May 13th, 2012

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Aiden Grimshaw: Appearing on The X Factor was weird

Not much has been heard from Aiden Grimshaw since he sang Mad World as a finalist on The X Factor in 2010.

The 20-year-old from Blackpool spent the next 18 months getting used to life in London, partying and working with producers.

But he says he's now "found his feet" and will be releasing his debut single in June.

"I think it's going to be different to what people expect from Aiden Grimshaw from The X Factor," he said.

The singer has mixed feelings when looking back at his time on the ITV talent show.

"It's just weird isn't it," he said. "It's such a long time since I was on the programme. It feels like another world to me."

"Most of it was compromise. I wanted to be singing mental songs on a Saturday night at half seven which just weren't appropriate. But I was always happy with the songs I was given.

"It's an amazing experience."

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St. Damien's: A Mother's Story

I am expecting my second child this August so quite naturally my thoughts are nearly constantly on the growing miracle in my belly. In addition, since my last trip to Haiti in October, I have thought frequently of the Haitian people and have been eager to visit again. Friday I finally flew to Haiti again to visit several maternity programs and to spend some time with my fellow expecting mothers, and what I found, was inspiring. The Haiti I just visited is not the one you've read about. Since the tragic earthquake in 2010, the stories from Haiti have focused on destruction and devastation, on international players not doing enough, and organizations scrambling to fill the service gaps that an overstretched government hasn't been able to provide. While it is true that there is an enormous amount of work left to be done, after meeting the Haitian leadership at St. Damien's and St. Luke's Hospitals, I can tell you first hand that there is a great deal to be hopeful about in Haiti.

In a country where one out of 37 women is at risk of dying form pregnancy related causes during her reproductive years, St. Damien's and St. Luke's are ensuring that women have access to the care that they need both during and after their pregnancy. St. Damien's maternity unit, led by Haitian OB/GYN Doctor Aupont, performs 500 births per month, many of them high risk, low birth weight children that are given place in their neonatal program. Walking into the neonatology unit, I was overcome at the site of these beautiful babies. It made me think of my own experience as a mother, made me appreciate how delicate these little lives are, and made me grateful for the work being done to fight for and protect them. The high quality of care provided has made St. Damien's Maternity the referral hospital for the most difficult cases in the region. I am grateful to Doctor Gautier, St. Damien's Medical Director and mother of three, as well as Doctor Aupont and his staff, for fighting for these children. I had the pleasure of meeting both of these devoted and inspirational doctors who serve as such a force for progress in their country.

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CBS cancels CSI: Miami

[Whipping off sunglasses] Consider this case… closed.

CBS made a call on one of its lingering “bubble” programs on Sunday, announcing that CSI: Miami will not be back for an 11th season.

“CSI: Miami leaves an amazing television legacy – a signature look and style, global popularity and as a key player in CBS’s rise to the top over the past decade,” reads a statement from the network. “We thank all the producers – led by Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and Ann Donahue — and its talented cast, led by David Caruso, for 10 outstanding seasons. Viewers around the world will continue to enjoy rebroadcasts of CSI: Miami in syndication and on key digital platforms for many years to come.”

With CSI: Miami‘s formal snuffing and official word that A Gifted Man won’t be back, only CSI: NY, Unforgettable, Rob, Rules of Engagement and (in theory) NYC 22 remain in the fence for CBS.
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NBC Reveals Its 2012-13 Primetime Schedule

It's here: the Peacock unveils its fall schedule, which will use "The Voice" to launch two new series.

