Elton John says that reality TV stars should be assassinated.
The 66-year-old singer thinks these kinds of shows - which he has been a vocal critic of - attract "nightmare people" who are just hungry for fame. "With reality television, you get all these nightmare people who want to be successful, when you really want them to be assassinated," Elton said, speaking on BBC World satellite radio.
The "Home Again" hitmaker - whose 31st studio album The Diving Board deals with issues surrounding entertainers finding fame young - thinks there are many talented individuals who end up spiralling out of control because they would "do anything" for fame. "It's about someone who's attracted to fame no matter what. They want fame whatever the consequences, and they'll do anything to get there," he said when quizzed about his album.
He thinks Mean Girls star Lindsay Lohan - who has been to rehab on a number of occasions to combat substance abuse problems, most recently she underwent 90-days of court ordered treatment at the Betty Ford Clinic and then the Cliffside Malibu center - was a "victim of success." He added, "Lindsay Lohan, unfortunately, who had a great career as an actress and as a recording artist, she had a hit album... Suddenly, everything has fallen to bits because of the drugs. Her parents were a nightmare. She has become a victim of success and she wants success, no matter how much [it costs].''
Naomi Campbell has always been "afraid" of being on television. The 42-year-old British beauty mentors aspiring models on new show The Face and admitted she initially felt uncomfortable at the thought of being on camera as she has always been keen to protect her privacy.
"I always said I don't want to do television because I was afraid of it, to be honest, and what the fear was, [was] that I had tried to live as privately as I [could] so I didn't feel it would be in my comfort zone to have a camera following me around. But this was a whole different thing. It's not that way at all. It's me getting to share 26 years of what I have been blessed to learn and know and find out about and achieve, with girls who want to be in our business and that's far more fun."
At the height of her career, Naomi - along with Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Kate Moss - was regarded as a supermodel but she dislikes the term, and believes it is now overused in reference to current "working models."
Britney Spears has been compared to Marilyn Monroe.
The reaction fans give when they see the pop singer has stunned her fellow X Factor judge L.A. Reid, who claims his co-star has the same mystique as the late icon.
"People go crazy for Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z. I've seen them go crazy for Rihanna. But this? Britney has the same magic that made Marilyn Monroe famous, that intangible ability to be completely loved and for people to be completely consumed by her everything," Reid said.
However, Britney insists the idea of being an icon "freaks" her out: "I try not to think about that. It's just - that's an overwhelming thing to think about. And I still feel new and fresh at the whole game. And when people say they know me, it still freaks me out. Still. To this day."
X Factor boss Simon Cowell, who recruited Britney to the show, revealed he was shocked by how shy she is in person. "She's one of the most humble people. I was raving about a song she'd written and she got really uncomfortable and it's not an act. It's partly down to her shyness. I didn't realize it until I started to work with her. We all remember her [performance at the MTV awards] with that snake around her neck and think, 'She can't be shy.' But she is."
Joe Jonas has surprised his The Next co-stars with how famous he is.
The Jonas Brothers singer will star with Nelly, Gloria Estefan and country star John Rich in the reality TV show which will see them mentor rising stars of the music scene and Nelly admitted he had no idea how famous the Jonas Brothers were. "Joe Jonas, obviously I didn't know what I was embarking on with this kid here. He got little girls staying out two or three days in advance trying to get tickets to the show for this dude," Nelly told MTV News.
Nelly also revealed he is thrilled to be working with Gloria Estefan because he had no idea she would be so "cool." He added, "The thing about Gloria is she's cool, yo. I didn't know that she would really be that cool considering - not considering anything, you never wanna assume, but you just never know because you're hanging with people now on a daily basis and attitudes show eventually, but there hasn't been any."
Adam Levine says TV fame is more "intense" than the notoriety he achieved with Maroon 5.
The "Moves Like Jagger" singer admits he wasn't prepared for all the extra attention he has received since becoming a coach on The Voice.
"This has been very intense. I wasn't really expecting it. I was very used to what had been happening with me and the band for many years, so it takes some adjustments and I'm getting used to it. Things like being surrounded by people asking questions like this are a little bit new for me. But it doesn't really bother me very much and I stay relatively private most of the time so it's all good," he said when asked about his increased fame since the pop star search TV show started.
One thing that has definitely changed for Adam since he appeared on The Voice is that people now pay more attention to what he has to say. The 33-year-old musician - who released his first album with Maroon 5 in 2002 - admits he does sometimes worry about his words coming back to haunt him:
Although he’s already made it known that he’s leaving 30 Rock when his contract expires in 2012, Alec Baldwin now reveals that he wants to leave acting entirely—to pursue a more private, tabloid-free life.
“As much as I like acting I know that I would love to have a different life. A private life ... I think that doing this now for a living has become really, really hard. I would rather go do other things, and [with] whatever amount of time I have left in my life, have a normal life.”
When the interviewer points out that it may be impossible to do considering his current fame, Baldwin says, “I want to find out how close I can get.”
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Here are some of the TV on DVD options available this Tuesday.
- 10 Things I Have About You (Season 1)
- Becker (Season 3)
- By the People: The Election of Barack Obama
- ER (Season 12)
- Fame (Season 2)
- Jon & Kate Plus Eight (Season 5)
- Kathy Griffin: She’ll Cut a Bitch
- Make It or Break It (Extended Edition) (Season 1)
- The New Adventure of Black Beauty (Season 1)
- Robin Hood (Season 3)
- Route 66 (Season 3)
- The Simpsons (Season 20)
- Top Gear (Seasons 11 & 12)
- Transformers (25th Anniversary Edition) (Season 2, Vol. 2)
- Tyler Perry’s House of Payne (Volume 5)
Make sure to also check out the DVD and Blu-ray film options for this week.
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Here are some of the TV on DVD options available this Tuesday.
- The Big Bang Theory (Season 2)
- Bonanza (Season 1, Vol. 1 & 2)
- Crash (Season 1)
- CSI: Miami (Season 7)
- Doctor Who: The Next Doctor (2008 Christmas Special)
- Dragon Ball (Season 1)
- Fame (Season 1 & 2)
- Fear Itself (Season 1)
- Grey’s Anatomy (Season 5)
- Heartland (Season 1, Part 1)
- The IT Crowd (Season 3)
- It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Season 4)
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Simon Cowell, the American Idol judge everyone loves to hate, will be producing Star Struck, his first feature film. A musical, the movie was inspired by Fame (that fabulous 1980s flick), and will detail the behind-the-scenes life of ten contestants in a televised singing competition. Cowell says the story will told through the eyes of the competitors, but it is an underdog story. Cowell also said it’s a “feel-good film.” The ten actors in the film will be chosen through casting calls, open auditions that will be held in several U.S. cities next year. Simon Cowell told reporters he hopes to use unknown actors and actresses in the film, and he will be present for a major portion of the open auditions.
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