We hear Heidi Montag is cooking her first Thanksgiving dinner for Spencer Pratt, Ashley Tisdale plans to chow down, and Audrina Patridge plans to keep her cravings under control this Thanksgiving Day. Check out PopSugar Rush to find out what some of the other stars are up to and what they're thankful for!
There were plenty of well-dressed gentlemen attracting attention on the red carpet last night at the American Music Awards in LA. Kris Allen, Jay-Z and Pete Wentz were all decked out, while Keith Urban had Nicole Kidman to keep him company on the red carpet — click through to see all the guys!
- Alfre Woodard will play Christian Slater's boss on NBC's series My Own Worst Enemy, writes the Hollywood Reporter.
- The indie film Nailed, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Biel, has stopped production for the fourth time, citing more financial problems, Variety reports.
- The Financial Times is reporting that there could be a Beatles edition of Guitar Hero or Rock Band.
- Katie Cassidy won't be returning to Supernatural, TV Guide reports.
- Jennifer Egan's novel The Keep will be adapted for the big screen, writes ComingSoon.
- Billboard is reporting the news that Amy Winehouse has emphysema, according to her father.
- You can now watch full episodes of ABC shows on Veoh.com, Reuters reports.
- Blake Lewis is the latest American Idol contestant to lose his record deal, according to the New York Post.
There's been a little dust-up on the Internet surrounding the new Weezer album cover (pictured above), as some bloggers assumed it was a joke because it looks . . . a bit weird. The band's publicist had to make an awkward statement to the contrary, saying, "Yes, that's absolutely the cover. It's what they chose. They looked at a bunch of mockups, and that's the one they decided to go with. It's not a joke."
I'm glad people actually care about this and that album art is not dead in the mp3 age. When done well, it adds to the overall effect of an album. When done poorly? Well, then it's either totally hilarious or just plain awful. Of course, this made me think of some of my favorite ludicrously bad album covers. Seriously, check out that Dolly Parton album art: Dolly's head is bubbling up from a pool as Dolly herself looks on.
And Blake. Poor Blake. What the heck was he thinking? Idolator once nominated his visually assaulting cover the worst of the year. As for Paula Abdul, I didn't remember her Spellbound art right away, but I took a wild stab in the dark that she'd have a ridiculous cover out there somewhere. Bingo!
Which album covers make you laugh — or, worse, make you stay away from the music?
- Just in case you missed it, the teaser trailer for the Sex and the City movie is here! Who else can't wait until May?
- Your opinion counts! Tell me all about what you thought was the best of 2007, from the most attractive TV cast to the best movie romance and everything in between.
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- If you could recast My Two Dads with new actors, who would you choose?
- Even if you don't want to hear Blake Lewis's new album, you simply must check out the cover art for it.
- My holiday gift guides continue! This week I offered up suggestions for the reality TV junkie, the smartypants, the book lover, and '80s fans.
- Check out who was just nominated for Grammys. Who are you rooting for?
- Some of Showtime's shows might come to CBS, with, uh, a little bit of editing.
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Ever since I was pleasantly surprised by the first two tracks off American Idol runner-up Blake Lewis' debut album, I've been curious to check out the full album to see if it lives up to the insane energy of "Break Anotha." The album, Audio Day Dream, hits stores today, but if you can't wait to buy it — or just want to take a listen before committing to a purchase — the full album is streaming right now on AOL.
So far, the album is definitely meeting — if not exceeding — my expectations, despite its atrocious cover art (seriously, Blake, what were you thinking?). Like the two tracks that leaked early, especially "Know My Name," the album is a bit of a mess, with tons of loops and beats and tempos and musical styles packed into each track. But being boring would have been a much greater sin; the album shows the eclectic side of Blake that managed to peek out around the edges of his Idol performances. The verses of "Gots to Get Her" remind me of a hip-hoppy "Puttin' on the Ritz," and "Surrender" owes a lot to '80s power ballads — and that's just the start of the myriad influences here. Some of it's a little cheesy for my taste, but I can also hear a ton of songs that could (and probably should) be big hits.
One of my typical problems with Idol first albums is that they're too safe. This is anything but, and that makes me excited for what Blake could do long-term. Check out the album, then let me know: Are you on board with Lewis' Day Dream?
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- American Gangster is an excellent film, and the music in it is great. You can get a taste of the soundtrack here.
- October is over, but you can still go back and check out all my Breast Cancer Awareness Month posts. Then check out what I simply must have this November.
- I know you could never truly choose, but if you absolutely had to, who do you like better, Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert?
- I've got some highlights from the Office convention! Also, there's talk of an Office spin-off. Do you think that's a good idea or a bad idea?
- Check out Blake Lewis' new song "Break Anotha." It's actually... not too bad.
- NBC's green-themed week of programming will take place next week, November 4-10. Here's what this means for all your favorite NBC shows.
- Trailers to check out this week: James McAvoy and Angelina Jolie in Wanted, Katie Holmes, Queen Latifah and Diane Keaton in Mad Money.
- If you could recast Who's the Boss with new actors, who would you pick?
First Listen: Blake Lewis, "Break Anotha" Hey, remember Blake Lewis? The beatboxing American Idol contestant who made women everywhere swoon? We haven't heard much from ol' Blake since he finished second to Jordin Sparks in the Idol finale, but now he's prepping his first album, Audio Day Dream, scheduled to hit stores in early December.
Hey, remember Blake Lewis? The beatboxing American Idol contestant who made women everywhere swoon? We haven't heard much from ol' Blake since he finished second to Jordin Sparks in the Idol finale, but now he's prepping his first album, Audio Day Dream, scheduled to hit stores in early December.
His first single, "Break Anotha," is now streaming on AOL's PopEater, and after listening to it a few times through, I ... kinda like it. It has hints of Blake's signature beatboxing, but it's more outright danceable than anything he performed on Idol, with a pretty great beat backing Blake's falsetto chorus. Just over two minutes in, the song gets all crazy with a horn section break and synth-y vocal effects. It's kind of the sonic equivalent of a strobe light, and I'm not sure I love it, but I respect how weird it is.
Idolator also has another leaked Blake Lewis track, "Know My Name," which is also a strange musical soup. This one is a lot heavier on the synthesizers, and it reminds me of how a slightly lamer Justin Timberlake might sound if backed by a college a capella choir. Which is not to say it's bad. I mean, it's kind of a mess, but it's a mess I'm oddly compelled to listen to, which must mean something.
Check out the songs and let me know what you think. Is this how you expected Blake's album to sound?
- Amy Winehouse and her husband Blake got into a dispute that left both of them bloody. Obviously her issues run a bit deeper than excessive partying. - Daily Mail
- Blake Lewis, the runner-up to last season's American Idol, has signed on with record label 19 Recordings/Arista Records. Congrats to him and to all the die hard Blake fans out there! - Us Weekly
- Apparently Richie Sambora doesn't travel light - he even bought an extra seat on a flight to Vegas just for his guitar. We wonder if he even buckles it in. - Page Six
- Austin Nichols aka Jakey G's BFF was arrested this morning for DUI in Michigan. He would've been better off hanging out with Jake in Martha's Vineyard. - TMZ
- David Hasselhoff accepted libel damages from OK! Magazine after they falsely accused him of being drunk and abusive in public. We're glad that he's keeping his promise to his family to stay clean and sober. - AP