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    From sleeping with celebs to paying for exotic massages, the quartet have blown to smithereens their clean-living image in an explosive new autobiography, Unsaid Things... Our Story.

    Heart-throb Harry tells of a hilarious one-night stand with US film temptress Lindsay Lohan that came to an abrupt halt when Danny stumbled in on the pair and killed the passion.

    Strictly Come Dancing winner Harry, 26, lifts the lid on the troubled actress’s party-loving lifestyle and how she bragged of sleeping with a roll call of major Hollywood stars.

    McFly met Lindsay, 26, in New Orleans in 2005 when the band appeared in her romantic comedy Just My Luck.

    And Harry was invited to her hotel room for a private after party.

    Their fling came after the group had attended a sordid private party which featured a couple having sex in the middle of the floor.

    Drummer Harry recalls...“We drove to the restaurant, but we hadn’t even walked in before Lindsay started reeling off to me all the Hollywood A-listers she’d been with, before explaining that she preferred older men."


    “As we sat and ate, she told us all these stories – graphic stories about her sex life, enough to put us off our steaks."

    "Later we met up with other members of the cast and crew at Club 360, a revolving penthouse venue overlooking the French Quarter."

    “Under the staircase was a room, dimly lit with red lights."

    “A bed in the middle, and on the bed a couple having sex, there for everyone to see. The kind of party bands like us should be going to."

    “Lindsay grabbed me by the hand and followed me into a bathroom. Then she shut the door behind us."

    "As I turned around, she lunged at me. This was full on and it lasted for quite some time.”

    Returning to Lindsay’s hotel suite at 4.30am, the pair began to get intimate on her double bed.

    But just as they started having sex, a drunken Danny steamed in and ruined the moment.

    Harry continues: “She was doing everything she could to fuel my ego, telling me how she loved my accent and how she didn’t get with actors any more, only musicians."

    “It makes me cringe to think about it now, but I responded in kind."

    "This was like Notting Hill, I told her. I was Hugh Grant and she was Julia Roberts. She loved that."

    “Then things started to get a bit more serious. A bit steamier."

    “One thing led to another. We moved from first base to second base, and then, just as I was about to seal the deal, Danny walked in, ‘Oh sorry, mate!’"

    “For a while Lindsay and I carried on getting a bit frisky but gradually she started to sober up."

    "‘You’ve got to leave before eight’, she said. I didn’t really want to leave. We had unfinished business...

    “But then she announced she was tired, pulled one of those airplane eye-masks over her eyes and went to sleep. So much for my romantic night of passion.”


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    This looks good tbh!

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    On this week's "Ask Amy", Amy Poehler gives advice on how to deal with parents.


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    eh.. idk. might watch again. wasn't as bad as I was expecting, if nothing else

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    Lindsay Lohan should have enough issues to focus on in her life (like, say, the blow up fight she had with her mom andsubsequent fight she had with her dad) but she has another on her mind: Unemployment.

    The Liz & Dick star stepped out at tonight's Mr Pink's Ginseng Drink event at the Regent Beverly Wilshire and announced that she's putting her celebrity support behind Mitt Romney.

    "I just think employment is really important right now," LiLo explained when asked if she was keeping up with the election. "So, as of now, Mitt Romney. As of now."

    Shocking? Perhaps. But Lohan says "It's a long story."

    Also slightly shocking was the freshly red locks Lindsay debuted on the pink carpet.

    "It's actually the wrong color than it's supposed to be," she explained on what inspired the change in color. "But it's the color of my natural hair and it will get there."


    I mean...I get that you're hurting for work, boo. But, Damn...

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    October 11th was the night of the sold out Radio City Music Hall concert, by the newly reunited Jonas Brothers. The show has been hyped for months as the JoBros big return to the music scene, and they definitely didn't disappoint. They played all their old hits, along with three new songs, First Time, Wedding Bells, andLet's Go. Their new song, Wedding Bells, is rumored to be about the tumultuous relationship between Miley Cyrus and Nick Jonas. [GREATEST COUPLE EVER]

    Their new single features the lyrics,
    "She says, can you keep a secret
    A ceremony set for June
    I know it's a rush but I just love him so much
    I hope that you can meet him soon

    The Jonas Brothers have yet to comment on the origins of the song. But I am sure that the truth will be out eventually.

