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PBS to Air No-Holds Barred Steve Jobs Documentary: 'One Last Thing'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 27th 2011 6:15AM
PBS has announced that it will air a new, "unflinching" documentary about the late Appple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died three weeks ago. 'Steve Jobs -- One Last Thing' will air Wednesday, Nov. 2 as part of a night devoted to science and technology exploration.

In what's sure to stoke controversy in some quarters, PBS says 'One Last Thing' takes "an unflinching look at Jobs's difficult, controlling disposition, and offers unique insights into what made him tick. While there has been near-universal agreement that Steve Jobs was a great innovator in business and technology, ONE LAST THING looks into why he was so great. What were the influences that shaped his character? What drove him from such humble beginnings to the heights of success?"

The documentary features interviews with Apple insiders Steve Wozniak, Ronald Wayne and Dean Hovey, as well as Bill Fernandez, who introduced Jobs and Wozniak in Sunnyvale, where the three hung out in his father's garage and tinkered with electronics.

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A Husband's Wine-Drenched Dreams Dashed on 'The Marriage Ref' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 8th 2011 6:15PM
will.i.am on 'The Marriage Ref'Robert and Stephanie Wilson were happily married for 22 years before appearing on 'The Marriage Ref' (Sundays, 9PM on NBC). They seemed to be deeply in love, with just one problem. Robert, a doctor, had a dream of becoming a vintner, and he happened to find a vineyard for sale ... in North Carolina. They were at an impasse, and clearly only will.i.am, Ali Wentworth, and Judah Friedlander were qualified to handle it.

Robert didn't have the qualifications to run a vineyard, but he did have two other guys who also knew nothing about vineyards who he could hire to work the place. Robert figured he was fine, and Stephanie obviously disagreed. "He started a garden this year in our backyard and we wound up reaping six jalapeno peppers and a three hundred dollar water bill because he kept on forgetting to turn off the sprinkler," she lamented.

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Cheryl Cole Loses Seat on 'X Factor' U.K. Judging Panel

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 31st 2011 5:30AM
Cheryl ColeThe news just keeps on getting worse for Cheryl Cole. After being summarily axed from the U.S. version of 'The X Factor' mid-auditions, it's now reported that she's also been dropped from the U.K. version.

'The X Factor' U.K. producers announced the new judging lineup Monday night: Take That frontman Gary Barlow, former Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland, lead singer of N-Dubz Tulisa Contostavlos, and surviving original judge, boyband impresario Louis Walsh.

Cole was a judge on 'The X Factor' U.K. before heading stateside, and British newspapers are reporting that she had been offered her old job back as an olive branch. However, after she and her manager, Black Eyed Pea will.i.am, reportedly refused to take phone calls from TV executives to discuss the option, the offer was withdrawn Sunday night.

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'American Idol': Jimmy Iovine Tells Lauren to Steal Pia's Votes and Bury Miley Cyrus (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 13th 2011 11:59PM
will.i.am & Jimmy Iovine, 'American Idol'Will.i.am was back this week, working alongside Jimmy Iovine in the mentoring sessions with the contestants on 'American Idol' (Wed., 8PM ET on FOX). It was a good thing he was there, too, as he tempered some of Iovine's more aggressive suggestions and responses.

Iovine was very demanding this week, telling Casey Abrams, James Durbin and Jacob Lusk to change their songs -- though only one of them actually listened. He didn't suggest Lauren Alaina change her choice, but he told her she needed to out-sing Miley Cyrus on 'The Climb.'

"You're a much, much stronger singer than Miley Cyrus," he told Alaina to her embarrassed horror. "You gotta bury her on this song."

'American Idol' airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8PM ET on FOX.

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Britney Spears and will.i.am Listen to His Music Tweaks on 'I Am the Femme Fatale' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 4th 2011 6:16AM
Britney Spears & will.i.am, 'Britney Spears: I Am the Femme Fatale'Britney Spears took us behind the scenes of her new album with 'Britney Spears: I Am the Femme Fatale' (Sun., 9PM ET on MTV). One of the first stops was into the studio where she checked in with will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas. The versatile artist was tweaking her song 'Big Fat Bass,' while also working on his design for a new car.

"The bass is even bigger," he quipped of the song modifications he'd made.

"He's all over the place," Britney Spears said of working with will.i.am. "His brain works in twisted ways, but he's brilliant."

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Will.i.am Learns a New Dance Move from Brian Williams on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 15th 2010 1:14PM
will.i.am, 'Today'A few weeks back, the gang over at 'Today' (Weekdays, 7AM on NBC) did a fun video take on the Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling." With will.i.am on the show today, Kathie Lee and Hoda took the opportunity to show him their video, which he said he'd seen online.

"When I was watching it," he said. "I was looking for edits. Wow, they did no edits." As they were talking, the video footage of their video was playing on a split screen. When it panned down to evening news anchor Brian Williams dancing backwards, Gifford and Kotb started laughing even harder.

"What'd you think of Brian Williams?" they asked. "Has he got some moves or what?"

"That's gonna be a new dance," will.i.am concluded. "Just call it the Brian Williams." He then proceeded to get up and show the ladies his take on Brian Williams' move. If the first video went viral, this one might just follow suit, and we may soon see people in the clubs doing the Brian Williams. Maybe will.i.am will bust it out onstage at the next Black Eyed Peas concert.

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Tom Cruise Promises to Appear in Black Eyed Peas Video (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted May 28th 2010 1:32PM
One good turn deserves another. In return for the song 'Someday,' which was recorded by the Black Eyed Peas and appears in Tom Cruise's upcoming movie 'Knight & Day,' the actor promised to appear in a video by the Peas on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC).

