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Empire Defies Odds And Rises In Second Week

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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“The streets ain’t made for everybody that’s why they made sidewalks.” – Cookie Lyon

Seriously, Taraji P. Henson is everything. I’m so glad people are tuning in. Her Empire character is quickly becoming my obsession, inching ever so close to becoming my spirit animal. If her epic one-liners keep on coming, I might actually consider going as her for next Halloween. In that above outfit of course.

Typically, when any new show debuts, it declines the following week. It’s even more true if said show premieres to huge numbers. Not so for FOX’s hip-hop Dallas-like soap opera.

Industry experts were predicting a drop in the 12-15 percent neighborhood. Instead, it scored a 4.0, up two tenths from the 3.8 last week’s premiere earned, representing a 5 percent increase. That’s despite it’s lead-in (American Idol) declining. Overall, 10.3 million tuned in for the show’s second episode.

check out this week’s performances after the jump

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Nicole Scherzinger released her latest album, Big Fat Lie, in England last year. “Your Love” was a Top 10 hit while “Run” and “On The Rocks” failed to crack the Top 40 in the UK. The 36-year-old former Pussycat Doll has now shifted focus across the pond in anticipation of the LP’s US release.

Scherzy recently covered one of Sam Smith‘s hits exclusively for Perez Hilton. I’m always down for a song cover, especially when done right. Given her history of executing previous covers with ease I was expecting so much from this.

In my opinion, Nicole tries too hard to make “I’m Not The Only One” her own, adding too much melisma. Girlfriend drags out the lyrics for far too long. Don’t take my word for it. Check out her cover below and weigh in afterward.

check it out after the jump

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DC Comics’ upcoming Suicide Squad boasts an all-star cast that includes Jared Leto, Will Smith, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne and Jesse Eisenberg. A few days ago, that list included Tom Hardy. It appears though, the 37-year-old is backing out of the project.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals Hardy will no longer play Rick Flagg due to scheduling issues. Reportedly, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant co-starring Leonardo Dicaprio, is filming longer than initially expected. In addition, Hardy is committed to a grueling worldwide promotional tour for his next film, Mad Max: Fury Road. Find out who the studio is reportedly wooing to replace him below.

find out who producers are wooing after the jump

Derek Theler Gets Wet With Bello Mag

In: Donovan, Fashion
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Not ashamed to admit that Baby Daddy is one of my guiltiest pleasures. The ABC Family series is a throwback to all those classic sitcoms I loved watching growing up. It’s surprisingly filled with sexual innuendos given where it airs. It returned last night with brand new episodes for its fourth season.

Derek Theler, who is primarily the reason why I tune in, appears in the latest issue of Bello Mag. He looks extra scrumptious on the cover with a soaking white tee clinging to his buff body. As most of you know, that’s my favorite look ;) The 28-year-old opens up to the publication about living with Type 1 diabetes.

“It’s a constant responsibility when you’re a type 1 diabetic. You can’t drink too much. You have to be very strict when it comes to your eating habits and checking your blood sugar and taking your insulin. The last thing I want is to have 100 people on set waiting on me to get my blood sugar back to the right spot. I worked this past summer in Africa, where I had the best time of my life and for a full week I was working in the water. My insulin pump, which was my main source of regulating my blood sugar, can’t be submerged under water. So, it was a big challenge for me. But I was set, [and] luckily no one on the crew was waiting for me to be prepared for my scene.”

Check out more pics below.
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G.R.L. is forging ahead as a quartet after Simone Battle committed suicide last year. The girl group pays tribute to their fallen comrade on a touching emotional new song titled “Lighthouse.”

“We rehearsed the other day without her, and it’s just weird. But she was so passionate about singing and this group, and I feel like we’re keeping her memory alive by being together,” Emmalyn, 22, told People. “But right now we’re focused on the song and the positive message overall, about being together in hard times. We’re taking everything else one day at a time.”

For the accompanying visual, the girls sing in a room filled with light bulbs while images of Battle’s childhood and times with G.R.L. are shown. I’m glad G.R.L. is continuing to make music. I’m a fan and wish them much success. Hopefully, they keep it as a quartet and don’t try to replace Battle.

“We learned so much from her,” Lauren, 25, continued. “In the video you can see her passion for performance, and you can see her strumming along to the music in the beginning. It’s us showing that she’s still part of the group. She’ll always be part of this group.”

Given how they lost Simone, the remaining girls are making it their mission to bring the topic of depression out in the open. They are partnering with Give An Hour- an organization that provides support and awareness for mental health issues. Check out the fitting clip below.

watch the tribute video after the jump

87th Academy Awards: Nominations & Snubs

In: Donovan, Movies
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For the first time ever, the Academy Awards unveiled all 24 categories and their nominees live. Chris Pine and directors Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams woke up early to make the announcement.

Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel led this year’s class of Oscar films with nine nominations apiece, including nods for Best Picture and Best Director. Close behind was The Imitation Game with eight. Making a big splash late in the game was Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper with six tying Boyhood. Eastwood, himself though, failed to pick up a Best Director nod.

Over on the acting front, it was pretty much status quo but with a couple of surprises. Meryl Streep extended her own record by scoring her 19th Oscar nomination. Robert Duvall at 84-years-old became the oldest male to nab an acting nomination. Now on to the snubs.

check out all the nominations after the jump

Mariah Carey Officially Announces Las Vegas Residency

In: Donovan, Music
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Move over Britney, there’s a new diva heading to Las Vegas. After weeks of speculation, Mariah Carey confirmed the news on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing on Thursday.

“I ‘m going to do my first ever residency in Vegas at Caesars. This is a special event for me,” Mariah said. “And again, I have to hope that the fans will enjoy this cause I’m gonna be performing, which was kind of inspired by my album Number 1’s, and this is now the updated version with 18 of them.”

The 44-year-old elusive chanteuse will call Caesar’s Palace her home. She’ll hold down the fort while Celine Dion takes an extended hiatus to take care of family health issues. Once tickets go on sale, I’ll definitely be looking into booking a trip to Sin City.

No word on what Caesars shelled out, but it’s safe to assume it’ll top Spears. I’ll definitely share it when I learn her salary. Watch Mimi’s huge announcement below.

check out the announcement after the jump

Is Rosie Perez Leaving The View?

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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The View underwent major changes for its 18th season including a new sound stage, production team and most importantly, a revamped panel. Gone were Jenny McCarthy, Sherri Shepherd and Barbara Walters. Stepping into their seats where Nicole Wallace, Rosie Perez and a returning Rosie O’Donnell. After only fourth months on the job, it appears Rosie is out. Perez that is, according to Variety.

Perez is currently taking a break from the show this month to appear in the Broadway play Fish in the Dark. Sources say it’s understood she won’t be returning after her Broadway stint is over. Read allegedly why below.

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