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Madonna to Perform at Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 5th 2011 6:15AM
MadonnaNBC and the NFL announced last night that Madonna will perform at the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show.

In a statement, Madonna said she's partnered with a creative team from Cirque du Soleil, choreographer Jamie King and multimedia artists from Moment Factory, "to create a signature performance for the Super Bowl's Halftime Show, which will be broadcast worldwide."

Super Bowl XLVI will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sunday February 5. The live halftime show is the most-watched television musical event of the year: More than 162 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year's show featuring The Black Eyed Peas performing with Slash and Usher.

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Lara Spencer Tries Out for Cirque du Soleil on 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 14th 2011 12:35PM
Lara Spencer tries out for Cirque du Soleil on 'Good Morning America'Cirque du Soleil doesn't just take anyone off the street who can do strange, bendy things in the air. It takes a lot of time, hard work and dedication, as Lara Spencer found out Tuesday on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC). Spencer put herself through aerial training and took a spin on the "Wheel of Death" with the cast of 'Zarkana,' Cirque du Soleil's new show in New York City.

"It's one thing to play dress-up in the Cirque performer's clothing," said Spencer. "It's quite another to walk in their shoes." Spencer had a little trouble with a spinning-hoop stunt. "Even barely moving, I'm dizzy and dazzled by the difficulty of this trick." She did a bit better with a wire-aided backflip.

The main stunt was the aforementioned "Wheel of Death," which looks like two hamster wheels spinning on an axle suspended above the stage. Spencer went three rounds with that but didn't like it one bit. If they need another woman for the show, Spencer thinks Robin Roberts would do nicely.

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The Cirque du Soleil Explores the Mysteries of the Universe, Using Cubes and Half-Naked Dudes (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 21st 2010 4:55AM
The Cirque du Soleil Explores the Mysteries of the Universe, Using Cubes and Half-Naked DudesEverybody loves a circus! Unless you're afraid of clowns. Or unless you're Britney Spears, because the word probably reminds her of the, um, "less popular" era of her career. But Britney Spears and people who are afraid of clowns aside ... pretty much everybody else loves a circus.

And we got to test this theory on the new 'Lopez Tonight' (weeknights, 12AM ET on TBS), as the Cirque du Soleil appeared and performed their "Mystère" show. According to the description of the show, "Mystère" is meant to invoke "an exploration of the origins of life in our universe." ... We're not sure how that translates to "shirtless guy spinning a giant cube over his head," but okay.

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Latest 'American Idol' Changes: 'Behind the Music' Meets 'Big Brother'?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 8th 2010 7:25AM
'American Idol' logoDespite saying that the level of talent for the upcoming Season 10 is "amazing," 'American Idol' producers must be feeling nervous, as news reaches us of yet more tweaks to the show's format.

After this summer's "Judgegate" controversy, is it a ploy to refocus viewers' attention away from the judges and back onto the singers?

Recently we told you how Nigel Lythgoe had axed the semifinals round, and how this season may be the first to allow online voting. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the buzzword for Season 10 is "transparency," and to that end creator Simon Fuller wants to keep fans hooked with more behind-the-scenes footage and direct interaction with the finalists.

So, welcome to the 'American Idol' house! Sources close to the show say that the final 12 will share a house in the Hollywood Hills, where they will be allowed to chat with fans via Twitter. Singers may also be taken on a road trip to Las Vegas where they'll do a crossover with Cirque du Soleil's Beatles-inspired show, 'Love.'

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Leno Weekly: Paranormal Activity, 2012, Rachael Ray and more!

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 6th 2009 3:02PM
The Wanda Sykes ShowGood news, everyone! The Jay Leno Show was funny this week. There were some funny guests, genuinely funny comedy correspondent moments, and another Real Housewives quiz show, this time with the ladies from Atlanta.

Jay even managed to get a quick jab in to the bosses at NBC during an archery "Earn Your Plug" with Wanda Sykes. "This is NBC," he said to her. "I'm used to getting shot in the back." I've grown to respect Leno during his 10 o'clock experiment. He's a trouper doing what NBC is paying him to do, but you can tell he thinks the whole situation's about as screwed up as we do.

Even better, there were only two "10 @ 10" segments and no "Green Car Challenge" races, which allowed for more room to bring on Frank Calliendo and Sebastian Maniscalco to do stand-up routines. This is what I was expecting Leno to be doing, showcasing comedy rather than driving around a track trying not to hit Al Gore.

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America's Got Talent: And the winner is... (season finale)

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Sep 17th 2009 1:00AM
America's Got Talent
(S04E26) This is it, people. The time has come to name the winner of America's Got Talent, the world's biggest talent search. The two-hour (!) final results bash included performances from Britain's Got Talent sensation Susan Boyle, The X Factor's Leona Lewis, Thelma Houston, Cirque du Soleil, Rascal Flatts, and Shakira. Sadly, none of the previous AGT winners performed.

Based on the TV Squad poll I've included in my review of the Top 10 performance show, 35.1% of the voters, including myself, said Barbara Padilla would win. Kevin Skinner received 22.2% of your votes, while Recycled Percussion placed third in our poll with 19.4%. The other contestants all got under 7% of your votes. (Note that these results were accurate at the beginning of the results show.)

Did the TV Squad poll results match reality? Official results coming up!

If you haven't watched the finale yet and do not want to be spoiled as to who won the competition, it's time to click elsewhere now!

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For the love of (Fruit of the Loom) underwear

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 24th 2009 3:08PM
Fruit_of_the_loomYou gotta love it when a commercial makes you laugh out loud. I know that in my memory, if an ad can make me laugh, I'm more likely to remember it and -- maybe -- buy the product.

Here's a couple of commercials from Fruit of the Loom that are just hilarious. Both extol the virtues of the company's underwear -- for men and women -- and use humor to sell the stretchy privates.

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