<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Entertainment Today]]> <![CDATA['X Factor' Shake-Up: How Simon Cowell Fired Paula Abdul, Steve Jones and Nicole Scherzinger ]]> The X Factor news came fast and furious on Monday night -- first, that host Steve Jones would not be returning, then that judge Nicole Scherzinger was exiting (both confirmed by Fox) and finally, according to sources, that Paula Abdul also would be shown the door. Now The Hollywood Reporter has learned that all of these major show decisions are coming from one key confab held in the U.K.]]> <![CDATA[Bruno Mars learned the biz by working with big acts]]> Bruno Mars' original game plan was like many aspiring singers': Move to California, get discovered, get signed, release a record, tour the world. "That's not always how it goes," he says.]]> <![CDATA[Red Fang releases free acoustic EP]]> Portland stoner-metal act Red Fang released a new EP to Bandcamp today. And in a double-twist of pleasantly unexpected, it's both free, and acoustic.]]> <![CDATA[Colorado Shakespeare 'monitoring weather']]> Boulder is currently facing a flashflood warning expected to last through later on Wednesday, July 30, with at least 1-2 inches of rain expected. Since Colorado Shakespeare Festival performs some o]]> <![CDATA[Four or more for Music Director]]> Rumors have been swirling around Chautauqua all summer. When the Colorado Music Festival announced its summer season, it was stated that three of the guest conductors were candidates to replace ]]> <![CDATA[Jay-Z, Rihanna, Elton John to Perform at London Olympic Arts Festival]]> Musical stars, including Jay-Z, Rihanna, David Guetta and Elton John, films from the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and Mike Leigh and art from Yoko Ono and others will all be part of the London 2012 Festival, a cultural celebration across Britain tied to the Summer Olympics that kicks off on Thursday.]]> <![CDATA[Marvel replaces Ed Norton as the Hulk in 'The Avengers,' but will it matter?]]> The Hulk has some fairly obvious anger issues and, let's face it, he's not exactly a team player. The same might be said of Edward Norton, the two-time Oscar nominee whose talent and temperament are often mentioned in the same breath by Hollywood insiders. "Sure, Ed Norton is a great actor, but ..."]]> <![CDATA[Netflix deal gives CW a boost]]> <![CDATA[Almost two years after his death, Bernie Mac is still missed]]> In his bathroom, Bernie Mac lit a firecracker, spread ketchup on himself and pretended that he had been shot — much to the horror of his wife. In a friend's bathroom, he placed fake dung on the ground, leading Super Bowl partygoers to believe someone had missed their porcelain mark.]]> <![CDATA[Detroit councilman does a number on '1-8-7']]> <![CDATA[Steven Soderbergh & Channing Tatum Making ‘Magic Mike’ The Musical]]> First they made the movie and now Steven Soderbergh and Channing Tatum are taking Magic Mike to the stage. The film’s director and star are producing a musical adaptation of their male stripper movie. Distributed by Warner Bros., Magic Mike opens Friday.]]> <![CDATA[Theme park review: Wizarding World of Harry Potter]]> It's Universal Orlando's newest ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.]]> <![CDATA[Michael Rapaport's rocky quest]]> <![CDATA[All Original Guns 'N Roses Members Will Be at Rock Hall Induction]]> Whether the group plays together or not remains to be seen, but it appears there will be some sort of reunion of Guns 'N Roses' original lineup at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 14 in Cleveland.]]> <![CDATA[Update: Film critic Ebert, 70, dies amid cancer battle]]> Film critic Roger Ebert has passed away amid a years-long cancer battle, the Chicago Sun-Times announced.]]> <![CDATA[Oscars memorial attracts controversy ]]> A minor scandal emerged in an unexpected place during last night's Oscars broadcast: the recap of film industry folks that passed away in the last year.]]> <![CDATA[Boulder Weekly’s summer flash fiction contest]]> Though some call the art form embattled, for centuries, the written word was one of the most popular forms of entertainment available for the masses.]]> <![CDATA['The Sopranos,' 'Seinfeld' ranked best-written shows in history]]> The current state of television, both drama and comedy series, has inspired some to call this a period of renaissance for television writing. The Walking Dead, Mad Men, Game of Thrones and others earn accolades for the quality of their writing.]]> <![CDATA[Pics from The Motet's Mixtape 1975 Halloween show]]> Each Halloween the Motet unites costume-clad fans of the Front Range and transport them to a funkified era of the bands choice. Nobody knows how to start a dance party better than this Colorado-]]> <![CDATA[Why 'Won't Back Down' should go back to school]]> The 34th richest person in the country, a conservative Christian and oil man, went and made a movie. Spoiler alert: It pushes conservative values and themes at the expense of depicting anything realistic.]]>