was horrible and he probably deserves to be referred to as if he’s persona non grata.

  • girlygirl

    I’ve never read any of BEE’s novels or seen the movies made from them, but I know who he is because there were all kinds of newspaper articles and magazine pieces written about him in the 1980′s. He was very much a part of pop culture — especially New York City’s — in the 1980′s/early 1990′s. I don’t know whether Matthew Morrison’s :who’s that” was sarcasm or not, but to me, it’s not really a big deal. Who really cares what BEE thinks of Glee (although he shouldn’t have compared it to a deadly disease) and whoreally cares what Morrison thinks about BEE?

  • artemis

    Bret Easton Ellis was famous everywhere in the 80′s, not just in pop culture news. He was considered quite shocking at the time. He probably said what he did, commenting on a current pop culture phenomenon in a vulgar, hateful way, in an attempt to regain some of his lost buzz.
    I’m pretty certain Matt Morrison was being sarcastic.

  • k_in_cal

    Ozzy Osbourne ‘could replace Cheryl Cole on X Factor’

    Does anyone else find this as humorous as I? Don’t get me wrong, I like Ozzy but will anybody be able to understand him?

  • HermeticallySealed

    Matthew may have been sarcastic, but the guy is still younger than even I am. This BEE guy hasn’t exactly been prominent since the 80′s and early 90′s, meaning Matthew was like 13 when his star was already fading. Why would he even have been relevant by the time Matthew was reaching his adult years?

  • girlygirl

    I heard about this yesterday, but I don’t know if the story ever got posted on here. The runner-up in South Africa’s version of AI is putting a cover version of Kris’s song Before We Come Undone on his album :)

    http://www.timeslive.co.za/entertainment/article1026616.ece/Idols-Cele-to-release-album

  • CindyM

    More writing!!!

    officialnikka:
    Such fun writing with @adamlambert over the wknd!
    35 minutes ago via Twitterrific

    and Blake saw the box video:

    BlakeLewis:
    @adamlambert Hey brotha. How are ya. Loved the Nikka Box with you! Cheers.
    18 minutes ago via web in reply to adamlambert

  • Mel1

    When do you think Adam will reach a million twitter followers? He has less than seven thousand to go.

    I’ve noticed from different twitterers, Adam has been working in the studio on weekends. At that rate, he should finish #2 sooner than later.

  • Dakota01

    Adam tweets about the status of his new album:

    adamlambert Adam Lambert
    I’m very excited about the new album. Be patient, I’m going to take time w this process so that it lives up to your expectations, and mine.
    1 minute ago

  • girlygirl

    Mel1

    not necessarily. a lot of musicians work on the weekends when they are working on albums. can still take months and months to finish recording, editing, mixing etc. Since Adam tweeted asking for patience from the fans I wouldn’t expect him album #2 to drop before fall — esp. since that what Adam last said was the expected release date

  • steph6449

    Danny was shooting a tv commercial earlier today in Milwaukee, it may be continuing tomorrow as seems that they are doing more than one new commercial. An actress out of Las Vegas was tweeting about being there today. If Josie the glasses-wearing dog actress was there, she didn’t tweet about it ;)

    WisconsinVision: Doing commercial shoot with @dannygokey. {..} http://t.co/CQvaw7s

    Danny or someone in his family also loaded a cute video where he’s singing with his sister, brother, and a good friend after getting home last night in WI. They’re actually pretty good, lol.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1esDyT3okE

  • certain1

    ^^Danny’s brother Charles has a nice voice. I bet they had a blast hanging out.

  • CindyM

    girlygirl says:
    04/18/2011 at 7:27 pm
    not necessarily. a lot of musicians work on the weekends when they are working on albums. can still take months and months to finish recording, editing, mixing etc. Since Adam tweeted asking for patience from the fans I wouldn’t expect him album #2 to drop before fall — esp. since that what Adam last said was the expected release date

    He asked for patience because he was getting inundated with tweets asking him for info, snippets, lyrics etc from the new music. I agree with you though on release date, I’m betting on a November release.