The Spice Girl tells THR what viewers can expect from season eight of NBC’s talent competition, premiering Tuesday night.
America’s Got Talent viewers will get their first real look at the two new — but familiar — faces on the judging panel when the NBC talent competition returns Tuesday night.
Mel B and Heidi Klum join returning judges Howie Mandel and Howard Stern on season eight of the reality show, which also will relocate from Newark’s New Jersey Performing Arts Center to New York’s Radio City Music Hall when the live episodes begin July 23.
Ahead of Tuesday’s premiere, Spice Girl Mel B, who also has served as a judge on the Australian and U.K. versions of singing competition The X Factor, talked to The Hollywood Reporter about what viewers can expect, how the judges are meshing and who are some of the most memorable talent — both good and bad — so far.
The Hollywood Reporter: How did you become involved with America’s Got Talent?
Mel B: I got the phone call and got offered the job and was like, “Yeah!” I love this show, and of course the fact that it’s now in New York at Radio City Music Hall — that’s a legendary place that makes the show even more exciting. It’s a great family show, and people love watching it. I’ve watched for many years; I sit down with my kids and watch it. It’s nice to be a part of it.
THR: How has your experience as a judge been so far?
Mel B: I was actually a judge on The X Factor in the U.K. and Australia, but this is different because I have no idea what to expect next. Someone comes on the stage and all of a sudden there’s a snake around their neck or they’re putting a sword down their throat. Then there’s also singing and dancing. It’s truly a proper variety show, and anything can happen. It’s like experiencing a roller-coaster ride, everyone is so different, but thoroughly enjoyable.
THR: What can you tell us about the auditions?
Mel B: They’re all over now. We’ve been going up and down America from San Antonio to New Orleans, from Los Angeles to New York — literally everywhere. We’ve seen so many interesting acts — good ones and bad ones. There was one guy and his girlfriend piercing each other wire, through his nose and then through his wife’s nose, and then his cheek and his wife’s, backward and forward, zigzagging their bodies with this piece of wire. I found it repulsive. They were bleeding, literally. Then someone went up an 80-foot-pole with no safety net and did a handstand. There were normal acts too — cloggers, dancers. It’s been an interesting journey so far. The talent definitely upped the ante over last year. Now they are combining things, riding a unicycle while jugging and balancing a dog on their face. One guy shoved 27 swords down his throat and brought out an X-ray machine to show the swords going down in his stomach. Howard and Howie loved it; Heidi and I were like, “No.”
THR: What’s the chemistry like among the four judges?
Mel B: I’ve known Heidi for quite some time, and we get along like a house on fire. We give off a girl-power vibe. Howard and Howie are absolutely hilarious. We all come from entirely different backgrounds, but we all have something valid to say because of our experiences in life.
THR: How would you describe your style of judging?
Mel B: I don’t think I have a style of judging. I’m just very, very honest. That’s it. When you watch the show, you can judge my judging for yourself, but I’m just honest. At the end of the day, whether it’s a magic act or a dancing act or a singing act, if I want to buy tickets to come see your show, I’m going to like it. As long as you’re professional and entertaining, I appreciate that.
THR: Do you think the Radio City Music Hall setting will bring a new energy to the show?
Mel B: I think it will make everybody feel a little more nervous because legends perform on this stage. It’s one of the stamp marks of America.
If you like product placement in your movies, then you’re going to love “Man of Steel,” the new Superman movie. Ad Age reports that 100 companies have paid a combined $160 million for the rights to do promotional tie-ins.
It’s possibly the biggest ever number of marketers attached to a single movie. Ad Age says:
With 100 partners, “Man of Steel” appears to have topped Universal Studios’ animated film “The Lorax,” released in March 2012. It had a reported 70 promotional partners.
The bar for ludicrous numbers of product placements was set back in 2002, when MGM loaded up the James Bond movie “Die Another Day” with 20 marketing partners, who spent $100 million to be in the movie or to run promotions around it.
Here’s a partial list of marketers involved in the “Man of Steel”:
- Warby Parker (Clark Kent’s glasses)
- Carl’s Jr. (“Super Bacon Cheeseburger”)
- Chrysler (two different Superman cars)
- Army National Guard
- Nokia / Lumia
Congratulations to Jennifer Love Hewitt and Brian Hallisay, who recently announced they’re expecting their first baby together! We wanted to know more about Brian, so we a did a bit of digging! Keep reading to see what we found out.
We already know that Brian Hallisay, 34, stars alongside Jennifer Love Hewitt, 34, on Lifetime’s The Client List, but we were itching to find out more! We came up with five random facts about the man now known as Jennifer Love Hewitt’s baby daddy.
Brian Hallisay — 5 Things To Know About Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Baby Daddy
1. Brian met Jennifer Love Hewitt before they starred on The Client List together. In 2011, he worked on the unaired pilot of NBC’s Love Bites, where he met Hewitt for the first time.
2. Brian grew up in Washington, D.C. and studied at Cornell University, earning a degree in Economics and History.
3. He worked on Wall Street before hitting it big in Hollywood! He told StarryMag.com, “I was slaving away at that and I had a really good time with it, but it got to the point where I said, “You know, I had always dreamed about seeing what acting was all about and television.”
4. He’s part fish! He once said in an interview, “When I am not in Hollywood working, I like to stay as close to the ocean as possible. I go up to Malibu a lot. I like to get in the ocean, run on the beach, run on the stairs, be active, stay outside.”
