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'The X Factor' on the scene: 14 things you didn't see on Top 12 performance night

If you can imagine, stuff happens at the taping of live TV shows that you — the viewing audience out there in the great USA — never really sees. But, call me a journalist, call me a spy — my job is to bring those moments, however completely and totally irrelevant, to you! So that’s what I’ve done here in this blog post, collecting together the things that you didn’t see on your screen during last night’s two-hour live episode of Fox’s talent competition The X Factor.

So what happened? The producers banned glow-in-the-dark posters! The judges bickered! The fog/smoke choked audience members! And, there were some crazy Canadians, stirring up trouble. Read on for all the details on those things and more inside the studio at X Factor last night:


On the scene for Conan O'Brien's first night back in New York City: Fans, Fallon... and the Mayor!

I wish I could say that the sight of hundreds of eager Conan O’Brien fans waiting to get into the Beacon Theater while dressed as pop culture references (Waldo, I found you!), their beloved Coco, and The Flaming C! would be different on any night other than October 31st. But as any member of Team Coco could attest, that simply wouldn’t be the case. Halloween or not, the Conan elite were slapping on their finest (and sometimes intentionally downright terrible) orange wigs and welcoming home their departed hero, in a line that wrapped around three Manhattan blocks.  READ FULL STORY

'The X Factor' on the scene: Simon's shameless cheerleading, and L.A. Reid's soft side

I’m torn. After spending two-and-a-half hours inside the sound and light and choreography blender that is The X Factor live studio, I cannot decide whether my nom du snark for the place should be the Xanadome or Starship Migraine. Whatever I’m calling the joint, it lives in the exact same space as American Idol‘s Idoldome — Studio 36 at CBS Television City in Los Angeles — but other than the live studio audience and the judges’ table, that is where the similarities end.  READ FULL STORY

Jason Reitman gathers Jennifer Garner, Aaron Paul and more for star-studded reading of 'The Breakfast Club'

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Last night, a crowd of industry insiders and excited film enthusiasts gathered at the Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) for a live table-read of John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club. This time, instead of Molly Ringwald and the gang, Up in the Air director Jason Reitman gathered an equally eclectic group of actors to reimagine the diverse sterotypes portrayed in the film. A lovely and very pregnant Jennifer Garner was beauty queen Claire (Molly Ringwald), James Van Der Beek was Andy the jock (Emilio Estevez), Mindy Kaling was basket case Allison (Ally Sheedy), Patton Oswalt was Brian the geek (Anthony Michael Hall), and, probably best of all, Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul was the criminal Bender (Judd Nelson). Rounding up the cast as those ever-meddling adults (cue eye-roll) were J.K. Simmons as Carl the janitor, and Michael Chiklis as Mr. Vernon. Reitman himself called out the directions on stage, while images from the film flashed on stage to signal a change of scene.


On the 'Celebrity Apprentice' scene: Here's to the ladies who (sell) lunch


The fifth season of The Celebrity Apprentice is underway, and the ladies of Team As-Yet-To-Be-Named-But-Hopefully-It’s-Something-Like-Fabulicious! took to New York’s West 52nd Street to sell their wares during a lunchtime charity challenge. Previously announced contestant Cheryl Tiegs braved the paps with Miss Universe 2008 Dayana Mendoza of Venezuela (pictured left) and Miss New York USA 2011 Amber Collins to hand out fliers. Sandwich seekers walked a red carpet in and even got their photo taken by an on-scene photographer. But what awaited me inside? Read on to find out and see the ladies’ menu. READ FULL STORY

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anne Hathaway sing in French at HitRECord Fall Formal -- VIDEO

Nothing lowers one’s own creative ego like watching Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The energetic 30-year-old performer can act, dance, direct short films, write songs, play the guitar and drums, and even sing in French.

