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'The Voice': On the scene for the season 2 finale

By Whitney Pastorek

Stuck in traffic on the way to the finale of The Voice tonight, I felt a palpable excitement, PopWatchers. Last night’s epic battle of Jermaine Paul, Chris Mann, Juliet Simms, and Tony Lucca had featured such fireworks – both literal and (yes, Adam) metaphorical – I felt certain that I was about to bear witness to a dramatic spectacle! Would Christina punch Adam in the face? Would Tony Lucca’s wife rip out Christina’s weave? Would audience members spontaneously combust in the heat? I did not know, but I was prepared for anything.

Sadly, the answer turned out to be: none of the above. It was a somewhat languid finale for those of us there in person, as the heat in the soundstage led not to combustion, but wilting. It took very little time for Bill the Warmup Dude to inform us that we were the quietest audience ever. “Your clapping should be contagious, like a cold,” Bill told us. “I need your applause to be real applause, with both hands making noise.” Eventually he gave up, and just told everyone that Justin Bieber would be performing later. That did the trick. READ FULL STORY

How to survive the White House Correspondents' Dinner red carpet

It may have been cool and collected inside the White House Correspondents’ Dinner at the Hilton Hotel on Saturday night, but as a red carpet reporter covering the event for the first time I can tell you it was pure mayhem before and after. From an appearance by Lindsay Lohan to an MIA George Clooney, here’s what I saw and what I learned:

1. Get there early.
Apparently, there’s no such thing as on-time to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner red carpet. If you’re on-time, you’re already late. At least that’s what I realized when I showed up to the Hilton Hotel at 4:30p.m. (the call-time), only to learn that some camera crews had been standing outside the doors since 11a.m (!).
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'The Avengers' world premiere: Watch the live-stream here!

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Will Tony Stark arrive in a limo, or fly in via jet pack? How will Steve Rogers handle the paparazzi? Can Thor live-tweet while holding his hammer? Will Nick Fury bedazzle his eye patch? Will Clint Barton bring the gun show to the red carpet? Can Natasha Romanoff answer the same inane questions from the press line without beating a poor journalist to a pulp? And what brave designer will create the likely-to-be-ripped-to-shreds outfit for Bruce Banner?

Sure, today’s world premiere of The Avengers at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood would be much cooler if Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, and Mark Ruffalo all showed up as their respective characters. But it’s still going to be the most super-heroic red carpet of the year — and you can watch the live-stream of it right here on EW.com starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

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'The Avengers' red carpet premiere: Watch the live-stream here tomorrow!

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Will Tony Stark arrive in a limo, or fly in via jet pack? How will Steve Rogers handle the paparazzi? And what brave designer will create the likely-to-be-ripped-to-shreds outfit for Bruce Banner?

Sure, tomorrow’s world premiere of The Avengers at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood would be much cooler if Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo all showed up as their respective characters. But it’s still going to be the most super-heroic red carpet of the year — and you can watch the live-stream of it right here on EW.com starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

HULK SAYS CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE-STREAM!

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'Titanic 3-D': Why did you go see it?

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Before I went to watch Titanic in 3-D, I made sure to prepare myself on three levels. 1) I hate 3-D. It typically makes me sick. But my slight wooziness would be totally worth it if it meant my favorite part of the movie (Jack + Rose + sunset) was in any way better or more realistic. (It was!) 2) I had to choose my company wisely. My two best friends, who share my deep, corny love for this movie, live in Texas. So I opted to go with an equally fun companion who’d, miraculously, never seen the movie before. You see, I had no desire to go with someone who wanted to pay $17 just to go and mock the movie. 3) I knew that no matter what time of day I went to watch the movie, there would inevitably be someone in the audience who paid $17 just to mock the movie.

Had it not been for my preparations, my viewing of Titanic 3-D yesterday might have been sullied to the point of annoyance, particularly because of those who seemingly sat in the audience just to ruin the movie for everyone else.

Before you call me a curmudgeon, I know I’m not the Movie Czar. I can’t control why people go see movies nor their behavior once inside the theater. Jerks will be jerks. But I get particularly enraged by those who assume those around them are okay with their attention-seeking behavior. My friend and I had the displeasure of sitting a few seats down from such rudeness yesterday when we went to watch an afternoon screening of the movie at a theater on the Upper West Side. (Truth bomb: I think the disruptive female might have been intoxicated. It was 6 p.m. So she clearly has bigger problems.) While I certainly went to the movie with a certain degree of irony (“Yes, this movie is so corny! Also, I can’t wait. We have to go opening weekend.” — me to movie buddy/Titanic-virgin Sharon four months ago), I would never pay nearly $20 just to broadcast to others that I’m a sarcastic a-hole. (That’s, personally, something I try to keep under wraps.)