5. He should have been in Grey’s Anatomy — he certainly has the experience. He’s played a doctor on Strong Medicine, Body of Proof and The Bionic Woman.
We’re so excited for Jennifer and Brian! What do YOU think of her having a baby, HollyMoms? Are you excited for her? Does Brian sound like a good catch?
The tech world may be buzzing about the Oculus Rift — the newest virtual reality head-mounted display — but for those lucky enough to own a Rift, all eyes are on the Virtuix Omni’s Kickstarter debut.
The omni-directional treadmill will allow gamers to literally “get off the couch” and walk/sprint around games’ environments, utilizing a bowl-shaped, low-friction surface and matching shoes. The Omni is set to launch its Kickstarter crowdfunding page on Tuesday, with a promised endorsement from the founder of the Oculus Rift himself, Palmer Lucky, in a move that bodes well for the Omni’s future implementation in games.
Designed to be used in tandem with a head-mounted display such as the Oculus Rift, the Virtuix Omni is likely the last remaining piece for creating the Holy Grail of virtual reality setups. With Razer’s positional-tracking controller, the Hydra, recently finding its niche with Rift owners, the Virtuix Omni offers enthusiasts the chance to be mobile as well.
Keep an eye on Virtuix’s homepage for more information on the upcoming Kickstarter launch.
UPDATE: Tatum has formally announced the birth of his baby girl — and released her name — on his website.
“Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Channing Tatum are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Everly Tatum, who was born on May 31st in London,” the message reads.
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum have a new tiny dancer in the family!
With “Magic Mike” for a dad and a former *NSYNC and Janet Jackson backup dancer for a mom, how could the pair’s brand new baby daughter not have moves?
The first-time parents — who wed in 2009 — brought their new bundle of joy into the world on May 31 in a non-traditional location: London! Jenna, 32, chose to join her hubby of three years across the pond where he’s been shooting a new sci-fi flick, “Jupiter Ascending,” making their daughter a little bit of a Brit.
But, when Channing, 33, talked to omg! just weeks before the birth, he said the pair still hadn’t decided whether to make baby an official dual citizen of the U.S. and England.
“I’ve heard like 17 different things,” he told us, admitting the citizenship process was a little confusing. “We just asked the hospital and they didn’t even really know, so I don’t know how we’re ever going to know. If we ever really wanted to make her a citizen, we’d go figure it out.”
The other thing the actor, who stars alongside Jamie Foxx in this summer’s action thriller, “White House Down,” was feeling a little befuddled about? Parenting!
When omg! asked him if playing a dad to actress Joey King in the film had prepped him for the real thing, Channing quipped: “Ah man, I don’t think it prepared me at all — as much as I’ve been sort of slowly walking into this. It’s crazy because I always imagined being a dad, but I never imagined the pregnancy part. This has definitely been a journey,” he said before adding, “And even that being said, Jenna’s had a pretty, fairly smooth pregnancy.”
However, Channing managed to master one daddy duty before the arrival of his little girl. He found a babysitter — and a role model.
“If my little baby comes out anything like Joey King, she will just be the coolest kid on the face of the earth because [Joey] is so talented that it’s unreal. She’s already offering to babysit.”
As for Jenna, a source told Us Weekly just weeks before the birth that the mother-to-be, who met Channing on the set of their film “Step Up,” couldn’t be happier.
“Jenna knows just how lucky she is to have Channing at her side,” said the source. “Her heart is filled with so much love. She and Channing are truly soul mates.”
After a strong first and second season, MTV’s hit supernatural drama Teen Wolf claws its way into a third season. The network not only announced the show’s renewal this week at Comic-Con – but also that the series episode count has been doubled to include 24 episodes, instead of the 12 they had for the previous two seasons.
Loosely based on the ’80s film of the same name, Teen Wolf centers on recently-turned teen werewolf Scott McCall (Tyler Posey), who is learning to cope with his newfound power while trying to maintain a normal life.
This season, Scott’s life was made even more problematic as he had to not only avoid his girlfriend Allison’s (Crystal Reed) werewolf hunting family – but a new lizard-like shapeshifting enemy known as a “Kanima,” revealed to be his high school rival Jackson Whittmore ( Colton Haynes). Scott had to make the difficult decision to join current Alpha-wolf Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin) to help Jackson before Allison’s family could put him down for good.
Teen Wolf currently airs on Mondays nights at 10/9c and draws in an average of 1.8 million total viewers each week. The series also has consistently dominated its timeslot in the 12-34 demographic, since the series premiere last year. MTV’s head of programming, David Janollari, had this to say in a press statement:
“Teen Wolf represents a terrific foray into the scripted world for the millennial MTV audience, and marks tremendous success in the continued diversification of our schedule. Renewing the show for a third season celebrates the creative vision of Executive Producer Jeff Davis and the remarkable talent of the cast who bring this bona fide fan favorite to life.”
The season 3 pick-up of Teen Wolf is undoubtedly great news for fans of the series – but the plan to extend the show may not be the best thing for a scripted show on MTV, which has always been more in the reality TV business. As a show that doesn’t feature the “Freak of the Week” format other similar shows like Smallville, or Supernatural follow, the season-long villains and storylines of Teen Wolf may be at risk of becoming overly drawn out, or could lose some of the less committed viewers.