Reality TV Rush
Dose of reality.
From lawsuits to restraining orders to a new tattoo. Plus Kim K is pregnant, Ice still loves Coco and will the real booty please perk up! Welcome to the outrageous world of reality TV.
Despite raking in about $115 million at the box-office worldwide, “Les Misérables” failed to find a die-hard fan in “American Idol” season 9 runner up, Adam Lambert. But it wasn’t the numbers that had Lambert ranting on Twitter, it was the casting and crooning that that did him in. After seeing the film, Lambert offered praise for performances by Anne Hathaway (“The Dark Knight Rises”) and Sacha Baron Cohen (“The Dictator”), but followed up with a scathing review that criticized everything from the “distracting” live singing to the dismal operatic voice quality and range that hugely affected the purity of the score – resulting in what Lambert called “great actors pretending to be singers” – when filming a musical number. Lambert’s background is in musical theater, so his opinion isn’t totally unwelcome. Russell Crowe (“Broken City,” “Gladiator”) who plays the character of Javert and sings in the film, apparently felt the same as he reportedly defended Lambert on Twitter and offered the explanation that “Les Mis” director Tom Hooper was only interested in raw and real performance, hence the live singing.
Les Mis: Visually impressive w great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers.
— Adam Lambert (@adamlambert) December 30, 2012
The industry will say “these actors were so brave to attempt singing this score live”but why not cast actors who could actually sound good?
— Adam Lambert (@adamlambert) December 30, 2012
Those raw and real moments when characters broke down or were expressing the ugliness of the human condition were superb. However…
— Adam Lambert (@adamlambert) January 3, 2013
My personal opinion: there were times when the vocals weren’t able to convey the power, beauty and grace that the score ALSO calls for.
— Adam Lambert (@adamlambert) January 3, 2013
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) January 2, 2013
Fellow American Idol season 9 contestant and winner Kris Allen reportedly suffered a broken wrist in a New Year’s day head-on collision that also sent his wife to the hospital. The singer tweeted about the scary news, but later followed up with a relieved and excited message to fans announcing that while he and wife, Katy, were battered and bruised from the accident, they are also expecting a baby. While the baby checked out fine, Allen will need to have surgery on his injured hand.
Yes I got in a really bad wreck tonight and yes I’m having a lil baby. #gonnabeadaddy
— Kris Allen (@KrisAllen) January 2, 2013
— Kris Allen (@KrisAllen) January 2, 2013
Dancing With The Stars:
To add authenticity to her role as an abuse victim named Katie in her latest movie, “Safe Haven,” actress and former “Dancing With The Stars” pro Julianne Hough (“Footloose”) reportedly drew on her own abusive childhood in London, according to Cosmopolitan magazine. Hough, who will appear on the cover of the February issue, revealed that while studying dance at London’s Italia Conti Academy of Arts, she was taken advantage of by adults who verbally, physically and mentally abused her. The abuse reportedly intensified once she hit puberty. Hough later told ET Online that she really had to work hard to dig herself out of that dark place of negativity, likening it to having the life sucked out of her. Hough also recalled being told that she would amount to nothing if she returned to the United States. Reportedly, filming “Safe Haven” was cathartic and emotional.
New Year, new wife, and the third time’s a charm! According to the Daily Mail, “Dancing With The Stars” panel judge Len Goodman married his long-time girlfriend, dance teacher Sue Barrett in a secret ceremony on Sunday. The couple, who have been together for 10 years, reportedly invited about 30 friends and family to an intimate lunch that quickly turned into a surprise wedding. Barrett is Goodman’s third wife.
“Dancing With The Stars” co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet was recently spotted without her post-surgery scarf as she picked up two of her children from a dance class in Malibu, California. The 40-year-old mom blogger and mother of four recently underwent a thyroidectomy after discovering she had thyroid cancer. The surgery was successful and Burke-Charvet is reportedly cancer-free but has been left with a small linear scar at the front of her throat and will reportedly need to take daily thyroid hormone supplements.
