The Voice

Gwen Stefani Lip Syncs ‘Call Me Maybe’ on ‘Jimmy Fallon’

With Season 7 of The Voice beginning on Monday, new hosts Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton stopped by Fallon. While they’ll soon… Read More

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Why Do We Care More About CeeLo Green’s Rape Tweets Than the Real Accusations Against Him?

In the ongoing saga of famous men trying to redefine what constitutes rape, CeeLo Green recently detached his jawbone in order to get his foot farther down his own throat. His most salacious tweet was one that reportedly read: “Women who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!” Outlets ranging from the Los Angeles Times to Billboard to The Guardian to BuzzFeed have reported this quote as fact, all pointing to each other and/or this manual MT (modified retweet) from a user instead of a direct screenshot of CeeLo’s deleted tweet (something I haven’t seen turn up yet). Legitimacy of this specific tweet aside, Green undoubtedly offered up a handful of offensive tweets about date rape loosely veiled as dialogue with his fans, apologized for them, deleted them, and went back to mercilessly promoting his new music video all in the last few days. It’s an uncomfortable reality of our digital age, the way off-the-cuff tweets can hurt a celebrity’s reputation even more than a criminal paper trail — one that had been following Green for a little over two years by the time he took to Twitter. … Read More

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In Praise of the TV Talent Show Weirdo

Kate Bush took to her blog this week to write a letter in support of one Liam Tamne, a contestant on the UK version of The Voice. Tamne was voted off the show by resident musical antichrist will.i.am, despite a performance that seemed objectively better than that of his competition, to much voluble protest from his fans. Frankly, if will.i.am doesn’t like you and Kate Bush does, you’re probably doing something right, and Tamne will hopefully go on to have a successful and productive career. What it all boils down to is more proof that the most interesting thing about shows like American IdolThe X Factor, and The Voice is rarely the winners. … Read More

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Watch Cee Lo and Kermit Perform “Bein’ Green”

Last Thanksgiving brought us the first brand-new Muppet movie since the ’90s, but this year we’re thankful to Cee Lo Green for making sure the beloved puppets are very much a part of the 2012 holiday season, too. Earlier this week, we brought you Cee Lo and the Muppets’ adorable “All I Need Is Love” video. And last night on The Voice, the singer joined his good pal Kermit at the piano for a lovely rendition of the classic frog anthem “Bein’ Green.” Cee Lo wore a wild, neon-green outfit with mirrors; Fozzie was moved to tears; and even Statler and Waldorf – the Internet commenters of the Jim Henson universe — were on hand to offer their grouchy review. Watch it below. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly have announced plans to face off in “The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium,” a 90-minute debate that will take place on October 6th at George Washington University and is set to be livestreamed online. “I’m excited to debate Mr. O’Reilly,” says Stewart. “I believe this will be a very… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. A TV adaptation of Battle Royale, the Japanese cult film that many have accused The Hunger Games of ripping off, may be coming to the CW — because post-apocalyptic teen death matches are the new vampires. [via LA Times]

2. The cinema-shootout ending to Ryan Gosling’s upcoming movie, Gangster Squad, will be… Read More

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Celebrity Reality Talent Show Judges Ranked from Least to Most Absurd

As much as the general public is fascinated by televised talent competitions, nobody wants to watch a bunch of people they’ve never heard of offer advice to a bunch of contestants they’ve never heard of. That’s why celebrities make the perfect judges – at least, in theory they do. Sometimes the producers of these shows don’t know quite what they’re getting into, as evidenced by some of the personalities on this list. We rank the celebrity judges of American Idol, The X Factor, and more from least to most absurd, after the jump. … Read More

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Fox Spoofs ‘The Voice’ with Celebrity Dating Show

If you’ve been watching NBC’s reality talent competition The Voice starring aw-shucks country star Blake Shelton, diva Christina Aguilera, Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine, and cat lover Cee Lo Green as the show’s judges, then you may be interested in an upcoming Fox series called The Choice. In what feels like a spoof on the… Read More

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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Fellow comedians Russell Brand and Kristen Wiig have been named PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2011. [via PopEater]

2. A decade after originally taking a stab at the project, Jeff Bridges has reacquired the rights to the Lois Lowry children’s classic The Giver. His plan was originally to give his dad the… Read More

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