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Oct 31, 2012

New “Star Wars” movies – dream come true, or cosmic yawn?

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – For years, it seemed like another “Star Wars” movie was just a dream, stillborn in a galaxy far, far away.

But down on Earth, the Walt Disney movie studio had different ideas, announcing on Tuesday that it planned not one but at least three new “Star Wars” movies, starting in three years’ time.

Oct 23, 2012

Whitney Houston’s family share struggles in TV reality show

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Making a TV reality show may not be the most obvious way to cope with the sudden death of a loved one, but most families don’t count an icon like Whitney Houston among their relatives.

Less than a year after the “I Will Always Love You” singer drowned accidentally in a hotel bath tub after taking cocaine, Houston’s teen daughter, her mother, brother and sister-in-law share with the world their struggle to cope in “The Houstons: On Our Own”.

Oct 2, 2012

NBC breaks TV losing streak, orders more “Revolution”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – NBC won U.S. television’s official premiere week with key viewers for the first time since 2003, and swiftly announced full season orders on Tuesday for three of its new shows.

Boosted by “Sunday Night Football – the nation’s most watched program – singing contest “The Voice” and futuristic new drama “Revolution,” NBC was first in the 18-49 age group prized by advertisers and showed a 12 percent increase in that demographic compared to the 2011 TV premiere week, Nielsen data showed.

Sep 19, 2012

Upsets, drama in store for TV’s big Emmy night

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A night of upsets could be on the menu at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, with the countesses and kitchen maids of Britain’s “Downton Abbey” bidding to end the reign of television’s “Mad Men,” while post-9/11 psychological thriller “Homeland” lurks close by.

With a tight race for the best drama series top prize and a great year for comedy actresses, the television industry’s biggest night could pack as much drama this year as the plot twists and turns dreamed up by TV writers on screen.

Sep 19, 2012

Oscar, you’ve got mail: Electronic voting on tap for 2013 Oscars

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Voting for the Oscars is going electronic for the first time in a move that will speed up the process and could give an boost to younger, edgier movies.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said on Tuesday that a new online voting system will be used for the first time in its 85-year history for the Oscars that will be handed out in February 2013.

Sep 16, 2012

Rapper Nicki Minaj, country’s Keith Urban pump up “American Idol”

LOS ANGELES, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Controversial rapper Nicki
Minaj and country singer Keith Urban joined the “American Idol”
judging panel on Sunday, as the ageing Fox show seeks to boost
its star power and recapture sliding audiences in a crowded TV
talent show field.

In a decision that divided “Idol” fans, Minaj, 29, known for
her outlandish outfits and headline-making performances, and
Urban were confirmed by Fox hours before auditions in front of
judges kicked off in New York for the show’s 12th season.

Sep 16, 2012

Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban join “American Idol” as judges

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rapper Nicki Minaj and country singer Keith Urban have signed up as judges for TV singing contest “American Idol,” Fox television said on Sunday.

They will join Grammy-winning artist Mariah Carey for the 12th season of the show when it returns in January 2013.

Sep 13, 2012

Britney gets mean, but “X Factor” debut still sinks

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Britney Spears showed off her mean streak as the new talent judge on “The X Factor,” but the TV singing contest stumbled with American viewers, drawing a smaller audience than last year and getting drowned out by “The Voice” and “America’s Got Talent.”

In a first head-to-head battle of three talent shows, an average 8.5 million Americans – about 3.5 million or 32 percent down from the 2011 opener – watched Spears and singer Demi Lovato make their debuts in the heavily-hyped two-hour season premiere of Fox show “The X Factor” on Wednesday.

Sep 10, 2012

Will Britney Spears rescue Cowell’s “X Factor”?

LOS ANGELES, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Britney Spears makes her
debut this week as the biggest celebrity judge on U.S.
television in a revamped version of “The X Factor” that is
looking for its own special something in a stepped-up ratings
battle with “The Voice”.

In what TV pundits expect to be a tough contest for the most
viewers, “The X Factor” returns to Fox television for a second
season on Wednesday, after “The Voice” moves to the fall slot on
NBC for a three-night season opener, starting on Monday.

Sep 9, 2012

Movies suffer worst box-office slump in a decade

LOS ANGELES, Sept 9 (Reuters) – The North American box
office hit a slump at the weekend, with top earner “The
Possession” taking in less than $10 million and what could be
the gloomiest overall haul since the aftermath of the Sept. 11,
2001, attacks on New York and Washington.

With only a couple of new releases to tempt movie fans,
horror movie “The Possession” pulled in an estimated $9.5
million in the United States and Canada.

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      "I'm a British import to Los Angeles who still hasn't managed to lose the accent after 10 years. I cover all things celebrity -- Hollywood award shows, stars in trouble, U.S. television and California lifestyle. Before arriving in Los Angeles, I worked for Reuters in London and Italy, covering stories like the death of Princess Diana, the Italian Mafia, and the Good Friday Northern Ireland peace agreement."
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