Apparently, Adam Lambert is now auditioning for the role of movie critic.
The Season 8 "American Idol" runner-up used Twitter to blast the musical performances of top-named actors in the movie version of "Les Miserables," starring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried.
"Les Mis: Visually impressive with great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers. It's an opera. Hollywood's movie musicals treat the singing as the last priority," Lambert tweeted.
It wasn't all scathing. Lambert liked Hathaway for her "breathtaking" performance as Fantine. The rest he skewered for their live singing. "I do think it was cool they were singing live, but with that cast, they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals," he wrote. "The singing was so distracting at times it pulled me out."
"The industry will say 'these actors were so brave to attempt singing this score live,' but why not cast actors who could actually sound good? Sorry for being so harsh but it's so true!"
Simon Cowell would be so proud.
Kanye West spills Kim Kardashian's pregnancy
Kanye West delivered what may be the last big, shocking news of 2012 -- he and girlfriend Kim Kardashian are expecting a child.
West dropped the bombshell during his Atlantic City concert Sunday night. He not so subtly sang "Now you having my
TMZ adds that Kardashian sources say the reality TV star is 12 weeks pregnant.
Apparently, West, 35, stole Kardashian's thunder with the news. She reportedly said after the concert, which she was attending, that she had no idea West would spill the beans. We can only imagine how the TV producers for "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" feel this morning.
After West's big reveal, Kardashian, 32, blogged about the happy news, which included an emotional wish regarding her late father, Robert Kardashian, who died of cancer in 2003, and West's late mother, Dr. Donda West, who died five years ago from complications after plastic surgery.
"We feel so blessed and lucky and wish that in addition to both of our families, his mom and my dad could be here to celebrate this special time with us," she wrote. "Looking forward to great new beginnings in 2013 and to starting a family."
The couple publicly announced they were dating in April, six months after Kardashian filed for divorce 72 days after marrying Kris Humphries. The divorce is still pending -- but looks like Humphries has a new bargaining chip to bring to the table.
Kardashian is expected to ring in the new year at 1 Oak in Las Vegas. She reportedly will receive a six-figure appearance fee at the event, which costs $3,000 for a table and $125 to stand.
It didn't take long for the Kardashian clan to jump on the baby news via Twitter.
Sister Khloe Kardashian wrote, "Keeping secrets is hard with so many family members! Especially when you are so freaking excited!!!"
"Oh BABY BABY BABY!!" added mom Kris Jenner.
And sister Kourtney Kardashian chimed in with, "Been wanting to shout from the rooftops with joy and now I can! Another angel to welcome to our family. Overwhelmed with excitement!"
Green Day announces new concerts
Singer Billie Joe Armstrong is back. Green Day is ready to tour again. California, however, won't be among the band's initial 11 gig slate, despite the band's Bay Area roots.
Green Day announced Monday that they will play 11 new concerts, beginning March 28 in Chicago, while also canceling their 10 scheduled shows in January and February.
On Sept. 21, Armstrong entered rehab for unspecified substance issues after an onstage meltdown at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas.
"We want to thank everyone for hanging in with us for the last few months," the band said in a statement. "We are very excited to hit the road and see all of you again, though we regret having to cancel more shows."
Armstrong also issued a statement of his own: "Dear friends ... I just want to thank you all for the love and support you've shown for the past few months. Believe me, it hasn't gone unnoticed and I'm eternally grateful to have such an amazing set of friends and family. I'm getting better everyday. So now, without further ado, the show must go on. We can't wait to get on the road and live out load! Our passion has only grown stronger."
The last time he was onstage, Armstrong launched into a rant when the band was told to wrap up its set. "I'm not (expletive) Justin Bieber, you (expletive)," he shouted. "You've got to be (expletive) joking. I got one minute left." Green Day members smashed their instruments as they departed the stage."
Earlier in September, the band also canceled a concert in Italy after Armstrong was hospitalized for what the band called "severe dehydration."
