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"American Idol"

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What if FOX didn't take a chance on 'American Idol'?

Rupert Murdoch's daughter changed the course of TV history
This week HitFix is revisiting some of the key turning points in recent entertainment history and considering what would have happened if history had turned a bit differently. What if...?
 
In 2001, Simon Cowell and Simon Fuller came to the United States and attempted to pitch a format based on the British hit "Pop Idol," a singing competition show that was making Cowell into a sensation Across the Pond. American networks, however, were not interested. Yes, "Survivor" had opened the door for primetime competition reality programming on network TV, but "Pop Idol" was seen as being less like "Survivor" and more like "Popstars," which aired with minimal success on The WB. But then, the story goes, Rupert Murdoch's daughter Elisabeth, a fan of "Pop Idol," made a passionate pitch for FOX to take an interest in a little show that became...  "American Idol." The rest, as we say, is history. "American Idol" became a summer hit in 2002 and, starting in 2003, it became the irreplaceable centerpiece of FOX's spring lineup, anchoring an unprecedented streak of 18-49 demo crowns for the network and launching countless singing, acting and hosting careers. But... 
 
What if Rupert Murdoch's daughter hadn't been a fan of "Pop Idol"?
 
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Belize offering free vacations to 'Breaking Bad' creator and his stars


Belize offering free vacations to "Breaking Bad" creator and his stars

"Some people may have perceived that to be somewhat of a crisis," a Belize tourism rep said of a Saul Goodman comment from this week's episode, "but we really thought of it as an opportunity."


Tina Fey shows Letterman footage of a burglar stealing her laptop with all her work
Fey showed the surveillance footage against all legal counsel.


Dave Attell returning to Comedy Central, uncensored
The former "Insomniac" host will star in a late-night standup series featuring an uncensored Atell, plus a standup special.


22 "SNL" alums (and Marc Maron) recount auditioning for Lorne Michaels
Everybody from Dana Carvey to Jimmy Fallon to Bill Hader share their "SNL" audition stories in an oral history format.


"Seinfeld's" Jackie Chiles returns for a Jim Beam ad campaign
Watch Phil Morris reprise his Johnnie Cochran-like character.


Oscar winner Danny Boyle to return to TV to direct a police drama
Boyle, who was responsible for last year's Olympic Opening Ceremony, will direct an inside police drama from the creators of "Peep Show."

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Randy Jackson is set to return to 'Idol' as mentor, replacing Jimmy Iovine


Randy Jackson is set to return to "Idol" as mentor, replacing Jimmy Iovine
After three seasons, Iovine is reportedly done with "Idol." After a brief exit, Jackson is poised to become the new in-house mentor.

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<p>Diane Kruger and Demi&aacute;n Bichir in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Diane Kruger and Demián Bichir in "The Bridge."

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Review: 'The Bridge' - 'Destino'

Sonya and Marco get into trouble pursuing a new suspect, and Ray makes a deal with Graciela

A quick review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as I invoke the Three-Second Rule...

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<p>Dougray Scott in &quot;Mission:&nbsp;Impossible&nbsp;II&quot;</p>

Dougray Scott in "Mission: Impossible II"

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What if Dougray Scott had played Wolverine in "X-Men" and not Hugh Jackman?

Pondering the possibilities if history took a different route in 2000

This week HitFix is revisiting some of the key turning points in recent entertainment history and considering what would have happened if history had turned a bit differently. What if...?

At the turn of the millennium things were looking up for actor Dougray Scott. He had been hand selected by Tom Cruise to be the villain in the anxiously awaited sequel to the megastar's 1996 blockbuster "Mission: Impossible" and he was all set to follow that up with what might have been a breakout role as Wolverine in Bryan Singer's big screen adaptation of the X-Men comic book series. But when the production schedule of "Mission: Impossible II" went long, Singer had to make a snap decision and settled on an unknown by the name of Hugh Jackman.

What if Dougray Scott had played Wolverine in "X-Men" and not Hugh Jackman?

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<p>Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux in &quot;Blue is the Warmest Color.&quot;</p>

Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux in "Blue is the Warmest Color."

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As 'Blue is the Warmest Color' gets an NC-17, 10 notable films to have received the rating

From 'Shame' to 'Showgirls,' why the MPAA's highest rating is no badge of dishonor

This article first appeared in part at InContention.com in 2010. In light of recent news, It seemed like a good time to re-purpose it for new readers here at HitFix, with a few updates.

