‘MILLION DOLLAR DECORATORS’ STAR MARTYN LAWRENCE BULLARD GOES WILD WITH JOE FRANCIS

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Martyn Lawrence Bullard is one of the five designers featured on the new series Million Dollar Decorators, which airs tonight on Bravo (10 pm et/pt).  “I’m sort of a designer to the stars on the show, because I’ve got all the celebrities,” said Bullard.  “But the fact that I do that means that there is a lot of fantasy decorating in my features.  And from that you can really extract some amazing ideas that you maybe never would have thought of before.  So you’re not only seeing the glitz, the glamor, the sex appeal, the madness.  You’re seeing real work and getting really good information from it.”

Click on the media bar and listen to Bullard talk about working with Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis.

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Kathryn Ireland, Jeffrey Allan Marks, Mary McDonald, and Nathan Turner round out the decorators who are featured on the show.  

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LILY ELISE PERFORMS “SINCE U BEEN GONE” ON ‘THE VOICE’ BATTLE ROUNDS

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The Battle Rounds continue, as Nineteen-year-old R&B singer Lily Elise is pitted against country singer Cherie Oakley on tonight’s The Voice (NBC, 10 pm et/pt).  The pair perform the Kelly Clarkson track “Since U Been Gone.”

Cherie is a total country diva and I’m Miss R&B over here, (to sing) a rocky pop song was good for us,” says Elise in a recent interview with Hollywood Outbreak.  “She was able to put her spin on it, and I was totally able to put mine.  We were in different worlds but it came together, I think.  It worked.”

Elise, who does a pretty solid rendition of John Legend’s “Ordinary People” (to see video click here), was one of the artists who received a second chance performance during the Blind Auditions, and it was Christina Aguilera who picked the USC student to join her team.

“I’ve been growing up with her and listening to her music and so inspired by her all throughout my childhood,” says Elise. “She was everything that I thought she would be.  She was just so professional, and she always is on time, looking beautiful, ready to work, and she believes in the show.  She believes in the team members. She’s given me such amazing advice.”

Click on the media bar and listen to Lily Elise talk about how The Voice has changed her life:

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Lily Elise discusses the positive and negative aspects of being too critical of her own performances: 

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HOWIE MANDEL SAYS ‘AMERICA’S GOT TALENT’ WILL TAKE “YOUTUBE BY STORM”

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The two hour season premiere of America’s Got Talent airs this evening (NBC, 8 pm et/pt), and judge Howie Mandel explains why the program is still a popular staple.   “We’re the only show in competitive talent shows that have no rules, no age restrictions, and there is nothing you can’t do, which opens the door to phenomenal brilliance,” says the Deal Or No Deal host.  “And crazy delusion.”

Howie Mandel explains why America’s Got Talent should not be lumped in with shows like American Idol, The Voice, or the Fox program The X Factor.

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Mandel is also featured in a series of web videos (www.Facebook.com/RedBaronPizza), which has the entertainer showing families the value of Red Baron’s Pan Pizza over the average delivery pizza (the web series runs through June 15th).  “Through my experience, I’ve been able to witness America negotiate the best deals for themselves,” said Mandel in a statement. “My family eats a lot, so I identify with the mission to show people how they’re being tricked every time they order a pizza or delivery.  Wait for a cold, pricey and lesser quality delivery pizza when I could have Red Baron Pan Pizza fresh from my own oven in 30 minutes? No deal.”

Click on the media bar and listen to Mandel elaborate on how America’s Got Talent is appealing to a younger crowd (he mentions host Nick Cannon in the clip):

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‘THE VOICE’ SINGER CASEY DESMOND DISCUSSES TEAM ADAM EXPERIENCE & BOND WITH JEFF JENKINS

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Casey Desmond and Jeff Jenkins take the stage on tonight’s Battle Rounds episode of The Voice (NBC, 10 pm et/pt).  In an interview with Hollywood Outbreak, Desmond said she bonded with Jenkins during the experience.   “It’s been awesome and a lot of people think that if you’re in a battle with someone it needs to be like you duke it out with someone,” says the singer, who tackles the Elton John staple, ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’ with Jenkins. “But Jeff is awesome, he’s a wicked sweet guy.  It’s been positive all around, even though it’s a competition.”

Casey Desmond discusses a possible collaboration Jeff Jenkins, and she says she’d love to also write songs for other members on The Voice:

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Jenkins and Desmond are both members of Team Adam, and the singer describes coach Adam Levine as a “down to earth” and “super nice” guy.  “I just got a really positive vibe from him and I felt confident working with him,” says Desmond, who grew up in a musical and artsy family (her parents owned a rehearsal facility, and she met rockers and indie musicians at an early age).  “He didn’t give that scary celebrity vibe.  He’s just another awesome dude and he told me that my style is ‘loud and proud’ and to just go with it and be true to who I am.  It was a really positive experience in that way.”

Casey Desmond talks about the universal appeal of The Voice

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On where she sees her music career after her experience on The Voice:

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Here’s a preview of tonight’s performance:


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JESSICA CHASTAIN RECALLS AUDITION PROCESS WITH TERRENCE MALICK

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Jim Caviezel’s career took off thanks to his work in director Terrence Malick’s epic World War II film The Thin Red Line, and one can expect a similar trajectory with Jessica Chastain, who plays a 1950s Texas homemaker in Malick’s latest picture, The Tree of Life.

To watch a Malick film one must be open to stories that don’t conform to a predictable linear narrative, and many of his character’s hopes and dreams are expressed through their innermost thoughts (via Malick’s frequent use of voiceover).

“It was an incredible emotional journey for me,” says Chastain, who will be seen later this year in The Debt.  “To play this woman, it’s like I got to enrich this small kernel of grace in myself and live this life exploring compassion and gratitude and cultivating joy.  And I’ll always take that with me.  (Terrence Malick) also taught me about living in the moment and not planning anything.  And I’ll take that with me in my life, and also in my acting.”

Click on the media bar and listen to Chastain talk about her long audition process for The Tree of Life

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Over the Memorial Day Weekend, The Tree of Life took in over $488,000, as it played in just four theaters (the film will expand to eight new markets this weekend).

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