This brings me to my long-delayed point (sorry): If you went to see Titanic in 3-D this weekend, why did you go? READ FULL STORY

On the Scene at the GLAAD Media Awards: We were THIS close to seeing John Stamos and Cory Monteith kiss

Laughs, tears, high-kicks, and John Stamos: The Oscars should look to last night’s snappy GLAAD Media Awards in New York City to energize their own ceremony. A whole lot of high heels, patent leather, and sequins packed into the Marriott Marquis in Times Square to honor the people and projects that put forth “the most outstanding images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the media” (see a full list of winners here).

Although the most tweeted moment of Saturday night’s ceremony was certainly Full House and Broadway star John Stamos bidding thousands of dollars to kiss Glee star Cory Monteith (more on that later), it’s hard to single out one moment as the most memorable. READ FULL STORY

On the Scene: Prop 8 play reading in L.A. featuring Brad Pitt and George Clooney

Everyone from Hollywood moguls to Barbra Streisand came out last night (so to speak) for the Los Angeles reading of Dustin Lance Black’s play 8, drawn from the transcripts of the federal trial over whether the U.S. constitution allows for Proposition 8 to ban same-sex marriage in the state of California. In the beautiful and historic Wilshire Ebell Theatre, George Clooney, Martin Sheen, Kevin Bacon, and Brad Pitt headlined an A-list cast that read a modified version of the play that was first performed last September in New York City.

“I felt after the New York version that I wanted to know the plaintiffs more, I wanted to know their personal stories more,” Black told EW after the show. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' on the scene: Tears, hugs, pats on the butt, and gospel waves for Top 24 results night

Since American Idol‘s sixth season, my comrades-in-arms and I have called Studio 36 at CBS Television City  “the Idoldome.” We meant the name both in the sense that the set felt like a futuristic, dome-like edifice of televised excess, and that by Idol‘s very nature, the set was home to a Thunderdome-esque bloodbath of youth, hope, ambition, and dreams. Each successive new Idol set has felt bigger, brighter, more Idoldome-y, to the point where last year’s set was quite literally an arena surrounded on all sides by a well-dressed throng ravenous for big-voiced high notes, a wave from Jennifer Lopez, and/or the sweet sweet tears of yet another victim kicked-off contestant.

But when I saw Idol‘s first live show on Tuesday night, the new set felt, like so much of season 11, just… off. It wasn’t until I stepped inside Studio 36 for Thursday night’s results show that I realized why: This new set is not the “Idoldome.” READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' on the scene: Top 12 girls sing, one contestant has an insanely good time, and Randy earns the audience's respect

Hello, Idoldome. Hello, John. This is the third season of American Idol that I’ve covered in person, and by now the Idoldome — EW’s nickname for the Idol studio at L.A.’s CBS Television City — is sort of like a second home to me. Except my second home has gone and remodeled itself. The most noticeable difference between last year’s set and Idoldome 2012 is the size of the audience, which has been cut roughly in half. As a result, the noise level has been reduced from “airplane taking off” to “Gilbert Gottfried.”

The stage itself is larger, with tentacle-like walkways protruding into the audience. There are also Burtonesque spirals on the ceiling, though they appear to be an afterthought in terms of the show’s overall design scheme. What isn’t an afterthought is the addition of cubes, cubes, and more cubes. Both sides of the stage now feature giant video-screen blocks that display various looping footage throughout the show. When I first entered the Idoldome yesterday, these screens were all orange, and I felt as if I had somehow become trapped inside the world’s largest, all-orange Rubik’s Cube. But I quickly grew to accept the cubes. They may be Idol‘s attempt to add a bit more razzle-dazzle to the set, à la The X Factor, but they aren’t so overwhelming that they distract from the performances.

But enough about the set. It gets the job done, even if its components may one day be used to rebuild the Aggro Crag in a revival of Nickelodeon GUTS. Last night was all about the Top 12 Girls, who easily surpassed what the Guys delivered on Tuesday. Here are some things that you didn’t see on TV: READ FULL STORY

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