    ETA: Here's the speech Nick gave about the song!


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  • 10/11/12--23:35: Sky Ferreira - Ghost Leak

  • Sky Ferreira's Ghost EP has leaked! Click on the titles to listen to the songs:
    Sad Dream, Lost In My Bedroom, Ghost, Everything Is Embarrassing

    Red Lips has been out for a while, so I didn't include a link for that.

    Don't forget to pre-order Ghost on iTunes!

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    An Igloolik, Nunavut, man was forced to shoot a polar bear in self-defence after it came too close to his cabin.
    Natar Ungalaaq, an Inuk actor well-known for his role in Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner), said on Wednesday that he woke to an alarming sight — a bear was staring into his cabin.
    He says he shot the bear when it looked in through a window without glass in his porch area. Ungalaaq said he was scared to be that close to the animal.
    “I had an experience of shooting that bear you know, almost naked you know. The last movie that I was [in I was] all naked but this time I had to use shorts to get out from my bed, and shoot that bear but, last night I was not smiling,” he said.
    Ungalaaq says he distributed the meat to the community. Since it was a defence kill, he's not sure what will become of the hide.
    Ungalaaq estimates the bear was seven feet or more in height.
    Igloolik has had many problems with polar bears this year. The hamlet says 11 came into town Wednesday and another three today. Four have been killed.
    The community hired a polar bear monitor to keep the animals away.
    The Government of Nunavut is now investigating.
    Pic of dead bear at the source.

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    Team Bieber boasted that tickets for Justin Bieber's Madison Square Garden concert sold out in just 30 seconds, while his entire American "Believe" tour sold out in just an hour. However, ticketing documents obtained by News Channel 5 Investigates reveal shocking new details.

    “Bieber's fans were not told that there were really not that many seats left by the time tickets went on sale to the general public,” reports News Channel 5, in Nashville. “Ticket instructions obtained from Bieber's Nashville concert show that out of almost 14,000 available seats the number actually set aside for that public on sale: just 1,001 … In Bieber's case, the biggest chunk of tickets -- almost 6,000 -- went to American Express customers through an AmEx presale. Another 3,000 went to paying members of Bieber's fan club.”

    In the investigation, News Channel 5 says that it found 14 tickets on TicketsNow (a resale site with a huge markup) in row G, listed for $246 each. Ticketing documents show that this entire row consisted of house seats that were not made available to the general public.

    “A lot of artists do this,” one concert insider tells me. “Their perspective is they would rather make the money than give it to scalpers. It's not unusual to hold back the best seats and sell them at marked-up prices calling them 'VIP' tickets.”

    News Channel 5 claims that three years ago, less than 1,600 seats out of 15,000 seats at Taylor Swift's tour went on sale for the general public, adding that Ticketmaster has no say in what tickets artists make available for sale.

    Bieber’s publicist did not return our calls for comment.

    I a little LESS obvious about your attempt to drum up publicity. Come on.

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    We haven’t seen much of Joaquin Phoenix in the last four years, and when we have, he’s sometimes been obscured behind dark glasses, beard, extra weight and a general haze of disorientation. But Phoenix is long done playing “JP,” the dissolute alter ego who renounced acting in favor of a doomed hip-hop career and famously caught David Letterman off-guard, as chronicled in Casey Affleck’s underrated quasi-documentary I’m Still Here (2010). Now, Phoenix is making a triumphant return to a more traditional mode of screen acting. He’s wrapped Spike Jonze’s Her, in which he falls in love with the voice on his computer’s operating system, as well as James Gray’s Nightingale, an Ellis Island period piece co-starring Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Renner.

    And in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master (in limited release Friday; opening wide on Sept. 21), Phoenix plays an alcoholic, traumatized World War II veteran who comes under the sway of Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), known to his acolytes as Master, the founder of a Scientology-like movement known as the Cause. The day after The Master’s North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, TIME sat down with the press-shy actor. You can read TIME’s profile of Joaquin Phoenix in the issue on newsstands now, available to subscribers here.

    TIME: Have you seen The Master?

