Idol Headlines for 10/20/08

‘American Idol’ Champ David Cook’s One Wish For ‘Light On’ Video: ‘I Hope I Don’t Blow It’

“We did the first run-through, and I felt real timid because, obviously, I don’t have any experience. It’s not like I grew up shooting music videos, ” he laughed. “It’s weird, man. Little things keep happening along the way that drive the point home that I’m doing something that’s both insane and really fulfilling, and this is one of those things. To be able to shoot a music video is kind of rad ‘  especially something on this scale. So, you know, I hope I don’t blow it.”

“I did [a version of Cornell’s cover of Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’] on the show, and Chris went into the media and said some really, really nice things, ” he explained. “And this song actually got pitched to us, which I take as another huge compliment, the fact that he saw something in me with a song of his … just the fact that somebody of his caliber takes the time out of their day not just to mention my name, but to say something nice, it’s kind of out of this world.”


One film fest honoree serenades the other

Hollywood’s gilded past and bright future were both honored Saturday as Oscar winners Jennifer Hudson and Sidney Poitier accepted awards at the Chicago International Film Festival’s 12th Annual Black Perspectives Tribute.

Hudson, a Chicago native who took home an Academy Award in 2007 for her debut performance as Effie White in “Dreamgirls, ” kept her remarks short when she accepted a trophy for artistic achievement.

Sun Times

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Jennifer Hudson’s hard fight

Jennifer Hudson ‘beat down’ her co-stars during a fight scene.

The actress pulled no punches while filming ‘The Secret Life of Bees’, a drama depicting the racial prejudice in 1960s southern America

Speaking about a scene where her character is set upon, she said: “That was the toughest moment in the film for me.

“And I have to say it was extremely hard for the guys because I beat them up pretty bad, to be honest.

How the Nurse Feels Reading, with Earley, Young, Parry and More, Offered Oct. 20

A by-invitation-only reading of the new musical How the Nurse Feels will be presented Oct. 20 at New World Stages.

Michael G. Walling directs a cast that includes Kevin Earley, Sandy Binion, Herschel Sparber, Marissa Parry, Ace Young, Lindsay Mendez, Kate Loprest, Kyle Dean Massey and Kirsten Wyatt.

How the Nurse Feels, which is based on Greg Changon’s award-winning story, features lyrics by David Green, music by composer John Glaudini and book by David Green and Debbie Lamedman.


Curtain closes on Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken will be out of a job soon! Monty Python …Spamalot, the 2005 Tony Award-winning Broadway smash musical, a play on the flick …Monty Python and the Holy Grail, will shut its doors Jan. 18 after four years at the Shubert Theatre in New York. The show, which opened in March 2005, was about 71 percent booked for the week ending Oct. 12, below the traditional break-even point, The New York Times [NYT] reported.

Boston Herald

Idol Chartwatch, October 20: Jennifer Hudson Remains in the Top 10

Sometimes sales in the second week are more telling for Idols CDs than their first week on the charts. So how did Kellie Pickler and Jennifer Hudson fare on the charts after two weeks of sales? Read on to find out.

Foxes On Idol

Morrow: ‘Dancing’ pro reveals game plan

BEVERLY HILLS – Sometimes on “Dancing with the Stars, ” pro Derek Hough’s job is about hiding his partner’s flaws rather than showing off her strengths.

Hough’s plans don’t always work to mask or feature his partner. He has yet to win a season on the hit show. He also admits his pride takes a beating when the judges are berating one of his performances.

“When you’re in it, you get caught up and involved and you forget it’s just a dance competition, ” he says.

Knox News

Dancing With The Stars: Couples’ Strengths and Weaknesses, Part One

As we approach the halfway point of Dancing With The Stars, we find that each couple has proven that they are in it to win the competition ‘ and they will do whatever it takes to do just that. Here is a look at four couples strong points and weak points and what else they bring to this season’s Dancing With The Stars.

TV Grapevine

High-Kicking Her Way to a Renaissance at 82

Roughly an hour after performing a tango that would earn her another week on …Dancing With the Stars last Monday, Cloris Leachman took a moment to look ahead to where her career, still-blossoming at 82, might go once her time on the ABC hit dance competition runs its course.

…I could get pregnant, she said in an interview in her trailer, where, completely coincidentally, she insisted on changing out of her ballroom gown in front of a reporter. …Ive got a bit of time before my next project. Maybe Ill be on ‹American Idol.

NY Times

Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer Get Personal With ET!

“Dancing with the Stars”‘ spunkiest couple Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer are taking a dance break and getting personal on the ET set. The former *NSYNC star and his 2007 World Swing Dance Champ pro partner sit down to ask each some eye raising questions. Nothing’s off limits with this fun loving pair!

ET Online

Canadian Idol gets manager

Collingwood singer and Canadian Idol finalist Drew Wright has a manager.

Kevin Carrigan, who represents bands like Honeymoon Suite, will help Wright with his career once the Canadian Idol Top 3 Tour is over at the end of December.

Carrigan says Wright has already been working hard in the studio and they’ve been negotiating a couple of record deals and endorsements.

Then Wright will tour Ontario with his own band.

Bayshore Broadcasting

Sarah Palin draws big ratings for ‹SNL

NEW YORK – The entertainment summit of the season ‘  Sarah Palin and her impersonator, Tina Fey ‘  earned “Saturday Night Live” its best ratings in 14 years. But if you blinked, you might have missed it.

For the first half-hour, when Palin first came out, the audience was about 17 million. That’s pretty impressive for a TV program around midnight. The week before, only two other shows in prime time had a bigger audience, Nielsen said.


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