November 20, 2018

Review Category : TMZ Music News

Jennifer Hudson Returning To ‘American Idol’ As Judge?

It takes one to know one, and maybe that's why "American Idol" producers are reportedly courting former contestant Jennifer Hudson to sit at the judges' table next season.

According to The Wrap, the Oscar and Grammy winner is in talks to judge during season 13. Hudson, who competed on the third season, appeared on the show's season finale last week alongside winner Candice Glover.

"The show's producers feel they've lost their core audience," the source adds. "And they want to bring back former contestants in order to tell their core audience, 'We love you.' They know they've made some major mistakes over the past few seasons and they want to make it right with their fans."

OG judge Randy Jackson has confirmed he's leaving the show, and it's still unclear if Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey or Keith Urban will be back for more. The show is reportedly looking to go back to a three-judge format. The show's first-ever winner, Kelly Clarkson, is also rumored for a judging spot on the show. Vulture further reports that other former idols like Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert are also possibilities, though nothing has been confirmed by their reps.

Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly told reporters last week that "everything is on the table."

The latest round of names comes just weeks after it was rumored that A-listers like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Pink and Sean "Diddy" Combs might be in the running for a gig. Experts who spoke to MTV News note that it's going to take something ...

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‘Fast & Furious 6’ Expected To Lap ‘Hangover III’ At Box Office

They say the third time's the charm, but a certain "6" is expected to speed past the competition into first place this weekend.

Blockbuster season is officially in full swing. has made more than $1 billion worldwide. . Now it's time for and to have their respective moments. The latest installment in the car-heavy action franchise is expected to cruise to #1, leaving the Wolf Pack settling for #2.

"Epic" will try to take some of that family business that "The Croods" has been hogging, while filmmaker Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight" (the followup to the acclaimed "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset") will open in limited release.

" 'Fast & Furious 6' arrives on the scene packing more punch than any franchise rightfully should on its sixth lap," Exhibitor Relations senior box-office analyst Jeff Bock told MTV News. " But this isn't your average Part 6, is it? '2 Fast 2 Furious' didn't have Vin Diesel and 'Tokyo Drift' didn't have either of the stars, so '6' really is '4' with Paul Walker and Diesel."

"While '6' usually translates to franchise fatigue, this series doesn't play by the rules, and Universal has done a great job beefing up each installment," he continued. "In 'Fast Five,' they added Dwayne Johnson and in '6' they brought Michelle Rodriguez's character back from the dead. Plus, instead of a car-racing series, 'Fast & Furious' has morphed into a heist-film franchise, extending its audience and lengthening its play-ability."

"Fast Five" grossed $626 million worldwide. "Fast & Furious 6" should collect more than $100 ...

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‘Hangover Part III’: Is This Really The End?

This weekend, you'll be able to catch the final chapter of "The Hangover" saga in theaters, but once the credits start to roll, you see that there's nothing that could stop a potential fourth installment. So is "The Hangover Part III" really the last time we'll see the Wolfpack?

They seem to think so.

When MTV News spoke with Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and director Todd Phillips in Las Vegas, they spoke conclusively about their characters getting completely messed up and forgetting what happened the night before.

"You just realize that this is the story that we wanted to tell," Phillips said. "This feels like a completion of our trilogy that's really about friendship and mayhem put together. It just feels like the right thing."

But to finish the story that started in there was one character that needed significant development for there to be any ending: Galifianakis' lovable buffoon Alan.

What Are Critics Saying About 'Hangover III'?

"We just wanted to make sure it felt like closure. The key to that was feeling that the Alan character had moved on because he was the only loose thread with these guys," Phillips said. "He was one that you'd be most worried about and going, 'I wonder if that guy is OK?' We wanted to make sure that he felt like he was in good hands or at least equally messed up hands."

Cooper explained that the focus on Alan's character and withdrawing from the first two films' formulas helped "Part III" actually feel like a finale. "It's a departure from the ...

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Amanda Bynes Arrested For Drug Possession

Troubled actress Amanda Bynes was arrested at her New York apartment on Thursday after police claim that she tried to destroy evidence of her drug use.

Officers were called to the former child star's midtown apartment Thursday after the doorman at her building called to report that she was smoking marijuana in the lobby, acting erratically and talking to herself. When the officers arrived, she returned to her 36th floor apartment, according to NBC New York.

Officers entered her apartment, which reportedly reeked of marijuana, and they saw a bong inside after Bynes, 26, opened the door for them. She allegedly then grabbed the smoking device and tossed it out of the window. She was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment, felony tampering with evidence and criminal possession of marijuana.

TMZ reported that Bynes, who was wearing a platinum blonde wig at the time of her arrest, got agitated and yelled, "Don't you know who I am?"

Before being booked, Bynes was taken to Roosevelt Hospital to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and is expected to appear in court on Friday. Bynes pleaded no contest in California two weeks ago to driving on a suspended license and was sentenced to three years summary probation and still has a DUI charge pending in Beverly Hills.

It has been a rough year so far for former Nickelodeon star Bynes, who has raised eyebrows
 with a series of nude photos, sexual online flirting with rapper Drake and a Twitter war with former Playboy Playmate and VH1 star Jenny McCarthy.

