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Ellen DeGeneres will hit Hollywood week next month

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The minute my colleague passed that Esquire item yesterday to me, I knew it would get a big reaction. 200-plus comments! But alas, it’s now Friday and I need to feed you more “Idol” news. I’ve scanned the usual suspects and there isn’t much going on at all. So it’s just little bits now. I’ll add something more if anything pops up but all is quiet that I can tell:

- Ellen DeGeneres begins here fourth-judge duties, replacing Paula Abdul, next month, when the Hollywood Week semifinalists are taped. Normally, that portion of “Idol” would have already been taped in November but “Idol” had to accommodate Simon Cowell’s busy schedule. We won’t see Ellen until February since the first month of “Idol” is all auditions, starting January 12.

- Fergie will host the taped West Coast proceedings for ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest and Dick Clark. Atlantan Keri Hilson is among the performers on that part of the show. No “Idol” alums have been named but the live East Coast performers have not been announced yet. The Fox New Year’s special will feature Kris Allen and Allison Iraheta.

- The Carrie Underwood producers (including Nigel Lythgoe) didn’t get initial clearance for Van Halen’s ‘Why Can’t This Be Love,” the duet she did with David Cook for this past Monday’s special. Livedaily explains that they just assumed they’d work it out. They couldn’t. As noted, perhaps the current Van Halen folks are refusing to spread songs from the Sammy Hagar era. Boo!

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kelly&carriefan

December 11th, 2009
9:00 am

Rodney, thanks for a new thread! Whoo-hoo!

Hi, Y’all! I’m here…incredibly tired since I got home at 3:30 and was at the office before 8. It’s gonna be a loooong day. BUUUUT…I absolutely had a blast! I won’t “clutter” the blog with my review, but I’ll post a link for y’all when I’ve uploaded the pictures. I will say that it was definitely worth the 4 hours I spent in the car.

D, I didn’t get to talk to Kelly, and she didn’t hear me. I did talk to a few of her band members. They’re all so nice! :)

PS. What the heck happened after I left?! I’m sure she meant hockey ’cause it sounded like the criticism we get from sports fans about people not showing up for games. I have to agree with Rodney about the show at Gwinett Arena. It was crazy and she cried to the point that it even made on People!

Deirdre

December 11th, 2009
9:10 am

Sounds like you had a good time, k&cf! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and seeing the pics!

JTesla

December 11th, 2009
9:29 am

Looking forward to the review and pics K&Cfan.

So the fourth judge concept is still with us. Yuck.

As for Van Halen, I think they are trying to erase the Van Hagar era. They have a video game coming out soon, a version of Guitar Hero, (or maybe it already popped) and it is only of David Lee Roth songs. They also only show Wolfgang as the bassist. The game has gotten some bad reviews, maybe if they didn’t try to hide some of their history it would be better.

Nana

December 11th, 2009
9:43 am

Thank goodness for the new thread RoHo. Now maybe things will get back to normal.

I still don’t care for the 4th judge scenerio, but I will accept it since I can’t change it. After considering Ellen’s popularity, she may bring new viewers to the show and expand the downing ratings. Time will tell. Looking so forward to the new season even though Penny won’t be there. Having two healthy babies is much more important. Those, I can hold in my arms and bestow kisses on them.

Rickster

December 11th, 2009
9:53 am

Re: Ellen as the 4th judge (or as Lady Linny calls them.. ‘tators.)
(In my best William Shatner over-the-top melodramatic tone)

I

still

just

don’t

get it.

:-)

Mercedes S

December 11th, 2009
10:00 am

Worthwhile openings at the ‘plexes this weekend:

“Princess and the Frog”. The princess (beautifully voiced by Anika Noni Rose) is really a waitress dreaming about running her own restaurant. The princess bit kicks in towards the very end. Old-fashioned Disney animation, modern sensibilities. Movie should have been rated PG instead of G: a loveable side-kick dies, and there are some scary voodoo moments.

“Up in the Air” is movie perfection. Incredible cast, with Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick standing up to, not supporting, George Clooney. Timely subject: companies downsizing and firing people. Smart, and smarting, dialogue. Directed by Jason Reitman, son of Ivan.

“Invictus”. More perfection: Morgan Freeman playing Nelson Mandela in a Clint Eastwood movie about the South African President’s bold step to unite the country by integrating the top rugby team and insisting they win an important cup.

“Me and Orson Welles”. More myth added to the Orson Welles legend. A high school thespian (Zac Efron) literally stumbles onto the set of what would be Welles’ highly acclaimed production of “Julius Caesar” and gets a small part. Christian McKay doesn’t look like Orson Welles at all but somehow becomes him.

