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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.

Dec 16, 2011

Bruised “X Factor” limps toward finals

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – American viewers have chosen the three singers who will compete in the finals of “The X Factor” after a first season that underwhelmed critics and raised questions about audience fatigue ahead of returning TV contests “American Idol” and “The Voice.”

Power ballad singer Melanie Amaro, 19, bluesy Josh Krajcik, 30, and troubled rapper Chris Rene, 28, will sing for a $5 million recording contract in next week’s two-part finale of the Fox show.

Dec 16, 2011

“Who’s Still Standing?” Israel puts mark on U.S. TV

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – NBC’s new quiz show “Who’s Still Standing?” has contestants dropping through the floor, and the burgeoning Israeli TV industry whooping with delight.

The fast-paced trivia game, which sends losers falling through trap doors, makes its U.S. debut in a week-long series of shows this coming Monday, December 19, as the first Israeli reality program to find its way to the United States.

Dec 15, 2011

Howard Stern pledges to stir up “America’s Got Talent”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Controversial radio host Howard Stern, who was named on Thursday as a new judge on family TV show “America’s Got Talent”, said he would give honest opinions and warned “feelings are going to be hurt.”

Stern, 57, will replace departing talk show host Piers Morgan on the panel when the talent show returns for a 7th season in the summer of 2012, broadcaster NBC said.

Dec 15, 2011

Out with old, in with new in Golden Globe TV race

LOS ANGELES, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Golden Globe organizers
shook up the television industry on Thursday, snubbing old
favorites and nominating a slew of new shows and stars for its
highest honors.

Seven of the 10 best TV drama and comedy series nominations
went to newcomers, including Showtime psychological thriller
“Homeland”, HBO fantasy “Game of Thrones”, the Fox comedy “New
Girl” and FX’s “American Horror Story.”

Dec 12, 2011

Contents of Jackson’s final home reach auction

BEVERLY HILLS (Reuters) – Contents of the mansion where Michael Jackson’s lifeless body was found by convicted killer Dr. Conrad Murray go under the auction hammer next week, closing one chapter on a tragic saga that started in 2009 and ended last month with his former physician behind bars.

Some 500 lots of mostly paintings, furniture and ornaments are for sale from the Bel Air home Jackson rented while preparing for a series of comeback concerts in London. But only a handful of the items bear a poignant but personal connection to the singer, his three children and famous family.

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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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