    Joaquin Phoenix: I’ve seen a rough version, with no score. I thought it was a comedy. I did! I laughed the entire time I was watching it. I was sitting with Paul and I said to him, “This is hilarious.” I have this horrible sense of humor where I think discomfort is funny—partly because I experience discomfort a lot, and it’s a way of laughing at it and getting a release.

    There’s an incredible scene in which Freddie has to answer a barrage of questions from Dodd, without pausing or blinking, becoming increasingly agitated. I’ve seen the movie twice, and both times you could feel the entire audience let out their breath when Dodd finally says, “Close your eyes.” How did you, Paul, and Philip prepare for that scene?

    Magicians don’t talk about how their tricks work, because people would go, [affects prim, nasally tone] “Oh, that’s all you do?” [laughs] No, we work very hard! We are working. Very. Hard. Paul set up two cameras to capture us from both sides, so we could be in the moment and not be worried about shooting the one side and then re-lighting and shooting from the other side. That made a huge difference. We spent the most amount of time on the very last bit, when Phil smokes a cigarette and says, “I like Kools.” I started laughing every time he said “I like Kools” and kept blowing the take. And then you’d hear Paul start laughing and I’d start laughing again. It’s funny to think of it as an intense scene, because my memory of it is just uncontrollable laughter.

    We learn so much about Freddie through how he walks and moves. What were the keys to his physicality for you?

    First, Paul will write many, many scenes that won’t make it into the movie. There were a lot of scenes where we saw what Freddie had experienced in the war, and a lot of the physical damage that had occurred. There is reference to some of that in the beginning of the film. He was physically scarred as much as emotionally scarred by his experience in the war. Then Paul kept sending me all these songs by artists from the period, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole. A lot of the songs also had references to physical damage. If you’ve ever seen a stray dog that’s skin and bones and has a limp and is on the streets—that’s Freddie. Paul gave me a film called On the Bowery [a semi-scripted depiction of Manhattan’s Skid Row]. That was astonishing to me, because I’d never seen alcoholism depicted like that. That was huge and important. Also Let There Be Light [John Huston’s documentary about traumatized World War II veterans]. These are guys who are clearly damaged.

    I told Paul that I was going to do things that would probably feel very uncomfortable to me, that I didn’t know if they would work, and I would rely on him to tell me. I guarantee if you saw some of the rushes you would think I was the worst thing in the world. It’s a process I don’t completely understand. I don’t know that I want to.

    You told the New York Times that Paul showed you a video of a monkey falling asleep and said, “That’s you.” But what does it mean to be the monkey?

    Paul called me Bubbles on the set. Bubbles was Michael Jackson’s pet monkey, and I was Paul’s pet monkey. The key to Freddie is an animal, just pure id. For the scene where he’s arrested and put in jail and all that, I just watched videos of wild animals that get into suburbia. If you’ve seen video of a deer or a bear that finds its way into suburbia and the cops have to tranquilize it, it seems as if the brain stops working. If they’re cornered, they’ll slam into walls, or one leg tries to go left while the other is going right. It’s complete fear and chaos. They can’t control themselves at all. That was the key to Freddie. And Paul certainly called me his pet monkey.

    And did you appreciate that, Joaquin?

    I did, I didn’t mind it at all! I love having a master. I have no problem serving my director. That’s my job. I want to make them happy.

    The last few years have actually been the second time you took a break from acting. The first was when you were a teenager, and you traveled to Mexico and South America.

    I went to Mexico with my father and my sisters. There was a place called—Puerto Angel, maybe?


    You are absolutely f—– right! It was an incredibly idyllic experience, waking up every day at sunrise and catching a horse bareback. No paved roads. I built thatched huts on a farm with other kids my age, and later I worked in a bar. There were natives, Americans, Italians, all different cultures living together. It was a very safe environment where you didn’t worry about your kid wandering down the street. Some of my friends in the States were experiencing a lot of fear and conflict with their parents as they became teenagers, and that just didn’t exist down there. After a while I came back to the States and started acting again.
    Did you like being a child actor?
    Yeah, it’s f—– fun! My only frustration was that I didn’t like the stories that were written for kids my age. On the first job I ever did, there was a fight scene. I was eight years old, and though I knew it wasn’t real and they were actors, I was emotionally affected by it. I felt the adrenaline race through my body. There are kids who get on a BMX bike when they’re eight years old and they go, “Whoa, this is incredible,” and grow up to do extreme sports. It’s the same for me with acting.

