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The real Supernova sues the new one

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 11th 2006 8:19PM
supernovaIt turns out somebody already came up with the super-lame Supernova name for their own band. According to MTV News, the Orange County-based punk band, Supernova, has filed a trademark infringement suit against producer Mark Burnett for this summer's Rock Star: Supernova. The original Supernova formed in 1989 and released four albums, the most recent in 2000. The band is still alive and kicking: recording a new album and performing gigs next month. The lawsuit names Burnett, his production company, and the three members of the new Supernova band: Tommy Lee, Jason Newsted and Gilby Clarke. The band wants Burnett to make it clear that the television show is not associated with them, wants to prevent Burnett from trademarking the Supernova name, and claims the producers of Rock Star knew the band existed and was still together. Didn't anyone check out iTunes before naming the new band?

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Rock Star: Supernova: Results #1

by Deidre Woollard, posted Jul 7th 2006 12:56AM
(S04E02) Okay, obviously there are some serious Rock Star fans out there if the comments on my last post were any indication.  Tonight's results episode brings us one surprise. Who knew Chris actually had curly hair? He's a bit cuter when he's not trying to be Marty from last season but his assertion that he is one of the best singers in the world is a bit of hyperbole. The house dramatics show that Lukas is a bit of a firestarter, telling the group that many of them sucked. Yup, he's this season's JD Fortune all right.

Tommy Lee, who looks like he's been up since last night, chooses Dilana for the encore. She's definitely unique but she still scares me a bit. Methinks Tommy L. has a bit of a crush. I still say I'd like her better if she blinked now and then.

The bottom three are Chris, Phil and Matt. Chris sings "L.A. Woman." He's better than last night but still seems awkward and thin-voiced.  Phil sing "Stars" by Switchfoot. It's nice to hear a song that hasn't been done a zillion times before. He does a decent job with it. Matt promises to rock Duran Duran and sings "Planet Earth." Bad song choice and bad rendition.

Supernova decides to send Matt home, definitely a fair choice since he was the worst of the three.

Words I am already tired of hearing on this show: baby, brother, dude, man and rocker.

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Rock Star: Supernova (season premiere)

by Deidre Woollard, posted Jul 6th 2006 2:05PM
rock starWhen Rock Star was created last season it seemed like it would be the anti-American Idol.  Instead we got the aging band INXS looking for a second shot at glory and a bunch of aspiring rockers from musicals and small-town bands who went right back to their small-town bands and musicals with the exception of J.D. Fortune who went on to tour with INXS giving them modest success and a catchy little tune called "Pretty Vegas."

This season would be different, right? After all, we've got Tommy Lee, he's a rocker. And Gilby Clarke, he was in a band with rockers (Guns n' Roses) and Jason Newsted, bassist for Metallica. This won't be a thing like American Idol. This year it will actually rock.

Well, for the most part, it was pretty much American Idol with more guitars. This round of nominees are a bit less inspired than last season. They are prettier and seem a bit less hungry.  Many of them front mildly successful bands. And, while I really like to believe in my heart that a woman can win this, I find it hard to believe that Supernova, which purports to be a "dirty rock and roll band" is going to choose a female singer.

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Psych, Supergroup, and Chappelle: TV Guide in 60 seconds

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 2nd 2006 8:33AM
  • Dennis HaysbertOn the cover: Dennis Haysbert of The Unit.
  • Behind the scenes of the Grey's Anatomy cast photo shoot.
  • An interview with Supergroup's Sebastian Bach.
  • Yet another interview: Prison Break's Stacey Keach.
  • Matt Roush really likes Psych and Hustle, but finds that the new season of Chappelle's Show leaves a sour aftertaste.
  • In the print edition: a tribute to Aaron Spelling; a look at the new season of Rock Star; photos of some of the acts from America's Got Talent; and a Q & A with Rescue Me's Tatum O'Neal.

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Rock Star gears up for second season

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 16th 2006 5:02PM
jason newstedRock Star, which debuted last year as a reality show in which INXS auditioned several hopefuls for the chance to become the band's new lead singer, is coming back for a second season, but things will be a little different. The show will still be about people auditioning to sing in a band, but this time it's an entirely new band composed of Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, and guitarist Gilby Clarke of Guns N Roses. The band calls itself "Supernova." Both Brooke Burke and Dave Navarro will return as hosts. Slash, Macy Gray and Rob Zombie will also make appearances as guest judges.

