'X Factor' finds an 'It' girl
December 23rd, 2011
01:15 PM ET

'X Factor' finds an 'It' girl

"X Factor" went out with a bang Thursday, announcing the winner of the season and bringing special joy to Simon Cowell, the show's creator. (Interestingly enough, the reality series also came in No. 1 among unscripted shows in ratings for the fall, according to Entertainment Weekly, surely only furthering Cowell's joy.)

Backstage interview with Melanie Amaro and Simon Cowell

It was a two-hour ride filled with great performances and flashbacks and teary-eyed stories from the people who knew the finalists best. We even got a chance to see the top 12 contestants revisit the stage. From Stacy Francis to Lakoda Rayne to Stereo Hoggz; they all sang the opening song together.

And then the show really began:

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Adam Lambert clarifies: No punches, no injuries, no charges
December 23rd, 2011
11:04 AM ET

Adam Lambert clarifies: No punches, no injuries, no charges

Adam Lambert reportedly landed in the clink earlier this week after an alleged altercation in Finland, and while the former "American Idol" contestant has been able to joke about it, he's also clearing up a few misconceptions.

According to People magazine, Lambert and his boyfriend, reality star Sauli Koskinen, reportedly landed in jail early Thursday morning after they were said to have gotten into an alcohol-induced fight at a Helsinki bar.

The report says the two were questioned and then released on Thursday afternoon, and Lambert later offered a complicated recount of the night's events.

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Filed under: Celebrities • television
What's the verdict: 'Prometheus' trailer
December 23rd, 2011
10:43 AM ET

What's the verdict: 'Prometheus' trailer

A teaser clip for Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" has been flying about the Web, drumming up even more anticipation for the movie's summer release.

While this sci-fi thriller may or may not be a prequel to Scott's 1979 "Alien," the Los Angeles Times reports that it is expected to contain some of "Alien's" "original DNA." Entertainment Weekly has helpfully broken down those traits, including the way the titles appear in clips for "Prometheus" and "Alien."

The just-over-a-minute long trailer doesn't tell us much, relying on quick cuts, a pleading apology and a horrified scream to get its point across. We do learn that the story follows a crew of explorers who, as the movie's tagline tells us, went looking for the beginning of mankind and stumbled upon something that "could be our end."

Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Wilson, Guy Pearce and Idris Elba star in this flick, which opens June 8, 2012.


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'X Factor' names winner
December 23rd, 2011
09:53 AM ET

'X Factor' names winner

The first season of Simon Cowell's stateside "X Factor" wrapped on Thursday, and while we have a recap on the way, we wanted to offer a peek at our chat with last night's winner.

We won't tell you who it is before the jump in case some of you are spoiler-sensitive, but the contestant who landed the $5 million recording contract offered advice for those who had similar dreams.

So out of the three finalists, Chris Rene, Melanie Amaro and Josh Krajcik, the winner was...

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Friday's Top Five: New holiday classics
December 23rd, 2011
09:30 AM ET

Friday's Top Five: New holiday classics

For most of you, it's not the holidays until you've indulged in a seasonal movie marathon.

Films like "It’s a Wonderful Life," "Miracle on 34th Street" and "White Christmas" are obvious choices, but this week’s list celebrates new holiday classics.

To distinguish between old and new, let’s say that "new" refers to memorable films that have been made in the last 30 years. Without them, our collective imagination would be missing the tales of Red Ryder and his BB gun, instances of excessive exterior illumination, juvenile lessons in home security, and holiday parties gone awry.

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