Review: Spielberg's War Horse is manipulative, hollow

Confession time: I love Steven Spielberg's screen adaptation of The Color Purple, but I can't defend it. The music, the cinematography, the performances, and everything else about it has been painstakingly designed to manipulate an emotional response, and even though I can see the strings, I fall for it every time.

Who is Melanie Amaro? 7 Things to Know About 'The X Factor' Winner

Melanie Amaro has wonThe X Factor, but not much is known about the singer who was eliminated by mentor Simon Cowell before being brought back for the win. What will she do with the $5 million prize? What's her plan for her debut album? How do finalists Josh Krajick and Chris Rene feel about the results? Find out this and more here.

Drake, Tony Bennett, help Carson Daly rock NYE on NBC

Will Drake and Tony Bennett be the next to pair off on one of Bennett's Duets tunes? Maybe not. But the rapper and crooner are among the guest who'll perform on NBC's New Year's Eve With Carson Daly special on December 31.

Adam Lambert says lesson learned after arrest

Former American Idol finalist Adam Lambert brushed off his arrest in Finland on Thursday, blaming his bad behavior on travel, booze and irrational confusion and adding lesson learned on Twitter.

David Archuleta Halts Music Career for Mission Service (VIDEO)

Archulta, who was 16 when he competed on the popular American Idol show, performed with the Grammy-winning Mormon Tabernacle choir in 2010 at the choir's annual Christmas concert. A spokesman for the Church of Jesus Christ for Latter-day Saints said he didn't know when Archuleta was supposed to report for missionary training.

Bruised X Factor limps toward finals

American viewers have chosen the three singers who will compete in the finals of The X Factor after a first season that underwhelmed critics and raised questions about audience fatigue ahead of returning TV contests American Idol and The Voice.

Is Matt Lauer's Today Show Replacement Ryan Seacrest?

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that NBC executives met with Seacrest earlier this week to discuss bringing him in as the program's co-host, replacing Lauer who has told the company he might leave next year. Executives who met with Seacrest include Today show executive producer Jim Bell, NBC News president Steve Capus and senior vice president for marketing and communications Lauren Kapp.

Game of Thrones, Homeland enter TV guild races

HBO's popular fantasy drama Game of Thrones and new Showtime thriller Homeland burst into the race for the top TV shows of the year on Wednesday, with nominations for their writers and producers.


Singer Chris Daughtry performs with his band Daughtry on NBC's 'Today' show in New York

Idol finalist Durbin's debut Memories is cheesy fun

Remember when metal was the happiest genre on earth? If not, you're either too young to recall or too old to care about the 1980s heyday of hair-metal, when the pouffy 'dos, screeches, and spirits were all as high as a drummer stumbling out of the Rainbow Room.