Idol Headlines for 10/21/08

David Cook Sings About Brother, Adam Cook, on New Album

David Cook, American Idol and Blue Springs native, doesn’t shy away from too many personal conversations. He readily admits the absurdity of parts of his star status. He tells interviewers about his current crush, former American Idol contestant, Kimberly Caldwell. But, one person he usually stays quite about is his brother, Adam Cook, who is battling brain cancer.

My Fox

Leo, Cameron Diaz In Hollywood Shuffle

There big news in the Hollywood management world this morning. Rick Yorn, who manages Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz among others, has broken with Jeff Kwatinetz agency called The Firm.

It not a total surprise: I told you on September 10, 2007 that Yorn was negotiating to leave The Firm and take his clients with him. As it turns out, he decided simply to start his own Firm.

When I wrote about The Firm breaking up last year, two things were happening: Kwatinetz had had two major disasters. One was with singer Kelly Clarkson, who released an album despite her label advice not to do it. At the same time, Britney Spears made her unfortunate appearance on the MTV Music Awards.

Fox News

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Clinton, Sting, Trudi Styler Honored At Oceana Partners Award Gala

The 2008 Oceana Partners Award Gala was held in Los Angeles Saturday evening in honor of former President Bill Clinton, Sting, and his wife Trudi Styler. On hand to celebrate were a number of famous faces such as Ted Danson & Mary Steenburgen, Barbara Streisand and James Brolin, Dustin Hoffman, Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith, Diane Keaton, Kirsten Dunst, Adrian Grenier, Katharine McPhee, Zach Braff, Melissa George, Rosanna Arquette, Kristin Chenoweth, Arriana Huffington, Laura Dern and Ben Harper, Norman Lear, Sarah Paulsen, Laird Hamilton, Sugar Ray Leonard, Karina Petroni and Lisa Anderson.


`Whatever you do, Jennifer, don’t hit anyone’

But for Hudson, who plays the defiant housekeeper Rosaleen Daise in The Secret Life of Bees, the filmmaker devised a particularly effective preparatory experience. Looking to instil in the Chicago-born actor the anger and humiliation of a young black woman in the segregated South, she sent her and Dakota Fanning off to a drugstore with a list of items to buy.

To Hudson she said, “Whatever you do, Jennifer, don’t hit anyone.”

The Star

Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson

The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup analogy cited by some people to describe the Reba McEntire-Kelly Clarkson joint concert on Friday night fit very well.

The two women might have different flavors, but when you merge them, you get an unexpected and delicious combo. Middle-aged country queen McEntire and 20-something pop princess Clarkson spent the entire concert onstage together, with each singer having some kind of presence in the other’s songs. Some they sang together as a duet, while with others, one woman sang background vocals for the other’s solo hit.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

‘Argument’ With Fantasia Turns Golden

While putting together her self titled debut, Jennifer Hudson had some trouble piecing together an argument -or- shall we say a ‘soulful throwdown’.

That ..’throwdown’ was “I’m His Only Woman, ” a duet that she had envisioned singing with Whitney Houston or Fantasia Barrino.

So what’s a girl to do when you want the hottest track ever?

Hudson nabbed the advice of Missy Elliott.


Carrie Underwood brings country, sort of, to the city

Carrie Underwood’s first album, 2005’s Some Hearts, is the fastest-selling country debut in history. In her brief career, the 25-year-old American Idol winner, described as “a superstar who’s won every award in sight, ” has hobnobbed with Ryan Seacrest and Oprah Winfrey, hugged African children on an A.I. charity special, and graced the covers of “just about every magazine out there, ” including Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly and In Style.

Simon Cowell’s ‘long-term’ lover

Simon Cowell and Terri Seymour are not splitting up.

The music mogul’s brother Tony – who made the revelation in a new interview to promote his spoof book ‘The Secret Diary of Simon Cowell’ – claims the couple have learnt to compromise over Simon’s reluctance to start a family.

Tony said: “It’s very difficult for Terri, as she would like to have a child and spend more time with him, but he will never want to marry or have children and she has learnt to accept that now.

Simon Cowell XPOSED! the 10 things he REALLY, REALLY doesn’t want you to know

Can you imagine what X Factor’s Simon Cowell was like as a lad?

If you are thinking of a fondness for mirrors and an acid tongue, you are not far from the truth.

There’s one man who really knows – Simon’s older brother Tony who grew up with the music mogul in Elstree, Herts.

With a dancer for a mother and a music executive for a father, showbiz was in Simon’s blood.

But that’s not the whole story. Here, in an exclusive interview, Tony reveals 10 REAL things you never knew about the 47-year-old multi-millionaire.


Music mogul SIMON COWELL has denied he plans to quit showbusiness next year (09) when he reaches the age of 50.
The American Idol judge previously stated that he plans to step out of the spotlight after he reaches the milestone birthday in October 2009. But now, the star has backtracked – insisting he is to carry on with his reality show projects.
Cowell’s spokesman Max Clifford says, “Simon’s not going anywhere. He’s told me he’ll go on and on. And so he should.”

Dancing With(out) the Stars

If “Dancing With the Stars” is really all about the dance competition, 82-year-old Cloris Leachman already would be eliminated. But, like gymnastics and figure skating, dancing is about subjectivity and entertainment value and maybe even crooked judging (in the way that fans can vote early and often for their favorite).

LA Times

Dancing With The Stars: Week 5

The folks down at Dancing With The Stars had something a little different for us this week. Keeping things new and interesting, it was time to debut four new dances. The hustle, jitterbug, salsa, and west coast swing were all brand new to the show. With eight couples, and four styles, the stage was set for four showdowns as we saw each style twice, back to back. The results ran the gamut, from outstanding (29), to could have been better (21). A look at all of the performances, and another instance of insane scoring, is after the jump.

TV Squad

‘Dancing With the Stars’: Swingtown

I wonder if, a few years ago, Warren Sapp could have imagined that a sexy Australian dancer babe would one day chirp at him to ”Do the hustle!” ‘  you know, instead of a gnarly coaching staff barking gruffly at him in unison to, like, literally hustle. I bet he’d have retired a lot sooner. Last night, Dancing With the Stars introduced four new dances ‘  the hustle, the West Coast Swing, the salsa, and the jitterbug ‘  to the ballroom. DANCMSTR Len Goodman had warned us last week that the judges would be emphasizing performance over technique. That was nice for them, but with only a half-baked explanation of the new dances from DANCMSTR, involving the footwork-unspecific terms ”oooooooooooh” and ”zowie wowie, ” we viewers didn’t really know what we were looking at, or for, with these performances. (Then again, honestly ¦do we ever?)

Entertainment Weekly

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