Wednesday, May 16, 2012

‘Revenge’ Recap: A Tragic Death & A Surprise Kiss Changes Everything - Hotnews


‘Revenge’ Recap: A Tragic Death & A Surprise Kiss Changes Everything - Hotnews. Emily had her sights set on the white-haired man on the May 16 episode of ‘Revenge,’ and she won’t give up until this man — who murdered her father — is dead!

Because Charlotte’s (Christa B. Allen) been having pill problems lately, she was on lockdown this week’s Revenge, and her therapist suggested family therapy. I can’t even begin to picture the Graysons going through family therapy. Conrad (Henry Czerny) would probably show up with Lydia (Amber Valletta) since she’s obviously back in the picture, and Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) would call in back-up from the government agents investigating her ex-husband’s involvement in the terrorist attack.

My guess is that Charlotte would come out of therapy much worse off than she is now. Like expected, the family session turned into an argument between Conrad and Victoria. I mean, she did steal every piece of evidence linking everyone involved to the terrorist attack, and she handed that evidence over to Daniel (Joshua Bowman). Now he must make a decision about what to do with it — unless Emily (Emily VanCamp) gets her hands on it first).

After being behind bars, Daniel’s concerned about his image, so his and Emily’s wedding may be a chance for him to finally give everyone the spectacle they’ve been waiting to see. However, Emily’s thoughts were elsewhere. Because Daniel arranged for Ashley (Ashley Madekwe) to help with wedding plans, Emily was stuck at home when she was supposed to be keeping a watchful eye on the white-haired man — so she hired her right-hand man Nolan (Gabriel Mann) for the job!

Emily was fully prepared to kill the man who murdered her father, but her true friend led her to the wrong address, postponing the man’s agony for a bit longer. Fortunately, Nolan — dressed as a cable guy — installed cameras so Emily could keep track of her enemy.

Daniel tried to bribe Jack (Nick Wechsler) with $1 million to keep his mouth shut about the night on the beach. It was expected that Jack would be on cloud nine with all that money he planned to use to start a charity. Sadly, his dog Sammy — OK, he’s technically Emily‘s dog — was in his worst shape possible after all those years. They finally said goodbye to the friend that once linked them in the past, and they sealed that goodbye… with a kiss! It’s probably more important to note that Ashley was watching from outside the window. Emily is usually one step ahead of everyone; she really should have know someone was watching!

After all was said and done, it seemed like the white-haired man was one step ahead of his stalkers, because he got his hands on Nolan at the end of the episode!

The earth-shattering, incredible, too-intense-for-words finale is next week! Do you think Daniel hand over the evidence to his father? What do you hope the future holds for Emily and Jack? And are you hoping to see Emily finally kill her father’s murderer? Leave us a comment with your thoughts and theories below!
— Jaymie Bailey -

The top three American Idol 2012


PeopleBlogger,- The top three made it to the ‘Choices Week’ of the ‘American Idol’ competition, but the most important choices now are America’s! Who should be in the finals next week?

The three remaining American Idol finalists — Joshua Ledet, Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips – took on three songs May 16: one picked by a judge, one picked by themselves, and one picked by Jimmy Iovine. In order to get into the most coveted spot of the finals, they had to deliver performances like they never have before. So who shined and who blew it? You’ll be surprised to find out the answer!
Joshua Ledet:

Etta James, “I’d Rather Go Blind”

Joshua was given the death spot tonight, which was surprising since Jennifer Lopez called him “the best singer in the last 50 years!” But after Randy Jackson‘s choice was revealed, I could see why he was given this spot. It was safe and very forgettable. Joshua seemed to be on auto pilot, which for him is a good place to be — but we’re talking about competing for a chance to get to the finals of American Idol here. The judges were in love, yet again — and basically said he should win the competition. Still, I don’t think Randy chose wisely for Joshua; he should have challenged him just a little more. It was nothing bad, but also nothing amazing.

Mary J. Blige, “No More Drama”

This was Joshua’s best performance of the night, but nowhere near what he has done before. He picked it up towards the end and made the song exciting. Having this performance after the bashing of Phillip will probably also help matters. The judges didn’t go as insane as I thought they would, but they still loved it. This will be — and should be — the last time we see Joshua on stage. No matter how many times people want to say he is the best singer of all time, the fact is, he is not.

