Attend the So You Think You Can Dance Experience: New Dates

Introducing the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE EXPERIENCE, September 21-23 at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas!

SYTYCDX is a 2-3 day workshop filled with classes, seminars, a mock audition opportunity, and performances.  Participants have a chance to win scholarships, tickets to a live taping of SYTYCD Season 9, Gift Packages, complete with SYTYCD Tour Merchandise, and more. This unique event grants guests VIP status with up-close and personal access to a renowned roster of choreographers and SYTYCD Alumni Dancers.

SYTYCDX is open to the public for students and enthusiasts 18 and older. For more information, including registration for the event, go to www.sytycdx.com

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The Heartbreaking Reason Taylor Swift’s Date Can’t Make ACM Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The New Jersey teen who is fighting cancer and scored a date with Taylor Swift to The Academy of Country Music Awards is in the hospital and won’t make the show.

A Facebook post Saturday says 18-year-old Kevin McGuire was admitted to the hospital Friday night and can’t keep his date with Swift. It was not clear why McGuire was hospitalized.

USA Today reports that McGuire was taken to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with a 103-degree fever.

“Just talked to Kevin McGuire,” Swift said in a tweet. “He’s not well enough to join me at the ACMs. Please keep him in your thoughts. I’ll make it up to you, Kevin!”

Swift asked the Somerdale, N.J., resident to Sunday’s ACMs after his sister started a campaign to get her to attend his prom. The reigning ACM entertainer of the year couldn’t make the prom, but offered to go on the date instead.

His sister Victoria posted this message on the “Taylor Swift take KEVIN MCGUIRE TO PROM!” Facebook page:

“I am so sorry to announce this devastating news, but Kevin was admitted to the hospital last night, and is unable to attend the Academy of Country Music Awards with Taylor Swift. … We appreciate everything you have done for us, and we know you are all hurt from this too. … Please continue to pray for Kevin and his health, because that is the most important thing. As for Taylor, she is just as depressed as all of us to miss out on this date, and we are so thankful for the opportunity she has given us.”

Back in February, Taylor Swift had taken to her Facebook page to give McGuire a response:

“I’ve never seen him smile like that,” Victoria McGuire had told FOX 29 News.

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Laura Prudom: ‘Nikita’: Amanda And Nikita Revisit The Past In ‘Power’

Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 2, Episode 18 of The CW’s “Nikita,” entitled “Power.”

When a show is as consistently compelling as “Nikita,” it’s easy to take each well-crafted episode for granted, but “Power” once again upped the ante for all our characters without wasting a minute on meaningless filler material. In my mind, it’s one of the biggest injustices in primetime that as the show grows steadily stronger, the ratings seem to slip lower.

I’m not sure if it’s purely because The CW fails to promote the series with billboards and posters as well as on-air ads (as it’s reluctant to do with anything that’s not a freshman series or “The Vampire Diaries”), or simply because the serialized nature of the show is daunting to newcomers. I can only urge fans to take note of the advertisers who buy time during “Nikita’s” hour and contact them in support of their products in exchange for their support of “Nikita,” or introduce friends to the series via Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. It would be a travesty of style over substance if some of the network’s more vapid fare was renewed over this scrappy spy drama next season.

Anyway, I’ll step off my soapbox and get to the episode itself, which saw plenty of development in all of our intersecting storylines this week. Alex managed to conspire with an old family friend — and Nikita — to oust Ari from both Gogol and Zetrov before he could assume control of her father’s company, while Percy used the momentary distraction to concurrently oust Amanda from Division. Now, Amanda and Ari are on the run with a black box and a sudden lack of allies, while Nikita seems to be in a better place emotionally after facing down Amanda and letting her live.

While Michael and Birkoff were on back-up duty again (although I appreciated the intimacy between Michael and Nikita that’s been missing for a few episodes), Alex had a chance to shine this week, too. Though she was mostly tasked with distracting Ari, it was clear that the opportunity to face him and the board was cathartic for her, especially since she was denied the opportunity to kill Semak. Lyndsy Fonseca imbued Alex with a steely resolve and her assertiveness when facing down Ari and branding him a “dog” was completely convincing. It’s nice to see all three of our female leads given such excellent, character-driven material to play with.

Nikita and Amanda’s story was beautifully drawn in “Power” (perhaps they should’ve renamed the episode “Girl Power”), utilizing flashbacks to delve deeper into the pair’s early relationship. We saw Amanda grooming Nikita to be the poised and powerful assassin we now know and love, and it was a pleasure to see the two women unguarded with each other, proving that once upon a time, the two could actually laugh and take off their masks around one another. Though Carla saved Nikita from her addiction and gave her that first safe house, in many ways, Amanda is just as much of a maternal figure for our heroine. She may have taught Nikita a lot of the wrong lessons, but her impact on the spy’s life is undeniable.

This episode humanized and redefined Amanda in a way that her relationships — real or faked — with Percy and Ari never could; this was a woman relating to another woman, imparting all the tricks used to manipulate men and all the methods Amanda has always utilized to hide her own weaknesses. But unlike previous encounters with Percy, where he has seemingly got the better of her by playing on her emotions, this resonated in a more realistic way, and Amanda was wounded enough to admit to Nikita, “You broke my heart.” She had two opportunities to kill Nikita this week, and both times, failed to finish the job, because somewhere deep down, Amanda does love Nikita. There’s a very thin line between love and hate, and I think that’s something that both Amanda and Nikita have been struggling with since Nikita escaped Division.