*New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET)

8-10 p.m. - "The Voice"
10-11 p.m. - "REVOLUTION"

8-9 p.m. -"The Voice"
9-9:30 p.m. - "GO ON"
9:30-10 p.m. - "THE NEW NORMAL"
10-11 p.m. - "Parenthood"

8-8:30 p.m. - "ANIMAL PRACTICE"
8:30-9 p.m. - "GUYS WITH KIDS"
9-10 p.m. - "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
10-11 p.m. - "CHICAGO FIRE"

8-8:30 p.m. - "30 Rock"
8:30-9 p.m. - "Up All Night"
9-9:30 p.m. - "The Office"
9:30-10 p.m. - "Parks and Recreation"
10-11 p.m. - "Rock Center with Brian Williams"

8-8:30 p.m. - "Whitney"
8:30-9 p.m. - "Community"
9-10 p.m. - "Grimm"
10-11 p.m. - "Dateline NBC"

Encore programming

SUNDAY (Fall 2012)
7- 8:15 p.m. -- "Football Night in America"
8:15-11:30 p.m. -- "NBC Sunday Night Football"

SUNDAY (Post-football/Winter 2013)
7-8 p.m. - "Dateline NBC"
8-9 p.m. - "Fashion Star"
9-10 p.m. - "The Celebrity Apprentice"
10-11 p.m. - "DO NO HARM"

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And what about Smash, the network's polarizing series? The musical drama has been held for midseason.

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Tyson Beckford Sex Tape Is Being Shopped

A sex tape which is said to feature male supermodel Tyson Beckford is being shopped around the adult entertainment community ... TMZ has learned.

Sources tell us ... the seller insists the 45-minute tape shows the former Polo model pleasuring himself during a recent Internet video chat with a female model.

We're told ... during the chat session, Tyson makes references to some of the movies he's appeared in ... and talks about some of his co-stars.

Sources say Beckford also reveals one of his pet peeves -- being mistaken for Tyrese Gibson.

A rep for Beckford tells TMZ ... the model's camp has not seen the footage and will not release a statement until they can view the material that's being shopped.


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The Tears Will Be Delicious

CBS orders 7 shows: Sherlock Holmes drama, Groupon sitcom, more

CBS pilot verdicts are in: Four dramas, two comedies — including a Sherlock Holmes detective series and sitcom about working at Groupon. The network also picked up a reality show from Mark Burnett.

CBS has given a half-dozen scripted projects series orders for next season, starting with Elementary, a modern-day New York City-based drama series that’s sounded like a no-brainer for the network’s brand since it was first developed. Jonny Lee Miller plays Sherlock, Lucy Liu gives a feminine twist to Watson. Aidan Quinn co-stars.

The network’s most intriguing-sounding new drama is Vegas, a period piece set in the 1960s centered around the true story of Ralph Lamb: rodeo cowboy turned longtime sheriff of Las Vegas. On paper, this one seemed like a long shot given the way fellow recent ’60s-set dramas Pan Am and Playboy Club fared in the ratings. But if you’re going to dip into the past on CBS, you can’t get much safer than doing a Vegas-set crime drama — you could almost call it a CSI prequel. Plus the cast is great: Dennis Quaid is the sheriff, Michael Chiklis is a mob fixer, plus there’s Jason O’Mara and Carrie-Ann Moss.

Next up is Made in New Jersey (formerly Baby Big Shot) and Golden Boy. The former is about a working-class woman (Janet Montgomery) who uses her street smarts to compete with her more polished colleagues at a Manhattan law firm. Kyle MacLachlan, Pablo Schreiber co-star. Golden Boy tracks one cop’s (Theo James) meteoric rise from officer to detective to police commissioner. Co stars Chi McBride, Kevin Alejandro, Bonnie Somerville.

On the comedy side, the network that brought us Twitter-based $#*! My Dad Says and Twitter-based actor Ashton Kutcher is once again showing its affinity for new media. CBS has greenlit Friend Me. Here’s the (rather extensive) logline: “Twentysomething best friends, Evan and Rob, move from their hometown of Bloomington, Ind., to Los Angeles to begin their exciting new lives working at Groupon. Evan is having trouble breaking his old slothful habits and rather than go out after work to explore L.A. and meet new people, prefers to play online poker with his buddies back home. Rob has different plans and is determined to drag Evan, kicking and screaming, along with him.” Cast includes Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Nicholas Braun.

CBS also ordered Partners, a title that sounds like a 21st century version of Friends, but the logline is very different. It’s described as “a personal story of two lifelong friends and business partners. Architects Charlie and Louis’ friendship has lasted longer than either of their romantic relationships and almost seems like a weird marriage. When Charlie decides to propose to his girlfriend, Louis’ neurotic attempts to be supportive nearly result in the breakup of his own relationship.” Cast: David Krumholtz, Michael Urie, Sophia Bush, Brandon Routh.

