Quentin Tarantino’s “f-in” reshot and edited; Jon Peter Lewis goes home.

Quentin Tarantino’s “f-in” reshot and edited; Jon Peter Lewis goes home.
As a guest judge on American Idol 3 Wednesday, Quentin Tarantino got really excited, especially after LaToya London performed. “You’re an f-in’ powerhouse!” he said. Note that he did not say “fuckin'” but actually edited himself and said “f-in.'” Still, that was too much for both our current hysterical FCC-fearing climate and for the super-sanitized Idol; his comment was reshot and edited for the final broadcast. The New York Post reports on the incident, and Ryan Seacrest confirmed it during On Air yesterday afternoon. Meanwhile, Jon Peter Lewis is no longer a finalist after America gave him the fewest number of votes. Those of you who are clapping and jumping up and down thinking you won’t have to see that personality-less redheaded guy anymore, there’s bad news: that’s John Stevens, and he survived the cut last night, although just barely, as he received the second fewest number of votes. Next up for the seven remaining contestants: Barry Manilow songs, with a live Barry Manilow performance next Wednesday during the results show.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.