One scene, in particular, so wonderfully summed up both characters that I had to go back and transcribe it; what writer Carlos Coto managed to encapsulate in these few lines speaks volumes about who Nikita and Amanda are as people.
Amanda: Why are you doing this, Nikita? I didn’t kill Daniel, I didn’t kill Ryan.
Nikita: I’m so grateful.
Amanda: You should be on your knees. I saved your life — when you came to me, you were nothing, a foster kid tossed by the system. I made you better, I made you amazing — and what did you do to repay me? You broke my heart.
Nikita: You think you gave me some kind of gift? You took a messed up girl and you made her a broken woman. You told me I was beautiful, you told me I was special–
Amanda: You were.
Nikita: You lied. You took me from one hellhole and you put me in another. You dressed me up all pretty and served me up to them, just like my foster mother did. I broke your heart? You broke mine.

Melinda Clarke and Maggie Q knocked it out of the park in all of their scenes together, but this one in particular demonstrated so many layers of love and anger and guilt and betrayal that it’s worth rewatching several times just to pick up on all the nuances. Nikita has always felt unworthy and broken, haunted by her past mistakes and the way in which Division quite literally whored her out for her country, and her comparison between Amanda and her foster mother hints at a truly chilling past. It’s easy to forget just how damaged these characters are, how Nikita and Alex are both victims of sexual abuse and drug addiction, but when the show circles back to those issues, I’m glad that it doesn’t shy away from them, or the pain those experiences have inflicted.

Perhaps my favorite lines, and those that best epitomize Nikita’s character, were her parting words to Amanda: “You wanna know the difference between you and me? You see a moment of weakness and I see a moment of strength.” To Nikita, Amanda’s moment of hesitation was a sign that the “real” Amanda, the one she keeps locked away, is still buried beneath the mask — that Amanda is still capable of goodness and, more importantly, grace.

Amanda insisted that she was being weak when she failed to kill Nikita, and reiterated that in the bitter way she delivered her last line of the episode, “I let her live.” Nikita, on the other hand, knows — from both her own experience and from watching Michael say goodbye to Max last week — that letting someone go can be the greatest act of grace a person can accomplish. Q’s delivery of “I let her live,” was far more hopeful, more proud, because she finally has her definition of grace. She now seems to realize that she’s no longer broken, despite the horrors she’s endured; that she’s still able to feel love and, perhaps more tellingly, so is Amanda.

What did you think of Nikita and Amanda’s showdown? Did you enjoy the flashbacks? Share your reactions below.

“Nikita” airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. The show now takes a three-week break and will return with a new episode on April 20.

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Report: Mystery Man at Center of Whitney Houston Death Investigation

A Dutch man has become a key player in the investigation into the death of Whitney Houston.

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RadarOnline.com reports a witness came forward and told officials that Dutch national Raffles Van Excel, who was part of Whitney’s most recent entourage, was allegedly one of Houston’s cocaine suppliers and cleaned out her room at the Beverly Hilton hotel before the cops showed up.

Now RadarOnline.com has discovered audio of Van Excel, talking to the Dutch Internet site RTL XL in which he admitted to cleaning the room.

After her lifeless body was found, Van Excel said it fell to him to clean up her suite. “I’m gathering all her clothes now,” he said on the tape. “We are checking out from the hotel tomorrow so someone’s got to do it.”

With Van Excel back in the Netherlands, it is uncertain what access cops will have to him as they investigate where Whitney got the cocaine that was found in her system.

Although it was originally reported there was no cocaine found in the room by officials, TMZ said official police documents now say that, “white, powdery remnants” were recovered, but the quantity was not specified.

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Jerry Lee Lewis Marries Cousin’s Ex-Wife

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Rock and roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis has a penchant for the term “kissing cousins.”

Heading down the aisle for the seventh time, Lewis, 76, married Judith Brown, 62, who was previously married to Jerry Lee’s cousin, Rusty Brown.

Here’s the tricky part: Rusty is the brother of Myra Gale Brown, who wed Jerry Lee in 1957 when the “Great Balls of Fire” singer was 23 and Myra was only 13. That marriage (Lewis’ third) lasted 13 years but the scandal ruined the piano player’s career.

Jerry Lee and Judith, who has been his caregiver for several years, were hitched March 9 in Natchez, Mississippi, according to Lewis’ rep.

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Chevy Chase Feuding With Community Creator — Will He Leave the Series?

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Chevy Chase is embroiled in a nasty war of words with Community creator Dan Harmon, according to Deadline.

Community back with animated Webisodes, “confident” about Season 4 renewal

Last month, Chase, who plays Pierce Hawthorne, the heir to a moist towelette forturne, reportedly walked off the set without filming what was supposed to be the final shot of the season, according to the report. Later at the show’s wrap party, Harmon reportedly roasted the actor in front of his family, instructing the crew to say, “F— you, Chevy.”


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Enlightened Enlists Dermot Mulroney

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Dermot Mulroney has joined the cast of HBO’s Enlightened, Deadline reports.

Enlightened stars Golden Globe winner Laura Dern as Amy, a self-destructive executive who tries to piece her life back together after suffering a public meltdown at work. Mulroney will recur as Jeff Flender, an investigative reporter who Amy hires. The two ultimately become involved romantically.


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