Rickster

December 11th, 2009
10:02 am

Since it’s slow, Idol-wise, here’s another (four-judge free) installment of:

American Idol Auditions we’d love to have seen: Biz Markie (Just a Friend)

Randy: (with a brook trout look on his face): “Um… Dawg… Dawg… Sorry, Dawg. That just wasn’t working for me. Sorry, I’m just not feeling it.”

Paula: “You know.. if you want her to be more than just a friend… try giving her some of jewelry. Did you know I have my own line?”

Simon: “With singing like that… I’m surprised you have any friends at all”

KPH

December 11th, 2009
10:12 am

Good morning folks. Is it safe in here today? I have on my flack jacket and brought my trusty light sabre just in case. :-)

KPH

December 11th, 2009
10:22 am

I still am not sure about Ellen being a judge due to her lack of a music background however she will be funny and not in that foggy Paula way. I guess I am one of those who actually liked Van Halen more with Sammy Hagar. I like straight up in your face rock and roll more than the shining glittery gimmicky thing that Roth does. Great to hear Dick Clark will be doing his new years eve show again this year.

Deirdre

December 11th, 2009
10:29 am

Thanks for the reviews, Mercedes! Invictus is a definite on my list and so is Up In The Air…which doesn’t actually go into wide release until Christmas Day. It’s playing at Phipps Plaza right now but I am not driving up there when I can see it later in the month.

Nana

December 11th, 2009
10:45 am

Mercedes, if you’re not a movie critic, you should be. Your reviews are much better than the pros. We here always appreciate and welcome them. :)

Deirdre – Did you ever get a chance to listen to any of Clay’s Christmas CD on youtube? If you do/did, let me know what you think about it. Again, it’s titled “Merry Christmas with Love.”

Highlander

December 11th, 2009
11:08 am

“Anyway, a really dull new blog entry is up since I can’t seem to find any real news out there!” – Rodney Ho.

Boy, RH, way to self-promote! I mean, …Jaysus, you don’t pull any punches even when you’re referring to your own stuff! :-)

Welcome back, Rickster!

Highlander

December 11th, 2009
11:13 am

RH, maybe you could interview K&CF about Kelly’s show and include some of the pics. Maybe add some details regarding the private show next Monday. Like when it starts? Where it is? Can we crash it? (Hint, hint, hint!)

Highlander

December 11th, 2009
11:14 am

Rickster, have you done a Lady GaGa audition? I don’t recall one.

Rickster

December 11th, 2009
11:15 am

Dittos on the Van Halen AD (aftrer Dave) era. I like it much better than the original incarnation. Although I think they missed out on a tremendous opportunity to have Sammy & Eddie jamming together. I guess Eddie wanted to be the only guitar hero in the band.

One interesting item of note. After David Lee Roth left, the first choice to replace him was Patti Smythe (Scandal: “Good Bye To You” / “The Warrior”)

I think Sammy was a better choice. Not because he was a guy… I just think that his vocals fit better.

Rickster

December 11th, 2009
11:19 am

Highlander, I haven’t done a Lady Ga Ga audition because I couldn’t name one of her songs if my life depended on it.

But feel free to contribute one yourself!

And thanks for the welcome backs over the last couple of days, everyone.

Rickster

December 11th, 2009
11:19 am

Heck… if that couple can get into a White House state dinner… it shouldn’t be as hard to get into that show. :-)

Deirdre

December 11th, 2009
11:28 am

Sorry Nana! I haven’t listened to Clay yet. I’m still preparing for Christmas. Also we’re getting the whole house painted in January and I’m also throwing stuff out, setting stuff aside for donation and for a yard sale. I will listen as soon as I have some free time….unlike you, who has everything done! Is it any wonder that I envy you?

kelly&carriefan

December 11th, 2009
12:09 pm

Highlander, LOL! Me interviewed, you are funny! But yes, Rodney, I am totally free for interviews…perhaps we can schedule it for Monday night at the Loft? I have tons of pictures, and even a few clips. ;)

Mercedes S

December 11th, 2009
1:52 pm

Thanks for kind words! Wish I say something about “Avatar”, but there’s an embargo until Dec 18.
Might threaten y’all with a track-by-track review of “For Your Entertainment” since Rodney hasn’t done his yet.

