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Jul 7, 2011

William and Kate expected to dazzle in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Prince William and his new wife, Kate, make their debut on the world’s largest celebrity stage on Friday with a brief California visit that combines the glitz of Hollywood with the grit of Skid Row in Los Angeles.

In a town stuffed with A-list stars, William and Kate already shine the brightest and their three-day trip to Los Angeles has sent celebrity media into a frenzy.

Jun 29, 2011

Diana Newsweek cover shocks ahead of royals’ America trip

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Princess Diana has returned from the grave on the front cover of Newsweek in a picture that imagines her, and her life, as it might have been had she lived to mark her 50th birthday on Friday.

But the picture and story — which speculates that Diana would have twice remarried, used Botox, and been slightly jealous of new daughter-in-law Kate Middleton — provoked mostly howls of disgust as they arrived on U.S. newsstands the same week that Prince William and his new bride begin an official visit to North America.

Jun 28, 2011

Diana returns from grave in shocking Newsweek cover

LOS ANGELES, June 28 (Reuters) – Princess Diana has
returned from the grave on the front cover of Newsweek in a
picture that imagines her, and her life, as it might have been
had she lived to mark her 50th birthday on Friday.

But the picture and story — which speculates that Diana
would have twice remarried, used Botox, and been slightly
jealous of new daughter-in-law Kate Middleton — provoked
mostly howls of disgust as they arrived on U.S. newsstands the
same week that Prince William and his new bride begin an
official visit to North America.

Jun 9, 2011

Sarah Ferguson films return from “emotional bankruptcy”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A year after hitting rock bottom in a royal favors scandal, the disgraced former daughter-in-law of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth says she is now debt-free and positive about the future.

But it was a grueling struggle back to emotional and financial health for Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, judging by a candid six-part documentary making its debut on U.S. television on Sunday.

Jun 6, 2011

Cole out of U.S. “X Factor”; accent not to blame

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – British singer Cheryl Cole’s replacement on the much-hyped U.S. version of “The X Factor” was confirmed on Monday, ending almost two weeks of rumor and speculation about the line-up.

But sources close to the singing contest denied that Cole was dumped because of problems with her strong Northern English accent, or that the last minute changes were an elaborate PR stunt ahead of the show’s debut on Fox television in the fall. Instead, the problem was Cole lacked personality, the sources said.

Jun 1, 2011

Cheryl Cole not the only sour note for Cowell’s “X Factor”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “American Idol” made Simon Cowell a household name in the United States, but the prickly British music Svengali is hitting some flat notes as he tries to launch his own TV singing competition.

Cowell, 51, has been working on a U.S. version of his hit UK talent show “The X Factor” for more than 18 months. But as the clock winds down to its much-hyped debut in the fall, he is facing some last-minute challenges.

Jun 1, 2011

Cole not the only sour note for Cowell’s ‘X Factor’

LOS ANGELES, June 1 (Reuters) – “American Idol” made Simon
Cowell a household name in the United States, but the prickly
British music Svengali is hitting some flat notes as he tries
to launch his own TV singing competition.

Cowell, 51, has been working on a U.S. version of his hit
UK talent show “The X Factor” for more than 18 months. But as
the clock winds down to its much-hyped debut in the fall, he is
facing some last-minute challenges.

May 29, 2011

“Hangover Part II” soaks up N.American box office

LOS ANGELES, May 29 (Reuters) – Raunchy comedy “The
Hangover Part II” soaked up $86.5 million at the North American
box office at the weekend, in the biggest comedy movie debut
ever.

According to studio estimates issued on Sunday, the Warner
Bros Pictures (TWX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) sequel to the breakout 2009 hit about men
behaving badly, also set a record opening for an R-rated
movie.

May 26, 2011

Scotty tops iTunes, ‘American Idol’ ratings surge

LOS ANGELES, May 26 (Reuters) – New “American Idol”
champion Scotty McCreery hit No.1 on the iTunes single charts
on Thursday, as Fox television reported a 21 percent surge in
viewers for the all country music finale of the long-running
singing contest.

McCreery, 17, became the first country musician to win the
“Idol” title and a recording contract since Carrie Underwood in
2005. The poised teen with the distinctive deep voice beat 16
year-old Lauren Alaina in the youngest Top 2 match-up in the
show’s 10 year history.

May 26, 2011

“Idol” finale kicks off with Beyonce, Judas Priest

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Lauren Alaina may have won the hearts of “American Idol” judges with her final performances, but TV viewers were more interested in “Dancing With the Stars,” according to early ratings figures for the two big rival shows.

And according to some predictions, Scotty McCreery may emerge the ultimate winner on Wednesday after public votes are counted, despite an emotional performance by Alaina that she dedicated to her mother, and a last minute vocal scare.

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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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