It's an announcement that we weren't wondering about so much as waiting for: this year's Cannes Palme d'Or winner, French-Tunisian auteur Abdellatif Kechiche's epic-length romantic drama "Blue is the Warmest Color," has been slapped with an NC-17 rating by the Motion Picture Association of America -- meaning, of course, that no children under 17 will be permitted to see the sexually explicit film in theaters, with or without a guardian.

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'SVU' is combining the Paula Deen and Trayvon Martin controversies in 1 episode


"SVU" is combining the Paula Deen and Trayvon Martin controversies in 1 episode

Cybill Shepherd plays a celebrity chef who kills an unarmed black teenager.


Justin Bieber's manager in talks for "Idol's" 3rd judging chair
Scooter Braun, who also represents The Wanted, Psy and Carly Rae Jepsen, is said to be the preferred choice of Jennifer Lopez.


Jerry Springer defends Dr Phil's drunk girl tweet
"I don't see what the problem is," he said on CNN, adding that the tweet was "appropriate."


"Sherlock" won't survive without Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman
Says Steven Moffat: "That show could not continue without Benedict and Martin. It's absolutely them."


NBC will re-air "Meet the Press" with Martin Luther King Jr. from 50 years ago

The interview from three days before his "I have a dream" speech will be shown on Aug 25, the 50th anniversary of its original broadcast.


Tina Fey: I'm currently a "human napkin" for my kids

The former "30 Rock" star spends her time these days at home and out of it.


FX buys animated "Bigfoot" comedy from Seth Rogen
The series would be based on the Bigfoot graphic novel.


Aziz Ansari pitches Shonda Rhimes on a "Scandal"-"Parks and Rec" crossover
Tom and Harrison could be college roommates.


Jerry Seinfeld may never return to TV, says he has "a sad feeling" about  late-night TV
Talk shows these days have become "setup talk shows," says Seinfeld, almost entirely driven by promotion. "I'm gonna ask you this, then you say that."


"Chuck's" Joshua Gomez heads to "Castle"
He'll play a murder suspect who claims to have traveled back in time to prevent the grisly events from unfolding.


Damian Lewis: "We'll get to Brody, and when we do, it'll be devastating"

The "Homeland" star answers the question, "Where's Brody?"


Kevin Rahm wants "Mad Men" to do a Ted-Pete L.A. spinoff

"'The Odd Couple' in L.A. but they're both dirty," he says. "Two Felixes."


Foul play ruled out in death of Lisa Robin Kelly

The coroner will now investigate the death of the "That '70s Show" star.


"Star-Crossed" books Tahmoh Penikett
The "Battlestar Galactica" will guest on a 2nd CW show, after guest-starring on "Supernatural."


"Glee" production assistant says she was bullied by her half-sister, Julia Roberts

Nancy Motes is speaking about being taunted by Roberts for being overweight, even though it was her famous half-sister who got her a job on "Glee."


Robin Williams: I'm a big fan of the Khaleesi

Not only does he watch "Game of Thrones," but Williams is a big fan of "Defiance."


Joel McHale on "The Soup's" Episode 500: "We have a 50-year plan"
"This is Phase One, complete," he says. "Phase Two, the next 10 years." PLUS: Ranking the hosts of E!'s "Talk Soup" and "The Soup."


"Suburgatory" casts Geoff Pierson
He'll play Jane Levy's grandfather.


TCM to devote a day to Maggie Smith

A 24-hour tribute kicks off at 6 am ET Thursday.


"The Vampire Diaries" adds Shaun Sipos
The CW vet will bond with Elena.


"Today's" Jenna Wolfe welcomes a baby girl with her NBC News partner

She and and Stephanie Gosk have named their child Harper Estelle Wolfeld Gosk.


A&E's "Modern Dads" is the anti-"Real Housewives"
The reality show about four dads in Texas is, unlike the "Housewives," very realistic.


"Cold Case's" Kathryn Morris welcomes twins

The twin boys are the first kids for Morris and her actor husband.

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"Big Brother"

 "Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: Will Aaryn turn on her alliance?

Everything's riding on a tough veto competition

While Aaryn may be HoH this week, let's face it: the house belongs to McCranda. Actually, let's be honest. The house belongs to Amanda, who apparently has all the hamsters under her sway like the Evil Queen on "Once Upon A Time." If this were a fairy tale, of course, Amanda would end up bursting into flames or having her heart ripped out. Alas, it isn't going to happen. But that would be killer ratings, CBS, so don't rule it out!