JTesla

December 11th, 2009
2:09 pm

Auditions we’d like to see: Lady GaGa singing Poker Face:

Randy: You blew it out of the box! That was like Phantom of the Opera channeling Britney Spears, channeling Adam Lambert. 100 million, billion, trillion, gazillion percent yes. It was a little pitchy though, be careful of that, just watch the pitch.

Paula: Honey you may think that you have a Poker face, but I can see… I can see… this beautiful aura surrounding and coming out from you, flowing through you, being you. I don’t know that you are right for this competition sorry it’s a no, but keep on dreaming. Live the dream, dream the dream of living and dreaming.

Simon: What the bloody hell was that? No really, what was that? It was like one of those bad performance art shows that travels to different college campuses. You’re voice was ok, I can see you making a name for yourself in this business, and you are different. However, I’m sorry to say, that we are going to see you again in Hollywood!

Rickster

December 11th, 2009
2:19 pm

Excellent Your Royal Snarkness!!

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

December 11th, 2009
2:21 pm

i swear i’d quit watching Idol. I swear i woujld. Might as well put Winehouse through….. GaGa minus the final ‘a’ in my book.

sorry. just don’t get it. i wast MUSIC … remember M*U*S*I*C — melody, beat, theme, that kind of stuff? good guitar/sax/bass/keyboard/drum jams, musicians actually honestly enjoying playing something that sounds…. good???

JTesla

December 11th, 2009
2:44 pm

Linny, your grandparents said the same things about your music. Just sayin. Things have not become better or worse, they have just become different.

KPH

December 11th, 2009
2:45 pm

Linny you are talking about actual talent and musical ability. That seems to be the last thing that will actually sell these day’s in most genres. I just dont get it. :-(

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

December 11th, 2009
2:56 pm

yeah, but JT, i appreciate music from the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60, 70s, SOME of the 80s, and SOME of the 90s…. but the “stuff” being called “music” ISN’t music… it’s entertaining/entertainment, maybe, SOME of it has a beat, but even THAT isn’t guaranteed…and the thought of a melody or whatever is mostly nonexistent.

I think the difference is that while my folks and grandfolks didn’t CARE for the rock’n'roll and all, at least there was still some musicality to it. But today’s music doesn’t even have “bonka bonka bop bop” …. well unless you define ‘bonka’ as something sexual, lol!!!

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

December 11th, 2009
2:59 pm

and the pop diva crap that’s being produced and crammed down our throats is WORSE than bubblegum!!! at LEAST bubblegum had SOME variety, but i swear you could interchange britney christina amy whatever whoever whereever…. they all sound JUST alike!

and the guys/bands aren’t much better … john mayer sounds like maroon5 sounds like….well

that’s why i like Lambert, and Cookie, and Daughtry, and Bo …. and Kelly and Carrie — at LEAST they have each TRIED to maintain some individuality … even when forced into making albums that are so mainstream they might as well be called the Mississippi….

KPH

December 11th, 2009
3:15 pm

Push a button on cd player back stage dress like some sort of half zombie half space alien wear massive amounts of the wierdest makeup you can without the weight of it causing you to not be able hold your head up dye your hair some sort of radar blue or electric pink or green sing offkey or just lip sync be lewd as hell and dance around like you are somewhere between drunk and lost barefoot in a briarpatch and it will sell!!!

Rickster

December 11th, 2009
3:17 pm

***the crowd breaks into wild applause as Linny lands the first ever triple-rant!***

Rickster

December 11th, 2009
3:18 pm

Good thing I reinforced the soapbox! :-)

JTesla

December 11th, 2009
3:21 pm

Linny, I feel that the music of the past wasn’t as great as you are making it out to be. If you focus on the Beatles and other true music talent you forget about some of the fluff like the Partridge Family and the Monkeys (Note I like them both). My grandparents and parents bemoaned the talentless artists of my generation’s music, heck you’d think that the Kingston Trio marked the high water mark for the musical development of mankind. So I go back to my argument that: your grandparents did put forth the same argument that you are. They didn’t say the music is garbage but at least it is still music. It was just garbage to them.

Today we are inundated with the same level of garbage as yesterday and like yesterday’s music most will be forgotten 20 years from now. Time will sift the talent from the chaff. When you focus on the Britney’s, you miss the musical talent of Winehouse (hate her but she is talented), Lily Allen, Alecia Keys etc. Or take for example the Black Eyed Peas, it’s synthesized rap garbage to some, but it takes a great deal of musical talent to put it together as they have.

There is a lot of great stuff out there today and there is a lot of junk out there today and that is no different from yesterday. To rabid fans of the Beach Boys, the Beatles will always be talentless hippies.

