Posted: 5:02 pm Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

‘American Idol’ bits: Caleb/Jena Irene at the prom, David Archuleta, Paul McDonald 

By Rodney Ho

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 25:  American Idol Season 13 Winner Caleb Johnson performs at the 25th National Memorial Day Concert at U.S. Capitol, West Lawn on May 25, 2014 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capitol Concerts)

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 25: American Idol Season 13 Winner Caleb Johnson performs at the 25th National Memorial Day Concert at U.S. Capitol, West Lawn on May 25, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capitol Concerts)

Caleb Johnson attended Jena Irene’s prom a few days ago fulfilling a promise he made during the show.

Sure, he’s 23 years old and way too old for a prom but they say they are just good friends.

You can see photos of Jena Irene in a prom dress here. Caleb did not wear a tux.

This is how People described their attire:

Asciutto, 17, looked stylish and sweet in a strapless cream-colored gown, while rocker Johnson, 23 – who declared himself “probably the antithesis” of previous American Idol winners – eschewed the traditional tuxedo in favor of a button-down shirt, black pants and a leather jacket.

Caleb already has to put together an album in record time. It’s set for release August 12. I’m not sure any winner has gotten a record out that fast. Jena Irene is going to graduation, then both join the “Idols Live” tour later this month.

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MJ has more details of what happened last month to  Scotty McCreery,  the victim of a break-in and robbery.

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Season 7′s David Archuletta is back from a two-year mission for the Church of Latter-Day Saints and working on new music. Check out his new video explaining that he is not dead and not being lazy. “I’m working. I am writing. I’m getting to know me, figuring out who I am,” he said, his voice sounding deeper than I recall from 2008 when he came in second behind David Cook.

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Phillip Phillips’ “Raging Fire” is holding at No. 7 on the Mediabase 24/7/ Hot AC chart.  That pretty much covers “American Idol” contestants on the charts.

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Despite cheating rumors, Kelly Clarkson is staying with her husband Brandon Blackstock as they prepare for the baby.

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Season 7′s Paul McDonald, based on his Twitter feed, has been in Atlanta working on tracks in Buford. He has eaten at Farm Burger and provided this  commentary we can all relate to:

195 comments
DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Rodney has posted a new thread!

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Tried to put pic of Meryl's house in here, but it didn't work.

Weather so weird today. Black as tar an hour ago, all sunny now. I hope this stays for awhile - my day to go home and feed and pee the girls.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Now I just want to go home and read the book I'm in right now! I rarely read at home, too much other stuff with the little ones, tv shows, all the stuff going on. Usually read on my lunch hour when I can, and on vacation. Still manage to go thru a couple or 3 books a month with that limited time.

I love the "Castle" show so much, I'm thinking about giving the books a try - no idea who writes them but if they're good, I'd read them all.  I have a used book store up the street from my house, and they've got a good selection of books, even current ones. I go up 2 or 3 times a year and stock up. Also get really good buys on hard-and-paperback books at Sams Club. Just wish I had more reading time.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

That was an interesting little discussion about Charlie Manson and "Helter Skelter" - hope we find more of those topics to discuss!

Another writer who has scared me a couple times is David Wiltse. He wrote a book years ago called "Serpent" that I still remember as one of the scariest ever. Doesn't hurt that I'm absolutely petrified of snakes - cannot look at pics of them or in movie or tv. Deirdre is like "Superwoman" - axing that sucker to death a few weeks ago to save her babies.

MercedesS
MercedesS

Hi Sam - I have to sign in several times every day.  And when the site is in a funk, like today, I have to key in my letters s-l-o-w-l-y or punch them 2-3 times before they "take". Hence my sometimes "bad spelling"...


And good morning everyone.

Caught up with this weeks "Fargo" - best TV series since "True Detective".  In both cases, it's about character development.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

I have to sign in every day, even if the site shuts down then reopens (having Outlook problems at work).

Love "Something's Gotta Give", but that butt shot of Jack N is less that appealing - but really funny at the same time. I want that gorgeous house on Long Island.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

I just noticed that I haven't had to sign in for a few days.  Maybe some of the quirks of this format are being addressed.

