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Did M. Night Shyamalan really write 'She's All That'? Yes and no, says ex-Miramax exec

It’s no secret that M. Night Shyamalan had a hand in the making of She’s All That, a teen classic released in 1999. Interviews with the Sixth Sense auteur dating back to at least August 2002 have noted this trivial nugget; the movie’s audio commentary also features director Robert Iscove saying that Shyamalan polished up the movie’s script. (Granted, 99.99999 percent of human beings have not listened to director Robert Iscove’s audio commentary for She’s All That — but the .00001 percent who have are avid IMDb users.)

Somehow, though, it took a May 29 interview with Movies.com for the Internet at large to learn about Shyamalan’s connection to the Freddie Prinze Jr./Rachael Leigh Cook rom-com. An additional two weeks passed before that tidbit — Shyamalan saying, “I ghost-wrote the movie She’s All That” — really started to circulate, leading to breathless write-ups on every entertainment website staffed by nostalgic ’90s kids. (So, basically every website.)

Except, wait! As The Daily Dot pointed out Thursday, She’s All That‘s credited screenwriter, R. Lee Fleming Jr., has claimed that Shyamalan was lying about his work on the film. Last week, when Twitter user James Mitchell wrote “OMG, at the end of his career, it turns out he was a ghost writer all along #spoileralert” — referring to Shyamalan — Fleming responded with this (since-deleted) tweet:

Lip-sync-gate continues: Inaugural official says Beyonce didn't sing anthem live

Well, that settles it (maybe, possibly, probably not): According to CNN, an unnamed inaugural official has confirmed that Beyoncé lip-synched while performing the “Star-Spangled Banner” on Monday.

“Because she didn’t have time to rehearse with the Marine Band, she decided to use her recording with the Marine Band,” the official said, noting that the singer didn’t arrive in Washington D.C. until late Sunday night. The official doesn’t know why Beyoncé elected not to sing live — by all accounts, “she was spot on” in her pre-recording session, and “she’s actually a very good live singer.” There’s apparently no word on why Bey ripped out her earpiece mid-song, either.


'The Godfather' for free on YouTube? Too good to be true!


For just under 24 hours, the Internet provided us with an offer we simply couldn’t refuse. An account claiming to be Sony Pictures UK uploaded The Godfather in its glorious entirety on YouTube yesterday, garnering significant press coverage until the video unceremoniously disappeared Wednesday afternoon. Mere minutes ago we had free access to 2 hours and 57 minutes of cinematic history, and now we have this: “This account has been suspended due to a violation of YouTube’s policy prohibiting content designed to impersonate another person or user.” Ouch.

A rep for Sony Pictures issued the following statement to EW: “On Wednesday, August 24 reports surfaced alleging that Sony Pictures UK had posted a copy of The Godfather movie to a YouTube account ‘SonyPicturesUK.’ The YouTube handle in question is, in fact, not a Sony Pictures account and is in violation of Sony Pictures’ rights. Upon discovering the existence of this fraudulent account, Sony Pictures Entertainment worked with YouTube and the account was deactivated. Sony Pictures is investigating the violation.”  READ FULL STORY

Adam Lambert rep: Report about canceled 'American Idol' finale gig was 'completely fabricated'

Adam-Lambert-new-photoA report by PopEater columnist Rob Shuter claiming that American Idol producers nixed Adam Lambert’s performance on the season finale because he failed to show up for rehearsals is filled with “false information,” says a rep for the season 8 runner-up. What happened, says 19 Entertainment’s Roger Widynowski, is that, like most major Idol grads, Adam was approached by producers about being a part of the telecast, which included seven out of eight previous Idol winners and a stage full of additional bold-faced show alumni paying tribute to departing judge Simon Cowell. Lambert, however, came down with a case of laryngitis over the weekend, and with his Glam Nation tour set to begin June 4 in Wilkes-Barre, PA, he was promptly placed on vocal rest. “He was never confirmed to do the show. He never skipped rehearsal,” adds Widynowski.

The PopEater article, however, quotes an unnamed source claiming that Lambert “did not show up for rehearsals, sending producers scrambling because they weren’t sure ‘if Adam is sick, being a diva, or worse, planning something that he does not want people to see.'” It goes on to say that Lambert wasn’t “interested in changing his performances to suit [Idol producers’] standards” and that “his non-appearance will be played off by claiming Lambert is sick.”

“That’s completely fabricated,” responds Widynowski.

