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With both an Oscar and a Grammy on his mantle, Jamie Foxx is a one-man entertainment empire.
Foxx began his career as a stand-up comedian before landing his own sitcom just a few years later -- and then he awed the world. His portrayal of Ray Charles in "Ray" (2004) earned Foxx one accolade after another and even relaunched his music career. Fresh off his Oscar win, the multi-hyphenate teamed with Kanye West and took home a Grammy for the Ray Charles-inspired "Gold Digger." This fall, he's back on the big screen as Dean "Mf" Jones in the star-studded comedy "Horrible Bosses 2" (you can also catch him in "Annie" December 19).
From his real name to the dare that launched his career, here are 33 things you probably don't know about Jamie Foxx.
1. Jamie Foxx was born December 13, 1967 in Terrell, Texas to Louise Annette Talley and Darrell Bishop.
2. He was adopted »
- Jonny Black
Channel 5 has unveiled details of its Christmas schedules.
Next month, Michael Bublé: Live from Radio City 2014 will see the 'Haven't Met You Yet' singer joined by Barbra Streisand, Ariana Grande and The Muppets' Miss Piggy on-stage at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
New supernatural drama The Haunting of Radcliffe House, starring Olivia Williams and Matthew Modine, will also premiere in December. Set in the Yorkshire Moors, the ghost story is directed by Nick Willing (Alice, Neverland).
Elvis Night takes a look back at the king of rock n' roll. Fun in Acapulco, Elvis - The 1968 Comeback Special and »
When photojournalist Lawrence Schiller met Barbra Streisand on the set of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever in 1968, he felt like a new hire greeting the company CEO. "I didn't know if she liked me or not," he says, "but at the end of the week, I wasn't fired."Schiller and his colleague Steve Schapiro were hired by movie studio execs to shoot the star during the first decade of her movie career, capturing moments big and small for use in magazines around the world. Now they have collected their photos, many of which have never been published, »
- Tara Fowler, @waterfowlerta
Streisand is at the forefront of the "Fight the Ladykiller" campaign that launched on Nov. 12. The campaign is an effort of the Women's Heart Alliance (Wha), founded by the entertainer.
For the Wha's new public service announcement, Jennifer Hudson, 33, stepped up to the plate. Watch her fierce demeanor as she gets ready to fight and "stay alive." She throws a mean punch!
Hudson delivers the powerful message that heart disease does not discriminate as it strikes women of every age, color and culture. According to the PSA, "Heart disease claims one woman every minute, killing more women then men and more women than all cancers combined."
In an effort for women to get their heart checked, Streisand raised »
Barbra Streisand has a new look that she's bringing back from the '90s. The singer crimped her hair for The Meredith Vieria Show today, but it was actually husband James Brolin's hair that she wanted to talk about, as it was one of the reasons they fell in love.
The 72-year-old performer told Meredith that she didn't like his hair when they first met, and she wasn't afraid to tell him her opinion.
Watch: Flashback to Barbra Streisand's Famous Fashion Styles
Streisand says her husband of 16 years fell in love with her in that honest moment "because I told him the truth. Most people don't tell the truth, they are afraid of the truth, but I like the truth."
Honesty aside, Barbra says she and James are a typical married couple. She describes them as sitting in front of their television with trays watching Homeland.
So what exactly is in those trays?
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Any clue where your crimper might be these days? Barbra Streisand heated up her styling tool for an early ‘90s vintage hairstyle while out in New York City on Tuesday, Nov. 11. The star hit the streets in a black maxi dress with a matching cape jacket and leather accessories. However, the throwback 'do isn't the first time Babs, 72, has tried the style. Way back in 1992, the Oscar-winning actress and singer attended the Academy Awards wearing a mauve silk gown with drastic bat wings — and [...] »
Two weeks ago, scores of Voice viewers thought coach Pharrell Williams made a questionable choice when he shockingly decided to keep Elyjuh Rene over the highly praised Ricky Manning in the knockout rounds. But on the second night of the live playoffs on Tuesday, the seeming wisdom of Williams's selection shone through when the California-based singer, 18, delivered an emotional rendition of "Latch" that had all four coaches on their feet. "I can't believe what I just saw," gushed Adam Levine, whose team performed the previous night alongside Blake Shelton's five remaining artists. "Precisely perfect, soulful ... Pharrell has one of strongest teams, »
- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd
By Anjelica Oswald
Since its premiere at Sundance, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood has been garnering Oscar buzz and rave reviews. The film could score nominations for best picture, director, actor and more, but after submitting three songs to the Academy for consideration in the best original song category, the film could add another nomination. Two of the songs were written by Ethan Hawke, who could garner a best supporting actor nomination for his portrayal of the father. If Hawke receives a best original song nomination for one of his songs, he will join a short list of actors who have scored nominations for songs since 1994.
