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Is Morgan Spurlock selling out?
The 1980s had New Kids on the Block; the '90s had the Backstreet Boys; and now boy bands are resurgent again with British group-of-the-moment One Direction, currently a chart-topping global pop phenom. While hardly a very incisive look at the band or its five individual singers — who are barely old enough to even have personal histories — Morgan Spurlock's documentary "One Direction: This Is Us" should score big with kids.
Gilbert’s X Factor contestant, Josh Metzler, has seen a number of ups and downs — dismissed as a soloist, reintroduced as a five-boy band and ultimately voted off again.
Music has become a driving force in the life of a Gilbert 16-year-old — and may lead him to appear on this season’s The X Factor in the hopes of winning a $5 million recording contract.
Some call them a hybrid. Others say they’re a crossover. Urs Buhler, the group’s Swiss tenor, prefers to just be Il Divo — the divine ones.
Simon Cowell’s international pop opera group tours in support of their album “Wicked.”
There are all sorts of ways to rationalize why more than a dozen Arizona State basketball players have left the program during Herb Sendek’s tenure. Some of them are definitely for the right reasons, some of them involve circumstances that make perfect sense.
More comedy, more fantasy and more period pieces characterize the fall 2011 TV season, which introduces too many new shows that look better on paper than they play on TV.
"American Idol" is changing its tune.
A lot has changed about Halloween traditions since I was a kid. Back then, we would wait until dark, grab a pillowcase and walk the streets until our bags were too heavy or, as we got older, stole a goodnight kiss from our date. Now the holiday is far more elaborate.
Costume shops open in early September with more decor for sale than treats. On or around Oct. 31, entire neighborhoods close the streets to traffic and police patrols abort any rowdy behavior. Children of all ages dress up in the garb of their alter egos, collect candy and go to haunted houses and parties. I don't get any trick-or-treaters at my house because they all go to the "cool" streets, where there are hundreds of others (most on a total sugar rush) to look at and be with. One such street is a few blocks away from mine, but it's another world. I miss seeing children in costumes coming to my door but always leave a bowl of candy outside, just in case.
Back in the day, we seldom put as much work into our costumes as kids do now. My Superman outfit consisted of a bath towel as a cape and an awkward "S" drawn on an old pajama top worn over my mom's panty hose (don't go anywhere with that). Obviously, I was not a cool kid, but I had fun -- and that's what it's still all about.
Most people still want to be their idols for one night. I'm waiting for the guy in a T-shirt that says, "Hi, I'm Simon Cowell. Give me some candy, or I'll hurt your feelings." And there's nothing wrong with a little fantasy. We adults can use a bit of fantasy too, which may be why so many parents today have become more involved in Halloween: they want to play too!
Some people I know put in a ton of effort to make their haunted house the best on their block. Others express their creativity in the treats they hand out. One family last year made cotton candy in their front yard. (I suspect they were making margaritas in the back).
At this time in our country, we need as much uplifting as we can get, so celebrating Halloween is emotionally healthy. I often counsel couples to put aside their issues for the holiday -- or for holidays in general -- and either stay home and give out candy together or get dressed up and go out themselves. Of course, you can always do both. Hey, it's Halloween: Let's pretend and be happy for a few hours.
So, give yourself the treat of being Indiana Jones or Laura Croft, and don't trick yourself out of a good time because it's a "kids holiday." Go to a pumpkin patch, ride a Shetland pony and have a great time.
Barton Goldsmith, a psychotherapist in Westlake Village, Calif., is the author, most recently, of "100 Ways to Boost Your Self-Confidence: Believe in Yourself and Others Will, Too." E-mail him at Barton@BartonGoldsmith.com.
While “American Idol” scrambles to fill judges table seats vacated by Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres, the top 10 contestants of the show’s latest season — Didi Benami, Crystal Bowersox, Andrew Garcia, Casey James, Aaron Kelly, Michael Lynche, Siobhan Magnus, Katie Stevens, Tim Urban and winner Lee DeWyze — are touring the country. They stop this week in Phoenix.
LOS ANGELES — Ellen DeGeneres hit the right notes with "American Idol" viewers.
ATLANTA — Pants. On. The. Ground. With those four words, "General" Larry Platt has gone from "American Idol" reject to Internet sensation.
PASADENA, Calif. — Simon Cowell, the acerbic Brit who has helped give "American Idol" some of its sharpest — and nastiest — moments, will leave the popular singing show after this season.
LOS ANGELES -- Ellen DeGeneres is dancing her way into the fourth judge's seat on "American Idol." Fox announced Wednesday the talk show host and comedian, who admittedly has no formal music experience other than a passion for tunes, would join Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi for the ninth season starting in January. Reaction: Fans divided
Not much has changed about Kris Allen since his mostly forgettable "American Idol" audition.
LOS ANGELES — Kris Allen's smooth vocals and boy-next-door image propelled him to "American Idol" victory Wednesday, turning the theatrical powerhouse Adam Lambert into the most unlikely of also-rans.
Who’d have thought all it took to shut up smug old Simon Cowell was an unemployed Scot spinster?
LOS ANGELES - Scott MacIntyre said he's glad for the stage that "American Idol" gave him to share his story and his music. The visually impaired MacIntyre, who was voted off this week, told a teleconference Thursday that he hopes his achievement of making the Fox singing competition's finals "encourages everyone to reach for their dreams" and never give up.
Il Divo, the Simon Cowell-created foursome that blends opera with pop music, will perform July 15 at Dodge Theatre in Phoenix.
"American Idol" is back, and not just on your TV set every Tuesday night. Former top-ten contestant Chris Sligh will headline an outdoor concert 11 a.m. Feb. 28 at Grace Community Christian School, 1200 E. Southern Ave., Tempe.
'Tis the season to promise our better selves that we'll do better. And with TVs in the average U.S. household now on for a record eight hours, 18 minutes a day, according to Nielsen, a New Year's resolution that involved a bit of shut-eye for one of our busiest appliances might not be a bad idea.
LOS ANGELES - Changes are coming to "American Idol" when it returns in January, including a return to "wild card" finalists picked by the show's judges and less airtime for memorably bad auditions. But don't expect the show to abandon its affection for untalented contestants, executive producer Ken Warwick said Monday.