Thursday Morning Entertainment Headlines


UNDATED (AP) -- Sophie Tweed-Simmons has some famous parents -- but does have talent? Sophie tired out for "The X Factor" on last night's show. She's the 19-year-old daughter of Gene Simmons from Kiss and actress Shannon Tweed. Some of the other wannabes resented a star's kid trying out. But Sophie told the judges her parents didn't know until just before the audition. She makes it with three yeses. Arin Ray also makes it. He auditioned last year and was put in one of the instant groups before getting cut. The auditions continue tonight.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When we last saw "Grey's Anatomy," many of the main characters were in a plane crash and Lexi was dead. Kevin McKidd, who plays Dr. Hunt, says "it was sad to see Chyler Leigh go." He says the writers sure know how to grab an audience. Tonight's season premiere won't pick up where last season ended. Instead, we'll see how the surviving crash victims are coping. We'll find out how they got rescued in the second episode.


UNDATED (AP) -- Things aren't going well for the Matsing tribe on "Survivor: Philippines." They lost the first two Immunity Challenges. At the Tribal Council last night, Roxy tried suggesting that Angie, a former Miss Utah Teen USA, was getting a little too cozy with hunky bartender Malcolm. Roxy said the relationship would hurt the tribe and that Angie should go. But her tribemates didn't agree. Roxy is the second person to get the ax this season. The seminary student from Brooklyn, New York, predicts more bad times ahead for her ex-tribemates.


NEW YORK (AP) -- JWOWW is engaged. She tells that her boyfriend Roger Matthews asked her to marry him after they went skydiving. They'd been dating two and a-half years. Matthews slipped a 7.5 carat pink and white diamond engagement on her finger.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ray Stevens is remembering Andy Williams as "one classy guy." He was also the guy who changed Stevens' life. Stevens says Williams gave "a green kid from Georgia" a chance by letting him sing on his variety show. That was his big break and he went on to a successful career. Williams has now died about a year after being diagnosed with bladder cancer. He was 84.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Anna Kendrick sings and dances in "Pitch Perfect," but still remembers her most traumatic moment on stage. She was five years old and was supposed to sing "On the Good Ship Lollipop." She forgot the words. Kendrick says she sat on the stage and cried. She says it was "scarring." "Pitch Perfect" opens tomorrow.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Daniel Barnz feels he's the perfect person to direct "Won't Back Down" because he comes from a family of teachers. Barnz says his parents, grandmother, mother-in-law and sister-in-law are all teachers. He says he's had plenty of time to "observe and think about what constitutes a great teacher." "Won't Back Down" opens tomorrow.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jonny Lee Miller contacted the actor playing Sherlock Holmes on the BBC before taking on the role in the TV series "Elementary." Miller describes himself as a "groupie" for Benedict Cumberbatch. He says he called him "after every episode" to talk with him. When he was offered the role of Holmes himself, Miller asked for Cumberbatch's blessing and got it. Elementary premieres tonight on CBS.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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