Since we've been talking about Stephen King, Under the Dome starts again June 30.  I have read that the series was not supposed to have a second season, that it was supposed to be a self-contained mini-series type thing last year but the ratings were much higher than expected.  When the network asked for another season, the producers had no idea where to go with it.  But, according to King, they figured it out.

Also, King wrote the first episode of season 2!

Rickster_
Rickster_

"The Long Walk" was Jack Nicholson's walk to the bathroom in "Something's Gotta Give" wasn't it?

Jenny11
Jenny11

One last King thought for the day.  Who remembers "The Long Walk"?  

King's precursor to "The Hunger Games", if you ask me....

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

I have never read "Pet Semetary", and may never aftr all these comments!

If you want the Beegesus scared outta ya - read "Helter Skelter" by Vincent Bugliosi - the story of the havoc wreaked by Charlie Manson and the subsequent trial. It's the scariest thing I've ever read, and it's all true. Bugliosi was the prosecutor at the trial, and he said that at one point in the trial Charles Manson glared at him, and his watch stopped dead at that precise moment. It's about 800-900 pgs, and I read it from a late afternoon thru the night and finished up about 6:00 the next morning - couldn't put it down. But I lived by myself, and I checked the doors and windows a dozen times, and put my back against my headboard, facing the bedroom door and never turned my back on the door.

No matter what horrors any great writer can imagine, it can always be matched or topped in horror factor by real life stuff.

Jenny11
Jenny11

Wow. Good link below.  King himself locked his manuscript away for six months, and almost didn't finish.

"The real horror is in shadows and details."  That puts it PERFECTLY. 

"And then the house stood empty in the May sunshine, as it had stood empty on that August day the year before, waiting for the new people to arrive. (....)

And perhaps they would have a dog.


http://maxdunbar.wordpress.com/2009/03/01/classic-books-pet-sematary/



Jenny11
Jenny11

Mercedes - re: Pet Sematary - yes, "gruesome" is quite a good description.  I don't even know how I got through some of it.  I mean, I can't even watch the bloody scenes on Grey's Anatomy. 

But it was the imagery, I guess.  Little God Swamp.  The deadfall.  ("Don't go beyond, no matter how much you may feel you need to.")  

And this quote:  He clawed the rocks out, and most he simply pushed aside along with the growing pile of stony dirt. But some of them he saved. 

For the cairn.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

I'm glad I'm not the only one who much prefers a real book to a computer thingy! I want to see all the pictures, hold the book and turn the pages. I can't imagine never holding a book in my hands again.

Someone (Mercedes?) mentioned Jo Rowling having written some mystery books. I didn't know that - will have to find them. My sister tried to read the novel she wrote a couple years back, "The..........(?) Traveller" and said it was dreadful and she stopped after 100 or so pages. Hard to imagine, as all the HP books are totally captivating.

Jenny11
Jenny11

@MercedesS  - SO agree on the hedge rabbit (or was it the lion?  Seems like he went from sitting placidly, to crouching threateningly, as if about to pounce.)  Either way... one of the best moments in the book.  That, and the wasps that came back.

That's cool about the Oregon hotel!  Never knew that.  I always thought they'd probably used the Stanley in Colorado.  Though here's a crazy story... I saw something on the Travel Channel about real-life haunted places... and King had a VERRRRYY  strange experience at the Stanley.  It inspired him to write "The Shining".  I'll go look for a link....


Jenny11
Jenny11

Deirdre - re: "Salem's Lot" - I love his earlier books the best.  "The Shining".... "The Stand".... "IT".... "The Dead Zone".... "Pet Sematary"... even "Christine".

To me, his writing changed around the time of "Misery".  After his real-life horrible accident.  I stopped being able to get into many of the books...

Jenny11
Jenny11

I love the direction this thread has decided to go!  We've talked about King before, but it's always fun.

"The Stand" is at the top of my all-time favorites list, by any author.  Epic.  

"The Shining" is up there too… and I HATED the Kubrick movie.  The hedge animals were so key to the plot… and they ruined the ending…. AND, Wendy was supposed to be blond and pretty… she was NOT supposed to look like Olive Oyl from Popeye.  

Sam, yup, you and I have talked about "The Langoliers" before.  It's one of my faves.  Enjoyed the mini-series fairly well.  