    And it’s incredible to find other actors who experience it. In the scene in The Master where Phil is arguing with the fellow who’s saying that the Cause is a cult, I saw Phil genuinely shaking with power and energy and things coursing through his body that he couldn’t control, because he was putting so much into the scene. I did not want him to look at me, I did not want to make eye contact with him, I tried to stay away from him. I was terrified of him, because he was a f—– volcano.

    You said earlier that discomfort is funny to you. I’m Still Here is a brilliant comedy of discomfort. Is that what you set out to make?

    It was like, ‘Well, what if we could just do the hardest-core version of Curb Your Enthusiasm? Seinfeld, The Sarah Silverman Program, Curb Your Enthusiasm—everybody plays themselves. I mean, Ellen! Ellen was called Ellen. But it’s not them; it’s a distorted version of them. There was something so exciting about saying, “This is me, but now I get to make ‘me’ whatever I want it to be.” The thing that made me go “Ah, I’ve figured out how to do this” was a documentary called Overnight, about the making of the movie The Boondock Saints. The guy who wrote and directed The Boondock Saints had started making this documentary with his friends where they would show the process of making his first film. Then things went sour, but he’d signed a release, and he couldn’t un-sign. I thought, “That’s what you could do. I could start making a movie with my friend, I sign a release and I can’t pull back on it as things go bad.”

    I also got really fascinated by reality shows, particularly celebrity reality shows, like Celebrity Rehab. Frankly, it was some of the best acting I’d ever seen some of these people do. It’s so obvious that it’s manipulated and such total bulls—, and yet there’s something so terribly exciting about that, so dangerous and ugly and scary and fantastic!

    In retrospect, is there anything you would have done differently on I’m Still Here?

    We would have figured out the distribution differently. We would have realized what a f—– racket it was. We had no idea. Money men, they’re all just f—– gangsters. If you want to distribute a movie, you have to go through certain channels and that’s that. There are all these incredibly crazy costs—like, I’m sorry, what costs $50,000, because your cousin has this company that does that? It felt like there was no way we could do this without spending hundreds of thousands of dollars. We didn’t have the time to seek out alternative forms of distribution, which I think are possible now with the Internet.

    You appeared on Late Show with David Letterman as your I’m Still Here character ostensibly to promote Two Lovers. The film’s director, James Gray, had mixed feelings about how the film was overshadowed by your character’s antics.

    I don’t know that anyone would have taken much notice of Two Lovers, let’s be honest. Magnolia distributed it, and I don’t think that they’re a company that’s putting a lot of money into advertising. The simple fact of the f—— matter is that money is why you know about a movie or don’t know about a movie. Once in a while, you get lucky—word of mouth or some critics can make you take notice and make a movie pop. But more often than not, it’s not because the actor is going on f—– Letterman that people are seeing the movie. It’s advertising. I don’t know what attention it would have gotten, if any, and there’s probably an argument that it got more attention because of it.

    However, if it could have been avoided, I absolutely would have. But I was painted into a corner and I had no choice. I either had to give up on this thing that I had already been shooting for six months, or do what I did. James knew what was happening. And of course, it makes me feel terrible if it did affect Two Lovers in any negative way, because obviously I have a great deal of admiration and love for James and for his work, and I would never want my personal stuff to get in the way of a film. It was a tough situation.

    What did you take away from the experience of making I’m Still Here?

    Part of why I was frustrated with acting was because I took it so seriously. I want it to be so good that I get in my own way. It’s like love: when you fall in love, you’re not yourself anymore. You lose control of being natural and showing the beautiful parts of yourself, and all somebody recognizes is this total desperation. And that’s very unattractive. Once I became a total buffoon, it was so liberating.

    I’d see child actors and I’d get so jealous, because they’re just completely wide open. If you could convince them that something frightening was going to happen, they would actually feel terror. I wanted to feel that so badly. I’d just been acting too long, and it had kind of been ruined for me. I wanted to put myself in a situation that would feel brand-new and hopefully inspire a new way of approaching acting. It did do that for me.


