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Thursday, 22 May 2014 11:02

Mike Myers on family

NEW YORK (AP) - Mike Myers says the fact that he hasn't been in a movie in five years isn't unusual. Myers tells GQ that he writes most of his movies, so that takes time. He also likes to spend time with his family. Two and a-half years ago, his wife gave birth to their first child. He says he took time off to "take it in." He says it's been "the happiest time" in his life. He says he didn't know he had that much love in him.

Thursday, 22 May 2014 11:01

Caleb Johnson is the new American Idol

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The third time was the charm for Caleb Johnson. He beat out Jena (JEE'-nah) Irene to win "American Idol" last night. Johnson had tried out in 2011 and in 2012 - but was eliminated after making it to Hollywood Week. And when you're the new "American Idol," you can do whatever you want -- like blow off your victory song. Johnson let the band vamp for well over a minute while he accepted hugs from the other finalists.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Clay Aiken says being on "American Idol" helped him get name recognition as he launched his political career. But he says voters in North Carolina now see him as more than a celebrity who's trying to win votes. Aiken told NBC's "Today" show that while music has opened doors for him, he has had to overcome his fame as a singer to be taken seriously as a candidate. Aiken, who is gay, denies his campaign has downplayed the fact that he supports gay marriage. Aiken says he's trying to emphasize issues that affect voters. The Democrat faces incumbent Republican Renee Ellmers in November.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police are looking into whether Michael Jace's financial troubles led to the death of his wife, April. Jace has been arrested on suspicion of shooting his wife to death during an argument. Jace is suspected of shooting his wife several times. Their two sons, who are younger than 10, were at home when the shooting happened. Police say Jace declared bankruptcy in 2011 and hadn't been able to pay his bills as recently as December. Jace played police officer Julien Lowe on "The Shield." His character was known for his high morals. But he got into trouble when officers found out he was gay. Jace was also in four episodes of "Southland," played one of the Black Panthers in "Forest Gump" and starred in a TV movie about Michael Jordan in 1999.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 14:50

"American Idol" Caleb vs. Jena

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Harry Connick Junior says last night's "American Idol" finale was like watching a prize fight. He says Caleb Johnson was like Joe Frazier and Jena Irene was like Muhammad Ali. Johnson and Irene each sang three songs, including songs that are their first original singles. Whoever wins will have an album out August 12, with pre-orders beginning today. The new "American Idol" will be named tonight.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 14:48

Josh Kaufman win "The Voice"

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A glitch on iTunes yesterday prevented fans of "The Voice" contestant Josh Kaufman from voting for him by downloading his version of "Set Fire To The Rain." It didn't matter: Kaufman won anyway. Host Carson Daly says the iTunes votes were thrown out and the show's accounting firm certified that it did not affect the outcome. Kaufman was on Team Usher, only after Adam Levine cut him during the battle rounds and Usher stole him. Jake Worthington on Team Blake came in second, while Christina Grimmie on Team Adam came in third.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's made of plastic and, well, a little on the cheesy side. But Maks Chmerkovskiy says he's proud to finally get his hands on it. "It" - is the mirrorball trophy awarded to the "Dancing With the Stars" winner - and for the first time ever, Maks has won it. He teamed up with Olympic skater Meryl Davis to score the win last night, capping season 18 of the ABC ballroom competition. Chmerkovskiy said while he knows the trophy isn't much to look at, "it means so much" for him to have won it. He says what makes it sweeter is winning it with Davis - saying that was "a dream come true." In the bedlam after the announcement, host Tom Bergeron had to look around to find the triumphant couple to hand them the trophy before the credits rolled and the show went off the air.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon is taking the "Tonight Show" on a road trip to Florida. The show announced Tuesday that Fallon's first road trip since taking over for former host Jay Leno is to Orlando next month. The shows will be taped June 16 through 19 from Universal Orlando Resort. Scheduled guests include Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Tracy Morgan. There will also be a first look at the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios theme park ride. Free tickets for the shows are first come, first served and being made available beginning sometime on Wednesday, with information released through the Tonight Show's Twitter handle (at)FallonTonight. You must be at least 16 years old to attend.

NEW YORK (AP) - A guitar George Harrison bought in Illinois before Beatlemania has sold at auction for $657,000. Harrison bought the 1962 Rickenbacker guitar in Mount Vernon, Illinois, while visiting his sister in 1963. He had it refinished from a Fireglo red to black so it would match John Lennon's Rickenbacker. Julien's Auctions also reports Lady Gaga's 1990 red Rolls Royce sold for $125,000. The organ Steven Tyler used to write "Dream On" sold for more than $28,000. One of Elvis Presley's white jumpsuits sold for $197,000.

NASHVILLE (AP) - Hank Williams usually is portrayed as a dark and lonely man. His daughter says it's time to show the happy side. Jett Williams says her father comes across as a guy you'd want to know better on "The Garden Spot Programs, 1950." She says it's because it's a radio program and her father would have thought it would never be heard after it aired. KSIB-AM in Creston, Iowa, saved the tapes, which were restored and released in modern formats this week. Jett Williams says the highlight is "Lovesick Blues" because it's a different version. She advises anyone who finds a funny-looking record should realize it's probably an acetate and get a professional to play it, because if it's old, it may only play once.