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How ‘Fast & Furious 6’ Nearly Sent Vin Diesel Up In Flames

When the title of your movie has the words "fast" and "furious" in it, it feels like injuries are inevitable. But star Vin Diesel told MTV News they're extremely careful about avoiding anything that might lead to a real accident.

"If there's an injury, we already feel like we've failed a little bit as a team," Diesel said.

But the actor confessed that he did, in fact, experience his scariest moment as an actor while shooting the highly anticipated sequel.

"I'm in my Dodge Daytona, and they said, 'We want you to drive through this smoke,' " he recalled. "While I'm waiting, I'm seeing these guys pull over these huge tanks of gas and pouring them into those gas-explosion things. And I hear 'action,' and as I'm getting closer, I see flames coming out of these gas tanks. Once I get to the gas tanks, it's like two giant fireballs were shot at my car."

Although Diesel has a reputation for doing his own stunts, he admitted that this one went a little further than he was comfortable with.

"I saw all of these paramedics, I saw the fire department, and I was like, 'What are these people doing here?' " he revealed. "My equilibrium was off, because the explosions came through the window, and they wanted me to slalom a little bit when I came out like I was out of control. So I did that, and everyone was running over like, 'I think we lost him!' "

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Steve Aoki Talks Torn Abdominals, Afroki and Imagine Dragons Collabos

Steve Aoki can now do a standing backflip.

Of course, he had to tear an abdominal muscle to do it — and has had to take the stage at recent shows with his midsection tightly wrapped — though, chances are, you wouldn't know it unless he took off his shirt. Because the second he gets behind the decks, he's not feeling the injury in the slightest.

"I just got some stunt-training classes; one of the things I want to do this year is learn how to do a standing backflip ... and I got it down. I Vine'd it," he told MTV News at the Hangout Fest. "It destroys your abs, because you're throwing your body [backwards] and I think I tore a muscle. [But] onstage, the adrenaline always changes everything; I can be hobbling to the stage, and all of a sudden I see the crowd, I feel the music, and I swear to God, everything changes."

Of course, there's another reason Aoki's playing through the pain: He doesn't have time to be injured, not with a host of musical projects on the horizon, including another collaboration with his pal Afrojack, and a brand-new album, Neon Future.

"We're putting out a song called 'Afroki,' we're finishing putting a vocal on there, and then we're going to get it out. The vocal process takes time. I've been playing out the instrumental, " Aoki said. "And I'm playing out a ton of new stuff from my next album, Neon Future. 'Aoki Jump,' 'Boneless,' the first single, which comes out June 5. ...

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2 Chainz, Cap 1 Bond Over A <i>T.R.U. Story</i>

Firestarter: Cap 1

2 Chainz had a heck of a come-up. The rap veteran may have dropped his solo debut just last year, but it was his experience in the game that ensured its success. Cap 1 has a similar experience — maybe that's why he gets along so well with 2 Chainz.

"I did a lot of writing and behind-the-scenes work with different artists out of Chicago, and came up with Shawnna," Cap explained to Mixtape Daily of his early days, which also included a solo deal with Motown records around 2000. "Throughout that whole movement of Shawnna being with [Disturbing tha Peace] is how I came to meet with Chainz and this is going back like 2001 [or] 2002."

As two underdogs in the rap game, Chainz and Cap made a pact: if one of them caught steam, they would include the other in their plans. Deuce, of course, featured Cap 1 on the Mike Will Made It-produced "Wut We Doin" from 2 Chainz's Grammy-nominated Based on a T.R.U. Story. "Me and Tit just had our bond. We were kinda like two of the same — had the same walks of life, going through the same things just trying to get somewhere better," Cap said. "That's my brother and he kept his word and that's where we are today."

In March, Cap released his long-anticipated T.R.U. 2 It mixtape. Not only does the tape feature contributions from the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Young Jeezy and Game, but more importantly, it showcases the lyrical grit that has kept Cap ...

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Like ‘I Love It’? Icona Pop Have ‘A Lot’ More On The Way

Even though we are still a few weeks away from the official start of the season, it's not too early to predict which song will be deemed the song of the summer.

One duo that have a legitimate shot at that title are Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo, known as Icona Pop. The Swedish pop DJs' bonafide hit is inescapable, and the girl-power anthem will no doubt carry its way through the summer months.

But what is so surprising about "I Love It" is that the pop-dance track was actually released in Sweden a year ago. It first gained attention in the United States as the theme song for and was featured on an episode of "Glee." The song is now sitting comfortably at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts after peaking at #7.

MTV News recently caught up with the stylish pair at 102.7 KIIS-FM's Wango Tango in Los Angeles, where they admitted they are still getting used to their newfound fame.

"It's very surreal that we met on my couch in Sweden and now we are here [at Wango Tango]..."Hjelt said. "We couldn't be happier. We have really tried to take it in; we are super excited. This is such a good start for us."

It certainly is only the beginning for these two, who have a busy few months ahead of them. In addition to kicking off their first-ever headlining tour in North America on August 12, Icona Pop are hard at work on their debut album, which they hope to release by the end ...

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