With no one ousted at the end of last week's charity-focused show, American Idol gave the heave-ho to two contestants Wednesday night - Phil Stacey and Chris Richardson. The viewer vote tally from last week was added to this week's, with more than 135-million phone and text-message ballots cast in all. Stacey, 29, of Jacksonville, and Richardson, 22, of Chesapeake, Va., drew the fewest votes. With their departure, the number of finalists is down to four. The winner will be chosen May 23. Randy Jackson said on Tuesday's program that Stacey's take on Bon Jovi's Blaze Of Glory was his "best performance ever." Richardson hugged "best friend" and finalist Blake Lewis when host Ryan Seacrest said he was going home. And the final four are - drumroll, please - Lewis, LaKisha Jones, Jordin Sparks and Melinda Doolittle.
Spider-Man 3 times at BayWalk Imax
Muvico BayWalk in St. Petersburg is featuring Spider-Man 3 in regular format and in its new Imax theater. Movie times in today's Weekend section do not specify the times for the Imax version. Please consult the Floridian section for those times. Spider-Man 3 is reviewed today in Floridian.
300 tops with MTV
Two Dreamgirls - Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson and Grammy winner Beyonce Knowles - will compete for a golden popcorn trophy at this year's MTV Movie Awards. Both received nominations for best performance for their work in the 2006 film. Other nominations of note: For best movie, the blood-soaked 300 leads with five nominations, followed by Pirates of the Caribbean 2 with four. Blades of Glory, Little Miss Sunshine and Borat round out the category. Speaking of Sacha Baron Cohen, he is up for three awards: best comedic performance, best fight with Ken Davitian, and best kiss with Will Ferrell in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Sarah "Bleeping" Silverman will host the
2007 awards, airing June 3.
Midler replaces Dion as Caesars headliner
Bette Midler will replace Celine Dion as the headliner at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, officials announced today, answering the lingering question of who would be chosen to step into the 4,100-seat Colosseum, which Dion virtually sold out for what will be a nearly five-year run by December. Dion's show, "A New Day," has grossed more than $500-million since it began in March 2003, producers said. The Grammy award-winning singer announced in January that she would end her run at year's end. Midler, 61, said the venue was intimidating but exciting. "I'm looking forward to it, but also I'm terrified because it's huge," she told the Associated Press by telephone. "That's giving me the vapors." Midler said she agreed to a two-year contract to work 100 shows a year, performing five nights a week for 20 weeks beginning Feb. 20. Tickets, ranging from $95 to $250, go on sale today at 3 p.m. through Ticketmaster or by calling 1-877-723-8836.