Abdul's return to Fox's juggernaut is still uncertain.
By Wrap Staff
Songwriter Kara DioGuardi, who joined the 'American Idol' judges' panel this past year, will return for the upcoming ninth season of “Idol,” Fox announced today.
With the show set to premiere in January, two of the show's three original judges -- Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson -- are set to return as well, but the fate of Paula Abdul is still uncertain.
DioGuardi, a Grammy-nominated songwriter, was the first new member of the panel since the show debuted in 2002.
TV's No. 1 show brought her in as it began to lose viewers, a trend that continued in the most recent season despite its hold on the top ratings spot.
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I recently attended the Coldplay concert in Los Angeles.
What rouses my senses about music and especially concerts are the energy that emanates from the musicians themselves and the ensuing energy of the crowd.
When I watch them up on stage in front of so many screaming fans they seem to be in the zone, embracing life with a powerful conviction and joy.
When in this environment a tinge of envy glides up my spine as I watch them glide up and down the stage.
I realize in this moment that if there was one thing I would want to be, it would a talented singer singing to a crowd of thousands.
***Steven Spielberg will direct a new version of "Harvey" -- about a man and his invisible six-foot rabbit --- as his next project for DreamWorks and Fox.
The project sets the stage for the long-awaited funding of DreamWorks as an independent studio.
***Badly in need of a breakout hit after successive misfires, Universal will have to keep waiting.
Its two-hour, 16-minute Judd Apatow dramedy "Funny People" opened to $23.4 million this weekend, which was good enough to lead the domestic box office.
But it didn't quite achieve the breakout success that some tracking estimates had predicted.
***Former Garden State governors Tom Kean and Brendan Byrne dining together at '21' in NYC.
***Judge Sonia Sotomayor admiring Elliott Arkin's sculpture of Obama, titled "Hope," in the office of White House counsel Jeffrey Bleich.
It was girls' night out at Vico on Madison Avenue in NYC the other night.
Our spy at the popular pasta nook said Six that Katie Couric dined there with her daughter, Carrie, while at another table, Self magazine Editor-in-Chief Lucy Danziger was eating with her daughter, Josie.
Adding to the girl power was Avon CEO Andrea Jung, who was treating her niece to dinner.
***They've been a rumored couple for the better part of a year, but Sunday was the first public appearance for "Slumdog Millionaire" couple, Dev Patel, 19, and Freida Pinto, 24.
But Sunday night in London the couple smiled arm-in-arm for photographers at a special screening of the film that made them famous.
*** Beyonce( above ) enjoyed a late-night dinner with husbamd Jay-Z at LAVO Italian Restaurant and Nightclub in Sin City.
*** Ex-Bachelorette Jillian Harris and her Chicago computer software consultant fianc Ed Swiderski, celebrated their engagement at SushiSamba Rio in Chicago along with six friends.
For four years, from 2002 to 2006, Gerald and Patricia Green ran the
The corrupt practices act, which became law in 1977, prohibits American citizens and corporations from making “an offer or payment of anything of value to a foreign official, foreign political party or candidate for political office,
"They can't throw the words around just for the purpose of trying to create improper implications. They've got to be contextual and appropriate to the setting," Mooney told TheWrap.
Jonathan Drimmer, a lawyer specializing in the corrupt practices act, agrees that the outcome of the Green case could seriously affect Hollywood’s desire to make movies overseas.
While there are “narrow” payment exceptions granted within the act -- as long as they are made through official and transparent channels --
“We are mixing apples and oranges,” Drimmer told TheWrap.
Although not a government case, in 2007, the budget of “Sahara,” the 2005 adventure film starring Matthew McConaughey was entered into the public record in a contractual lawsuit between author Clive Cussler, who wrote the novels on which the film was based, and production company Crusader Entertainment.
He claimed that the final script featured changes which he had not authorized and which caused the movie’s failure at the box office.
Vanity Fair is selling us the September issue with two magazine covers, one to be considered a Farrah Fawcett tribute and the other one a Michael Jackson tribute.
If you choose to buy the Michael Jackson one here are a few fragments from what you’ll find inside.
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