Both Annette O’Toole and her husband Michael McKean were nominated in 2004, for their song “A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow,” which appeared in 2003’s A Mighty Wind. Well known for her role on Smallville as Martha Kent, O’Toole didn »
- Anjelica Oswald
Comedy Central is going live on election night. Both The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report will air special back-to-back episodes with live coverage of the midterm elections on Nov. 4, the network announced Tuesday. On The Daily Show’s special episode — called "Democalypse 2014: America Remembers It Forgot to Vote" and airing at 11 p.m. Et/8 p.m. Pt — host Jon Stewart will be joined via satellite by Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee. Read more Barbra Streisand Calls on Democrats to Donate Cash to Midterm Campaigns Likewise, The Colbert Report’s coverage — titled "Midterms
- Ashley Lee
Florida Georgia Line have their first No. 1 album, as "Anything Goes" bows on top of The Billboard 200. It sold 197,000 copies over last week. That bests the No. 2 on the list, Jason Aldean's former No. 1 "Old Boots, New Dirt," which sold 91,000. Suprisingly, Bob Seger's never had a higher debut than this week, as "Ride Out" starts out at No. 3 with 59,000. His 1986 album "Like a Rock" eventually peaked at the same spot, so it ties. You+Me -- the combo of Pink (Alecia Moore) and City And Colour's Dallas Green -- sees their "rose ave." bow at No. 4 with 50,000. Barbra Streisand's former chart-topper "Partners" falls No. 3 to No. 5 with 40,000. Sam Smith's "In the Lonely Hour" rebounds No. 10 to No. 6 with 37,000, after appearances on "The Tonight Show" and "Today." The Game's new one "Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf" howls at No. 7 with 33,000. Hoodie Allen's "People Keep Talking" starts at No. »
- Katie Hasty
Barbra Streisand sent out an email Saturday asking Democrats to donate money immediately to candidates facing stiff opposition in the November midterm elections. "Have you seen Congress lately? It’s a mess," Streisand wrote. "And it’s only going to get worse if people like Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers continue to treat corporations better than people." Streisand, who teamed up with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in sending out the email, urged donors to contribute at least $5 immediately. "We have to act now," Streisand wrote. "We’re running out of time and money." She blasted the Supreme
- Tina Daunt
New York's Paley Center for Media is in the middle of its TV-centric PaleyFest, which includes several panel discussions with the casts and crews of critically beloved shows. Last night, EW caught one with the people behind Bob's Burgers—including voice actors H. Jon Benjamin and Kristen Schaal, John Roberts, and the show's creator, Loren Bouchard. The hour-long conversation frequently detoured into improvisational riffing by the cast, but it also delivered some interesting information about the show. Here are ten of the best tidbits we learned. The show works at its own pace. Its creators are willing to sacrifice the »
- Hillary Busis
Make people laugh and they won't even realize you're making them think. Over the past 50 years, women have broken through the glass ceiling time after time, shattering stereotypes and thumbing their noses at the old chestnut that "Women aren't funny." Fact: Anybody who says women aren't funny doesn't want them to be funny. We're looking back on the 50 funniest women of the past 50 years, their contributions to comedy, and their enduring legacies that inspire men and women alike. These are the 50 women who have helped (and are helping) to introduce the next class of hilarious women, which will inevitably include Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Tig Notaro, Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate McKinnon. Keep in mind this list only includes women who are primarily performers in movies, television, and standup comedy. That's why you don't see legends like Nora Ephron, Anne Beatts, and Elaine May here. »
- Donna Dickens, Chris Eggertsen, Louis Virtel,
Kristen Stewart thinks it’s “really ridiculous” to say you’re not a feminist. [E!] At New York Comic-Con, the very first footage of Marvel’s new Netflix series Daredevil premiered. [io9] Katie Holmes will return as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the miniseries The Kennedys: After Camelot. [Et] Matthew Broderick is totally fine with Robert Downey, Jr. reaching out to his ex, and Broderick’s wife, Sarah Jessica Parker. [Us Weekly] If you haven’t watched this vintage Dinner for Five video featuring Jennifer Garner (who was married to Scott Foley at the time) and Ben Affleck (who was engaged to Jennifer Lopez) you need to now. Jen hopelessly gazes into Ben’s eyes while the actor remains completely unfazed. »
- Taylor Ferber
Robert Redford is to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Film Society of Lincoln Centre.
