Monday Morning Entertainment Headlines

CLINT EASTWOOD - IT WAS A SPUR OF THE MOMENT THING

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Clint Eastwood had no idea he was going to talk to an empty chair until minutes before he went on stage at the Republican National Convention. Eastwood tells the Carmel Pine Cone that he got the idea when someone kept asking him if he wanted to sit down. He says the Romney campaign tried to find out what he was going to say, but he told them he didn't know. As for why he ran long, Eastwood says no one gave him any signal to wrap it up. Eastwood says he doesn't regret anything he said. He still says "President Obama is "the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people."

WE COULD GET DEFINITIVE WORD ON RANDY JACKSON TODAY

NEW YORK (AP) -- We could get the definitive word on Randy Jackson's fate today. There have been reports that he would step down as a judge on "American Idol" and switch to the role of a mentor. But Jackson hasn't said what his plans are. He's appearing today on "The View" and you can bet this will be the first topic brought up.

NEW SEASON OF "THE VOICE" STARTS TODAY

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) -- Everybody turn your chairs around, it's time for another season of "The Voice." Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will open the show by singing the Stones song "Start Me Up." Then it'll be time for the blind auditions. The Voice will air tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday. On Wednesday, it'll compete with the season premiere of "X Factor."

KATIE COURIC'S TALK SHOW STARTS TODAY

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) -- Katie Couric's goal is a simple one. She says she wants her talk show to make "great TV." Couric says there's no way to predict if it'll be a hit. She says all she can do is talk about things she finds interesting and hope the audience finds them interesting too. Today, she'll speak with Jessica Simpson about how hard it's been to lose her pregnancy weight and she'll talk to Sheryl Crow, who wrote the theme song to "Katie," which premieres today.

"THE JEFF PROBST SHOW"

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) -- "The Jeff Probst Show" is a party disguised as a talk show. Jeff Probst will have a "party room" where guests and members of the audience can get massages, have fun with a photo booth and listen to loud music. The same makeup artists who work on the celebrities will also work on members of the audience. Probst says he wants the show to have a fun vibe. He says the audience will be just as much part of the show as his guests. The Jeff Probst show premieres today.

"STAND UP TO CANCER"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Michael Douglas says cancer "picked a fight with the wrong guy." Douglas is a throat cancer survivor who was one the host of stars taking part in the "Stand Up to Cancer" telethon. Douglas told the audience cancer didn't bring him to his knees, but brought him to his feet. The Friday telethon was aired across all the major networks and a host of cable channels, too. Matt Damon, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sofia Vergara and Robert Pattinson were also among the dozens of celebs on the show. Other stars, including Ray Romano and Chelsea Handler, were taking pledges from viewers on the phones.

BOX OFFICE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- There's a sleepy little place in your neighborhood -- called the movie theater. This was slowest weekend of the year and one of the worst ever for Hollywood. This weekend's total box office take was second only to the weekend that followed the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001. As for this weekend's results, "The Possession" stays No. 1 for a second straight week. The fright flick brings in another nine and a-half million dollars. "Lawless" holds in second place. And it's a third-place opening for Bradley Cooper's new movie "The Words."

YET ANOTHER DANCE COMPETITION

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Make way for yet another dance competition. This one will feature 12 boys and girls who hope to dance their way to the prize of $100,000 and a scholarship to the Young Dancer Program at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. The judges will be Abby Lee Miller from "Dance Mom," Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin and Richard Jackson, who's done choreography for Lady Gaga. "Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition will premiere next month on Lifetime.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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