John Lennon, “Imagine”

This is pretty much one of the greatest songs ever written, but after Joshua sang it, I think that he’s in trouble and will be voted off tomorrow. This was very bland and very karaoke. There were good moments, and Joshua can obviously sing, but this was a misstep. So overall, he was in the death spot, he didn’t get a great judges song, and he didnt sing his own choice song very well. Not a good sign. And J. Lo did her good-comments-that-actually-mean-bad routine. The judges seemed to try to save him a little bit here, but this just wasn’t Joshua’s night. He’s in the most trouble for sure.
Jessica Sanchez:

Mariah Carey, “My All”

J. Lo actually chose a great song for Jessica. This was younger and more thought-out than anything she’s done all season. She wasn’t growling, and she wasn’t shrieking and carrying on. She was actually singing and feeling the song. She looked more reserved and comfortable on stage, and — wait for it — I really liked the performance! If she does this for the rest of the show, and in her career, she will be a star. This was the first time she really felt the emotion and sang Mariah Carey like a Mariah Carey song should be sung. The judges liked it, but didn’t go crazy for it, even though Steven Tyler may have told her she was the winner. She was definitely in the zone; I just hope she doesn’t go back to her diva ways and ruin it.

Aerosmith, “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”

This was a far cry from Jessica’s first song performance. It sounded like the music actually overpowered her vocals. It was a decent performance, but she made such an iconic song sound sort of hokey. Jessica, who won round one, certainly lost round two here. She did do better than Joshua, but when Steven almost on cue said it was greater than his own rendition, he was wrong — but what was he going to say? She was bold to do this song. Randy was looking for a moment, and though he said there was one, I don’t believe she pulled it off. Jessica obviously needs direction, so hopefully she gets great producers to lead her down the right path because she doesn’t have that power in her quite yet.

Jackson 5, “I’ll Be There”

This is a great song that was amazingly done by both The Jackson 5 and Mariah Carey. I’ve been waiting for her to do something young, and she finally did it. Jimmy thought the same, and gave her a great song to sing. This proved once again that when songs are picked for her, they are home runs — but when she chooses stuff herself, not so much. This performance sealed her spot in the finals with Phillip. I’m glad they went more Jackson than Mariah, but the judges weren’t loving it, especially Randy. I agree there wasn’t a moment. Randy wanted the Mariah version. I didn’t. Jessica should be in good shape.
Phillip Phillips:

Madcon, “Beggin”

Steven chose a song that was tailor made for Joshua — which may not have helped Phillip much. The one thing I liked is that this forced Phillip to do something different than what he usually does with his song choices. The song improved as it went on, but at best, he came in second this round. Jessica definitely won round one. That said, the fans loved this performance and gave him the most cheers, so I think he should actually be safe. The judges were in love with his performance, but when are the judges ever worth their comments? Not very often. (Thankfully, Jimmy brings everyone back to earth.)

Matchbox 20, “Disease”

With this choice, Phillip brought himself to the front for the second round. He is the only one of the remaining Idols who actually knows who he is in this competition. Whether you like it or not, this is what Phillip will sound like in concert. This performance was not a moment, and not the best he has ever done, but it was good enough to get him to the finals. If he’s not in the finals, it would be a shame. The judges didn’t think this was the ‘wow’ performance because they really want a Joshua/Jessica final. Their intentions have been obvious all season. If the judges’ opinions have any clout, this may have ruined Phillip’s chances. We shall see what America really cares about tomorrow! I’m scared because every time the judges bash someone, they usually go home. Just like Hollie Cavanagh last week.

Bob Seger, “We’ve Got Tonight”

This is one of the greatest songs ever, and Phillip absolutely slayed it. It was spectacular. The only complaint was the last line, but overall, it was a complete home run. The judges loved it as well, and gave him a standing ovation. Steven added that he didn’t give a s**t, which was a compliment, and the perfect thing to say at this time in the competition.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Our Meredith, the forgotten victim: Knox circus overshadows our 'lovely girl' say Kerchers

Meredith Kercher: She had fallen in love with Perugia

Meredith Kercher: She had fallen in love with Perugia and had been there just eight weeks when she was killed

They have endured four years of the most terrible torment as the murder of their daughter was pulled apart in the minutest detail.