All of Gordon-Levitt’s talents — plus those of special guests Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, and Neil Patrick Harris — were on display Monday night during the HitRECord Fall Formal at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. HitRECord is Gordon-Levitt’s online production company, where he and thousands of other contributors collaboratively create movies, music, and short stories. The Fall Formal was an opportunity for Gordon-Levitt to showcase some of their diverse output. (Check out the video below.) READ FULL STORY

Mourning Steve Jobs: On the scene at the Fifth Avenue Apple store

The Fifth Avenue Apple Store in Manhattan, famously capped with a massive glass cube, is currently covered a white shroud, as if in mourning for the passing of the company’s co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs. The cube is actually undergoing renovations, swapping out dozens of smaller glass panels that make up its surface for just 15 larger ones, described with Jobs-ian panache as “seamless” by signs out front. In a way, it serves as a perfect tribute to Jobs’ famously relentless pursuit of elegance, quality, and thoughtful precision.

The other tribute to Jobs growing outside the Fifth Ave. Apple Store is neither elegant nor precise, but I imagine Jobs would still be deeply moved by the spontaneous shrine of flowers, written tributes, and lots and lots of McIntosh apples. (A few even had a bite taken out of them.) READ FULL STORY

George Clooney talks with TIME, jokes about why he cast Ryan Gosling in 'Ides of March': 'He was cheaper'

There are plenty of reasons to want to cast Ryan Gosling in a movie: He’s good-looking, charming, capable of driving ticket sales and stopping street fights (not simultaneously, although we wouldn’t be surprised), and, of course, inspiring Tumblers... the list goes on. But for The Ides of March director (and star) George Clooney, the decision to cast Gosling in his film came down to something much more basic: “He was cheaper,” Clooney quipped, responding to an audience member during a live 10 Questions interview with TIME’s Rick Stengel on Wednesday. “He hasn’t worked in awhile. I felt bad for him.”

During the sit-down, which also touched the star’s views on politics, advocacy, and the journalism industry, Clooney revealed that Gosling caught his attention early on. READ FULL STORY

On the Scene at the first 'Arrested Development' reunion

There was a lot of touching yesterday at the New Yorker Festival’s “Bluth Family Reunion” panel, which reunited Arrested Development’s main players — co-creator Mitchell Hurwitz, Portia De Rossi, David Cross, Michael Cera, Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, and Ron Howard (via speakerphone) — for the first time since they wrapped their final show in December 2005. There was plenty of talk about how Fox made a huge mistake when it canceled the series six years ago. And there was even unlimited juice — okay, that’s a lie, but it was still, in Buster’s words, “OFF THE HOOK.”

I’m not just referring to the clan’s announcement that they were working on a limited-run series to segue between the final episode and the show’s long awaited movie adaptation. The clearly happy-to-be-there group — Arnett finished the evening by thanking the crowd for giving them an excuse to get back together — spent a good hour and forty minutes reminiscing about the show’s early days, joking about bowel movements and pop-pop (you know what I mean), dissecting Jason Bateman’s revitalized career, and making fun of Michael Cera’s new mop-top ‘do (seriously, think Muppet hair). As for the fans, not only did they get to ask questions, but they also got to show off their stuff. And I mean real stuff — one guy had paid $350 for one of Buster’s prosthetic hands, another had purchased GOB’s Segway. They also asked the Bluths to fulfill one final request: Do the chicken dance for the audience. And they got their wish.

Here are 13 other tidbits you might have learned had you’d been there.

1.    The first script came with a warning. READ FULL STORY

'8': On the scene at the new, star-studded Broadway play by Dustin Lance Black

For one night only, the stars turned out on Broadway last night to stage a reading of 8, the new dramatization — directed by Joe Mantello and penned by Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Milk — of Perry vs. Schwarzenegger, the landmark 2010 trial that led the Federal Court to rule Proposition 8 unconstitutional. To say that the night’s cast was star-studded is an understatement; performers included Morgan Freeman, Rob Reiner, John Lithgow, Bradley Whitford, Ellen Barkin, Cheyenne Jackson, Matt Bomer, and Christine Lahti, among many other big names.

A crowd of celebrities, theater lovers, and LGBT rights supporters packed into the small but historic Eugene O’Neill Theater. On the way to find my seat, I spotted Barbara Walters, Jeffrey Toobin, and Fran Drescher, with gay ex-husband Peter Marc Jacobson in tow. Amid set pieces for The Book of Mormon, which is currently in engagement at the Eugene O’Neill, the stage was set simply with director’s chairs arranged Inherit the Wind-style to represent a courtroom. The performers walked onstage to thunderous applause READ FULL STORY

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