- - Thursday, August 2, 2012

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are hosting the Country Music Association Awards for a fifth time.

Miss Underwood started the online buzz about their return with a tweet Wednesday, saying she was hanging out with Mr. Paisley. She joked that she caught him in her makeup chair and added the hash tag #suchadiva.

CMA confirmed the news on Twitter and Facebook shortly after with a picture of the two stars during a photo shoot.

The CMA Awards will air live Thursday, Nov. 1, on ABC from Nashville.


Yo Dawg! Snoop is down to judge 'American Idol'

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If Randy Jackson yells “Yo Dawg!” during the next season of “American Idol,” he could be talking to Snoop Dogg, if the rapper has his way.

After hearing of the millions of dollars “Idol” judges earn on the Fox competition, Snoop, in an interview this week, said: “I’ll do 'American Idol.'

“Idol” returns in January. Mariah Carey is filling one of the two seats made available following the exits last month of Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. When told Miss Carey is earning about $18 million a year for a one-year contract with a renewal option, Snoop looked to his manager and jokingly yelled: “Get on it!”

Neil Schubert, spokesman for “American Idol” producer FremantleMedia North America, declined to comment on any speculation about potential new judges.

Taping on episodes that include the judges doesn’t start until fall, so the show has time to continue its search. The show is now conducting its mass auditions, which are done without the judges.

Snoop, 40, announced earlier this week that he’s using the name Snoop Lion for an upcoming reggae album. He now considers himself a Rastafarian after what he calls a life-changing trip to Jamaica, and is also releasing a documentary about his rebirth. Both the album and film are called “Reincarnated.”

Given “American Idol‘s” family-friendly focus, Snoop — known for his colorful language and gangsta raps — said he would be mindful of his tone. But the ardent marijuana supporter seemed to have a limit regarding his beloved (and illegal) herb: “I’ll clean my act up, but I’m still Rastafari.”

Jodie Foster: ‘I may spend time on cable’

Jodie Foster is looking to cable TV as a future site for her Oscar-winning talent, joining other big-screen stars who are finding pay TV can pay off.

The 49-year-old actress and director says she is “developing a few things” likely destined for cable, calling the format “a good outlet for what I do.”

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