Like the idea of using Facebook while you’re watching American Idol? For the first time in 10 years, the show will allow online voting to help decide each contestant’s fate. Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that the show will allow Facebook voters to cast up to 50 ballots for their favorites. The change in voting could create a lot more upsets and surprises on a show that’s been accused of being stale, and we’re definitely going to click Like for this new twist.
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Many South Park fans remember the 2008 “Canada on Strike” episode, which celebrated/parodied some of the Internet’s biggest YouTube sensations. The “Chocolate Rain” guy, dramatic gopher and "Star Wars kid" were all portrayed in the episode … but none of them are the one who’s suing the show.
South Park, cable network Comedy Central and parent company Viacom are being collectively sued for copyright infringement of the YouTube hit “What What (in the Butt).” The video, which has scored over 33 million views, was re-made on Park, with Butters playing the role of YouTube singer Samwell. The video above shows a comparison of the two videos, highlighting the similarities.
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It’s official: Google is in charge of the modern world. The Internet giant recently signed a deal which brings together HBO, Netflix, Pandora and the NBA under a new banner: Google TV.
It’s all part of Google’s multimillion-channel TV system, which will launch in the fall. The system runs on Google’s Android OS, making it possible for Web viewers to watch content on their television sets. And next fall, Google’s going to present Google Mind, which allows users to plug their brains directly into their computer systems. (We’re just kidding about that last bit … or, are we?)
NBC Universal, Time Warner and Twitter will also be involved, offering apps which will allow users to access content from their TVs. HBO alone plans to offer 600-plus hours of programming (which just about covers the first two seasons of The Sopranos), and the NBA has created an app which will keep viewers updated on games and scores in real time. Google is hinting that even more news will unfold in the next few weeks.
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American Idol has opened up the Internet as a viable auditioning option for the first time ever in Season 10 - giving singers who haven’t the means, time or money to travel to one of the audition cities the chance to compete.
Here’s the rub: if they do get accepted for a callback, the MySpace singers have to fly to LA on their own dime. The show that makes millions of dollars just for using the Coca-Cola symbol every chance they get won’t even foot the bill for their own contestants.
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UPDATE: There were no new surprises. Tyler and Lopez were officially announced as the new judges.
American Idol is still campaigning to become more Internet-friendly with their latest scheme. In an unprecedented move, the reality series plans to announce its new judging panel (already a foregone conclusion) via live video.
Anytime after 1 p.m. ET today, fans may access the Idol website to watch host Ryan Seacrest announce the panel, which is rumored to consist of Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler, pop diva Jennifer Lopez and old faithful Randy Jackson. If you keep watching even after Seacrest’s out, you’ll see the first press conference with the new panel.
Or, you could just catch our recap of all the news and stay up-to-date with our American Idol 10 posts.
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At some time or another, everyone has found themselves screaming at the TV screen. What if this actually had an effect, and you could force the person on the screen to obey your commands? Actor Seth Green is working on a project which could make this a reality.
Green is working with Matthew Senreich (Robot Chicken) and Richard Saperstein (Dimension Films) to set up ControlTV, a reality Web experiment which is set to debut in the fall. The show will revolve around a twenty-something (yet to be cast) who will follow orders as dictated by the views - everything from what clothes to wear to whom to date.
“‘ControlTV’ places the audience in complete control of a show for the first time ever, and we are eager to learn what they will decide for our protagonist,” Seth Green explained.
Sounds interesting. As Green said, “We really don’t know what’s going to happen. We have an idea based on our research, but at the end of the day, this is going to be what the people want.”
Seth Green currently stars as voice talent on Family Guy. He’s been seen in such movies as Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Be Cool and Old Dogs.
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-Hayden Christensen and his brother are suing USA Network for allegedly stealing their idea behind Royal Pains. I’d like to sue him for everything he did in Star Wars.
-Who knew Nash Bridges was worth millions? Former star Don Johnson just won $23.2 million in back profits from Rysher Entertainment Inc.
-Speaking of profit, that’s what Jeremy London will do as a result of his strange kidnapping/drugging story. The Mallrats star will now get time with Dr. Drew on Celebrity Rehab.
-A recovering Barbara Walters will make a video appearance this Monday on The View. The co-host, who had heart surgery in May, won’t return to her chair until September.
-Want to relive Alex Wong’s amazing routines (sniff) from So You Think You Can Dance? Now you can watch episodes online!
Here are some of the TV on DVD options available this Tuesday:
- Air Gear (Complete Series)
- Bing Crosby: The Television Specials (Volume 1)
- Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (Internet film)
- Flashpoint (Season 2)
- Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Part 1)
- George Gently (Series 2)
- The Guild (Season 3)
- Hell Girl (Complete Series)
- Hoarders (Season 1)
- Justice League (Complete Series)
- Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple (Season 1 & Season 2, Part 2)
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Idol Fanatic is making it possible for you to vote for your favorite American Idol 9 contestant via Facebook. Each week, followers will have the opportunity to use five votes, though more can be earned if you invite friends to join the group.
The application is more or less a work in progress. Reports say that it works, but whether or not FOX will allow it to go live is a big question mark. In the past, producers have carefully controlled voting methods on the series.
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American Idol’s Simon Fuller has just debuted a new reality series for Internet viewers. If I Can Dream, premiering today on Hulu.com, follows the lives of five would-be celebrities as they attempt to launch their careers in Hollywood.
Three actors, a model and a musician will live in a beautiful Hollywood Hills home as they pursue stardom (hardly the reality many aspiring celebs experience). In-between weekly episodes of the series, viewers can watch the live stream on ificandream.com.
According to press releases, the cameras for this live stream will be on 24/7, Truman Show-style. You can also follow the five wannabes on Twitter, MySpace and Facebook (naturally).
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