The new shows are all East-based and include Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Rochester and Brooklyn, N.Y.; Fairfax, Va. Providence, R.I.; and Toronto.
Canceled shows included Green Bay and Madison Wis.; Portland, Maine; Cleveland; and Las Vegas.
A lisp made him do it
Blame it on a lisp.
Charlie Sheen is backpedaling madly after dropping an anti-gay slur at the opening of his new bar in Mexico. A video clip surfaced on TMZ of the "Anger Management" star using the slur during the Dec. 28 event at El Ganzo Hotel in Cabo San Lucas.
"I meant no ill will and intended to hurt no one," he told TMZ, adding that he "meant to say 'maggot,' but I have a lisp."
Also attending the opening were Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, who performed at the opening, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the New York Post reported.
Today in History
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 1, the first day of 2013. There are 364 days left in the year.
1785: The Daily Universal Register -- which later became the Times of London -- published its first issue.
1863: President Abraham Lincoln signed and issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that slaves in rebel states shall be "forever free."
1890: The first Tournament of Roses was held in Pasadena, Calif.
1892: The Ellis Island Immigrant Station in New York formally opened.
1913: The U.S. Parcel Post system went into operation.
1942: 26 countries, including the United States, signed the Declaration of the United Nations, pledging "not to make a separate armistice or peace" with members of the Axis.
1953: Country singer Hank Williams Sr., 29, was discovered dead in the back seat of his car during a stop in Oak Hill, W.Va., while he was being driven to a concert date in Canton, Ohio.
1959: Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries overthrew Cuban leader Fulgencio Batista, who fled to the Dominican Republic.
1962: The Beatles (with Pete Best) auditioned for Decca Records, which opted to sign Brian Poole and the Tremeloes instead.
1983: The current version of the Internet came into being as the Internet protocol suite, commonly known as TCP/IP, became the mandatory standard.
1984: The breakup of AT&T took place as the telecommunications giant was divested of its 22 Bell System companies under terms of an antitrust agreement.
1993: Czechoslovakia peacefully split into two new countries, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
1994: The North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect.
2003: More than two dozen surgeons in West Virginia stopped performing elective surgeries to protest the high cost of malpractice insurance. (They returned to work two weeks later when they were convinced that the governor and the legislature would address their concerns.) Brazil's first elected leftist president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, took office. Oklahoma romped past Washington State 34-14 in the Rose Bowl; Georgia defeated Florida State 26-13 in the Sugar Bowl; Notre Dame saw its sixth straight bowl loss, losing to North Carolina State 28-6 in the Gator Bowl.
2008: Revelers celebrated the new year around the world; a ball dropped for the 100th year in New York's Times Square. Violence claimed scores of lives in Kenya, Iraq and Afghanistan. U.S. diplomat John Granville and his driver were shot to death by Sudanese gunmen in Khartoum. New no-smoking rules went into effect in France, prohibiting people from lighting up in cafes, bars and restaurants. Cyprus and Malta adopted the euro. The Georgia Bulldogs romped past Hawaii 41-10 at the Sugar Bowl, ending the Warriors' perfect season.
2012: A Mount Rainier National Park ranger, Margaret Anderson, was shot and killed by the driver of a car that blew through a checkpoint. (Searchers later found the body of the man, 24-year-old Benjamin Colton Barnes, in a snowy creek.)
Former Sen. Ernest Hollings, D-S.C., (91), actor Ty Hardin (83), documentary maker Frederick Wiseman (83), actor Frank Langella (75), rock singer-musician Country Joe McDonald (71), writer-comedian Don Novello (70), actor Rick Hurst (67), country singer Steve Ripley (The Tractors) (63), Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., (59), rapper Grandmaster Flash (55), actress Ren Woods (55), actress Dedee Pfeiffer (49), actress Embeth Davidtz (47), country singer Brian Flynn (Flynnville Train) (47), actor Morris Chestnut (44), actor Verne Troyer (44) and actress Eden Riegel (32).