Blog Posts by Soraya Roberts

  • ‘The X Factor’ contestant wows judges

    "The X Factor" contestant Rion Paige may have had a hard life, but on the third season premiere of the U.S. reality show, judge Simon Cowell said she was the "easiest yes" he had ever given.

    The 13-year-old Jacksonville, Fla., native was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a disorder that curves the joins in her wrists and appears to greatly reduce her ability to hold anything. Paige is also "almost permanently blind" in her right eye.

    "I just want the judges to not take pity or think of me as different," she said in an interview before her audition in Charletson, N.C., adding, "Sometimes I just get really frustrated whenever I can't accomplish something that I think I could. Music helps me deal with it."

    She also happens to be pretty good at it. She took to the stage to sing Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away," which was a fitting choice, considering her powerful Jewel-like voice.

    "That's how you do it," a smiling Cowell said after joining the three other judges -- Demi Lovato,

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  • Aaron Paul’s advice to Texas fan: ‘Don’t do meth’

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    Many actors get frustrated when their fans confuse them with their characters — "Breaking Bad" star Anna Gunn, for example. But as for Gunn's "Bad" co-star Aaron Paul? Well, he doesn't mind so much.

    Despite the fact that his show is set to end this season, Paul recently took on the persona of his character, Jesse Pinkman, anti-hero Walter White's right-hand meth man, after meeting a fan in Texas.

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  • Drake moves out of Toronto condo to Metalworks Studios in Mississauga

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    It's no secret that Drake has put his Toronto condo on the market, but did you know he had moved from his lush $4.2 million Yorkville pad into a Mississauga studio?

    Yes, it turns out the 26-year-old "Started From the Bottom" rapper is temporarily calling Toronto's Metalworks Studios, where he is recording his third album, home. According to RollingStone.com, he and producer Noah "40" Shebib are working day and night in the Toronto suburb in order to finish "Nothing Was the Same" for Sept. 9.

    "I’m literally sleeping in the studio on an air mattress," Drizzy told the website. "We’re working 24-hour days to make sure the story is done, front to back. It has to be a new point of discovery.”

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  • Justin Bieber has another nightclub incident, this time in Toronto

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    Maybe Justin Bieber should look into having some quiet nights in. In the latest saga from his eventful life, the 19-year-old "Boyfriend" singer has gotten into yet another shady incident at a nightclub.

    According to the Toronto Star, Bieber was at Toronto's Uniun Nightclub at 3 a.m. on Saturday when a fan approached him for a photo. “The fan was just a small little guy,” the venue's operation manager said. “He wasn’t being aggressive.”

    But that's not how TMZ saw it. The gossip website reported the man "charged at" the Biebs, grabbed his shirt, and tried to tackle him. Either way, the Canadian pop star's security detail proceeded to shove the pic seeker to the ground, with Bieber reportedly losing a $40,000 gold chain in the scuffle.

    Though there was reportedly no police investigation into the matter, this is not the first time Bieber has been involved in an incident at a nightclub.

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  • Dave Chappelle walks out on stand-up show in Connecticut

    Dave Chappelle pulled the plug on his eponymous sketch show in 2005, and this week his fans got a dose of deja vu when he abruptly walked out on another gig.

    On Thursday, the "Chappelle's Show" creator was headlining the Funny or Die Oddball Festival in Hartford, Conn., when the audience reportedly started making too much noise. It got so boisterous that the organizers tweeted a plea during his set.

    But apparently they didn't listen and the 40-year-old comedian decided to wrap it up only about a half-hour into his set, a moment that was caught on video and uploaded to YouTube on Thursday night.

    “All right, guys, I like some of you. I hate some of you. I forgive some of you, but I don’t forgive all of you," Chappelle can be heard saying. "You guys have totally ruined my chances of running for Congress or something."

    He concluded with, "Thank you, goodnight," and put down his mic as the crowd booed, and then he walked offstage to Kanye West's "New Slaves."

    According to Ty Wenger, a senior editor at ESPN who attended the show, what caused

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  • Mark Wahlberg’s Wahlburgers restaurant coming to Toronto

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    Mark Wahlberg and his entourage are coming to Canada. The "Pain & Gain" star, along with brothers Paul and Donnie, have announced they are bringing their burger joint, aptly named Wahlburgers, to Toronto next year.

