mildly diverting positively riveting finale to downtown Los Angeles in the behemoth Nokia Theater, a.k.a. the IdolDeathStar. Surveying the scene back in the Idoldome, for a second I surmised the ongoing festivities were for Casey, Crystal, and Lee, since all twelve season 9 finalists were there (including that one with the red hair! and the other one with the color contacts!), as were Ryan Seacrest and Debbie the Stage Manager. But then I spotted several Idol PAs, a few network suit types, and three out of the four American Idol judges, all gathered around a giant cake with candles, and the audience was up on its feet, happily cheering away. “Oh, of course,” I thought, “the Simon Cowell farewell festivities have begun! This is the man’s final night inside the Idoldome, after all. That’s kinda sweet that they actually managed to do something for him off camera.” But wait, then why was Simon nowhere to be seen? And why did the Idoldome’s Thunderscreen read “Happy Birthday Mike” overtop old photos of a kinda nebbish looking kid who looked like he would grow up to become pretty much the exact physical opposite of Big Mike Lynch? READ FULL STORY »There was already a celebration underway on stage when I first walked into the Idoldome last night — the final night this season for the Idoldome, point of fact, as next week the show moves what is sure to be its
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annual list of the world’s most influential people — 100 artists, heroes, leaders, and thinkers who affect our world. You’ll find Iron Man director Jon Favreau explaining how Elon Musk was the inspiration for Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark in Thinkers, and Bono waxing poetic on Bill Clinton and Robert De Niro riffing on Ben Stiller (StillerStrong.org) in Heroes. But obviously, it’s the Artists category we flipped to first. Among those making the cut: Conan O’Brien, Glee‘s Lea Michele, Lost‘s Carlton Cruse and Damon Lindelof, James Cameron, Sandra Bullock, Simon Cowell, Robert Pattinson, Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, Elton John, Prince, Ricky Gervais, Ashton Kutcher, Penny Arcade’s Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, fashion designer Marc Jacobs, chef David Chang, conductor Valery Gergiev, blogger Han Han, artist Banksy, and authors Suzanne Collins and Chetan Bhagat. Three of the write-ups that stood out for me: READ FULL STORY »Time has released its
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