The undeniable breakout hit of the season continued its ascension to the stratosphere. The FOX hip-hop drama grew its viewership for an incredible seventh week in a row.
Empire‘s new benchmark is now 13.8 million viewers and a 5.3 rating among adults 18-49. It’s the highest demo rating for a regularly scheduled program on broadcast network in five years. With the season finale just around the corner, I fully expect its unprecedented streak to continue. Can it hit the 6.0 rating?
Taraji P. Henson and Terence Howard grace this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly. If you can’t get enough of Cookie and of the soapy program, definitely check out the publication’s feature.
Speaking of soapy goodness, on last night’s episode Jamal (Jussie Smollett) publicly came out in stellar fashion. He reworked the lyrics to one of Luscious’ (Howard) hit, “You’re So Beautiful.” The result was a performance to remember. By far, this is my favorite track from the show yet. Check it out below, if you missed it last night.
Make your reservations now. Mother Monster is ready to check you in.
Apparently, the fifth season of the popular horror anthology is American Horror Story: Hotel. Not only that, but Lady Gaga has snagged a series regular role. The 28-year-old made the announcement in a video teaser via Twitter.
This marks Gaga’s biggest acting gig to date. She’s previously made minor appearances in such films like Machete Kills, Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For and Men in Black 3.
The “Bad Romance” singer is clearly re-inventing herself these days. From classing it up with Tony Bennett, stunning the entire world with her Oscars performance and now this. It’s definitely a far cry from the same woman who once wore a meat dress. Check out the announcement below which could’ve easily been taken from her Fame era.
The Sound of Music tribute at the 87th Academy Awards was a much-needed boost of adrenaline in an otherwise boring telecast. Lady Gaga was universally praised for it. Julie Andrews raved about Mother Monster’s rendition of the iconic songs and even gave her a heartwarming hug on stage.
One person who had a massively different take on the performance was Shonda Rhimes. The prolific television producer, responsible for so many OMG moments on ABC Thursday night, slammed the performance. She typically exhibits excellent taste when it comes to selecting songs featured on her shows. Perhaps she stole one too many of Olivia Pope’s gigantic glasses of wine.
“That was not okay. I mean, Idina is there. She is right there. RIGHT THERE. And oh dear God, Julie had to hear that. #Oscars2015.” – Shonda Rhimes via Twitter
When fans disagreed with her sentiment, Rhimes replied, “I probably did miss the point. Everyone else loved it. That’s okay.”
While I love Idina Menzel, I’m glad producers chose Lady Gaga. She slayed it. Gaga’s charming performance was powerfully restrained and included just the right amount theatricality. She stole the show in my opinion. Sometimes her outrageous antics take away focus from how gifted a vocalist she truly is. Relive the most memorable moment at the 2015 Oscars below.
At long last, Lauren Conrad can finally have piece of mind. I’m sure she’s spent countless nights hoping her former BFF would forgive her. NOT!!!
The 28-year-old reality star is currently on Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars. During an emotional exercise, Heidi ‘forgives’ LC for ‘ruining’ her life. It’s good to see that Heidi Montag is as cray as ever.
“I was the best friend you’ve ever had,” Montag tells a Conrad stand-in, adding, “Lauren, I forgive you for being so insecure in your life and so frustrated for everything that you went through that you felt like you had to blame it on me because that was easier. I forgive you for trying to ruin my life.”
I don’t know what show she was watching, but if memory serves me correct, it was the other way around. Heidi’s husband, Spencer Pratt, also has some bottled up issues regarding their former show. He unleashes his anger about a former television producer who tried to ‘destroy’ his life and marriage.
This post probably only appeals to diehard fans of The Hills, like myself. Ashamedly, I was obsessed with the MTV reality show. I couldn’t get enough of Audriana’s ceiling eyes, Lauren’s braids, Brody’s hotness, Whitney’s expressions and Jen Bunney. Being totally sarcastic on that last one :)
Watch both Heidi and Spencer confront their personal demons below. Will this finally be the closure they both need? I highly doubt it.
Any comedian worth his salt doesn’t need a target to deliver a successful hit aimed at Justin Bieber. The 20-year-old singer has plenty of ridiculous antics to choose from to poke fun at.
In a new promo for his roast, the Biebs grimaces while a tattoo artist inks a huge bullseye on his back. This follows on the heels of another clip where Justin is egged mercilessly.
Gotta give the kid credit for playing along and promoting the sh*t out for his Comedy Central special. I can’t wait to see what hilarious digs the talented jokesters come up with.
Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber hosted by Kevin Hart airs on Monday, March 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Check out the clip below.
The upcoming Season 20 of Dancing With The Stars marks the tenth anniversary of the popular dance competition. To mark the milestone, producers have fashioned a brand spanking new gold mirrorball trophy to give to the winner. Personally, I prefer the original one. The gold one looks a little tacky.
So who’s in the running? It’s not the most star-studded cast, but it’s an interesting one. The NFL’s first openly-gay player Michael Sam along with double amputee motivational speaker Noah Galloway provide the eye candy for the Spring 2015 edition. Fingers crossed that their respective female pros put them in very revealing outfits often.
Suzanne Somers and Patti LaBelle are representing for the veterans while Hunger Games actress Willow Shields checks in for the tween demo. Shields, at 14-years-old, is the youngest ever to compete on the show. For me, the addition of Rumer Willis is the most fascinating. I never thought I’d see Bruce Willis or Demi Moore in the audience, but they may just pop up to support their daughter.
The odds-on favorite to take Season 20 is Olympian Nastia Liukin. Athletes have a great track record on the show. To boot, she’s partnered up with the winningest pro, Derek Hough. He wasn’t supposed to take part this season, but the powers-that-be made it happen last minute. Speaking of Hough, his cousin, Riker Lynch, is also one of the stars strapping on their ballroom shoes. Check out the entire cast below, along with watching the reveal on Good Morning America.
THIS.IS.EVERYTHING!!! No exaggeration. Waking up to this made getting out of bed much easier this morning.
Christina Aguilera dropped by The Tonight Show to promote her return to The Voice. During her appearance, she played a rousing game of ‘Wheel of Musical Impressions‘ with Jimmy Fallon.
As luck would have it (producer manipulation *wink*), the wheel landed on Britney Spears on the 34-year-old singer’s turn. She delivered a spot-on impersonation of Spears singing “This Little Piggy” to the tune of “(Hit Me) Baby One More Time.” It’s so good it blew Fallon’s mind.
X-Tina also delivered amazing impressions of her Burlesque co-star Cher and her fellow Voice judge Shakira singing the Folgers Coffee jingle and the Golden Girls theme song respectively. Definitely check out the clip below. It’ll make your day.
Leave it to the Oscars’ first openly gay male host to walk out in his underwear. What homo could resist an opportunity to show off his ripped bod to billions of people, right ;) I kid. The bit featuring the 41-year-old actor in his tighty whities actually spoofed eventual Best Picture winner Birdman.
Naturally, being the catty gays that most of us are, many wondered exactly how much padding took place. While some extra material was added, it’s not for what you think. The extra fabric wasn’t used to enhance NPH’s personal assets but rather to keep the viewing public viewing from seeing it clearly. Watch Neil explain everything on Live With Kelly And Michael below.