'American Idol' judges finding smooth harmony
ATLANTA -- Well, one thing about season 13 of "American Idol" is that unlike last season, the judges seem to be getting along.
At an audition stop in Atlanta, Jennifer Lopez said she's excited for people to see how funny Harry Connick Jr. is and how much he knows about music.
"He's incredibly funny. His music education is so far beyond the normal person I think," said the singer. "What he has to offer to America is the art of singing, the art of playing, all of that It's gonna be something new for the show."
When Connick Jr. was asked about Lopez, he returned the pleasantries.
"No one really has any idea what it takes to be Jennifer Lopez. I mean people say, ‘Oh, I want that.' Well, if they wanted it they would do what it takes to get there and they don't even have a 10th of a percentage of an understanding to do what it takes. These people that are auditioning for this show are so lucky to have a minute of (Lopez's) time, whether they make it through or not because the essence of ‘American Idol' is looking for a new superstar and Jennifer embodies superstar."
Lopez also said she has been surprised by how emotional Keith Urban is.
"I find that I'm like that and women are like that but to see a man so kind of in touch with that place it was really a pleasant surprise for me again. People got to know him last year but I think they're gonna get to know him even more this year."
Lopez sat on the judges' panel with Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler for seasons 10 and 11 of the show. She took season 12 off to go on a world tour. Keith Urban joined the show for season 12 and is returning for his second season. This is Connick Jr.'s first time judging.
"There's a lot of subtle change everywhere," said Urban. "Not just with us but with the way the show looks, the way it feels."
Two changes we know of: The results show has been cut to 30 minutes and Randy Jackson will remain on the show but in a mentoring capacity.
"American Idol" premieres its 13th season with a two-hour episode on Wednesday, Jan. 15, on Fox.
HBO's ‘Entourage' gets green light for movie
NEW YORK -- Jerry Ferrara feels relieved that the controversy surrounding the long-planned movie version of the HBO series, "Entourage" is finally over.
"We start shooting in January, and now we can get to work. All the other stuff is in the past and now we have one goal, to make a great movie for the fans," Ferrara told the Associated Press.
He equated the chemistry in the buddy movie starring Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, and Kevin Kline with his former series.
"Having worked on a show where chemistry between four guys was crucial, these guys made it instantly ... you bought it from moment one that these guys knew each other," Ferrara said of the "Last Vegas" cast.
"Entourage" creator Doug Ellin confirmed the movie's production when he tweeted a photo of himself and the cast arm-in-arm.
Since the film was announced early last year, various rumors surfaced about the why the movie had not gone into production, including cast members holding out for more money.
"There was a moment early on where it was a little frustrating, but then after a while, it was just kind of bewildering. Like, wow, I can't believe it's being talked about like this and none of it is even really true. It just got blown out of proportion," Ferrara said.
But the 33-year-old actor stopped short of saying the rumors were fabricated.
"There weren't lies being told," he said. "In the same breath, it was amplified."
He added: "We always knew the movie was a go and the deal was gonna be done."
"Entourage" is a light portrait of Hollywood and young stardom that ran for eight seasons on HBO before ending in 2011.
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