LOS ANGELES (AP) - Britney Spears is out of "The X Factor" after a season in which the pop star failed to deliver a ratings boost for the singing contest, a person familiar with the show's plans said Thursday.
GOLDEN AGE: At 85 years old, Emmanuelle Riva of "Amour" is now the oldest best actress nominee, while 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis of "Beasts of the Southern Wild" is the youngest in that category. The oldest nominee across all acting categories remains Gloria Stuart, who was 87 when she received a supporting actress nod for 1997's "Titanic," and the youngest is Justin Henry, who was 8 when he was nominated as supporting actor for 1979's "Kramer vs. Kramer."
FOX: PASSION, DISAGREEMENTS WITH NEW 'IDOL' TEAM: PASADENA (AP) - Five minutes into their season-opening news conference and the new team at "American Idol" were having their first disagreement - about their disagreements. Then Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj kept it going.
PASADENA (AP) - On his upcoming NBC comedy, Michael J. Fox will play a newscaster who had quit his job due to Parkinson's Disease but returns to work in the show's first episode because a new medical regimen has helped him control many of the disease's symptoms.