And for Meredith Kercher’s family, the agony will now only continue after last night’s dramatic court decision leaves them still wondering how exactly their ‘lovely, lovely girl’ came to be so horrifically killed.

Adding to their pain, the family have told how their simple search for justice has been overshadowed by the circus surrounding Amanda Knox and her appeal.

When Knox and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were found guilty two years ago, the Kerchers’ legal team had told them it was an open-and-shut case.

That should have been their closure, marking the end of their questions and the beginning of acceptance.

Even as they had arrived in Perugia yesterday morning and met with their legal team of Francesco Maresca and Serena Perna, the first question on the lips of Meredith’s mother Arline, her sister Stephanie and brother Lyle was: ‘Are they going to get off? What has happened to all the evidence.’

The Kerchers had always maintained a dignified silence, speaking only a handful of times since Meredith – or Mez as she was known to them – was found dead in November 2007.

But at a press conference before yesterday’s verdict, they described their anger at how Meredith appeared to have been forgotten as the focus moved entirely to Knox.

Stephanie said: ‘It’s been four years now and the focus has shifted for obvious reasons on to the proceedings. Mez has been almost forgotten in all of this. It’s very difficult to keep her memory alive in all this.We want to find the truth, we want to find justice for her. We want to remember Meredith in the city that she loved.

Sister Stephanie and mother Arline arrive in Perugia yesterday

Meredith's sister Stephanie and mother Arline arrive in Perugia yesterday

‘Without a final ending it’s very hard to forgive anything at this stage. What has to be remembered is the brutality of what happened that night. Everything that Meredith felt that night, the fear, the terror. She didn’t deserve that, no one deserves that.’

When Stephanie was asked if she had any idea of why her sister had been killed she could say only: ‘No, I’ve no idea why.

‘The reasons for that I couldn’t even begin to understand. Meredith was such a lovely, lovely girl. She was always there for everyone.’

And the 28-year-old it would be ‘very difficult to forgive anything at this stage’.

Meredith Kercher's mother and sister later attended the court to hear the verdict against Knox

Meredith's mother and sister later attended the court to hear the verdict against Knox

‘I think that everyone needs to remember… the brutality of what actually happened that night and everything Meredith must have felt, everything she went through,’ she said. ‘The fear, the terror and not knowing why. And she didn’t deserve it that. Nobody deserved that. She loved this place. It is a beautiful city. Even being here now, it is (beautiful).

‘It is very difficult to know what happened that night without knowing the truth and that is why we are here.’

Lyle told how the family had dealt with the initial conviction and subsequent publicity.

‘Four years ago we pressed for a conviction and we got what we were looking for,’ he said. ‘We said at the time it wasn’t a case of a celebration because three young people are having their lives taken away. It’s hard to talk of forgiveness.’

Amanda Knox is fined for lying to the police

Speaking of the media interest and also the substantial efforts of Knox’s father Curt to campaign for his daughter’s release, he said: ‘I think everyone realises this is a very unusual case and has generated such a lot of interest.

‘On the one hand, as any loving parent, they have put a lot of attention into fighting for her innocence and what resources they have, but for our legal team it gets hard for them battling against a very large PR machine.’

Like thousands of young Britons each year, Meredith had set off in 2007 for an adventure during her 12 months abroad studying. The 21-year-old, from Coulsdon in Surrey, was reading European Studies at Leeds University and was sharing a house with Knox, a foreign exchange student from Seattle.

When Lyle was asked yesterday how best the family remembered his sister, he said: ‘It’s as if she has gone away on an extended break and we haven’t seen her come back as yet.’

But they remain without the resolution they seek, despite the conviction of drifter Rudy Guede, 24.

Today the Kerchers will again face the world’s media as they give their reaction to the verdict and decide whether they wish to continue with their legal battle and take the case to the Supreme Court in Rome.