    Master discussion? I need to see it again tbh

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    Justin Bieber's music video for Beauty and a Beat is supposed to premiere later on today. VEVO posted a thumbnail of the video, currently set to private:

    As we all know, the Biebs had some "things stolen" from him a few days ago. A twitter account popped up by the name of gexwy, that began to threaten him with footage. Nothing scandalous was leaked at all. But the twitter account claimed to be leaking damaging footage today at NOON:

    HOWEVER, just yesterday, a P*r*zHilt*n post appeared with what was claimed to be a clip of the "scandalous footage" set to surface today. (watch HERE). This clip seems to look familiar in nature to the location in the thumbnail above. Justin is wearing the same black tank, and is inside of the pool he is standing in front of in the photo.

    ALSO, both Biebs & Nicki tweeted this:

    so. Was this a horrible publicity stunt for Beauty and a Beat? Probably.

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  • 10/12/12--02:07: Trailer "First Position"

  • Young Ballet stars in competition at the Youth America Grand Prix. Amazing.

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  • 10/12/12--02:07: LANA PREMIERES RIDE!

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    Salma Hayek and Kylie Minogue stopped by the Wendy Williams Show on Friday. Salma Hayek talked about her life between Paris and Los Angeles, her closets, and whether or not she drives. Kylie Minogue hesitantly shows off her backside at Wendy's request.

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    Plans to turn Epic Games' "Gears of War" into a film franchise are being revived.

    In development at New Line since 2007, with Len Wiseman once attached to helm, the studio has now put the military actioner into turnaround to focus instead on "The Hobbit" films. But with "Gears" having generated more than $1 billion in sales since the first game bowed in 2006, and a fourth set for release next year, Creative Artists Agency is eager to meet with producers in the coming weeks and set up the project elsewhere, Variety has learned.

    "Twilight" producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey were previously attached to the adaptation, while Stuart Beattie ("Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides") penned the most recent version of the screenplay, which CAA is expected to turn to in its discussions. Chris Morgan and Billy Ray also had worked on "Gears" scripts.

    CAA reps both Epic Games and Beattie.

    While a "Halo" movie from Microsoft is still in development -- Beattie wrote a draft of the film -- "Gears" is another top property for the gamemaker that could lend itself to the kind of world-building Hollywood is looking for when launching new franchises with built-in brand awareness. Property is exclusive to Microsoft's Xbox 360 game console.

    "Gears," with its strong visual style, revolves around muscle-bound human soldiers tasked with protecting the planet Sera from alien creatures known as the Locust Horde.

    Epic is expected to consult on the "Gears" pic to make sure it ties into the canon established by the games and books. A line of collectible toys also has been released.

    Interest in "Gears" is picking up right as the game's lead designer Cliff Bleszinski unexpectedly announced last week that he is leaving North Carolina-based Epic Games after 20 years with the company. The exec, known as "Cliffy B" by the gaming community, had been instrumental in all aspects of the design and promotion of the company's games.

    His departure comes as Epic is readying to release the series' fourth installment, "Gears of War: Judgment" next year, and after Epic sold a minority stake in the company to Chinese Internet giant Tencent this summer. Size of the investment has not been disclosed, but deal enables Tencent to cash in on sales of Unreal Engine, the software used for games like "Batman: Arkham City" and "Mass Effect 3," licensed by other publishers.

    Legendary Entertainment considered purchasing the company in 2008.


    I know this is likely to be nothing but a hot mess of disappointment if it ever gets made, but damn it, Gears, I don't know how to quit you!

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    One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson has spoken about the group having ‘a year apart’, but don’t worry as it’ll be way off in the future, and apparently he reckons that during their split Niall Horan will probably come back married.

    The boys sat down with MTV, where they spoke about attending Dermot O’Leary and James Corden’s recent weddings, and they were asked about who they think would be the first up the aisle.

    Harry Styles, 18, took himself out of the equation but did suggest that newly-single Liam Payne could be the first to get wed.

    “I think it will be Liam because when he likes someone, he like really likes someone.”

    But Liam quickly deferred that onto Zayn, who is currently dating Little Mix star Perrie Edwards. “I reckon Zayn will do it spur of the moment.”

    With Niall saying: “Zayn would get married in Vegas.”