One fact Widynowski and Shuter agree on is that Lambert did send out a Tweet on May 19 announcing he wouldn’t be part of the season-ending telecast. “Unfortunately not performing on Idol Finale. Guess they have plenty of artists booked. Catch me on Ellen tommorow [sic] and Leno on Friday,” Lambert wrote.

Requests for comment from Fox and American Idol were not immediately responded to. Check back at this space for any further updates.

For all my Idol news and commentary, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak. [Related: ‘American Idol': We live-blogged the Crystal Bowersox-Lee DeWyze season 9 finale!; ‘American Idol’ performance-night recap: Crystal, Clearly; Simon’s 15 Meanest Critiques]

Rumor Control: Simon Cowell 'loves,' but does not own the rights to, Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'

Idol-SimonIn the wake of Lee DeWyze’s much-buzzed-about rendition of “Hallelujah” on American Idol this week, internet chatter turned to the fact that Alexandra Burke, season 5 winner of Britain’s The X Factor, also performed the Leonard Cohen composition during her championship run on the latter show. Message-board conspiracy theorists and several gossip sites picked up on the connection and claimed that Idol judge Simon Cowell (who also produces and serves as a panelist on X Factor, which he’ll bring to U.S. audiences in fall 2011) chose “Hallelujah” for DeWyze because he’d purchased the rights to the song several years ago and stood to personally profit from the performance.

I went straight to the source for answers, and it turns out the story was pure rumor. Cowell “loves the song” but “he does not own the rights” to it, his publicist explains.

Turns out they actually belong to Sony/ATV Music Publishing. A rep for the company says that Cowell could potentially make money off the recording of “Hallelujah” if it was done by an artist on his label (i.e. Leona Lewis or Susan Boyle), but that Sony/ATV owns the publishing rights.

And thus concludes another edition of “Don’t Believe Everything You Read on the Internet.” –additional reporting by Whitney Pastorek

'Big Brother' winners Jeff and Jordan on 'The Amazing Race': Can it be true?

There are a couple post-Thanksgiving gifts that would bring a slap-happy grin to my face: stepping on the scale and realizing that I actually lost five pounds, and learning that my two favorite Big Brother contestants were about to participate in The Amazing Race. Some very instinctive fan took a picture of BB 11 winner Jordan Lloyd and her boyfriend, Jeff Schroeder, at the Los Angeles International airport recently and posted it on Twitter. Judging by their attire, the couple is either A) gearing up for a very exciting leg of the race or B) looking a little too precious in their matching T-shirts and backpacks. I’m going to assume the former, since Schroeder told EW last month that he and Lloyd wouldn’t be “opposed” to appearing on another CBS competition show. Sadly, CBS wouldn’t comment other than to say that officially, it won’t announce the cast of the show’s next season for a while. But pictures don’t lie … or do they? An insider reminds me that Schroeder did, after all, swipe a Hawaii trip from Russell the Muscle this summer (though apparently, he cashed it in. Thanks, posters!). Could the couple just be heading off to vacay?

What do you think? Does it look like the BB couple is about to extend their 15 minutes and join the Race? Would you tune in to see if Jordo “pops a boob” again (as Jeff so eloquently said to her last summer)?

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Vampire popularity blamed on young women wanting to have sex with gay men. Discuss!

vampire-love_lEsquire has an interesting theory about the success of Twilight, HBO’s True Blood, and The CW’s Vampire Diaries: “Vampires have overwhelmed pop culture because young straight women want to have sex with gay men,” Stephen Marche writes. “Not all young straight women, of course, but many, if not most, of them.” Among his support statements, the following analysis of Twilight‘s Edward: “[He’s] a sweet, screwed-up high school kid, and at the beginning of his relationship with Bella, she is attracted to him because he is strange, beautiful, and seemingly repulsed by her. This exact scenario happened several times in my high school between straight girls and gay guys who either hadn’t figured out they were gay or were still in the closet.” Had Marche wanted to, he also could’ve pointed out that on True Blood, telepathic Sookie can only be intimate with a man (Vampire Bill) whose lustful thoughts she cannot hear, and on Vampire Diaries, Elena knows that Stefan has been hiding who he truly is, that he’d sworn off women for quite a while, and that he cooks and journals. (Marche could also have mentioned that True Blood‘s Eric gets his hair highlighted and enjoys solo candlelight baths, for that matter.) READ FULL STORY

Was balloon boy a hoax? Take the PopWatch Poll.