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Kim Cattrall to star in Elton John comedy

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 11th 2006 10:11AM
kim cattrall elton john him an usKim Cattrall has agreed to star in Him and Us, a comedy for ABC that is being executive produced by Elton John. The series is about a gay British rock star and his longtime manager. Cattrall will play the role of the manager, a role that was originally written for a man but is being rewritten for Cattrall. Elton John says he's a huge fan of Cattrall, who played sex vixen Samantha on Sex and the City. Anthony Stewart Head, a British actor who most recently appeared in Doctor Who, is tapped for the lead role of the British rock star.

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You can be a rock star!

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 4th 2006 6:01PM
inxs rock star j.d.CBS found such huge success with Rock Star: INXS last year that it is launching another series. Obviously, it won't be exactly the same since the search landed INXS with a new lead singer. And, CBS hasn't announced which band will be participating in the next round. What bands need a new lead singer? Blind Melon?

Here are a list of audition dates and cities, if you rock:

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"Rock Star" gets to keep playing

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jan 17th 2006 8:30PM

Rock StarI had no idea this show did well but it must have because today it earned a second season. The first time around Rock Star, produced by Mark Burnett, featured aspiring singers all vying for one grand prize: the job as the new frontman for 80s rock band INXS. Applications for next season are already being accepted at CBS.com and Burnett expects plenty of people to get involved as evidenced by the spike in popularity of INXS, who now have a sold-out North American tour. Rock Star will return this summer but there have been no announcements regarding which band or which job(s) will be at stake.

I for one hope it does well again for Burnett. He could use a boost of confidence after the miserable abomination that was The Apprentice: Martha Stewart.

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INXS canceled as Branson goes Axl

by Lacy Hall, posted Oct 19th 2005 8:07AM
axl rose crotchI love crazy rich people. I love 'em. And Richard Branson is one of the richest and craziest. The British tycoon was planning to rappel down the side of his newest Virgin Megastore in Hollywood on Monday, but a sudden thunderstorm canceled those crazy plans. A performance by INXS, fronted by reality show winner J.D. Fortune, was also cancelled. So what do you do when Mother Nature rains on your parade? You dress up like Axl Rose. And that's just what Branson did. Him and several of his employees wore plaid kilts, blonde wigs, and headbands. (Which makes me realize that a Axl Rose Halloween costume is just a pair of red tights away from being a Hulk Hogan costume.) This also gives me a great opportunity to do my Axl Rose impression -- You know where you are?!? You're in the jungle baby! You're gonna diiiiiiiiiiiie! (I sound pretty good, huh?)    

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New INXS with J.D. hit scores Billbord top 100

by Keith McDuffee, posted Oct 16th 2005 10:23AM
jd t shirt rock star inxsWell, what do you know - the boys of INXS were onto something when they decided to go on the hunt for a new singer via television reality show Rock Star: INXS. The band's newest single, 'Pretty Vegas', scored the band's best entry ever into the music charts. The question I have is whether the sales are due to the song itself being good or the band's newfound popularity through the TV show. INXS, though, most likely could not care less if their fame has everything to do with the show.

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Rock Star: INXS: Finale

by Deidre Woollard, posted Sep 21st 2005 1:56AM
j.d.The first part of this show was packed with filler all leading us to one question, who is right for this band out of our three remaining choices: theater god Mig, angsty Elvis impersonator J.D. or the intense and screamy Marty. Mig sings "Bohemian Rhapsody"  which seems an odd choice for someone trying to outrun his Queen past. His performance has a very stage show feel to it. J.D. sings "You Can't Always Get What You Want." It's pretty amazing to look at his earlier performances and realizes how much he has learned to control himself over the last few weeks. Marty does "Wish You Were Here" again even though we recently saw him do this song. Marty seems eager to prove he's not the screamer anymore. The band decides and sends Mig home (so much for the migspiracy theory).

Next the band gets up on stage to play with Marty and J.D. Marty sings "Don't Change" and although I love the way the boy looks he keeps enunciating strangely and his voice just has this fragility to it. Also he can't help himself from going mad conductor in the end. J.D. sings "What You Need" and his impersonator chops help him sound much more like Michael Hutchence than Marty does. The band chooses J.D. after making him wait for a few moments in which he nearly wets himself. He's so genuinely happy that it's hard not to be happy for him as he collaspes on the ground and weeps. Marty, for his part, is gracious in defeat and the newly reformed INXS takes the stage for the first time. I'm still not sure I'm interested in seeing or listening to the reformed INXS but at least the person who wanted the job the most got it.