Former “Dancing With The Stars” season 11 contestant Bristol Palin can feel a little more secure now after she was granted a temporary restraining order against her alleged stalker, Michael Cummings. According to TMZ, Cummings is a 39-year-old Texan who reportedly sent an engagement ring to Palin with a note that read “I (heart) you.” Cummings also allegedly showed up at Palin’s son, Tripp’s birthday party that was held at her mother’s home. It appears that Cummings’ own mother called police to warn them of her son’s instability. A court hearing later this month will determine if the restraining order will be permanent.
Ice Loves Coco:
A New Year’s kiss and all is forgiven? Maybe. Amid rumors of an impending breakup and following his angry Twitter tirade over his wife Coco’s provocative cuddle pic with AP.9, rapper and actor Ice-T and his wife were seen keeping it all together on New Year’s Eve. Squeezing her curves into a tight, silver mini-dress, Coco, who took the night off from her Vegas striptease show, “Peepshow,” was reportedly seen lovingly draped across her tuxedo-clad husband as they posed for photos. The couple reportedly remained inseparable as they rang in the New Year together, kissing and sipping champagne as they partied at LAX club in Las Vegas. With Ice-T returning to New York and Coco remaining in Vegas for “Peepshow,” will their relationship survive the distance? The season finale of “Ice Loves Coco” airs Sunday January 6 at 10 Eastern on E!
Is it even a malfunction? According to “Jersey Shore’s” Jennifer “JWoww” Farley, it’s a fake. The reality star who co-hosted a special MTV New Year’s Eve show from Time’s Square with her “Jersey Shore” BFF Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, was quick to correct fans about her backdoor anatomy after a revealing and unflattering photo of her butt cheeks surfaced on the Internet. The photo shows the back of Farley’s glittering, thigh-high party dress, traveling a bit too far upward – leaving much of her booty hanging out and looking rather flat, plus calling in to question whether she even wore underwear. In her defense, Farley responded with a video post of her real derriere on her Keek account and encouraged fans to compare the images, insisting that the sans-drawers one was photo-shopped and failed to include her tattoo.
Speaking of tattoos, Farley’s New Year’s Eve co-host, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi recently added a sixth tattoo to her diminutive frame in honor of the tear-jerking “Jersey Shore” season finale. Inked on her left shoulder is an image of a “fierce leopard” wearing a crown and sporting wings. The reality star explained on her blog that while she loves all things leopard, her latest tattoo represents her own empowerment, female strength and independence.
Kourtney And Kim Take Miami:
What's a little detail like impending divorce when your boyfriend can barely contain his pride and your family buzzes on Twitter about another baby on the way? Yes, it's reportedly true, the soon-to-be ex-Mrs. Kris Humphries and reality sensation Kim Kardashian is pregnant – roughly three months along – and rapper Kanye West is the beaming father. Kardashian reportedly confirmed the news on her website Monday, wistfully adding that the couple was looking forward to new beginnings and starting a family in the new year. Kardashian recently shared with "Entertainment Tonight" that while morning sickness hasn't befallen her, she is sleeping a lot and trying to kick her craving for sushi while trying to navigate the little difficulties that come with adjusting to her body's changes. Kardashian is apparently exercising through her pregnancy as well, perhaps to stay in shape and eventually bounce back from the baby weight. According to TMZ, the couple has no plans to bring the baby into the family reality TV fold.
Sister Kourtney Kardashian is featured on the cover of Us Weekly looking 44 pounds thinner as she reportedly tells the magazine that losing weight after the birth of her daughter Penelope was infinitely harder the second time around. According to Us Weekly, Kardashian, who shares a son, Mason, with her partner Scott Disick, revealed that her regimen to shedding the pounds included cutting portion sizes and following a 90-minute dance focused workout by Tracy Anderson. The season premiere of "Kourtney and Kim Take Miami" airs Sunday January 20 at 9:00 PM Eastern on E!