But the only movie that I've ever felt has captured King's writing was Shawshank.  It's just not possible with most of his books.  A movie can't go inside the character's heads like we do in the books.

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC Hey, look, we agree in the off-season!  On Stephen King.  :-)  I've always thought character development was his best attribute.  And I love when his characters (and locations, and even ideas) pop up in completely different works.  Richie Tozier and Bev Marsh, from "IT", popped up in 11/22/63.  Hallorann, from "The Shining", has been mentioned in passing in unrelated books. 

And in something I re-read recently (and it's driving me nuts that I can't find it again....) a character drove past Derry on the turnpike and felt a cold chill, without knowing why.  And thought to themself - something's very wrong there. 

MercedesS
MercedesS

@Sam-A1  Totally misunderstood snake-on-the-loose film from 1982 - "Venom" - with a great cast: Klaus Kinski, Nicol Williamson, Sarah Miles, Sterling Hayden is something for Sam! A poisonous snake a young boy picks up by mistake from a pet store is taken home to a big, beautiful London townhouse where crooked servants (Susan George and Oliver Reed) are up to no good.  Snake escapes, gleeful mayhem follows.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@MercedesS Loved True Detective.  Still waiting for a chance to see the rest of Fargo.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Sam-A1 If I won the lottery, I'd buy that house...fabulous!

MercedesS
MercedesS

@DeirdreC  And how often, when an additional season is forced on a successful show, does that season turn out to be fabulous as well? But, since King wrote season opener, I will watch.

MercedesS
MercedesS

@Sam-A1  Still have my tattered HARDBACK "Helter Skelter".  Think I read it in my first year of marriage.  Home alone for three days, I decided to start reading the book.  For three nights, I left every light on in the house.  The creepy-crawley stuff was the nastiest...


Read a follow-up of sorts, "Manson, The Life and Times of Charles Manson" by Jeff Guinn.  Already at the age of five, "little Charlie Manson was a disagreeable child." No father, worthless mom in jail, at 7, '"he loved playing with guns and knives." At age 13, reform school. He was let out at 21, a hardened criminal. "Any release prior to that was improbable: one evaluation declared Charlie 'should not be trusted across the street.' Reformatory authorities who'd dealt with the worst delinquents in America concluded that Charlie Manson was beyond rehabilitating."


Yet he was let loose on the world.

Jenny11
Jenny11

@Sam-A1  Wow.  Evil personified.

I think the true stories are even more horrifying than the fictional.  I remember as a child, I'd get into my parents' bookshelf (I was quite the reader; always about 7 or 8 grade levels ahead of my age).... Anyway, at about 10 or 11, I got hold of "Buried Alive: The Kidnapping of Barbara Jane Mackle."  I don't think I slept for weeks.

(Google it.  True story of an heiress/Emory student who was kidnapped from a Decatur motel and buried alive in the woods off Peachtree Industrial, near Berkeley Lake.  WITH PHOTOS.  ***Shiver.****)

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Sam-A1 I did a paper based on some of the Helter-Skelter book.  It was about the power and hypnotic effect a good speaker could have on people.  Compared Manson to Hitler at the time.  Very dramatic but I was also very young.  You are right about the Bugliosi book.  It was horrifying.

MercedesS
MercedesS

@Jenny11  Why did I have to read that???!!! Brought back all the bad memories of the book

Jenny11
Jenny11

Oh, and I tried twice to read "The Stand" in high school and college... and couldn't get past the Superflu section.  Put it down both times, thoroughly grossed out.  But then a friend convinced me to give it just ONE more try... and I've now read it at least four times.  I couldn't believe I'd ever given up on it. 

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Sam-A1 I download some books on my ipad.  It is cheaper than buying the print copy.  But I alternate between print and ebooks because my eyes bother me after awhile on the ebooks.   I travel a lot so the ipad books are very convenient.  However, I always buy King in print.

Jenny11
Jenny11

@Sam-A1  - Ditto, Sis.  I'll never give up real books.

The one and only place where I can see the advantage to an e-reader, would be if I was taking a very long trip and couldn't physically take a lot of books.  Then it would be great to have anything and everything I might want to read, all loaded up.

