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Is the best part of 'Footloose' the 'Holding Out for a Hero' cover?

Don’t get me wrong, I agree with EW’s Lisa Schwarzbaum about former Justin Timberlake backup dancer Kenny Wormald “owning” the role of Ren in the Footloose remake. But for me, the even bigger surprise was that I sat up in my seat for one of the songs on the soundtrack — 15-year-old Ella Mae Bowen’s slow, angsty cover of Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out for a Hero.” Watch the video below. I came home from the movie ready to buy the song on iTunes but didn’t because it was “album only.” I’m told there are no plans to release the song to country radio, which is a shame.  READ FULL STORY

'Footloose' Redux: Which is better?

It’s odd that we live in a world that needs two Footlooses. (Footlai?) Still, love it or loathe it, Footloose 2.0 arrives in theaters today, inviting a whole new generation of movie-goers to kick off their Sunday shoes.

While the 1984 original is hardly a perfect film, New-Footloose has some hefty shoes to fill. The older, Kevin Bacon-starring version has managed to angry dance its way into a pantheon of immortal ’80s movies and our hearts. So, with that in mind we thought we’d compare the two to see which film is Foot-looser, and which is Foot-loser. (Read Lisa Schwarzbaum’s review here.)

Kenny vs. Kevin: New Footloose is about as close to a shot-for-shot remake as you can get, so it’s easy to see where the similarities and differences lie. READ FULL STORY

Hank Williams Jr. on 'The View': Disney is a 'mean mouse'

Hank Williams Jr., whose comments comparing President Obama to Hitler cost him his role as the pied piper of Monday Night Football, visited The View today to explain himself. Wearing a vintage Mickey Mantle New York Yankees jersey, the 62-year-old pleaded ignorance about the explosiveness of his analogy — “I didn’t go to Harvard, Joy” — claimed he initiated his parting of the ways with Monday Night Football — “I told my manager you can tell ESPN and Disney, ‘Adios’” — and held himself up as freedom-of-speech martyr. “My daughter said, ‘Daddy, are you in trouble,” Williams said. “‘They’re going to pull [your song].’ If I am [in trouble] than we all are.”

Williams wasn’t adversarial, and the ladies wisely let him run off at the mouth, interrupting occasionally only to keep him on point. That allowed him to uncork such gems as, “Never kick a cow turd on a hot day,” and “[Disney] is a mean mouse and he has stepped in to that pile at ESPN…” Watch a clip below: READ FULL STORY

Over 122 million 'American Idol' votes cast: Can Lauren win? Or will it be a Scotty landslide?

Since season 7, the conventional wisdom about who was going to win American Idol has always been wrong. “The tweens will speed dial David Archuleta into victory.” “Adam Lambert is a mega-star with a mega voice; he’s a shoo-in.” “Crystal Bowersox simply wiped the floor with What’s His Name; it’s hers to lose.” Whoopsie!

This is not to discount those who were predicting victories for David Cook, Kris Allen, and Lee DeWyze — just that they were a vocal minority amid the Idol chattering classes.

With that in mind, we pivot to season 10. For most Idol observers, Mini Alfred E. Newman George W. Bush Jr. Scotty McCreery has had this competition in the bag since his seemingly most formidable competition, the colossally voiced Pia Toscano, was booted during Top 9 week. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol': Scotty and Lauren duke it out in the Nokia, on the scene for the performance finale

In seasons past, the scene outside the Nokia Theater LA Live in the hour leading up to the performance finale resembled a kind of carnival of Idols past — Hey, it’s Anoop! And… that one kooky girl from Hollywood week! No, the other one! — with a general feeling of excitement and occasion stirring among the crowd waiting to get into the theater. Perhaps I’m just projecting my own indifferent indifference about the season 10 finale here (I simply don’t care about the fact that I don’t care), but yesterday’s scene was far more subdued in comparison. I did not catch sight of Idol alumni milling about the courtyard in the hope someone will recognize them; I felt no spark of anticipation bouncing around the multitudes as they calmly waited in orderly lines to get inside. READ FULL STORY

'The Celebrity Apprentice' finale makes for all-time series-low ratings: What made you not tune in?

Nothing to smile about here, Trump. The ratings for the season finale of The Celebrity Apprentice were anything but YOUGE.

Pulling in a rather paltry 2.9/7 share in the coveted 18-49 demo, the episode proved to be the lowest spring finale ever for The Apprentice, Celebrity or otherwise. While the EW.com comments section have all but been ablaze today with chatter from those of you who actually did tune in for last night’s finale (“Marlee Matlin was robbed!” “Who is John Rich again?” “Where are my pants?!”), we’re curious as to why so many folks didn’t.  READ FULL STORY

Country Music's Best Couples: Who's your favorite?

With Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s weekend wedding now in the books — Shelton returned to Twitter Monday afternoon with the message, “Hey y’all I’m back!!!!! Without my sack!!!!,” and “Mrs Shelton” became a trending topic after Lambert tweeted, “Mrs Shelton here! Winning!!!!!” – LIFE.com is celebrating country music’s best couples with a 50-slide photo album. It starts with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans (pause to appreciate their color coordination on their wedding day), naturally includes the eternal Johnny Cash and June Carter and the tumultuous George Jones and Tammy Wynette, and in addition to Blake and Miranda, involves the likes of Tim and Faith and Garth and Trisha (along with Keith and Nicole and Brad and Kimberly, which could be reaching, but both actresses serve as muses, so we’ll let it slide).  READ FULL STORY

Scotty McCreery does surprise duet with Josh Turner during 'Idol' homecoming: Watch!

It was good to be a Scotty McCreery fan in Garner, N.C., on Saturday:  The American Idol finalist returned to his hometown and put on a concert for American Idol cameras (we’ll see footage on Thursday’s show) and was surprised onstage by his deep-voiced hero, country singer Josh Turner. “He didn’t see me until we were almost face-to-face. I think I almost gave him a heart attack,” Turner said afterwards. McCreery recovered enough to duet with Turner on his hits “Your Man” and “Long Black Train,” both of which McCreery has sung on Idol. Watch it below. The clip starts out with McCreery assuring his fans that just because he’s been in L.A. working seven days a week for months doesn’t mean he’s lost faith — it’s grown stronger. (Meeting Lady Gaga, or singing a lyric about being evil, doesn’t make you evil, people! Seriously!) READ FULL STORY

Blake Shelton has a misunderstanding on Twitter with GLAAD

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Blake Shelton fans, new and old, are breathing a sigh of relief after the The Voice coach cleared up a Twitter controversy that erupted last night when some followers — and GLAAD — thought his retooling of Shania Twain’s “Any Man of Mine” was a homophobic rant. “Re-writing my fav Shania Twain song.. Any man that tries Touching my behind He’s gonna be a beaten, bleedin’, heaving kind of guy… ” Shelton tweeted. Ten hours later, he woke up to find a lot of replies. “Ba! Ha! Reading all my anti-gay hate tweets…. Ha! Ha! If people only knew even a little about me, my family and friends. Dumb asses… ” he tweeted. “Please make it right! I want 2 like u again” tweeted one follower. Shelton’s response: “Ha! Ok try this. Its meant to be from a girls point of view.. Thus, ‘Shania Twain.’” Then, it hit him why people had misunderstood his original tweet. “Hey y’all allow me to seriously apologize for the misunderstanding with the whole re-write on the Shania song last night… It honestly wasn’t even meant that way… I now know that their are people out there waiting to jump at everything I say on here or anywhere. But when it comes to gay/lesbian rights or just feelings… I love everybody. So go look for a real villain and leave me out of it!!!” Adam Levine, a fellow coach on The Voice, jumped to Shelton’s defense joking, “what did you go and say now? Don’t sweat it big country. I know you’re a good person. Well…yeah you’re a good person.”

GLAAD, meanwhile, wasn’t laughing. After Shelton’s initial tweet, the group responded, “No, @BlakeShelton – violent, anti-gay statements are not what a woman wants. Apologize now. #LGBT #gay #thevoice @NBCTheVoice.” Contacted by EW, a GLAAD rep said the organization was working with Shelton on a tweet that addresses anti-gay violence. UPDATE: Shelton has tweeted, “@glaad hey I want my fans and @nbcthevoice fans to know that anti-gay and lesbian violence is unacceptable!!!!! Help me!!!! And DM me…” GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios released the following statement: “Following outrage from community members and allies, Blake Shelton took the right step in speaking out against anti-gay violence and sending an important message to his fans and viewers of The Voice.”

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Liking Blake Shelton on ‘The Voice’? Bet you’ll like him even more after reading this!

Liking Blake Shelton on 'The Voice'? Bet you'll like him even more after reading this!

Who’s the breakout star of The Voice? Right now, we’d have to say coach Blake Shelton, whose sense of humor, sensitivity (catch those smiles when contestants sang songs by his fiancée, Miranda Lambert?), and toughness (he still didn’t pick either of ‘em!) is winning him fans who have no idea his hair used to look like this.

Go ahead, embrace him. PopWatch has been a fan since he nailed the EW Pop Culture Personality Test back in 2008. Below, we revisit that entertaining conversation and stand by what we concluded then — there’s nothing sexier than a straight man expressing love for The Golden GirlsREAD FULL STORY

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