The network also picked up an unscripted show called The Job from producers Burnett and Michael Davies. In the show, contestants compete to win a job at an entertainment magazine (um, should we be worried?).

lmao can't wait for the bitter winging from the BBC stans! Hope this show actually sticks around. But omg what is this show about groupon...
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Kim Kardashian's Ex Kris Humphries Mocks Kanye West In New Skit

Every since Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries filed for divorce after 72 days of marriage, they have been scrutinized heavily by the media. But Humphries probably got the ultimate put-down when Kanye West mentioned him in his rhyme on ‘Way Too Cold.’

You know the line: “And I admit I fell in love with Kim / ‘Round the same time she fell in love with him / Well that’s cool, baby girl do your thing / Lucky I ain’t had Jay drop him from the team.”

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Kate, Will, Harry, and Lupo at a Charity Polo Match in Ascot

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Harry, Prince of Wales participate in the Audi Challenge Cup at Cowarth Park in Ascot to raise funds for the charities supported by both Princes. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was on hand to show her support for her husband and brother-in-law, and the Royal couple also brought along their black cocker spaniel puppy, Lupo to the polo match.

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New Stephen Moyer interview

Stephen Moyer: 'We're thinking about a True Blood scene where all the vampires go to a tanning booth…'

Where are you and what are you doing?
I'm in Venice Beach, California, looking out at a grey day. There are good waves out there but it's too cold to go into the water, even for an Essex boy. My 12-year-old son's been over for the Easter holidays and we did that classic British seaside thing of running in, screaming like wusses and running straight back out again.

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Tom from McFly gets married

(but not in these clothes)

Now this is glorious news: it's sunny for the first time in yonks and love is actually, genuinely, in the air. McFly's frontman Tom Fletcher got married/hitched/wed/shackled yesterday to his childhood love Giovanna Falcone.

And the best bit about this? (Yeah, apart from the joining of two hearts in holy matrimony yadda yadda yadda) was that we got to stare at his bandmates and collective best men Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd in suits! Suits with waistcoats!

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ROYAL SCANDAL: Spanish King and Queen Shunning Wedding Anniversary, and King Kicks out Mistress!!!

Spain's royal court has confirmed that King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia will not hold any private or public celebrations of their Golden Wedding anniversary in a development that appears to confirm an estrangement in the relationship.

When King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia celebrated their silver wedding anniversary on May 14, 1987 they hosted a lavish reception at the Royal Palace inviting 25 other couples from across Spain who married on the same day.

But their golden wedding anniversary which falls this Monday will be marked with no such celebration.

The lack of a formal celebration has done much to fuel speculation over the state of the 74-year-old Monarch's marriage.

The last bout of speculation began when King Juan Carlos fractured his hip during an ill-fated safari trip to Botswana to hunt elephants.

Amid the public outcry over the nature and expense of the private trip, which led to an unprecedented apology by the shame faced monarch issued on the steps of the hospital, it was noted that Queen Sofia had paid only a brief visit to his bedside.

Royal commentators were quick to remark that the 26-minute bedside visit by Queen Sofia, who had not been on the hunting trip but visiting her Greek relatives, hinted at the deep breakdown in their relationship.

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Source 2 such a clusterfuck, team Sofía, can't wait for Felipe to be king. also know wonder he has been breaking his hip so much, too much fucking with people who are not his own age... so many jokes
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Alexandra Burke tells Jermain Defoe: IT'S OVER

FURIOUS pop queen Alexandra Burke last night dumped love rat soccer star Jermain Defoe — as he was caught cheating AGAIN.

The X Factor winner, 23, had spent weeks trying to forgive the England ace after he romped with a model.

But today The Sun reveals Defoe cheated on her with a SECOND woman.

Last night a pal said: “Alex is heartbroken but she has ended it. It’s all over. They are not together any more.”