Jenny11
Jenny11

@MercedesS  Well poo, I can't find a link to the show I saw... but as I recall, King and his wife Tabitha stayed in room 217 on an empty night just before the hotel closed for the season.  King had several eerie things happen during his stay, including something involving a hotel maid who had died in that room.  Suffice it to say, it inspired his book. 

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Jenny11 You would like Dr Sleep.  It goes back to a style he used to have.

I like his books no matter what.  His characters are so richly detailed but in such a natural way that the story never gets bogged down by the character stuff.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Jenny11 I think the guy in 11/22/63 drove past Derry. Or maybe it was Dreamcatcher.

Re agreeing on something: we must celebrate the positive as much as possible!  ;-)


Jenny11
Jenny11

And I had to re-type this whole comment, because apparently the blog demon doesn't like Hallorann's first name.  Good grief.  :-/

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

@MercedesS @Sam-A1 I would NOT be able to watch that movie! The book isn't really about snakes, but there is one nightmare segment about them. It's really a scary one.

I also used to read the "Deadly Sin" books by Lawrence Saunders - loved them Not really scary but good murder mysteries. And I loved the OLD Mary Higgins Clark books, especially her first one "Where Are the Children", and "Loves Music, Loves to Dance". Her latest ones (I've tried 2 in the past 8 or so years) pretty much suck.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

@DeirdreC @MercedesS I am also having that "slow keyboard" thing where some letters, and usually the first one, do not print. Drives me crazy.

MercedesS
MercedesS

@DeirdreC @Sam-A1  Especially the kitchen...

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@MercedesS @DeirdreC I was really annoyed when they went for the second season.  Time will tell whether or not it was a good idea.

Rickster_
Rickster_

@Jenny11 Don't know if it's still there or not, but they used to display the container she was trapped in out front of the DeKalb County courthouse.

Jenny11
Jenny11

Oops.  The actual name of the book was "83 Hours Till Dawn".

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC  - I am SO looking forward to reading Dr. Sleep! I've flipped through it in the bookstore.  Again, though, got to wait for the paperback.  Hardbacks are so pricey (and heavy to hold!)  And I'm just not an e-reader type of person. 

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC  And Deirdre, I remember once before, you said how you couldn't read "Pet Sematary" because at the time you had kids Gage's age.  You should give it a try now, though.  It's one of his best works, and hands-down THE most terrifying book I've ever read.  To this day, I won't read it if I'm home alone at night. 

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC  And yes, we've agreed before on King.  Small miracles!!  :-)

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC  Ah!  Maybe that's it.  Explains why I couldn't find it again in any of my books... I haven't actually read 11/22 yet, only flipped through it in the bookstore.  But had to look at the Bev/Richie swing-dancing scene, and must have seen the Derry mention.  (I've been waiting for a paperback version to come out.  Surely it has by now?  I need to go and look.)  

Writing up more answers to other King posts as we speak... stay tuned!! 

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

@MercedesS And her bedroom! Love how it's all shades of white, cream, gray - so lovely and homey.

I also want Meryl's house in "It's Complicated" - and could never figure why in the film she wants to redo the kitchen - it's perfect. Recently read about the real house, and it does not actually have that bower of vines growing over the front - it was much lovelier with them than without - don't know why the owner removed them when the shoot was finished.

Those are two of my dream houses.

MercedesS
MercedesS

@Jenny11 @DeirdreC  Got a Kindle for Christmas 2012. Read a few books, but it just wasn't the same.  The last noise I hear before I drift off to sleep is the "thunk"  my book makes when it falls to the floor. Couldn't very well do that to the e-book... so I gave it away and continued to read myself to sleep with BOOKS.

MercedesS
MercedesS

@Jenny11 @DeirdreC  I've thrown away a few books in my life.  "The Exorcist" was one of them, and  "Pet Sematary".  Nightmarish and way too gruesome.

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC  Like, "The Kid" in the uncut version of The Stand.... the car he drives is none other than Christine. 

Jenny11
Jenny11

@MercedesS  - I am laughing over here... me TOO!!!  (With the "thunk" sound.)  That's how I fall asleep every single night.  

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC  - Awww.  Well, maybe when he's grown.  :-)  Or, just tear out the pages with the actual accident scene.