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Will.i.am Pays Off Mortgages for Two Families on 'Oprah' (VIDEO)

by Harley W. Lond, posted May 10th 2010 7:40PM
Angels come in all forms.

That's how Oprah Winfrey began a segment Monday on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated). Standing behind her were two sets of families deeply in debt. "Yours today is an angel who is a Grammy-winning superstar and the creative genius behind the Black Eyed Peas -- Will.i.am," she told them. Oprah then announced that one family owes over $250,000 on their house, the other about $100,000 ... and Will.i.am is going to pay off both their mortgages.

"I don't dream to be mega crazy rich, I just want to be able to create, make music and help people," he said.

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Black Eyed Peas Tackle Comedy, Kathie Lee Gifford on 'Saturday Night Live' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Nov 16th 2009 10:37AM
Who knew the 'Black Eyed Peas' had it in them? In this clip from 'Saturday Night Live,' the Peas fly into a rage at Kathie Lee Gifford's poor singing and get some payback for ringing eardrums everywhere.

As part of a sketch parodying the fourth hour of 'Today', Kristen Wiig belted out a song as Gifford and profoundly irritated animals within hearing distance as well as the Peas who were standing nearby. Fergie delivered a vicious left-hook, and Will.i.am brought a diving elbow drop, but it still wasn't enough to silence Gifford.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Six things that annoy me about the baseball playoffs

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 21st 2009 6:02PM
Kate Hudson watching A-Rod at the Yankees-Angels ALCS Game 3No, this is not going to be another post about the shoddy umpiring or spittle analysis or any of the other on-field matters that have been going on in baseball since the playoffs began. No, we're on a TV blog, so I'm going to just talk about the things that have annoyed me about FOX's and TBS's coverage of the ALCS and the NLCS. In no particular order:

1. The Fidelity-sponsored Fox Trak. The pitching tracker, which shows if a pitch actually hit the strike zone or not, has been around for years. But, the flight of the ball has been to this point represented by a red streak and a dot. Now that Fidelity Investments is sponsoring the tracker, the red streak/dot combo has been replaced by a green streak/green arrow combo that mimics Fidelity's "stay on the line" series of ads. What financial guidance has to do with balls and strikes, I'll never know.

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A grateful Hollywood watches aftermath of Perez punch

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jun 23rd 2009 4:28PM
Perez Hilton got punched out -- but not by Miss California.Perez Hilton says he got a black eye from The Black Eyed Peas.

According to shrill gossip blogger and almost celebrity Hilton, the manager of the Black Eyed Peas planted a "boom boom pow" in Perez's puss this weekend. That roar you almost heard was grateful, repressed applause coming out of Hollywood.

A faux journalist (nee: rumor mongering hack), Hilton jumped onto the TV viewers' radar last month when he served as a judge for the Miss USA Pageant and started a war of words with Miss California over her stance in gay marriage.

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Super Bowl 2009 Preview: The Commercials

by Andrew Scott, posted Jan 30th 2009 6:00PM
Most people watch the Super Bowl, airing Sun., 6PM on NBC, for the football game.

But for some of us -- admit it, you're one of them -- the biggest sporting event of the year is really all about the commericals; those quick, 30-second ads which companies spend millions of dollars on to make us laugh and chat about at the office on Monday.

In its four-decade-plus history, the Super Bowl has had its fair share of these moments: the Budweiser frogs; Michael Jordan and Larry Bird shooting outrageous hoops to win a McDonald's Big Mac; Apple's '1984'-inspired Macintosh commercial, shot for $1 million and directed by Oscar-nominee Ridley Scott.

This year promises to continue the tradition with ads featuring celebrities, soda and -- you guessed it -- beer. According to E!, the celebrity lineup includes Conan O'Brien for Anheuser-Busch, will.i.am, who will sing Bob Dylan's 'Forever Young' in a commercial for Pepsi, action star Jason Statham for Audi and John Turturro's second commercial for Heineken.

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Breaking News: OMG, those weren't holograms on CNN! - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 6th 2008 3:08PM
CNNI think one of the weirdest things that happened on election night were the hologram thingies that CNN used. It was OK when they showed an image of a building, but it got really strange when Anderson Cooper interviewed will.i.am (almost as weird as me having to write someone's name as will.i.am). Cooper was standing there in the studio, looking off to the side, waiting for am (is that his last name? Or is he one name, like Twiggy?) to pop up in front of him like on Star Trek. The whole thing looked kinda cool but also kinda cheesy, and it was funny when Cooper introduced the interview by saying "we're joined now via hologram..."

Now comes the scandal: they weren't even holograms!

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Election Night: CNN (Part 3)

by Kona Gallagher, posted Nov 5th 2008 1:14AM
president obama
12:23:
Wolf Blitzer just reminded us that this is, in fact, an historic occasion. He also assures us that the coverage will continue. I, however, will not. All in all, CNN's coverage was adequate, but pretty boring. The reason I choose CNN over the other news channels is because of the personalities. Campbell Brown, Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper usually find ways to engage and amuse me, but not tonight. Everyone was pretty straightforward and dry. What do they think this is, network news? If I wanted straightforward and dry, I'd watch Charlie Gibson.

But hey. At least this election is over. See you in four years!

12:19:
Obama finished speaking a good five minutes ago, yet nobody has broken in with commentary. That's either an admirable show of restraint or a sign that the CNN anchors are all busy getting drunk.

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Jul 20th 2007 5:25PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today on TV Squad Daily:
The video's embedded below, or you can subscribe to this podcast via our feed. Plus, you can also download the file directly.

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