Rickster

December 11th, 2009
3:23 pm

Take a bow while I stand behind you and watch in admiration. :-)

JTesla

December 11th, 2009
3:24 pm

And… we really need the season to kick off because I’ve gone from debating the calendar to debates about different generations. Just tell me that Rose will be back and I’ll be happy.

Rickster

December 11th, 2009
3:24 pm

And please don’t forget to do the super-slow-mo hair thing!

KPH

December 11th, 2009
3:27 pm

I like The Beach Boys and The Beatles. :-)

Rickster

December 11th, 2009
5:01 pm

It’s been a long day folks. Please drive safely on your way home.

Highlander

December 11th, 2009
5:13 pm

“Take a bow while I stand behind you and watch in admiration.” …”And please don’t forget to do the super-slow-mo hair thing!” – Rickster

You WERE talking to Linny not JT, right?!

JTesla

December 11th, 2009
6:54 pm

Highlander, let’s just say that Rickster knows that Friday’s are jeans day for me.

Nana

December 11th, 2009
9:49 pm

Harm asked me to convey to all that she is still alive and kicking, but has had internet issues and will be back on here as soon as she can. She and I had a very nice long conversation this afternoon. She is such a nice lady.

Harm

December 12th, 2009
1:41 pm

Thanks Nana for the very kind words!!
I bet this will post because there is no one around to read it!

Nana

December 14th, 2009
6:37 am

Good Morning Everybody!

Today’s Quote: “Like snowflakes, Christmas memories gather and dance, each beautiful, unique and too soon gone.”

I guess everyone was much to busy over the weekend to visit and post on blogland. Hopefully, RoHo is a forgiving man.

Rickster

December 14th, 2009
8:25 am

The lack of posts just shows the incredible lack of interest in Ellen as a 4th judge.

And yes, I WAS talking to Linny.

Rickster

December 14th, 2009
8:29 am

Went and saw “2012″ last night. The effects were great, but it was all too overwhelming. I hurried out as soon as the movie was over to avoid listening to the song that Queen D says is sung by “He Whose Name I Shall Never Type Again” (hereafter referred to as “HWNISNTA.”

Rickster

December 14th, 2009
8:30 am

That’s 2 1/2 hours of my life I’ll never get back. :-(

Highlander

December 14th, 2009
8:45 am

Rickster, I was thinking maybe we should come up with a symbol to denote the one you call HWNISNTA (ala Prince). But that would hurt Rodney’s chances to push the blog into extra pages since the Glamberts wouldn’t know we were discussing him. And that’s not fair to RH. :-)

Rickster

December 14th, 2009
8:54 am

What’s the emoticon for a sphincter? :-)

Deirdre

December 14th, 2009
9:04 am

Morning!

Tis the season to work my fingers to the bone so I’ll be brief!

2012 HAD to be a parody. No one could take that movie seriously. As a parody, I thought it was a lot of fun. And BTW, the song at the end was the BEST PART! Sorry you missed it. ;-)

Now I have to be going because, unlike Nana, I have millions of things to do before Mr Boston and Mr Hollywood show up at my door wanting pumpkin bread, presents and a whole day of watching It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World after which I will have to listen to them and their dad quoting the movie non-stop for 3 full days. It’s tradition!

Rickster

December 14th, 2009
9:21 am

To me… the best parts were seeing Danny Glover get whacked by the USS John F. Kennedy and Woody Harrelson getting taken out by the volcano. I’m not a fan of either of theirs.

Hope I didn’t just ruin the movie for anyone. But I figure anyone else that wanted to see it would have already seen it.

kelly&carriefan

December 14th, 2009
9:26 am

Hi y’all!

Good morning…I was really looking forward to have a link/review for y’all. I was finished with it last night, but, for some reason, wordpress just didn’t appreciate it. I was able to recover half of it and decided to call it a night. I’m hoping I’ll get it done tomorrow.

Another short day for me, as I’m taking advantage of the holidays. Oh, and I found this Carrie article, she definitely seems to be more outspoken…

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sunday-telegraph/carrie-underwood-im-nobodys-fool/story-e6frewt9-1225809493965

PS I’m still trying to charm my way into tonight’s “shindig.” Wish me luck! :)

JTesla

December 14th, 2009
9:27 am

Rickster…. o

Rodney Ho

December 14th, 2009
9:34 am

Good morning! New blog entry. Not much goin’ on… Kelly & Carriefan, email me at rho@ajc.com. Might be able to help you.