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- Teen Choice 2008 (FOX, 8pm): “Miley Cyrus hosts the 10th annual gala honoring achievement in entertainment, sports and fashion.” If kids are wearing things from the 80’s, could that really be considered an achievement in fashion?
- I Want to Work for Diddy (VH1, 9pm): Series premiere. “Applicants compete to be Diddy’s next personal assistant.” The more babies you have, the more umbrella holders you need.
- New York Goes to Hollywood (VH1, 10pm): Series premiere. “New York moves to L.A. to pursue her dream of becoming an A-list entertainer.” Ashley Dupre has proven that you can live in New York and do the same there.
- Luke’s Parental Advisory (VH1, 10:30pm): Series premiere. “Former rapper turned adult-entertainment producer Luther ‘Luke’ Campbell auditions women for his company then gives his teenage son a lecture about pornography.” It’s The Cosby Show of the millennium.
Sorry parents. Who knew when you purchased those IMAX tickets months ago that the 3-D Hannah Montana movie would soon be offered for free?
In hopes of giving your kids something to do this summer, the Disney Channel has chosen to dedicate a week in July to teen star Miley Cyrus. Only July 20, the cable channel will air a fresh episode of Hannah Montana. Six days later, a marathon of shows will lead up to the television debut of Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour.
Those unable to see the movie when it originally debuted can still get a bit of that 3-D experience at home. TV Guide will be offering glasses in its July 21 issue.
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He won national media attention, the love of thousands of new fans and the highly-coveted title of season seven’s American Idol. What could possibly beat any of these huge life achievements? David Cook’s Billboard results, that’s what.
Eleven David Cook songs hit the Billboard Hot 100 song chart this week - the most new tunes from any performer in the fifty year span the list has existed. “The Time of My Life,” which Cook crooned at the Idol finale, is Cook’s biggest hit of the week. The tune debuted on the chart in the number 3 position. Other Cook tunes listed include his rendition of “Dream Big” (15) and “I’m Alive” (99). He may not be at number one, but he certainly isn’t doing too bad, either.
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The seventh season of American Idol culminated last night in a spectacular, two-hour grand finale event. The fans, the fanfare, the Davids - it was a truly great show.
The men of the hours, Davids Archuleta and Cook, appeared in white for the opening sequence. Ryan Seacrest announced that the winner of the contest secured 56% of the vote. More than 96 million votes were logged, a record-breaking number, but of course voters had four hours after Tuesday’s performance (instead of the usual two) to make their wishes known.
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It’s a long way down from the top of the pedestal, and young tween idol Miley Cyrus is finding out just how tough that topple can be.
Rock ‘n roll group Lustra has fingered Cyrus for borrowing a little too heftily from their song “Scotty Doesn’t Know” (from the Eurotrip soundtrack) for her tune “Rockstar.”
“Although we are very flattered that Ms. Cyrus took this route, we would have preferred some credit,” guitarist Nick Cloutman told the press. The band, according to Cloutman, is “considering various options to rectify this situation.” As far as I can see, all those options will probably melt down into just one: a very quiet and tidy little settlement - anything to stop the bad reports in the media.
“She doesn’t write the songs - she sings them. We have referred this to Disney,” one of Miley’s reps responded to the news. And Disney, make no mistake, has the best lawyers money can buy.
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The Associated Press reports that Cyrus will skip a media event Friday to coincide with the end of taping of the Disney Channel Games.
The event would be Cyrus’ first scheduled public appearance since the scandal erupted over pictures the 15-year-old took with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz for the June issue of Vanity Fair.
The photo in question shows a bare-backed and shouldered Cyrus wrapped in a silky swath of fabric suggesting a bed sheet, though flaks for Vanity Fair say it was actually a shawl. The photo has sparked furious debate over whether the picture is too sexually suggestive for a 15-year-old girl, let alone Disney’s most lucrative starlet and the current “It Girl” of the tween set.
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Walt Disney World’s Wide World of Sports will be the center of the known tween world this week when The Disney Channel Games kick off tomorrow in Orlando.
Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, the Cheetah Girls and the ubiquitous Sprouse brothers from The Suite Life of Zack & Cody are among Disney stars continental and international who will compete this week with winnings going to charity.
Tuesday and Thursday production will be free and open to the public, albeit in a very limited way. Disney officials told the Orlando Sentinel, “We can’t have regular kids on the field.” That is due in part to the fact that the games aren’t really a sporting event, it’s more like a series of reality TV challenges. Footage shot this week will culminate in five half-hour shows that debut in late July on the Disney Channel.
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Tween idol and star of Disney’s juggernaut Hannah Montana says she is embarrassed by photos taken for the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair.
In a statement issued Sunday through her publicist 15-year-old Miley Cyrus said, “I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about.”
The spread, shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, included the above photo of a natural looking Cyrus seemingly naked save for a silky sheet. Cyrus’ statement said she thought the photo shoot was supposed to be artistic but after seeing the photos and reading the accompanying story featuring Miley and her father, singer Billy Ray Cyrus, she feels “embarrassed”.
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Successful TV series? Check. White-hot recording career? Done. Box-office breaking movie? No sweat. What’s next for Miley Cyrus? How about the one aspect of entertainment she’s not yet conquered - the written word?
Here’s yet another classic example of stars who steal jobs - and thunder - from the real writers of the world. The fifteen-year-old Disney channel star plans to pen her memoirs. Go ahead, you can start laughing now.
Read More | E! Online
Last year, American Idol’s charity spectacular was still shiny and brand-new. Everything was a surprise, everything was unexpected. Two theaters were packed with partygoers, celebs, singers and cameras. The contestants were given a week without eliminations, and the viewers were given more A-list performers than they could quickly name. In a two and one half-hour broadcast that still ran long, Idol did it again this year. Was giving back as successful this second time around?
American Idol’s charity special still earned the highest ratings of Wednesday night, but the numbers were down from last year. In fact, the numbers were the lowest for Idol since a 2005 pre-taped broadcast. The stars were bigger, the performances more astounding and the promos even more exhausting. So, where did it all go wrong?
Read More | Hollywood Reporter
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