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Rock Star: INXS: Elimination Night #10

by Deidre Woollard, posted Sep 15th 2005 1:02AM
suzieThe encore votes are up to the viewing public and so Marty gets the nod for "Trees." The other encore is chosen by audience approval and J.D. wins and we get "Pretty Vegas" once again. The rankings started off as Marty, J.D., Suzie and Mig last night. Suzie is the first of bottom three and takes on "Suicide Blonde." I wonder if they gave her this song to see how she would do with a song that was about girls. J.D. is second and sings "By My Side." Mig finally ends up in the bottom three and sings "What You Need." Seeing him makes me sing INXS songs makes me want to vote for J.D. even if he is a bit on the dysfunctional side. Suzie gets the boot and even Dave Navarro tears up. Alas, having INXS fronted by a woman was not meant to be. Next week is the finale and it seems like our three remaining men all have fierce support camps. Marty is attractive and intense but his voice seems thin at times. J.D. has a good voice and loves being on stage but ah, the issues. And then there's Mig. His theater experience means he's comfortable on stage, and yes, he's cute but I still think he's not a rock star and he just seems dated to me, very 1980s. It's not an easy choice and given the lingering threat of the Migspiracy, impossible to truly predict.

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Rock Star: INXS: Performance Night #10

by Deidre Woollard, posted Sep 14th 2005 1:09AM
inxs4We are down to the fearsome foursome. Brooke Burke seems to be wearing her purple underpants for the occasion. As Dave Navarro says she looks like an adult superhero.  If you didn't catch the non-performance episode you missed INXS interviewing the four. They are concerned about Suzie's uncomfortableness, J.D.'s strange behavior, Marty's control issues and Mig's lack of rock star cred and edge (apparently Mig is in a band called "Mignition").  Mig still looks like the golden boy even though Dave Navarro insisted recently on his blog that there is no migspiracy.


Suzie: "Interstate Love Song" and "What's Up" (She does a good job of working with the band and sings her heart out)

J.D.: "Pretty Vegas" and "Money" (J.D.s fashion sense is very Avril Lavigne this evening complete with tie, hat and rings from grandma's jewelry box. He kisses Dave Navarro while singing his own song and does an over-the-top version of "Money" tossing money into the crowd.)

Marty: "Trees" and "Creep" (he sings his own song acoustic with Navarro and even acoustic he still gets screamy and blowing out his voice a bit, he seems nervous tonight and flubs the words a bit during "Creep" but he is very intense and has the most rocker-like stage presence)

Mig: "Paint It Black" and Kiss from a Rose" (Mig, dressed in some sort of Sgt. Pepper get-up, sings with enthusiasm but not raw heart, it's all very theatrical and his arrangement of "Paint It Black" is a bit too ballady, in the comments Dave Navarro exhorts Mig to take off the jacket so that he can get extra votes through the display of his well-waxed and cut torso. Mig, like Navarro tends to favor the jacket with nothing underneath look. We certainly haven't seen Navarro asking anyone else to take off their shirts)

The ranking thus far is Marty, J.D., Suzie and Mig but once Australia is in the voting window Mig will coast right out of the bottom three. I tend to agree with the ranking as it stands. It really should come down to a battle between J.D. and Marty in the end.

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J.D. of Rock Star: INXS tells viewers what to do

by Keith McDuffee, posted Sep 8th 2005 11:37PM
jd t shirt rock star inxsTake a look at J.D.'s T-Shirt in the photo to the right (or the larger one on CBS's website, before it's pulled). See anything strange? OK, now turn your head to the right and take a look again. Yes, that shirt was worn on national television. Let the FCC games begin!

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Rock Star: INXS: Elimination Night #9

by Deidre Woollard, posted Sep 8th 2005 12:58AM
jordisTonight the audience picked the encore and the choice came down to Marty and J.D.. J.D. wins the encore but first Dave Navarro asks the five rockers to sing with INXS on their new song "Us." This episode includes a bit more of the behind the scenes stuff as Mig, Suzie and Jordis confess to having a serious case of nervousness. First up in the bottom three is Jordis who sings "Need You Tonight." She just seems so uncomfortable lately. Suzie is next up singing "Never Tear Us Apart" and she really seems into it. Surprisingly J.D., who was chosen for the encore (why is Mig the golden boy, I wonder), ends up being the final member of the bottom three and gets to sing "Mystify." He may be a bit of a jackass but he is so good with their classic songs. Which is no wonder why they ask him what he can bring to the band to take them in a new direction (his answer, about taking them into his heart is more emotional than strategic). Jordis gets eliminated which makes sense. She's a gorgeous singer but it's been clear for a few weeks that she's not right to front INXS and she seems to be comfortable with that, knowing that this has been a great forum for her to showcase her talent.

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