I lost 44 lbs in 6 months after having my baby and I'm feeling healthy and happy! bit.ly/S5kcQC
— Kourtney Kardashian (@KourtneyKardash) January 2, 2013
Married To Jonas:
Beware of the dangers of the screaming female crowd. Kevin Jonas and his brothers Joe and Nick are reportedly named in a lawsuit filed by a woman who claims she was crushed at one of their concerts. Ashleigh Johnson is suing Jonas Brothers Enterprises and Caruso Management Co. over injuries she suffered at a free concert she attended three years ago at the Grove in Los Angeles. Johnson's gripe stems from her claim that there was not enough security to handle the large crowd that attended and that the brothers and their management should have been better prepared.
Designers are in for a twist this year on "Project Runway" as the show's format will change from an individual contest to a group one. According to Lifetime, this year's 11th installment of the reality series will stimulate some fierce competition as the show features its first ever Teams Edition. Designing contestants will be required to work together while also trying to showcase their own unique designs. Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn return for the Season 11 of "Project Runway" which airs on January 24 on Lifetime.
The Biggest Loser:
Personal trainer Jillian Michaels returns to "The Biggest Loser" this Sunday. The fitness coach joins Bob Harper, Dolvett Quince and Alison Sweeney (Sami, "Days of our Lives")eager to inspire and help contestants make some serious changes to their lives and lifestyle. Are you excited? Will you be watching? "The Biggest Loser" is in its 14th season. Check out a preview of The Biggest Loser's season premiere to air on January, 6 2012.
It all started with a Twitter message from Shakira's footballer boyfriend Gerard Piqué exclaiming their excitement about the birth of their baby boy. The announcement quickly made the entertainment rounds. But news that season four "The Voice" judge Shakira delivered a baby boy last week turned out to be a false alarm. The Columbian singer who was reportedly spotted shopping for Christmas gifts during the holidays is still pregnant and expected to deliver sometime this month. According to the Daily Mail, Piqué was simply having some fun with the Spanish equivalent of April Fool's Day, called Dia de los Santos Inocentes, or Holy Innocents' Day in English. The new season of "The Voice" premieres on Monday March 25 on NBC.
Make sure to watch "The Voice" judge Adam Levine when he makes his debut as the host of "Saturday Night Live" on January 26 on NBC.
According to a new article in the February issue of Vanity Fair, model, cookbook author and "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi's daughter Krishna stands to inherit a sizeable trust fund from Lakshmi's former lover, billionaire Ted Forstmann. Writer Rich Cohen, who was writing Forstmann's memoirs before he died, revealed that Forstmann offered to raise Krishna as his own child provided that Lakshmi never reveal who the father was. It was later confirmed through a DNA test that Adam Dell, brother of Michael Dell, founder of Dell Computers, was the father. Forstmann, who died of brain cancer in 2011 at the age of 78, was reportedly heartbroken and devastated to learn that Lakshmi told Dell, but allegedly forgave her before he passed away. Lakshmi reportedly dated Dell briefly before getting back together with Forstmann.
It didn't take long for the divas to exchange some drama as the premiere of "Totally T-Boz" kicked off on New Year's day. In trying to pick up, where they last left off, the remaining members of the popular singing trio TLC, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas have had an awkward heated chat about priorities when T-Boz wanted to pursue some "me" time and explore her solo opportunities, while trying to navigate being a single mother. Thomas, on the other hand remains focused on the group's comeback album, tour and upcoming 20th anniversary commemorations. Watch the drama unfold on "Totally T-Boz" every Tuesday at 8:00 PM EST on TLC.
"Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills" star Lisa Vanderpump's solo spin-off Vanderpump Rules promises to show the sexy side of the restaurant business and will follow the "employee relations" at Vanderpump's Los Angeles lounge/eatery SUR. With drinks in the mix and surrounded by close quarters, anything could happen. According to an interview with In Touch magazine, Vanderpump, who will remain with "Housewives," credits her crazy staff for the genesis of the series, adding that she also received much support from all, except one "Housewives" sister – Adrienne. Together with her husband, Vanderpump has owned over 25 restaurants, bars and clubs. Catch all the drama behind "Vanderpump Rules" on the season premiere on Monday January 7 on Bravo TV.
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