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Kiss n' tell courtesy of the sun

Chris Evans' Mom Talks About Her Son

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"The Avengers" is the latest in a series of blockbusters that have turned Sudbury native Chris Evans from superstar into superhero.

In fact, millions now know Evans as Captain America, protector of the nation. But off-screen, his mother, Lisa, said he still cares most about small-town Sudbury and the people in it.

"This is true for all four of my children," she said. "They love this town. They love their childhood experience. It's pretty hard not to be happy in a house where there's always music, there's always performance."

Puppet shows and plays in the basement as children inspired big sister Carly to take the stage. Their mom remembered, Chris was starstruck.

"He saw Carly performing when she was a little girl," she said. "And he said, this great! She's getting all kinds of attention. She's getting candy and flowers. I want to do this."

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George Lucas Does Something Likeable For a Change: Revenge on Rich Neighbors

George Lucas' rich neighbors don't want him building a movie studio in their backyard. His response is the best thing he's done in years.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, for four decades Lucas has owned a large swath of land in Marin County in the North San Francisco Bay and has spent the past few years trying to transform the ranch on it into a massive, nearly 300,000 square foot, state-of-the-art movie studio complete with day care center, restaurant, gym and a 200-car garage. His neighbors, however, have rejected it every step of the way. Despite the promise of bringing $300 million worth of economic activity to the area, the already-well off neighbors are worried about years' worth of construction activity and the additional foot traffic it will bring into their neighborhood once completed.

The local homeowners association has been such a thorn in Lucas' side that he's decided to abandon the studio construction entirely, issuing this official statement about Lucasfilm's withdrawal of the new studio:

The level of bitterness and anger expressed by the homeowners in Lucas Valley has convinced us that, even if we were to spend more time and acquire the necessary approvals, we would not be able to maintain a constructive relationship with our neighbors.

We love working and living in Marin, but the residents of Lucas Valley have fought this project for 25 years, and enough is enough. Marin is a bedroom community and is committed to building subdivisions, not business. Many years ago, we tried to stop the Lucas Valley Estates project from being built, but we failed, and we now have a subdivision on our doorstep.

So what is George Lucas going to do with his property now that he's tired of his rich neighbors putting up a not-in-my-backyard stink? He wants to transform the property into low-income housing, naturally, ending their official statement with this zinger, "If everyone feels that housing is less impactful on the land, then we are hoping that people who need it the most will benefit."

He's working with the Marin Community Foundation to instead construct affordable housing for either low-income families or seniors living on small, fixed incomes. In order to smooth along the development, he's already given them all of the pricey technical studies and land surveys Lucasfilm spent years conducting. And we think that's just great. Because if there's one thing rich people will hate more than having movie magic made in their backyard, it's poor people moving in.

Mr. Lucas, we may hate you for turning your back on the original trilogy, but our hat is off to you on this one. Well played.

you go, george.
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The First Visual Proof that New Arrested Development Is Actually Happening

Ever since Fox canceled Arrested Development in 2006, rumors — and sometimes promises — of the sitcom’s return have persisted.

There was a failed push to transfer the series to Showtime, followed by five years of on-again, off-again, maybe-back-on-again plans for a movie about the Bluth family. By the time Netflix announced a deal last fall to produce a fourth season of the show to debut in early 2013, fans had earned the right to be skeptical, and not even the sight of the reunited cast at April’s National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas seemed like definitive proof that new episodes are really, really under way.

So, how about this: We obtained a photo, taken at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, above a soundstage on a studio lot in Culver City, of Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz hard at work on the show’s revival. Reached for comment, Hurwitz told us, “I was working in the room with the writing staff. We were discussing the Maeby episode.” You may (finally) commence chicken-dancing.


Rebeca Feguson takes AMERICA by storm, outsells ONE DIRECTION.

The first thing you notice about Rebecca Ferguson is her voice. "D'youse want a drink?" she says, tottering across the room in 7in Louboutins. "I've got cold drinks – but do you fancy a tea or coffee?" Her accent is thick scouse, her tone gently concerned. It's not quite what you'd expect from a 25-year-old pop star, especially in a hotel suite high above misty Manhattan. "A proper brew," she approves when I ask for tea.

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