    Louis, who is dating model Eleanor Calder, then said: "I don't know who I think it would be, but I would love it to be Niall.

    "Imagine we just go away, have a year apart, doing whatever, all doing different things and come back and Niall's just got married. I can see that happening."

    "You know when Niall says things that he doesn't really mean and he just comes out with them? Imagine him doing that: 'Will you marry me? S**te! I didn't mean to ask her that'.”

    Well Louis, while we think it would be amazing if Niall just got hitched, but we’re not too keen on this ‘year apart’.

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    To defend himself from X Factor "Fix" claims after saving Nicole Scherzinger's act Rylan Clark,

    Judge Louis has released his "secret diary entries".

    For Louis Walsh, it has been the most controversial time in the nine years he has been a judge on ITV1’s X Factor. Last Sunday’s show finished in chaos when Louis sent home Nicole Scherzinger's flamboyant Rylan Clark over glamorous Carolynne Poole.

    This forced the result to public vote and Rylan was saved to fight another heat, with judge Gary Barlow storming off stage in protest.

    There were accusations, strongly denied by Louis, that he had been told by producer Richard Holloway to create a deadlock.

    Here, Louis opens his diary to reveal what happened . . .

    Saturday, October 6 - TV studios, Wembley

    All the judges have upped their game and everyone is spending more time with their artists, trying to find better songs. I’m spending four to five days working with my acts. Last year it was only three.

    The talent is so good this year. I honestly think I am going to lose somebody this weekend. District3 are on first which is worrying as, with such long shows and 13 acts, people are going to forget who was on early.

    Gary is no longer sitting at the end of the judge’s table but I don’t read any significance into that.

    There is no head judge. They like to shake things up and move people around.

    I think we’re gelling well as a team, the show is better and the judges are better. It feels more real and honest — but more stressful.

    Sunday, October 7 - TV studios, results show

    I jump for joy when all my acts go through. I’m not sure who I’m going to choose between Rylan Clark and Carolynne Poole.

    Producer Richard Holloway comes over to talk to us before they perform.

    He does that every week to tell us what order to go in when we give our verdict because they have to get the cameras set up right. He tells me I will be last.

    I feel totally torn after Carolynne and Rylan’s performances. I like them both. With Rylan I thought the production was so amazing that this is something we’ll want to see again.

    Carolynne is a great singer. My first instinct is to save her and that’s what I say. I think she’s good, but I don’t think there’s a market for her. I want to do the right thing. I feel like I am looking stupid, like a rabbit in the headlights, but that’s the thing about the X Factor, it’s live, it’s real, anything can happen.

    In the end I think, oh I’ll let the public decide. I don’t know which of them is going to be at the bottom on the public vote. Gary is annoyed and storms off. He hates losing, especially on the first show. Gary criticises my decision saying it’s a singing competition, not a pantomime. But he had Frankie Cocozza last year!

    Monday, October 8 - London

    I wake up to find a huge fuss brewing. People are Tweeting that last night was a fix, and a picture is published showing Richard talking to me. The story is that he’s telling me how to vote — but that’s not true. Not only has no one ever told any of us what to do, but that picture was taken before the artists sang, so no one could have known how their performance was going to be judged.

    Tuesday, October 9 - TV studios

    I see Rylan at rehearsals. He’s still in shock, but he thanks me for saving him. That’s the way the show is. There’s always someone that nobody likes — and he’s the one.

    We’re all brought together for dinner in Mayfair — the judges, Dermot O’Leary, Richard Holloway, and people from Simon Cowell’s company Syco and ITV.

    Gary and I agree to disagree. We also agree it has to be about the talent, not about being controversial. Other shows are just jealous. We are the biggest. We’re the Manchester United of television. People are always trying to knock us.

    So how did it get to this point? Let me flash back to the start of this year’s X Factor . . .


    Dinner with Simon Cowell, who says: ‘We’re definitely going to have you back.’ You can never be confident because there are so many people involved. They need to change the show around to make it fresh. Nothing is guaranteed and nothing is a given.


    I meet the show’s producers and sign my contract. They confirm Gary and Tulisa are also coming back. I fight for Sharon Osbourne or Nicole Scherzinger as the fourth judge.

