Thursday, April 14, 2011

Comings and goings

- In case you need more evidence that American Idol is indeed "back," look no further than Twitter and Facebook and the amount of mentions received by the FOX show. According to, Idol has been name-checked in an average of 65,000 tweets (including related terems like #americanidol) on the days it airs, and around 5,000-10,000 per days on those days when it does not air. The show's Twitter peaks have been January 19, the day of the season premiere, with 172,873 tweets and April 8, the day after the show reduced down to eight contestants, with 122,938 tweets. On April 7, the night the show had its reduction of contestants, there was a peak of 26,413 tweets in one hour! As of today, the show has been "liked" on Facebook an average of 15,000 times per day since April 3--a total of 5,356,240.

- Hmm, speaking of Idol, we hear that booted competitor Pia Toscano and Dancing With the Star's Mark Ballas were seen in a Century City, CA restaurant together. Toscano's being voted off of the Idol island is still a head-scratcher.

- Restaurant recommendation for my San Francisco peeps: Gussie's, home of authentic chicken-and-waffles. Try the peach cobbler a la mode too--it was killer.

- Here's some James Bond news for fans of that franchise. MGM is officially partnering with Sony to distribute both James Bond 23 on November 9, 2012 and James Bond 24 several months later. Daniel Craig will once again star as Bond with #23 being directed by Sam Mendes.

- Michael Stuhlbarg, who plays Arnold Rothstein in HBO's Boardwalk Empire, has joined the cast of Men In Black 3 as Griffin. He'll work alongside Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin and Emma Thompson. It's another coup for this actor who will next be seen in Martin Scorsese's Hugo Cabret. (Source: /

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