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How NBC's The Voice Plans to Out-Class TV's Singing Competition Shows

Cee Lo Green

Even Carson Daly was suspicious of The Voice's bright red swivel chairs.

On NBC's new singing competition, things kick off with those chairs and blind auditions. Four celebrity coaches sit listening with their backs to the contestants. Should they like what they hear, they slam down on a large button and their chairs swivel to the front. This means they want to guide that contestant through the competition, helping them with everything from their song choices to their style.

Daly, the late-night talk show host and former MTV veejay, first thought it might be "gimmicky" but ultimately found it to be "a great idea in an American Idol world."

"Young people seem to be so enamored with just becoming famous," Daly says. "This immediately takes all of that out. Here, you need skill. You need to be an artist that established artists want to help mold."

And there's the difference: The Voice, adapted from a massively popular Dutch format, aims not to take on Idol in its own game, but to elevate the game itself. Rather than leaving the contestants to plod along, choosing ill-suited songs or worse, the show enlists its coaches — Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton — to mentor the hopefuls. And in a unique twist, the contestants will cherry pick their coach should more than one of them swivel forward.

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Simon Cowell: "There's a Good Chance" Paula Abdul Will Judge X Factor

Paul Abdul, Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell said he plans to reunite with Paula Abdul on Fox's upcoming singing competition show The X Factor.

While Cowell said negotiations with Abdul haven't begun yet, he told Deadline.com"there's a good chance it will be her."

Simon Cowell leaving U.K. X Factor

"I missed her the second she left [Idol]," Cowell said. "Always loved working with her even though she can be a pain. ... I don't know what it is about her, but I've always clicked with her. You just have to get that chemistry, and she's right. I've never found anyone better than her."

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Rio Tops Box Office, Breaks Record for 2011

Rio

Rio soared to the top spot at the box office for a second week, making it the top-grossing  release of 2011 so far, Box Office Mojo reports.

The Fox animated film, featuring the voices of Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg, took in $26.8 million in its second weekend, bringing its worldwide total to $286 million. Rio fended off new release Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family, which brought in $25.8 million and took second place for the weekend.

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent to Take on Spider-Man Musical

Spiderman Turn Off the Dark, Law and Order

The Law & Order franchise continues its headline-ripping ways:  Law & Order: Criminal Intent will take on the troubled Broadway production Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark in an upcoming episode, TVLine reports.

The story will focus on a high-flying show called Icarus, which detectives begin investigating when a botched stunt leads to one of the actor's death. Suspects include a "high-strung and larger than life" director possibly modeled after Spider-Man's one-time director Julie Taymor. The episode also features a bisexual rock-star composer named Arno. (U2 front-man Bono is responsible for the music in the Spider-Man show.)

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The Beat Goes On: Treme Settles in for the "Long Haul" of Season 2

Wendell Pierce

In an early episode of Treme's second season, a disc jockey asks one of the show's musician characters how his new album is selling. "Selling?" the musician replies in almost disbelief. "It's jazz, man."

The dialogue is a perfect metaphor for the HBO drama, whose co-creators, The Wire's David Simon and Eric Overmyer, have always favored atmosphere and character over plot. Like that incredulous musician, Simon is more concerned with art than television ratings, because he says it's the... read more

Miami Dolphins Player Brandon Marshall Stabbed by Wife, Police Say

Brandon Marshall

Police said the wife of Miami Dolphins wide received Brandon Marshall stabbed him with a kitchen knife, The Associated Press reports. According to Marshall's agent, he is currently recovering.

Michi Nogami-Marshall, 26, was arrested late Friday and charged with... read more

Internet Star Antoine Dodson Arrested for Marijuana Possession

Antoine Dodson

Antoine Dodson, best known for appearing in the Autotuned web video "Bed Intruder Song," was arrested Saturday in Alabama, according to the Madison County Sheriff's Department.

Dodson, 24, was arrested on five misdemeanor charges, including marijuana possession and speeding, after he was stopped for... read more

Elton John, David Beckham Among Royal Wedding Guests

Elton John, David Beckham

Elton John and David Beckham are among the 1,900 guests expected to attend the royal wedding Friday, according to an official guest list released Saturday.

John, 64, performed a special version of "Candle in the Wind" at the funeral of Princess Diana in 1997. Beckham, 35, who recently worked with... read more

Blue Bloods Parts Ways with Creators

Blue Bloods

Blue Bloods creators and executive producers Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green have parted ways with the series, Deadline reports.

The married writing team reportedly left over creative differences. According to Deadline, CBS wants to make the show more... read more

Ali Landry Pregnant with Baby No. 2

Ali Landry

Ali Landry and husband Alejandro Monteverde are expecting their second child, People reports.

Check out photos of Ali Landry

The 37-year-old model, best known as... read more

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