THE MANDEL EFFECT ON “AMERICA’S GOT TALENT”

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- Pictured: Nick Cannon -- NBC Photo: Trae Patton

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- Pictured: Nick Cannon -- NBC Photo: Trae Patton

Nick Cannon admits he’s excited that Howie Mandel has joined the judge’s panel on America’s Got Talent. After all, Cannon, too, is a stand-up comic turned show host just like Mandel.

And Cannon tells us the energy has changed considerably since Mandel took the gig. Besides he has also been a mentor to America’s Got Talent’s host without even knowing he’s been setting an example.

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Why Mandel has been a mentor for Cannon.

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What Cannon has learned from Mandel on the show.

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The similarities between Cannon and Mandel.

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America’s Got Talent returns for a new season Tuesday, June 1st, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

OGRE’S RULE THE HOLIDAY BOX OFFICE – “SHREK FORVER AFTER” NUMBER ONE

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Shrek Forever After came out on top at the box office over the holiday weekend. The fourth sequel in the animated franchise saw $55.7 million between Friday and Monday and only dropped 21.3 percent since its debut on May 21st.

Though Sex and the City 2 looked like it would take second place as late as Sunday, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time squeaked past it with an estimated total of $37.8 million compared to Sex’s $37.1 mil in receipts.

Iron Man 2 landed in fourth position in its fourth week out nabbing $20.6 million and – like Shrek Forever After – dropped a mere 21.9 percent since its debut. Iron Man 2 has grossed $279 million, which puts the flick well over its $200 million budget.

The Russell Crowe action adventure, Robin Hood dropped to fifth place in its third week out with a disappointing $13.6 million in revenue. That brings the total domestic receipts to $86.3 million – still far short of the $200 million production costs.

Rounding out the top 10:

6. Letters to Juliet $7.2 million

7. Just Wright $2.7 million

8. Date Night $2.2 million

9. MacGruber $1.9 million

10. How to Train Your Dragon $1.4 million

FERGIE’S NEW ROLE IS FOR THE DOGS

173Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie starred last year in the musical Nine, and with Marmaduke the Fergalicious star is the voice of a dog named Jezebel.  Fergie, who is married to Transformers actor Josh Duhamel, talks about the joy of working on the movie, which features Owen Wilson as the lovable Great Dane.  Marmaduke opens nationwide Friday. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR BELOW TO HEAR FERGIE)

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“THE BACHELORETTE” WANTS TRUE LOVE AND ALL THE TRIMMINGS

THE BACHELORETTE - "Episode 602" - Twelve sexy guys meet Ali at a beautiful Malibu beach house where they strike a pose for a charity calendar photo shoot. A few unlucky bachelors find their wardrobe leaves little to the imagination; however the guys do their best to impress the Bachelorette, none more so than Ty, who steals the show when he takes time to serenade Ali, on "The Bachelorette," MONDAY, MAY 31 (8:00-10:02 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/CHRIS CHAVIRA) TY, JONATHAN, KIRK, ALI FEDOTOWSKY, JUSTIN

THE BACHELORETTE - "Episode 602" - Twelve sexy guys meet Ali at a beautiful Malibu beach house where they strike a pose for a charity calendar photo shoot. A few unlucky bachelors find their wardrobe leaves little to the imagination; however the guys do their best to impress the Bachelorette, none more so than Ty, who steals the show when he takes time to serenade Ali, on "The Bachelorette," MONDAY, MAY 31 (8:00-10:02 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/CHRIS CHAVIRA) TY, JONATHAN, KIRK, ALI FEDOTOWSKY, JUSTIN

Ali Fedotowsky brought a bit of baggage with her to The Bachelorette this season. Though she’d been through the paces on The Bachelor – and this time out was in the driver’s seat herself, Fedotowsky still had insecurities about finding true love, show host Chris Harrison tells us.

Harrison says Fedotowsky was deadly serious about finding true love, but that’s nothing new for the women on the reality series who are convinced The Bachelorette is their best opportunity for a meaningful relationship.

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Chris Harrison explaining why Ali Fedotowsky was apprehensive.

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How serious Ali Fedotowsky was about finding true love.

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The Bachelorette airs Mondays, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

FINDING “TRUE BEAUTY” CAN BE PRETTY UGLY

Disney-ABC Television Group's summer press junket was held on May 15, 2010 in Burbank, California. (ABC/RICK ROWELL) BETH OSTROSKY STERN, CARSON KRESSLEY

Disney-ABC Television Group's summer press junket was held on May 15, 2010 in Burbank, California. (ABC/RICK ROWELL) BETH OSTROSKY STERN, CARSON KRESSLEY

How’s this for a reality show premise – contestants who think they’re auditioning for the chance to become the Face of Vegas, are really secretly being judged on their inner beauty. Well, that is the premise of True Beauty, which kicks off tonight after The Bachelorette.

Actually, to hear show judges, Carson Kressley (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy) and Beth Ostrosky Stern (Howard Stern‘s wife) tell it, we’re going to be disappointed many times over by beautiful people who turn fairly ugly under the watchful eye of the camera. And one participant (that they won’t identify) was downright frightening when he or she discovered they’d been duped.

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True Beauty begins 10:02 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.