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Jan 17, 2012

Competition heats up as “American Idol” returns

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “American Idol” returns on Wednesday for an 11th season, facing a new wolf at the door as it tries to retain its place as the No. 1 U.S. TV program — not so much age, but competition.

Rejuvenated by a judging panel makeover and the discovery of its biggest star in years in country singer Scotty McCreery, the Fox talent show last season saw a four percent increase in audience, reversing a trend that had seen viewership slip.

Jan 16, 2012

Ricky Gervais sprinkles Globes barbs with charm

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “It’s going well, isn’t it?” Ricky Gervais told the Golden Globes Awards gathering on Sunday. “You’re so much better than last year’s audience”.

Gervais had it about right. With jokes ranging from Kim Kardashian’s short-lived marriage to Jodie Foster’s box-office flop “The Beaver,” his third stint as Golden Globes host proved more of a charm than his controversial and acid comments a year ago.

Jan 16, 2012

Golden Globes crown new galaxy of new TV stars

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Golden Globes crowned a new galaxy of television stars on Sunday, honoring a slew of shows in their first season and leaving old favorites out in the cold

Psychological thriller “Homeland,” which premiered on cable channel Showtime in October, won best TV drama series and best actress for Claire Danes in her role as a suspicious bi-polar CIA agent tracking a possible home-grown terrorist.

Jan 13, 2012

“The Artist”, “The Help” big Critics’ Choice winners

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Silent film “The Artist” was the top winner at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Thursday, boosting its profile as the Hollywood season heats up ahead of the Oscars.

The comedy, shot in black and white, picked up four awards, including best picture and best director for Frenchman Michel Hazanavicius, who called it “a love letter to American cinema.”

Jan 12, 2012

“Harry Potter,” Katy Perry big People’s Choice winners

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Harry Potter” cast a spell at the People’s Choice awards on Wednesday on a night that also saw big wins for singer Katy Perry at the start of the Hollywood awards season.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ — the last installment of the hit movie franchise about the British boy wizard — won four awards, including best movie and favorite ensemble cast.

Jan 6, 2012

Management consultants get bashed in “House of Lies”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Big business took a bashing in 2011 from Occupy Wall Street protesters and others, but it’s management consultants — the highly-paid fixers hired by companies in trouble — who get a drubbing in new TV series “House of Lies.”

The dark comedy making its debut on cable channel Showtime on Sunday, January 8, portrays management consultants as sleazy, money-grubbing executives who are as ethically challenged as the corporate clients signing their paychecks.

Dec 27, 2011

Thatcher’s “Iron Lady” image softened by new movie

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Making a film about an iconic politician like Britain’s Margaret Thatcher is akin to walking into a movie minefield, and casting an American — even one as revered as Meryl Streep — is asking for more trouble.

Yet the makers of new movie “The Iron Lady,” which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, went one step further.

Dec 23, 2011

‘X Factor’ brings wins for “shocked” Amaro, and Fox

LOS ANGELES, Dec 23 (Reuters) – “The X Factor” winner
Melanie Amaro said on Friday she was shocked at her victory but
believed that singing from her heart had given her the edge
over her rivals in the TV contest.

Amaro’s triumph also gave broadcaster Fox a ratings win,
with Thursday’s two-hour finale bringing in 12.4 million
viewers, making “X Factor” the most-watched show of the night
on U.S. television.

Dec 23, 2011

Melanie Amaro wins first U.S. season of “X Factor”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An emotional Melanie Amaro won the TV singing contest “The X Factor” on Thursday, earning a $5 million recording contract and closing the first U.S. season of the heavily hyped Fox show.

Josh Krajcik finished second after a public vote and Chris Rene came in third after a Christmas-themed, two-hour finale that also saw performances by Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder, Leona Lewis and 50 Cent.

Dec 20, 2011

Buyer beware: Taylor gems may take years to show profit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – If ever there was a sale that begged a “buyer beware” disclaimer, it may be last week’s auction of Elizabeth Taylor jewelry, gowns and art that fetched more than 400 times experts’ estimate for at least one item.

But for Taylor shoppers who collectively paid $157 million to acquire items once owned by the Hollywood legend and who, perhaps now, are suffering a severe case of buyer’s remorse, experts say relax. In some cases, the investment may take years to pay off, but eventually should show a profit.

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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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