    They say this year they want a natural, real chemistry between people. Simon always had that with Cheryl and Dannii and I had it with Sharon. Dannii is definitely in the frame. She’s a grafter and always looks great.

    Cheryl was mentioned as coming back at one stage. I would have loved that. It was her decision not to. I think she was listening to her manager I don’t know what he is about — wearing teenager’s clothes. Is that his real name? I know he’s talented in the studio.

    Wednesday, May 23 - Liverpool

    It’s the first of this year’s auditions and the first time since last year’s X Factor that the three judges — myself, Gary and Tulisa — meet again.

    Geri Halliwell makes an amazing entrance as guest judge. I’ve liked her since we were judges on Pop Stars: The Rivals in 2002, because she’s a little bit odd and funny in a good way. Geri talks a lot and even gets booed by some of the crowd, but she’s very likeable.

    Saturday, May 26 - London

    Leona Lewis is guest judge. She is too nice and doesn’t tell anybody they’re really bad, even if she’s thinking it. But her success since she won X Factor is living proof that the show works.

    Monday, May 28 - London

    Bianca Gascoigne [footballer Paul’s step-daughter] auditions. I’m the only one to vote for her. The others don’t give her a chance. I want to see more of her.

    Wednesday, May 30 - London

    Nicole is our guest judge. My God, this girl has an aura about her. If somebody has the X Factor she absolutely knows, it’s a gut instinct.

    Today, we have to cope with Lorna Bliss, the Britney impersonator who straddles me wearing her fishnet body stocking. I try to erase it from memory.

    Tuesday, June 5 - Manchester

    It’s the day after the Diamond Jubilee concert which Gary organised and I’m calling him Sir Gary and Lord Barlow. Gary was thrown in at the deep end on X Factor last year and thinks he is head judge, but we are all equal. Next year is my tenth year, my Jubilee. I want to do one more year.

    Manchester is Mel B’s first appearance. I call her Grumpy Spice. She says exactly what she thinks. I admire the way she doesn’t care about the audience booing and not liking what she says.

    She brings a new energy and reminds me a bit of Sharon Osbourne.

    Thursday, June 7 - Manchester

    Tulisa and I have a row on the show about singer Lauren Smith, who I am not sure is right for X Factor. I have sold more than 100 million records with all my acts. I know the game inside out. Tulisa taunts me about when I had my last hit because hers was only a few weeks before. I try to tell her, you only had one hit, you are not Madonna yet.

    Friday June 8 to 9 - Kansas City

    Richard Holloway asks me if I would like to go to Kansas City to do the U.S. version of X Factor because Simon is ill. I’d be judging with Britney Spears. I think it is a joke. But he says: ‘There’s a private jet coming for you.’ On board, they even have a bed, the Irish newspapers and Barry’s Irish Tea especially for me.

    We land in Kansas City in the middle of the night. The next day I have to walk the red carpet and think no one is ever going to know me, but I get a good reaction. People had watched the British show on YouTube. Then Britney comes out and the place goes crazy.

    Britney has star power. She has got the X Factor. She doesn’t know who I am but she knows Westlife.

    Simon calls me and we talk about the show. He hadn’t had a meltdown as was reported. He was ordered to rest because he was suffering from exhaustion.

    In the middle of the actual TV show, I get another call from Simon. Everyone on the show can hear him saying: ‘I hear you are causing chaos and L.A. Reid [a fellow judge] is complaining about you.’ Simon is fun and makes me laugh.

    Monday, June 11 - Glasgow

    I’m happy to be back. I push the producers into booking Anastacia as the guest judge. She has the most incredible voice. I loved her early records and I thought she’s not doing much, why isn’t she on the show? She’s funny — slightly mad, but I love that.

    There’s a lot of speculation about what we all earn but it’s something we never discuss backstage. I don’t care what the other judges get.

    Monday, June 18 - Newcastle

    Nicole’s first day as a permanent judge. The others are joking about me and her because I give her so much attention. Tulisa is pretending to be annoyed. Nicole tells me it was tough being on American X Factor, Simon gave her a hard time.

    I said: ‘The UK is not going to be that tough because Simon is not here. So don’t worry.’ I don’t know why Simon came down so hard on her, because I thought she was great. I’m sure he fancied her, maybe that’s why.