The 78-year-old actor and director will be awarded the Chaplin Award during a gala in New York next April, reports BBC News.
The film society's executive director Lesli Klainberg said: "Obviously he's a star that many of us have grown up watching from his films in the early 1960s to his current work.
He will also appear in A Walk in the Woods, »
The Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Gotham nonprofit that presents the New York Film Festival, has tapped Robert Redford to receive its 42nd annual Chaplin Award.
The laurel, which honors the film industry’s most notable talents, will lionize Redford for a career that has included iconic acting work (“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “All the President’s Men,” “The Sting,” “The Natural”); a string of films as a director (“Ordinary People,” “A River Runs Through It,” “The Company You Keep”); Broadway credits (“Barefoot in the Park”); and staunch support of independent cinema as the founder of the Sundance Institute and its influential film festival.
Last year’s “All is Lost,” the J.C. Chandor film that Redford toplined, had a slot in the 2013 New York Film Festival. He just wrapped “A Walk in the Woods,” based on the Bill Bryson memoir, and is now at work on “Truth, »
- Gordon Cox
He may have missed that Oscar nomination in January for "Bob on a Boat" — aka, "All is Lost" — but Robert Redford will be collecting some more hardware this year after all. The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that the 77-year-old industry legend will be honored at the 42nd annual Chaplin Award Gala. The event, which will take place on Monday, April 27, 2015, will celebrate Redford's long and distinguished filmmaking career, as well as his work as an environmentalist and founder of the Sundance Film Festival and Institute. Notable recipients of the award — which was first presented in 1972 to its namesake, Charlie Chaplin — include Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Laurence Olivier, Federico Fellini, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Meryl Streep, Barbra Streisand and Martin Scorsese. "The Board is thrilled to have Robert Redford as the next recipient of the Chaplin Award," Fslc Board Chairman Ann Tenenbaum said. "Not only is he an internationally known and loved actor, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Christopher Reeve Foundation for spinal cord and stem cell research (photo: Darryl Hannah and Christopher Reeve in 'Rear Window') (See previous post: "'Superman' Christopher Reeve and his Movies: Ten-Year Death Anniversary.") In his 1998 autobiography Still Me, Christopher Reeve recalled: "At an especially bleak moment [prior to an operation that might result in his death], the door [of his hospital room] flew open and in hurried a squat fellow with a blue scrub hat and a yellow surgical gown and glasses, speaking in a Russian accent. For the first time since the accident, I laughed. My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay." The "old friend" was the recently deceased Robin Williams, whom Reeve had befriended while both were studying at Juillard. Eventually, Reeve became a staunch advocate for spinal cord and stem cell research, sponsoring with his wife the Christopher Reeve Foundation — later renamed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (and formerly known »
- Andre Soares
It was not meant to be a roast, but there was certainly some ribbing happening at the Friars Foundation’s annual gala honoring Robert De Niro and Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim on Oct. 7 at the recently sold Waldorf Astoria.
A parade of industryites appeared in-person and via video including David O. Russell, Sharon Stone, Christopher Walken, Martin Scorsese, Orlando Bloom, Billy Crystal, Barbra Streisand and Don Rickles. All paid tribute to thesp, who received the Friars Club’s fifth-ever Icon Award.
Sting, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin also serenaded De Niro and Slim, who took home the Icon Award for Philanthropy. Warren Buffett, in a pre-recorded video alongside Paul Anka, sang a rendition of “My Way” to Slim.
As the event’s emcee, Larry King (Friars’ Dean) attempted to keep the crowd — full of old men and their model/drag queen dates — in check by “shushing” the room several times. »
- Addie Morfoot
Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the American Film Institute’s Board of Trustees, announced today the Board’s decision to honor Steve Martin with the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. The award will be presented to Martin at a gala tribute in Los Angeles, CA on June 4, 2015.
The 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award tribute special will return for its third year on TNT when it airs in June 2015, followed by encore presentations on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM).
“Steve Martin is an American original,” said Stringer. “From a wild and crazy stand-up comic to one who stands tall among the great figures in this American art form, he is a multi-layered creative force bound by neither convention nor caution. His work is defined by him alone, for he is the author – and a national treasure whose work has stuck with us »
- Melissa Thompson
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