A segment between six-year-old Falcoln Heene’s family and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer last night has fueled skepticism over the “balloon boy” incident. We all let out a collective sigh of relief when, after hours of watching a foil balloon we were told the boy had crawled into sail across the Colorado landscape, Falcon was later discovered safe and sound in his attic. But in this seg, Falcon is asked why he didn’t come downstairs when he heard everyone calling his name, and the seemingly confused young boy answers “we did this for the show.”

Perhaps it’s a coincidence that the Heenes, who previously caught a whiff of fame as a Wife Swap family, happened to find themselves wrapped up in this huge media spectacle. And perhaps it’s irrelevant that telegenic father Richard Heene drags his entire family, kids and all, with him on wild storm chases and has submitted “Mars Civilization Proof” conspiracy videos to CNN’s iReport. Perhaps.

Richard Heene and his family were on the Today Show this morning, and Richard said this was “absolutely not” a hoax and that he is getting “ticked off” by accusations that the incident was anything but a horrfying ordeal for his family (Meredith Viera pointed out that the local Sherriff’s office says it believes the Heenes’ account of what happened). Though it’s worth noting that Falcon vomits in the middle of the interview (at about 5:50 in), and he also got sick in the middle of the Good Morning America segment (at 4:15 remaining point) this morning — no matter what the case, shouldn’t that kid be left alone to rest at this point?

So what do you think, PopWatchers? Was this just a big mistake with a happy ending, or was the whole thing a hoax cooked up by former reality show personalities? Take the poll and then share your thoughts in the comments.

Miley Cyrus rumored to be in 'Sex and the City' sequel. Say what?

We just can’t wait to see the women of Sex and the City again. But how do we feel about seeing the mature foursome on screen with teeny bopper magnet Miley Cyrus? It certainly looks like the risque franchise might flirt with the Disney icon — the young starlet is rumored to be making a cameo in 2010’s SATC sequel. (When asked if the rumors were true, New Line issued “no comment” to EW, but gossip sites like this are claiming to have confirmed the news.) Now, it doesn’t appear as though Cyrus will take on a vital role, but doesn’t this seem like a strange fit? (And not just because Cyrus is  underage and a proud Christian.)

I know Miley is the hottest thing to happen to the pony-loving set in a great while. And I admit that casting her in the sequel — even just as a cameo — would have the same sort of nifty little time capsule effect the series had when they invited Heather Graham to cameo for two episodes in the early 2000s. But one thing I loved about Sex and the City was the series’ tendency to cast more under-the-radar stars, like Amy Sedaris or Molly Shannon. It seems odd that SATC would go so mainstream on us.

Anyone else kind of weirded out by the rumor? Or are you psyched to see the singer party in the U.S.A. with Carrie & Co.?

Rick Astley also not dead

Rick-astley_l No one knows better than EW that this week that, as Jon Stewart said on last night's Daily Show, anyone who ever meant anything to anyone is dead. Or at least it seems that way. The inevitable effect in the Internet age? Crazy death hoaxes! The most recent: Rick Astley, who, for the record, is alive and well.

Are people always trying to start these rumors, but simply succeeding thanks to this celebrity-death-filled week? I don't know, but that makes sense: Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, Billy Mays…like any truly random combination of celebrities, their juxtaposition makes it feel all that more surreal. The combination of true legend and pitchman, of beauty icon and early-TV fixture, of tragic tabloid targets (Fawcett and Jackson) and onetime punchlines (Jackson and Mays)…it all seems like a crazy celebrity Mad Lib and makes it feel like hey, if those four people can go in the same week, anything's possible. If you'd showed us, say, this week's forthcoming issue of EW two weeks ago, we'd have thought it was some sick joke. So naturally, this has all made fertile ground for, well, sick jokes.

Presumably born of people's dark musings as they watch endless hours of Fawcett/Jackson coverage — can you imagine if George Clooney died now, too? could Natalie Portman be dead? — and the rumor power of the blogosphere, the death hoaxes have been coming fast and furious this week. The first, from what I can tell, was Jeff Goldblum — whose rumored death hit while news outlets were only just reporting Jackson's shocking demise. That choice of celebrity seemed almost eerily well-planned: He's just the right level of fame (Madonna or Britney Spears at that moment would've seemed too big to be true). And because we don't follow his every move so religiously in the gossip pages, anything happening to him without much warning seemed plausible, from a movie-set accident to an unforeseen illness. For the record, we are thrilled and relieved and grateful to report that all of these talented, rumored-dead folks are still with us.

What do you think, PopWatchers? Why so many rumored deaths to go along with our devastatingly real ones this week? Have any of the rumors upset you more than the others? Will we ever figure out a way to control the Internet's growing rumor mill?

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