From Justin to Kelly out today; theatres threatened boycott.

From Justin to Kelly out today; theatres threatened boycott.
The wait is over: the non-American Idol themed movie starring Justin Guarini and Kelly Clarkson, aptly titled From Justin to Kelly, is in theatres today (find showtimes). It’s rated “PG for thematic elements, sensuality and brief language,” and the plot has something to do with spring break. The movie wasn’t screened for critics, but The Kansas City Star saw it and says it “is a better-than-expected diversion that likely won’t leave anyone feeling cheap or cheated.” The video version was “originally scheduled for late July until theater owners beefed about the short window” and threatened to boycott the film,” The San Bernardino County Sun reports. Now it’ll be out in Sept.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.

A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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