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<p>It's hard to argue with Quentin Tarantino when he calls 'Taxi Driver' one of the greatest films of all time.</p>

It's hard to argue with Quentin Tarantino when he calls 'Taxi Driver' one of the greatest films of all time.

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Quentin Tarantino's new list of the 12 greatest movies raises some questions

Aren't lists supposed to be definitive and permanent?

One of the things that seems to be part of being a lifelong film nerd is the making of lists. Obviously, I publish a list each year of what I consider the best films I've seen during the preceding 12 months, but I've also published lists that have to do with specific genres or that deal with something like my favorite films in a decade or even of all time.

In an interview I did with Edgar Wright yesterday, he talked about how as a kid he kept lists of all sorts of things. Films he wanted to see, films he'd seen already. I did the same thing, and I've known many film geeks over the years who have had their own lists at the ready. Quentin Tarantino was a hardcore film fan before anyone knew his name as a filmmaker, and one of the things that was clear going to see his various film festivals in Austin or Los Angeles over the years is that he is a omnivorous film consumer. He'll watch anything, hoping for a gem or a discovery, and he's shown me many movies that I never would have otherwise seen, some of which have become favorites of mine now as well.

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<p>Selena Gomez's &quot;Come and Get It&quot;</p>

Selena Gomez's "Come and Get It"

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Countdown to MTV's Video Music Awards: Best Pop Video

It's a close race between Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez

As MTV’s 2013 Video Music Awards approach, we’ll countdown to the Aug. 25 ceremony, which airs live at 9 p.m. ET from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the nominations with six each, closely followed by Bruno Mars, Pink, Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus and Thirty Seconds To Mars.

Among the artists performing on the show are Lady Gaga, who will open the awards; Timberlake (with a rumored ‘N Sync reunion), Mars, and Cyrus.

We’ll look at a different category each day leading up to Aug. 25.

Best Pop Video

Bruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven"
Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors"
Fun., "Carry On"
Miley Cyrus, "We Can't Stop"
Selena Gomez, "Come and Get It"

This is a race between Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” and Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop,” and given that it’s a fan-voted award, Cyrus’s fans will probably be the more active voters.  “Mirrors” is the most artistic of the group, Cyrus’s is the weirdest.  Fun.’s “Carry On” does a great job of setting the inspirational mood of the song and blends performance and story, but the band’s voters probably won’t come out en masse. Bruno Mars captures just the right energy for the retro “Locked Out Of Heaven.” Selena Gomez is the dark horse here- her fan base could coalesce to push “Come and Get It” to the top spot. It’s a beautifully shot clip with lush fields and lots of fashion changes.

Who Should Win: Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
Who Will Win: Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”

Past Predictions

Best Female Video
Best Male Video



 

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"Pregnant Behind Bars"

 "Pregnant Behind Bars"

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Watch: 'Pregnant Behind Bars' proves pregnancy can suck more

Pregnant women are housed with addicts and the mentally ill

You know what sucks? Pregnancy. You know what sucks more? Being pregnant AND in prison. Just seven miles outside of downtown Chicago sits one of the country’s largest detention facilities; Cook County Jail is home to nearly 10,000 inmates awaiting trial, a growing segment of which is expectant mothers. In this all-new two-part series, Discovery Fit & Health explores how much it sucks to be "Pregnant Behind Bars." The show premieres Thurs. Aug. 22 at 10:00 p.m.  Below, a clip!

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'Prison Break's' Wentworth Miler: I'm gay


"Prison Break's" Wentworth Miler: I'm gay
The 41-year-old Miller revealed his sexuality in declining an invitation to visit a Russian film festival over the country's new anti-gay laws.


Jane Lynch: "Glee's" Cory Monteith tribute is the "most beautiful thing"
That's Lynch's take after reading the script. Before reading the script, Lynch told E that filming the episode is "gonna be awful."


Syfy developing a costume designer reality show
"Camera Ready" will have 10 "visionary costume designers" competing to create technologically interesting costumes for TV, movies and music videos.


OWN doubles "Love Thy Neighbor's" season order to 52 episodes
"The Haves And The Have Nots" has also been expanded to 36 episodes.


Melissa George is pregnant

The alum of "Alias," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Hunted" who will appear next season on "The Good Wife" announced she is expecting her first child.

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