I did not kill, I did not rape... I was not there

A nervous Amanda Knox arriving at court to hear the appeal verdict

A nervous Amanda Knox arriving at court to hear the appeal verdict

Amanda Knox made an emotional final plea in the court room yesterday morning. Speaking in the fluent Italian she has learned in jail, she frequently paused for breath and at times appeared overwhelmed, but otherwise made a confident ten-minute statement to the judges and jurors who would decide her fate:

'Esteemed people of the court, it has been said many times that I am a person different to what I am.

I am the same person I was four years ago, the same person – the only thing that distinguishes me from four years ago is the four years that I have suffered.

In four years I have lost a friend in a brutal and unexplained way.

My faith in the police has been betrayed.

I have had to face accusations, injustice and suggestions without foundation and I am paying with my life for something that I did not do.

I am not what they say I am. I am not perverse, violent, disrespectful towards life, people. These things do not apply to me and I have not done the things that have been suggested.

I did not kill, I did not rape, I did not steal. I was not there. I was not present at this crime.

I had never faced such tragedy, suffering. I didn’t know how to tackle it, how to interpret it.

When we learned Meredith was dead, we just could not believe it. How was this possible?

Then I felt scared. A person who I was sharing my life with, who had the bedroom next to me, she was killed in our house and if I was there that night I could have been killed. I wasn’t there. I was at Raffaele’s. I did not have anyone and thankfully he was there, I had no one for me. I called my aunt but at that moment it was only him.

I had a sense of duty towards justice, the authorities who I put my trust in.

Moments after the verdict a tearful Amanda Knox is led away

Moments after the verdict a tearful Knox is led away

They were there to find the guilty and to protect us. I put my faith in them absolutely. I made myself available for them in those days but I was betrayed – the night of 5/6 November [2007] I was pressured, stressed and manipulated.

I have never done what they say I have done. It is not as they say it was.

I had a good relationship with all my flatmates. I was messy, carefree but we had a good relationship, we were all ready to help each other.

I shared my life with Meredith. We had a friendship, she was worried for me when I went to work, she was always gentle with me.

Meredith was killed and I have always wanted justice for her. I am not fleeing from the truth and have never fled.

I insist on the truth. I insist after four desperate years for our innocence because it is true. It deserves to be recognised.

I want to go home. I want to return to my life. I don’t want to be punished and deprived of my life, future, for something I have not done because I am innocent. Raffaele is also innocent.

We deserve our freedom. We have never done anything not to deserve it.

I have so much respect for the court and the attention you have had during this trial.

Thank you. I ask for justice.’


The Maccabees announce new album title, tracklisting and release date

Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME
The Maccabees have announced their new album is titled 'Given To The Wild' and will be released in January.

The London band worked on the 12-track album, their third, at Rockfield Studios with Tim Goldsworthy and Bruno Ellingham (LCD Soundsystem, Massive Attack) over the past 12 months.

They also worked on large parts of the record at their rehearsal space in the capital's Elephant And Castle district, before decamping to Suffolk to finish the record.

The band have said they took inspiration from "disparate musical peers" such as The Stone Roses, Kate Bush and David Bowie during the recording of the LP, which is the follow-up to 2009's 'Wall Of Arms'.

The tracklisting of the album, which is scheduled to be released on January 9, is:

'Feel To Follow'
'Forever I've Known'
'Went Away'
'Slowly One'
'Grew Up At Midnight'

The Maccabees are also set to hit the road to showcase new material on a UK tour later this month – the jaunt is due to kick off at Gloucester Guildhall on October 21.

Madonna to perform at 2012 Super Bowl half-time?

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Madonna to perform at 2012 Super Bowl half-time?. Madonna has reportedly agreed to perform during next year's Super Bowl half-time show.

According to sports site SB Nation, the iconic 'Like A Virgin' singer has signed a deal to perform at Super Bowl XLVI.

The annual Super Bowl is one of the most-watched sports events in the world, with a half-time performance guaranteeing unprecedented levels of exposure for any artist.

Black Eyed Peas performed during last year's game, with Janet Jackson, Prince, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and The Who all appearing in recent years.

Spokespeople for the NFL have declined to comment on the report, while Madonna's representatives told Entertainment Weekly that there is "nothing to confirm at this point".

Madonna recently revealed she's planning to release a new single, taken from her pending 12th studio album, in February or March 2012.

The 2012 Super Bowl will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on February 5.



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