    “My brothers and I are thrilled to announce the opening of our Canadian location at the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel,” executive chef Paul said in a statement on Wednesday, according to the National Post. “Having spent a lot of time in the city, we have a strong connection to Toronto and appreciate the vibrant food culture.”

    The family restaurant originally launched in 2011 in Hingham, Mass., and Toronto will be its second location. Though the famous founders have not yet announced whether the Canadian menu will differ from the the American version, Wahlburgers' U.S. menu offers some clues of what to expect.

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  • Hugh Laurie gives impromptu piano performance at Vancouver’s Cellar Jazz Club

    Hugh Laurie performing at the Hammersmith Apollo in London in June. (Joseph Okpako/WireImage)

    Apparently, Hugh Laurie is as knowledgeable about music as Dr. House is about medicine. The "House" star surprised the audience of a Vancouver jazz club this week when he took the stage for an impromptu piano performance.

    Laurie, who is in town to film the sci-fi Disney flick "Tomorrowland," reportedly showed up at the Cellar Jazz Club on Monday night to watch Canadian guitarist Rob Montgomery perform.

    According to Vancouver's Metro newspaper, at one point Montgomery asked the 54-year-old actor to join him onstage. Laurie proceeded to impress the audience with his stride piano technique as his hands leapt across the keyboard.Read More »from Hugh Laurie gives impromptu piano performance at Vancouver’s Cellar Jazz Club

  • J.K. Rowling on Harry Potter’s 15th anniversary: I miss Dumbledore the most

    If J.K. Rowling had a magic wand, she would conjure Dumbledore into being. On the 15th anniversary of her culturally defining wizard series "Harry Potter," the author has revealed that Harry Potter's mentor, Professor Dumbledore, is the character she misses most.

    "He was the character who was hardest to leave for me," Rowling said in a video for Scholastic Books, which appeared on "Good Morning America" Tuesday. "He was the person who I'd have come back physically and sit and talk to me."

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  • Eileen Brennan passes away at 80: Her 5 most memorable roles

    Eileen Brennan has passed away at the age of 80. (Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)

    Oscar-nominated actress Eileen Brennan has died at the age of 80. The star best known as Goldie Hawn's evil commanding officer in "Private Benjamin" passed away Sunday in Los Angeles after battling bladder cancer.

    In a career spanning five decades, Brennan had her fair share of memorable roles on Broadway, film, and television. She most recently made a splash in her 2006 role as Jack's bizarre acting teacher in "Will & Grace," for which she earned an Emmy nomination. "So sad to hear of Eileen Brennan's death," Sean Hayes tweeted Tuesday. "She was hilarious to work with on W&G. She always made me laugh during my scenes with her."

    But perhaps her most critically acclaimed roles were those she had on the big screen — particularly her surly performances, like the nightmarish orphanage head Miss Bannister in 1988's "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking."

    "I love meanies, and this goes back to Capt. Lewis in 'Private Benjamin,'" Brennan said in a 1988 interview with the Associated Press. "You know why? Because they have no sense of humor. People who are mean or unkind or rigid — think about it — cannot laugh at themselves. If we can't laugh at ourselves and the human condition, we're going to be mean."

    Here are five film performances (not all "meanies"!) to remember Brennan by, as Hollywood mourns her departure.

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  • Justin Bieber’s rep: TMZ doctored Toronto spit photos

    Justin Bieber appears to spit over the balcony of his Toronto hotel. (Photo by Sean O'Neill)

    Justin Bieber is spitting mad at TMZ for accusing him of spitting on his Toronto fans last week.

    The 19-year-old "Boyfriend" singer's rep has accused the gossip website of digitally altering an image of the Biebs taken Thursday to make it look like he was dropping saliva from the balcony of Toronto's Hazelton Hotel onto his fans below.

    "Justin didn't spit on anyone. No fans were below the balcony. TMZ superimposed photos of the fans next to Justin on a completely different balcony to make it appear like he was spitting on fans when he wasn't," his rep said in a statement. "In fact, earlier in the day, Justin bought his fans hot chocolate and played them some of his new music. Justin loves his fans."

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