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One Direction: This Is Us
This big, fat kiss to the band's young, female fans is directed by that advocate for good nutrition: Super Size Me's Morgan Spurlock.
Film Review  August 30, 2013, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Their origin story is emblematic of our times. The five singers – all teenage boys – tried out individually to become contestants on the British version of Simon Cowell’s The X Factor..."

American Dreamz
American Dreamz tries to satirize the vapidity of American popular culture; instead, the film gets trapped beneath its own wheels.
Film Review  April 21, 2006, by Marrit Ingman
"...I think you’re both still in it to win this thing, and I wanna see what you do in the future, but American Dreamz is kind of all over the place from the beginning. You have a guy like Simon Cowell (Grant), and he’s really good at doing that one particular thing..."

Brutality Television
Why you won't be seeing Austin emo puppet band Fragile Rock on America's Got Talent
Arts Story  July 14, 2016, by Brently Heilbron
"...Then we hear them come out. The judges! Simon Cowell (famous asshole!), Heidi Klum (famous German and Seal lover), Mel B (Scary Spice), and Howie Mandel (Canadian germaphobe and actual childhood comedy hero)..."

TV Eye
More adventures in Idoldom.
Screens Column  November 15, 2002, by Belinda Acosta
"...Sunday, Nov. 10: I don't know what was more exciting -- the news that Dana Clark, the Austin American Idol auditions winner from the Hard Rock Cafe competition (see "Idol Chatter," p.49), was going to Hollywood or the fact that Simon Cowell hugged me after a Sunday afternoon press conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, murmuring, "Hello, troublemaker." You have no idea how incredibly sexy "Hello, troublemaker" sounds when said with a British accent..."

TV Eye: Front and Center
Eyeballing what NBC and Fox are serving up in the the fall
Screens Column  May 20, 2011, by Belinda Acosta
"...The upfronts only feature extended clips – most of which I didn't see when the Fox webcast had "technical difficulties." But the audio was loud and clear, as was the adulation for Simon Cowell, the force behind the new singing competition series The X Factor. But wait – doesn't Fox already have American Idol? Yes, but American Idol doesn't have Simon Cowell..."

TV Eye
This year's political campaigns have been just as stupid and offensive as previous ones, but at least Jon Stewart knows how to wrangle a good punch line out of them.
Screens Column  November 1, 2002, by Belinda Acosta
"...All right, fine! I'd love to see judge Simon "Growl" (aka Cowell) up close in his pec-hugging T-shirts. And I confess to having a soft spot for Randy Jackson..."

Don't Stop Believin'
Journey doc hits Alamo Slaughter for one night only
DAILY Screens  March 21, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...But there's good to come out of it too. After all, there must be a reason Simon Cowell is sourcing his next talent show from YouTube clips...."

The AggreGAYtor: December 28
Your daily dose of LGBTQIA news
DAILY Qmmunity  December 28, 2012, by Brandon Watson
"...• Busybodies contend that Simon Cowell is looking to boot Britney Spears from the “X Factor.” The rumors seem to be substantiated by him carrying a Britney voodoo doll on all national appearances...."

TV Eye
Talented on the inside
Screens Column  April 24, 2009, by Belinda Acosta
"...The now- famous Susan Boyle performance (the dowdy woman who sang like an angel on Britain's Got Talent and has become an online sensation) has everyone swooning over the so-called ugly duckling surprising audiences with her talent, thereby unleashing a conversation about the role of beauty in Western culture. Boyle even wooed the flinty Simon Cowell (also of American Idol)..."

TV Eye
Next Wednesday, Punk'd creators Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg deliver a delicious slice of reality TV, high on guffaws, low on enduring value
Screens Column  May 27, 2005, by Belinda Acosta
"...As soon as I heard comparisons of chef Gordon Ramsay, star of the new reality series Hell's Kitchen, to American Idol's Simon Cowell, I was curious. In this reality series, aspiring chefs seek to win their own restaurant, should they endure the culinary boot camp overseen by Ramsay..."

Dancing About Architecture
American Idol picks Austinite Dana Clark to hopefully win the hearts of America in the next round of finals.
Music Column  November 15, 2002, by Ken Lieck
"...Sunday's press conference at the Hyatt heard the oft-repeated message that the show was meant to be fun, with one of the three judges, Simon Cowell, adding, "Someone's also got a chance to be very, very rich!" Mr. Mince No Words, Cowell further assured that the performances they'd seen in Austin were of "better quality" than in previous cities, specifically among the male contestants..."

The AggreGAYtor: October 7
What happened today in gay? Here's your QILTBAG recap of queer news.
DAILY Qmmunity  October 7, 2013
"...Tori Amos chimes in, comparing sexualization without artistic merit to incontinence, and Raina Rose thinks we should all be excellent to each other. But now Miley is, like, so over it, and besides, Sinead blames Simon Cowell anyway...."

After a Fashion
A look back at a 50-year career and Steven Tyler's big, fat lips
Columns  January 28, 2011, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...I did not miss the minimally talented Paula Abdul when she left – it was always a mystery to me why the dog-faced has-been was on there in the first place. And although I thought Simon Cowell's bitchiness could be entertaining, his pomposity always filled the room like a pervasive fart..."

Josh Rosenblatt Has Seen the Future, and It Isn't Pretty
Magic eight-balling 2008, month by month
DAILY Screens  January 3, 2008, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...1 show on television, just barely beating out The Putin Show, Vladimir Cooks With Cabbage, and American Idol. Idol creator Simon Cowell assures viewers on Entertainment Tonight that his show will soon be back on top..."

TV Eye
Emmy post
Screens Column  September 1, 2006, by Belinda Acosta
"...It must have been an awkward walk for The Amazing Race crew who won the prize, shutting out American Idol, which was considered the sure win. Even AI judge Simon Cowell appeared nonplussed..."

TV Eye
Anyone needing evidence on why the network sitcom is failing should turn on their sets next week
Screens Column  March 18, 2005, by Belinda Acosta
"...In which case, you can all go back to bed. If they have me back, it's only by the gift of caffeine and a secret desire to meet Simon Cowell in person again..."

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
Columns  December 27, 2018, by Mr. Smarty Pants
"...According to psychic Judy Hevenly, Simon Cowell will be knighted in 2019...."

Terror Fest Picks
Music Story  June 14, 2018, by Kevin Curtin, Raoul Hernandez, Clara Wang and Christina Garcia
"...Pinkish BlackFri. 15, Lost Well, 9:15pm On American Idol, season 4, Simon Cowell told Daron Beck he belonged in ladies' underwear and red lipstick in an obscure cabaret..."

99 Austin Acts at SXSW Music
Support the home team!
Music Story  March 8, 2018
"...(Brently Heilbron), the 10-piece troupe upends the Henson legacy with the power of pessimism. Although their bad feels in felt bombed on America's Got Talent, having Simon Cowell proclaim you're only fit to be enjoyed by a "deaf toddler" counts as endorsement in our book..."

I Like to Watch
Saying so long to Downton Abbey
Screens Column  March 3, 2016, by Jacob Clifton
"...Do the British understand what Americans love in them? Is the Dowager Countess American fan-service, answering to our fetishistic preoccupation with being yelled at by Anne "Weakest Link" Robinson, Simon Cowell, and best of all, Gordon Ramsay? Is there any way for an American to truly understand that show through a British lens?..."

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