Sunday, July 21, 2024

Jeff Bridges New Album–Scooped Here November 1st; “Idol” Conspiracy?


The trades are reporting that Oscar winner and now six time nominee Jeff Bridges “has inked a contract with Blue Note Records.” Yes, well, we told you this on November 1, 2010.See here: That was how many months ago? By now, the album should be recorded and ready to go, frankly. Anyway, just as I wrote almost six months ago, the album will have songs by Bridges as well as the writers whose songs made “Crazy Heart” so memorable.

Maybe Jeff will get a chance to play on “American Idol” or “X Factor”…If he gets on the former, beware the voting process. “AI” fans are still up in arms over the expulsion of Pia Toscano a couple of weeks ago. But producer Nigel Lythgoe tells our Leah Sydney— at the HRTS Hollywood Radio & TV SocietyNewsmaker Luncheon in Beverly Hills– that Toscano was never a contendah. .Her voting-off was “a surprise-but at the same time just  part of the process. I’m quite shocked about the furor over it all.  She was never in the top five.  There are always conspiracy theorists.  It’s going to happen every week now. I don’t think about the conspiracy theorists because they’re impossible.  We get the voting from AT&T and from Telescope.  Delighted with the judges and how tremendous they’ve been. We have huge talent this year-and I’ve really appreciative of that.”

The HRTS brought out all the reality Kingpins including Thom Beers (“Deadliest Catch”), Stephen Lambert, (“Undercover Boss”) and J. D. Roth, (The Biggest Loser)  and Sally Ann Salsano (Jersey Shore). They could have had a panel discussion about the destruction of scripted TV and the undermining of intelligence in America–but that’s for another lunch!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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