Wednesday, June 29, 2011

America's Got Talent' recap: New York auditions, take 2

I confess: I've been a little down on "America's Got Talent" these past few weeks. Look, each episode is watchable, especially during the auditions as we try to scout the season's eventual winner. But some recent nights just haven't been capable to capture the energy that's been the hit variety show's staple. Like a star pitcher suffering from a sore shoulder, we know the ability is there, but we just haven't seen it all come together in a while.

That's why Tuesday night's episode was as pleasant for the breath of fresh air it represented as it was for its energetic collection of outrageous acts. This wasn't just quality AGT — this was the best episode of the season. And rather than line up my recap as the usual best/worst breakdown, I'll just present the six most memorable acts of the night.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Tulisa Contostavlos: I don't want to be known for being a WAG

The new judge subtly snubs Cheryl Cole
Tulisa Contostavlos may have stepped into Cheryl Cole's shoes on The X Factor, but she doesn't desire her lifestyle.

The feisty N-Dubz star, whose similar wardrobe and no-nonsense attitude often give increase to Cheryl comparisons, absolutely doesn't want to marry a footballer like Ashley Cole.

I don't want to be known for being a WAG,' Tulisa announced on David Walliams' new panel demonstrate Wall of Fame.

'I'd say about 80% of men cheat - sorry guys.

Tulisa turned up to the Machester X Factor auditions looking just as glam as the Geordie pop star in a white jumpsuit.

Following a £28k makeover, the 22-year-old is determined to top her predecessor in the fashion and loveliness stakes.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Jennifer Lawrence: The next big thing

She's only 20 and already has an Oscar nomination to her name. Currently Jennifer Lawrence stars as a blue mutant in X-Men and a teen warrior in Hunger Games. Has success affected her?

At the moment, Jennifer Lawrence — Academy Award nominee, comic-book-movie star and the current illegally anointed It Girl — can barely catch her breath long enough to have a conversation.

During a latest telephone call with Lawrence — who received her first Oscar nomination this year for her portrayal of a steely teen in Winter's Bone and will be seen in her first summer blockbuster, X-Men: First Class — the actress is all over the place.

Movie stardom actually requires multitasking for this 20-year-old. And this is only the beginning. After her turn as young shape-shifter Mystique (non-mutant name: Raven Darkholme) in X-Men: First Class, Lawrence will star in her buzziest role to date: as teen warrior Katniss Everdeen in the adaptation of the popular post-apocalyptic young-adult book series The Hunger Games, a role that has made her the subject of strong internet chatter and landed her on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.

So how has success affected her? Given her often delectably unpretentious answers to a reporter's questions, not a whole lot.

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