    Monday, June 25 - Cardiff

    This is the last audition show and it goes off with a bang when Pink impersonator Zoe Alexander shouts, swears and pushes a producer. I feel sorry for her because I’m sure she regrets it.

    I arrange a cake for Nicole’s birthday. We all get on well though there’s lots of sniping and innuendo behind the scenes. We’re always making fun of each other.

    We’re always slagging Gary off for not eating real food because he eats all this health food. That’s why he looks so well. He’s like an athlete.

    When he fell out of favour 12 years ago and put on weight, and people thought he was finished, I knew he was a talent. He proved it because he came back better and wrote some great songs.

    Tuesday, July 17 to 20 - Liverpool, bootcamp

    I don’t attend the party the night before bootcamp. It’s OK having a few drinks, but if people are going to be drunk and untogether, I don’t want to work with them. Everybody thinks they can be famous without putting in the hard work. If they’re not prepared for the hard work there’s no point.

    The problem with X Factor is people do an amazing first audition because they know their song inside out. But when they sing different songs they’re not as good. Some of them get better, but a lot get worse. Bootcamp is about who is able to withstand the pressure and deliver.

    We send home 60 out of the 200 on the first day without hearing them sing. We don’t think they are contenders and then whittle them down to 24.

    I get the call from Simon to tell me who my category is in Liverpool after bootcamp is over. I thought I was going to get the boys. I didn’t think I was going to get the groups.

    Wednesday, August 29 to 30 - Las Vegas, Judges’ houses

    I tell my acts: ‘You’re in Las Vegas, but you’re not here to party.’ I thought Vegas might inspire them because it’s where everybody performs and if you work hard you could perform here.

    Also it is easy for my guest mentor Sharon Osbourne who flies in on a private jet from LA. Sharon can’t believe how much better the standard has got in the past few years.

    I think one if not two of my acts could make it to the final. I love Charlie from MK1. She’s feisty. I’ve got one of my strongest line-ups ever —GMD3, Union J, MK1 and my wildcard Times Red. We’re ready to slug it out.


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    Sammi Kane Kraft, the real-life baseball player who portrayed Amanda Whurlitzer in the 2005 remake of Bad News Bears, died in a car accident in Los Angeles, E! News reports.

    The athlete and actress was 20 years old. Authorities told E! that Kraft was the passenger in an Audi "traveling at a high rate of speed" when it rear-ended a big rig and was then hit by another car. Kraft was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The driver, 21-year-old Molly Kate Adams, survived with moderate injuries, and was arrested for suspected felony drunk drinking.

    Kraft played the tomboy character originated by Tatum O'Neal in the original 1976 Bad News Bears.

    "I could never fill Tatum O'Neal's shoes," Kraft (who had a 70 mph fastball) said in 2005, "but I tried to make the role my own."

    California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.


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  • 10/12/12--07:47: Meet the Munsters!

    They’re creepy and they’re kooky…. Oops, wrong family.

    Well, since The Munsters‘ theme has no lyrics from which to craft a clever lede, we’ll keep it simple: NBC has released the first photos from Mockingbird Lane, Bryan Fuller’s reboot of that ’60s show about a spooktacular clan comprised of Frankenstein’s monster, Dracula’s daughter, a vampire, a wee werewolf and their pretty, oddball cousin.

    It was announced earlier this week that the pilot for the fanciful series will air as part of a spat of Halloween-themed programming on Friday, Oct. 26 — if not feed into an actual series run.

    Directed by Bryan Singer, Mockingbird Lane stars Jerry O’Connell (Crossing Jordan) as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi (Arrested Development) as his wife Lily, Eddie Izzard (The Riches) as Grandpa, Mason Cook (Spy Kids 4D) as Eddie and Charity Wakefield as Marilyn.

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    When we heard Olympian Ryan Lochte, he of the chiseled abs, was going to be on 30 Rock, our first reaction was a big, loud: "Jeah!"

    But then we realized we sounded really silly, so we immediately felt embarrassed. But our awkwardness aside, we are even more excited to show you guys this exclusive first look at Lochte's guest spot on the NBC comedy. And as expected, he's irritating Alec Baldwin, and he's not wearing that much below the neck.


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