| Feb 19, 2014
| 8:53 AM
The transition in each "American Idol" season from the recorded, edited shows — auditions, Hollywood Week and the like — to the live shows is always a little jarring, sort of like stepping off a moving sidewalk onto stationary ground. It can...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 8:43 AM
The second night of "American Idol's" Rush Week, on which 15 male contestants showed up ready to sing, though only 10 would be invited to do so, went much more smoothly than the first. Of course, it wasn't a terribly high bar to surmount.
Like the women...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 5:00 AM
After the long slog of the Rush Week performance shows, the results show on which "American Idol" assembled its top 13 was a brisk, breezy affair.
We began the night with 10 men and 10 women. Five men and five women would form the top 10 based on the...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 8:43 AM
The "American Idol" top 13 took the stage live on Wednesday night to perform songs suited to the theme "This is me." They were instructed to select a song that "truly defines them as an artist and as a person," Ryan Seacrest told us.
Some of the...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 12:30 AM
First Lady Michelle Obama, headlining a fundraiser on Wednesday at the Hancock Park home of "Everybody Loves Raymond" creator Phil Rosenthal and his wife Monica Horan, tried to instill a sense of urgency into Los Angeles' donor base, with control of the...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 4:45 AM
Despite Ryan Seacrest spending hours on the red carpet talking couture lifestyle with platinum-selling music stars, it was the artists who celebrated second-hand culture who busted through the pomp to win many of the 56th Grammy Awards' most coveted...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"IF IT was anything else, I might plead my foot, but I won't miss this. It's too important -- it's about love!"
That's what Madonna told members of her inner circle who were suggesting the star's recent injury to her foot was too painful and "too...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 12:18 PM
About a third of California college students report being uninsured and they said the primary reason was cost, not an aura of invincibility, according to a new survey.
The results released Monday are based on a poll of 836 students at three Cal State...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 7:53 AM
"American Idol" handed out a few final golden tickets -- 21 of them, to be precise -- as it wrapped up its Season 13 auditions on Thursday in Omaha. Along the way, Keith Urban reconnected with an old pal he hadn't seen in years, Harry Connick Jr. had...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 8:23 AM
Ah, "American Idol" group round. "The most grueling challenge of the 'Idol' journey," Ryan Seacrest reminded us on Thursday night, just before we saw the first group, a trio of returning contestants calling themselves "Three Mo' Days," step out onto...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Pharrell Williams looked wiped out.
Late on a recent evening, the singer-rapper-producer was shuttling between two studios at a Melrose Avenue recording complex. In one he was working on music for this spring's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," which he's...